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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drugs,  monster,  surrealism
Locations:elevator,  desert,  bathtub,  hotel,  beach,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  writer,  photographer
Period:1970s
Story:american dream,  electric typewriter,  cadillac convertible,  convertible,  threatened with a knife,  reference to timothy leary,  reference to the kennedys,  reference to jane russell,  corvette stingray,  flying trapeze,  rolling stone magazine,  wedding chapel,  world bank,  sweaty face,  vietnam era,  whirlwind,  magnum handgun,  men's room,  mescaline,  ether,  grapefruit,  highway patrol,  flyswatter,  anti war protest,  hare krishna,  white rabbit,  trippy,  misanthropy,  author cameo,  gibberish,  hawaiian shirt,  year 1965,  psychedelia,  rum,  walker,  cigarette holder,  debauchery,  smiling,  merry go round,  hedonism,  film starts with text,  lsd,  drunk driving,  telephone booth,  fake identity,  lizard,  narrated by character,  cannabis,  bat,  looking at self in mirror,  tuxedo,  dwarf,  hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  journalism,  drug abuse,  race,  circus,  casino,  las vegas nevada,  typewriter,  american flag,  city name in title,  on the road,  smoking,  hit by a car,  cocaine,  road trip,  journalist,  reporter,  hallucination,  place name in title,  vomiting,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  experimental film,  black comedy,  based on true story,  cult film,  knife,  based on novel

The Doors (1991)
Biography, Drama, Music, Musical

The Doors (1991)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  surrealism
Locations:desert,  bathtub,  hotel,  beach,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  photographer
Period:1970s
Story:trippy,  year 1965,  psychedelia,  lsd,  lizard,  hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  drug abuse,  cocaine,  reporter,  hallucination,  cult film,  knife

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The Rum Diary (2011)
Comedy, Drama

The Rum Diary (2011)

Hard-drinking journalist Paul Kemp takes a job at a besieged newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His volatile editor, Lotterman, assigns him to tourist pieces and horoscopes, but promises more. Paul rooms with Sala, an aging and equally alcoholic reporter, in a rundown flat. Sanderson, a wealthy entrepreneur, hires Paul to flack for a group of investors who plan to buy an island near the capital and build a resort. Sanderson's girl-friend, the beguiling Chenault, bats her eyes at Paul. His loyalties face challenges when he and Sala get in trouble with locals, when a Carnival dance enrages Sanderson, and when the paper hits the skids. Is the solution always alcohol? (Read More)

Locations:hotel,  beach,  bar
Characters:photographer
Story:journalist,  rum,  lsd,  typewriter,  convertible,  reporter,  hallucination,  vomiting,  slow motion scene,  based on novel

Easy Rider (1969)
Adventure, Drama

Easy Rider (1969)

Two young "hippie" bikers, Wyatt and Billy sell some dope in Southern California, stash their money away in their gas-tank and set off for a trip across America, on their own personal odyssey looking for a way to lead their lives. On the journey they encounter bigotry and hatred from small-town communities who despise and fear their non-conformism. However Wyatt and Billy also discover people attempting 'alternative lifestyles' who are resisting this narrow-mindedness, there is always a question mark over the future survival of these drop-out groups. The gentle hippie community who thank God for 'a place to stand' are living their own unreal dream. The rancher they encounter and his Mexican wife are hard-pushed to make ends meet. Even LSD turns sour when the trip is a bad one. Death comes to seem the only freedom. When they arrive at a diner in a small town, they are insulted by the local rednecks as weirdo degenerates. They are arrested on some minor pretext by the local sheriff and thrown in jail where they meet George Hanson, a liberal alcoholic lawyer. He gets them out and decides to join them on their trip to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  surrealism
Locations:desert
Characters:lawyer
Story:psychedelia,  lsd,  cannabis,  hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  drug abuse,  on the road,  cocaine,  road trip,  hallucination,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  cult film

