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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, loneliness, money
Locations:motel, airport, snow, restaurant
Characters:thief
Period:1980s
Story:shower curtain, swiss watch, thanksgiving, chicago illinois, motel room, o'hare airport chicago, el train, male in shower, reference to slurpee, driving in the wrong direction, shave and a haircut, double take, punch into the camera, chatter box, chewing tobacco, wichita kansas, credit card fraud, reference to houdini, speeding ticket, slob

Due Date (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Due Date (2010)

In Atlanta on business, straight-laced and overly analytical architect Peter Highman is flying home to Los Angeles and his wife Sarah for the imminent birth of their first child. However, traveling by plane no longer becomes an option when he and a fellow passenger, aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay, are kicked off the plane, which was caused by Ethan's social inappropriateness, due to being generally unaware, exacerbated by Peter's temper at a situation against his sensibilities. Peter, who ends up without money or his suitcase, is forced to accept Ethan's offer of a shared car ride to Los Angeles, Ethan who is looking for his big acting break. For Peter, this partnership is one made in hell, but he feels he has no other choice. Peter obviously wants to take as direct and as quick a route as possible, while he is at Ethan's mercy as the person with the driver's license, car rental and money. They get into one misadventure after another on this trip, with the same issue at each misadventure being Ethan's ineptness as an adult combined with Peter's resulting temper. The questions become whether they will survive the trip together, and if so if Peter will make it home in time to witness the birth of his and Sarah's first child. (Read More)

Themes:money, loneliness
Locations:motel, airport, restaurant
Story:plane, motel room, kicked in the balls, rental car, generosity, change of heart, unlikely friendship, highway travel, odd couple, luggage, bromance, family man, comedy duo, rhyme in title, credit card, stewardess, wallet, car trouble, surprise after end credits, spitting

Forces Of Nature (1999)
Comedy, Romance

Forces Of Nature (1999)

Ben Holmes, a professional book-jacket blurbologist, is trying to get to Savannah for his wedding. He just barely catches the last plane, but a seagull flies into the engine as the plane is taking off. All later flights are cancelled because of an approaching hurricane, so he is forced to hitch a ride in a Geo Metro with an attractive but eccentric woman named Sarah. (Read More)

Locations:motel, airport
Story:state trooper, rental car, highway travel, metro, screwball, plane, on the road, road movie, pay phone, road trip, taxi, bus, airplane, train, shower, new york city

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. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief
Story:unlikely friendship, screwball, surprise after end credits, reckless driving, burglary, redneck, farce, class differences, on the road, pay phone, taxi, car accident, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, flashback

The Blues Brothers (1980) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Music, Musical

The Blues Brothers (1980)

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:motel, restaurant
Period:1980s
Story:chicago illinois, el train, state trooper, highway travel, illinois, reckless driving, buddy, assault, farce, on the road, pay phone, road trip, car accident, singing, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

Taxi (1998)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Taxi (1998)

In Marseilles (France), skilled pizza delivery boy Daniel who drives a scooter finally has his dreams come true. He gets a taxi license. Caught by the police for a huge speed infraction, he will help Emilien, a loser inspector who can't drive, on the track of German bank robbers, so he doesn't lose his license and his dream job. This is why Taxi (1998) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). (Read More)

Locations:airport
Story:unlikely friendship, reckless driving, automobile, on the road, truck, taxi, car accident, fire

Blue Streak (1999)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Blue Streak (1999)

Miles Logan is a jewel thief who just hit the big time by stealing a huge diamond. However, after two years in jail, he comes to find out that he hid the diamond in a police building that was being built at the time of the robbery. In an attempt to regain his diamond, he poses as an L.A.P.D. detective... (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Characters:thief
Story:reckless driving, burglary, towel, farce, automobile, truck, lie, secret, bus, car accident, fire, cigarette smoking, dog

It Happened One Night (1934)
Comedy, Romance

It Happened One Night (1934)

