Movies like Stranger Than Fiction

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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
 7.6
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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. But when the narration reveals he is going to die, Harold must find the author and convince them to change the ending.
Style: surreal, philosophical, humorous, witty, talky, funny, cerebral, emotional, sentimental, semi serious ...
Plot: literature, death, love, destiny, writer's life, human nature, publisher, novelist, writers, professor, paranoia, dying, love and romance, self discovery, life turned upside down, artists and showbiz, schizophrenia, romance, philosophy, happy ending, metaphysics, hipster, father son relationship, hearing voices, insanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois

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Most similar movies to Stranger Than Fiction

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out thought provoking, humorous, weird and melancholic films with plots about storytelling, mentor, destiny, life philosophy, loneliness, dialogue and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Stranger Than Fiction: Ruby Sparks (2012), Midnight in Paris (2011), Click (2006), The Truman Show (1998), Interstate 60 (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Ruby Sparks (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin ...
Style: feel good, thought provoking, psychological, absurd, philosophical ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: romance, magic realism, bittersweet, writer's block, love, loneliness, mental illness, dream, destiny, life philosophy, novelist, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
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100%
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Spain, USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.
Style: feel good, surreal, stylized, witty, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: time travel, literature, bohemian life, writers, painter, writer's life, nostalgia, magic realism, fall in love, life philosophy, french, art history ...
Time: 1920s, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: paris france, france, versailles, europe, montmartre paris
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Click (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A workaholic architect finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices.
Style: inspirational, sentimental, humorous, uplifting, feel good ...
Audience: date night, family outing, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: regret, wish come true, alternate reality, workaholic, remote control, time travel, architect, stopped time, redemption, wish fulfillment, sex scene, dysfunctional family ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: new york, new hampshire, los angeles, usa, morocco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Truman Show (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for ...
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, surreal, touching, psychological ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: freedom, self discovery, fictional reality show, hidden camera, video surveillance, small town, deception, paranoia, alternate reality, fictional reality, loneliness, morality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.
Style: feel good, inspirational, motivational, surreal, scenic ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: self discovery, life changing experience, daydreamer, loneliness, adventure, adventurer, obsessive quest, disorder, travel, photographer, escape from reality, coworker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: iceland, greenland, usa, los angeles, new york ...
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Interstate 60 (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An aspiring painter meets various characters and learns valuable lessons while traveling across America.
Style: road movie, surreal, witty, enigmatic, cerebral ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: road trip, self discovery, alternate reality, life philosophy, wish come true, dream girl, choice, on the road, self fulfillment, hopes, changing the past or future, motel ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
The Invention of Lying (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in a world where the concept of lying doesn't exist, a loser changes his lot when he invents lying and uses it to get ahead.
Style: philosophical, clever, funny, satirical, humorous ...
Plot: alternate reality, atheism, distopia, misfit, rags to riches, love and romance, society, satire, truth, love triangle, alone in the world, existentialism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 13th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Zia, distraught over breaking up with his girlfriend, decides to end it all. Unfortunately, he discovers that there is no real ending, only a run-down afterlife that is strikingly similar to his old one, just a bit worse. Discovering that his ...
Style: road movie, humorous, depressing, surreal, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, suicide, depression, death, road trip, hitchhiker, russian, purgatory, on the road, friendship, supernatural romance, black hole ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Science of Sleep (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.
Style: surreal, psychological, mind bending, meditative, philosophical ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: dreams, daydreamer, love, magic, romance, escape from reality, dream, surrealism, imagination, painting, friendship, new job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, mexico, france, latin america, europe ...
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100%
500 Days of Summer (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tom, greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer, suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went sour, and in doing so, Tom ...
Style: romantic, sweet, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens, teen drama
Plot: love, breakup, couple relations, relationships, destiny, love story, love and romance, life philosophy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, unfulfilled love, couples, dating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 8.0
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Big Fish (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Throughout his life Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, he remains a huge mystery to his son, William. Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true ...
Style: surreal, feel good, touching, sentimental, fairy tale ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, father son relationship, fish, adventure, fantasy world, witch, journey, parents and children, mermaid, surrealism, magic realism, magic ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1940s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: texas, usa, alabama, paris france, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
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Liberal Arts (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Newly single, 35, and uninspired by his job, Jesse Fisher worries that his best days are behind him. But no matter how much he buries his head in a book, life keeps pulling Jesse back. When his favorite college professor invites him to campus to ...
Style: touching, humorous, light, talky, sweet ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: age difference, older man younger woman relationship, college, college student, romance, thirtysomething life, dull life, depression, happy ending, love and romance, fall in love, college life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ohio, new york, new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Extremely shy Lars finds it impossible to make friends or socialize. His brother and sister-in-law worry about him, so when he announces that he has a girlfriend he met on the Internet, they are overjoyed. But Lars' new lady is a life-size ...
Style: touching, psychological, humorous, thought provoking, sweet ...
Plot: mental illness, loneliness, shyness, small town, sex doll, introvert, delusion, doll, psychologist, young man, forbidden love, human relationship ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, wisconsin, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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If Only (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After his impetuous musician girlfriend, Samantha, dies in an accident shortly after they had a fight (and nearly broke up), a grief-stricken British businessman, Ian Wyndham, living in London gets a chance to relive the day all over again, in the ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, emotional, touching, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time travel, true love, tragic love, changing the past or future, time loop, love, loss of loved one, relationships, death of girlfriend, hopes, love and romance, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london
