Movies like Circus

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Circus
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Bruno, a sadistic criminal, wants clever con man Leo out of the way. Leo and his equally clever wife, Lily, are up to something. So too is Julius: he hires Leo to kill Gloria, Julius's wife. Leo does it, but then Julius shows up with the murder on tape, saying Gloria isn't his wife - it's blackmail. Leo's bookie, Troy, is also closing in, wanting to be paid. Bruno and Lily as well as Bruno and Julius have their own scams running, and Leo is their target. Maybe Leo can get Troy off his back, avoid Moose (Bruno's huge enforcer), send Gloria's corpse out of England, turn the tables on Bruno's murderous brother Caspar, and outfox Lily. Or is Lily his fox? It's a three-ring circus.
Style: clever, stylized, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, cynical, bad ending, entertaining, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, betrayal, violence, crime gone awry, vengeance, murder, heist, gangster, neo noir, criminal heroes, twists & turns, neo-noir, criminal's revenge, greed, organized crime, mob, male nudity, corruption, camp, master criminal, dialogue, justice, tough law enforcer, murder mystery ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, london, brighton
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Heat
Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA
170 min.
 8.2
Miller's Crossing
Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA
115 min.
 7.8
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious and talky films with plots about gangsters, dialogue, storytelling, crime, corruption, crimes and greed mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Circus: City of Industry (1997), Albino Alligator (1996), Bad Company (1995), Johnny Handsome (1989), Miller's Crossing (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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City of Industry
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his brother and partner, while going on the run with the loot they stole.
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crime, betrayal, revenge, gangsters, murder, violence, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, gangster, money, kidnapping ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, florida, usa
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System:   95%
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Albino Alligator
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three petty thieves who the police believe to be major criminals are chased into a basement bar where they take five hostages including all the bar employees. The rest of the movie deals with the cops lurking outside the bar while the trio try to ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, crime gone awry, hostage, heist, police investigation, chase, hostages, neo noir, twists & turns, on the run, kidnapping, dialogue ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans, usa
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Bad Company
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Nelson Crowe is a CIA operative under the thumb of the Company for a disputed delivery of $50,000 in gold. They blackmail him into working for the Grimes Organization, which is set up as a private company for hire, to blackmail prominent ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, stylized, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: betrayal, crime, espionage, murder, gambling, secret agents, strong sexual content, neo noir, sex, revenge, twists & turns, male nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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System:   81%
    User:   75%
 
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Johnny Handsome
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A career criminal who has been deformed since birth is given a new face by a kindly doctor and paroled from prison. It appears that he has gone straight, but he is really planning his revenge on the man who killed his mentor and sent him to prison.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, crime, betrayal, vengeance, gangsters, heist, murder, revenge, violence, criminal heroes, hitman, mentor ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, usa, texas, new jersey, seaport
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Miller's Crossing
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman.
Style: atmospheric, clever, stylized, witty, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, betrayal, gangsters, prohibition, organized crime, violence, mafia, irish, gangster, neo noir, criminal's revenge, mob ...
Time: 20s, 1930s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa
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System:   70%
    User:   63%
 
Mulholland Falls
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, crime, investigation, police investigation, political corruption, mystery, police, corruption, neo noir, gangster, tough law enforcer, neo-noir ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Trial by Jury
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Valerie is a juror in the trail of a mob boss. When her young son's life is threatened, she has no option other than to see that justice isn't done.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom, crime, gangsters, murder, courtroom drama, vengeance, kidnapping, good versus evil, revenge, dedicated lawyer, gangster, psychology ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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    User:   77%
 
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Monument Ave.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bobby O'Grady a low level member of a Boston Irish gang run by Jackie O'Hara. Jackie demands absolute, total loyalty to him. When Jackie kills one of Bobby's buddies, Teddy, Bobby and others have to keep it an absolute secret, even ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, betrayal, murder, working class, vengeance, drugs, irish, criminal's revenge, life philosophy, gang, revenge ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, europe, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   79%
 
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Sexy Beast
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The idyllic life of retired safecracker Gal is put at risk when a psychotic gangster from his past arrives at his villa in southern Spain, intent on bringing him out of retirement for one last job.
Style: stylized, clever, tense, brutal, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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System:   68%
    User:   81%
 
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Layer Cake
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...
Style: stylized, realistic, surprise ending, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, violence, murder, organized crime, betrayal, neo-noir, hitman, greed, gangster, drugs, drug addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 90s, 1960s ...
Place: england, london, europe, netherlands, zurich switzerland
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System:   67%
    User:   61%
 
Truth or Consequences, N.M.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Raymond Lembecke (Vincent Gallo) is a con just out of prison after serving time for selling drugs for his mob boss Tony Vago (Rod Steiger). (Lembecke was innocent and took the rap for Vago.) Lembecke thinks Vago owes him big time so, when his former ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, crime, gangsters, violence, hostage, heist, crime gone awry, on the road, robbery, hitman, gangster, drugs ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, new mexico, usa, mexico
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System:   67%
    User:   77%
 
