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20 best movies like On the Road (2012)

List of the best movies like On the Road (2012): A Walk in the Woods, The Darjeeling Limited, Hector and the Search for Happiness, Harry and Tonto, A Far Off Place, Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Heli, Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus, American Honey.

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Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:33
CharactersFamily, Writers, Friends, Tourists
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Travel, Friendship, Hiking trip
PlaceNature, Mountains, Forest
StyleLight, To cry, Touching, Beautiful landscapes

After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, adventure, short
CountryUSA, France, India
Duration01:32
CharactersWriters, Businessmen
PlotTravel, Depression, Funeral
PlaceTrains, India
StyleMakes me think, Touching

Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other -- to become brothers again like they used to be. Their "spiritual quest", however, veers rapidly off-course (due to events involving over-the-counter pain killers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray).

Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany, Canada, South Africa, USA
Duration01:54
CharactersPsychiatrists
PlotLove, Adventure, Travel, Friendship, Loneliness
PlaceEngland
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Vital signs, Touching

Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara, he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersFriends, Cats
PlotTravel, Friendship
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching

Harry is a retired teacher in his 70s living in the Upper West Side of New York City where his late wife and he raised his children--where he's lived all his life. When the building he lives in is torn down to make way for a parking garage, Harry and his beloved cat Tonto begin a journey across the United States, visiting his children, seeing a world he never seemed to have the time to see before, making new friends, and saying goodbye to old friends.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure, family
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:48
CharactersTeens, Heroes, Family, Friends, Elephants
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Friendship
PlaceAfrica, Deserts
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching

Thrown together under incredible circumstances, two strangers must discover courage and strength when they begin a journey across the treacherous African desert! Equipped only with their wits and the expertise of a native bushman who befriends them, they are determined to triumph over impossible odds and reach their destination. But along the way, the trio face a primitive desert wilderness.

Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
CountrySpain
CharactersTeens
PlotTravel, Cars, Friendship
PlaceSchool, Hotels, Spain
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

Spain, 1966. An English teacher who travels to Almería when he hears that John Lennon is making a film there befriends with a 16-year-old boy who has run away from home and a young girl who also seems to be running away from something.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:54
CharactersFathers, Mothers, Pilots
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Travel, Loneliness, Dreams
PlaceNature, USA
StyleInspirational, Soulful, For sleep

A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryMexico, Netherlands, Germany, France
Duration01:45
CharactersPolice
PlotLove, Adventure, Travel, Revenge, Missing people
PlaceMexico, Small cities
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryChile
Duration01:38
CharactersFriends, Losers
PlotTravel, Friendship, Rivalry
PlaceDeserts
StyleAtmospheric, Tense, Psychedelic

Jamie is a boorish, insensitive American twentysomething traveling in Chile, who somehow manages to create chaos at every turn. He and his friends are planning on taking a road trip north to experience a legendary shamanistic hallucinogen called the San Pedro cactus. In a fit of drunkenness at a wild party, Jamie invites an eccentric woman—a radical spirit named Crystal Fairy—to come along.

Markimdb: 7
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:25
CharactersDogs, Teens, Horses, Cowboys, Thieves
PlotDancing, Time travel, Adventure, Travel, Motorcycles
PlaceParty, Hotels, USA
StyleRomantic

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantasy, drama, western
CountryArgentina, Denmark, France, Mexico, USA, Germany, Brazil, Netherlands
PlotTravel, Pursuit
PlaceDeserts
StyleAtmospheric

A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, Morocco, Thailand
Duration02:55
CharactersHeroes, Military, Emperors
PlotLove, War, Adventure, Travel, Death
PlaceEgypt, Greece
StyleTense, Epic, Serious

Alexander, the King of Macedonia, leads his legions against the giant Persian Empire. After defeating the Persians, he leads his army across the then known world, venturing farther than any westerner had ever gone, all the way to India.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryFrance, Germany
Duration01:20
CharactersDogs, Gay, Twins
PlotTravel, Life, Family life, Funeral
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

Quentin and Antoine are 18-year-old twins. Without their father knowing it, they set out on a voyage to Spain, where their mother's funeral is to take place. The two brothers barely knew their mother. Their hitchhiking journey is full of encounters, arguments, reconciliations, and experiences. Their time on the road also reveals their differences, the splits in their attractions, and the confusion of their feelings.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersFamily
PlotTravel, Snow
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Makes me think, Touching

An aging, booze-addled father takes a trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim what he believes to be a million-dollar sweepstakes prize.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, Brazil, Germany
Duration01:54
CharactersFriends, Poor
PlotAdventure
StyleTo cry, By books, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Set in Brazil, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, France, India
Duration02:07
CharactersAnimals, Tigers
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Adventure, Travel, Death
PlaceSea, Islands, Ships, Nature, Ocean
StyleBeautiful, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Vital signs

