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Rain Man (1988)
Drama

Rain Man (1988)

Charles Sanford "Charlie" Babbit is a self-centered Los Angeles-based automobile dealer/hustler/bookie who is at war with his own life. Charlie, as a young teenager, used his father's 1949 Buick convertible without permission and as a result, he went to jail for two days on account that his father reported it stolen. It is then that Charlie learns that his estranged father died and left him from his last will and testament a huge bed of roses and the car while the remainder will of $3 Million goes into a trust fund to be distributed to someone. Charlie seemed pretty angry by this and decides to look into this matter. It seems as if that "someone" is Raymond, Charlie's unknown brother, an autistic savant who lives in a world of his own, resides at the Walbrook Institute. Charlie then kidnaps Raymond and decides to take him on a lust for life trip to the west coast as a threat to get the $3 Million inheritance. Raymond's acts and nagging, including repeated talks of "Abbott & Costello", "Four minutes till Wapner" and refusal to fly on an airline except Quantas drives Charlie insane... and out of his selfish world into a cross-country trek of pure love and understanding that these two both have. (Read More)

Themes:autism,  inheritance,  obsession,  funeral,  kidnapping
Locations:usa,  texas,  motel,  elevator,  airport,  desert,  bathtub,  cemetery,  hotel
Characters:waitress,  prostitute,  doctor
Story:lamborghini countach,  red lamborghini,  autistic savant,  savant,  convertible,  woman in bathtub,  portable television,  autistic brother,  institutional life,  psychiatric examination,  red sports car,  card counting,  eidetic memory,  blackjack game,  wheel of fortune,  brother brother reunion,  will reading,  k mart,  antique car,  long lost relative,  smoke alarm,  las vegas strip,  wind farm,  institutionalization,  solicitation,  film with ambiguous title,  buick,  meltdown,  reference to shakespeare's macbeth,  toothpick,  cincinnati ohio,  cargo ship,  fear of flying,  male orgasm,  telephone box,  car dealer,  lamborghini,  railroad crossing,  phone book,  missionary position,  moaning woman,  public phone,  missouri,  overhearing sex,  dance lesson,  talking while driving,  father son estrangement,  car radio,  down syndrome,  road accident,  bankruptcy,  disappointment,  reference to the beatles,  laundromat,  last will and testament,  escalator,  video surveillance,  harbor,  lying,  sports car,  extortion,  frustration,  first kiss,  anxiety,  mental institution,  railway station,  coitus,  flatulence,  blockbuster,  caught having sex,  cowboy hat,  casino,  las vegas nevada,  premarital sex,  loss of father,  on the road,  road movie,  pay phone,  apology,  baseball,  diner,  california,  road trip,  travel,  sex in bed,  watching tv,  small town,  underwear,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  sex scene

Paris, Texas (1984)
Drama

Paris, Texas (1984)

A man wanders out of the desert after a four year absence. His brother finds him, and together they return to L.A. to reunite the man with his young son. Soon after, he and the boy set out to locate the mother of the child, who left shortly after the man disappeared.

Locations:texas,  desert,  motel,  airport,  hotel
Characters:doctor
Story:fear of flying,  railroad crossing,  laundromat,  road movie,  california,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  photograph

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The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of west Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Pete Perkins, a local ranch foreman, kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With his captive in tow and the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:texas,  desert,  cemetery,  usa,  motel
Characters:waitress
Story:cincinnati ohio,  cowboy hat,  on the road,  pay phone,  watching tv,  small town,  underwear,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking

On The Road (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:motel,  cemetery
Characters:prostitute
Story:moaning woman,  overhearing sex,  on the road,  road movie,  diner,  california,  road trip,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene

Sydney (1996) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988)
Crime, Drama

Sydney (1996)

John has lost all his money. He sits outside a diner in the desert when Sydney happens along, buys him coffee, then takes him to Reno and shows him how to get a free room without losing much money. Under Sydney's fatherly tutelage, John becomes a successful small-time professional gambler, and all is well, until he falls for Clementine, a cocktail waitress and sometimes hooker. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  kidnapping
Locations:motel,  desert,  hotel
Characters:waitress
Story:extortion,  casino,  las vegas nevada,  diner,  watching tv,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  two word title

