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Brubaker (1980)
 7.1
 14K
Brubaker (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, rough, serious, captivating, disturbing, factual, harsh, dramatic, interesting ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, politics, prison life, against the odds, human spirit, workplace intrigue, society, liberal, warden, innocence lost, corruption, murder, violence, torture, brutality, cat, female nudity, male rape, prison riot, beating, undercover, abuse of power ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, california

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Most similar movies to Brubaker

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and interesting films with plots about prison, brutality, corruption, crime, violence, mentor and runaway mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Brubaker: Blue Collar (1978), Felon (2008), Starred Up (2013), Animal Factory (2000), Lock Up (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.6
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Blue Collar (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Fed up with mistreatment at the hands of both management and union brass, and coupled with financial hardships on each man's end, three auto assembly line workers hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters.
Style: clever, realistic, disturbing, serious, biting ...
Plot: heist, factory, union, robbery, crime gone awry, working class, crime, fighting the system, vengeance, drinking, politics, polish ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.5
 72K
Felon (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, murder, police brutality, crime, tear gas, prison riot, tattoo, fight, court, tough heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 7.4
 39K
Starred Up (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father. As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: prison, prison life, therapist, confined, family reunited, family relations, power relations, parents and children, youth, troublemaker, warden, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: britain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 6.6
 12K
Animal Factory (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: prison, friendship, survival, human nature, crime, confined, fish out of water, prison warden, drugs, prison escape, friendship between men, gang leader ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, puerto rico, paris france, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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 6.4
 35K
Lock Up (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: prison life, prison, vengeance, life is a bitch, rivalry, prison warden, warden, murder, good versus evil, prison escape, revenge, corruption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: captivating, clever, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, freedom, prison, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, confined, hopes, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, survival, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.6
 16K
Carandiru (2003)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Brazil, Argentina, Italy
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Carandiru, a story based on real facts and on the book written by the doctor Drauzio Varella, starts when he decides to carry out an AIDS prevention program inside Latin America’s largest prison: the Casa de Detenção de São Paulo, Carandiru, ...
Style: realistic, bleak, offbeat, touching, rough ...
Plot: prison, police brutality, attempted murder, massacre, prison life, doctor, cross dressing, aids, soccer, human nature, gender, warden ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.3
 15K
Red Corner (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An American attorney on business in China, ends up wrongfully on trial for murder and his only key to innocence is a female defense lawyer from the country.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking, serious, talky ...
Plot: murder, frame up, legal action, fighting the system, false accusation, political corruption, death penalty, justice, dishonesty, state affairs, male protagonist, murder investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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 8.1
 147K
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, thought provoking, rough ...
Plot: prison, rebelliousness, rebellion, freedom, escape attempt, dignity, punishment, death, barbed wire, boxing match, egg, escape ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
An Innocent Man (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and the officers frame him as a drug dealer. Rainwood is ...
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, police corruption, vengeance, drug dealing, gang, false accusation, survival, law enforcement, prison life, society, crimes, crime ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence ...
Style: touching, uplifting, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, prison, gang, death row, gangsters, lethal injection, leadership, deadly, human spirit, hopes, life is a bitch, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution.
Style: emotional, touching, bleak, sincere, serious ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, lethal injection, nun, redemption, death penalty, confession, funeral, ethics, letter, execution ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.6
 254
Inside (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An emotional and thrilling tale of life and death behind the walls of a maximum security prison. From the acclaimed director of 'Bonnie and Clyde', and featuring a powerful international cast.
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: racism, disintegration, politics, prison, prisoner, political prisoner, apartheid, retribution, dishonesty, rivalry, life turned upside down, crime ...
Time: 80s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
True Believer (1989)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Eddie Dodd is a burnt out former civil rights lawyer who now specializes in defending drug dealers. Roger Baron, newly graduated from law school, has followed Eddie's great cases and now wants to learn at his feet. With Roger's idealistic ...
Style: suspenseful, clever, realistic, biting, captivating ...
