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Coming To America (1988)
Comedy, Romance

Coming To America (1988)

It is the 21st birthday of Prince Akeem of Zamunda and he is to marry a woman he never saw before. Now the prince breaks with tradition and travels to America to look for the love of his life.

Themes:wealth,  homelessness,  money,  friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:america,  usa,  africa,  airport,  nightclub,  snow
Period:winter,  1980s
Story:reference to martin luther king jr.,  reference to rocky marciano,  male actor playing a female character,  reference to hugh hefner,  jheri curl hairstyle,  hold up man,  two suitors,  madison square garden manhattan new york city,  mopping a floor,  concorde,  implied fellatio,  obnoxiousness,  trailer narrated by percy rodriguez,  barking,  spit take,  studio logo segues into film,  cold weather,  rudeness,  taxi ride,  queens new york city,  fictional country,  fake commercial,  earrings,  bride and groom,  suitor,  man wearing glasses,  barbershop,  role reversal,  hamburger,  urban decay,  assumed identity,  barber,  sidekick,  irreverence,  ghetto,  arranged marriage,  switchblade,  janitor,  fish out of water,  blockbuster,  royalty,  flirting,  prince,  queen,  actor playing multiple roles,  fairy tale,  king,  basketball,  manhattan new york city,  secret,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

Mirror Mirror (2012)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Mirror Mirror (2012)

After a beloved King vanishes, his ruthless wife seizes control of the kingdom and keeps her beautiful 18-year-old stepdaughter, Snow White, hidden away in the palace. But when the princess attracts the attention of a charming and wealthy visiting prince, the jealous Queen banishes the girl to a nearby forest. Taken in by a band of rebellious but kindhearted dwarfs, Snow White blossoms into a brave young woman determined to save her country from the Queen. With the support of her new friends, she roars into action to reclaim her birthright and win back her Prince in this magical adventure comedy that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:snow
Story:royalty,  prince,  queen,  fairy tale,  king

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Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Locations:snow
Story:prince,  studio logo segues into film,  suitor,  sidekick,  fish out of water,  blockbuster,  queen,  fairy tale,  king,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

The sequel to 2005's "Madagascar", in which New York Zoo animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, still stranded on Madagascar, start to leave the island. All of a sudden, they land in the wilderness of Africa, where Alex meets the rest of his family, but has trouble communicating with them after spending so much time at the Central Park Zoo. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:africa
Story:studio logo segues into film,  blockbuster,  king,  manhattan new york city,  new york city,  father son relationship

The Prince & Me (2004) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988)
Comedy, Family, Romance

The Prince & Me (2004)

At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Paige, a pre-med student and a farm girl from Manitowoc, meets Eddie, a fellow student from Denmark, whom she first dislikes but later accepts, likes, and loves. Paige takes Eddie to her home for the Thanksgiving weekend. Paparazzi find and photograph the couple, and Paige learns that Eddie is truly Crown Prince Edvard. Failing health causes King Haraald to abdicate in favor of Edvard, so Eddie returns to Copenhagen, then Paige follows her heart to Copenhagen, where Edvard warmly welcomes her, takes her to the castle, and introduces her to the royal family. Queen Rosalind first expresses opposition to Paige but later relents; King Haraald soon warms to her; Edvard proposes, Paige accepts, and he gives her a ring. However, Paige recalls her previous dream of going to Doctors Without Borders, so she breaks off and returns to school. Still, though, Edvard shows up at Paige's graduation and suggests an alternate plan. (Read More)

Story:royalty,  prince,  queen,  king

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Half Baked (1998)
Comedy, Crime

Half Baked (1998)

After Kenny accidentaly kills a cop's diabetic horse by feeding it the food he purchased from a munchie run, he is put in jail and is given a 1 million dollar bail. The rest of the group must bail Kenny out before Nasty Nate gets to him. The group decides to sell marijuana that Thurgood gets through his job as a janitor at a pharmaceutical lab. They become pals with rap star Sir Smoke-A-Lot and the rivals of dealer Samson Simpson. On the side, Thurgood seeks the love of Mary Jane, an anti-pot daughter of a dealer. What follows is typical pothead behaviour with a ton of cameos. Look carefully. This is why Half Baked (1998) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988). (Read More)