Ellie Andrews has just tied the knot with society aviator King Westley when she is whisked away to her father's yacht and out of King's clutches. Ellie jumps ship and eventually winds up on a bus headed back to her husband. Reluctantly she must accept the help of out-of- work reporter Peter Warne. Actually, Warne doesn't give her any choice: either she sticks with him until he gets her back to her husband, or he'll blow the whistle on Ellie to her father. Either way, Peter gets what (he thinks!) he wants .... a really juicy newspaper story. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:motel
Characters:thief
Story:bus, watch, class differences, on the road, road movie, pay phone, road trip, secret, airplane, train, shower, new york city, singing, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

Broken Flowers (2005) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Broken Flowers (2005)

The resolutely single Don Johnston has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don resigns himself to being alone yet again and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. Don is urged to investigate this "mystery" by his closest friend and neighbor, Winston, an amateur sleuth and family man. Hesitant to travel at all, Don nonetheless embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from four former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these unique women hold new surprises for Don as he haphazardly confronts both his past and, consequently, his present. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness
Locations:motel, airport
Story:rental car, highway travel, family man, receptionist, on the road, road movie, road trip, airplane, car accident, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

Cop Out (2010)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Cop Out (2010)

After a clumsy operation trying to capture a drug dealer, the N.Y.P.D Detectives Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges are suspended for one month by their Captain Romans. Jimmy decides to sell his rare baseball card to pay for his daughter's expensive wedding while his jealous partner believes that his wife is cheating on him with their next-door neighbor. When Jimmy sells his card to a memorabilia store, the place is burgled by two small-time thieves and the detective loses his card. They track down the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:thief
Story:el train, screwball, burglary, fantasy sequence, no opening credits, false accusation, car accident, train, shower, new york city, husband wife relationship, flashback

Risky Business (1983)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Risky Business (1983)

A suburban Chicago teenager's parents leave on vacation, and he cuts loose. An unauthorised trip in his father's Porsche means a sudden need for lots of money, which he raises in a creative way. This is why Risky Business (1983) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987).

Themes:money
Locations:airport
Period:1980s
Story:chicago illinois, male in shower, burglary, class differences, fantasy sequence, taxi, shower

Trois Couleurs: Blanc (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Blanc (1994)

Karol (Polish) marries Domininque (French) and moves to Paris. The marriage breaks down and Dominique divorces Karol, forcing him into the life of a metro beggar and eventually back to Poland. However, he never forgets Dominique and while building a new life for himself in Warsaw he begins to plot... (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:airport, snow
Characters:thief
Story:luggage, metro, trunk, credit card, pay phone, airplane, fire, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, flashback

Airplane! (1980) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Comedy

Airplane! (1980)

Still craving for the love of his life, Ted Striker follows Elaine onto the flight that she is working on as a member of the cabin crew. Elaine doesn't want to be with Ted anymore, but when the crew and passengers fall ill from food poisoning, all eyes are on Ted.

Locations:airport
Period:1980s
Story:plane, chicago illinois, stewardess, surprise after end credits, farce, taxi, airplane, punctuation in title, singing, flashback, dog

Weird Science (1985)
Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi

Weird Science (1985)

Two unpopular teenagers, Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly, fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to "create" a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, whose purpose is to boost their confidence level by putting them into situations which require Gary and Wyatt to act like men. On their road to becoming accepted, they encounter many hilarious obstacles, which gives the movie an overall sense of silliness. (Read More)

Locations:snow, restaurant
Period:1980s
Story:chicago illinois, male in shower, double take, screwball, reckless driving, buddy, reverse footage, lie, taxi, train, shower, husband wife relationship, dog

Taxi (2004)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Taxi (2004)

Belle Williams is a speed demon. Flying through the streets of New York in her tricked-out taxi, she's earned a rep as New York's fastest cabbie. But driving a hack is only a pit stop for her real dream: Belle wants to be a race car champion. And she's well on her way--until she's derailed by overeager cop Andy Washburn, whose undercover skills are matched only by his total ineptitude behind the wheel. Washburn, whose lack of vehicular skills has landed him in the precinct doghouse, is hot on the heels of a gang of beautiful Brazilian bank robbers, led by Vanessa, their cold, calculating--and leggy--leader. To nab the evasive crooks, drivers license-less Washburn convinces Belle to team up with him to pursue Vanessa and crew. Belle has carte blanche to drive at any speed and break any law. The car-less cop and speed-demon cabbie--New York's unlikeliest partners-- begin a high-speed game of cat and mouse with the robbers. That is, if Belle and Washburn don't end up killing each other first. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Story:reckless driving, buddy, farce, manhattan new york city, taxi, car accident, new york city, singing, flashback

