Movies like The Truman Show

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The Truman Show (1998)
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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 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, surreal, touching, psychological, clever, cerebral, reflective, dramatic, motivational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: freedom, self discovery, fictional reality show, hidden camera, video surveillance, small town, deception, paranoia, alternate reality, fictional reality, loneliness, morality, voyeurism, god complex, tv show, utopia, dishonesty, creator creation relationship, island, distopia, suburban life, brainwashing, pretense, privacy invasion, television ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future, 1990s
Place: florida, usa

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Most similar movies to The Truman Show

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out thought provoking, clever, semi serious and humorous films with plots about storytelling, life philosophy, dialogue, mentor, redemption, loneliness and existentialism mostly in Drama, Comedy and Sci-Fi genres. Some movies like The Truman Show: Stranger Than Fiction (2006), Pleasantville (1998), Edtv (1999), Groundhog Day (1993), Black Mirror (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, philosophical, humorous, witty, talky ...
Plot: literature, death, love, destiny, writer's life, human nature, novelist, publisher, writers, professor, paranoia, dying ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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95%
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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, feel good, surreal, light ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen drama
Plot: time travel, alternate reality, small town, coming of age, parallel world, utopia, small town life, symbolism, satire, parallel universe, fantasy world, fish out of water ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 90s, future
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 6.1
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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, witty, light, satirical, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: fictional reality show, television, satire, fish out of water, audition, reality, happy ending, life philosophy, misfit, tv show, human nature, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 8.1
 622K
Groundhog Day (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.
Style: feel good, philosophical, humorous, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, kids, teens
Plot: time loop, small town, time travel, life philosophy, existentialism, time warp, repeated event, romance, alternate reality, idealism, nothing goes right, road not taken ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
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: philosophical, thought provoking, twists and turns, serious, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alternate reality, human nature, distopia, computers and web, social decay, society, satire, dark humor, media satire, technology, media, technology gone awry ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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: psychological, surreal, mind bending, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: love, memory, surrealism, memory loss, amnesia, introspection, couple relations, existentialism, borderline personality disorder, loneliness, love story, love and romance ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.4
 453K
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: sincere, motivational, touching, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: date night
Plot: airport, loneliness, culture clash, immigrants, happy ending, passenger, stranded, fish out of water, nothing goes right, misfit, life philosophy, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, eastern europe, romania, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, sentimental, uplifting, intellectual, emotional ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teacher, suicide, coming of age, literature, poetry, poet, teachers and students, philosophy, youth, boarding school life, dedicated educator, professor ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, psychological, mind bending, cerebral, twists and turns ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: subconscious, puppeteer, body swapping, psychology, lesbian, surrealism, portal, mind control, manipulation, actor, obsession, puppet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york, manhattan new york city, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 200K
Brazil (1985)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent ...
Style: surreal, disturbing, psychological, cerebral, thought provoking ...
Plot: distopia, fighting the system, surveillance, cyberpunk, surrealism, christmas, dark humor, dystopic future, mistaken identity, bureaucracy, steampunk, dream ...
Time: future, year 1984
Place: england, brazil, london, britain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.7
 77K
Maniac (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 386 min.
TV show
Story: Two strangers find themselves caught up in a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial gone awry.
Style: psychological, satirical, philosophical, twists and turns, futuristic ...
Plot: surrealism, schizophrenia, computer, trippy, distopia, psychiatric patient, medical experiment, experimental drug, alternative medicine, pills, social decay, society ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 61K
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: entertaining, suspense, humorous, satirical, thought provoking ...
Plot: cyberpunk, hollywood, artists and showbiz, rise to the top, dishonesty, showbiz, ambition, obsession, computer, satire, virtual reality, creativity ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, taj mahal
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
 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, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: small town, depression, therapy, psychologist, starting over, mental illness, friendship, psychology, life philosophy, character study, loneliness, happy ending ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: china, phoenix arizona, west virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, thought provoking, art house, visually appealing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, drugs, drug addiction, addiction, small town, self discovery, older man younger woman relationship, alcoholic, sarcasm, dark hero, stereotypes, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, funny, atmospheric, talky ...
Plot: filmmaking, actor, character study, nothing goes right, artists and showbiz, friends, actor's life, lifestyle, satire, filmmaker, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dark humor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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: satirical, disturbing, meditative, melancholic, cynical ...