On The Road (2012) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:bar
Characters:writer
Story:telephone booth,  lizard,  hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  typewriter,  on the road,  road trip,  based on novel

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Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo. This is why Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998). (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:elevator,  hotel,  bar
Period:1970s
Story:rolling stone magazine,  lsd,  journalism,  on the road,  road trip,  journalist,  vomiting,  based on true story

Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drugs,  surrealism
Locations:elevator,  bathtub,  hotel,  beach,  bar
Story:trippy,  lsd,  looking at self in mirror,  cocaine,  hallucination,  experimental film,  cult film,  knife

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:bathtub,  hotel,  beach
Story:cadillac convertible,  hawaiian shirt,  drug abuse,  convertible,  on the road,  cocaine,  road trip,  vomiting,  black comedy,  cult film

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War Dogs (2016) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drugs
Locations:elevator,  desert,  hotel,  beach,  bar
Story:hedonism,  casino,  las vegas nevada,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  based on true story

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:paranoia,  surrealism
Locations:desert
Story:threatened with a knife,  trippy,  journalism,  convertible,  on the road,  road trip,  journalist,  reporter,  hallucination,  vomiting,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  cult film,  knife

Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Comedy, Crime

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Set in the 1970s in a metropolis called "Bay City," this is the tale of two police detective partners, Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson, and Dave Starsky, who always seem to get the toughest cases from their boss, Captain Dobey, rely on omniscient street informer Huggy Bear and race to the scene of the crimes in their souped-up 1974 Ford Torino hot rod, telling the story of their first big case (as a prequel to the TV show), which involved a former college campus drug dealer who went on to become a white collar criminal. This is why Starsky & Hutch (2004) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998). (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:beach,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Period:1970s
Story:lizard,  race,  typewriter,  hit by a car,  cocaine,  hallucination,  motorcycle,  knife

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The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
Biography, Drama, Sport

The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

For 25 years in Invercargill at the south end of New Zealand, Burt Munro (1899-1978) has been working on increasing the speed of his motorcycle, a 1920 Indian. He dreams of taking it to the Bonneville Salt Flats to see how fast it will go. By the early 1960s, heart disease threatens his life, so he mortgages his house and takes a boat to Los Angeles, buys an old car, builds a makeshift trailer, gets the Indian through customs, and heads for Utah. Along the way, people he meets are charmed by his open, direct friendliness. If he makes it to Bonneville, will they let an old guy on the flats with makeshift tires, no brakes, and no chute? And will the Indian actually respond? (Read More)

Locations:desert,  beach,  bar
Story:reference to jane russell,  highway patrol,  flyswatter,  hitchhiker,  american flag,  on the road,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  knife

Hair (1979) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War

Hair (1979)

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:desert,  bar
Story:anti war protest,  hare krishna,  lsd,  tuxedo,  american flag,  hallucination,  vomiting,  slow motion scene,  cult film

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:paranoia,  drugs
Locations:elevator,  hotel,  beach
Characters:lawyer,  photographer
Story:trippy,  fake identity,  hitchhiking,  drug abuse,  casino,  convertible,  hallucination,  vomiting,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  based on novel

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Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:paranoia,  drugs
Locations:desert,  bar
Story:hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  cocaine,  road trip,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  knife,  based on novel

Naked Lunch (1991)
Drama

Naked Lunch (1991)

Not an adaptation of beat writer William S. Burrough's novel but a mix of biography and an interpretation of his drug- induced writing processes combined with elements of his work in this paranoid fantasy about Bill Lee, a writer who accidentally shoots his wife, whose typewriter transforms into a cockroach and who becomes involved in a mysterious plot in North African port called Interzone. Wonderfully bizarre, not unlike Burrough's books. This is why Naked Lunch (1991) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drugs,  surrealism
Locations:beach,  bar
Characters:writer
Story:typewriter,  hallucination,  experimental film,  based on novel

