Movies like The Handmaiden

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The Handmaiden (2016)
 8.1
 83K
The Handmaiden (2016)
Original name: 아가씨
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 145 min.
Story: 1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.
Style: erotic, tense, melancholic, atmospheric, sexual, psychological, non-linear, scenic, sexy, suspenseful ...
Plot: lesbian sex, lesbian relationship, seduction, inheritance, lesbian romance, lesbian, lust, escape, lesbian love, lesbianism, jealousy, maid, love story, torture, vengeance, plot twist, con woman, love, sexual tension, woman, nightmare, twists & turns, sex, pickpocket, culture clash ...
Time: 1930s
Place: japan, tokyo

Most similar movies to The Handmaiden

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, erotic and sexual films with plots about female nudity, lesbian, lesbian sex, love and romance, sex, brutality and love mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Handmaiden: Chloe (2009), Lust, Caution (2007), Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013), Carol (2015), Below Her Mouth (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.3
 66K
Chloe (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the family in danger.
Style: psychological, sexy, suspense, emotional, sexual ...
Plot: obsession, infidelity, seduction, sexual relations, lesbian, first lesbian experience, family relations, desire, lesbian love, jealous spouse, couples, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 35K
Lust, Caution (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA, China, Taiwan
Duration: 157 min.
Story: During World War II a secret agent must seduce, then assassinate an official who works for the Japanese puppet government in Shanghai. Her mission becomes clouded when she finds herself falling in love with the man she is assigned to kill.
Style: sexual, disturbing, captivating, serious, clever ...
Plot: lust, mistress, resistance, seduction, sexual relations, sexual obsession, dangerous attraction, strong sexual content, extramarital affair, femme fatale, adultery, spy ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, hong kong, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Tunisia, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.
Style: sexual, atmospheric, touching, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, strong sexual content, sexuality, lesbian love, lgbt, love affair, french, youth, lovers, crumbling relationship, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: france, kindergarten, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 103K
Carol (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, enigmatic, gloomy ...
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian romance, forbidden love, lesbian relationship, age difference, lesbian love, impossible love, gays and lesbians, gender, road trip, lesbian kiss ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Below Her Mouth (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An unexpected affair quickly escalates into a heart-stopping reality for two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever.
Style: erotic
Plot: lesbian sex, lesbian, lesbian relationship, lgbt, lesbianism, lesbian love, lesbian couple, female orgasm, erotica, lesbian romance, love affair, sexual desire ...
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based on a true story set in pre-war Japan, a man and one of his servants begin a torrid affair. Their desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardor, they forsake all, even life itself.
Style: sexual, erotic, pre war, sexy, disturbing ...
Plot: obsession, sexual relations, geisha, explicit sex, strong sexual content, tragic love, passion, jealousy, master and servant, prostitute, gays and lesbians, severed penis ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, pre world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.1
 51K
Original Sin (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, Mexico, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young man is plunged into a life of subterfuge, deceit and mistaken identity in pursuit of a femme fatale whose heart is never quite within his grasp
Style: sexy, erotic, atmospheric, suspense, romantic ...
Plot: femme fatale, obsession, dangerous attraction, couple relations, sexuality, desire, love and romance, passion, passionate sex, sex, murder, crime ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba, delaware, morocco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
When Night Is Falling (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A prudish woman, working on tenure as a literacy professor at a large urban university, finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited, liberal woman whom works at a local carnival which comes to town.
Style: erotic, sexual, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: lesbian romance, lesbian, lesbian love, gays and lesbians, lgbt, sexual relations, romance, lesbian relationship, unfulfillment, love affair, infidelity, love triangle ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 6.1
 21K
Room in Rome (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.
