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10 best movies like the Oscar nominated movie Drive My Car

10 best movies like the Oscar nominated movie Drive My Car

drive my car, a Japanese production directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film. The film was nominated for a total of 83 awards, won 50, and boomed in international popularity after receiving accolades at the Oscars.

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This film follows actor and director Yūsuk, who struggles with the loss of his wife, who meets a girl named Misaki with her own tragic past when she is hired to chauffeur him. Hamaguchi delves into an exhaustive exploration of loss, grief and healing, giving audiences an astonishing look into the human psyche through a road trip of healing and the deeply powerful element of interpersonal connection.

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10 Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021)


Two women holding hands in Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

This movie from 2021, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasyalso directed by drive my car director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, explores a three-part anthological story of three women and their subsequent relationships. Hamaguchi’s film is not a simple romantic anthology, but a glimpse of the human connection as it exists through simple chance and the eternal possibility of failure.

These films are very different in terms of superficial themes, but both offer audiences an odyssey into the complex and heartbreaking reality of human connection. Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy addressed the fleeting, sometimes failed elements of relationships, and drive my car explored the healing aspects of two people and their connection through trauma.


9 Chungking Express (1994)


Tony Leung in a police uniform in Chungking Express

From Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, Chungking Express tells two stories about two different agents and their relative romantic pursuits, both in the wake of previous failed relationships. Both somber and wistful, the film explores the continuation of failed but meaningful relationships and the possibility of connection between strangers.

This movie is similar to drive my car in her research on interpersonal relationships in a melancholic setting. Both films explore moving on and loss in a bittersweet environment, walking the line between loss melancholy and re-establishment of new relationships.


8 In the Mood for Love (2000)


Another movie directed by Wong Kar-wai, In the mood for love, is a visually stunning film about two neighbors, a man named Chow and a woman named Su, who come to realize that their respective husbands are having an affair. The film follows Chow and Su in their growing relationship after this realization.

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This movie like drive my car, is an exploration of relationships between people and the heartbreaking realities they sometimes have. Those who liked the glimpse of human connectedness as something simple and mundane but far from unremarkable would enjoy the themes of this beautiful film.


7 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Jim Carrey

The iconic movie Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, Directed by Michel Gondry, it follows a man named Joel, played by the prolific actor Jim Carrey, who chooses to have his memories of his girlfriend Clementine erased after discovering she was having a procedure to erase her memories of him.

The tone of this movie is very different from drive my car, which in its melancholy is more grounded and more realistic. However, the themes of Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind delve into the special relationship between two people, the failures between them and the love that persists despite it.


6 The Great Beauty (2013)


A character sitting in front of a large statue in 2013's The Great Beauty.

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, this Italian film is a wonderful cinematic experience that follows the elderly journalist Jep as he navigates his home in Rome, dividing his time between the opulent Roman high society and the grotesque nightclubs he frequents. This film is a stunning exploration of discontent and fear of a wasted life.

The great beauty is very stilted in visual atmosphere unlike drive my car which has a relatively more reserved appearance. The great beauty sometimes quite comical. But both films draw on this disturbing sense of loss and explore the relationships between people and how they can recover real trauma from the past.


5 Last Life in the Universe (2003)


Two characters in a car in the 2003 film Last Life in the Universe.

Directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, this Thai production follows a suicidal man named Kenji and the relationship he develops with a girl named Noi after witnessing her sister’s death. This film is surreal and dramatic, with elements of the criminal genre such as the Yakuza heavily featured.

Although the more absurd and surreal elements of this film are not so present in the grounded drive my carthe relationship between two people in the wake of tragedy and trauma thematically connects the two.


4 Manchester by the sea (2016)


Manchester by the Sea Lee and his cousin at his father's funeral

Directed by Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the sea follows a man named Lee who returns to the house after his brother dies to care for his teenage cousin. The film confronts the trauma Lee left behind in Manchester, his inability to move on and the relationships he builds in an effort to manage his trauma in the face of a new responsibility to care for a child.

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This movie like drive my car, has a lot to do with grief and the difficulty of coping with traumatic experiences. Both struggle with the subject of loss, and those who enjoyed the delicate themes of: drive my car would enjoy the heartbreaking experience of this movie.




3 Three Colors: Blue (1993)


Three color blue pool scene

This film, directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski, is part of a trilogy of psychological dramas in a joint production between France, Poland and Switzerland. Three colors: blue follows a woman named Julie who mourns the loss of her husband and daughter. In her grief, she tries to bury herself in isolation, ultimately failing and building meaningful connections through grieving.

The beauty of this film shows the importance of human connection to overcome trauma and hardship, and the impact of interpersonal relationships. Thematically similar, this film’s bittersweet moments parallel those of Drive my car.


2 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)


Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis

This comedy drama, directed by the Coen brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, stars Oscar Isaac as Inside Llewyn Davis† The film follows a struggling folk musician named Llewyn Davis in the wake of the death of his musical partner. This film was a critical success, being nominated for both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.

Though different in tone, this film draws on similar tragic themes. Inside Llewyn Davis approaches these themes from a black comedy perspective, but is similar to: drive my car, explores grief, loss and moving on.


1 Driveways (2019)


Directed by Andrew Ahn, driveways is a wonderful film about a young boy named Cody who moves to a new neighborhood, struggles to fit in with the other kids, befriends his elderly neighbor Del. Del was played by the prolific actor Brian Dennehy who passed away a month before the United States release in 2020.

airier than drive my car, which focuses on themes such as grief, loss and trauma, driveways revolves more around the genuine relationships that can develop between strangers, and the meaning of interpersonal connection. Those who loved the themes of human connection in drive my car would enjoy the exploration this film offers into the subject.

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