Movies like The Aviator

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The Aviator (2004)
 7.5
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The Aviator (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 170 min.
Story: A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Style: captivating, realistic, stylized, serious, epic, factual, suspense, compassionate, mad, cerebral ...
Plot: pilot, businessman, mental illness, aviation, millionaire, legendary, success, aviator, rise and fall, billionaire, corruption, obsession, nervous breakdown, weirdo, fame, phobia, jealousy, blackmail, actress, filmmaking, senator, womanizer, u.s. congress, paranoia, test pilot ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 20s, 1940s ...
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, california, washington d.c., manhattan new york city, peru ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, interesting and stylized films with plots about obsession, mentor, storytelling, ambition, drinking alcohol, runaway and drinking mostly in Biography, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like The Aviator: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Founder (2016), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Genius (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: clever, motivational, realistic, cynical, captivating ...
Plot: rise and fall, money, corruption, dark humor, success, greed, corporate crimes, deception, rags to riches, cons and scams, drugs/alcohol, wall street ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, year 1987, year 1983 ...
Place: new york, usa, big ben london, brooklyn new york city, bahamas ...
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 7.2
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The Founder (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Greece
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise ...
Style: based on true events, motivational, inspirational, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: business, businessman, salesman, fast food, rags to riches, mcdonald's restaurant, family business, ambition, capitalism, greed, destiny, betrayal ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1929, year 1967 ...
Place: usa, america, california, minnesota, illinois ...
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100%
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, captivating, cerebral, dramatic, intellectual ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, prodigy, genius, insanity, schizophrenia, imagination, existentialism, obsession, hallucination, scientist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 90s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new jersey, stockholm sweden ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not ...
Style: clever, captivating, exciting, intense, suspense ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: con artists, master criminal, prodigy, fbi, adventure, justice, deception, rise and fall, crime, cat and mouse, crimes, fake identity ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969 ...
Place: usa, spain, washington d.c., atlanta georgia, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Genius (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: New York in the 1920s. Max Perkins, literary editor at Scribner’s Sons is the first to sign such subsequent literary greats as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When a sprawling, chaotic 1,000-page manuscript by an unknown writer named ...
Style: intellectual, melancholic, talky, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: writers, novelist, genius, eccentricity, creativity, book editor, unlikely friendships, destiny, obsession, mentor, writer's life, life philosophy ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 124K
J. Edgar (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, bleak, factual ...
Plot: fbi, homosexual, corruption, surveillance, ambition, politician, notoriety, gays and lesbians, state affairs, crimes, president, communism ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 1930s, 60s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., united states, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.4
 245K
Sully (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On 15 January 2009, the world witnessed the 'Miracle on the Hudson' when Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as ...
Style: factual, realistic, suspense, intense, inspirational ...
Plot: airplane accident, airplane, crash landing, aviation, pilot, investigation, plane crash, courage, lone hero, rescue, co pilot, catastrophe ...
Time: year 2009, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Flash of Genius (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In this David vs. Goliath drama based on a true story, college professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) goes up against the giants of the auto industry when they fail to give him credit for inventing intermittent windshield wipers. Kearns doggedly ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: lawsuit, inventor, nervous breakdown, inventions and discoveries, powerful corporation, legal action, underdog, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, fighting the system, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 60s
Place: michigan, usa, detroit, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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I'm Not There. (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Germany, Canada, USA, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Six actors portray six personas of music legend Bob Dylan in scenes depicting various stages of his life, chronicling his rise from unknown folksinger to international icon and revealing how Dylan constantly reinvented himself.
Style: realistic, serious, non-linear, stylized, meditative ...
Plot: music, actor, star, african american, poet, vietnam war, musician, ambition, artists and showbiz, musician's life, hopes, performer's life ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem, london, woodstock ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.0
 6K
RKO 281 (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A film about the making of Citizen Kane. Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane, despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst.
Style: talky, stylized, atmospheric, clever, sentimental ...
Plot: filmmaking, bankruptcy, anti semitism, obsession, movie business, society, media, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, ego clash, ambition, rise and fall ...
Time: 1940s, 70s
Place: wisconsin, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.8
 73K
Hitchcock (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Hitchcock follows the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the making of his most famous film "Psycho" - and the trials and tribulations the director faced from Hollywood censors.
Style: serious, suspense, captivating, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: obsession, showbiz, director, filmmaking, talented, love and romance, couple relations, dreams, artists and showbiz, censorship, husband wife relationship, film within a film ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 21K
Factory Girl (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the mid-1960s, wealthy debutant Edie Sedgwick meets artist Andy Warhol. She joins Warhol's famous Factory and becomes his muse. Although she seems to have it all, Edie cannot have the love she craves from Andy, and she has an affair with a ...
Style: contemplative, serious, factual, romantic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: artist, addiction, singer, art, rise and fall, fashion, socialite, fame, photographer, actor's life, love, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1970 ...
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 5K
James Dean (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The man behind the legend and a knowing look at the 1950's Hollywood are revealed in this dynamic bioepic of the meteoric star whose troubled life echoed his gut-grabbing performances in East of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause and Giant.
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, captivating, clever
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, actor, dying young, actor's life, teen angst, prodigy, ambition, rising to stardom, lifestyle, rise and fall, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: usa, malibu california, santa monica california, new york, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 215 min.
Story: The Amazing Howard Hughes is a 1977 television movie about American aviation pioneer and filmmaker Howard Hughes, based on the book by Hughes' business partner Noah Dietrich. The film starred Tommy Lee Jones, Ed Flanders, and Tovah Feldshuh.