15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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:paranoia
Locations:bathtub,  hotel,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:threatened with a knife,  journalism,  circus,  american flag,  journalist,  reporter,  knife

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Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan (2006)
Comedy

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan (2006)

Borat Sagdiyev is a TV reporter of a popular show in Kazakhstan as Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man and a leading journalist. He is sent from his home to America by his government to make a documentary about American society and culture. Borat takes a course in New York City to understand American humor. While watching Baywatch on TV, Borat discovers how beautiful their women are in the form of C. J. Parker, who was played by actress Pamela Anderson who hails from Malibu, California. He decides to go on a cross-country road trip to California in a quest to make her his wife and take her back to his country. On his journey Borat and his producer encounter a country full of strange and wonderful Americans, real people in real chaotic situations with hysterical consequences. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia
Locations:elevator,  desert,  bathtub,  hotel,  bar
Story:reporter,  lizard,  hitchhiker,  american flag,  on the road,  road trip,  journalist,  knife

Interstate 60: Episodes Of The Road (2002)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Interstate 60: Episodes Of The Road (2002)

Neal Oliver is a young artist, but his father doesn't like his choice and wants him to go to Oxford. Everything changes after Neal's meeting with O.W.Grant, who grants exactly one wish per person, as his name suggests. Neal wishes for answers, and so he must travel to the nonexistent Danver by the nonexistent Interstate 60. In this trip he hopes to find the girl of his dreams, following the trail of her photos on the advertising stands along the route. Many encounters await him ahead. Will he receive what he asked for? (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Characters:lawyer
Story:hitchhiker,  drug abuse,  convertible,  on the road,  road trip,  vomiting,  black comedy

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. (Read More)

Locations:hotel,  bar
Story:threatened with a knife,  fake identity,  bat,  tuxedo,  casino,  vomiting,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  knife

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Across The Universe (2007) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. This is why Across The Universe (2007) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998). (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  surrealism
Locations:beach,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:anti war protest,  hare krishna,  trippy,  psychedelia,  lsd,  hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  circus,  american flag,  slow motion scene

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. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:bar
Characters:lawyer,  writer
Story:smiling,  on the road,  road trip,  reporter,  hallucination,  black comedy,  cult film,  knife

Southland Tales (2006)
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:paranoia,  drugs,  surrealism
Locations:elevator,  desert,  beach,  bar
Story:cigarette holder,  fake identity,  tuxedo,  american flag,  hit by a car,  place name in title,  vomiting,  slow motion scene,  experimental film,  black comedy,  cult film,  knife

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  monster
Locations:desert,  bathtub,  bar
Characters:photographer
Story:threatened with a knife,  bat,  journalism,  american flag,  hit by a car,  journalist,  reporter,  hallucination,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  knife

Thelma & Louise (1991) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Adventure, Crime, Drama

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Louise is working in a diner as a waitress and has some problems with her boyfriend Jimmy, who, as a musician, is always on the road. Thelma is married to Darryl who likes his wife to stay quiet in the kitchen so that he can watch football on TV. One day they decide to break out of their normal life and jump in the car and hit the road. Their journey, however, turns into a flight when Louise kills a man who threatens to rape Thelma. They decide to go to Mexico, but soon they are hunted by American police. (Read More)

Locations:desert,  hotel
Story:hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  convertible,  on the road,  smoking,  road trip,  slow motion scene,  cult film

Donnie Brasco (1997)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Donnie Brasco (1997)

This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York. Befriending Lefty Ruggiero, Pistone (under the name Donnie Brasco) is able to embed himself in a mafia faction led by Sonny Black. Ruggiero and Pistone become tight as the group goes about collecting money for 'the bosses'. Eventually, the group become big-time when Black himself becomes a boss; all the while, Pistone collects evidence. However, the trials and tribulations of the undercover work become more than Pistone can bear. His marriage falls apart, and to top it off, the mafia suspect a mole in the organization. The real dilemma is afforded to Pistone, who knows if he walks away from the mafia, Ruggiero will be the one punished. This is why Donnie Brasco (1997) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998). (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:hotel,  beach,  bar
Period:1970s
Story:threatened with a knife,  telephone booth,  typewriter,  american flag,  cocaine,  based on true story,  knife

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La Dolce Vita (1960)
Comedy, Drama

La Dolce Vita (1960)

Journalist and man-about-town Marcello struggles to find his place in the world, torn between the allure of Rome's elite social scene and the stifling domesticity offered by his girlfriend, all the while searching for a way to become a serious writer.

