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Annie Hall (1977)
Comedy, Romance

Annie Hall (1977)

Alvy Singer, a forty year old twice divorced, neurotic, intellectual Jewish New York stand-up comic, reflects on the demise of his latest relationship, to Annie Hall, an insecure, flighty, Midwestern WASP aspiring nightclub singer. Unlike his previous relationships, Alvy believed he may have worked out all the issues in his life through fifteen years of therapy to make this relationship with Annie last, among those issues being not wanting to date any woman that would want to date him, and thus subconsciously pushing those women away. Alvy not only reviews the many ups and many downs of their relationship, but also reviews the many facets of his makeup that led to him starting to date Annie. Those facets include growing up next to Coney Island in Brooklyn, being attracted to the opposite sex for as long as he can remember, and enduring years of Jewish guilt with his constantly arguing parents. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  paranoia,  divorce,  jealousy,  christmas,  drugs,  marriage
Mood:satire
Locations:nightclub,  usa,  city,  hotel,  school,  beach,  bar
Characters:comedian,  singer,  jewish,  writer,  actor,  doctor
Period:1940s,  1960s,  1970s
Story:university of wisconsin,  playing tennis,  coney island brooklyn new york city,  stand up comedian,  brooklyn new york city,  christmas party,  marriage proposal,  reference to the warren commission report,  new york city,  character interacts with narrator,  real tv show shown in fictional situation,  reference to sylvia plath,  talk show in plot,  people watching,  fake subtitles,  fear of spiders,  reference to catcher in the rye,  talking in bed after sex,  reference to hugh hefner,  reference to lee harvey oswald,  freudian slip,  existential crisis,  urban comedy,  reference to groucho marx,  reference to franz kafka,  anhedonia,  breaking the fourth wall by talking to the audience,  health food,  television industry,  pygmalion,  talking to the audience,  laugh track,  out of body experience,  kissing in public,  racquetball,  telephone box,  valium,  bumper car,  female photographer,  childhood home,  death wish,  cocktail party,  comedy of manners,  sneeze,  no music during end credits,  reference to frank sinatra,  conspiracy theorist,  beverly hills california,  neurosis,  rainy night,  taxi ride,  record producer,  reference to sigmund freud,  volkswagen beetle,  kennedy assassination,  unwanted kiss,  banquet,  motorcycle cop,  wisconsin,  dialogue driven,  opposites attract,  in medias res,  lobster,  psychoanalysis,  walking,  easter,  quarrel,  young version of character,  roller coaster,  autograph,  cannabis,  interrupted sex,  reckless driving,  flight,  bookstore,  taking a picture,  animated sequence,  job interview,  anti semitism,  part animation,  tennis,  movie theater,  rehearsal,  spider,  flirting,  premarital sex,  split screen,  directed by star,  convertible,  written and directed by cast member,  breaking the fourth wall,  talking to the camera,  break up,  man with glasses,  diner,  cocaine,  woman,  reporter,  jail,  cafe,  urban setting,  birthday,  sex in bed,  los angeles california,  airplane,  car accident,  dream,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  two word title,  sex scene,  flashback

Manhattan (1979)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Manhattan (1979)

Forty-two year old Isaac Davis has a romanticized view of his hometown, New York City, most specifically Manhattan, as channeled through the lead character in the first book he is writing, despite his own Manhattan-based life being more of a tragicomedy. He has just quit his job as a hack writer for a bad television comedy, he, beyond the ten second rush of endorphins during the actual act of quitting, now regretting the decision, especially as he isn't sure he can live off his book writing career. He is paying two alimonies, his second ex-wife, Jill Davis, a lesbian, who is writing her own tell-all book of their acrimonious split. The one somewhat positive aspect of his life is that he is dating a young woman named Tracy, although she is only seventeen and still in high school. Largely because of their differences a big part of which is due to their ages, he does not see a long term future with her. His life has the potential to be even more tragicomical when he meets journalist Mary Wilkie, the mistress of his best friend, college professor Yale Pollack. Although Isaac's first impression of Mary is that she is a pretentious intellectual, he falls for her. They do become friends with the potential of becoming more than just friends as she knows that being the "other woman" in Yale's life is not a long term role that she wants. An Isaac/Mary coupling may complicate matters even more with Yale being mutually in their lives. Regardless, Isaac may be able to rationalize events after they happen, no matter what those events are. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  divorce,  marriage
Mood:satire
Locations:school,  city
Characters:writer
Period:1970s
Story:woman,  new york city,  television industry,  racquetball,  telephone box,  comedy of manners,  bookstore,  premarital sex,  directed by star,  convertible,  written and directed by cast member,  break up,  man with glasses,  diner,  cafe,  urban setting,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking

