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, humorous, clever, witty and dark humor films and TV shows about / with violence, family relations, dialogue, friends, mentor, life philosophy, crimes, death, storytelling and murder plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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cynical movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as cynical: House (2004), American Beauty (1999), The Sopranos (1999), Rick and Morty (2013), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Archer Vice (2009), Dag (2010), Black Mirror (2011), Misfits (2009), Dead Like Me (2003).

List of cynical movies

 8.7
 370K
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: cynical, psychological, clever, witty, talky ...
Plot: doctor, prodigy, talented, riddles and clues, antisocial behavior, mastermind, doctors and patients, loner, patient, surgery, teamwork, unconventional method ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
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 8.4
 978K
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, sexual, cynical, captivating, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, virgin, family problems, dysfunctional family, teenage life, loneliness, age difference, coming of age, youth, parenthood, marital problem, cold relationship ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 9.2
 246K
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, cynical, serious, rough, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, mafia, crimes, criminal heroes, gangsters, family life, killings, crime, psychiatrist, ambition, family relations, racial slur ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: new jersey, usa
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 9.3
 256K
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: humorous, dark humor, offbeat, cynical, not serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: scientist, mad scientist, inventions and discoveries, adventure, imaginary, time travel, grandfather grandson relationship, disorder, prodigy, odd, family relations, monster ...
Place: usa
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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, captivating, realistic, biting, cynical ...
Plot: rise and fall, success, ambition, wall street, cons and scams, millionaire, hotshot hero, blind ambition, money, greed, yuppie, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1983, year 1987
Place: usa, new york, mediterranean sea, las vegas, geneva switzerland ...
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 8.7
 122K
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: cynical, witty, humorous, stylized, not serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spy, espionage, womanizer, cia, danger, government agency, male objectification, sarcasm, james bond spoof, dialogue, escapades, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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: marital problem, therapy, antisocial behavior, doctors and patients, love and romance, friends, loner, mad, siblings relations, power relations, alienation, therapist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway
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 8.9
 297K
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, dark humor, biting, serious, cynical ...
Plot: human nature, social decay, society, computers and web, media satire, alternate reality, mind control, technology, paranoia, news, gadget, media ...
Time: future
Place: england
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 8.2
 86K
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, humorous, cynical, exciting, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural ability, youth, anti heroes, misfit, friends, teenage life, superhuman powers, juvenile delinquent, supernatural, imaginary, twentysomething life, superhero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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 8.1
 38K
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, witty, humorous, dark humor, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, supernatural, death, mission, double life, dealing with death, team, family relations, deadly, workplace, young people, boss and employee ...
Place: seattle washington
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 8.7
 296K
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, gross out humor, not serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: elementary school, child swearing, parody, mischievous children, buddies, friends, vicious, adult humor, group of friends, small town, gay slur, social satire ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 1990s, 2010s, 2000s
Place: colorado, usa
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 5.3
 43K
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, funny, light ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: strip club, female friendship, friendship, nothing goes right, wedding, bridesmaid, hung over, best friends, disorder, reunion, lifestyle, wedding party ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
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 8.1
 148K
Wild Tales (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
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, revenge, unlikely criminals, wedding party, road rage, corruption, violence, fighting the system, multiple storylines, destiny, farce ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: argentina, latin america
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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, clever, entertaining, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: incest, seduction, bet, teenage life, manipulation, femme fatale, virgin, sexuality, ego clash, strong sexual content, diary, private school ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 18th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 8.5
 192K
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: humorous, cynical, futuristic, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: space travel, mad scientist, alien, robot, scientist, adult humor, social satire, androids and robots, space and aliens, benign alien, escapades, goofy hero ...
Time: future, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york
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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, fighting crime, police investigation, crimes, murder investigation, urban, police partner, fbi agent, female boss, police station ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa
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Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: After a naive Midwestern girl's big city dreams are dashed her first week in New York, she finds herself living with her worst nightmare in this hilarious, contemporary comedy about a female odd couple who are surrounded by an outrageous cast ...
Style: humorous, cynical, not serious, sexy, realistic
Plot: roommate, sitcom, lifestyle change, friends, party, lifestyle, city life, odd couple, engaged, everyday life, troublemaker, young people ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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 7.8
 62K
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, dark humor, disturbing, banned film, bleak ...