Themes:surrealism
Locations:beach
Characters:writer,  photographer
Story:journalist,  hedonism,  journalism,  convertible,  reporter,  cult film

Casino (1995)
Crime, Drama

Casino (1995)

This Martin Scorsese film depicts the Janus-like quality of Las Vegas--it has a glittering, glamorous face, as well as a brutal, cruel one. Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, mobsters who move to Las Vegas to make their mark, live and work in this paradoxical world. Seen through their eyes, each as a foil to the other, the details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed. Ace is the smooth operator of the Tangiers casino, while Nicky is his boyhood friend and tough strongman, robbing and shaking down the locals. However, they each have a tragic flaw--Ace falls in love with a hustler, Ginger, and Nicky falls into an ever-deepening spiral of drugs and violence. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:desert
Period:1970s
Story:casino,  cigarette holder,  drug abuse,  las vegas nevada,  cocaine,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  cult film,  based on novel

A Scanner Darkly (2006) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

In a totalitarian society in a near future, the undercover detective Bob Archor is working with a small time group of drug users trying to reach the big distributors of a brain-damaging drug called Substance D. His assignment is promoted by the recovery center New Path Corporation, and when Bob begins to lose his own identity and have schizophrenic behavior, he is submitted to tests to check his mental conditions. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drugs,  surrealism
Locations:bathtub
Story:trippy,  drug abuse,  american flag,  convertible,  cocaine,  hallucination,  vomiting,  black comedy,  cult film,  based on novel

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The Salton Sea (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia
Locations:beach,  bar
Story:drunk driving,  american flag,  hit by a car,  cocaine,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  knife

The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009)
Crime, Drama

The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009)

After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction to cocaine and painkillers. Six months later, a family is murdered over drugs; Terence runs the investigation. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his alcoholic father's dog, run-ins with two old women and a well-connected john, gambling losses, a nervous young witness, and thefts of police property put Terence's job and then his life in danger. He starts seeing things. He wants a big score to get out from under mounting debts, so he joins forces with drug dealers. The murders remain unsolved. A bad lieutenant gets worse. This is why The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998). (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:cocaine,  threatened with a knife,  casino,  city name in title,  smoking,  hallucination,  place name in title,  cult film

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:desert,  beach,  bar
Story:hitchhiker,  on the road,  hit by a car,  road trip,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  cult film,  knife

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Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia
Locations:bathtub,  beach
Characters:lawyer,  photographer
Period:1970s
Story:anti war protest,  fake identity,  typewriter,  journalist,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  based on true story

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drugs
Story:hawaiian shirt,  telephone booth,  cannabis,  hitchhiking,  casino,  hit by a car,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  cult film,  knife

I'm Not There. (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music

I'm Not There. (2007)

Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the artist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  surrealism
Locations:elevator,  bathtub,  bar
Characters:photographer
Period:1970s
Story:hitchhiking,  american flag,  on the road,  journalist,  reporter,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  cult film,  knife

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The Beach (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. This is why The Beach (2000) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998). (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:hotel,  beach
Characters:photographer
Story:hedonism,  cannabis,  vomiting,  knife,  based on novel

Up In Smoke (1978) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Comedy, Music

Up In Smoke (1978)

Cheech and Chong meet up by chance on the highway somewhere in California. They go in search of some dope and are accidentally deported to Mexico where in their desperation to get home they agree to drive a van back to the States so they can get back in time for a gig they are due to play. Unaware of the properties from which the van is constructed they make their way back having aquired a couple of female hitch-hikers whilst all the time avoiding the cops whom they are not even aware are following them. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Period:1970s
Story:hare krishna,  cannabis,  hitchhiking,  on the road,  smoking,  road trip

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drugs
Locations:bathtub,  beach,  bar
Characters:lawyer,  photographer
Story:merry go round,  fake identity,  reporter,  hallucination,  based on true story,  knife,  based on novel

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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.

