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: dark humor, disturbing, psychological, gloomy, serious, biting, realistic, cynical, stylized, dramatic ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, heroin, hollywood, rehabilitation, party, adultery, police, sex, dysfunctional family, writer's life, couple relations, life is a bitch, ambition, hopes, artists and showbiz, rise and fall, family problems, human nature, couples, lifestyle, drugs/alcohol, unfulfillment, alcohol, drug addiction ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, 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, storytelling, mentor, loneliness, dialogue, life philosophy and drug abuse mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like Permanent Midnight: Sid and Nancy (1986), Auto Focus (2002), Steal This Movie (2000), Pinero (2001), Lenny (1974). 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: captivating, gloomy, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, heroin, punk, destructive relationship, drug addiction, vandalism, dwarf, domestic violence, punk rock, bassist, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, new york, europe, usa, london ...
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100%
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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, filmmaking, hollywood, tv show, tv star, rise and fall, adultery, addiction, showbiz, couple relations ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1964 ...
Place: usa, los angeles, california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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: captivating, serious, realistic, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: injustice, on the run, environmentalism, fighting the system, politics, vietnam war, state affairs, hidden identity, dishonesty, depression, justice, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city, woodstock ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, enigmatic ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, celebrity culture, down on your luck, couple relations, ambition, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, writer's life, rise and fall, society, human nature ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico, lower east side manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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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, realistic, serious, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: rise and fall, against the rules, civil rights, stripper, drug abuse, fighting the system, showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, addiction, stand-up comedian, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 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, melancholic, factual ...
Plot: lesbian, addiction, drug abuse, fashion, strong sexual content, mental illness, model, aids, lesbian romance, heroin, nightlife, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.3
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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, surprise ending, romantic, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, destructive relationship, obsession, marriage, life is a bitch, lovers, artist, professor, theft, junkie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, sydney australia, mcdonald's restaurant, melbourne australia
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50%
 6.3
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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, gloomy, serious, psychological ...
Plot: infidelity, drinking, writing, love, poet, snow, beach, boat, college, couple relations, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, campus, europe, london
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46%
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 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, clever, cynical, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, depression, college, university, introspection, insomnia, drugs/alcohol, therapy, dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, journalism, twentysomething life ...
Time: 80s
Place: harvard university, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, serious, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, couples, downfall, crimes, couple relations, life is a bitch, congress, drug dealing, drug addiction, drugs, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, prohibition, alcohol, addiction, friendship, hotel, couple relations, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, celebrity culture, crumbling marriage, love and romance ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 40s, 30s, 50s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
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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: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: drug abuse, on the road, abortion, addiction, redemption, heroin, rehabilitation, society, human nature, misfit, overdose, destructive relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, mexico, phoenix arizona, iowa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.4
 20K
Factory Girl (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 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, factual, melancholic, sentimental, witty ...
Plot: artist, addiction, singer, rise and fall, fashion, socialite, actor's life, fame, photographer, love, art, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1964, year 1970 ...
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, paris france ...
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38%
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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, realistic, touching, factual ...
Plot: rich and poor, hollywood, mental illness, mother daughter relationship, showbiz, actor's life, female protagonist, life is a bitch, rise to the top, family relations, wrongful imprisonment, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 30s, 1930s, 1950s ...
Place: california, usa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
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The Cooler (2003)
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: sexy, realistic, gloomy, offbeat, serious ...
Plot: casino, gambling, heroin, cheating, debt, bad luck, romance, dangerous attraction, overdose, cards, change of luck, strong sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.1
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Greenberg (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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, psychological, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, cocaine, personal assistant, old love, buddies, temperamental, self fulfillment, love and romance, unfulfillment, repression, reunion, escape from reality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles, australia, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
She's So Lovely (1997)
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 ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: obsession, mental institution, mental illness, crumbling marriage, destructive relationship, couple relations, romance, love triangle, dysfunctional family, love and romance, infidelity, mentally unstable ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, law firm, lawsuit, courtroom, against the odds, righting the wronged, legal action, public health, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, corporate crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1998, year 1995
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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: bleak, serious, rough, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, drug addict, love, betrayal, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, couple relations, life is a bitch, young lovers, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: psychological, serious, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: hitchhiker, pregnancy, love affair, couple relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, couples, society, human nature, starting over, youth, domestic violence ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, india, manhattan new york city, harvard university ...
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35%
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High Art (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.
Style: sexual, sincere, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: lesbian, couples, photographer, magazine, drug abuse, addiction, romance, love, redemption, coming of age, drugs/alcohol, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.9
 3K
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: rough, serious, tense, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: murder, drug abuse, addiction, couple relations, artists and showbiz, crimes, couples, showbiz, rise and fall, filmmaking, ambition, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.5
 21K
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, serious, atmospheric, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: couple relations, introspection, hopes, love, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, dysfunctional relationship, cocaine, party, romance, couples, lifestyle, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 7.2
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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, based on true events, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, downfall, lifestyle, musician's life, self destructing, ambition, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: sincere, realistic, gloomy, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: redemption, hospital, rise and fall, addiction, ambition, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, performer's life, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, hopes, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, illinois, ohio, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: realistic, serious, twists and turns, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, jazz, showbiz, racism, racist, nightclub owner, music, addiction, tragic hero, lifestyle, blues, society ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, cross country, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
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Nil by Mouth (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, tense, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, addiction, heroin, domestic violence, drug abuse, siblings relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, down on your luck, drugs/alcohol, family relations, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.4
 42K
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, depressing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dull life, store, small town, temptation, infidelity, dream, marriage, older woman younger man relationship, mental illness, suicide, love affair, lie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Bob and his friends Dianne, Rick and Nadine have been drug addicts for years and live from one high to the next. Gus Van Sant attempts to show an intimate look into the lives of heroin addicts with his film Drugstore Cowboy.
Style: dark humor, serious, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, overdose, robbery, friendship, motel, addiction, thief, loss of friend, group therapy, junkie, superstition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.3
 620
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: realistic, serious, psychological, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, coming out, drug abuse, gender, society, alcohol abuse, lifestyle, youth, sexual abuse, rehabilitation, addiction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%