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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  paranoia,  marriage
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:jewish,  singer
Period:1940s,  1960s,  1970s
Story:marriage proposal,  new york city,  television industry,  volkswagen beetle,  premarital sex,  split screen,  birthday,  los angeles california,  airplane,  dream,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

Anything Else (2003)
Comedy, Romance

Anything Else (2003)

Jerry Falk and David Dobel, who meet at a business meeting, become fast friends. Their commonality is that they are both fledgling New York based comedy writers, largely writing material for stand-ups, are Jewish (although David is an atheist), and are each of bundle of different neuroses. Their big difference is that Jerry is twenty-one, while David is sixty, with forty more years worth of life experience, knowledge and neuroses. While Jerry writes full time - he also working on a novel - David has kept his day job as a public school teacher just in case. In their relationship, David becomes somewhat of Jerry's mentor, providing advice on Jerry's life issues, most which revolve around the fact that Jerry is a product of inertia, he having trouble leaving anyone. That's why Jerry's still with the one and only manager he's ever had, Harvey Wexler. Jerry not only being Harvey's only client (which is a testament to his effectiveness in the job), Harvey also has a 25% take as stipulated in their contract, which he wants to extend for another seven years. That's why Jerry is still in therapy with a psychiatrist who has done him no good, and who advised Jerry to stay in therapy with him as opposed to taking a job in Los Angeles. But that not being able to leave largely applies to his love life. Jerry already has one divorce, his wife who left him. He is having problems with his current girlfriend Amanda, who he believes is the love of his life. He fell in love with her at first sight, when he was already in a cohabitational relationship with Brooke, and Amanda dating Jerry's friend, Bob Stiles. Even after Jerry began sleeping with Amanda, he could not be up front with Brooke about the situation, he leaving her to figure out his lies. What Jerry is unable or unwilling to see is that Amanda not only manipulates him, but that he focuses on the things between them that make them truly compatible, while disregarding those many more things which make them totally incompatible. What has made their relationship more difficult of late is that her mother, who is trying to find herself, has moved in with them in their small apartment. Despite David's unique view of life, he may be able to see Jerry and Amanda's relationship more clearly as an objective bystander. The question becomes how much of David's advice Jerry will take in its entirety. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  paranoia,  divorce,  jealousy
Locations:city,  hotel,  school
Characters:writer,  jewish,  doctor
Story:stand up comedian,  new york city,  taxi ride,  flirting,  premarital sex,  split screen,  directed by star,  convertible,  written and directed by cast member,  breaking the fourth wall,  talking to the camera,  break up,  cocaine,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  flashback

Malcolm X (1992) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:city,  beach,  bar
Period:1940s,  1960s
Story:brooklyn new york city,  new york city,  kennedy assassination,  convertible,  written and directed by cast member,  man with glasses,  jail,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  two word title,  flashback

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Alfie (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. This is why Alfie (2004) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977). (Read More)

Themes:christmas,  marriage
Locations:usa,  city,  nightclub,  beach,  bar
Characters:doctor
Story:new york city,  rainy night,  walking,  flirting,  premarital sex,  split screen,  breaking the fourth wall,  talking to the camera,  woman,  cafe,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  sex scene,  flashback

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
Comedy, Music

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

The up-and-down-and-up-again story of musician Dewey Cox, whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 36 kids, stars in his own 70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp, and gets addicted to - and then kicks - every drug known to man; but despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman - longtime backup singer Darlene. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  drugs
Mood:satire
Locations:nightclub
Characters:jewish,  singer
Period:1940s,  1960s,  1970s
Story:record producer,  animated sequence,  man with glasses,  cocaine,  woman,  character name in title

Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Definitely, Maybe (2008)

