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A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)
 6.8
 14K
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The National Lampoon name became globally recognized after the monumental success of Animal House—but before the glory days, it was a scrappy yet divinely subversive magazine and radio show that introduced the world to comedic geniuses like Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner. The driving force behind National Lampoon was Doug Kenney (Will Forte), and his truly wild and crazy story unfolds in A Futile and Stupid Gesture from Harvard to Hollywood to Caddyshack and beyond.
Plot: drug abuse, writers, suicide, screenwriter, funeral, magazine, filmmaking, publisher, movie making, narration from the grave

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, light and feel good films with plots about filmmaking, writers, nudity (full frontal - brief), artists and showbiz, actor, ambition and hollywood mostly in Comedy, Biography and Drama genres. Some movies like A Futile and Stupid Gesture: Sanju (2018), The Women's Club (1987), Where the Buffalo Roam (1980), The Happy Hooker (1975), Army of One (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 49K
Sanju (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Sanju explores some of the most crucial chapters from movie star Sanjay Dutt’s dramatic and controversial real life. It gives a lowdown on his tryst with drugs and his trials and tribulations in the Arms Acts case and the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
Style: based on true events, cynical, emotional, thought provoking
Plot: actor's life, drug abuse, crimes, filmmaking, crime, couple relations, friendship, job, artists' life, weed, the underworld, problem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Women's Club (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Patrick is a struggling screenwriter who takes a second job as a male prostitute. He is supposed to write by day and do right by his lonely clientele at night, but he develops writer's block. When Patrick decides to draw from his amorous ...
Plot: gigolo, screenwriter, dominatrix, male prostitute, writers, prostitute, handcuffed man, tied to a bed
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
Genre: Biography, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
Style: humorous, talky, captivating, light, road movie ...
Plot: gonzo, journalism, writing, hitchhiker, drug use, presidential election, drug abuse, disorder, buddies, media, on the road, bison ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1968 ...
Place: usa, los angeles, san francisco, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
The Happy Hooker (1975)
Genre: Biography, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Having emigrated to New York and immediately got the kiss-off from her mother-besotted fiance, a Dutch lass takes a well-paid office job and starts liberally sampling the local male talent. After a while she decides to make her pleasure her business ...
Style: humorous, sexual, sexy, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: prostitute, strong sexual content, strong female presence, nudity (full frontal - brief), rise to the top, ambition, follow your dream, attitude, domination, briefcase full of money, alarm, foot massage ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 5.1
 7K
Army of One (2016)
Genre: Biography, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Gary Faulkner is an ex-con, unemployed handyman, and modern day Don Quixote who receives a vision from God telling him to capture Osama Bin Laden. Armed with only a single sword purchased from a home-shopping network, Gary travels to Pakistan to ...
Style: absurd, surreal, not serious, idiotic, humorous ...
Plot: hallucination, vigilante, diabetes, construction worker, katana, absurd humor, farce, absurdism, mission from god, god, belief in god, sarcasm ...
Time: year 2004, 21st century
Place: pakistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 6.9
 62K
Mank (2020)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: 1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane.
Style: nostalgic, sentimental, intense, inspirational, emotional
Plot: screenwriter, alcoholic, hollywood, movie business, loneliness, friendship, father son relationship, great depression, movie studio, film history, gossip, wealth ...
Time: 1930s, year 1936, year 1933, year 1942, year 1937 ...
Place: los angeles, united states, usa, california, mojave desert
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Dreamer of Oz (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The film is the biography of Frank Baum, the children's book author and creator of the fantasy world Oz.
Plot: writers, imagination, children's book, book, wizard of oz
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Dirty Picture (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Musical
Country: India
Duration: 145 min.
Story: The love story between an actress and a director. Inspired by the life of the late south Indian actress Silk Smitha.
Style: serious, captivating, sexy
Plot: ambition, film industry, filmmaking, casting couch, sex, dancing, suicide, cleavage, dancer, female protagonist, egg, movie star ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Attack Of The Bat Monsters (1999)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Join schlock impresario Francis Gordon as his intrepid crew attempt to shoot an impromptu monster movie in the three days left over from the film they’ve just wrapped. From the Saul Bass opening title homage to its highly authentic, comic ...
