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Synecdoche, New York (2008)
 7.6
 78K
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Genre: Comedy, 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: surreal, psychological, twists and turns, ambiguous ending, depressing, non-linear, humorous, clever, offbeat, semi serious ...
Plot: existentialism, depression, obsession, actor, theater, director, writer's life, writers, self fulfillment, suicide, actress, alienation, therapist, schizophrenic, fantasy world, theatre director, family relations, psychiatrist, ex couple relations, talented, ambitious, obsessive quest, flirting, artists and showbiz, family problems ...
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 clever, talky, melancholic and thought provoking films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, relationships, weird, loneliness, pornography and writers mostly in Comedy, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Synecdoche, New York: Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation. (2002), Birdman or (2014), The Savages (2007), Happiness (1998). 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: offbeat, surreal, psychological, twists and turns, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: subconscious, actor, puppeteer, mind control, sexual identity, love triangle, psychology, obsession, satire, body swapping, pets, pet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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100%
 7.7
 172K
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, writer's block, twins, obsession, mentally unstable, filmmaking, writer's life, odd, family relations, artists and showbiz, uptight character, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, new york, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.7
 558K
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, psychological, surreal, semi serious, suspense ...
Plot: midlife crisis, theater, actor's life, father daughter relationship, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, satire, actor, superhero, existentialism, broadway ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.1
 35K
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: sentimental, realistic, sincere, humorous, emotional ...
Plot: professor, midlife crisis, depression, family relations, family, mental illness, neighbor, dying, nursing, parents and children, siblings relations, responsibility ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: arizona, new york, usa, poland, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 7.7
 65K
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: banned film, cynical, dark humor, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: pedophilia, rape, unhappiness, loneliness, sibling relationship, therapist, divorce, marriage, depression, obsession, dysfunctional family, child abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, homecoming, dysfunctional family, family problems, love and romance, artists and showbiz, unlikely couple, couple relations, lifestyle, addiction, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, michigan, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.0
 7K
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, death in the family, family problems, nothing goes right ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, alabama, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.4
 17K
Human Nature (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A philosophical burlesque, Human Nature follows the ups and downs of an obsessive scientist, a female naturalist, and the man they discover, born and raised in the wild. As scientist Nathan trains the wild man, Puff, in the ways of the world - ...
Style: surreal, humorous, witty, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: manners, farce, fish out of water, human nature, philosophy, disorder, culture clash, hypocrisy, odd couple, misfit, society, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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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, depressing, absurd, humorous ...
Plot: divorce, writers, self fulfillment, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, writer's life, parents and children, crumbling marriage, self esteem, understanding, teenage life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.4
 9K
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, psychological ...
Plot: artists and showbiz, life turned upside down, actor's life, self discovery, hopes, disorder, husband wife relationship, existentialism, depression, loneliness, body swapping, art ...
Place: russia, new york, usa, st. petersburg russia, saint petersburg ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Door in the Floor (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Alternately tragic and comic, an exploration of the complexities of love in both its brightest and darkest corners. Adapted from John Irving's best-selling novel A Widow for One Year, the film is set in the privileged beach community of East ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, melancholic, gloomy ...
Plot: infidelity, writer's life, older woman younger man relationship, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, family problems, estrangement, crumbling marriage, coping, loss of son, loss of child, writers ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.9
 31K
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Style: humorous, suspense, dark humor, cynical, depressing ...
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, teenage life, family problems, eccentric family, addiction, life is a bitch, fall in love, falling in love, coming of age, parents and children, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, chicago illinois, new york, connecticut, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.
Style: talky, humorous, witty, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: thanksgiving, artist, infidelity, family relations, audition, hypochondriac, human nature, couples, family problems, romance, introspection, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, redemption, eccentric family, depression, reconciliation, divorce, nervous breakdown, parents and children, ex couple relations, family conflict, uptight character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
She's Funny That Way (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: On the set of a playwright's new project, a love triangle forms between his wife, her ex-lover, and the call girl-turned-actress cast in the production.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, light, funny ...