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Gangster No. 1
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Ireland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An old gangster is advised that Freddie Mays would leave jail after thirty years in prison. His mood changes and he recalls when he was a young punk, who joined Freddie Mays' gang, a man he both envied and ultimately betrayed.
Style: stylized, serious, rough, realistic, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, violence, betrayal, revenge, casino, gangster, prison, organized crime, rise and fall, gang, mafia ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1990s
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Heat
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the ...
Style: realistic, suspense, bleak, atmospheric, tense ...
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Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   73%
 
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U Turn
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Country: France, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When Bobby's car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are stranger than anyone he's encountered. After ...
Style: disturbing, serious, dark humor, suspenseful, realistic ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young short-con grifter suffers both injury and the displeasure of reuniting with his criminal mother, all the while dating an unpredictable young lady.
Style: bleak, tense, cynical, stylized, suspense ...
Plot: betrayal, crime, neo-noir, neo noir, con artists, greed, twists & turns, police investigation, noir, intrigue, crime gone awry, train ride ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   68%
 
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Q & A
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuse to help him.
Style: talky, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, puerto rico
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System:   63%
    User:   69%
 
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Playing God
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Stripped of his medical license after performing an operation while high on amphetamines, famed LA surgeon Dr Eugene Sands abandons his former life only to find himself crossing paths with Raymond Blossom, an infamous counterfeiter. Employed as a ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, gangster, criminal's revenge, hospital, corruption, betrayal, violence, murder, drug addiction, drug dealing, mind game ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
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System:   63%
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The Killers
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A hit man and his partner try to find out why their latest victim, a former race-car driver, did not try to get away.
Style: clever, suspenseful, stylized, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, hitman, gangsters, betrayal, corruption, heist, murder, crime gone awry, violence, investigation, neo noir, death ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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The Real McCoy
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Karen McCoy is released from prison with nothing but the clothes on her back. Before being incarcerated Karen was the bank robber of her time, but now she wishes for nothing more than to settle down and start a new life. Unfortunately between a ...
Style: semi serious, suspenseful, realistic, stylized, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bank robbery, heist, crime, prison, betrayal, kidnapping, gangsters, chase, crime gone awry, vengeance, criminal heroes, bank ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, london, new jersey, atlanta georgia
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System:   62%
    User:   59%
 
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The General
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In a twenty-year career marked by obsessive secrecy, brutality and meticulous planning, Cahill netted over £40 million. He was untouchable - until a bullet from an IRA hitman ended it all.
Style: stylized, clever, serious, realistic, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, irish, gangsters, gangster, organized crime, master criminal, rise and fall, moral ambiguity, brutality, police investigation, violence, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 80s, 90s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   73%
 
 7.3
 163K
The Bank Job
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Terry is a small-time car dealer trying to leave his shady past behind and start a family. Martine is a beautiful model from Terry's old neighbourhood who knows that Terry is no angel. When Martine proposes a foolproof plan to rob a bank, Terry ...
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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Place: england, london, new jersey, boston, bahamas ...
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System:   62%
    User:   60%
 
 6.5
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Best Seller
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hit man Cleve approaches writer/cop Dennis about a story for his next book: How Cleve made a living, working for one of the most powerful politicians in the country. To get the story right, they travel around the country to gather statements and ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, crime, hitman, vengeance, gunfight, violence, heist, redemption, violent, mentor, corruption, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, texas, new york, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   69%
 
 7.0
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Red Rock West
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, clever, sexy, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, crime, crime gone awry, small town, neo-noir, mistaken identity, betrayal, money, murder, neo noir, chase, femme fatale ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, wyoming, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
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Criminal
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Needing a new partner capable of intricate cons, Richard Gaddis, recruits Rodrigo, a crook with a perfect poker face. The two plan a big-time scam: selling a fake Silver Certificate to currency collector William Hannigan. Rodrigo distrusts his new ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, surprise ending, semi serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, casino, hotel, forgery, chase, con artists, heist, con men, twists & turns, plot twist, greed, cons and scams ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   66%
 
 6.0
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The Gambler
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Literature professor Jim Bennett leads a secret life as a high-stakes gambler. Always a risk-taker, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Staying one step ahead, he pits his creditor against the ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, cynical, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gambling, gangsters, addiction, crime, casino, gangster, dishonesty, existentialism, dialogue, greed, drinking, gambler ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
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Blood and Wine
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes.
Style: clever, tense, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: heist, crime gone awry, crime, robbery, neo-noir, murder, dysfunctional family, greed, wine, violence, adultery, twists & turns ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   53%
 
 5.9
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Kiss of Death
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Jimmy Kilmartin is an ex-con living in Astoria in the New York City borough of Queens, trying to stay clean and raising a family with his wife Bev. But when his cousin Ronnie causes him to take a fall for driving an illegal transport of stolen cars, ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, betrayal, vengeance, heist, murder, redemption, gangster, mafia, revenge, violence, organized crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   59%
    User:   55%
 
 6.0
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Empire
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top Victor soon finds out that he has ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, betrayal, vengeance, revenge, violence, greed, money, drugs, corruption, hip hop, gangster ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city
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System:   58%
    User:   47%
 

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