Movies like The Serpent's Egg

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The Serpent's Egg (1977)
 6.7
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The Serpent's Egg (1977)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Serpent's Egg follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World War I.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense
Plot: investigation, clinic, cabaret, unemployment, suicide, circus, world war one, politics, life is a bitch, alcohol abuse, getting home, society, chaos and mayhem, rise to the top, sex, dancing, fight, snake, mental institution, monkey, student, money, police, scientist, jewish ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, pre world war two
Place: germany, europe, sweden, berlin germany

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Most similar movies to The Serpent's Egg

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and gloomy films with plots about death, nudity (full frontal - brief), drinking, murder, storytelling, guilt and dialogue mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Serpent's Egg: The Passion of Anna (1969), Persona (1966), New Best Friend (2002), Cries & Whispers (1972), Keane (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Passion of Anna (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple also in the midst of psychological turmoil. In turn he meets Anna, who is grieving the recent deaths of her husband and son. ...
Style: bleak, psychological, gloomy, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: isolation, couples, island, deadly, love and romance, opposites attract, friendship, love affair, chaos and mayhem, destiny, architect, solitude ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 8.1
 100K
Persona (1966)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually ...
Style: atmospheric, sexual, psychological, experimental, talky ...
Plot: confession, nurse, silence, postmodernism, actress, dream, psychiatry, patient, violence, betrayal, dreams, identity crisis ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: eastern europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Made during Bergman's tax-related exile in Germany, the film continues the story of Katarina and Peter Egermann, the feuding, childless, professional couple who appear in one episode of "Scenes From A Marriage." After Peter ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, dream, death, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians, crumbling marriage, mental illness, dysfunctional family, infidelity, obsession, couple relations, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
New Best Friend (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Alicia is a poor girl starting college. Hadley, Julianne and Sydney are three well-off girls in a row house. Classes begin and Alicia is paired with Hadley to work on a sociology class project. At first rejected, Alicia is finally accepted into ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, intense, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: investigation, college, teenage life, betrayal, murder, wealth, manipulation, manipulations, mind game, mystery, youth, overdose ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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Cries & Whispers (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 91 min.
Story: As Agnes slowly dies of cancer, her sisters are so deeply immersed in their own psychic pains that they can't offer her the support she needs. Maria is wracked with guilt at her husband's suicide, caused by his discovery of her ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, gloomy, touching, psychological ...
Plot: terminal illness, maid, death, cancer, grudge, mansion, estate, human nature, family life, friendship, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.9
 5K
Keane (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A mentally ill man searches New York for his missing eight year old daughter. He recreates her steps each day hoping for some clue to her disappearance, until he meets and befriend a woman with a daughter the same age. Could she help him with the ...
Style: sincere, touching, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, mental illness, drug abuse, delusion, paranoia, parents and children, danger, life is a bitch, poverty, self destruction, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
The White Ribbon (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Canada
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
Style: disturbing, psychological, thought provoking, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: sexual abuse, children, child abuse, punishment, physical appearance, family secret, domestic violence, death, torture, teacher, priest, innocence ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914
Place: germany, europe, italy, northern germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Walk on Water (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Israel, Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Eyal, an Israeli Mossad agent, is given the mission to track down and kill the very old Alfred Himmelman, an ex-Nazi officer, who might still be alive. Pretending to be a tourist guide, he befriends his grandson Axel, in Israel to visit his sister ...
Style: tense, sincere, suspenseful, captivating, intense ...
Plot: family secret, gay slur, hitman, redemption, haunted by the past, introspection, working undercover, war crime, machismo, unlikely couple, undercover, german ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, germany, berlin germany, jerusalem, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Good German (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An American journalist arrives in Berlin just after the end of World War Two. He becomes involved in a murder mystery surrounding a dead GI who washes up at a lakeside mansion during the Potsdam negotiations between the Allied powers. Soon his ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: murder, war criminal, black market, investigation, post war, mystery, uncover truth, haunted by the past, military, love affair, love of one's life, neo noir ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1945, 1930s
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.1
 12K
Shame (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ingmar Bergman's psychological study of how humans react in a situation of war. The film takes place on Gotland, where invasion forces arrives.
Style: psychological, bleak, biting, suspense, serious ...
Plot: island, soldier, war, civil war, politics, betrayal, crumbling marriage, on the run, political unrest, survival, countryside, introspection ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: eastern europe, israel, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.6
 14K
The Dead Girl (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, contemplative ...
Plot: investigation, murder, missing person, uncover truth, newspaper, family relations, life is a bitch, prostitute, forensics, mystery, vandalism, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.0
 15K
Affliction (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A small town policeman must investigate a suspicious hunting accident. The investigation and other events result in his slowly disintegrating mentally.
Style: bleak, rough, gloomy, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, small town life, dysfunctional family, murder, alcohol abuse, snow, halloween, arson, domestic violence, machismo, abusive father, sheriff ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Will Graham, a former London crime boss who has left his former life to live as a recluse in the forest. Haunted by the blood of those he has murdered, Will wishes never to return. But when his brother commits suicide, following a sexual assault at ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, rough, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, murder, crime, crimes, life is a bitch, rape, violence, suicide, tough heroes, gangsters, dark hero, justice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.8
 102K
Stoker (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Style: psychological, bleak, gothic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: mysterious character, family relations, antisocial behavior, under the surface, masturbation, family problems, danger, parents and children, funeral, estate, youth, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.5
 1K
Absolution (1978)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At a Catholic public school, Benjamin Stanfield is tired of being the teacher's pet and decides to play a practical joke on his form master Father Goddard. In confession, Stanfield tells Goddard that he has accidentally murdered his friend ...
Style: bleak, psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: boarding school, prank, murder, deadly, youth, rebellion, life is a bitch, rivalry, hopes, clergy, teachers and students, crimes ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.8
