Movies like About Schmidt

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About Schmidt (2002)
 7.2
 129K
About Schmidt (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 66-year-old Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman and has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys him, and he disapproves of the man his daughter is about to marry. When his wife suddenly dies, he sets out to postpone the imminent marriage of his daughter to a man he doesn't like, while coping with discoveries about his late wife and himself in the process.
Style: road movie, sad, depressing, melancholic, meditative, humorous, semi serious, realistic, motivational, funny ...
Plot: road trip, on the road, family life, depression, wedding, parenthood, life philosophy, philosophy, changing lives, workplace, salesman, letter, fish out of water, parents and children, golden years, self discovery, existentialism, elderly, introspection, female nudity, understanding, disorder, odd couple, loneliness, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colorado, nebraska, california, kansas, denver colorado

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Most similar movies to About Schmidt

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, talky, thought provoking and dramatic films with plots about honest, life philosophy, loneliness, mentor, storytelling, depression and dialogue mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like About Schmidt: The Daytrippers (1996), Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011), Demolition (2015), The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002), Five Easy Pieces (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Daytrippers (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Eliza D'Amico thinks her marriage to Louis is going great, until she finds a mysterious love note to her husband. Concerned, she goes to her mother for advice. Eliza, her parents, her sister Jo and Jo's boyfriend all pile into a station ...
Style: talky, realistic, witty, clever, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, adultery, family relations, suburbs, infidelity, chance meeting, drunkenness, character study, road trip, writers, workplace, deadpan ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.
Style: touching, humorous, melancholic, thought provoking, mumblecore ...
Plot: slacker, loneliness, midlife crisis, twists and turns, everyday life, naivete, loser, parents and children, immature, character change, brothers, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, california, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 101K
Demolition (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An emotionally desperate investment banker finds hope through a woman he meets in Chicago.
Style: melancholic, philosophical, psychological, touching, emotional ...
Plot: death of wife, death, depression, grief, self discovery, psychology, existentialism, car accident, father in law son in law relationship, destruction, mental illness, friendship ...
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, emotional, talky, semi serious ...
Plot: imaginary friend, adultery, dysfunctional family, character study, human nature, couple relations, jealous spouse, dishonesty, lifestyle, couples, family problems, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.
Style: road movie, thought provoking, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: road trip, character study, dysfunctional family, musician, alienation, working class, self discovery, drifter, pianist, on the road, bowling, music ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, washington state, texas, southern california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Weather Man (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
Style: realistic, sincere, emotional, depressing, semi serious ...
Plot: weatherman, midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, relationship vs career, introspection, father son relationship, family problems, character study, solitude, hopes, father, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Everything Must Go (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, visually appealing, thought provoking ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, addiction, unemployment, loneliness, character study, tragedy, self discovery, salesman, starting over, marital problem, midlife crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, new jersey, texas, usa, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.3
 6K
Goodbye Solo (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A man planning to commit suicide hires a taxi driver to take him to his jumping-off point.
Style: touching, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, taxi driver, loneliness, mentor, depression, suicidal, character study, elderly, society, regret, suicide, runaway ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, africa, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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You Can Count on Me (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, humorous, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: single mother, workplace, character study, introspection, love and romance, free spirited, family secret, parents and children, hopes, workplace romance, small town, adultery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york state, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 9K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, intense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, homeless, redemption, mental illness, halloween, couple relations, parents and children, rich and poor, human nature, buddies, best friends, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 20K
Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: realistic, psychological, bleak, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, depression, mental illness, family relations, divorce, character study, parenthood, life philosophy, family gatherings, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 18K
Scarecrow (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two drifters bum around, visit earthy women and discuss opening a car wash in Pittsburgh.
Style: road movie, atmospheric, emotional, sincere, touching ...
Plot: friendship, drifter, road trip, prison, on the road, attempted rape, character study, self discovery, violence, introspection, hitchhiking, ex convict ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new jersey, texas, pennsylvania, pittsburgh, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.5
 193K
Sideways (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.
Style: road movie, talky, sentimental, melancholic, semi serious ...
Plot: road trip, wine, vacation, friendship, vineyard, couples, on the road, infidelity, food, character study, life philosophy, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, san francisco, usa, san diego california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a voluminous Oral History of the World, a record of 20,000 ...
Style: melancholic, sentimental, gloomy, realistic, enigmatic ...
Plot: friendship, alone in the world, eccentricity, character study, mysterious character, writer's life, buddies, human nature, reporter, secret, mental illness, death ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 50s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, greenwich village manhattan new york city, usa, harvard university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
