Movies like Being John Malkovich

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Being John Malkovich (1999)
 7.8
 287K
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 anybody who enters it’s mad and controlling world of overtaking another human body.
Style: offbeat, surreal, psychological, talky, humorous, twists and turns, atmospheric, mind bending, semi serious, twist ending ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mind control, actor, puppeteer, sexual identity, obsession, subconscious, love triangle, pet, manipulation, psychology, lesbian, immortality, identity, body swapping, supernatural, seduction, career, supernatural ability, star, love and romance, ambition, artists and showbiz, urban, tunnel, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey

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Most similar movies to Being John Malkovich

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out semi serious, clever, humorous and offbeat films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, mentor, adaptation, loneliness, pornography and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Comedy and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Being John Malkovich: Interstate 60 (2002), Living in Oblivion (1995), Adaptation. (2002), Birdman or (2014), Donnie Darko (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 27K
Interstate 60 (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An aspiring painter meets various characters and learns valuable lessons while traveling across America.
Style: offbeat, enigmatic, surreal, witty, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: road trip, self discovery, wish come true, on the road, choice, self fulfillment, dream girl, hitchhiker, changing the past or future, imaginary, surrealism, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: 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: filmmaking, filmmaker, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right, friends, lifestyle, actor's life, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, film within a film, dwarf, actor, character study ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 7.7
 164K
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: talky, witty, sincere, realistic, mind bending ...
Plot: writer's block, obsession, mentally unstable, filmmaking, writer's life, family relations, odd, artists and showbiz, twins, uptight character, loneliness, journalist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, florida, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.7
 511K
Birdman or (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A fading actor best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and ...
Style: dark humor, psychological, surreal, talky, enigmatic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, actor's life, theater, father daughter relationship, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, actor, superhero, existentialism, showbiz, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.1
 690K
Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, captivating, surreal, interesting ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: supernatural ability, time travel, social misfits, insanity, hallucinations, teenage life, supernatural, time loop, imaginary, society, morality, high school life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, director, writer's life, theater, self fulfillment, suicide, actress, therapist, alienation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his ...
Style: humorous, witty, talky, semi serious, sentimental ...
Plot: death, dying, professor, writer's life, literature, human nature, destiny, paranoia, self discovery, love and romance, life turned upside down, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 9K
Cold Souls (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Paul Giamatti stars as himself, agonizing over his interpretation of "Uncle Vanya." Paralyzed by anxiety, he stumbles upon a solution via a New Yorker article about a high-tech company promising to alleviate suffering by extracting souls. ...
Style: surreal, clever, psychological, witty, humorous ...
Plot: self discovery, redemption, hopes, switching roles, artists and showbiz, body swapping, disorder, postmodernism, introspection, lifestyle, human nature, actor's life ...
Place: russia, new york, usa, saint petersburg, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 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, clever, talky, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: manners, masturbation, mouse, sexuality, zoo, hair, farce, solitude, philosophy, virginity, hypocrisy, culture clash ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.2
 90K
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: semi serious, humorous, surreal, sweet, witty ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: dream, novelist, loneliness, imaginary character, looking for love, wish come true, therapy, couple relations, fictional reality, writer's life, supernatural romance, writing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Real Blonde (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An aspiring actor and his girlfriend handle life's frustrations, while his friend seeks fulfillment with a blonde.
Style: clever, feel good, offbeat, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: fashion, photographer, waiter, romance, urban, gender, introspection, lifestyle, actor's life, workplace situations, city life, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan, new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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, lovers reunited, midlife crisis, filmmaking, showbiz, introspection, imaginary character, lifestyle, haunted by the past, self discovery, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.1
 5K
Girl 6 (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Girl 6 is a 1996 American film by director Spike Lee about a phone sex operator. Theresa Randle played the title character, and playwright Suzan-Lori Parks wrote the screenplay. The soundtrack is composed entirely of songs written by Prince. The ...
Style: sexy, talky, humorous, surreal, absurd ...
Audience: date night
Plot: phone sex, neighbor, friendship, thirtysomething life, workplace situations, boss and employee, lifestyle, telephone operator, audition, sexual fantasy, actress, masturbation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.3
 23K
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, humorous ...
Plot: filmmaking, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, ambition, showbiz, lifestyle, celebrity culture, spectacle, writing, greed, loneliness, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, atlantic city new jersey, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.4
 38K
Arizona Dream (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 142 min.
Story: An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film, in real and imaginary form. Meanwhile, Axel tags fish in New York as a naturalist's gofer. He's happy there, but a messenger arrives to ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, humorous, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: destructive relationship, nervous breakdown, older woman younger man relationship, self discovery, fall in love, coming of age, love and romance, eccentric family, family relations, on the road, american dream, love triangle ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona, usa, new york, alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.0
