Movies like Adaptation.

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Adaptation. (2002)
 7.7
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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, philosophical, twists and turns, psychological, sincere, witty, talky, cerebral, surreal, satirical ...
Plot: writers, twins, loneliness, obsession, satire, filmmaking, thief, loser, writer's block, siblings relations, mentally unstable, imagination, loner, relationships, depression, existentialism, life philosophy, postmodernism, writer's life, eccentricity, character study, hollywood, marriage crisis, family relations, lookalikes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, new orleans, usa, new york

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out talky, humorous, semi serious and clever films with plots about dialogue, relationships, storytelling, writers, loneliness, pornography and mentor mostly in Drama, Comedy and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Adaptation.: Synecdoche, New York (2008), Being John Malkovich (1999), Barton Fink (1991), Ruby Sparks (2012), Postcards from the Edge (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Genre: 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: psychological, surreal, philosophical, twists and turns, depressing ...
Plot: existentialism, depression, theater, schizophrenic, obsession, writer's life, magic realism, mental illness, writers, actor, director, self fulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Spike Jonze’s debut feature film is a love story mix of comedy and fantasy. The story is about an unsuccessful puppeteer named Craig, who one day at work finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich. The portal soon becomes a passion for ...
Style: surreal, psychological, mind bending, cerebral, twists and turns ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: subconscious, puppeteer, body swapping, psychology, lesbian, surrealism, portal, mind control, manipulation, actor, obsession, puppet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york, manhattan new york city, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.6
 121K
Barton Fink (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
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: surreal, twists and turns, psychological, cerebral, neo noir ...
Plot: hollywood, screenwriter, dark humor, serial killer, murder, showbiz, neighbor, surrealism, writers, new job, film industry, crimes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new york, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.2
 101K
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: feel good, thought provoking, psychological, absurd, philosophical ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: romance, magic realism, bittersweet, writer's block, love, loneliness, mental illness, dream, destiny, life philosophy, novelist, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Duration: 91 min.
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Style: disturbing, touching, realistic, humorous, emotional ...
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100%
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: touching, humorous, melancholic, realistic, sentimental ...
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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, satirical, realistic ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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 19K
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Duration: 110 min.
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Audience: teens, teen drama
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Duration: 104 min.
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Style: melancholic, stylized, witty, realistic, humorous ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 18K
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: talky, humorous, feel good, funny, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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31%
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Style: philosophical, meditative, humorous, cerebral, stylized ...
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Style: melancholic, thought provoking, clever, dark, depressing ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: humorous, melancholic, mumblecore, twists and turns, touching ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Country: USA
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Style: cynical, bleak, rough, disturbing, sexy ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.1
 127K
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Germany, Poland, Spain, USA
Duration: 80 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Style: humorous, cynical, talky, witty, funny ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Stardust Memories (1980)
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Style: philosophical, sexy, surreal, talky, clever ...
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Time: 70s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.4
 2K
Mistress (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: humorous, cynical, captivating, light, exciting ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%