Cynical movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant cynical movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out cynical, realistic, clever, talky, suspense and stylized films and TV shows about / with dark humor, violence, crimes, corruption, blood, violent, storytelling, loneliness, profanity and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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cynical movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as cynical: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Filth (2013), House (2004), Wild Tales (2014), Family Guy (1999), Dag (2010), Dead Like Me (2003), Happiness (1998), American Beauty (1999), God Bless America (2011).

List of cynical movies

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: cynical, clever, motivational, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: corruption, business, wall street, money, rise and fall, wealth, stock market, stock broker, rags to riches, addiction, american dream, cons and scams ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1987, year 1983
Place: new york, geneva switzerland, usa, manhattan new york city, italy ...
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 110K
Filth (2013)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A bigoted junkie cop suffering from bipolar disorder and drug addiction manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.
Style: cynical, surreal, sexual, enigmatic, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, dark humor, drug abuse, insanity, antisocial behavior, losing-it hero, self destructing, hallucination, manipulation, cocaine, murder, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: scotland, hamburg germany, edinburgh scotland, new orleans
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 463K
House (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Dr. Gregory House, a drug-addicted, unconventional, misanthropic medical genius, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.
Style: cynical, clever, witty, psychological, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: doctor, hospital, talented, mastermind, prodigy, patient, loner, expert, surgery, human nature, intelligence, unconventional method ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 199K
Wild Tales (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain, France, UK
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress.
Style: suspense, psychological, tense, cynical, twist ending ...
Plot: multiple storylines, dark humor, human nature, revenge, fighting the system, corruption, destiny, wedding party, violence, vengeance, twists and turns, air disaster ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: argentina, south america, latin america
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 8.2
 338K
Family Guy (1999)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Sick, twisted, politically incorrect and Freakin' Sweet animated series featuring the adventures of the dysfunctional Griffin family. Bumbling Peter and long-suffering Lois have three kids. Stewie (a brilliant but sadistic baby bent on killing ...
Style: cynical, humorous, adult animation, witty, funny ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: dark humor, eccentric family, family relations, social satire, adolescence, goofy hero, dog, family life, parents and children, sexual innuendo, small town, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 2020s ...
Place: rhode island, usa
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 5K
Dag (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Meet Dag, a couple's therapist who holds a 90% divorce rate. His philosophy in life is that people should live alone and he's happy to share that with his patients. Dag leads a quiet life and the only thing he loves more than his solitude ...
Style: cynical, humorous, realistic, captivating, funny ...
Plot: love and romance, loner, dark humor, therapy, marital problem, antisocial behavior, friends, doctors and patients, siblings relations, alienation, therapist, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 42K
Dead Like Me (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Dead Like Me follows a group of undead grim reapers tasked with shepherding the recently departed into the afterlife.
Style: cynical, witty, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, afterlife, dealing with death, team, supernatural ability, double life, family problems, dark humor, mission, death, unfulfillment, loser ...
Place: seattle
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 7.7
 71K
Happiness (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
Style: cynical, depressing, disturbing, art house, dark ...
Plot: pedophilia, dysfunctional family, rape, loneliness, dark humor, obsession, depression, sexual abuse, phone sex, pedophile, multiple storylines, relationships ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 1.2M
American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, sexy, dramatic, sexual, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, kids, teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, existentialism, coming of age, dysfunctional family, age difference, teenager, loneliness, obsession, suburbs, older man younger woman relationship, youth, older man young girl relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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God Bless America (2011)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Fed up with the cruelty and stupidity of American culture, an unlikely duo goes on a killing spree, killing reality TV stars, bigots and others they find repugnant in this black comedy.
Style: cynical, thought provoking, talky, funny, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: killing spree, vigilante, female killer, mass murder, dark humor, serial killer, satire, stupidity, society, rage, media, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa
Is relevant ?
 9.3
 338K
The Wire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between ...
Style: cynical, clever, tense, rough, captivating ...
Plot: organized crime, police detective, corruption, urban ghetto life, police, life is a bitch, crimes, drug dealing, working undercover, fighting crime, police investigation, drug lord ...
Time: 2000s, future, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 19K
Paradise PD (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
TV show
Story: An eager young rookie joins the ragtag small-town police force led by his dad as they bumble, squabble and snort their way through a big drug case.
Style: humorous, cynical, not serious, absurd, adult animation ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dark humor, social satire, police investigation, goofy hero, incompetence, disorder, bad cop, small town, stupidity, police, criminal, buddies ...
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 7.2
 9K
Battle Creek (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: In this mismatched buddy cop dramedy, an amazingly handsome, happy-go-lucky FBI agent is paired with a local, hard scrabble Michigan homicide detective. As they solve crimes together, their polar opposite methods only slightly outweigh their disdain ...
Style: cynical, witty, realistic, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, partners against crime, law enforcement, police investigation, fighting crime, police station, murder investigation, crimes, narcissist, police partner, female boss, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, michigan
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 10K
Backstrom (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Detective Lieutenant Everett Backstrom is a man with no filter. After a five-year exile to the traffic division for offensive behavior, he has returned from disgrace to lead Portland's newly minted S.C.U. Tasked with navigating the city's ...
Style: cynical, realistic, humorous, captivating, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crimes, workplace situations, law enforcement, workplace, investigation, gay friend, police procedural, self destructing, drugs/alcohol, french accent
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 542K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.  Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to ...
