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Being John Malkovich (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Being John Malkovich (1999)

Puppeteer Craig Schwartz and animal lover and pet store clerk Lotte Schwartz are just going through the motions of their marriage. Despite not being able to earn a living solely through puppeteering, Craig loves his profession as it allows him to inhabit the skin of others. He begins to take the ability to inhabit the skin of others to the next level when he is forced to take a job as a file clerk for the off-kilter LesterCorp, located on the five-foot tall 7 1/2 floor of a Manhattan office building. Behind one of the filing cabinets in his work area, Craig finds a hidden door which he learns is a portal into the mind of 'John Malkovich' (qv), the visit through the portal which lasts fifteen minutes after which the person is spit into a ditch next to the New Jersey Turnpike. Craig is fascinated by the meaning of life associated with this finding. Lotte's trips through the portal make her evaluate her own self. And the confident Maxine Lund, one of Craig's co-workers who he tells about the portal if only because he is attracted to her, thinks that it is a money making opportunity in selling trips into Malkovich's mind after office hours for $200 a visit. Craig, Lotte and Maxine begin to understand that anyone entering the portal has the ability to control Malkovich's mind, which also alters his entire being. This experience makes Maxine fall in love with a composite. This ability to control Malkovich's mind begs the question of the ultimate psychedelic trip for Malkovich himself, who begins to feel that something is not right in the world as he knows it. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  sexuality,  celebrity,  lesbianism,  adultery,  surrealism
Mood:satire
Locations:office
Characters:actor
Story:portal,  puppeteer,  chrysler building manhattan new york city,  celebrity name in title,  monkey actor,  actor playing himself,  trapped in a human body,  forced perspective,  puppet master,  body transformation,  switching bodies,  visual metaphor,  soul transference,  inside the mind,  body switching,  realization,  lynchian,  rubik's cube,  puppet show,  marionette,  body swap,  bechdel test passed,  chimpanzee,  wetting pants,  world trade center manhattan new york city,  pet,  building,  immortality,  captain,  kissing while having sex,  magical realism,  directorial debut,  underwater,  character's point of view camera shot,  possession,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  taxi driver,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  gay slur,  subjective camera,  menage a trois,  manhattan new york city,  love triangle,  urination,  mirror,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  new york city,  character name in title,  independent film

This Is The End (2013)
Comedy, Fantasy

This Is The End (2013)

All 'Jay Baruchel' (qv) expected coming to LA was a fun time with 'Seth Rogen' (qv) with all the wild partying to have both by themselves and at 'James Franco' (qv)'s housewarming party. Suddenly, the Rapture hits and the Biblical Apocalypse has begun. Now, Jay and Seth are desperately sheltering in James' house for rescue along with a few other friends. Together, they must band together to attempt to survive the end of the world, only for Jay to find that they are all too dumb and superficial to do it until they discover the only way out. (Read More)

Themes:celebrity
Mood:satire
Characters:actor
Story:actor playing himself,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  gay slur,  urination

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Pan (2015)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:absurdism,  surrealism
Story:immortality,  captain,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  subjective camera,  surprise ending,  character name in title

Cube (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cube (1997)

Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Story:building,  directorial debut,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  subjective camera,  urination,  surprise ending,  cult film,  independent film

Broken City (2013) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Characters:actor
Story:chrysler building manhattan new york city,  kissing while having sex,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  gay slur,  manhattan new york city,  surprise ending,  new york city,  independent film

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Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. Fresh off of a successful production of Death of a Salesman, he has traded in the suburban blue-hairs and regional theater of Schenectady for the cultured audiences and bright footlights of Broadway. Armed with a MacArthur grant and determined to create a piece of brutal realism and honesty, something into which he can put his whole self, he gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in Manhattan's theater district. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a small mock-up of the city outside. As the city inside the warehouse grows, Caden's own life veers wildly off the tracks. The shadow of his ex-wife Adele, a celebrated painter who left him years ago for Germany's art scene, sneers at him from every corner. Somewhere in Berlin, his daughter Olive is growing up under the questionable guidance of Adele's friend, Maria. He's helplessly driving his marriage to actress Claire into the ground. Sammy Barnathan, the actor Caden has hired to play himself within the play, is a bit too perfect for the part, and is making it difficult for Caden to revive his relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel. Meanwhile, his therapist, Madeline Gravis, is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counselling him. His second daughter, Ariel, is disabled. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. As the years rapidly pass, Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece. Populating the cast and crew with doppelgangers, he steadily blurs the line between the world of the play and that of his own deteriorating reality. As he pushes the limits of his relationships, both personally and professionally, a change in creative direction arrives in Millicent Weems, a celebrated theater actress who may offer Caden the break he needs. This is why Synecdoche, New York (2008) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999). (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  sexuality,  adultery,  surrealism
Characters:actor
Story:directorial debut,  man with glasses,  manhattan new york city,  urination,  cult film,  three word title,  new york city,  independent film

