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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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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, T…he Red Shark. (Read More)

Subgenre:
experimental film black comedy cult film 
Themes:
paranoia monster drugs surrealism 
Locations:
road trip elevator desert bathtub motorcycle hotel beach bar 
Characters:
american dream lawyer writer photographer 
Period:
year 1965 1970s 
Story:
electric typewriter cadillac 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 β€¦men's room mescaline grapefruit ether highway patrol flyswatter anti war protest hare krishna white rabbit trippy misanthropy author cameo gibberish hawaiian shirt 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 convertible on the road smoking hit by a car cocaine journalist reporter hallucination place name in title vomiting slow motion scene based on true story knife based on novel  (See All)

The Rum Diary (2011)
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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 ent…repreneur, 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:
rum lsd typewriter convertible journalist reporter hallucination vomiting slow motion scene based on novel 

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The Doors (1991)
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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)

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

Rat Race (2001)
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Rat Race (2001)

Donald P. Sinclair has placed six separate gold coins in different slot machines in his casino. The lucky six who find these coins discover an opportunity of a lifetime. The chance to own $2 million. Locked up in a locker in New Mexico, these six contestants must now race each other, to be the first… to the cash. There are no rules in place and everything that could possibly happen, does. Whilst, behind the scenes, Sinclair's associates are placing their bets. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
road trip desert motorcycle hotel 
Story:
highway patrol race casino las vegas nevada convertible on the road 

Easy Rider (1969) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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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 comm…unities 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)

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

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On The Road (2012)
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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 Am…erican 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:
road trip bar 
Characters:
writer 
Story:
telephone booth lizard hitchhiking hitchhiker typewriter on the road based on novel 

Shattered Glass (2003)
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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 co…mpletely 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... (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 

Go (1999)
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Go (1999)

Told from three perspectives, a story of a bunch of young Californians trying to get some cash, do and deal some drugs, score money and sex in Las Vegas, and generally experience the rush of life.

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
paranoia drugs 
Story:
drug abuse casino las vegas nevada smoking hit by a car hallucination vomiting 

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La Dolce Vita (1960) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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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.

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

Almost Famous (2000)
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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.

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

Mr. Nice Guy (1997)
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Mr. Nice Guy (1997)

In Melbourne, the Chinese Chef Jackie has a successful show on television. The drug lord Giancarlo and his gang are dealing cocaine with The Demons gang, but they fight against each other. During the shooting, the snoopy reporter Diana and her partner are accidentally exposed and they flee with a VH…S tape with the footage of the negotiation. On the street, she stumbles with Jackie and he helps her fighting against the gangsters. When they are escaping in his car, her tape accidentally mixes with other videotapes that Jackie has in a box on the backseat of his car. Jackie goes to his apartment and meets his girlfriend Miki while his nephews "borrow" the tape to watch. Meanwhile Giancarlo's gangsters are looking for the tape and abduct Miki. Jackie's friend Romeo, who is a police detective, chases the gangsters with other policemen while Jackie teams up with Diana and his friend Lakisha to release Miki from Giancarlo. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
paranoia drugs 
Locations:
elevator motorcycle beach 
Story:
threatened with a knife hawaiian shirt hit by a car cocaine journalist reporter slow motion scene knife 

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True Romance (1993)
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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 mornin…g, 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)

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

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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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 me…dia sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

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

Starsky & Hutch (2004)
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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. (Read More)

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

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Thelma & Louise (1991)
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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)

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

A Scanner Darkly (2006)
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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 begi…ns to lose his own identity and have schizophrenic behavior, he is submitted to tests to check his mental conditions. (Read More)

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

Smokin' Aces (2006) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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Smokin' Aces (2006)

Mob boss Primo Sparazza has taken out a hefty contract on Buddy "Aces" Israel, a sleazy magician who has agreed to turn state's evidence against the Vegas mob. The FBI, sensing a chance to use this small-time con to bring down big-target Sparazza, places Aces into protective custody-under the superv…ision of two agents dispatched to Aces' Lake Tahoe hideout. When the word of the price on Aces' head spreads into the community of ex-cons and cons-to-be, it entices bounty hunters, thugs-for-hire, deadly vixens and double-crossing mobsters to join in the hunt. With all eyes on Tahoe, this rogues' gallery collides in a comic race to hit the jackpot and rub out Aces. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
drugs 
Locations:
elevator bathtub hotel 
Characters:
lawyer 
Story:
race casino las vegas nevada cocaine slow motion scene 

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Enter The Void (2009)
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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 h…im, 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)

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

Casino (1995)
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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)

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

Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans (2009)
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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. (Read More)

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

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Inherent Vice (2014) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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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 Thom…as Pynchon. (Read More)

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

The Shining (1980)
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The Shining (1980)

Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the "S…hining", to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
surrealism 
Locations:
elevator bathtub hotel bar 
Characters:
writer 
Story:
typewriter hallucination slow motion scene based on novel 

Naked Lunch (1991)
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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 c…ockroach and who becomes involved in a mysterious plot in North African port called Interzone. Wonderfully bizarre, not unlike Burrough's books. (Read More)

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

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Southland Tales (2006)
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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 develo…ping her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Subgenre:
experimental film black comedy cult film 
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 knife 

Wild At Heart (1990) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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Wild At Heart (1990)

Lula's psychopathic mother goes crazy at the thought of Lula being with Sailor, who just got free from jail. Ignoring Sailor's probation, they set out for California. However their mother hires a killer to hunt down Sailor. Unaware of this, the two enjoy their journey and themselves being together..…. until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident - a bad omen. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
surrealism 
Locations:
road trip desert bar 
Story:
telephone booth convertible on the road hit by a car hallucination vomiting based on novel 

