Movies like Shakes the Clown

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Shakes the Clown (1991)
 5.6
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Shakes the Clown (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Shakes plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk. Binky, another clown, wins the spot on a local kiddie show, which depresses Shakes even more, and his boss threatens him with unemployment if he can't get his act under control.
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, disturbing, surreal, dark, talky, stylized, clever, biting ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, clown, false accusation, rescue, nothing goes right, frame up, crimes, disorder, murder, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, hostage, psychopath, kidnapping, self discovery, on the run, drinking alcohol, drinking, murder mystery, addiction, vengeance, hostages, performer's life, dishonesty, nightlife, buddies ...
Time: 90s

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Most similar movies to Shakes the Clown

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, semi serious and clever films with plots about crimes, crime, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, crime gone awry and brutality mostly in Comedy, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Shakes the Clown: Bottle Rocket (1996), God Bless America (2011), Novocaine (2001), Six Ways to Sunday (1997), Homegrown (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Bottle Rocket (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Upon his release from a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan, who seems far less sane than the former. Dignan has hatched a hair-brained scheme for an as-yet-unspecified crime spree that ...
Style: humorous, witty, talky, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robbery, theft, thief, crime, crimes, disorder, self discovery, nothing goes right, sibling relationship, partners in crime, buddies, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
God Bless America (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Fed up with the cruelty and stupidity of American culture, an unlikely duo goes on a killing spree, killing reality TV stars, bigots and others they find repugnant in this black comedy.
Style: dark humor, talky, humorous, semi serious, cynical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mass murder, killing spree, stupidity, pop culture, society, crimes, rage, female killer, satire, life is a bitch, partners, losing-it hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 5.8
 11K
Novocaine (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him into prescribing her drugs
Style: dark humor, suspenseful, captivating, humorous, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, femme fatale, false accusation, frame up, dentist, betrayal, crimes, crime, life turned upside down, drug use, nothing goes right, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, arizona, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
Six Ways to Sunday (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Norman Reedus stars as Harry Odum, a henpecked, 18-year-old momma's boy in Youngstown, Ohio, who -- with his violent temper -- impresses a local boss of the Jewish Mafia. Soon he's found his calling as a hit man alongside his crack addict ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, disturbing, intense, talky ...
Plot: coming of age, hitman, crimes, family relations, parents and children, self discovery, suburban life, criminal heroes, rise and fall, gangsters, depression, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 90s
Place: ohio, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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 5.8
 4K
Homegrown (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Three laborers on a Northern California marijuana plantation become increasingly paranoid when they learn that their boss has been murdered. They know enough to run, taking with them enough of the crop to pay them for services rendered. Hooking up ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, humorous, semi serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, drug abuse, crimes, dishonesty, nothing goes right, partners, criminal heroes, buddies, disorder, murder, greed, gunfight ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 6.4
 14K
The Big White (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, Canada, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: To remedy his financial problems, a travel agent has his eye on a frozen corpse, which just happens to be sought after by two hitmen.
Style: humorous, dark humor, realistic, clever, tense ...
Plot: insurance agent, insurance, kidnapping, murder, nothing goes right, disorder, down on your luck, comedy of errors, crimes, insurance fraud, frozen body, life insurance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alaska, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.9
 15K
Gridlock'd (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, humorous, rough, harsh ...
Plot: drug addiction, drug abuse, addiction, hip hop, heroin, going straight, rehabilitation, friendship, overdose, treatment, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, detroit, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 6.4
 17K
Made (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two aspiring boxers lifelong friends get involved in a money-laundering scheme through a low-level organized crime group.
Style: humorous, witty, dark humor, funny, talky ...
Plot: friendship, money laundering, crime, crimes, nothing goes right, disorder, cons and scams, buddies, partners, dishonesty, bad temper, crime boss ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, new york, california, usa, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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 7.5
 55K
The Player (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?
Style: talky, suspense, clever, psychological, semi serious ...
