Movies like Burn After Reading

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Burn After Reading (2008)
 7.0
 291K
Burn After Reading (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When a disc containing memoirs of a former CIA analyst falls into the hands of Linda Litzke and Chad Feldheimer, the two gym employees see a chance to make enough money for her to have life-changing cosmetic surgery. Predictably, events whirl out of control for the duo doofuses and those in their orbit.
Style: humorous, cynical, funny, absurd, dark humor, clever, exciting, biting, realistic, not serious ...
Plot: blackmail, paranoia, espionage, stupidity, divorce, cia, disorder, escapades, autobiography, crime, society, farce, infidelity, top secret, twists & turns, sarcasm, corpse, gym, ambition, lifestyle, rivalry, spy, theft, surgery, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, virginia, seattle washington

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Most similar movies to Burn After Reading

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, clever, interesting and talky films with plots about storytelling, crimes, greed, dialogue, twists & turns, crime and mentor mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Burn After Reading: Fargo (1996), Wild Tales (2014), Big Nothing (2006), Blood Simple. (1984), A Perfect Murder (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
 569K
Fargo (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to ...
Style: dark humor, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful, interesting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, crime gone awry, police investigation, greed, ransom, snow, psychopath, murder, small town, police, neo noir, americana ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: north dakota, minnesota, usa, minneapolis minnesota
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100%
 8.1
 154K
Wild Tales (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress.
Style: tense, psychological, dark humor, cynical, biting ...
Plot: human nature, twists & turns, unlikely criminals, revenge, road rage, wedding party, corruption, violence, fighting the system, multiple storylines, destiny, farce ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 29K
Big Nothing (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A frustrated, unemployed teacher joins forces with a scammer and his girlfriend in a blackmailing scheme.
Style: humorous, twists and turns, semi serious, absurd, talky ...
Plot: blackmail, unemployment, priest, call center, crime, cons and scams, crimes, dishonesty, disorder, betrayal, nothing goes right, layoff ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, wyoming
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 81K
Blood Simple. (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.
Style: suspenseful, tense, cynical, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, crime gone awry, private detective, extramarital affair, crime, neo-noir, wife husband relationship, hitman, dishonesty, deadly, adultery, infidelity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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A Perfect Murder (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Millionaire industrialist Steven Taylor is a man who has everything but what he craves most: the love and fidelity of his wife. A hugely successful player in the New York financial world, he considers her to be his most treasured acquisition. But ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, clever, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: extramarital affair, betrayal, infidelity, perfect crime, crime, murder, crimes, love affair, plan gone awry, artist, jealousy, jealous spouse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 335K
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Danny Ocean reunites with his old flame and the rest of his merry band of thieves in carrying out three huge heists in Rome, Paris and Amsterdam – but a Europol agent is hot on their heels.
Style: exciting, twists and turns, entertaining, intellectual, clever ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: con artists, twists & turns, heist, perfect crime, crime, thief, buddies, rivalry, jail, greed, goon, robbery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: europe, amsterdam, new jersey, paris france, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 479K
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Less than 24 hours into his parole, charismatic thief Danny Ocean is already rolling out his next plan: In one night, Danny's hand-picked crew of specialists will attempt to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. But to ...
Style: witty, exciting, clever, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: heist, cons and scams, thief, scheme, perfect crime, casino, group of criminals, buddies, crime, friends, partners in crime, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, san diego california, chicago illinois, atlantic city new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Danny Ocean's team of criminals are back and composing a plan more personal than ever. When ruthless casino owner Willy Bank doublecrosses Reuben Tishkoff, causing a heart attack, Danny Ocean vows that he and his team will do anything to bring ...
Style: entertaining, clever, exciting, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: heist, revenge, perfect crime, businessman, casino, labor strike, millionaire, criminal's revenge, mentor, surveillance, vengeance, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.0
 123K
A Serious Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been ...
Style: dark humor, intellectual, cynical, realistic, clever ...
Plot: midlife crisis, jewish, professor, suburban life, divorce, marijuana, dysfunctional family, rabbi, bribery, university, student, defamation ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1967
Place: minnesota, usa, campus, poland, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 67K
Four Lions (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) ...
Style: dark humor, clever, humorous, biting, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, recruit, farce, muslim, stupidity, suicide bomber, suicide, politician, disguise, comedy of errors, team, radical ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, pakistan, yorkshire, europe, northern england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Ice Harvest (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, dark humor, witty, intense ...
Plot: stripper, betrayal, christmas, femme fatale, murder, strip club, crime, gangsters, nothing goes right, dishonesty, hunt down, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, tense, cynical, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, corruption, organized crime, mafia, neo noir, betrayal, violence, love triangle, blackmail, mayor, gang war, power struggle ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Death to Smoochy (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Tells the story of Rainbow Randolph, the corrupt, costumed star of a popular children's TV show, who is fired over a bribery scandal and replaced by squeaky-clean Smoochy, a puffy fuscia rhinoceros. As Smoochy catapults to fame - scoring hit ...
Style: humorous, realistic, surreal, cynical, stylized ...
Plot: artists and showbiz, performer's life, tv show, rivalry, vengeance, showbiz, nothing goes right, delusion, disorder, success, television, children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, salt lake city utah, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Ladykillers (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting landlord – a sharp old woman.
Style: dark humor, clever, humorous, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: heist, attempted murder, island, murder, strangulation, painting, tunnel, cat, garbage, crime, crime gone awry, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, brutal, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, robbery, hitman, gambling, criminal heroes, criminal, murder, poker, mafia, heist, society, emotionless ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2008
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.3
 118K
