Movies like Empire of Passion

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Empire of Passion (1978)
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Empire of Passion (1978)
Original name: 愛の亡霊
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young man has an affair with an older woman. He is very jealous of her husband and decides that they should kill him. One night, after the husband had plenty of sake to drink and was in bed, they strangle him and dump his body down a well. To avert any suspicions, she pretends her husband has gone off to Tokyo to work. For three years the wife and her lover secretly see each other. Finally, suspicions become very strong and people begin to gossip. To make matters worse, her husband's ghost begins to haunt her and the law arrives to investigate her husband's disappearance.
Style: psychological, sexual, atmospheric, gloomy, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: ghost, village, murder, crimes, vengeance, couple relations, betrayal, destiny, love and romance, infidelity, fall in love, village life, couples, dishonesty, deadly, crime gone awry, love, regret, revenge, sex, nature, winter, female nudity, torture, summer ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Empire of Passion

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, gloomy and psychological films with plots about couples, love and romance, romance, couple relations, murder, infidelity and adultery mostly in Drama, Romance and Horror genres. Some movies like Empire of Passion: In the Realm of the Senses (1976), Thieves (1996), Silk (2007), The Eel (1997), Darling (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
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, pre war, erotic, sexy, disturbing ...
Plot: obsession, sexual relations, tragic love, geisha, jealousy, passion, prostitute, gays and lesbians, master and servant, severed penis, prostitution, danger ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s, pre world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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100%
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Thieves (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan's body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother Alex, a cop with a cleanliness fetish; siblings ...
Style: erotic, serious, sexual, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: murder, crime, obsession, neo noir, family relations, investigation, couples, family life, deadly, dishonesty, love triangle, infidelity ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
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Silk (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, France, Italy, UK, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the best-selling novel by Alessandro Baricco, this visually stunning film tells the story of a French trader who finds unexpected love far away from home.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious, stylized ...
Plot: terminal illness, romance, smuggling, couple relations, love and romance, husband wife relationship, travel, interracial love relationship, historical event, life philosophy, love story, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1860s, 1870s
Place: japan, france, europe, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.4
 5K
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: realistic, offbeat, touching, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: redemption, murder, village, ufo, infidelity, obsession, friends, haunted by the past, pets, deadly, couples, crimes of passion ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Darling (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Wealthy executive Aditya Soman, married to Ashwini for several years, has an affair with his Secretary, Geeta Menon. When she gets pregnant, he tells her to abort the child as he has changed his mind about the divorce to his current wife. Angered, ...
Style: realistic, sexual, psychological, suspenseful, serious
Plot: ghost, supernatural, romance, curses spells and rituals, crumbling marriage, destructive relationship, down on your luck, haunted by the past, bollywood, spouse killer, vengeance, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Black Cat (1968)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the Sengoku period, a woman and her daughter are raped and murdered by soldiers during a time of civil war. Afterwards, a series of samurai returning from the war through that area are found mysteriously dead with their throats torn out. The ...
Style: gloomy, twists and turns, suspenseful, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: ghost, samurai, murder, vengeance, revenge, black cat, master warrior, escapades, danger, assassination, supernatural, rivalry ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Forever Mine (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A hotel cabana boy falls for the wife of a powerful politico. But when she confesses to the affair, her husband determines to end it forever.
Style: psychological, gloomy, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, fall in love, unfulfillment, haunted by the past, deadly, dishonesty, couples, love affair, infidelity, couple relations, crimes, murder ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: realistic, serious, gloomy, sentimental
Plot: prostitute, friendship, samurai, village, unfulfilled love, couple relations, fall in love, love and romance, romance, hopes, village life, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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A Dangerous Woman (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Martha Horgan is a withdrawn, mentally disabled woman who lives with her aunt, Frances. One of Martha's unusual traits is that she doesn't lie, a quality that leads to her getting fired from a dry-cleaning shop thanks to the actions of the ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: aunt, repairman, romance, murder, betrayal, infidelity, love triangle, dishonesty, family relations, couple relations, love and romance, crimes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Happiness (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Though married to the good-natured, beautiful Thérèse, young husband and father François finds himself falling unquestioningly into an affair with an attractive postal worker.
