Movies like Bright Lights, Big City

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Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
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Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young kid from Kansas moves to New York to work on a magazine. He gets caught up in the world of drink and drugs, and starts a steady decline. The only hope is the cousin of one of his drinking partners, can she pull him through it ?
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, bleak, realistic, intense, stylized, surreal, melancholic, complex ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, alcohol abuse, nightlife, addiction, redemption, life is a bitch, starting over, friendship, downfall, supportive spouse, writers, innocence lost, brother sister relationship, magazine, fashion show, nudity (full frontal - brief), friends, hopes, urban, couples, buddies, introspection, city life, drugs/alcohol, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey

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Most similar movies to Bright Lights, Big City

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and gloomy films with plots about redemption, life is a bitch, addiction, dialogue, mentor, storytelling and drinking alcohol mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Bright Lights, Big City: Clean and Sober (1988), Drunks (1995), Ironweed (1987), Sweet Nothing (1995), The Panic in Needle Park (1971). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug rehabilitation, addiction, human nature, life is a bitch, crimes, alcohol abuse, introspection, self discovery, rehabilitation, going straight, downfall ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
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95%
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Drunks (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, ...
Style: realistic, talky, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: alcoholic, alcohol abuse, support group, addiction, redemption, drug abuse, family problems, friends, couples, down on your luck, family in crisis, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
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88%
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Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, life is a bitch, best friends, buddies, rich and poor, parents and children, human nature, family relations, homeless ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 30s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 6.0
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Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, family relations, family problems, downfall, introspection, misfit, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, drug addiction, drug dealing, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug addict, drug addiction, addiction, drugs/alcohol, betrayal, couple relations, destructive relationship, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Chelsea Walls (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.
Style: serious, touching, meditative, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lifestyle, writer's life, looking for love, couple relations, addiction, human nature, drug abuse, rising to stardom, nightlife, down on your luck, hotel, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, minnesota ...
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76%
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Smashed (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, ...
Style: sincere, touching, depressing, twists and turns, sentimental ...
Plot: addiction, alcohol abuse, support group, rehabilitation, alcoholic, profanity, introspection, irresponsible, life is a bitch, hopes, drinking alcohol, drinking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Acts of Worship (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, downfall, going straight, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, destructive relationship, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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28 Days (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After getting into a car accident while drunk on the day of her sister's wedding, Gwen Cummings is given a choice between prison or a rehab center. She chooses rehab, but is extremely resistant to taking part in any of the treatment programs ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: drug rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, starting over, going straight, rehabilitation, siblings relations, doctors and patients, addiction, family relations, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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The Boost (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to turn. His friend, Joel, introduces him to cocaine to give ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, crimes, life is a bitch, downfall, drug dealing, couples, congress, couple relations, drug addiction, drugs, hospital ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Everything Must Go (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, semi serious, emotional ...
Plot: unemployment, salesman, friendship, alcohol abuse, starting over, midlife crisis, addiction, marital problem, life is a bitch, down on your luck, hopes, goodhearted ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, texas, usa, phoenix arizona, new jersey
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66%
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Beat (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of writer William Seward Burroughs and his wife.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, writer's life, lifestyle, addiction, drug abuse, celebrity culture, adultery, murder, alcohol abuse, rebel, rebellion ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 1950s
Place: new york, mexico, usa, latin america, mexico city
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.
Style: realistic, serious, sexual, satirical, melancholic ...
Plot: teacher, looking for love, self discovery, sexual relations, city life, nightlife, looking for sex, family relations, couples, drug abuse, loneliness, sexual promiscuity ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, year 1975
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The End of Innocence (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. Eventually here is where she finds her answers.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, rehabilitation, mental institution, parents and children, drug abuse, doctors and patients, family problems, life is a bitch, addiction, mentally unstable, drugs/alcohol, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: male rape, sexual abuse, downfall, haunted by the past, family problems, addiction, dysfunctional family, down on your luck, life is a bitch, going straight, society, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, harlem, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a voluminous Oral History of the World, a record of 20,000 ...
Style: sentimental, melancholic, intellectual, stylized, enigmatic ...
