Movies like Man on the Moon

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Man on the Moon (1999)
 7.4
 124K
Man on the Moon (1999)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Japan, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A film about the life and career of the eccentric avant-garde comedian, Andy Kaufman.
Style: offbeat, touching, sentimental, tragicomedy, realistic, humorous, depressing, factual, melancholic, inspirational ...
Plot: comedian, showbiz, tv show, prank, human spirit, actor's life, rising to stardom, performer's life, dying, fighting illness, rise and fall, celebrity culture, show business, singer, weirdo, confrontation, character study, life philosophy, wrestling, rock, friends, girlfriend, couple relations, career, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1985, year 1984
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, memphis, lithuania, the philippines

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Most similar movies to Man on the Moon

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and melancholic films with plots about artists and showbiz, mentor, dialogue, storytelling, life philosophy, adaptation and pornography mostly in Drama, Comedy and Biography genres. Some movies like Man on the Moon: Ed Wood (1994), American Splendor (2003), Funny People (2009), Mr. Saturday Night (1992), Chaplin (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.8
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Ed Wood (1994)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The mostly true story of the legendary "worst director of all time", who, with the help of his strange friends, filmed countless B-movies without ever becoming famous or successful.
Style: gothic, humorous, sentimental, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: actor, transvestism, friendship, hollywood, misfit, showbiz, filmmaking, actress, desire for fame, ambition, depression, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: neurotic, realistic, stylized, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: writer's life, antisocial behavior, loneliness, depression, artist, self discovery, rising to stardom, social misfits, ambition, lifestyle, new job, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 80s, 70s, 60s ...
Place: usa, ohio, cleveland ohio, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.3
 115K
Funny People (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Famous and wealthy funnyman George Simmons doesn't give much thought to how he treats people until a doctor delivers stunning health news, forcing George to reevaluate his priorities with a little help from aspiring stand-up comic Ira.
Style: tragicomedy, humorous, funny, melancholic, dark humor ...
Plot: comedian, terminal illness, loneliness, old love, male friendship, supportive friend, human nature, hopes, unfulfilled love, fighting illness, cancer, bonding ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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 ⇓
69%
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Mr. Saturday Night (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Buddy Young was the comic's comic, beloved by everyone. Now, playing to miniscule crowds in nursing homes, it seems like everybody but Buddy realizes that he should retire. As Buddy looks for work in show business, he realizes that the rest of ...
Style: humorous, captivating, realistic, stylized, intense ...
Plot: showbiz, comedian, actor's life, ambition, aging, desire for fame, family life, show business, talent agent, rise and fall, rise to the top, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.6
 54K
Chaplin (1992)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Italy, Japan, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: With the use of flashback, an elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, who urges him to be more vulnerable and emotionally honest with his memoirs while journeying through his poverty-stricken childhood, closest ...
Style: silent film, sentimental, serious, emotional, touching ...
Plot: rising to stardom, actor, actor's life, exile, hollywood, childhood, artists and showbiz, success, lifestyle, ambition, mccarthyism, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 90s, 70s, 60s ...
Place: london, england, california, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 ⇓
66%
Isn't She Great (2000)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, Japan, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An unsuccessful over-the-top actress becomes a successful over-the-top authoress in this biography of Jacqueline Susann, the famed writer of "The Valley Of The Dolls" and other trashy novels. Facing a failing career, Susann meets a ...
Style: sincere, light, touching, satirical, humorous ...
Plot: ambition, showbiz, terminal illness, actor's life, artists and showbiz, love and romance, aging, fame, writing, marriage, nun, female protagonist ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1930s ...
Place: new york, connecticut, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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The Three Stooges (2000)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A biography of the Three Stooges, in which their careers and rise to fame is shown throughout the eyes of their leader, Moe.
Style: humorous, sentimental, touching, semi serious, realistic
Plot: comedy team, rise to the top, actor's life, ambition, showbiz, lifestyle, three stooges, artists and showbiz, tv show, disability, comedian, farce ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.9
 34K
Private Parts (1997)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The auto-biographical story of Howard Stern, the radio-rebel who is now also a TV-personality, an author and a movie star.
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, touching, controversial ...
Audience: student film, teens
Plot: anti conformity, radio, radio show, lifestyle, ambition, workplace, rebelliousness, society, rise to the top, satire, radio dj, media ...
Time: 70s, 90s, 20th century, 80s, 60s ...
Place: new york, washington d.c., usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 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 ⇓
62%
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 ⇓
62%
Slaves of New York (1989)
Genre: Comedy, 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: sentimental, humorous, ironic, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, couples, society, lifestyle, ambition, love, adaptation, loneliness, bittersweet, stash, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.8
 106K
Patch Adams (1998)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Meet Patch Adams, a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own ...