Themes:paranoia,  drugs
Period:1970s
Story:threatened with a knife,  cocaine,  vomiting,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  cult film,  knife

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:drugs
Locations:elevator,  bathtub,  bar
Characters:lawyer
Story:debauchery,  hedonism,  drunk driving,  narrated by character,  las vegas nevada,  american flag,  cocaine,  reporter,  vomiting,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  based on true story

The Natural (1984) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Drama, Sport

The Natural (1984)

An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs lives the fame he should have had earlier when, as a rising pitcher, he is inexplicably shot by a young woman. This is why The Natural (1984) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:elevator,  hotel
Characters:photographer
Story:bat,  typewriter,  reporter,  slow motion scene,  based on novel

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

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Themes:drugs
Locations:bar
Story:reference to timothy leary,  lsd,  casino,  city name in title,  place name in title,  motorcycle,  based on true story

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drugs
Locations:desert,  hotel
Characters:lawyer
Story:threatened with a knife,  author cameo,  hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  knife,  based on novel

La Montana Sagrada (1973)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

La Montana Sagrada (1973)

A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful people, each representing a planet in the Solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide's assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  surrealism
Locations:bathtub,  bar
Story:psychedelia,  lsd,  dwarf,  circus,  cocaine,  vomiting,  experimental film,  cult film,  knife

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Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-fi

Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987)

Superman does a lot in his newest adventure. Archvillain Lex Luthor, determined to make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants, creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man. The two super-powered foes clash in an explosive screen extranvaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty, repulse a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna, rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China and perform many more spetactular feats. (Read More)

Locations:elevator,  hotel
Characters:photographer
Story:hawaiian shirt,  tuxedo,  journalism,  american flag,  convertible,  journalist,  reporter

Shattered Glass (2003)
Drama, History

Shattered Glass (2003)

This film tells the true story of fraudulent Washington, D.C. journalist Stephen Glass (Christensen), who rose to meteoric heights as a young writer in his 20s, becoming a staff writer at "The New Republic" for three years (1995-1998), where 27 of his 41 published stories were either partially or completely made up. Looking for a short cut to fame, Glass concocted sources, quotes and even entire stories, but his deception did not go unnoticed forever, and eventually, his world came crumbling down... This is why Shattered Glass (2003) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998). (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Characters:writer
Story:rolling stone magazine,  narrated by character,  journalism,  drug abuse,  american flag,  journalist,  reporter,  slow motion scene,  based on true story

Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia
Locations:elevator,  bar
Story:narrated by character,  hit by a car,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  based on novel

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Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia
Locations:elevator,  desert,  bathtub,  hotel
Characters:writer
Story:hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  road trip,  slow motion scene,  knife,  based on novel

Near Dark (1987) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Near Dark (1987)

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.

Locations:bar
Story:threatened with a knife,  hitchhiking,  hitchhiker,  american flag,  on the road,  hit by a car,  vomiting,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  cult film,  knife

The Soloist (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Soloist (2009)

In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez more than his face from a recent bike accident was his pressing need for story ideas. That is when he discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent, even through his half-broken instruments. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help both him and the rest of the underclass of LA have a better life. However, Lopez's good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers' personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Ayers must find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations to hope for a brighter future for both of them. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia
Locations:elevator,  hotel,  bar
Story:american flag,  hit by a car,  cocaine,  journalist,  reporter,  slow motion scene

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