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List of the best movies like sex, lies, and videotape (1989): After Sex, Don Jon, The Sessions, The Skeleton Twins, Top Five, Exit to Eden, August, Shrink, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Crimes and Misdemeanors.

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Markimdb: 5.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersLesbians, Gay, Womanizers
StyleSoulful, Explicit scenes

Sex is a background to examine intimacy and vulnerability. Looks at the complexity of modern day relationships told through eight separate couples. Through dialogue and compromising situations, the film takes us from the beginning of a relationship to the aftermath of one, and examines every stage in between seeing humor within the drama, heartache and confusion of it all.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersWomanizers
PlotLove, Passion, Relationship, Obsession, Friendship
StyleExplicit scenes, Touching

A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersDoctors, Disabled people, Losers, Poets, Cats
PlotOn real events, Baseball, Fear
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching

Though a childhood bout with polio left him dependent on an iron lung, Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) maintains a career as a journalist and poet. A writing assignment dealing with sex and the disabled piques Mark's curiosity, and he decides to investigate the possibility of experiencing sex himself. When his overtures toward a caregiver scare her away, he books an appointment with sex surrogate Cheryl Green (Helen Hunt) to lose his virginity.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersTwins
PlotLoneliness, Depression
PlaceNew York
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Fancy, Gloomy, Touching

Estranged twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront the reasons their lives went so wrong. As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:42
CharactersJournalists, Comedians
PlotHip Hop
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleLight, Soulful, Smart, Tense, Explicit scenes

A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancé talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show.

Markimdb: 4.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersLovers, Partners, Smugglers
PlotLove, Travel
PlaceIslands
StyleBy books, Fancy, Explicit scenes

Elliot is going to the island of Eden to live out his submissive fantasies, but inadvertently photographs diamond smugglers at work. Smugglers, and detectives, follow him to the island, where they try to retrieve the film. Elliot begins falling in love with Lisa, the head mistress of the island, and Lisa must evaluate her feelings about Elliot and her own motivations.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:34
PlotFriendship, Love triangle, Depression
PlaceEngland
Time19th century
StyleLight, Soulful, Smart, Gloomy, Touching

Set in 1890s North Wales over a long, hot August weekend, the Victorian calm of a household is suddenly upset with the arrival of a London couple who impose their city ways and thoughts on the more rurally based family. An adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play, "Uncle Vanya."

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersPsychologists, Psychiatrists
PlotLoneliness, Mental disorders, Depression
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Smart, Gloomy, Touching

Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersTeens
PlotBetrayal, Intrigue
PlaceUSA
StyleTouching, Serious

Minnie Goetze is a 15-year-old aspiring comic-book artist, coming of age in the haze of the 1970s in San Francisco. Insatiably curious about the world around her, Minnie is a pretty typical teenage girl. Oh, except that she’s sleeping with her mother’s boyfriend.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersDoctors, Blind, Lovers
PlotRelationship, Justice, Blackmail
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleSoulful, Smart, Gloomy, Makes me think

An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.

Markimdb: 3.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:34
CharactersGay
PlotPassion
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleLight, Soulful, Explicit scenes, Touching

By following ten simple rules, 20-somethings Vince and Cameron spice up their relationship by sleeping around. But when their straitlaced friends get engaged, their relationship gets turned upside down. To put the rules to the test, they will go on the road to the Hamptons to crash the biggest party of the year where love triangles collide and off-the-wall mayhem ensues.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersTeens, Losers
PlotDancing, Music, Hip Hop, Uprising
PlaceSmall cities
StyleSoulful, Serious

Ren MacCormack is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where loud music and dancing are prohibited. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel in the process.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:44
CharactersDogs, Gay, Terminally ill, Actors, Artists
PlotDeath, Cancer, Mystery
PlaceParty
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Smart, Fancy, Touching

A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, comedy, melodrama, crime
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:05
CharactersTeens, CIA, Gangsters, Spy, Heroes
PlotPassion, Investigation, Friendship, Intrigue, Justice
PlaceIreland
StyleRomantic, Twisted plot, Soulful, Atmospheric, Smart

Two romantically-engaged corporate spies team up to manipulate a corporate race to corner the market on a medical innovation that will reap huge profits and enable them to lead an extravagant lifestyle together.

Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersDoctors, Scammers, Psychologists, Friends, Psychotherapists
PlotOn real events, Soccer, American Football, Friendship, Cheating
PlaceUSA
StyleSoulful, Serious

A tough, sexy Long Island divorcee, Callie Thorne, gets a job as therapist for a professional football team in order to make ends meet. Underestimated at every turn, she succeeds beyond all expectations and soon finds herself as the sought-after therapist to high-profile clients. As a newly single mom raising two teenagers, she is determined to make her new career work by striking a balance between her personal and professional worlds.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersArtists
PlotPassion, Music, Love triangle, Rivalry
PlaceNight Clubs
StyleSoulful, Smart, Touching, Serious

The lives of two struggling musicians, who happen to be brothers, inevitably change when they team up with a beautiful, up-and-coming singer.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersStudents, Girlfriends, Nurses, Parents
PlotLove, Dancing, First love, Depression
PlaceNew York
StyleRomantic, Soulful, Explicit scenes, Gloomy, Touching

Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in their marriage.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersDogs, Friends
PlotPassion, Friendship
PlaceUSA
StyleRomantic, To cry, Smart

A modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:24
CharactersGay, Writers, Hippies, Poets
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Apocalypse, Death, Freedom
StyleSoulful, Philosophical, Smart, Gloomy, Makes me think

It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society's reaction (the obscenity trial), and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment-the birth of a counterculture.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:39
CharactersTeens, Teachers
PlotFriendship, First love
PlaceSchool
TimeGraduation
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersParents
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleSoulful, By books, Touching, Serious

At a family reunion, the Cooper clan find that their parents' home is being foreclosed. "Temporarily," Ma moves in with son George's family, Pa with daughter Cora. But the parents are like sand in the gears of their middle-aged children's well regulated households. Can the old folks take matters into their own hands?

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersLesbians, Lawyers, Friends
PlotFriendship, Loneliness
PlaceUSA
StyleRomantic, Cute, Soulful, Touching

A 29-year-old lawyer and her lesbian best friend experience a dramatic shift in their longtime bond after one enters a serious relationship

Markimdb: 5.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:34
CharactersBlonde girls, Family
PlotPassion, Pursuit, Internet, Blackmail
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleTense, Explicit scenes

When Jay and Annie first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world... but as their race to reclaim their video leads to a night they'll never forget, they'll find that their video will expose even more than they bargained for.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:26
CharactersLosers
PlotPursuit, True love
StyleSoulful, Fancy

A fidgety, wisecracking video store clerk develops a fixation on a particularly reclusive customer, a frequent visitor to the pornography section of Cinefile, the video store where he works in Los Angeles. After multiple failures to impress her during their brief daily transactions, he finds her street address in the store's database, drives to her apartment building and initiates an unconventional campaign to win her affections.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:41
CharactersWomanizers
PlotPassion, True love, Curses
StyleLight, Explicit scenes

Cursed since childhood, dentist Charlie Kagan cannot find the right woman. Even worse, he learns that each of his ex-girlfriends finds true love with the man she meets after her relationship with him ends. Hearing of Charlie's reputation as a good-luck charm, women from all over line up for a quick tryst. But when Charlie meets the woman of his dreams, he must find a way to break the curse or risk losing her to the next man she meets.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryIceland, Denmark, USA, France, Germany
Duration01:39
CharactersFriends, Losers
PlotFriendship, Loneliness
PlaceNew York
TimeNew Year
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

Brian Cox stars as Jacques, the curmudgeonly owner of a gritty New York dive bar that serves as home to a motley assortment of professional drinkers. Jacques is determinedly drinking and smoking himself to death when he meets Lucas (Dano), a homeless young man who has already given up on life. Determined to keep his legacy alive, Jacques deems Lucas is a fitting heir and takes him under his wing, schooling him in the male-centric laws of his alcoholic clubhouse: no new customers, no fraternizing with customers and, absolutely no women. Lucas is a quick study, but their friendship is put to the test when the distraught and beautiful April (Isild Le Besco) shows up at the bar seeking shelter, and Lucas insists they help her out.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryFrance, USA
Duration01:46
CharactersFriends
PlotLoneliness, Depression
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fancy, Gloomy

As the devoutly single Don Johnston is dumped by his latest girlfriend, he receives an anonymous pink letter informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryAustralia, France
PlotPassion, Loneliness, Love triangle
PlaceEngland, London, Australia
StyleSmart

After a one-night stand a couple is faced with the terrifying possibility of what they really want.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:48
CharactersTeens, Students, Friends
PlotLove, Adventure, Cars, Friendship
PlaceSchool
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Gloomy, Serious

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life-dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge-he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues-and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:42
CharactersLovers
PlotObsession, Love triangle, Jealousy
PlaceEngland, London
TimeWorld War II
StyleRomantic, Smart, Explicit scenes, Gloomy, Intellectual

On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled; he succumbs to his own jealousy and arranges to have her followed.





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