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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, dramatic, complex, talky, reflective ...
Plot: murder, playwright, gay, crimes, writer's life, couple relations, tragic love, prodigy, graphic violence, love and romance, artists and showbiz, couples, gender, rebelliousness, unsuccessful, gays and lesbians, deadly, unfulfillment, sexual content, profanity, erection, lgbt, homosexuality, writers, death ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 50s, year 1964, year 1967, 1950s ...
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, drinking, death, sex, storytelling, nudity (full frontal - brief) and obsession 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, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: homosexuality, gay, gay lead character, obsession, gays and lesbians, hypocrisy, gay protagonist, courtroom drama, male homosexuality, writer's life, prison, gay slur ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 90s
Place: england, europe, ireland, london
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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, psychological, serious, depressing ...
Plot: infidelity, drinking, drinking alcohol, writer's life, tragic love, couple relations, romance, family problems, couples, crumbling marriage, love, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, europe, new york, london
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73%
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: psychological, captivating, sentimental, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: friendship, seduction, maid, haunted by the past, homosexuality, artists and showbiz, introspection, naivete, gardener, art, death, dirty old man ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 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: sincere, tense, serious, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: murder, death sentence, obsession, writer's life, friendship, investigation, crimes, human nature, fame, gossip and rumors, obsessive quest, journalism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s
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: conscientious objector, soldier, painter, polyamory, romance, friendship, bittersweet, fall in love, couple relations, performer's life, couples, friends ...
Time: victorian era, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 30s ...
Place: england, europe, london, wales, venice
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66%
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, touching ...
Plot: father son relationship, reconciliation, terminal illness, memory, infidelity, coming of age, teenager, hospital, family relations, loneliness, confrontation, family drama ...
Time: contemporary, 1960s, year 1989, 60s, 80s ...
Place: london, brighton, england
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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, sincere, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: mental institution, courtroom drama, social decay, injustice, life is a bitch, price of justice, hospital, rebelliousness, criminal heroes, fighting the system, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, year 1955, year 1957, year 1952
Place: florida, usa, korea, miami
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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: sexy, sexual, psychological, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: poet, lgbt, gay, gay teenager, writer's life, gays and lesbians, infidelity, mentor, pregnancy, romance, sodomy, breast feeding ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1870s
Place: paris france, france, europe, holland, london ...
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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: cult film, gloomy, captivating, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: punk, heroin, drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, destructive relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), punk music, rock and roll, domestic violence, dwarf, s&m ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, england, london, 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, touching, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, obsession, death sentence, profanity, nudity (full frontal - brief), female criminal, true crime, single mother, capital punishment, nightclub, crimes, social differences ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: england, europe, london, tokyo, california
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50%
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Factory Girl (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 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: contemplative, serious, factual, romantic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: artist, addiction, singer, art, rise and fall, fashion, socialite, fame, photographer, actor's life, love, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1970 ...
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, 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: surreal, serious, atmospheric, stylized, offbeat ...
Plot: rebellion, friendship, emperor, radical, suicide, nationalism, state affairs, writer's life, tragic hero, political unrest, love affair, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, post world war two
Place: japan, mount fuji, tokyo, kyoto japan
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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, based on true events, intellectual, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: writers, journalism, literature, murder, crimes, loneliness, moral dilemma, murderer, lifestyle, manipulation, death sentence, investigation ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: kansas, usa, new york, new orleans, spain ...
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Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, discrimination, gay slur, homosexual, politician, civil rights, election, protest, politics, murder, homosexuality ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975, year 1976, year 1972 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oklahoma, minnesota ...
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, France
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Story: A biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people's ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free love, debt, dress, and lifestyle shocked the public of ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, captivating, sexual ...
Plot: ballet, dancer, dance, dancing, love affair, gender, love and romance, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, against the rules, dancer's life, rebellion ...
Time: 1920s, 1890s, 19th century, 20th century, year 1900
Place: europe, russia, ussr, chicago illinois, paris france ...
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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, book, death, fame, poet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1996, 80s ...
Place: usa, illinois, minneapolis minnesota, new york, minnesota
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44%
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 1960s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto. She wrote a screenplay for a film that she wanted Andy Warhol to produce, but he continued to ignore her. So she shot ...
Style: disturbing, clever, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: radical, obsession, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, social misfits, assassination attempt, losing-it hero, lifestyle, society, deadly, celebrity culture, rock ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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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, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gangsters, twins, murder, family relations, world war two, gang, crime, crimes, lookalikes, couples, siblings relations, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 50s, 1940s ...
Place: london, england, europe
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Frida (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, USA, UK
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: painter, bohemian life, art, feminism, lifestyle, painting, couple relations, artist, jealousy, lesbian love, disability, lesbian interest ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 20th century, 20s ...
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city, paris france, manhattan new york city ...
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Little Ashes (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca.
Style: atmospheric, serious, exciting, tense, factual ...
Plot: poet, friendship, exhibitionism, friends, political unrest, student, coming of age, lifestyle, romance, writer's life, buddies, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, year 1936, 1930s
Place: madrid, spain, europe, andalusia, barcelona ...
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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, based on true events, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rise and fall, crimes, crime, gang, twins, violence, stylish, mental illness, mafia, organized crime, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, year 1957 ...
Place: london, england, united kingdom, scotland yard, east end london
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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, cerebral palsy, poet, disability, irish, human spirit, courage, working class, paralysis, artist, family relations, painting ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
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39%
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: realistic, serious, suspense, contemplative, biting ...
Plot: art, s&m, painter, subculture, love and romance, gender, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, lifestyle, destructive relationship, celebrity culture, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 1960s, 70s, 60s
Place: east end london, paris france, new york, london
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38%
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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, obsession, sexual tension, youth, friendship, student life, murder, mental illness, lifestyle, writer's life, friends, gay ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, post world war two, year 2005 ...
Place: usa, new york, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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38%
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, s&m, lifestyle, fall in love, political unrest, nightlife, society, state affairs, strong sexual content, gays and lesbians, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1952 ...
Place: germany, europe, england, hamburg germany, berlin germany ...
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36%
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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, intellectual, emotional, captivating, serious ...
Plot: aging, alzheimer's disease, understanding, writer's life, love, couple relations, love of one's life, virginity, life & death, character study, loneliness, terminal illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 1950s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Vincent & Theo (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, Netherlands, UK, Germany, Italy, USA
Duration: 140 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, based on true events, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, brother brother relationship, painter, mentally unstable, life is a bitch, prodigy, genius, famous painting, drawing, art, letter, poverty ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, holland, london, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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: offbeat, stylized, realistic, serious
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, movie star, gay, actor's life, rise and fall, gays and lesbians, showbiz, celebrity culture, human spirit, prison, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 1910s, year 1919
Place: california, usa, new york, los angeles, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
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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, serious, witty, sexual ...
Plot: sexuality, writer's life, eccentricity, priest, hypocrisy, rape, perversion, sadism, murder, emperor, french revolution, mental institution ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
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Bright Star (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Australia, 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, serious, psychological, 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, victorian era, 1810s
Place: england, europe, london, rome italy, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%