Movies like Brubaker

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Brubaker (1980)
 7.2
 15K
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, serious, captivating, factual, suspense, harsh, thought provoking, rough, disturbing, dramatic ...
Plot: prison, prison warden, abuse, fighting the system, liberal, corruption, violence, brutality, abuse of power, justice, politics, prison life, against the odds, human spirit, workplace intrigue, society, warden, innocence lost, prison rape, murder, torture, cat, female nudity, male nudity, male rape ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: arkansas, 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, bleak and rough films with plots about crime, brutality, corruption, violence, prison, mentor and runaway mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Brubaker: Felon (2008), Blue Collar (1978), Animal Factory (2000), Dead Man Walking (1995), Starred Up (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.4
 73K
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: brutal, realistic, serious, emotional, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, fighting the system, murder, prison riot, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, tough heroes, rivalry, police brutality, fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.5
 7K
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, rough, serious ...
Plot: factory worker, heist, factory, union, robbery, crime gone awry, working class, crime, fighting the system, drinking, life is a bitch, workplace situations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 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, bleak, serious, rough ...
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, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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: touching, emotional, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, lethal injection, nun, death penalty, redemption, warden, forgiveness, confession, court, punishment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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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: serious, uplifting, emotional, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, death row, prison, gang, gangsters, hopes, human spirit, crimes, life is a bitch, deadly, journalism, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.4
 41K
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: rough, captivating, serious, tense, psychological ...
Plot: prison, prison life, confined, teenage life, parents and children, family reunited, family relations, warden, juvenile delinquent, troublemaker, father son relationship, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: britain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.3
 16K
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, serious, thought provoking, rough ...
Plot: murder, frame up, legal action, fighting the system, false accusation, political corruption, death penalty, justice, dishonesty, state affairs, murder investigation, male protagonist ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.1
 155K
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 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, rough, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: prison, freedom, rebelliousness, escape, dignity, punishment, escape attempt, death, convict, loss of parent, human spirit, respect ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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 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, tense, serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, juvenile delinquency, youth, neo noir, rivalry, crime, prison life, society, crimes, confined, gang war ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.6
 17K
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: bleak, rough, touching, captivating, compassionate ...
Plot: prison, police brutality, prison life, doctor, confined, life is a bitch, aids, crimes, regret, human nature, fighting illness, protest ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: exciting, serious, suspense, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: vigilantism, hitman, judge, crime, murder, crimes, idealism, vengeance, political corruption, secret society, society, fighting the system ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
True Believer (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
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, biting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, self defense, racism, neo noir, false accusation, crime, dishonesty, against the odds, law enforcement, fighting the system, crimes, hotshot lawyer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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: realistic, suspense, atmospheric, exciting, social realism ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, alcatraz, prison escape, freedom, prison life, convict, island, punishment, warden, partners, confined, suicide ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1960, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
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, captivating, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: prison, warden, alcatraz, redemption, life sentence, self discovery, rebel, rehabilitation, obstacle, human spirit, defiant, isolation ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 40s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
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, realistic, suspense, talky, suspenseful ...
Plot: district attorney, police corruption, corruption, courtroom drama, jury, snitch, police, police investigation, crime, law enforcement, legal action, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.6
 10K
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: rough, disturbing, serious, tense, cult film ...
Plot: prison, juvenile delinquency, youth, rebellion, kids in trouble, violence, racism, riot, revenge, corruption, prison life, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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, rough, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, false accusation, police investigation, crime, tough law enforcer, fighting the system, crimes, law enforcement, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: psychological, realistic, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: courtroom drama, police officer killed, police investigation, crimes, murder, kidnapping, law enforcer killer, deadly, confined, haunted by the past, law enforcement, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Midnight Express (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, suspense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prison, torture, injustice, lawyer, brutality, escape attempt, trial, convict, drug smuggling, racial slur, sadism, rape ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.5
 408
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: realistic, disturbing, serious, rough, captivating ...
Plot: prison, prison riot, human spirit, criminal heroes, state affairs, hostages, deadly, law enforcement, life is a bitch, confined, anti heroes, fighting the system ...
Time: 70s, year 1971
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.2
 10K
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: suspenseful, tense, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: small town, infidelity, racism, on the run, alcohol abuse, house party, drunkenness, lynch mob, sheriff, junkyard, chase, vengeance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.4
 37K
Lock Up (1989)
Genre: Action, 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, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: prison life, prison, prison warden, life is a bitch, rivalry, vengeance, warden, murder, good versus evil, prison escape, lone hero, corruption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 8.0
 117K
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 escape, prison life, criminal heroes, false accusation, escape attempt, adventure, life is a bitch, hopes, life sentence, low lives ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Prince of the City (1981)
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, serious, rough ...
Plot: police corruption, corruption, police, friendship, police detective, testimony, bribery, district attorney, crime, redemption, betrayal, police investigation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, virginia, washington d.c., new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 5.2
 654
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, tense, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: friendship, injustice, prison, juvenile delinquency, prison life, social decay, hopes, human spirit, sexual abuse, rivalry, racism, misfit ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Straight Time (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, psychological, contemplative ...
Plot: parole officer, prison, friendship, murder, heist, crime gone awry, crimes, crime, life is a bitch, going straight, dishonesty, ex convict ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, beverly hills, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.1
 261
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: realistic, disturbing, talky, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: racism, disintegration, denial, prison, politics, prisoner, retribution, apartheid, political prisoner, false accusation, legal, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.2
 8K
American Me (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Edward J. Olmos made his directorial bow with the powerhouse crime saga American Me. Olmos stars as street-gang leader Santana, who during his 18 years in Folsom Prison rules over all the drug-and-murder activities behind bars. Upon his release, ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, prison, prison gang, violence, sexual abuse, criminal heroes, juvenile delinquency, racism, murder, crime, self discovery, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 70s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, police corruption, false accusation, frame up, drug dealing, gang, vengeance, prison gang, prison life, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)
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, captivating, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police station, murder, police, rebellion, prostitute, police protagonist, evil man, police corruption, crime, police investigation, addiction, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, san francisco, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%