Movies like The King of Comedy

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The King of Comedy (1982)
 7.7
 69K
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, stylized, talky, tense, clever, biting ...
Plot: ambition, obsession, desire for fame, delusion, character study, artists and showbiz, misfit, mentally unstable, nervous breakdown, crimes, stalking, disorder, showbiz, dysfunctional character, manic, kidnapping, prison, receptionist, negotiation, confined, danger, nothing goes right, living with parents, unfulfillment, hysteria ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey

Most similar movies to The King of Comedy

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, talky, clever and interesting films with plots about dialogue, mentor, storytelling, brutality, obsession, greed and loneliness mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres. Some movies like The King of Comedy: Joker (2019), To Die For (1995), Birdman or (2014), Taxi Driver (1976), Death to Smoochy (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.6
 694K
Joker (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.
Style: suspense, cynical, bleak, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Plot: mental illness, insanity, villain, psychological trauma, social decay, psycho killer, mental patient, evil clown, social problems, murder, clown, social problem ...
Time: 20th century, year 1981
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 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, danger, power relations, couples, crime, crimes, murder ...
Time: 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa, california, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 528K
Birdman or (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A fading actor best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and ...
Style: dark humor, psychological, surreal, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: midlife crisis, theater, actor's life, father daughter relationship, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, actor, superhero, existentialism, showbiz, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 648K
Taxi Driver (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
Style: bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, psychological ...
Plot: social decay, obsession, lone wolves, loner, vigilante, alienation, character study, taxi, paranoia, antisocial behavior, violence spree, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, vietnam, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: rivalry, tv show, artists and showbiz, performer's life, vengeance, disorder, delusion, nothing goes right, showbiz, success, television, children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
What Just Happened (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: During the course of an ordinary week in Hollywood, movie producer Ben (Robert De Niro) must navigate his way through shark-infested waters as he struggles to complete his latest projects. A demanding studio boss (Catherine Keener) demands extensive ...
Style: witty, realistic, humorous, melancholic, semi serious ...
Plot: movie business, hollywood, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right, showbiz, midlife crisis, disagreement, workplace, workplace situations, father daughter relationship, agent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cannes, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 20K
State and Main (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Hollywood Film unit invades a small Vermont town leading to wholesale abandonment of values and virtue. A smart, warm and funny movie - and not just for movie buffs. Tagline: When a film crew came to Waterford, Vermont - They Shot First And Asked ...
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, feel good, funny ...
Audience: date night
Plot: small town, amateur theater, filmmaking, love and romance, americana, lifestyle, small town life, movie business, showbiz, nothing goes right, artists and showbiz, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 9K
Big Fan (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking-garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described "world's biggest New York Giants fan". One night, Paul and his best friend Sal spot Giants star linebacker Quantrell Bishop at a gas ...
Style: talky, tragicomedy, disturbing, dark humor, witty ...
Plot: loser, sport, obsessed fan, obsession, football, beating, life is a bitch, nothing goes right, dysfunctional character, hospital, gun, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 6.3
 23K
Celebrity (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The career and personal life of writer Lee are at a standstill, so he divorces his bashful wife, Robin, and dives into a new job as an entertainment journalist. His assignments take him to the swankiest corners of Manhattan, but as he jumps from one ...
Style: witty, cynical, stylized, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: filmmaking, ambition, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, showbiz, lifestyle, spectacle, writing, greed, loneliness, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, atlantic city new jersey, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 87K
Mean Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: redemption, gangsters, friendship, mafia, racial slur, crime, friends, urban ghetto life, organized crime, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.7
 51K
After Hours (1985)
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, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: coincidence, artist, suicide, murder, nightclub, one night, farce, nothing goes right, lifestyle, city life, fish out of water, uncontrollable ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.1
 143K
The Cable Guy (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When recently single Steven moves into his new apartment, cable guy Chip comes to hook him up -- and doesn't let go. Initially, Chip is just overzealous in his desire to be Steven's pal, but when Steven tries to end the ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, cynical, witty ...
Plot: stalking, obsession, friendship, odd couple, buddies, designer, danger, television, dangerous friend, basketball, cheating boyfriend, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, false accusation, protagonist as suspect, artists and showbiz, plan gone awry, movie business, agent, screenwriter ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, pasadena california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Observe and Report (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper's paradise into his personal peep show. But when Barnhardt can't bring the culprit to justice, a surly police detective is recruited to close ...
Style: dark humor, semi serious, humorous, tragicomedy, satirical ...
Plot: robbery, delusion, security guard, shopping mall, thief, workplace, workplace situations, farce, adolescence vs adulthood, unrequited love, justice, perversion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.0
 65K
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Upon his release from a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan, who seems far less sane than the former. Dignan has hatched a hair-brained scheme for an as-yet-unspecified crime spree that ...
