Movies like Smash Palace

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Smash Palace (1981)
 7.0
 899
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: family relations, kidnapping, chase, love affair, obsession, romance, car race, couple relations, love and romance, infidelity, midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, family problems, couples, death in the family, custody, breakup, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, palaces castles and temples, truck, sex scene, racecar driver, male nudity, female teacher ...
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, tense and psychological films with plots about couples, crumbling marriage, infidelity, family problems, love and romance, dishonesty and unfulfillment 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), Signs & Wonders (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.8
 70
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: suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: femme fatale, obsession, kidnapping, crumbling marriage, cons and scams, infidelity, love affair, love triangle, couple relations, dangerous attraction, couples, manipulation ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013)
Genre: Drama, 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, extramarital affair, cheating wife, family problems, couples, life turned upside down, couple relations, moral dilemma, dysfunctional family, love affair, obsession, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 6.4
 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: psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: family problems, mental illness, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, death in the family, estrangement, love and romance, midlife crisis, couples, dysfunctional family, losing-it hero, suburbs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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: sexual, psychological, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: mind game, infidelity, murder, deadly, family problems, couples, love triangle, obsession, love affair, vengeance, crumbling marriage, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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 5.7
 810
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, non-linear ...
Plot: infidelity, on the run, couples, love affair, dishonesty, nudity (full frontal - brief), sex scene, life turned upside down, danger, crimes, rivalry, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: emotional, clever, realistic, serious, biting ...
Plot: life turned upside down, love triangle, love affair, introspection, love and romance, betrayal, romance, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, family problems, couples, journalism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, france, greece, sweden, athens ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 4.6
 413
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, obsession, friendship, love affair, destructive relationship, dangerous attraction, manipulations, stalking, love and romance, dishonesty, couples, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 7.1
 1K
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, captivating, tense ...
Plot: unfulfillment, love triangle, infidelity, dishonesty, betrayal, adultery, danger, autobiography, rivalry, friends, crimes, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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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, tense, suspense ...
Plot: prison, infidelity, crimes, family problems, police detective, family relations, love affair, pregnancy, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, mysterious disappearance, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Married/Unmarried (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Obsession and doubt control four friends' relationship.
Style: realistic, captivating, sincere, serious, semi serious
Plot: love affair, looking for love, crumbling marriage, young lovers, youth, love and romance, couples, family problems, infidelity, couple relations, dysfunctional family, destructive relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 4.3
 584
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: infidelity, femme fatale, rock star, security guard, crime, crimes, crumbling marriage, sexual relations, voyeurism, adultery, investigation, strong sexual content ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: non-linear, realistic, serious, tense, captivating
Plot: obsession, haunted by the past, vengeance, couples, impossible love, couple relations, obsessive quest, love and romance, dishonesty, unfulfillment, innocence lost, male nudity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 5.8
 109
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, crumbling marriage, family problems, breakup, couples, estrangement, family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, wilderness, family in crisis, denial ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.7
 254
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, psychological
Plot: infidelity, private detective, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, couples, family problems, crimes, love and romance, stalking, unsupportive spouse, breakup, city life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 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, psychological thriller, captivating, tense ...
Plot: older woman teenage boy sex, love affair, self defense, cunnilingus, love triangle, infidelity, dishonesty, mistrust, family problems, pretense, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: finland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.6
 189
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: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: life turned upside down, love affair, self discovery, romance, family relations, breakup, family problems, couples, love and romance, fall in love, parents and children, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: budapest, istanbul turkey, budapest hungary, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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, dramatic ...
Plot: family relations, infidelity, divorce, tennis court, marital crisis, dysfunctional family, fall in love, family life, family in crisis, love affair, parents and children, suburban life ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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: suspenseful, serious, psychological, realistic, tense ...
Plot: small town life, infidelity, crimes, couples, investigation, obsession, crime, deadly, who done it, couple relations, family problems, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 6.5
 1K
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, neo noir, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: infidelity, drifter, murder, fish market, betrayal, family problems, family business, crimes, love and romance, couples, bus, jealousy ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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: suspenseful, sexual, realistic, serious, sexy
Plot: older man younger woman marriage, murder, sex with stepson, legal action, battle of the sexes, crimes, unfulfillment, love and romance, fall in love, dishonesty, romance, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 5.1
 10K
Addicted (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A gallerist risks her family and flourishing career when she enters into an affair with a talented painter and slowly loses control of her life.
Style: sexy, realistic, serious, touching, sexual
Plot: cheating wife, infidelity, lust, temptation, obsession, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, lie, fatal attraction, sexual relations, couples, unhappy marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 4.8
 308
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, murder, police, protagonist as suspect, unfulfillment, left to die, deadly, obsession, mentally unstable, couple relations, drugs/alcohol, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, london, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, suburbs, midlife crisis, starting over, love triangle, breakup, working class, dysfunctional family, love affair, romance, human nature, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle washington, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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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: serious, suspenseful, rough, psychological, based on true events ...
Plot: kidnapping, family problems, chase, mind game, police investigation, blackmail, death of child, reporter, abduction, crimes, chases and races, child in peril ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: unfaithful wife, infidelity, extramarital affair, investigation, cheating wife, family problems, dishonesty, mystery, couple relations, crumbling marriage, love and romance, suburban life ...
Time: 60s
Place: paris france, versailles, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: disturbing, realistic, serious, touching, suspenseful ...
Plot: midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, couples, unfulfillment, unsupportive spouse, love and romance, crumbling marriage, impossible love, couple relations, estrangement, family problems, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 60s
Place: bahamas, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 4.8
 617
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: suspenseful, sexy, serious, suspense, sexual ...
Plot: stalker, dangerous attraction, love affair, obsession, manipulations, femme fatale, manipulation, infidelity, family problems, dishonesty, murder, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, suspenseful, serious, tense
Plot: obsession, island, stalking, dangerous attraction, psychopath, mysterious character, danger, destructive relationship, isolation, couples, romance, obsessive love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Mother's Boys (1993)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Sexy but unstable wife and mother Jude walked out on her family three years ago. Now, just as suddenly, she is back. But her husband, Robert, has fallen in love with Callie, an assistant principal at his sons' school. He asks Jude for a ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, tense, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, mentally unstable, injury, family problems, obsession, infidelity, family life, family in danger, dysfunctional family, deadly, danger, stalking ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Good Sister (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Struggling with marital problems, a man begins a passionate affair with his wife's long-lost, twin sister.
Style: serious, psychological, captivating, tense, suspense ...
Plot: love affair, crumbling marriage, twins, family relations, couples, couple relations, dishonesty, reunion, family problems, intrigue, dangerous attraction, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%