Movies like The Pillow Book

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The Pillow Book (1996)
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, art house, stylized, atmospheric, serious, realistic, enigmatic ...
Plot: legends and myths, translator, model, anti heroes, rebelliousness, social differences, romance, political unrest, royal family, religions or cults, state affairs, disorder, nothing goes right, politics, art, goofy hero, uninhibited rivalry, death row, heroic mission, revolution, obsession, artist, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, heroes ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia, shanghai, hong kong, california, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, sexual, serious and stylized films with plots about female nudity, male nudity, couples, brutality, sex, dialogue and pornography mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres. Some movies like The Pillow Book: 8 ? Women (1999), Delta of Venus (1995), Romance (1999), The Belly of an Architect (1987), An Actor's Revenge (1963). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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8 ? Women (1999)
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: surreal, erotic, sexy, dark humor, semi serious ...
Plot: harem, obsession, nun, strong sexual content, parents and children, parent child relationship, illegal prostitution, sexual relations, estate, couples, male nudity, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, switzerland, geneva switzerland, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Delta of Venus (1995)
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: infidelity, violence, secret, soldier, extramarital affair, jealousy, sex, romance, femme fatale, writer's life, destructive relationship, love affair ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: france, europe, england, mexico, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 5.3
 9K
Romance (1999)
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: erotic, sexual, sexy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rape, infidelity, degradation, obsession, bondage, erection, prostitute, female full frontal nudity, sexuality, love affair, love triangle, sexual relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
The Belly of an Architect (1987)
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, clever, semi serious, psychological ...
Plot: infidelity, stomach, illness, architect, pregnancy, obsession, losing-it hero, mentally unstable, downfall, human nature, self discovery, destructive relationship ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: europe, italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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An Actor's Revenge (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, firstly by seducing the daughter of one of them, secondly by ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: obsession, revenge, samurai, sword fight, vengeance, performance, suicide, japanese culture, katana sword, gender bending, artists and showbiz, gender ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
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, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: restaurant, gangsters, strong sexual content, cheating wife, spouse killer, cook, cannibalism, love affair, cooking, crime boss, infidelity, sexual relations ...
Time: 20th century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.5
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Young Adam (2003)
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, realistic ...
Plot: destructive relationship, adultery, mysterious character, couple relations, murder, boat, extramarital affair, river, infidelity, sex, drifter, neo noir ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1950s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 6.1
 3K
I Am Curious (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Lena, aged twenty, wants to know all she can about life and reality. She collects information on everyone and everything, storing her findings in an enormous archive. She experiments with relationships, political activism, and meditation. Meanwhile, ...
Style: sexual, realistic, stylized, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: politics, sex, meditation, student, feminism, strong sexual content, self discovery, sexual relations, society, battle of the sexes, idealism, love affair ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: sweden, europe, spain, russia, vietnam ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 7.1
 16K
Exotica (1994)
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: stripper, haunted by the past, secret, nightclub, pet shop, unhappiness, ballet, loss of daughter, accountant, redemption, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Tokyo Decadence (1992)
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, disturbing, erotic, tense ...
Plot: bdsm, prostitute, sexual abuse, sex, opium, yakuza, bondage, downfall, gangsters, urban, destructive relationship, sexual relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.4
 46K
Crash (1996)
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, bleak, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: lust, obsession, sexuality, hospital, pornography, sexual obsession, car accident, fetish, sadism, adultery, masochism, pain ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.9
 5K
Querelle (1982)
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, realistic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, betrayal, murder, homosexuality, sexual relations, sexual abuse, dishonesty, village, gang, gangsters, drug dealing, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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 3K
Girlfriends (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Architect Paul Thomas insinuates himself into the relationship of two bisexual women living in a St. Tropez villa with tragic consequences.
Style: sexual, serious, sexy, realistic, erotic ...
Plot: love triangle, obsession, betrayal, gays and lesbians, holiday, gambling, lgbt, dangerous attraction, romance, destructive relationship, new wave, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, france, saint tropez
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)
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, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: forbidden love, elderly lovers, innocence lost, vengeance, human nature, destructive relationship, siblings relations, culture clash, haunted by the past, kids in trouble, coming of age, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, stone age, 1950s
Place: africa, kenya, england, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)
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: erotic, sexual, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: sexual relations, sexuality, seduction, sexual perversion, addiction, female full frontal nudity, nymphomaniac, sexual exploration, sexual identity, age difference, virgin, sin ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.4
 25K
Live Flesh (1997)
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, serious, psychological, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: strong sexual content, lust, adultery, sexual relations, infidelity, paraplegic, prostitute, bus, basketball, obsession, suicide, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: madrid, spain, europe, barcelona spain, kindergarten ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.6
 19K
If.... (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The film is a caustic portrait of a traditional English boys’ boarding school, where social hierarchy reigns supreme and power remains in the hands of distanced and ineffectual teachers and callously vicious prefects in the Upper Sixth. But three ...
