Movies like Gleason

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Gleason (2002)
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Gleason (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The story begins at the height of Gleason's career. He has it all: women, wealth, and extraordinary power. But he is haunted by memories of his childhood. Gleason spends his formative years entering amateur contests, performing in sleazy night spots. Along the way, he steals gags from the best comics in town and finds love with Genevieve, a dancer whom he marries. But Gleason isn't the ideal husband or even a responsible father as he abandons his family to answer the call of Hollywood. Brash, arrogant, and egotistical, he alienates his directors and the man who discovers him. When he ends up back in New York, Gleason gets one of those rare second chances in the new medium of television, creating some of its most unforgettable characters. But even as Gleason becomes the talk of the tube, his life - ruled by demons of rage, booze, and insecurity - unravels.
Style: realistic, semi serious, sincere, captivating
Plot: womanizer, ambition, actor's life, rising to stardom, relationship vs career, couple relations, destructive relationship, couples, showbiz, alcohol abuse, unfulfillment, comedian, writer's life, singleness, contests and competitions, anti hero, fugitives, legends and myths, artists and showbiz, car chase, curses spells and rituals, humble, anti heroes, celebrity culture, brooklyn new york city ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: new york

Most similar movies to Gleason

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and semi serious films with plots about artists and showbiz, ambition, showbiz, couples, rising to stardom, celebrity culture and actor's life mostly in Drama, Biography and Comedy genres. Some movies like Gleason: Martin and Lewis (2002), Almost Heaven (2006), Bettie Page: Dark Angel (2004), Whitney (2015), See Arnold Run (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Martin and Lewis (2002)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The story of the 10-year rocky relationship between Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, sexual, sexy
Plot: desire for fame, rise and fall, ambition, friendship, actor's life, rising to stardom, buddies, breakup, musician's life, showbiz, lifestyle, betrayal ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 60s, 20th century ...
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95%
 5.9
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Almost Heaven (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Story: A Canadian television director is hired to salvage an international fishing show in Scotland. The only hitch: his ex-wife is the host. What he finds in Scotland is love in the form of a local fishing guide (called a ghillie) and the chance to repair ...
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, captivating, offbeat ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, ambition, relationship vs career, redemption, romance, artists and showbiz, rescue, hopes, actor's life, opposites attract, love and romance, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Bettie Page: Dark Angel (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Bettie Page was America's number one pin-up girl in the 1950s and became a cult icon. This biopic tells the story of the last 3 years of her short-lived career, recreating the incriminating bondage films which gave her the nickname "Dark ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, sexy, sexual
Plot: desire for fame, actor's life, rise and fall, lifestyle, showbiz, celebrity culture, friendship, workplace romance, obsession, artists and showbiz, workplace, against the rules ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: tennessee, florida, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 5.1
 2K
Whitney (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Chronicles Whitney Houston's rise to fame and turbulent relationship with husband Bobby Brown.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: music, rising to stardom, musician's life, celebrity culture, fall in love, ambition, desire for fame, showbiz, addiction, couple relations, price of fame, pop star ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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See Arnold Run (2005)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This biographical docu-drama alternates between two parallel threads in the life of Arnold Schwarzenegger: his formative early years as the repeat winner of the Mr. Olympia body-building championship; and his modern foray into the world of politics, ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: campaign, politics, leadership, ambition, athlete's life, rise and fall, rise to the top, actor's life, showbiz, relationship vs career, rising to stardom, ego clash ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, austria, los angeles, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
The Brittany Murphy Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A look at Brittany Murphy's rise to Hollywood fame in the 1990s, her struggles with celebrity and self-esteem, and her mysterious death in 2009 at the age of 32.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sentimental
Plot: desire for fame, ambition, actor's life, rising to stardom, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, parents and children
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Burton and Taylor (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: TV drama based on Richard Burton's diaries, about his last performance in 1983 with ex-wife Elizabeth Taylor. They meet after several years and he agrees to her suggestion that they star in a stage revival on Broadway of Noel Coward's ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, stylized
Plot: artists and showbiz, couple relations, celebrity culture, couples, actor's life, hollywood, love, lifestyle, love and romance, showbiz, love affair, party ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The film spans from Hepburn's early childhood to the 1950s which details her life as a Dutch ballerina, coming to grips with her parents' divorce, and enduring life in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II. She then settles in ...
