Movies like Joe Gould's Secret

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Joe Gould's Secret
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: realistic, witty, serious, melancholic, talky, dramatic, sentimental, gloomy, cerebral, reflective ...
Plot: friendship, artist, storytelling, mental illness, philosophy, writer's life, art, drinking, homeless, death, writers, urban, destiny, writing, creativity, character study, artists and showbiz, adaptation, eccentricity, life philosophy, redemption, friends, dialogue, existentialism, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harvard university, north carolina, manhattan new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, talky and bleak films with plots about mentor, storytelling, life philosophy, loneliness, dialogue, redemption and brutality mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Joe Gould's Secret: Another Woman (1988), The Saint of Fort Washington (1993), Ironweed (1987), The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002), Chelsea Walls (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Another Woman
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: realistic, psychological, serious, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: philosophy, friendship, adultery, marriage, writing, human nature, loneliness, existentialism, relationships, character study, life, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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The Saint of Fort Washington
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, serious, realistic, gloomy, depressing ...
Plot: mental illness, murder, death, homeless, city life, friendship, depression, social misfits, urban, loneliness, corruption, tragedy ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, boston, new jersey
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Ironweed
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, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, mental illness, buddies, homeless, guilt, cancer, poverty, social misfits, eccentricity, couple relations, depression, insanity ...
Time: 1930s, 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 30s
Place: new york, usa
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The Secret Lives of Dentists
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.
Style: realistic, psychological, emotional, biting, gloomy ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, dysfunctional family, imaginary friend, dentist, suburbs, crumbling marriage, marriage, parenthood, relationships, midlife crisis, family drama ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york state
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System:   54%
    User:   62%
 
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Chelsea Walls
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: talky, touching, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: hotel, artist, poetry, loneliness, eccentricity, musician's life, urban, writer's life, existentialism, nudity (topless - notable), storytelling, dialogue ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, minnesota, minneapolis minnesota, manhattan new york city ...
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Spring Forward
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As the seasons change in a Connecticut town, two men of different age and backgrounds who work together outdoors for the local park system, share thoughts and feelings that gradually deepen into a relationship approaching father and son. Paul is ...
Style: talky, touching, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, working class, buddies, mentor, unlikely friendships, marijuana, homeless, human nature, character study, life philosophy, honest, aids ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey
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Naked Lunch
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: surreal, psychological, sexual, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, writing, addiction, drugs, drug addiction, paranoia, surrealism, homosexuality, jazz, postmodernism, drugs/alcohol, psychiatry ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, north africa
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    User:   48%
 
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The Visitor
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: immigrants, friendship, loneliness, self discovery, wine, jazz, urban, relationships, solitude, interracial relations, unlikely friendships, mentor ...
Place: new york, michigan, new jersey, connecticut, manhattan new york city ...
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    User:   43%
 
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Slam
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of his neighborhood by using his wits and verbal talent. Written ...
Style: talky, psychological, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, crime, poetry, injustice, marijuana, drugs, violence, weed, hip hop, gangs, hopes, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california
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    User:   43%
 
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September
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, clever, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, loneliness, love, adultery, parents and children, relationships, guilt, depression, dialogue driven, dialogue, betrayal, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
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System:   39%
    User:   36%
 
Bright Lights, Big City
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, bleak, realistic, stylized, sentimental ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, redemption, downfall, drugs/alcohol, drinking, urban, death, alcohol abuse, nightlife, cancer, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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System:   39%
    User:   38%
 
The Sunset Limited
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the play of the same name by Pulitzer Prize Winner Cormac McCarthy, this searing two-character drama mixes humor and pathos while examining the relationship between strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Set in a New ...
Style: talky, bleak, psychological, realistic, intellectual ...
Plot: religion, christianity, dialogue driven, atheism, dialogue, god, existentialism, depression, life & death, philosophy, mentor, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   43%
 
Bodies, Rest & Motion
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: love, drinking, buddies, friends, relationships, loneliness, human nature, dialogue, small town, desert, life philosophy, redemption ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: arizona, usa, california, tucson arizona
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System:   36%
    User:   42%
 
