Movies like Playing by Heart

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Playing by Heart (1998)
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Playing by Heart (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A. Paul produces Hannah's TV cooking show. Mark is dying of AIDS. Men have scalded Meredith so she rebuffs Trent's charm, but he persists. The trendy, prolix Joan tries to pull the solitary Keenan into her orbit. An adulterous couple meet at hotels for evening sex. Hugh tells tall tales, usually tragic, to women in bars.
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, talky, realistic, humorous, contemplative, semi serious, clever, neurotic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: aids, gay, architect, adultery, infidelity, couple relations, love and romance, love affair, couples, romance, relationships, bittersweet, hotel, family, sexual relations, family problems, urban, nightlife, lifestyle, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, profanity, multiple storylines, marriage, cheating ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, new york, california, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, talky, clever and semi serious films with plots about couples, love and romance, relationships, dialogue, mentor, life philosophy and storytelling mostly in Romance, Comedy and Drama genres. Some movies like Playing by Heart: Afterglow (1997), What's Cooking? (2000), Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012), The Story of Us (1999), Same Time, Next Year (1978). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Afterglow (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A handyman with marital problems meets a housewife with the same.
Style: talky, clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: infidelity, traffic jam, pregnancy, depression, obsession, romance, couple relations, couples, family problems, power relations, bittersweet, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
Place: montreal, canada, montreal quebec
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What's Cooking? (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In LA's Fairfax district, where ethnic groups abound, four households celebrate Thanksgiving amidst family tensions. In the Nguyen family, the children's acculturation and immigrant parents' fears collide. In the Avila family, ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, thanksgiving, pregnancy, culture clash, family problems, americana, family life, family gatherings, couple relations, parents and children, love affair, estrangement ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, ireland
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Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Celeste and Jesse met in high school and got married young. They laugh at the same jokes and finish each other’s sentences. They are forever linked in their friends’ minds as the perfect couple – she, a high-powered businesswoman and budding ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: friendship, divorce, best friends, romance, couples, love and romance, lifestyle, starting over, hopes, looking for love, breakup, thirtysomething life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Story of Us (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ben and Katie Jordan are a married couple who go through hard times in fifteen years of marriage.
Style: sentimental, realistic, semi serious, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: happy ending, relationships, romance, couple relations, love, women, infidelity, family drama, divorce, bittersweet, hopes, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Same Time, Next Year (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have happened. They agree to meet on the same weekend each year. ...
Style: talky, sentimental, clever, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: infidelity, profanity, hippie, accountant, midlife crisis, hotel, bittersweet, makeover, feminism, extramarital affair, romance, love and romance ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: california
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How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Soon-to-be-wed graduate student Finn Dodd develops cold feet when she suspects her fiancé is cheating on her. In order to clear her head, Finn visits her grandmother, Hy, and great aunt, Glady Joe Cleary, in Grasse, Calif. There, Finn learns that ...
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, sincere, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: marriage, coming of age, friendship, advice, americana, love, family life, self discovery, romance, marriage proposal, graduation, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, north carolina, california, northern california, paris france
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Some Girl (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Four unstable twenty-something women search for long-term relationships in 1990s Los Angeles.
Style: semi serious, humorous, touching, sentimental, talky ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, romance, twentysomething life, love affair, couples, lifestyle, infidelity, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, best friend, first date, brother sister relationship, bittersweet ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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46%
One Night Stand (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, Max Carlyle makes a good living directing commercials and has a happy home life with his wife, Mimi, and two children. When Carlyle travels to New York City to visit his friend Charlie, who has been diagnosed with AIDS, he has repeat ...
