Movies like Desperate Living

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Desperate Living (1977)
 7.2
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Desperate Living (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A rich housewife enlists her maid's help to murder her husband; they go on the lam and end up in Mortville, a homeless community built into a garbage dump.
Style: surreal, humorous, witty, offbeat, realistic, semi serious, cult film, allegory, biting, suspense ...
Plot: lesbian, repression, mental illness, gender bending, nudism, cannibalism, castration, suburbs, satire, pubic hair, crimes, fairy, family relations, transsexual, couple relations, partners, parents and children, ruler, crime, love and romance, fugitives, mole, society, couples, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, texas

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, cult film, offbeat and stylized films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, brutality, nudity (full frontal - brief), mentor, satire and weird mostly in Comedy, Crime and Horror genres. Some movies like Desperate Living: Pink Flamingos (1972), Female Trouble (1974), Polyester (1981), Multiple Maniacs (1970), A Dirty Shame (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.1
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Pink Flamingos (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against Connie & Raymond Marble, a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person ...
Style: disturbing, sexual, witty, sexy, controversial ...
Plot: obsession, perversion, vandalism, transvestism, mother son incest, strong sexual content, arson, sexual perversion, dehumanization, nudity (full frontal - brief), zoophilia, cannibalism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: maryland, usa, baltimore, california
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100%
Female Trouble (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The life and times of Dawn Davenport, showing her progress from loving schoolgirl to crazed mass murderer - all of which stems from her parents' refusal to buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas. She runs away from home, is raped, becomes a single ...
Style: disturbing, surreal, humorous, absurd, dark humor ...
Audience: teens
Plot: juvenile delinquent, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence, hitchhiker, electric chair, acid, hitchhiking, physical appearance, crimes, crime, rape, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.1
 7K
Polyester (1981)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A suburban housewife's world falls apart when her pornographer husband admits he's serially unfaithful to her, her daughter gets pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's ...
Style: humorous, witty, biting, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, misfit, pornography, suburbs, abortion, satire, strangulation, family relations, foot fetish, parents and children, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: baltimore, usa, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Multiple Maniacs (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A traveling sideshow called the Cavalcade of Perversion draws in and terrorizes unsuspecting spectators. The leader of the troupe of misfits is Lady Divine, who goes out for blood after discovering her lover's affair.
Style: underground film, realistic, semi serious, witty, offbeat ...
Plot: murder, blasphemy, lobster, sexual perversion, rape, church, cannibalism, nosy, psychopath, gory, transvestism, on the road ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 5.1
 12K
A Dirty Shame (2004)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Sylvia Stickles runs a convenience store with her husband and mother-in-law. One day, Sylvia is hit on the head and transforms from an uptight prude to a sex-crazed lunatic. As she goes on a rampage through town, Sylvia attracts the attention of Ray ...
Style: humorous, sexy, sexual, absurd, erotic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual fantasy, sex addict, perversion, nymphomaniac, addiction, eccentric family, golden years, parents and children, gays and lesbians, society, lifestyle, sex ...
Time: contemporary
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.8
 27K
Serial Mom (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A picture perfect middle class family is shocked when they find out that one of their neighbors is receiving obscene phone calls. The mom takes slights against her family very personally, and it turns out she is indeed the one harassing the ...
Style: dark humor, psycho film, witty, cynical, semi serious ...
Plot: housewife, murder, serial killer, family relations, female killer, crimes, crime, parody, psycho killer, suburban life, mental illness, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, baltimore
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Cecil B. DeMented (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An insane independent film director and his renegade group of teenage film makers kidnap an A-list Hollywood actress and force her to star in their underground film.
Style: cynical, dark humor, satirical, absurd, humorous ...
Plot: perversion, filmmaking, hostage, heroin, lifestyle, actor's life, hostages, nothing goes right, showbiz, misfit, rebellion, obsessive quest ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.0
 2K
Smile (1975)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: It's time again for California's "Young American Miss" beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo, who give their all to put on a successful pageant. But Brenda is having marital ...
Style: suspense, biting, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: satire, beauty pageant, choreographer, strong female presence, family relations, teenage life, social differences, suburban life, introspection, small town life, parents and children, small town ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Picking Up the Pieces (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A small New Mexican village discovers a severed hand that is considered a miracle of God, when it actually belongs to a murdered spouse with a husband in search of it.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, witty, offbeat ...
