Movies like Woman in the Dunes

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Woman in the Dunes (1964)
 8.5
 19K
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Original name: 砂の女
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, sexual, captivating, surreal, stylized, sexy, art house, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: love affair, isolation, nudity (full frontal - brief), desert, sand dune, love and romance, entomologist, confined, couple relations, kidnapping, destiny, captivity, hopes, human nature, couples, trap, oppression, japanese new wave, existentialism, surrealism, village, pregnancy, female nudity, sex scene, water ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Woman in the Dunes

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, atmospheric, realistic and psychological films with plots about loneliness, obsession, dialogue, nudity (full frontal - brief), storytelling, relationships and suprisingly clever mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like Woman in the Dunes: The Face of Another (1966), Persona (1966), The Eel (1997), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), Knife in the Water (1962). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Face of Another (1966)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality.
Style: serious, tense, mind bending, surreal, atmospheric ...
Plot: incest, murder, brother sister incest, crimes, deadly, unlikely criminals, hidden identity, obsession, laboratory, solitude, physical appearance, japanese new wave ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 110K
Persona (1966)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually ...
Style: atmospheric, sexual, psychological, experimental, talky ...
Plot: confession, nurse, actress, postmodernism, psychiatry, patient, betrayal, dream, dreams, identity crisis, power relations, letter ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 6K
The Eel (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: White-collar worker Yamashita finds out that his wife has a lover visiting her when he's away, suddenly returns home and kills her. After eight years in prison, he returns to live in a small village, opens a barber shop (he was trained as a ...
Style: captivating, psychological, touching, enigmatic, offbeat ...
Plot: redemption, starting over, human nature, social relations, hopes, haunted by the past, crimes of passion, murder, ufo, village, infidelity, erotica ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Takes place in a chateau, an ambiguous story of a man and a woman who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad.
Style: mind bending, psychological, surreal, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: chateau, hotel, mystery, obsession, amnesia, romance, haunted by the past, new wave, dishonesty, love affair, destiny, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Knife in the Water (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 94 min.
Story: On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.
Style: tense, psychological, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: hitchhiker, sailing, drowning, polish, couples, knife, intrigue, love and romance, crumbling marriage, love triangle, social differences, human nature ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Comfort of Strangers (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An Italian diplomat's son follows and seduces English lovers in Venice.
Style: psychological, erotic, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: obsession, danger, couples, seduction, love and romance, couple relations, culture clash, swingers, murder, investigation, stranger, lover ...
Time: 80s
Place: venice, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 3K
Tokyo Fist (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A businessman, Tsuda, runs into a childhood friend, Tajuki, on the subway. Tajuki is working as a semiprofessional boxer. Tsuda soon begins to suspect that Tajuki might be having an affair with his fiance Hizuru. After an altercation, Tsuda begins ...
Style: surreal, disturbing, stylized, biting, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsession, dark humor, athlete's life, rivalry, destructive relationship, love triangle, satire, couples, gory, violence, vengeance, loneliness ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.5
 374
Dark Hearts (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When struggling artist Colson finds his muse in sultry singer Fran, their daring romance spirals out of control into a dangerous game of deception and betrayal.
Style: serious, realistic, surreal, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: love affair, couples, danger, gory, betrayal, dishonesty, love and romance, siblings relations, dangerous attraction, deception, relationship problems, relationships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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The Passion of Anna (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple also in the midst of psychological turmoil. In turn he meets Anna, who is grieving the recent deaths of her husband and son. ...
Style: bleak, psychological, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: isolation, depression, couples, island, solitude, friendship, love affair, love and romance, opposites attract, deadly, destiny, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: eastern europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.6
 10K
The Collector (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Freddie is an inept bank clerk with no future. His only hobby is collecting butterflies, which gives him a feeling of power and control that is otherwise totally missing from his life. He comes into a large sum of money, and buys himself a country ...
Style: disturbing, tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, psychopath, obsession, collector, mentally unstable, danger, confined, dangerous attraction, woman in danger, missing person, captivity, butterfly ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.8
 14K
3 Women (1977)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: An awkward young teen working at a spa becomes overly attached to her fellow worker, a lonely outcast. They hang out at a bar owned by a strange pregnant artist and her has-been cowboy husband. Amid emotional crises, the three woman steal and trade ...
Style: surreal, stylized, psychological, atmospheric, contemplative ...
Plot: desert, suicide attempt, womanizer, coma, painting, shooting range, pregnant woman, artist, strong female presence, free spirited, friends, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Tony Takitani (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Tony Takitani had a solitary childhood. Being alone was normal since his mother died young and his father was always away with his jazz band. At school he studied art, but while his sketches are accurate and detailed they lack feeling. Used to being ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: solitude, obsession, jazz, life is a bitch, shopping, love and romance, alone, hopes, couples, fall in love, human nature, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.9
 7K
Taboo (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Japan, France, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set during Japan's Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the training room, all centering around a handsome young samurai ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, realistic, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, samurai, emperor, murder mystery, state affairs, gender, political unrest, heroes, secrets, sword fight, life philosophy ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.5
 5K
Maborosi (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet continues to search for meaning in a lonely world.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: suicide, village, hopes, arranged marriage, self discovery, social relations, couples, family problems, crimes, dealing with death, babies and infants, investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, europe, italy, venice ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 3K
Vital (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Hiroshi wakes up in a hospital room and realizes that he was in a serious car accident that caused the death of his girlfriend, Ryoko, as well as the loss of his memory. While trying to regain his memory, one of the first clues that Hiroshi finds ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, psychological, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: obsession, haunted by the past, deadly, memory loss, love triangle, medical school, crimes, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, medical student, dissection, dream, autopsy ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
An Actor's Revenge (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, firstly by seducing the daughter of one of them, secondly by ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, offbeat, psychological ...
