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, talky, clever, semi serious, psychological, witty, humorous, twists and turns, mind bending ...
Audience: date night
Plot: sexual identity, mind control, puppeteer, pet, love triangle, identity, actor, postmodernism, obsession, urban, ambition, witch, transvestism, brain, secret love, pet shop, new identity, cult, artists and showbiz, actor's life, supernatural ability, surrealism, immortality, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
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 storytelling, dialogue, mentor, loneliness, adaptation, obsession and pornography mostly in Drama, Comedy and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Being John Malkovich: Interstate 60 (2002), Adaptation. (2002), Birdman or (2014), Living in Oblivion (1995), Donnie Darko (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
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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, surreal, enigmatic, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: self discovery, wish come true, road trip, on the road, imaginary, dream girl, surrealism, changing the past or future, self fulfillment, hitchhiker, twentysomething life, choice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, twists and turns, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: writer's block, obsession, mentally unstable, writer's life, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, family relations, odd, twins, loneliness, uptight character, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, new york, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 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, 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%
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, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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, surreal, captivating, interesting ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: social misfits, time travel, supernatural ability, insanity, teenage life, supernatural, hallucinations, imaginary, morality, high school life, society, imaginary friend ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ 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, semi serious ...
Plot: obsession, writer's life, depression, actor, director, theater, self fulfillment, fantasy world, schizophrenic, therapist, alienation, actress ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: clever, offbeat, talky, surreal, witty ...
Plot: death, professor, dying, literature, writer's life, novelist, human nature, publisher, love, psychiatrist, insanity, self sacrifice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, semi serious ...
Plot: mouse, hair, zoo, sexuality, philosophy, farce, manners, masturbation, postmodernism, social misfits, laboratory, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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, filmmaking, showbiz, midlife crisis, lovers reunited, postmodernism, introspection, movie business, violinist, couple relations, artists and showbiz, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 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 ⇓
51%
 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: clever, talky, semi serious, humorous, surreal ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: therapy, dream, novelist, romance, wish come true, dog, writer's life, postmodernism, drugs/alcohol, looking for love, loneliness, imaginary friend ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, witty, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: fashion, photographer, waiter, city life, romance, urban, actor's life, conspiracy, model, voyeur, sex, job ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, manhattan, new york city, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, aspiring actor, artists and showbiz, fall in love, love affair, romance, love and romance, actor's life, adultery, call girl, father son relationship, multiple storylines ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1930s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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, masturbation, actress, neighbor, 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%
 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, clever, humorous, talky, witty ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: weatherman, romance, self discovery, looking for love, duel, unemployment, city life, love and romance, urban, couples, couple relations, true love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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: cynical, humorous, semi serious, 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, atlantic city new jersey, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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: dark humor, clever, semi serious, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: airport, self control, workplace, contests and competitions, infidelity, workplace situations, competition, control room, ambition, vengeance, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, semi serious, offbeat, realistic, witty ...
Plot: city life, urban, self discovery, village, nightlife, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, village life, love and romance, society, unfulfillment, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: semi serious, clever, talky, 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 ⇓
36%
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, talky, humorous, witty, clever ...
Plot: incest, mental illness, dysfunctional family, white house, parents and children, obsession, twins, thanksgiving, suburbs, siblings relations, assassination, eccentric family ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, offbeat, semi serious, 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 ⇓
34%
 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 ⇓
33%
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, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: sexual relations, feminism, crimes, train ride, man-woman relation, empowerment, ladykiller, love and romance, couples, disorder, hostages, battle of the sexes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 7.7
 156K
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, student ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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, clever, witty, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: salesman, love and romance, religion and supernatural, midlife crisis, religion, hotel, dialogue driven, convention, hotel room, bartender, fight, marketing ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: kansas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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 ⇓
30%
 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, humorous, semi serious, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: yuppie, crumbling marriage, starting over, self discovery, couple relations, filmmaking, society, breakup, rise and fall, infidelity, love and romance, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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, semi serious, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: flying, destructive relationship, fish, suicide attempt, nervous breakdown, fan, actor, suicide, on the road, obsessive quest, car dealer, american dream ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona, usa, new york, alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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, satirical ...
Plot: guru, battle of the sexes, cult, tourist, adultery, strong sexual content, self discovery, jealousy, dangerous attraction, australian abroad, asthma attack, sex ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: india, australia, asia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.3
 125K
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: talky, touching, semi serious, melancholic, funny ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: lesbian, bisexuality, sexuality, romance, jealousy, opposites attract, friendship, unlikely relationship, couple relations, twentysomething life, break up, philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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