Plot: dark humor, suicide, satire, adaptation, crumbling marriage, society, filmmaking, self discovery, lifestyle, starting over, rise and fall, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Monster in a Box (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: This is the story of Spalding Gray and his attempt to write a novel. It is a first person account about writing and living, and dealing with success while trying to be successful.
Style: witty, clever, talky, twists and turns, thought provoking ...
Plot: catastrophe, life & death, greed, drugs, genetics, dark hero, dark humor, sexualized violence, psychiatry, melancholy, obsession, runaway ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.7
 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: surreal, humorous, touching, clever, entertaining ...
Plot: eccentricity, comedian, farce, creativity, self discovery, friendship, actor's life, parents and children, introspection, haunted by the past, father son relationship, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: england, las vegas, london, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.
Style: cynical, thought provoking, talky, witty, humorous ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, murder, mistress, crimes, justice, guilt, loveless marriage, blackmail, couple relations, moral dilemma, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.
Style: humorous, melancholic, mumblecore, twists and turns, touching ...
Plot: slacker, destiny, existentialism, loneliness, midlife crisis, everyday life, loser, naivete, parents and children, character change, immature, brothers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, california, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
God Said, 'Ha!' (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Julia Sweeney tells the viewers the monologue about the hard time in her life when her brother fought with cancer and she was also diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Style: talky, witty, humorous, touching, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dark humor, cancer, depression, death, destiny, catastrophe, culture clash, vengeance, brutality, childhood, loneliness, parenthood ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, tokyo, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.1
 9K
The Details (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When a family of raccoons discover worms living underneath the sod in Jeff and Nealy's backyard, this pest problem begins a darkly comic and wild chain reaction of domestic tension, infidelity and murder.
Style: semi serious, cynical, humorous, funny, realistic
Plot: infidelity, murder, raccoon, lifestyle, family problems, life turned upside down, dishonesty, society, crumbling marriage, couples, under the surface, dark humor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.6
 12K
Bamboozled (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: TV producer Pierre Delacroix (Damon Wayans) becomes frustrated when network brass reject his sitcom idea. Hoping to get fired, Delacroix pitches the worst idea he can think of: a minstrel show. The network not only airs it, but it incredibly becomes ...
Style: thought provoking, humorous, semi serious, witty, dark ...
Plot: racism, rise and fall, overnight success, hip hop, society, media satire, showbiz, tv show, artists and showbiz, civil rights, gangsters, satire ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, alabama, iowa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 15K
Holy Smoke (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire PJ Waters, a macho cult de-programmer who confronts Ruth in a remote desert ...
Style: sexy, psychological, erotic, disturbing, satirical ...
Plot: adultery, nudity (full frontal - brief), religion, guru, cult, battle of the sexes, tourist, jealousy, dangerous attraction, self discovery, strong sexual content, female nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: india, australia, asia, sydney australia, delhi
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Nick Naylor is a charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who'll fight to protect America's right to smoke -- even if it kills him -- while still remaining a role model for his 12-year old son. When he incurs the wrath of a senator bent on ...
Style: witty, humorous, political, cynical, funny ...
Plot: business, lobbyist, marketing, advertising, satire, tobacco, social satire, reporter, lung cancer, capitalism, morality, journalism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., vermont, california, usa, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Dream with the Fishes (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A suicidal man who can't kill himself agrees to finance his terminally ill neighbor's bucket list of fantasies if, at the end, the neighbor will kill him.
Style: dramatic, sad, cerebral, thought provoking, feel good ...
Plot: terminal illness, drug addiction, fish, death, drugs, hospital, bowling, suicide, life, first contact, fantasy world, existentialism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.8
 14K
Stroszek (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Bruno Stroszek is released from prison and warned to stop drinking. He has few skills and fewer expectations: with a glockenspiel and an accordion, he ekes out a living as a street musician. He befriends Eva, a prostitute down on her luck and they ...
Style: surreal, road movie, sexy, cerebral, thought provoking ...
Plot: surrealism, immigrants, german, on the road, pimp, bittersweet, american dream, self discovery, culture clash, art, simple man, chicken ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: wisconsin, canada, berlin germany, germany, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Box of Moon Light (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Al Fountain, a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides to take his time coming home from a business trip, rents a car, and heads out looking for a lake he remembers from his childhood. But his wandering ...
Style: thought provoking, road movie, scenic, humorous, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: midlife crisis, friendship, free spirit, vandalism, life, stranger, nudity (full frontal - brief), male nudity, friends, unfulfillment, introspection, loneliness ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, tennessee, california, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.4
 18K
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, philosophical, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: philosophy, farce, manners, fish out of water, human nature, fall in love, culture clash, hypocrisy, disorder, misfit, odd couple, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.5
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Terri (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Terri, a pajama-clad, disaffected high school student learns how to engage the world with the help of Mr. Fitzgerald, his assistant principal.
Style: melancholic, compassionate, depressing, sexy, clever ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: friendship, high school, coming of age, small town, school, mentor, bullying, loneliness, existentialism, teenage life, character study, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%