Movies like A Serious Man

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A Serious Man (2009)
 7.1
 120K
A Serious Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances Sy Ableman.
Style: dark humor, clever, semi serious, cynical, realistic, witty, humorous, intellectual, psychological, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: midlife crisis, jewish, professor, suburban life, dysfunctional family, telephone call, university, marijuana, divorce, rabbi, defamation, bribery, student, neighbor, communication problem, down on your luck, drugs/alcohol, jewish family, life turned upside down, suburbs, nothing goes right, unfulfillment, family problems, disorder, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1967
Place: minnesota, usa, campus, poland, canada, california

Most similar movies to A Serious Man

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, talky, melancholic and dark humor films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, depression, relationships, loneliness, honest and dysfunctional family mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres. Some movies like A Serious Man: Burn After Reading (2008), Wonder Boys (2000), The Savages (2007), The Squid and the Whale (2005), The Upside of Anger (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Burn After Reading (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When a disc containing memoirs of a former CIA analyst falls into the hands of Linda Litzke and Chad Feldheimer, the two gym employees see a chance to make enough money for her to have life-changing cosmetic surgery. Predictably, events whirl out of ...
Style: clever, dark humor, cynical, not serious, humorous ...
Plot: blackmail, farce, espionage, paranoia, divorce, stupidity, infidelity, gym, corpse, top secret, cia, verbal byplay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa, seattle washington
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100%
 7.4
 58K
Wonder Boys (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Grady (Michael Douglas) is a 50-ish English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years -- not since he wrote his award winning "Great American Novel" 7 years ago. This weekend proves even worse than he could imagine as he ...
Style: clever, talky, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: marijuana, professor, midlife crisis, dog, adultery, college, coming of age, party, university, robbery, police, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.2
 34K
The Savages (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
Style: realistic, clever, semi serious, sentimental, witty ...
Plot: professor, midlife crisis, depression, family, dying, neighbor, doctor, parents and children, family in crisis, mental illness, father figure, daughter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: arizona, usa, new york, poland, new york state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
Style: talky, sincere, absurd, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: divorce, self fulfillment, coming of age, museum, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, childhood memory, parents and children, adolescence, writer's life, self esteem, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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The Upside of Anger (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After her husband runs off with his secretary, Terry Wolfmeyer is left to fend for herself -- and her four daughters. As she hits rock bottom, Terry finds a friend and drinking buddy in next-door neighbor Denny, a former baseball player. As the two ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, neighbor, dysfunctional family, couple relations, love and romance, parents and children, couples, starting over, suburban life, mother daughter relationship, family relations, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Imaginary Heroes (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Matt Travis is good-looking, popular, and his school's best competitive swimmer, so everyone is shocked when he inexplicably commits suicide. As the following year unfolds, each member of his family struggles to recover from the tragedy with ...
Style: semi serious, clever, realistic, gloomy, witty ...
Plot: suicide, dysfunctional family, high school, coming of age, family secret, crumbling marriage, drugs/alcohol, death in the family, suburbs, suicide mission, suburban life, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Margot at the Wedding (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is getting married to less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed ...
Style: talky, cynical, tragicomedy, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, secret, neighbor, jealousy, sister sister relationship, confession, family, siblings relations, drugs/alcohol, sibling relationship, family gatherings, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, long island, vermont, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The story of Peter McGowan, a chain-smoking, impotent, insomniac playwright who lives in Los Angeles. Once very successful, he is now in the tenth year of a decade-long string of production failures. He finds himself bonding with a new ...
Style: clever, talky, humorous, witty, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: midlife crisis, dog, single parent, neighbor, alzheimer's disease, stalker, stalking, family life, writer's life, suburbs, crumbling marriage, introspection ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 7.8
 62K
Happiness (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
Style: dark humor, bleak, cynical, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, unhappiness, dysfunctional family, child abuse, pedophilia, sibling relationship, taxi driver, masturbation, therapy, therapist, divorce ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Daytrippers (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Eliza D'Amico thinks her marriage to Louis is going great, until she finds a mysterious love note to her husband. Concerned, she goes to her mother for advice. Eliza, her parents, her sister Jo and Jo's boyfriend all pile into a station ...
Style: clever, humorous, witty, talky, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, adultery, on the road, chance meeting, rooftop, drunkenness, crumbling marriage, suburbs, infidelity, self discovery, romance, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.7
 511K
Birdman or (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A fading actor best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and ...
Style: dark humor, surreal, psychological, talky, enigmatic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, actor's life, father daughter relationship, theater, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, existentialism, superhero, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, actor, dialogue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary --- all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of ...
Style: witty, humorous, talky, dark humor, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, redemption, terminal illness, eccentric family, depression, child prodigy, reconciliation, divorce, parents and children, family conflict, nervous breakdown, forgiveness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.2
 110K
Carnage (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Germany, Poland, Spain, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: After 11-year-old Zachary Cowan strikes his classmate across the face with a stick after an argument, the victim's parents invite Zachary's parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner.
