Movies like Factotum

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Factotum (2005)
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Factotum (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Norway, USA, Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of "Factotum" author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Along the way, he fends off the distractions offered by women, drinking and gambling.
Style: serious, realistic, philosophical, humorous, meditative, tense, clever, witty, reflective, harsh ...
Plot: unemployment, alcohol abuse, alcoholic, gambling, writer's life, down on your luck, lifestyle, life is a bitch, bookies, society, horse race, addiction, husband wife relationship, strip club, writers, honest, alter ego, couples, sexual content, promiscuity, artists and showbiz, couple relations, beauty, philosophy, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, norway, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, talky and humorous films with plots about drinking alcohol, dialogue, mentor, storytelling, loneliness, catastrophe and brutality mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Factotum: Barfly (1987), Everything Must Go (2010), Drifting Clouds (1996), Trees Lounge (1996), Winter Passing (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Barfly (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Downtrodden writer Henry and distressed goddess Wanda aren't exactly husband and wife: they're wedded to their bar stools. But they like each other's company- and Barfly captures their giddy, gin-soaked attempts to make a go of life ...
Style: talky, touching, semi serious, humorous, melancholic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, addiction, bartender, poet, mentally unstable, human nature, misfit, social misfits, job seeking, bar fight, money, paramedic ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, texas
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Everything Must Go (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: unemployment, salesman, friendship, alcohol abuse, starting over, midlife crisis, addiction, marital problem, down on your luck, life is a bitch, hopes, goodhearted ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, texas, usa, phoenix arizona, new jersey
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100%
Drifting Clouds (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Finland, Germany, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Tram driver Lauri looses his job. Shortly later, the restaurant where his wife Ilona works as a headwaitress is closed. Too proud, to receive money from the social welfare system, they hardly try to find new jobs. But they are completely unlucky and ...
Style: realistic, touching, semi serious, humorous, clever ...
Plot: unemployment, restaurant, society, waitress, layoff, loss of son, cooking and food, couples, family problems, loss of child, supportive coworker, job seeking ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, finland, spain, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.1
 16K
Trees Lounge (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tommy has lost his job, his love and his life. He lives in a small apartment above the Trees Lounge, a bar which he frequents along with a few other regulars without lives. He gets a job driving an ice cream truck and ends up getting involved with ...
Style: talky, gloomy, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, small town, couples, mechanic, dull life, irresponsible, sexual content, human nature, unemployment, self discovery, down on your luck, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
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20%
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Winter Passing (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, homecoming, dysfunctional family, family problems, lifestyle, unlikely couple, artists and showbiz, love and romance, couple relations, addiction, writer's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, michigan, new jersey
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20%
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Cyrus (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: With John's social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get remarried, a down on his luck divorcée finally meets the woman of his dreams, only to discover she has another man in her life - her son. Before long, the two are locked in a ...
Style: mumblecore, tragicomedy, semi serious, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: couple relations, uninhibited rivalry, love and romance, looking for love, loneliness, flirting, family relations, musician, manipulation, rivalry, life philosophy, stereotypes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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20%
Lovely & Amazing (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Self-esteem and insecurity are at the heart of this comedy about the relationship between a mother and her three confused daughters.
Style: witty, humorous, touching, sweet, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mother daughter relationship, sister sister relationship, lifestyle, love affair, family, society, parents and children, nudity (full frontal - brief), adoption, older woman younger man sex, family relations, audition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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20%
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 703
Big Bad Love (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Vietnam veteran Leon Barlow is struggling as a writer, and his personal life isn't much better. His unsympathetic ex-wife Marilyn doesn't approve of his visits with his two children, and he has problems with alcohol. Yet even when Leon ...
