Movies like Adaptation.

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Adaptation. (2002)
 7.7
 173K
Adaptation. (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief'.
Style: mind bending, twists and turns, talky, witty, sincere, humorous, realistic, motivational, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: writers, writer's block, twins, obsession, mentally unstable, filmmaking, writer's life, family relations, odd, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, uptight character, satire, loneliness, thief, journalist, swamp, weirdo, brother brother relationship, orchid, depression, siblings relations, eccentricity, character study, alligator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, florida, new orleans

Most similar movies to Adaptation.

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out talky, humorous, melancholic and clever films with plots about dialogue, writers, storytelling, relationships, weird, mentor and pornography mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Adaptation.: Synecdoche, New York (2008), Celebrity (1998), Living in Oblivion (1995), Postcards from the Edge (1990), What Just Happened (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
Style: surreal, psychological, twists and turns, ambiguous ending, depressing ...
Plot: existentialism, depression, obsession, actor, theater, director, writer's life, writers, self fulfillment, therapist, suicide, alienation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.3
 24K
Celebrity (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The career and personal life of writer Lee are at a standstill, so he divorces his bashful wife, Robin, and dives into a new job as an entertainment journalist. His assignments take him to the swankiest corners of Manhattan, but as he jumps from one ...
Style: witty, cynical, stylized, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: filmmaking, ambition, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, showbiz, lifestyle, spectacle, satire, writing, film within a film, ex wife ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Living in Oblivion (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nick is the director of a low-budget indie film. He tries to keep everything together as his production is plagued with an insecure actress, a megalomaniac star, a pretentious, beret-wearing director of photography and lousy catering. Divided in ...
Style: surreal, humorous, semi serious, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: film within a film, filmmaker, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right, actor's life, lifestyle, friends, satire, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dwarf, actor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, dysfunctional family, rehabilitation, addiction, drug abuse, family problems, parents and children, filmmaking, family relations, actor's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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What Just Happened (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: During the course of an ordinary week in Hollywood, movie producer Ben (Robert De Niro) must navigate his way through shark-infested waters as he struggles to complete his latest projects. A demanding studio boss (Catherine Keener) demands extensive ...
Style: witty, realistic, humorous, melancholic, biting ...
Plot: movie business, hollywood, filmmaking, nothing goes right, artists and showbiz, showbiz, midlife crisis, disagreement, workplace situations, workplace, satire, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, cannes, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 20K
State and Main (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Hollywood Film unit invades a small Vermont town leading to wholesale abandonment of values and virtue. A smart, warm and funny movie - and not just for movie buffs. Tagline: When a film crew came to Waterford, Vermont - They Shot First And Asked ...
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, feel good, funny ...
Audience: date night
Plot: small town, film within a film, amateur theater, filmmaking, americana, small town life, lifestyle, love and romance, movie business, showbiz, disorder, nothing goes right ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, vermont, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
Style: talky, sincere, depressing, absurd, humorous ...
Plot: divorce, writers, self fulfillment, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, self esteem, parents and children, writer's life, crumbling marriage, understanding, family problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Life During Wartime (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in an almost war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos. Follows Solondz's film Happiness (1998).
Style: disturbing, psychological, melancholic, talky, dark humor ...
Plot: pedophile, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, haunted by the past, loneliness, character study, secret, mother son relationship, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: florida, usa, miami, new jersey, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Weather Man (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
Style: realistic, sincere, semi serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, weatherman, relationship vs career, divorced divorcee, hopes, introspection, ex couple relations, family problems, parents and children, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The feature film debut by artist Miranda July about a various comic situations and plots that intertwine. One story line is about a father who is ending his marriage and the other story is of a video artist (possibly autobiographical of Miranda ...
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: neighbor, art gallery, artist, childhood, struggle, stranger, museum, shyness, divorce, divorced divorcee, playground, female artist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
 18K
Paper Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his ...
Style: psychological, touching, humorous, tricky, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, imaginary friend, writers, midlife crisis, coming of age, imaginary character, teenage life, down on your luck, superhero, small town, party, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, long island, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.4
 5K
S.O.B. (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A movie producer who made a huge flop tries to salvage his career by revamping his film as an erotic production, where its family-friendly star takes her top off.
Style: sexy, cynical, humorous, witty, clever ...
Plot: hollywood, satire, transvestism, filmmaking, catastrophe, lifestyle, anti conformity, showbiz, actor's life, disorder, couples, columnist ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.6
 1K
The New Age (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Peter and Katherine Witner are Southern California super-yuppies with great jobs but no center to their lives. When they both lose their jobs and begin marital infidelities, their solution is to start their own business together. In order to find ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, cynical, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: satire, self discovery, filmmaking, society, crumbling marriage, family problems, love and romance, couple relations, breakup, infidelity, rise and fall, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.4