Cursed (2005)
Comedy, Horror

Cursed (2005)

Ellie has been taking care of her younger brother Jimmy since their parents death. One night after picking him up from a party they are involved in a car accident on Mullholland Drive. While trying to rescue a woman from the other car a creature attacks and kills her, also injuring both Ellie and Jimmy. After some research Jimmy realizes the creature could only have been a werewolf. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  surrealism
Mood:satire
Locations:office
Story:actor playing himself,  gay slur,  love triangle,  surprise ending,  cult film,  independent film

Ghostbusters (2016)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:surrealism
Story:portal,  possession,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  taxi driver,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  manhattan new york city,  surprise ending,  new york city

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Southland Tales (2006) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  surrealism
Mood:satire
Locations:office
Characters:actor
Story:lynchian,  portal,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  subjective camera,  mirror,  surprise ending,  cult film,  independent film

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)

Camden College. Sean Bateman is the younger brother of depraved Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman. He's also a drug dealer who owes a lot of money to "fellow" dealer Rupert Guest, as well as a well-known womanizer, for he sleeps with nearly half of the female population on campus. Lauren Hynde is, technically, a virgin. She's saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson, who's left the States to backpack across Europe. Her slutty roommate, Lara, has the hots for Victor as well. Paul Denton, who used to date Lauren, is openly bisexual and attracted to Mitchell Allen, who's dating Candice to prove to Paul that he's not gay. Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean. And Lauren may love Sean. (Read More)

Mood:satire
Story:wetting pants,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  gay slur,  subjective camera,  love triangle,  urination,  mirror,  cult film,  independent film

Arizona Dream (1993)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Arizona Dream (1993)

An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film, in real and imaginary form. Meanwhile, Axel tags fish in New York as a naturalist's gofer. He's happy there, but a messenger arrives to bring him to Arizona for his uncle's wedding. It's a ruse to get Axel into the family business. In Arizona, Axel meets two odd women: vivacious, needy, and plagued by neuroses and familial discord. He gets romantically involved with one, while the other, rich but depressed, plays accordion tunes to a gaggle of pet turtles. This is why Arizona Dream (1993) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999). (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  surrealism
Characters:actor
Story:pet,  magical realism,  love triangle,  mirror,  cult film

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The Godfather: Part III (1990)
Crime, Drama

The Godfather: Part III (1990)

In the final instalment of the Godfather Trilogy, an aging Don Michael Corleone seeks to legitimize his crime family's interests and remove himself from the violent underworld but is kept back by the ambitions of the young. While he attempts to link the Corleone's finances with the Vatican, Michael must deal with the machinations of a hungrier gangster seeking to upset the existing Mafioso order and a young protoge's love affair with his daughter. (Read More)

Story:puppet show,  world trade center manhattan new york city,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  gay slur,  manhattan new york city,  cult film,  new york city

Babe: Pig In The City (1998) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Babe: Pig In The City (1998)

After Babe's great victory in the shepherding contest, Farmer Arthur Hoggett turns down all offers to make money with his pig's talents. But when he gets hurt severely in the well, his wife has to take up farming. She does her best but cannot meet the bank's requirements, which results in the necessity of getting back to Babe. Soon, Esme Hoggett is sitting in a plane headed for "the" city. There, Babe unwillingly causes deep trouble. He has to stay with Mrs. Hoggett in the only hotel in town that accepts pets. Friendly neighbours send officials who catch all animals from the hotel: Cats, dogs, chimpanzees and many others. Babe, who managed to stay free, decides to help his new friends and gets unexpected help - not only by Ferdinand, who flew all the way to the city. (Read More)

Characters:actor
Story:chrysler building manhattan new york city,  monkey actor,  chimpanzee,  manhattan new york city,  cult film,  character name in title

