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, romantic, sexy, sentimental, touching, realistic, talky, twists and turns, light, surprise ending ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: gay, aids, multiple storylines, divorce, cheating, love, adultery, love story, relationships, family, hotel, romance, bittersweet, love and romance, couples, love affair, couple relations, terminal illness, marriage, infidelity, husband wife relationship, sister sister relationship, catastrophe, women, lgbt ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city, usa, new york, california

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Most similar movies to Playing by Heart

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, catastrophe and storytelling mostly in Romance, Comedy and Drama genres. Some movies like Playing by Heart: Afterglow (1997), Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012), The Last Kiss (2006), Same Time, Next Year (1978), The Story of Us (1999). 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: sexy, talky, clever, visually appealing, twists and turns ...
Plot: depression, infidelity, polyamory, obsession, romance, older woman younger man relationship, loneliness, sarcasm, marriage, adultery, runaway, greed ...
Time: 90s
Place: montreal, canada
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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, sentimental, light, melancholic, emotional ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: friendship, divorce, romance, best friends in love, dysfunctional family, happy ending, honest, best friends, couples, lifestyle, starting over, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey, usa, san francisco, california
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The Last Kiss (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Revolves around a young couple and their friends struggling with adulthood and issues of relationships and commitment. Based on the 2001 Italian film L'ultimo bacio, directed by Gabriele Muccino.
Style: romantic, emotional, intense, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: infidelity, romance, pregnancy, wedding, casual sex, cheating, friendship, battle of the sexes, introspection, human nature, free spirited, power of love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: polynesia, new jersey, usa, cape town south africa, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: sexy, talky, feel good, clever, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: infidelity, adultery, betrayal, cheating, polyamory, bittersweet, marriage, parenthood, small town, writers, adaptation, love ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: california
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64%
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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, romantic, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: happy ending, love, relationships, women, romance, divorce, infidelity, life, bittersweet, couple relations, writers, marriage ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, feel good, light, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, marriage, friendship, romance, grandmother, love, women, advice, adultery, stereotypes, americana, marriage proposal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, north carolina, northern california, paris france
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56%
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, feel good, semi serious, witty, sexy ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, infidelity, sex addict, family problems, battle of the sexes, introspection, love affair, dishonesty, friendship, loneliness, adultery, sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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55%
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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, talky, humorous, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, romance, twentysomething life, love affair, couples, lifestyle, infidelity, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, best friend, brother sister relationship, first date, twenty something ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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, melancholic, light, intense, touching ...
Plot: male female relationship, infidelity, love triangle, one night stand, friendship, lovers reunited, adultery, adaptation, justice, love affair, couple relations, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, new york, california, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: sexy, touching, melancholic, sweet, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, divorce, romance, african american woman, adultery, black woman, love story, husband wife relationship, infidelity, looking for love, love and romance, best friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, arizona, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: romantic, realistic, melancholic, entertaining, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: best friends in love, friendship, sex, romance, relationship problems, family, love, love story, happy ending, relationships, parenthood, best friend ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, new jersey, california, usa, vermont ...
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52%
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, light, witty, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: literature, infidelity, love and romance, friendship, lesbian, couple relations, crumbling marriage, loneliness, multiple storylines, happy ending, breakup, teacher ...
Time: 21st century, 19th century, contemporary
Place: california, england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, meditative, romantic, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, age difference, love, divorce, romance, adultery, dating, friendship, mistress, crumbling relationship, city life, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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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: talky, melancholic, humorous, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: infidelity, relationships, unlikely friendships, taxi driver, dangerous attraction, unlikely couple, opposites attract, wedding, love of one's life, sibling relationship, siblings relations, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, new orleans, ireland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: sexy, realistic, sentimental, witty, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: gay, aids, lgbt, male nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), gay couple, friendship, bittersweet, blindness, summer, homosexuality, homosexual ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, england, new york state, usa
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48%
Something to Talk About (1995)
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: talky, feel good, satirical, light, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love affair, horse, romance, family relations, infidelity, female protagonist, women, family problems, adulterous husband, family life, human nature, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
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48%
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: sexy, feel good, clever, stylized, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: destiny, romance, loneliness, love, mentor, solitude, idealism, life philosophy, obsession, relationships, multiple storylines, magic realism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts, new jersey, usa, london ...
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47%
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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: sad, sincere, touching, emotional, visually appealing ...
Plot: gay, coming out, gay father, lgbt, grief, father son relationship, terminal illness, cancer, death, self discovery, older man younger man relationship, dying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s, year 1953, year 1965 ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: witty, humorous, semi serious, sexy, clever ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: gay, aids, gay slur, lgbt, friendship, gay relationship, love and romance, looking for love, infidelity, teenager, baseball, group of friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: new jersey, california, usa, idaho, los angeles
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46%
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: melancholic, sentimental, touching, semi serious, sexy ...
Plot: adultery, gay, infidelity, eccentricity, relationships, love and romance, love affair, multiple storylines, couple relations, female nudity, dealing with death, death ...
Time: 18th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, france, prague
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46%
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: sexy, humorous, touching, sentimental, visually appealing ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: gay, romance, bittersweet, coming out, hospital, dancing, nudity (full frontal - brief), death, male nudity, beautiful scenery, fight scenes, first contact ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, greece, athens greece
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46%
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, heartbreaking, light, melancholic, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: infidelity, wedding, love story, romance, lovers reunited, destiny, bridesmaid, couple relations, unfulfilled love, love and romance, couples, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, london, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: realistic, talky, melancholic, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, midlife crisis, divorce, loneliness, depression, breakup, character study, relationships, friendship, age difference, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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, sweet, entertaining, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: love, romance, insomnia, friends, jealousy, loneliness, gay, unlikely couple, looking for love, fall in love, couple relations, love triangle ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, san francisco, vancouver, new jersey, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: sexy, realistic, touching, clever, affectionate ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: masseur, infidelity, divorce, massage, relationships, loneliness, dark hero, dysfunctional family, transformation, creativity, romance, life & death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york, manhattan new york city, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Plaza Suite (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Film version of the Neil Simon play has three separate acts set in the same hotel suite in New York's Plaza Hotel with Walter Matthau in a triple role. In the first, Karen Nash tries to get her inattentive husband Sam's attention to spruce ...
Style: sexy, witty, clever, humorous, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: hotel, wedding, multiple storylines, luxury hotel, adultery, marriage, destiny, divorce, culture clash, crime gone awry, alter ego, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, melancholic, light, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: infidelity, dysfunctional family, farce, midlife crisis, architect, relationship vs career, family problems, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, couple relations, love affair, looking for love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, mississippi, paris france, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: humorous, witty, touching, erotic, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: mother daughter relationship, sister sister relationship, family, nudity (full frontal - brief), lifestyle, love affair, love, older woman younger man relationship, society, parents and children, coma, women ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: realistic, talky, witty, touching, cerebral ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love, brothers, irish catholic, friendship, marriage, writers, irish, guilt, loss of father, abusive father, loneliness, family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, ireland, long island, boston, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Moonstruck (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Cher is devastatingly funny, sinuous and beautiful as Loretta, an unlucky-in-love Italian widow who finds romance through the intervention of the Manhattan moon. With her wedding to a close friend just weeks away, she meets - and falls hopelessly in ...
Style: sexy, romantic, sentimental, touching, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, family outing
Plot: love story, love, romance, infidelity, love triangle, female protagonist, marriage, relationships, family, love and romance, adaptation, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, italy, usa, europe, sicily ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%