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The Handmaiden (2016)
 8.1
 105K
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, melancholic, tense, atmospheric, sexual, twists and turns, non-linear, suspenseful, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: lesbian relationship, lesbian sex, lesbian romance, lesbian, lesbian love, lesbianism, seduction, escape, inheritance, lust, con woman, jealousy, maid, woman, love story, torture, vengeance, plot twist, love, sexual tension, con artists, con men, nightmare, twists & turns, pickpocket ...
Time: 1930s
Place: japan, south korea, tokyo

Most similar movies to The Handmaiden

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, sexy and sexual films with plots about female nudity, lesbian, lesbian kiss, nudity (full frontal - brief), lesbian sex, lesbian relationship and lesbian romance mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Handmaiden: Chloe (2009), Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), Disobedience (2017), Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013), Bound (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.3
 68K
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, serious, suspense, emotional ...
Plot: seduction, obsession, infidelity, lesbian, sexual relations, first lesbian experience, family relations, lesbian romance, desire, lesbian love, temptation, lesbianism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the 18th century, an artist is commissioned to paint a young woman's wedding portrait.
Style: scenic, touching, disturbing, bleak, suspense
Plot: lesbian relationship, lesbian romance, lesbian, lesbian love, painter, lesbian couple, forced marriage, island, female protagonist, painting, love, portrait ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 24K
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, ambiguous ending, sincere, depressing
Audience: chick flick
Plot: female nudity, lesbian, lesbian love, lesbian sex, lgbt, lesbian relationship, forbidden love, childhood friends, orthodox jew, cheating wife, childhood friend, infidelity ...
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, 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, touching, atmospheric, realistic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: lesbian, strong sexual content, lesbian love, explicit sex, lovers, lesbian relationship, lgbt, coming of age, sexuality, french, lesbian couple, gender ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 7.3
 50K
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, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lesbian, neo noir, lesbian love, lesbian relationship, lesbian sex, lesbianism, ex convict, love affair, danger, mistress, seduction, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 112K
Carol (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Australia
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, gloomy, sexy ...
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian romance, lesbian love, lesbian relationship, forbidden love, age difference, impossible love, gays and lesbians, women, divorce, lesbian kiss ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1952, year 1953
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: lesbian love, lesbian romance, lesbian, lgbt, lesbian relationship, romance, love and romance, engagement, couple relations, disorder, couples, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, sweden, stockholm sweden, eastern europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 relationship, lesbian, lesbian love, lesbianism, lesbian couple, lgbt, lesbian romance, female orgasm, lesbian lover, erotica, sexual desire ...
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
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: sexy, sexual, realistic, serious, experimental ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: lesbian love, lesbian romance, lesbian, lgbt, lesbian sex, gays and lesbians, lesbian relationship, gay slur, sexual relations, romance, gender, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 37K
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, clever, serious, captivating ...
Plot: lust, explicit sex, sexual relations, mistress, extramarital affair, resistance, seduction, adultery, dangerous attraction, strong sexual content, femme fatale, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, hong kong, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: touching, semi serious, realistic, contemplative, sincere ...
Plot: lesbian romance, lgbt, lesbian, lesbian love, lesbian relationship, gays and lesbians, coming out, lesbian interest, lesbian sex, love and romance, romance, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, europe, middle east, jordan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: sincere, serious, realistic, sexy, romantic ...
Plot: lesbian, lesbian love, gays and lesbians, lgbt, lesbian relationship, forbidden love, love affair, lifestyle, family relations, couples, fall in love, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, lesbian romance, lesbian lover, passion, boarding school life, friendship, teenage love, secret, roommate, lesbian love, teenage life, boarding school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 53K
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, dangerous attraction, obsession, desire, couple relations, passion, passionate sex, love and romance, sex, murder, false identity, crime ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s
Place: cuba, latin america, delaware, morocco, havana cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 22K
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: erotic, sexual, atmospheric, sexy, serious ...
Plot: lesbian sex, sexual relations, lesbian, gays and lesbians, lesbianism, love and romance, lesbian romance, fall in love, couples, lesbian love, hotel, lgbt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, renaissance
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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, emotional, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, siblings relations, lgbt, teenage life, fall in love, countryside, gays and lesbians, friendship, summer, tomboy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: yorkshire, england, northern england, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 ...
Style: sentimental, factual, psychological, captivating, based on true events
Plot: lesbian romance, lesbian, lesbian love, polyamory, lesbian relationship, lgbt, female writer, lesbian couple, female protagonist, doomed love, anxiety, feminism ...
