Movies like The Pillow Book

If you like "The Pillow Book" you are looking for surreal, erotic and sexual movies about / with art, obsession, artist, male nudity, betrayal, revenge and book themes of Drama genre shot in Netherlands or UK.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Save
this
list

to
The Pillow Book (1996)
 6.7
 11K
The Pillow Book
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 bodies.
Style: surreal, erotic, sexual, sexy, stylized, atmospheric, serious, art house, enigmatic, realistic ...
Plot: art, obsession, artist, male nudity, betrayal, revenge, book, anti heroes, writing, surrealism, pornography, rebelliousness, storytelling, nudity (topless - notable), social differences, secrets, literature, poetry, legends and myths, romance, creativity, sexuality, vengeance, political unrest, sex ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, japan, tokyo, shanghai, hong kong, california
The list contains the best and most popular movies with the same themes ordered by rating. Click "View All" button to show all items.
The Conformist
Drama
Italy, France, West Germany
113 min.
 8.1
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Crime, Drama
Netherlands, UK, France
124 min.
 7.6
Choose a movie to watch from relevant lists of films. Click "View All" button to show all collections.

Most similar movies to The Pillow Book

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, harsh, stylized and enigmatic films with plots about pornography, dialogue, male nudity, obsession, art, storytelling and loneliness mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres. Some movies like The Pillow Book: The Belly of an Architect (1987), 8 ? Women (1999), In Praise of Love (2001), The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999), Romance (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Subscribe for new and better recommendations:
The Belly of an Architect
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: obsession, infidelity, art, male nudity, paranoia, tragedy, cancer, losing-it hero, mentally unstable, loneliness, betrayal, downfall ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: europe, italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   86%
 
 5.9
 4K
8 ? Women
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: erotic, surreal, sexy, talky, clever ...
Plot: obsession, male nudity, sex, prostitution, strong sexual content, women, death, surrealism, pornography, parents and children, relationships, estate ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, switzerland, tokyo, geneva switzerland, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   91%
    User:   100%
 
In Praise of Love
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Someone we hear talking - but whom we do not see - speaks of a project which describes the four key moments of love: meeting, physical passion, arguments/separation and making up. This project is to be told through three couples: young, adult and ...
Style: intellectual, atmospheric, serious, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: pornography, poetry, golden years, master and servant, showbiz, memory, filmmaking, politics, art, dialogue, storytelling, catastrophe ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   48%
 
Movie in collections
erotic movies
erotic
1590
artist movies
artist
1403
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
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 ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, talky, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: gangsters, cannibalism, restaurant, infidelity, brutality, violence, revenge, adultery, gangster, surrealism, strong sexual content, sex ...
Time: 20th century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   65%
 
The Loss of Sexual Innocence
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the sexual development of a filmmaker through three stages of his life.
Style: sexual, atmospheric, serious, art house, non-linear ...
Plot: innocence lost, vengeance, sex, sexuality, male nudity, elderly lovers, desert, storytelling, art, pornography, human nature, destructive relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, stone age
Place: africa, england, kenya, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   51%
 
 5.3
 9K
Romance
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher cannot handle the almost complete lack of intimacy he will allow. Increasingly frustrated, she gradually finds her sexual appetites leading ...
Style: sexual, erotic, sexy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, romance, rape, infidelity, sex, bondage, pregnancy, adultery, pornography, gays and lesbians, sexuality, male nudity ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   48%
 
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Germany, Belgium, UK, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A man named Seligman finds a fainted wounded woman in an alley and he brings her home. She tells him that her name is Joe and that she is nymphomaniac. Joe tells her life and sexual experiences with hundreds of men since she was a young teenager ...
Style: sexual, erotic, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: sex, addiction, sexuality, male nudity, virginity, hospital, childhood, strong sexual content, pornography, bdsm, sexual relations, sexualized violence ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   41%
 
Movie in collections
Tokyo Decadence
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A submissive hooker goes about her trade, suffering abuse at the hands of Japanese salarymen and Yakuza types. She's unhappy about her work, and is apparently trying to find some sort of appeasement for the fact that her lover has married.
Style: sexual, surreal, erotic, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: bdsm, sex, prostitute, sexual abuse, gangsters, prostitution, heroin, sexuality, pornography, brutality, vengeance, downfall ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   53%
 
 7.1
 16K
Exotica
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In the upscale Toronto strip club Exotica, dancer Christina is visited nightly by the obsessive Francis, a depressed tax auditor. Her ex-boyfriend, the club's MC, Eric, still jealously pines for her even as he introduces her onstage, but Eric ...
Style: sexual, erotic, sexy, psychological, serious ...
Plot: redemption, obsession, voyeurism, sex, haunted by the past, drinking, death, relationships, murder, pornography, complex characters, nudity (topless - notable) ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   39%
 
