Movies like Kill Your Darlings

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Kill Your Darlings (2013)
 6.5
 32K
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Style: bleak, serious, captivating, intellectual, psychological, talky, disturbing, realistic, road movie, enigmatic ...
Plot: poet, friendship, obsession, youth, murder, writer's life, student life, mental illness, fascist, friends, confession, university, lifestyle, coming of age, bohemian life, drinking, manslaughter, sexual tension, father son relationship, ends with biographical notes, teachers and students, character study, mistaken identity, record player, novel ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 2005
Place: usa, campus, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem, chicago illinois, harlem manhattan new york city ...

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Most similar movies to Kill Your Darlings

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, interesting and melancholic films with plots about drinking, mentor, friendship, brutality, storytelling, death and sex mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like Kill Your Darlings: Wilde (1997), Little Ashes (2008), The Riot Club (2014), Gia (1998), Joe Gould's Secret (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.9
 14K
Wilde (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realisation of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and responsibility with his obsessive love for Lord Alfred ...
Style: touching, realistic, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: homosexuality, obsession, hypocrisy, courtroom drama, gay relationship, writer's life, prison, gays and lesbians, love and romance, society, rise and fall, ambition ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era
Place: england, europe, ireland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 8K
Little Ashes (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca.
Style: atmospheric, serious, factual, exciting, tense ...
Plot: friendship, poet, friends, political unrest, surrealism, student, coming of age, romance, writer's life, state affairs, buddies, spanish civil war ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, italy, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 19K
The Riot Club (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.
Style: tense, captivating, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: university, initiation, debauchery, student life, society, youth, college life, friends, power relations, social relations, friendship, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1700s, year 1976, 1850s ...
Place: england, oxford university, europe, campus, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 37K
Gia (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gia Carangi travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving, she meets Wilhelmina Cooper, a wise and high-powered agent who takes Gia under her wing. With Cooper's help and her own natural instincts, ...
Style: psychological, rough, sexual, melancholic, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, fashion, lesbian, addiction, strong sexual content, mental illness, aids, heroin, model, nightlife, lifestyle, rehabilitation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a voluminous Oral History of the World, a record of 20,000 ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, sentimental, witty, serious ...
Plot: friendship, writer's life, artists and showbiz, mysterious character, friends, urban, human nature, partners, listener, buddies, artist, storytelling ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harvard university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the ...
Style: surreal, road movie, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, gays and lesbians, sexuality, prostitution, homosexuality, homosexual, prostitute, fainting, on the road, alienation, hustler, unrequited love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: idaho, usa, seattle, washington state, portland oregon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.3
 16K
Prozac Nation (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Elizabeth is on the verge of losing her grip on life after she leaves her emotionally fraught home to start college. Quickly, her life takes a turn for the worse: She clashes with her roommate and decides her boyfriend, Rafe, is her sole salvation. ...
Style: psychological, clever, cynical, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, college, depression, university, introspection, drugs/alcohol, insomnia, therapy, dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, journalism, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: harvard university, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.1
 15K
Infamous (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.
Style: sincere, serious, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, murder, obsession, writer's life, friendship, research, crimes, human nature, gossip and rumors, fame, journalism, obsessive quest ...
Time: 1960s, 50s, 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: kansas, usa, manhattan new york city, mexico, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 6.8
 12K
Howl (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, ...
Style: stylized, thought provoking, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: poetry, literature, homosexuality, courtroom, poet, gay, freedom, courtroom drama, society, sexual identity, artists and showbiz, writer's life ...
Time: 1950s, 20s, 50s, year 1955, year 1957 ...
Place: greenwich village manhattan new york city, new york, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, oklahoma ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.3
 14K
Party Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The New York club scene of the 80s and 90s was a world like no other. Into this candy-colored, mirror ball playground stepped Michael Alig, a wannabe from nowhere special. Under the watchful eye of veteran club kid James St. James, Alig quickly rose ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, disturbing, surreal ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friends, addiction, drug abuse, police, party, money, drug dealing, social misfits, male friendship, murder, unlikely criminals, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, indiana, usa, manhattan new york city, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.3
 10K
Sylvia (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Story of the relationship between the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, drinking, writing, snow, beach, poet, love, boat, love and romance, writer's life, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1950s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, campus, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.6
 86K
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.
Style: disturbing, touching, bleak, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: transsexual, gender bending, rape, hidden identity, tragic love, sexuality, friendship, small town, gender, disguise, gay slur, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: nebraska, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him to write his life story. Lesser learns that Panzram's ...
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, death row, murder, prison, redemption, crime, deadly, introspection, human nature, crimes, confined, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: minnesota, new jersey, california, israel, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Down in the Valley (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: On a trip to the beach, a teenage girl named Tobe meets a charismatic stranger named Harlan, who dresses like a cowboy and claims to be a former ranch hand. The pair feel an instant attraction and begin a relationship, but her father, a lawman, is ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: mental illness, delusion, cowboy, on the run, psychopath, gas station, drifter, beach, parents and children, losing-it hero, drugs/alcohol, rebellion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, san diego california, south dakota
