Movies like The Ref

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The Ref (1994)
 6.9
 23K
The Ref (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Caroline and Lloyd are a married couple constantly at each other's throats, masters at crafting acid-tongued barbs at the other's expense. Indeed, they are so obsessed with belittling each other that they never stop -- not even at gunpoint. The gunman is Gus, a thief on the run from the police, who kidnaps the couple as an insurance policy, planning to use their home as a hideout. But their incessant bickering proves more than Gus bargained for, forcing him -- for the sake of his own sanity -- into the unenviable role of peacemaker. To make things even worse for Gus, he discovers that he has taken the couple hostage the night of their big Christmas party, and the guests are already on the way. Not wanting to leave Lloyd and Caroline unattended, Gus opts to attend the party, pretending to be the couple's marriage counselor. This naturally leads to a series of comic confusions, as the hostage crisis and marital tensions head towards their inevitable conclusion.
Style: dark humor, humorous, talky, witty, semi serious, light, entertaining, clever, suspense, biting ...
Plot: hostage, dysfunctional family, christmas, farce, holiday, robbery, thief, alcoholic, blackmail, dinner, christmas party, family problems, family feud, crimes, hostages, couple relations, crime, family relations, family gatherings, loan, reconciliation, santa claus, police, burglar, manhunt ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: usa, connecticut

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, semi serious and clever films with plots about mentor, dialogue, storytelling, catastrophe, redemption, crimes and greed mostly in Comedy, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like The Ref: Bad Santa (2003), Double Whammy (2001), The New Age (1994), Bottle Rocket (1996), Suicide Kings (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Bad Santa (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.
Style: dark humor, humorous, cynical, entertaining, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holiday, christmas, anti heroes, cons and scams, antisocial behavior, profanity, anti hero, drugs/alcohol, drinking problem, heist, thief, robbery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, arizona, phoenix arizona, milwaukee wisconsin, miami
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100%
Double Whammy (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Ray Pluto has many problems. He is satirized in the tabloids as the "loser cop." His partner is starting to seem suspiciously attracted to him. A pair of screenwriters across the hall keep bugging him for help. The superintendent of his ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: violence, crimes, murder, crime, couple relations, police detective, investigation, hitman, power relations, deadly, law enforcement, heist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.6
 1K
The New Age (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Peter and Katherine Witner are Southern California super-yuppies with great jobs but no center to their lives. When they both lose their jobs and begin marital infidelities, their solution is to start their own business together. In order to find ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, cynical, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: satire, filmmaking, self discovery, crumbling marriage, society, love and romance, lifestyle, rise and fall, breakup, family problems, starting over, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.0
 69K
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Upon his release from a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan, who seems far less sane than the former. Dignan has hatched a hair-brained scheme for an as-yet-unspecified crime spree that ...
Style: humorous, witty, talky, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robbery, theft, thief, crime, crimes, self discovery, disorder, nothing goes right, sibling relationship, buddies, criminal heroes, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 6.9
 26K
Suicide Kings (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Christopher Walken shines in this cult-favorite dark comedy as Charlie, a former mobster who is abducted by five privileged young men (Sean Patrick Flanery, Johnny Galecki, Jay Mohr, Jeremy Sisto, Henry Thomas) desperate to raise a $2 million ransom ...
Style: dark humor, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, hostage, crimes, crime, mansion, crime gone awry, disorder, nothing goes right, confined, buddies, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Four Christmases (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Brad and Kate have made something of an art form out of avoiding their families during the holidays, but this year their foolproof plan is about go bust -- big time. Stuck at the city airport after all departing flights are canceled, the couple is ...
Style: feel good, humorous, light, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: date night
Plot: christmas, family relations, holiday, couple relations, dysfunctional family, eccentric family, comedy of errors, family gatherings, parents and children, in-laws, nothing goes right, christmas movie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, cynical, clever, offbeat, witty ...