Romantic comedy: Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad is in the midst of a divorce when his 10 year old daughter, Maya, starts to question him about his life before marriage. Maya wants to know absolutely everything about how her parents met and fell in love. Will's story begins in 1992, as a young, starry-eyed aspiring politician who moves to New York from Wisconsin in order to work on the Clinton campaign. For Maya, Will relives his past as a idealistic young man learning the ins and outs of big city politics, and recounts the history of his romantic relationships with three very different women. On the campaign, Will's best buddy is Russell McCormack. They not only have similar political aspirations, they share the same type of girl problems, too. Will hopelessly attempts a "PG" version of his story for his daughter ad changes the names so Maya has to guess who he finally married. Is her mother Will's college sweetheart, the dependable girl next-door Emily? Is she his longtime best friend and confidante, the apolitical April? Or is she the free-spirited but ambitious journalist? As Maya puts together the pieces of her dad's romantic puzzle, she begins to understand that love is not so simple or easy. And as Will tells her his tale, Maya helps him to understand that it's definitely never too late to go back...and maybe even possible to find a happy ending. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  dating,  christmas,  marriage
Locations:city,  hotel,  school,  bar
Characters:writer,  singer
Story:wisconsin,  university of wisconsin,  new york city,  bookstore,  rehearsal,  split screen,  woman,  cafe,  birthday,  airplane,  car accident,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  flashback

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Swingers (1996) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977)
Comedy, Drama

Swingers (1996)

This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship.

Themes:dating
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:comedian,  actor,  singer
Story:new york city,  reference to frank sinatra,  wisconsin,  premarital sex,  break up,  diner,  cafe,  urban setting,  los angeles california,  cigarette smoking

New York, I Love You (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

New York, I Love You (2008)

Eleven vignettes, all homages to New York City life, are presented. I. Ben, a pickpocket, is attracted to Molly on first sight, and gets into an interesting "pissing match" with Molly's married lover, NYU professor Garry. II. Mansuhkhbai, an orthodox Jain diamond wholesaler, and Rifka, an orthodox Jewish diamond retailer who is getting married tomorrow, learn that they have more in common than just diamonds. III. David, a musician and music editor for a video being directed by Abarra, is having problems meeting Abarra's demands while he slowly falls for Abarra's assistant, Camille, who he's never met but has only talked to on the telephone solely about work. IV. A young man believes he's made a powerful connection to a stranger, a young woman, in the simple act of lighting her cigarette, and proceeds to convince her of the same and as such that there is a future for them from that point on, and not at some unspecified time down the road. V. A high school senior, who has been dumped by his girlfriend just before senior prom, is given a gift by his local pharmacist, Mr. Riccoli, the senior not understanding the full implication of the gift until the full process of prom night is over. VI. Each on their way to their first official date together after what started out solely as a one night stand, Gus and Lydia each contemplate not keeping the date. VII. Isabelle, a retired opera diva, has returned to a hotel where she's stayed many times and where she has strong memories of encounters with a young bellhop. VIII. In brown skinned Dante and white skinned young adolescent Teya spending time together in a park, most outsiders see a manny and his charge, not realizing the true nature of Dante and Teya's relationship. IX. In questioning why one of her elderly Eastern European customers chose her as the wanted subject for his next painting, a young Chinese herbalist may be inspired to create some art of her own. X. Anna, who meets Alex by chance on the street each going about their individual business, asks him a question, she having an ulterior motive while expecting a totally different reaction from him contrary to her motive... maybe. XI. Abe and Mitzie are spending their 63rd wedding anniversary together, not always harmoniously. Interspersed between these eleven vignettes are even shorter ones, often tying together to another or to one of the eleven primary ones in some manner. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  marriage
Locations:city,  hotel,  school,  beach,  bar
Characters:writer,  jewish,  singer
Story:woman,  coney island brooklyn new york city,  brooklyn new york city,  new york city,  animated sequence,  flirting,  split screen,  directed by star,  cafe,  urban setting,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  flashback

Hitch (2005)
Comedy, Romance

Hitch (2005)

Alex Hitchens is "The Date Doctor." He helps men to land dates. Sara is a gossip columnist for a New York City tabloid. Both are very guarded around the opposite sex. Despite their natures, Alex and Sara begin a relationship. Complications ensue when Sara's latest scoop happens to be one of Alex's clients. This is why Hitch (2005) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977). (Read More)

Themes:dating
Locations:city,  bar
Characters:actor,  doctor
Story:brooklyn new york city,  new york city,  flirting,  premarital sex,  breaking the fourth wall,  man with glasses,  woman,  reporter,  dream,  voice over narration,  character name in title

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The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