Plot: murder, infidelity, dishonesty, prostitute, unlikely criminals, investigation, desert, village life, deadly, clergy, buddies, small town life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new mexico, usa, latin america, mexico, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.3
 13K
Pecker (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A Baltimore sandwich shop employee becomes an overnight sensation when photographs he's taken of his weird family become the latest rage in the art world. The young man is called "Pecker" because he pecks at his food like a bird.
Style: not serious, witty, humorous, absurd, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: art, photographer, lifestyle, stripper, social differences, ambition, misfit, society, nudity (full frontal - brief), satire, popularity, photograph ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, baltimore, usa, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Human Centipede III (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Taking inspiration from The Human Centipede films, the warden of a notorious and troubled prison looks to create a 500-person human centipede as a solution to his problems.
Style: disturbing, sadistic, brutal, bloody, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: torture, brutality, sadistic horror, exploitation, prison, violence, insanity, perversion, sadist, murder, death, suffering ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Chain of Fools (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An avid detective is assigned to investigate the heist of a batch of precious coins that end up in the hands of a suicidal barber.
Style: humorous, funny, absurd, light, twists and turns ...
Plot: romance, transvestite, love and romance, theft, crimes, crime gone awry, disorder, kidnapping, hitman, eccentricity, greed, organized crime ...
Time: 90s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 126K
Raising Arizona (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The Coen Brothers tell the story of a absurd yet likable family with an unproductive couple as the focal point. The couple has gotten themselves into some trouble while kidnapping a baby and give Hollywood one of the most memorable chase scenes to ...
Style: witty, humorous, surreal, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: screwball, kidnapping, redemption, ex convict, blackmail, policewoman, baby, crime, crimes, couple relations, missing child, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.1
 716
Bad (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Hazel runs a beauty salon out of her house, but makes extra money by providing ruthless women to do hit jobs. K.T. is a parasite, and contacts Hazel looking for work when he runs out of money. She is reluctant to use him for a hit, since she prefers ...
Style: dark humor, realistic, semi serious, humorous, psychotronic ...
Plot: hitman, against the rules, vampire, gangsters, mentally unstable, babies and infants, surrender, satire, parents and children, hollywood, showbiz, murder ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When the notorious Diaper Mafia take hostage the Tromaville School for the Very Special, only the Toxic Avenger and his morbidly obese sidekick Lardass can save Tromaville.
Style: suspense, humorous, semi serious, funny, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, satire, parody, farce, gory, imaginary, save the day, righting the wronged, disorder, misfit, rivalry, good versus evil ...
Time: 90s, 2000s, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Six Ways to Sunday (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Norman Reedus stars as Harry Odum, a henpecked, 18-year-old momma's boy in Youngstown, Ohio, who -- with his violent temper -- impresses a local boss of the Jewish Mafia. Soon he's found his calling as a hit man alongside his crack addict ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, disturbing, intense, talky ...
Plot: coming of age, hitman, crimes, family relations, parents and children, self discovery, suburban life, criminal heroes, rise and fall, gangsters, depression, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 90s
Place: ohio, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.0
 14K
Vampire's Kiss (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A publishing executive is visited and bitten by a vampire and starts exhibiting erratic behavior. He pushes his secretary to extremes as he tries to come to terms with his affliction. The vampire continues to visit and drink his blood, and as his ...
Style: surreal, suspenseful, absurd, psychological, macabre ...
Plot: vampire, insanity, mental illness, supernatural, imaginary, hallucination, losing-it hero, dangerous attraction, woman in danger, bite, delusion, nightclub ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mobster named Jimmy the Tulip agrees to cooperate with an FBI investigation in order to stay out of prison; he's relocated by the authorities to a life of suburban anonymity as part of a witness protection program. It's not long before a ...
Style: dark humor, funny, humorous, twists and turns, entertaining ...
Audience: date night
Plot: hitman, mafia, murder, farce, crimes, crime, love affair, misfit, opposites attract, unlikely partners, fish out of water, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: chicago illinois, montreal, canada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Crimewave (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Fed up of his business partner, Ernest Trend hires the services of two exterminators. When things go drastically wrong and they murder the wrong man, the race is on to frame an innocent video surveillance man.
Style: surreal, humorous, not serious, offbeat, cult film ...
Plot: hitman, false accusation, murder, screwball, crimes, crime, disorder, friends, silly humor, partners, nothing goes right, clergy ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.2
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Heathers (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A girl who halfheartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids.
