Movies like The Crossing Guard

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The Crossing Guard (1995)
 6.3
 14K
The Crossing Guard (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time to try and make peace with himself and his entourage, and even finds romance. Gale, whose life is spiraling down because of his obsession towards Booth, will bring himself on the very edge of sanity. At he end of the week, both men will find themselves on a collision course with each other.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, emotional, suspense, intense, psychological, serious, touching, enigmatic, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: haunted by the past, murder, obsession, hit and run, tragedy, crimes, vengeance, redemption, loss of daughter, justice, crime gone awry, car accident, tragic event, life is a bitch, rivalry, hopes, revenge, character study, stripper, loneliness, secrets, police corruption, prison, violence, death ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, nebraska, california

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Most similar movies to The Crossing Guard

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, melancholic and interesting films with plots about storytelling, brutality, dialogue, redemption, murder, mentor and greed mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like The Crossing Guard: Shotgun Stories (2007), Affliction (1997), The Indian Runner (1991), The Pledge (2001), Reservation Road (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Shotgun Stories (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, these brothers discover the lengths to which each will go to protect ...
Style: bleak, suspense, depressing, harsh, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, revenge, violence, family relations, violent, brutality, character study, sibling relationship, family bonds, family feud, siblings relations, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, arkansas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 18K
Affliction (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A small town policeman must investigate a suspicious hunting accident. The investigation and other events result in his slowly disintegrating mentally.
Style: bleak, psychological, rough, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: snow, small town, dysfunctional family, sheriff, small town life, crimes, insanity, character study, murder, alcohol abuse, addiction, abusive father ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new hampshire, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Indian Runner (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An intensely sad film about two brothers who cannot overcome their opposite perceptions of life. One brother sees and feels bad in everyone and everything, subsequently he is violent, antisocial and unable to appreciate or enjoy the good things ...
Style: psychological, realistic, emotional, rough, serious ...
Plot: small town, brother brother relationship, pregnancy, vietnam war, human nature, welder, family problems, brothers, murder, crimes, suicide, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s
Place: usa, nebraska, ohio, vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.8
 59K
The Pledge (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer. Based on a story by Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, psychological, twist ending, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, twists and turns, investigation, child murder investigation, murder mystery, mystery, crimes, small town, obsession, promise, psychology ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Reservation Road (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two fathers' lives intersect when one of them is involved in a terrible and sudden hit-and-run car accident that leaves the other's son dead. In response, the two men (Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo) react in unexpected ways as a ...
Style: psychological, tense, intense, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, investigation, obsession, dysfunctional family, loss of child, family, lawyer, character study, family problems, losing-it hero, parents and children, cover up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.0
 11K
Red (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An older, reclusive man's best friend and inspiration for living is his 14-year-old dog named "Red". When three troublesome teens kill the dog for no good reason, the grieving man sets out for justice and redemption by whatever means ...
Style: suspense, touching, emotional, tense, serious ...
Plot: vengeance, dog, crimes, justice, murder, redemption, small town, revenge, brutality, violence, twists and turns, greed ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The story of former UVF member Alistair Little. Twenty-five years after Little killed Joe Griffen's brother, the media arrange an auspicious meeting between the two.
Style: psychological, rough, emotional, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: redemption, reconciliation, murder, memory, haunted by the past, secrets, life is a bitch, acceptance, gangsters, ira, vengeance, tv show ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s, year 1975, 2000s
Place: ireland, london, europe, northern ireland, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.0
 10K
Blood and Wine (1996)
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: neo noir, tense, melancholic, serious, noir ...
Plot: heist, crimes, dysfunctional family, greed, twists and turns, family relations, family problems, nothing goes right, parents and children, murder, robbery, crime gone awry ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 5.7
 4K
Last Dance (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Upon taking a new job, young lawyer Rick Hayes is assigned to the clemency case of Cindy Liggett, a woman convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. As Hayes investigates the background for her case, the two begin to form a deep ...
Style: emotional, talky, intense, serious, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: prison, lethal injection, death row, lawyer, death sentence, justice, love story, courtroom drama, prison life, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, legal action ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, texas, australia, india, taj mahal ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.2
 12K
Edmond (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Seemingly mild-mannered businessman Edmond Burke visits a fortuneteller and hears a remark that spurs him to leave his wife abruptly and seek what is missing from his life. Encounters with strangers and unsavory people weaken the barriers ...
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, intense, stylized ...
Plot: bipolar disorder, murder, midlife crisis, destiny, prostitute, oral sex, redemption, starting over, fortune teller, prison, self control, unlikely criminals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Johnny Handsome (1989)
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: intense, suspense, harsh, serious, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, murder, plastic surgery, vengeance, crimes, betrayal, gangsters, robbery, rehabilitation, revenge, operation, heist ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, usa, new jersey, texas, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.9
 28K
The Grifters (1990)
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: neo noir, sexy, tense, cynical, atmospheric ...
Plot: betrayal, femme fatale, crimes, nudity (full frontal - brief), hidden money, twists and turns, manipulation, con trick, con artists, swindle, gangsters, couples ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, arizona, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.6
 2K
Caught (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A middle-aged couple has a drifter enter their lives. The fish-store owners find that the mysterious young man awakens the couple in ways they didn't expect. Things get tense when the drifter begins an affair with the woman of the house.
Style: sexy, psychological, erotic, tense, serious ...
Plot: cheating wife, betrayal, family problems, erotica, older woman younger man relationship, twists and turns, murder, family business, crimes, milf, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.5
 9K
