Movies like Dancer in the Dark

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Dancer in the Dark (2000)
 8.0
 102K
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Country: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, USA, UK, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Argentina, Norway, Taiwan, Belgium
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma learns to cope through her love of musicals, escaping life's troubles - even if just for a moment - by dreaming up little numbers to the rhythmic beats of her surroundings.
Style: bleak, disturbing, emotional, surreal, heartbreaking, touching, depressing, serious, harsh, lyrical ...
Plot: factory worker, blind character, secret, death sentence, human spirit, police officer, life is a bitch, tragic hero, murder, hanging, destiny, fighting illness, young woman, friendship, self sacrifice, human nature, daydreamer, financial problem, tragic event, small town, naivete, dancing, friends, down on your luck, sick child ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: usa, washington d.c., washington state

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Most similar movies to Dancer in the Dark

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and melancholic films with plots about brutality, storytelling, redemption, mentor, crimes, depression and life & death mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Dancer in the Dark: Breaking the Waves (1996), Dogville (2003), The Green Mile (1999), Leviathan (2014), Maria Full of Grace (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Breaking the Waves (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Netherlands, Norway, Iceland, Spain, UK
Duration: 159 min.
Story: In a small and conservative Scottish village, a woman's paralytic husband convinces her to have extramarital intercourse so she can tell him about it and give him a reason for living.
Style: emotional, psychological, disturbing, heartbreaking, sad ...
Plot: tragic love, priest, self sacrifice, marriage, love, power of love, nursing, injury, nudity (full frontal - brief), husband wife relationship, destructive relationship, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 137K
Dogville (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, UK, France, Finland, Norway, Italy
Duration: 178 min.
Story: A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth ...
Style: bleak, art house, psychological, clever, contemplative ...
Plot: rape, female protagonist, morality, small town life, haunted by the past, society, gangsters, vengeance, mob boss, victim, woman in danger, rocky mountains ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 1.1M
The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, serious ...
Plot: false accusation, prison, life philosophy, death row, supernatural, prison life, human nature, supernatural ability, convict, justice, confined, death sentence ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1990s, year 1999 ...
Place: southern usa, usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 49K
Leviathan (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, thought provoking, suspense, sincere ...
Plot: small town, injustice, mayor, russian, life is a bitch, legal action, social relations, political corruption, coastal town, friends, family problems, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: rough, tense, thought provoking, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, immigrants, life is a bitch, illegal immigration, friendship, smuggling, crimes, financial problem, juvenile delinquency, crime, new job ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 13K
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, serious, rough ...
Plot: prison, friendship, survival, human nature, crimes, crime, confined, fish out of water, prison warden, nudity (full frontal - brief), drugs, prison escape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 43K
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lilya lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working ...
Style: bleak, serious, sincere, harsh, thought provoking ...
Plot: life is a bitch, prostitute, human trafficking, sexual abuse, poverty, rape, teenage prostitution, prostitution, downfall, social decay, teenage life, sex slavery ...
Place: sweden, europe, estonia, russia, denmark ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: emotional, realistic, serious, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, death row, prison, gang, gangsters, human spirit, hopes, journalism, life is a bitch, murder, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 7.4
 22K
Bullhead (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Young Limburg cattle farmer, Jacky Vanmarsenille, is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious West-Flemish beef trader. But the assassination of a federal policeman, and an unexpected confrontation with a ...
Style: tense, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: mafia, snitch, vengeance, violence, crime, crimes, farm, friendship, business venture, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, flanders
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: thought provoking, touching, emotional, serious, psychological ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, court, death sentence, nun, lethal injection, death penalty, redemption, warden, forgiveness, confession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.6
 24K
Vera Drake (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain – a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.
Style: sincere, bleak, contemplative, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: unwanted pregnancy, abortion, neighbor, miscarriage, life is a bitch, injustice, working class, double life, social problems, rebellion, society, family life ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london, burma, melbourne australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.4
 6K
Levity (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Manuel Jordan is a man who is free after serving 23 years for killing a teenager during an attempted robbery. After nearly two decades of staring at his victim's face on a newspaper clipping in his cell, the paroled man attempts to find ...
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, melancholic, philosophical ...
Plot: redemption, sin, murder, prison, robbery, criminal, gang, friendship, haunted by the past, going straight, human nature, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.4
 13K
Sweet Sixteen (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, family relations, life is a bitch, downfall, drug dealing, family problems, siblings relations, society, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: depressing, atmospheric, emotional, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: great depression, dancing, ambition, life is a bitch, contests and competitions, social decay, down on your luck, reward, crimes, depression, suicidal, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: usa, santa monica california, california, chicago illinois, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Onion Field (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: death sentence, courtroom drama, crimes, police investigation, murder, police officer killed, kidnapping, legal, deadly, confined, law enforcement, law enforcer killer ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.0