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In 1958 New York Diane Arbus is a housewife and mother who works as an assistant to her husband, a photographer employed by her wealthy parents. Respectable though her life is, she cannot help but feel uncomfortable in her privileged world. One ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, enigmatic, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: photographer, freak, couples, fall in love, self discovery, love and romance, life turned upside down, couple relations, friends, lifestyle, dwarf, infidelity ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Love in Thoughts (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A posthumous look at the last days of Guenther's life as he, his best friend, and his sister let loose on a four-day binge of alcohol, drugs, and sex.
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: love triangle, poet, friendship, gays and lesbians, suicide, student, pistol, gay, lake, youth, betrayal, romance ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, pre world war two, post world war one, 1920s
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.6
 3K
All Over Me (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Claude and Ellen are best friends who live in a not-so-nice area of New York. They're involved in the subculture of 90s youth, complete with drugs, live music, and homophobia. All is changed one night when a violent and meaningless death rocks ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, youth, punk, best friend, friendship, homosexuality, gays and lesbians, love and romance, friends, drugs/alcohol, self discovery, urban ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.9
 95K
Alpha Dog (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Johnny Truelove likes to see himself as tough. He's the son of an underworld figure and a drug dealer. Johnny also likes to get tough when things don't go his way. When Jake Mazursky fails to pay up for Johnny, things get worse for the ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, bleak, harsh ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: kidnapping, gang, friendship, youth, society, crimes, criminal heroes, party, debt, marijuana, crime, death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2005, year 2003
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: New Zealand, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian, obsession, murder, friendship, insanity, opposites attract, destructive relationship, passion, love, crime, best friends, tragic event ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1954
Place: new zealand, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Japan, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Biography of the British painter Francis Bacon. The movie focuses on his relationship with George Dyer, his lover. Dyer was a former small time crook.
Style: biting, realistic, serious, dark, melancholic ...
Plot: s&m, painter, gay, love and romance, perversion, couples, destructive relationship, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, society, gender, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 90s, 1960s
Place: paris france, east end london, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)
Genre: Biography, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town. However, he has visions of a happy life with kids and a white picket fence. When his girlfried, Joan, tries to kill herself he gets ...
Style: talky, stylized, realistic, gloomy, offbeat ...
Plot: friendship, on the road, writer's life, buddies, couples, self discovery, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, friends, nightshift, romance, lifestyle ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1950s, 1940s, 1960s
Place: colorado, usa, mexico, denver colorado, new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.6
 12K
Total Eclipse (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Young, wild poet Arthur Rimbaud and his mentor Paul Verlaine engage in a fierce, forbidden romance while feeling the effects of a hellish artistic lifestyle.
Style: sexual, psychological, serious, realistic, intellectual ...
Plot: gay, infidelity, mentor, pregnancy, poet, gays and lesbians, lgbt, romance, love and romance, siblings relations, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: france, europe, holland, paris france, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Permanent Midnight (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ben Stiller plays comedy writer Jerry Stahl, whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl explores memories with survivor Kitty, who ...
Style: dark humor, disturbing, cynical, biting, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, heroin, hollywood, rehabilitation, sex, police, adultery, party, dysfunctional family, couples, writer's life ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Mysterious Skin (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Style: psychological, disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, sexual abuse, rape, life is a bitch, teenage life, youth, haunted by the past, gays and lesbians, gay slur, homosexual, friendship, coming of age ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1981, year 1991 ...
Place: usa, new york, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: J.R. is a typical Italian-American on the streets of New York. When he gets involved with a local girl, he decides to get married and settle down, but when he learns that she was once raped, he cannot handle it. More explicitly linked with Catholic ...
Style: talky, sincere, clever, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, city life, friends, romance, hanging, couples, buddies, teenage life, love and romance, prostitute, urban ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, italy, europe, new york, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line ...
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, captivating, gloomy ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mental illness, friendship, suicide, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, mentally unstable, coming of age, nurse, patient, teenage life, diary, insanity ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Return to Paradise (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Lewis, Sheriff and Tony are three friends vacationing in Malaysia. Sheriff and Tony eventually leave to pursue careers in New York, but Lewis stays behind to work with orangutans. Two years later, Sheriff and Tony learn that, because of their past ...
Style: realistic, rough, captivating, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, smuggling, hanging, journalism, moral dilemma, death sentence, dishonesty, injustice, selflessness, chases and races, life is a bitch, social activist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: malaysia, new york, asia, usa, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 11K
December Boys (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia, Germany, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: For many years, four teenage orphans at an Australian outback convent have watched their younger comrades find new parents, and realize that they may never be adopted. The Reverend Mother sends the four boys away on a seaside vacation, where they ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, harsh ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, adoption, best friends, orphan, rivalry, orphanage, love and romance, parents and children, couple relations, youth, beach, sea ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 1960s, 60s, 2000s ...
Place: australia, south australia, england, london, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Crime + Punishment in Suburbia (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This is a contemporary fable loosely based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment". Roseanne is outwardly a perfect and popular teen. However, her image is hiding the abuse at her stepfather's hands, and she decides to ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, cynical, clever, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, high school, dysfunctional family, guilt, americana, rape, trial, incest, obsession, couples, family problems, crime and punishment ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.2
 920
The Tenants (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of a Jewish novelist, Harry Lesser, struggling to complete his latest work, and his antagonistic relationship with a black writer who moves in down the hall.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, tense ...
Plot: friendship, militant, writer's life, losing-it hero, artists and showbiz, couple relations, interracial relations, city life, couples, dysfunctional family, obsession, society ...
Time: 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%