Movies like Smash Palace

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Smash Palace (1981)
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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, racecar driver, male nudity, girl, father daughter relationship, separation ...
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, infidelity, family problems, love and romance, crumbling marriage, couple relations 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), Signs & Wonders (2000), Deceit (2006). 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, serious, realistic
Plot: femme fatale, obsession, kidnapping, love and romance, couples, cons and scams, infidelity, love affair, love triangle, couple relations, dangerous attraction, 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: realistic, tense, serious, psychological, sentimental
Plot: infidelity, extramarital affair, family problems, couples, life turned upside down, couple relations, moral dilemma, dysfunctional family, cheating wife, dishonesty, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.4
 1K
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: serious, psychological, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Plot: family problems, mental illness, life is a bitch, love and romance, losing-it hero, doctors and patients, death in the family, dysfunctional family, midlife crisis, couples, estrangement, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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: suspenseful, sexual, psychological, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: mind game, murder, infidelity, crimes, wedding, family problems, couples, love affair, obsession, vengeance, crumbling marriage, deadly ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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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, romance, dishonesty, betrayal, journalism, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, france, greece, sweden, athens ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 4.6
 410
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, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: infidelity, obsession, destructive relationship, love affair, friendship, dangerous attraction, couples, dishonesty, love and romance, manipulations, stalking, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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 relations, family problems, police detective, love affair, pregnancy, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, mysterious disappearance, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Married/Unmarried (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Obsession and doubt control four friends' relationship.
Style: realistic, sincere, captivating, serious, semi serious
Plot: love affair, looking for love, crumbling marriage, young lovers, love and romance, youth, couples, family problems, infidelity, couple relations, dysfunctional family, destructive relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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 5.7
 257
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, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems, unsupportive spouse, crimes, love and romance, stalking, couple relations, breakup ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, serious, realistic, captivating, tense
Plot: vengeance, haunted by the past, obsession, love and romance, couple relations, impossible love, dishonesty, obsessive quest, couples, unfulfillment, innocence lost, male nudity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 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, realistic, serious
Plot: life turned upside down, love affair, self discovery, love and romance, breakup, couples, family problems, family relations, romance, fall in love, parents and children, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: istanbul turkey, budapest hungary, budapest, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 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, tense, talky ...
Plot: unfulfillment, love triangle, dishonesty, betrayal, danger, friends, rivalry, crimes, autobiography, family problems, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 5.8
 110
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: realistic, serious, suspense, gloomy
Plot: kidnapping, estrangement, breakup, couples, family problems, family relations, crumbling marriage, parents and children, dysfunctional family, wilderness, family in crisis, utopia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: sexual, suspenseful, sexy, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, older man younger woman marriage, dishonesty, unfulfillment, crimes, romance, fall in love, parents and children, battle of the sexes, legal action, love and romance, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: small town life, infidelity, couples, crime, obsession, crimes, who done it, couple relations, family problems, deadly, investigation, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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, captivating, psychological, tense, suspense ...
Plot: love affair, twins, dishonesty, reunion, couples, dangerous attraction, intrigue, danger, mystery, siblings relations, infidelity, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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, divorce, tennis court, marital crisis, infidelity, dysfunctional family, breakup, family problems, parents and children, family life, family in crisis, suburban life ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
We Won't Grow Old Together (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Jean has been married to Francoise for years, but his relationship with his wife has been all but over for a long time. She's hardly ever around, always traveling to Russia for work, and she drifts in and out of the film as well, reflecting the ...
Style: sincere, psychological, emotional, tense, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: breakup, marital problem, dysfunctional marriage, family problems, couples, unfulfillment, love and romance, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, romance, disintegration, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 4.3
 571
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, adultery, rock star, security guard, crime, crumbling marriage, crimes, sexual relations, voyeurism, investigation, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, suburbs, midlife crisis, starting over, love triangle, breakup, working class, dysfunctional family, love affair, romance, family gatherings, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
My Daughter's Keeper (1991)
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: sexual, realistic, tense, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: murder, nanny, kidnapping, psychopath, infidelity, investigation, obsession, dangerous attraction, journalism, crimes, danger, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, isolation, destructive relationship, romance, couples, obsessive love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, psychological, rough, based on true events ...
Plot: kidnapping, family problems, mind game, chase, police investigation, blackmail, death of child, reporter, anchor, missing person, rivalry, child in peril ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 4.8
 616
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: serious, sexy, suspenseful, suspense, sexual ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, love affair, obsession, manipulation, manipulations, femme fatale, infidelity, family problems, sexual relations, murder, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, infidelity, family life, family in danger, obsession, dysfunctional family, deadly, danger, stalking ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
An Unfinished Affair (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a man ends a regretful love affair that occurred during his wife's illness, his mistress plots revenge by targeting his family's most treasured possessions, a priceless painting and his son.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: infidelity, love and romance, rivalry, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, femme fatale, danger, power relations, couple relations, dangerous attraction, vengeance, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.5
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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, twists and turns, tense, captivating ...
Plot: infidelity, drifter, murder, fish market, betrayal, family business, family problems, crimes, couples, love and romance, bus, jealousy ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.3
 1K
Coffin Rock (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia, UK, New Zealand
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A woman unable to conceive a child with her husband, despite years of trying, makes the drunken mistake of sleeping with a young stranger. The stranger then goes to terrifying lengths to prove his paternity.
Style: tense, serious, psychological, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: stalking, pregnancy, obsession, infidelity, danger, couples, small town, husband wife relationship, suspicion, deadly, dishonesty, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Our Mother's Murder (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Fact-based true crime story about the murder of publishing heiress Anne Scripps Douglas who, in 1989, married a young hunk who eventually killed her.
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: love affair, murder, teenage life, siblings relations, family problems, family relations, couples, life is a bitch, betrayal, investigation, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.9
 603
Alice's House (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Alice, married for the last 20 years to a taxi driver, works in a beauty parlour, has three children, the eldest of whom is doing his military service, and a mother who works as a maid in her house. None of the three siblings pay much attention to ...
Style: realistic, psychological, melancholic, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: beauty salon, betrayal, estrangement, family relations, couples, family life, midlife crisis, obsession, infidelity, family problems, working class, feminism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%