Movies like Joe Gould's Secret

If you like "Joe Gould's Secret" you are looking for sentimental, melancholic and intellectual movies about / with friendship, mysterious character, writer's life, human nature, buddies, storytelling and secret themes of Drama genre shot in USA.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
 6.5
 2K
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a voluminous Oral History of the World, a record of 20,000 conversations he's overheard. Mitchell is fascinated with this Harvard grad and writes a 1942 piece about him, "Professor Seagull," bringing Gould some celebrity and an invitation to join the Greenwich Village Ravens, a poetry club he's often crashed. Gould's touchy, querulous personality and his frequent dropping in on Mitchell for hours of chat lead to a breakup, but the two Joes stay in touch until Gould's death and Mitchell's unveiling of the secret.
Style: sentimental, melancholic, intellectual, enigmatic, stylized, gloomy, realistic, serious, witty, contemplative ...
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, writer's life, human nature, buddies, storytelling, secret, reporter, alone in the world, character study, eccentricity, bum, friends, partners, artists and showbiz, urban, profanity, bittersweet, listener, writers, artist, mental illness, philosophy, art, drinking alcohol ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, harvard university, manhattan new york city, north carolina, greenwich village manhattan new york city, new jersey

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to Joe Gould's Secret

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, talky and touching films with plots about storytelling, mentor, dialogue, life philosophy, catastrophe, drinking alcohol and drinking mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like Joe Gould's Secret: Another Woman (1988), Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990), Chelsea Walls (2001), Reign Over Me (2007), The Saint of Fort Washington (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
 13K
Another Woman (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Marion is a woman who has learned to shield herself from her emotions. She rents an apartment to work undisturbed on her new book, but by some acoustic anomaly she can hear all that is said in the next apartment in which a psychiatrist holds his ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, talky, meditative ...
Plot: midlife crisis, writing, eavesdropping, philosophy, depression, self discovery, human nature, writers, psychiatrist, painting, friendship, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 126 min.
Story: It's about a five member family. The father is a conservative and traditional person who directs the family. The mother is at home, she tries to hold together the family, while Mr. Bridge works as a lawyer. The children have just grown up, and ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, talky, melancholic, semi serious ...
Plot: americana, lawyer, culture clash, introspection, human nature, parents and children, society, family problems, dysfunctional family, family relations, suicide, bittersweet ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 40s
Place: usa, kansas, poland, kansas city, harvard university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Chelsea Walls (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.
Style: serious, touching, meditative, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lifestyle, writer's life, looking for love, couple relations, addiction, human nature, drug abuse, rising to stardom, nightlife, down on your luck, hotel, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, minnesota, minneapolis minnesota, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.4
 94K
Reign Over Me (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.
Style: sincere, touching, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: grief, friendship, dealing with death, loss of spouse, 9/11, loss of loved one, tragic event, friends, life changing experience, widow widower, buddies, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, september 11 2001
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Movie in collections
secret movies
2486
reporter movies
1463
1940s movies
1669
The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by Little Leroy, a thug who is one of the tough denizens of ...
Style: bleak, contemplative, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: mental illness, interracial relations, friendship, photograph, homelessness, photographer, schizophrenia, society, mentally unstable, juvenile delinquency, injustice, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Starting Out in the Evening (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Leonard Schiller once counted among New York's Literary lions, but illness and ten years of writers block have lowered his profile, almost to the point of obscurity. When Heather Wolfe, an ambitious literature major, asks to interview him for ...
Style: realistic, touching, intellectual, talky, sincere ...
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, aging, starting over, writer's life, love and romance, couples, graduation, friendship, hopes, artists and showbiz, human nature, writing ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young kid from Kansas moves to New York to work on a magazine. He gets caught up in the world of drink and drugs, and starts a steady decline. The only hope is the cousin of one of his drinking partners, can she pull him through it ?
Style: serious, touching, bleak, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, nightlife, alcohol abuse, addiction, redemption, life is a bitch, starting over, friendship, supportive spouse, downfall, writers, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.7
 9K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, buddies, life is a bitch, best friends, rich and poor, parents and children, human nature, family relations, homeless ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 30s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Movie in collections
Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, dramatic, inspirational, realistic, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, human nature, friendship, mentor, blind character, depression, ex military, teaching the ways of the world, unlikely friendships, thanksgiving, blindness, change of heart ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.0
 6K
Last Orders (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, talky, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, last wish, death, memory, family relations, partners, parents and children, self discovery, friends, male friendship, friendship between men, old love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.5
 9K
September (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who's in a relationship with Peter, who's falling for Stephanie, who's married with children.
Style: talky, sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, couples, family relations, adultery, family problems, parents and children, siblings relations, couple relations, family gatherings, human nature, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 16K
Scarecrow (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two drifters bum around, visit earthy women and discuss opening a car wash in Pittsburgh.
Style: road movie, sincere, touching, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: drifter, friendship, on the road, self discovery, road trip, introspection, partners, buddies, train ride, bar fight, hitchhiker, train travel ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: pittsburgh, california, denver colorado, detroit, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