Themes:money,  friendship
Locations:nightclub
Period:1980s
Story:janitor,  actor playing multiple roles,  manhattan new york city,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  father daughter relationship

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Comedy

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

All that Neal Page wants to do is to get home for Thanksgiving. His flight has been cancelled due to bad weather, so he decides on other means of transport. As well as bad luck, Neal is blessed with the presence of Del Griffith, shower curtain ring salesman and all-around blabbermouth who is never short of advice, conversation, bad jokes, or company. And when he decides that he is going the same direction as Neal.... (Read More)

Themes:homelessness,  money
Locations:airport,  snow
Period:1980s
Story:trailer narrated by percy rodriguez,  manhattan new york city,  secret,  new york city

The Little Mermaid (1989)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

The Little Mermaid (1989)

In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:king,  prince,  sidekick,  fish out of water,  blockbuster,  royalty,  fairy tale,  father daughter relationship

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Made Of Honor (2008) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988)
Comedy, Romance

Made Of Honor (2008)

Made of Honor revolves around Tom and Hannah, who have been platonic friends for 10 years. He's a serial dater, while she wants marriage but hasn't found Mr. Right. Just as Tom is starting to think that he is relationship material after all, Hannah gets engaged. When she asks Tom to be her "maid" of honor, he reluctantly agrees just so he can attempt to stop the wedding and woo her. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:bride and groom,  fish out of water,  royalty,  basketball,  manhattan new york city,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

Across The Universe (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:america,  nightclub,  snow
Period:winter
Story:reference to martin luther king jr.,  janitor,  basketball,  manhattan new york city,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
Comedy, Family, Romance

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

Princess Mia has just turned 21 and is supposed to succeed her grandmother as the Queen of Genovia. But Viscount Mabrey who wishes that his nephew who is also in line to the throne to be the new ruler, reminds everyone of a law that states that an unmarried woman can't be made queen, and with the backing of parliament, he opposes Mia's coronation. But Queen Clarice asks that Mia be allowed time to find a husband, and she is given 30 days. But Mabrey tries to do what he can to stop that. But his nephew, Nicholas has met Mia and they are both attracted to each other but Mia upon learning who he is, dislikes and doesn't trust him but Clarice has invited him to stay with them for the 30 day period to keep an eye on him. This is why The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:queen,  two suitors,  fictional country,  arranged marriage,  fish out of water,  royalty,  dancing

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Pretty In Pink (1986)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Pretty In Pink (1986)

Teenager Andie is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy at school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet?

Themes:wealth,  friendship
Locations:nightclub
Period:1980s
Story:two suitors,  suitor,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father daughter relationship

En Kongelig Affaere (2012) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

En Kongelig Affaere (2012)

In 1767, the British Princess Caroline is betrothed to the mad King Christian VII of Denmark, but her life with the erratic monarch in the oppressive country becomes an isolating misery. However, Christian soon gains a fast companion with the German Dr. Johann Struensee, a quietly idealistic man of the Enlightenment. As the only one who can influence the King, Struensee is able to begin sweeping enlightened reforms of Denmark through Christian even as Caroline falls for the doctor. However, their secret affair proves a tragic mistake that their conservative enemies use to their advantage in a conflict that threatens to claim more than just the lovers as their victims. (Read More)

Locations:snow
Story:arranged marriage,  royalty,  queen,  king,  secret,  dancing

Scrooged (1988)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Scrooged (1988)

Frank Cross runs a US TV station which is planning a live adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol. Frank's childhood wasn't a particularly pleasant one, and so he doesn't really appreciate the Christmas spirit. With the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Frank realises he must change. (Read More)

Themes:homelessness,  friendship
Mood:satire
Period:1980s
Story:trailer narrated by percy rodriguez,  studio logo segues into film,  irreverence,  dancing

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Brave (2012)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Thriller

Brave (2012)

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.

