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Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
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Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An uninterrupted rehersal of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" played out by a company of actors. The setting is their run down theater with an unusable stage and crumbling ceiling. The play is shown act by act with the briefest of breaks to move props or for refreshments. The lack of costumes, real props and scenery is soon forgotten.
Style: sincere, melancholic, entertaining, absurd, talky, stylized, clever, offbeat, realistic, experimental ...
Plot: theater, performance, artists and showbiz, family problems, human nature, loneliness, reenactment, family relations, rehearsal, longing, life philosophy, relationships, character study, existentialism, couple relations, performer's life, parents and children, love and romance, couples, family gatherings, actor's life, siblings relations, showbiz, family in crisis, bittersweet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, turn of the century, 19th century
Place: new york, usa, st. petersburg russia, manhattan new york city, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, talky, melancholic and clever films with plots about dialogue, catastrophe, storytelling, mentor, relationships, couples and love and romance mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Vanya on 42nd Street: Husbands and Wives (1992), Dinner with Friends (2001), My Dinner with Andre (1981), Plaza Suite (1971), The Goodbye Girl (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When Jack and Sally announce that they're splitting up, this comes as a shock to their best friends Gabe and Judy. Maybe mostly because they also are drifting apart and are now being made aware of it. So while Jack and Sally try to go on and ...
Style: talky, realistic, sincere, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, breakup, friendship, dishonesty, family problems, teacher student relationship, friends, romance, couple relations, fall in love, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Dinner with Friends (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A husband and wife reevaluate their marriage after their closest friends, another couple decide to split up after twelve years.
Style: talky, sincere, realistic, witty, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family problems, introspection, relationships, infidelity, crumbling marriage, love and romance, midlife crisis, dinner, starting over, honest, betrayal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: new york, usa, connecticut, new jersey, california ...
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My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant.
Style: talky, thought provoking, clever, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: restaurant, hopes, storytelling, starting over, introspection, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, buddies, writer's life, friends, haunted by the past, conversation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, sahara ...
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Plaza Suite (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Film version of the Neil Simon play has three separate acts set in the same hotel suite in New York's Plaza Hotel with Walter Matthau in a triple role. In the first, Karen Nash tries to get her inattentive husband Sam's attention to spruce ...
Style: witty, clever, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: hotel, wedding, luxury hotel, multiple storylines, infidelity, couple relations, love triangle, midlife crisis, family problems, anniversary, family relations, honeymoon ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Goodbye Girl (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Paula McFadden knows: In romance, actors all follow the same stage instruction: Exit. Without warning, her actor boyfriend split today for a movie role and sublet their Manhattan apartment. The new tenant's name: Elliot Garfield. Profession: ...
Style: feel good, witty, sentimental, touching, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: single parent, opposites attract, self discovery, showbiz, apartment, aspiring actor, single mother, romance, urban, parents and children, dumped, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: touching, humorous, talky, witty, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dark humor, ego clash, love and romance, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, unfulfillment, couples, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, eccentric family, relationship vs career ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Filmed entirely on location in East Hampton, Long Island, "Last Summer in the Hamptons" concerns a large theatrical family spending the last weekend of their summer together at the decades-old family retreat which economic circumstances ...
Style: talky, clever, realistic, semi serious, contemplative ...
Plot: death in the family, dysfunctional family, on the run, religions or cults, family problems, couples, estate, family relations, writer's life, elderly, elderly lovers, reunion ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, long island, california
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Illuminata (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, USA, Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: It's the start of the 20th century, and Tuccio, resident playwright of a theatre repertory company offers the owners of the company his new play, "Illuminata". They reject it, saying it's not finished, and intrigue starts that ...
Style: melancholic, stylized, artsy, intellectual, witty ...
Plot: farce, actor's life, love and romance, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, theater, sex scene, playwright, critic, existentialism, transvestism, writer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 19th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
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New York Stories (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Three stories happening in New York. The first, by Scorsese, is about a painter who creates his works helped by high volume music and an attractive assistant; second, by Coppola, is about a rich and bold 12 years old who helps her separated parents ...
Style: talky, realistic, semi serious, witty, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: young heroes, artist, art, obsession, family relations, jealousy, hotel, youth, parents and children, city life, gallery, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, athens greece, manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Playing by Heart (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A. Paul produces Hannah's TV cooking show. Mark is dying of AIDS. Men have scalded Meredith so she rebuffs Trent's charm, but he persists. The trendy, prolix Joan tries to ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, talky, realistic ...
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Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, chicago illinois, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a New England dysfunctional family gathers for Thanksgiving, past demons reveal themselves as one son returns for the first time in three years.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, intense, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, thanksgiving, reunion, human nature, crumbling marriage, eccentric family, dealing with death, estrangement, siblings relations, parents and children, family life, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new england, usa, maine, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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August (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Set in 1890s North Wales over a long, hot August weekend, the Victorian calm of a household is suddenly upset with the arrival of a London couple who impose their city ways and thoughts on the more rurally based family. An adaptation of Anton ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, self discovery, friendship, love triangle, family problems, siblings relations, fall in love, romance, love and romance, midlife crisis, unsupportive spouse, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1890s, future
Place: wales, england, europe, scotland, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
California Suite (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Style: talky, witty, clever, humorous, captivating ...
Plot: hotel, multiple storylines, womanizer, tennis, custody, friendship, romance, gays and lesbians, dishonesty, lifestyle, love and romance, love affair ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Mickey, a free-spirited New York cabbie, and Francis, a materialistic Wall Street stockbroker, are extremely competitive and confused about women as a result of their father's influence. Though they disagree about everything, they have one ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sincere, talky, melancholic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, clever, talky, semi serious ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Starting Out in the Evening (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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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, sincere ...
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Metropolitan (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A sparkling comedic chronicle of a middle-class young man’s romantic misadventures among New York City’s debutante society. Stillman’s deft, literate dialogue and hilariously highbrow observations earned this debut film an Academy Award ...
Style: talky, intellectual, witty, clever, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Being Julia (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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Duration: 104 min.
Story: Julia Lambert is a true diva: beautiful, talented, weathly and famous. She has it all - including a devoted husband who has mastermined her brilliant career - but after years of shining in the spotlight she begins to suffer from a severe case of ...
Style: stylized, entertaining, emotional, touching, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: midlife crisis, older woman younger man relationship, theater, actor's life, romance, hallucination, infidelity, adaptation, loneliness, complex characters, mental illness, vengeance ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1938, 1950s ...
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Style: surreal, humorous, clever, realistic, semi serious ...
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68%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
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66%
Conversations with Other Women (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 84 min.
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Style: sexy, sincere, humorous, touching, melancholic ...
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Home for the Holidays (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, witty, intense ...
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Heights (2005)
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Duration: 98 min.
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Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
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