 2K
The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a ...
Style: touching, realistic, contemplative, serious, nostalgic ...
Plot: friendship, chosen one, culture clash, coming of age, parents and children, friends, family relations, youth, clergy, society, interracial relations, teenage life ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.3
 19K
Big Night (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Primo & Secondo, two immigrant brothers, pin their hopes on a banquet honoring Louis Prima to save their struggling restaurant.
Style: witty, sincere, sentimental, melancholic, clever ...
Plot: immigrants, food, cooking, self discovery, human nature, restaurant, banquet, brother brother relationship, loan, chef, jazz, car salesman ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, usa, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.0
 49K
Naked Lunch (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in an Islamic port town in Africa.
Style: psychedelic, disturbing, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: hallucination, murder, exterminator, addiction, drug abuse, seduction, crimes, life is a bitch, strong sexual content, delusion, losing-it hero, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, new york, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 7K
About Alex (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away to console a suicidal member of their group. Yet, despite their best efforts to enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, reunion, friends, college graduate, introspection, reunited friends, disagreement, drugs/alcohol, depression, suicide attempt, group of friends, emotional breakdown ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york state, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, human nature, love affair, parents and children, dishonesty, life is a bitch, couples, understanding, family relations, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Gods and Monsters (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: It's 1957, and Whale's heyday as the director of "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The Invisible Man" is long behind him. Retired and a semi-recluse, he lives his days accompanied only by images ...
Style: psychological, captivating, sentimental, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: friendship, seduction, maid, haunted by the past, homosexuality, artists and showbiz, introspection, naivete, gardener, art, death, dirty old man ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Movie in collections
bum movies
bum
133
enigmatic movies
4188
stylized movies
8174
gloomy movies
4113
 7.2
 86K
Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: talky, serious, depressing, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, loneliness, friendship, basketball, liberal, student, secret, coach, african american, ghetto, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Rebelling against his dreary life in a small Arizona town, salesman Nick abandons his girlfriend, Beth, and strikes out onto the highway in search of... something else. Encouraged by her best friend, Carol, Beth reluctantly accepts the romantic ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friends, desert, friendship, self discovery, love, highway, road trip, salesman, deaf man, buddies, romance, partners ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: arizona, usa, tucson arizona, las vegas, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: beautiful scenery, fishing, childhood, wilderness, americana, generation gap, family relations, self discovery, coming of age, friendship, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, nervous breakdown, haunted by the past, funeral, loss of friend, parents and children, death of parent, loss of parent, family problems, drinking problem, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2002, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, alabama, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
 2K
Tully (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, womanizer, lifestyle, young lovers, opposites attract, introspection, parents and children, haunted by the past, family problems, couples, society ...
Place: nebraska, usa, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
realistic movies
28213
friends movies
9014
partners movies
3307
usa movies
usa
12915
An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: immigrants, cold war, family relations, friendship, family, love and romance, self discovery, parents and children, siblings relations, human nature, on the run, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, poland, budapest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 5K
Passion Fish (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Soap actress May-Alice Culhane is paralyzed from the waist down in an accident. She returns to her old home in Louisiana, where she proceeds to drink quite steadily and to drive away five personal attendants in the first twenty minutes of the movie. ...
Style: talky, clever, thought provoking, sentimental, contemplative ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: wheelchair, rehabilitation, accident, friendship, disability, paralysis, friends, strong female presence, profanity, folk, homecoming, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 35K
Smoke (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Writer Paul Benjamin is nearly hit by a bus when he leaves Auggie Wren's smoke shop. Stranger Rashid Cole saves his life, and soon middle-aged Paul tells homeless Rashid that he wouldn't mind a short-term housemate. Still grieving over ...
Style: intellectual, sentimental, clever, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: friendship, writers, christmas, abortion, family relations, smoking, redemption, dark humor, friends, owner, social problems, age difference ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1990
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 9K
Julia (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, factual, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, politics, political unrest, friends, writer's life, against the odds, female bonding, smuggling, female protagonist, fascism, culture clash, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, pre world war two, 1950s ...
Place: germany, europe, london, austria, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.6
 10K
Faces (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, biting, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, suburbs, infidelity, love, adultery, divorce, dysfunctional family, betrayal, dishonesty, couple relations, suburban life, self discovery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.8
 7K
Old Joy (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching, talky ...
Plot: friendship, road trip, map, on the road, buddies, hopes, partners, self discovery, couple relations, human nature, liberal, thirtysomething life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, england, europe, usa, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.5
 17K
Margaret (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.
Style: psychological, emotional, melancholic, enigmatic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, teenage life, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, youth, high school, investigation, legal action, road accident, mother daughter relationship, redemption, character study ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%