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20 best movies like Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

List of the best movies like Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975): Descent, Seven Days, The Divide, Witchfinder General, Turkey Shoot, Johnny Mad Dog, Dahmer, Black Bread, Hidden in the Woods, Young Törless.

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Markimdb: 4.8
Genrethriller, drama
PlotRevenge, Obsession, Depression, Double life

A college co-ed is brutally raped and struggles alone to rebuild her life, but when the chance for revenge comes she as a Victim sinks lower than her Predator.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime
PlotRevenge, Justice
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Gloomy, Serious

Bruno Hamel is a thirty eight year old surgeon. He lives in Drummondville with his wife Sylvie, and their eight year-old daughter Jasmine. Like many happy people, he is leading an uneventful life until a beautiful fall afternoon, when his daughter is raped and murdered. From then on, the world of the Hamel family collapses. When the murderer is arrested, a terrible project germinates in Bruno's darkened mind. He plans to capture the "monster" and make him pay for his crime. The day the murderer appears in Court, Hamel, who had prepared his plan in great detail, kidnaps the monster and later sends the police a brief message stating that the rapist and murderer of his daughter was going to be tortured for 7 days and then executed. Once this task accomplished, he will then give himself up.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrehorror, fantastic, fantastic, thriller, thriller, drama, drama
CountryUSA, Germany, Canada, France
CharactersHeroes, Soldier
PlotSurvival, Apocalypse
PlaceBunker, New York
TimePost apocalypse
StyleAction, Tense, Depressive, Serious

Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrehorror, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersWitch, Soldier, Priests
PlotRevenge, Superpowers, Fate, Rivalry
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

England, 1645. The cruel civil war between Royalists and Parliamentarians that is ravaging the country causes an era of chaos and legal arbitrariness that allows unscrupulous men to profit by exploiting the absurd superstitions of the peasants; like Matthew Hopkins, a monster disguised as a man who wanders from town to town offering his services as a witch hunter.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama
CountryAustralia, United Kingdom
PlotSurvival, Death, Chase, Uprising
StyleHeavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

In the near future, after an unspecified holocaust, survivors are herded into prison camps. There, they are hunted for sport by the leaders of the camp. Paul, one of the newest prisoners, is determined not to go down as quietly as the others.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, military
CountryFrance, Belgium, Liberia
CharactersTeens, Military, Soldier, Orphans
PlotWar, Survival, Death
PlaceSchool, Africa
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious

A cast of unknown performers are used in this drama about child soldiers fighting a war in an unnamed African country.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CharactersGay, Monsters, Serial killers
PlotOn real events, Obsession
StyleAction, Heavy, Creepy, Serious

On February 15, 1992 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, one of the world's most infamous serial killers, was convicted of 15 counts of murder and sentenced to 937 years in federal prison. This movie is based on events from his life. Certain characters and events are fictional.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, crime
StyleAtmospheric, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

In the harsh post-war years' Catalan countryside, Andreu, a child that belongs to the losing side, finds the corpses of a man and his son in the forest. The authorities want his father to be made responsible of the deaths, but Andreu tries to help his father by finding out who truly killed them. In this search, Andreu develops a moral consciousness against a world of adults fed by lies. In order to survive, he betrays his own roots and ends up finding out the monster that lives within him.

Markimdb: 4.5
Genrehorror, action, thriller, drama
PlotOn real events, Revenge
StyleHeavy, Serious, Disturbing

The story of two sisters who have been raised in isolation, subjected to the torment of their abusive, drug dealing father. When they finally decide to report him to the police, he kills the two officers and is put in jail. But things go from bad to worse when the girls must answer to their Uncle Costello, a psychotic drug kingpin, who shows up looking for his missing merchandise which is hidden in the woods.

Markimdb: 7.3
CountryWest Germany, France
PlaceSchool, Germany, Boarding school
StyleSoulful, Makes me think, Depressive, Serious

At an Austrian boys' boarding school in the early 1900s, shy, intelligent Törless observes the sadistic behavior of his fellow students, doing nothing to help a victimized classmate—until the torture goes too far. Adapted from Robert Musil's acclaimed novel, Young Törless launched the New German Cinema movement and garnered the 1966 Cannes Film Festival International Critics' Prize for first-time director Volker Schlöndorff.

Markimdb: 4.7
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
PlotSplit personality, Depression
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing

Viola and Nicola are going through a rough time. To overcome this crisis, they decide to spend a weekend in a remote cabin belonged to Nicola's parents. Just a couple of days together to heal their wounds, , but everything will take a turn for the worst, when a sneaking suspicion become pure madness. What was supposed to be a quiet trip will suddenly slip into a deadly nightmare.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
CharactersVampire, Witch, Artists, Artists
PlotAdventure, Loneliness
PlaceUSA, Los Angeles
StylePsychological problems, Tense

In need of creative inspiration, a professionally stagnant and hard-partying Los Angeles artist recklessly indulges in a series of drug binges. As the narcotics fly out of control, so does her newfound and inexplicable, yet unquenchable, craving for blood.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrehorror, fantastic, drama
CountryDenmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Poland
CharactersHorses, Family, Friends, Sisters, Parents
PlotDisasters, Apocalypse, End of the world, Wedding, Depression
PlaceParty, Hospitals, Mansions, Estate
StylePsychological problems, Beautiful, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Makes me think

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

Markimdb: 5.1
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryFrance, Canada
PlotSurvival, Travel, Cars
StyleAction, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Five friends return home from a marriage in Canada to the United States. Not far from the border, two customs officers stop them to check their identity.

