Movies like Punchline

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Punchline (1988)
 5.9
 8K
Punchline (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Lilah Krytsick is a mother and housewife who's always believed she could be a stand-up comedian. Steven Gold is an experienced stand-up seemingly on the cusp of success. When the two meet, they form an unlikely friendship, and Steven tries to help the untried Lilah develop her stage act. Despite the objections of her family and some very wobbly beginnings, Lilah improves, and soon she finds herself competing with Steven for a coveted television spot.
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, intense, clever, psychological, touching, semi serious, comic, melancholic ...
Plot: romance, ambition, rise to the top, showbiz, friendship, performer's life, couples, stand up comedian, family, creativity, redemption, friends, love and romance, suburbs, artists and showbiz, suburban life, actor's life, medical school, elvis presley, housewife, nightclub, woman, comedian, stand up, elvis ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey

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Most similar movies to Punchline

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and melancholic films with plots about mentor, catastrophe, dialogue, life philosophy, storytelling, love and romance and couples mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Punchline: The Best Man (1999), The Big Picture (1989), Nothing in Common (1986), For Love or Money (1993), Mr. Saturday Night (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Best Man (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Harper, a writer who's about to explode into the mainstream leaves behind his girlfriend Robin and heads to New York City to serve as best man for his friend Lance's wedding. Once there, he reunites with the rest of his college circle.
Style: feel good, humorous, clever, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, romance, wedding, friends, couples, couple relations, buddies, love and romance, infidelity, family relations, stripper, sex scene ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Big Picture (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Hollywood beckons for recent film school grad Nick Chapman, who is out to capitalize on the momentum from his national award-winning student film. Studio executive Allen Habel seduces Nick with a dream deal to make his first feature, but once ...
Style: suspense, humorous, semi serious, realistic, light ...
Plot: hollywood, friendship, rise to the top, desire for fame, satire, artists and showbiz, rivalry, ambition, rich and poor, celebrity culture, movie business, film within a film ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Nothing in Common (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: On his way up the corporate ladder, David Basner confronts his greatest challenge: his father.
Style: touching, sentimental, clever, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: divorce, office, family relations, family problems, couples, love and romance, crumbling marriage, romance, hopes, workplace situations, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
For Love or Money (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: New York concierge Doug Ireland wants to go into business for himself and refurbish a hotel on Roosevelt Island, N.Y., but he needs an investor. With a few weeks left before his option on the site runs out, Doug agrees to help wealthy Christian ...
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, semi serious, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: hotel, concierge, deception, mistress, romance, betrayal, disorder, couple relations, love and romance, couples, rise to the top, infidelity ...
Time: 90s, 80s, future
Place: new york, europe, usa, ireland, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Mr. Saturday Night (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Buddy Young was the comic's comic, beloved by everyone. Now, playing to miniscule crowds in nursing homes, it seems like everybody but Buddy realizes that he should retire. As Buddy looks for work in show business, he realizes that the rest of ...
Style: humorous, realistic, captivating, stylized, intense ...
Plot: showbiz, comedian, actor's life, ambition, aging, desire for fame, family life, show business, talent agent, rise and fall, rise to the top, relationship vs career ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Murphy's Romance (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Emma is a divorced woman with a teen aged boy who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the town druggist who steers business her way. Things are going along predictably until her ex husband shows up, needing a ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: horse ranch, small town, starting over, single parent, single mother, romance, friendship, divorce, social relations, family relations, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Two Family House (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Buddy Visalo (Michael Rispoli) is a factory worker, a frustrated crooner who once had a shot at the big time. Buddy's dreams of greatness have been reduced to an endless series of failed moneymaking schemes. His latest is buying a two-family ...
Style: touching, feel good, sincere, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: working class, love and romance, couples, down on your luck, human nature, couple relations, life is a bitch, society, pregnancy, friendship, ambition, landlord ...
Time: 90s, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Slaves of New York (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Meet the denizens of New York City: artists, prostitutes, saints, and seers. All are aspiring toward either fame or oblivion, and hoping for love and acceptance. Instead they find high rents, faithless partners, and dead-end careers.
Style: humorous, sentimental, ironic, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, couples, society, lifestyle, love, ambition, adaptation, loneliness, bittersweet, stash, performer's life, celebrity culture ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 6.0
 9K
Gigantic (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Young mattress salesman Brian decides to adopt a baby from China but is distracted when he forms a relationship with quirky, wealthy Harriet whom he meets at his mattress store. As their relationship flourishes, unbeknownst to them, a hitman is ...
Style: touching, realistic, surreal, humorous, talky ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: adoption, family relations, fall in love, romance, love and romance, couple relations, love affair, eccentric family, youth, dysfunctional family, salesman, stalker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, china, new york, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Life Partners (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A 29-year-old lawyer and her lesbian best friend experience a dramatic shift in their longtime bond after one enters a serious relationship
Style: realistic, humorous, touching, talky, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: romance, friendship, lesbian, adolescence vs adulthood, unlikely couple, best friends, couples, friends, love and romance, couple relations, female friendship, friendship between women ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.0
 7K
My Giant (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Billy Crystal plays a Hollywood agent who stumbles upon Max, a giant living in Romania, and tries to get him into the movies.
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, light, entertaining ...
Plot: friendship, tall man, monastery, showbiz, artists and showbiz, giant, unlikely friendships, destiny, actor's life, buddies, love and romance, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: romania, usa, las vegas, europe, new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Real Blonde (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An aspiring actor and his girlfriend handle life's frustrations, while his friend seeks fulfillment with a blonde.
Style: humorous, satirical, light, melancholic, clever ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: satire, showbiz, actor's life, romance, artists and showbiz, workplace situations, workplace romance, workplace, lifestyle, fashion, unsuccessful, sexual dysfunction ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.8
 1K
Queens Logic (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When childhood friends Al, Dennis and Eliot get together for Ray's wedding, which may or may not happen, they end up on a roller-coaster ride through reality. During one tumultuous, crazy weekend, they face adulthood and each other with new ...
