Movies like Keep the Lights On

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Keep the Lights On (2012)
 6.3
 5K
Keep the Lights On (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An emotionally and sexually charged journey through the love, addiction, and friendship of two men. Documentary filmmaker Erik and closeted lawyer Paul meet through a casual encounter, but they find a deeper connection and become a couple. Individually and together, they are risk takers—compulsive, and fueled by drugs and sex. In an almost decade-long relationship defined by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries and dignity and to be true to himself.
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: coming out, gay, gays and lesbians, documentary filmmaking, phone sex, couple relations, romance, lgbt, hiv, sex worker, gender, couples, looking for love, addiction, drug abuse, love and romance, sex addict, coping, workaholic, gay couple, gay love, gay relationship, male prostitute, gay club, closeted homosexual ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 2000s, year 1998, year 2006, year 2003
Place: new york, usa

Most similar movies to Keep the Lights On

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about gays and lesbians, gender, gay, love and romance, couples, gay kiss and gay relationship mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Keep the Lights On: Whirlwind (2007), Love Is Strange (2014), Holding Trevor (2007), Free Fall (2013), The Journey of Jared Price (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.3
 401
Whirlwind (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A hot, young and charming man with ulterior motives enters the lives of a tight-knit group of gay men in New York City and at first adds excitement and intrigue to their group, but events soon spiral out of control as he deliberately attempts to ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, sexual ...
Plot: gay couple, gay relationship, infidelity, friendship, best friends, gays and lesbians, manipulations, urban, couple relations, sexual relations, breakup, thirtysomething life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Love Is Strange (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Greece, Brazil
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After 39 years together, Ben and George finally tie the knot, but George loses his job as a result, and the newlyweds must sell their New York apartment and live apart, relying on friends and family to make ends meet.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sincere, tragic ending ...
Plot: homosexuality, wedding, gays and lesbians, crumbling marriage, couple relations, life turned upside down, gender, gay, couples, family problems, disorder, forceful separation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Holding Trevor (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Everybody's looking for something... Moving forward doesn't always mean leaving something behind.
Style: serious, realistic
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: gays and lesbians, heroin, overdose, gay sex, friendship, addiction, hospital, young lovers, hiv, junkie, male friendship, aids ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 7.6
 16K
Free Fall (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A promising career with the police, a baby on the way... Marc's life seems to be right on track. Then he meets fellow policeman Kay and during their regular jogs Marc experiences a never-before-felt sense of ease and effortlessness -- and what ...
Style: touching, serious, tense, sexual, atmospheric ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, forbidden love, coming out, strong sexual content, infidelity, love affair, gender, lgbt, gay, love and romance, fall in love, couples ...
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Movie in collections
The Journey of Jared Price (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "The Journey of Jared Price" is a gay-themed coming-of-age 2000 film written, produced and directed by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black. Black won the Oscar award for Best Original Screenplay for "Milk". The Journey of ...
Style: sexual, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, gays and lesbians, fall in love, hollywood, small town, self discovery, couple relations, friendship, teenage life, gender, love and romance, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, santa monica california, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 5.1
 237
2by4 (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Johnnie is a foreman of construction crew. On the outside he seems very "normal" and straight, but one evening we see him putting on make-up and feather boa and going for a night at the city.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, sexual, sincere
Plot: gay, sexual abuse, drug abuse, drugs/alcohol, gays and lesbians, immigrants, gay relationship, gender, life is a bitch, society, transsexual, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, las vegas, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 3.7
 434
Wrecked (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: An edgy drama about a gay teen's tumultuous decent into drugs and anonymous sex, Wrecked smashes cinematic taboos while it spins its cautionary tale. Ryan is an earnest 18-year-old trying to develop a career as an actor and getting his life on ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: gays and lesbians, drugs/alcohol, teenage love, teenage life, gender, love and romance, youth, couple relations, impossible love, love triangle, drug abuse, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.7
 9K
High Art (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.
Style: sexual, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: lesbian, couples, photographer, magazine, addiction, love, romance, fall in love, drugs/alcohol, drug abuse, gays and lesbians, exploitation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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 5.2
 1K
Circuit (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: John is an ex-cop who leaves small-town life and provincial attitudes behind for a new existence in West Hollywood. As he seeks an open, accepting gay life, John is introduced to the fast-paced Circuit Party scene, featuring beautiful people and a ...