 2K
Mistress (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A comedy about a screenwriter (Wuhl) whose old movie script is read by a producer (Landau) and the search for financial backers begins. But it seems that each money source (Aiello, DeNiro, Wallach) has his own mistress that he wants put into the ...
Style: humorous, cynical, dark humor, light, captivating ...
Plot: filmmaking, writing, showbiz, hollywood, screenwriter, mistress, money, artists and showbiz, satire, film within a film, film producer, financier ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.1
 9K
Heartburn (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Rachel is a food writer at a New York magazine who meets Washington columnist Mark at a wedding and ends up falling in love with him despite her reservations about marriage. They buy a house, have a daughter, and Rachel thinks they are living ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, semi serious, humorous, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: infidelity, journalism, pregnancy, journalist, battle of the sexes, dysfunctional family, romance, couple relations, crumbling marriage, fall in love, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.2
 94K
Ruby Sparks (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, surreal, sweet, witty ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The House of Yes (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Jackie-O is anxiously awaiting the visit of her brother home for Thanksgiving, but isn't expecting him to bring a friend. She's even more shocked to learn that this friend is his fiance. It soon becomes clear that Jackie Kennedy's ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, absurd, surreal, psychological ...
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Time: 90s, 80s
Place: virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.4
 17K
Human Nature (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A philosophical burlesque, Human Nature follows the ups and downs of an obsessive scientist, a female naturalist, and the man they discover, born and raised in the wild. As scientist Nathan trains the wild man, Puff, in the ways of the world - ...
Style: surreal, humorous, semi serious, witty, clever ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Stardust Memories (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While attending a retrospect of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.
Style: talky, surreal, humorous, witty, clever ...
Plot: weekend, midlife crisis, lovers reunited, filmmaking, showbiz, postmodernism, couples, introspection, lifestyle, imaginary character, profanity, self discovery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 60K
Wonder Boys (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Grady (Michael Douglas) is a 50-ish English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years -- not since he wrote his award winning "Great American Novel" 7 years ago. This weekend proves even worse than he could imagine as he ...
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, writers, professor, adultery, divorce, college, alienation, university, dog, mentor, marijuana, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary --- all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of ...
Style: humorous, witty, talky, dark humor, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: eccentric family, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, redemption, depression, reconciliation, divorce, nervous breakdown, ex couple relations, parents and children, family conflict, uptight character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
American Splendor (2003)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
Style: neurotic, realistic, stylized, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: writer's life, antisocial behavior, loneliness, depression, artist, self discovery, rising to stardom, social misfits, new job, ambition, lifestyle, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 60s, 50s, 70s ...
Place: usa, ohio, new york, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 17K
Storytelling (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.
Style: dark humor, bleak, cynical, rough, witty ...
Plot: maid, high school, celebrity, exploitation, dysfunctional family, lifestyle, filmmaking, family problems, suburbs, family life, strong sexual content, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, colombia, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Steve Coogan, an arrogant actor with low self-esteem and a complicated love life, is playing the eponymous role in an adaptation of "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" being filmed at a stately home. He constantly spars ...
Style: humorous, talky, witty, semi serious, cynical ...
Plot: filmmaking, adaptation, artists and showbiz, couples, showbiz, buddies, disorder, director, nothing goes right, couple relations, rehearsal, actor's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.
Style: humorous, melancholic, touching, enigmatic, twists and turns ...
Plot: slacker, destiny, loneliness, everyday life, naivete, loser, parents and children, existentialism, immature, character change, brother brother relationship, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new orleans, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.7
 110K
Barton Fink (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.
Style: twists and turns, dark humor, atmospheric, psychological, surreal ...
Plot: neo noir, neighbor, screenwriter, hotel, murder, hollywood, showbiz, new job, serial killer, writers, backstage, trapped ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: This film tells the story of a successful writer called Harry Block, played by Allen himself, who draws inspiration from people he knows in real-life, and from events that happened to him, sometimes causing these people to become alienated from him ...
Style: witty, talky, humorous, cynical, clever ...
Plot: psychiatrist, writer's life, human nature, alienation, writing, writer's block, art, midlife crisis, estrangement, suffering, ex couple relations, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.7
 65K
Happiness (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
Style: banned film, cynical, dark humor, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: pedophilia, rape, loneliness, sibling relationship, therapist, marriage, divorce, depression, obsession, dysfunctional family, child abuse, unhappiness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and the greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of fame, fortune and popularity, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there.
Style: clever, melancholic, depressing, philosophical, dark humor ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teacher, loss of child, parents and children, moral dilemma, writers, grief, teenage boy, masturbation, fake suicide, loneliness, life & death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.9
 32K
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Style: humorous, suspense, dark humor, cynical, depressing ...
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, teenage life, eccentric family, family problems, addiction, life is a bitch, fall in love, falling in love, coming of age, parents and children, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, chicago illinois, connecticut, new jersey, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%