Style: philosophical, thought provoking, serious, bleak, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: twists and turns, technology, distopia, alternate reality, human nature, social decay, media satire, society, computers and web, media, satire, dark humor ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 546K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: psychological, neo noir, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: character study, journalism, sociopath, cynicism, journalist, ethics, home invasion, morality, graphic violence, crime scene, tv news, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
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Better Call Saul (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. We meet him when the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, ...
Style: tense, stylized, witty, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: crimes, lawyer, workplace situations, hotshot lawyer, family relations, legal, dark humor, dishonesty, moral dilemma, criminal lawyer, private investigator, desert ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2002
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 427K
In Bruges (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ray and Ken, two hit men, are in Bruges, Belgium, waiting for their next mission. While they are there they have time to think and discuss their previous assignment. When the mission is revealed to Ken, it is not what he expected.
Style: atmospheric, neo noir, humorous, cynical, funny ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark humor, irish, hitman, guilt, haunted by the past, dwarf, partners, tourist, friendship, gangsters, suicide, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: belgium, bruges, ireland, europe, london ...
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 7.9
 53K
Nine Queens (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina
Duration: 114 min.
Story: An Argentinian crime drama revolving around a sheet of rare stamps (the Nine Queens).
Style: cynical, tense, clever, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: twists and turns, heist, con artists, swindle, plot twist, manipulation, crime gone awry, crimes, justice, police, partner, thief ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: argentina, buenos aires argentina, spain, venezuela, latin america ...
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Man About Town (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A top Hollywood talent agent finds his cushy existence threatened when he discovers that his wife is cheating on him and that his journal has been swiped by a reporter out to bring him down.
Style: cynical, semi serious, humorous, witty, suspense ...
Plot: infidelity, dishonesty, husband wife relationship, chase, journalism, self discovery, reporter, expose, talent agent, extortion, diary, cheating wife ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 98K
Blood Simple (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.
Style: neo noir, suspense, suspenseful, cynical, tense ...
Plot: private detective, crime gone awry, adultery, murder, extramarital affair, murder mystery, crimes, hitman, twists and turns, betrayal, moral ambiguity, gunfight ...
Time: year 1984, 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, austin texas, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 16K
Night Moves (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Private detective and former football player Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as a former Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return ...
Style: neo noir, cynical, suspense, tense, psychological ...
Plot: private detective, murder, investigation, missing person, crimes, infidelity, mystery, crime gone awry, complex characters, loneliness, manipulation, espionage ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, florida, california, los angeles
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The King of Comedy (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.
Style: tragicomedy, cynical, funny, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: character study, obsession, desire for fame, ambition, dark humor, delusion, kidnapping, showbiz, satire, television, nervous breakdown, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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In the Company of Men (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two business executives--one an avowed misogynist, the other recently emotionally wounded by his love interest--set out to exact revenge on the female gender by seeking out the most innocent, uncorrupted girl they can find and ruining her life.
Style: disturbing, cynical, psychological, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: secretary, betrayal, misogynist, sexism, love, manipulation, greed, relationships, rivalry, brutality, dark humor, battle of the sexes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, indiana
Is relevant ?
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.
Style: cynical, thought provoking, talky, humorous, witty ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, murder, mistress, crimes, guilt, justice, blackmail, couple relations, human nature, moral dilemma, introspection ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
Is relevant ?
 9.2
 396K
The Sopranos (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: The Sopranos is an American television drama created by David Chase. The series revolves around the New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano and the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home ...
Style: serious, cynical, clever, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, organized crime, gangsters, crimes, killings, criminal heroes, dark humor, family life, family relations, ambition, mob boss, introspection ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: new jersey, new york, usa
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Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Set just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Sgt. Ray Elwood is an American soldier stationed at a German army camp. A soldier because a judge gave him a choice between the army and jail, Ray spends much of his free time cooking cocaine for ...
Style: humorous, cynical, semi serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: corruption, crimes, military, heroin, drug dealing, dark humor, soldier, military life, arms dealing, greed, cold war, unlikely criminals ...
Time: year 1989, 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: west germany, berlin germany, germany, iraq, europe ...
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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A card shark and his unwillingly-enlisted friends need to make a lot of cash quick after losing a sketchy poker match. To do this they decide to pull a heist on a small-time gang who happen to be operating out of the flat next door.
Style: humorous, cynical, witty, clever, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, dark humor, crimes, crime gone awry, disorder, nothing goes right, organized crime, twists and turns, friends, rivalry, criminal heroes, gambling ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: united kingdom, london, england, europe
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War on Everyone (2016)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two corrupt cops in New Mexico set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he?
Style: cynical, absurd, captivating, light, exciting ...
Plot: dark humor, police corruption, violence, gunfight, partners, blackmail, police detective, corrupt cop, police surveillance, police chase, fighting crime, corrupt law enforcer ...
Place: new mexico, reykjavik iceland, albuquerque new mexico
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 220K
Closer (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A witty, romantic, and very dangerous love story about chance meetings, instant attractions, and casual betrayals. Two couples disintegrate when they begin destructive adulterous affairs with each other.
Style: sexy, cynical, erotic, intellectual, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, adultery, love affair, stripper, love, love at first sight, sex, romance, relationships, betrayal, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, new york, manhattan new york city, england
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