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, dark humor, humorous, clever and witty films and TV shows about / with profanity, friends, satire, family relations, drugs/alcohol, violence, friendship, murder, crimes and drugs plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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cynical movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as cynical: House (2004), South Park (1997), Misfits (2009), American Beauty (1999), Futurama (1999), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Dead Like Me (2003), Rick and Morty (2013), The Wire (2002), The Sopranos (1999).

List of cynical movies

 8.7
 404K
House (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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: clever, cynical, witty, psychological, dark humor ...
Plot: prodigy, doctor, talented, patient, human nature, mastermind, hospital, treatment, antisocial behavior, loner, doctors and patients, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
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 8.7
 323K
South Park (1997)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.
Style: cynical, witty, offbeat, humorous, gross out humor ...
Audience: teens
Plot: satire, elementary school, parody, social satire, child swearing, buddies, mischievous children, death, friends, small town, teacher, vicious ...
Time: 1990s, 21st century, 20th century, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: colorado, usa
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 8.2
 91K
Misfits (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When five young outsiders on Community Service get caught in a strange storm, they discover that they have developed superpowers.
Style: witty, cynical, exciting, surreal, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural ability, youth, friends, swearing, supernatural, imaginary, misfit, juvenile delinquent, teenage life, superhuman powers, twentysomething life, anti heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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 8.3
 1.0M
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, melancholic, sexual, cynical, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, coming of age, age difference, older man young girl relationship, existentialism, virgin, dysfunctional family, character study, family problems, older man younger woman relationship, first time ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.4
 209K
Futurama (1999)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: The adventures of a late-20th-century New York City pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, who, after being unwittingly cryogenically frozen for one thousand years, finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the ...
Style: futuristic, cynical, surreal, humorous, adult animation ...
Audience: teens
Plot: space travel, mad scientist, goofy hero, scientist, robot, alien, social satire, benign alien, escapades, space and aliens, androids and robots, professor ...
Time: future, 1990s, 20th century, year 1999, 90s
Place: new york
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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, 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: dark humor, clever, captivating, biting, realistic ...
Plot: money, rise and fall, corruption, success, ambition, greed, wall street, cons and scams, stock broker, american dream, rags to riches, yuppie ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, 1990s, year 1987 ...
Place: new york, usa, bahamas, big ben london, mediterranean sea ...
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 8.1
 40K
Dead Like Me (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Dead Like Me follows a group of undead grim reapers tasked with shepherding the recently departed into the afterlife.
Style: witty, cynical, dark humor, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, team, supernatural, deadly, dealing with death, supernatural ability, mission, double life, family relations, young people, tragic event, parents and children ...
Place: seattle, seattle washington
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 9.2
 354K
Rick and Morty (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
Story: An animated series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson.
Style: dark humor, offbeat, humorous, entertaining, cynical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mad scientist, scientist, adventure, time travel, family relations, graphic violence, prodigy, grandfather grandson relationship, satire, relatives, imaginary, adolescence ...
Place: usa
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 9.3
 274K
The Wire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
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: tense, cynical, suspenseful, clever, rough ...
Plot: police detective, drug dealing, police investigation, urban ghetto life, fighting crime, working undercover, crime, crimes, life is a bitch, wiretap, drug lord, shooting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
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 9.2
 287K
The Sopranos (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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: dark humor, serious, cynical, captivating, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, crime, criminal heroes, family relations, family life, killings, psychiatrist, crimes, ambition, introspection ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
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 8.8
 417K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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: thought provoking, philosophical, twists and turns, serious, stylized ...
Plot: alternate reality, computers and web, distopia, social decay, society, human nature, media satire, satire, technology, chaos, gadget, paranoia ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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 8.6
 134K
Archer Vice (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Sterling Archer is the world's most daunting spy. He works for ISIS, a spy agency run by his mother. In between dealing with his boss and his co-workers - one of whom is his ex-girlfriend - Archer manages to annoy or seduce everyone that ...
Style: witty, cynical, stylized, not serious, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spy, sarcasm, espionage, womanizer, danger, james bond spoof, escapades, government agency, crimes, alcohol, dialogue, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa
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 8.5
 858K
Joker (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.
Style: suspense, bleak, thought provoking, atmospheric, cynical ...
Plot: mental illness, insanity, psychological trauma, villain, psycho, social decay, social problems, mental patient, evil clown, clown, murder, social problem ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 2010s, year 1981
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 8.5
 4K
Dag (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 23 min.
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, dark humor, realistic, humorous, captivating ...
Plot: loner, therapy, marital problem, antisocial behavior, doctors and patients, friends, love and romance, power relations, siblings relations, therapist, mad, alienation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway
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 6.9
 12K
Paradise PD (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
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: dark humor, not serious, cynical, humorous, adult animation ...