Style: serious, surreal, rough, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: tragic hero, unsupportive spouse, family problems, breakup, terminal illness, hopes, life is a bitch, writer's life, estrangement, couples, family in crisis, male female relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, mississippi, asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Hugo Pool (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Hugo Pool is a quirky tale of a Los Angeles pool cleaner who falls in love with a young man dying of Lou Gerhig's Disease.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: terminal illness, love, opposites attract, romance, couple relations, fall in love, race against time, lifestyle, master and servant, couples, gambling, bookies ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
California Split (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Down-on-his-luck gambler Bill (George Segal) links up with free spirit Charlie (Elliott Gould) at first to have some fun, but then gets into debt when Gould takes an unscheduled trip to Tijuana. As a final act of desperation, he pawns most of his ...
Style: cynical, talky, gloomy, witty, clever ...
Plot: gambling, friendship, transvestism, casino, poker, heist, bus, dice, fight, stripper, roulette, buddies ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
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19%
 6.8
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Storytelling (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.
Style: bleak, cynical, rough, humorous, witty ...
Plot: maid, exploitation, celebrity, high school, dark humor, dysfunctional family, filmmaking, family problems, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, suburbs, strong sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, israel, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Beautiful Girls (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: During a snowy winter in the small fictional town of Knight"s Ridge, Massachusetts, a group of lifelong buddies hang out, drink and struggle to connect with the women who affect their decisions, dreams and desires.
Style: feel good, humorous, melancholic, touching, heartbreaking ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: small town, pianist, hometown, coming of age, buddies, couple relations, romance, looking for love, couples, friendship, snow, high school reunion ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts, new jersey
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18%
 5.6
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Touch (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Juvenal, a presumed miracle worker, appears on the scene Bill Hill attempts to exploit him but his plans go astray with the untimely intervention of August Murray and the developing relationship between Juvenal and Lynn Faulkner.
Style: cynical, realistic, semi serious, witty, light ...
Plot: romance, love and romance, hopes, religions or cults, satire, miraculous event, investigation, love, moral ambiguity, solitude, cons and scams, anti war ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.3
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A Merry War (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Gordon Comstock is a copywriter at an ad agency, and his girlfriend Rosemary is a designer. Gordon believes he is a genius, a marvelous poet and quits the ad agency, trying to live on his poems, but poverty soon comes to him.
Style: humorous, witty, clever, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: writers, poverty, pregnancy, poet, lifestyle, society, writer's life, love and romance, artists and showbiz, romance, couples, workplace situations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: england, europe, london
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Celeste and Jesse met in high school and got married young. They laugh at the same jokes and finish each other’s sentences. They are forever linked in their friends’ minds as the perfect couple – she, a high-powered businesswoman and budding ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: friendship, divorce, best friends, romance, couples, lifestyle, starting over, love and romance, thirtysomething life, breakup, hopes, looking for love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Kicking and Screaming (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After college graduation, Grover's girlfriend Jane tells him she's moving to Prague to study writing. Grover declines to accompany her, deciding instead to move in with several friends, all of whom can't quite work up the inertia to ...
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, college, coming of age, graduation, lifestyle, buddies, twentysomething life, student, husband wife relationship, party, roommate, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, milwaukee wisconsin ...
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18%
2 Days in Paris (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Adam Goldberg delivers "an uproarious study in transatlantic culture panic" as Jack, an anxious, hypochondriac-prone New Yorker vacationing throughout Europe with his breezy, free-spirited Parisian girlfriend, Marion. But when they make a ...
Style: humorous, artsy, witty, melancholic, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: photographer, culture clash, french, fish out of water, romance, society, lifestyle, sexual relations, relationship problems, vacation, taxi driver, taxi ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, venice, new york, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Friends with Money (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After she quits her lucrative job, Olivia finds herself unsure about her future and her relationships with her successful and wealthy friends.
Style: witty, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, midlife crisis, marriage, maid, love and romance, crumbling marriage, money, master and servant, unfulfillment, power relations, looking for love, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, santa monica california, new jersey
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18%
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Permanent Midnight (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ben Stiller plays comedy writer Jerry Stahl, whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl explores memories with survivor Kitty, who ...