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

The manager of the negative assets sector of Life magazine, Walter Mitty, has been working for sixteen years for the magazine and has a tedious life, not going anywhere but from his home to his job and vice-versa. He is an escapist, daydreaming into a world of fantasy many times a day. Walter has a crush on the recently hired Cheryl Melhoff but he is too shy to invite her on a date and he is trying to contact her via online dating. The magazine is preparing to release its last printed edition and the loathsome manager of transition Ted Hendricks is preparing an inevitable downsizing over the next few days. Walter has been the liaison between the magazine and the mysterious independent photographer Sean O'Connell who has sent to him a package of negatives and a wallet as a gift for his work. Sean also suggests to the senior management the use of negative 25 for the cover of the last edition. However, Walter cannot find the negative that is missing. Walter has no means to contact Sean and finds a clue that he might be in Greenland. He decides to travel to Greenland to track Sean down in the beginning of an unbelievable adventure. This is why The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). (Read More)

Locations:motel, airport, snow
Story:el train, wallet, fantasy sequence, no opening credits, taxi, secret, airplane, train, new york city

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Themes:money
Locations:motel, airport
Characters:thief
Story:luggage, credit card, reckless driving, burglary, buddy, manhattan new york city, lie, bus, airplane, car accident, new york city, cigarette smoking, dog, flashback

Dumb And Dumber (1994)
Comedy

Dumb And Dumber (1994)

Harry and Lloyd are two good friends who happen to be really stupid. The duo set out on a cross country trip from Providence to Aspen, Colorado to return a briefcase full of money to its rightful owner, a beautiful woman named Mary Swanson. After a trip of one mishap after another, the duo eventually make it to Aspen. But the two soon realize that Mary and her briefcase are the least of their problems. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:airport, motel, snow, restaurant
Story:state trooper, highway travel, buddy, ampersand in title, on the road, road movie, fantasy sequence, road trip, cigarette smoking, dog

War Dogs (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:motel, airport, snow, restaurant
Story:no opening credits, truck, lie, taxi, airplane, fire, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, flashback

Babe: Pig In The City (1998)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Babe: Pig In The City (1998)

After Babe's great victory in the shepherding contest, Farmer Arthur Hoggett turns down all offers to make money with his pig's talents. But when he gets hurt severely in the well, his wife has to take up farming. She does her best but cannot meet the bank's requirements, which results in the necessity of getting back to Babe. Soon, Esme Hoggett is sitting in a plane headed for "the" city. There, Babe unwillingly causes deep trouble. He has to stay with Mrs. Hoggett in the only hotel in town that accepts pets. Friendly neighbours send officials who catch all animals from the hotel: Cats, dogs, chimpanzees and many others. Babe, who managed to stay free, decides to help his new friends and gets unexpected help - not only by Ferdinand, who flew all the way to the city. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:airport
Characters:thief
Story:plane, pig, on the road, manhattan new york city, fire, singing, husband wife relationship, dog

Dumb And Dumber To (2014) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Adventure, Comedy

Dumb And Dumber To (2014)

It's been 20 years and Harry Dunn has found something out - he has a daughter! Lloyd Christmas, his equally dim-witted friend, takes one look at a picture of her, develops a crush, and insists the two track her down. What ensues when Harry finally agrees is a bizarre encounter with an old lady and more hilarity because of their sheer stupidity. This is why Dumb And Dumber To (2014) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). (Read More)

Locations:motel
Story:highway travel, on the road, road movie, fantasy sequence, no opening credits, road trip, bus, flashback

Identity Thief (2013)
Comedy, Crime

Identity Thief (2013)

