Movies like Smash Palace

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Smash Palace (1981)
 7.0
 1K
Smash Palace (1981)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife, Jacqui, doesn't appreciate the lack of attention due to Al's obsession with cars. When Al finds her in the arms of another man, he takes his daughter, Georgie and heads for the bush, desperately hoping to hold on to the only family he has left. Written by Evan Yates
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: kidnapping, family relations, chase, love affair, obsession, romance, love and romance, midlife crisis, couples, dysfunctional family, infidelity, family problems, breakup, custody, crumbling marriage, death in the family, unfulfillment, couple relations, car race, truck, racecar driver, female nudity, sex scene, male nudity, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: new zealand

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Most similar movies to Smash Palace

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and tense films with plots about couples, infidelity, crumbling marriage, love and romance, family problems, unfulfillment and dishonesty mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres. Some movies like Smash Palace: Do It for Me (1997), Fear Me Not (2008), A Table for One (1999), A Blast (2014), Deceit (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.8
 77
Do It for Me (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Andrés's wealthy father-in-law runs a textile factory; he retires and brings Andrés to Madrid, with wife and son, to run the company. Andrés works long hours, but his wife is bored, and there are tensions at home. When Isabel, a femme ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: femme fatale, obsession, kidnapping, couples, unfulfillment, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, love and romance, manipulation, love triangle, love affair, cons and scams ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.3
 2K
Fear Me Not (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Michael needs a change in his life, so when he hears about clinical trials for a new anti-depressant, he signs up to be a guinea pig - without telling his family. Because of dangerous side effects, the trial is subsequently abandoned but Michael ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: mental illness, family problems, dysfunctional family, midlife crisis, doctors and patients, estrangement, couples, life is a bitch, love and romance, losing-it hero, death in the family, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
A Table for One (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A wife, her two-timing husband and a flirting neighbor are unpredictable competitors in a warped game that turns into a life-or-death affair.
Style: sexy, tense, serious, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: murder, infidelity, mind game, love affair, obsession, love triangle, couple relations, vengeance, family problems, couples, wedding, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 5.6
 896
A Blast (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Greece, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Running away on the highway, Maria is alone in her roaring SUV. Behind her, fire and a case full of money. In front of her, the hopeless vastness of the motorway. Only a day before she was a caring mother, a loving wife, a responsible daughter. ...
Style: tense, serious, captivating, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, on the run, couples, love affair, dishonesty, nudity (full frontal - brief), sex scene, life turned upside down, strong sexual content, rivalry, crimes, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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 4.5
 464
Deceit (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A man returns to his hometown after his father's death and soon enters into an affair with the wife of his old best friend.
Style: psychological, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: infidelity, destructive relationship, friendship, love affair, dangerous attraction, obsession, love and romance, dishonesty, stalking, couples, manipulation, tragic love ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Signs & Wonders (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Greece
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Under the influence of signs and premonitions, a man allows himself to veer in and out of a love affair with his colleague.
Style: serious, realistic, clever, emotional, talky ...
Plot: infidelity, life turned upside down, introspection, love affair, love triangle, family problems, couples, destructive relationship, couple relations, midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: sweden, greece, germany, france, athens greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Married/Unmarried (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Obsession and doubt control four friends' relationship.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, semi serious
Plot: love affair, looking for love, young lovers, youth, crumbling marriage, love and romance, couples, family problems, couple relations, infidelity, destructive relationship, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A marriage counselor's personal and professional life becomes complicated after she enters into a relationship with one of her clients.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, psychological, sentimental
Plot: infidelity, cheating wife, extramarital affair, adultery, dysfunctional family, couple relations, moral dilemma, life turned upside down, family problems, couples, love affair, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 4.1
 680
Night Eyes (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A Beverly Hills home-security guard is seduced by a rock star's wife he monitors by video.
