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, suspense, realistic, cynical, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, rehabilitation, human nature, lifestyle, life is a bitch, family problems, rise and fall, ambition, husband wife relationship, heroin, writers, drugs, hollywood, infidelity, police, adultery, dark humor, dysfunctional family, couples, sexual content, writer's life, artists and showbiz, hopes, unfulfillment ...
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, serious, melancholic and interesting films with plots about mentor, drinking alcohol, storytelling, dialogue, runaway, life philosophy and death mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Permanent Midnight: Sid and Nancy (1986), Party Monster (2003), Auto Focus (2002), Steal This Movie (2000), 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: captivating, serious, gloomy, disturbing, biting ...
Plot: punk, heroin, drug abuse, addiction, drug addiction, destructive relationship, self harm, punk music, love affair, nudity (full frontal - brief), rock and roll, s&m ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, london, england, europe, usa ...
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100%
 6.2
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Party Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The New York club scene of the 80s and 90s was a world like no other. Into this candy-colored, mirror ball playground stepped Michael Alig, a wannabe from nowhere special. Under the watchful eye of veteran club kid James St. James, Alig quickly rose ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, disturbing, surreal ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friends, gays and lesbians, gay, drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, celebrity culture, drugs, nightclub, social misfits, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: new york, usa, indiana, manhattan new york city, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 14K
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: sex addict, friendship, filmmaking, tv show, hollywood, infidelity, rise and fall, adultery, addiction, crumbling marriage, showbiz, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1964, 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, sincere, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: injustice, on the run, environmentalism, fighting the system, politics, state affairs, vietnam war, dishonesty, hidden identity, depression, justice, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, year 1968
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city, woodstock ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.3
 11K
Sylvia (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Story of the relationship between the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, depressing ...
Plot: infidelity, tragic love, writer's life, couple relations, romance, crumbling marriage, family problems, couples, love, artists and showbiz, adultery, suicide ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, new york, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.2
 45K
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, drug abuse, addiction, destructive relationship, junkie, marriage, life is a bitch, obsession, lovers, artist, painting, professor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.9
 45K
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, sexy, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, addiction, drug abuse, fashion, model, lesbian romance, heroin, drug addiction, aids, strong sexual content, mental illness, lesbianism ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.2
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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, university, introspection, college, youth, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, obsession, nudity (full frontal - brief), journalism, nude girl ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: harvard university, austin texas
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54%
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 5.8
 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: cynical, tense, sexy, psychological, intense ...
Plot: murder, drug abuse, addiction, filmmaking, ambition, rise and fall, life is a bitch, showbiz, artists and showbiz, porn industry, lust, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.3
 8K
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, showbiz, actor's life, female protagonist, life is a bitch, rise to the top, parents and children, introspection ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s, 50s, 70s
Place: california, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: filmmaking, writers, addiction, friendship, hotel, performer's life, couples, friends, family problems, drug abuse, destructive relationship, tragic love ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 50s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, congress, couples, downfall, drug dealing, crimes, life is a bitch, couple relations, drug addiction, drugs, husband wife relationship ...
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: serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere, dramatic ...
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), redemption, hospital, rise and fall, addiction, graphic violence, burned alive, drug abuse, introspection, against the odds, rising to stardom, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, illinois, los angeles, ohio, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Factory Girl (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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 ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: artist, addiction, art, rise and fall, fashion, actor's life, photographer, fame, love, singer, couple relations, socialite ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1964 ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, paris france ...
⇓ 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, sincere, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: domestic violence, starting over, family relations, hitchhiker, human nature, couple relations, love affair, parents and children, couples, self discovery, destructive relationship, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, india, manhattan new york city, laos ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
 24K
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, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, lawsuit, drug abuse, law firm, courtroom, righting the wronged, public health, fighting the system, legal action, against the odds, dedicated lawyer, corporate crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995, year 1998, year 1999
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
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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, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, ambition, downfall, musician's life, self destructing, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.5
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Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
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, captivating, atmospheric, emotional, depressing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug addiction, drug abuse, drug dealing, rise and fall, drug cartel, drug use, gangsters, friendship, cocaine, blind ambition, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 60s, 50s, 90s ...
Place: colombia, california, latin america, usa, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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, rising to stardom, rise and fall, lifestyle, ambition, understanding, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, couple relations, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 50s, 20th century
Place: rome italy, italy, switzerland, london
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48%
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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: sincere, touching, serious, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, ambition, rising to stardom, rise and fall, society, life is a bitch, celebrity culture, couple relations, human nature, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, puerto rico, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 abuse, drug addiction, drug addict, addiction, betrayal, drug use, couple relations, destructive relationship, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, touching, sentimental, twists and turns ...
Plot: blues, drug abuse, jazz, racism, showbiz, racist, nightclub owner, music, addiction, bittersweet, figment, couples ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, baltimore, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.1
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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, serious, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: coming out, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family relations, rehabilitation, suburbs, lifestyle, social decay, dangerous attraction, teenage life, kids in trouble, drug abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: realistic, serious, sexy, emotional, intense ...
Plot: womanizer, painter, love triangle, older man younger woman relationship, world war two, infidelity, mistress, physical abuse, couple relations, artist, love and romance, love affair ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: paris france, poland, europe, france, provence ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, downfall, life is a bitch, human nature, showbiz, husband wife relationship, drugs, divorce ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: israel, los angeles, middle east, usa, california ...
⇓ 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, gloomy, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, nightshift, on the road, suicide attempt, writer's life, suicide, friends, couples, world war two, artists and showbiz, buddies, lifestyle ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, post world war two
Place: colorado, usa, denver colorado, new mexico, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: civil rights, stripper, fighting the system, judaism, rise and fall, drug abuse, addiction, showbiz, lifestyle, ambition, family problems, tragic hero ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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: gloomy, thought provoking, semi serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, on the road, abortion, addiction, redemption, heroin, dark humor, destructive relationship, human nature, life is a bitch, hopes, misfit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, phoenix arizona, iowa, mexico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, dark humor, friendship, drug addiction, addiction, couples, overdose, thief, loss of friend, robbery, group therapy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.9
 34K
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, gloomy ...
Plot: gambling, casino, card playing, bad luck, romance, love and romance, down on your luck, debt, fall in love, couples, dishonesty, strong sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%