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Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
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Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Stephen Frears directs this biographical drama focusing on controversial British playwright Joe Orton, revealed in flashback after his murder by lover Kenneth Halliwell. Born in 1933 in Leicester, in the English Midlands, John 'Joe' Orton moves to London in 1951, to study at RADA, and enjoys an openly gay relationship with Halliwell in their famous Islington flat in the 1960s. However, when Orton achieves spectacular success with such plays as 'What the Butler Saw' and 'Loot', Halliwell begins to feel alienated and the pair's future looks increasingly uncertain.
Style: witty, gloomy, tense, clever, serious, realistic, sexy, dramatic, talky, reflective ...
Plot: murder, gay, playwright, crimes, prodigy, graphic violence, love and romance, couples, tragic love, gays and lesbians, sexual content, rebelliousness, writer's life, gender, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, couple relations, unsuccessful, erection, lgbt, homosexuality, writers, death, obsession, male nudity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, year 1953, year 1964, year 1967, 1960s ...
Place: england, europe, london, australia, britain, morocco, brighton

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, melancholic and interesting films with plots about drinking alcohol, nudity (full frontal - brief), storytelling, death, sex, obsession and cigarette smoking mostly in Biography, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Prick Up Your Ears: Wilde (1997), Sylvia (2003), Gods and Monsters (1998), Infamous (2006), Carrington (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Wilde (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realisation of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and responsibility with his obsessive love for Lord Alfred ...
Style: homoerotic, touching, sentimental, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: homosexuality, gay, gay lead character, obsession, gays and lesbians, hypocrisy, courtroom drama, male homosexuality, writer's life, prison, gay slur, gay relationship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 90s
Place: england, europe, ireland, london
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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
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Gods and Monsters (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: It's 1957, and Whale's heyday as the director of "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The Invisible Man" is long behind him. Retired and a semi-recluse, he lives his days accompanied only by images ...
Style: captivating, sentimental, psychological, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: friendship, maid, gardener, haunted by the past, seduction, homosexuality, artists and showbiz, introspection, naivete, art, death, dirty old man ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, pacific ocean
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Infamous (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.
Style: serious, tense, sincere, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: murder, death sentence, obsession, writer's life, friendship, investigation, crimes, human nature, fame, gossip and rumors, journalism, obsessive quest ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: kansas, usa, new york, manhattan new york city, mexico ...
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Carrington (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The story of the relationship between painter Dora Carrington and author Lytton Strachey in a World War One England of cottages and countryside. Although platonic due to Strachey's homosexuality, the relationship was nevertheless a deep and ...
Style: sexy, sexual, emotional, touching, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: painter, soldier, conscientious objector, polyamory, romance, friendship, bittersweet, gender, love and romance, lifestyle, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians ...
Time: victorian era, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 20th century ...
Place: england, europe, london, wales, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Chattahoochee (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In 1955 Florida, a Korean vet has a breakdown and is incarcerated in a "maximum security" mental health prison, where patients are abused.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: mental institution, courtroom drama, life is a bitch, injustice, social decay, rehabilitation, rebellion, fighting the system, prodigy, crimes, criminal heroes, hospital ...
Time: 50s, year 1957, year 1952, year 1955
Place: florida, usa, miami, korea
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When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.
Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: father son relationship, reconciliation, family relations, terminal illness, memory, parents and children, infidelity, coming of age, family, illness, teenager, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, year 1962, year 1989, 60s, 80s ...
Place: brighton, london, england
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Total Eclipse (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Young, wild poet Arthur Rimbaud and his mentor Paul Verlaine engage in a fierce, forbidden romance while feeling the effects of a hellish artistic lifestyle.
Style: serious, sexy, sexual, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: poet, gay, lgbt, gay teenager, melancholy, writer's life, mentor, sodomy, gay sex, homoeroticism, older man younger man relationship, prodigy ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1870s
Place: paris france, europe, africa, france, holland ...
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53%
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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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Dance with a Stranger (1985)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain, Mike Newell's Dance With a Stranger (1985) concentrates on Ellis's (Richardson) short-lived relationship with motor-racing driver David Blakely (Rupert Everett).
Style: disturbing, psychological, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, obsession, death sentence, nudity (full frontal - brief), female criminal, true crime, single mother, nightclub, crimes, graphic violence, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: england, europe, london, tokyo, california
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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 ...
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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A fictional account of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima told in four parts. The first three parts relate events in three of his novels: The temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses. The last part depicts the ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, rebellion, emperor, radical, suicide, nationalism, political unrest, tragic hero, state affairs, writer's life, couple relations, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, post world war two
Place: japan, kyoto japan, tokyo, mount fuji
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Capote (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A biopic of the writer, Truman Capote and his assignment for The New Yorker to write the non-fiction book, 'In Cold Blood'.
Style: captivating, intellectual, talky, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: writers, journalism, literature, loneliness, murderer, murder, crimes, moral dilemma, lifestyle, manipulation, death sentence, investigation ...
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Place: kansas, usa, new orleans, alabama, turkey ...
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Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
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Style: disturbing, clever, realistic, serious, tense ...