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: rise to the top, artists and showbiz, prodigy, ambition, car chase, power relations, hollywood, rich and poor, obsession, celebrity culture, misfit, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.6
 54K
Chaplin (1992)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Italy, Japan, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: With the use of flashback, an elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, who urges him to be more vulnerable and emotionally honest with his memoirs while journeying through his poverty-stricken childhood, closest ...
Style: silent film, sentimental, serious, touching, emotional ...
Plot: rising to stardom, actor, actor's life, exile, hollywood, childhood, artists and showbiz, success, lifestyle, ambition, mccarthyism, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 90s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: london, england, california, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.
Style: witty, talky, clever, cynical, captivating ...
Plot: filmmaking, alcohol, writers, addiction, friendship, hotel, bittersweet, strong female presence, performer's life, drugs/alcohol, couples, family problems ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.9
 20K
Basquiat (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Director Julian Schnabel illustrates the portrait of his friend, the first African-American pop artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who unfortunately died at a young age and just as he was beginning to make a name for himself in the art world. Alongside the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, realistic, captivating, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, friendship, artist, art, rise and fall, society, rising to stardom, self destructing, overdose, ambition, human spirit, celebrity culture ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Bettie Page grew up in a conservative religious family in Tennessee and became a photo model sensation in 1950s New York. Bettie's legendary pin-up photos made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and transformed her into ...
Style: bleak, erotic, melancholic, factual, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: pornography, showbiz, rise and fall, nudity (full frontal - brief), ambition, individuality, journal, life is a bitch, sexuality, censorship, fetishism, photographer ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: usa, new york, tennessee, manhattan new york city, nashville tennessee ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Bugsy (1991)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: New York gangster Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womanizer with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all ...
Style: realistic, captivating, tense, serious, stylized ...
Plot: hollywood, gangsters, casino, crime, crimes, rise and fall, ambition, elimination, bohemian life, love affair, mafia, gambling ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 70s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles, new york, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Valentino (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In 1926 the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female moviegoers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide...
Style: offbeat, stylized, realistic, serious
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, movie star, gay, actor's life, rise and fall, gays and lesbians, showbiz, celebrity culture, human spirit, prison, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 1910s, year 1919
Place: california, usa, new york, los angeles, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.0
 27K
Pollock (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" The film is a look back into the life of an extraordinary man, a man who has ...
Style: based on true events, emotional, inspirational, intellectual, atmospheric ...
Plot: painter, artist, painting, alcohol abuse, art, bohemian life, rise and fall, supportive spouse, addiction, lifestyle, self destructing, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.8
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Amelia (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.
Style: serious, stylized, sentimental, realistic, factual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: airplane, female pilot, ambition, flying, self fulfillment, lifestyle, follow your dream, rise to the top, adventurer, escapades, danger, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, year 1937, year 1932 ...
Place: usa, kansas, pacific ocean, ireland, wales ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Georgia O'Keeffe (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Biopic of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.
Style: serious, tense, captivating, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: couples, rise to the top, destructive relationship, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, love and romance, couple relations, obsession, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, friendship, mortality ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 20s ...
Place: usa, new york, new mexico, manhattan new york city, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to ...
Style: sentimental, factual, melancholic, romantic, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: actress, ambition, fame, cultural icon, movie star, historical figure, showgirl, filmmaking, impossible love, actor's life, celebrity, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1956
Place: england, europe, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
 6.6
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Auto Focus (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A successful TV star during the 1960s, former "Hogan's Heroes" actor Bob Crane projects a wholesome family-man image, but this front masks his persona as a sex addict who records and photographs his many encounters with women, often ...
Style: serious, captivating, factual, intense, talky ...
Plot: infidelity, sex addict, friendship, tv show, hollywood, filmmaking, tv star, rise and fall, adultery, addiction, crumbling marriage, showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1965 ...
Place: usa, los angeles, california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.8
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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, actress, filmmaking, desire for fame, ambition, depression, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
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Star 80 (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Paul Snider is a narcissistic, small time hustler who fancies himself a ladies man. His life changes when he meets Dorothy Stratten working behind the counter of a Dairy Queen.
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: crimes of passion, playboy, obsession, rise and fall, fame, murder, deadly, couple relations, showbiz, fall in love, couples, family problems ...
Time: 80s, year 1978, 70s
Place: vancouver, vancouver british columbia canada, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.2
 3K
Klimt (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Austria, France, Germany, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A portrait of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt whose lavish, sexual paintings came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Style: thought provoking, stylized, based on true events, realistic, serious ...
Plot: painter, artist, prodigy, obsession, sexual relations, ambition, lifestyle, against the rules, society, painting, dying man, dying ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, year 1918, turn of the century, year 1900
Place: austria, paris france, europe, france, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.4
 10K
Grey Gardens (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on the life stories of the eccentric aunt and first cousin of Jackie Onassis raised as Park Avenue débutantes but who withdrew from New York society, taking shelter at their Long Island summer home, "Grey Gardens." As their wealth ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: eccentric family, family relations, eviction, family life, parents and children, elderly, oldtimer, mother daughter relationship, filmmaking, cat, single mother, male female relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s, 30s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.3
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The Girl (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa, USA, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Director Alfred Hitchcock is revered as one of the greatest creative minds in the history of cinema. Known for his psychological thrillers, Hitchcock’s leading ladies were cool, beautiful and preferably blonde. One such actress was Tippi Hedren, ...
Style: psychological, stylized, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: actor's life, sexual harassment, obsession, filmmaking, prodigy, artists and showbiz, infatuation, starlet, movie studio, movie star, dream girl, older man younger woman relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%