Style: erotic, realistic, sexy, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: femme fatale, infidelity, rock star, crimes, crumbling marriage, sexual relations, voyeurism, adultery, investigation, dishonesty, love and romance, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.9
 2K
Betrayal (1983)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Pinter's semi-autobiographical play examining the surprise attraction, shy first steps, gradual flowering, and treasonous deception of a woman's extramarital affair with her husband's best friend; the entire story is told from the ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, talky, tense ...
Plot: love triangle, unfulfillment, infidelity, betrayal, dishonesty, adultery, friends, crimes, autobiography, rivalry, dangerous attraction, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
And Baby Will Fall (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Expectant parents become prime suspects in the disappearance of a pregnant woman who was last seen at their garage sale. Model citizen David Rose runs a garden center and is a devoted house-father. Like his wife Ivy, who suffered two stillbirths, ...
Style: serious, captivating, psychological, suspense, tense ...
Plot: prison, infidelity, crimes, police detective, family problems, family relations, love affair, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, pregnancy, mysterious disappearance, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 4.8
 354
Dark Obsession (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Hugo Buckton seems to have it all: He is apparently rich and has a beautiful wife and a doting son. In actuality, though, Hugo is having money problems and is paranoid that his wife is cheating on him. After a boozy night at a party, Hugo hits and ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, suspenseful
Plot: hit and run, nudity (full frontal - brief), murder, police, graphic violence, couple relations, unfulfillment, infidelity, destructive relationship, crumbling marriage, left to die, family problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, london, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Paradise Cruise (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Israel, France, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An impossible love story between Yossi, a former IDF soldier, and Dora, a mysterious French photographer visiting Israel, as they both struggle in vain to leave their pasts behind.
Style: tense, captivating, non-linear, serious, realistic
Plot: haunted by the past, obsession, vengeance, couples, impossible love, couple relations, obsessive quest, dishonesty, love and romance, unfulfillment, innocence lost, beach ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.7
 3K
Black Ice (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Finland, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Saara is a middle-aged doctor who one day finds out that her architect-husband Leo is having an affair with a younger woman, Tuuli. Instead of revealing her true identity, Saara pretends to be someone else and makes friends with Tuuli. At the same ...
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, tense, realistic ...
Plot: older woman teenage boy sex, love affair, lesbian seduction, self defense, love triangle, infidelity, family problems, mistrust, dishonesty, pretense, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: finland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.8
 116
Mile Zero (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mile Zero is a story about a father with a remarkable capacity to love.
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, gloomy
Plot: kidnapping, family problems, estrangement, couples, breakup, family relations, wilderness, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, utopia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.7
 280
Other Voices (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Phil and Anna are a young, married couple, who begin to suspect one other of an affair. When a shady private investigator gets involved in their relationship, things begin to spin out of control, in this turn-of-the-millennium thriller.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, psychological
Plot: infidelity, private detective, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, family problems, couples, love and romance, unsupportive spouse, crimes, stalking, city life, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
My Daughter's Keeper (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Africa, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An American writer in England takes his children and a newly hired nanny on a trip to South Africa while his wife, a reporter, is on assignment. He has an affair with the nanny, but when he refuses to leave his wife for her, the nanny gets her ...
Style: serious, sexy, realistic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: infidelity, kidnapping, nanny, murder, obsession, psychopath, investigation, graphic violence, sexual content, love affair, journalism, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.5
 212
Istanbul (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Netherlands, Ireland, Turkey
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Housewife Katalin Munk (Johanna ter Steege) has her world torn apart when her lecturer husband János (Andor Lukáts) arrives home to tell her that he’s leaving her for a younger student of his. Katalin falls into a state of shock and wanders ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental
Plot: life turned upside down, love affair, self discovery, breakup, family problems, family relations, couples, romance, love and romance, infidelity, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: budapest, istanbul turkey, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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The Unfaithful Wife (1969)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Insurance executive Charles suspects his wife Hélène of playing the field, so he has a private detective locate his wife's lover, author Victor Pegala. Confronting Victor, Charles tries to adopt an air of indifference, but the conversation ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: infidelity, extramarital affair, investigation, cheating wife, family problems, dishonesty, mystery, couple relations, crumbling marriage, suburban life, love and romance, adultery ...