Style: serious, atmospheric, psychological, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: infidelity, love affair, love triangle, romance, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, love and romance, fall in love, couple relations, new wave, family problems, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: france, europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Whip and the Body (1963)
Genre: Horror, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: In the 19th century, a sadistic nobleman terrorizes the members of his family. He is found dead, but his ghost soon returns to haunt the residents of his castle.
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, realistic, gothic ...
Plot: ghost, haunted by the past, investigation, crimes, village life, mysterious character, master and servant, curses spells and rituals, woman in danger, village, honeymoon, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.7
 15K
Dolls (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Dolls takes puppeteering as its overriding motif -- specifically, the kind practiced in Bunraku doll theater performances -- opening each section of his film with a story provided by the puppets and their masters, which relates thematically to the ...
Style: emotional, bleak, realistic, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: obsession, disfigurement, arranged marriage, pop star, yakuza, love and romance, starlet, factory worker, lovers reunited, mental illness, couples, blind character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 1K
Nang-Nak (1999)
Genre: Horror, Romance, War
Country: Thailand
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In a rural village in Thailand, Mak (Winai Kraibutr) is sent to fight in a war and leaves his pregnant wife, Nak (Intira Jaroenpura). Mak is injured and barely survives. He returns home to his doting wife and child, or so he thinks.
Style: scary, gloomy, serious, suspenseful
Plot: ghost, legends and myths, love and romance, couple relations, danger, true love, battles, social relations, romance, village life, supernatural romance, couples ...
Time: 19th century
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Thomas Hardy's classic epic remains one of the most popular novels, this TV adaptation vividly depicts the powerful tale of a peasant girl whose life is torn apart by the love and jealousy of two men. Justine Waddell stars as the hapless Child ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, emotional, gloomy, realistic
Plot: innocence lost, couple relations, uninhibited rivalry, rich and poor, romance, village life, intrigue, infidelity, couples, love and romance, life is a bitch, tragic love ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1800s, victorian era
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 422
Lost Paradise (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The tragic tale of two lovers whose passion burns so intensely it destroys them.
Style: touching, sexual, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: midlife crisis, love and romance, tragic love, romance, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, infidelity, couples, love affair, dishonesty, sex, extramarital affair ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Bright Future (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two friends who work in the same oshibori laundry are lost in the drudgery of everyday life. They hang out together, barely functioning and barely communicating. Their middle-aged boss makes a desparate attempt to connect with them with disasterous ...
Style: psychological, touching, realistic, atmospheric, serious
Plot: ghost, gang, resentment, friendship, pets, hopes, crimes, boss and employee, rebelliousness, society, destiny, power relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.5
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Faithless (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Italy, Germany, Finland, Norway
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Scripted by Ingmar Bergman, this very personal film is about a destructive affair which wrecks the marriage of an actress (Marianne) and musician (Markus). Wanting to continue the affair, Marianne moves in with her lover. But she is tormented by ...
Style: psychological, realistic, sincere, serious, clever ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, betrayal, custody, rivalry, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, couple relations, love and romance, parents and children, romance, destructive relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, denmark, sweden, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. Based on a novel by James M. Cain.
Style: sexual, realistic, clever, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, obsession, betrayal, crime gone awry, sex, adultery, femme fatale, crimes of passion, infidelity, neo noir, conspiracy, confession ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 7.3
 13K
Tess (1979)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 186 min.
Story: This multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski is an exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. A strong-willed peasant girl (Nastassja Kinski, in a gorgeous breakthrough) is sent by her father to the ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: tragic love, rape, innocence lost, period piece, marriage, stonehenge, revenge, love, nobility, farmer, peasant, destiny ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, victorian era, 18th century
Place: england, europe, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.6
 3K
Memento Mori (1999)
Genre: Horror, Romance, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The film revolves around the relationship between two high school students, Yoo Shi-Eun and Min Hyo-Shin. As the two girls become romantically involved, their taboo friendship causes them to be marginalized by the other students. Unable to cope with ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, scary
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, pregnancy, love, telepathy, diary, suicide, friendship, high school, supernatural ability, couples, teenage life, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Ju Dou: Secret Love, Hidden Faces (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without revealing his parentage in this circular tragedy. Filmed ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, touching, biting ...
