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: sincere, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: coming out, gay, phone sex, documentary filmmaking, gays and lesbians, lgbt, drug abuse, couple relations, love and romance, addiction, looking for love, workaholic, couples, gender, sex addict, coping, romance, shared shower, hiv, sex worker, christmas, party, lawyer, friendship, hotel ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1998, 1990s, 2000s, 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, gay, gender, couples, gay kiss, love and romance and gay relationship mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Keep the Lights On: Whirlwind (2007), Nine Lives (2004), Free Fall (2013), Holding Trevor (2007), Elena Undone (2010). 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, sincere, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: friendship, infidelity, gay couple, gay relationship, looking for sex, sexual relations, singleness, love and romance, manipulations, couple relations, gays and lesbians, mysterious character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 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, realistic, emotional, serious
Plot: infidelity, support group, racism, coming out, gay, hiv, gay relationship, sex, drug abuse, breakup, youth, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 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, sexual, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, forbidden love, coming out, love affair, strong sexual content, lgbt, infidelity, gay relationship, love and romance, fall in love, gay love ...
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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: girls' night, date night
Plot: friendship, addiction, heroin, overdose, gay sex, gays and lesbians, drug abuse, best friends, youth, opposites attract, hospital, couples ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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 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, family problems, gays and lesbians, fall in love, infidelity, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, couple relations, lifestyle, friends, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 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: sincere, serious, gloomy, touching, realistic
Plot: gays and lesbians, teenage life, couples, gender, teenage love, unfulfillment, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, love and romance, drug abuse, youth, love triangle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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, disorder, family problems, couples, gender, crumbling marriage, gays and lesbians, forceful separation, couple relations, life turned upside down, gay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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: touching, sexual, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: coming of age, gays and lesbians, friendship, gender, self discovery, youth, love and romance, fall in love, golden years, couple relations, hollywood, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, southern california, santa monica california
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Movie in collections
 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, realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: lesbian, couples, photographer, magazine, drug abuse, addiction, romance, love, coming of age, redemption, infidelity, love affair ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 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: sincere, serious, realistic, sexual, captivating
Plot: prostitute, coming out, drug abuse, nightclub, addiction, party, sex, gays and lesbians, youth, filmmaking, best friends, hollywood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, illinois, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 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: realistic, sexual, rough, sincere, serious
Plot: drug abuse, sexual abuse, gay, drugs/alcohol, curses spells and rituals, working class, transsexual, misfit, society, gender, coming out, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, las vegas, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 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, touching, realistic
Plot: gay sex, coming out, prostitute, confession, friendship, gays and lesbians, gender, looking for love, couples, youth, friends, unfulfilled love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 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, gloomy, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: coming out, gay, romance, gays and lesbians, parents and children, unfulfillment, fall in love, love and romance, gender, society, estate, homecoming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, tunisia, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 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, sexual repression, gay, fiance fiancee relationship, gay relationship, closeted homosexual, coming out, unfulfilled love, unfulfillment, couples, gender, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 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, serious, sincere, talky ...
Plot: gay relationship, gays and lesbians, gay love, homosexual, weekend, gay club, lgbt, homosexuality, gay, sexual exploration, sexuality, gender ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: sentimental, touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: coming out, birthday party, gay, surprise party, family relations, thirtysomething life, adoption, couples, estrangement, lifestyle, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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, touching, emotional, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming out, gays and lesbians, homosexuality, couples, gay, fall in love, love and romance, lifestyle, gay slur, secret love, parents and children, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, sexual
Plot: gay sex, coming out, orgy, gay relationship, cruising, gay couple, lifestyle, society, love affair, couples, fall in love, love and romance ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Movie in collections
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: sincere, serious, realistic, sexual
Plot: obsession, gay, urban, gender, gays and lesbians, nightlife, strong sexual content, filmmaking, lgbt, gay club, gay sex, exhibitionism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 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: sexual, realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: gay, erection, friendship, gay sex, wrestling, urban, gender, countryside, friends, lifestyle, fish out of water, best friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 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: touching, sentimental, feel good, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: coming out, small town, gay, friendship, store, gay relationship, native american, gays and lesbians, romance, looking for love, unfulfilled love, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: montana, usa, new york, london, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.6
 12K
Get Real (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, coming out, coming of age, teenage life, friendship, gender, romance, youth, fall in love, lifestyle, gays and lesbians, high school life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, britain, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 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: serious, sentimental, sexy, touching, realistic
Plot: romance, love triangle, gay relationship, gays and lesbians, couple relations, unfulfillment, love and romance, gender, introspection, lovers reunited, couples, gay bar ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Movie in collections
 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: realistic, emotional, sincere, serious, atmospheric
Plot: gay relationship, coming out, farmer, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians, parents and children, love and romance, society, gender, fall in love, master and servant, dull life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: peru
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: semi serious, realistic, touching
Plot: friendship, hotel, coming out, closeted homosexual, gay relationship, gay, gays and lesbians, self discovery, dishonesty, couples, love affair, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.1
 4K
Dream Boy (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of Nathan, a young teenager who tries to flourish in a romantic relationship with neighbour Roy. The two young men will have to face the brutal reality of the rural south of the United States in the late 1970s.
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: gay teenager, gay, small town, gays and lesbians, dysfunctional family, gender, self discovery, youth, teenage love, couples, small town life, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 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, touching, sexual, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: coming out, gay, love triangle, gays and lesbians, couples, political unrest, infidelity, society, gender, social differences, romance, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, germany, east berlin, east berlin east germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, realistic, emotional, sentimental, clever ...
Plot: aids, friendship, gay, friends, couples, gender, lifestyle, love and romance, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, writer's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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: sincere, emotional, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: gender, society, teenage life, couples, family relations, under the surface, parents and children, love and romance, interracial relations, gays and lesbians, sexual relations, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: realistic, sincere, humorous, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: aids, friendship, gay, gay relationship, gays and lesbians, human nature, gender, friends, disco, couple relations, love and romance, fall in love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, africa, manhattan new york city, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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