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, writer's life, buddies, human nature, storytelling, secret, reporter, alone in the world, character study, eccentricity, bum ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, north carolina, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
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57%
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Jacknife (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived.
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, vietnam veteran, haunted by the past, siblings relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, homecoming, human nature, loneliness, prom, alcohol abuse, depression ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, connecticut, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Rebelling against his dreary life in a small Arizona town, salesman Nick abandons his girlfriend, Beth, and strikes out onto the highway in search of... something else. Encouraged by her best friend, Carol, Beth reluctantly accepts the romantic ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friends, desert, friendship, self discovery, love, highway, road trip, salesman, deaf man, hopes, youth, buddies ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: arizona, usa, tucson arizona, las vegas, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, actor's life, lifestyle, human nature, family life, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Whore (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: This melodrama investigates the life of a prostitute in a pseudo-documentary style.
Style: serious, sincere, bleak, harsh, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, prostitute, mistreatment, prostitution, redemption, friendship, nightlife, hopes, downfall, life is a bitch, introspection, woman in danger ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
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56%
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54 (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Shane, a Jersey boy with big dreams, crosses the river in hopes of finding a more exciting life at Studio 54. When Steve Rubell, the mastermind behind the infamous disco, plucks Shane from the sea of faces clamoring to get inside his club, Shane not ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, sexy, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nightclub, disco, drug abuse, nightlife, lifestyle, addiction, drugs/alcohol, clubbing, party, father son relationship, bartender, money ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, bahamas, manhattan new york city
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55%
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Another Woman (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Marion is a woman who has learned to shield herself from her emotions. She rents an apartment to work undisturbed on her new book, but by some acoustic anomaly she can hear all that is said in the next apartment in which a psychiatrist holds his ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, talky, meditative ...
Plot: midlife crisis, writing, eavesdropping, philosophy, depression, self discovery, human nature, writers, psychiatrist, painting, friendship, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Down in the Delta (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, farm, dysfunctional family, bittersweet, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, single parent, family in crisis, addiction, family life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, chicago illinois, usa, mississippi river, atlanta georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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My Name Is Bill W. (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Bill W. (James Woods), a successful stock broker whose life falls apart after the stock crash of the 20's and how he comes to grips with his alcoholism. Along with a fellow alcoholic (James Garner) he forms a support ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, support group, drug abuse, friendship, against the odds, human spirit, self discovery, hopes, family problems, coping, addiction ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty.
Style: serious, captivating, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, sexual abuse, bishop, going straight, youth, life is a bitch, prostitute, hopes, drug abuse, addiction, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Passion Fish (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Soap actress May-Alice Culhane is paralyzed from the waist down in an accident. She returns to her old home in Louisiana, where she proceeds to drink quite steadily and to drive away five personal attendants in the first twenty minutes of the movie. ...
Style: talky, clever, thought provoking, sentimental, contemplative ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: wheelchair, rehabilitation, accident, friendship, disability, profanity, strong female presence, friends, paralysis, homecoming, urban, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Foxes (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A group of friends come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley, as set to a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, gloomy, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, alcohol abuse, hollywood, drug abuse, addiction, graphic violence, family relations, friends, youth, parents and children, self discovery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
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52%
Dangerous Game (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A New York film director, working on his latest movie in Los Angeles, begins to reflect the actions in his movie and real life, especially when he begins an affair with the lead actress.
Style: psychological, rough, art house, melancholic, gloomy ...
Plot: filmmaking, obsession, addiction, lifestyle, redemption, life is a bitch, downfall, showbiz, human nature, husband wife relationship, drugs, divorce ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: israel, los angeles, california, middle east, usa ...
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52%
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The Wool Cap (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This film, originally made for tv, stars William H. Macy as a mute superintendent of a apartment building that is falling apart who becomes the unwilling guardian to a young girl with a bit of an attitude. The film is an updated and Americanized ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: redemption, friendship, introspection, misfit, life is a bitch, parents and children, family life, family problems, addiction, custody, elderly, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, gloomy, suspense ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, addiction, secretary, rehabilitation, alcoholic, drinking, drinking alcohol, public relations, alcoholics anonymous, romance, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%