Happiness (1998)
Comedy, Drama

Happiness (1998)

A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure about the fact that he hasn't cum yet. Office workers try to recall the face of a coworker who recently died. A woman is sure she has everything she could ever want. The lives of these individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (Read More)

Mood:satire
Locations:office
Story:lynchian,  taxi driver,  man with glasses,  cult film,  independent film

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Private Parts (1997)
Biography, Comedy, Drama

Private Parts (1997)

Having always wanted to be a disc-jockey, Howard Stern works his way painfully from radio at his 1970's college to a Detroit station. It is with a move to Washington that he hits on an outrageous off-the-wall style that catches audience attention. Despite his on-air blue talk, at home he is a loving husband. He needs all the support he can get when he joins NBC in New York and comes up against a very different vision of radio. (Read More)

Themes:celebrity,  lesbianism,  adultery
Story:actor playing himself,  puppet show,  urination,  cult film,  new york city

Jcvd (2008)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Jcvd (2008)

Between his tax problems and his legal battle with his wife for the custody of his daughter, these are hard times for the action movie star who finds that even Steven Seagal has pinched a role from him! In JCVD, Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to the country of his birth to seek the peace and tranquility he can no longer enjoy in the United States. This is why Jcvd (2008) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999). (Read More)

Characters:actor
Story:actor playing himself,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  taxi driver,  gay slur,  character name in title,  independent film

New Jack City (1991) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:adultery
Story:chrysler building manhattan new york city,  world trade center manhattan new york city,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  gay slur,  subjective camera,  manhattan new york city,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city,  independent film

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Barton Fink (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Barton Fink (1991)

In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  surrealism
Story:lynchian,  magical realism,  man with glasses,  urination,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city,  character name in title,  independent film

Dead Man Down (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dead Man Down (2013)

Victor, a rising gangland player, has infiltrated the crime empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse, with the single purpose of making Alphonse pay for destroying his once happy life. As he meticulously orchestrates his vengeance from his high-rise home, Victor watches and is watched by Beatrice, a mysterious young woman who lives in the apartment across from his. On the surface a fragile woman-child, Beatrice seethes with a rage of her own. When she uncovers Victor's dark secrets, she threatens to expose him unless he helps her carry out her own campaign of retribution. Each fixated on avenging the past, they devise a violent and cathartic plan that could change their worlds forever. Beatrice is kidnapped by Alphonse towards the end, Its a race against time for Victor to save her. (Read More)

Story:character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  subjective camera,  manhattan new york city,  mirror,  three word title,  new york city,  independent film

Brazil (1985)
Drama, Sci-fi

Brazil (1985)

Sam Lowry is a harried technocrat in a futuristic society that is needlessly convoluted and inefficient. He dreams of a life where he can fly away from technology and overpowering bureaucracy, and spend eternity with the woman of his dreams. While trying to rectify the wrongful arrest of one Harry Buttle, Lowry meets the woman he is always chasing in his dreams, Jill Layton. Meanwhile, the bureaucracy has fingered him responsible for a rash of terrorist bombings, and both Sam and Jill's lives are put in danger. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  surrealism
Mood:satire
Locations:office
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  subjective camera,  mirror,  surprise ending,  cult film,  independent film

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He Got Game (1998) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999)
Drama, Sport

He Got Game (1998)

Tells the story of Jesus Shuttlesworth, the most sought after high school basketball prospect in the nation. Jesus and his dream to make it to the big ranks in professional basketball are overshadowed by his father, Jake, who is spending his life in prison for killing Jesus' mother. This is why He Got Game (1998) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999). (Read More)

Themes:lesbianism
Mood:satire
Story:world trade center manhattan new york city,  gay slur,  menage a trois,  manhattan new york city,  three word title,  new york city

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism
Mood:satire
Story:chrysler building manhattan new york city,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  taxi driver,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  subjective camera,  surprise ending,  new york city

The Big Lebowski (1998)
Comedy, Crime

The Big Lebowski (1998)

When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:satire
Characters:actor
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  taxi driver,  man with glasses,  subjective camera,  urination,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  character name in title,  independent film

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The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Themes:surrealism
Story:immortality,  directorial debut,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  subjective camera,  mirror,  surprise ending,  character name in title

