Movies like Burn After Reading

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Burn After Reading (2008)
 7.0
 276K
Burn After Reading
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: dark humor, clever, cynical, not serious, humorous, realistic, absurd, cerebral, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: farce, espionage, paranoia, stupidity, divorce, infidelity, violence, adultery, surveillance, betrayal, blackmail, death, twists & turns, greed, verbal byplay, escapades, crime, loneliness, sarcasm, urban, crime gone awry, obsession, disorder, dialogue, secrets ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, virginia, seattle washington
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The Man Who Wasn't There
Crime, Drama
USA, UK
116 min.
 7.6
Barton Fink
Comedy, Drama, Thriller
USA, UK
116 min.
 7.7
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Most similar movies to Burn After Reading

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, talky, clever and dark humor films with plots about greed, dialogue, storytelling, crimes, twists & turns, corruption and crime gone awry mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Burn After Reading: Blood Simple. (1984), Fargo (1996), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), Barton Fink (1991), The Ladykillers (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Blood Simple.
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: dark humor, cynical, stylized, suspenseful, tense ...
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Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: texas, usa
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Fargo
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 ...
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The Man Who Wasn't There
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: atmospheric, clever, stylized, witty, serious ...
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Place: usa, california
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Barton Fink
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.
Style: dark humor, surreal, clever, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: hotel, writer's life, hollywood, serial killer, murder, insanity, surrealism, writing, creativity, neo noir, writers, neighbor ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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The Ladykillers
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, semi serious, realistic ...
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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, clever, stylized, witty, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20s, 1930s, 20th century, 1920s
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Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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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 ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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No Country for Old Men
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the ...
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System:   62%
    User:   68%
 
 7.4
 112K
Raising Arizona
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, not serious, dark humor ...
Plot: screwball, crime, cult, kidnapping, chase, prison escape, parenthood, adoption, deadpan, surrealism, apocalypse, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona
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The Ice Harvest
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: dark humor, clever, suspenseful, semi serious, cynical ...
Plot: crime, betrayal, murder, gangsters, organized crime, christmas, lawyer, drinking, neo noir, money, robbery, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   65%
 
God Bless America
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Fed up with the cruelty and stupidity of American culture, an unlikely duo goes on a killing spree, killing reality TV stars, bigots and others they find repugnant in this black comedy.
Style: dark humor, talky, cynical, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: depression, violence, stupidity, politics, vigilante, anti heroes, murder, reality tv, misfit partners, violent, murderous pair, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cross country, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   67%
 
The King of Comedy
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: dark humor, cynical, clever, biting, tragicomedy ...
Plot: obsession, kidnapping, desire for fame, loneliness, character study, ambition, insanity, violent, mentor, relationships, television, pornography ...
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    User:   69%
 
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Novocaine
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
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 7.4
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The Ax
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Leaves of Grass
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: clever, witty, cynical, intellectual, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, crime, mentor, twins, country, marijuana, drugs/alcohol, weed, drugs, violence, brothers, siblings relations ...
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Made
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two aspiring boxers lifelong friends get involved in a money-laundering scheme through a low-level organized crime group.
Style: talky, humorous, clever, realistic, witty ...
Plot: crime, drug abuse, buddies, dialogue driven, organized crime, gangsters, dialogue, gangster, crimes, dishonesty, friendship, relationships ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new york, california, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   69%
 
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The Player
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: clever, cynical, witty, talky, biting ...
Plot: hollywood, police investigation, murder, obsession, movie business, paranoia, blackmail, investigation, writers, twists & turns, greed, paranoid ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, pasadena california
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Homegrown
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Three laborers on a Northern California marijuana plantation become increasingly paranoid when they learn that their boss has been murdered. They know enough to run, taking with them enough of the crop to pay them for services rendered. Hooking up ...
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, humorous, realistic, absurd ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug abuse, marijuana, drugs, weed, buddies, murder, drug dealing, gunfight, twists & turns, countryside, criminal heroes, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa
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System:   58%
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The American
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, assassin Jack embarks on a double life that may be more relaxing than is good for him.
Style: stylized, tense, suspense, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: assassination, assassin, betrayal, hitman, loneliness, prostitute, paranoia, chase, espionage, violence, gunfight, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, sweden, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   54%
 
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Amateur
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A man wakes up in an alley, bleeding and with no memory of who he is. He stumbles into a coffee shop and is befriended by a charitable ex-nun who is failing in her attempts to write marketable pornography.
Style: clever, humorous, semi serious, cerebral, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, amnesia, love triangle, deadpan, pornography, gangsters, murder, dialogue, crimes, loneliness, relationships, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   62%
 
 7.0
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A Serious Man
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, cynical, intellectual, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: jewish, midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, marijuana, divorce, storytelling, down on your luck, culture clash, religion, professor, judaism, jews ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1967
Place: minnesota, poland, usa, campus, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   45%
 
 7.7
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After Hours
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.
Style: surreal, dark humor, atmospheric, twists and turns, semi serious ...
Plot: suicide, surrealism, paranoia, chase, artist, mob, farce, nothing goes right, loneliness, coincidence, city life, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Big Lebowski
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: surreal, humorous, twists and turns, absurd, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mistaken identity, bowling, buddies, crime, twists & turns, sarcasm, dialogue, plot twist, rug, crime gone awry, weed, irreverent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, malibu california, pasadena california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   52%
 
The Last Supper
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering rightwing pundits for their political beliefs.
Style: dark humor, clever, talky, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: murder, politics, death, culture clash, serial killer, political, sexism, crimes, crime, corruption, deadly, violent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   44%
 
 6.8
 39K
To Die For
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
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: dark humor, clever, disturbing, biting, cynical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, television, murder, journalism, crime, manipulation, blind ambition, hitman, desire for fame, crime gone awry, pornography, media satire ...
Time: 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa, california, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   61%
 
 6.4
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Miami Blues
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When Fred gets out of prison, he decides to start over in Miami, where he starts a violent one-man crime wave. He soon meets up with amiable college student Susie. Opposing Fred is Sgt Hoke Moseley, a cop who is getting a bit old for the job, ...
Style: serious, cynical, dark humor, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, violence, neo noir, brutality, strong sexual content, criminal heroes, psychopath, robbery, murder, crime gone awry, violent, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, florida, usa, los angeles
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System:   53%
    User:   55%
 
 6.4
 10K
Criminal
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Needing a new partner capable of intricate cons, Richard Gaddis, recruits Rodrigo, a crook with a perfect poker face. The two plan a big-time scam: selling a fake Silver Certificate to currency collector William Hannigan. Rodrigo distrusts his new ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, surprise ending, semi serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, casino, hotel, forgery, chase, con artists, heist, con men, twists & turns, plot twist, greed, cons and scams ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   52%
 

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 6.8
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Big Nothing
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
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Duration: 86 min.
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Ocean's Eleven
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: entertaining, witty, exciting, colourful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: heist, casino, perfect crime, buddies, friends, outsmarting, cons and scams, chase, revenge, renewed love, partners in crime, group of criminals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, salt lake city utah, chicago illinois, san diego california ...
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