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Play It As It Lays (1972)
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Play It As It Lays (1972)
Original name: Play It as It Lays
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A Hollywood actress undergoes a psychic breakdown and recalls the traumatic events which led to her stay at a sanitarium.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: mental institution, family relations, hollywood, infidelity, filmmaking, mental illness, mental breakdown, pregnancy, love and romance, life is a bitch, best friends, couples, gays and lesbians, showbiz, introspection, innocence lost, human nature, downfall, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, fame, alienation, drug abuse, forced abortion ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, las vegas, los angeles, california, beverly hills

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and gloomy films with plots about couples, family relations, love and romance, unfulfillment, infidelity, dysfunctional family and life is a bitch mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Play It As It Lays: Dangerous Game (1993), Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), The Lonely Lady (1983), I'm Losing You (1998), Losing Chase (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Dangerous Game (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A New York film director, working on his latest movie in Los Angeles, begins to reflect the actions in his movie and real life, especially when he begins an affair with the lead actress.
Style: psychological, rough, art house, melancholic, gloomy ...
Plot: filmmaking, obsession, addiction, lifestyle, redemption, downfall, life is a bitch, human nature, showbiz, husband wife relationship, drugs, divorce ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: israel, los angeles, middle east, usa, california ...
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95%
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.
Style: realistic, serious, sexual, satirical, melancholic ...
Plot: teacher, sexual promiscuity, sexual relations, self discovery, looking for love, couples, family relations, looking for sex, nightlife, city life, drug abuse, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, year 1975
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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85%
The Lonely Lady (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young screenwriter allows others to exploit her in the hopes of "making it" in Hollywood.
Style: sexy, realistic, serious, rough, sexual
Plot: hollywood, showbiz, betrayal, writers, screenwriter, couples, filmmaking, mental illness, ambition, downfall, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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I'm Losing You (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A wealthy businessman Perry Krohn attempts to juggle the needs of his dedicated wife, demanding mistress and grown children while facing his own certain death from lung cancer.
Style: realistic, talky, serious, emotional, suspense ...
Plot: cancer, hollywood, family relations, aids, showbiz, terminal illness, infidelity, family problems, family life, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An intimate and turbulent relationship develops between Chase, a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and Elizabeth, the caretaker employed to look after her.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family relations, mental illness, chase, dysfunctional family, gays and lesbians, society, master and servant, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Particles of Truth (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Life, love, and the fear of failing... Lilli Black, battling her painful memories and the secrets surrounding her dying father, collides into the complicated and obsessive life of Morrison Wiley on the streets of New York City. This peculiar love ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, gloomy
Plot: couples, life is a bitch, introspection, family relations, family life, human nature, estrangement, family problems, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, mental illness, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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69%
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 2K
Helen (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Germany, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On the outside, Helen has it all – a loving family and a successful career – but when her suppressed mental illness resurfaces, the world crumbles around her. Crippled by depression, Helen finds solace through her friendship with Mathilda, a ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, mental illness, love affair, depression, friendship, parents and children, couples, unfulfillment, couple relations, nervous breakdown, self mutilation, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Nine Lives (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, abortion, family relations, dysfunctional family, couples, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, human nature, love affair, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: meditative, realistic, bleak, sincere, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, family problems, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 50s, 1910s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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The Ice Storm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her ...
Style: sexy, bleak, sexual, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, swinger, neighbor, mate swapping, snow, family relations, thanksgiving, infidelity, sexual exploration, adultery, innocence lost, suburbs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Ivans xtc. (To Live and Die in Hollywood) (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Update on Leo Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," set in contemporary Hollywood.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: hollywood, death, introspection, uncover truth, rise and fall, ambition, life is a bitch, human nature, drug abuse, showbiz, self destructing, skinny dipping ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Lilith (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Lilith is a about a mysterious young woman in an elite sanitarium in New England, who seems to weave a magical spell all around her. A restless, but sincere young man with an equally obscure past is seemingly drawn into her web. As time passes, ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, hospital, schizophrenia, mentally unstable, couples, sex addict, fall in love, femme fatale, love and romance, doctors and patients, obsession ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.1
 300
The Baby Maker (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Tish Gray had a baby and gave it up for adoption. She is contacted by a second childless couple who want her to have the husband's baby because of the wife's inability to have children. She accepts but finds that knowing the parents, and ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, emotional, suspense
Audience: girls' night
Plot: surrogate mother, pregnancy, infidelity, love triangle, psychedelia, hippie, family in crisis, couple relations, relationship vs career, hollywood, adoption, love affair ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1970
Place: beverly hills, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, emotional, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, dentist, couple relations, human nature, jealous spouse, dishonesty, lifestyle, imaginary friend, adultery, family problems, couples, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her film company insists as a condition of continuing to employ her that she live with her mother Doris Mann, herself once a star and now a champion ...