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, neo noir, false accusation, self defense, crime, dishonesty, hopes, legal action, crimes, corrupt law enforcer, lawyers and clients ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.2
 13K
Bad Boys (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, grudge, rivalry, neo noir, youth, juvenile delinquency, crime, urban ghetto, street kid, prison life, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.0
 12K
The Chamber (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Having survived the hatred and bigotry that was his Klansman grandfather's only legacy, young attorney Adam Hall seeks at the last minute to appeal the old man's death sentence for the murder of two small Jewish boys 30 years before. Only ...
Style: talky, thought provoking, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: murder, racism, prison, haunted by the past, death sentence, death row, anti semitism, terrorism, politics, courtroom drama, vengeance, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, year 1967, year 1996
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.3
 9K
The Chase (1966)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Most everyone in town thinks that Sheriff Calder is merely a puppet of rich oil-man Val Rogers. When it is learned that local baddie Bubber Reeves has escaped prison, Rogers' son is concerned because he is having an affair with Reeves' ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: small town, infidelity, racism, on the run, house party, alcohol abuse, lynch mob, drunkenness, junkyard, sheriff, chase, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Star Chamber (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, exciting, realistic, rough ...
Plot: hitman, vigilantism, serial killer, judge, crime, murder, vengeance, political corruption, idealism, rebellion, legal action, against the odds ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 6.6
 387
Attica (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A behind the scenes look of the 1971 prisoners revolt at the Attica prison.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: prison, prison riot, hostages, life is a bitch, confined, politics, rebellion, tough heroes, deadly, human spirit, fighting the system, society ...
Time: 70s, year 1971
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.6
 9K
Scum (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the ...
Style: realistic, captivating, tense, serious, bleak ...
Plot: prison, rebellion, revenge, violence, corruption, suicide, riot, racism, juvenile delinquency, social relations, kids in trouble, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, alcatraz, island, suicide, convict, prison warden, nude fight, mouse, rebellion, confined, buddies ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1961, year 1960 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.4
 615
Civil Brand (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Forced to work under slave-like conditions in a "prison for profit" program, the inmates of a mostly-African-American female prison, Whitehead Correctional, try to take over the institution. At the core of the story is Frances, who finds ...
Style: rough, disturbing, emotional, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: friendship, prison, rebellion, injustice, legal, sexual abuse, good versus evil, racism, righting the wronged, rivalry, fighting the system, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Stranger Inside (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility
Style: realistic, rough, disturbing, bleak, serious ...
Plot: prison, prison life, innocence lost, society, crimes, gays and lesbians, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, youth, gang, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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The Onion Field (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy ...
Style: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder, kidnapping, death row, police officer killed, capital punishment, courtroom drama, police investigation, crime, deadly, legal, law enforcer killer, confined ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.0
 112K
Papillon (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Style: bleak, captivating, tense, inspirational, suspense ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, prison life, false accusation, criminal heroes, escape attempt, prison escape, life is a bitch, life sentence, hopes, low lives, imprisonment ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, rough, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: brutality, gang, murder, police, troubled teen, juvenile delinquency, crime, vengeance, police investigation, police corruption, deadly, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Glass Shield (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, false accusation, police investigation, crime, tough law enforcer, fighting the system, dishonesty, society, law enforcement, legal action ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.1
 4K
R (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The R of the title stands for the young protagonist, Rune, fearlessly played by Pilou Asbæk. Imprisoned for violent assault, he's a cocky, good-looking young man placed in the hardcore ward, where his survival depends on quickly learning the ...
Style: serious, emotional, bleak, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, prison, prison life, confined, fish out of water, deadly, gang, violence spree, crimes, friends, misfit, warden ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Longest Yard (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In this rough-and-tumble yarn, actually filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prision, the cons are the heroes and the guards are the heavies. Eddie Albert is the sadistic warden who'll gladly make any sacrifice to push his guards' ...
Style: clever, rough, realistic, captivating, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, sport, underdog, snitch, warden, arson, swamp, american football, confined, hopes, punishment, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: florida, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a homosexual, is found guilty of immoral behaviour and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep ...
Style: talky, clever, emotional, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: prison, politics, torture, gays and lesbians, friendship, betrayal, redemption, homosexuality, gay, friends, confined, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: latin america, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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