10 Lavish Movies Like Saltburn to Watch Next

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Director, actor, and writer Emerald Fennell returned in 2023 with one of the most talked-about movies of the year: Saltburn. Whether online or in the real world, audience members could not get enough of some of the strangest scenes ever seen in mainstream movies since the film’s debut in theaters. Starring Barry Keoghan and Jacob Elordi as two Oxford classmates who meet in 2006, Saltburn follows Oliver Quick (Keoghan), who is vengefully odd and lurks in all the right corners of Felix Catton’s (Elordi) family estate, essentially leeching on the wahlthy like a parasite.

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In addition to the weird territory some of the most talked-about scenes go into, there are some really gorgeous moments in Saltburn. Whether it’s Oliver adorned in a purple bathrobe watching chaos unfold beneath him on a balcony, or the romantic gaze of the camera on the side profile of Elordi’s face at sunset, there’s quite a bit of technical skill and luxury packed into the depths of this film. If you’re a fan of Saltburn because of this, these 10 lavish movies are worth checking out next.

10 Triangle of Sadness (2022)

Triangle of Sadness
Triangle of Sadness

Release Date
September 22, 2022

Director
Ruben Östlund
Cast
Thobias Thorwid , Harris Dickinson , Charlbi Dean , Vicki Berlin , Woody Harrelson

Rating
R

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Triangle of Sadness is an epic movie folded into three parts. The film begins with two unhappy fashion models dating each other; they have a tendency to argue with each other about the state of their relationship and how they’re doing in the industry. By part two, they’ve been invited onto a luxury yacht with some of the richest people in the world. In part three, everything reverses to create a wonderful class critique and satire about the state of the world right now.

Why It’s Great

There are some scenes in Triangle of Sadness that certainly aren’t lavish, but as a whole, it dives deeply into the fashion world and the cultural elites with generational wealth. For some, the final arc may be extremely satisfying, but not if one associates with the ruling class to begin with. Stream on Hulu

9 Good Time (2017)

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Good Time

Release Date
August 11, 2017

Rating
R

Robert Pattinson and Benny Safdie star in the 2017 movie Good Time, which boasts one of Pattinson’s great indie movie performances featuring a thick Queens accent. He portrays Connie who, at the start of the film, busts his brother Nick (Safdie) out of a therapy session. Together, they rob a bank, but when Nick is caught, Connie is willing to do whatever it takes to get his brother out of jail.

Why It’s Great

Good Time is a bold venture into the world of many average New Yorkers, but with a crime twist. Set in deep Queens, where many tourists might not dare to venture during their visits, this crime drama is full of lush visuals and a slippery slope when it comes to its protagonists’ morals. Stream on Netflix or Paramount+

8 Marie Antoinette (2006)

Sofia Coppola came out with Marie Antoinette in 2006, and it has become one of her most famous movies since. Kirsten Dunst stars as the doomed queen as she enters the Palace of Versailles. Trapped in a foreign court and country, she tries to find the bright side of her new situation.

Why It’s Great

Fans of Saltburn will appreciate the drips of color and aesthetic design of Marie Antoinette. While Saltburn delves deeper into dark territory, Marie Antoinette is a more feminine coming-of-age story that’s much needed. Rent on Prime Video

7 Babylon (2022)

Babylon
Babylon

Release Date
December 23, 2022

Rating
R

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Damien Chazelle’s Babylon was met with mixed reception when it came out at the end of 2022, making it one of the most divisive movies of the year. Set in the 1920s, in the midst of some of Hollywood’s biggest fictional elites, the film tracks the rise and fall of their careers. With the introduction of talkies, new doubt about their futures comes along, as the silent film era comes crashing to a close. There’s certainly something for everyone in this film, that’s for sure.

Why It’s Great

The cinematographer of Babylon, Linus Sandgren, was involved with Saltburn. Some of the most lavish and gorgeous scenes in the movie are simply breathtaking, such as the party scene and when the characters first enter its frenzied heartbeat. Stream on Prime Video

6 The Riot Club (2014)

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Fans will appreciate the elements that mirror Saltburn in The Riot Club. Set in Oxford, the movie follows two young, noble men starting their first year at university. As one begins dating a young woman from a working class background, they find themselves colliding with the school’s Riot Club. Full of rich, elite men, they see themselves as superior and above any of the rules the school sets.

