Movies like Cell 211

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Cell 211 (2009)
 7.6
 60K
Cell 211 (2009)
Original name: Celda 211
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, bleak, serious, captivating, intense, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, hidden identity, confined, prison riot, prison guard, penitentiary, rebellion, survival, danger, convict, chaos and mayhem, trapped, rebelliousness, pretense, criminal heroes, isolation, protest, switching roles, warden, jail, crimes, hostages, leader, new job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe

Most similar movies to Cell 211

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out rough, serious, suspenseful and realistic films with plots about prison, crimes, confined, vengeance, crime, corruption and prison life mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Cell 211: Oz (1997), Felon (2008), The Experiment (2001), The Experiment (2010), Get the Gringo (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.7
 83K
Oz (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: The daily lives of prisoners in Emerald City, an experimental unit of the Oswald Maximum Security Prison where ingroups - Muslims, Latinos, Italians, Aryans - stick close to their mutual friends and terrorizes their mutual enemies.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, thought provoking, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, confined, rape, rapist, prison, strong sexual content, violence spree, life is a bitch, gang, racism, solitary, electric chair ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 90s, 1990s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 88K
The Experiment (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Das Experiment is a shocking psycho thriller about the potential for brutality that humans hide. Even more shocking is the fact that it’s based on an actual occurrence—a 1971 psychological experiment at Stanford University that was aborted ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, torture, experiment, rape, violence, disorder, surveillance, manipulation, humiliation, power relations, rivalry, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.4
 49K
The Experiment (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 20 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, tense, serious ...
Plot: prison life, prison, human nature, psychology, experiment gone awry, switching roles, confined, violence, danger, brutality, punishment, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Movie in collections
 7.0
 99K
Get the Gringo (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A career criminal (Gibson) nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, confined, gunfight, thief, vacation, corruption, crime, criminal heroes, outsmarting, group of criminals, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america, tijuana mexico, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ⇓
100%
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, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, police corruption, frame up, false accusation, drug dealing, gang, vengeance, prison gang, law enforcement, prison life, criminal heroes, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense ...
Plot: prison life, prison, life is a bitch, rivalry, prison warden, vengeance, warden, murder, good versus evil, prison escape, lone hero, corruption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
 6.2
 18K
In Hell (2003)
Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the warden's entertainment.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough ...
Plot: prison, martial arts, prison life, survival, murder, prison riot, warden, isolation, redemption, crimes, prison sentence, brutality ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, latin america, hong kong, california, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.5
 25K
Son of a Gun (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia, UK, Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia's most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch, but ...
Style: tense, exciting, twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, prison life, prison, car chase, crime, teaching the ways of the world, criminal heroes, betrayal, on the run, escapades, confined, master criminal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, 20th century, 60s, year 1961, year 1960 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.8
 2K
Box 507 (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Modesto (Antonio Resines), an honest and responsible professional, is a manager of a small bank branch in Costa del Sol. His daughter died in a forest fire which he had thought to be accidental. One day he wakes up in his bank, after being locked ...
Style: rough, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fire, bank vault, bank robbery, intrigue, dishonesty, small town life, deadly, investigation, heist, bank, small town, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.2
 63
Chess Game (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Mina (Priscila Fantin) is arrested for defrauding the Social Security and beyond to defend the other inmates need to escape from the prison director of surveillance (Tuca Andrada). The crime involved a Senator (Antonio Calloni), trying in every way ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: mind game, rivalry, prison life, confined, crime, criminal heroes, crimes, prison, corruption, psychological torture, psychological thriller
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.8
 586
Ghosted (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: ‘GHOSTED’ tells a story of survival inside a British Prison. Jack a model prisoner, has kept his head down and done his time. After his wife confirms that she is leaving him, on the anniversary of their son’s death, the only thing that keeps ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: prison, criminal heroes, survival, danger, prison life, haunted by the past, crimes, confined, prison rape, prison fight, arson, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Prison Break: The Final Break (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The movie covers the events which occurred in between the downfall of The Company and the finale of the series. It details the arrest and incarceration of Sara Tancredi, the final escape plan which Michael devises for Sara. It also reveals the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, daring rescue, self sacrifice, escapades, crimes, fbi, twists & turns, runaway, prison escape, vengeance, happy ending, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: florida, israel, new jersey, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.2
 3K
Offender (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Justice needs to be served at Britain's most notorious young offenders institute.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense, rough