Themes:divorce,  drugs,  marriage
Mood:satire
Locations:bar
Story:playing tennis,  brooklyn new york city,  marriage proposal,  new york city,  valium,  interrupted sex,  reckless driving,  tennis,  breaking the fourth wall,  talking to the camera,  cocaine,  woman,  reporter,  jail,  cafe,  sex in bed,  airplane,  car accident,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  flashback

Prime (2005) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Prime (2005)

In colorful, bustling modern-day Manhattan, Rafi Gardet, a beautiful 37-year-old photography producer reeling from a recent divorce, meets David Bloomberg, a handsome 23-year-old painter recently out of college. Rafi's therapist, Dr. Lisa Metzger, who is working to help Rafi overcome her fears of intimacy, finds out that Rafi's new lover is--unfortunately for Lisa--her only son, David. Both David and Rafi must contend with their 14-year age gap, vastly different backgrounds and the demands of David's traditional mother. Despite their intense attraction, the charmed couple soon realizes that vastly different ages and backgrounds create much conflict. A Jewish hip-hop lover and closet painter who still lives with his grandparents, David has little in common with Rafi--a non-practicing Catholic from a wealthy, broken family who travels in the sophisticated, high-end world of fashion. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  dating,  marriage
Locations:city,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:jewish
Story:brooklyn new york city,  woman,  new york city,  psychoanalysis,  animated sequence,  convertible,  cafe,  birthday,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

Uptown Girls (2003)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Uptown Girls (2003)

Molly Gunn, the freewheeling daughter of a deceased rock legend, is forced to get a job when her manager steals her money. As nanny for precocious Ray, the oft ignored daughter of a music executive, she learns what it means to be an adult while teaching Ray how to be a child.

Locations:city,  nightclub
Characters:singer
Story:coney island brooklyn new york city,  brooklyn new york city,  new york city,  premarital sex,  break up,  woman,  birthday,  voice over narration,  flashback

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Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  jealousy,  drugs
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:jewish,  writer,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:new york city,  in medias res,  man with glasses,  reporter,  jail,  birthday,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:dating,  jealousy,  christmas,  marriage
Locations:city,  hotel,  bar
Characters:doctor
Story:brooklyn new york city,  marriage proposal,  split screen,  break up,  woman,  jail,  cafe,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

Along Came Polly (2004) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977)
Comedy, Romance

Along Came Polly (2004)

Reuben Feffer thinks he's found the love of his life but on his honeymoon he discovers her cheating on him with a scuba instructor. Reuben travels back home to get his life on track. On a night out with best pal, Sandy Lyle, Reuben discovers an old school friend, Polly Prince. Reuben feels a connection straight away, and tries constantly to get her to like him. But it's not going to be easy for Reuben, especially when he spends his days calculating risks, and when someone unexpected turns up. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  marriage
Locations:school,  nightclub,  beach,  bar
Characters:writer,  actor,  singer
Story:new york city,  racquetball,  lobster,  rehearsal,  woman,  cafe,  sex in bed,  los angeles california,  airplane,  sex scene

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Secretary (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Secretary (2002)

An emotionally fragile woman recently released from a mental hospital for self mutilation goes to school to gain secretarial skills to gain employment. She has an alcoholic father and a co-dependent mother who are clueless as to who she really is which a tormented soul who really wants to find something with which she can find success. She is a great secretary and finds a job with a unique, old fashioned, but off center in charge boss with a somewhat sadistic sexual proclivity. She grows and evolves and so does he. (Read More)

Themes:dating
Locations:usa,  school
Story:marriage proposal,  kissing in public,  in medias res,  job interview,  talking to the camera,  diner,  woman,  cafe,  los angeles california,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  flashback

2 Days In Paris (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

2 Days In Paris (2007)

2 Jours - 2 Days follows two days in the relationship of a New York based couple - a French photographer Marion and American interior designer Jack - as they attempt to re-infuse their relationship with romance by taking a vacation in Europe. Their trip to Venice didn't really work out, - they both came down with gastroenteritis. They have higher hopes for Paris. But the combination of Marion's overbearing non-English-speaking parents, flirtatious ex-boyfriends, and Jack's obsession with photographing every famous Parisian tombstone and conviction that French condoms are too small, only adds fuel to the fire. Will they be able to salvage their relationship? Will they ever have sex again? Or will they merely manage to perfect the art of arguing? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  jealousy
Characters:jewish,  writer,  doctor
Story:new york city,  conspiracy theorist,  animated sequence,  flirting,  premarital sex,  directed by star,  cafe,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