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My Blueberry Nights (2007)
Drama, Romance

My Blueberry Nights (2007)

Elizabeth's heart is broken. For solace, she drops in late at night a few times at Jeremy's diner for blueberry pie a la mode; they talk. Once, he watchers her sleep, her head on the counter. Abruptly, she leaves New York City to get away from her pain. She works a couple of jobs in Memphis. There, a heart-broken cop is drinking himself into oblivion, his ex occasionally showing up where he drinks and Lizzy works. Then, she's in Nevada, working at a casino where she uses her savings (she wants a car) to stake Leslie, a busted gambler, in a high rollers' game. After, Beth drives Leslie to Vegas where Leslie's estranged father lives. Broken relationships. What about Jeremy? This is why My Blueberry Nights (2007) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988). (Read More)

Locations:motel
Characters:waitress
Story:video surveillance,  lying,  casino,  las vegas nevada,  loss of father,  convertible,  diner

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Locations:elevator,  hotel
Story:reference to the beatles,  premarital sex,  loss of father,  on the road,  pay phone,  california,  road trip,  travel,  watching tv,  underwear,  telephone call,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Locations:usa,  motel,  airport,  hotel
Characters:prostitute,  doctor
Story:telephone box,  laundromat,  blockbuster,  premarital sex,  loss of father,  pay phone,  diner,  california,  travel,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene

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Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Locations:motel,  airport,  bathtub,  hotel
Characters:prostitute
Story:convertible,  pay phone,  apology,  diner,  watching tv,  underwear,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking

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:funeral,  kidnapping
Locations:motel,  elevator,  airport,  desert,  hotel
Characters:prostitute
Story:sports car,  casino,  las vegas nevada,  premarital sex,  diner,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking

Thelma & Louise (1991)
Adventure, Crime, Drama

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Louise is working in a diner as a waitress and has some problems with her boyfriend Jimmy, who, as a musician, is always on the road. Thelma is married to Darryl who likes his wife to stay quiet in the kitchen so that he can watch football on TV. One day they decide to break out of their normal life and jump in the car and hit the road. Their journey, however, turns into a flight when Louise kills a man who threatens to rape Thelma. They decide to go to Mexico, but soon they are hunted by American police. This is why Thelma & Louise (1991) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988). (Read More)

Locations:motel,  desert,  hotel
Characters:waitress
Story:video surveillance,  convertible,  on the road,  road movie,  diner,  road trip,  cigarette smoking

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Wild At Heart (1990)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild At Heart (1990)

Lula's psychopathic mother goes crazy at the thought of Lula being with Sailor, who just got free from jail. Ignoring Sailor's probation, they set out for California. However their mother hires a killer to hunt down Sailor. Unaware of this, the two enjoy their journey and themselves being together... until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident - a bad omen. (Read More)

Locations:texas,  motel,  desert
Story:california,  car radio,  frustration,  cowboy hat,  convertible,  on the road,  road movie,  apology,  road trip,  small town,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene

Swingers (1996) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988)
Comedy, Drama

Swingers (1996)

This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship.

Locations:desert
Characters:waitress
Story:sports car,  casino,  las vegas nevada,  premarital sex,  on the road,  diner,  underwear,  telephone call,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking

Sideways (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sideways (2004)

A week before his friend Jack is to be married, best man Miles and the prospective groom head off to wine country for a week of fun, relaxation and - of course - wine drinking. Miles is the oenophile and does his best to teach Jack a bit about the art of appreciating great wine. All Jack cares about is drinking and carousing, something he accomplishes when he meets the attractive Stephanie at one of the vineyards. Miles is something of a sad sack, a high school English teacher who is a failed writer at heart. He has yet to get over the fact that his wife has divorced him and that she has remarried and he now faces that nerve racking wait for word from a prospective publisher. Miles has an opportunity to start anew when he meets Stephanie's friend Maya but when he let's slip that Jack is about to be married any hope of a relationship seems to be lost. (Read More)

