Movies like Being John Malkovich

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Being John Malkovich (1999)
 7.8
 280K
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 112 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, talky, clever, semi serious, psychological, witty, humorous, twists and turns, mind bending ...
Audience: date night
Plot: sexual identity, puppeteer, obsession, pet, love triangle, identity, immortality, lesbian, actor, postmodernism, urban, ambition, secret love, new identity, brain, pet shop, witch, transvestism, cult, artists and showbiz, actor's life, supernatural ability, surrealism, gender bending, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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, humorous, offbeat and clever films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, mentor, catastrophe, loneliness, life philosophy and adaptation mostly in Comedy, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Being John Malkovich: Interstate 60 (2002), Birdman or (2014), Adaptation. (2002), Donnie Darko (2001), Stranger Than Fiction (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, witty, road movie, surreal, suspense ...
Audience: date night
Plot: self discovery, wish come true, road trip, on the road, imaginary, hitchhiker, changing the past or future, twentysomething life, dream girl, choice, surrealism, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 491K
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, surreal, psychological, talky, enigmatic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, actor's life, father daughter relationship, theater, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, existentialism, superhero, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, actor, dialogue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 160K
Adaptation. (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief'.
Style: offbeat, clever, talky, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: obsession, mentally unstable, twins, siblings relations, writer's block, alligator, orchid, writer's life, filmmaking, swamp, thief, journalist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, new york, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 8.1
 674K
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, surreal, interesting, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: social misfits, insanity, supernatural ability, time travel, teenage life, society, teenage love, youth, death, vandalism, supernatural, hallucinations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: offbeat, clever, talky, surreal, witty ...
Plot: death, professor, dying, writer's life, human nature, literature, shooting, novelist, publisher, love, psychiatrist, insanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ 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, semi serious, clever, offbeat, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, writer's life, depression, director, therapist, alienation, actress, actor, suicide, obsessive quest, man-woman relation, theater ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: clever, surreal, dark humor, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: filmmaker, filmmaking, dwarf, nothing goes right, actor's life, ego clash, showbiz, artists and showbiz, friends, partners, disorder, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.4
 16K
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, semi serious ...
Plot: mouse, hair, zoo, sexuality, philosophy, farce, manners, masturbation, social misfits, postmodernism, laboratory, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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, clever, humorous, witty ...
Plot: weekend, showbiz, filmmaking, midlife crisis, lovers reunited, postmodernism, introspection, violinist, movie business, couple relations, artists and showbiz, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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, semi serious, gloomy, witty ...
Plot: postmodernism, human nature, introspection, redemption, self discovery, artists and showbiz, hopes, disorder, actor's life, switching roles, life turned upside down, body swapping ...
Place: russia, new york, usa, saint petersburg, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, semi serious, realistic, witty, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: fashion, waiter, photographer, city life, romance, urban, actor's life, conspiracy, voyeur, sex, model, job ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, manhattan, new york city, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, offbeat, stylized ...
Plot: surrealism, postmodernism, actor's life, celebrity culture, media satire, showbiz, artists and showbiz, media, disorder, obsession, lookalikes, identity crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.2
 89K
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: clever, talky, semi serious, surreal, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: therapy, wish come true, novelist, dream, looking for love, romance, dog, writer's life, postmodernism, drugs/alcohol, loneliness, imaginary friend ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 27K
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, clever, humorous, talky, witty ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: weatherman, romance, self discovery, looking for love, unemployment, duel, city life, urban, love and romance, couples, couple relations, true love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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: sexual, sexy, talky, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: phone sex, neighbor, masturbation, actress, actor's life, friendship, self discovery, boss and employee, showbiz, workplace situations, thirtysomething life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: semi serious, talky, clever, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: actor's life, workplace romance, celebrity culture, media satire, showbiz, workplace situations, filmmaking, love and romance, media, artists and showbiz, gender, workplace ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.0
 26K
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: dark humor, clever, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: airport, self control, workplace, contests and competitions, infidelity, workplace situations, control room, ambition, vengeance, dishonesty, rivalry, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.3
 123K
Chasing Amy (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything is going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.
Style: clever, talky, realistic, witty, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: lesbian, sexuality, menage a trois, bisexuality, romance, hockey, sexual exploration, jealousy, opposites attract, self discovery, love of one's life, best friend ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 6.3
 22K
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: cynical, semi serious, humorous, clever, witty ...
Plot: filmmaking, desire for fame, urban, celebrity culture, reporter, spectacle, ambition, artists and showbiz, media satire, showbiz, love and romance, media ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, atlantic city new jersey, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: atmospheric, sexy, surreal, clever, sexual ...
Plot: obsession, maid, humiliation, destructive relationship, dwarf, train ride, postmodernism, bucket, parent child relationship, love, train, bomb ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: spain, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: clever, surreal, witty, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Plot: suicide, fighting the system, corruption, industry, toy, screwball, journalism, secretary, suicide attempt, newspaper, letter, psychiatrist ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, sexual, clever, semi serious, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: infidelity, love, loft, actor, revenge, love triangle, couple relations, romance, betrayal, sexual relations, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.8
 7K
O Lucky Man! (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe.
Style: surreal, semi serious, clever, offbeat, dark humor ...
Plot: audition, police brutality, rise to the top, new wave, unfulfillment, power relations, obnoxious boss, rich and poor, society, surrealism, mad scientist, hotel ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, scotland, europe, east end london, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 7.7
 152K
Rushmore (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the ...
Style: clever, stylized, witty, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: love triangle, coming of age, high school, friendship, private school, teacher, depression, misfit, wrestling, divorce, millionaire, jealousy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey, living a dreary life during the Great Depression. Her only escape from her mudane reality is the movie theatre. After losing her job, Cecilia goes to see 'The Purple Rose of Cairo' in hopes of raising ...
Style: talky, clever, surreal, humorous, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: great depression, movie star, romance, small town, postmodernism, fall in love, fish out of water, falling in love, spectacle, unlikely couple, down on your luck, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: humorous, semi serious, witty, clever, offbeat
Plot: deal with the devil, writer's life, desire for fame, looking for love, down on your luck, wish come true, hopes, imaginary, introspection, moral dilemma, miraculous event, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Feeling Minnesota (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sam Clayton's (Vincent D'Onofrio) marriage to ex-stripper Freddie (Cameron Diaz) comes about when she's strong-armed into the match by Red (Delroy Lindo), a club proprietor who once did her a favor. But Freddie falls in love with ...
Style: clever, talky, dark humor, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: corruption, wedding, romance, love, murder, lovers on the run, on the road, gangsters, couple relations, sibling relationship, stripper, police ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa, minnesota, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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: clever, humorous, tragicomedy, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, transvestism, actor's life, showbiz, office, artists and showbiz, goofy hero, couples, disorder, columnist, pornography ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.0
 1K
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: witty, offbeat, semi serious, biting, cynical ...
Plot: obsession, divorce, wrestling, crumbling marriage, misfit, society, social differences, wrongfully committed, artists and showbiz, love and romance, couples, daydreamer ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, london, europe, wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Tromeo and Juliet (1996)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A modern, punk adaptation of Shakespeare's classic. Told irreverently, this film attempts to impact the viewer in the same way theatre-goers were effected in Shakespeare's time. Bawdy, Violent, Humorous, and Romantic.
Style: humorous, surreal, semi serious, offbeat, satirical ...
Plot: cult, shakespeare, gory, romance, coming of age, fall in love, social misfits, young lovers, love affair, tragic love, teenage life, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%