Summer Of Sam (1999)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Summer Of Sam (1999)

Themes:paranoia,  jealousy,  drugs
Period:1970s
Story:brooklyn new york city,  new york city,  quarrel,  cocaine,  reporter,  urban setting,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title

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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)

The big-screen version of Hunter S. Thompson's seminal psychedelic classic about his road trip across Western America as he and his large Samoan lawyer searched desperately for the "American dream"... they were helped in large part by the huge amount of drugs and alcohol kept in their convertible, The Red Shark. This is why Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drugs
Locations:hotel,  beach,  bar
Characters:writer
Period:1970s
Story:convertible,  dream,  cannabis,  cocaine,  reporter

Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  jealousy,  christmas,  marriage
Locations:usa,  school,  beach,  bar
Characters:singer
Story:coney island brooklyn new york city,  brooklyn new york city,  marriage proposal,  new york city,  premarital sex,  woman,  sex in bed,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene

Scrooged (1988)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Scrooged (1988)

Frank Cross runs a US TV station which is planning a live adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol. Frank's childhood wasn't a particularly pleasant one, and so he doesn't really appreciate the Christmas spirit. With the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Frank realises he must change. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Mood:satire
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:christmas party,  real tv show shown in fictional situation,  breaking the fourth wall by talking to the audience,  kissing in public,  breaking the fourth wall,  title spoken by character,  character name in title

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Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

Six New Yorkers juggle love, friendship, and the keenly challenging specter of adulthood. Sam Wexler is a struggling writer who's having a particularly bad day. When a young boy gets separated from his family on the subway, Sam makes the questionable decision to bring the child back to his apartment and thus begins a rewarding, yet complicated, friendship. Sam's life revolves around his friends-Annie, whose self-image keeps her from commitment; Charlie and Mary Catherine, a couple whose possible move to Los Angeles tests their relationship; and Mississippi, a cabaret singer who catches Sam's eye. (Read More)

Themes:dating
Locations:bar
Characters:writer,  singer,  doctor
Story:marriage proposal,  new york city,  taking a picture,  written and directed by cast member,  break up

Spread (2009) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Spread (2009)

In Los Angeles, Nikki is homeless, car-less and closing in on 30, but he's amoral, good-looking, and adept in the sack, moving from one wealthy woman of 35 or 40 to another, a kept boy-toy. His newest gig, with Samantha, an attorney whose house overlooks L.A., is sweet, although it's unclear how long she'll put up with him. Then Nikki meets Heather, a waitress. Is the player being played, or might this be love? What will Nikki discover? (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Locations:city,  nightclub
Story:marriage proposal,  volkswagen beetle,  interrupted sex,  break up,  diner,  woman,  sex in bed,  voice over narration,  sex scene

Black Dynamite (2009)
Action, Comedy

Black Dynamite (2009)

This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House.. This is why Black Dynamite (2009) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977). (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:city,  nightclub
Characters:doctor
Period:1970s
Story:animated sequence,  premarital sex,  split screen,  diner,  woman,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  two word title,  flashback

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American Splendor (2003)
Biography, Comedy, Drama

American Splendor (2003)

Harvey Pekar is file clerk at the local VA hospital. His interactions with his co-workers offer some relief from the monotony, and their discussions encompass everything from music to the decline of American culture to new flavors of jellybeans and life itself. At home, Harvey fills his days with reading, writing and listening to jazz. His apartment is filled with thousands of books and LPs, and he regularly scours Cleveland's thrift stores and garage sales for more, savoring the rare joy of a 25-cent find. It is at one of these junk sales that Harvey meets Robert Crumb, a greeting card artist and music enthusiast. When, years later, Crumb finds international success for his underground comics, the idea that comic books can be a valid art form for adults inspires Harvey to write his own brand of comic book. An admirer of naturalist writers like Theodore Dreiser, Harvey makes his American Splendor a truthful, unsentimental record of his working-class life, a warts-and-all self portrait. First published in 1976, the comic earns Harvey cult fame throughout the 1980s and eventually leads him to the sardonic Joyce Barber, a partner in a Delaware comic book store who end ups being Harvey's true soul mate as they experience the bizarre byproducts of Harvey's cult celebrity stature. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  divorce,  marriage
Characters:doctor
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:new york city,  talk show in plot,  psychoanalysis,  animated sequence,  part animation,  breaking the fourth wall,  diner,  cafe,  airplane,  voice over narration