Markimdb: 4.3
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
PlacePrison, Women's Prison
StyleHeavy, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

A gritty coming of age thriller about a young girl sent to juvenile prison for the murder of her abusive step father. The film follows Anna Nix's journey into the dark world of an all girls jail where she discovers complex relationships, drugs, mental illness and her eventual search for redemption.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrehorror, drama
CountrySpain, France
CharactersSisters, Orphans
PlotObsession, Religious, Mystery
StylePsychological problems, Action, Serious, Disturbing

Spain, 1950s. Montse's agoraphobia keeps her locked in a sinister apartment in Madrid and her only link to reality is the little sister she lost her youth raising. But one day, a reckless young neighbor, Carlos, falls down the stairwell and drags himself to their door. Someone has entered the shrew's nest... perhaps he'll never leave.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CharactersHired assassins, Priests
PlotSurvival, Abduction, Death
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Heavy, Tense, Serious

Communication is the key to the survival for nine strangers who have been kidnapped by a masked gunman and told that one of them will die every ten minutes until they discover how they are all connected. Who of the nine lives and who dies?

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrehorror, melodrama, drama, history
CountryFrance, Italy
PlotObsession, False accusations

Paris, 1482. Today is the festival of the fools, taking place like each year in the square outside Cathedral Notre Dame. Among jugglers and other entertainers, Esmeralda, a sensuous gypsy, performs a bewitching dance in front of delighted spectators. From up in a tower of the cathedral, Frollo, an alchemist, gazes at her lustfully. Later in the night, Frollo orders Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer and his faithful servant, to kidnap Esmeralda. But when the ugly freak comes close to her is touched by the young woman's beauty...

Markimdb: 5.3
Genredrama, crime, detective
PlotFight, Investigation, Friendship
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

Echo must deal with the regular dramas of high school, in addition to grappling with the murder of her older sister, Zoë. But when Echo receives a diary from Zoë's boyfriend, she begins to untangle the secret life her sister lived.

Markimdb: 7.2
CountryItaly, Romania, France
PlotOn real events, Pads, Uprising
PlaceSchool, Italy
StyleAction, Heavy, Makes me think, Serious

A reenactment of the final days of the 2001 G8 Summit.

Markimdb: 7
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
CountryCanada, France
CharactersTeens, Fathers, Orphans
PlotFriendship, Mystery, Blackmail
StylePsychological problems, Atmospheric, Smart, Tense

Quiet, withdrawn 13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives peacefully in her home in a New England beach town. Whenever the prying landlady inquires after Rynn's father, she politely claims that he's in the city on business. But when the landlady's creepy and increasingly persistent son, Frank, won't leave Rynn alone, she teams up with kindly neighbor boy Mario to maintain the dark family secret that she's been keeping to herself.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Bulgaria
CharactersDogs, Criminals, Veterans
PlotMotorcycles, Money, Friendship
PlaceAfghanistan, Kitchen
StyleHeavy, Tense, Makes me think, Depressive, For men

Lucas, a 14-year-old boy inducted into the gang life in Washington D.C., is determined that his 10-year-old brother won't follow the same path. When an Afghanistan war veteran comes into the neighborhood, an opportunity arises.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, military
CountryFrance, West Germany, Italy
CharactersJews, Pupils, Friends
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Death
PlaceFrance, USA, Boarding school
TimeWorld War II
StylePsychological problems, To cry, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching

Au revoir les enfants tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie—until a secret is revealed. Based on events from writer-director Malle’s own childhood, the film is a subtle, precisely observed tale of courage, cowardice, and tragic awakening.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrehorror, drama
PlotObsession, Mental disorders
StylePsychological problems, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

Esther's life is panning out nicely. She will soon move in with her boyfriend Vincent and she seems set to get a permanent position at the public relations company where she freelances. All would be fine if Esther didn't accidentally discover a piercing curiosity about her own body.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, history
CountryItaly, France, West Germany
PlotWar, Friendship, Revolution, Death, Political
StyleFascinating, Epic, Makes me think, Serious

Set in Bertolucci's ancestral region of Emilia, the film chronicles the lives of two men during the political turmoils that took place in Italy in the first half on the 20th century.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, crime
CountryFrance, Canada, United Kingdom
StyleAction, Soulful, Heavy, Serious

Three juvenile delinquents arrive at a correctional center and are put under the care of an experienced guard.

Markimdb: 6.4
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, France, Japan
CharactersTwins, Psychologists
PlotOn real events, Travel
StylePsychological problems, Heavy, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

The dysfunctional twenty-three years old Sarah takes her six year old natural son Jeremiah from the home of his beloved foster parents with the support of the social service to live with her. Along the years, the boy shares her insane and lowlife style and is introduced to booze and drugs and mentally, physically and sexually abused by Sarah, her lovers and her religiously fanatic family.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrehorror, drama
CountryFrance, Italy

Dr. Génessier is riddled with guilt after an accident that he caused disfigures the face of his daughter, the once beautiful Christiane, who outsiders believe is dead. Dr. Génessier, along with accomplice and laboratory assistant Louise, kidnaps young women and brings them to the Génessier mansion. After rendering his victims unconscious, Dr. Génessier removes their faces and attempts to graft them on to Christiane's.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrehorror, drama
CountryItaly, France
TimeMiddle Ages

After a cult besieges her convent, a young nun goes with an army of Muslims to destroy the convent and kill who wronged her.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, history
CountryFrance, Israel, Italy, India, USA
CharactersOrphans, Refugees
PlotOn real events, Political, Uprising
StyleTo cry, Gloomy, Serious

A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of the first Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.