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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
 7.6
 31K
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: stylized, talky, surreal, dark humor, sexual, erotic, clever, atmospheric, art house, thought provoking ...
Plot: restaurant, cheating wife, cannibalism, gangsters, cook, strong sexual content, spouse killer, infidelity, crimes, chef, couple relations, crime, love and romance, love affair, painting, couples, dishonesty, lifestyle, vicious, sexism, crumbling marriage, sexual tension, criminal's revenge, crime boss, cooking ...
Time: 20th century, future

Most similar movies to The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out stylized, talky, realistic and melancholic films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, murder, catastrophe, brutality, crimes and obsession mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover: The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), The Belly of an Architect (1987), Young Adam (2003), 8 ? Women (1999), A Zed & Two Noughts (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, sexual, stylized, atmospheric, cynical ...
Plot: murder, adultery, boss and employee, crimes, sexual relations, power relations, artists and showbiz, social climbing, riddles and clues, mystery, manipulations, intrigue ...
Time: 17th century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, semi serious, witty, clever ...
Plot: infidelity, pregnancy, stomach, architect, illness, obsession, love affair, family problems, couples, dishonesty, downfall, mentally unstable ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: europe, italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.5
 13K
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, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: murder, infidelity, destructive relationship, adultery, drifter, boat, extramarital affair, river, couple relations, mysterious character, sex, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1950s, year 1954
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 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: sexy, erotic, surreal, talky, clever ...
Plot: nun, father son relationship, harem, obsession, lifestyle, midlife crisis, love and romance, dangerous attraction, unfulfillment, sexual relations, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: switzerland, europe, geneva switzerland, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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, witty, mind bending ...
Plot: obsession, death, pregnancy, zoo, freak, couple relations, siblings relations, dealing with death, experiment gone awry, love and romance, family relations, love triangle ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.0
 8K
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: stylized, sexual, surreal, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: on the run, s&m, androgyny, rock star, gangsters, crime, rock, music, crimes, artists and showbiz, strong sexual content, porn ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: london, england, europe, hamburg germany, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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, witty, atmospheric, tense, clever ...
Plot: restaurant, gambling, chef, workplace situations, crime, family relations, crimes, siblings relations, favoritism among siblings, cooking and food, parents and children, loan ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: talky, surreal, witty, cynical, semi serious ...
Plot: drowning, murder, investigation, coroner, vengeance, crimes, unlikely criminals, parents and children, crumbling marriage, deadly, dishonesty, couples ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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: clever, semi serious, witty, humorous, dark humor ...
Plot: murder, deadly, ocean or sea, journalism, couples, gangsters, breakup, ship, sexual relations, unfulfillment, master and servant, losing-it hero ...
Time: 60s
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.8
 5K
Querelle (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany
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, stylized, offbeat, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: homosexuality, murder, betrayal, gays and lesbians, village life, sexual relations, couple relations, love and romance, crimes, drug dealing, gender, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: captivating, twists and turns, atmospheric, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: murder, trial, neo noir, false accusation, deception, crime, infidelity, life is a bitch, self discovery, couples, existentialism, small town ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: paparazzi, violence, fall in love, vengeance, criminal's revenge, going straight, dishonor among criminals, criminal heroes, gangsters, starting over, revenge, crime boss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.7
 25K
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, surreal, realistic, suspenseful, humorous ...
Plot: on the road, infidelity, lovers on the run, couple relations, couples, road trip, crime, romance, betrayal, tragic love, husband wife relationship, smuggling ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, paris france, africa, mediterranean sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Coup de torchon (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In 1938 in the french West Africa, Lucien Cordier is a weak and corrupted policeman despised by the local bad boys. His wife is openly cheating on him and he hasn't got any self-respect anymore. But when comes the occasion, his revenge will be ...
