Movies and TV shows like Midnight Diner

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Midnight Diner (2009)
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Midnight Diner (2009)
Original name: 深夜食堂
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Set in a small restaurant in the corner of a shopping district. The unusual eatery is only open after midnight, and its standard menu consists of just a single choice. However, the customers still come for the amusing chatter and the proprietor's willingness to cook any dish that they request. This drama depicts the lives of the restaurant's patrons, including a yakuza, an unsuccessful actor, a group of office ladies, a newspaper delivery boy, and a stripper.
Style: psychological, sincere, touching, melancholic, contemplative, anthology
Plot: restaurant, unrequited love, diner, midnight, money, beer, cooking, boss, employee, customer, employer, storytelling, japanese food, multiple narrators, chef, food, lgbt, nightlife, kitchen, cook, recipe
Place: tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, sincere, psychological and captivating films and TV series with plots about friendship, family relations, love and romance, love, society, restaurant and youth mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Midnight Diner: Foodie Love (2019), Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014), Sweet Bean (2015), I Carry You with Me (2020), Sweet Munchies (2020). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Midnight Diner 2 (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When people finish their day and hurry home, his day starts. His diner is open from midnight to seven in the morning. Pork, miso soup combo, beer, sake and shochu is all that he has on his menu. Nevertheless, he makes whatever his customers request ...
Style: psychological, melancholic, anthology, sincere
Plot: cooking, chef, small business, restaurant, japanese food, diner, storytelling, multiple storylines, homelessness, japanese police, haunted by the past, unrequited love ...
Place: tokyo
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Midnight Diner (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Every night, Master (Kaoru Kobayashi) is busy with customers at the restaurant he runs. He has a worried face, looking at the funerary urn which someone left at his restaurant. His customers also talk about the funerary urn.
Plot: diner, restaurant, unrequited love, chef, cooking, food, small business, cook, police, urn, sleeping on the floor, salute ...
Place: tokyo
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Foodie Love (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
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Story: A pair of thirty-somethings meet through a food lover app and embark on a relationship despite past scars. Over the course of several dates, they discover where their tastes overlap and whether their passion for food, and shared distaste for foodie ...
Style: light, sentimental, captivating, contemplative, touching ...
Plot: food, single woman, gourmet, love and romance, cafe, love interest, restaurant, lonely man, philosophical conversation, male nudity, female nudity
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Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Abandoned by her mother, young Ichiko leaves her life in the city to live off the land in Komori, a small town nestled among the mountains in rural Japan. Despite the void left by her mother’s disappearance, Ichiko comes to enjoy her independence ...
Style: visually appealing, contemplative, psychological, thought provoking, melancholic
Plot: food, farming, countryside, nature, solitude, japanese culture, abandoned by mother, farmer, botany, mother issues, japanese food, mother daughter relationship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Sweet Bean (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayaki pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (“an”). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. She will soon prove to have magic in her hands…
Style: sincere, thought provoking, melancholic, touching, culinary
Plot: meaning of life, cooking, chef, restaurant, food, employer employee relationship, life philosophy, tradition, old woman, existentialism, disability, small business ...
Place: japan
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I Carry You with Me (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An epic love story spanning decades is sparked by a chance encounter between two men in provincial Mexico. Based on a true story, ambition and societal pressure propel an aspiring chef to leave his soulmate and make the treacherous journey to New ...
Style: touching, contemplative, sentimental, melancholic, psychological
Plot: gay couple, chef, teacher, male nudity, gay interest, gay, immigrants, restaurant, gay relationship, couple relations, gay lead character, hopes ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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Sweet Munchies (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 65 min.
TV show
Story: To get his own TV show, a chef known for delectable late-night eats tells a major lie that complicates his relationships with those around him.
Style: unusual plot structure, sexy, psychological, touching, sincere ...
Plot: love triangle, chef, food, restaurant, lie, bisexual man, korean, love, romance, love and romance, youth, rivalry
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Ramen Shop (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Singapore, Japan, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Masato is a young ramen chef in the city of Takasaki in Japan. After the sudden death of his emotionally distant father, he chances upon a suitcase of memorabilia and a red notebook – filled with musings and old photos – left behind by his ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, emotional, captivating
Plot: restaurant, journey, family relations, chef, cooking, memory, memories, food, photograph, uncle, grandmother grandson relationship, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century
Place: singapore, japan
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Genre: Drama
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Story: The series is a sequel and spin-off of the Merlí series broadcast by Catalan channel TV3, and revolves around Pol Rubio (Carlos Cuevas), who enters university to follow in the footsteps of his idolized professor at high school, Merlí.
Style: realistic, romantic, sentimental, melancholic, contemplative ...
Plot: gay lead character, friendship, unrequited love, gay, bisexual man, philosophy, teacher, male homosexuality, bisexuality, lgbt, coming of age, gay love ...
Time: 21st century
Place: barcelona, spain, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Moon and Thunder (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When Yasuko (Eriko Hatsune) was a child, her mother left their home. She grew up not knowing what an ordinary family is. Satoshi's (Kengo Kora) mother was the girlfriend of Yasuko's late father. One day, Satoshi appears in front of ...
Style: psychological, melancholic, serious, touching
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Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
TV show
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Style: captivating, sincere, entertaining
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Coming Out (2013)
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Country: Canada
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Style: psychological, romantic, gay cinema, unusual plot structure, melancholic ...
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Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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Style: sincere, romantic, touching, sentimental, lgbt cinema
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 55 min.
TV show
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Style: romantic, sexy, sentimental, sincere, touching
Audience: girls' night
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 572 min.
TV show
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TV show
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Genre: Drama
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 140 min.
TV show
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Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
TV show
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Country: UK
Duration: 540 min.
TV show
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Genre: Drama
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TV show
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
TV show
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19%
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Sweetbitter (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 29 min.
TV show
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⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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18%