Movies like Tales of Ordinary Madness

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Tales of Ordinary Madness (1981)
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Tales of Ordinary Madness (1981)
Original name: Storie di ordinaria follia
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Poet/lecturer Charles Serking awakens from his alcoholic haze long enough to take a bus back to L.A. and plunge into an orgy of drink and sexual depravity.
Style: sexual, erotic, absurd, disturbing, controversial, neurotic, psychological, sexy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcoholic, poet, insanity, addiction, arrest, ex husband ex wife relationship, prostitute, teenage life, drug abuse, artist, mental disorder, writers, art, beach, fetish, masochism, sexual content, existentialism, psychotherapy, drunkenness, binge drinking, self mutilation, suicide attempt, deadbeat dad, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sexy and sexual films with plots about couples, female nudity, life is a bitch, nude, love and romance, lifestyle and addiction mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Tales of Ordinary Madness: Crazy Love (1987), The Pornographer (1999), Opening Night (1977), A Rage to Live (1965), Drunks (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Crazy Love (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three 'Bukowskian' torrid nights in the life of a man in search of love. Harry Voss, 12, is young and naive. Love, for him, is romantic love between princes and princesses demurely kissing each other on the mouth. His father is a hero who ...
Style: disturbing, art house, controversial, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, loser, sex, peeping, art, social outcast, outcast, necrophilia, couples, dark humor, love and romance, society ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 50s, 70s
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The Pornographer (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A socially inept man's amateur porn film wins him a contract with a small-time pornography distribution company, where he faces a series of moral crises and is forced to face his own porn addiction.
Style: sexy, erotic, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, erotica, pole dancer, sexual abuse, adult filmmaking, porn industry, stripper, female nudity, sex, small town life, filmmaking, small town ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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65%
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Opening Night (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: An actress suffers an emotional uproar in her personal life after a fan dies trying to see her.
Style: serious, art house, thought provoking, cerebral, realistic ...
Plot: actor, aging, theater, cult, time travel, art, strong female lead, city, existentialism, obsessed fan, alcoholic, filmmaking ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
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61%
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A Rage to Live (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Grace Caldwell, a young Pennsylvania newspaper heiress living with her widowed mother, has trouble restraining herself when it comes to the amorous attentions of young men. As word starts to spread about her behavior, Grace becomes a major source of ...
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, sexual
Plot: marriage, love, heiress, fall in love, infidelity, singleness, looking for sex, couples, love and romance, journalism, dishonesty, nymphomania ...
Time: 60s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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59%
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Drunks (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, ...
Style: realistic, talky, splatter, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: alcoholic, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, drugs, self discovery, redemption, drug abuse, addiction, support group, heroin, drug addict, death ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
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Tokyo Decadence (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A submissive hooker goes about her trade, suffering abuse at the hands of Japanese salarymen and Yakuza types. She's unhappy about her work, and is apparently trying to find some sort of appeasement for the fact that her lover has married.
Style: erotic, disturbing, sexy, tense, surreal ...
Plot: bdsm, sex, sexual relations, sexual abuse, prostitute, gangsters, femdom, prostitution, true love, rescue, downfall, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, california, asia, mount fuji
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54%
The Beautiful Troublemaker (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 238 min.
Story: The former famous painter Frenhofer lives quietly with his wife on his countryside residence in the French Provence. When the young artist Nicolas visits him with his girlfriend Marianne, Frenhofer decides to start again the work on a painting he ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: painter, painting, art, artist, eroticism, husband wife relationship, older man younger woman relationship, creative process, taxidermy, model, drawing, human nature ...
Place: provence, usa, france, los angeles, south of france
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53%
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Naked Lunch (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in an Islamic port town in Africa.
Style: psychedelic, disturbing, psychological, surreal, cerebral ...
Plot: hallucination, drugs, surrealism, addiction, drug addiction, drug addict, cockroach, insect, homosexuality, drug abuse, giant insect, insanity ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1953
Place: usa, new york, canada, north africa
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53%
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Quiet Days in Clichy (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Expatriate Henry Miller indulges in a variety of sexual escapades while struggling to establish himself as a serious writer in Paris.
