Movies like The Bonfire of the Vanities

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The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
 5.6
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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: cynical, stylized, humorous, witty, semi serious, sexy, clever, absurd, enigmatic, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: redemption, journalist, politics, wall street, interracial relations, society, courtroom, justice, media, dark humor, legal action, crimes, journalism, satire, finance, economics, lawyer, vengeance, greed, culture clash, media manipulation, catastrophe, gangsters, distopia, devil ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city

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Most similar movies to The Bonfire of the Vanities

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out semi serious, humorous, realistic and clever films with plots about storytelling, mentor, dialogue, pornography, adaptation, catastrophe and brutality mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Bonfire of the Vanities: Touch (1997), Punchline (1988), Born Yesterday (1993), Bulworth (1998), Working Girl (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, light, realistic, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: solitude, romance, love and romance, religions or cults, hopes, satire, love, moral ambiguity, con men, con artists, religion, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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95%
 5.9
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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, intense, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: stand up comedian, romance, family, creativity, showbiz, rise to the top, ambition, friendship, performer's life, couples, redemption, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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: humorous, satirical, semi serious, witty, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: politics, opposites attract, farce, love and romance, society, fall in love, journalism, social differences, lobbyist, teaching the ways of the world, self discovery, romance ...
Time: 50s, 90s
Place: washington d.c., las vegas, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.8
 26K
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, political ...
Plot: politics, political satire, hip hop, political corruption, senator, liberal, interracial romance, fighting the system, insurance, election, satire, romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, america, usa, los angeles, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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: feel good, captivating, inspirational, talky, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: business, secretary, career woman, women, workplace romance, rise to the top, career, love and romance, boss, wall street, female protagonist, workplace ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 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, unusual plot structure, visually appealing, cerebral, bad ending ...
Plot: infidelity, satire, redemption, religion, powerful ending, farce, mad scientist, internet, psychiatry, creativity, weapons, atheism ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, hawaii, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.9
 3K
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: funny, political, realistic, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: racism, landlord, tenant, dysfunctional family, adoption, ghetto, one night stand, apartment building, class differences, father son relationship, interracial romance, interracial relations ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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, political, cynical, funny ...
Plot: business, lobbyist, marketing, advertising, satire, tobacco, social satire, reporter, lung cancer, capitalism, morality, journalism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., vermont, california, usa, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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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: feel good, sentimental, humorous, sexy, clever ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: wall street, greed, money, romance, fall in love, workplace intrigue, unlikely couple, family business, lawyer, business, manipulation, stock market ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, rhode island, new england, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: sexy, talky, humorous, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: father son relationship, hospital, divorce, surgery, dysfunctional family, businesswoman, marital separation, employer employee relationship, advertising executive, diabetes, marriage, office ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.8
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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: cynical, bleak, rough, disturbing, sexy ...
Plot: high school, dysfunctional family, dark humor, suburbs, celebrity, maid, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, filmmaking, family problems, strong sexual content, family life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, israel, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.6
 14K
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, clever, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, newspaper, newspaper editor, workaholic, satire, husband wife relationship, media, paranoia, workplace, ambition, introspection, workplace situations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: witty, melancholic, stylized, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: racism, interracial relations, college, race issues, prejudice, satire, obsession, marijuana, dysfunctional family, friendship, unlikely friendships, campus ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1972, 2010s, year 2016 ...
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.9
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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: funny, romantic, sexy, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: farce, yuppie, blind date, restaurant, father son relationship, brother brother relationship, lawyer, romance, bachelor, nudity (full frontal - brief), jealousy, musician ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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: sincere, motivational, touching, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: date night
Plot: airport, loneliness, culture clash, immigrants, happy ending, passenger, stranded, fish out of water, nothing goes right, misfit, life philosophy, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, eastern europe, romania, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: sexy, witty, humorous, sexual, erotic ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: jewish, hotel, wedding, satire, romance, couples, guilt, nudity (full frontal - brief), class differences, engagement, jewish wedding, father son relationship ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, tokyo, new jersey, usa, tahiti ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: cynical, semi serious, humorous, clever, intense ...
Plot: art school, artist, serial killer, painting, murder, dark humor, teenage girl, coming of age, art, investigation, ambition, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.2
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Alfie (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief ...
Style: sexy, light, witty, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: womanizer, infidelity, sex, life philosophy, lifestyle, betrayal, culture clash, happy ending, redemption, human nature, couples, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, london, usa, europe, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: talky, light, humorous, sexy, suspense ...
Plot: journalism, newspaper, reporter, journalist, media, friends, crimes, workplace, media satire, workplace situations, satire, social satire ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
New York, I Love You (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Bahrain
Duration: 103 min.
Story: New York, I Love You delves into the intimate lives of New Yorkers as they grapple with, delight in and search for love. Journey from the Diamond District in the heart of Manhattan, through Chinatown and the Upper East Side, towards the Village, ...
Style: sexy, talky, melancholic, sweet, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, interracial relations, multiple storylines, lifestyle, young lovers, fall in love, looking for love, city life, couple relations, couples, friendship, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, paris france, new jersey, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.5
 23K
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, harsh, sentimental, satirical, touching ...
Plot: air disaster, mistaken identity, chase, corruption, unlikely hero, happy ending, rescue, escapades, dishonesty, petty criminal, custody battle, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, illinois, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: psychological, satirical, cynical, humorous, funny ...
Plot: lawyer, divorce, battle of the sexes, dark humor, greed, marriage, relationships, death, manipulation, suburbs, obsession, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.0
 30K
Pushing Tin (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Two air traffic controllers who thrive on living dangerously compete to outdo each other on several levels.
Style: humorous, intense, feel good, talky, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: workplace, air traffic controller, justice, paranoia, corruption, character study, contests and competitions, ambition, competition, dishonesty, workplace situations, aviation ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 6.6
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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, stylized, realistic, psychological, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, financial problem, friendship, obsession, mental illness, couples, holiday, fall in love, artists and showbiz, writer's life, lifestyle, opposites attract ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 97K
Election (1999)
Genre: Comedy, 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: witty, humorous, political, realistic, funny ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: high school, election, teacher, satire, jealousy, infidelity, politics, teenager, teenage girl, school, teachers and students, lesbian ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., nebraska, manhattan new york city, california, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: clever, captivating, motivational, cynical, cerebral ...
Audience: teens
Plot: corruption, business, money, rise and fall, wall street, stock market, wealth, success, cons and scams, greed, american dream, stock broker ...
Time: 90s, 80s, year 1987, 20th century, year 1983
Place: new york, geneva switzerland, usa, italy, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ 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: humorous, witty, touching, erotic, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: mother daughter relationship, sister sister relationship, family, nudity (full frontal - brief), lifestyle, love affair, love, older woman younger man relationship, society, parents and children, coma, women ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, art house, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: ex convict, mechanic, redemption, high school, literature, prison, greed, friendship, obsession, depression, anarchist, accidental death ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988
Place: new york, new york state, new jersey, usa, long island ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.3
 27K
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, satirical, realistic ...
Plot: greed, justice, loneliness, artists and showbiz, ambition, desire for fame, lifestyle, showbiz, celebrity culture, writers, satire, filmmaking ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.1
 5K
Skin Deep (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Hard-drinking novelist Zach Hutton spirals out of control after his wife and mistress both leave him. Alone and crippled by a bad case of writer's block, Zach slips in and out of casual relationships and one-night stands, while his drinking ...
Style: sexy, funny, melancholic, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: womanizer, divorce, midlife crisis, male nudity, love story, redemption, police investigation, romance, couple relations, depression, breakup, adulterer ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%