Movies like Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
 7.7
 598K
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 family prove more difficult than expected.
Style: psychological, surreal, semi serious, suspense, tragicomedy, talky, enigmatic, atmospheric, clever, stylized ...
Plot: existentialism, midlife crisis, theater, father daughter relationship, dark humor, ambition, actor's life, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, introspection, satire, actor, superhero, broadway, hopes, showbiz, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, magic realism, times square manhattan new york city, dialogue, family relations, parents and children, artists and showbiz, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city

Most similar movies to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out clever, semi serious, melancholic and realistic films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, pornography, runaway, greed, loneliness and mentor mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres. Some movies like Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): Synecdoche, New York (2008), Being John Malkovich (1999), The King of Comedy (1982), Fight Club (1999), Carnage (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 ...
Plot: existentialism, depression, obsession, theater, actor, director, writer's life, writers, self fulfillment, artists and showbiz, alienation, actress ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, berlin germany
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90%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The King of Comedy (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.
Style: tragicomedy, cynical, realistic, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: character study, ambition, delusion, obsession, showbiz, dark humor, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, nervous breakdown, mentally unstable, misfit, stalking ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 1.9M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
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 ⇓
43%
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 7.2
 123K
Carnage (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Germany, Poland, Spain, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: After 11-year-old Zachary Cowan strikes his classmate across the face with a stick after an argument, the victim's parents invite Zachary's parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner.
Style: talky, cynical, ironic, biting, twists and turns ...
Plot: dialogue driven, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, dark humor, under the surface, society, husband wife relationship, parenthood, marital problem, marriage, bully ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 59K
The Square (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A satirical drama reflecting our times — about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.
Style: satirical, thought provoking, intellectual, absurd, surreal ...
Plot: theft, shame, art museum, art, society, party, father daughter relationship, altruism, modern art, symbolism, dark humor, ape man ...
Time: 2010s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 757K
Whiplash (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.
Style: motivational, psychological, dramatic, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: follow your dream, obsession, teachers and students, mentor, musician's life, music, desire for fame, jazz, drummer, musician, teaching the ways of the world, music teacher ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.3
 26K
Celebrity (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The career and personal life of writer Lee are at a standstill, so he divorces his bashful wife, Robin, and dives into a new job as an entertainment journalist. His assignments take him to the swankiest corners of Manhattan, but as he jumps from one ...
Style: witty, cynical, stylized, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: filmmaking, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, ambition, showbiz, celebrity culture, lifestyle, spectacle, satire, writing, film within a film, celebrity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, atlantic city new jersey, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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%
 6.6
 13K
The Paper (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Henry Hackett is the editor of a New York City tabloid. He is a workaholic who loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces financial straits, and has hatchetman Alicia Clark, ...
Style: talky, humorous, clever, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, media, columnist, newspaper editor, workaholic, newspaper, workplace, workplace situations, introspection, ambition, relationship vs career, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Stardust Memories (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While attending a retrospect of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.
Style: talky, surreal, humorous, witty, clever ...
Plot: weekend, midlife crisis, lovers reunited, filmmaking, filmmaker, violinist, showbiz, couples, imaginary character, profanity, introspection, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Weather Man (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
Style: realistic, sincere, semi serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, weatherman, midlife crisis, terminal illness, relationship vs career, divorced divorcee, introspection, hopes, unfulfillment, family problems, ex couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.8
 3K
Game 6 (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Game 6 is a 2005 American film directed by Michael Hoffman, first presented at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and released in the United States in 2006. Michael Keaton stars. The film depicts the events of October 25, 1986 in the life of Nicky ...
Style: talky, realistic, psychological, humorous, clever ...
