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: humorous, surreal, semi serious, witty, offbeat, realistic, biting, bad taste humour, epic, sexual ...
Plot: cannibalism, pubic hair, mental illness, repression, suburbs, parents and children, crimes, crime, homeless shelter, delusion, dishonesty, love and romance, partners, society, state affairs, couples, power relations, gender, fugitives, gays and lesbians, master and servant, transsexual, unlikely criminals, rebelliousness, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, texas

Most similar movies to Desperate Living

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, semi serious and offbeat films with plots about crimes, crime, murder, dialogue, brutality, mentor and pornography mostly in Comedy, Crime and Horror genres. Some movies like Desperate Living: Female Trouble (1974), Pink Flamingos (1972), Multiple Maniacs (1970), Polyester (1981), A Dirty Shame (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: surreal, disturbing, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: physical appearance, amputation, hitchhiking, juvenile delinquent, electric chair, crime, hitchhiker, violence spree, drag, crimes, deadly, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.1
 19K
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: sexual, witty, disturbing, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, vandalism, transvestism, dehumanization, drugs/alcohol, social misfits, strong sexual content, uninhibited rivalry, crime, sexual relations, crimes, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: maryland, usa, dungeon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, realistic, witty
Plot: murder, lobster, church, juvenile delinquency, on the road, serial killer, gory, social misfits, uninhibited rivalry, violence spree, gender bending, psychopath ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 7.0
 6K
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, biting, semi serious, witty, realistic ...
Plot: misfit, pornography, dysfunctional family, abortion, strangulation, love and romance, gay, drag, suburbs, society, couples, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: baltimore, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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: sexual, humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual fantasy, nymphomaniac, dancer, prostitute, sex addict, perversion, sexual perversion, couple relations, small town, addiction, parents and children, orgy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.7
 24K
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, semi serious, humorous, witty, realistic ...
Plot: housewife, serial killer, murder, suburban life, court, perfectionist, courtroom, dentist, female killer, masturbation, crime, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.6
 4K
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: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, surreal, realistic ...
Plot: murder, investigation, crime, memory loss, crimes, mystery, deadly, unlikely criminals, rebelliousness, missing person, police corruption, unemployment ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Enid Is Sleeping (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Enid only looks like she's sleeping. In fact, she's dead. Shortly after Enid caught her husband Harry in bed with her sister June, a row ensued, whereupon June accidently killed Enid. June's problem now is to hide the truth from the ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: infidelity, police officer, on the run, suburbs, human nature, sibling relationship, murder, crime, crimes, deadly, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 6K
Eating Raoul (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discover a bizarre, if not murderous way to get funding for opening a restaurant.
Style: dark humor, humorous, witty, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: murder, cannibalism, swinger, restaurant, bondage, crime, unlikely criminals, serial killer, cons and scams, criminal heroes, deadly, couples ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Cecil B. DeMented (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
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: humorous, not serious, dark humor, realistic, biting ...
Plot: kidnapping, perversion, burned alive, heroin, blindfold, filmmaking, drugs/alcohol, media satire, artists and showbiz, urban, crimes, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, realistic, offbeat, 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 ⇓
31%
 5.8
 5K
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 movie cast ...
Plot: screwball, false accusation, crime, murder, buddies, femme fatale, goofy hero, odd couple, mistaken identity, hitman, nothing goes right, fish out of water ...
Time: 80s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Oregon, 1980: Jane, Elaine and Louise are all feeling the effects of inflation and cannot afford, as the title states, the high cost of living. Jane cannot afford a babysitter or get married and if she wants privacy with her boyfriend, she has to ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good
Audience: date night
Plot: shopping mall, money, heist, store, buddies, unlikely criminals, crime, cons and scams, unemployment, crimes, dishonesty, contests and competitions ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 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: humorous, realistic, biting, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: beauty pageant, choreographer, social differences, suburban life, used car salesman, americana, small town, suburbs, couples, social relations, mischievous children, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Psychos in Love (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A strip-joint owner and a manicurist find that they have many things in common, the foremost being that they are psychotic serial killers. They fall in love and are happy being the family that slays together, until one day they come up against a ...
Style: dark humor, semi serious, humorous, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, murder, serial killer, violence, psychotic, cannibal, psychopath, murderous pair, suburbs, gory, crime, crimes ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.6
 633
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, dark humor
Plot: splatter, cons and scams, cult, hollywood, crimes, gas station, babies and infants, criminal heroes, gangsters, mentally challenged, mentally unstable, pets ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.6
 831
Bank Shot (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A bank temporarily housed in a mobile home while a new building is built, looks like an easy target to break into. On the other hand, why not steal the whole bank, and rob it in a safer location.