Locations:motel
Characters:waitress
Story:road trip,  coitus,  caught having sex,  premarital sex,  convertible,  on the road,  road movie,  diner,  california,  travel,  sex in bed,  small town,  telephone call,  sex scene

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Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:desert
Characters:waitress
Story:railroad crossing,  first kiss,  on the road,  pay phone,  apology,  diner,  road trip,  watching tv,  underwear,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking

The Cooler (2003)
Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The Cooler (2003)

The unluckiest man in Vegas - a guy whose bad luck is contagious - is used by the last of the old time mob run casinos to kill high rollers' action. That is, until he falls in love with a cocktail waitress and gets "lady luck," which throws the situation into reverse. Things turn nasty when the casino director tries to break up the romance. This is why The Cooler (2003) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988). (Read More)

Locations:motel,  desert,  hotel
Characters:waitress,  prostitute
Story:casino,  road accident,  extortion,  las vegas nevada,  convertible,  sex in bed,  watching tv,  underwear,  singing,  cigarette smoking

Parenthood (1989) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988)
Comedy, Drama

Parenthood (1989)

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.

Story:missouri,  talking while driving,  blockbuster,  cowboy hat,  baseball,  underwear,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  sex scene

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The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
Drama, History

The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

Tom Joad returns to his home after a jail sentence to find his family kicked off their farm due to foreclosure. He catches up with them on his uncle's farm and joins them the next day as they head for California and a new life - Hopefully.

Themes:funeral
Characters:waitress
Story:railroad crossing,  talking while driving,  on the road,  road movie,  california,  road trip,  brother brother relationship

Interstate 60: Episodes Of The Road (2002)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Interstate 60: Episodes Of The Road (2002)

Neal Oliver is a young artist, but his father doesn't like his choice and wants him to go to Oxford. Everything changes after Neal's meeting with O.W.Grant, who grants exactly one wish per person, as his name suggests. Neal wishes for answers, and so he must travel to the nonexistent Danver by the nonexistent Interstate 60. In this trip he hopes to find the girl of his dreams, following the trail of her photos on the advertising stands along the route. Many encounters await him ahead. Will he receive what he asked for? (Read More)

Locations:motel
Characters:waitress
Story:lying,  convertible,  on the road,  road movie,  diner,  road trip,  travel,  title spoken by character

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)

Themes:funeral
Locations:airport,  bathtub,  cemetery
Story:telephone box,  frustration,  on the road,  road movie,  road trip,  travel,  two word title

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Kalifornia (1993) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Kalifornia (1993)

Brian Kessler, a journalist researching serial killers, and his photographer girlfriend Carrie set out on a cross-country tour of the sites of the killings. Sharing the ride and their expenses are Early Grayce, a paroled white trash criminal, and his girlfriend Adele. As the trip progresses, Early begins to appear more and more unstable, and Brian and Carrie begin to fear that they may have a real-life killer in the back seat of their car. This is why Kalifornia (1993) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:texas,  motel,  desert
Characters:waitress
Story:on the road,  road movie,  california,  road trip,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking

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)

Themes:obsession
Locations:motel
Characters:waitress,  doctor
Story:cowboy hat,  on the road,  road movie,  diner,  road trip,  watching tv,  small town,  underwear,  telephone call

Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Drama

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

Robert Dupea has given up his promising career as a concert pianist and is now working in oil fields. He lives together with Rayette, who's a waitress in a diner. When Robert hears from his sister that his father isn't well, he drives up to Washington to see him, taking Rayette with him. There he gets confronted with his rich, cultured family that he had left behind. (Read More)

Themes:obsession
Locations:motel
Characters:waitress
Story:diner,  premarital sex,  on the road,  road movie,  california,  road trip,  travel,  sex in bed,  small town,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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Hell Or High Water (2016)
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western

Hell Or High Water (2016)

In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:inheritance
Locations:texas,  motel,  desert,  hotel
Characters:waitress,  prostitute
Story:cowboy hat,  casino,  diner,  watching tv,  small town,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene

Garden State (2004) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  kidnapping
Locations:airport,  bathtub,  cemetery,  hotel
Characters:prostitute,  doctor
Story:psychiatric examination,  father son estrangement,  escalator,  anxiety,  pay phone,  watching tv,  underwear,  telephone call,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene

Crossroads (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Crossroads (2002)

Three best friends get together and bury a box, making a pact to open it at midnight at their high school graduation. In the small town in Georgia that they live in, things soon change. One is little miss perfect, one is an engaged prom queen, and the other is a pregnant outcast. On the night of their graduation, they open the box and they strike up a conversation. Suddenly, one brings up the topic of her going to Los Angeles for a record contract audition. They all decide to go together and they leave. With a little money, they set out on the road with a guy named Ben. When one of them tells the other a rumor that he might be a homicidal maniac, they are all scared of him. When they reach Los Angeles, Lucy (Britney Spears) falls in love with Ben and against her father's wishes, she stays and she goes to the audition. This is why Crossroads (2002) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988). (Read More)

Locations:texas,  motel
Story:disappointment,  premarital sex,  convertible,  on the road,  pay phone,  road trip,  small town,  underwear,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:motel,  desert
Story:loss of father,  road movie,  pay phone,  diner,  california,  road trip,  watching tv,  telephone call,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  two word title

Wild Card (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild Card (2015)

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes...and this time, it's all or nothing. (Read More)

Locations:motel,  elevator,  hotel
Characters:waitress,  prostitute,  doctor
Story:las vegas strip,  casino,  las vegas nevada,  pay phone,  diner,  cigarette smoking,  two word title

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)

The big-screen version of Hunter S. Thompson's seminal psychedelic classic about his road trip across Western America as he and his large Samoan lawyer searched desperately for the "American dream"... they were helped in large part by the huge amount of drugs and alcohol kept in their convertible, The Red Shark. (Read More)

Locations:elevator,  desert,  bathtub,  hotel
Story:convertible,  casino,  las vegas nevada,  on the road,  road trip

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Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)
Biography, Drama, War

Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Locations:desert,  cemetery
Story:first kiss,  railway station,  blockbuster,  baseball,  diner,  small town,  brother brother relationship,  sex scene

Love & Other Drugs (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Love & Other Drugs (2010)

Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone - or anything - tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. This is why Love & Other Drugs (2010) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988). (Read More)

Locations:bathtub
Characters:doctor
Story:overhearing sex,  sports car,  frustration,  caught having sex,  travel,  sex in bed,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  sex scene

Get Carter (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Get Carter (2000)

Years ago, Jack Carter left his Seattle home to become a Las Vegas mob casino financial enforcer. He returns for the funeral of his brother Richard 'Richie' after a car crash during a storm, atypical of the careful house-father. Talking to the widow, daughter Doreen and enigmatic Geraldine, Jack suspects it was murder. Cliff Brumby, whose club Richie ran, is financially linked to porn and prostitution baron Cyrus Paice, who claims to be just a front-man for ITC tycoon Jeremy Kinnear. Someone hired goon Thorpey to make Jack return to Las Vegas. Jack's partner Con McCarty is restless, apparently about their boss Les Fletcher whose wife had an affair with Jack. Someone breaks into Richie's home, looking for a crucial CD. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:elevator,  cemetery
Characters:prostitute
Story:casino,  las vegas nevada,  diner,  watching tv,  brother brother relationship,  cigarette smoking

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Giant (1956) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds across two generations. (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:texas,  airport,  cemetery,  hotel
Characters:waitress,  doctor
Story:last will and testament,  sports car,  railway station,  blockbuster,  cowboy hat,  convertible,  diner,  telephone call,  singing,  cigarette smoking

Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Drama

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Texas greenhorn Joe Buck arrives in New York for the first time. Preening himself as a real 'hustler', he finds that he is the one getting 'hustled' until he teams up with a down-and-out but resilient outcast named Ratso Rizzo. The initial 'country cousin meets city cousin' relationship deepens. In their efforts to bilk a hostile world rebuffing them at every turn, this unlikely pair progress from partners in shady business to comrades. Each has found his first real friend. (Read More)

Locations:texas,  motel,  elevator,  cemetery,  hotel
Characters:waitress,  prostitute
Story:laundromat,  caught having sex,  cowboy hat,  small town,  telephone call,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  two word title