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, hollywood, rehabilitation, dysfunctional family, addiction, drug abuse, family problems, parents and children, filmmaking, family relations, life is a bitch, actor's life ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Two Days (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Paul Miller (Paul Rudd - Friends, The Cider House Rules) has struggled as an actor in Hollywood for years, and now he's had enough. But not just of show business-of life. In two days, he's going to kill himself. But in true Hollywood ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, witty, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: filmmaking, change of heart, introspection, actor's life, lifestyle, death wish, direction and purpose, breaking point, showbiz, life is a bitch, friendship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
An American in Hollywood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A talented young filmmaker from New York sets off to Los Angeles in pursuit of the Hollywood dream, only to discover through his relationship with a beautiful feisty young actress, that Hollywood is not all that it seems.
Style: realistic, semi serious, sincere, captivating, humorous
Plot: ambition, follow your dream, fall in love, hopes, love and romance, showbiz, buddies, filmmaking, friends, hollywood, artists and showbiz
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lou Andreas Sand, a once famous model, recalls her past as she tries to make success in the modeling world of New York, her stressfull workdays, her affair with Mark, an advertising executive, her friendship with photographer Aaron, and her downward ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, psychological, touching ...
Plot: paranoia, psychiatrist, mental breakdown, suicide attempt, modeling, rape, model, disintegration, fashion, rise and fall, losing-it hero, rising to stardom ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, jamaica, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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The Group (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Sidney Lumet's adaptation of the acclaimed Mary McCarthy novel. It's 1933, and eight young women are friends and members of the upper- class group at a private girl's school, about to graduate and start their own lives. The film ...
Style: emotional, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, sexual ...
Plot: family relations, friendship, ambition, female friendship, college, self discovery, graduation, social differences, life is a bitch, best friends, gender, society ...
Time: 1930s
Place: new york, europe, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Fathers and Sons (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Intertwined tales of three families who grow up on the same street, focusing on the relationship of fathers and sons. The first section features Anthony and Jenny and traces the father-son bond that develops between Anthony and his newborn son over ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: infidelity, family relations, single parent, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, couples, love and romance, elderly, gender, estrangement, family problems, midlife crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san diego california, los angeles, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A recovering alcoholic film director tries for a comeback in Rome.
Style: stylized, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: filmmaking, ambition, sanitarium, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, showbiz, ego clash, downfall, unsupportive coworkers, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: rome italy, usa, europe, connecticut, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tina Balser is a bored New York housewife-mother married to Jonathan, a pompous, social-climbing lawyer who ridicules her in front of their children, criticizing everything she does or wears. She begins an affair with George Prager, a dashing, ...
Style: clever, humorous, witty, biting, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, mental illness, satire, adultery, marital problem, housewife, family problems, couples, sexual relations, human nature, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The End of Innocence (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. Eventually here is where she finds her answers.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, rehabilitation, family problems, life is a bitch, mental institution, drug abuse, parents and children, doctors and patients, family relations, power relations, mentally unstable, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Black Limousine (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A ghost story set in the city of dreams (IMDb.com).
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: hollywood, artists and showbiz, introspection, down on your luck, downfall, addiction, depression, surrealism, accidental death, love interest, father daughter relationship, existentialism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Shoot the Moon (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: family relations, infidelity, divorce, marital crisis, dysfunctional family, unfulfillment, love and romance, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, parents and children, family in crisis, love affair ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: san francisco, california
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44%
Kira's Reason: A Love Story (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Kira and Mads try to work out their marriage, after Kira has been two years in a mental institution, but is she really ready for the real world?
Style: serious, talky, psychological, clever, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, depression, family problems, starting over, family relations, mentally unstable, dysfunctional family, real world, human nature, love and romance, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
A Very Serious Person (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Jan, an itinerant male nurse from Denmark, takes a new job with Mrs. A, a terminally ill Manhattan woman raising her parentless thirteen-year-old grandson, Gil. Spending the summer by the shore, the emotionally reserved Jan finds himself oddly cast ...
Style: realistic, humorous, touching, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: coming of age, ambulance, filmmaking, gender, elderly, self discovery, family relations, hollywood, teenage life, grandmother grandson relationship, little girl, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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41%
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Foxes (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A group of friends come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley, as set to a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, gloomy, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, alcohol abuse, hollywood, drug abuse, addiction, graphic violence, friends, family relations, youth, teenage life, self discovery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Rebelling against his dreary life in a small Arizona town, salesman Nick abandons his girlfriend, Beth, and strikes out onto the highway in search of... something else. Encouraged by her best friend, Carol, Beth reluctantly accepts the romantic ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friends, self discovery, friendship, desert, love, highway, road trip, salesman, deaf man, performer's life, youth, partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona, usa, las vegas, tucson arizona, california ...
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41%
The Family That Preys (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Alice Pratt, a hard working Christian woman, raised her two daughters while managing a simple diner of her own. Her snobbish and arrogant daughter Andrea graduated in Economic Science and works in a construction corporation while her sister Pam ...
Style: semi serious, touching, humorous, realistic
Plot: friendship, family relations, family business, family life, working class, couples, friends, dishonesty, rivalry, social differences, parents and children, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%