Style: sexy, touching, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: male female relationship, friendship, lovers reunited, infidelity, love triangle, one night stand, adultery, couple relations, love affair, family problems, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, los angeles, california, manhattan new york city
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44%
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Trust the Man (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Overachieving actress, Rebecca (Moore), must come to grips with her failing marriage to stay-at-home dad, Tom (Duchovny). While Rebecca's slacker brother, Tobey (Billy Crudup), can't seem to commit to his aspiring-novelist girlfriend, ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, feel good, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: sex addict, romance, infidelity, battle of the sexes, family problems, love affair, introspection, dishonesty, friendship, support group, loneliness, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Cheated on, mistreated and stepped on, the women are holding their breath, waiting for the elusive "good man" to break a string of less-than-stellar lovers. Friends and confidants Vannah, Bernie, Glo and Robin talk it all out, determined ...
Style: touching, sincere, sexy, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, divorce, infidelity, romance, love and romance, best friends, looking for love, thirtysomething life, love affair, fall in love, couple relations, single mother ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, arizona, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Friends with Kids (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the wake of their friends' marriages and eventual offspring, longtime pals Julie and Jason decide to have a child together without becoming a couple. By becoming "time-share" parents, they reason, they can experience the joys of ...
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, kids, chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: friendship, best friends in love, relationship problems, platonic, best friend, romance, couple relations, best friends, love and romance, lifestyle, thirtysomething life, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, vermont, california ...
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40%
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen. As they delve into Austen's literature, the club members find themselves dealing with life experiences that parallel the themes of the books they are reading.
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, book, love and romance, infidelity, break-up, crumbling marriage, couple relations, literature, breakup, teacher, computer genius, reconciliation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 19th century
Place: usa, california, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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She's the One (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Mickey, a free-spirited New York cabbie, and Francis, a materialistic Wall Street stockbroker, are extremely competitive and confused about women as a result of their father's influence. Though they disagree about everything, they have one ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sincere, talky, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: infidelity, taxi driver, dangerous attraction, unlikely couple, opposites attract, love affair, siblings relations, wedding, sibling relationship, love of one's life, husband wife relationship, family relations ...
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Place: new york, usa, new orleans
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Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Gregory invites seven friends to spend the summer at his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York. The seven are: Bobby, Gregory's "significant other," who is blind but who loves to explore the home's garden using ...
Style: touching, sentimental, witty, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, england
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In one of her best-ever roles, Julia Roberts is Grace, whose reaction to the infidelities of Eddie (Dennis Quaid) turns the lives and loves of the people around her into something like falling dominoes. Robert Duvall, Gena Rowlands, Kyra Sedgwick ...
Style: feel good, talky, humorous, light, satirical ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
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Time: 90s
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Manhattan (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.
Style: intellectual, humorous, sincere, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: adultery, mistress, love triangle, age difference, divorce, crumbling relationship, city life, dating, romance, friendship, love affair, looking for love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Next Stop Wonderland (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A lighthearted story about a man and a woman who seem destined to be together... and the hilarious chain of accidents that seem determined to keep them apart!
Style: feel good, clever, realistic, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: destiny, dating, aquarium, romance, couples, matchmaking, train ride, singleness, parents and children, fall in love, looking for love, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, manhattan new york city, london ...
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35%
Living Out Loud (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dramatic comedy about two unlikely people who find each other while looking for love. Judith Nelson (Holly Hunter) is suddenly single after discovering her husband of fifteen years, a successful doctor (Martin Donovan), has been having an affair ...
Style: touching, realistic, clever, semi serious, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: masseur, infidelity, divorce, elevator operator, massage, female protagonist, brooklyn bridge, relationships, couples, family relations, loss of daughter, strong female presence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Lawless Heart (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In a British seaside resort, several lives intertwine following the funeral of a gay restaurant owner
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, melancholic, captivating ...
Plot: infidelity, love and romance, love affair, couple relations, dealing with death, gay, friendship, adultery, sex, male female relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, relationships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london, france, prague
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Conversations with Other Women (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Reunited at a wedding after many years, former lovers again feel the pull of a mutual attraction neither is willing to admit. Escaping the reception for the privacy of a hotel room, the unnamed pair explore the choices of the past that led them to ...