Sandy Patterson ('Jason Bateman' (qv)) gets a nice call confirming his name and other identifying information. The next thing he knows, a spa in Florida is reminding him of his appointment and his credit cards are maxed out. With his identity stolen, Sandy leaves his wife, kids and job to literally bring the thief to justice in Colorado. Keeping tabs on the other Sandy ('Melissa McCarthy' (qv)) and run-ins with bounty hunters is harder than he was expecting, and ultimately the cross-country trip is going to find both Sandys learning life tips from one another. (Read More)

Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:thief
Story:motel room, rental car, highway travel, odd couple, credit card, on the road, road movie, road trip, car accident, husband wife relationship

Michael (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Michael (1996)

Frank Quinlan and Huey Driscoll, two reporters from a Chicago-based tabloid, along with Dorothy Winters, an 'angel expert', are asked to travel to rural Iowa to investigate a claim from an old woman that she shares her house with a real, live archangel named Michael. Upon arrival, they see that her claims are true - but Michael is not what they expected: he smokes, drinks beer, has a very active libido and has a rather colourful vocabulary. In fact, they would never believe it were it not for the two feathery wings protruding from his back. Michael agrees to travel to Chicago with the threesome, but what they don't realise is that the journey they are about to undertake will change their lives forever. (Read More)

Locations:motel
Story:chicago illinois, highway travel, illinois, on the road, road trip, airplane, dog

Meet The Fockers (2004)
Comedy, Romance

Meet The Fockers (2004)

Having given permission to male nurse Greg Focker to marry his daughter, ex-CIA man Jack Byrnes and his wife travel to Miami to Greg's parents, who this time around are Mr. and Mrs. Focker, who are as different from them as can be. As asked in the first movie, what sort of people name their son Gaylord M. Focker? (Read More)

Locations:airport
Story:chicago illinois, rental car, farce, false accusation, secret, airplane, shower, dog

Pineapple Express (2008) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:motel, restaurant
Story:motel room, bromance, car trouble, reckless driving, buddy, pay phone, lie, car accident, fire, husband wife relationship, flashback

Eurotrip (2004)
Comedy

Eurotrip (2004)

Ohio high school student Scott Thomas is a good student and nice guy - albeit a little predictable - who is about to graduate and go into pre-med. He is unceremoniously dumped by his whorish girlfriend Fiona on graduation day. Among the people he turns to in his hour of despair is his German pen pal, Mike. Scott and Mike seem to have a special connection. After Mike makes advances to Scott now that he and Fiona are not seeing each other, Scott abruptly sends Mike a message saying he never wants to hear from him again. However, Scott learns shorty thereafter that Mike is actually a beautiful girl named Mieke. By this time, Mieke has blocked his messages. Thinking that Mieke is actually who he was meant to be with, Scott, impulsively for a change, decides to go to Berlin to be with her. Along for the ride is Scott's best friend, the girl crazy Cooper Harris. They manage only to get a flight into London, and thus have to make their way from London to Berlin. Along the way in Paris, they run into their high school friends, twins Jenny and Jamie, who are backpacking through Europe. Scott and Cooper consider them the most mismatched twins ever, Jamie who is a walking encyclopedia, and Jenny a girl who they treat as just one of the guys. As the four try to make their way to Berlin, they run into a few obstacles and few adventures. Scott hopes that all these problems are worth it when he has his much hyped in his mind meeting with Mieke. This is why Eurotrip (2004) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:airport, restaurant
Characters:thief
Story:highway travel, metro, on the road, fantasy sequence, truck, road trip, bus, airplane, train, singing, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, dog

National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
Adventure, Comedy

National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

The Griswold family are on a quest. A quest to a Walley World theme park for a family vacation, but things aren't going to go exactly as planned, especially when Clark Griswold is losing all thought towards a mysterious blonde in a red Ferrari.