 19K
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested ...
Style: touching, sad, psychological, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dog, loneliness, small town, friendship, depression, solitude, life philosophy, character study, dysfunctional family, owner dog relationship, financial problem, social problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, alaska, california, portland oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Carnal Knowledge (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are affected by the sexual mores of the time and their own temperament, especially in relation to the respective women who end up in their lives.
Style: sexy, witty, sexual, realistic, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mate swapping, sex, college, relationships, friendship, love triangle, coming of age, romance, battle of the sexes, sexual content, friends, depression ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, 50s, 60s, 20th century
Place: california, new york, usa, vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.6
 49K
The Beaver (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his ...
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, depressing, suspense ...
Plot: depression, puppet, mental illness, midlife crisis, psychology, mental disorder, dysfunctional family, solitude, family, adaptation, happy ending, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 37K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: depressing, psychological, touching, compassionate, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: depression, loneliness, drug addiction, obsession, suicide, friendship, suicide attempt, support group, character study, tragedy, drugs, honest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, feel good, road movie ...
Plot: aging, small town, redemption, journey, bus, escape, homecoming, old age, unlikely friendships, depression, destiny, character study ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: texas, austin texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Safety of Objects (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In a suburban landscape, the lives of several families interlace with loss, despair and personal crisis. Esther Gold has lost focus on all but caring for her comatose son, Paul, and neglects her daughter and husband. Lawyer Jim Train is devoted to ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, confusing, depressing, philosophical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mother daughter relationship, guilt, loneliness, family relations, coma, family life, family problems, crumbling marriage, single parent, society, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 2K
Diamond Men (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After 30 years on the road, a veteran jewellery salesman is forced to show his young replacement the tricks of the trade. But when the kid introduces him to the ladies of the "Altoona Riding Club," the old dog is introduced to a whole new ...
Style: feel good, touching, cynical, ironic, talky ...
Plot: aging, mentor, character study, self discovery, introspection, workplace situations, heist, partners, crimes, mentor protege relationship, twists and turns, prostitute ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, australia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.
Style: depressing, sad, heartbreaking, emotional, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, loss, loneliness, suicide attempt, sadness, death, dysfunctional family, nephew, uncle nephew relationship, death of brother, guardian, uncle ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, boston, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.0
 11K
Wit (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.
Style: thought provoking, sincere, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: cancer, hospital, nurse, poetry, chemotherapy, dying, philosophy, doctor, hopes, medical, regret, fighting illness ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 7.6
 32K
On Golden Pond (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: For Norman and Ethel Thayer, this summer on golden pond is filled with conflict and resolution. When their daughter Chelsea arrives, the family is forced to renew the bonds of love and overcome the generational friction that has existed for years. ...
Style: inspirational, sentimental, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing
Plot: family relations, elderly, aging, love story, family, summer, bittersweet, senior citizen, family holiday, love, marriage, parenthood ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new hampshire, new england, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, depressing, sad ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: disability, dysfunctional family, mentally challenged, self discovery, small town, mental illness, responsibility, brothers, character study, coming of age, life philosophy, compassion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.5
 11K
All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: depressing, emotional, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: working class, dysfunctional family, family relations, taxi driver, loneliness, depression, injustice, family problems, parents and children, couples, couple relations, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, new jersey, europe, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.2
 14K
Another Woman (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Marion is a woman who has learned to shield herself from her emotions. She rents an apartment to work undisturbed on her new book, but by some acoustic anomaly she can hear all that is said in the next apartment in which a psychiatrist holds his ...
Style: psychological, realistic, meditative, talky, depressing ...
Plot: midlife crisis, writers, depression, philosophy, eavesdropping, psychiatrist, human nature, self discovery, psychology, melancholy, friendship, art ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.8
 12K
My Life (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: sad, emotional, touching, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Plot: terminal illness, death, reconciliation, cancer, honest, pregnancy, childbirth, self discovery, couple relations, family life, unfulfillment, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.4
 97K
Reign Over Me (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, depressing, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: grief, friendship, dealing with death, character study, mental illness, tragic event, friends, loss of loved one, alone, buddies, loss, bittersweet ...
Time: september 11 2001, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.5
 18K
Margaret (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.
Style: psychological, emotional, enigmatic, melancholic, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, high school, mother daughter relationship, life philosophy, redemption, character study, investigation, life is a bitch, youth, haunted by the past, teenage life, poem ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%