Style: sexy, sincere, humorous, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lovers reunited, wedding, bridesmaid, romance, infidelity, love and romance, couple relations, unfulfilled love, introspection, hopes, couples, male female relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, london
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33%
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A group of friends search for fun, love and ultimately themselves in West Hollywood. This movie is an entertaining, and sometimes cynical look into the lives of six gay men trying to come to terms with what being gay and single (or gay and ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, witty, semi serious, clever ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: gay, friendship, aids, gay slur, gay relationship, love and romance, looking for love, friends, infidelity, group of friends, gay romance, hollywood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: usa, california, idaho, los angeles, new jersey
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Husbands and Wives (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When Jack and Sally announce that they're splitting up, this comes as a shock to their best friends Gabe and Judy. Maybe mostly because they also are drifting apart and are now being made aware of it. So while Jack and Sally try to go on and ...
Style: talky, realistic, sincere, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, breakup, friendship, dishonesty, family problems, teacher student relationship, romance, couple relations, human nature, friends, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Brothers McMullen (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Deals with the lives of the three Irish Catholic McMullen brothers from Long Island, New York, over three months, as they grapple with basic ideas and values — love, sex, marriage, religion and family — in the 1990s. Directed, written, produced ...
Style: witty, talky, realistic, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love, true love, irish catholic, friendship, couple relations, relationship vs career, fall in love, love affair, working class, small town life, siblings relations, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, long island, ireland, boston ...
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33%
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Breaking Up (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An aloof, struggling food photographer thinks he has found true love with a fiery grade-school teacher. At first, the relationship is all wine and roses, but as they realize they have little in common besides great sex, the romance wanes, and they ...
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, romantic, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: interracial romance, crumbling marriage, fall in love, romance, unlikely couple, marriage, couple relations, opposites attract, breakup, male female relationship, infidelity, destructive relationship ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Dream for an Insomniac (1996)
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A girl with insomnia who works in a coffee house has impossibly high standards for her love and fears she will never meet a worthy man. Then in walks a new employee and they click - until she discovers he has a girlfriend. Undaunted, she moves to ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens, chick flick
Plot: insomnia, friends, jealousy, romance, love, unlikely couple, looking for love, couple relations, fall in love, love triangle, friendship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, los angeles, usa, vancouver, oakland california ...
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32%
Alive and Kicking (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A passionately committed young dancer is forced to re-examine his career and life when faced with death, finding hope through an older man who becomes his lover, mentor and companion.
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: gay, friendship, pregnancy, bittersweet, romance, plague, couples, friends, gender, lifestyle, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, athens greece, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Frankie and Johnny (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When Johnny is released from prison following a forgery charge, he quickly lands a job as a short-order cook at a New York diner. Following a brief fling with waitress Cora, Frankie develops an attraction for Cora's friend and fellow waitress ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: cafe, greek, true love, romance, friendship, starting over, self discovery, male female relationship, fall in love, cooking, cook, restaurant ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Town & Country (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Porter Stoddard is a well-known New York architect who is at a crossroads... a nexus where twists and turns lead to myriad missteps some with his wife Ellie, others with longtime friends Mona and her husband Griffin. Deciding which direction to take ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, melancholic, light ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: infidelity, architect, midlife crisis, farce, relationship vs career, family problems, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, couples, love affair, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, mississippi, paris france, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Beginners (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, emotional, sad ...
Plot: gay father, coming out, father son relationship, older man younger man relationship, gay, grief, terminal illness, secret, dying, cancer, self discovery, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s, year 1953, 1950s ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Lovely & Amazing (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Self-esteem and insecurity are at the heart of this comedy about the relationship between a mother and her three confused daughters.
Style: witty, humorous, touching, sweet, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mother daughter relationship, sister sister relationship, love affair, lifestyle, family, society, parents and children, nudity (full frontal - brief), adoption, family relations, audition, foster child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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