Style: sentimental, talky, semi serious, realistic, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, reunion, singleness, looking for love, human nature, couple relations, couples, friends, love and romance, gays and lesbians, lifestyle, buddies ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
This Thing with Sarah (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A free-spirited surf instructor volunteers herself as a strictly sexual - or so she thinks - rebound for a heartbroken, down and out writer.
Style: touching, humorous, realistic, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: romance, couples, down on your luck, writers, love, friendship, love and romance, beach, surfing
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: 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: witty, talky, realistic, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love, irish catholic, true love, friendship, love affair, small town life, couple relations, small town, fall in love, working class, relationship vs career, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, long island, ireland, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.9
 14K
Lucas (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other.
Style: feel good, realistic, humorous, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids, teen comedy
Plot: high school, coming of age, underdog, high school life, football, friendship, bittersweet, romance, cheerleading, friends, sport team, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
About Last Night... (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A man and woman meet and try to have a romantic affair, despite their personal problems and the interference of their disapproving friends.
Style: sentimental, humorous, talky, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: friendship, softball, new year's eve, romance, bittersweet, nudity (full frontal - brief), partners, thirtysomething life, passionate interest, advertising, couples, friends ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ 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, relationship problems, platonic, best friend, romance, couple relations, best friends, best friends in love, lifestyle, thirtysomething life, childbirth, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, vermont, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Thanks for Sharing (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A romantic comedy that brings together three disparate characters who are learning to face a challenging and often confusing world as they struggle together against a common demon: sex addiction.
Style: humorous, captivating, touching, melancholic, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, sex addict, friendship, rehabilitation, couple relations, sex therapy, couples, father son relationship, doctor, recovery, support group, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
California Suite (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Style: talky, witty, clever, humorous, captivating ...
Plot: hotel, multiple storylines, friendship, custody, tennis, womanizer, hollywood, fall in love, couple relations, love affair, lifestyle, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, usa, beverly hills, los angeles, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Dinner with Friends (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A husband and wife reevaluate their marriage after their closest friends, another couple decide to split up after twelve years.
Style: talky, sincere, realistic, witty, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family problems, introspection, relationships, infidelity, crumbling marriage, love and romance, midlife crisis, dinner, starting over, honest, dialogue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: new york, usa, connecticut, new jersey, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.0
 15K
200 Cigarettes (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A collection of twentysomethings try to cope with relationships, loneliness, desire and their individual neuroses.
Style: feel good, talky, humorous, semi serious, witty ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, best friends, new year's eve, couples, love and romance, romance, nightlife, hopes, singleness, twentysomething life, looking for love, sexual dysfunction ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, year 1982
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.6
 45K
Reality Bites (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A small circle of friends suffering from post-collegiate blues must confront the hard truth about life, love and the pursuit of gainful employment. As they struggle to map out survival guides for the future, the Gen-X quartet soon begins to realize ...
Style: realistic, talky, humorous, cynical, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, best friends, adolescence vs adulthood, love triangle, romance, roommate, ambition, young lovers, graduation, twentysomething life, looking for love, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, texas, houston texas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A very personal story that is both funny and poignant, TORCH SONG TRILOGY chronicles a New Yorker's search for love, respect and tradition in a world that seems not especially made for him.
Style: touching, talky, humorous, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: transvestism, gays and lesbians, female impersonator, bittersweet, gay slur, couple relations, dishonesty, love and romance, romance, youth, gender, gender bending ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
30 Years to Life (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: First of all, the title does not refer to someone sentenced to jail. It is a movie about 6 lifetime friends who are all hitting the big `3-0' together during the same year. Each one looks inside themselves to see where has my life gone and what ...
Style: sincere, humorous, witty, touching, offbeat ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, love and romance, starting over, romance, looking for love, society, buddies, lifestyle, human nature, relationship vs career, midlife crisis, thirtysomething life ...
Time: future
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 13K
Chinese Puzzle (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA, Belgium
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Xavier is a 40-year-old father of two who still finds life very complicated. When the mother of his children moves to New York, he can't bear them growing up far away from him and so he decides to move there as well.
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, witty, intense ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, midlife crisis, immigrants, starting over, longing, old love, fall in love, parents and children, couples, family problems, separated parents, fake marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, paris france, france, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.0
 28K
Pushing Tin (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Two air traffic controllers who thrive on living dangerously compete to outdo each other on several levels.
Style: feel good, humorous, talky, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: workplace, contests and competitions, ambition, control room, workplace situations, dishonesty, competition, self control, air traffic controller, airport, justice, paranoia ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, long island, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, humorous, touching, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lovers reunited, wedding, bridesmaid, romance, infidelity, love and romance, unfulfilled love, couple relations, couples, hopes, introspection, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Captures a generational moment - young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved. Six New Yorkers juggle love, friendship, ...
Style: touching, melancholic, sweet, emotional, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: romance, lifestyle, couples, writer's life, friendship, relationships, singer, african american, lost child, missing child, thirtysomething life, little boy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.9
 78K
Cocktail (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After being discharged from the Army, Brian Flanagan moves back to Queens and takes a job in a bar run by Doug Coughlin, who teaches Brian the fine art of bar-tending. Brian quickly becomes a patron favorite with his flashy drink-mixing style. Brian ...
Style: sexy, realistic, semi serious, sentimental, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: bartender, ambition, love and romance, couples, rise to the top, buddies, love affair, rags to riches, love triangle, nightlife, teaching the ways of the world, best friend ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: jamaica, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%