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What Dreams May Come (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the ...
Style: philosophical, surreal, inspirational, touching, cerebral ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven and hell, life philosophy, life & death, redemption, husband wife reunion, metaphysics, loss of child, destiny, true love, love, hell ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Smart People (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Professor Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) might be imperiously brilliant, monumentally self-possessed and an intellectual giant -- but when it comes to solving the conundrums of love and family, he's as downright flummoxed as the next guy.
Style: humorous, talky, melancholic, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: romance, dysfunctional family, father daughter relationship, character study, self discovery, eccentricity, happy ending, family relations, parents and children, family life, introspection, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania, new jersey, pittsburgh, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.7
 33K
L.A. Story (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.
Style: funny, talky, surreal, touching, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: satire, weatherman, romance, magic, surrealism, love, creativity, relationships, fantasy world, adaptation, first contact, transformation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: While dining out with friends, Sy suggests the difficulty of separating comedy from tragedy. To illustrate his point, he tells his guests two parallel stories about Melinda ; both versions have the same basic elements, but one take on her state of ...
Style: philosophical, melancholic, talky, clever, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: writers, life philosophy, loneliness, love affair, existentialism, sarcasm, creativity, friends, family problems, crumbling marriage, art, female protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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 6.1
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The Future (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Germany, France, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.
Style: surreal, emotional, meditative, thought provoking, sentimental ...
Plot: infidelity, talking cat, destiny, pets, human nature, life turned upside down, follow your dream, road not taken, couples, disorder, dishonesty, hopes ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, los angeles, usa, california
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19%
 6.4
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Paul Giamatti stars as himself, agonizing over his interpretation of "Uncle Vanya." Paralyzed by anxiety, he stumbles upon a solution via a New Yorker article about a high-tech company promising to alleviate suffering by extracting souls. ...
Style: surreal, clever, bleak, stylized, cerebral ...
Plot: existentialism, depression, loneliness, art, russian, life turned upside down, artists and showbiz, actor's life, disorder, self discovery, lifestyle, hopes ...
Place: russia, new jersey, new york, usa, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A modern love story in which a misanthropic, emotionally complex author of a hit children's book is forced to team with a beautiful illustrator after his best friend and collaborator passes away. As Henry struggles with letting go of the ghosts ...
Style: cynical, stylized, realistic, psychological, touching ...
Audience: date night
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Sleepwalk with Me (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.
Style: funny, humorous, talky, surreal, semi serious ...
Plot: sleepwalking, love and romance, lifestyle, couples, loser, adulthood, adolescence vs adulthood, marriage, mental illness, road trip, relationships, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, new york, north carolina, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Winter Passing (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: addiction, dysfunctional family, complex characters, character study, family relations, homecoming, eccentricity, unlikely friendships, writers, family problems, couple relations, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, manhattan new york city, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey, living a dreary life during the Great Depression. Her only escape from her mudane reality is the movie theatre. After losing her job, Cecilia goes to see 'The Purple Rose of Cairo' in hopes of raising ...
Style: romantic, humorous, feel good, surreal, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, movie star, daydreamer, writers, imagination, love story, magic realism, real world, couples, life turned upside down, unlikely couple, fish out of water ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.7
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Sliding Doors (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Gwyneth Paltrow plays London publicist Helen, effortlessly sliding between parallel storylines that show what happens if she does or does not catch a train back to her apartment. Love. Romantic entanglements. Deception. Trust. Friendship. Comedy. ...
Style: touching, feel good, romantic, twists and turns, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: london, england, usa, europe, big ben london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 5.9
 1K
Dopamine (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Rand is a computer animator, who has created an artificial intelligence creature designed to interact with children and teach them responsibility. When his prototype is forced into practice at a school, Rand encounters Sarah, a teacher he was ...
Style: emotional, humorous, sexy, clever, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love, romance, fall in love, destiny, loneliness, science, stereotypes, technology, looking for love, love affair, pets, a.i. ...
Time: future, contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
The Good Night (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Music, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Gary, a musician, is trapped in an unhappy relationship with his live-in lover, Dora. He becomes enthralled with a beautiful seductress who enters his dreams, and tries to control his dream-state so he can spend more and more time with her. When ...
Style: emotional, melancholic, humorous, sincere, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: midlife crisis, friendship, obsession, dream, unlikely friendships, thirtysomething life, romance, love and romance, couple relations, fall in love, couples, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, new jersey, new york, london, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen. As they delve into Austen's literature, the club members find themselves dealing with life experiences that parallel the themes of the books they are reading.
Style: feel good, humorous, light, witty, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: literature, infidelity, love and romance, friendship, lesbian, couple relations, crumbling marriage, loneliness, multiple storylines, happy ending, breakup, teacher ...
Time: 21st century, 19th century, contemporary
Place: california, england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark, UK, Sweden, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The strange comedy film of two close brothers; one, Wilbur, who wants to kill himself, and the other, Harbour, who tries to prevent this. When their father dies leaving them his bookstore they meet a woman who makes their lives a bit better yet with ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, touching, sexy, macabre ...
Audience: date night
Plot: suicide, suicide attempt, depression, suicidal, love triangle, redemption, death, cancer, fall in love, family relations, hopes, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: glasgow scotland, scotland, ireland, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
Starting Out in the Evening (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Leonard Schiller once counted among New York's Literary lions, but illness and ten years of writers block have lowered his profile, almost to the point of obscurity. When Heather Wolfe, an ambitious literature major, asks to interview him for ...
Style: realistic, touching, intellectual, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, aging, writer's life, friendship, writers, starting over, character study, love and romance, graduation, couples, masseuse, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, new jersey, california, usa, manhattan new york city ...
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17%