Style: cult film, parody
Plot: actor, filmmaker, caterer, filmmaking, film within a film, screenwriter, respect, scream queen, nudity (full frontal - brief), actress
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. Luckily, our film creator gets the help of his friends.
Style: humorous, offbeat, feel good, semi serious, cult film ...
Audience: teens
Plot: filmmaking, human spirit, underdog, artists and showbiz, disorder, friends, hollywood, autobiography, movie studio, subliminal message, film within a film, hollywood sign ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Jason and Shirley (2015)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Based on a true story, Jason and Shirley recreates the 1966 power struggle between Jewish, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Shirley Clarke and her subject, Jason Holiday, a fierce black gay queen over a 12-hour marathon filming session which gave ...
Style: psychological, humorous, contemplative, light, sexy ...
Plot: filmmaker, gay interest, alcohol, manipulation, hustler, black man, film within a film, gay, friendship, cinema, friends, love ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Disaster Artist (2017)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An aspiring actor in Hollywood meets an enigmatic stranger by the name of Tommy Wiseau, the meeting leads the actor down a path nobody could have predicted; creating the worst movie ever made.
Style: based on true events, light, humorous, feel good, talky
Plot: ambition, hollywood, strange person, aspiring actor, friendship between men, bigger dreams, film within a film, promise, making of, filmmaking, backstage, jealousy ...
Time: year 2003, 1990s, year 1998, 2000s, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.8
 167K
Ed Wood (1994)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The mostly true story of the legendary "worst director of all time", who, with the help of his strange friends, filmed countless B-movies without ever becoming famous or successful.
Style: gothic, humorous, sentimental, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: actor, transvestism, friendship, hollywood, misfit, showbiz, filmmaking, actress, desire for fame, ambition, depression, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Malice in Wonderland (1985)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Struggling actress Hedda Hopper can't get a break in Hollywood, even though an acquaintence of hers is the extremely powerful gossip monger Louella Parsons - maker and breaker of careers (and lives) through her daily syndicated newspaper ...
Plot: female protagonist, mother daughter relationship, friend turned foe, filmmaking, hollywood, gossip, rags to riches, restaurant, rivalry, radio announcer, rise to power, film industry ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, year 1942, year 1937, 1920s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Let's Make a Movie (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Let's Make a Movie is the story of Cassie Thompson (Played by Hallie York), a college dropout and ex-film student who is tired of being disrespected and downtrodden, has decided that she's had enough. In a subconscious effort to turn her ...
Plot: coming of age, filmmaking, struggling artist, movie business, bigger dreams, film making
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.6
 90
Black Milk (1999)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Greece
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alekos is a young writer, who faces a creative block, can not find any meaning and redemption in his reality, wasting himself among adventurous romances and dangerous friendships.
Plot: publisher, hotel, infidelity, nudity (full frontal - brief), writers, cheating wife, prostitute, pimp, sex, teleportation, bartender, villa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In this film that closely parallels his own life story, Richard Pryor plays Jo Jo Dancer, a popular stand-up comedian who has severely burned himself in a drug incident. As he lies unconscious in a hospital, his spiritual alter ego gets up and ...
Style: serious, realistic, contemplative, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), redemption, hospital, rise and fall, addiction, ambition, performer's life, life is a bitch, graphic violence, drugs/alcohol, burned alive, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: illinois, usa, los angeles, ohio, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.0
 447
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: politics, campaign, ambition, athlete's life, relationship vs career, showbiz, actor's life, leadership, rise to the top, rise and fall, rising to stardom, ego clash ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, austria, los angeles, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of Rudy Ray Moore, who created the iconic big screen pimp character Dolemite in the 1970s.
Style: humorous, entertaining, feel good, live comedy, captivating ...
