Movies like Permanent Midnight

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Permanent Midnight (1998)
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Permanent Midnight
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 listens patiently to Stahl's flashback. Other women in Stahl's life are his British wife Sandra and his agent Vola.
Style: dark humor, disturbing, gloomy, serious, realistic, stylized, dramatic, biting, interesting, cynical ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, heroin, drug addiction, dysfunctional family, drinking, hollywood, writing, drugs/alcohol, writer's life, drugs, rehabilitation, writers, storytelling, redemption, rise and fall, crime gone awry, mentor, dialogue, adaptation, gangsters, life, brutality, adultery, sex ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey
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Lenny
Biography, Drama
USA
111 min.
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My Name Is Joe
Drama, Romance
UK, Germany, France, Spain
105 min.
 7.5
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, serious and intense films with plots about storytelling, drinking, dialogue, mentor, brutality, loneliness and redemption mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like Permanent Midnight: Auto Focus (2002), Lenny (1974), My Name Is Joe (1998), She's So Lovely (1997), Prozac Nation (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Auto Focus
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: psychological, serious, gloomy, sexual, dark ...
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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
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 ...
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Lenny
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: bleak, clever, psychological, serious, talky ...
Plot: drug abuse, fighting the system, drugs, death, drug addiction, tragedy, performer's life, stripper, free speech, depression, storytelling, against the rules ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: usa
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My Name Is Joe
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, France, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic relationship in the one of the toughest Glasgow neighbourhoods.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, working class, soccer, drugs, realism, starting over, addiction, loneliness, debt, drinking, alcohol abuse, relationships ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: scotland, europe
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She's So Lovely
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Maureen is pregnant and her husband Eddie is missing. Nervous, Maureen shares a couple of drinks with neighbor Kiefer, who tries to rape her and then beats her. When Eddie returns and finds his wife bruised, he goes ballistic, shoots a paramedic and ...
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Prozac Nation
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Elizabeth is on the verge of losing her grip on life after she leaves her emotionally fraught home to start college. Quickly, her life takes a turn for the worse: She clashes with her roommate and decides her boyfriend, Rafe, is her sole salvation. ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, cynical, realistic ...
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Time: 80s
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Duration: 100 min.
Story: This adult comedy follows six characters, three men and three women from a cross-section of social groups, as they play sexual power games. When an affair fires up between 2 of the married characters, it sparks a chain of consequences for all of ...
Style: talky, sexual, dark humor, clever, biting ...
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Sid and Nancy
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The Boost
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Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to turn. His friend, Joel, introduces him to cocaine to give ...
Style: bleak, serious, gloomy, realistic, touching ...
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Greenberg
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Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A New Yorker moves to Los Angeles in order to figure out his life while he housesits for his brother, and he soon sparks with his brother's assistant.
Style: talky, realistic, psychological, sincere, semi serious ...
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Basquiat
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Country: USA
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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, rough, serious, realistic, cerebral ...
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
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Story: Story of the relationship between the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.
Style: emotional, serious, psychological, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, drinking, writing, suicide, poetry, depression, artist, death, mental illness, adultery, suicide attempt, marriage ...
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Rated X
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: serious, rough, realistic, tense, intense ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, murder, pornography, rise and fall, drug addiction, drugs, brothers, mafia, drinking, rags to riches, greed ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
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Behind the Candelabra
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.
Style: stylized, serious, gloomy, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: aids, manipulation, gay, music, gays and lesbians, death, drugs, homosexuality, musician's life, gay relationship, obsession, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 1960s, year 1986 ...
Place: las vegas, usa, california, southern california
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Lady Sings the Blues
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, dramatic, factual ...
Plot: jazz, music, drug abuse, addiction, drug addiction, rags to riches, prostitution, murder, blues, musician's life, holiday, mentor ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
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London
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: London is a drug laden adventure that centers on a party in a New York loft where a young man is trying to win back his ex-girlfriend.
Style: talky, serious, gloomy, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: romance, drugs, dialogue driven, drinking, love, couple relations, drugs/alcohol, weed, twentysomething life, relationships, drug abuse, addiction ...
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Frances
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The true story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.
Style: emotional, serious, touching, melancholic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: mental illness, hollywood, insanity, actor's life, psychiatry, rebelliousness, depression, mentor, eccentricity, life & death, rich and poor, character study ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1950s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: california, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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    User:   55%
 
Leaving Las Vegas
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
Style: emotional, realistic, atmospheric, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: loneliness, prostitute, addiction, redemption, romance, depression, love, suicide, prostitution, tragedy, death, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa, los angeles
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Tom & Viv
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of the marriage of the poet TS Eliot to socialite Vivienne Haigh-Wood, which had to cope with her gynaeological and emotional problems and his growing fame.
Style: psychological, serious, sincere, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: marriage, romance, mental illness, love, doctors, artist, writer's life, crumbling marriage, psychology, depression, betrayal, obsession ...
Time: 1930s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london
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Bird
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, serious, realistic, gloomy, reflective ...
Plot: jazz, music, addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, drugs, tragedy, drugs/alcohol, musician's life, rock and roll, mozart, rags to riches ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: usa
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System:   47%
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The Cooler
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: (William H. Macy) works at a Las Vegas casino, where he uses his innate ability to bring about misfortune in those around him to jinx gamblers into losing. His imposing boss, Shelly Kaplow (Alec Baldwin), is happy with the arrangement. But Bernie ...
Style: realistic, sexy, serious, gloomy, interesting ...
Plot: casino, gambling, romance, violence, organized crime, storytelling, mafia, drinking, gangster, mob, dangerous attraction, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
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System:   47%
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The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
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: serious, captivating, realistic, witty, biting ...
Plot: radio, death, actor's life, dysfunctional family, loneliness, hospital, drinking, crumbling marriage, life, rise and fall, pornography, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1960s ...
Place: italy, switzerland, rome italy
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Jungle Fever
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse.
Style: sexy, sexual, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: interracial romance, addiction, drug abuse, infidelity, adultery, prejudice, drugs/alcohol, architect, race issues, drug addiction, drugs, racism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
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System:   45%
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Pollock
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: serious, realistic, sincere, melancholic, dramatic ...
Plot: artist, addiction, art, drinking, depression, tragedy, jazz, adultery, creativity, gay, obsession, rise and fall ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 40s, 50s, 1940s ...
Place: new york, usa, long island, greenwich village manhattan new york city
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System:   45%
    User:   38%
 

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Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
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