Movies like A Shock to the System

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A Shock to the System (1990)
 6.7
 4K
A Shock to the System (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Madison Avenue executive Graham Marshall has paid his dues. A talented and devoted worker, he has suffered through mounting bills and a nagging wife with one thing to look forward to: a well-deserved promotion. But when the promotion is given to a loud-mouthed yuppie associate, Graham unleashes his rage on an overly aggressive panhandler, who he accidently kills by pushing him into the path of an oncoming subway train. He re-thinks his problems with an entirely new solution. First, he arranges an "accident" for his annoying wife. Then he creates another "mishap" for his boss. It seems like the world is once more Graham's oyster…but a missing cigarette lighter and a prying police detective may change all that.
Style: suspense, realistic, cynical, witty, dark humor, suspenseful, light, tense, clever, humorous ...
Plot: murder, advertising, crimes, contests and competitions, vengeance, workplace intrigue, advertising agency, midlife crisis, frame up, rise to the top, unlikely criminals, boss, cigarette lighter, sailing, crime, police investigation, competition, stereotypes, satire, dishonesty, deadly, rivalry, workplace, promotion, electrocution ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, california

Most similar movies to A Shock to the System

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, dark humor and clever films with plots about murder, crimes, crime, storytelling, deadly, brutality and dialogue mostly in Crime, Comedy and Thriller genres. Some movies like A Shock to the System: Very Bad Things (1998), Deathtrap (1982), R.S.V.P. (2002), The Player (1992), The Last Supper (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Very Bad Things (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Kyle Fisher has one last night to celebrate life as a single man before marrying Laura, so he sets out to Vegas with four of his best buddies. But a drug and alcohol filled night on the town with a stripper who goes all the way, turns into a cold ...
Style: humorous, not serious, dark humor, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, wedding, friends, uncover truth, nothing goes right, unlikely criminals, love and romance, investigation, wedding preparations and rituals, wrongfully committed, violence, death ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, los angeles, usa, california, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 12K
Deathtrap (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, humorous, semi serious, psychological ...
Plot: murder, playwright, mystery, crimes, perfect crime, husband wife relationship, ambition, rivalry, deathtrap, aspiring writer, twists & turns, secrets ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 18th century
Place: new york, usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.2
 1K
R.S.V.P. (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young man invites a group of his closest friends to a party, where he proceeds to discreetly kill them all.
Style: dark humor, humorous, suspenseful, semi serious, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crimes, psychopath, deadly, mind game, death, party, student, violence, who done it, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.5
 54K
The Player (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?
Style: talky, suspense, clever, psychological, semi serious ...
Plot: hollywood, murder, blackmail, filmmaking, police investigation, false accusation, protagonist as suspect, satire, artists and showbiz, plan gone awry, movie business, film within a film ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, pasadena california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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The Last Supper (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering rightwing pundits for their political beliefs.
Style: dark humor, witty, tense, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: politics, murder, satire, sexism, death, hypocrisy, crime, crimes, culture clash, liberal, unlikely criminals, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: humorous, exciting, semi serious, dark humor, clever ...
Plot: murder, disorder, nothing goes right, crime, crimes, strangulation, family relations, train, resentment, attempted murder, professor, matricide ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.4
 8K
The Ax (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium, France, Spain
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A chemist loses his job to outsourcing. Two years later and still jobless, he hits on a solution: to genuinely eliminate his competition.
Style: dark humor, cynical, humorous, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: unemployment, job seeking, serial killer, workplace, unlikely criminals, crimes, vengeful fired employee, deadly, murder, layoff, greed, insanity ...
Time: 2000s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Goodbye Lover (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Police investigate when a man having an affair with his brother's wife disappears suddenly.
Style: sexy, suspenseful, realistic, witty, stylized ...
Plot: betrayal, infidelity, murder, neo noir, femme fatale, mystery, investigation, love and romance, dishonesty, obsession, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, austria, salt lake city utah, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.8
 11K
Novocaine (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him into prescribing her drugs
Style: dark humor, suspenseful, captivating, humorous, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, femme fatale, false accusation, frame up, dentist, betrayal, crimes, crime, life turned upside down, drug use, nothing goes right, unlikely criminals ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, arizona, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.9
 5K
Curdled (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Gabriella, a Columbian immigrant, is obsessed with understanding violent crime. The current string of murders by "The Blue Blood Killer" of affluent Miami socialites provides her with fodder for her scrapbook of death. She lands a job with ...
Style: dark humor, disturbing, suspenseful, bloody, offbeat ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, cleaning lady, dangerous attraction, blood, obsession, crime, crimes, investigation, deadly, psychopath, decapitation ...
Time: 90s
Place: miami, usa, colombia, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.5
 2K
Miss Nobody (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A mild-mannered secretary discovers that she has a talent for murder as she ascends the corporate ladder.
Style: witty, humorous, captivating, dark humor, semi serious ...
Plot: murder, ambition, secretary, workplace situations, workplace intrigue, crimes, rivalry, workplace, deadly, rise to the top, unfulfillment, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.9
 1K
Relentless (1989)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles police detectives, cynical veteran Malloy and cocky rookie Dietz, hunt for a serial killer, an ex-cop named Taylor, whom randomly chooses his victims from a phone directory.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, exciting, suspense, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, crimes, crime, vengeance, mentally unstable, partners against crime, stalking, chases and races, maniac, police detective ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: los angeles, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Ladykillers (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting landlord – a sharp old woman.
Style: dark humor, humorous, light, funny, absurd ...
Plot: cons and scams, painting, heist, murder, african american, crime gone awry, friends, sheriff, racism, religious fundamentalist, strangulation, attempted murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 3.6
 114
Lansdown (2001)