Sideways (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sideways (2004)

A week before his friend Jack is to be married, best man Miles and the prospective groom head off to wine country for a week of fun, relaxation and - of course - wine drinking. Miles is the oenophile and does his best to teach Jack a bit about the art of appreciating great wine. All Jack cares about is drinking and carousing, something he accomplishes when he meets the attractive Stephanie at one of the vineyards. Miles is something of a sad sack, a high school English teacher who is a failed writer at heart. He has yet to get over the fact that his wife has divorced him and that she has remarried and he now faces that nerve racking wait for word from a prospective publisher. Miles has an opportunity to start anew when he meets Stephanie's friend Maya but when he let's slip that Jack is about to be married any hope of a relationship seems to be lost. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  marriage
Mood:satire
Locations:school,  beach
Characters:writer,  actor
Story:premarital sex,  convertible,  diner,  woman,  birthday,  sex in bed,  los angeles california,  car accident,  sex scene

Terms Of Endearment (1983) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977)
Comedy, Drama

Terms Of Endearment (1983)

Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking. In the end, different people show their love in very different ways. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  marriage,  jealousy
Locations:hotel,  beach
Characters:doctor
Period:1940s,  1960s,  1970s
Story:new york city,  opposites attract,  reckless driving,  flirting,  premarital sex,  convertible,  break up,  woman,  car accident

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Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Comedy, Crime, Romance

Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

Miles Massey, a prominent Los Angeles divorce attorney has everything--and in some cases, two of everything. Despite his impressive client list, a formidable win record, the respect of his peers and an ironclad contract (the Massey pre-nup) named after him, he's reached a crossroads in his life. Sated on success, boredom has set in and he's looking for new challenges. All that changes when Miles meets his match in the devastating Marylin Rexroth. Marylin is the soon-to-be ex-wife of his client Rex Rexroth, a wealthy real estate developer and habitual philanderer. With the help of hard charging private investigator Gus Petch, she has Rex nailed and is looking forward to the financial independence a successful divorce will bring. But thanks to Miles' considerable skills, she ends up with nothing. Not to be outdone, Marylin schemes to get even and as part of her plan, quickly marries oil tycoon Howard Doyle. Miles and his unflappable associate, Wrigley, unwittingly dig themselves in deeper and deeper as they go head-to-head with Marylin. Underhanded tactics, deceptions and an undeniable attraction escalate as Marylin and Miles square off in this classic battle of the sexes. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  marriage
Mood:satire
Locations:hotel
Characters:actor
Story:beverly hills california,  convertible,  man with glasses,  diner,  woman,  cafe,  urban setting,  los angeles california,  airplane,  car accident

Just Married (2003)
Comedy, Romance

Just Married (2003)

A happy young couple, Sarah and Tom marry against the wishes of Sarah's friends and family and go to Europe for their honeymoon. Unfortunately for them, Sarah's parents send Sarah's ex-boyfriend Peter Prentis to break up the happy marriage. This is why Just Married (2003) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  marriage
Locations:hotel,  beach
Story:unwanted kiss,  premarital sex,  woman,  jail,  los angeles california,  airplane,  car accident,  flashback

It's Complicated (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

It's Complicated (2009)

When brought together at a family event, two exes find themselves oddly attracted to each other after ten years of divorce. Although the couple think that this affair will stay in a different state, it brings itself back to their own city and disrupts their personal lives. While the couple still maintain other romances, they cannot help but to continue with their affair. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  divorce,  jealousy,  marriage
Locations:city,  hotel
Characters:doctor
Story:new york city,  break up,  woman,  title spoken by character

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Closer (2004) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977)
Drama, Romance

Closer (2004)

Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  divorce,  jealousy,  marriage
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:writer,  doctor
Story:new york city,  female photographer,  dialogue driven,  break up,  woman,  cafe,  birthday,  car accident,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene,  flashback

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Themes:christmas
Mood:satire
Locations:school,  nightclub,  hotel,  beach,  bar
Characters:actor
Story:christmas party,  new york city,  young version of character,  reckless driving,  spider,  talking to the camera,  los angeles california,  airplane,  car accident,  dream,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

True Romance (1993)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

True Romance (1993)

