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Birdman or (2014)
 7.7
 528K
Birdman or (2014)
Original name: Birdman
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: dark humor, psychological, surreal, talky, enigmatic, clever, stylized, humorous, offbeat, biting ...
Plot: midlife crisis, actor's life, theater, father daughter relationship, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, actor, superhero, existentialism, ambition, showbiz, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, split personality, dialogue, broadway, family relations, parents and children, hopes, artists and showbiz, dysfunctional family, rise and fall, family problems, introspection, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out semi serious, melancholic, realistic and humorous films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, pornography, runaway, loneliness, brutality and mentor mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres. Some movies like Birdman or: Living in Oblivion (1995), The King of Comedy (1982), Carnage (2011), Synecdoche, New York (2008), Being John Malkovich (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right, friends, actor's life, lifestyle, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, film within a film, dwarf, actor, character study ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, dark humor, cynical, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: ambition, obsession, desire for fame, delusion, character study, artists and showbiz, mentally unstable, nervous breakdown, misfit, showbiz, crimes, dysfunctional character ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 113K
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, dark humor, cynical, ironic, satirical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, dialogue driven, marital problem, under the surface, unsupportive spouse, husband wife relationship, parenthood, marriage, bully, battle of the sexes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 ...
Plot: existentialism, depression, obsession, actor, director, writer's life, theater, self fulfillment, actress, suicide, alienation, therapist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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: offbeat, surreal, psychological, talky, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mind control, actor, puppeteer, sexual identity, psychology, obsession, subconscious, love triangle, pet, manipulation, lesbian, immortality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, haunted by the past, mental illness, aspiring actor, therapy, hollywood, obsession, family problems, parents and children, desire for fame, actor's life, rehabilitation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.3
 23K
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, ambition, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, showbiz, lifestyle, spectacle, writing, greed, loneliness, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, atlantic city new jersey, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, dark humor, cynical, depressing, witty ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, teenage life, eccentric family, family problems, addiction, life is a bitch, falling in love, coming of age, parents and children, terminal illness, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, california, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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, sentimental, semi serious, emotional ...
Plot: midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, weatherman, relationship vs career, introspection, hopes, divorced divorcee, ex couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.8
 2K
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, psychological, realistic, humorous, biting ...
Plot: career change, writer's life, artists and showbiz, obsession, rivalry, sport, nothing goes right, parents and children, lifestyle, showbiz, husband wife relationship, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: homecoming, dysfunctional family, couple relations, unlikely couple, artists and showbiz, love and romance, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, addiction, unfulfillment, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, michigan, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, ex couple relations, parents and children, family conflict, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.6
 12K
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, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, columnist, media, newspaper editor, workaholic, newspaper, workplace, ambition, introspection, relationship vs career, workplace situations, photojournalist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.3
 14K
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, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, inheritance, family relations, homecoming, family, childhood friends, womanizer, weatherman, existentialism, friend, family drama, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.8
 1.7M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
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: surprise ending, mind bending, twists and turns, thought provoking, biting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, insomnia, nihilism, against the rules, fist fighting, dissociative identity disorder, paranoia, life philosophy, fighting the system, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
 6.2
 19K
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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, surreal, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: adultery, mentor, high school, marital problem, infidelity, midlife crisis, unhappy, introspection, crumbling marriage, couple relations, self esteem, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, lovers reunited, midlife crisis, filmmaking, showbiz, introspection, lifestyle, imaginary character, self discovery, hopes, love and romance, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, realistic, surreal, cynical, stylized ...
Plot: artists and showbiz, performer's life, tv show, rivalry, vengeance, showbiz, nothing goes right, delusion, disorder, success, television, children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, salt lake city utah, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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: life turned upside down, artists and showbiz, actor's life, hopes, self discovery, disorder, husband wife relationship, existentialism, depression, loneliness, body swapping, art ...
Place: russia, new york, usa, saint petersburg, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, clever ...
Plot: movie business, hollywood, filmmaking, nothing goes right, artists and showbiz, showbiz, midlife crisis, disagreement, workplace situations, workplace, father daughter relationship, agent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cannes, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, realistic, humorous, witty, neurotic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: nightclub, infidelity, hollywood, friendship, artists and showbiz, showbiz, actor's life, lifestyle, couple relations, love and romance, erection, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.
Style: realistic, psychological, thought provoking, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: aging, suicide, divorce, haunted by the past, introspection, actor's life, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, ambition, midlife crisis, actress, suicide attempt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: switzerland, alps, swiss alps, zurich switzerland, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.6
 4K
Peep World (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: On the day of their Father's 70th birthday party, four siblings come to terms with the publication of a novel written by the youngest sibling, that exposes the family's most intimate secrets.
Style: talky, humorous, dark humor, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family gatherings, siblings relations, writer's life, eccentric family, parents and children, family feud, artists and showbiz, family relations, sexual dysfunction, family problems, male female relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 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, dying, family, mental illness, neighbor, nursing, siblings relations, parents and children, family problems, responsibility ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: arizona, new york, usa, poland, new york state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 17K
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, midlife crisis, imaginary friend, coming of age, teenage life, imaginary character, down on your luck, superhero, small town, party, writers, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, long island, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.3
 41K
Somewhere (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Italy, Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A hard-living Hollywood actor re-examines his life after his 11-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit.
Style: psychological, touching, emotional, meditative, stylized ...
Plot: father daughter relationship, casual sex, luxury hotel, lifestyle, actor's life, direction and purpose, introspection, womanizer, parents and children, artists and showbiz, irresponsible, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, italy, milan italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, sister sister relationship, confession, secret, jealousy, family gatherings, family life, family problems, family relations, wedding preparations and rituals, siblings relations, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, long island, harvard university, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, dark humor, tragicomedy, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, redemption, introspection, life is a bitch, parents and children, chases and races, urban, hopes, depression, family, doctors, life philosophy ...
Time: 2010s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The House of Yes (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Jackie-O is anxiously awaiting the visit of her brother home for Thanksgiving, but isn't expecting him to bring a friend. She's even more shocked to learn that this friend is his fiance. It soon becomes clear that Jackie Kennedy's ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, absurd, surreal, psychological ...
Plot: incest, dysfunctional family, mental illness, thanksgiving, eccentric family, family relations, brother sister incest, family problems, family life, love and romance, female protagonist, twins ...
Time: 90s
Place: virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.9
 17K
Welcome to Me (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A year in the life of Alice Klieg, a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who wins Mega-millions, quits her meds and buys her own talk show.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, disturbing, talky ...
Plot: mental illness, tv show, obsession, life turned upside down, media, mental disorders, depression, friendship, loneliness, medication, hermaphrodite, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1971, year 1996, year 1991 ...
Place: usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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