Style: humorous, offbeat, realistic, semi serious, french noir ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, pimp, infidelity, racism, voyeur, culture clash, crime, police corruption, unlikely criminals, crimes, village ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, pre world war two, 1930s, year 1938
Place: africa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A sinister tale of genius gone wrong, The Young Poisoner's Handbook chronicles a young man's descent into madness against the absurd backdrop of suburban English life. Hugh O'Conor plays Graham Young, a schoolboy from the London ...
Style: humorous, witty, offbeat, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, mental institution, psychiatrist, poison, friendship, deadly, crime, friends, family relations, crimes, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, hitman, violence, boxing, rape, overdose, crime, crime boss, criminal heroes, heroin, gunfight, gangster ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, atmospheric, bleak, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: infidelity, confined, love and romance, vengeance, rivalry, gangsters, dishonesty, crime, hostages, crimes, revenge, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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: serious, realistic, stylized, melancholic, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, couple relations, romance, jealousy, love and romance, crumbling marriage, friendship, husband wife relationship, sex, murder, restaurant ...
Time: 40s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ira, violence, irish, danger, gang war, car bomb, crime boss, slaughterhouse, casino, gangsters, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, tower bridge london
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Pillow Book (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, France, Luxembourg, Austria
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: erotic, sexual, surreal, sexy, stylized ...
Plot: model, translator, legends and myths, disorder, heroes, revolution, religions or cults, politics, death row, rebelliousness, lifestyle, social differences ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia, hong kong, shanghai, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.0
 2K
Thieves (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan's body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother Alex, a cop with a cleanliness fetish; siblings ...
Style: serious, erotic, psychological, gloomy, sexual ...
Plot: murder, crime, obsession, neo noir, crimes, couple relations, deadly, family life, dishonesty, couples, infidelity, love triangle ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.4
 47K
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: sexual, erotic, disturbing, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: lust, obsession, sexuality, infidelity, hospital, sexual perversion, perversion, pain, sexual obsession, masochism, adultery, car accident ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.1
 17K
Croupier (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK, France, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jack Manfred is an aspiring writer who to make ends meet, takes a job as a croupier. Jack remains an observer, knowing that everything in life is a gamble and that gamblers are born to lose. Inevitably, he gets sucked into the world of the casino ...
Style: clever, tense, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: gambling, casino, croupier, cons and scams, crime, neo-noir, writer's block, love and romance, crimes, couple relations, writer's life, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 6.6
 8K
The Funeral (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story concerns the funeral of one of three brothers in a family of gangsters that lived in New York in 1930s. Details of the past of the brothers and their families are shown through a series of flashbacks.
Style: rough, tense, captivating, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: murder, mafia, violence, bedroom, strike, corpse, great depression, crime, vengeance, introspection, labor union, haunted by the past ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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, disturbing, bleak, realistic, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, murder, strong sexual content, sexual relations, rape, violence, revenge, obsession, nihilism, on the road, sexual abuse, gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.0
 125K
Dogville (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, UK, France, Finland, Norway, Italy
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: psychological, art house, clever, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: rape, morality, vengeance, haunted by the past, exploitation, small town life, victim, mob boss, secret, female protagonist, mountain, human nature ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.8
 21K
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, humorous, cynical, atmospheric ...
Plot: hitman, betrayal, female killer, gangsters, crime, romance, danger, love and romance, power relations, family relations, criminal heroes, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Object of Beauty (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A valuable piece of art is stolen from a couple.
Style: talky, clever, stylized, touching, realistic ...
Plot: society, heist, couples, dishonesty, family problems, crumbling marriage, crimes, mute or deaf, love and romance, cons and scams, couple relations, master and servant ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.8
 40K
To Die For (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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: cynical, disturbing, captivating, dark humor, talky ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: obsession, femme fatale, ambition, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, manipulations, danger, power relations, couples, crime, murder, journalism ...
Time: 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa, california, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, sadistic, atmospheric, brutal, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, violence, on the road, cruelty, sadism, mass murder, crime, violence spree, gory, brutality, nihilism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new mexico, nevada, arizona, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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