Movies like The Truman Show

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The Truman Show (1998)
 8.1
 982K
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 consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows -- including his wife and his best friend -- is really an actor, paid to be part of his life.
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, interesting, touching, surreal, psychological, motivational, clever, cerebral, dramatic ...
Plot: self discovery, freedom, deception, fictional reality, fictional reality show, manipulations, hidden camera, voyeurism, loneliness, suspicion, dishonesty, suburban life, alternate reality, god complex, showbiz, paranoia, island, tv show, film within a film, deja vu, marriage, video surveillance, television producer, satire, innocence lost ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future, 1990s
Place: usa, florida

Most similar movies to The Truman Show

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out clever, interesting, thought provoking and realistic films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, life philosophy, mentor, loneliness, runaway and redemption mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like The Truman Show: Pleasantville (1998), Stranger Than Fiction (2006), Edtv (1999), Dead Poets Society (1989), Black Mirror (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 124K
Pleasantville (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville," and find a world where everything is peachy keen all the time. But when Jennifer's ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, light, talky ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen comedy
Plot: alternate reality, parallel world, utopia, coming of age, time travel, small town life, small town, old love, fish out of water, siblings relations, adolescence, family relations ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s ...
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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 ...
Style: surreal, humorous, witty, talky, offbeat ...
Plot: destiny, death, professor, dying, writer's life, publisher, human nature, paranoia, literature, self discovery, life turned upside down, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 6.1
 42K
Edtv (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Video store clerk Ed agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a tv network.
Style: humorous, semi serious, satirical, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: fictional reality show, audition, fish out of water, human nature, tv show, misfit, love and romance, showbiz, satire, romantic rivalry, media, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, uplifting, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, literature, teacher, poetry, boarding school life, coming of age, poet, dedicated educator, suicide, philosophy, student, private school ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Movie in collections
 8.8
 469K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.  Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to ...
Style: thought provoking, twists and turns, philosophical, serious, stylized ...
Plot: alternate reality, computers and web, social decay, distopia, society, technology, human nature, dark humor, satire, media satire, gadget, chaos ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 7.4
 425K
The Terminal (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Viktor Navorski is a man without a country; his plane took off just as a coup d'etat exploded in his homeland, leaving it in shambles, and now he's stranded at Kennedy Airport, where he's holding a passport that nobody recognizes. ...
Style: touching, sincere, motivational, interesting, humorous ...
Plot: airport, loneliness, immigrants, passenger, culture clash, happy ending, fall in love, life philosophy, misfit, stranded, nothing goes right, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, eastern europe, canada, romania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 ⇓
50%
10 Items or Less (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An actor who is considering the role of a supermarket manager arrives at a grocery store on the outskirts of Los Angeles to do some field research. He subsequently becomes stranded, without a car or cell phone, and accepts a ride home with Scarlet, ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: self discovery, friendship, introspection, research, movie star, job interview, on the road, friends, celebrity culture, actor's life, stranger, shopping ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: filmmaker, film within a film, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right, friends, actor's life, lifestyle, satire, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dwarf, actor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, self esteem, writer's life, lifestyle, crumbling marriage, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, psychological, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, unlikely couple, older man younger woman relationship, actor, couple relations, friendship, dull life, housewife, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Slaves of New York (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Meet the denizens of New York City: artists, prostitutes, saints, and seers. All are aspiring toward either fame or oblivion, and hoping for love and acceptance. Instead they find high rents, faithless partners, and dead-end careers.
Style: sentimental, humorous, ironic, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, couples, lifestyle, society, ambition, love, adaptation, loneliness, bittersweet, stash, performer's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.0
 69K
Being There (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television.
Style: witty, thought provoking, semi serious, realistic, political ...
Plot: comedy of errors, politics, president, lawyer, white house, innocence, secret service, businessman, fish out of water, satire, professor, stupidity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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 ⇓
24%
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, philosophical, thought provoking, captivating ...
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: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 37K
The Savages (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 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: midlife crisis, professor, 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%
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, couple relations, love and romance, unlikely couple, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, family problems, addiction, unfulfillment, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, michigan, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Kitchen Stories (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Norway, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Swedish efficiency researchers come to Norway for a study of Norwegian men, to optimize their use of their kitchen. Folke Nilsson (Tomas Norström) is assigned to study the habits of Isak Bjørvik (Joachim Calmeyer). By the rules of the research ...
