20 movies about neighbors that have more than just salt

Neighbors know things about us that we don’t know ourselves. You can always ask them what you did last night if you don’t remember. These eyes, on the contrary, see everything, although their owners are busy playing musical or building instruments when they are not driving around the mustang. And while they drum scales or let the dog bark all night, don’t waste your nerves, but rather watch films about neighbors from this fresh selection. Believe me, compared to some heroes, the inhabitants of your house will seem like darlings.

Woman in the Window (2021)

The main character of the new film, Anna, is a child psychologist in the past, and now she is an unfortunate woman suffering from agoraphobia. Her whole life takes place within the walls of the apartment, and communication with other people consists only in online correspondence. After the appearance of new neighbors in the house opposite, Anna became addicted to watching this family through the window. And once such observations make her a witness to the murder, but no one believes the drinker.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
The Woman in the Window

Genre:
Thriller, crime, detective

Actors:
Amy Adams, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Upstairs Neighbors (2020)

The Spanish feature film about neighbors is a witty comedy about family happiness. The married couple Julio and Ana are people tired of each other, whose relationship has long been covered with dust. One day, Ana decides to invite her neighbors to dinner – the same “perverts” that she and her husband hate because of the constant passionate noise that they create. At some point, the conversation of four strangers takes on a piquant meaning, and the guests make an unexpected proposal to Julio and Anya.

Original title:
Sentimental

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Javier Camara, Griselda Siciliani, Belen Cuesta …

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Proprietors (2019)

According to the plot of the Czech film, a dozen apartment owners of a high-rise building gather at a meeting to decide the question – how to save their homes when the house is in disrepair? And while Ms. Zagradkova, together with her idealist husband, is sincerely trying to find a way out of the situation, other owners during the discussion are becoming more and more angry with each other, using obscene language, and someone is even inclined to get rid of the ill-fated property as soon as possible.

Original title:
Vlastníci

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Tereza Vorzhishkova, Vojtech Kotek, Dagmar Veshkrnova…

Country:
Czech Republic

Rating:
IMDb – 7.3


Room for rent (2019)

Thriller with an unhurried plot plot – an American film about a widow and her strange attitude towards a neighbor, turning into an obsession. After the death of her husband, Joyce decides to rent a room in order to somehow escape from boredom and loneliness. An elderly woman hospitably receives guests, prepares breakfast for them, changes bed linen and uninvitedly penetrates into their lives. But things take a more sinister turn when a new lodger moves in with Joyce – a handsome young man who looks like the hero of her favorite novel.

Original title:
Room for Rent

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Lin Shay, Oliver Rayon, Valeska Miller…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 5.4


House upside down (2018)

Antoine occupies a high position, but in his forties he is still a child. Alcohol , girls and parties, together with Thomas, a neighbor in a large Parisian apartment, are the main part of our hero’s life. However, soon Thomas will have to move, and he picks up a new neighbor for Antoine – a beautiful divorced Jeanne with two children. And this trinity will soon turn the whole existence of the inveterate bachelor Antoine upside down.

Original title:
Les dents, pipi et au lit

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Arnaud Ducret, Louise Bourgoin, Timeo Bolland…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Under the Tree (2017)

Who would have thought that an ordinary tree would cause a real war between families in this foreign film about the relationship of neighbors. Conrad’s wife loves to sunbathe on the plot, but a large tree in the yard of their neighbors Inga and Baldvin interferes with the woman. Peace talks on this issue gradually develop into a scandal, and resentment is steadily growing. The adult son of Inga, who moved to his father’s house after a quarrel with his wife, is drawn into the showdown. Any means are used – punctured tires, pet abductions, surveillance and other dirty tricks.

Original title:
Undir trénu

Genre:
Thriller, drama, comedy, detective

Actors:
Staintour Roar Steintoursson, Edda Björgvinsdottir, Sigurdyur Sigyurjonsson…

Country:
Iceland, Poland, Denmark, Germany, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.8


Crazy Neighbors (2017)

The polished professor Jean-Étienne Fougerols, participating in the pre-election debate, in a temper tells his opponent that he is ready to accept emigrants not only in his own country, but also in his own luxurious estate. A reckless statement brings Babik, along with his entire gypsy family, to the threshold of his mansion. So the professor’s house turns into a real booth in a few days, and his family is drawn into a series of comical situations.

Original title:
À bras ouverts

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Christian Clavier, Eri Abittan, Elsa Silberstein …

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


House for rent with all the inconveniences (2016)

The Russian film about roommates is based on Maria Traub ‘s story “House in the South” and will push heads of completely different women. An enterprising swindler rents out a house in Crimea to several families at once. So the truth-seeker Lyuba, the modest Sonya and the doctor ‘s wife Irina find themselves on the same territory. Each has a child and a lot of personal problems to boot. The vacation promises to be hot, especially since the real owner of the living space suddenly appears, who did not expect to meet a whole company of tenants.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Irina Pegova, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Victoria Isakova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8

Age restrictions:
12+


Welcome to South 2 or No Neighbors (2016)

On a small Italian island, Christmas preparations begin in the spring. For centuries, locals have been celebrating the holiday according to established customs, but now the organizers have a problem. There are no babies on the island at all, and it turns out that there is no one to play in the festive performance of little Jesus . What to do? It looks like the characters in the film will have to bow to the Muslims living in the neighborhood and “borrow” their baby.

