Movies like The Eel

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The Eel (1997)
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The Eel (1997)
Original name: うăȘぎ
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 barber in prison) and talks almost to no-one except for the eel he "befriended" in prison. One day he finds the unconscious body of Keiko, who attempted suicide and reminds him of his wife. She starts to work at his shop, but he doesn't let her become close to him.
Style: captivating, psychological, touching, enigmatic, atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy, sexy, melancholic ...
Plot: redemption, starting over, social relations, human nature, hopes, crimes of passion, haunted by the past, murder, village, ufo, infidelity, erotica, self discovery, eccentricity, obsession, crimes, friendship, friends, pets, graphic violence, love and romance, village life, couples, sexual content, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, new jersey

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Most similar movies to The Eel

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and melancholic films with plots about loneliness, storytelling, runaway, drinking alcohol, suprisingly clever, dialogue and love and romance mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Eel: Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001), Sling Blade (1996), Eureka (2000), Maborosi (1995), Woman in the Dunes (1964). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A newly unemployed salaryman meets a particularly sexual woman.
Style: surreal, touching, sentimental, sincere, romantic ...
Plot: romance, love affair, self discovery, unlikely couple, starting over, mysterious character, couples, couple relations, sexual relations, sexuality, adultery, village ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, post world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong, new jersey
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Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, serious, sincere ...
Plot: murder, friendship, mentally challenged, death threat, redemption, family relations, small town, haunted by the past, parents and children, human nature, crimes, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
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100%
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Eureka (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 217 min.
Story: In Kyushu, southwest Japan, one hot summer morning, a municipal bus is hijacked. In the carnage only three people survive: the driver, a school girl, and her older brother.
Style: psychological, bleak, sincere, enigmatic, lyrical ...
Plot: hijacking, bus, road trip, bus driver, haunted by the past, survival, family relations, starting over, orphan, murder, on the road, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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, realistic, serious, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: suicide, village, hopes, arranged marriage, self discovery, social relations, museum, couples, family problems, couple relations, haunted by the past, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, venice, asia, europe, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Woman in the Dunes (1964)
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 ...
Plot: love affair, isolation, nudity (full frontal - brief), desert, love and romance, entomologist, confined, hopes, trap, couples, oppression, destiny ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Sea Is Watching (2002)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on Akira Kurosawa's final unproduced script, this Edo-period drama takes place almost entirely inside an ocean-village brothel. O-Shin is a young brothel worker who one night helps a young samurai escape from his pursuers. Against the ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, prostitute, samurai, looking for love, couple relations, hopes, couples, village, unfulfilled love, village life, fall in love, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Live Flesh (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A scorned ex-convict forces himself into the lives of the couple who put him behind bars.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, sexy, intense ...
Plot: lust, infidelity, paraplegic, bus, sexual relations, strong sexual content, obsession, love triangle, desire, haunted by the past, betrayal, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, sarajevo, barcelona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: captivating, serious, atmospheric, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: solitude, obsession, jazz, life is a bitch, emotionless, shopping, love and romance, alone, couples, hopes, fall in love, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Letters to Father Jacob (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 74 min.
Story: With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless. But when the letters stop, the pastor is devastated and ...
Style: serious, sentimental, sincere, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, pardon, forgiveness, friendship, starting over, self discovery, hopes, society, blind character, warden, clergy, priest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: finland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Shipping News (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.
Style: serious, captivating, sentimental, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: adultery, redemption, small town, starting over, single parent, haunted by the past, kidnapping, reporter, isolation, survival, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, touching, philosophical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, false accusation, redemption, love affair, human nature, life is a bitch, dishonesty, understanding, couples, family relations, parents and children, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, hopes, false accusation, redemption, church, bittersweet, self discovery, couples, friends, social relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, ohio, new england, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Nelly leaves her lazy, unemployed husband to work for retired judge Mr Arnaud, forty years her senior, after he offers to clear her bills for her. While she types his memoirs the two develop a close friendship, but Arnaud becomes jealous when Nelly ...
Style: sexy, touching, gloomy, psychological, sexual ...
Plot: friendship, love triangle, friends, couples, love and romance, writer's life, unfulfillment, romance, looking for love, love affair, infidelity, fall in love ...
Time: 90s, 1920s
Place: europe, france, paris france, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
One Million Yen Girl (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A 21-year-old girl is released from prison, only to deal with the neighborhood gossip about her and family conflicts. She decides to save one million yen, move to where no one knows her and keep repeating the process.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere
Plot: brother sister relationship, starting over, haunted by the past, couples, hopes, social misfits, society, social relations, liar, lost love, guilt, roommate ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.0