Plot: writer's life, artists and showbiz, rivalry, obsession, career change, lifestyle, nothing goes right, showbiz, parents and children, husband wife relationship, sport, power relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: dysfunctional family, hollywood, aspiring actor, satire, haunted by the past, profanity, mental illness, rehabilitation, obsession, parents and children, desire for fame, actor's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.2
 20K
Meet Bill (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A mild-mannered bank executive (Aaron Eckhart) mentors a teenage con artist and tries to make a career change as a doughnut merchant.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, surreal, clever ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: adultery, high school, marital problem, infidelity, midlife crisis, mentor, unhappy, crumbling marriage, couple relations, introspection, family problems, career change ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After learning that a brain aneurysm will kill him in about 90 minutes, a perpetually unhappy man struggles to come to terms with his fate and make amends with everyone he has ever hurt.
Style: thought provoking, tragicomedy, compassionate, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: terminal illness, doctors, redemption, life is a bitch, parents and children, introspection, chases and races, dark humor, hopes, depression, family, life philosophy ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
What Just Happened (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: During the course of an ordinary week in Hollywood, movie producer Ben (Robert De Niro) must navigate his way through shark-infested waters as he struggles to complete his latest projects. A demanding studio boss (Catherine Keener) demands extensive ...
Style: witty, realistic, humorous, melancholic, stylized ...
Plot: movie business, hollywood, filmmaking, showbiz, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right, midlife crisis, workplace, disagreement, workplace situations, satire, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, cannes, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 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 ⇓
20%
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Death to Smoochy (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Tells the story of Rainbow Randolph, the corrupt, costumed star of a popular children's TV show, who is fired over a bribery scandal and replaced by squeaky-clean Smoochy, a puffy fuscia rhinoceros. As Smoochy catapults to fame - scoring hit ...
Style: humorous, surreal, realistic, cynical, stylized ...
Plot: showbiz, tv show, artists and showbiz, performer's life, rivalry, vengeance, satire, delusion, disorder, nothing goes right, success, television ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city, salt lake city utah, coney island brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.9
 33K
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Style: suspense, humorous, cynical, depressing, witty ...
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, teenage life, eccentric family, family problems, addiction, life is a bitch, fall in love, falling in love, coming of age, parents and children, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, chicago illinois, new jersey, manhattan new york city, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 5.3
 16K
Are You Here (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When Steve Dallas, a womanizing local weatherman, hears that his off-the-grid best friend Ben Baker has lost his estranged father, the two return to Ben's childhood home. Once there, they discover Ben has inherited the family fortune, and the ...
Style: humorous, light, funny, intense, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: inheritance, friendship, family relations, homecoming, family, friends, childhood friend, childhood friends, womanizer, weatherman, existentialism, family drama ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 80s
Place: usa, maryland, virginia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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 ⇓
19%
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 ...
Style: sincere, melancholic, entertaining, absurd, talky ...
Plot: theater, performance, artists and showbiz, family problems, human nature, loneliness, rehearsal, family relations, longing, reenactment, life philosophy, relationships ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, turn of the century, 19th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, st. petersburg russia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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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, stylized, cynical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: eccentric family, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, redemption, eccentricity, depression, reconciliation, divorce, nervous breakdown, ex couple relations, parents and children, family conflict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 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 ⇓
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, semi serious, realistic, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: midlife crisis, single parent, dog, family life, parents and children, introspection, couple relations, couples, family problems, family relations, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Lisa Picard Is Famous (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A documentarian decides to follow the career of New York actress Lisa Picard, believing she is on the brink of fame. Instead, he bears witness to Lisa's continued, humorous, struggles as an actress, as well as the conflict that arises when ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: satire, rise to the top, ambition, desire for fame, workplace romance, workplace situations, filmmaking, workplace, rising to stardom, lifestyle, actor's life, best friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 5.6
 5K
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, realistic, witty, humorous, neurotic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: hollywood, nightclub, infidelity, friendship, showbiz, artists and showbiz, actor's life, love and romance, lifestyle, couple relations, erection, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 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 ⇓
18%
Margot at the Wedding (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 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, semi serious, humorous, tragicomedy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, sister sister relationship, confession, jealousy, secret, family problems, family life, family gatherings, human nature, siblings relations, wedding preparations and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, long island, vermont, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%