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Carandiru (2003)
 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, the victim of one of the darkest days in Brazilian History, when the State of São Paulo’s Military Police, with the excuse for law enforcement, shot to death 111 people.
Style: bleak, touching, rough, captivating, compassionate, realistic, offbeat, serious, based on true events, brutal ...
Plot: prison, police brutality, prison life, doctor, crimes, confined, life is a bitch, aids, fighting illness, human nature, regret, protest, attempted murder, injustice, solitary, unconventional method, doctors and patients, massacre, prison riot, fighting the system, survival, cross dressing, soccer, realism, wedding preparations and rituals ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and bleak films with plots about crimes, crime, prison, friendship, corruption, violence and prison life mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like Carandiru: Felon (2008), Pixote (1981), McVicar (1980), La Haine (1995), Animal Factory (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.4
 74K
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, rivalry, tough heroes, police brutality, court ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 6K
Pixote (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by ...
Style: bleak, rough, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prostitution, sex with a minor, child rape, juvenile delinquency, youth, street kid, down on your luck, social misfits, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, loneliness, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 2K
McVicar (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: John McVicar was a London Bad Boy. he graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest security prison be able to hold him? This is the ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic
Plot: prison, criminal, prison life, human spirit, heist, rise and fall, life is a bitch, crime, fugitives, ambition, escape, tough heroes ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 141K
La Haine (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said -- a Jew, African, and an Arab -- give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: rebel, police brutality, poverty, youth, skinhead, protest, friendship, urban ghetto life, rebellion, racism, suburbs, violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 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, crimes, confined, fish out of water, prison warden, nudity (full frontal - brief), drugs, prison escape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Siberian Education (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The story of a gang of children growing up in a community of banished criminals, in a forgotten corner of the former Soviet Union. This community rejects the world outside. The only law it obeys… is its own. Against this backdrop two best friends, ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, uninhibited rivalry, criminal heroes, teenage life, rivalry, human nature, society, crime and punishment, social misfits, crimes, parents and children, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 80s, contemporary
Place: russia, siberia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 3K
Lion's Den (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Argentina, South Korea, Brazil, Spain
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Julia, a 25 year-old university student, two weeks pregnant, with no criminal record, is sent to prison. Julia murdered the father of her child. This story addresses maternity, jail and Justice; confinement, guilt and solitude; but above all it ...
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: prison, confined, prison life, fighting the system, human spirit, rebellion, single parent, human nature, murder, life is a bitch, parents and children, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.4
 42K
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, teenage life, confined, parents and children, warden, family relations, family reunited, juvenile delinquent, troublemaker, father son relationship, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: britain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 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 ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, liberal, corruption, violence, brutality, abuse of power, justice, politics, graphic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: arkansas, southern usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia, Ecuador, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.
Style: tense, thought provoking, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, immigrants, illegal immigration, friendship, smuggling, crimes, crime, financial problem, juvenile delinquency, drugs/alcohol, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 91K
A Prophet (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of ...
Style: tense, bleak, rough, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, prison, gangsters, muslim, prison life, cruelty, convict, confined, racial slur, guilt, respect, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, marseille, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.2
 15K
City of Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.
Style: bleak, tense, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: street gang, gang, friendship, slum, robbery, crimes, best friends, betrayal, social problems, society, gang war, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, quarry, 70s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
My Name Ain't Johnny (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In the 90's, In Rio de Janeiro, the middle-class João Guilherme Estrella is introduced to the world of drugs consuming maconha and cocaine first and later becoming a drug-dealer with many connections inclusive in Europe. However, he spends all ...
Style: stylized, captivating, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: prison, ambition, addiction, drug dealing, life is a bitch, couple relations, buddies, partners, starting over, prison life, confined, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, 70s
Place: brazil, latin america, venice, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 8.1
 96K
Elite Squad (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil, USA, Argentina
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged.