Style: feel good, uplifting, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: hollywood, showbiz, world war two, celebrity culture, actor's life, performer's life, rising to stardom, haunted by the past, human spirit, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: usa, new york, europe, holland, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.
Style: witty, talky, clever, captivating, cynical ...
Plot: writers, filmmaking, alcohol, addiction, friendship, alcohol abuse, hotel, strong female presence, bittersweet, friends, couples, family problems ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 50s, 20s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.7
 1K
Enid (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Edwardian child Enid Blyton begins to tell stories to her brothers as an escape from their parents' rows before the father deserts the family...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: dysfunctional family, rise to the top, relationship vs career, nanny, couples, ambition, couple relations, lifestyle, family problems, writer's life, artists and showbiz, bad mother ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s, 50s, 1910s ...
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.5
 757
Last Call (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Renowned writer F. Scott Fitzgerald is living the last months of his life with his youthful secretary, confidant, and protégé who later wrote a memoir of their time together.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: prodigy, love and romance, ambition, crumbling marriage, lifestyle, terminal illness, life is a bitch, couples, showbiz, split personality, family problems, mental illness ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.5
 591
Crazy (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Crazy is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950s. Blessed with incomparable, natural talent, Hank Garland quickly established his reputation as the finest sessions player in Nashville.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: jazz, infidelity, rise and fall, musician's life, ambition, desire for fame, rising to stardom, lifestyle, womanizer, relationship vs career, showbiz, obsession ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 60s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: usa, tennessee, nashville tennessee, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Young Bruce Lee (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Bruce Lee, My Brother is an action-dramatic biopic of the eponymous martial arts legend as told by his younger brother, Robert Lee. It revolves around Bruce Lee's life as a rebellious adolescent in Hong Kong before he sets off for the USA and ...
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: master warrior, ambition, lifestyle, rising to stardom, actor's life, showbiz, artists and showbiz, heroes, celebrity culture, martial arts, black belt, tough guy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.3
 5K
James Dean (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The man behind the legend and a knowing look at the 1950's Hollywood are revealed in this dynamic bioepic of the meteoric star whose troubled life echoed his gut-grabbing performances in East of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause and Giant.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, captivating, clever
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, actor, dying young, actor's life, teen angst, prodigy, lifestyle, ambition, rising to stardom, rise and fall, teenage life ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: usa, indiana, malibu california, santa monica california, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 3.6
 905
Perfume (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A week in the lives of a group of models, photographers, agents, reporters, publicists and other characters during a wild modeling show in New York City.
Style: realistic, semi serious, captivating, sexy, sexual
Plot: ambition, relationship vs career, fashion, rise and fall, love and romance, infidelity, terminal illness, couple relations, estrangement, beauty, modeling, photographer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Growing Up Brady (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A tell-all story of what happened behind the scenes of the 70s hit TV series "The Brady Bunch." Based on the book written by Barry Williams, the actor who played Greg Brady.
Style: sitcom, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: actor's life, showbiz, relationship vs career, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, workplace, tv show, alcohol abuse, family relations, movie studio, sexual content, media ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of singer Rosemary Clooney's rise to fame, her marriage to Jose Ferrer, and her nervous breakdown.
Style: touching, realistic, serious
Plot: showbiz, rising to stardom, rise and fall, unfulfillment, actor's life, relationship vs career, road not taken, friends, couples, tragic hero, artists and showbiz, musician's life ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: This film follows Norma Jean from her simple, ambitious youth to her sex star pinnacle and back down. She moves from lover to lover in order to further her career. She finds fame but never happiness, only knowing seduction but not love.
Style: contemplative, disturbing, gloomy, psychological, touching ...
Plot: showbiz, actor's life, party, photo shoot, playboy, looking for love, innocence lost, lifestyle, rising to stardom, couples, starlet, filmmaking ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 40s, 1960s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
They Shoot Movies, Don't They? ...The Making of 'Mirage' (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: They Shoot Movies, Don't They? is a voyeuristic look at first time director Tom Paulson and the movie he wrote called Mirage. Frank Gallagher is the documentarian whose camera waits and watches as Paulson navigates through a jungle of ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, clever, captivating, humorous ...