The Night Porter
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In this unsettling drama from Italian filmmaker Liliana Cavani, a concentration camp survivor discovers her former torturer and lover working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic ...
Style: erotic, sexual, bleak, psychological, serious ...
Plot: hotel, guilt, sexual abuse, nazi, sexuality, male nudity, dangerous attraction, strong sexual content, nazis, sex, camp, fascism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: vienna, europe, tokyo, germany, hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   48%
 
Drowning by Numbers
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, dark humor ...
Plot: murder, investigation, vengeance, obsession, male nudity, sex, surrealism, drowning, classic car, women, revenge, crimes ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   43%
 
A Zed & Two Noughts
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, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: obsession, death, male nudity, storytelling, surrealism, dealing with death, life & death, art, pornography, couple relations, siblings relations, life philosophy ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   41%
 
 7.1
 41K
Naked Lunch
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in an Islamic port town in Africa.
Style: surreal, psychological, sexual, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, writing, addiction, drugs, drug addiction, paranoia, surrealism, homosexuality, jazz, postmodernism, drugs/alcohol, psychiatry ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   40%
 
Movie in collections
sexy movies
sexy
4288
betrayal movies
betrayal
7657
revenge movies
revenge
7404
The Cement Garden
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After the death of her husband, the mother of Julie, Jack, Sue and Tom begins to suffer from a mysterious illness. Aware that she is going to have to go into hospital she opens a bank account for the children, so that they can be financially ...
Style: disturbing, serious, surreal, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, incest, adolescence, childhood, male nudity, parents and children, siblings relations, nudity (topless - notable), loneliness, death, dysfunctional family, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   41%
 
 6.4
 46K
Crash
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, disturbing, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, sexuality, infidelity, hospital, death, pornography, strong sexual content, cars, sexualized violence, violence, sex, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   40%
 
Death in Venice
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Composer Gustav von Aschenbach, travels to Venice for health reasons. There, he becomes obsessed with the stunning beauty of an adolescent Polish boy named Tadzio who is staying with his family at the same Grand Hôtel des Bains on the Lido as ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: obsession, homosexuality, hotel, art, fall in love, resort, beautiful scenery, artist, solitude, death, life & death, beach ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: italy, venice, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   48%
 
 7.5
 6K
Ten
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers.
Style: talky, serious, melancholic, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: prostitution, parents and children, prostitute, women, relationships, divorce, parenthood, new wave, single parent, solitude, human nature, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   34%
 
Delta of Venus
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A struggling American writer and a fellow American expatriate begin a sordid affair among the chaos and discord of 1940 Paris, France on the brink of World War II.
Style: sexual, erotic, sexy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: romance, sex, infidelity, femme fatale, pornography, writer's life, poetry, adaptation, destructive relationship, writers, bdsm, fascism ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: england, europe, france, paris france, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   38%
 
Movie in collections
 6.8
 8K
Bad Guy
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A criminal who runs a brothel becomes obsessed with a beautiful college student. When she rejects him he sets her up by introducing her to a loan shark and when she can't pay, she is forced into working in the brothel. But when she gets the ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, rough, serious ...
Plot: obsession, prostitution, voyeurism, gangsters, sexual abuse, love, violence, college, guilt, relationships, pornography, brutality ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tokyo, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   46%
 
A Single Girl
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young Parisian must make major decisions about pregnancy, a job and her boyfriend.
Style: serious, atmospheric, melancholic, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: hotel, pregnancy, single parent, workplace, down on your luck, voyeurism, new wave, pornography, women, life, twentysomething life, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   42%
 
 7.7
 24K
Contempt
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A philistine in the art film business, Jeremy Prokosch is a producer unhappy with the work of his director. Prokosch has hired Fritz Lang (as himself) to direct an adaptation of "The Odyssey," but when it seems that the legendary filmmaker ...
Style: talky, stylized, cynical, psychological, clever ...
Plot: marriage, filmmaking, writers, writer's life, relationships, new wave, art, showbiz, dialogue, screenwriter, obsession, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe, southern italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   44%
 
Morvern Callar
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Morvern Callar wakes on Christmas morning to discover that her troubled boyfriend has committed suicide, leaving behind the unpublished manuscript to his first novel and a sum of money intended to pay for his burial. Instead, Morvern attempts to use ...
Style: serious, gloomy, enigmatic, art house, melancholic ...
Plot: suicide, self discovery, couple relations, on the road, hotel, friendship, sex, death, loneliness, existentialism, life & death, christmas ...
Time: contemporary
Place: spain, scotland, europe, ibiza
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   32%
 