Themes:money
Locations:motel
Period:1980s
Story:motel room, st. louis missouri, highway travel, bad luck, illinois, credit card, redneck, farce, on the road, road movie, road trip, shower, dog

Nurse Betty (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. (Read More)

Locations:motel, restaurant
Characters:thief
Story:motel room, highway travel, trunk, on the road, road movie, road trip, car accident, husband wife relationship

Red Heat (1988) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Red Heat (1988)

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a Russian policeman sent after a Georgian drug dealer who has escaped to the United States and is awaiting extradition in Chicago. Jim Belushi plays his temporary partner on the Chicago police. When the drug dealer escapes, the two police must overcome their differences in order to recapture him. (Read More)

Locations:airport
Period:1980s
Story:chicago illinois, buddy, towel, bus, airplane, train, cigarette smoking

In Her Shoes (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Her Shoes (2005)

Two sisters, plus a dead mother, a remarried father, and a hostile step-mother. The sisters, each in her way, have perfected the art of losing. The elder, Rose, is an attorney, responsible, lonely, with a closet full of shoes. The younger is Maggie, beautiful, selfish, and irresponsible. Her drunken behavior gets her tossed by her step-mother from her dad's house; worse behavior gets her tossed from Rose's apartment. Then, while searching in her father's desk for money to filch, Maggie finds an address; the past and the future open up to her and, with any luck, may open to her sister as well. (Read More)

Themes:money, loneliness
Locations:snow, restaurant
Characters:thief
Story:chicago illinois, slob, credit card, pay phone, lie, secret, car accident, train, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, dog, flashback

Midnight Run (1988)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Midnight Run (1988)

Bounty hunter Jack Walsh ('Robert De Niro' (qv)) is sent to find and return bail jumper and former Mafia accountant, Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas ('Charles Grodin' (qv)). The FBI has had no success in locating The Duke, so when Jack finds him in next to no time, they are a little embarrassed. In order to collect his $100,000 fee, Jack must take The Duke from New York to Los Angeles. However, the Mafia and the FBI have other ideas, as does Marvin Dorfler ('John Ashton (I)' (qv)), a rival bounty hunter. On their long cross-country trip to LA, the two get to know each other and they build up a strange friendship. This is why Midnight Run (1988) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:motel, airport
Period:1980s
Story:highway travel, credit card, plane, buddy, on the road, road movie, pay phone, road trip, manhattan new york city, bus, airplane, car accident, train, new york city

About Schmidt (2002)
Comedy, Drama

About Schmidt (2002)

Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebr. for many years, yet now faces retirement. At the same time he is forced to take a hard look at his wife, his life and his relationship with his estranged daughter. An often hilarious series of events follow as Schmidt embarks on an unpredictable RV journey to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver. (Read More)

Locations:airport, restaurant
Story:highway travel, car trouble, on the road, road movie, widower, road trip, flashback

Sunshine Cleaning (2008) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Comedy, Drama

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

A family. Rose and Norah, in Albuquerque, lost their mother when they were young. Rose is responsible - a housecleaner, raising her seven-year-old son Oscar. She's also having an affair with Mac, a married cop, her high-school sweetheart. Norah can't hold a job. Their dad, Joe, is quirky. When Oscar is expelled for odd behavior, Rose wants to earn enough to send him to private school. Mac suggests she clean up after crime scenes, suicides, and deaths that go undiscovered for awhile. Rose enlists Norah, and Sunshine Cleaners is born. Norah bonds with the dead, Rose finds out that it's a regulated business, and complications arise. Can a family marked by tragedy sort things out? (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:motel, restaurant
Story:motel room, automobile, truck, lie, car accident, train, fire, shower, husband wife relationship, flashback

The Producers (2005)
Comedy, Musical

The Producers (2005)

New York, 1959. Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now all his shows close on opening night. Things turn around when he's visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme tailor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. To this end, they produce a musical called Springtime for Hitler written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct. Finally, they hire as a lead actress the loopy Swedish bombshell Ulla (whose last name has over 15 syllables). As opening night draws near, what can go wrong? Well, there's no accounting for taste... (Read More)

Themes:money
Story:bad luck, receptionist, surprise after end credits, buddy, manipulation, manhattan new york city, lie, taxi, new york city, singing, husband wife relationship