Style: biting, surreal, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rebellion, boarding school life, coming of age, social satire, boarding school, youth, school, new wave, buddies, private school, social misfits, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.1
 41K
Naked Lunch (1991)
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, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: seduction, writing, hallucinations, hallucination, bug, exterminator, drug abuse, murder, jazz, postmodernism, addiction, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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 8.2
 566K
Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: disturbing, semi serious, rough, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, heroin, friendship, life is a bitch, counterculture, society, crimes, misfit, drug addiction, surrealism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)
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, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: obsession, death, zoo, pregnancy, dealing with death, doctor, couple relations, siblings relations, death in the family, couples, prostitute, twins ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.3
 8K
Emmanuelle (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Emmanuelle, a svelte, naive young woman, is en route to Bangkok where she'll join her new husband. He works for the French Embassy and has a lovely home, several dedicated servants, and an expensive car at his disposal. Once Emmanuelle arrives, ...
Style: erotic, serious, sexual, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: infidelity, sexual relations, strong sexual content, couples, gays and lesbians, innocence lost, airplane, promiscuity, bisexual woman, voyeurism, desire, looking for sex ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: asia, thailand, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
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, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: fictional band, school uniform, bisexual, music, gay, faked death, musician's life, rock, rise and fall, celebrity culture, ambition, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 19th century, 80s, year 1984
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Anatomy of Hell (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Portugal
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A man rescues a woman from a suicide attempt in a gay nightclub. Walking the streets together, she propositions him: She'll pay him to visit her at her isolated house for four consecutive nights. There he will silently watch her. He's ...
Style: erotic, sexual, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: strong sexual content, gays and lesbians, obsession, sexual relations, blow job, sex, menstruation, gay, object in vagina, prostitute, man-woman relation, homosexuality ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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 4K
Nathalie... (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Paris doctor Catherine starts to think her husband, Bernard, is having an affair when she hears an unfamiliar woman's message on his voice mail. Hoping to learn more about his extramarital activities, Catherine heads to a strip club, where she ...
Style: sexual, serious, realistic, atmospheric, erotic ...
Plot: voyeur, prostitute, striptease, nightclub, infidelity, friendship, crumbling marriage, couple relations, dangerous attraction, destructive relationship, love affair, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
T2: Trainspotting (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie.
Style: surprise ending, reflective, melancholic, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: drug addiction, revenge, addiction, friendship, heroin, violence, prison, apartment, theft, prison escape, fight, blackmail ...
Time: 2010s
Place: scotland, bulgaria, scottish highlands, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.6
 835
The Tempest (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Prospero, a potent magician, lives on a desolate isle with his virginal daughter, Miranda. He's in exile, banished from his duchy by his usurping brother and the King of Naples. Providence brings these enemies near; aided by his vassal the ...
Style: surreal, offbeat, serious, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: island, betrayal, uninhibited rivalry, destiny, isolation, wizards and magicians, ghost, intrigue, vengeance, love affair, parents and children, royal family ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.5
 267K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, Mexico
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, bleak, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: nanny, desert, drug use, suicide, death, multiple storylines, deportation, tourist, police brutality, loss of son, doctor, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, mexico, japan, africa, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his family to leave for the city in search of higher pay to support ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, heroes, life is a bitch, tragic hero, human spirit, political unrest, hopes, society, state affairs, unfulfillment, changing lives, emperor ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Young Lady Chatterley (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Cynthia inherits a large estate and moves in. She reads her aunt's diary and finds out how she was taught in the ways of love by her gardener in 1901 at the age of 21. She decides to continue the fruitful relationship and gets it on with the ...
Style: erotic, serious, sexual, realistic, sexy
Plot: estate, social differences, infidelity, flashback, sex, looking for love, looking for sex, romance, gardener, love, diary, inheritance ...
Time: 1900s, 70s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Quiet Days in Clichy (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Expatriate Henry Miller indulges in a variety of sexual escapades while struggling to establish himself as a serious writer in Paris.
Style: atmospheric, serious, sexual, erotic, realistic ...
Plot: immigrants, writer's life, eroticism, looking for sex, sexual relations, artists and showbiz, prostitute, womanizer, infidelity, love triangle, love and romance, lifestyle ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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