Locations:snow
Story:queen,  spit take,  suitor,  royalty,  prince,  king,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

Rushmore (1998)
Comedy, Drama

Rushmore (1998)

Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore, a private school where he's not doing well in any of his classes, but where he's the king of extracurricular activities - from being in the beekeeping society to writing and producing plays, there's very little after school he doesn't do. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he's on academic probation, and when he stumbles into love with Miss Cross, a pretty teacher of the elementary school at Rushmore. Added to the mix is his friendship with Herman Blume, wealthy industrialist and father to boys who attend the school, and who also finds himself attracted to Miss Cross. Max's fate becomes inextricably tied to this odd love triangle, and how he sets about resolving it is the story in the film. This is why Rushmore (1998) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:man wearing glasses,  barbershop,  barber,  irreverence,  flirting,  king,  basketball,  dancing

My Fair Lady (1964) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988)
Drama, Family, Musical, Romance

My Fair Lady (1964)

Pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond -- one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor. (Read More)

Story:suitor,  role reversal,  fish out of water,  blockbuster,  prince,  queen,  dancing,  father daughter relationship

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The Terminal (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Terminal (2004)

Victor Novarski reaches JFK airport from a politically unstable country. Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down. He makes the airport his home and develops a friendship with the people who work there until he can leave. (Read More)

Themes:money,  friendship
Locations:airport,  usa,  snow
Story:queens new york city,  fictional country,  hamburger,  janitor,  fish out of water,  manhattan new york city,  new york city

Robin Hood (1973)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Romance

Robin Hood (1973)

An imaginative Disney version of the Robin Hood legend. Fun and romance abound as the swashbuckling hero of Sherwood Forest and his valiant sidekick plot one daring adventure after another to outwit the greedy prince and his partner as they put the tax squeeze on the poor.

Themes:money,  friendship
Story:prince,  sidekick,  blockbuster,  king

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

Themes:wealth
Story:king,  arranged marriage,  royalty,  queen,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one - her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs - Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love's kiss can save her. This is why Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:snow
Story:queen,  royalty,  prince,  fairy tale

Do The Right Thing (1989)
Comedy, Drama

Do The Right Thing (1989)

This film looks at life in the Bedford-Stuyvesant district of Brooklyn on a hot summer Sunday. As he does everyday, Sal Fragione opens the pizza parlor he's owned for 25 years. The neighborhood has changed considerably in the time he's been there and is now composed primarily of African-Americans and Hispanics. His son Pino hates it there and would like nothing better than to relocate the eatery to their own neighborhood. For Sal however, the restaurant represents something that is part of his life and sees it as a part of the community. What begins as a simple complaint by one of his customers, Buggin Out - who wonders why he has only pictures of famous Italian-Americans on the wall when most of his customers are black - eventually disintegrates into violence as frustration seemingly brings out the worst in everyone. (Read More)

Themes:money
Mood:satire
Period:1980s
Story:reference to martin luther king jr.,  urban decay,  ghetto,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  african american,  father son relationship

Spaceballs (1987)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Spaceballs (1987)

King Roland of the planet Druidia is trying to marry his daughter Princess Vespa to Prince Valium, but Vespa is kidnapped by the evil race of the Spaceballs. The Spaceballs ask Roland a tremendous ransom: all the air of Druidia (you see, the air of Spaceball had serious pollution problems...). The King decides to offer a generous amount of money to a space rogue, Lone Starr, to persuade him to save Vespa. What follows is the parody of a _LOT_ of famous SF movies. (Read More)

Themes:money
Mood:satire
Story:prince,  king,  role reversal,  sidekick,  actor playing multiple roles

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Frozen (2013)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Frozen (2013)

Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna's sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It's a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can't stop. She fears she's becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her. (Read More)

Locations:snow
Period:winter
Story:queen,  secret,  sidekick,  prince

Sleeping Beauty (1959) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

After a beautiful princess, Aurora, is born in to royalty everyone gathers to exchange gifts. Everything is perfectly fine until an unwanted guest appears, Maleficent. Magnificent casts a spell on the young princess and announces that she will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel on the evening of her 16th birthday. Fortunately, one of the good fairies, Merryweather, changes the spell so Aurora will fall asleep, and that the only way to wake her up were the tears from her true love. Finally the day comes. Will she be left to sleep forever? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:king,  blockbuster,  royalty,  prince,  queen,  fairy tale,  father son relationship

The Flintstones (1994)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The Flintstones (1994)