Plot: filmmaking, film industry, vulgarity, show business, showbiz, male protagonist, actor, black american, money, black man, vinyl, comedian ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Australia
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney Pictures adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, factual, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: childhood, writer's life, writers, hollywood, showbiz, family relations, filmmaking, disney, parents and children, haunted by the past, secretary, rehearsal ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1964, year 1961 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, australia, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Hefner: Unauthorized (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The unauthorized biography of Hugh Hefner and the birth of the Playboy empire.
Plot: secretary, womanizer, female nudity, drugs, playboy magazine, suicide, narration from the grave, father daughter relationship, lingerie, sex scene, nudity (full frontal - brief), millionaire ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.2
 189
Wills & Burke (1985)
Genre: Biography, Comedy
Country: Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Parody of historical epics that focuses on real-life Australian explorers William John Wills and Robert O'Hara Burkes, who tragically tried to cross the Australian continent from the south, to the north, a distance of 3,250 km.
Style: parody, based on true events
Plot: explorer, urinal, starvation, camel, australian outback, theatre play, correspondence
Time: 19th century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.4
 545
Emerald City (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A comedy of life's temptations - lust, greed and power. The city in question is Sydney and the colour green signifies greed and envy in David Williamsons amusing satire on its film and publishing industries. The story centers around the Rogers ...
Plot: filmmaking, screenwriter, male underwear, boxer shorts, man wearing towel, man wrapped in a towel, writers
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 5.6
 2K
20 Dates (1998)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Myles is divorced in L.A. He wants a love life and a film career. So he decides to go on 20 dates and find true love in front of a camera, making his first feature. His patient agent, Richard, finds a $60,000 investor, the shadowy Elie. Myles starts ...
Style: humorous, entertaining, satirical, light, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, hidden camera, filmmaking, looking for love, fall in love, showbiz, lifestyle, nothing goes right, dating, women, relationships, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Inside Monkey Zetterland (1992)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An off beat comedy about an out of work screen writing/artist that complains about being too cool, too talented and way too gay.
Plot: screenwriter, terrorist, girlfriend, explosion, homosexuality, pregnancy, bulimia, lesbian, mother son relationship, pregnancy and birth
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.2
 1K
iSteve (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: A comedic look at the life of Steve Jobs.
Style: parody, humorous, feel good, captivating, light ...
Plot: rise to the top, prodigy, programmer, ambition, visionary, computer system, computers and web, silly humor, inventions and discoveries, sex scene
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 80s, 60s ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.2
 1K
Freak (1998)
Genre: Biography, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: John Leguizamo's semi-falsified, one-man stand-up performance as...himself. This is his autobiographical story, about his life growing up, and his journey to try to be accepted by his father. We see this story through a bizarre myriad of ...
Style: witty, humorous, talky, realistic, one man show ...
Plot: interracial relations, coming of age, masturbation, youth, love and romance, family relations, profanity, social differences, family life, artists and showbiz, society, pageant ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.9
 35K
Private Parts (1997)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The auto-biographical story of Howard Stern, the radio-rebel who is now also a TV-personality, an author and a movie star.
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, touching, controversial ...
Audience: student film, teens
Plot: anti conformity, radio, radio show, lifestyle, ambition, workplace, rebelliousness, society, rise to the top, satire, media, radio dj ...
Time: 70s, 90s, 20th century, 80s, year 1979 ...
Place: washington d.c., new york, usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 6K
Molière (2007)
Genre: Biography, Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Molière, a down-and-out actor-cum-playwright up to his ears in debt. When the wealthy Jourdain offers to cover that debt (so that Molière's theatrical talents might help Jourdain win the heart of a certain widowed marquise), hilarity ensues.
Style: semi serious, stylized, witty, humorous, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, lifestyle, secret identity, couples, infidelity, mistaken identity, farce, dishonesty, romance, actor's life, love and romance, fall in love ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, humorous, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: single parent, family relations, teenage pregnancy, couple relations, youth, grownups, becoming an adult, family problems, self discovery, adolescence vs adulthood, parenthood, pregnancy ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, connecticut, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%