Plot: infidelity, police officer, exploding car, gunfight, human nature, suburbs, sexual relations, murder, love affair, suburban life, couple relations, injustice ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1959, 50s, 1950s
Place: new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Something for Everyone (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An opportunistic young man working as a servant to a European countess uses his sexual talents to better his station in life.
Style: twists and turns, dark humor, clever, biting, suspense ...
Plot: murder, estate, manipulation, older woman younger man sex, crimes, deadly, loss of fortune, power relations, palaces castles and temples, love affair, cons and scams, love and romance ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 70s
Place: austria, europe, japan, central europe, prussia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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, clever, humorous, witty, not serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, farce, yuppie, hostage, vengeance, manipulation, crimes, dishonesty, hostages, confined, nothing goes right ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, santa monica california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Swimming with Sharks (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young, naive Hollywood studio assistant finally turns the tables on his incredibly abusive producer boss.
Style: cynical, disturbing, humorous, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: hollywood, humiliation, boss, vengeance, obnoxious boss, workplace situations, ambition, showbiz, manager, bully, disgruntled worker, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.8
 2K
Faithful (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A depressed housewife whose husband is having an affair contemplates suicide, but changes her mind when she faces death by a killer hired to do her in.
Style: witty, talky, semi serious, melancholic, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hitman, female protagonist, woman in danger, crumbling marriage, self discovery, family problems, dishonesty, marriage, depression, adultery, bathtub, runaway ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: There's nothing wrong with the Marshetta family that a little felony can't cure. Rupert doesn't want to follow in his father's blue-collar footsteps, so he and his quirky friend kidnap his father for ransom, only nobody wants him ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, offbeat, humorous, touching
Plot: kidnapping, dysfunctional family, missing person, family relations, mine, friendship, family problems, disorder, couples, friends, crimes, buddies ...
Time: 80s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Stuart Saves His Family (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Stuart Smalley, the Saturday Night Live character, comes to the big screen. Stuart, the disciple of the 12 step program, is challenged by lifes injustices.
Style: humorous, dark humor, not serious, realistic, satirical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, farce, family problems, disorder, nothing goes right, family life, self discovery, couple relations, couples, eccentric family, down on your luck, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ 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, humorous, disturbing, intense, talky ...
Plot: coming of age, hitman, crimes, parents and children, self discovery, family relations, criminal heroes, rise and fall, suburban life, gangsters, depression, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 90s
Place: ohio, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Poor White Trash (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Mike and Lenny are two buddies who dream of getting out of the trailer park. Out of desperation they resort to burglary as a means of financing Mike's college education. Their dream is jeopardized one summer day when their ploy to shoplift Near ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, entertaining
Plot: family relations, heist, nothing goes right, crimes, parents and children, ambition, disorder, teenage life, youth, college, small town, single parent ...
Time: 90s
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.6
 22K
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie Soke teams up with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is chubby and cheery Thurman Merman, a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, entertaining, psychological, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: christmas, santa claus, holiday, robbery, pervert, masturbation, heist, parents and children, adventure, escapades, adaptation, antisocial behavior ...
Time: contemporary
Place: midwest, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Two If by Sea (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Frank O'Brien, a petty thief, and his 7-year-long girlfriend Roz want to put an end to their unsteady lifestyle and just do that last job, which involves stealing a valuable painting. Frank takes Roz to an island on the coast of New England, ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, romantic, light ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: thief, painting, island, heist, romance, crimes, crime, partners, couple relations, couples, disorder, nothing goes right ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new england, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Daytrippers (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Eliza D'Amico thinks her marriage to Louis is going great, until she finds a mysterious love note to her husband. Concerned, she goes to her mother for advice. Eliza, her parents, her sister Jo and Jo's boyfriend all pile into a station ...
Style: witty, talky, humorous, clever, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, adultery, on the road, brawl, drunkenness, rooftop, chance meeting, suburbs, infidelity, overbearing, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Money for Nothing (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When unemployed dockworker Joey Coyle finds $1.2 million that fell off of an armored car, he decides to do the logical thing: take the money and run. After all, he says, finders keepers. He turns to his ex-girlfriend Monica, who works in an ...