Style: serious, intense, depressing, factual, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, rehabilitation, human nature, lifestyle, rise and fall, life is a bitch, family problems, ambition, husband wife relationship, heroin, writers ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills, pittsburgh, new jersey
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18%
My Wife Is an Actress (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: My Wife is an Actress is a French Romantic Comedy/Drama film starring real life couple Yvan Attal and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Attal plays a journalist who becomes obsessively jealous when his actress wife gets a part in a movie with an attractive ...
Style: semi serious, touching, witty, humorous, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: jealous husband, romance, lifestyle, dishonesty, journalism, actor's life, couples, relationship vs career, couple relations, nudity (full frontal - brief), love story, actress ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, london, paris france, england, europe ...
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18%
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Smart People (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Professor Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) might be imperiously brilliant, monumentally self-possessed and an intellectual giant -- but when it comes to solving the conundrums of love and family, he's as downright flummoxed as the next guy.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: self discovery, family relations, parents and children, couples, family life, introspection, couple relations, romance, siblings relations, alienation, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pittsburgh, new york, pennsylvania, new jersey
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17%
 7.5
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Sideways (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.
Style: talky, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, road movie ...
Plot: road trip, wine, vacation, friendship, golf, writers, midlife crisis, on the road, depression, fall in love, love and romance, best friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
Drinking Buddies (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Weekend trips, office parties, late night conversations, drinking on the job, marriage pressure, biological clocks, holding eye contact a second too long… you know what makes the line between “friends” and “more than friends” really ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, mumblecore, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: group of friends, love triangle, relationships, romance, lifestyle, love and romance, couples, couple relations, unfulfillment, weekend, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, jealousy ...
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17%
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Stuck in Love (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, heartbreaking, emotional ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: writer's life, teenage love, casual sex, family relations, youth, coming of age, first love, relationships, love, family life, family, unhappiness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, north carolina
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17%
 7.2
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Henry Fool (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An egocentric bum transforms the lives of a shy New Jersey garbageman and his sister.
Style: stylized, talky, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, poet, money, politics, fame, bittersweet, suburbs, writer's life, murder, society, lifestyle, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new jersey, new york, stockholm sweden
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17%
 5.7
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Ask the Dust (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mexican beauty Camilla hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini, a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, melancholic, intense ...
Plot: interracial relations, love, nudity (full frontal - brief), regret, romance, immigrants, opposites attract, ambition, writer's life, lifestyle, love affair, fall in love ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 19th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, italy, mexico ...
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17%
 7.4
 53K
Buffalo '66 (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry.
Style: psychological, tense, touching, humorous, talky ...
Plot: stockholm syndrome, ex convict, kidnapping, alienation, dark humor, haunted by the past, fall in love, strip club, prison, blackmail, gambling, bet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 7.4
 331K
Up in the Air (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: George Clooney plays the dry cynical character of Ryan Bingham, an executive who specializes in "downsizing". Ryan lives out of his suitcase, traveling the country for the sole purpose terminating unwanted employees day after day. Just as ...
Style: touching, sexy, thought provoking, cynical, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: business, on the road, business trip, loneliness, love affair, introspection, love and romance, couples, relationship vs career, unfulfillment, top executive, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, milwaukee wisconsin, dallas texas, san diego california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
New York, I Love You (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Bahrain
Duration: 103 min.
Story: New York, I Love You delves into the intimate lives of New Yorkers as they grapple with, delight in and search for love. Journey from the Diamond District in the heart of Manhattan, through Chinatown and the Upper East Side, towards the Village, ...
Style: sexy, talky, realistic, touching, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: interracial relations, romance, couples, lifestyle, young lovers, fall in love, looking for love, city life, couple relations, old love, first love, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, paris france, india, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 6.6
 7K
Dedication (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A modern love story in which a misanthropic, emotionally complex author of a hit children's book is forced to team with a beautiful illustrator after his best friend and collaborator passes away. As Henry struggles with letting go of the ghosts ...
Style: cynical, realistic, psychological, touching, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: financial problem, romance, couples, holiday, fall in love, artists and showbiz, writer's life, lifestyle, opposites attract, artist, success, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, boston
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17%