Movies like Crossing Over

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Crossing Over (2009)
 6.7
 24K
Crossing Over (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. In Crossing Over, writer-director Wayne Kramer explores the allure of the American dream, and the reality that immigrants find – and create -- in 21st century L.A.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, intense, twists and turns, sincere, thought provoking, feel good, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: immigrants, illegal immigrant, culture clash, extramarital affair, illegal alien, deportation, jewish, social differences, society, female nudity, life is a bitch, interracial relations, fighting the system, social problems, americana, state affairs, murder investigation, infidelity, u.s. mexico border, sexual content, idealism, american dream, islam, adoption, australian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, canada, california, tijuana mexico, san diego california, bangladesh ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, interesting and harsh films with plots about mentor, brutality, storytelling, society, dialogue, redemption and crimes mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Crossing Over: Breaking and Entering (2006), Havoc (2005), Normal Life (1996), The Border (1982), Phoenix (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Breaking and Entering (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Set in a blighted, inner-city neighbourhood of London, Breaking and Entering examines an affair which unfolds between a successful British landscape architect and Amira, a Bosnian woman – the mother of a troubled teen son – who was widowed by ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, sincere, stylized, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: architect, infidelity, immigrants, destiny, society, blackmail, working class, social differences, human nature, single parent, prostitute, single mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, england, bosnia, sarajevo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.4
 19K
Havoc (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A wealthy Los Angeles teen and her superficial friends wants to break out of suburbia and experience Southern California's "gangsta" lifestyle. But problems arise when the preppies get in over their heads and provoke the wrath of a ...
Style: sexy, disturbing, rough, psychological, erotic ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: youth, juvenile delinquency, sex with a stranger, gangsters, crimes, sex scene, gang, teenager, high school life, nudity (full frontal - brief), society, innocence lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 6.2
 2K
Normal Life (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Chris Anderson and his wife Pam live a fairly normal life until Chris loses his job on the police force and secretly turns to robbing banks to make his wife's dreams come true. Upon discovering his secret, she joins his deadly crime wave and ...
Style: sexy, talky, stylized, sexual, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: love, bdsm, heist, crimes, destructive relationship, lovers on the run, sex scene, cheating, life & death, sacrifice, romance, art ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 6.4
 7K
The Border (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A corrupted border agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.
Style: talky, serious, rough, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: corruption, u.s. mexico border, murder, crimes, police, moral ambiguity, hitman, dark hero, kidnapping, emigration, police corruption, character study ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: texas, mexico, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 4K
Phoenix (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Gambling fever -- along with a brutal bookie -- leads three crooked cops into a double-dealing scheme that lands them in hot water way over their heads.
Style: neo noir, sexy, absurd, bloody, twists and turns ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, police corruption, betrayal, heist, nudity (full frontal - brief), crimes, crime gone awry, murder, gunfight, death of protagonist, safe ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, california, arizona, usa, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 5.8
 24K
Rampart (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Follows veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, as he struggles to take care of his family, and fights for his own survival.
Style: bleak, intense, neo noir, thought provoking, rough ...
Plot: police corruption, crimes, brutality, police, police brutality, dysfunctional family, bigotry, family, scandal, dishonesty, sister sister relationship, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1999
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: intense, bad ending, entertaining, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gang, gangsters, crimes, street gang, prison, drug abuse, gang war, prison gang, violence spree, drug addiction, destiny, police shootout ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, ecuador, guatemala ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Bread and Roses (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed ...
Style: realistic, melancholic, political, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: labor union, immigrants, working class, deportation, realism, janitor, fighting the system, politics, workplace, relationships, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, latin america, usa, guatemala ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Various stories of how crack cocaine has infiltrated the inner-city streets. Based on Buddy Giovinazzo's novel "Life is Hot in Cracktown".
Style: disturbing, serious, thought provoking, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: gang rape, urban ghetto life, youth gang, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, crimes, society, addiction, drug abuse, coming of age, youth, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.9
 16K
Grand Canyon (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Grand Canyon revolved around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles. At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship of two men from different races and classes brought together when one finds ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, clever, touching, feel good ...
Plot: adoption, friendship, midlife crisis, grand canyon, compassion, father son relationship, class differences, interracial friendship, helicopter, gang, dysfunctional family, rescue ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, new jersey, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, tricky, psychological ...
Plot: journalism, cia, lawyer, reporter, courtroom drama, media, journalist, corruption, courtroom, espionage, murder, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 6.9
 18K
River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, gloomy, neo noir ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: murder, teenager, coming of age, high school, drug abuse, death, violence, serial killer, small town, police, strangulation, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, oregon, usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, brutal, tense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, robbery, hitman, crimes, crime gone awry, mafia, gambling, heist, organized crime, poker, brutality, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2008, 70s
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana, orlando florida, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Little Odessa (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The film follows the personal relationship between a father and his two sons, one of whom is a hit-man for the Russian mafia in Brooklyn.
