Theater movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant theater movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, humorous, stylized, serious, clever and witty films and TV shows about / with theater, artists and showbiz, couples, love and romance, rehearsal, mentor, dialogue, storytelling, actress and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
theater movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as theater: Shakespeare in Love (1998), Noises Off... (1992), Vanya on 42nd Street (1994), The Karamazov Brothers (2008), Cowboys (2013), Venus in Fur (2013), Shirin (2008), Games of Love and Chance (2003), Tipping the Velvet (2002), Synecdoche, New York (2008).

List of theater movies

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (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: psychological, surreal, semi serious, suspense, talky ...
Plot: existentialism, midlife crisis, dark humor, theater, father daughter relationship, ambition, actor's life, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, introspection, satire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new ...
Style: stylized, romantic, sweet, inspirational, witty ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: forbidden love, cross dressing, theater, writer's life, shakespeare, lovers, hidden identity, unlikely couple, love and romance, verbal byplay, gender, muse ...
Time: 16th century, 1930s
Place: england, europe, london
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Noises Off... (1992)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A travelling theater group has so much action going on behind-the-scenes it almost ruins the performances.
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, funny, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: backstage, actor's life, theater, nothing goes right, disorder, love and romance, workplace situations, showbiz, farce, theatre play, artists and showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, iowa, london
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Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An uninterrupted rehersal of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" played out by a company of actors. The setting is their run down theater with an unusable stage and crumbling ceiling. The play is shown act by act with the briefest of breaks to ...
Style: sincere, melancholic, absurd, entertaining, talky ...
Plot: theater, performance, artists and showbiz, family problems, human nature, loneliness, rehearsal, longing, family relations, life philosophy, relationships, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, turn of the century, 19th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, st. petersburg russia, new jersey
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The Karamazov Brothers (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Poland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Dostoevsky’s latter-day opus about the siblings and their father is among the masterpieces of world literature. It asks profound questions about ethics and religion. Is there a God? Does the devil exist? Is everything allowed because we live in a ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: theater, parents and children, lifestyle, hopes, family relations, redemption, siblings relations, human nature, dealing with death, performer's life, society, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, czech republic, prague, poland, central europe
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Cowboys (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Croatia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Six men, one woman (and her brother) come together with one goal - to make the play. It would be probably another common story that this theater group is composed of anti-heroes who float lost in time and space, in a town where it seems that the sun ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, captivating, light, feel good ...
Plot: theater, showbiz, small town, culture clash, society, homecoming, cowboy, rivalry, rules and policies, unfulfillment, social relations, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: croatia
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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, psychological, sexy, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: masochism, bdsm, femdom, audition, theater, s&m, power relations, mind game, actress, flirting, director, vulgarity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 19th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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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, atmospheric, stylized, emotional, art house ...
Plot: strong female presence, theater, artists and showbiz, feminism, women, movie theatre, cinema, play, persian, watching a movie, face, auditorium
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran
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Games of Love and Chance (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The life of a band of teenager in a suburb near Paris. But instead of showing what would be the "urban legend" of this kind of poor suburb (violence, rapes...), Abdelatif Kechiche shows us what's the daily life of those guys: not much ...
Style: semi serious, touching, realistic, humorous, sincere ...
Plot: suburbs, rehearsal, school, theater, high school, teacher, romance, couples, looking for love, fall in love, lifestyle, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe
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Tipping the Velvet (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 177 min.
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Story: Set in the 1890s, Tipping the Velvet tells the lesbian love affair between male impersonator music hall star Kitty Butler and Nan Astley.
Style: touching, stylized, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian, lesbian romance, lesbian love, performer's life, lesbian relationship, sexual relations, cross dressing, lesbianism, gays and lesbians, fall in love, lesbian interest, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1890s
Place: england, europe, london
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Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Genre: 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: psychological, twists and turns, surreal, ambiguous ending, depressing ...
Plot: existentialism, schizophrenic, depression, obsession, theater, actor, director, writer's life, writers, self fulfillment, artists and showbiz, therapist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany, manhattan new york city
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tick, tick... BOOM! (2021)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On the cusp of his 30th birthday, Jonathon Larson, a promising young theater composer, navigates love, friendship, and the pressures of life as an artist in New York City.
Style: emotional, sincere, sweet, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: struggling artist, theater, composer, best friend, musician, flash forward, love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, broadway, pianist, hiv positive, musician's life ...
Time: 90s, year 1992, year 1990
Place: new york, manhattan new york city
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The Don Juans (2013)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An opera troupe in a small town decides to perform Mozart's Don Giovanni. The view behind the scenes uncovers the world of opera without the glitter. A tale of love and disappointment, about music and passionate love-making and about people ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, witty, entertaining ...
Plot: small town, theater, opera, actor's life, artists and showbiz, showbiz, performer's life, opera singer, womanizer, rehearsal, promiscuous man, police officer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: czech republic
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The Producers (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, satirical, light ...
Plot: transvestism, showbiz, audition, theater, farce, cons and scams, broadway, sex maniac, secretary, accountant, odd couple, dishonesty ...
Time: 50s, contemporary, 21st century, year 1959
Place: usa, new york, rio de janeiro, buenos aires argentina, bronx new york city ...
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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, slasher, rough, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, psychopath, serial killer, theater, owl, investigation, mysterious character, crimes, woman in danger, track down, survival, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
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Being Julia (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, USA, Hungary, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Julia Lambert is a true diva: beautiful, talented, weathly and famous. She has it all - including a devoted husband who has mastermined her brilliant career - but after years of shining in the spotlight she begins to suffer from a severe case of ...
