Movies like Lenny

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Lenny (1974)
 7.6
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Lenny (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, rough, atmospheric, semi documentary, gloomy, bleak, clever, toilet humor ...
Plot: stripper, fighting the system, judaism, rise and fall, against the rules, civil rights, drug abuse, addiction, ambition, lifestyle, showbiz, family problems, tragic hero, rising to stardom, nudity (full frontal - brief), stand up comedian, kiss, comedian, stand-up comedian, couple relations, performer's life, life is a bitch, rebellion, artists and showbiz, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 70s
Place: usa

Most similar movies to Lenny

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, intense and visually appealing films with plots about ambition, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, addiction, dialogue and mentor mostly in Drama, Biography and Music genres. Some movies like Lenny: Rated X (2000), Bird (1988), Basquiat (1996), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Permanent Midnight (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Rated X (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Jim and Artie Mitchell, two brothers who entered the porn industry in the early 60's. After creating such legendary porn films as "Behind the Green Door" and "Inside Marily Chambers", they later ...
Style: tense, cynical, sexy, psychological, intense ...
Plot: pornography, murder, pornographer, drug abuse, addiction, filmmaking, ambition, life is a bitch, rise and fall, showbiz, artists and showbiz, porn industry ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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 7.2
 12K
Bird (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.
Style: atmospheric, factual, stylized, based on true events, gloomy ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, ambition, musician's life, downfall, self destructing, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s, 40s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.
Style: witty, talky, clever, serious, realistic ...
Plot: filmmaking, alcohol, writers, addiction, friendship, alcohol abuse, hotel, bittersweet, strong female presence, unfulfillment, downfall, lifestyle ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 50s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.9
 20K
Basquiat (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Director Julian Schnabel illustrates the portrait of his friend, the first African-American pop artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who unfortunately died at a young age and just as he was beginning to make a name for himself in the art world. Alongside the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, realistic, captivating, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, friendship, artist, art, society, rising to stardom, rise and fall, self destructing, overdose, ambition, celebrity culture, human spirit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his girlie magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for ...
Style: controversial, semi serious, captivating, witty, factual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pornography, porn magazine, millionaire, courtroom drama, free love, against the rules, aids, lawsuit, civil rights, legal, porn, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 50s, 80s, 1950s
Place: kentucky, usa, ohio, cincinnati ohio, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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, dark humor ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, rehabilitation, human nature, lifestyle, life is a bitch, rise and fall, family problems, ambition, husband wife relationship, heroin, writers ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, pittsburgh, beverly hills, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In this film that closely parallels his own life story, Richard Pryor plays Jo Jo Dancer, a popular stand-up comedian who has severely burned himself in a drug incident. As he lies unconscious in a hospital, his spiritual alter ego gets up and ...
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), redemption, hospital, rise and fall, addiction, performer's life, life is a bitch, graphic violence, drugs/alcohol, burned alive, profanity, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: illinois, usa, ohio, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.0
 27K
Pollock (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" The film is a look back into the life of an extraordinary man, a man who has ...
Style: based on true events, emotional, inspirational, intellectual, atmospheric ...
Plot: painter, artist, painting, alcohol abuse, art, bohemian life, supportive spouse, rise and fall, addiction, lifestyle, self destructing, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, long island, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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 6.6
 13K
Auto Focus (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A successful TV star during the 1960s, former "Hogan's Heroes" actor Bob Crane projects a wholesome family-man image, but this front masks his persona as a sex addict who records and photographs his many encounters with women, often ...
Style: serious, captivating, factual, intense, talky ...
Plot: infidelity, sex addict, friendship, hollywood, tv show, filmmaking, tv star, rise and fall, adultery, addiction, crumbling marriage, showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964 ...
Place: usa, los angeles, california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.3
 1K
Pinero (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "Piñero" tells the story of the explosive life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. After doing time in hard-core Sing-Sing for petty thefts and ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, ambition, lifestyle, rise and fall, rising to stardom, life is a bitch, society, human nature, celebrity culture, couple relations, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, music band, music, rising to stardom, rise and fall, addiction, musician's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, celebrity culture, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.8
 23K
Puncture (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, lawsuit, drug abuse, law firm, courtroom, against the odds, righting the wronged, public health, fighting the system, legal action, dedicated lawyer, corporate crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995, year 1998, year 1999
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.8
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Star 80 (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Paul Snider is a narcissistic, small time hustler who fancies himself a ladies man. His life changes when he meets Dorothy Stratten working behind the counter of a Dairy Queen.
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: crimes of passion, playboy, obsession, rise and fall, fame, murder, deadly, couple relations, couples, family problems, showbiz, fall in love ...
Time: 80s, year 1978, 70s
Place: vancouver, vancouver british columbia canada, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.1
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Whitney (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Chronicles Whitney Houston's rise to fame and turbulent relationship with husband Bobby Brown.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, music, rising to stardom, fall in love, couple relations, desire for fame, ambition, showbiz, addiction, celebrity culture, pop star, price of fame ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.3