Time: 1920s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: touching, captivating, emotional, stylized, serious ...
Plot: lesbian relationship, lesbian, lesbian romance, lesbianism, feminism, forbidden love, love and romance, marriage of convenience, orphan, betrayal, marriage, diary ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1800s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
A Perfect Ending (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This intimate drama follows Rebecca, a woman who has kept her sexuality a secret from her friends but chooses to reveal it to a stranger. While Rebecca's revelations may not yield the results she expects, a perfect ending is still in reach.
Style: sexy, touching, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: lesbian, lesbian interest, lgbt, lesbian relationship, lesbian romance, strong sexual content, lesbian couple, lesbian sex, self discovery, prostitute, first lesbian experience, coming out ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 4K
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, sincere, erotic, sweet
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian relationship, feminism, mother daughter relationship, farm, female nudity, love, lesbian sex, fall in love, falling in love, countryside ...
Time: year 1976, year 1971, 70s
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: mind bending, psychological, twists and turns, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: mystery, lesbian, neo noir, obsession, hollywood, lesbian sex, hallucination, strong sexual content, lesbianism, dreams, surrealism, cowboy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, hollywood star
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Skin I Live In (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A brilliant plastic surgeon creates a synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, disturbing, melancholic ...
Plot: twists & turns, mad scientist, gender bending, isolation, rape, sexual perversion, physical appearance, obsession, insanity, vengeance, plastic surgery, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006, year 2012
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ...
Audience: teens
Plot: erotica, sexual relations, dangerous attraction, seduction, manipulations, love affair, love and romance, destructive relationship, love triangle, forbidden love, manipulation, sexual awakening ...
Time: 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 6K
Fire (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, India
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In a barren, arranged marriage to an amateur swami who seeks enlightenment through celibacy, Radha's life takes an irresistible turn when her beautiful young sister-in-law seeks to free herself from the confines of her own loveless marriage.
Style: sexy, touching, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: lesbian, infidelity, lesbian relationship, lgbt, hinduism, self discovery, friendship, forbidden love, family relations, arranged marriage, lesbian romance, lesbian love ...
Time: 90s
Place: india, new delhi, asia, taj mahal, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.0
 41K
Gia (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gia Carangi travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving, she meets Wilhelmina Cooper, a wise and high-powered agent who takes Gia under her wing. With Cooper's help and her own natural instincts, ...
Style: psychological, rough, sexual, melancholic, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, addiction, fashion, drug abuse, model, strong sexual content, mental illness, lesbian romance, heroin, aids, supermodel, lesbian love ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Sea Purple (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nothing - not her father, not the church - can stop unruly Angela from being with her childhood best friend turned great love, Sara. Based on a true story, Viola di Mare, presents a uniquely engaging portrait of family, community and gender roles in ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating, disturbing, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian relationship, lesbian, lgbt, lesbian romance, forbidden love, island, family relations, gays and lesbians, gender, village life, village, coming out ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: sicily, italy, mediterranean sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.4
 30K
Body Heat (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.
Style: sexy, sexual, atmospheric, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: femme fatale, murder, adultery, neo noir, lust, betrayal, crimes, crime, crimes of passion, dangerous attraction, neo-noir, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.5
 177
Cat Skin (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A shy and troubled photography student's life is illuminated when her voyeuristic nature behind the camera lens leads her to a beautiful and confident girl.
Style: lgbt cinema
Plot: lesbian romance, lesbian interest, lgbt, lesbian relationship, lesbian couple, lesbian, lesbianism, camera, student, lesbian kiss, female female kiss, photographer ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Desert Hearts (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The story of straight-edge literature professor Vivian who travels to Reno to get away from a relationship breakup when she falls in love with an attractive and unconventional girl named Cay.
Style: sexy, touching, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, divorce, romance, lesbian sex, fall in love, love affair, couples, love and romance, gender, farm, self discovery ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: nevada, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 4.7
 2K
Summer Lover (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ukraine
Duration: 88 min.
Story: On honeymoon on the island of Lesbos, a woman falls for the daughter of a Russian archaeologist.
Style: erotic, realistic, serious, melancholic, suspenseful ...
Plot: love triangle, sexual relations, lesbian relationship, island, strong sexual content, tragic love, dishonesty, betrayal, unfulfillment, gender, romance, impossible love ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: greece, europe, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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