Style: disturbing, serious, rough, realistic, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, police brutality, police corruption, law enforcement, squad, drug traffic, poverty, crime, crimes, fighting crime, slum, social decay ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 70s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, disturbing, epic ...
Plot: gang, drug abuse, friendship, heroin, grudge, police shootout, crimes, crime, gang war, life is a bitch, violence spree, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, ecuador, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a bloody invasion of the BOPE in the High-Security Penitentiary Bangu 1 in Rio de Janeiro to control a rebellion of interns, the Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento and the second in command Captain André Matias are accused by the Human ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corruption, reformatory, politics, political corruption, fighting the system, police corruption, torture, jail, organized crime, penitentiary, criminal, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: psychological, sincere, captivating, touching, talky ...
Plot: prison, gays and lesbians, politics, friendship, torture, betrayal, introspection, confined, buddies, dishonesty, prison life, gay slur ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: latin america, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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: tense, realistic, disturbing, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, friendship, gang, confined, crimes, warden, prison, violence, murder, muslim, jail cell, racial slur ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: realistic, serious, emotional, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, death row, prison, gang, gangsters, human spirit, hopes, life is a bitch, lethal injection, deadly, crimes, journalism ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.6
 2K
Screwed (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film is a semi-biographical story based on the experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson who spent seven years working in some of the UK's most dangerous prisons. Based on Thompson's book of the same name, the project stars ...
Style: rough, disturbing, tense, serious, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, fish out of water, prison, life is a bitch, downfall, crimes, violence spree, crime, confined, haunted by the past, corrupt officer, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 8.0
 118K
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, suspense, inspirational ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, human spirit, criminal heroes, false accusation, prison life, solitary, life sentence, escape attempt, adventure, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s ...
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: thought provoking, touching, emotional, serious, psychological ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, lethal injection, nun, death penalty, redemption, warden, forgiveness, confession, court, death sentence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: southern usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 35K
Chopper (2000)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true and intense story of Mark 'Chopper' Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison.
Style: dark humor, disturbing, rough, cynical, cult film ...
Plot: prison, brutality, convict, criminal, murder, self destructing, judge, criminal heroes, prison life, notoriety, drug use, stabbing ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1986, year 1978
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.9
 2K
Three Walls (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Three men are on death row. Jaggu (Jackie Shroff), a lawyer and a poet, is serving a sentence for murdering his wife because she was cheating on him with another man. Nagya (Nagesh Kukunoor), a man angry with the whole world, is arrested for ...
Style: contemplative, tense, touching, serious, bleak ...
Plot: confined, prison life, prison, death row, redemption, murder, family problems, hopes, criminal heroes, crimes, escaped prisoner, prisoner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: touching, clever, captivating, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, life sentence, criminal heroes, confined, hopes, plot twist ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, maine, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.6
 62K
Cell 211 (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, twists and turns, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, prison guard, hidden identity, confined, convict, penitentiary, prison riot, reformatory, rebellion, survival, hostage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: captivating, atmospheric, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: prison, warden, alcatraz, solitary, redemption, life sentence, self discovery, rebel, obstacle, defiant, human spirit, punishment ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1910s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, kansas, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, psychological, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: parole officer, warden, prison, friendship, murder, heist, crimes, crime, life is a bitch, going straight, dishonesty, crime gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 3.5
 228
Sugar Boxx (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Sugar State Women’s Prison. An Everglades hellhole where innocent girls are forced to slave in the swamps by day then turn tricks for the warden by night. A prison camp where corruption, brutality, and sexual abuse are all part of the daily ...
Style: realistic, suspense, captivating, psychological, semi serious ...
Plot: prison, crimes, secret identity, vengeance, rivalry, injustice, confined, strong sexual content, sexual abuse, exploitation, nudity (full frontal - brief), investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.2
 681
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, bleak, tense, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, prison, injustice, juvenile delinquency, hopes, human spirit, social decay, prison life, deadly, fighting the system, sexual abuse, racism ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%