Plot: prison life, crimes, confined, prison, life is a bitch, vengeance, vigilantism, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, robbery, juvenile delinquency, chase, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Emmanuelle in Hell (1982)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Emanuelle goes undercover into a prison to expose the corrupted officials who are brutalizing the inmates. Emanuelle is shocked by the horrors and humiliation the prisoners are subjected to, but when her true identity is discovered, she finds ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak, psychotronic ...
Plot: prison, women's prison, working undercover, hidden identity, prison life, undercover, investigation, price of justice, uncover truth, danger, woman in danger, legal ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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: tense, disturbing, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: friendship, prison, injustice, feminism, hopes, human spirit, social decay, prison life, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, crime ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Wentworth Prison (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison. A modern adaptation and sequel of the iconic Prisoner series.
Style: serious, tense, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: prison, lesbian, prison life, women's prison, sadism, life is a bitch, lesbian relationship, protest, crime, survival, power struggle, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Last Castle (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A Court Martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the system that put him away.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, exciting, tense ...
Plot: prison, military, sacrifice, chess, soldier, patriotism, convict, sergeant, sadism, fighting the system, rebellion, warden ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: iraq, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.2
 27K
Undisputed (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Monroe Hutchens is the heavyweight champion of Sweetwater, a maximum security prison. He was convicted to a life sentence due to a passionate crime. Iceman Chambers is the heavyweight champion, who lost his title due to a rape conviction to ten ...
Style: rough, serious, tense, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, sport, murder, prison life, gambling, lone hero, gangsters, ambition, dishonesty, human spirit, crime, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, violence, survival, police station, danger, brutality, siege, crimes, law enforcement, master criminal, unlikely partners, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Prison on Fire (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Ching and Yiu and problems they face with Mickey, a fellow inmate and "Assassin", a prison guard. Yiu is sentenced to three years for manslaughter. In a fight for his father, he pushed a man and was run over by a bus. Ching was sent to ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, favoritism, confined, crimes, gangsters, tough law enforcer, chases and races, criminal heroes, violence spree, life is a bitch, wrongfully committed, crime ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 16K
36th Precinct (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The Film takes place in Paris, where two cops are competing for the vacant seat of chief of police while in the middle of a search for a gang of violent thieves. The movie is directed by Olivier Marchal, a former police officer who spent 12 years ...
Style: rough, tense, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, gang, rivalry, police investigation, police corruption, crime, betrayal, uninhibited rivalry, tough law enforcer, crimes, blind ambition, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.5
 112K
Contraband (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When his brother-in-law runs afoul of a drug lord, family man Chris Farraday turns to a skill he abandoned long ago – smuggling – to repay the debt. But the job goes wrong, and Farraday finds himself wanted by cops, crooks and killers alike.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, gunfight, dishonesty, criminal heroes, crimes, smuggling, robbery, crime, lone hero, danger, betrayal, ex convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new orleans, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jacques Mesrine, a loyal son and dedicated soldier, is back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido, Mesrine turns ...
Style: rough, tense, realistic, epic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robbery, romancing a criminal, mafia, rise to the top, crime, organized crime, against the rules, gangsters, criminal heroes, mob boss, prison life, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, canada, arizona, montreal quebec ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: serious, exciting, psychological, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: vengeance, fighting the system, vigilantism, murder, justice, master criminal, crime, death, prison, district attorney, mind game, perfect crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.9
 391
Riot (1969)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A riot in a state prison is staged to cover up an escape attempt, during which many inmates and guards are killed. Shot on location at Arizona State Prison.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, rough, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, partners, buddies, prison life, captivity, rebelliousness, friendship, chases and races, crimes, confined, criminal heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s
Place: arizona, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.1
 18K
No Escape (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In the year 2022, a ruthless prison warden has created the ultimate solution for his most troublesome and violent inmates: Absolom, a secret jungle island where prisoners are abandoned and left to die. But Marine Captain John Robbins, convicted of ...
Style: futuristic, bleak, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: island, prison, jungle, survival, chase, prison guard, prisoner, adventure, confined, danger, prison life, crimes ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.8
 13K
Point Blank (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Samuel Pierret is a nurse who saves the wrong guy – a thief whose henchmen take Samuel's pregnant wife hostage to force him to spring their boss from the hospital. A race through the subways and streets of Paris ensues, and the body count ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: race against time, on the run, hospital, danger, life turned upside down, survival, ransom, woman in danger, unlikely partners, confined, wanted, kidnapping ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%