The Flintstones and the Rubbles are modern stone-age families. Fred and Barney work at Slate and Company, mining rock. Fred gives Barney some money so he and Betty can adopt a baby. When Fred and Barney take a test to determine who should become the new associate vice president, Barney returns the favor by switching his test answers for Fred's, whose answers aren't very good. Fred gets the executive position, but little does he know that he's being manipulated by his boss to be the fall guy for an embezzlement scheme. This is why The Flintstones (1994) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988). (Read More)

Themes:money,  friendship
Locations:nightclub
Story:studio logo segues into film,  blockbuster,  fairy tale,  basketball,  dancing

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Bad Company (2002)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller

Bad Company (2002)

When a CIA agent is killed during a nuclear arms purchase, his partner Oakes, recruits his twin brother, Jake Hayes. Jake had no idea he had a twin brother, let alone that he worked for the CIA. Jake, a.k.a. Michael Turner, has nine days to fill his brother's place. However, the enemy terrorists learn of his secret identity and kidnap his girlfriend/fiancee. He has to rescue them and save New York city from an imminent nuclear terrorist act. (Read More)

Locations:nightclub
Story:secret,  irreverence,  fish out of water,  actor playing multiple roles,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  african american

Alfie (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:usa,  nightclub,  snow
Period:winter
Story:flirting,  manhattan new york city,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american

Everafter (1998) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Everafter (1998)

With the sudden death of her loving father, Danielle is made a servant by her new stepmother. She also has two new stepsisters, one quite kind but the other one really horrid. Still, Danielle grows up to be a happy and strong-willed young lady, and one day her path crosses that of handsome Prince Henry, who has troubles of his own at home. Luckily the nice Leonardo da Vinci is on hand to help all round. (Read More)

Story:prince,  arranged marriage,  royalty,  fairy tale,  king

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Trading Places (1983)
Comedy

Trading Places (1983)

Louis Winthorpe is a businessman who works for commodities brokerage firm of Duke and Duke owned by the brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke. Now they bicker over the most trivial of matters and what they are bickering about is whether it's a person's environment or heredity that determines how well they will do in life. When Winthorpe bumps into Billy Ray Valentine, a street hustler and assumes he is trying to rob him, he has him arrested. Upon seeing how different the two men are, the brothers decide to make a wager as to what would happen if Winthorpe loses his job, his home and is shunned by everyone he knows and if Valentine was given Winthorpe's job. So they proceed to have Winthorpe arrested and to be placed in a compromising position in front of his girlfriend. So all he has to rely on is the hooker who was hired to ruin him. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  homelessness,  money,  friendship
Mood:satire
Period:winter,  1980s
Story:role reversal,  irreverence,  fish out of water,  blockbuster,  manhattan new york city,  new york city

Eddie The Eagle (2016)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Sport

Eddie The Eagle (2016)

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude. This is why Eddie The Eagle (2016) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988). (Read More)

Locations:airport,  snow
Period:winter,  1980s
Story:secret,  father son relationship

Hair (1979)
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War

Hair (1979)

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. (Read More)

Themes:money,  friendship
Locations:snow
Story:bride and groom,  basketball,  manhattan new york city,  new york city,  dancing,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

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Elf (2003) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Elf (2003)

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:snow
Period:winter
Story:fish out of water,  blockbuster,  manhattan new york city,  new york city,  dancing,  father son relationship

Hitch (2005)
Comedy, Romance

Hitch (2005)

Alex Hitchens is "The Date Doctor." He helps men to land dates. Sara is a gossip columnist for a New York City tabloid. Both are very guarded around the opposite sex. Despite their natures, Alex and Sara begin a relationship. Complications ensue when Sara's latest scoop happens to be one of Alex's clients. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:blockbuster,  flirting,  basketball,  manhattan new york city,  secret,  new york city,  dancing,  african american

Enchanted (2007)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Enchanted (2007)

The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn't operate on a "happily ever after" basis, Giselle is now adrift in a chaotic world badly in need of enchantment. But when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid - even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince back home - she has to wonder: Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world? (Read More)

Story:prince,  queen,  fairy tale,  sidekick,  new york city

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The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988)
Comedy, Crime

The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988)