Plot: infidelity, artists and showbiz, aspiring actor, actor's life, love and romance, romance, fall in love, love affair, adultery, father son relationship, multiple storylines, prostitute ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 1930s, 80s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, sister sister relationship, confession, secret, jealousy, family gatherings, family life, family problems, couples, siblings relations, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, long island, vermont, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Maps to the Stars (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, Germany, France, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Driven by an intense need for fame and validation, members of a dysfunctional Hollywood family are chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
Style: disturbing, semi serious, realistic, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: hollywood, dysfunctional family, aspiring actor, satire, haunted by the past, mental illness, rehabilitation, therapy, obsession, parents and children, desire for fame, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Take This Waltz (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, Spain, Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Twenty-eight-year-old Margot is happily married to Lou, a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel, a handsome artist who lives across the street, their mutual attraction is undeniable.
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, emotional, sexy ...
Plot: love triangle, marital problem, infidelity, adultery, husband wife estrangement, romance, fall in love, lifestyle, crumbling marriage, artist, neighbor, sex talk ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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Life During Wartime (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in an almost war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos. Follows Solondz's film Happiness (1998).
Style: disturbing, psychological, melancholic, talky, dark humor ...
Plot: pedophile, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, haunted by the past, loneliness, character study, secret, mother son relationship, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: florida, usa, miami, new jersey, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.7
 109K
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: twists and turns, dark humor, atmospheric, psychological, surreal ...
Plot: neo noir, neighbor, hotel, murder, hollywood, showbiz, screenwriter, new job, serial killer, writers, stranger, crimes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.6
 11K
Please Give (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns.
Style: humorous, sincere, melancholic, depressing, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: infidelity, midlife crisis, human nature, parents and children, homeless, teenage life, mother daughter relationship, cancer, suicide, meaning of life, neighbor, apartment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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, nothing goes right, artists and showbiz, actor's life, lifestyle, friends, satire, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dwarf, actor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.5
 5K
Chuck & Buck (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Buck is a man-child who has lived his existence in a life of kindergarten collages and lollipops. Buck remembers his old childhood friend Chuck, with whom he feels a need to reconnect with after having invited him to his mother's funeral. Buck ...
Style: psychological, dark humor, humorous, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, stalking, friendship, childhood friend, gay, reunion, danger, dysfunctional character, mentally unstable, unrequited love, man child, love triangle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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 5.7
 4K
Ellie Parker (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ellie Parker, an aspiring actress from Australia, lives a hectic Hollywood lifestyle, perpetually trying to land the role that will elevate her career. Living with her lothario musician boyfriend, Justin, Ellie is far from happy, finding support ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, witty, realistic, neurotic ...
Audience: date night
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Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.7
 18K
Shrink (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: suicide, therapist, haunted by the past, psychiatrist, widower, hollywood, doctors and patients, power relations, drugs/alcohol, introspection, human nature, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.0
 85K
Demolition (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An emotionally desperate investment banker finds hope through a woman he meets in Chicago.
Style: melancholic, psychological, emotional, philosophical, reflective ...
Plot: death of wife, car accident, father in law son in law relationship, destruction, correspondence, hospital, death, depression, existentialism, gay bashing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and the greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of fame, fortune and popularity, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there.
Style: clever, melancholic, depressing, philosophical, dark humor ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teacher, loss of child, parents and children, moral dilemma, writers, grief, teenage boy, masturbation, fake suicide, loneliness, life & death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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: humorous, touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: midlife crisis, single parent, dog, introspection, parents and children, couple relations, family life, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, infidelity, love and romance, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 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: stylized, talky, humorous, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: poet, family relations, money, fame, politics, bittersweet, suburbs, writer's life, murder, love and romance, life is a bitch, suburban life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new jersey, stockholm sweden, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.6
 18K
Paper Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his ...
Style: psychological, touching, humorous, tricky, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, imaginary friend, writers, midlife crisis, coming of age, imaginary character, teenage life, down on your luck, superhero, small town, party, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, long island, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
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