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Country: UK, France
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Style: sexy, captivating, sexual, serious, realistic
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Time: 1920s, 19th century, 1890s, 20th century, year 1900
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The End of the Tour (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'
Style: serious, sincere, philosophical, meditative, psychological ...
Plot: loneliness, writer's life, journalism, media, artists and showbiz, existentialism, friendship, depression, death, poet, writer's block, fame ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1996, 80s, 70s
Place: usa, illinois, new york, minneapolis minnesota, minnesota
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The Krays (1990)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The Krays is a film based on the lives and crimes of the British gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray, twins who are often referred to as The Krays and were active in London in the 1960s.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: gangsters, twins, murder, family relations, world war two, gang, crimes, ballet, couples, lookalikes, men hatred, siblings relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1940s, 50s, 70s
Place: london, england, europe
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: atmospheric, serious, factual, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: poet, friendship, exhibitionism, friends, political unrest, coming of age, romance, writer's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, state affairs, buddies ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, year 1936, 1930s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, andalusia, barcelona ...
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Christopher and His Kind (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1931 budding author Christopher Isherwood goes to Berlin at the invitation of his friend W. H. Auden for the gay sex that abounds in the city. Whilst working as an English teacher his housemates include bewigged old queen Gerald Hamilton and ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: gay, self discovery, lifestyle, fall in love, society, state affairs, political unrest, nightlife, strong sexual content, gays and lesbians, fascism, gender ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1931, year 1976 ...
Place: germany, europe, los angeles, hamburg germany, england ...
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My Left Foot (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be ...
Style: sincere, captivating, uplifting, biting, thought provoking ...
Plot: handicapped, disability, cerebral palsy, paralysis, irish, poet, working class, artist, human spirit, painting, family relations, writer's life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
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Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Japan, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Biography of the British painter Francis Bacon. The movie focuses on his relationship with George Dyer, his lover. Dyer was a former small time crook.
Style: biting, suspense, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Plot: art, s&m, painter, subculture, couples, perversion, gender, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, society, love and romance, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, paris france, east end london, london
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Legend (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Suave, charming and volatile, Reggie Kray and his unstable twin brother Ronnie start to leave their mark on the London underworld in the 1960s. Using violence to get what they want, the siblings orchestrate robberies and murders while running ...
Style: realistic, brutal, tense, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rise and fall, gang, crimes, twins, mafia, organized crime, criminal heroes, brother brother relationship, mental illness, violence, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, year 2000, year 1957
Place: london, england, scotland yard, united kingdom, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Style: captivating, bleak, serious, intellectual, psychological ...
Plot: poet, sexual tension, youth, friendship, friends, mental illness, gay, bohemian life, obsession, student life, lifestyle, murder ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 21st century, year 1944, year 2005 ...
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
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Valentino (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In 1926 the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female moviegoers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, offbeat
Plot: hollywood, gay, filmmaking, movie star, rising to stardom, athlete's life, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, actor's life, romance, gays and lesbians, ambition ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, year 1919
Place: california, usa, new york, los angeles, mexico
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36%
 7.0
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Iris (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Style: touching, emotional, captivating, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: aging, writer's life, alzheimer's disease, understanding, love, couple relations, love of one's life, virginity, life & death, character study, loneliness, terminal illness ...
Time: 50s, 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Tom of Finland (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of ...
Style: homoerotic, serious, romantic, compassionate, realistic ...
Plot: gay soldier, gay, male homosexuality, jail cell, homosexual history, naked man, gay slur, nurse, police, teenage boy, 30 year old, party ...
Time: year 1991, 90s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: berlin germany, los angeles, san francisco, new york, santa monica california ...
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Bright Star (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Australia, UK, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In 1818, high-spirited young Fanny Brawne finds herself increasingly intrigued by the handsome but aloof poet John Keats, who lives next door to her family friends the Dilkes. After reading a book of his poetry, she finds herself even more drawn to ...
Style: touching, psychological, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: poet, letter, tragic love, romance, couple relations, love affair, couples, poetry, male female relationship, friendship, writer's life, fighting illness ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1810s
Place: england, europe, london, rome italy, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.3
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Frida (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: "Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and ...
Style: colourful, stylized, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: bohemian life, painter, art, feminism, lifestyle, couple relations, jealousy, painting, artist, lesbian love, disability, female artist ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Vincent & Theo (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, Netherlands, UK, Germany, Italy, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The tragic story of Vincent van Gogh broadened by focusing as well on his brother Theodore, who helped support Vincent. Based on the letters written between the two.
Style: touching, psychological, scenic, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: obsession, painter, brother brother relationship, poverty, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, prodigy, genius, famous painting, drawing, art, inspiration ...
Time: 19th century, 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, holland, london, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
 54K
Quills (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A nobleman with a literary flair, the Marquis de Sade lives in a madhouse where a beautiful laundry maid smuggles his erotic stories to a printer, defying orders from the asylum's resident priest. The titillating passages whip all of France ...
Style: erotic, realistic, witty, serious, sexual ...
Plot: sexuality, perversion, writer's life, priest, sadism, eccentricity, rape, emperor, hypocrisy, mental institution, maid, murder ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%