Movies like Permanent Midnight

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Permanent Midnight (1998)
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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 listens patiently to Stahl's flashback. Other women in Stahl's life are his British wife Sandra and his agent Vola.
Style: serious, intense, depressing, factual, disturbing, psychological, gloomy, biting, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, rehabilitation, human nature, lifestyle, life is a bitch, rise and fall, family problems, ambition, husband wife relationship, heroin, writers, drugs, hollywood, infidelity, party, police, adultery, dark humor, dysfunctional family, writer's life, couple relations, hopes, artists and showbiz, couples ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills, pittsburgh, new jersey

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Most similar movies to Permanent Midnight

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, serious and interesting films with plots about drinking, drinking alcohol, mentor, storytelling, runaway, dialogue and loneliness mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Permanent Midnight: Sid and Nancy (1986), Auto Focus (2002), Steal This Movie (2000), Lenny (1974), Sylvia (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Sid and Nancy (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Following their breakout success in England, flagship punk rock band the Sex Pistols venture out on their first U.S. tour. Temperamental bassist Sid Vicious takes his troubled girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, along for the ride. Along the way, the ...
Style: cult film, gloomy, captivating, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: punk, heroin, drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, destructive relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), punk music, rock and roll, domestic violence, dwarf, s&m ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, england, london, europe, usa ...
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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, tv show, hollywood, filmmaking, tv star, rise and fall, adultery, addiction, crumbling marriage, showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1965 ...
Place: usa, los angeles, california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Steal This Movie (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence, he contacts a reporter to get out the story of the FBI's covert spying, harassment and inciting of violence they then blame on the Left.
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: injustice, on the run, environmentalism, fighting the system, politics, state affairs, vietnam war, hidden identity, dishonesty, depression, justice, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s, year 1968
Place: new york, usa, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city, woodstock ...
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100%
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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 ...
Plot: stripper, fighting the system, judaism, rise and fall, against the rules, civil rights, drug abuse, ambition, lifestyle, showbiz, addiction, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 70s
Place: usa
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Sylvia (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Story of the relationship between the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, serious, depressing ...
Plot: infidelity, drinking, drinking alcohol, writer's life, tragic love, couple relations, romance, family problems, couples, crumbling marriage, love, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, europe, new york, london
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58%
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Candy (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A poet falls in love with an art student, who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and ...
Style: touching, emotional, surprise ending, romantic, disturbing ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, destructive relationship, marriage, life is a bitch, junkie, obsession, lovers, artist, theft, painting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, sydney australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 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, melancholic, sexual, erotic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, addiction, fashion, drug abuse, lesbian romance, model, strong sexual content, mental illness, heroin, lesbianism, aids, drug addiction ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
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56%
 6.3
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Prozac Nation (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
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, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, depression, introspection, university, college, youth, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, obsession, journalism, roommate, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: harvard university, austin texas
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54%
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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, ambition, filmmaking, showbiz, rise and fall, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, porn industry ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, cynical, captivating ...
Plot: filmmaking, alcohol, writers, addiction, friendship, hotel, bittersweet, strong female presence, performer's life, drugs/alcohol, couples, family problems ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Frances (1982)
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, realistic, factual ...
Plot: rich and poor, hollywood, mental illness, mother daughter relationship, family relations, actor's life, showbiz, female protagonist, life is a bitch, rise to the top, introspection, parents and children ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: california, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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: contemplative, serious, factual, romantic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: artist, addiction, singer, art, rise and fall, fashion, socialite, fame, photographer, actor's life, love, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1970 ...
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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The Boost (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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, realistic, serious, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, crimes, life is a bitch, downfall, drug dealing, couples, congress, couple relations, drug addiction, drugs, mercedes benz ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, profanity, drugs/alcohol, burned alive, graphic violence, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: illinois, usa, los angeles, ohio, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Personal Velocity (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: family relations, hitchhiker, domestic violence, starting over, couple relations, love affair, human nature, parents and children, destructive relationship, self discovery, couples, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, new york state, haiti ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
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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, public health, righting the wronged, legal action, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, corporate crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995, year 1998, year 1999
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
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50%
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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, brooklyn new york city
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49%
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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, rise and fall, ambition, lifestyle, rising to stardom, society, life is a bitch, human nature, celebrity culture, couple relations, down on your luck ...
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 ...
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24%
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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, rise and fall, lifestyle, ambition, rising to stardom, understanding, couple relations, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, comedian ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: rome italy, italy, switzerland, london
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48%
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Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, captivating, emotional, depressing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug addiction, rise and fall, drug dealing, drug abuse, cocaine, drug use, friendship, gangsters, drug cartel, blind ambition, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 60s, 90s, 50s ...
Place: colombia, california, latin america, usa, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Crutch (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An autobiographical film taken from the experiences of writer-director Rob Moretti, CRUTCH is a coming-of-age tale about a young man's struggle with family problems and substance abuse. Behind a facade of suburban middle class perfection, ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: coming out, dysfunctional family, family relations, coming of age, drug abuse, rehabilitation, suburbs, social decay, teenage life, dangerous attraction, kids in trouble, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: bleak, serious, rough, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: drug addict, drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, betrayal, couple relations, destructive relationship, drugs/alcohol, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Surviving Picasso (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The passionate Merchant-Ivory drama tells the story of Francoise Gilot, the only lover of Pablo Picasso who was strong enough to withstand his ferocious cruelty and move on with her life.
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, emotional, intense ...
Plot: womanizer, love triangle, older man younger woman relationship, painter, infidelity, mistress, physical abuse, couple relations, artist, love affair, love and romance, world war two ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1940s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: paris france, poland, france, europe, provence ...
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47%
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Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
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: gloomy, realistic, sentimental, touching, twists and turns ...
Plot: blues, drug abuse, jazz, showbiz, racism, racist, nightclub owner, music, addiction, bittersweet, tragic hero, couples ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, baltimore, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Dangerous Game (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A New York film director, working on his latest movie in Los Angeles, begins to reflect the actions in his movie and real life, especially when he begins an affair with the lead actress.
Style: psychological, rough, art house, melancholic, gloomy ...
Plot: filmmaking, obsession, addiction, lifestyle, redemption, life is a bitch, downfall, showbiz, human nature, husband wife relationship, drugs, divorce ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: israel, los angeles, california, middle east, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Good Girl (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield.
Style: sincere, realistic, humorous, semi serious, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, dull life, temptation, small town, suburban life, dishonesty, lifestyle, lie, infidelity, store, marriage, jealousy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: rough, disturbing, serious, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, life is a bitch, drug abuse, drug addiction, friendship, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, destructive relationship, youth ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town. However, he has visions of a happy life with kids and a white picket fence. When his girlfried, Joan, tries to kill herself he gets ...
Style: talky, stylized, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: friendship, on the road, nightshift, suicide attempt, writer's life, suicide, romance, buddies, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, couples ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1960s, post world war two ...
Place: colorado, usa, denver colorado, new mexico, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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London (2005)
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, atmospheric, psychological, serious, emotional ...
Plot: couple relations, lifestyle, hopes, introspection, love, dysfunctional relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), cocaine, party, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, romance, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Jesus' Son (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to a life redeemed by a discovery of compassion.
Style: gloomy, thought provoking, contemplative, touching, humorous ...
Plot: drug abuse, on the road, abortion, addiction, redemption, heroin, dark humor, life is a bitch, misfit, rehabilitation, hopes, human nature ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, phoenix arizona, iowa, mexico, new jersey
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46%