Plot: hollywood, murder, blackmail, filmmaking, police investigation, false accusation, protagonist as suspect, satire, artists and showbiz, plan gone awry, movie business, film within a film ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, pasadena california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Death to Smoochy (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Tells the story of Rainbow Randolph, the corrupt, costumed star of a popular children's TV show, who is fired over a bribery scandal and replaced by squeaky-clean Smoochy, a puffy fuscia rhinoceros. As Smoochy catapults to fame - scoring hit ...
Style: humorous, realistic, surreal, cynical, stylized ...
Plot: showbiz, tv show, artists and showbiz, performer's life, rivalry, vengeance, satire, delusion, disorder, nothing goes right, success, television ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Money for Nothing (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When unemployed dockworker Joey Coyle finds $1.2 million that fell off of an armored car, he decides to do the logical thing: take the money and run. After all, he says, finders keepers. He turns to his ex-girlfriend Monica, who works in an ...
Style: realistic, humorous, light, intense, factual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: crime, crimes, heist, disorder, friends, nothing goes right, dishonesty, money, friendship, unemployment, police, chase ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: philadelphia, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.2
 26K
Dom Hemingway (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he's owed.
Style: dark humor, stylized, talky, humorous, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: safecracker, crimes, redemption, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, temperamental, hopes, prison, nudity (full frontal - brief), sex scene, ex convict, father daughter estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, france, europe, french riviera, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Amos & Andrew (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Andrew Sterling (Samuel L. Jackson), a successful black urbanite writer, buys a vacation home on a resort in New England the police mistake him for a burglar. After surrounding his home with armed men, Chief Tolliver (Dabney Coleman) realizes ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, funny, light ...
Plot: island, racism, mistaken identity, crimes, crime, interracial relations, bad cop, criminal heroes, buddies, nothing goes right, resort, social differences ...
Time: 90s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.8
 19K
Quick Change (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: With the aid of his girlfriend, Phyllis Potter, and best friend, Loomis, Grimm enters a Manhattan bank dressed as a clown, creates a hostage situation and executes a flawless robbery. The only thing left for the trio to do is make their getaway out ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, absurd, witty ...
Plot: crime gone awry, heist, bank robbery, friendship, nothing goes right, buddies, partners, disorder, friends, cons and scams, crime, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
Style: dark humor, talky, witty, humorous, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, crime, crime gone awry, crimes, weirdo, killings, thief, dog, neo noir, screenwriter, murder, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1947, year 1954, year 1963 ...
Place: los angeles, usa, california, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 5.6
 1K
The New Age (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Peter and Katherine Witner are Southern California super-yuppies with great jobs but no center to their lives. When they both lose their jobs and begin marital infidelities, their solution is to start their own business together. In order to find ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, cynical, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: satire, self discovery, filmmaking, crumbling marriage, society, love and romance, starting over, lifestyle, couple relations, infidelity, rise and fall, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 5.3
 4K
Vulgar (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Vulgar is about a man who is a children's clown but has not been getting much luck lately. He lives in a cheap apartment which he can't even afford. Bums are constantly sleeping in his run down car and crashing on his lawn. He has a ...
Style: psychological, dark humor, bleak, disturbing, dark ...
Audience: teens
Plot: homosexual rape, gang rape, vengeance, psychopath, crimes, crime, serial killer, destiny, clown, hostage, hostages, killer clown ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Stuart Saves His Family (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Stuart Smalley, the Saturday Night Live character, comes to the big screen. Stuart, the disciple of the 12 step program, is challenged by lifes injustices.
Style: humorous, dark humor, not serious, realistic, satirical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, farce, disorder, family problems, nothing goes right, self discovery, family life, siblings relations, couples, down on your luck, eccentric family, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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Living in Oblivion (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nick is the director of a low-budget indie film. He tries to keep everything together as his production is plagued with an insecure actress, a megalomaniac star, a pretentious, beret-wearing director of photography and lousy catering. Divided in ...
Style: surreal, humorous, semi serious, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: film within a film, filmmaker, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right, friends, lifestyle, actor's life, satire, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dwarf, actor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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Hotel Oasis (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The life of motel owner is turned upside down by a femme-fatale lounge singer and her abusive manager.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, cynical, dark humor ...
