Movies like Brubaker

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 7.1
 14K
Brubaker
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, rough, serious, captivating, thought provoking, factual, harsh, dramatic, disturbing, interesting ...
Plot: prison, fighting the system, corruption, politics, murder, violence, torture, brutality, prison life, greed, mentor, prison escape, against the odds, justice, idealism, political, runaway, society, bullying, human spirit, police corruption, police investigation, jesus, chase, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, california

Most similar movies to Brubaker

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, interesting and dramatic films with plots about corruption, mentor, runaway, brutality, dialogue, murder and redemption mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Brubaker: Blue Collar (1978), Felon (2008), The Chase (1966), The Onion Field (1979), Animal Factory (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.6
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Blue Collar
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, rough ...
Plot: working class, crime, fighting the system, crime gone awry, drinking, vengeance, corruption, twists & turns, greed, factory, crimes, dialogue ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
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System:   95%
    User:   80%
 
 7.5
 71K
Felon
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, serious, rough, intense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, murder, crime, survival, corruption, death, justice, prison life, prison escape, mentor, violence, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   87%
    User:   87%
 
 7.3
 9K
The Chase
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: small town, infidelity, chase, prison, vengeance, racism, adultery, drinking, small town life, revenge, sheriff, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   74%
    User:   69%
 
The Onion Field
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: serious, bleak, dramatic, realistic, rough ...
Plot: murder, crime, police investigation, kidnapping, police, courtroom, guilt, chase, police corruption, justice, corruption, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   72%
    User:   77%
 
 6.6
 12K
Animal Factory
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: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, harsh ...
Plot: prison, friendship, crime, drugs, violence, corruption, prison escape, murder, innocence lost, brutality, violent, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california, new jersey, puerto rico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   58%
 
True Believer
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, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: crime, courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, corruption, prison, neo noir, legal action, murder, murder mystery, mentor, police investigation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, california, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   65%
 
 8.1
 142K
Cool Hand Luke
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, captivating, serious, reflective, rough ...
Plot: prison, rebellion, freedom, prison escape, friendship, buddies, fighting the system, gangs, rebelliousness, mentor, storytelling, existentialism ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   56%
 
Dead Man Walking
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, serious, captivating, compassionate ...
Plot: prison, redemption, death penalty, rape, death, death row, murder, justice, lawyer, guilt, brutality, nun ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   67%
 
 6.3
 15K
Red Corner
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, suspense, serious, talky, realistic ...
Plot: murder, politics, death penalty, justice, political corruption, corruption, courtroom, legal action, lawyer, murder mystery, political, false accusation ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   62%
 
 7.6
 16K
Carandiru
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, serious, rough, compassionate ...
Plot: prison, aids, male nudity, murder, realism, doctors and patients, drugs/alcohol, prison life, attempted murder, police brutality, brutality, drug abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   65%
 
The Star Chamber
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: crime, vigilantism, murder, serial killer, vengeance, political corruption, conspiracy, courtroom, hitman, dedicated lawyer, police investigation, vigilante ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   64%
 
 7.9
 12K
12 Angry Men
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During the trial of a man accused of his father's murder, a lone juror takes a stand against the guilty verdict handed down by the others as a result of their preconceptions and prejudices. The film is adapted by Reginald Rose from his own 1957 ...
Style: talky, clever, psychological, tense, serious ...
Plot: idealism, murder, courtroom drama, court, justice, prejudice, courtroom, legal action, realism, jury, culture clash, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   58%
 
Murder in the First
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story. A petty criminal sent to Alcatraz in the 1930s is caught attempting to make an escape. As punishment he is put in solitary confinement. The maximum stay is supposed to be 19 days, but Henri spends years alone, cold and in ...
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, dramatic, factual ...
Plot: prison, alcatraz, courtroom, lawyer, murder, fighting the system, torture, male nudity, dedicated lawyer, corruption, mentor, justice ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s, year 1938 ...
Place: california, usa, san francisco, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   60%
 