American Buffalo
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Three inner-city losers plan a robbery of a valuable coin in a seedy second-hand junk shop.
Style: talky, bleak, stylized, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: betrayal, crime, heist, dialogue driven, buddies, dialogue, store, greed, crime gone awry, friendship, urban, cons and scams ...
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    User:   33%
 
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: talky, bleak, psychological, clever, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
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    User:   42%
 
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Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
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Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, serious, inspirational ...
Plot: mentor, writer's life, friendship, high school, literature, basketball, teacher, writing, coming of age, prejudice, school, dedicated educator ...
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Interiors
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Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
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Style: talky, bleak, psychological, realistic, serious ...
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Place: new york, usa
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    User:   30%
 
Clean and Sober
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sincere, talky ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, drinking, drug addiction, downfall, drugs, redemption, human nature, tragedy, depression, introspection, crime gone awry ...
Time: 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new jersey
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    User:   33%
 
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Career Girls
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two young women reunite and rekindle their friendship after having said goodbye at their college graduation, six years earlier.
Style: talky, realistic, witty, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, college, reunion, realism, best friends, unlikely friendships, secrets, loneliness, drinking, life philosophy, dialogue, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: london, england, europe, new jersey, tokyo
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    User:   35%
 
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Reprise
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, reflective, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, depression, writer's life, writers, relationships, unlikely friendships, mentor, road not taken, complex characters, pornography, loneliness, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, oslo norway, hawaii, paris france
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System:   34%
    User:   36%
 
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotional slice-of-life story. Jones is portrayed here portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero turned author who combats alcoholism and is starting to experience ...
Style: talky, clever, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, adoption, dysfunctional family, friendship, culture clash, father daughter relationship, relationships, family drama, single parent, family, writer's life, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: europe, france, tokyo, paris france
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    User:   30%
 
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Passion Fish
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: clever, talky, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, disability, folk, human nature, self discovery, small town, relationships, unlikely friendships, loneliness, redemption, urban, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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System:   33%
    User:   27%
 
A Love Song for Bobby Long
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, mentor, storytelling, alcohol abuse, music, life philosophy, coming of age, relationships, depression, loneliness, dysfunctional family, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, new jersey, alabama
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System:   32%
    User:   31%
 
Slaves of New York
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Meet the denizens of New York City: artists, prostitutes, saints, and seers. All are aspiring toward either fame or oblivion, and hoping for love and acceptance. Instead they find high rents, faithless partners, and dead-end careers.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat, surreal ...
Plot: artist, art, city life, life philosophy, urban, distopia, self discovery, adaptation, brutality, fantasy world, sexual abuse, immortality ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, tokyo
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    User:   38%
 
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Whatever
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the early 1980s, Anna, a New Jersey teenager faces her impending adulthood, dreaming of a life as a successful New York artist. When she gets caught up in the carefree sport of pre-AIDS sex and drugs, Anna's future becomes less certain.
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, gloomy, humorous ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, school, drugs, high school, coming-of-age, adolescence, drinking, parents and children, pornography, runaway ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, california
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    User:   31%
 
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Tully
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: realistic, serious, sincere, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, dysfunctional family, young lovers, single father, family drama, relationships, crumbling marriage, romance, drinking, loneliness, opposites attract ...
Place: england, nebraska, europe, usa
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System:   30%
    User:   30%
 
 7.7
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25th Hour
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The filmed adaptation from David Benioff's novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to prison. Anger, blame, frustration, betrayal, guilt and loneliness are ...
Style: talky, realistic, bleak, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: crime, friendship, redemption, betrayal, prison, guilt, freedom, drugs, criminal heroes, drugs/alcohol, drug dealing, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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System:   29%
    User:   30%
 
The Panic in Needle Park
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drugs, heroin, prostitution, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, depression, relationships, homeless, marijuana ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
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System:   29%
    User:   31%
 
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Half Nelson
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: realistic, talky, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: friendship, teacher, addiction, drug abuse, loneliness, drugs, drug addiction, father daughter relationship, drinking, basketball, dedicated educator, hip hop ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
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System:   29%
    User:   30%
 
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Nine Lives
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, melancholic, reflective ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, pregnancy, dysfunctional family, drinking, hospital, human nature, relationships, death, multiple storylines, storytelling, couple relations, solitude ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
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System:   29%
    User:   29%
 
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