Movies like The Bonfire of the Vanities

If you like "The Bonfire of the Vanities" you are looking for humorous, cynical and dark humor movies about / with politics, interracial relations, journalist, courtroom, society, media and crimes themes of Comedy, Drama and Romance genre shot in USA.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
 5.6
 22K
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.
Style: humorous, cynical, dark humor, witty, semi serious, stylized, clever, realistic, cult film, surprise ending ...
Plot: politics, interracial relations, journalist, courtroom, society, media, crimes, legal action, satire, journalism, redemption, wall street, coma, legal, stock broker, yuppie, hit and run, alcohol abuse, workplace intrigue, social differences, couples, dishonesty, opposites attract, rise to the top, success ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to The Bonfire of the Vanities

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, realistic and clever films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, mentor, catastrophe, adaptation, pornography and brutality mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Bonfire of the Vanities: Touch (1997), Punchline (1988), Born Yesterday (1993), Election (1999), Commandments (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.6
 2K
Touch (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Juvenal, a presumed miracle worker, appears on the scene Bill Hill attempts to exploit him but his plans go astray with the untimely intervention of August Murray and the developing relationship between Juvenal and Lynn Faulkner.
Style: cynical, realistic, witty, semi serious, light ...
Plot: love and romance, romance, religions or cults, hopes, satire, investigation, miraculous event, love, moral ambiguity, solitude, supernatural ability, media ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.9
 8K
Punchline (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Lilah Krytsick is a mother and housewife who's always believed she could be a stand-up comedian. Steven Gold is an experienced stand-up seemingly on the cusp of success. When the two meet, they form an unlikely friendship, and Steven tries to ...
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, intense, clever ...
Plot: romance, showbiz, ambition, rise to the top, performer's life, couples, friendship, stand up comedian, family, creativity, redemption, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
Born Yesterday (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A businessman shows up in Washington to lobby agendas that are friendly to his construction plans. His ditsy ex-showgirl bimbo proves to be an embarrassment in social situations, so he hires a reporter to teach her how to appear more intelligent. ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, witty, satirical, clever ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: politics, opposites attract, lobbyist, love and romance, society, fall in love, social differences, journalism, self discovery, teaching the ways of the world, women, farce ...
Time: 90s, 50s, 1950s
Place: washington d.c., usa, las vegas, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.2
 90K
Election (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections.
Style: cynical, witty, humorous, semi serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: jealousy, teacher, satire, high school, election, party, infidelity, teachers and students, teenage life, society, lifestyle, campaign ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nebraska, new york, washington d.c., usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Movie in collections
cynical movies
1735
crimes movies
13318
dark humor movies
3169
 5.5
 2K
Commandments (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Seth Warner has reached the end of his rope. Ever since his wife died two years earlier, his world has been in turmoil. He is despondent, his career has fallen apart, even his house has been destroyed. There seems to be nothing left for him to live ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, cynical, dark humor, offbeat ...
Plot: infidelity, satire, redemption, love and romance, nothing goes right, losing-it hero, dishonesty, down on your luck, couple relations, love triangle, life is a bitch, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, california, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.8
 52K
Working Girl (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Witty, romantic look at life in the corporate jungle. Tess McGill is an ambitious secretary with a unique approach for climbing the ladder to success. When her classy, but villainous boss breaks a leg skiing, Tess takes over her office, her ...
Style: captivating, feel good, talky, humorous, clever ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: secretary, career woman, business, workplace romance, rise to the top, career, love and romance, boss, wall street, hopes, determination, workplace ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.8
 25K
Bulworth (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.
Style: witty, humorous, thought provoking, satirical, clever ...
Plot: politics, liberal, hip hop, political satire, political corruption, senator, interracial romance, insurance, romance, americana, fighting the system, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, washington d.c., united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Nothing in Common (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: On his way up the corporate ladder, David Basner confronts his greatest challenge: his father.
Style: touching, sentimental, clever, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: divorce, office, family relations, couples, family problems, crumbling marriage, hopes, love and romance, romance, workplace situations, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Movie in collections
witty movies
4286
satire movies
3236
journalism movies
1179
redemption movies
7840
 6.8
 17K
Storytelling (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.