The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, adventure, family, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersTeachers, Family, Brothers, Trainers, Hunters
PlotLove, Adventure, Hockey, Computer games, Mental disorders
PlaceUSSR, California
StyleExciting, To cry, Touching

Corey refuses to let his emotionally disturbed younger brother Jimmy be institutionalized, and the two run away together. They soon join forces with a resourceful girl, who notices that Jimmy has a special talent: he is a "wizard" at video games and can achieve the high score on absolutely everything he plays. Evading their parents and a sinister bounty hunter, the trio head for a climactic showdown at the national video game championships in California.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, comedy, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersDogs, Terminally ill
PlotAdventure, Travel, Friendship, Cancer
PlaceUSA
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Black humor, Touching

When Ross is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and given six weeks to live, his newly engaged older brother Seth offers to spend his $50,000 wedding fund on a final trip of a lifetime. Their plans are complicated when Ross invites a call girl to join the group and Seth’s uptight fiancée insists on tagging along. This raucous road trip comedy features hip-hop star Asher Roth.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:42
CharactersTeens, Parents
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Passion, Adoption
PlaceJungle, Islands, Ships, Ocean
StyleSerious

In this sequel to the 1980 classic, two children are stranded on a beautiful island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together and eventually become tanned teenagers in love.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure, family
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:28
CharactersAnimals, Horses, Family, Friends
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Justice
PlaceEngland
StyleLight, To cry, Cute, Inspirational, Fascinating

The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersWriters, Womanizers
PlotWar, Adventure, Travel, Friendship, True love
PlaceMountains, Africa
StyleRomantic, Exciting, Action, Serious, Disturbing

Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France
Duration01:27
CharactersFriends
PlotDancing, Travel, Passion, Friendship, Mystery
PlaceUSA
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Two women get on the highway heading to Santa Fe. Marilyn dreams of winning a contest held by a famous belly dancing company, while her friend, Mona, has a secret: she's a fugitive from justice - accused of her mother-in-law's death.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersWriters, Friends
PlotSurvival, Travel, Friendship
PlaceCollege, Los Angeles
StyleRomantic, To cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.

Markimdb: 4.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, western
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersLesbians, Friends, Losers, Partners
PlotTravel, Friendship, Loneliness
PlaceNew York
StyleFancy

Sissy Hankshaw is born with enormous thumbs that help her hitchhiking through the US from a young age. She becomes a model in advertising and her NY agent 'the Countess' sends her to his ranch in CA to shoot a commercial, set against the background of mating whooping cranes. There, she befriends Bonanza Jellybean, one of the cowgirls at the beauty- ranch.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, adventure, family
CountryNetherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Spain, France
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens, Thieves, Musicians, Jews
PlotLove, Passion, Friendship, Chase, Happiness
PlaceSchool, Trains, France
StyleBy books, Touching, Serious

Nono, a Dutch kid lacking two days being thirteen, runs away from problems at home and, disguised as a girl, takes up with the world's cleverest thief, who unbeknownst to Nono, may hold the bizarre key to his true identity.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryCzech Republic, France, Germany
PlotLove, Friendship
StyleSoulful, Touching

A gifted and well-qualified young teacher takes a job teaching natural sciences at a grammar school in the country. Here he makes the acquaintance of a woman and her troubled 17-year old son. The teacher has no romantic interest in the woman but they quickly form a strong friendship, each recognizing the other's uncertainties, hopes and longing for love.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, France
Duration02:10
CharactersFBI, Friends, Housewives
PlotTravel, Friendship, Chase, Fate, Freedom
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating

Whilst on a short weekend getaway, Louise shoots a man who had tried to rape Thelma. Due to the incriminating circumstances, they make a run for it and thus a cross country chase ensues for the two fugitives. Along the way, both women rediscover the strength of their friendship and surprising aspects of their personalities and self-strengths in the trying times.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, South Africa, Rwanda
Duration01:28
CharactersLions, Friends
PlotSoccer, Adventure, Travel, Friendship
PlaceAfrica
StyleSoulful, Touching

The extraordinary story of three Rwandan children who attempt to realize the dream of their life: to attend the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2010 at Johannesburg.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, western
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:14
CharactersGay, Cowboys
PlotLove, Adventure, Passion, Relationship, Wedding
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Touching, Sad ones

Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, adventure, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:16
CharactersClimbers
PlotOn real events, Adventure, Travel, Friendship, Political
PlaceMountains, China
TimeWorld War II
StyleInspirational, Fascinating, Serious, Beautiful landscapes

Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer journeys to the Himalayas without his family to head an expedition in 1939. But when World War II breaks out, the arrogant Harrer falls into Allied forces' hands as a prisoner of war. He escapes with a fellow detainee and makes his way to Llaso, Tibet, where he meets the 14-year-old Dalai Lama, whose friendship ultimately transforms his outlook on life.





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