Plot: crimes, murder, cons and scams, disorder, unlikely criminals, nothing goes right, deadly, dishonesty, twins, husband wife relationship, sister sister relationship, fatal accident ...
Time: contemporary
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 5.8
 9K
Screwed (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A chauffeur kidnaps his rich boss's dog to hold it for ransom, but when she accidentally gets the dog back, she thinks that it's the chauffeur who's been kidnapped.
Style: humorous, feel good, witty, not serious, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mistaken identity, crime gone awry, friendship, fish out of water, comedy of errors, nothing goes right, vengeance, unlikely criminals, partners, cons and scams, misfit, goofy hero ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Fish in a Barrel (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: 6 gun wielding people are trapped in a NY loft with $4 million in stolen diamonds.
Style: humorous, semi serious, cynical, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: crime gone awry, heist, rivalry, betrayal, law enforcement, crimes, criminal's revenge, dishonesty, disorder, alcohol abuse, brother brother relationship, diamond ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.2
 5K
Thin Ice (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A dishonest insurance salesman's life quickly disintegrates during a Wisconsin winter when he teams up with a psychopath to steal a rare violin at the home of a reclusive farmer.
Style: humorous, dark humor, semi serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: unlikely criminals, nothing goes right, comedy of errors, crime gone awry, manipulation, dishonesty, cons and scams, manipulations, disorder, salesman, crime, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Feeling Minnesota (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sam Clayton's (Vincent D'Onofrio) marriage to ex-stripper Freddie (Cameron Diaz) comes about when she's strong-armed into the match by Red (Delroy Lindo), a club proprietor who once did her a favor. But Freddie falls in love with ...
Style: clever, talky, offbeat, humorous, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: wedding, murder, family relations, corruption, stripper, gangsters, romance, love, dishonesty, opposites attract, estrangement, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa, minnesota, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The Last Supper (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering rightwing pundits for their political beliefs.
Style: dark humor, witty, tense, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: politics, murder, sexism, satire, death, hypocrisy, crime, crimes, culture clash, liberal, unlikely criminals, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Kicked in the Head (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Redmond is a young guy who can't find what to do with his life. When his uncle Sam gives him the bag to deliver to some uptown connection he fails to do so and it gets them in trouble with Jack, low-key criminal. After that tough guy Stretch ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat, whimsical ...
Plot: self discovery, stewardess, gangsters, cons and scams, siblings relations, vengeance, farce, adolescence vs adulthood, twentysomething life, gambling, parents and children, friends ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
You Really Got Me (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Jan's fastfood-business is going bankrupt, his girlfriend has left him, and he is being exploited by his live-in father. Therefore, he has nothing to loose when he gets mixed up in the kidnapping of famous rock star Iver Mo. But Jan has never ...
Style: humorous, witty, dark humor, cynical, semi serious ...
Plot: nothing goes right, unlikely criminals, down on your luck, parents and children, disorder, crimes, ransom, dysfunctional relationship, greed, cheating, kidnapping, abduction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 5.5
 3K
Mad Dog Time (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: With his boss in the madhouse, a mobster is temporary boss of the criminal empire just as vicious rivals threaten the control of the empire.
Style: humorous, dark humor, semi serious, realistic, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mental institution, hitman, betrayal, crimes, crime, mental illness, buddies, rise and fall, nothing goes right, missing person, hospital ...
Time: 90s, 1930s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Small Apartments (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When a clumsy deadbeat accidentally kills his landlord, he must do everything in his power to hide the body, only to find that the distractions of lust, the death of his beloved brother, and a crew of misfit characters force him on a journey where a ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, realistic, semi serious, cynical ...
Plot: murder, disorder, misfit, nothing goes right, social misfits, goofy hero, crimes, crime, brother brother relationship, crime scene, fake suicide, accidental death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The Object of Beauty (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A valuable piece of art is stolen from a couple.
Style: talky, clever, stylized, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: heist, social differences, couple relations, performer's life, power relations, couples, family problems, crimes, crime, master and servant, mute or deaf, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%