Casualties of War
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.
Style: disturbing, realistic, tense, emotional, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, war, rape, military, soldier, jungle, murder, violence, kidnapping, death, revenge, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1966, 1960s, year 1974
Place: vietnam, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   45%
 
Fort Apache the Bronx
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really seems like an outpost in enemy's country. ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police, crime, police corruption, police investigation, police station, violence, addiction, drug addiction, drugs, gang, hospital ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco, new jersey, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   49%
 
Night Falls on Manhattan
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: police corruption, corruption, crime, police investigation, police, justice, lawyer, courtroom, politics, gang, district attorney, murder ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   59%
 
The Glass Shield
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, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: police corruption, crime, police investigation, racism, murder, police, corruption, tough law enforcer, cancer, police station, legal action, courtroom drama ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   39%
 
An Innocent Man
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: realistic, tense, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, police corruption, vengeance, survival, revenge, gang, crime, tough law enforcer, drug dealing, mentor, false accusation, life ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   49%
 
 6.0
 11K
The Chamber
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, serious, gloomy, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, vengeance, murder, racism, courtroom, death, dedicated lawyer, book, revenge, lawyer, legal action, adaptation ...
Time: 90s, year 1996, year 1967
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   45%
 
Prince of the City
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, rough, serious ...
Plot: police corruption, crime, corruption, police, redemption, betrayal, fighting the system, police investigation, drugs, drug addiction, justice, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, virginia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   37%
 
 6.2
 18K
City Hall
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.
Style: talky, tense, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, corruption, political corruption, idealism, police, politics, conspiracy, mafia, political, murder, uncover truth, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new orleans, new jersey, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   47%
 
 7.4
 131K
Wall Street
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider whom takes the youth under his wing.
Style: realistic, clever, tense, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: lawyer, betrayal, capitalism, greed, business, mentor, money, manipulation, hotshot hero, revenge, corruption, wall street ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   39%
 
 7.4
 115K
A Time to Kill
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.
Style: suspense, captivating, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, courtroom, rape, small town, crime, court, lawyer, vengeance, racism, vigilante, justice ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   37%
 
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 12K
At Close Range
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970's. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... ...
Style: bleak, tense, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: crime, murder, father son relationship, violence, small town, parents and children, innocence lost, crimes, violent, greed, brutality, organized crime ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   50%
 
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A chief of detectives, homicide section, commits a murder and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.
Style: surreal, bleak, tense, biting, suspenseful ...
Plot: crime, politics, murder, police investigation, police, investigation, protagonist as suspect, political, fascism, brutality, corruption, legal investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   35%
 
 7.4
 38K
Starred Up
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: realistic, serious, rough, brutal, intense ...
Plot: prison, male nudity, violence, father son relationship, parents and children, violent, brutality, relationships, redemption, corruption, prison life, dialogue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   41%
 
Birdman of Alcatraz
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: prison, alcatraz, redemption, birds, murder, rehabilitation, warden, fighting the system, corruption, human spirit, mentor, death penalty ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   40%
 
 7.2
 12K
Bad Boys
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, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, crime, vengeance, revenge, violence, drugs, neo noir, murder, rape, juvenile delinquency, violent, mentor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   41%
 
 6.3
 9K
Hoodlum
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In 1934, the second most lucrative business in New York City was running "the numbers". When, Madam Queen, the powerful woman who runs the scam in Harlem, is arrested. Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson takes over the business and must ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, violence, organized crime, mafia, gangster, corruption, betrayal, gunfight, interracial relations, death, mob ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: harlem, illinois, usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   28%
 
 6.9
 18K
Clockers
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Strike is a young city drug pusher under the tutelage of drug lord Rodney Little. When a night manager at a fast-food restaurant is found with four bullets in his body, Strike's older brother turns himself in as the killer. Det. Rocco Klein ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: crime, murder, investigation, drugs, mentor, violence, brutality, parents and children, organized crime, urban, hip hop, corruption ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   32%
 
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