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20 best movies like Gia (1998)

List of the best movies like Gia (1998): Lady Sings the Blues, Colette, Lenny, Prozac Nation, Frances, A Dangerous Method, Dallas Buyers Club, Steal This Movie, Behind the Candelabra, The Theory of Everything.

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Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:24
PlotOn real events, Music
StyleTwisted plot, To cry, By books, Gloomy, Touching

Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France, Hungary, Netherlands
Duration02:37
CharactersLesbians, Strong women, Geniuses, Writers, Photographers
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Money, Divorce
PlaceTrains, Party, France
Time19th century
StyleInspirational, For girls, Fascinating, Intellectual, Womens in main roles

After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as Willy, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:51
CharactersJews, Actors, Comedians
PlotOn real events, Drug addict
StylePsychological problems, Action, Soulful, Atmospheric, Heavy

The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryGermany, Canada, USA
Duration01:44
CharactersWriters, Psychiatrists
PlotObsession, Friendship, Mental disorders, Depression, Jealousy
PlaceCollege, Party
StylePsychological problems, Smart

Elizabeth is on the verge of losing her grip on life after she leaves her emotionally fraught home to start college. Quickly, her life takes a turn for the worse: She clashes with her roommate and decides her boyfriend, Rafe, is her sole salvation. Her psychiatrist prescribes Prozac … but is that her only choice?

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:20
CharactersStrong women
PlotOn real events, Mental disorders
StyleGloomy, Touching, Serious

The true story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany, Canada, USA
Duration01:39
CharactersJews, Psychologists, Lovers, Psychiatrists
PlotPassion, Mental disorders, Seduction
StylePsychological problems, Philosophical, Intellectual, Serious

Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud. Both men fall under Sabina’s spell.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:58
CharactersTransgender people, Terminally ill
PlotOn real events, Death, Uprising, Rivalry
PlaceCourt, Hospitals, Texas, Mexico, USA
StyleInteresting, Psychological problems, Soulful, Explicit scenes, Touching

Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA
PlotOn real events, Revolution, Mental disorders, Depression, Political
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Serious, Disturbing

Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence, he contacts a reporter to get out the story of the FBI's covert spying, harassment and inciting of violence they then blame on the Left.

Markimdb: 7
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:58
CharactersGay, Musicians, Pianists, Surgeons, Celebrities
PlotOn real events, Music, Art, Love with age difference
StyleRomantic, By books, Fascinating, Gloomy, Serious

Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Japan, USA
Duration02:03
CharactersGeniuses, Scientists, Disabled people, Terminally ill
PlotLove, On real events, Overcoming difficulties
PlaceEngland
StyleSoulful, By books, Touching, Serious

The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure, western, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
CharactersHeroes
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Revolution, Uprising, Rivalry
PlaceWild West, Texas
StyleAction, Heavy, Epic, Serious

A story of love, friendship, survival and triumph spanning five decades from the Texas Revolution through the Civil War, Reconstruction and beyond.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryAustralia, United Kingdom
Duration01:56
PlotWar, On real events, Pursuit
PlaceAsia
TimeWorld War II
StyleTwisted plot, By books, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

A victim from World War II's "Death Railway" sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:28
PlotRehabilitation

Ben Stiller plays comedy writer Jerry Stahl, whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl explores memories with survivor Kitty, who listens patiently to Stahl's flashback. Other women in Stahl's life are his British wife Sandra and his agent Vola.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration02:30
CharactersDogs, Gay, Snake
PlotOn real events, Dancing
PlaceFrance
StyleFascinating, Explicit scenes, Serious

1967-1976. As one of history's greatest fashion designers entered a decade of freedom, neither came out of it in one piece.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryRepublic of Ireland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, France, USA
Duration01:46
CharactersGeniuses, Artists, Artists
PlotOn real events, Obsession, Loneliness, Mental disorders, Religious
PlaceNature, Psychiatric hospitals, France, Hospitals
Time19th century
StylePsychological problems, Heavy, Touching, Disturbing

Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:05
CharactersFriends, Partners
PlotOn real events
PlacePrison, Russia, Los Angeles
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Light, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

During his 18 years in Folsom Prison, street-gang leader Santana rules over all the drug-and-murder activities behind bars. Upon his release, Santana goes back to his old neighborhood, intending to lead a peaceful, crime-free life. But his old gang buddies force him back into his old habits.