Style: sexy, atmospheric, sexual, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: female nudity, writers, eroticism, erotica, prostitution, art, artists and showbiz, prostitute, love and romance, womanizer, immigrants, lifestyle ...
Time: 1930s
Place: paris france, europe, france
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Chelsea Walls (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.
Style: meditative, intense, serious, touching, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: eccentricity, lifestyle, writer's life, looking for love, drug abuse, addiction, couple relations, rising to stardom, human nature, down on your luck, nightlife, hotel ...
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, minneapolis minnesota ...
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52%
Particles of Truth (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Life, love, and the fear of failing... Lilli Black, battling her painful memories and the secrets surrounding her dying father, collides into the complicated and obsessive life of Morrison Wiley on the streets of New York City. This peculiar love ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, gloomy
Plot: introspection, family life, haunted by the past, mental illness, human nature, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, couples, estrangement, addiction ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Seduction: The Cruel Woman (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Wanda is a dominatrix who runs a gallery in a building on the Hamburg waterfront, where audiences pay for the privilege of watching her humiliate her slaves. She is a business woman who smashes sexual stereotypes and social taboos with icy ...
Style: sexy, controversial, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: lgbt, sex, fetish, dominatrix, couples, power relations, prostitute, lifestyle, moral dilemma, society, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Story about the remarkable friendship between a reclusive writer and illustrator and a chaotic homeless man, whom he gets to know during a campaign to release two charity workers from prison.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, sincere, christian film ...
Plot: homeless, alcohol abuse, addiction, bullying, suicide, abuse, human nature, tragic hero, haunted by the past, homelessness, suicide attempt, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Cet amour-l? (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Cet Amour-là is an intimate portrait of a legendary love affair. Set against the beauty of the Breton seaside, it is also a film that revels in the insights that Marguerite Duras' writing affords.
Style: psychological, emotional, serious, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: wartime life, destiny, fall in love, soldier, couple relations, love and romance, lifestyle, hopes, couples, family relations, culture clash, destructive relationship ...
Time: 21st century
Place: france, europe
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51%
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Betty (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When Betty is caught en flagrante, her bourgeois in-laws and husband force a divorce settlement upon her and bar her from seeing her two daughters. She is rescued from an alcoholic stupor by Laure, a middle-aged woman who takes Betty to her hotel ...
Style: sexy, realistic, psychological, serious, sincere ...
Plot: girl, alcohol abuse, performer's life, strong female presence, destructive relationship, infidelity, dysfunctional family, love affair, down on your luck, friendship, hotel, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, paris france, versailles
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50%
Dangerous Game (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A New York film director, working on his latest movie in Los Angeles, begins to reflect the actions in his movie and real life, especially when he begins an affair with the lead actress.
Style: psychological, sexy, melancholic, erotic, rough ...
Audience: adult
Plot: redemption, filmmaking, drugs, obsession, multiple storylines, addiction, lifestyle, life is a bitch, downfall, showbiz, human nature, infidelity ...
Time: 90s, 70s
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The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: depressing, disturbing, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, drug abuse, drug addict, drugs, death of pet, heroin, heroin addict, drug use, loneliness, life philosophy, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Love Streams (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Two closely bound, emotionally wounded siblings reunite after years apart.
Style: art film, tense, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: writers, addiction, drug addiction, cult, couple relations, crazy love, disability, time travel, destiny, art, social outcast, alcoholic ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Bo (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Fifteen year old Deborah meets Jennifer who steers her into a career as an escort. Under the alias Bo she begins a new life that she cannot handle and starts a downward spiral that only she can end.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, rough, sad ...
Plot: prostitute, teenage prostitution, downfall, destructive relationship, lifestyle, teenage life, woman in danger, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, society, youth, drug abuse ...
Time: 21st century
Place: antwerp, belgium, europe
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47%
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Beat (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of writer William Seward Burroughs and his wife.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, writers, lifestyle, writer's life, addiction, celebrity culture, drug abuse, adultery, rebel, rebellion, gay ...
Time: 1940s, 50s
Place: new york, mexico, latin america, usa, mexico city
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The Scrounger (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiralling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.