 6.5
 9K
Fat Girl
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Elena is 15, beautiful and flirtatious. Her less confident sister, Anais, is 12, and constantly eats. On holiday, Elena meets a young Italian student who is determined to seduce her. Anais is forced to watch in silence, conspiring with the lovers, ...
Style: sexual, bleak, tense, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: coming of age, rape, virginity, dysfunctional family, vengeance, sexual abuse, male nudity, adolescence, sexuality, sex, manipulation, violence ...
Time: contemporary
Place: southern france, rome italy, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   33%
 
Movie in collections
 6.9
 5K
Querelle
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, surreal, stylized, serious, art house ...
Plot: homosexuality, betrayal, murder, male nudity, sexual relations, gay, pornography, dishonesty, sexuality, sexualized violence, violence, camp ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   38%
 
 7.4
 25K
Live Flesh
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A scorned ex-convict forces himself into the lives of the couple who put him behind bars.
Style: sexual, psychological, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, obsession, disability, betrayal, guilt, male nudity, revenge, couple relations, strong sexual content, marriage, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, sarajevo, barcelona spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   34%
 
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Germany, Belgium, UK, France, Sweden
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The continuation of Joe's sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adult life and what led to her being in Seligman's care.
Style: sexual, erotic, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: sex, addiction, male nudity, sex addict, pornography, bdsm, sexual relations, strong sexual content, sexuality, virginity, nymphomaniac, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   37%
 
Nenette and Boni
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Teenage siblings Nenette and Boni were raised apart as a result of their parents' divorce. Their mother, who doted on her son Boni, has died. He works for an interesting couple as a pizza baker, and is surprised and enraged when his younger ...
Style: psychological, serious, art house, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, obsession, coming of age, school, single parent, male nudity, dealing with death, relationships, runaway, hospital, human nature, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, london, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   33%
 
Velvet Goldmine
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Almost a decade has elapsed since Bowiesque glam-rock superstar Brian Slade escaped the spotlight of the London scene. Now, investigative journalist Arthur Stuart is on assignment to uncover the truth behind the enigmatic Slade. Stuart, himself ...
Style: surreal, stylized, sexual, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: music, gay, homosexuality, rock, musician's life, rock and roll, male nudity, cross dressing, surrealism, rise and fall, celebrity culture, music business ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 19th century, year 1984
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   33%
 

Choose "a movie to watch" by trailers from related films

Watch trailers from related movies and select your next film!
 6.5
 12K
Young Adam
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, melancholic ...
Plot: adultery, sex, murder, infidelity, guilt, police investigation, male nudity, loneliness, death, destructive relationship, neo noir, pornography ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1950s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   41%
 
The Brown Bunny
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bud Clay races motorcycles in the 250cc Formula II class of road racing. After a race in New Hampshire, he has five days to get to his next race in California. During his road trip, he is haunted by memories of the last time he saw Daisy, his true ...
Style: sexual, emotional, road movie, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: motorcycle, redemption, memory, loneliness, road trip, sex, on the road, folk, introspection, drugs/alcohol, pornography, male nudity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, new hampshire, cross country, usa, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   30%
 
Subscribe for new and better recommendations:

TOP 5 movies for each basic tag

surreal
surreal movies
Inception 2010
8.8
Blue Velvet 1986
7.8
Eraserhead 1977
7.4
Black Swan 2010
8.0
The Fountain 2006
7.3
View all
erotic
erotic movies
9½ Weeks 1986
5.9
Wild Orchid 1989
4.5
Basic Instinct 1992
6.9
Fifty Shades of Grey 2015
4.1
Killing Me Softly 2002
5.5
View all
sexual
sexual movies
Eyes Wide Shut 1999
7.4
Killing Me Softly 2002
5.5
American Pie 1999
7.0
No Strings Attached 2011
6.2
Black Swan 2010
8.0
View all
sexy
sexy movies
9½ Weeks 1986
5.9
Killing Me Softly 2002
5.5
Wild Orchid 1989
4.5
Original Sin 2001
6.0
Eyes Wide Shut 1999
7.4
View all
art
art movies
Eraserhead 1977
7.4
Big Eyes 2014
7.0
Frida 2002
7.4
White Collar 2009
8.3
Eyes Wide Shut 1999
7.4
View all
stylized
stylized movies
The Adventures of Tintin 2011
7.3
The Matrix 1999
8.7
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001
8.8
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002
8.7
Black Sails 2014
8.3
View all
obsession
obsession movies
Black Swan 2010
8.0
Whiplash 2014
8.5
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer 2006
7.5
Lolita 1997
6.9
The Great Gatsby 2013
7.3
View all
artist
artist movies
Farinelli 1994
6.9
Slasher 2016
6.6
Big Eyes 2014
7.0
Pollock 2000
7.0
Vicky Cristina Barcelona 2008
7.1
View all