Style: talky, dark humor, cynical, ironic, satirical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, dialogue driven, family problems, unsupportive spouse, marital problem, under the surface, parenthood, husband wife relationship, battle of the sexes, psychology, insult ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Chumscrubber (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, humorous, semi serious, biting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, suburbs, kidnapping, friendship, drug dealing, mistaken identity, mayor, psychiatrist, drug abuse, rock, drugs/alcohol, suburban life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.4
 8K
Trust (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: After being thrown away from home, pregnant high school dropout Maria meets Matthew, a highly educated and extremely moody electronics repairman. The two begin an unusual romance built on their sense of mutual admiration and trust.
Style: dark humor, talky, witty, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: love and romance, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, opposites attract, suburbs, romance, misfit, social misfits, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When their father passes away, four grown, world-weary siblings return to their childhood home and are requested -- with an admonition -- to stay there together for a week, along with their free-speaking mother and a collection of spouses, exes and ...
Style: touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, man child, death of father, family, homecoming, siblings relations, drugs/alcohol, death in the family, funeral, grieving, family gatherings, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.0
 21K
Junebug (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the way to meet with an independent artist in the South, newlywed art dealer Madeleine is convinced by her husband, George, that they should stop to meet his family in North Carolina. Madeleine's affluent lifestyle clashes with the family, ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, offbeat, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, in-laws, culture clash, pregnancy, artist, newlywed, christian, painting, jewish, jealousy, urban, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.
Style: road movie, feel good, humorous, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: obsessive quest, nothing goes right, beauty pageant, road trip, dysfunctional family, on the road, parenthood, heroin, disorder, escapades, under the surface, businessman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, new mexico, cross country, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 7.7
 103K
Barton Fink (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.
Style: surreal, clever, stylized, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Plot: hotel, neighbor, neo noir, serial killer, murder, writer's life, showbiz, screenwriter, hollywood, new job, loner, corpse ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.3
 73K
Young Adult (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A divorced writer from the Midwest returns to her hometown to reconnect with an old flame, who's now married with a family.
Style: talky, cynical, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: small town, alcoholic, thirtysomething life, divorce, jealousy, homecoming, adolescence vs adulthood, drugs/alcohol, obsessive quest, high school, looking for love, unfulfilled love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: minnesota, usa, minneapolis minnesota, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Weather Man (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
Style: realistic, sincere, semi serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: midlife crisis, weatherman, relationship vs career, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, introspection, hopes, father, parents and children, father son relationship, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Just Before I Go (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ted Morgan has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for ...
Style: touching, emotional, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: suicide attempt, life is a bitch, suicide, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, small town, siblings relations, homecoming, family relations, unfulfillment, life philosophy, gay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, gifted but volatile folk musician Llewyn Davis struggles with money, relationships, and his uncertain future following the suicide of his singing partner.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, clever, serious, stylized ...
Plot: music, cat, musician's life, hitchhiker, performance, guitar, folk music, suicide, loneliness, audition, unwanted pregnancy, singer ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1961
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Metroland (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain, France, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After ten years absence Toni, Chris's best friend, suddenly reappears in London to bring chaos and doubt into Chris's calm, tranquil, slightly boring, predictable life. Chris starts to remember his carefree youth as a photographer in Paris ...
Style: sexual, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: friendship, liar, nude model, infidelity, midlife crisis, couple relations, coming of age, fall in love, love and romance, couples, human nature, celebrity culture ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: england, france, london, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.6
 7K
Lonesome Jim (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Failing to make it on his own, 27-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations.
Style: gloomy, semi serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, small town, uncle, homecoming, single parent, coma, erection, sexual dysfunction, factory worker, basketball, alienation, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.6
 13K
The Big Kahuna (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three salesmen working for a firm that makes industrial lubricants are waiting in the company's "hospitality suite" at a manufacturers' convention for a "big kahuna" named Dick Fuller to show up, in hopes they can ...
Style: talky, clever, witty, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: salesman, love and romance, religion and supernatural, midlife crisis, religion, hotel, dialogue driven, convention, hotel room, bartender, fight, marketing ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: kansas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.4
 29K
City Island (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con brought home by Vince, the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections ...
Style: realistic, talky, sentimental, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: stripper, secret, convict, dysfunctional family, audition, warden, student, neighbor, deception, couple relations, farce, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.
Style: talky, clever, witty, humorous, cynical ...
Plot: murder, mistress, professor, adultery, infidelity, doctor, documentary filmmaking, crime, blackmail, suicide, moral dilemma, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An unattractive 7th grader struggles to cope with suburban life as the middle child with un-attentive parents and bullies at school.
Style: bleak, dark humor, realistic, semi serious, cynical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, suburbs, misfit, dysfunctional family, parent child relationship, little girl, sibling relationship, teenage life, humiliation, ballet, social misfits, school life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
 7K
Henry Fool (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An egocentric bum transforms the lives of a shy New Jersey garbageman and his sister.
Style: talky, stylized, humorous, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: politics, murder, money, fame, poet, writer's life, eccentric family, suburbs, society, alcohol, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%