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, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, liberal, corruption, violence, brutality, abuse of power, justice, politics, prison life, against the odds, human spirit, workplace intrigue, society, innocence lost, warden, murder, torture, cat, female nudity, prison rape, male rape, prison riot ...
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, interesting and bleak films with plots about brutality, corruption, crime, mentor, redemption, runaway and storytelling mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Brubaker: Felon (2008), Blue Collar (1978), Animal Factory (2000), Starred Up (2013), Dead Man Walking (1995). 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: realistic, serious, brutal, emotional, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, murder, prison riot, fighting the system, 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
 6K
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, biting, serious ...
Plot: factory worker, factory, heist, union, robbery, crime gone awry, working class, crime, fighting the system, vengeance, drinking, opposites attract ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 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: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 7.4
 40K
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, warden, family relations, family reunited, power relations, youth, troublemaker, teenage life, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: britain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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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, thought provoking, serious, psychological ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, lethal injection, nun, death penalty, redemption, forgiveness, confession, court, prison life, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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, touching, uplifting, clever, serious ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, freedom, life is a bitch, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, corruption, confined, survival, criminal heroes, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, mexico, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 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, serious, disturbing, thought provoking, 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 ⇓
68%
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: uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, prison, gang, death row, gangsters, human spirit, hopes, deadly, lethal injection, murder, journalism, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, confined, gang war, society, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 8.1
 151K
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, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, rebelliousness, freedom, escape, dignity, escape attempt, punishment, death, loss of parent, human spirit, respect, convict ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, idealism, vengeance, political corruption, secret society, legal, society, fighting the system ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.5
 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: realistic, bleak, captivating, offbeat, touching ...
Plot: prison, attempted murder, police brutality, massacre, prison life, doctor, cross dressing, aids, crimes, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, captivating, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, self defense, false accusation, neo noir, racism, crime, society, apprentice, ambition, crimes, life is a bitch, legal action ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 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: rough, disturbing, tense, serious, bleak ...
Plot: prison, juvenile delinquency, youth, rebellion, kids in trouble, violence, riot, racism, corruption, revenge, prison life, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, fighting the system, law enforcement, hotshot lawyer ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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: realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: murder, racism, courtroom drama, death sentence, prison, haunted by the past, anti semitism, politics, legal action, crimes, power relations, prison life ...
Time: 90s, year 1967, year 1996
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, convict, prison escape, prison life, freedom, island, punishment, warden, partners, suicide, runaway ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1962, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.4
 35K
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, rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: prison life, prison, life is a bitch, rivalry, prison warden, vengeance, warden, murder, good versus evil, prison escape, corruption, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, realistic, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, false accusation, police investigation, crime, tough law enforcer, dishonesty, fighting the system, law enforcement, society, legal action ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.2
 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, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: small town, infidelity, racism, on the run, junkyard, house party, alcohol abuse, drunkenness, lynch mob, sheriff, chase, vengeance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.2
 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: disturbing, tense, talky, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, prison, politics, disintegration, political prisoner, prisoner, apartheid, retribution, life is a bitch, state affairs, crime, fighting the system ...
Time: 80s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 8.0
 114K
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, tense, captivating, inspirational, suspense ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, human spirit, prison life, criminal heroes, false accusation, escape attempt, life is a bitch, low lives, hopes, life sentence, imprisonment ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 40s, 30s, 1940s
Place: atlantic ocean, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, psychological, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: courtroom drama, police officer killed, police investigation, crimes, murder, kidnapping, law enforcer killer, haunted by the past, confined, deadly, law enforcement, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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, injustice, lawyer, torture, brutality, escape attempt, trial, convict, prison life, sadism, rape, muslim ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, frame up, false accusation, drug dealing, gang, vengeance, prison gang, crimes, tough law enforcer, criminal heroes, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police station, murder, police, rebellion, prostitute, police protagonist, evil man, police corruption, crime, police investigation, addiction, underdog ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, san francisco, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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: realistic, tense, suspenseful, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: friendship, prison, injustice, rebellion, crimes, hopes, confined, life is a bitch, crime, rivalry, criminal heroes, legal ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: serious, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, on the run, drug dealing, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, suspenseful, sincere ...
Plot: police corruption, corruption, police, testimony, police detective, friendship, bribery, district attorney, crime, redemption, betrayal, police investigation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., virginia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, serious, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: prison, warden, redemption, alcatraz, life sentence, bird, birds, solace, obstacle, human spirit, solitary, defiant ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 50s, 30s, 20s ...
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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