Style: dark humor, bleak, cynical, rough, witty ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, maid, celebrity, high school, exploitation, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, family problems, filmmaking, suburbs, strong sexual content, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, israel, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Nick Naylor is a charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who'll fight to protect America's right to smoke -- even if it kills him -- while still remaining a role model for his 12-year old son. When he incurs the wrath of a senator bent on ...
Style: witty, humorous, cynical, entertaining, suspense ...
Plot: lobbyist, satire, business, social satire, marketing, advertising, reporter, tobacco, lie, capitalism, lung cancer, cigarette smoking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa, u.s. capitol building, north carolina, vermont ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Other People's Money (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A corporate raider threatens a hostile take-over of a "mom and pop" company. The patriarch of the company enlists the help of his wife's daughter, who is a lawyer, to try and protect the company. The raider is enamoured of her, and ...
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, captivating, clever ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: fall in love, wall street, romance, workplace intrigue, workplace, disorder, unlikely couple, parents and children, family business, greed, money, satire ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, new england, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.7
 13K
The Paper (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Henry Hackett is the editor of a New York City tabloid. He is a workaholic who loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces financial straits, and has hatchetman Alicia Clark, ...
Style: talky, humorous, clever, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: journalism, media, columnist, newspaper editor, workaholic, newspaper, workplace, workplace situations, introspection, ambition, relationship vs career, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Dear White People (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Four black students attend an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over an “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in 'post-racial' America ...
Style: realistic, witty, semi serious, humorous, inspirational ...
Audience: student film, teens
Plot: racism, college, interracial relations, college life, student life, campus, satire, prejudice, storytelling, marijuana, obsession, student ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013, year 2016, 2010s ...
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.4
 409K
The Terminal (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Viktor Navorski is a man without a country; his plane took off just as a coup d'etat exploded in his homeland, leaving it in shambles, and now he's stranded at Kennedy Airport, where he's holding a passport that nobody recognizes. ...
Style: touching, sincere, motivational, interesting, humorous ...
Plot: airport, loneliness, immigrants, passenger, culture clash, fall in love, misfit, stranded, nothing goes right, fish out of water, happy ending, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, eastern europe, romania, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.5
 21K
Hero (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Bernie Laplante is having a rough time. He's divorced, his ex-wife hates him and has custody of their son, the cops are setting a trap for him, then to top it all, he loses a shoe whilst rescuing passengers of a crashed jet. Being a thief who ...
Style: humorous, cynical, realistic, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: mistaken identity, air disaster, rescue, chase, petty criminal, escapades, dishonesty, couple relations, rivalry, love and romance, custody battle, catastrophe ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, illinois, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.0
 2K
The Landlord (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his intention is to evict the black tenants and convert it ...
Style: witty, offbeat, clever, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, satire, opposites attract, interracial relations, landlord, tenant, urban, social differences, parents and children, couple relations, introspection, city life ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Art School Confidential (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Starting from childhood attempts at illustration, the protagonist pursues his true obsession to art school. But as he learns how the art world really works, he finds that he must adapt his vision to the reality that confronts him.
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, cynical, clever ...
Plot: painting, serial killer, murder, investigation, art school, dormitory, ambition, lifestyle, crimes, artist, fan, teenage girl ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.3
 13K
The Front Page (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A journalist suffering from burn-out wants to finally say goodbye to his office – but his boss doesn’t like the idea one bit.
Style: humorous, talky, light, witty, captivating ...
Plot: newspaper, journalist, media, media satire, workplace situations, friends, workplace, crimes, satire, journalism, reporter, scoop ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 20s, 70s, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
coma movies
526
legal movies
1053
The War of the Roses (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Roses, Barbara and Oliver, live happily as a married couple. Then she starts to wonder what life would be like without Oliver, and likes what she sees. Both want to stay in the house, and so they begin a campaign to force each other to leave. In ...
Style: dark humor, cynical, humorous, psychological, satirical ...
