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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
 7.6
 30K
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, semi serious, clever, offbeat ...
Plot: restaurant, cheating wife, gangsters, strong sexual content, cook, cannibalism, spouse killer, love affair, cooking, crime boss, infidelity, crime, love and romance, couples, criminal's revenge, crumbling marriage, couple relations, crimes, dishonesty, brutality, violence, sexism, chef, painting, vicious ...
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, realistic, melancholic and talky films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, murder, crimes, brutality, catastrophe and obsession mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover: The Belly of an Architect (1987), Young Adam (2003), 8 ? Women (1999), Performance (1970), A Zed & Two Noughts (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, psychological, clever ...
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 ⇓
95%
 6.5
 12K
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, murder, boat, extramarital affair, river, infidelity, sex, mysterious character, couple relations, drifter, neo noir ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1950s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 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 ⇓
70%
 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: surreal, stylized, sexual, atmospheric, offbeat ...
Plot: androgyny, rock star, gangsters, on the run, s&m, crime, strong sexual content, rock, cult, neo-noir, celebrity, exploitation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: london, england, europe, hamburg germany, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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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, 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 ⇓
67%
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, semi serious ...
Plot: drowning, murder, investigation, coroner, crimes, vengeance, unlikely criminals, crumbling marriage, infidelity, parents and children, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 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, stylized, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: betrayal, murder, homosexuality, gays and lesbians, sexual relations, dishonesty, village, gang, gangsters, drug dealing, couple relations, village life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 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 ⇓
59%
Movie in collections
 5.3
 122K
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, female friendship, young adult ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 ⇓
54%
 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, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, violence, hitman, crime, boxing, criminal heroes, crime boss, overdose, accidental killing, gangster, rape, drugs ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, stylized ...
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 ⇓
52%
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, semi serious, realistic, based on true events ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, poison, psychiatrist, mental institution, friendship, parents and children, teenager, crime, teenage life, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, serious ...
Plot: small town, infidelity, 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 ⇓
51%
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, semi serious, offbeat, realistic, french noir ...
Plot: murder, infidelity, voyeur, racism, serial killer, pimp, crime, village, culture clash, small town, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, pre world war two
Place: africa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, serious, rough ...
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 ⇓
50%
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: violence, fall in love, going straight, vengeance, criminal's revenge, gangsters, paparazzi, criminal heroes, starting over, revenge, dishonor among criminals, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 ⇓
47%
Movie in collections
 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, murder, journalism, adultery, winter, ambition, media, femme fatale, crime, spouse killer, blind ambition, desire for fame ...
Time: 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa, california, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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: cocaine, drug dealing, violence, murder, hitman, drug lord, neo noir, betrayal, organized crime, crime, cafe, kidnapping ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 90s, 1960s ...
Place: england, london, europe, netherlands, zurich switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, serious ...
Plot: obsession, sexuality, lust, hospital, sexual obsession, car accident, fetish, sadism, adultery, pain, masochism, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, rough ...
Plot: infidelity, gangsters, crime, revenge, kidnapping, confined, crimes, rivalry, hostages, vengeance, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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: on the road, money, dock, bombing, bullet, painting, new wave, infidelity, betrayal, lovers on the run, road trip, mediterranean ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, mediterranean sea, africa, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Movie in collections
 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: clever, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, mafia, violence, great depression, strike, bedroom, corpse, crime, gangsters, parents and children, siblings relations, vengeance ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, sexual, erotic, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: crime, murder, obsession, neo noir, investigation, couple relations, dangerous attraction, romance, destructive relationship, infidelity, love triangle, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Only God Forgives (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, France, USA, Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Julian, who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family's drug smuggling operation, is forced by his mother Jenna to find and kill the individual responsible for his brother's recent death.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, disturbing, brutal, serious ...
Plot: vengeance, punishment, neo-noir, slow motion action scene, violence, owner, surrealism, neo noir, psychological thriller, extreme violence, police officer, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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 ⇓
40%
 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, psychological, bleak, art house, philosophical ...
Plot: rape, small town life, exploitation, human nature, bondage, morality, vengeance, haunted by the past, betrayal, greed, small town, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.2
 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: atmospheric, clever, tense, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: gambling, casino, writer's block, croupier, crime, neo-noir, cons and scams, femme fatale, human nature, intrigue, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, europe, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.6
 413K
American Psycho (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.
Style: dark humor, psychological, surreal, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, hidden identity, millionaire, wall street, insanity, unlikely criminals, fear, confession, victim, yuppie, maniac ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, yale university, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%