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Being John Malkovich (1999)
 7.7
 302K
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, twists and turns, talky, humorous, atmospheric, semi serious, mind bending, twist ending ...
Audience: date night
Plot: subconscious, actor, puppeteer, mind control, sexual identity, love triangle, psychology, obsession, body swapping, satire, pets, pet, manipulation, lesbian, immortality, identity, supernatural, seduction, career, supernatural ability, star, love and romance, ambition, artists and showbiz, cult ...
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, visually appealing, offbeat and humorous films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, weird, loneliness, obsession, catastrophe and adaptation mostly in Drama, Comedy and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Being John Malkovich: Synecdoche, New York (2008), Birdman or (2014), Interstate 60 (2002), Donnie Darko (2001), Cold Souls (2009). 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 ⇓
100%
 7.7
 563K
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, semi serious, suspense ...
Plot: midlife crisis, theater, actor's life, father daughter relationship, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, satire, actor, superhero, existentialism, broadway ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 29K
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: road movie, witty, surreal, enigmatic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: road trip, alternate reality, self discovery, wish come true, choice, dream girl, self fulfillment, on the road, life philosophy, imaginary, changing the past or future, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 725K
Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, 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, mind bending, atmospheric, captivating, surreal ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, time travel, social misfits, supernatural ability, hallucination, society, imaginary friend, suburbs, hallucinations, teenage life, supernatural, time loop ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, future
Place: virginia, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.4
 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, bleak, futuristic, psychological ...
Plot: life turned upside down, artists and showbiz, actor's life, hopes, disorder, self discovery, introspection, husband wife relationship, existentialism, depression, loneliness, body swapping ...
Place: russia, new york, usa, st. petersburg russia, saint petersburg ...
⇓ 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 ⇓
36%
 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 ...
Plot: manners, farce, fish out of water, human nature, philosophy, hypocrisy, culture clash, disorder, society, odd couple, misfit, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: humorous, satirical, light, melancholic, clever ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: satire, actor's life, showbiz, romance, artists and showbiz, workplace situations, lifestyle, workplace romance, workplace, fashion, unsuccessful, sexual dysfunction ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 40K
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, semi serious, humorous, melancholic ...
Plot: self discovery, destructive relationship, nervous breakdown, fall in love, coming of age, eccentric family, love and romance, family relations, on the road, american dream, love triangle, suicide ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona, usa, new york, alaska, papua new guinea
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 ⇓
29%
 5.1
 6K
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, boss and employee, lifestyle, thirtysomething life, workplace situations, nudity (full frontal - brief), telephone operator, audition, actress, sexual fantasy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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
Plot: dream, novelist, loneliness, imaginary character, looking for love, wish come true, therapy, fictional reality, couple relations, writer's life, writing, dog ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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 ⇓
28%
 6.7
 29K
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, feel good, humorous, clever, witty ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: weatherman, satire, romance, city life, fall in love, couple relations, hopes, love and romance, up and down relationship, couples, looking for love, agent ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
She's Funny That Way (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
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, light, funny ...
Plot: infidelity, artists and showbiz, aspiring actor, actor's life, love and romance, fall in love, romance, love affair, adultery, father son relationship, multiple storylines, prostitute ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 1930s, 80s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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 ⇓
27%
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: humorous, sentimental, ironic, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: lifestyle, society, self discovery, couples, love, ambition, adaptation, loneliness, bittersweet, stash, love and romance, performer's life ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, realistic, semi serious, humorous, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, love, actor, betrayal, couple relations, love and romance, womanizer, dishonesty, couples, revenge, manipulation ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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, clever, humorous, witty ...
Plot: sexual relations, feminism, satire, battle of the sexes, crimes, hostages, love and romance, couple relations, politics, strong female presence, disorder, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: italy, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.4
 4K
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, stylized, dark humor, semi serious, mind bending ...
Plot: surrealism, obsession, actor's life, identity crisis, lifestyle, showbiz, audition, lookalikes, wannabe, media, graphic violence, postmodernism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.0
 28K
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, semi serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: workplace, contests and competitions, ambition, workplace situations, control room, dishonesty, competition, self control, airport, justice, paranoia, character study ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, long island, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.9
 14K
Holy Smoke (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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, witty, humorous, semi serious, sexual ...
Plot: asthma attack, adultery, guru, battle of the sexes, tourist, strong sexual content, dangerous attraction, self discovery, jealousy, satire, australian abroad, cult ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: india, australia, asia, delhi, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: sexual, sexy, offbeat, humorous, clever ...
Plot: satire, best friends, media, rise to the top, gays and lesbians, love and romance, desire for fame, rising to stardom, gender, lifestyle, showbiz, actor's life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Spain
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After dumping a bucket of water on a beautiful young woman from the window of a train car, wealthy Frenchman Mathieu, regales his fellow passengers with the story of the dysfunctional relationship between himself and the young woman in question, a ...
Style: sexy, atmospheric, sexual, surreal, cynical ...
Plot: maid, manipulation, satire, nudity (full frontal - brief), train ride, dwarf, obsession, humiliation, virginity, passenger, desire, postmodernism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: paris france, spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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 ⇓
26%
 6.7
 2K
Morgan! (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Morgan, an aggressive and self-admitted dreamer, a fantasist who uses his flights of fancy as refuge from external reality, where his unconventional behavior lands him in a divorce from his wife, Leonie, trouble with the police and, ultimately, ...
Style: cynical, witty, suspense, biting, offbeat ...
Plot: obsession, satire, divorce, wrestling, social differences, crumbling marriage, performer's life, love and romance, artists and showbiz, wrongfully committed, daydreamer, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, london, europe, wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 ...
Plot: incest, dysfunctional family, family relations, mental illness, thanksgiving, eccentric family, family problems, twins, family life, love and romance, brother sister incest, female protagonist ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 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, cynical, humorous, gloomy ...
Plot: obsession, stalking, friendship, childhood friend, gay, danger, reunion, dysfunctional character, mentally unstable, unrequited love, man child, love triangle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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 ⇓
26%
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.
Style: feel good, humorous, light, satirical, dark humor ...
Plot: fighting the system, suicide, corruption, industry, journalism, secretary, success, newspaper, psychiatrist, satire, change of luck, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959, year 1958 ...
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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