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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, France
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but brutally uncompromising modern fable which has been interpreted as an allegory for Thatcherism.
Style: surreal, dark humor, talky, atmospheric, stylized, sexual, erotic, art house, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: restaurant, gangsters, strong sexual content, cheating wife, spouse killer, cook, cannibalism, love affair, crime boss, cooking, infidelity, sexual relations, crime, cooking and food, love and romance, couples, criminal's revenge, crumbling marriage, couple relations, crimes, dishonesty, brutality, violence, sexism, chef ...
Time: 20th century, future

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out talky, realistic, stylized and melancholic films with plots about dialogue, murder, storytelling, brutality, crimes, gangsters and mentor mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover: Performance (1970), Young Adam (2003), Dinner Rush (2000), The Belly of an Architect (1987), 8 ? Women (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Performance (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Young gangster Chas Devlin seeks refuge from the mob in a basement belonging to a reclusive, fading rock star Turner.
Style: surreal, stylized, sexual, atmospheric, offbeat ...
Plot: androgyny, rock star, gangsters, on the run, s&m, strong sexual content, rock, crime, cult, neo-noir, celebrity, exploitation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: london, england, europe, liverpool, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 6.5
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Young Adam (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.
Style: sexual, erotic, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: destructive relationship, adultery, mysterious character, couple relations, murder, boat, extramarital affair, river, infidelity, sex, drifter, neo noir ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1950s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.3
 5K
Dinner Rush (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Is it just another evening at the hugely popular Italian restaurant of proprietor and bookmaker Louis Cropa in New York? Anything but as tonight's guests include; a local police detective and his wife specially invited by the owner; on the ...
Style: talky, atmospheric, clever, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: restaurant, gambling, chef, comedy of errors, parents and children, cooking and food, one day, crime, family relations, siblings relations, family business, workplace situations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
The Belly of an Architect (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The American architect Kracklite arrives in Italy, supervising an exhibiton for a French architect, Boullée, famous for his oval structures. Tirelessly dedicated to the project, Kracklite's marriage quickly dissolves along with his health.
Style: talky, sexual, clever, semi serious, psychological ...
Plot: infidelity, stomach, illness, architect, pregnancy, obsession, losing-it hero, mentally unstable, downfall, human nature, self discovery, destructive relationship ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: europe, italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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 5.9
 4K
8 ? Women (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After the death of his wife, wealthy businessman Philip Emmenthal and his son Storey open their own private harem in their family residence in Geneva (they get the idea while watching Federico Fellini's 8½ and after Storey is "given" ...
Style: surreal, erotic, sexy, dark humor, semi serious ...
Plot: harem, obsession, nun, strong sexual content, parents and children, parent child relationship, illegal prostitution, sexual relations, estate, couples, male nudity, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, switzerland, geneva switzerland, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 8.9
 1.6M
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: A burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster's moll and a washed-up boxer converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time.
Style: dark humor, exciting, clever, rough, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, hitman, boxing, criminal heroes, violence, crime, rape, crime boss, overdose, strong sexual content, accidental killing, heroin ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
44 Inch Chest (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Provocative, outrageously profane and surprisingly tender amidst an explosion of unbridled testosterone, 44 INCH CHEST explores the masculine ego at breaking point, testing whether fear is stronger than love. Colin (Ray Winstone) is in agony, ...
Style: serious, gloomy, dark humor, realistic, talky ...
Plot: infidelity, gangsters, crime, revenge, kidnapping, confined, crimes, rivalry, hostages, vengeance, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Dillinger Is Dead (1969)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Back home, Glauco, an industrial designer, finds his wife in bed with a serious headache. She has left him dinner but it is cold and Glauco decides to prepare himself a gourmet meal...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, sexual, dark humor ...
Plot: murder, losing-it hero, sexual relations, crime, ship, breakup, ocean or sea, crimes, deadly, couples, gangsters, master and servant ...
Time: 60s
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 7.4
 148K
Layer Cake (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...
Style: realistic, stylized, twists and turns, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, gangsters, cocaine, drug lord, violence, murder, hitman, neo noir, betrayal, organized crime, crime, cafe ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 90s, 1960s ...
Place: england, london, europe, netherlands, zurich switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A tale of passion, crime and punishment set in the summer of 1949. Ed Crane, a barber in a small California town, is dissatisfied with his life, but his wife Doris' infidelity presents him with a chance to change it.
Style: atmospheric, clever, stylized, witty, twists and turns ...
Plot: infidelity, small town, neo noir, murder, crime, crime gone awry, false accusation, district attorney, stabbing, blackmail, execution, trial ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Drowning by Numbers (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Netherlands
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An ironic black comedy of love and death that takes place an a lyrically beautiful landscape. Three related women, all named Cissie Colpitts share a solidarity for one another which brings about three copy-cat drownings. The local coroner is in love ...
Style: surreal, talky, witty, cynical, dark humor ...
Plot: drowning, murder, investigation, coroner, crimes, vengeance, unlikely criminals, crumbling marriage, infidelity, parents and children, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Netherlands
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Oliver Deuce, a successful doctor, is shattered when his wife is killed in a freak car accident involving a car being driven by Alba Bewick colliding with a very large rare bird. His twin brother Oswald is researching how carcasses decay at the ...
Style: talky, surreal, clever, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: obsession, death, zoo, pregnancy, dealing with death, doctor, couple relations, siblings relations, death in the family, couples, prostitute, twins ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Pillow Book (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, France, Luxembourg
Duration: 126 min.
Story: As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book", the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, obsessed with books, papers, and writing on ...
Style: surreal, erotic, sexual, sexy, art house ...
