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, atmospheric, serious, realistic, rough, clever, bleak, gloomy, semi documentary, funny ...
Plot: drug addiction, judaism, fighting the system, addiction, drug abuse, stand up comedian, civil rights, rise and fall, showbiz, ambition, lifestyle, family problems, tragic hero, rising to stardom, against the rules, sexual content, courtroom, drugs, drug addict, death, tragedy, legal, gay, lawyer, psychology ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa

Most similar movies to Lenny

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, interesting, serious and talky films with plots about mentor, dialogue, drinking alcohol, runaway, storytelling, adaptation and redemption mostly in Drama, Biography and Music genres. Some movies like Lenny: Rated X (2000), Bird (1988), Pollock (2000), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Basquiat (1996). 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: sexy, psychological, intense, tense, cynical ...
Plot: murder, drug abuse, addiction, rags to riches, greed, lust, filmmaking, ambition, showbiz, rise and fall, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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 7.1
 13K
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, psychological, gloomy, sexy, factual ...
Plot: jazz, music, heroin, addiction, drug abuse, musician, tragedy, rock and roll, childhood, character study, drug addiction, self destructing ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.0
 29K
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: emotional, inspirational, intellectual, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: painter, artist, art, painting, alcohol abuse, addiction, genius, bohemian life, supportive spouse, rise and fall, lifestyle, self destructing ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, year 1947, year 1941 ...
Place: new york, usa, long island, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: sexual, factual, semi serious, captivating, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, free love, legal, lawyer, courtroom, drug addiction, rebellion, fighting the system, court, love, eroticism, lawsuit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 50s
Place: kentucky, usa, cincinnati ohio, washington d.c., ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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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: talky, clever, witty, sexy, melancholic ...
Plot: loveless marriage, female nudity, poetry, prohibition, hotel, friendship, addiction, women, nudity (full frontal - brief), writers, adaptation, multiple storylines ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, victorian era, 50s ...
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.9
 21K
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: stylized, factual, inspirational, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: artist, art, drug abuse, painter, graffiti, drug addiction, self destructing, society, rising to stardom, rise and fall, celebrity culture, human spirit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.8
 24K
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: suspense, thought provoking, suspenseful, psychological, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, lawyer, lawsuit, aids, courtroom drama, law firm, life & death, drugs, twists and turns, money, courtroom ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, year 1999, year 1998
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.6
 14K
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: sexy, factual, intense, talky, serious ...
Plot: sex addict, nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship, actor's life, addiction, adultery, serial killer, character study, filmmaking, tv show, hollywood, rise and fall ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1965, year 1964
Place: usa, california, los angeles, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
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: depressing, disturbing, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, drug addict, drug abuse, drugs, death of pet, heroin, heroin addict, drug use, life philosophy, redemption, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.2
 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: disturbing, intense, stylized, factual, sincere ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, writers, lifestyle, ambition, rising to stardom, rise and fall, drug addiction, prison, society, life is a bitch, celebrity culture ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.3
 5K
Baadasssss! (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 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, sweet, suspense, talky, serious ...
Plot: racism, filmmaking, interracial relations, eccentricity, prejudice, african american, fighting the system, showbiz, hollywood, artists and showbiz, family relations, rejection ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, heartbreaking, compassionate, depressing, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: aids, transsexual, drugs, fighting the system, human spirit, life is a bitch, casual sex, treatment, gay slur, gay, hiv, hiv positive ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, austin texas, tokyo, amsterdam ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
You Don't Know Jack (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Angel of mercy… or murderous “Doctor Death”? Jack Kervorkian is one of the most polarizing figures in modern American history, a man whose passionate belief that people have the right to die has brought him both praise and vilification. ...
Style: serious, emotional, thought provoking, intense, dark ...
Plot: suicide, terminal illness, suffering, moral dilemma, murder, euthanasia, greed, eccentricity, historical figure, legal action, against the rules, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: detroit, usa, california, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: talky, depressing, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: addiction, family relations, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional family, drug addiction, redemption, actor, lifestyle, actor's life, family life, human nature, morphine ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: ireland, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.0
 6K
RKO 281 (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A film about the making of Citizen Kane. Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane, despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst.