A re-run of many of the gags from the original TV series 'Police Squad'. An Airplane type spoof, this time with the an incompetent lieutenant (Drebin) who always 'gets his man'. Visual gags come thick and fast, and it's impossible to catch them all with one viewing. The plot.. Queen Elizabeth II of England is coming to town, and Vincent Ludwig has plans to assassinate her using a brainwashed baseball player. This is why The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988). (Read More)

Mood:satire
Period:1980s
Story:queen,  implied fellatio,  irreverence,  blockbuster

Middle Men (2009) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Middle Men (2009)

Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby are drugged out geniuses with lots of ideas but they can never seem to get their act together. But when they come up with the idea to create a porn site - and charge for it (the first ever site to do so), their idea may be too lucrative for them to handle. Straight-laced business man, Jack Harris, is brought in to team up with them and turn their profitable idea into a legit business. Making money in the pornography industry is pretty easy, but staying true to yourself when surrounded by that much wealth, luxury, sex, crime and temptations, is much harder. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  money
Locations:airport,  nightclub
Period:winter,  1980s
Story:father son relationship

A Hologram For The King (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:wealth
Locations:usa,  snow
Story:prince,  king,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

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The Princess Bride (1987)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

The Princess Bride (1987)

An elderly man reads the book "The Princess Bride" to his sick and thus currently bedridden adolescent grandson, the reading of the book which has been passed down within the family for generations. The grandson is sure he won't like the story, with a romance at its core, he preferring something with lots of action and "no kissing". But the grandson is powerless to stop his grandfather, whose feelings he doesn't want to hurt. The story centers on Buttercup, a former farm girl who has been chosen as the princess bride to Prince Humperdinck of Florian. Buttercup does not love him, she who still laments the death of her one true love, Westley, five years ago. Westley was a hired hand on the farm, his stock answer of "as you wish" to any request she made of him which she came to understand was his way of saying that he loved her. But Westley went away to sea, only to be killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. On a horse ride to clear her mind of her upcoming predicament of marriage, Buttercup is kidnapped by a band of bandits: Vizzini who works on his wits, and his two associates, a giant named Fezzik who works on his brawn, and a Spaniard named Inigo Montoya, who has trained himself his entire life to be an expert swordsman. They in turn are chased by the Dread Pirate Roberts himself. But chasing them all is the Prince, and his men led by Count Tyrone Rugen. What happens to these collectives is dependent partly on Buttercup, who does not want to marry the Prince, and may see other options as lesser evils, and partly on the other motives of individuals within the groups. But a larger question is what the grandson will think of the story as it proceeds and at its end, especially as he sees justice as high a priority as action. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:prince,  fictional country,  sidekick,  arranged marriage,  queen,  fairy tale,  king,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:satire
Locations:snow
Story:secret,  man wearing glasses,  hamburger,  queen,  king,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  father daughter relationship

Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties (2006) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties (2006)

Garfield is back and this time Garfield and his canine sidekick Odie follows their owner, Jon Arbuckle, to England, the U.K. may never recover, as Garfield is mistaken for a look-alike, regal cat who has inherited a castle. Garfield savors the royal treatment afforded by his loyal four-legged subjects, but his reign is in jeopardy! The evil nefarious stubborn Lord Dargis is determined to do away with Garfield, so he can turn the castle into a resort. Garfield's bigger, better, more perfect world is soon turned upside down in this tale of two kitties. This is why Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties (2006) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988). (Read More)

Story:role reversal,  sidekick,  royalty,  prince,  queen

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Marie Antoinette (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"All eyes will be on you," says the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa to her youngest daughter Marie Antoinette. The film, marketed for a teen audience, is an impressionistic retelling of Marie Antoinette's life as a young queen in the opulent and eccentric court at Versailles. The film focuses on Marie Antoinette, as she matures from a teenage bride to a young woman and eventual queen of France. (Read More)

Story:queen,  bride and groom,  royalty,  king,  dancing,  father son relationship

Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:money,  friendship
Locations:usa,  snow
Period:winter
Story:bride and groom,  manhattan new york city,  secret,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father son relationship

The Perfect Man (2005)
Comedy, Family, Romance

The Perfect Man (2005)