Style: humorous, realistic, light, intense, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: crimes, crime, heist, friends, disorder, dishonesty, nothing goes right, money, friendship, unemployment, police, chase ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: philadelphia, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.6
 25K
Mystery Train (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley.
Style: humorous, atmospheric, thought provoking, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: hotel, tourist, friendship, crimes, odd couple, group of strangers, radio, drinking, listening to music, multiple storylines, culture clash, obsession ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: memphis, tennessee, usa, new jersey, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Where the Money Is (2000)
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime
Country: Germany, USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Henry Manning (Paul Newman) has come up with a new way to break out of prison: fake a stroke and get transferred to a nursing home. It's a perfect plan, except for one thing: the woman assigned to take care of him at the nursing home, Carol Ann ...
Style: humorous, clever, semi serious, light, offbeat ...
Plot: heist, retirement home, crime, crimes, cons and scams, elderly, aging, robbery, dishonesty, one last job, couples, nursing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, oregon, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Observe and Report (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper's paradise into his personal peep show. But when Barnhardt can't bring the culprit to justice, a surly police detective is recruited to close ...
Style: dark humor, semi serious, humorous, tragicomedy, satirical ...
Plot: security guard, shopping mall, robbery, delusion, thief, workplace, workplace situations, farce, adolescence vs adulthood, unrequited love, justice, perversion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.3
 24K
Celebrity (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The career and personal life of writer Lee are at a standstill, so he divorces his bashful wife, Robin, and dives into a new job as an entertainment journalist. His assignments take him to the swankiest corners of Manhattan, but as he jumps from one ...
Style: witty, cynical, stylized, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: filmmaking, ambition, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, showbiz, celebrity culture, lifestyle, spectacle, satire, writing, film within a film, ex wife ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, atlantic city new jersey, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The story of Peter McGowan, a chain-smoking, impotent, insomniac playwright who lives in Los Angeles. Once very successful, he is now in the tenth year of a decade-long string of production failures. He finds himself bonding with a new ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: midlife crisis, single parent, dog, couple relations, introspection, parents and children, family life, lifestyle, unfulfillment, love and romance, crumbling marriage, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.2
 26K
Dom Hemingway (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he's owed.
Style: dark humor, stylized, talky, humorous, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: safecracker, crimes, redemption, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, temperamental, hopes, prison, nudity (full frontal - brief), sex scene, ex convict, father daughter estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, france, europe, french riviera, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
Style: dark humor, talky, witty, humorous, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, crime, crime gone awry, crimes, gangsters, dog, screenwriter, kidnapping, partners in crime, mob boss, neo noir, thief ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1975, year 1954, year 1963 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Ice Harvest (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, dark humor, witty, twists and turns ...
Plot: stripper, betrayal, christmas, femme fatale, murder, strip club, crime, crimes, gangsters, nothing goes right, dishonesty, neo noir ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Chumscrubber (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, bleak, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suburbs, suicide, kidnapping, mistaken identity, friendship, drug dealing, drug abuse, coming of age, crimes, youth, social decay, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.1
 33K
Nurse Betty (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: What happens when a person decides that life is merely a state of mind? If you're Betty, a small-town waitress and soap opera fan from Fair Oaks, Kansas, you refuse to believe that you can't be with the love of your life just because he ...
Style: witty, realistic, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: hitman, murder, delusion, romance, memory loss, losing-it hero, crime, obsessive quest, crimes, violence, professional killer, writers ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, oklahoma, new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.5
 2K
Manny & Lo (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A pregnant teen and her younger sister run away from foster homes and kidnap a woman whom they believe can help with the pregnancy.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching, clever ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: kidnapping, on the road, pregnancy, hostage, orphan, dream, robbery, police, coming of age, runaway, love and romance, single parent ...
Time: 90s
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%