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, dark humor, realistic, clever, humorous and witty films and TV shows about / with profanity, friends, satire, violence, murder, disorder, family relations, friendship, corruption and death plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
cynical
 1691
cynical movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as cynical: House (2004), American Beauty (1999), South Park (1997), Misfits (2009), Black Mirror (2011), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Dead Like Me (2003), Rick and Morty (2013), Futurama (1999), Dag (2010).

List of cynical movies

 8.7
 395K
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, dark humor, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: prodigy, doctor, talented, mastermind, loner, patient, antisocial behavior, doctors and patients, hospital, unconventional method, loneliness, riddles and clues ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
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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, character study, coming of age, older man young girl relationship, age difference, existentialism, virgin, older man younger woman relationship, dysfunctional family, family problems, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.7
 317K
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, offbeat, witty, gross out humor, not serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: satire, elementary school, parody, child swearing, buddies, mischievous children, friends, social satire, small town, teacher, death, adult humor ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 1990s, 2010s, 2000s
Place: colorado, usa
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 8.2
 89K
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, humorous, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural ability, youth, friends, misfit, swearing, imaginary, juvenile delinquent, teenage life, superhuman powers, anti heroes, twentysomething life, superhero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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 8.8
 392K
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, serious, stylized, philosophical, cynical ...
Plot: social decay, human nature, computers and web, alternate reality, society, media satire, satire, technology, gadget, media, paranoia, news ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england
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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: clever, dark humor, biting, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: money, rise and fall, ambition, success, corruption, cons and scams, greed, wall street, yuppie, american dream, wealth, millionaire ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1983, year 1987, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, bahamas, italy, manhattan new york city ...
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 8.1
 39K
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: cynical, humorous, witty, dark humor, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, team, supernatural, dealing with death, deadly, death, mission, double life, family relations, young people, boss and employee, parents and children ...
Place: seattle washington
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 9.2
 330K
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: offbeat, humorous, dark humor, entertaining, cynical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: scientist, mad scientist, adventure, time travel, grandfather grandson relationship, imaginary, youth, disorder, odd, prodigy, family relations, relatives ...
Place: usa
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 8.4
 206K
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, humorous, cynical, surreal, adult animation ...
Audience: teens
Plot: space travel, mad scientist, robot, goofy hero, scientist, alien, benign alien, social satire, escapades, space and aliens, androids and robots, professor ...
Time: future, 20th century, year 1999, 1990s
Place: new york
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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: therapy, marital problem, antisocial behavior, doctors and patients, friends, loner, love and romance, power relations, siblings relations, mad, therapist, alienation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway
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 9.2
 273K
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, rough, psychological, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, crime, criminal heroes, family life, killings, psychiatrist, crimes, family relations, ambition, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: new jersey, usa
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 8.6
 131K
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: humorous, witty, stylized, cynical, not serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spy, sarcasm, espionage, danger, womanizer, cia, escapades, government agency, male objectification, james bond spoof, dialogue, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa
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 8.1
 163K
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: tense, psychological, dark humor, cynical, biting ...
Plot: human nature, twists & turns, 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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 8.5
 747K
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, villain, psychological trauma, social decay, social problems, psycho killer, mental patient, evil clown, murder, clown, psycho ...
Time: year 1981, 20th century
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 9.3
 263K
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, suspenseful, cynical, clever, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, working undercover, drug lord, life is a bitch, crime, wiretap, fighting crime, crimes, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
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 7.0
 11K
Paradise PD (2018)
Genre: Animation, 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: humorous, dark humor, not serious, cynical, absurd
Plot: police investigation, social satire, small town, buddies, goofy hero, disorder, stupidity, bad cop, dumb, criminal, police protagonist, netflix
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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Genre: 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, dark humor, exciting, cynical, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: disorder, crimes, heist, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, dishonesty, buddies, crime, chaos and mayhem, criminal heroes, friends, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: europe, london, england
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 8.3
 168K
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, humorous, witty, dark humor, cynical ...
Plot: womanizer, sexual relations, lust, writer's life, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content, lifestyle, sexual activity, addiction, family problems, family life, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
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 8.5
 117K
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: humorous, clever, cynical, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: programmer, geek, computers and web, ambition, businessman, workplace situations, computer genius, computer, ambitious, workplace, sarcasm, money raising ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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 8.1
 294K
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: social satire, small town, parents and children, eccentric family, family relations, dog, satire, family life, couple relations, adolescence, goofy hero, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 90s, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: rhode island, usa
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 7.9
 434K
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, cynical, suspenseful ...
Plot: neo noir, journalism, sociopath, satire, journalist, obsession, ambition, cynicism, deception, character study, morality, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, venice beach california
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 5.3
 44K
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: humorous, cynical, witty, not serious, funny ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: female friendship, bridesmaid, nothing goes right, strip club, friendship, hung over, wedding, disorder, best friends, reunion, lifestyle, wedding party ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
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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, chick flick
Plot: seduction, incest, bet, virgin, femme fatale, manipulation, teenage life, virginity, sexual obsession, teenagers, loss of virginity, ego clash ...
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, humorous, dark humor, cynical, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: housewife, suburban life, neighbor, female friendship, social relations, family relations, couple relations, friendship, infidelity, investigation, lifestyle, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa
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 7.6
 286K
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: cynical, clever, disturbing, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corruption, smuggling, arms dealing, arms dealer, millionaire, criminal heroes, cold war, human nature, crime, ambition, organized crime, notoriety ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 2001, 1990s ...
Place: bolivia, europe, africa, beirut lebanon, latin america
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 7.3
 8K
Battle Creek (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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: partners against crime, police detective, law enforcement, police investigation, fighting crime, crimes, murder investigation, police partner, narcissist, female boss, police station, fbi agent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa
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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, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, workplace situations, crimes, police detective, law enforcement, drugs/alcohol, workplace, crime, gay friend, police procedural, french accent
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
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 6.6
 45K
Bad Words (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A misanthropic man sets out to exact revenge on his estranged father, by finding a loophole and attempting to win the National Spelling Bee as an adult. Figuring it would destroy his father, and everything he's worked so hard for as head of the ...
Style: cynical, not serious, humorous, dark humor, funny ...
Audience: kids
Plot: spelling bee, blind ambition, loser, social misfits, fish out of water, competition, disorder, rivalry, obsession, opponent, children, working the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, los angeles
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The Family Friend (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Geremia, an aging tailor/money lender, is a repulsive, mean, stingy man who lives alone in his shabby house with his scornful, bedridden mother. He has a morbid, obsessive relationship with money and he uses it to insinuate himself into other ...
Style: serious, touching, cynical, rough, dark humor ...
Plot: fall in love, dishonesty, self destructing, destructive relationship, cons and scams, unrequited love, wedding preparations and rituals, love and romance, aging, neo noir, loneliness, obsession ...
Time: contemporary
Place: italy, europe
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 8.4
 2K
Monkey Dust (2003)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 29 min.
Story: Monkey Dust is a British satirical cartoon, notorious for its dark humour and handling of taboo topics such as bestiality, murder, suicide and paedophilia. There were three series broadcast on BBC Three between 2003 and 2005. Following co-creator ...
Style: dark humor, cynical, surreal, bad taste humour, offbeat ...
Plot: satire, sexual abuse, life is a bitch, antisocial behavior, dysfunctional family, manipulations, society, social misfits, deadly, child abuse, missing person, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe
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