In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia is the owner of the drug and a group of killers are sent to hunt down Clarnece and Alabama. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:hotel,  beach
Characters:actor
Story:roller coaster,  movie theater,  convertible,  diner,  cocaine,  birthday,  los angeles california,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  sex scene

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Nurse Betty (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. This is why Nurse Betty (2000) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  drugs
Mood:satire
Locations:city,  bar
Characters:writer,  actor,  doctor
Story:diner,  woman,  reporter,  cafe,  birthday,  los angeles california,  car accident,  character name in title

Something's Gotta Give (2003) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Something's Gotta Give (2003)

Harry Sanborn is an aged music industry exec with a fondness for younger women like Marin, his latest trophy girlfriend. Things get a little awkward when Harry suffers a heart attack at the home of Marin's mother Erica. Left in the care of Erica and his doctor, a love triangle starts to take shape.

Themes:dating,  divorce,  jealousy,  marriage
Locations:city,  beach
Characters:doctor,  writer
Story:new york city,  reference to sigmund freud,  opposites attract,  flirting,  woman,  cafe,  birthday,  los angeles california,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

Hannah And Her Sisters (1986)
Comedy, Drama

Hannah And Her Sisters (1986)

Hannah, Holly and Lee are adult sisters from a show business family, their boozy actress mother who still believes she's an ingenue that can attract any man she wants, despite still being married to the girls' father, Evan. Hannah, on her second marriage to a man named Elliot, a financial advisor, is the success of the family, taking a break from her acting career to raise her children. Everyone turns to her for advice, while she never talks to others about what she needs or feels. Her first husband, Mickey, is a comedy show writer and hypochondriac, who is going through a crisis as he mistakenly believes he will die soon without a clear belief, as a non-practicing Jew, of what will happen to him in the afterlife. Single Holly is the insecure flaky sister, a struggling and thus continually unemployed actress, who has just started a catering business with her actress friend April, in order to do something constructive with her life. In her own security, Hannah even set up Holly and Mickey together following her own break-up with Mickey, Holly and Mickey's sole date which arguably was the worst night in both their lives. Holly turns to Hannah for everything in her life, including money, despite feeling Hannah overly judgmental about her failures. It's during a catering job that Holly and April meet David, an architect, who seems interested in both of them. Holly's insecurities may threaten her potential relationship with David and friendship with April. Lee, who collects unemployment, is metaphorically the family's piece of clay waiting for the right artist to mold her. She has long lived with artist Frederick, who has contempt for everyone except her, and as such relies on her for whatever his connection to the outside world. This already complex collective becomes even more complex when Elliot contemplates telling Lee that he has fallen in love with her. His attraction to her is as much feeling unneeded by Hannah, who he does not want to hurt regardless of what he decides to do with respect to Lee. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  marriage
Locations:nightclub,  hotel
Characters:writer,  actor
Story:new york city,  urban comedy,  dialogue driven,  bookstore,  directed by star,  man with glasses,  cocaine,  woman,  urban setting,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title

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Taking Woodstock (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Themes:drugs
Locations:bar
Characters:jewish,  actor
Period:1960s
Story:brooklyn new york city,  new york city,  motorcycle cop,  anti semitism,  split screen,  cigarette smoking,  two word title

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  jealousy,  marriage
Locations:hotel,  school
Characters:writer,  singer,  doctor
Period:1940s
Story:reckless driving,  tennis,  sex in bed,  car accident,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title

Middle Men (2009) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Middle Men (2009)

Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby are drugged out geniuses with lots of ideas but they can never seem to get their act together. But when they come up with the idea to create a porn site - and charge for it (the first ever site to do so), their idea may be too lucrative for them to handle. Straight-laced business man, Jack Harris, is brought in to team up with them and turn their profitable idea into a legit business. Making money in the pornography industry is pretty easy, but staying true to yourself when surrounded by that much wealth, luxury, sex, crime and temptations, is much harder. This is why Middle Men (2009) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  jealousy
Locations:nightclub
Story:marriage proposal,  young version of character,  interrupted sex,  man with glasses,  cocaine,  los angeles california,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  sex scene,  flashback

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Inherent Vice (2014)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Inherent Vice (2014)

During the psychedelic 60s and 70s Larry "Doc" Sportello is surprised by his former girlfriend and her plot for her billionaire boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. A plan for kidnapping gets shaken up by the oddball characters entangled in this groovy kidnapping romp based upon the novel by Thomas Pynchon. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  paranoia,  drugs
Mood:satire
Locations:usa,  hotel,  beach
Characters:jewish,  actor,  singer,  doctor
Period:1960s
Story:beverly hills california,  reckless driving,  convertible,  woman,  cafe,  los angeles california,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  two word title,  sex scene,  flashback

