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, intellectual, cynical, humorous, psychological, clever, realistic, witty, semi serious, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: midlife crisis, jewish, professor, suburban life, divorce, marijuana, dysfunctional family, student, university, bribery, rabbi, neighbor, defamation, telephone call, communication problem, family relations, dreams, religions or cults, destiny, family life, parenthood, middle aged, temptation, desperation, threat ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, 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, humorous, semi serious and melancholic films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, relationships, depression, loneliness, dysfunctional family and mentor 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: humorous, cynical, funny, absurd, dark humor ...
Plot: blackmail, paranoia, espionage, stupidity, divorce, cia, disorder, escapades, autobiography, society, crime, farce ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, virginia, 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, coming of age, adultery, college, alienation, divorce, marriage, robbery, university ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 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, sentimental, witty, biting, clever ...
Plot: professor, midlife crisis, neighbor, dying, doctor, depression, childhood, guilt, mental illness, family, family in crisis, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: arizona, usa, new york, poland, new york state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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, intellectual ...
Plot: divorce, self fulfillment, museum, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, self esteem, writer's life, parents and children, crumbling marriage, childhood memory, understanding ...
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: realistic, sincere, semi serious, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, neighbor, couples, starting over, suburban life, couple relations, love and romance, family relations, parents and children, fall in love, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: biting, realistic, clever, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, coming of age, high school, family secret, protective parent, unsupportive parent, experimenting, drugs/alcohol, gay slur, loss of son, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: witty, clever, humorous, talky, biting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: midlife crisis, stalking, single parent, dog, neighbor, stalker, alzheimer's disease, unfulfillment, love and romance, couple relations, suburban life, writer's life ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, clever, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, confession, neighbor, jealousy, sister sister relationship, secret, drugs/alcohol, siblings relations, estrangement, train ride, wedding preparations and rituals, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, long island, harvard university, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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: witty, talky, humorous, clever, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, adultery, on the road, drunkenness, chance meeting, rooftop, infidelity, suburbs, self discovery, midlife crisis, family life, family problems ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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: cynical, dark humor, disturbing, banned film, bleak ...
Plot: rape, child abuse, unhappiness, loneliness, masturbation, pedophilia, sibling relationship, marriage, therapist, divorce, depression, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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: psychological, dark humor, surreal, talky, enigmatic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, actor's life, theater, father daughter relationship, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, actor, superhero, existentialism, ambition, showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: humorous, witty, talky, dark humor, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, redemption, eccentric family, depression, terminal illness, reconciliation, divorce, nervous breakdown, child prodigy, ex couple relations, parents and children, family conflict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, family problems, dialogue driven, marital problem, under the surface, unsupportive spouse, husband wife relationship, parenthood, marriage, bully, battle of the sexes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, africa
⇓ 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: realistic, humorous, sentimental, offbeat, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, in-laws, culture clash, artist, pregnancy, painting, jealousy, jewish, christian, newlywed, meet the parents, wedding preparations and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, bleak, clever, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, suburbs, kidnapping, mayor, mistaken identity, psychiatrist, friendship, drug dealing, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, coming of age, loss of son ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, witty, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, obsessive quest, nothing goes right, parenthood, beauty pageant, heroin, road trip, businessman, homosexual, journey, teacher, singer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, new mexico, cross country, albuquerque new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, homecoming, death of father, man child, family, breakup, last wish, family problems, eccentric family, death in the family, couples, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
What Just Happened (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: During the course of an ordinary week in Hollywood, movie producer Ben (Robert De Niro) must navigate his way through shark-infested waters as he struggles to complete his latest projects. A demanding studio boss (Catherine Keener) demands extensive ...
Style: witty, realistic, humorous, melancholic, biting ...
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, movie business, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right, showbiz, midlife crisis, workplace situations, disagreement, workplace, father daughter relationship, agent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cannes, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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, touching, cynical ...
Plot: stripper, warden, audition, student, neighbor, deception, convict, secret, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, wannabe, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.3
 19K
Meet Bill (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A mild-mannered bank executive (Aaron Eckhart) mentors a teenage con artist and tries to make a career change as a doughnut merchant.
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, surreal, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: mentor, high school, marital problem, infidelity, midlife crisis, adultery, introspection, couple relations, crumbling marriage, unhappy, unfulfillment, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, family relations, unlikely relationship, parents and children, odd, romance, dysfunctional character, misfit, human nature, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.4
 3K
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, realistic, humorous, semi serious, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, infidelity, nude model, liar, midlife crisis, coming of age, couple relations, family relations, thirtysomething life, celebrity culture, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, france, london, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, stylized, serious ...
Plot: cat, music, hitchhiker, musician's life, suicide, unwanted pregnancy, jewish, professor, singer, audition, snow, loneliness ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1961
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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, stylized, intellectual, atmospheric, clever ...
Plot: hotel, neighbor, serial killer, murder, new job, neo noir, corpse, loner, screenwriter, showbiz, writer's life, insanity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, sentimental, semi serious, emotional ...
Plot: midlife crisis, weatherman, dysfunctional family, relationship vs career, terminal illness, hopes, introspection, family problems, parents and children, divorced divorcee, unfulfillment, ex couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
 5K
Mother (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After two failed marriages a science fiction writer decides that coming to terms with his mother will improve his chances for a successful relationship, so he moves in with her.
Style: neurotic, humorous, witty, talky, clever ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, starting over, unfulfillment, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, crumbling marriage, love and romance, family relations, introspection, lifestyle, looking for love ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Humboldt County (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Peter is a medical student about to graduate and begin his residency. When his professor fails him, he winds up in bed with an actress and singer named Bogart rolling through Los Angeles. He accompanies her to the redwoods of northern California, ...
Style: realistic, feel good, offbeat, sentimental, humorous ...
Plot: fish out of water, hippie, student, sex, pursuit, drug dealing, medical student, disorder, eccentric family, counterculture, self discovery, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, medical school, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, semi serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: suicide attempt, life is a bitch, suicide, dysfunctional family, small town, haunted by the past, siblings relations, family relations, unfulfillment, homecoming, gay, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.6
 20K
Thumbsucker (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Justin, a teenager boy, throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.
Style: realistic, offbeat, sentimental, clever, witty ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: high school, youth, coming of age, debate, psychologist, addiction, lifestyle, suburbs, eccentric family, family life, teenage life, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 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: sincere, semi serious, realistic, talky, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: small town, thirtysomething life, homecoming, jealousy, looking for love, obsessive quest, hopes, unfulfilled love, adolescence vs adulthood, self esteem, high school, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: minnesota, usa, minneapolis minnesota, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%