Movies like Desperate Living

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Desperate Living (1977)
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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, biting, epic, bad taste humour, sexual ...
Plot: repression, mental illness, cannibalism, pubic hair, crimes, fairy, family relations, transsexual, couple relations, partners, parents and children, ruler, crime, love and romance, gender bending, fugitives, mole, society, couples, dishonesty, gender, rebelliousness, suburban life, gays and lesbians, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, texas

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Most similar movies to Desperate Living

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, realistic and dark humor films with plots about dialogue, brutality, crimes, storytelling, mentor, catastrophe and crime 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.
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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: sexual, witty, disturbing, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: obsession, vandalism, transvestism, dehumanization, murder, arson, perversion, unwanted pregnancy, rivalry, sexual relations, life is a bitch, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: maryland, usa, dungeon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, offbeat, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: juvenile delinquent, hitchhiker, electric chair, hitchhiking, amputation, physical appearance, crime, death sentence, female killer, juvenile delinquency, crimes, violence spree ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 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, witty, biting, semi serious, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: misfit, abortion, pornography, dysfunctional family, strangulation, perversion, society, parents and children, suburban life, love and romance, couple relations, family problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: baltimore, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: offbeat, realistic, semi serious, witty, humorous
Plot: murder, lobster, church, serial killer, heist, misfit, society, rivalry, nosy, transvestism, on the road, psychopath ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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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: sexual, humorous, realistic, offbeat, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual fantasy, prostitute, sex addict, sexual perversion, perversion, nymphomaniac, dancer, addiction, small town, babies and infants, sexual relations, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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, psycho film, witty, offbeat, cynical ...
Plot: housewife, serial killer, murder, suburban life, dentist, courtroom, female killer, masturbation, court, perfectionist, crime, misfit ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, cynical, not serious, witty, dark humor ...
Plot: perversion, kidnapping, filmmaking, burned alive, heroin, blindfold, hostages, crimes, porn, couple relations, media satire, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, pimp, serial killer, infidelity, racism, voyeur, culture clash, crime, police corruption, village life, unlikely criminals, society ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, year 1938, 1930s, pre world war two
Place: africa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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: dark humor, humorous, feel good, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: weatherman, lottery, small town, tv station, criminal heroes, crime, nothing goes right, unlikely criminals, cons and scams, couple relations, sexualized violence, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.5
 11K
Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A Beverly Hills teen (Billy Warlock) discovers his parents are part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.
Style: surreal, dark humor, psychological, atmospheric, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cult, transformation, surrealism, cheerleader, delusion, psychiatrist, high school, secret society, body horror, orgy, gory, suburbs ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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, witty, humorous, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: murder, cannibalism, bondage, restaurant, serial killer, crime, swinger, cons and scams, dangerous attraction, unlikely criminals, criminal heroes, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: witty, semi serious, humorous, feel good, light ...
Plot: kidnapping, dishonesty, breakup, crimes, nothing goes right, crumbling marriage, love and romance, cons and scams, disorder, couples, unlikely criminals, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: offbeat, realistic, clever, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: infidelity, police officer, best friends, human nature, murder, deadly, suburbs, love affair, couples, dishonesty, injustice, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: clever, witty, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: romance, kidnapping, hitman, theft, crime, crime gone awry, heist, dishonesty, law enforcement, police detective, couples, disorder ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, offbeat, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: coming of age, hitman, crime, youth, family relations, parents and children, rise to the top, crimes, suburban life, criminal heroes, self discovery, rise and fall ...
Time: 90s
Place: ohio, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.4
 115K
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, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: screwball, kidnapping, ex convict, blackmail, policewoman, redemption, baby, crime, couple relations, missing child, human nature, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, semi serious ...
Plot: bank robbery, unlikely criminals, cheating, overnight success, disorder, couple relations, cons and scams, crime, love and romance, bank robber, criminal, restaurant ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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: biting, realistic, humorous, offbeat, semi serious ...
Plot: beauty pageant, choreographer, social relations, family relations, small town life, couple relations, love and romance, parents and children, suburban life, mischievous children, contests and competitions, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 6.6
 10K
Clay Pigeons (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Clay is a young man in a small town who witnesses his friend, Earl kill himself because of the ongoing affair that Clay was having with the man's wife, Amanda. Feeling guilty, Clay now resists the widow when she presses him to continue with ...
Style: dark humor, clever, suspenseful, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, small town, desert, psychopath, mechanic, false accusation, fbi, bar, widow, crime, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, offbeat, not serious, surprise ending ...
Plot: false accusation, murder, screwball, crime, femme fatale, friends, clergy, hitman, nothing goes right, crimes, goofy hero, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, realistic, dark humor, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: infidelity, dysfunctional family, hitman, crimes of passion, attempted murder, womanizer, pizza, vengeance, crime, couples, deadly, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, humorous, funny, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: hitman, mafia, murder, fish out of water, farce, crime, comedy of errors, unlikely partners, love affair, opposites attract, misfit, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada, usa, chicago illinois, montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When Lenny and his wife, Amanda, adopt a baby, Lenny realizes that his son is a genius and becomes obsessed with finding the boy's biological mother in hopes that she will be brilliant too. But when he learns that Max's mother is Linda ...
Style: talky, humorous, witty, surreal, semi serious ...
Plot: adoption, prostitute, family relations, love and romance, couple relations, opposites attract, dishonesty, looking for love, adoptive father, adoptive mother, child, boxing ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995)
Genre: Crime, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Johnny Destiny burns into Las Vegas in his hot Plymouth RoadRunner, stopping only to pick up a stranger stranded in the desert. But then, things aren't always as they seem. Anything can happen in that town of many possibilities...especially ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, surreal, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, desert, expectant father, destiny, crime gone awry, crime, chase, romance, fugitives, crimes, chases and races, gang ...
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, semi serious ...
Plot: hitman, betrayal, female killer, gangsters, crime, romance, deadly, danger, fall in love, crimes, criminal heroes, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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: realistic, offbeat, surreal, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: murder, crime, police corruption, mystery, crimes, missing person, rebelliousness, resentment, society, investigation, estrangement, skyscraper ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.9
 12K
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, psychological, macabre, atmospheric ...
Plot: vampire, mental illness, insanity, supernatural, imaginary, hallucination, woman in danger, losing-it hero, dangerous attraction, delusion, bite, psychology ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.6
 12K
Cadillac Man (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Joe's a car salesman with a problem. He has two days to sell 12 cars or he loses his job. This would be a difficult task at the best of times but Joe has to contend with his girlfriends (he's two timing), a missing teenage daughter and an ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, funny, entertaining, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: jealousy, race against time, gangsters, vengeance, love and romance, crimes, couples, dishonesty, love affair, car dealer, hostage, police ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: realistic, semi serious, humorous, feel good
Audience: date night
Plot: shopping mall, heist, money, cons and scams, contests and competitions, crimes, society, store, partners, dishonesty, unlikely criminals, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.4
 11K
2001 Maniacs (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: On their way to Spring Break, college kids take a detour through an old Southern town. The people of Pleasant Valley insist the kids stay for their annual barbecue celebration... but instead of getting a taste of the old South, the old South gets a ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, scary, rough, dark humor ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, racism, serial killer, violence spree, gory, slasher, violence, gays and lesbians, animal cruelty, american civil war, psychopath, cannibalism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, southern usa, florida, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%