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, dark humor, disturbing, psychological, gloomy, biting, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, rehabilitation, human nature, lifestyle, life is a bitch, rise and fall, family problems, ambition, husband wife relationship, heroin, drugs, hollywood, infidelity, sex, party, adultery, police, dysfunctional family, writer's life, couple relations, hopes, artists and showbiz, couples, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey

Most similar movies to Permanent Midnight

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and intense films with plots about drinking, storytelling, drug abuse, mentor, runaway, dialogue and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Permanent Midnight: Sid and Nancy (1986), Auto Focus (2002), Lenny (1974), Steal This Movie (2000), Gia (1998). 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, captivating, serious, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, heroin, punk, destructive relationship, vandalism, dwarf, domestic violence, punk rock, bassist, life is a bitch ...
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, hollywood, filmmaking, tv show, tv star, rise and fall, adultery, addiction, showbiz, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, year 1964 ...
Place: usa, los angeles, california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.6
 13K
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, lifestyle, showbiz, addiction, ambition, stand-up comedian, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, woodstock, chicago illinois, pentagon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.0
 38K
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, strong sexual content, drug abuse, fashion, model, lesbian romance, mental illness, aids, heroin, supermodel, nightlife ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 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, serious, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: infidelity, drinking, love, writer's life, tragic love, couple relations, family problems, couples, romance, crumbling marriage, adultery, suicide ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.3
 41K
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, obsession, marriage, life is a bitch, lovers, artist, theft, professor, junkie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, sydney australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: filmmaking, alcohol, addiction, friendship, hotel, infidelity, drug abuse, couples, family problems, downfall, showbiz, couple relations ...
Time: 1920s, 30s, 50s, 40s, 20s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 7.4
 6K
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, introspection, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 30s, 1930s, 1950s ...
Place: california, usa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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: tense, cynical, sexy, psychological, intense ...
Plot: murder, drug abuse, addiction, ambition, filmmaking, life is a bitch, showbiz, rise and fall, pornography, porn industry, pornographer, lust ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.1
 2K
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, touching, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, drug dealing, congress, life is a bitch, crimes, couple relations, downfall, couples, drug addiction, drugs, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, rising to stardom, ambition, rise and fall, lifestyle, life is a bitch, celebrity culture, society, human nature, couple relations, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, romantic, melancholic, sentimental ...
Plot: artist, addiction, singer, rise and fall, fashion, socialite, photographer, fame, actor's life, love, art, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1971, year 1970 ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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 ...
Plot: depression, mental illness, college, introspection, university, therapy, youth, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, obsession, twentysomething life, journalism ...
Time: 80s
Place: harvard university, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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, stylized, based on true events, realistic ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, musician's life, downfall, lifestyle, ambition, self destructing, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, realistic ...
Plot: filmmaking, obsession, addiction, lifestyle, redemption, downfall, life is a bitch, human nature, showbiz, husband wife relationship, drugs, divorce ...
Time: 90s
Place: israel, los angeles, usa, middle east, california
⇓ 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: psychological, serious, realistic, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: obsession, mental institution, mental illness, love triangle, crumbling marriage, couple relations, romance, destructive relationship, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, family problems, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, realistic, sincere, serious, psychological ...
Plot: hitchhiker, domestic violence, human nature, starting over, love affair, parents and children, couple relations, life is a bitch, destructive relationship, family relations, couples, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new york state, harvard university, haiti ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: realistic, psychological, serious, talky, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, family life, family relations, human nature, actor's life, lifestyle, one day, drug abuse, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Down to the Bone (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, infidelity, rehabilitation, cocaine, dysfunctional family, going straight, human nature, family life, life is a bitch, destructive relationship, drug abuse, working class ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, legal action, fighting the system, against the odds, public health, righting the wronged, corporate crimes, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1998, year 1995
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 9K
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: sincere, sexy, emotional, sexual, depressing ...
Plot: lesbian, photographer, addiction, lesbian couple, love affair, human nature, drugs/alcohol, couples, magazine, existentialism, destructive relationship, complex characters ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drug addict, love, betrayal, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, destructive relationship, life is a bitch, couples, young lovers ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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, serious, gloomy, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: redemption, hospital, rise and fall, addiction, life is a bitch, hopes, burned alive, against the odds, drugs/alcohol, introspection, drug abuse, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: illinois, usa, ohio, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.9
 18K
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, basketball, rising to stardom, society, rise and fall, self destructing, overdose, celebrity culture, human spirit, ambition, self discovery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, touching, gloomy, twists and turns ...
Plot: drug abuse, jazz, showbiz, racism, racist, nightclub owner, music, addiction, tragic hero, society, lifestyle, blues ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, talky ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, wedding, drug addiction, sister sister relationship, wedding preparations and rituals, addiction, family problems, estrangement, family secret, favoritism among siblings, self destructing, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut, usa, hawaii, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
 7K
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, thought provoking, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, abortion, on the road, addiction, redemption, heroin, drifter, realism, couples, rehabilitation, overdose, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: iowa, chicago illinois, phoenix arizona, mexico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.0
 31K
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: realistic, serious, sexy, intense, offbeat ...
Plot: gambling, casino, bad luck, cheating, debt, romance, fall in love, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, love and romance, couples, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Chelsea Walls (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.
Style: touching, serious, meditative, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lifestyle, writer's life, rising to stardom, couple relations, looking for love, addiction, drug abuse, human nature, nightlife, down on your luck, hotel, musician's life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, minnesota, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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