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999)
Crime, Drama

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but brutally uncompromising modern fable which has been interpreted as an allegory for Thatcherism. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  sexuality,  adultery,  surrealism
Mood:satire
Story:man with glasses,  urination,  cult film,  independent film

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 Being John Malkovich (1999). (Read More)

Themes:adultery
Story:chrysler building manhattan new york city,  manhattan new york city,  mirror,  new york city,  character name in title,  independent film

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Sid And Nancy (1986)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Sid And Nancy (1986)

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. (Read More)

Story:world trade center manhattan new york city,  taxi driver,  gay slur,  manhattan new york city,  mirror,  cult film,  new york city,  character name in title,  independent film

Piranha 3dd (2012)
Comedy, Horror

Piranha 3dd (2012)

Having awoken from their spring break extravaganza at Lake Victoria, the swarm heads upstream where they look to make a meal out of Big Wet, a local water park where when it comes to fun, nobody does it wetter! Though they came to get wet, get loaded and get some, the staff and patrons get more than they bargained for when they must face the fiercest, most bloodthirsty piranhas yet. Lead by the strong-willed, studious Maddy and her friends, Barry and Kyle, the trio must dive in and take on these man-eating creatures using every ounce of their being but can they be stopped? (Read More)

Themes:absurdism
Story:actor playing himself,  underwater,  no opening credits,  gay slur,  subjective camera,  love triangle,  urination,  surprise ending,  independent film

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Mood:satire
Locations:office
Story:world trade center manhattan new york city,  gay slur,  menage a trois,  manhattan new york city,  urination,  mirror,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city,  independent film

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Predestination (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predestination (2014)

PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

Themes:surrealism
Story:character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  gay slur,  urination,  surprise ending,  new york city,  independent film

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA. This is why Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999).

Story:directorial debut,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  gay slur,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  independent film

The Bone Collector (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. (Read More)

Story:chrysler building manhattan new york city,  world trade center manhattan new york city,  captain,  taxi driver,  man with glasses,  manhattan new york city,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city

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3 Idiots (2009) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

3 Idiots (2009)

Farhan Qureshi and Raju Rastogi want to re-unite with their fellow collegian, Rancho, after faking a stroke aboard an Air India plane, and excusing himself from his wife - trouser less - respectively. Enroute, they encounter another student, Chatur Ramalingam, now a successful businessman, who reminds them of a bet they had undertaken 10 years ago. The trio, while recollecting hilarious antics, including their run-ins with the Dean of Delhi's Imperial College of Engineering, Viru Sahastrabudhe, race to locate Rancho, at his last known address - little knowing the secret that was kept from them all this time. (Read More)

Mood:satire
Story:rubik's cube,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  subjective camera,  urination

Big (1988)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Big (1988)

Josh Baskin would do anything to be big to hang out with his crush at the carnival. He finds a Zoltar machine, and he wishes to be big. After Zoltar tells him, "his wish is granted", Josh notices the machine is unplugged. He wakes up the next morning in an adult's body but he still has the same personality. With the help of his best friend, Billy, Josh learns how to act like a grown up. But as he gets a girlfriend and a fun job, he doesn't want to be a kid again. Will Josh stay big or become a 13 year old boy again? (Read More)

Locations:office
Story:body transformation,  switching bodies,  body switching,  body swap,  manhattan new york city,  mirror,  new york city

27 Dresses (2008)
Comedy, Romance

27 Dresses (2008)

Two things about Jane: she never says no to her friends (she's been a bridesmaid 27 times and selflessly plans friends' weddings), and she's in love with her boss, George, nurturing dreams of a lovely, romantic wedding of her own. She meets Kevin, a cynical writer who finds her attractive, and that same week her flirtatious younger sister Tess comes to town. Jane silently watches George fall for Tess, a manipulative pretender. Worse, Jane may be called upon to plan their wedding. Meanwhile, Kevin tries to get Jane's attention and has an idea that may advance his career. Can Jane uncork her feelings? (Read More)

Locations:office
Story:taxi driver,  no opening credits,  manhattan new york city,  love triangle,  urination,  new york city

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim plays in a band which aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn't recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band. When Scott falls for Ramona Flowers, he has trouble breaking up with Knives and tries to romance Ramona. As if juggling two women wasn't enough, Ramona comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona. This is why Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999). (Read More)

Themes:lesbianism,  surrealism
Characters:actor
Story:wetting pants,  portal,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  man with glasses,  subjective camera,  urination,  cult film,  character name in title