Style: sexual, serious, atmospheric, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: lesbian sex, sexual relations, lesbian, gays and lesbians, hotel, lesbianism, couples, fall in love, love and romance, lesbian love, gender, intimacy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, renaissance
Place: italy, rome italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Eloïse's Lover (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A sensuous and ethereal story of two young women falling in love for the first time. Young, beautiful Àsia lies in a coma, her mother and boyfriend keeping constant vigil by her side. In flashback we see what led up to her accident, her life ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, sexual
Plot: lesbian, gays and lesbians, lesbian love, lgbt, lesbian couple, hospital, coma, lesbian romance, couples, love affair, love and romance, gender ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 48K
Bound (1996)
Genre: Crime, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar.
Style: sexy, tense, suspenseful, suspense, tricky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lesbian, lesbian love, lesbian relationship, mafia, ex convict, love affair, mistress, danger, seduction, women's prison, crime, lesbian sex ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Girl/Girl Scene: The Movie (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The lives and loves of a close-knit group of young gay ladies as they make their way in a not-so-modern world.
Plot: lesbian love, lesbian relationship, lesbian, lesbian couple, lesbian romance, lgbt, lesbianism, lesbian kiss, lesbian sex, female friendship, parody, girlfriend girlfriend relationship
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Butterfly Kiss (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Eunice is walking along the highways of northern England from one filling station to another. She is searching for Judith, the woman, she says to be in love with. It's bad luck for the women at the cash desk not to be Judith, because Eunice is ...
Style: disturbing, dark humor, realistic, offbeat, serious ...
Plot: obsession, mental illness, serial killer, murder, on the run, friendship, on the road, lesbian relationship, lesbian, destructive relationship, gays and lesbians, misfit ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 32K
Bitter Moon (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: An embittered husband, paralyzed and in a wheelchair, buttonholes a complete stranger and begins to tell him the story of his marriage. The stranger would like to escape, but cannot. For one thing he grows fascinated by the story. For another he is ...
Style: erotic, sexy, sexual, psychological, cynical ...
Plot: sexual relations, femme fatale, dangerous attraction, destructive relationship, obsession, passionate interest, infidelity, love affair, sex addict, love and romance, couple relations, s&m ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
My Summer of Love (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tasmin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.
Style: psychological, sincere, melancholic, art house, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, siblings relations, lesbian love, teenage life, fall in love, gays and lesbians, friendship, summer, tomboy, countryside, working class ...
Time: contemporary
Place: yorkshire, england, northern england, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.6
 20K
Disobedience (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A woman learns about the death of her father. She returns to her Orthodox Jewish home and falls in love with her best childhood friend who is now married to her cousin.
Style: melancholic, depressing, sincere, ambiguous ending
Audience: chick flick
Plot: female nudity, lgbt, lesbian, lesbian love, lesbian relationship, forbidden love, cheating wife, childhood friends, infidelity, husband wife relationship, scandal, orthodox jew ...
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Lost and Delirious (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Lost and Delirious is the story of three adolescent girls' first love, their discovery of sexual passion, and their search for identities. Set in a posh, private boarding school surrounded by luxuriant, green forest, Lost and Delirious moves ...
Style: touching, sincere, psychological, depressing, serious ...
Plot: lesbian, lesbian romance, lesbian lover, boarding school life, friendship, teenage love, secret, passion, roommate, teenage life, boarding school, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.9
 9K
Kiss Me (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Mia (Ruth Vega Fernandez) and Frida (Liv Mjönes), both in their thirties, meet each other for the first time at their parents' engagement party. Mia's father, Lasse (Krister Henriksson), is about to get married to Frida's mother, ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: coming out, lesbian love, lgbt, lesbian, lesbian romance, lesbian relationship, engagement, life turned upside down, love and romance, incest, couples, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, sweden, stockholm sweden, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Vita & Virginia (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Socialite Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf run in different circles in 1920s London. Despite the odds, the magnetic Vita and the beguiling Virginia forge an unconventional affair, set against the backdrop of their own strikingly ...
Plot: lesbian romance, lesbian, lesbian love, lgbt, lesbian relationship, polyamory, unhappy wife, lesbian couple, first lesbian experience, bisexual woman, feminism, doomed love ...
