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Woman in the Dunes (1964)
 8.5
 21K
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: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, philosophical, experimental, erotic, disturbing, cerebral, art house, sexy ...
Plot: existentialism, surrealism, desert, love affair, trapped, obsession, beautiful scenery, solitude, isolation, samurai, mental disorder, love and romance, sex, survival, twists and turns, time travel, psychology, relationships, loneliness, macabre, depression, art, stockholm syndrome, beach, male nudity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia

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Most similar movies to Woman in the Dunes

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out weird, thought provoking, cerebral and enigmatic films with plots about loneliness, obsession, existentialism, storytelling, dialogue, suprisingly clever and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Thriller and Horror genres. Some movies like Woman in the Dunes: Persona (1966), The Face of Another (1966), The Passion of Anna (1969), The Collector (1965), The Passenger (1975). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: sexual, atmospheric, psychological, surreal, art house ...
Plot: existentialism, surrealism, medical, patient, silence, nurse, art, psychiatry, mute character, insanity, women, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
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100%
The Face of Another (1966)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality.
Style: surreal, philosophical, mind bending, psychological, psychedelic ...
Plot: incest, disfigured face, existentialism, female nudity, surrealism, brother sister incest, alienation, divorce, depression, manipulation, infidelity, sex ...
Time: 60s
Place: japan, asia
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100%
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: art house, cerebral, surreal, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: solitude, depression, isolation, insanity, island, psychology, female nudity, guilt, suicide, loneliness, life philosophy, art ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 11K
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: tense, disturbing, atmospheric, sexy, biting ...
Plot: kidnapping, psychopath, obsession, collector, loneliness, dangerous attraction, woman in danger, captivity, confined, missing person, mentally unstable, serial killer ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.5
 25K
The Passenger (1975)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, France, Spain
Duration: 126 min.
Story: David Locke (Jack Nicholson) is a world-weary American journalist who has been sent to cover a conflict in northern Africa, but he makes little progress with the story. When he discovers the body of a stranger who looks similar to him, Locke assumes ...
Style: road movie, stylized, cerebral, philosophical, tense ...
Plot: desert, reporter, existentialism, journalism, hotel, loneliness, identity, isolation, politics, passport, journalist, war correspondent ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: africa, europe, spain, italy, barcelona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 13K
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: sexy, thought provoking, psychological, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: manipulation, decadence, master and servant, servant, repressed homosexual, alcohol abuse, lgbt, surrealism, obsession, mind game, drug addiction, love ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: england, london, united kingdom, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 16K
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, art house, thought provoking, depressing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: surrealism, insanity, psychology, women, loneliness, paranoia, suicide attempt, identity, feminist, artist, female psychopath, twins ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, texas
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60%
 7.3
 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: enigmatic, captivating, psychological, touching, sexy ...
Plot: self discovery, starting over, human nature, social relations, hopes, haunted by the past, crimes of passion, murder, suicide attempt, prison, adultery, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: japan, tokyo, new jersey, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.0
 4K
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: disturbing, surreal, stylized, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: boxing, violent, dark humor, obsession, revenge, violence, surrealism, loneliness, existentialism, cyberpunk, fantasy world, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Tetsuo: The Iron Man is a 1989 Japanese cyberpunk film by cult-film director Shinya Tsukamoto produced by Japan Home Video. This, his third film, is an extremely graphic but also strikingly-filmed fantasy shot in the same low-budget, ...
Style: surreal, disturbing, psychotronic, experimental, splatter ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, body horror, surrealism, transformation, very little dialogue, distopia, metamorphosis, sex, hit and run, businessman, apocalypse, macabre ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 22K
The Trial (1962)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.
Style: surreal, psychological, disturbing, cerebral, visually appealing ...
Plot: distopia, paranoia, surrealism, courtroom, courtroom drama, insanity, existentialism, art, corruption, justice, lawyer, legal ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 60s, 18th century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.0
 28K
Nostalgia (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Soviet Union
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer. In an ancient spa town, he meets the lunatic Domenico, who years earlier had ...
Style: atmospheric, reflective, philosophical, art house, cerebral ...
Plot: philosophy, art, existentialism, dream, obsession, insanity, memory, writer's life, redemption, culture clash, poetry, runaway ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: russia, rome italy, ussr, europe, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.9
 14K
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, erotic, sexy, brutal, enigmatic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexualized violence, prostitute, sex, violence, insanity, murder, brutality, runaway, suicide attempt, mute, fishing, pleasure ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.9
 29K
The Sacrifice (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Alexander, a journalist, philosopher and retired actor, celebrates a birthday with friends and family when it is announced that nuclear war has begun.
Style: atmospheric, art house, philosophical, cerebral, psychological ...
Plot: insanity, existentialism, art, god, distopia, spirituality, religion, post apocalypse, catastrophe, hopes, human nature, save the world ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, vatican, ussr, sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, sexy, reflective, enigmatic ...