War Dogs (2016)
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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 ov…er 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)

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

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Interstate 60 (2002)
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Interstate 60 (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 n…onexistent 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)

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

I'm Not There (2007)
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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 a…rtist 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)

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

What Happens In Vegas (2008) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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What Happens In Vegas (2008)

Set in Sin City, story revolves around two people who discover they've gotten married following a night of debauchery, with one of them winning a huge jackpot after playing the other's quarter. Unhappy pair try to undermine each other and get their hands on the money -- falling in love along the way…. (Read More)

Locations:
elevator hotel beach bar 
Characters:
lawyer 
Story:
debauchery casino las vegas nevada city name in title place name in title 

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Showgirls (1995)
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Showgirls (1995)

Nomi Malone, a mysterious young girl with the ambition to dance embarks on a journey to Las Vegas to become a showgirl in a high-class hotel show. There she meets Molly, a seamstress at the Stardust Hotel and the two quickly become good friends. She gets a job as a lap dancer at the seedy Cheetah Cl…ub but after a chance meeting with Cristal Connors, the star of Goddess, the current show at the hotel where Molly works, Nomi manages to secure an audition for a spot on the chorus line.However she soon realises that fame comes with a price as her friendships, her morals and her soul are put to the test as she works her way up the ladder and eventually becomes the star of the show, stealing Cristal's part. She begins to wonder if all of her work was for nothing and if she can reclaim her life back before it is too late. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drugs 
Locations:
motorcycle hotel 
Story:
hitchhiking hitchhiker casino las vegas nevada cocaine vomiting 

Midnight Run (1988)
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Midnight Run (1988)

Bounty hunter Jack Walsh ('Robert De Niro' (qv)) is sent to find and return bail jumper and former Mafia accountant, Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas ('Charles Grodin' (qv)). The FBI has had no success in locating The Duke, so when Jack finds him in next to no time, they are a little embarrassed. In ord…er to collect his $100,000 fee, Jack must take The Duke from New York to Los Angeles. However, the Mafia and the FBI have other ideas, as does Marvin Dorfler ('John Ashton (I)' (qv)), a rival bounty hunter. On their long cross-country trip to LA, the two get to know each other and they build up a strange friendship. (Read More)

Locations:
road trip desert bathtub hotel bar 
Story:
telephone booth casino las vegas nevada on the road smoking 

Hair (1979)
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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)

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

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It Happened One Night (1934) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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It Happened One Night (1934)

Ellie Andrews has just tied the knot with society aviator King Westley when she is whisked away to her father's yacht and out of King's clutches. Ellie jumps ship and eventually winds up on a bus headed back to her husband. Reluctantly she must accept the help of out-of- work reporter Peter Warne. A…ctually, Warne doesn't give her any choice: either she sticks with him until he gets her back to her husband, or he'll blow the whistle on Ellie to her father. Either way, Peter gets what (he thinks!) he wants .... a really juicy newspaper story. (Read More)

Locations:
road trip motorcycle 
Characters:
writer photographer 
Story:
tuxedo hitchhiking journalism typewriter on the road reporter 

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the… program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
drugs surrealism 
Locations:
bathtub motorcycle bar 
Characters:
writer 
Story:
threatened with a knife debauchery typewriter convertible journalist reporter slow motion scene knife based on novel 

The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
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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 motorcycle beach bar 
Story:
reference to jane russell highway patrol flyswatter hitchhiker american flag on the road slow motion scene knife 

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Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
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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)

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

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan (2006) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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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:
road trip elevator desert bathtub hotel bar 
Story:
lizard hitchhiker american flag on the road journalist reporter knife 

Across The Universe (2007)
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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 Massa…chusetts, 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. (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 

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Near Dark (1987)
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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.

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

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
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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 mastermi…nd and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". (Read More)

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

The Cooler (2003) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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The Cooler (2003)

The unluckiest man in Vegas - a guy whose bad luck is contagious - is used by the last of the old time mob run casinos to kill high rollers' action. That is, until he falls in love with a cocktail waitress and gets "lady luck," which throws the situation into reverse. Things turn nasty when the casi…no director tries to break up the romance. (Read More)

Locations:
desert hotel bar 
Story:
highway patrol drug abuse casino las vegas nevada convertible cocaine 

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enor…mous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Locations:
elevator bathtub motorcycle hotel 
Characters:
lawyer writer 
Story:
merry go round narrated by character typewriter place name in title knife 

Blood Father (2016)
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Blood Father (2016)

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

Philomena (2013)
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Philomena (2013)

When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin ar…ranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged. (Read More)

Locations:
elevator hotel 
Characters:
writer photographer 
Story:
reference to jane russell merry go round journalism american flag journalist reporter based on true story 

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The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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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.

Subgenre:
black comedy 
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 based on true story 

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
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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 wh…ose 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:
road trip elevator desert bathtub hotel 
Characters:
writer 
Story:
hitchhiking hitchhiker slow motion scene knife based on novel 

Nurse Betty (2000)
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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 goe…s 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)

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

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The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
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The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his porn magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for all people.

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
drugs 
Locations:
bathtub bar 
Characters:
lawyer photographer 
Period:
1970s 
Story:
trippy american flag cocaine based on true story 

15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
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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 ma…ke 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 

Donnie Brasco (1997)
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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 'th…e 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. (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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