Time: 1920s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Better Than Chocolate (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Not long after moving into her own place, Maggie finds herself with two unsolicited roommates: her recently divorced mother, Lila, and her young brother. The timing is especially bad, considering Maggie has fallen hard for an attractive woman, Kim, ...
Style: sexy, realistic, humorous, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: lesbian, lesbian sex, coming out, lesbian relationship, transsexual, romance, lgbt, love affair, couple relations, parents and children, gays and lesbians, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, vancouver
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 4.6
 11K
Wild Orchid (1989)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A woman lawyer becomes mesmerized by a self-made millionaire during an encounter in Rio setting off a series of erotic encounters.
Style: erotic, sexy, sexual, atmospheric, melancholic ...
Plot: erotica, sexual relations, sexual awakening, dangerous attraction, manipulations, love affair, forbidden love, love triangle, love and romance, destructive relationship, millionaire, seduction ...
Time: 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
I Can't Think Straight (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: I Can't Think Straight is a 2007 romance movie about a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian descent, Tala, who is preparing for an elaborate wedding. A turn of events causes her to have an affair and subsequently fall in love with another ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: coming out, lgbt, lesbian, lesbian love, lesbian romance, gays and lesbians, lesbian relationship, closeted homosexual, love and romance, romance, true love, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, europe, london, jordan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.6
 65K
Lady Vengeance (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow inmates and reunited with her daughter, ...
Style: psychological, serious, atmospheric, brutal, stylized ...
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, torture, women's prison, ex convict, crime, parents and children, child killer, heroine, violence, revenge, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In nineteenth century Yorkshire wealthy orphan Anne Lister lives with an aunt and uncle, anxious for her to marry well and blissfully unaware that she is a lesbian,recording her thoughts and exploits in a coded diary. When her lover Mariana Belcombe ...
Style: serious, touching, emotional, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: lesbian relationship, lesbian, lesbian romance, feminism, lesbianism, friends, friendship, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, love and romance, gays and lesbians, gender ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1800s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, erotic ...
Plot: obsession, seduction, couples, danger, love and romance, couple relations, culture clash, investigation, murder, stranger, swingers, swinger couple ...
Time: 80s
Place: italy, venice, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 3K
Summertime (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In 1971, Carole and Delphine meet and fall in love in Paris. When Carole follows Delphine back to her family farm in Limousin, the two find lesbianism and feminism are not as easy in the countryside.
Style: pink cinema, erotic, sincere, sweet
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian relationship, feminism, mother daughter relationship, farm, love, lesbian sex, female nudity, falling in love, countryside, sisterhood ...
Time: year 1976, year 1971
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.0
 559
Killer (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: This lyrical, modern-day film noir finds cynical hit man Mick (Anthony LaPaglia) tiring of his job and asking his boss, mob kingpin George (Peter Boyle), for time off. George gives him the assignment of his life, however, prompting Mick's ...
Style: sexy, psychological, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: hitman, obsession, neo noir, femme fatale, gangsters, assassination, on the run, prostitute, deadly, dishonesty, uninhibited rivalry, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 33K
Sex and Lucia (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life.
Style: erotic, sexual, sexy, serious, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: sexual relations, strong sexual content, porn, lust, island, hopes, lesbian, waitress, erection, lifestyle, romance, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.8
 8K
Dot the I (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Young lovers in London are wrapped up in a love triangle that may not be exactly what it seems. Carmen, a beautiful Spanish woman with a tendency to lose her temper at the drop of a hat, is about to be married to Barnaby, a caring, wealthy, but ...
Style: sexy, stylized, serious, psychological, twist ending ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, forbidden love, infidelity, romance, manipulations, fall in love, couple relations, dangerous attraction, love affair, actor's life, sexual relations, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
When Will I Be Loved (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Feeling undervalued by her boyfriend, a young woman begins to explore her sexuality with other people.
Style: sexy, melancholic, talky, stylized, erotic ...
Plot: femme fatale, mind game, dishonesty, couples, cons and scams, power relations, love and romance, male female relationship, sex, seduction, manipulation, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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