Style: talky, sexy, melancholic, light, depressing ...
Plot: screenwriter, movie business, filmmaking, obsession, hollywood, corruption, culture clash, death, journalism, life philosophy, wilderness, war ...
Time: 1940s, 70s
Place: new jersey, california, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: unusual plot structure, buddy movie, inspirational, melancholic, feel good ...
Plot: hospital, redemption, addiction, death, childhood, drug addiction, male nudity, bullying, first contact, fantasy world, gangsters, catastrophe ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, illinois, ohio, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, Netherlands, Portugal, Finland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, poignant, visually appealing, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: music, musician, obsession, classical music, radio, artist, life, childhood, corruption, hip hop, jazz, eccentricity ...
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.5
 26K
Christiane F. (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, disturbing, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, heroin, downfall, drugs, drug addict, drug overdose, drug abuse, friendship, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: berlin germany, west berlin west germany, poland, europe, west germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 6.4
 22K
Factory Girl (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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: sexy, factual, melancholic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: art, artist, fashion, dysfunctional family, addiction, drugs, drug addiction, female nudity, mentor, rise and fall, life philosophy, destiny ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1971 ...
Place: new york, new jersey, california, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
American Splendor (2003)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
Style: realistic, stylized, semi serious, sincere, cynical ...
Plot: artist, writer's life, depression, loneliness, antisocial behavior, art, character study, loser, superhero, rising to stardom, self discovery, new job ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 50s, 80s
Place: usa, ohio, cleveland ohio, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.7
 41K
The Verdict (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, atmospheric, suspense, intense ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, redemption, lawyer, justice, character study, legal action, fighting the system, legal, court, investigation, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.0
 5K
Sweet Dreams (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country singer who died in a tragic plane crash.
Style: factual, realistic, sexy, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: fame, air disaster, historical figure, musician's life, family problems, love and romance, women, ambition, country music, showbiz, rising to stardom, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, year 1956, year 1959 ...
Place: nashville tennessee, west virginia, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.2
 170K
Steve Jobs (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Style: inspirational, realistic, factual, cerebral, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: entrepreneur, father daughter relationship, computer, prodigy, business, computers and web, friendship, internet, creativity, depression, loneliness, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 21st century, contemporary, year 1998 ...
Place: usa, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: factual, depressing, intense, serious, psychological ...
Plot: drugs, addiction, heroin, drug abuse, human nature, drug addiction, lifestyle, family problems, rise and fall, life is a bitch, ambition, writers ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 70s
Place: los angeles, new jersey, usa, beverly hills, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: emotional, melancholic, inspirational, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: showbiz, music, addiction, greed, music business, music band, drug addiction, rise and fall, rising to stardom, couple relations, teenage life, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 80s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 1960s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto. She wrote a screenplay for a film that she wanted Andy Warhol to produce, but he continued to ignore her. So she shot ...
Style: disturbing, clever, sexy, feminist film, stylized ...
Plot: art, lesbian, artist, feminist, women, writers, lgbt, feminism, gay, painter, obsession, art history ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: psychological, emotional, stylized, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: actor's life, showbiz, relationships, rising to stardom, rise and fall, lifestyle, ambition, family relations, understanding, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: switzerland, italy, rome italy, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.9
 46K
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, sexy, melancholic, erotic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: lesbian, fashion, addiction, drug abuse, heroin, aids, supermodel, mental illness, model, drug addiction, lesbian romance, lesbianism ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.8
 26K
Mr. Turner (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him.
Style: enigmatic, surreal, meditative, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: painter, art, painting, eccentricity, artist, character study, estrangement, ambition, love and romance, elderly, society, couple relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, 1840s, 1830s, victorian era ...
Place: london, england, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.4
 1K
Drunks (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, ...
Style: talky, realistic, visually appealing, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: alcoholic, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, self discovery, redemption, drug abuse, addiction, support group, drugs, heroin, drug addict, adaptation ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%