Plot: police investigation, social satire, small town, goofy hero, stupidity, disorder, buddies, dumb, bad cop, criminal, police protagonist, satire ...
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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: dark humor, cynical, clever, witty, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, nothing goes right, disorder, heist, criminal heroes, crime gone awry, dishonesty, buddies, crime, chaos and mayhem, friends, partners ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: london, europe, england
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 8.1
 171K
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: psychological, tense, dark humor, biting, cynical ...
Plot: twists & turns, human nature, wedding party, revenge, unlikely criminals, fighting the system, vengeance, corruption, violence, destiny, farce, multiple storylines ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
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 8.3
 170K
Californication (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
Story: A self-loathing, alcoholic writer attempts to repair his damaged relationships with his daughter and her mother while combating sex addiction, a budding drug problem, and the seeming inability to avoid making bad decisions.
Style: sexy, dark humor, witty, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: womanizer, sexual relations, writer's life, lust, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content, lifestyle, writers, sexual activity, addiction, family problems, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa, new york
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 8.5
 122K
Silicon Valley (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
Story: In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Partially inspired by Mike Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late ‘80s, Silicon Valley ...
Style: clever, cynical, not serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: programmer, geek, computers and web, businessman, ambition, workplace situations, computer genius, computer, ambitious, workplace, nerd, money raising ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco
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 8.1
 299K
Family Guy (1999)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
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: dark humor, cynical, humorous, witty, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: family relations, social satire, small town, parents and children, talking animals, dog, satire, family life, couple relations, adolescence, goofy hero, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: rhode island, usa
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 8.2
 73K
Skins (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Irreverent comedy drama which follows the messy lives, loves, delirious highs and inevitable lows of a group of raucous teenage friends in Bristol.
Style: captivating, cynical, realistic, semi serious, sexual ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, sexual relations, drugs/alcohol, looking for sex, youth, siblings relations, high school life, party, high school, classmates, homosexual, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england
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 8.0
 23K
Daria (1997)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Daria Morgendorffer lives with her stressed-out, career-fixated parents, Helen and Jake, and her relentlessly cute and popular little sister, Quinn. Daria and her fellow outcast and best friend, Jane Lane, attend Lawndale High School where they are ...
Style: witty, clever, cynical, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: social misfits, antisocial behavior, intelligence, teenage life, adolescence, loner, school, high school life, sarcasm, best friends, family relations, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
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 7.9
 450K
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: disturbing, psychological, bleak, suspenseful, biting ...
Plot: neo noir, journalism, sociopath, twists & turns, morality, satire, graphic violence, journalist, obsession, ambition, cynicism, deception ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
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 5.3
 45K
Bachelorette (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school.
Style: cynical, humorous, witty, not serious, funny ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: female friendship, bridesmaid, nothing goes right, strip club, wedding, friendship, hung over, disorder, best friends, reunion, lifestyle, wedding party ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
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Better Call Saul (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
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: dark humor, captivating, stylized, realistic, witty ...
Plot: lawyer, dishonesty, hotshot lawyer, moral dilemma, workplace situations, family relations, private investigator, crimes, legal, brother brother relationship, cons and scams, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002, 2000s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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 7.1
 100K
Filth (2013)
Genre: 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: dark humor, surreal, cynical, sexual, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, insanity, self destructing, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, strong sexual content, cocaine, antisocial behavior, anti heroes, drugs/alcohol, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, hamburg germany, edinburgh scotland, new orleans
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Cruel Intentions (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Slaking a thirst for dangerous games, Kathryn challenges her stepbrother, Sebastian, to deflower their headmaster's daughter before the summer ends. If he succeeds, the prize is the chance to bed Kathryn. But if he loses, Kathryn will claim his ...
Style: sexual, cynical, romantic, clever, dark humor ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: seduction, incest, manipulation, bet, femme fatale, virgin, virginity, teenage life, loss of virginity, defloration, ego clash, teenagers ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 18th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Desperate Housewives (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired Sundays at 9 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. Central, on ABC from October 3, 2004, until May 13, 2012. ...
Style: witty, twists and turns, dark humor, cynical, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: housewife, family relations, suburban life, female friendship, neighbor, social relations, infidelity, couple relations, family life, friendship, lifestyle, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa
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 7.6
 290K
Lord of War (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Yuri Orlov is a globetrotting arms dealer and, through some of the deadliest war zones, he struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent, his business rivals and even some of his customers who include many of the world's most ...
Style: clever, cynical, suspense, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corruption, arms dealer, smuggling, arms dealing, millionaire, human nature, criminal heroes, cold war, interpol, organized crime, crime, rags to riches ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 2000s, year 1984 ...
Place: bolivia, europe, africa, new york, beirut lebanon ...
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 7.4
 9K
Backstrom (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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, drugs/alcohol, workplace, crime, gay friend, self destruction, police procedural, french accent
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
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