Style: bleak, disturbing, gloomy, twists and turns, dark ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, russian mafia, crimes, gang, winter, snow, assassin, hitman, dysfunctional family, immigrants, jewish, sex scene ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, tokyo, california, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: realistic, disturbing, tense, thought provoking, emotional ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, friendship, life is a bitch, coming of age, immigrants, illegal immigration, depression, character study, financial problem, crimes, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, new york, latin america, new jersey, south america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.8
 377
Police Beat (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Z (Pape Sidy Niang), a Seattle bicycle cop, tries to make sense of the world while patrolling the city streets but can't focus on his job because he's so preoccupied with suspicions that his girlfriend is cheating on him. Director Robinson ...
Style: serious, sincere, psychological, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: opposites attract, couples, immigrants, law enforcement, society, romance, infidelity, social differences, city life, self discovery, misfit, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 120 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: emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: prison, gang, gangsters, redemption, death row, violence, brutality, adaptation, justice, hopes, human spirit, crimes ...
Time: future, 80s, contemporary, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.0
 95K
Cop Land (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Freddy Heflin is the sheriff of a place everyone calls “Cop Land” — a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big city police officers he’s long admired. Yet something ugly is taking place behind the town’s peaceful facade. And ...
Style: suspenseful, intense, talky, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corruption, police, nypd, dirty cop, internal affairs, sheriff, organized crime, gangsters, crimes, mafia, police corruption, justice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york, california, texas, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Movie in collections
 7.8
 140K
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, tense, gloomy, bleak ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: african american, hip hop, gang, urban ghetto life, ghetto, poverty, juvenile delinquency, street gang, rapper, coming of age, crimes, gangsters ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1984
Place: los angeles, california, cuba, usa, south central los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.3
 100K
Running Scared (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: After a drug-op gone bad, Joey Gazelle is put in charge of disposing the gun that shot a dirty cop. But things goes wrong for Joey after the neighbor kid stole the gun and used it to shoot his abusive father. Now Joey has to find the kid and the gun ...
Style: twists and turns, twist ending, suspense, bloody, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: child abuse, gunfight, gangsters, mafia, violent, undercover agent, police investigation, racism, police corruption, crimes, mob boss, pedophile ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.5
 302K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico, France
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: emotional, thought provoking, bleak, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: multiple storylines, desert, tragic event, depression, guilt, parenthood, redemption, suicide, nanny, language barrier, cultural difference, deaf girl ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, morocco, tokyo, mexico, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.1
 26K
Frozen River (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, bleak, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: poverty, single parent, native american reservation, winter, native americans, native american, smuggling, working class, snow, survival, courage, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, canada, california, new york state, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
True Confessions (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A cop clashes with his priest brother while investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute
Style: neo noir, psychological, suspenseful, talky, clever ...
Plot: catholic priest, priest, murder, serial killer, crimes, redemption, police corruption, political corruption, desert, brother brother relationship, betrayal, adaptation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 22K
Dark Blue (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set during the Rodney King riots, a robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Style: tense, harsh, intense, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, police investigation, police brutality, crimes, corruption, police officer, police, investigation, rookie, partners, fighting the system, crime and punishment ...
Time: 20th century, year 1992, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Glass Shield (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the ...
Style: tense, harsh, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, police investigation, crimes, gangsters, crime gone awry, justice, brutality, fbi, false accusation, society ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
American History X (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader ...
Style: rough, cerebral, tense, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, skinhead, racism, gang, crimes, juvenile delinquency, rape, neo nazi, nazism, racial slur, youth, racial prejudice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.2
 16K
A Better Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: immigrants, single father, family relations, u.s. mexico border, thief, american dream, truck, father son relationship, theft, single parent, character study, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, september 11 2001
Place: california, los angeles, mexico, southern california, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.2
 16K
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: tense, bleak, harsh, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gang, street gang, slum, friendship, crimes, betrayal, coming of age, gangsters, relationships, best friends, brutality, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.6
 14K
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, atmospheric, intense ...
Plot: prison, drugs, friendship, crimes, gang, prison escape, adaptation, survival, redemption, depression, human nature, prison warden ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, new jersey, pennsylvania, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.2
 15K
Powder Blue (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide.
Style: bleak, emotional, serious, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: stripper, redemption, sexy woman, panic attack, exotic dancer, life is a bitch, self discovery, haunted by the past, oral sex, hopes, family problems, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%