Style: humorous, witty, twists and turns, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: friendship, research, surveillance, cooking, regret, friends, dishonesty, human nature, satire, scientist, husband wife relationship, human animal relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1940s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: norway, europe, scandinavia, finland, sweden ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 21K
State and Main (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Hollywood Film unit invades a small Vermont town leading to wholesale abandonment of values and virtue. A smart, warm and funny movie - and not just for movie buffs. Tagline: When a film crew came to Waterford, Vermont - They Shot First And Asked ...
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, feel good, funny ...
Audience: date night
Plot: film within a film, small town, amateur theater, filmmaking, love and romance, lifestyle, americana, small town life, movie business, disorder, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, vermont, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.8
 9K
Mumford (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the small town of Mumford, a psychologist of the same name moves in and quickly becomes very popular, despite a questionable past.
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: small town, therapy, psychologist, fall in love, romance, hidden identity, starting over, mysterious character, power relations, small town life, depression, mental illness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: west virginia, phoenix arizona, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.1
 16K
Trees Lounge (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tommy has lost his job, his love and his life. He lives in a small apartment above the Trees Lounge, a bar which he frequents along with a few other regulars without lives. He gets a job driving an ice cream truck and ends up getting involved with ...
Style: talky, gloomy, contemplative, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, drinking, drinking alcohol, bar, ice cream truck, alcohol, small town, unemployment, down on your luck, self discovery, human nature, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.7
 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: cynical, humorous, semi serious, realistic, witty ...
Plot: satire, dark humor, society, crumbling marriage, self discovery, filmmaking, starting over, love and romance, lifestyle, rise and fall, family problems, breakup ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Paper Chase (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A first-year law student struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of a stern professor.
Style: captivating, uplifting, serious, feel good, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: college, law student, student life, college life, youth, contests and competitions, hopes, instructor, human nature, self discovery, fall in love, male friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: harvard university, usa, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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My Favorite Year (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Benjy Stone is the junior writer on the top rated variety/comedy show, in the mid 50s (the early years). Alan Swann, an Erol Flynn type actor with a drinking problem is to be that weeks guest star.
Style: witty, humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: farce, comeback, profanity, odd couple, fish out of water, showbiz, friendship, actor, live broadcast, alcohol abuse, satire, rehearsal ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1954
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city, new york, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.1
 60K
S1m0ne (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The career of a disillusioned producer, who is desperate for a hit, is endangered when his star walks off the film set. Forced to think fast, the producer decides to digitally create an actress "Simone" to sub for the star — the first ...
Style: suspense, humorous, satirical, thought provoking, entertaining ...
Plot: hollywood, artists and showbiz, rise to the top, showbiz, dishonesty, paparazzi, ambition, film within a film, satire, cheating, virtual reality, starlet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, los angeles, taj mahal
⇓ similarity ⇓
12%
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 ⇓
23%
 5.6
 2K
All the Rage (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A rich cross-section of urban USA find their lives changed when their fates collide at gunpoint.
Style: clever, intense, melancholic, satirical, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, crimes of passion, family problems, society, crumbling marriage, multiple storylines, geek, family drama, prejudice, weapons, mental illness, loneliness ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.8
 4K
Funny Bones (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Tommy Fawkes wants to be a successful comedian but his Las Vegas debut is a failure. He goes back to Blackpool, UK, where his father, also a comedian started and where he spent the summers of his childhood. He starts to search for a partner, a comic ...
Style: humorous, touching, surreal, entertaining, clever ...
Plot: comedian, self discovery, friendship, actor's life, introspection, parents and children, haunted by the past, father son relationship, eccentricity, farce, creativity, dark humor ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: england, las vegas, europe, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.4
 39K
The Joneses (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A seemingly perfect family moves into a suburban neighborhood, but when it comes to the truth as to why they're living there, they don't exactly come clean with their neighbors.
Style: cynical, realistic, semi serious, satirical, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: materialism, advertising, envy, double life, gadget, false identity, pretense, gain trust, dishonesty, lifestyle, hidden identity, suburban life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.4
 31K
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: feel good, semi serious, humorous, emotional, witty ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, audition, deception, warden, stripper, eccentric family, family life, family problems, nothing goes right, teenage boy, neighbor, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%