Style: humorous, witty, talky, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robbery, theft, thief, crime, nothing goes right, disorder, self discovery, sibling relationship, crimes, cons and scams, criminal heroes, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Cecil B. DeMented (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An insane independent film director and his renegade group of teenage film makers kidnap an A-list Hollywood actress and force her to star in their underground film.
Style: cynical, dark humor, satirical, absurd, humorous ...
Plot: perversion, filmmaking, heroin, nothing goes right, hostages, actor's life, showbiz, lifestyle, delusion, rebellion, misfit, anti conformity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, maryland, baltimore, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Swimming with Sharks (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young, naive Hollywood studio assistant finally turns the tables on his incredibly abusive producer boss.
Style: cynical, disturbing, humorous, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: humiliation, vengeance, obnoxious boss, hollywood, workplace situations, ambition, manager, showbiz, bully, disgruntled worker, boss, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.0
 25K
Suicide Kings (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Christopher Walken shines in this cult-favorite dark comedy as Charlie, a former mobster who is abducted by five privileged young men (Sean Patrick Flanery, Johnny Galecki, Jay Mohr, Jeremy Sisto, Henry Thomas) desperate to raise a $2 million ransom ...
Style: dark humor, suspenseful, tense, rough, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, hostage, crime, mansion, crime gone awry, nothing goes right, confined, crimes, disorder, buddies, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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 6.4
 16K
Made (2001)
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: humorous, witty, dark humor, funny, talky ...
Plot: friendship, crime, nothing goes right, buddies, partners, disorder, crimes, cons and scams, dishonesty, crime boss, money laundering, bad temper ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, los angeles, california, usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Shakes the Clown (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Shakes plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk. Binky, another clown, wins the spot on a local kiddie show, which depresses Shakes even more, and his boss threatens him with unemployment if he ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, disturbing, surreal ...
Plot: clown, false accusation, rescue, nothing goes right, frame up, crimes, disorder, murder, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, psychopath, kidnapping, on the run ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.5
 5K
Chuck & Buck (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Buck is a man-child who has lived his existence in a life of kindergarten collages and lollipops. Buck remembers his old childhood friend Chuck, with whom he feels a need to reconnect with after having invited him to his mother's funeral. Buck ...
Style: psychological, dark humor, cynical, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: obsession, gay, stalking, friendship, reunion, danger, dysfunctional character, mentally unstable, love triangle, unrequited love, man child, childhood friend ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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 ...
Style: humorous, cynical, funny, twists and turns, absurd ...
Plot: paranoia, blackmail, cia, espionage, stupidity, divorce, disorder, escapades, autobiography, crime, society, farce ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, virginia, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
The Late Shift (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: David Letterman vies with Jay Leno and his manager to succeed Johnny Carson, retiring from "The Tonight Show."
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, talky, clever ...
Plot: rivalry, contests and competitions, artists and showbiz, tv show, media, ambition, showbiz, late night, media satire, television show, television, show business ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992, year 1991, 1990s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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The Last Supper (1995)
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, witty, tense, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, murder, sexism, death, hypocrisy, crimes, crime, culture clash, liberal, unlikely criminals, society, racism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.2
 3K
Five Corners (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A psychotic young man returns to his old neighborhood after release from prison. He seeks out the woman he previously tried to rape and the man who protected her, with twisted ideas of love for her and hate for him.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: violence, stalking, psychopath, friendship, prison, crimes, rape, police detective, deadly, rapist, danger, hate ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, mississippi, bronx new york city, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.7
 106K
Barton Fink (1991)
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: atmospheric, psychological, surreal, dark humor, twists and turns ...
Plot: neighbor, hotel, murder, neo noir, showbiz, screenwriter, new job, serial killer, hollywood, backstage, crimes, stranger ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
God Bless America (2011)
Genre: Adventure, 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, semi serious, humorous, cynical ...
Plot: mass murder, stupidity, pop culture, killing spree, rage, crimes, female killer, life is a bitch, media, age difference, partners, losing-it hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Larry Donner is a author and writing professor who tutors people who want to write books. Larry's life has become a misery when his Ex-wife has published a book he wrote under her name and has gotten rich over it. Owen Lift, one of Larry's ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, exciting, dark humor, clever ...
Plot: murder, disorder, strangulation, nothing goes right, crime, crimes, family relations, train, attempted murder, resentment, professor, matricide ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.9
 413K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: disturbing, psychological, bleak, cynical, suspenseful ...
Plot: neo noir, journalism, sociopath, journalist, obsession, ambition, cynicism, deception, character study, morality, twists & turns, ethics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.5
 34K
Man Bites Dog (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The activities of rampaging, indiscriminate serial killer Ben are recorded by a willingly complicit documentary team, who eventually become his accomplices and active participants. Ben provides casual commentary on the nature of his work and ...
Style: dark humor, disturbing, humorous, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, sexual abuse, murder, brutality, crime, ambition, robbery, society, media, crimes, deadly, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, belgium, brussels, brussels belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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