Style: stylized, entertaining, emotional, touching, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: midlife crisis, older woman younger man relationship, theater, actor's life, romance, hallucination, infidelity, adaptation, loneliness, complex characters, older woman younger man sex, mental illness ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1938, 50s
Place: london, england, europe, new jersey
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The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2011)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A disfigured musical genius, hidden away in the Paris Opera House, terrorises the opera company for the unwitting benefit of a young protégée whom he trains and loves. The 25th anniversary of the first public performance of Phantom of the Opera ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, suspense, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: unfulfilled love, opera singer, disfigurement, destructive relationship, musician, singer, theater, obsession, tragic hero, love and romance, lifestyle, performer's life ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, year 1919, 1910s
Place: france, paris france, europe
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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and ...
Style: gothic, serious, captivating, stylized, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: obsession, fall in love, opera, disfigurement, singer, musician's life, dangerous attraction, love and romance, love triangle, disguise, tragic hero, destructive relationship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1910s, year 1919, 20th century ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, london
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The Last Metro (1980)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs.
Style: thought provoking, sincere, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: world war two, love triangle, anti semitism, infidelity, theater, occupation, confined, romance, love and romance, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, couple relations ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: paris france, france, europe, germany, poland ...
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Sing (2016)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Musical
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theater by hosting a singing competition.
Style: light, inspirational, entertaining, funny, sweet ...
Audience: kids
Plot: creativity, self confidence, music, singing competition, talking animals, friendship, mentor, talent show, theater, musician, anthropomorphism, animals ...
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead (2009)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Julian Marsh is an out of work ladies' man who lands a job directing a bizarre adaptation of Hamlet. After casting his best friend and his ex-girlfriend in the show, Julian finds himself in the middle of a two thousand year old conspiracy that ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sexy, captivating, entertaining ...
Audience: date night
Plot: supernatural romance, vampire, holy grail, dangerous attraction, love triangle, supernatural, theater, curses spells and rituals, disorder, wooing, nothing goes right, secret movement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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A Useful Life (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Uruguay, Spain
Duration: 67 min.
Story: A movie-theater employee adjusts to a new life after the cinema he worked at for over 25 years is forced to shut down.
Style: realistic, sentimental, atmospheric, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, theater, introspection, starting over, cinema, fired from the job, social problems, loss of job, quitting job, social relations, society, looking for love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: uruguay, latin america
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Corroboree (2007)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A beautiful young man has been summoned to an eerie meditation retreat by a dying theatre director. The young man has been given a tape of instructions; over a weekend he must perform scenes from the director's life. He visits different rooms ...
Style: serious, surreal, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: self discovery, artists and showbiz, estrangement, theater, theatre director, dying, surrealism, inventions and discoveries, wizards and magicians, imaginary kingdom, commune, garden ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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Company (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Following five couples and their friend Robert (Neil Patrick Harris), the perpetual bachelor, Company explores the true meaning of being in a relationship through a series of vignettes. Winner of the 1971 Tony Award for Best Musical, Neil Patrick ...
Style: semi serious, stylized, realistic, feel good, humorous
Plot: friends, friendship, bachelor, theater, couple relations, love and romance, artists and showbiz, live performance, love, husband wife relationship, broadway, marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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Last Screening (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Sylvain, a film-obsessed 31-year-old, lives in the basement of a small art-house theater where he works as a programmer, projectionist and cashier. Each night, after the last showing, he goes out for a murderous ritual.
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, captivating, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, obsession, psychopath, theater, small town, murder, crimes, violence, mentally unstable, solitary, woman in danger, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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Belleville-Tokyo (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Un couple se dirige vers un train en partance pour Venise. Sur le quai, Julien annonce à Marie qu’il part en rejoindre une autre et s’en va, la laissant seule à Paris, enceinte. Bouleversée, Marie se refuse à être victime de cette ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, breakup, couple relations, workplace, couples, theater, love and romance, family problems, boss and employee, friendship, strong female presence, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe
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Viola (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, USA
Duration: 65 min.
Story: Several actresses get caught up in a web of romantic intrigue while performing in a production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."
Style: non-linear, realistic, serious, talky, clever ...
Plot: actor's life, theater, postmodernism, strong female presence, twentysomething life, lesbian relationship, actress, urban, lesbian kiss
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
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Trust Me (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A comical fresco on human misdemeanors and betrayals... A film about our right to not be perfect.
Style: semi serious, humorous, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: actor's life, love affair, disorder, theater, landlord, betrayal, artists and showbiz, love and romance, strong female presence, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, rehearsal, eviction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, eastern europe
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Gabriel Iglesias: I'm Not Fat... I'm Fluffy (2009)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Gabriel Iglesias entertains a packed house at El Paso's Theatre in this Comedy Central special. For I'm Not Fat, I'm Fluffy, the comedian reaches new heights of hilarity, providing eerily perfect imitations and tales too tall not to ...
Style: not serious, realistic, talky, humorous
Plot: performer's life, friends, artists and showbiz, physical appearance, theater, comedian, stand up special, girlfriend, prostitute, adopted son, profanity, fat ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas
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Eddie Izzard: Circle (2002)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Town Hall, New York City, 26 June 2000. An evening with Eddie Izzard in which he moves back and forth in time, with religion as the loose but constant theme.
Style: not serious, realistic, talky, witty, suspense ...
Plot: transvestism, performer's life, society, artists and showbiz, gender bending, physical appearance, theater, space travel, cross dressing, gender, muslim, helicopter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, greece, spain, britain, amsterdam ...
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