Style: inspirational, uplifting, touching, tragicomedy, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, medical school, hospital, medical profession, friendship, unconventional method, doctors and patients, clinic, doctor, hopes, nursing, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
24 Hour Party People (2002)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.
Style: witty, humorous, sincere, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: nightclub, musician, clubbing, party, businessman, ambition, lifestyle, music band, success, life changing experience, buddies, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: england, europe, manchester, northern england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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 ⇓
61%
Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, humorous, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: single parent, family relations, teenage pregnancy, couple relations, youth, becoming an adult, grownups, family problems, self discovery, adolescence vs adulthood, parenthood, pregnancy ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 80s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, connecticut, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 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 ⇓
60%
Martin and Lewis (2002)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The story of the 10-year rocky relationship between Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, sexual, sexy
Plot: rise and fall, friendship, ambition, desire for fame, actor's life, rising to stardom, showbiz, celebrity culture, buddies, breakup, musician's life, lifestyle ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 60s, 40s, 20th century ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.9
 8K
Punchline (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Lilah Krytsick is a mother and housewife who's always believed she could be a stand-up comedian. Steven Gold is an experienced stand-up seemingly on the cusp of success. When the two meet, they form an unlikely friendship, and Steven tries to ...
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, intense, clever ...
Plot: romance, showbiz, ambition, rise to the top, performer's life, couples, friendship, stand up comedian, family, creativity, redemption, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of Rudy Ray Moore, who created the iconic big screen pimp character Dolemite in the 1970s.
Style: humorous, light, entertaining, dark humor, thought provoking
Plot: filmmaking, film industry, vulgarity, showbiz, show business, actor, male protagonist, money, vinyl, comedian, group of friends, vagina ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A hapless talent manager named Danny Rose, by helping a client, gets dragged into a love triangle involving the mob. His story is told in flashback, an anecdote shared amongst a group of comedians over lunch at New York's Carnegie Deli. ...
Style: talky, witty, clever, humorous, touching ...
Plot: gangsters, showbiz, comedian, profanity, urban, infidelity, mistaken identity, love triangle, comedy of errors, couple relations, comeback, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s, 70s, 1920s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 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 ⇓
58%
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Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her film company insists as a condition of continuing to employ her that she live with her mother Doris Mann, herself once a star and now a champion ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, hollywood, dysfunctional family, rehabilitation, addiction, drug abuse, family problems, parents and children, filmmaking, self discovery, life is a bitch, actor's life ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.7
 1K
Sunset Strip (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A day in Hollywood, 1972, with young people looking for the 24 hours that will change their lives. Zach will open that night for a British rocker at Whisky a Go-Go; he lives in a canyon and plays impromptu duets with a mysterious guitarist he ...
Style: captivating, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, humorous ...
Plot: hollywood, musician, celebrity culture, rising to stardom, ambition, desire for fame, music band, lifestyle, love triangle, nightlife, love and romance, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, year 1972
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.5
 6K
The TV Set (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: As a writer named Mike struggles to shepherd his semi-autobiographical sitcom into development, his vision is slowly eroded by a domineering network executive named Lenny who favors trashy reality programming. The irony, of course, is that every ...
Style: witty, semi serious, satirical, melancholic, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: showbiz, audition, tv show, artists and showbiz, media satire, network, nothing goes right, actor's life, strong female character, television, pregnancy, sarcasm ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Stardust Memories (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While attending a retrospect of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.
Style: talky, surreal, humorous, witty, clever ...
Plot: weekend, midlife crisis, lovers reunited, filmmaking, showbiz, introspection, couple relations, haunted by the past, celebrity culture, self discovery, performer's life, profanity ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant.
Style: talky, thought provoking, clever, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: restaurant, hopes, storytelling, writer's life, artists and showbiz, buddies, friends, haunted by the past, starting over, introspection, lifestyle, conversation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.8
 26K
Selena (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham, realizes that his young daughter is talented and begins performing with her at small venues. She finds success and falls for ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, factual, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: singer, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, hopes, showbiz, tragedy, performer's life, latin, family relations, elopement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Growing Up Brady (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A tell-all story of what happened behind the scenes of the 70s hit TV series "The Brady Bunch." Based on the book written by Barry Williams, the actor who played Greg Brady.
Style: sitcom, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: actor's life, showbiz, relationship vs career, lifestyle, workplace, artists and showbiz, tv show, alcohol abuse, family relations, movie studio, media, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%