Genre: Thriller, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: In this dark comedy, defense lawyer Jake Jorgenson's carefully constructed life begins to unravel when he kills his wife's lover.
Style: semi serious, cynical, dark humor, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: murder, infidelity, goofy hero, crime gone awry, vengeance, couples, deadly, crimes, dishonesty, disorder, adultery, extramarital affair ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 27K
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, witty, cynical, semi serious ...
Plot: housewife, murder, serial killer, female killer, family relations, crimes, crime, parody, suburban life, parents and children, mental illness, family life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, baltimore
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.7
 3K
Coldblooded (1995)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Cosmo, an affectless mob bookie who lives in the basement of a retirement home, is promoted to hitman. He learns his new trade from Steve, a seasoned killer. He falls in love with a yoga teacher, Jasmine, and must figure out a way to leave the mob ...
Style: humorous, realistic, dark humor, semi serious, stylized ...
Plot: hitman, gangsters, murder, crimes, opposites attract, danger, love and romance, dishonesty, going straight, criminal heroes, basement, blood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Johnny Handsome (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A career criminal who has been deformed since birth is given a new face by a kindly doctor and paroled from prison. It appears that he has gone straight, but he is really planning his revenge on the man who killed his mentor and sent him to prison.
Style: serious, intense, harsh, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, murder, plastic surgery, rehabilitation, robbery, vengeance, betrayal, crime, crimes, girlfriend, police, money ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, usa, texas, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.6
 4K
The Crew (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Four retired mobsters plan one last crime to save their retirement home.
Style: humorous, dark humor, witty, funny, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hotel, gangsters, farce, hitman, unlikely criminals, vengeance, dishonesty, rivalry, disorder, human nature, crimes, partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: miami, florida, usa, miami beach, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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2 Days in the Valley (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In a sleepy bedroom community of LA's San Fernando Valley, the murder of a professional athlete by two hit men sets into motion a chain of events that puts the mundane lives of a dozen residents on a collision course. This clever tale tells the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, suspense, twist ending, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, hitman, hostage, psychopath, attempted murder, crime, crimes, police investigation, gangsters, nudity (full frontal - brief), multiple storylines, faked death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.9
 75K
Get Shorty (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Chili Palmer is a Miami mobster who gets sent by his boss, the psychopathic "Bones" Barboni, to collect a bad debt from Harry Zimm, a Hollywood producer who specializes in cheesy horror films. When Chili meets Harry's leading lady, ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, intense, witty, entertaining ...
Plot: mafia, hollywood, debt, producer, drug lord, money, gambling, gangsters, crimes, crime, cons and scams, satire ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: miami, los angeles, usa, las vegas, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 ⇓
27%
Pretty Poison (1968)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young man gets in over his head when he convinces a small-town girl he's a secret agent.
Style: psychological, dark humor, serious, realistic, witty ...
Plot: murder, mental illness, psychopath, small town, parole officer, warden, secret agents, crimes, mind game, mysterious character, mentally unstable, hidden identity ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 4.4
 481
Funland (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a mob family takes over an amusement park after the owner dies under mysterious circumstances, the recently-fired clown mascot seeks vengeance for the loss of his job.
Style: offbeat, witty, humorous, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: clown, amusement park, cons and scams, boss and employee, profanity, conspiracy, graphic violence, religions or cults, psychopath, theme park, palaces castles and temples, gory ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 3K
Incognito (1997)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Harry Donovan is an art forger who paints fake Rembrandt picture for $500,000. The girl he meets and gets into bed with in Paris, Marieke, turns out to be an arts expert Harry's clients are using to check the counterfeit picture he painted.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: forgery, betrayal, art, frame up, mystery, crimes, cons and scams, law enforcement, dishonesty, espionage, murder, forger ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, usa, new york, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.1
 24K
Birthday Girl (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A shy bank clerk orders a Russian mail order bride, and finds his life turned upside down.
Style: sexy, suspense, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: robbery, crime, crimes, romance, femme fatale, couple relations, romancing a criminal, russian, mail order bride, bank clerk, manipulation, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Wish You Were Dead (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two bad women fight over one man in a back-stabbing, money-grabbing, insurance-hustling, double-dealing, two-timing caper.
Style: suspenseful, witty, humorous, semi serious, dark humor ...
Plot: opposites attract, hitman, fish out of water, couples, social relations, fall in love, love affair, dishonesty, deadly, crimes, danger, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Internal Affairs (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, crime, police investigation, manipulation, internal affairs, psychopath, crimes, rivalry, law enforcement, dishonesty, workplace intrigue, mind game ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.6
 419
Getting In (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Gabriel Higgs has failed to get into Johns Hopkins to study medicine. He's sixth on a list of backup candidates, and must persuade the five people ahead of him to drop out. Gabriel has a family tradition to live up to. Things don't go to ...
Style: suspenseful, witty, clever, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, medical school, satire, frame up, college, amateur detective, crimes, rivalry, dishonesty, deadly, youth, crime ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.6
 11K
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, clever, suspenseful, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, desert, small town, mechanic, psychopath, false accusation, widow, diner, fbi, bar, neo noir ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.8
 43K
To Die For (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Suzanne Stone (Maretto) wants to be a world-famous news anchor and she is willing to do anything to get what she wants. What she lacks in intelligence, she makes up for in cold determination and diabolical wiles. As she pursues her goal with ...
Style: cynical, disturbing, captivating, dark humor, talky ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: obsession, manipulation, femme fatale, ambition, dangerous attraction, manipulations, dishonesty, power relations, couples, danger, crimes, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa, california, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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