 27K
Pushing Tin (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Two air traffic controllers who thrive on living dangerously compete to outdo each other on several levels.
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, talky, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: workplace, contests and competitions, ambition, workplace situations, dishonesty, control room, competition, self control, airport, justice, paranoia, character study ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Two Girls and a Guy (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Two women confront their boyfriend, a two-timing actor who professed eternal love to each.
Style: talky, humorous, semi serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, love, actor, betrayal, love and romance, couple relations, womanizer, dishonesty, couples, revenge, manipulation ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
She's Funny That Way (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: On the set of a playwright's new project, a love triangle forms between his wife, her ex-lover, and the call girl-turned-actress cast in the production.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, funny, light ...
Plot: infidelity, artists and showbiz, aspiring actor, love affair, fall in love, love and romance, romance, actor's life, adultery, father son relationship, call girl, multiple storylines ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 1930s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Lisa Picard Is Famous (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A documentarian decides to follow the career of New York actress Lisa Picard, believing she is on the brink of fame. Instead, he bears witness to Lisa's continued, humorous, struggles as an actress, as well as the conflict that arises when ...
Style: offbeat, sexual, cynical, talky, witty ...
Plot: media satire, desire for fame, lifestyle, actor's life, gender, showbiz, workplace situations, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, rise to the top, gays and lesbians, rising to stardom ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.4
 3K
Takeshis' (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Beat Takeshi lives the busy and sometimes surreal life of a showbiz celebrity. One day he meets his blond lookalike named Kitano, a shy convenience store cashier, who, still an unknown actor, is waiting for his big break. After their paths cross, ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, semi serious, stylized, mind bending ...
Plot: surrealism, lifestyle, showbiz, identity crisis, media satire, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, media, taxi driver, lookalikes, obsession, actor's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, clever, psychological, witty, talky ...
Plot: incest, mental illness, dysfunctional family, thanksgiving, twins, parents and children, obsession, assassination, family relations, reunion, family gatherings, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.9
 13K
Holy Smoke (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire PJ Waters, a macho cult de-programmer who confronts Ruth in a remote desert ...
Style: psychological, semi serious, humorous, witty, sexual ...
Plot: guru, battle of the sexes, adultery, tourist, strong sexual content, dangerous attraction, self discovery, jealousy, australian abroad, cult, asthma attack, sex ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: india, australia, asia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.7
 28K
L.A. Story (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.
Style: surreal, humorous, clever, witty, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: weatherman, romance, fall in love, couple relations, hopes, city life, love and romance, true love, museum, self discovery, couples, looking for love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Slaves of New York (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Meet the denizens of New York City: artists, prostitutes, saints, and seers. All are aspiring toward either fame or oblivion, and hoping for love and acceptance. Instead they find high rents, faithless partners, and dead-end careers.
Style: realistic, humorous, witty, semi serious, sentimental ...
Plot: village, couples, nightlife, urban, society, lifestyle, unfulfillment, city life, artists and showbiz, village life, celebrity culture, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.7
 956
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, cynical, humorous, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: yuppie, crumbling marriage, society, self discovery, filmmaking, breakup, family problems, couple relations, love and romance, starting over, rise and fall, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 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: cynical, humorous, witty, clever, tragicomedy ...
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, transvestism, office, artists and showbiz, goofy hero, columnist, couples, disorder, showbiz, anti conformity, actor's life ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
City of Women (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A businessman finds himself trapped at a hotel and threatened by women en masse.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, realistic, offbeat, humorous ...
Plot: feminism, sexual relations, couples, disorder, politics, hostages, couple relations, love and romance, crimes, fish out of water, battle of the sexes, empowerment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.6
 13K
The Big Kahuna (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three salesmen working for a firm that makes industrial lubricants are waiting in the company's "hospitality suite" at a manufacturers' convention for a "big kahuna" named Dick Fuller to show up, in hopes they can ...
Style: talky, witty, clever, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: salesman, love and romance, midlife crisis, religion and supernatural, religion, hotel, dialogue driven, marketing, fight, bartender, hotel room, convention ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, kansas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.6
 5K
Chuck & Buck (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Buck is a man-child who has lived his existence in a life of kindergarten collages and lollipops. Buck remembers his old childhood friend Chuck, with whom he feels a need to reconnect with after having invited him to his mother's funeral. Buck ...
Style: psychological, dark humor, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: stalking, obsession, friendship, gay, rehearsal, mentally unstable, adolescence vs adulthood, dysfunctional character, yuppie, danger, reunion, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Shortcut to Happiness (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In Manhattan, the aspirant writer Jabez Stone is a complete loser: he is not able to sell his novels, he lives in a lousy apartment and he does not have success with women. When one of his friends Julius Jenson sells his novel for US$ 190,000.00 to ...
Style: witty, clever, semi serious, humorous, offbeat
Plot: deal with the devil, hopes, love and romance, writer's life, moral dilemma, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, imaginary, wish come true, lifestyle, introspection, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%