Markimdb: 7
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:52
CharactersPunks, Hippies, Rockers
PlotOn real events
PlaceEngland, New York
StyleFascinating, Gloomy, Serious

Following their breakout success in England, flagship punk rock band the Sex Pistols venture out on their first U.S. tour. Temperamental bassist Sid Vicious takes his troubled girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, along for the ride. Along the way, the couple's turbulent relationship strains the patience of bandmate Johnny Rotten and manager Malcolm McLaren, while plunging Sid and Nancy into the depths of drug addiction and co-dependency.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersTeens, Losers, Terminally ill
PlotOn real events
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Tod Lubitch is born with a deficient immune system. As such, he must spend the rest of his life in a completely sterile environment. His room is completely hermetically sealed against bacteria and virus, his food is specially prepared, and his only human contact comes in the form of gloved hands. The movie follows his life into a teenager.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland
CharactersLesbians
PlotLove, On real events, Passion, Mental disorders
PlaceEngland, London
StyleTo cry, Fascinating

Socialite Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf run in different circles in 1920s London. Despite the odds, the magnetic Vita and the beguiling Virginia forge an unconventional affair, set against the backdrop of their own strikingly contemporary marriages; which inspired one of Woolf's most iconic novels, 'Orlando'.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:16
CharactersMusicians, Guitarists, Artists, Singers
PlotLove, On real events, Music, Death, Divorce
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Touching

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:02
PlotOn real events, Loneliness, Death, Radio
StyleFascinating, Serious

The turbulent personal and professional life of actor Peter Sellers (1925-1980), from his beginnings as a comic performer on BBC Radio to his huge success as one of the greatest film comedians of all time; an obsessive artist so dedicated to his work that neglected his loved ones and sacrificed part of his own personality to convincingly create that of his many memorable characters.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountrySpain
Duration01:45
CharactersLesbians
PlotLove, On real events
PlaceSpain
Time19th century
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Fascinating

In 1901, Marcela Gracia Ibeas took on the identity of Mario Sánchez to marry her lover of fifteen years, Elisa Sanchez Loriga.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:59
CharactersDrummers, Disabled people, Losers
PlotGambling, Poker, Rehabilitation
PlaceChicago, USA, Night Clubs
StyleAction, By books, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

A junkie must face his true self to kick his drug addiction.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Japan
Duration02:35
CharactersGay, Artists, Transgender people, Surgeons, Artists
PlotOn real events, Art, Mystery
StyleFascinating, Touching, Heartbreaking, Serious

When Gerda Wegener asks her husband Einar to fill in as a portrait model, Einar discovers the person she's meant to be and begins living her life as Lili Elbe. Having realized her true self and with Gerda's love and support, Lili embarks on a groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, documentary, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
PlotOn real events, Competitions, Rivalry
StyleSoulful, Heavy, Touching, Serious

Beyond the Mat is a 1999 professional wrestling documentary, directed by Barry W. Blaustein. The movie focuses on the lives of professional wrestlers outside of the ring, especially Mick Foley, Terry Funk, and Jake Roberts. The film heavily focuses on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), often criticizing it and its chairman Vince McMahon. It also follows Extreme Championship Wrestling, it's rise in popularity, and many other independent wrestlers and organisations.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, drama, biography
CountryJapan, USA
Duration01:55
CharactersWitch, Spy, Artists, Lawyers, Photographers
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Time machine, Friendship, Loneliness
PlaceVillage, Aircraft, Court, Hotels
StyleInteresting, Kind, To cry, Inspirational, Soulful

When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town named Marwen where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation — a testament to the most powerful women he knows — through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:00
CharactersPartners
PlotLove
PlaceTexas, Small cities
StyleHeavy, Serious, Disturbing

Undercover cop Jim Raynor (Jason Patric) is a seasoned veteran. His partner, Kristen Cates (Jennifer Jason Leigh), is lacking in experience, but he thinks she's tough enough to work his next case with him: a deep cover assignment to bring down the notoriously hard-to-capture drug lord Gaines (Gregg Allman). While their relationship turns romantic during the assignment, they also turn into junkies, and will have to battle their own addictions if they want to bring down Gaines once and for all.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Japan, USA
Duration01:31
CharactersGay, Artists, Artists
PlotOn real events, Loneliness, Death, Art
StyleSerious

Biography of the British painter Francis Bacon. The movie focuses on his relationship with George Dyer, his lover. Dyer was a former small time crook.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:47
CharactersWriters, Soldier, Orphans, Poor
PlotLove, War, On real events, Dancing, Adventure
PlaceBoarding school
TimeWorld War I
StyleHeavy, Tense, Depressive, Disturbing

England, early 20th century. The future writer and philologist John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) and three of his schoolmates create a strong bond between them as they share the same passion for literature and art, a true fellowship that strengthens as they grow up, but the outbreak of World War I threatens to shatter it.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Australia, USA
CharactersLesbians, Scientists
PlotOn real events
Time19th century
StyleRomantic

In 1840s England, palaeontologist Mary Anning and a young woman sent by her husband to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship. Despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realisation that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably.





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