Sophie's Choice (1982)
Drama, Romance

Sophie's Choice (1982)

Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the movie's narrator, a young American writer new to New York City. But the happiness of Sophie and Nathan is endangered by her ghosts and his obsessions. (Read More)

Locations:city
Characters:writer
Story:brooklyn new york city,  new york city,  woman,  sex in bed,  voice over narration,  character name in title,  two word title,  sex scene,  flashback

Nine (2009)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Nine (2009)

Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his mother. As his chaotic profession steadily destroys his personal life, Guido must find a balance between creating art and succumbing to its obsessive demands. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Locations:nightclub,  hotel,  beach,  bar
Characters:writer,  actor,  singer,  doctor
Period:1960s
Story:autograph,  convertible,  woman,  reporter,  birthday,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  flashback

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My Super Ex-girlfriend (2006) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977)
Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi

My Super Ex-girlfriend (2006)

In New York, when the shy and lonely project manager of a design firm Matt Saunders meets Jenny Johnson in the subway, he invites her to date and have dinner with him. Jenny immediately falls in love for him, they have sex and she discloses her true identity to him, telling that she is the powerful superhero G-Girl. After meeting his co-worker and friend Hannah Lewis, the needy Jenny becomes jealous, controlling and manipulative, and Matt follows the advice of his best friend Vaughn Haige and dumps her, breaking her heart. Jenny turns Matt's life into hell, while he has a romance with Hannah. However, the archenemy of G-Girl and former high school sweetheart of Jenny, Professor Bedlam, proposes Matt to lure Jenny to strip her superpowers. (Read More)

Themes:dating,  paranoia,  jealousy
Locations:school,  city,  bar
Story:new york city,  racquetball,  walking,  flirting,  break up,  man with glasses,  woman,  car accident,  sex scene

Frida (2002)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Frida (2002)

"Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary. This is why Frida (2002) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977). (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  jealousy,  marriage
Characters:doctor
Period:1940s
Story:marriage proposal,  new york city,  part animation,  dream,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  sex scene,  flashback

Tootsie (1982)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Tootsie (1982)

Michael Dorsey is an unemployed actor with an impossible reputation. In order to find work and fund his friend's play he dresses as a woman, Dorothy Michaels, and lands the part in a daytime drama. Dorsey loses himself in this woman role and essentially becomes Dorothy Michaels, captivating women all around the city and inspiring them to break free from the control of men and become more like Dorsey's initial identity. This newfound role, however, lands Dorsey in a hot spot between a female friend/'lover,' a female co-star he falls in love with, that co-star's father who falls in love with him, and a male co-star who yearns for his affection. (Read More)

Locations:city,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:actor
Story:woman,  marriage proposal,  new york city,  cocktail party,  unwanted kiss,  autograph,  rehearsal,  flirting,  premarital sex,  break up,  title spoken by character,  character name in title

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Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  jealousy
Locations:city,  school,  bar
Characters:jewish,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:wisconsin,  taking a picture,  split screen,  cafe,  urban setting,  birthday,  voice over narration,  character name in title,  flashback

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) is one of the best movies like Annie Hall (1977)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Themes:divorce,  marriage
Locations:hotel
Story:new york city,  comedy of manners,  tennis,  man with glasses,  urban setting,  car accident,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  flashback

Half Baked (1998)
Comedy, Crime

Half Baked (1998)

After Kenny accidentaly kills a cop's diabetic horse by feeding it the food he purchased from a munchie run, he is put in jail and is given a 1 million dollar bail. The rest of the group must bail Kenny out before Nasty Nate gets to him. The group decides to sell marijuana that Thurgood gets through his job as a janitor at a pharmaceutical lab. They become pals with rap star Sir Smoke-A-Lot and the rivals of dealer Samson Simpson. On the side, Thurgood seeks the love of Mary Jane, an anti-pot daughter of a dealer. What follows is typical pothead behaviour with a ton of cameos. Look carefully. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:nightclub
Characters:writer
Story:new york city,  talking to the audience,  young version of character,  split screen,  breaking the fourth wall,  cocaine,  jail,  voice over narration,  flashback

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