Original title:
Non c’è più religione

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Claudio Bisio, Alessandro Gassman, Angela Finocchiaro …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 4.8

Age limit:
12+


Ove’s second life (2015)

In the list of the best movies about neighbors, a Swedish rating film stands out , based on the novel by Frederik Backman, a true connoisseur of human souls. The plot introduces us to an elderly man Uwe. From morning to evening, he keeps order in the village and swears with those who violated the rules of conduct. Of course, the grouchy old man irritates the neighbors, but no one knows how hard every day of a widower’s life is without his beloved wife. One day, new residents arrive in the village – a friendly noisy Swedish-Iranian family, which gradually takes an important place in Uwe’s life.

Original title:
En man som heter Ove

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Rolf Lassgard, Bahar Pars, Philip Berg…

Country:
Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Few, many, blind (2015)

In the center of the plot of a light comedy melodrama are two completely different people – a modest pianist and an inventor of puzzles. Being neighbors, these two try to get along with each other, because he needs silence, but she cannot live without music . Young people have not yet had time to really get to know each other, but they have already become imbued with antipathy. But as they say, there is only one step from hate to love .

Original title:
Un peu, beaucoup, aveuglément!

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Melanie Bernier, Clovis Cornillac, Lilou Fogli …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6


Neighbours. On the warpath (dilogue, 2014 and 2016)

The comedy about neighbors will tell about a young couple who settled in a new house. But here’s the horror – guys from the student fraternity drove into the next one, which means goodbye, silence, and hello, booze, loud music and crazy parties . But the heroes of the film have a little daughter. At first, the couple tries to peacefully resolve the situation and improve relations with the rowdy company in the neighborhood, but soon the conflict of interests escalates into a war.

Original title:
Neighbors

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Roommate (2011)

The heroine of the film, Sarah, after the end of the summer holidays, leaves her native land and goes to study at the university, where an exciting student life awaits her. Her roommate turns out to be the sweet and friendly Rebecca, and the girls immediately form friendships. Soon Sarah makes a few more friends and starts dating the handsome Steven, which clearly does not suit her neighbor. What secret does she keep and why does the girl have no friends at all? Perhaps she is not as kind as she seems at first glance?

Original title:
The Roommate

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Welcome to Lakeview! (2008)

A fashionable suburb, quiet neighbors, neat lawns – an ideal place to build a family life. What can hinder the happiness of a young family in their new home? However, after the move, the Mattsons – a black wife and a white husband – will face real bullying from a neighbor. The hardened cop has his own take on interracial marriages and is ready to make a real hell for the newlyweds.

Original title:
Lakeview Terrace

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Paranoia (2007)

An attack on a teacher at school leads troubled teenager Cale to house arrest. Now he is required to wear a special bracelet that will notify the police if the guy moves further from the house than 30 meters. Out of boredom, the young man begins to watch his neighbors with binoculars, and one day a man comes into his field of vision, whose strange actions indicate that he may be a serial killer .

Original title:
Disturbia

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Morse, Viola Davis…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Welcome, or No Neighbors Entry (2006)

On the eve of Christmas, a resident of the American suburb decides to stand out and decorate his home so that the illumination can be seen almost from space . Such self-confidence and pomposity angers his neighbors, especially the man from the nearest house. A conflict is brewing that threatens to escalate into a real battle. And what hot Christmas showdowns will lead to, you will find out by watching this family comedy film.

Original title:
Deck the Halls

Genre:
Comedy, family

Actors:
Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Davis…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Neighbor (2004)

A real hottie becomes a neighbor of high school student Matthew. Blinded by feelings, the guy is sure that he has found the girl of his dreams and is ready to move mountains to be there. But he does not yet know that his chosen one is a former porn actress, and her agent is already following the seductive girl to return the ward to business . Shy and the best student in the school will have to put everything on the line in order to win love in the end.

Original title:
The Girl Next Door

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Emile Hirsch, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Duplex (2003)

What were Alex and Nancy expecting when they moved into a great two-story apartment next door to a sweet granny? Firstly, calmness, and, secondly, the fact that the old woman will soon move out and they will get the whole spacious duplex. However, our granny is not so simple and is not going to go anywhere, but she can easily give spouses a nightmare in reality. Evil, tired and constantly sleep-deprived heroes begin to think about how to “order” a neighbor to a killer .

Original title:
Duplex

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, Eileen Essel …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Neighbors (1994)

How can an intelligent teacher get along with an uncouth and boorish butcher who lives next door? No way. Despite the fact that both men have families and raise sons, neither is ready to give in in a neighborly war. Hatred is growing every day and it already seems that there is no end to constant mutual insults and dirty tricks. The film in the genre of a comedy thriller paints a picture of the conflict between different American families, flowing into an epic battle between the kingpin and the nerd.

Original title:
Next Door

Genre:
Thriller, drama, comedy

Actors:
James Woods, Randy Quaid, Kate Capshaw…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Suburb (1989)

The hero of the film, Ray and his friends, young bored guys from a quiet American suburb, were excited by the newly arrived tenants. New neighbors behave strangely – during the day they do not leave the house, and at night ominous sounds are heard from their basement. Curious Ray and his comrades decide to find out what is hidden behind the neighboring walls. Especially since old Walter has recently disappeared. What if he became a victim of strangers?

Original title:
The ‘Burbs

Genre:
Comedy, thriller

Actors:
Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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