Plot: samurai, obsession, revenge, sword fight, obsessive quest, crimes, actor's life, partners, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, hidden identity, fall in love ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 48 hours in the life of a burnt-out paramedic. Once called Father Frank for his efforts to rescue lives, Frank sees the ghosts of those he failed to save around every turn. He has tried everything he can to get fired, calling in sick, delaying ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: hallucination, coma, hospital, rescue, redemption, ambulance, haunted by the past, patient, misfit partners, dealing with death, death, insomnia ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
 2K
Zero Kelvin (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Sweden
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Larsen, an aspiring poet in '20s Oslo, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in East Greenland. There he is teamed with a seemingly rough old sailor/trapper, Randbæk, and a scientist, Holm. Trapped in a tiny hut together as the ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, bleak, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: survival, writer's life, obsessive quest, danger, isolation, infidelity, couples, male nudity, poet, arctic, winter, snow ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: greenland, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 6.2
 8K
First Snow (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A psychic's ominous reading sends a man into a tailspin.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, intense, tense ...
Plot: destiny, salesman, desert, manic, betrayal, dishonesty, couple relations, couples, psychic power, paranoia, a vision, business venture ...
Time: contemporary, future
Place: new mexico, usa, dallas texas, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.0
 13K
The Isle (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Mute Hee-Jin is working as a clerk in a fishing resort in the Korean wilderness; selling baits, food and occasionally her body to the fishing tourists. One day she falls in love to Hyun-Shik, who is on the run for the police and rescues him with a ...
Style: disturbing, enigmatic, brutal, erotic, harsh ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexualized violence, prostitute, island, lifestyle, fish, violence, suicide attempt, insanity, murder, mute, sex, fishing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.6
 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 ⇓
33%
 7.4
 8K
The Butcher (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, small town, butcher, opposites attract, psychopath, vietnam veteran, obsession, mystery, crimes, investigation, deadly ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.
Style: tense, stylized, emotional, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, injustice, family relations, rebelliousness, master warrior, kidnapping, ruler, heroes, fighting the system, parents and children, revenge ...
Time: 18th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 7.9
 11K
The Servant (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A decadent London aristocrat hires a man-servant to attend to his needs. However, the balance of power starts to shift...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, thought provoking, sexy, contemplative ...
Plot: master and servant, manipulation, alcohol abuse, mind game, servant, bachelor, obsession, social differences, infidelity, destructive relationship, couple relations, boss and employee ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1930s
Place: britain, england, london, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Karin hopes to recover from her recent stay at a mental hospital by spending the summer at her family's cottage on a tiny island. Her husband, Martin, cares for her but is frustrated by her physical withdrawal. Her younger bother, Minus, is ...
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: island, mental illness, schizophrenia, incest, insanity, brother sister incest, electroshock therapy, dysfunctional family, family problems, estrangement, self destructing, siblings relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Rhapsody in August (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story centers on an elderly hibakusha, who lost her husband in the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, caring for her four grandchildren over the summer. She learns of a long-lost brother, Suzujiro, living in Hawaii who wants her to visit him ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: anti war, family relations, haunted by the past, human nature, battles, society, parents and children, siblings relations, memory, samurai, post war, atomic bomb ...
Time: 1990s, 90s
Place: japan, hawaii, asia, usa, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The City of Lost Souls (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Brazilian-Japanese gangster Mario rescues his Chinese girlfriend Kei as she's about to be deported from Japan. Desperate to escape, he hides in Tokyo's booming Japanese-Portuguese community and seeks passage from the country from a Russian ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, love triangle, lovers on the run, criminal's revenge, master criminal, rivalry, crimes, chase, drug dealing, crime, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.0
 771
Isabelle (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Isabelle is a famous and beloved actress from the Netherlands, who disappears when on Holiday in Belgium. She has been kidnapped by bartender Jeanne Bitor, an artist with a disfigured face. Jeanne is very bitter about her 'ugly' ...
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, suspense, contemplative ...
Plot: starvation, mind game, captivity, obsession, social differences, isolation, crimes, mentally unstable, rivalry, actor's life, society, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Brown Sugar 2 (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Thailand
Duration: 103 min.
Story: From the ringing success of Brown Sugar movie, comes Brown Sugar 2 – featuring 3 new erotic short stories from 6 different directors. Each tale focuses on different aspects of love, be it jealousy, betrayal, or plain lust.
Style: realistic, sexy, surreal, atmospheric, erotic ...
Plot: love affair, love and romance, romance, couples, strong sexual content, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexual relations, dishonesty, blind man, erotica, omnibus
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A fish-market employee who doubles as a contract killer.
Style: sentimental, realistic, tense, atmospheric, contemplative ...
Plot: hitman, assassination attempt, dangerous attraction, vengeance, strong sexual content, dealing with death, crimes, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), loss of daughter, love affair, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%