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

Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
Comedy, Sci-fi

Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

Years have passed since Ted Striker heroically saved many lives by avoiding a plane crash. Working as a test pilot for a new Lunar Shuttle, he gets innocently sent into a mental ward after a crash of the badly constructed, computer-navigated spaceship. When he hears that the exactly same type of shuttle is scheduled for a moon flight soon, he breaks out to hinder the launch. Aboard, Ted finds his ex-ex Elaine Dickinson working as stewardess again and her fiance Simon, a member of the committee that wants the Mayflower I to be launched. In flight, the ship's computer ROK 9000 takes control, killing the crew. Ted and Elaine manage to switch it off, and now it is up to Ted again to save the passengers' lives - if there only wouldn't be these flashbacks to the war and these people who know Ted and have no faith in his abilities at all. This is why Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). (Read More)

Locations:airport
Period:1980s
Story:stewardess, surprise after end credits, plane, farce, airplane, flashback

The Matador (2005) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Matador (2005)

A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:airport, snow, restaurant
Story:traveling salesman, bad luck, lie, taxi, airplane, car accident, fire, shower, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, dog, flashback

Holes (2003)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Mystery

Holes (2003)

"But if you forget to come back for Madame Zeroni, you and your family will be cursed for always and eternity." Those were the exact words spoken to young Elya Yelnats the day he forgot to repay Madame Zeroni. From then on his family was cursed with bad luck. One hundred years later Stanley Yelnats IV is accused of stealing a pair of cleats from a major league baseball player and sent to Camp Green Lake (a dry lake bed in the middle of the desert). It never rains at Camp Green Lake, it hasn't for one hundred years. The secretive and mysterious Warden has each inmate spend every day digging one hole to "build character." But when an artifact from the famous "Kissin' Kate" Barlow is found in a hole, the Warden forces the boys to work double time leading Stanley to deduce they're digging because the Warden is looking for something. But what? And how is the mystery of Camp Green Lake connected to Stanley's family curse? (Read More)

Themes:homelessness
Characters:thief
Story:bad luck, surprise after end credits, pig, no opening credits, false accusation, bus, car accident, train, fire, shower, flashback

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)

Locations:snow
Story:secret, reverse footage, redneck, manipulation, pay phone, no opening credits, false accusation, taxi, airplane, car accident, new york city, singing, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, flashback, dog

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness
Locations:snow, restaurant
Period:1980s
Story:truck, manhattan new york city, secret, airplane, shower, new york city, singing, cigarette smoking, flashback, dog

Leap Year (2010) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Comedy, Romance

Leap Year (2010)

A woman who has an elaborate scheme to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, an Irish tradition which occurs every time the date February 29 rolls around, faces a major setback when bad weather threatens to derail her planned trip to Dublin. With the help of an innkeeper, however, her cross-country odyssey just might result in her getting engaged. This is why Leap Year (2010) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:airport, snow, restaurant
Characters:thief
Story:on the road, pay phone, road trip, taxi, bus, airplane, shower, singing, husband wife relationship, dog

Masterminds (2016)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Masterminds (2016)

David Ghantt discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash...only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney, and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:airport
Characters:thief
Story:redneck, farce, manipulation, pay phone, no opening credits, taxi, airplane, car accident, husband wife relationship

It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime

It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

After a long prison sentence Smiler Grogan is heading at high speed to a California park where he hid $350,000 from a job 15 years previously. He accidentally careens over a cliff in view of four cars whose occupants go down to help. The dying Grogan gives details of where the money is buried and when the witnesses fail to agree on sharing the cash, a crazy chase develops across the state. (Read More)

Themes:money
Story:male in shower, reckless driving, plane, assault, on the road, road movie, pay phone, road trip, airplane, car accident, husband wife relationship

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

In Mexico City, late teen friends Tenoch Iturbide and Julio Zapata are feeling restless as their respective girlfriends are traveling together through Europe before they all begin the next phase of their lives at college. At a lavish family wedding, Tenoch and Julio meet Luisa Cortes, the twenty-something wife of Tenoch's cousin Jano, the two who have just moved to Mexico from Spain. Tenoch and Julio try to impress the beautiful Luisa by telling her that they will be taking a trip to the most beautiful secluded beach in Mexico called la Boca del Cielo (translated to Heaven's Mouth), the trip and the beach which in reality don't exist. When Luisa learns of Jano's latest marital indiscretion straight from the horse's mouth, she takes Tenoch and Julio's offer to go along on this road trip, meaning that Tenoch and Julio have to pull together quickly a road trip to a non-existent beach. They decide to head toward one suggested by their friend Saba, who seems a little confused himself of this beach's location. On the road trip, which ends up not being totally harmonious, the three go on a trip of discovery. For Luisa, she has to figure out what to do with her immediate future based on the news from Jano and a secret she is keeping. And Tenoch and Julio have to figure out what their friendship really means as they grow up. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:airport, restaurant
Story:road trip, secret, class differences, pig, on the road, road movie, lie, airplane, shower, singing, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, dog