Time: 60s
Place: paris france, versailles, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Shoot the Moon (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: family relations, infidelity, divorce, marital crisis, dysfunctional family, unfulfillment, love and romance, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, parents and children, family in crisis, love affair ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Lured Innocence (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A reporter sent to cover a murder trial discovers a web of deceit stemming from a torrid affair.
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: crimes, small town life, infidelity, obsession, investigation, family problems, who done it, couple relations, couples, murder, extramarital affair, journalism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
My Stepson, My Lover (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A kind nurse finds herself embroiled in a tense and potentially deadly family affair when she falls for the son of her ruthless new husband.
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, suspenseful, sexual
Plot: sex with stepson, older man younger woman marriage, murder, older woman younger man sex, unfulfillment, love and romance, dishonesty, romance, battle of the sexes, crumbling marriage, legal action, crimes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.6
 2K
Caught (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A middle-aged couple has a drifter enter their lives. The fish-store owners find that the mysterious young man awakens the couple in ways they didn't expect. Things get tense when the drifter begins an affair with the woman of the house.
Style: psychological, serious, sexy, neo noir, twists and turns ...
Plot: family problems, infidelity, drifter, murder, betrayal, family business, crimes, couples, love and romance, cheating wife, bus, jealousy ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 4.7
 689
Say Nothing (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Housewife Grace Needham (Nastassja Kinski) has a one-night stand with Julian Grant (William Baldwin), who then becomes obsessed with sinking her marriage to husband Matt (Hart Bochner). The twist here is that Julian is a millionaire global ...
Style: sexy, serious, suspenseful, suspense, tense ...
Plot: stalker, dangerous attraction, manipulation, obsession, love affair, femme fatale, infidelity, dysfunctional family, murder, sexual relations, family problems, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Twice in a Lifetime (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A middle-aged steelworker is content with his job and his family, but feels that something is missing in his life. On his 50th birthday, he stops in at a local bar for a drink to celebrate. He finds himself attracted to the young, very sexy ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, suburbs, midlife crisis, starting over, love triangle, working class, dysfunctional family, breakup, romance, love affair, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Voice of a Murderer (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: One day, the only son of famous news anchor HAN Kyung-bae, disappears without a trace. Soon, the kidnapper calls the mother demanding a $100,000 ransom. The police assign a veteran inspector to the case and assemble a top-notch task force to work ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, rough, realistic ...
Plot: kidnapping, family problems, chase, mind game, police investigation, blackmail, death of child, reporter, child in peril, rivalry, missing person, abduction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Happy Ending (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The triumphs and failures of middle age as seen through the eyes of runaway American housewife Mary Wilson (Jean Simmons), a woman who believes that ultimate reality exists above and beyond the routine procedures of conscious, uninspired, everyday ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, suspenseful, touching ...
Plot: midlife crisis, unfulfillment, couples, dysfunctional family, love and romance, crumbling marriage, unsupportive spouse, estrangement, family problems, couple relations, impossible love, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 60s
Place: bahamas, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Perfect Strangers (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Melanie goes home from the pub with a handsome stranger, she’s captivated by his charm and attentiveness. He sails her away to his ‘castle’- a rundown shack on a deserted island. But when seduction becomes deception and passion becomes ...
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, tense
Plot: obsession, island, stalking, mysterious character, dangerous attraction, psychopath, destructive relationship, isolation, romance, couples, obsessive love, stockholm syndrome ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.3
 734
Missionary (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A wife and mother starts an affair with a young missionary... with disastrous consequences.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: infidelity, dangerous attraction, stalking, single parent, couples, parents and children, sex scene, love triangle, extramarital affair, obsession, child in peril, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.7
 172
You (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Michèle shares her life with Paul, her husband and work colleague. She has a lover, Thomas, a musician with whom she has been having a passionate affair for some time. Attracted by Thomass non-conformity and lust for life, Michèle abandons her ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, gloomy
Plot: love triangle, breakup, cheating wife, sexual promiscuity, life turned upside down, love affair, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, romance, family relations, couples, infidelity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%