Plot: bestiality, existentialism, elderly, samurai, sex, female nudity, old age, snake, childhood, depression, obsession, brutality ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.9
 20K
Devil Woman (1964)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In medieval times, on a remote plain, a widow and her mother-in-law kill wandering samurai, put their bodies in a hole in the ground and sell their armour and valuables, until the daughter-in-law falls in love with one of their intended victims.
Style: atmospheric, scary, surreal, art house, psychological ...
Plot: samurai, murder, swamp, macabre, demon, sex, witch, vengeance, survival, suspense, tokugawa shogunate, pagan ...
Time: 14th century, middle ages
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 45K
The Tenant (1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A quiet and inconspicuous man (Trelkovsky) rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide, and begins to suspect his landlord and neighbors are trying to subtly change him into the last tenant so that he too will kill ...
Style: psychological, surreal, scary, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, paranoia, insanity, suspense, bruce lee, dark humor, nightmare, apartment building, mental illness, hallucination, suicide, conspiracy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.8
 2K
See the Sea (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
Story: Sasha, a young British woman, is living with her baby daughter at Ile d'Yeu, a peaceful beach community. A stranger appears. Her name is Tatiana, she's passing through, and pitches her tent in Sasha's yard. The two women build an odd ...
Style: disturbing, art house, erotic, sexy, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, gay, murder, existentialism, police investigation, dysfunctional family, runaway, death, culture clash, psychology, fantasy world, manipulation ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, tokyo, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 7.6
 22K
Europa (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An American, Leopold Kessler, goes to post-war Germany in 1945 to work as a railroad conductor for the Zentropa Rail Line instead of going into the Army because he feels its a more valuable thing to do for the state of the world. He meets Katharina ...
Style: surreal, gloomy, bleak, psychological, art house ...
Plot: train, world war two, assassination, idealism, betrayal, terrorism, against humanity, misfit, nazi, suicide, employee, haunted by the past ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, munich germany, europe, frankfurt germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, art house, philosophical, serious, surreal ...
Plot: schizophrenia, insanity, mental illness, religion, psychology, existentialism, dysfunctional family, mental disorder, island, writers, loneliness, suicide attempt ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.3
 9K
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, neo noir, cynical, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, women, small town, obsession, wedding, art, vietnam veteran, french, existentialism, melancholy ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Heart of Glass (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A small Bavarian village is renowned for its "Ruby Glass" glass blowing works. When the foreman of the works dies suddenly without revealing the secret of the Ruby Glass, the town slides into a deep depression, and the owner of the ...
Style: surreal, art house, disturbing, experimental, allegory ...
Plot: surrealism, magic realism, wilderness, cult, brainwashing, violence, catastrophe, art, artist, brutality, deadpan, death ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Japan, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jakob arrives at the Institute Benjamenta (run by brother and sister Johannes and Lisa Benjamenta) to learn to become a servant. With seven other men, he studies under Lisa: absurd lessons of movement, drawing circles, and servility. He asks for a ...
Style: art house, surreal, psychological, atmospheric, sexy ...
Plot: surrealism, god, obsession, loneliness, hotel, male nudity, poetry, insanity, imagination, culture clash, existentialism, brutality ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 7.1
 16K
Safe (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Carol, a typical upper middle-class housewife, begins to complain of vague symptoms of illness. She "doesn't feel right," has unexplained headaches, congestion, a dry cough, nosebleeds, vomiting, and trouble breathing. Her family ...
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, thought provoking, bleak, cerebral ...
Plot: allergy, psychiatrist, psychology, isolation, environmental, environment, paranoia, mental disorder, suburbs, contamination, housewife, retreat ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 8.0
 26K
Winter Light (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: psychological, art house, emotional, philosophical, depressing ...
Plot: existentialism, religion, suicide, winter, art, isolation, small town, priest, faith, loss of faith, midlife crisis, apocalypse ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Brad (Michael Shannon) has committed murder and barricaded himself inside his house. With the help of his friends and neighbours, the cops piece together the strange tale of how this nice young man arrived at such a dark place; Based on a true ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, murder, psychopath, obsession, crazy, paranoia, memory, family relations, family problems, law enforcement, delusion, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, new orleans, peru, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
 199K
Enemy (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, Spain, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.
Style: surreal, psychological, twist ending, intense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: doppelganger, infidelity, symbolism, paranoia, mental illness, nightmare, suspense, surrealism, obsession, spider, disturbed individual, twists and turns ...
Time: 21st century
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In the rural area around the Anatolian town of Keskin, the local prosecutor, police commissar, and doctor lead a search for a victim of a murder to whom a suspect named Kenan and his mentally challenged brother confessed. However, the search is ...
Style: atmospheric, meditative, art house, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, suspense, brutality, character study, twists and turns, isolation, road trip, forensics, everyday life, law enforcement, introspection ...
Time: 21st century
Place: middle east, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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, philosophical, atmospheric, sexy, breathtaking ...
Plot: survival, winter, writer's life, bdsm, nature, disaster, male nudity, dreams, love, drugs, loneliness, french ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: tokyo, greenland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
 53K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%