Hair (1979) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
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
Locations:snow
Story:class differences, fantasy sequence, manhattan new york city, taxi, bus, airplane, new york city, singing, cigarette smoking, dog, flashback

Home Alone 3 (1997)
Comedy, Crime, Family

Home Alone 3 (1997)

Four high-tech industrial spies, Beaupre, Alice, Jernigan and Unger, steal a top-secret microchip, and, to fool customs, hide it in a remote-control toy car. Through a baggage mix-up at the airport, grumpy old Mrs.Hess gets the toy and gives it to her neighbor, 8-year-old Alex. Spies want to get the toy back before their clients get angry and decide to burglarize every house at Alex's street to find the chip. But Alex is prepared for their visit... This is why Home Alone 3 (1997) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). (Read More)

Locations:airport, snow
Story:secret, chicago illinois, o'hare airport chicago, luggage, illinois, burglary, airplane, fire, shower, dog

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Adventure, Comedy, Family

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

The cartoonish and childish character Pee Wee Herman goes on a big adventure for the first time ever when his beloved shiny new bicycle is stolen by his nemesis Francis Buxton, a fellow man-child and neighborhood rich "kid." And he sets off on an obsessive cross-country journey, determined to recover it. Pee-wee's awkward and childish attempts to be cool and mature. (Read More)

Characters:thief
Period:1980s
Story:truck, highway travel, electronic music score, on the road, road movie, pay phone, road trip, fire, dog

Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
Comedy, Family

Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

Mr. Bean enters a church raffle and wins a vacation trip to France as well as a camcorder. After boarding a Eurostar train and arriving in Paris, the French language proves a barrier for Bean, as he struggles to get across the city to catch a train to the south of France from the Gare de Lyon. Taking time to order a meal, he finds the consumption of a seafood platter to be a challenge. Just before catching his train, he asks Emil, a Russian film director on his way to be a judge at the Cannes Film festival to use his camcorder to record his boarding, but accidentally causes Emil being left behind at the station. Bean attempts to cheer up the director's son Stepan as the train continues south but matters are made more hectic by the fact that Emil has reported his son to have been kidnapped and Bean losing his wallet and essential travel documents at a pay phone where he and Stepan attempt to contact Emil. Heading in the direction of Cannes, Bean finds himself in the cast and disrupting the flow of a commercial being shot by the egotistical director Carson Clay. He and Stepan finally hitch a ride with the young and vivacious actress Sabine who is heading to Cannes to attend the premiere of Clay's film, in which she appears. After Bean sneaks into the showing, his camcorder images are destined to enliven the proceedings. (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Story:wallet, surprise after end credits, on the road, pay phone, road trip, taxi, bus, punctuation in title, train

Heartbreakers (2001) is one of the best movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Comedy, Crime, Romance

Heartbreakers (2001)

Max and Page are a mother and daughter con team. Max seduces wealthy men into marrying her, then Page seduces them into infidelity so Max can rake them over the divorce court coals. And then it's on to the next victim.

Themes:money
Locations:restaurant
Story:credit card fraud, farce, manipulation, pay phone, car accident, new york city, singing, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Six Days Seven Nights (1998)

Taking a romantic tropical island week off with her boyfriend, an ambitious, decisive New York girl agrees to help her magazine out by covering a story on a neighboring island. The only plane available is piloted by a laid-back heavy drinker with whom she shares a mutual dislike. But she has no choice and he can't refuse the money. When the plane crash-lands on an uninhabited island with little chance of rescue they both wish they had made other arrangements - at least to start with. (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:airport, snow, restaurant
Story:plane, screwball, class differences, pig, airplane, new york city

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