Style: serious, sexual, realistic, sincere, captivating
Plot: gays and lesbians, sex, party, addiction, coming out, nightclub, drug abuse, prostitute, disco, hollywood, transsexual, gay culture ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, illinois, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Just a Question of Love (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After his gay cousin dies from hepatitis, young Laurent, who lives with his best friend Carole, falls in love with Cedric, a plant scientist. He's afraid to inform his conservative parents that he is gay.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming out, gays and lesbians, homosexuality, gay, couples, love and romance, fall in love, kiss, lifestyle, secret love, partnership, teenage crush ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
A Very Natural Thing (1974)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: When David, an ex-monk still in his twenties meets Mark, he falls hard; soon he's asked Mark if they can live together. Things go well for awhile, and then differences in their definition of "commitment" begin to push them apart. Mark ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sexual, touching
Plot: gay relationship, orgy, gay couple, cruising, gay sex, coming out, gays and lesbians, love affair, high school, gay, sexual promiscuity, romance ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
World and Time Enough (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two men--a gay, HIV-positive artist and an adopted garbage collector--struggle in the face of stigma and loss to find meaning in work, love, and family.
Style: semi serious, sentimental, realistic, humorous, touching
Plot: coming out, birthday party, gay, surprise party, gays and lesbians, adoption, romance, thirtysomething life, gender, love and romance, family relations, estrangement ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.2
 5K
Elena Undone (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The wife of a pastor who preaches against homosexuality embarks on an affair with a female writer.
Style: sexual, touching, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: coming out, lesbian, fall in love, gays and lesbians, infidelity, unfulfillment, family problems, romance, best friends, couple relations, crumbling marriage, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 4.9
 349
Nine Lives (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Lust and dysfuntion come full circle in this collection of nine steamy scenes exploring gay life, sex, addition, drugs and HIV/AIDS as revealed by a latino pool boy, a television writer, a meth dealer and others. As one affair leads into another, ...
Style: sexual, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: infidelity, coming out, racism, support group, city life, urban, gays and lesbians, sexual relations, twentysomething life, thirtysomething life, gender, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.8
 5K
Boy Culture (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A successful male escort describes in a series of confessions his tangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic male client.
Style: semi serious, clever, humorous, realistic, touching
Plot: gays and lesbians, prostitute, gay sex, friendship, coming out, confession, romance, lgbt, escort, gender, friends, homosexuality ...
Time: contemporary
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.8
 2K
The String (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Tunisia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Malik has a lot on his plate when he returns home to Tunisia after living in France. He's processing his father's death, he can't come out to his mother, and his childhood anxieties have resurfaced. But all of Malik's problems ...
Style: sexual, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: coming out, gays and lesbians, romance, gay, homecoming, estate, family, in the closet, gender, fall in love, parents and children, lesbian mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, tunisia, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Getting Go, the Go Doc Project (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Too shy to make a proper introduction, a recent college grad devises to shoot a documentary about the NYC nightlife scene in order to meet the go-go guy he’s cyber-obsessed with.
Style: serious, sexual, realistic, sincere
Plot: gay, obsession, gays and lesbians, strong sexual content, nightlife, urban, lgbt, gender, filmmaking, documentary filmmaking, male nudity, american flag ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.0
 677
The One (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Providing the romantic comedy genre with a decidedly queer twist, THE ONE is an effortlessly charming tale which proves that love is never simple! Hunky Daniel couldn’t have it better: great parents, a successful career and his beautiful fiancée ...
Style: semi serious, sincere, touching, realistic
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, gay, sexual repression, closeted homosexual, coming out, gay relationship, fiance fiancee relationship, romance, love and romance, love, in the closet, affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Movie in collections
Longtime Companion (1989)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Longtime Companion follows the lives of a small circle of friends from the first mention of the disease in the New York Times in 1981. First referred to as "Gay-Related-Immune-Disorder," we watch the effect of the disease as it devastates ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: aids, gay, friendship, gays and lesbians, lgbt, hiv, terminal illness, artists and showbiz, gender, life is a bitch, friends, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 5.9
 2K
August (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: August tells the story of two former lovers, Troy and Jonathan, who reunite after a long ago painful breakup. After spending several years in Spain, Troy returns to Los Angeles and decides to phone Jonathan and meet for coffee. A seemingly innocent ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, sexy
Plot: romance, gays and lesbians, love triangle, gay relationship, lovers reunited, gender, love and romance, couples, introspection, couple relations, unfulfillment, pubic hair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.2
 768
Ander (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A love story between a Basque farmer and a Peruvian immigrant.