Teenager Holly Hamilton is tired of moving every time her single mom Jean has another personal meltdown involving yet another second-rate guy. To distract her mother from her latest bad choice, Holly conceives the perfect plan for the perfect man.. an imaginary secret admirer who will romance Jean and boost her shaky self-esteem. When the virtual relationship takes off, Holly finds herself having to produce the suitor, borrowing her friend's charming and handsome Uncle Ben as the face behind the e-mails, notes and gifts. Holly must resort to increasingly desperate measures to keep the ruse alive and protect her mom's newfound happiness, almost missing the real perfect man when he does come along. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:suitor,  two suitors,  flirting,  secret,  new york city,  dancing

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Anna And The King (1999) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988)
Drama, History, Romance

Anna And The King (1999)

This is the story of Anna Leonowens, the English schoolteacher who came to Siam in the 1860s to teach the children of King Mongkut. She becomes involved in his affairs, from the tragic plight of a young concubine to trying to forge an alliance with Britain to a war with Burma that is orchestrated by Britain. In the meantime, a subtle romance develops between them. (Read More)

Story:prince,  king,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

Nothing To Lose (1997)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Nothing To Lose (1997)

When a man (Robbins) believes he has discovered that his wife is having an affair with his boss, it sets off a chain reaction of events. First he wanders into a ghetto where a robber (Lawrence) tries to take his money at gunpoint, but instead sets a wild ride from California to Arizona. The two eventually become reluctant friends. Discussing robbery techniques, they decide to get back at the boss by robbing an office safe containing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Life is further complicated by another pair of robbers who chase the first two for infringing on their territory. This is why Nothing To Lose (1997) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988). (Read More)

Themes:money,  friendship
Locations:nightclub
Story:ghetto,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

Save The Last Dance (2001)
Drama, Music, Romance

Save The Last Dance (2001)

Sara wants to be a ballerina, but her dreams are cut short by the sudden death of her mother. She moves in with her father, who she has not seen for a long time. He lives on the other side of town, in a predominantly Black neighborhood. She gets transferred to a new school where she is one of the few White students there. She becomes friends with Chenille, and later, falls in love with Chenille's brother, Derek. (Read More)

Locations:nightclub
Story:ghetto,  basketball,  new york city,  dancing,  african american,  father daughter relationship

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Doctor Dolittle (1998)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Doctor Dolittle (1998)

Dr. John Dolittle has the world in his hands: A beautiful wife at his side, two adorable daughters and a career that could not go better. One night, he nearly runs over a dog with his car. The dog yells "bonehead" and disappears. From then on, his childhood ability is back: To communicate with animals. Unfortunately, the word of Dolittle's ability is spreading quickly. Soon, many animals from rat to horse flock to his place to get medical advice. But his colleagues suspect he's going mad, and as the clinic Dolittle used to work for is about to being taken over for a huge amount of money, many decisions have to be made. Believe him? Put him into a mental institution? Sell the clinic? But also his family is close to breaking apart. Until a circus tiger falls seriously ill. (Read More)

Themes:money
Story:barking,  man wearing glasses,  blockbuster,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

Some Like It Hot (1959) is one of the best movies like Coming To America (1988)
Comedy, Romance

Some Like It Hot (1959)

When two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, witness the the St. Valentine's Day massacre, they want to get out of town and get away from the gangster responsible, Spats Colombo. They're desperate to get a gig out of town but the only job they know of is in an all-girl band heading to Florida. They show up at the train station as Josephine and Daphne, the replacement saxophone and bass players. They certainly enjoy being around the girls, especially Sugar Kane Kowalczyk who sings and plays the ukulele. Joe in particular sets out to woo her while Jerry/Daphne is wooed by a millionaire, Osgood Fielding III. Mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden and Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  money
Locations:snow
Period:winter
Story:suitor,  role reversal,  assumed identity,  irreverence,  fish out of water,  blockbuster,  flirting,  dancing

Out Of Africa (1985)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Out Of Africa (1985)

Follows the life of 'Karen Blixen' (qv), who establishes a plantation in Africa. Her life is Complicated by a husband of convenience (Bror Blixen), a true love (Denys), troubles on the plantation, schooling of the natives, war, and catching VD from her husband.

Themes:money,  friendship
Locations:africa
Story:blockbuster,  dancing

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