Plot: legends and myths, translator, model, anti heroes, rebelliousness, social differences, romance, political unrest, royal family, religions or cults, state affairs, disorder ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia, california, hong kong, shanghai ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Long Good Friday (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future ...
Style: bleak, stylized, clever, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ira, crime, gangsters, danger, gang war, irish, criminal's revenge, bombing, neo-noir, criminal heroes, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, london, europe, tower bridge london
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
London Boulevard (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A parolee battles a gangster for the affections of a reclusive movie star.
Style: rough, suspenseful, melancholic, brutal, dark ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fall in love, violence, gangsters, going straight, vengeance, criminal's revenge, paparazzi, criminal heroes, starting over, revenge, actor's life, dishonor among criminals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.3
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Spring Breakers (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After four college girls rob a restaurant to fund their spring break in Florida, they get entangled with a weird dude with his own criminal agenda.
Style: sexy, art house, stylized, semi serious, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: juvenile delinquency, party, spring break, drug dealer, sex, cocaine, drugs/alcohol, on the road, best friends, strong sexual content, young adult, female friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.7
 24K
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, surreal, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: new wave, on the road, money, bombing, dock, painting, bullet, infidelity, betrayal, lovers on the run, mediterranean, road trip ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, mediterranean sea, paris france, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.9
 5K
Querelle (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Here is the story of a beautiful, proud and tough loner, a sailor named Querelle, whose commanding officer Seblon worships and desires him from afar. Querelle turns on his drugs-smuggling partner and murders him. He then goes to a notorious brothel ...
Style: sexual, surreal, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, betrayal, murder, homosexuality, sexual relations, sexual abuse, dishonesty, village, gang, gangsters, drug dealing, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
 4.5
 16K
Rape Me (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Manu has lived a difficult life. Abused and violently raped, she sets off to find herself only to meet Nadine, a prostitute who has encountered one too many injustices in the world. Angry at the world, they embark on a twisted, rage-filled road ...
Style: sexual, bleak, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: strong sexual content, prostitute, sexual relations, rape, murder, sexual abuse, violence, crime, revenge, crimes, gang, on the road ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 8.7
 859K
Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.
Style: rough, epic, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, crimes, rise and fall, friends, friendship, shooting, violence, drug dealing, prison, murder ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s ...
Place: florida, new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 8.2
 396K
Casino (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 178 min.
Story: The life of the gambling paradise – Las Vegas – and its dark mafia underbelly.
Style: clever, rough, captivating, talky, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: casino, mafia, rise and fall, criminal heroes, gangsters, crime, drug abuse, crimes, drugs/alcohol, organized crime, greed, overdose ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1973, year 1980 ...
Place: las vegas, usa, costa rica, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.3
 9K
Married Life (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The late 1940s. Richard Langley, a bachelor playboy, narrates a story that starts when his best friend, Harry Allen, invites him to lunch to tell Richard he's in love. Trouble is, Harry's already married to Pat; he worries Pat would be ...
Style: clever, dark humor, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: date night
Plot: infidelity, sex, murder, restaurant, friendship, split personality, romance, crumbling marriage, wife, wedding, jealousy, childhood friends ...
Time: 40s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 202 min.
Story: In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Style: captivating, epic, atmospheric, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, rise to the top, criminal heroes, crimes, ambition, blind ambition, revenge, struggle, ambitious, pride and honor, organized crime ...
Time: 40s, 50s, 20s, 60s, 20th century ...
Place: italy, cuba, new york, sicily, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Peter Greenaway's first fiction feature (after the mock-documentary The Falls) made him immediately famous and was named one of the most original films of the 1980s by British critics. The action is set in the director's beloved 17th ...
Style: talky, atmospheric, stylized, sexual, semi serious ...
Plot: adultery, murder, intrigue, mystery, dishonesty, estate, power relations, manipulations, boss and employee, sexual relations, social differences, riddles and clues ...
Time: 17th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.8
 20K
Prizzi's Honor (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A professional hit man and hit woman fall in love, only to discover that they have each been hired to kill the other.
Style: dark humor, clever, semi serious, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: hitman, betrayal, gangsters, crime, romance, female killer, moral dilemma, lovers, killer, criminal heroes, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 8.0
 121K
Dogville (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Netherlands, Denmark, UK, France, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Norway
Duration: 178 min.
Story: A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, clever, art house ...
Plot: rape, small town life, exploitation, human nature, bondage, morality, vengeance, haunted by the past, betrayal, greed, strong sexual content, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A mafia film in Tarantino style with a star-studded cast. Jimmy’s “The Saint” gangster career has finally ended. Yet now he finds him self doing favors for a wise godfather known as “The Man with the Plan.”
Style: dark humor, serious, atmospheric, witty, realistic ...
Plot: crime gone awry, hitman, gangsters, crimes, violence, fall in love, buddies, mafia, chases and races, revenge, deadly, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: colorado, usa, denver colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Style: dark humor, stylized, surreal, offbeat, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murderous pair, psychopath, violence, abuse, on the road, controversy, mass murder, journalist, crime, corruption, media ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: paris france, nevada, arizona, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
 39K
To Die For (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Suzanne Stone (Maretto) wants to be a world-famous news anchor and she is willing to do anything to get what she wants. What she lacks in intelligence, she makes up for in cold determination and diabolical wiles. As she pursues her goal with ...
Style: dark humor, clever, disturbing, semi serious, biting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, spouse killer, murder, journalism, adultery, winter, ambition, media, femme fatale, crime, blind ambition, desire for fame ...
Time: 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa, california, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.4
 46K
Crash (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.
Style: erotic, sexual, bleak, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: lust, obsession, sexuality, hospital, pornography, sexual obsession, car accident, fetish, sadism, adultery, masochism, pain ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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