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, realistic, atmospheric
Plot: gay relationship, farmer, coming out, village, gays and lesbians, master and servant, lgbt, sex, self discovery, fall in love, forbidden love, gender ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: peru
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.6
 25K
Weekend (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, serious, talky ...
Plot: gay relationship, gays and lesbians, gay, gay love, homosexuality, weekend, homosexual, realism, drugs/alcohol, gender, one-night stand, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.4
 4K
Big Eden (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Big Eden is a tiny fictional town in northwestern Montana, as Preston Sturges or Frank Capra might have envisioned it. Timber and Cowboy country. This is the story of Henry Hart, a successful New York Artist, who returns to the town of his childhood ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, touching, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: coming out, gay, small town, friendship, gay relationship, native american, store, romance, gays and lesbians, lgbt, artists and showbiz, gender ...
Time: 90s
Place: montana, usa, new york, london, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Movie in collections
Parting Glances (1986)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Michael and Robert, two gay men living in Brooklyn, spend their last day together before Robert leaves for Africa on work assignment. Michael still has feelings for his friend Nick, who has AIDS.
Style: gloomy, semi serious, realistic, touching, clever ...
Plot: aids, gays and lesbians, gay relationship, gay, friendship, couple relations, urban, lgbt, hiv, gender, friends, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, africa, manhattan new york city, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Last Straight Man (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Lewis is a closeted gay man throwing a bachelor party for his straight best friend and secret crush, Cooper. After a night of drunken sex together, the two men decide to meet in the same hotel suite on the same night each year to hook up and catch ...
Style: touching, semi serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, gays and lesbians, gay, hotel, closeted homosexual, gay relationship, coming out, drugs/alcohol, lovers reunited, romance, homosexuality, sexuality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.0
 1K
Coming Out (1989)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: East Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Reportedly the first film to come out of East Germany to deal openly with gay issues. Philipp, a closeted teacher is dating a female collegue to keep up appearances. One night, by 'accident' he stumbles into a gay bar, meets and promptly ...
Style: psychological, sexual, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: coming out, gay, gays and lesbians, love triangle, romance, sexual relations, gender, society, couples, prostitute, infidelity, social differences ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, germany, east berlin, east berlin east germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Claire of the Moon (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Claire of the Moon is set in the 1990s in the Pacific Northwest. Claire Jabrowski, a famous heterosexual author, decides to attend a retreat for all-female writers. Claire's rommate at the retreat is Dr. Noel Benedict, author of a book called ...
Style: serious, talky, realistic, sexual, sexy
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: coming out, gays and lesbians, lesbian, lesbian relationship, fall in love, homosexuality, romance, writer's life, opposites attract, couple relations, friendship, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.5
 1K
Second Skin (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Diego is a doctor who has fallen in love with a married man with a son. Against the advice of his boss and best friend, he continues his affair with Alberto. The consequences of this affair profoundly alter not only the two men's lives, but ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: coming out, gays and lesbians, infidelity, love triangle, love and romance, romance, couples, gender, crumbling marriage, vengeance, couple relations, love affair ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.8
 397
Four (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Adapted from a stage play by Christopher Shinn, the debut feature from Joshua Sanchez is a provocative rumination on race and sexuality set on a sweltering 4th of July evening.
Style: talky, serious, sincere, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: under the surface, love and romance, gays and lesbians, couple relations, interracial relations, parents and children, sexual relations, teenage life, gender, society, youth, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 5.2
 873
Like a Brother (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 54 min.
Story: Sebastien is a small town boy who moves to Paris and begins to explore the gay night life there. When a friend from back home calls to announce he's coming to Paris, Sebastien confronts some unrequited feelings
Style: serious, emotional, sexual, realistic, touching
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: gay sex, gay, friendship, erection, wrestling, gays and lesbians, fish out of water, countryside, gender, urban, youth, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%