Undertow (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Munns, father John and sons Chris and Tim, recede to the woods of rural Georgia. Their life together is forever changed with the arrival of Uncle Deel, though the tragedy that follows forces troubled Chris to become a man.
Style: harsh, suspense, suspenseful, depressing, intense ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: coming of age, juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family, murder, tragedy, brutality, farm, lifestyle, parents and children, brother brother relationship, homelessness, teenage boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: georgia, usa, iceland, nebraska, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Down in the Valley (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: On a trip to the beach, a teenage girl named Tobe meets a charismatic stranger named Harlan, who dresses like a cowboy and claims to be a former ranch hand. The pair feel an instant attraction and begin a relationship, but her father, a lawman, is ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, stylized, serious, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, sexual content, family disapproval, delusion, cowboy, dangerous attraction, love and romance, twists and turns, suburbs, parents and children, father daughter relationship, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, south dakota, los angeles, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. Based on a novel by James M. Cain.
Style: neo noir, sexy, erotic, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: betrayal, adultery, crimes, infidelity, romance, femme fatale, sex, obsession, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), love affair, sexual content ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.6
 238K
21 Grams (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ...
Style: mind bending, emotional, gloomy, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: life is a bitch, guilt, drugs, drug addiction, multiple storylines, grief, mathematician, tragedy, hit and run, faith, surgery, accident ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.4
 42K
Stone (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Parole officer Jack Mabry has only a few weeks left before retirement and wishes to finish out the cases he's been assigned. One such case is that of Gerald 'Stone' Creeson, a convicted arsonist who is up for parole. Jack is initially ...
Style: suspense, psychological, thought provoking, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: prison, manipulation, crimes, infidelity, deception, seduction, redemption, twists and turns, couples, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, new york, michigan, usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Monument Ave. (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
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: atmospheric, dark, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, betrayal, murder, vengeance, gang, police investigation, investigation, police corruption, best friends, witnessing a crime, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, connecticut, massachusetts, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Heaven's Prisoners (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A hardened New Orleans cop, Dave Robicheaux, finally tosses in the badge and settles into life on the bayou with his wife. But a bizarre plane crash draws him back into the fray when his family is viciously threatened.
Style: neo noir, stylized, melancholic, suspense, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, police investigation, investigation, vengeance, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), confession, adoption, law enforcement, chase, husband wife relationship, mystery ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
City by the Sea (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A man struggling to come to terms with the sins of his father makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime in a drama based on a true story. Vincent LaMarca is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police ...
Style: suspense, emotional, talky, intense, serious ...
Plot: father son relationship, police investigation, murder, crimes, guilt, redemption, homicide detective, police corruption, justice, depression, family bonds, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.5
 2K
Suture (1993)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Brothers Vincent (rich) and Clay (poor) meet up for the first time after their father's funeral and remark on how similar they look. But unknown to Clay, who thinks his life is taking a turn for the better, Vince is actually plotting to kill ...
Style: neo noir, stylized, psychological, sexy, cerebral ...
Plot: betrayal, amnesia, brothers, twins, memory loss, police investigation, doppelganger, mentor, nudity (full frontal - brief), multiple storylines, murder mystery, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go bad and the two become enemies.
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, sexy, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, crimes, twists and turns, redemption, debt, investigation, loser, siblings relations, moral dilemma, gangsters, gambling, secrets ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, brighton
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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City of Industry (1997)
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: neo noir, suspenseful, sexy, talky, visually appealing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, crimes, gangsters, heist, gang, murder, kidnapping, money, violence, destiny, death, twists and turns ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, florida, palm springs california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.2
 8K
First Snow (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A psychic's ominous reading sends a man into a tailspin.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, intense, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: desert, destiny, betrayal, paranoia, manic, character study, psychic power, couples, couple relations, dishonesty, business venture, a vision ...
Time: future, contemporary
Place: boston, new mexico, usa, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Trigger Effect (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: How tenuous is man's hold on civilization when survival becomes an issue? When the lights go out and stay out for several days, suburbanites Matthew and Annie learn the hard way that man is "by nature" a predatory creature. ...
Style: suspense, tense, bleak, psychological, entertaining ...
Plot: survival, female nudity, suburbs, disaster, catastrophe, apocalypse, chase, paranoia, betrayal, nudity (full frontal - brief), gangsters, brutality ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.7
 9K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, intense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, homeless, redemption, mental illness, halloween, couple relations, parents and children, rich and poor, human nature, buddies, best friends, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.6
 7K
Nuts (1987)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A high-class call girl kills a customer in self-defense. To avoid scandal, her parents try to have her declared mentally incompetent. Not helping matters is that she is very distrustful of everybody, including her court-appointed attorney, and is ...
Style: psychological, sexy, thought provoking, feel good, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, murder, court, self defense, one against many, flashback, child abuse, insanity, psychiatrist, prostitution ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.1
 74K
Blue Ruin (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The quiet life of a beach bum is upended by dreadful news. He sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance but proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Style: neo noir, dark, atmospheric, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: vengeance, death, revenge, crimes, vigilantism, vigilante, car, violence, homeless, murder, brutality, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.5
 72K
Changing Lanes (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two ...
Style: psychological, harsh, realistic, thought provoking, feel good ...
Plot: lawyer, revenge, vengeance, justice, custody battle, corruption, courage, court, destiny, life, psychology, honest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%