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadow Hunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Story:chrysler building manhattan new york city,  portal,  immortality,  love triangle,  surprise ending,  new york city,  independent film

Kate & Leopold (2001)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Kate & Leopold (2001)

Kate and her actor brother live in N.Y. in the 21st Century. Her ex-boyfriend, Stuart, lives above her apartment. Stuart finds a space near the Brooklyn Bridge where there is a gap in time. He goes back to the 19th Century and takes pictures of the place. Leopold -- a man living in the 1870s -- is puzzled by Stuart's tiny camera, follows him back through the gap, and they both ended up in the present day. Leopold is clueless about his new surroundings. He gets help and insight from Charlie who thinks that Leopold is an actor who is always in character. Leopold is a highly intelligent man and tries his best to learn and even improve the modern conveniences that he encounters. (Read More)

Characters:actor
Story:chrysler building manhattan new york city,  portal,  manhattan new york city,  new york city,  character name in title

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Abre Los Ojos (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Abre Los Ojos (1997)

A once handsome playboy, Cesar finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Story:lynchian,  immortality,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  three word title

The Cable Guy (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Cable Guy (1996)

Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother. (Read More)

Mood:satire
Story:actor playing himself,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  subjective camera,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  character name in title

High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms. This is why High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999). (Read More)

Themes:adultery,  surrealism
Mood:satire
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  subjective camera,  mirror

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In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)

With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane's mysterious vanishing act and ends up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End. The fact that this town exists as a figment of Cane's twisted imagination is only the beginning of Trent's problems. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Story:portal,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  subjective camera,  manhattan new york city,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city,  independent film

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)

Story:world trade center manhattan new york city,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  manhattan new york city,  urination,  mirror,  cult film,  new york city,  independent film

Spy Hard (1996)
Action, Comedy

Spy Hard (1996)

General Rancor is threatening to destroy the world with a missile he is hiding at his secret base. But to complete his goal, he needs a special computer chip, invented by the scientist Prof. Ukrinsky. Special Agent Dick Steele is assigned to the case, in order to prevent the worst. He teams up with Ukrinsky's daughter Veronique, who happens to be a KGB agent. (Read More)

Themes:sexuality
Locations:office
Story:rubik's cube,  kissing while having sex,  taxi driver,  cult film

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15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:celebrity
Mood:satire
Story:chrysler building manhattan new york city,  taxi driver,  manhattan new york city,  urination,  new york city

Victor Frankenstein (2015)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protege Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. This is why Victor Frankenstein (2015) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999). (Read More)

Story:chimpanzee,  immortality,  underwater,  no opening credits,  mirror,  surprise ending,  character name in title

You Don't Mess With The Zohan (2008)
Action, Comedy

You Don't Mess With The Zohan (2008)

Zohan Dvir works as a Special Agent and lives with his orthodox parents in Israel. He wants to give up this life full of dangerous encounters with Palestinians. While in the process of apprehending a Palestinian activist known simply as the Phantom, he fakes his death, hides in a dog-kennel on a plane bound for New York, and decides to try his hand as a hair-stylist. He is refused employment initially, but when he offers to work for free, Dahlia hires him as a cleaner. When a hair-stylist named Debbie quits, Zohan replaces her, winning over elderly female clientele, and falling in love with Dahlia herself. Before Zohan could propose to her, Dahlia's landlord, Walbridge, who has been raising rents regularly, hires skinhead goons to terrorize the neighborhood, creates misunderstandings between Jews, Muslims, Arabs, and Palestinians, and drives them out, so as to enable him to construct a new building which is topped by a roller coaster. When Zohan decides to confront these skinheads, he does not realize that he is in for quite a few surprises himself. (Read More)

Story:actor playing himself,  pet,  building,  taxi driver,  manhattan new york city,  new york city,  character name in title

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Reign Over Me (2007)
Drama

Reign Over Me (2007)

Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. (Read More)

Story:world trade center manhattan new york city,  taxi driver,  man with glasses,  gay slur,  manhattan new york city,  three word title,  new york city

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992) is one of the best movies like Being John Malkovich (1999)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. (Read More)

Mood:satire
Characters:actor
Story:taxi driver,  gay slur,  subjective camera,  urination,  mirror,  cult film

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:satire
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  gay slur,  subjective camera,  urination,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  independent film

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