Plot: ambition, lifestyle, obsession, addiction, showbiz, filmmaking, actor's life, hollywood, manipulation, performer's life, media, couples ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story delves into the experiences of six unknown young actors placed into the Hollywood spotlight, exposing the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental
Plot: rising to stardom, teenage life, showbiz, ambition, celebrity culture, tv show, actor's life, youth, coming of age, artists and showbiz, hollywood, media ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2010s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: "Meat Loaf" Aday is an overgrown Texas youngster, the son of a gentle woman dying of cancer and an alcoholic, abusive father. Tormented by his father and schoolmates over his size, he strikes out on his own after his mother's death, ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, captivating, semi serious
Plot: showbiz, ambition, desire for fame, rise to the top, lifestyle, musician's life, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, music band, rising to stardom, love and romance, terminal illness ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, texas, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff (2010)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Time to hassle the Hoff at the rudest, raunchiest television event of the year--The Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff. From running in slo-mo on the beach to inspiring Germany with the power of cheesy pop--it's almost too easy.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: actor's life, couples, ambition, celebrity culture, relationship vs career, performer's life, rising to stardom, showbiz, artists and showbiz, media satire, friends
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The George Raft Story (1961)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Ray Danton plays the title role in director Joseph M. Newman's 1961 film biography of the nightclub dancer-turned-movie star. The cast also includes Jayne Mansfield, Barrie Chase, Julie London, Neville Brand and Frank Gorshin.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, psychotronic, slang
Plot: gambling, casino, revolution, gangsters, hollywood, interracial relations, drug abuse, relationship vs career, nightlife, criminal heroes, celebrity culture, nightclub ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1920s, 1930s, 30s ...
Place: cuba, new york, california, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 6.5
 164
P.T. Barnum (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This series illustrates the life and career of P.T. Barnum, America's greatest showman and promoter. Starting as a young man who managed an old woman who was supposedly George Washington's nursemaid, we see his career as he finds success ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, humorous
Plot: circus, couples, showbiz, family life, relationship vs career, artists and showbiz, ambition, performer's life, promotion, hoax, midget
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.5
 654
Lucy (2003)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: MOW about the life of Lucille Ball, focusing on the loving yet tumultuous relationship with Desi Arnaz.
Style: captivating, emotional, humorous, light, semi serious ...
Plot: gambling, infidelity, actor's life, couple relations, couples, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, tv show, musician's life, jealousy, love, private vs public ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of pop king Michael Jackson.
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous
Plot: rise and fall, showbiz, ambition, rising to stardom, performer's life, music, musician's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, singer, pop star, plastic surgery ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Mr. Saturday Night (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Buddy Young was the comic's comic, beloved by everyone. Now, playing to miniscule crowds in nursing homes, it seems like everybody but Buddy realizes that he should retire. As Buddy looks for work in show business, he realizes that the rest of ...
Style: humorous, captivating, realistic, stylized, intense ...
Plot: showbiz, comedian, actor's life, ambition, aging, desire for fame, family life, show business, talent agent, rise and fall, rise to the top, relationship vs career ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
King of Salsa (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The rise and fall of salsa singer, Héctor Lavoe (1946-1993), as told from the perspective of his wife Puchi, who looks back from 2002.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: music, dancing, showbiz, artists and showbiz, ambition, musician's life, lifestyle, romance, drug abuse, rise and fall, life is a bitch, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's life as he left New York City for London, where his career took off.
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, sincere, serious
Plot: musician's life, ambition, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, music, drugs/alcohol, profanity, rock, rock star, guitarist, infidelity, musician ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: london, england, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Hollywood Wives: The New Generation (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Hollywood star (Fawcett), fed up with her husband's cheating, hires a private investigator to tail him. Emotional support is offered by her two friends - a soul singer (Givens) and a famous director's wife (Gilbert)
Style: semi serious, realistic, sexy, sexual
Plot: hollywood, private detective, celebrity culture, couple relations, best friends, womanizer, aging, showbiz, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, celebrity, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, hollywood star
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%