Movies like Carandiru

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Carandiru (2003)
 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, 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: realistic, bleak, touching, rough, offbeat, serious, captivating, compassionate, brutal, dramatic ...
Plot: prison, police brutality, attempted murder, prison life, massacre, doctor, cross dressing, aids, soccer, crimes, confined, injustice, life is a bitch, realism, fighting illness, wedding preparations and rituals, human nature, gender, gain trust, criminal heroes, gays and lesbians, regret, protest, drugs/alcohol, atrocity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america

Most similar movies to Carandiru

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and bleak films with plots about crime, prison, friendship, brutality, corruption, redemption and mentor mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like Carandiru: Pixote (1981), Felon (2008), La Haine (1995), Starred Up (2013), Brubaker (1980). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, disturbing, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: kids
Plot: sex with a minor, prostitution, child rape, juvenile delinquency, youth, street kid, social misfits, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, down on your luck, loneliness, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
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100%
 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, fighting the system, murder, prison riot, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, rivalry, tough heroes, police brutality, fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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100%
 8.1
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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, realistic ...
Plot: skinhead, urban ghetto life, police brutality, racism, poverty, violence, protest, friendship, rebellion, youth, rebel, realism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, family reunited, power relations, family relations, confined, parents and children, teenage life, troublemaker, youth, warden ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: britain, england
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62%
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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, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: arkansas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: realistic, gloomy, bleak, rough, serious
Plot: friendship, crime, criminal heroes, crimes, social misfits, teenage life, parents and children, crime and punishment, uninhibited rivalry, deportation, rivalry, aging ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 80s
Place: russia, siberia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, realistic, emotional, thought provoking, sentimental ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, illegal immigration, immigrants, friendship, smuggling, juvenile delinquency, financial problem, crime, boyfriend, new job, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 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: realistic, bleak, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, street gang, friendship, drug lord, robbery, slum, betrayal, crime, coming of age, friends, social problems, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 8.1
 93K
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: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, captivating, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, drug lord, law enforcement, police corruption, torture, slum, drug traffic, squad, crime, poverty, characters in danger, retiring ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, contemporary, 1990s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, politics, torture, jail, organized crime, criminal, penitentiary, crime, political corruption, fighting the system, poverty, police corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: sincere, psychological, touching, captivating, talky ...
Plot: prison, politics, gays and lesbians, friendship, torture, betrayal, introspection, confined, buddies, dishonesty, prison life, love story ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: latin america, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.9
 89K
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: realistic, tense, bleak, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, mafia, muslim, gangsters, cruelty, convict, bribery, guilt, respect, lawyer, racial slur, money ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france, marseille, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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: uplifting, realistic, gloomy, touching, bleak ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, confined, parents and children, crimes, life is a bitch, single parent, human nature, rebellion, deadly, fighting the system, prison life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, realistic, serious, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, death row, prison, gang, gangsters, human spirit, hopes, crimes, life is a bitch, journalism, lethal injection, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, captivating ...
Plot: prison, freedom, rebelliousness, escape, dignity, punishment, escape attempt, death, human spirit, convict, loss of parent, respect ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, epic ...
Plot: gang, gang war, drug abuse, friendship, heroin, grudge, police shootout, crime, life is a bitch, violence spree, criminal heroes, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, colombia, guatemala ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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, serious, tense, captivating ...
Plot: prison, juvenile delinquency, youth, rebellion, kids in trouble, violence, riot, racism, revenge, corruption, prison life, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Lucio Flavio (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 118 min.
Story: History of a famous Brazilian bandit of the early seventies and his fight against a death squad.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: police corruption, crimes, criminal heroes, crime, dishonesty, dirty cop, bank robbery, bandit, female nudity, waterboarding, gun, male nudity
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, realistic, serious, rough
Plot: prison, mental institution, drug dealing, starting over, rise and fall, materialism, friends, drugs/alcohol, downfall, prison life, partners, going straight ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: brazil, venice, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, crimes, legal action, power relations, legal ...
Time: 90s, year 1967, year 1996
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, stylized ...
Plot: prison, brutality, convict, criminal, murder, judge, drug use, criminal heroes, prison life, notoriety, self destructing, stabbing ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, year 1978, year 1986
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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, captivating, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, prison, prison life, confined, criminal heroes, violence spree, crime, crimes, friends, social climbing, deadly, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 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, life sentence, hopes, low lives, imprisonment ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: atlantic ocean, latin america
⇓ 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, thought provoking, psychological, touching
Plot: parole officer, prison, friendship, murder, heist, crime gone awry, going straight, dishonesty, crime, life is a bitch, ex convict, jail ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, beverly hills, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 ⇓
32%
 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: serious, rough, realistic
Plot: prison, criminal, prison life, ambition, heist, rise and fall, human spirit, confined, criminal heroes, fugitives, crime, crimes ...
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Sunchaser (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A young half-Navajo convict (Jon Seda) dying of cancer forces a yuppie (Woody Harrelson) doctor to drive him to a magic healing lake.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: terminal illness, kidnapping, on the road, juvenile delinquent, doctors and patients, friendship, self discovery, healing power, crime, hostages, desert, navajo ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.6
 60K
Cell 211 (2009)
Genre: Action, 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, psychological, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, hidden identity, confined, prison riot, prison guard, penitentiary, rebellion, survival, chaos and mayhem, danger, convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ 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: captivating, touching, clever, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, false accusation, life sentence, survival, corruption, confined, criminal heroes, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, mexico, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%