Plot: battle of the sexes, lawyer, suburbs, footsie under the table, uninhibited rivalry, divorce, marriage, greed, destructive relationship, family feud, death, relationships ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.7
 7K
Dedication (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A modern love story in which a misanthropic, emotionally complex author of a hit children's book is forced to team with a beautiful illustrator after his best friend and collaborator passes away. As Henry struggles with letting go of the ghosts ...
Style: cynical, psychological, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: financial problem, romance, lifestyle, writer's life, artists and showbiz, opposites attract, fall in love, holiday, couples, love affair, love and romance, success ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, talky, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: workplace, contests and competitions, ambition, workplace situations, control room, dishonesty, competition, self control, airport, air traffic controller, justice, paranoia ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, long island, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, ambition, celebrity culture, showbiz, lifestyle, spectacle, satire, writing, film within a film, ex wife ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, atlantic city new jersey, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Crazy in Alabama (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An abused wife heads to California to become a movie star while her nephew back in Alabama has to deal with a racially-motivated murder involving a corrupt sheriff.
Style: humorous, stylized, intense, captivating, weird ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hopes, life is a bitch, society, murder, small town, journey, coming of age, family relations, self defense, injustice, innocence lost, racism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1965
Place: alabama, usa, california, las vegas, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Movie in collections
yuppie movies
234
80s movies
80s
5279
stylized movies
7969
 4.9
 11K
The Divorce (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: While visiting her sister in Paris, a young woman finds romance and learns her brother-in-law is a philanderer.
Style: realistic, witty, semi serious, melancholic, talky ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: infidelity, culture clash, pregnancy, party, desire, romance, love, family relations, wine, police, violence, poet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After serving time for murder, Josh Hutton returns to his home town where he meets Audry Hugo. No one can remember exactly what Josh did...
Style: talky, witty, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: small town, ex convict, gossip, redemption, auto mechanic, fall in love, sexual content, profanity, couples, social relations, family relations, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1988
Place: new york, usa, long island, harvard university, new york state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Jewish man and a jewish woman meet and while attracted to each other find that their worlds are very different. She is the archetypical Jewish-American-Princess, very emotionally involved with her parents world and the world they have created for ...
Style: humorous, sexy, sexual, witty, realistic ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: couples, family relations, satire, romance, humble, against the odds, social differences, society, opposites attract, young lovers, youth, love and romance ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa, tahiti, boston, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Lovely & Amazing (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Self-esteem and insecurity are at the heart of this comedy about the relationship between a mother and her three confused daughters.
Style: witty, humorous, touching, sweet, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mother daughter relationship, sister sister relationship, love affair, lifestyle, family, parents and children, society, nudity (full frontal - brief), adoption, family relations, audition, foster child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.0
 21K
Blind Date (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When bachelor Walter Davis (Bruce Willis) is set up with his sister-in-law's pretty cousin, Nadia Gates (Kim Basinger), a seemingly average blind date turns into a chaotic night on the town. Walter's brother, Ted (Phil Hartman), tells him ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: blind date, farce, wedding, alcohol abuse, lawyer, judge, yuppie, romance, couples, workaholic, disorder, warning ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.6
 27K
Primary Colors (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany, Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In this adaptation of the best-selling roman à clef about Bill Clinton's 1992 run for the White House, the young and gifted Henry Burton is tapped to oversee the presidential campaign of Governor Jack Stanton. Burton is pulled into the ...
Style: thought provoking, semi serious, cynical, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: politics, presidential election, scandal, media, extramarital affair, head of state, couple relations, supportive spouse, rise to the top, state affairs, satire, adultery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new hampshire, california, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.0
 13K
Bob Roberts (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Mock documentary about an upstart candidate for the U.S. Senate written and directed by actor Tim Robbins. Bob Roberts is a folksinger with a difference: He offers tunes that protest welfare chiselers, liberal whining, and the like. As the ...
Style: witty, cynical, humorous, political comedy, talky ...
Plot: political satire, republican, election campaign, politics, assassination attempt, political campaign, senator, conservative, manipulation, journalism, manipulations, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, nicaragua, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%