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James Dean (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The man behind the legend and a knowing look at the 1950's Hollywood are revealed in this dynamic bioepic of the meteoric star whose troubled life echoed his gut-grabbing performances in East of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause and Giant.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, captivating, clever
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, actor, dying young, actor's life, teen angst, rise and fall, rising to stardom, ambition, prodigy, lifestyle, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: usa, indiana, new york, malibu california, santa monica california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
King of Salsa (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The rise and fall of salsa singer, Héctor Lavoe (1946-1993), as told from the perspective of his wife Puchi, who looks back from 2002.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: music, dancing, showbiz, artists and showbiz, ambition, musician's life, lifestyle, romance, drug abuse, rise and fall, life is a bitch, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 5.6
 902
Hendrix (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Biography of rock star Jimi Hendrix chronicles his early career, including a stint with Little Richard who fired him for getting too flamboyant, to his tragic failure.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, gloomy
Plot: musician's life, prodigy, ambition, rising to stardom, tragic hero, music band, drug abuse, artists and showbiz, rise and fall, life is a bitch, hotshot hero, overdose ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Cadillac Records (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, and the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.
Style: sincere, realistic, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, musician, rock and roll, music, blues, success, showbiz, lifestyle, performer's life, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: chicago illinois, usa, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The professional and personal life of actor and comedian Peter Sellers was a turbulent one. His early movie fame was based primarily on his comic characterizations, often of bumbling and foreign-accented persons, characters which he embodied. As his ...
Style: realistic, captivating, emotional, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: showbiz, actor's life, lifestyle, rising to stardom, rise and fall, ambition, understanding, couple relations, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, artists and showbiz, price of fame ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: rome italy, italy, switzerland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.0
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Gia (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gia Carangi travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving, she meets Wilhelmina Cooper, a wise and high-powered agent who takes Gia under her wing. With Cooper's help and her own natural instincts, ...
Style: psychological, rough, sexual, erotic, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, addiction, fashion, drug abuse, lesbian romance, model, strong sexual content, mental illness, heroin, aids, supermodel, lesbianism ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, sincere, heartbreaking, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, human spirit, transsexual, gay slur, life is a bitch, terminal illness, death, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, japan, dallas texas, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, actor's life, lifestyle, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.3
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Baadasssss! (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Director Mario Van Peebles chronicles the complicated production of his father Melvin's classic 1971 film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." Playing his father in the film, Van Peebles offers an unapologetic account of ...
Style: thought provoking, contemplative, serious, realistic, sweet ...
Plot: racism, filmmaking, interracial relations, watching a movie, fighting the system, hollywood, showbiz, family relations, rejection, artists and showbiz, nudity (full frontal - brief), underdog ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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 6.5
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Last Call (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Renowned writer F. Scott Fitzgerald is living the last months of his life with his youthful secretary, confidant, and protégé who later wrote a memoir of their time together.
Style: serious, clever, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: prodigy, family problems, showbiz, ambition, couples, love and romance, crumbling marriage, terminal illness, split personality, life is a bitch, mental illness, lifestyle ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.5
 21K
Factory Girl (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the mid-1960s, wealthy debutant Edie Sedgwick meets artist Andy Warhol. She joins Warhol's famous Factory and becomes his muse. Although she seems to have it all, Edie cannot have the love she craves from Andy, and she has an affair with a ...
Style: serious, contemplative, factual, romantic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: artist, addiction, singer, art, rise and fall, fashion, socialite, photographer, fame, actor's life, love, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1964 ...
Place: new york, usa, paris france, london, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.1
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Sweet Dreams (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country singer who died in a tragic plane crash.
Style: realistic, factual, atmospheric, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: fame, air disaster, musician's life, ambition, historical figure, family problems, love and romance, showbiz, country music, rising to stardom, tragic hero, celebrity culture ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: virginia, nashville tennessee, west virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.5
 610
Crazy (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Crazy is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950s. Blessed with incomparable, natural talent, Hank Garland quickly established his reputation as the finest sessions player in Nashville.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, contemplative
Plot: jazz, infidelity, rise and fall, musician's life, ambition, desire for fame, rising to stardom, womanizer, lifestyle, relationship vs career, showbiz, obsession ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 70s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, tennessee, nashville tennessee, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.5
 721
Sister Smile (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A biography of the Belgian nun Jeannine Deckers, who became a popular singer in the early 1960s and struggled with the contradiction between the church and her true self.
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: convent, ambition, showbiz, follow your dream, musician's life, rising to stardom, lifestyle, clergy, life is a bitch, against the rules, society, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the rise and fall of poker legend Stu "The Kid" Ungar.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, suspense, contemplative ...
Plot: gambling, ambition, rivalry, human spirit, sport, life is a bitch, hopes, rise and fall, tragic hero, addiction, gambler, poker ...
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
What We Do Is Secret (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspense
Plot: punk, punk rock, lifestyle, rising to stardom, musician's life, celebrity culture, drug abuse, music, ambition, rise and fall, music band, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%