Why It’s Great

The Riot Club is fictional, but there are cases of similar clubs and incidents happening at Oxford University. While Saltburn doesn’t go deep into the class economics happening throughout the movie, The Riot Club spares no ugliness when it comes to England’s upper class. Stream on Tubi

5 The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

The Talented Mr. Ripley came out in 1999, and was based on the novels by the American author Patricia Highsmith. In the movie, Matt Damon portrays the titular Tom Ripley, who, after being approached by a man on the street, pretends to be a college classmate of a wealthy young man (Jude Law). He heads to Italy to convince him to come home, but that only leads to a more sinister plan when he realizes he can utilize this newfound connection to his advantage.

Why It’s Great

Many elements of Saltburn are mirror The Talented Mr. Ripley, especially when it comes to the driving forces of the plot. Both movies feature excellent cinematography when it comes to replicating the lives of the wealthy, making them an entertaining and lavish visual experience. Stream on Paramount+

4 Parasite (2019)

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Parasite

Release Date
May 30, 2019

Rating
R

Bong Joon-ho came out with Parasite in 2019, launching Korean cinema to all-new heights when it hit American and Western movie screens. Parasite mashes multiple genres together in order to make a movie that’s both a satire and black comedy about how the rich and poor leech on each other. This comes with devastating consequences, as seen in the movie’s exciting and unexpected climax.

Why It’s Great

Parasite was able to cross international borders because of how it resonated with audiences, especially when it came to the poor family’s plight. Bong’s filmis an experience unlike any other when it comes to being a roller-coaster of a movie, making it a thrilling must-watch for many. Stream on Max

The Menu
The Menu

Release Date
November 18, 2022

Director
Mark Mylod

Rating
R

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Fans of dark comedy will rejoice in movies like The Menu, which stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes, and Nicholas Hoult. Taylor-Joy portrays a young woman named Margot, who’s been brought by her boyfriend (Hoult) to an exclusive island run by the famous Chef Slowik (Fiennes). As they sit down for dinner, they realize what they’ve come to is a strategic menu designed to off the wealthy patrons, who’ve wronged the world or chefs in certain ways before.

Why It’s Great

Fans of Chef’s Table would be highly amused to see the format used in the documentary series in this movie, albeit with a much darker twist in certain moments. The Menu hits some of the same darker thematic notes as Saltburn, but in a much different yet compelling way. Stream on Hulu

2 Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Call Me By Your Name spawned many wallpaper quotes and screenshots all over the Internet, and still remains quite relevant today. Timothee Chalamet stars as a teenager living in Italy with his family when a graduate student (Armie Hammer) arrives. He starts falling for the new member of the family, but must grapple with what happens when the summer’s end — and thus their time together — begins to approach.

Why It’s Great

Online, fans of both movies have been drawing comparisons between the two. While Saltburn has some major implied homoerotic subtext throughout its run time, it never truly goes to the lengths that Call Me By Your Name does when it comes to LGBTQ+ representation. Nevertheless, each offer a visually lavish spectacle of their respective settings. Stream on Netflix

1 Promising Young Woman (2020)

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Emerald Fennell’s directorial debut movie was Promising Young Woman, which starred Carey Mulligan. She portrays Cassie, who’s 30 and grappling with her best friend’s suicide. Cassie knows that her friend was sexually assaulted, which led her to end her life. After spending her nights in various bars, and with men, Cassie decides to enact the ultimate revenge plan against the culprits who ruined her friend’s life.

Why It’s Great

Promising Young Woman has drawn both praise and criticism, but for those looking for a film like Saltburn, this movie certainly is an Emerald Fennell movie, too. With some out-there decisions when it comes to plots and scenes, Promising Young Woman keeps its viewers at the tip of their toes, similarly to Saltburn. Rent on Prime Video

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