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Synecdoche, New York (2008)
 7.6
 87K
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surreal, ambiguous ending, depressing, philosophical, non-linear, stylized, humorous, clever ...
Plot: existentialism, depression, obsession, actor, theater, director, writer's life, writers, self fulfillment, artists and showbiz, suicide, actress, alienation, therapist, schizophrenic, theatre director, fantasy world, magic realism, family relations, psychiatrist, ex couple relations, talented, ambitious, obsessive quest, flirting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany, manhattan new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out thought provoking, cerebral, enigmatic and talky films with plots about dialogue, loneliness, storytelling, existentialism, depression, obsession and relationships mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Synecdoche, New York: Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation. (2002), The Master (2012), Cold Souls (2009), Love Liza (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Spike Jonze’s debut feature film is a love story mix of comedy and fantasy. The story is about an unsuccessful puppeteer named Craig, who one day at work finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich. The portal soon becomes a passion for ...
Style: surreal, offbeat, psychological, twists and turns, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: subconscious, actor, puppeteer, body swapping, sexual identity, mind control, love triangle, psychology, obsession, satire, pet, pets ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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100%
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (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, surreal, semi serious, suspense, tragicomedy ...
Plot: existentialism, midlife crisis, theater, father daughter relationship, dark humor, ambition, actor's life, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, introspection, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 7.7
 185K
Adaptation. (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief'.
Style: mind bending, twists and turns, talky, witty, sincere ...
Plot: writers, twins, writer's block, obsession, satire, siblings relations, thief, weirdo, mentally unstable, filmmaking, lookalikes, talented ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, new york, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 7.2
 162K
The Master (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new "religion" he forms after World ...
Style: stylized, intellectual, atmospheric, art house, psychological ...
Plot: right hand man, drifter, alcoholic, belief, cult leader, psychiatry, guru, religious cult, society, life is a bitch, teaching the ways of the world, wisdom of life ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, post world war two, future ...
Place: usa, phoenix arizona, philadelphia, pennsylvania, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his ...
Style: melancholic, surreal, mind bending, psychological, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, introspection, existentialism, love, couple relations, couples, memory loss, love and romance, power of love, disorder, deja vu, borderline personality disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 10K
Cold Souls (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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, futuristic, stylized ...
Plot: artists and showbiz, life turned upside down, actor's life, self discovery, disorder, lifestyle, hopes, introspection, husband wife relationship, existentialism, soul selling, depression ...
Place: russia, new york, usa, saint petersburg, st. petersburg russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 8K
Love Liza (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, website designer Wilson Joel turns to huffing gasoline fumes and remote control gaming while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law.
Style: emotional, touching, bleak, psychological, meditative ...
Plot: mother-in-law, suicide, drug abuse, addiction, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, disorder, solace, social misfits, family problems, death in the family, nothing goes right ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alabama, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Belly of an Architect (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The American architect Kracklite arrives in Italy, supervising an exhibiton for a French architect, Boullée, famous for his oval structures. Tirelessly dedicated to the project, Kracklite's marriage quickly dissolves along with his health.
Style: grotesque, talky, sexy, sexual, mind bending ...
Plot: infidelity, pregnancy, illness, architecture, architect, stomach, obsession, midlife crisis, human nature, self discovery, celebrity culture, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: rome italy, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.0
 49K
Naked Lunch (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in an Islamic port town in Africa.
Style: psychedelic, disturbing, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: hallucination, murder, exterminator, addiction, drug abuse, seduction, crimes, life is a bitch, strong sexual content, delusion, losing-it hero, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, new york, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Zero Theorem (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Romania, France, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.
Style: surreal, thought provoking, cerebral, semi serious, meditative ...
Plot: loneliness, escape from reality, computers and web, computer system, computer genius, virtual reality, hacker, distopia, computer, uncover truth, future dystopia, society ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 13K
Another Woman (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Marion is a woman who has learned to shield herself from her emotions. She rents an apartment to work undisturbed on her new book, but by some acoustic anomaly she can hear all that is said in the next apartment in which a psychiatrist holds his ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, talky, meditative ...
Plot: midlife crisis, writing, eavesdropping, philosophy, depression, self discovery, human nature, writers, psychiatrist, painting, friendship, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.8
 10K
Morvern Callar (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Morvern Callar wakes on Christmas morning to discover that her troubled boyfriend has committed suicide, leaving behind the unpublished manuscript to his first novel and a sum of money intended to pay for his burial. Instead, Morvern attempts to use ...
Style: psychological, touching, contemplative, serious, sincere ...
Plot: suicide, friendship, supermarket, self discovery, couple relations, friends, couples, twentysomething life, best friend, writers, rave, christmas ...
Time: contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.0
 113K
8½ (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 138 min.
Story: With 8 ½ Frederico Fellini leaves a self-portrait where dreams and reality are a mix. With help from a most excellent cast and unique scenery this self reflecting film is one of his master works.
Style: psychological, art house, surreal, stylized, serious ...
Plot: extramarital affair, midlife crisis, childhood, filmmaking, mistress, adultery, dreams, creator, postmodernism, producer, star, unfulfillment ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 190K
Blue Valentine (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Duration: 112 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, psychological, romantic, thought provoking ...
Audience: date night
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Place: new york, pennsylvania, usa, brooklyn new york city, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.6
 174K
25th Hour (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The filmed adaptation from David Benioff's novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to prison. Anger, blame, frustration, betrayal, guilt and loneliness are ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, psychological, emotional, bleak ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, emotional, semi serious, sincere ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, psychological, serious, melancholic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 7.1
 17K
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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Style: touching, realistic, psychological, sincere, emotional ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.0
 298K
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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Style: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1950s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: meditative, psychological, bleak, realistic, serious ...
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22%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 141 min.
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Style: philosophical, intellectual, surreal, absurd, lyrical ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.3
 1.1M
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, melancholic, sexual, cerebral, cynical ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Country: USA
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Style: banned film, cynical, disturbing, bleak, sexual ...
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Time: 90s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Safety of Objects (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 121 min.
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Style: psychological, serious, emotional, touching, tense ...
Plot: family relations, coma, dysfunctional family, family life, parents and children, couple relations, society, single parent, crumbling marriage, family problems, suburbs, small town ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.8
 1.9M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 139 min.
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Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, mind bending, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, nihilism, self destructing, fighting the system, social decay, insomnia, losing-it hero, dark humor, life philosophy, insanity, loneliness, paranoia ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.9
 3K
Urbania (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Charlie takes an odyssey through grief during a fall weekend in New York City. His encounters are planned and chance: with a homeless man who sleeps by his building, with a friend who's dying, with the couple who lives (and noisily loves) in ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: urban legend, gay, dangerous attraction, haunted by the past, couples, gender, crimes, urban, city life, gay bashing, vengeance, murder ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a voluminous Oral History of the World, a record of 20,000 ...
Style: sentimental, melancholic, intellectual, stylized, enigmatic ...
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, writer's life, buddies, human nature, storytelling, secret, reporter, alone in the world, character study, eccentricity, bum ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.4
 19K
Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: bleak, psychological, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, family gatherings, depression, parents and children, family problems, family tragedy, divorce, sibling rivalry, father daughter relationship, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Jack Goes Boating (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.
Style: semi serious, touching, humorous, emotional, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, romance, lifestyle, looking for love, couple relations, singleness, dishonesty, loneliness, adultery, employer employee relationship, husband wife relationship, love story ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, australia, seattle washington ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%