Style: semi serious, humorous, offbeat, realistic, witty ...
Plot: heist, unlikely criminals, bank, crime, cons and scams, crimes, dishonesty, criminal heroes, gang, chase, showbiz, disorder ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 4.5
 728
Cannibal Girls (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A young couple spend the night in a restaurant, only to find out that it is haunted by three dead women who hunger for human flesh.
Style: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, realistic, scary ...
Plot: murder, restaurant, cannibalism, curses spells and rituals, gory, religions or cults, danger, deadly, slasher, unlikely criminals, survival, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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, clever, semi serious, witty, realistic ...
Plot: romance, theft, kidnapping, hitman, crime, crime gone awry, crimes, heist, dishonesty, love, treasure, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.4
 112K
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: humorous, surreal, witty, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: screwball, kidnapping, supermarket, baby, crime, redemption, cult, babies and infants, missing child, reward, blackmail, ex convict ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When an upwardly mobile couple find themselves unemployed and in debt, they turn to armed robbery in desperation.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, clever, realistic ...
Plot: heist, unemployment, unlikely criminals, romance, couple relations, crimes, couples, cons and scams, bankruptcy, loan, robbery, female sitting on a toilet ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
King's Ransom (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hoping to foil his own gold-digging wife's plan, a loathsome businessman arranges his own kidnapping, only to realize that there are plenty of other people interested in his wealth as well.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, witty
Plot: kidnapping, crime gone awry, crime, couple relations, workplace romance, cons and scams, nothing goes right, crimes, couples, disorder, hostages, unlikely criminals ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
We're No Angels (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two escaped cons only prayer to escape is to pass themselves off as priests and pass by the police blockade at the border into the safety of Canada.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, clever, realistic ...
Plot: prison, mistaken identity, fish out of water, small town, crime, buddies, prisoner, clergy, religions or cults, dishonesty, disorder, on the run ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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, biting, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: gangsters, coming of age, crime, going straight, hitman, suburbs, rise and fall, rise to the top, self discovery, parents and children, family business, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: ohio, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Larry Donner is a author and writing professor who tutors people who want to write books. Larry's life has become a misery when his Ex-wife has published a book he wrote under her name and has gotten rich over it. Owen Lift, one of Larry's ...
Style: clever, humorous, semi serious, realistic, witty ...
Plot: murder, train, resentment, attempted murder, unlikely criminals, crime, writer's life, mother, cons and scams, nothing goes right, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: clever, dark humor, not serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: weatherman, lottery, tv station, small town, crime, buddies, drugs/alcohol, unlikely criminals, weather, debt, crime gone awry, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Quiet Family (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror
Country: South Korea
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A family decides to buy a lodge in a remote hiking area. Their first customer commits suicide and the distraught family buries his body to avoid the bad publicity. But their luck gets worse, the bodies start piling up, and the family becomes frantic ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: murder, parents and children, isolation, deadly, family relations, zombie, family business, nothing goes right, crimes, death, guest, corpse ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
I Love You to Death (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Joey Boca is the owner of a pizza parlor located in Tacoma, Washington, and has been married to Rosalie for years. Rosalie is horrified to discover that Joey is a womanizer and has been cheating on her for a long time. Based on the true story of ...
Style: humorous, dark humor, semi serious, witty, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, pizza, dysfunctional family, womanizer, hitman, crimes of passion, attempted murder, murder, crime, wife husband relationship, gigolo, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.4
 46K
The Voices (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A mentally unhinged factory worker must decide whether to listen to his talking cat and become a killer, or follow his dog's advice to keep striving for normalcy.
Style: disturbing, offbeat, dark humor, surreal, semi serious ...
Plot: psychopath, mental illness, serial killer, psychiatrist, murder, danger, killer, gory, violence, small town, factory, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.0
 515
Discopathe (2013)
Genre: Crime, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 81 min.
Story: The mid-70's: A timid young New Yorker leads an uneventful life until he is fatefully exposed to the pulsating rhythms of a brand-new genre of music....disco. Unable to control his murderous impulses that stem from a traumatic childhood ...
Style: offbeat, serious, humorous, realistic, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, lesbian sex, blood, slasher, disco, gory, psychopath, lesbian, crimes, nightclub, deadly, male nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: canada, usa, new york, montreal quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%