Style: dark humor, witty, semi serious, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murderous pair, high school, teenage life, suicide, teenage love, sociopath, insanity, deadly, suicide attempt, friendship, social relations, murder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: ohio, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.6
 80K
Delicatessen (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This bizarre surrealistic black comedy takes place in a small fictitious post-apocalyptic town where food is scarce and butcher Clapet has the macabre business of using human flesh to feed his customers. Yet when his daughter falls in love with his ...
Style: dark humor, cult film, futuristic, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: distopia, cannibalism, clown, escape, satire, post apocalyptic, underground, butcher, suicide attempt, post apocalypse, french, graphic violence ...
Time: future
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 3.2
 5K
Ringmaster (1998)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Jerry Springer stars as more or less himself, the host of a raunchy, controversial and popular Los Angeles talk show which features everyday people with problems and who frequently vent thrir problems on the air.
Style: sexy, cynical, humorous, satirical, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, tv show, media satire, family problems, infidelity, vengeance, social decay, dishonesty, mother daughter relationship, sexual promiscuity, stupidity, culture clash ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.4
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Buffet Froid (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An absurd black comedy that cunningly reverses the conventions of the crime thriller to comment on the alienating and dehumanizing effects of contemporary urban life. Alphonse Tram is unwittingly involved in several murders despite having no memory ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, dark humor, surreal ...
Plot: murder, unemployment, missing person, resentment, crime, investigation, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, unlikely criminals, rebelliousness, police corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Three Lives and Only One Death (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: France, Portugal
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Raoul Ruiz’s enthralling thriller is made up of four intertwining stories of bizarre occurrences in Paris featuring a man who was stolen away by fairies, a professor who becomes a tramp, the lovers who inherit a chateau – and the last tale that ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, humorous, enigmatic, witty ...
Plot: mental illness, self discovery, introspection, human nature, crimes, destructive relationship, prostitute, eccentricity, mansion, imagination, brutality, existentialism ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 1920s
Place: paris france, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.0
 10K
Lucky Numbers (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: France, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Russ Richards is a TV weatherman and local celebrity on the verge of losing his shirt. Desperate to escape financial ruin, he schemes with Crystal the TV station's lotto ball girl to rig the state lottery drawing. The numbers come up right, but ...
Style: humorous, dark humor, feel good, realistic, not serious ...
Plot: lottery, weatherman, small town, tv station, criminal heroes, crimes, crime, couple relations, cons and scams, unlikely criminals, nothing goes right, female director ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Scotland, Pa. (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Joe McBeth is a hard-working but unambitious doofus who toils at a hamburger stand alongside his wife Pat, who has much smarter. Pat believes she could do better with the place than their boss Norm is doing, so she plans to usurp Norm, convincing ...
Style: humorous, realistic, not serious, witty, talky ...
Plot: restaurant, murder, disorder, parody, crime gone awry, crimes, crime, goofy hero, law enforcement, nothing goes right, couple relations, comedy of errors ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia, pennsylvania, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Pressure from his boss and a skin-cream client produces a talking boil on a British adman's neck.
Style: surreal, humorous, talky, enigmatic, cynical ...
Plot: advertising, nervous breakdown, advertising agency, mental illness, introspection, satire, psychiatrist, anxiety, farce, advertising executive, workplace, creativity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: jerusalem, paris france, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A loser of a crook and his wife strike it rich when a botched bank job's cover business becomes a spectacular success.
Style: witty, humorous, talky, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: bank robbery, unlikely criminals, cheating, disorder, overnight success, crimes, couple relations, cons and scams, crime, love and romance, bank robber, criminal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Madeline is married to Ernest, who was once arch-rival Helen's fiance. After recovering from a mental breakdown, Helen vows to kill Madeline and steal back Ernest. Unfortunately for everyone, the introduction of a magic potion causes things to ...
Style: dark humor, gothic, humorous, cynical, satirical ...
Plot: immortality, afterlife, love triangle, rivalry, obsession, couple relations, supernatural, death, vengeance, magic, zombie, jealousy ...
Time: 90s, 2020s, 80s, 70s, 1990s ...
Place: beverly hills, california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Little Murders (1971)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Elliot Gould plays Alfred Chamberlain -- a one time successful photographer who is now down on his luck because he began to eliminate people from his photographs. He also suffers from an inability to feel or to be passionate about anything. But then ...
Style: suspense, biting, witty, dark humor, cynical ...
Plot: murder, satire, heist, apathy, violence spree, social decay, deadly, investigation, crimes, society, graphic violence, meet the parents ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%