Style: neorealism, realistic, serious, disturbing, talky ...
Plot: poverty, unemployment, prostitution, prostitute, robbery, family relations, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, couple relations, dishonesty, downfall, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, post world war two, 50s, 70s
Place: italy, rome italy, tokyo, japan, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Last Woman (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Gerard and his 9-month-old son have been left by his wife for feminist reasons. The custody of his son is being threatened by his next romance.
Style: disturbing, erotic, controversial
Plot: male female relationship, feminism, self mutilation, gender, boy, single father, husband wife relationship, love, machismo, custody battle, sex scene, engineer ...
Time: 70s
Place: france
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46%
The Fire Within (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Alain Leroy is a recovering alcoholic who decides to end his life, but first decides to visit his friends in Paris one last time, in an attempt at finding a reason to continue living.
Style: art house, depressing, philosophical, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: suicide, depression, addiction, existentialism, melancholy, alcohol abuse, character study, solitude, loneliness, dysfunctional family, mental illness, rehabilitation ...
Time: 60s, 1920s
Place: paris france, france, europe, versailles
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46%
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The Garden of Earthly Delights (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Italy, Poland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When a terminally-ill art historian meets an engineer, it is love and lust at first sight. But their love is threatened by her looming illness. With her remaining days on earth numbered, she chooses to fan the flames of her obsession by taking her ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, talky, erotic ...
Plot: redemption, couples, destructive relationship, terminal illness, vengeance, human spirit, painter, art history, artist, supernatural romance, wish come true, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: 21st century
Place: london, italy, england, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Full Body Massage (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Nina, an art dealer, has her weekly massage appointment and is surprised to find out her usual masseur, Douglas, has sent a replacement named Fitch. The pair develop an easy rapport during the session, with talk about past relationships. As Nina ...
Style: serious, sexy, sincere, realistic, talky ...
Plot: massage, love and romance, erotica, femme fatale, dishonesty, infidelity, love affair, masseur, crumbling marriage, starting over, couple relations, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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On the Edge (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Three flatmates in Mexico City face uncertainties: Lucía who has a great job as an art director for TV commercials is abusing alcohol and cocaine. She risks losing her job, going to prison for assault, and she's woefully in love with a ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sexy, sexual
Plot: addiction, gay love, friendship, lifestyle, coming out, lesbian, eroticism, couples, infidelity, drug abuse, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century
Place: mexico
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44%
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Man of Flowers (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An eccentric elderly man tries to enjoy the three things in life that he considers real beauty: collecting art, collecting flowers, and watching pretty women undress.
Style: art film, sexy, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: art, nude, rich man, performer's life, dull life, couples, longing, love and romance, gender, artists and showbiz, gays and lesbians, introspection ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: australia
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43%
Without Destination (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Sin Destino follows the life of a 15 year old Mexican boy, Francisco, as he struggles to survive on the streets. His primary source of income is money raised by prostituting himself to men for sex, and the film implies that this learned behaviour ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, rough, atmospheric, sexy ...
Plot: coming of age, kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, youth, society, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, sexual abuse, drug abuse, urban ghetto life, addiction ...
Time: 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Brown Bunny (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bud Clay races motorcycles in the 250cc Formula II class of road racing. After a race in New Hampshire, he has five days to get to his next race in California. During his road trip, he is haunted by memories of the last time he saw Daisy, his true ...
Style: road movie, controversial, sexy, serious, art house ...
Audience: boys' night, adult
Plot: sex, sex scene, unsimulated sex, redemption, rape, prostitute, oral sex, road trip, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, haunted by the past, erotica, obsession ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, las vegas, new hampshire ...
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42%
The Night and the Moment (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Night and the Moment is a 1995 erotic drama. A writer (Dafoe) is invited to the house of a noblewoman (Olin) who adores free-thinkers. He attempts to seduce her but she insists that he tell her of his past love exploits. While doing so, he takes ...
Style: sexy, atmospheric, talky, tense, serious ...
Plot: erotica, confined, nude, sexual content, strong sexual content, love and romance, dishonesty, cons and scams, twists and turns, love affair, sexual relations, lifestyle ...
Time: 18th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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42%