Plot: pedophilia, rape, child abuse, unhappiness, loneliness, masturbation, sibling relationship, divorce, therapist, marriage, depression, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
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 7.0
 7K
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: dark humor, humorous, not serious, cynical
Plot: small town, police investigation, social satire, disorder, buddies, goofy hero, stupidity, bad cop, police protagonist, dumb, criminal
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 6.4
 99K
The Jackal (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hired by a powerful member of the Russian mafia to avenge an FBI sting that left his brother dead, the perfectionist Jackal proves an elusive target for the men charged with the task of bringing him down: a deputy FBI boss and a former IRA terrorist.
Style: cynical, suspenseful, realistic, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, chase, assassination attempt, fbi, trap, kgb, cold war, vengeance, hidden identity, danger, lone wolves, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia, moscow russia, virginia, helsinki finland, u.s. capitol building ...
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 7.6
 276K
Lord of War (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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, intense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, corruption, arms dealing, millionaire, arms dealer, criminal heroes, cold war, human nature, crime, ambition, organized crime, notoriety ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1983, year 1982 ...
Place: bolivia, europe, africa, beirut lebanon, latin america
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 7.6
 3K
High Rollers (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Belle Duke, in order to get revenge on her former lover Philip Bang, organize his jail break. But instead of Philip is the Italian Felice Brianza, AKAS Felix, to escape. Now Felix is obliged to help Philip to escape. He will succeeded and from that ...
Style: twists and turns, semi serious, humorous, cynical, realistic
Plot: cons and scams, betrayal, crime, friends, partners, dishonesty, criminal heroes, trick, strong female character, treasure, deception, jail ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: france, europe
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 6.1
 6K
Free Jimmy (2006)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: Norway, UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Four stoners, five vegans, three mobsters, four hunters and a million reasons to free one junkie elephant.
Style: dark humor, cynical, realistic, humorous, road movie ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: circus, stoners, drug abuse, anti heroes, heroin, addiction, elephant, chase, sex, gangs, vulgarity, animal abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, europe
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 8.2
 280K
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, humorous, cynical, exciting, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: anthropomorphism, small town, dog, family life, eccentric family, family relations, parents and children, social satire, couple relations, adolescence, siblings relations, goofy hero ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 90s, 2010s ...
Place: rhode island, usa
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 8.5
 100K
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, talky, entertaining ...
Plot: programmer, computers and web, geek, inventions and discoveries, businessman, workplace situations, workplace, ambition, ambitious, computer, computer genius, nerd ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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 8.3
 709K
Snatch (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The second film from British director Guy Ritchie. Snatch tells an obscure story similar to his first fast-paced crazy character-colliding filled film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” There are two overlapping stories here – one is the ...
Style: humorous, witty, cynical, exciting, slang ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crimes, cons and scams, gambling, criminal heroes, disorder, crime gone awry, master criminal, bet, boxing, nothing goes right, dimwit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: london, europe, antwerp, england
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The Cat's Meow (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924.
Style: stylized, cynical, witty, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: hollywood, murder, infidelity, mistress, gossip, party, actor's life, couples, artists and showbiz, crimes of passion, crimes, love and romance ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: california, usa, san diego 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, realistic, witty, stylized ...
Plot: dishonesty, lawyer, workplace situations, hotshot lawyer, family relations, moral dilemma, legal, crimes, brother brother relationship, cons and scams, drugs/alcohol, lawyer client relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, disappears. Having lived for so long in an emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, ...
Style: sexy, suspenseful, surreal, cynical, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: missing person, teenage life, coming of age, mystery, under the surface, disappearance, parents and children, dysfunctional family, teenage sexuality, innocence lost, suburbs, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 80s, year 1991
Place: usa, california
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 7.1
 866
Intergirl (1989)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union, Sweden
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A hospital nurse becomes an "international girl", a prostitute who caters to foreigners with hard currency.
Style: realistic, cynical, serious, touching, biting ...
Plot: prostitute, couples, society, family relations, starting over, romance, culture clash, materialism, foreigner, money, marriage for money, loveless marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: russia, sweden, europe, soviet union
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