Raising Arizona (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The Coen Brothers tell the story of a absurd yet likable family with an unproductive couple as the focal point. The couple has gotten themselves into some trouble while kidnapping a baby and give Hollywood one of the most memorable chase scenes to ...
Style: humorous, surreal, witty, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: screwball, kidnapping, ex convict, blackmail, redemption, policewoman, baby, crime, couple relations, missing child, unlikely criminals, human nature ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.8
 41K
To Die For (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Suzanne Stone (Maretto) wants to be a world-famous news anchor and she is willing to do anything to get what she wants. What she lacks in intelligence, she makes up for in cold determination and diabolical wiles. As she pursues her goal with ...
Style: cynical, disturbing, captivating, dark humor, talky ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: obsession, femme fatale, ambition, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, manipulations, power relations, danger, couples, crime, murder, journalism ...
Time: 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa, california, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 8.3
 728K
Snatch (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The second film from British director Guy Ritchie. Snatch tells an obscure story similar to his first fast-paced crazy character-colliding filled film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” There are two overlapping stories here – one is the ...
Style: humorous, witty, exciting, cynical, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, master criminal, cons and scams, disorder, gambling, heist, criminal heroes, nothing goes right, bet, partners in crime, boxing, crime gone awry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: london, europe, antwerp, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 5.7
 22K
Gambit (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An art curator decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet, but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen.
Style: humorous, entertaining, tense, funny, suspense ...
Audience: date night
Plot: heist, perfect crime, collector, cons and scams, crime gone awry, verbal byplay, disorder, dishonesty, partners, employer employee relationship, farce, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink white Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events ...
Style: humorous, talky, surreal, absurd, offbeat ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nihilism, kidnapping, bowling, dialogue, hippie, marijuana, mistaken identity, disorder, slacker, stoners, vandalism, deception ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, malibu california, pasadena california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.7
 117K
Identity Thief (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When a mild-mannered businessman learns his identity has been stolen, he hits the road in an attempt to foil the thief -- a trip that puts him in the path of a deceptively harmless-looking woman.
Style: humorous, funny, idiotic, absurd, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nothing goes right, thief, crime, escapades, road trip, dishonesty, cons and scams, pretense, identity, on the road, dumb, stupidity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, colorado, usa, miami, cross country ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.8
 10K
Novocaine (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him into prescribing her drugs
Style: suspenseful, clever, realistic, dark humor, captivating ...
Plot: murder, arson, frame up, femme fatale, false accusation, dentist, betrayal, crime, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, nothing goes right, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: arizona, usa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A tale of passion, crime and punishment set in the summer of 1949. Ed Crane, a barber in a small California town, is dissatisfied with his life, but his wife Doris' infidelity presents him with a chance to change it.
Style: captivating, twists and turns, atmospheric, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: murder, neo noir, trial, deception, false accusation, crime, infidelity, life is a bitch, couples, self discovery, existentialism, small town ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1950s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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 7.5
 50K
The Player (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?
Style: talky, clever, psychological, semi serious, suspense ...
Plot: hollywood, blackmail, murder, filmmaking, police investigation, protagonist as suspect, false accusation, plan gone awry, artists and showbiz, movie business, agent, screenwriter ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, pasadena california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.5
 59K
A Simple Plan (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, France, USA, Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Captivated by the lure of sudden wealth, the quiet rural lives of two brothers erupt into conflicts of greed, paranoia and distrust when over $4 million in cash is discovered at the remote site of a downed small airplane. Their simple plan to retain ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, greed, crime, betrayal, treasure, character change, dishonesty, human nature, disorder, fbi, nothing goes right, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Leaves of Grass (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An Ivy League professor returns home, where his pot-growing twin brother has concocted a plan to take down a local drug lord.
Style: intellectual, humorous, exciting, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, twins, road trip, twin brother, crime, drug dealing, siblings relations, homecoming, partners, dishonesty, petty criminal, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 13K
The Big White (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, Canada, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: To remedy his financial problems, a travel agent has his eye on a frozen corpse, which just happens to be sought after by two hitmen.
Style: humorous, dark humor, realistic, clever, disturbing ...
Plot: insurance, kidnapping, insurance fraud, murder, frozen body, insurance agent, life insurance, nothing goes right, disorder, deadly, dishonesty, comedy of errors ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alaska, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The King of Comedy (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.
Style: tragicomedy, dark humor, cynical, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: ambition, obsession, desire for fame, delusion, character study, artists and showbiz, nervous breakdown, mentally unstable, misfit, manic, disorder, stalking ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Home Sweet Hell (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Mona and Don’s seemingly perfect suburban bliss is disrupted by a sexy extortionist and Mona will stop at nothing, including killing the competition, to keep her little slice of heaven.
Style: realistic, dark humor, humorous, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, couples, couple relations, crimes, extramarital affair, nothing goes right, disorder, husband wife relationship, infidelity, woman kills woman, suburban life, suburbs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.4
 3K
Bad Company (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Nelson Crowe is a CIA operative under the thumb of the Company for a disputed delivery of $50,000 in gold. They blackmail him into working for the Grimes Organization, which is set up as a private company for hire, to blackmail prominent ...
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, clever, stylized ...
Plot: murder, cons and scams, blackmail, cia, judge, crime, uncover truth, undercover, femme fatale, protagonist as suspect, dangerous attraction, police corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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