 7K
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: rough, bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: sex with a minor, prostitution, child rape, juvenile delinquency, street kid, down on your luck, urban ghetto life, social misfits, life is a bitch, youth, loneliness, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 28K
Thug (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The South African multi-award winning film about a young South African boy from the ghetto named Tsotsi, meaning Gangster. Tsotsi, who left home as a child to get away from helpless parents, finds a baby in the back seat of a car that he has just ...
Style: bleak, sincere, emotional, captivating, rough ...
Plot: poverty, gang, redemption, bully, murder, baby, robbery, slum, life is a bitch, society, haunted by the past, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.5
 63K
A Simple Plan (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, France, USA, Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Captivated by the lure of sudden wealth, the quiet rural lives of two brothers erupt into conflicts of greed, paranoia and distrust when over $4 million in cash is discovered at the remote site of a downed small airplane. Their simple plan to retain ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: greed, crime gone awry, crime, crimes, betrayal, treasure, character change, human nature, dishonesty, couple relations, nothing goes right, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 7.1
 25K
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, atmospheric, thought provoking, bleak, serious ...
Plot: poverty, single parent, smuggling, native american reservation, working class, survival, life is a bitch, native americans, snow, winter, teenage boy, christmas ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, canada, new york state, quebec ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A tale of passion, crime and punishment set in the summer of 1949. Ed Crane, a barber in a small California town, is dissatisfied with his life, but his wife Doris' infidelity presents him with a chance to change it.
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, captivating, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: neo noir, murder, trial, false accusation, deception, crimes, crime, infidelity, life is a bitch, couples, self discovery, existentialism ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.0
 16K
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, gloomy, psychological, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, nudity (full frontal - brief), juvenile delinquency, family relations, strangulation, police, woman strangled to death, crime, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.5
 7K
Blue Collar (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Fed up with mistreatment at the hands of both management and union brass, and coupled with financial hardships on each man's end, three auto assembly line workers hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters.
Style: suspense, clever, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: factory worker, factory, heist, robbery, blue collar, union, crime gone awry, working class, crimes, crime, fighting the system, drinking alcohol ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Our Lady of the Assassins (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Colombia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: World-weary arthur Fernando has returned to his native Colombia to live out his days in peace. But Fernando's once-quiet hometown has become a hotbed of violence, drugs and corruption. On the brink of despair, Fernando meets Alexis, a ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, rough, meditative, contemplative ...
Plot: gang, murder, drug dealing, gay, vengeance, teenage life, love affair, fall in love, deadly, youth, friendship, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia, los angeles, usa, latin america, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 7.6
 224K
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, gloomy, psychological, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: life is a bitch, desperation, redemption, tragedy, suicide attempt, guilt, death in the family, surgery, cocaine, human nature, unfulfillment, loss of child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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: bleak, tense, disturbing, captivating, serious ...
Plot: gang, street gang, friendship, slum, robbery, crimes, best friends, betrayal, social problems, gang war, society, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, quarry, 70s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 136K
Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aileen Wuornos is an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, emotional, harsh ...
Plot: serial killer, lesbian, prostitute, rape, destructive relationship, tragic love, murder, death penalty, sexual abuse, mentally unstable, lawyer, lesbian lover ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 2000s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, miami, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, pregnancy, vietnam war, human nature, family problems, brother brother relationship, arson, vandalism, murder, crime, crimes, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, ohio, vietnam, asia, nebraska
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Jacek climbs into the taxi driven by Waldemar, tells him to drive to a remote location, then brutally strangles him, seemingly without motive.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, psychological, suspenseful, contemplative ...
Plot: murder, taxi driver, lawyer, prison, execution, drifter, death sentence, courtroom drama, polish, fighting the system, rebellion, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s, year 1988, year 1987
Place: poland, warsaw poland, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Lights in the Dusk (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Finland, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Koistenin is a sad sack, a man without affect or friends. He's a night-watchman in Helsinki with ideas of starting his own business, but nothing to go with those intentions. He sometimes talks a bit with a woman who runs a snack trailer near ...
Style: bleak, sincere, melancholic, enigmatic, touching ...
Plot: betrayal, femme fatale, night watchman, heist, crimes, crime, cons and scams, loneliness, misfit, down on your luck, regret, gem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, finland, argentina, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.5
 8K
Bubble (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Set against the backdrop of a decaying Midwestern town, a murder becomes the focal point of three people who work in a doll factory.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, enigmatic, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: murder, working class, investigation, love triangle, small town, factory, mystery, society, deadly, police detective, dull life, workplace romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: ohio, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%