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Exotica (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In the upscale Toronto strip club Exotica, dancer Christina is visited nightly by the obsessive Francis, a depressed tax auditor. Her ex-boyfriend, the club's MC, Eric, still jealously pines for her even as he introduces her onstage, but Eric ...
Style: sexual, non-linear, erotic, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: stripper, ballet, loss of daughter, accountant, haunted by the past, unhappiness, nightclub, redemption, couples, sexual content, dancer's life, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: toronto ontario canada, san francisco, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hanoi comes across almost picture-perfect in director Tran Anh Hung's beautiful, elegiac tale about the lives and loves of three Vietnamese sisters. A mood characteristic of Hung's films is set early on with the vivid sounds of birds, ...
Style: sincere, serious, psychological, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family life, family relations, couples, love and romance, siblings relations, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small mountain community in Canada is devastated when a school bus accident leaves more than a dozen of its children dead. A big-city lawyer arrives to help the survivors' and victims' families prepare a class-action suit, but his ...
Style: bleak, non-linear, emotional, atmospheric, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, family problems, incest, small town life, redemption, betrayal, lawyer, bus, drowning, lawsuit, snow, loss of child ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.5
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Alone (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in the shabby part of a big city. She is pregnant, and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: mother in law son in law relationship, pregnancy, hospital, dog, parents and children, human nature, loneliness, society, mother daughter relationship, love and romance, family relations, neighbor ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, andalusia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The Keys to the House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Germany, France, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, estrangement, single parent, human nature, hospital, disability, self discovery, redemption, hopes, family relations, therapy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: italy, germany, europe, norway, milan italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Last Orders (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, talky, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, last wish, death, memory, family relations, partners, parents and children, self discovery, friends, friendship between men, old love, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ 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, psychological, serious ...
Plot: samurai, obsession, revenge, sword fight, uninhibited rivalry, parents and children, haunted by the past, friendship, fall in love, gender bending, vengeance, actor's life ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
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Morvern Callar (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Morvern Callar wakes on Christmas morning to discover that her troubled boyfriend has committed suicide, leaving behind the unpublished manuscript to his first novel and a sum of money intended to pay for his burial. Instead, Morvern attempts to use ...
Style: psychological, serious, touching, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: suicide, friendship, supermarket, self discovery, rave, friends, couple relations, couples, twentysomething life, best friend, writers, christmas ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, spain, europe, ibiza
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.6
 38K
Boy A (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of a young ex-con Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a murder he committed as a child.
Style: psychological, touching, tense, depressing, suspense ...
Plot: incest, juvenile delinquency, childhood, haunted by the past, going straight, rape, starting over, rehabilitation, new job, criminal, moral dilemma, ex convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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The Indian Runner (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An intensely sad film about two brothers who cannot overcome their opposite perceptions of life. One brother sees and feels bad in everyone and everything, subsequently he is violent, antisocial and unable to appreciate or enjoy the good things ...
Style: psychological, realistic, emotional, rough, serious ...
Plot: small town, brother brother relationship, pregnancy, vietnam war, human nature, family problems, vandalism, arson, murder, vietnam veteran, crimes, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, ohio, nebraska, vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Dancing in the Dark (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Via the New York Times: "To all outward appearances, Edna Cormick (Martha Henry) is the perfect housewife.... She's married to a man who'll stand up in public and say, "This is my wife," so that there'll be no confusion ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, hospital, murder, infidelity, family relations, couples, family problems, graphic violence, crimes, love and romance, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, emotional, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, dentist, couple relations, human nature, jealous spouse, dishonesty, lifestyle, imaginary friend, adultery, family problems, couples, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's flat-sitting for a mother and child in hospital in comas following a car crash. Isa is out-going, unskilled, with hopes of moving south to ...
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: obsession, friendship, coma, working class, love and romance, coming of age, social differences, couple relations, down on your luck, unemployment, friends, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: flanders, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: chinese, friendship, haunted by the past, immigrants, golden years, hopes, women, parents and children, human nature, self discovery, mother daughter relationship, chess ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, usa, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Rebirth (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Coincidence and the aftermath of violence. A man's middle-school daughter has been murdered. His wife is already deceased. He tells a counselor he wants to live in anonymity, working with his hands. He moves away and gets a job in a factory. ...
Style: serious, sincere, psychological, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: murder, haunted by the past, friendship, life is a bitch, small town, loss of daughter, forgiveness, dealing with death, starting over, friends, very little dialogue, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Faces (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, suspense, biting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, infidelity, suburbs, divorce, adultery, love, dysfunctional family, couple relations, friendship, introspection, human nature, family life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%