 74K
Stay (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Psychiatrist Sam Foster has a new patient, Henry Letham, who claims to be suicidal. In trying to diagnose him, Sam visits Henry's prior therapist and also finds Henry's mother -- even though Henry has said that he murdered both of his ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, surreal, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: suicide attempt, suicide, psychiatrist, doctors and patients, mentally unstable, unfulfillment, student, patient, guilt, suicidal, mental institution, obsession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: tense, sincere, gloomy, bleak, compassionate ...
Plot: surveillance, cold war, interrogation, voyeurism, espionage, blackmail, german, communism, spy, iron curtain, politics, actress ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: germany, east germany, berlin germany, german democratic republic, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.4
 162
The Quarry (1998)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Belgium, France, Netherlands, Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: This thriller investigates the mysterious assassination of a gay pastor in rural South Africa. Without witnesses or explanations, the crime appears to the police and others as a jigsaw puzzle without enough pieces. The police then suspect and arrest ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: escape, mistaken identity, interracial relations, small town, countryside, deadly, chases and races, small town life, drug abuse, haunted by the past, religions or cults, disorder ...
Time: 90s, quarry
Place: south africa, africa, belgium, canada, holland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 7.0
 8K
Bad Timing (1980)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Alex Linden is a psychiatrist living in Vienna who meets Milena Flaherty though a mutual friend. Though Alex is quite a bit older than Milena, he's attracted to her young, carefree spirit. Despite the fact that Milena is already married, their ...
Style: erotic, sexual, cult film, sexy, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, overdose, nato, inspector, psychiatrist, extramarital affair, love, nudity (full frontal - brief), love and romance, crimes, couples, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vienna, austria, europe, morocco, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After several years of living with a cult, Martha finally escapes and calls her estranged sister, Lucy, for help. Martha finds herself at the quiet Connecticut home Lucy shares with her new husband, Ted, but the memories of what she experienced in ...
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: hippie, runaway, paranoia, mind control, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, society, estrangement, cult, sister sister relationship, cult leader, socially awkward ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, connecticut, usa, new york state, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Minus Man (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The Minus Man is a 1999 film based on the novel by Lew McCreary. It was directed by Hampton Fancher, who also wrote the screenplay. The film centers on a psychotic killer whom Fancher describes as "a cross between Psycho's Norman Bates, ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, clever, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, small town, dangerous attraction, drugs/alcohol, couples, psychopath, deadly, crimes, violence, murder, death, tenant ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: vancouver, vancouver british columbia canada, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
I Can't Sleep (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Ninon is a spirited hotel-manager who teaches self-defense classes to her terrified elderly neighbors. Daiga, an aspiring Lithuanian actress newly arrived to Paris, comes to live at the hotel and becomes fascinated with the life of a mysteriously ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: immigrants, hotel, murder, crimes, down on your luck, couples, transvestism, misfit, life is a bitch, love and romance, gender, social misfits ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: paris france, europe, france, texas, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
A Dry White Season (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Taking place during the 1976 Soweto uprising, the story follows a white school teacher whose life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.
Style: emotional, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, legal, interracial relations, fighting the system, society, crimes, rebellion, injustice, discrimination, lawyer, life is a bitch, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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The Constant Gardener (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Kenya, France, USA, China
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Justin Quayle is a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife Tessa is killed he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, suspenseful, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: aids, corruption, murder, death, investigation, political corruption, cover up, uncover truth, diplomat, fighting the system, obsession, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kenya, africa, london, sudan, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 5.3
 912
Firecracker (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A tale of murder in small-town Kansas. When Jimmy is lured away from his abusive family by a traveling sideshow carnival, he encounters Sandra, one of the main attractions. The happiness they find together causes them to confront the darkness in ...
Style: atmospheric, disturbing, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, murder, small town, mystery, psychopath, family problems, friendship, haunted by the past, mental illness, crimes, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.2
 49K
Don't Look Now (1973)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After Laura and John Baxter lose their only child in a horrible drowning, they are greeted by strange sightings of her throughout their everyday lives. When two old ladies approach them in Italy with news that their daughter may still be alive, it ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Plot: supernatural, hallucination, haunted by the past, drowning, family relations, architecture, mystery, loss of child, crimes, serial killer, psychic, premonition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, venice, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.2
 272K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, dark, tense, psychological ...
Plot: neo noir, police investigation, insomnia, investigator, murder, guilt, fbi, police corruption, small town, police detective, snow, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, los angeles, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.1
 289K
Chinatown (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double ...
Style: twists and turns, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: private detective, neo noir, investigation, rape, surveillance, corruption, investigator, deception, femme fatale, cover up, suspicion, tragic event ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, year 1937
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Crime + Punishment in Suburbia (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This is a contemporary fable loosely based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment". Roseanne is outwardly a perfect and popular teen. However, her image is hiding the abuse at her stepfather's hands, and she decides to ...
Style: disturbing, serious, psychological, clever, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: murder, high school, dysfunctional family, suburbs, americana, guilt, rape, trial, crime and punishment, obsession, youth, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Death in Granada (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, Puerto Rico, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A journalist starts an investigation into the disappearance of famed poet and political agitator, Garcia Lorca, who disappeared in the early days of the Spanish Civil War in the the 1930's.
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, tense
Plot: investigation, murder, injustice, fascism, deadly, artists and showbiz, dishonesty, against humanity, life is a bitch, society, journalism, writer's life ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 30s, 1950s, 60s ...
Place: spain, europe, puerto rico, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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