Play movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant play movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out stylized, realistic, atmospheric, serious, cerebral and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with play, theater, actress, adaptation, mentor, obsession, dialogue, actor, storytelling and drinking plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as play: StageFright (1987), Phoebe in Wonderland (2008), Anonymous (2011), Venus in Fur (2013), Saturday, Sunday & Monday (2004), L'Amour Fou (1969), A Midwinter's Tale (1995), The Baby of Mâcon (1993), Kantemir (2015), Timon of Athens (1981).

List of play movies

 6.7
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StageFright (1987)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A troupe of struggling stage actors is rehearsing for a small-town production of a play. Everything seems to be as it should until one of the cast members turns up dead. In a panic, the others try to get out, only to find they are now locked in the ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, rough, intense, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, psychopath, serial killer, investigation, play, slasher, gory, mysterious character, crimes, woman in danger, theater, track down ...
Time: 80s
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Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The fantastical tale of a little girl who won't - or can't - follow the rules. Confounded by her clashes with the rule-obsessed world around her, Phoebe seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher, even as her brilliant but ...
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: introspection, friendship, mental illness, estrangement, social misfits, teacher, inspiration, play, young heroes, daydreamer, hopes, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, ireland
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 6.9
 39K
Anonymous (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her, the story advances the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare's plays.
Style: stylized, serious, captivating, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: politics, intrigue, political intrigue, inheritance, lifestyle, play, dishonesty, state affairs, political unrest, aristocracy, writer's life, desire for fame ...
Time: 16th century, 1930s, 18th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, wales, italy ...
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National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and ...
Style: gothic
Plot: frankenstein, monster, stage play, adaptation, play, scientist, obsession, man with no name, monster as victim, ethics, live performance, theatre play ...
Time: 1810s
Place: geneva switzerland, swiss alps
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 17K
Venus in Fur (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Poland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An enigmatic actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) may have a hidden agenda when she auditions for a part in a misogynistic writer's (Mathieu Amalric) play.
Style: sexual, atmospheric, psychological, stylized, witty ...
Plot: masochism, bdsm, audition, theater, mind game, actress, stage performance, director, play, s&m, deviant sex, vulgarity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 19th century
Place: france, europe
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Saturday, Sunday & Monday (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Although this sounds like a weekend like many others, in the Prior house the atmosphere is rather tense because of some nervousness on the part of individual members of the family, especially the father, Peppino, who gets angry with anyone who ...
Plot: play, grandfather grandson relationship, tailor, shopkeeper, breaking the fourth wall, filmed play, extramarital affair, jealousy, marriage, father son relationship, eating, unrequited love ...
Place: naples italy
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 7.7
 542
L'Amour Fou (1969)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 252 min.
Story: L'Amour Fou follows the dissolution of the marriage between Claire, an actress (played by Bulle Ogier), and Sebastien, her director (Jean-Pierre Kalfon).
Plot: play, director, dog, tv crew, mistress, male female relationship, symbolism, documentary filmmaker, hippie, theater, tragedy, tape recorder ...
Place: paris france
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A Midwinter's Tale (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Out of work actor Joe volunteers to help try and save his sister's local church for the community by putting on a Christmas production of Hamlet, somewhat against the advice of his agent Margaretta. As the cast he assembles are still available ...
Style: witty, talky, clever, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: christmas, actor, play, silly humor, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, showbiz, actor's life, village, friends, celebrity culture, unemployment ...
Time: 90s, 1930s
Place: england, australia, london
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The Baby of Mâcon (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Netherlands, France, UK, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A town cursed with barren women and famine is saved by a miracle birth to an old, ugly woman: the Mother. Immediately afterwards, the old woman's Daughter (Ormond) claims to have delivered the baby herself in a virgin birth. She imprisons the ...
Style: serious, surreal, disturbing, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: virginity, bishop, hypocrisy, baby, violence, youth, birth, clergy, brutality, seduction, play, blood ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, europe
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National Theatre Live: Coriolanus (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 192 min.
Story: National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC's The Hollow Crown) in the ...
Style: captivating, tense, intense, epic, psychological ...
Plot: vengeance, tragedy, political intrigue, rise and fall, military, rivalry, betrayal, ambition, leadership, truce, state affairs, senator ...
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Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself - The Play (2002)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: When Madea gets sick, her family comes to her aid. What they don't realize is that they're the ones who need her help. As always, Madea's cockeyed outlook on life saves the day and guarantees side-splitting laughs along the way.
Style: semi serious, humorous, captivating, realistic
Plot: eccentric family, family life, nothing goes right, family relations, teaching the ways of the world, fish out of water, family problems, goofy hero, siblings relations, prison, prison life, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
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 3.4
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Kantemir (2015)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A group of actors gather in a remote Northeastern town to rehearse for a mysterious stage production, only to be plunged into a hellish world where their real lives mirror the grisly story of the play.
Plot: play, small town, dog attack, killing a dog, flower, limp, insanity, poisoning, alcoholic father, murder, blue eyes, alcoholic ...
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Timon of Athens (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Timon loves to give parties and objects to friends, but when he cannot pay his creditors, his "friends" refuse to help him, and he becomes a misanthropic hermit.
Plot: play, generosity, satire, beggar, coin, misanthrope, tragic event, morality, shakespeare
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 7.4
 3K
Lesson Faust (1994)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Czech Republic, France, UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A very free adaptation of Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus', Goethe's 'Faust' and various other treatments of the old legend of the man who sold his soul to the devil. Svankmajer's Faust is a nondescript man who, after ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, experimental, offbeat ...
Plot: surrealism, deal with the devil, puppet, philosophy, clay, supernatural ability, devil, danger, afterlife, good versus evil, aging, wish come true ...