Plot: adultery, murder, infidelity, drowning, abuse, patricide, spouse abuse, sadism, vengeance, dishonesty, couples, sexual dysfunction ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
A French Woman (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Wed just as war breaks out, Jeanne hardly gets to know her military husband, Louis, before the debacle of 1940. While waiting for his return from a POW camp, Jeanne journeys through countless affairs with Louis' comrades- in-arms. Hoping to ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, sentimental, sexual, sincere ...
Plot: military, infidelity, romance, couple relations, unfulfilled love, unfulfillment, state affairs, love and romance, fall in love, love triangle, couples, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, year 1939, year 1944 ...
Place: europe, germany, france, berlin germany, algeria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Woman Next Door (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Madame Jouve, the narrator, tells the tragedy of Bernard and Mathilde. Bernard was living happily with his wife Arlette and his son Thomas. One day, a couple, Philippe and Mathilde Bauchard, moves into the next house. This is the accidental reunion ...
Style: gloomy, psychological, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, tragic love, neighbor, romance, dishonesty, crimes of passion, couple relations, love and romance, destructive relationship, couples, haunted by the past, lovers reunited ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 19th century, 1920s
Place: france, tokyo, middle east, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Movie in collections
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 13K
Half Light (2006)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Rachel Carson, a best-selling crime novelist, is devastated and filled with guilt over the accidental death of her son. Hoping that a change of scenery will help alleviate her suffering, she leaves her home in the city and moves into a vacant ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: ghost, supernatural, murder, loss of child, haunted by the past, dealing with death, uncover truth, family problems, death in the family, mentally unstable, woman in danger, drowning ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, london, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Guilty of Romance (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A detective probes the brutal murder of a woman in a red light district while a housewife hides her double life as a prostitute from her husband.
Style: disturbing, sexual, rough, serious, stylized ...
Plot: strong sexual content, prostitute, murder, model, police investigation, deadly, porn, power relations, neo noir, femme fatale, law enforcement, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.3
 3K
Mrs. Soffel (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Based on a true story, Mrs. Soffel is set in Pittsburgh near the dawn of the 20th century. Peter Soffel (Edward Herrmann) is the warden of a top security prison, and his wife Kate (Diane Keaton) often comes by to read the Bible aloud to the ...
Style: realistic, melancholic, sweet, light, tense ...
Plot: prison, murder, escape, romance, confined, couple relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, fall in love, couples, prison warden, adultery ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: pittsburgh, usa, australia, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.4
 421
Perfect Love (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A teenage girl helps investigators reconstruct her mother's (Isabelle Renauld) murder.
Style: sexual, gloomy, disturbing, bleak, serious ...
Plot: disco, murder, youth, sexual relations, unfulfillment, couple relations, crimes, life is a bitch, couples, teenage life, love affair, deadly ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: While driving, the pregnant horror-movie actress Kyôko Harase and her fiancé are in a car crash caused by the Toshio's friend. Kyôko loses her baby and her fiancé winds up in a coma. Kyôko was cursed together with a television crew when ...
Style: asian horror, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: pregnancy, haunted house, ghost, traffic accident, babies and infants, crimes, curses spells and rituals, grudge, rivalry, deadly, afterlife, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, offbeat, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, revenge, samurai, loss of fortune, obsessive quest, partners, gender bending, friendship, rivalry, disorder, dishonesty, haunted by the past ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Icharus Broken (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After four years in prison, Bobby is released into a world he no longer recognizes. His exgirlfriend Penny is abusing drugs. Their daughter is in foster care. Bobby's sister is in the process of rebuilding her life after a bad relationship.
Style: realistic, psychological, serious
Plot: love, haunted by the past, terminal illness, couples, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, chaos and mayhem, crime, love and romance, romance, hopes, prison ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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