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, epic, bad taste humour, sexual ...
Plot: cannibalism, pubic hair, mental illness, repression, parents and children, suburbs, crimes, crime, delusion, homeless shelter, 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, witty and dark humor films with plots about dialogue, brutality, mentor, storytelling, pornography, catastrophe and runaway mostly in Comedy, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Desperate Living: Female Trouble (1974), Pink Flamingos (1972), Polyester (1981), Multiple Maniacs (1970), 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: amputation, juvenile delinquent, hitchhiking, physical appearance, electric chair, crime, hitchhiker, violence spree, drag, crimes, deadly, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.1
 20K
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, disturbing, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, vandalism, transvestism, dehumanization, drugs/alcohol, social misfits, uninhibited rivalry, crime, strong sexual content, murder, sexual relations, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: maryland, usa, dungeon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 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 ...
Audience: teens
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 ⇓
76%
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, church, lobster, on the road, juvenile delinquency, serial killer, gory, social misfits, uninhibited rivalry, violence spree, gender bending, psychopath ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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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, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nymphomaniac, dancer, sexual fantasy, prostitute, sex addict, perversion, sexual perversion, couple relations, small town, addiction, parents and children, group sex ...
Time: contemporary
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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, semi serious, humorous, witty ...
Plot: serial killer, housewife, murder, suburban life, perfectionist, court, courtroom, dentist, female killer, masturbation, crime, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, blindfold, burned alive, heroin, filmmaking, drugs/alcohol, media satire, artists and showbiz, urban, crimes, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, california
⇓ 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, 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, 1930s, year 1938
Place: africa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, realistic ...
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 ⇓
36%
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, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, crime, gangsters, going straight, hitman, suburbs, rise and fall, rise to the top, self discovery, mother son incest, parents and children, family business ...
Time: 90s
Place: ohio, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, treasure, love, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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, scary, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cult, surrealism, transformation, orgy, body horror, secret society, psychiatrist, high school, gory, cheerleader, delusion, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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: dark humor, surreal, humorous, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: vampire, mental illness, insanity, losing-it hero, murder, supernatural, delusion, hallucination, therapist, bite, psychosis, womanizer ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, semi serious, dark humor, 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 ⇓
29%
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: semi serious, humorous, dark humor, realistic, clever ...
Plot: infidelity, police officer, suburbs, on the run, human nature, sibling relationship, crime, murder, crimes, deadly, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, not serious, dark humor, realistic, humorous ...
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 ⇓
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: humorous, realistic, biting, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: beauty pageant, choreographer, social differences, suburban life, used car salesman, small town, americana, suburbs, couples, social relations, mischievous children, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, humorous, suspenseful, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: serial killer, small town, murder, desert, bar, fbi, widow, false accusation, psychopath, crime, mechanic, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
 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, surprise ending ...
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 ⇓
27%
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, expectant father, desert, criminal heroes, destiny, crime, buddies, crime gone awry, chase, bank, fugitives, gang ...
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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: surreal, humorous, semi serious, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: murder, investigation, crime, mystery, crimes, deadly, unlikely criminals, rebelliousness, missing person, police corruption, unemployment, estrangement ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 2K
Palookaville (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Jerry and his two pals, Russ and Syd, are just looking for some easy money to help them break out of their nowhere lives in their nowhere town. Despite a bungled jewelry store heist which exposes their incompetence as criminals, a fateful event (and ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: robbery, dysfunctional family, ashtray, armored truck, crime gone awry, crime, heist, bank, factory, friendship, store, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.4
 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: humorous, not serious, realistic, biting, offbeat ...
Plot: art, photographer, gallery, art gallery, fish out of water, working class, perversion, stripper, drugs/alcohol, media satire, girlfriend, sex party ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: baltimore, maryland, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 76K
Heathers (1988)
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, clever, witty, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, suicide, teenage love, teenage life, diary, friendship, suicide attempt, gay slur, clique, sociopath, youth, friends ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: ohio, usa, california
⇓ 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, semi serious, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: hitman, betrayal, gangsters, crime, romance, female killer, moral dilemma, killer, lovers, criminal heroes, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: clever, humorous, not serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: restaurant, shakespeare, crime gone awry, murder, crime, comedy of errors, rock, small town, farce, couple relations, parody, nothing goes right ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 18th century, 1930s
Place: bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia, pennsylvania, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, twists and turns ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mafia, hitman, fish out of water, murder, comedy of errors, crime, farce, unlikely partners, opposites attract, love affair, gangsters, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: canada, usa, montreal, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 ⇓
24%
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 ⇓
24%
Ruthless People (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.
Style: offbeat, humorous, clever, witty, not serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, farce, yuppie, cons and scams, crime, confined, vengeance, crimes, dishonesty, couples, hostages ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%