Place: prague, europe, tokyo
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The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Gavin Stone, a washed-up former child star, is forced to do community service at a local megachurch and pretends to be Christian so he can land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life ...
Plot: community service, child star, play, redemption, cross, fake blood, loincloth, jesus, christian, jesus christ
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 7.7
 552K
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, psychological, surreal, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: midlife crisis, theater, actor's life, father daughter relationship, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, satire, actor, superhero, existentialism, showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 6.0
 186
The Penthouse (1967)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Three thugs--Tom, Dick and Harry (a woman)--break into the penthouse apartment of an adulterous couple and proceed to terrorize them, but as it turns out, things aren't exactly what they seem to be.
Plot: rape, penthouse, mistress, criminal, play, violence, female nudity, home invasion
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 6.7
 2K
Shirin (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A hundred and fourteen famous Iranian theater and cinema actresses and a French star: mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the twelfth century, put on stage by Kiarostami. The development of the ...
Style: experimental, contemplative, stylized, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: theater, artists and showbiz, strong female presence, feminism, play, cinema, face, women
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran
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 6.7
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Mansfield Park (1983)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 261 min.
Story: Drama series based on the novel by Jane Austen. Mansfield Park is the magnificient country residence of Sir Thomas Bertram and his family. It is here that their poor relation Fanny Price is brought up. Never allowed to forget her good fortune, Fanny ...
Style: serious, realistic, witty
Plot: rich and poor, love and romance, wooing, estate, love triangle, family relations, couples, romance, romantic rivalry, cousin cousin relationship, sister sister relationship, adultery ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england, europe, britain
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 6.4
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Enter Laughing (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: David Kolowitz, a nice young man living with his parents in New York City in 1938, works at a machine repair shop. His parents want David to study to become a pharmacist. But what he really wants is to be an actor like his idol, Ronald Colman. One ...
Plot: birthday, jewish, dressing, bathrobe, poem, uncle nephew relationship, glass of milk, undressing, cigarette smoking, taxi, jealousy, seduction ...
Place: bronx new york city
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 6.7
 2K
Cosi (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lewis a young director get his first job directing a play at a mental hospital with the patients as the cast. The play that is decided on is Cosi fan tutte an opera by Mozart.
Style: humorous, touching, witty, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: mental illness, theater, mental institution, hospital, drug abuse, underdog, romance, love and romance, addiction, couples, showbiz, mozart ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, sydney australia, california, new jersey
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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 22 min.
Story: "Get your muzzle out of those books and make some friends!" That's what Princess Celestia tells Twilight Sparkle. She may be the smartest unicorn in Equestria, but Twilight Sparkle gets an "incomplete" in friendship. ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, adventure, princess, pony, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, magic, magical, unicorn, friends, female protagonist, horse ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 2010s
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Big Stone Gap (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A story centered around a transitional point in the life of Ave Maria Mulligan, the heart of her community in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia.
Style: humorous, captivating, feel good, light
Plot: female protagonist, wedding, marriage proposal, job offer, family home, lawyer, small town, family relations, couples, love and romance, african american, funeral ...
Place: usa
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God Send Me a Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A stage play about a young lady in her 20's who keeps dating the wrong men, her friends and family try to make her see what she's doing wrong but she learns on her own that that the man she really needed was right in front of her the whole ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, christian film
Plot: womanizer, youth, midlife crisis, couples, religions or cults, suburban life, thirtysomething life, twentysomething life, relationship vs career, siblings relations, family relations, young lovers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Haruchika: Haruta & Chika (2017)
Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery
Country: Japan
Story: Haruta is handsome and smart, Chika is bright and naive. When they were children, they were friends until Haruta's family moved away while he was in the 3rd grade. They meet again during a high school entrance ceremony. After all of these ...
Plot: crying, library, friend, flashback, sign, bugle, man wearing glasses, new school, banner, collapse, straw, costume ...
Place: japan, mount fuji
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All the Creatures Were Stirring (2018)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater, they're treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories, featuring a wide ensemble of characters doing their best to avoid the horrors of the ...
Style: christmas horror, anthology
Plot: janitor, stage, alien, christmas, date, creature, dead, gun, ghost, parking lot, van, gas mask ...
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Madeline's Madeline (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Madeline has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother into their collective art, the lines ...
Plot: mental illness, mother daughter relationship, coming of age, mentor protege relationship, theatre group, actress, hypochondriac, theater, pregnant woman, role playing, play, virgin ...
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Colette (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France, Hungary, Netherlands
Duration: 111 min.
Story: French novelist, Colette, overcomes an abusive marriage to emerge as a leading writer in her country and a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Style: intellectual, based on true events, inspirational, lyrical, captivating
Plot: female protagonist, female writer, lesbian relationship, ghost writer, nobel prize, novelist, exploitation, bisexuality, husband wife relationship, money, infidelity, cigar smoking ...
Time: 1900s, 1890s, 19th century, 20th century
Place: paris france, france
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Love After Love (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A sixty-something mother and her two adult sons cope and move onward following the death of their larger-than-life father/husband.
Plot: middle aged woman, mother son relationship, brother brother relationship, cigarette smoking, bathroom, female nudity, drunkenness, bare breasts, loss of father, microphone, little girl, whistling ...
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The 8-Year Engagement (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Hisashi and Mai are a happy couple in their 20s who are engaged to be married. But three months before their wedding, Mai becomes seriously ill. Her heart stops momentarily, and she falls into a deep coma. Hisashi visits Mai at the hospital every ...
Plot: memory loss, sickness, amnesia, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, cell phone, girl wearing a miniskirt, slender woman, woman wearing glasses, short skirt, white coat, mourning, man in suit and tie ...
Place: asia
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