A Perfect World (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Perfect World (1993)

After escaping from a Huntsville prison, convict Butch Haynes and his partner Terry Pugh kidnap a young boy, Philip Perry, and flee across Texas. As they travel together, Butch and Philip discover common bonds and suffer the abuses of the outside "Perfect World." In pursuit is Texas Ranger "Red" Garnett and criminologist Sally Gerber. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:texas
Story:blockbuster,  cowboy hat,  road movie,  diner,  road trip,  travel,  underwear,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking

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The Machinist (2004)
Drama, Thriller

The Machinist (2004)

Trevor Reznik is a machinist in a factory. An extreme case of insomnia has led to him not sleeping in a year, and his body withering away to almost nothing. He has an obsessive compulsion to write himself reminder notes and keep track of his dwindling weight, both scribbled on yellow stickies in his apartment. The only person he lets into his life in an emotional sense is Stevie, a prostitute, although he has an infatuation with Maria, a single mother waitress working in an airport diner. His co-workers don't associate with and mistrust him because of not knowing what is going on in his life that has led to his emaciated physical appearance. A workplace incident further alienates him with his coworkers, and in conjunction with some unfamiliar pieces of paper he finds in his apartment, Trevor believes that someone or some people - probably one or some of his coworkers - are out to get him, using a phantom employee named Ivan as their front. As Trevor goes on a search for evidence as to Ivan's schemes and whereabouts, Trevor may come to a true understanding of what has caused his insomnia. This is why The Machinist (2004) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988). (Read More)

Locations:motel,  airport,  bathtub
Characters:waitress,  prostitute
Story:coitus,  diner,  sex in bed,  watching tv,  underwear,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene

Inherent Vice (2014) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Inherent Vice (2014)

During the psychedelic 60s and 70s Larry "Doc" Sportello is surprised by his former girlfriend and her plot for her billionaire boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. A plan for kidnapping gets shaken up by the oddball characters entangled in this groovy kidnapping romp based upon the novel by Thomas Pynchon. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  kidnapping
Locations:usa,  elevator,  hotel
Characters:waitress,  prostitute,  doctor
Story:mental institution,  cowboy hat,  casino,  convertible,  california,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  sex scene

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:motel,  desert
Characters:waitress,  prostitute
Story:cowboy hat,  premarital sex,  convertible,  on the road,  road movie,  diner,  road trip,  travel,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking

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Breakdown (1997)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Breakdown (1997)

Jeff and Amy Taylor are moving to California and must drive across the country. When they find themselves stranded in the middle of a desert with hardly anyone or anything around, their trip comes to a sudden halt. Amy had taken a ride with a friendly trucker to a small diner to call for help, but after a long time, Jeff becomes worried. He finds that no one in the diner has seen or heard from his wife. When he finds the trucker who gave Amy the ride, the trucker swears he has never seen her. Now Jeff must attempt to find his wife, who has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. But who can he trust? (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:diner,  railroad crossing,  extortion,  cowboy hat,  on the road,  pay phone,  california

True Romance (1993)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

True Romance (1993)

In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia is the owner of the drug and a group of killers are sent to hunt down Clarnece and Alabama. (Read More)

Locations:motel,  airport,  bathtub,  hotel
Characters:prostitute
Story:convertible,  on the road,  pay phone,  diner,  road trip,  travel,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene

Lars And The Real Girl (2007) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. This is why Lars And The Real Girl (2007) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988). (Read More)

Themes:funeral
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:doctor
Story:first kiss,  anxiety,  small town,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph

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Broken Flowers (2005)
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)

Locations:motel,  airport,  cemetery,  hotel
Characters:waitress
Story:on the road,  road movie,  road trip,  travel,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Themes:funeral
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  hotel
Story:bankruptcy,  reference to the beatles,  cowboy hat,  watching tv,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking

The Killer Inside Me (2010)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

Sadism and masochism beneath a veneer of revenge. Lou Ford is a mild-mannered sheriff's deputy in a Texas oil town in the mid 1950's. His boss sends him to roust a prostitute living in a rural house. She slaps him; he hits her, then, after daily sex for the next few weeks, he decides it's love. She's devoted to him and becomes his pawn in a revenge plot she thinks is to shakedown the son of Chester Conway, the town's wealthy king of construction. Lou has a different plan, and bodies pile up as murder leads to murder. The district attorney suspects Lou, and Conway may have an inkling, but Lou stays cool. Is love, or at least peace, in the cards? (Read More)

Locations:usa,  texas,  hotel
Characters:prostitute
Story:railway station,  cowboy hat,  diner,  small town,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene

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Mulholland Dr. (2001) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio. (Read More)

Locations:airport
Characters:waitress
Story:phone book,  frustration,  cowboy hat,  diner,  california,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  two word title

John Q (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. This is why John Q (2002) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Characters:doctor
Story:video surveillance,  baseball,  road trip,  watching tv,  underwear,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking

Secretary (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Secretary (2002)

An emotionally fragile woman recently released from a mental hospital for self mutilation goes to school to gain secretarial skills to gain employment. She has an alcoholic father and a co-dependent mother who are clueless as to who she really is which a tormented soul who really wants to find something with which she can find success. She is a great secretary and finds a job with a unique, old fashioned, but off center in charge boss with a somewhat sadistic sexual proclivity. She grows and evolves and so does he. (Read More)

Themes:obsession
Locations:usa,  bathtub
Story:woman in bathtub,  laundromat,  coitus,  diner,  underwear,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene

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People Like Us (2012)
Comedy, Drama

People Like Us (2012)

Workaholic and sleazy businessman Sam is extremely reluctant to leave New York and go to his father's funeral. When he finally arrives, it becomes apparent that his mother and girlfriend are disappointed in him for "running away" whenever times get too emotional. Soon afterwards, he discovers that his father was sleeping around with another woman, and that Sam actually has a half-sister whom he never knew existed. His father has willed her $150,000 and has left Sam with the task of getting it to her. Frankie is a bartender also wrapped up in work just like her half-brother, and she has had a bad past and has now been left with the job of being a single parent to her troublemaker son, Josh. Josh is eleven years old but curses like a sailor and constantly makes fart jokes and sex jokes, making him popular with the bad kid crowd at school, although behind the act, Josh is depressed and lonely. Now Sam has to find a way to fix the past and reunite his mom, nephew and half-sister together at last, but it won't be easy. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  inheritance
Locations:airport
Story:long lost relative,  laundromat,  last will and testament,  sports car,  convertible,  apology,  diner,  travel,  telephone call,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) is one of the best movies like Rain Man (1988)
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)

Locations:airport,  hotel
Characters:doctor
Story:road trip,  road accident,  coitus,  flatulence,  cowboy hat,  on the road,  road movie,  apology,  underwear,  telephone call,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking

The Last Picture Show (1971)
Drama

The Last Picture Show (1971)

In tiny Anarene, Texas, in the lull between World War Two and the Korean Conflict, Sonny and Duane are best friends. Enduring that awkward period of life between boyhood and manhood, the two pass their time the best way they know how -- with the movie house, football, and girls. Jacey is Duane's steady, wanted by every boy in school, and she knows it. Her daddy is rich and her mom is good looking and loose. It's the general consensus that whoever wins Jacey's heart will be set for life. But Anarene is dying a quiet death as folks head for the big cities to make their livings and raise their kids. The boys are torn between a future somewhere out there beyond the borders of town or making do with their inheritance of a run-down pool hall and a decrepit movie house -- the legacy of their friend and mentor, Sam the Lion. As high school graduation approaches, they learn some difficult lessons about love, loneliness, and jealousy. Then folks stop attending the second-run features at the movie house and the time comes for the last picture show. With the closure of the movie house, the boys feel that a stage of their lives is closing. They stand uneasily on the threshold of the rest of their lives. (The movie was adapted from the novel by Larry McMurtry). (Read More)

Themes:inheritance,  funeral,  kidnapping
Locations:texas,  motel,  cemetery
Characters:waitress,  doctor
Story:convertible,  apology,  watching tv,  small town,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking

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