Movies like Dancer in the Dark

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Dancer in the Dark (2000)
 8.0
 93K
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, serious, stylized, surreal, offbeat, gloomy, realistic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: secret, factory worker, blind character, small town, murder, hanging, dancing, factory, human spirit, friends, life is a bitch, tragic hero, down on your luck, destiny, dance, young woman, friendship, french, singer, death sentence, odd, fighting illness, self sacrifice, coworker, sin ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: usa, 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 talky films with plots about storytelling, brutality, redemption, catastrophe, dialogue, greed and murder mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Dancer in the Dark: The Green Mile (1999), Breaking the Waves (1996), Dogville (2003), House of Sand and Fog (2003), Bubble (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.6
 995K
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, sentimental, emotional, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: death row, false accusation, prison life, supernatural ability, supernatural, prison, human nature, death sentence, life philosophy, healing power, justice, confined ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: psychological, emotional, bleak, disturbing, sexual ...
Plot: tragic love, priest, destructive relationship, self sacrifice, accident, sin, paralysis, nurse, marriage, small town, faith, prostitute ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.0
 125K
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: psychological, art house, clever, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: female protagonist, rape, small town life, morality, vengeance, haunted by the past, exploitation, secret, mob boss, victim, mountain, human nature ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Behrani, an Iranian immigrant buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send his son to college. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy. After losing the house in an ...
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: depression, loss of son, tragic event, eviction, life is a bitch, down on your luck, human nature, compassion, debt, muslim, american dream, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 70s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 6.6
 7K
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, realistic, suspenseful, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: murder, small town, working class, investigation, factory, love triangle, workplace romance, deadly, small town life, workplace, americana, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ohio, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 6K
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: clever, realistic, disturbing, serious, biting ...
Plot: heist, factory, robbery, union, crime gone awry, working class, crime, fighting the system, vengeance, drinking, labor union, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.1
 14K
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, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, strangulation, sex, police, crime, rock, family relations, social relations, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: uplifting, realistic, emotional, serious, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, prison, gang, death row, gangsters, human spirit, hopes, lethal injection, deadly, murder, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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: realistic, psychological, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: courtroom drama, police officer killed, police investigation, crimes, murder, kidnapping, haunted by the past, deadly, law enforcement, confined, law enforcer killer, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.7
 22K
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: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, sincere ...
Plot: neighbor, unwanted pregnancy, abortion, pregnancy, injustice, rape, tailor, women's prison, female protagonist, police, miscarriage, working class ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, burma, korea, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: captivating, twists and turns, atmospheric, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: murder, trial, neo noir, false accusation, deception, crime, infidelity, life is a bitch, couples, self discovery, existentialism, small town ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 12K
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, serious, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: prison, friendship, survival, human nature, crime, confined, fish out of water, prison warden, drugs, prison escape, friendship between men, gang leader ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, puerto rico, paris france, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Pennies from Heaven (1981)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A musical set in the great Busby Berkeley style. In Chicago during the depression, sheet music salesman, Arthur Parker, is trying to sell his products, but it's not easy to convince unwilling music store owners to buy them. Although he's ...
Style: surreal, stylized, sentimental, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: infidelity, pimp, bank, traveling salesman, marriage, song, great depression, teacher, store, real world, couples, friends ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.5
 58K
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, paranoia, accountant, suspicion, secret, betrayal, crime, character change, siblings relations, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.9
 42K
Joe (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The rough-hewn boss of a lumber crew courts trouble when he steps in to protect the youngest member of his team from an abusive father.
Style: touching, captivating, rough, depressing, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, redemption, friendship, teenager, hopes, murder, alcoholic, small town, 15 year old, life is a bitch, father son relationship, ex convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa, texas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.0
 13K
At Close Range (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970's. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, gang, gun, rape, sociopath, crime, family relations, family in crisis, crimes, life is a bitch, siblings relations, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Plot: redemption, sin, murder, prison, vandalism, gang, revenge, police, criminal, party, singer, robbery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: emotional, touching, captivating, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, nun, lethal injection, redemption, death penalty, letter, execution, ethics, funeral, confession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, on the run, youth, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.6
 43K
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: atmospheric, bleak, thought provoking, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: small town, injustice, life is a bitch, political corruption, dishonesty, family problems, human nature, family in crisis, false accusation, legal, rivalry, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.4
 20K
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: bleak, realistic, gloomy, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: mafia, crime, gangsters, friendship, organized crime, mechanic, friends, law enforcer killer, criminal heroes, crimes, life is a bitch, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.0
 6K
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: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prostitution, prostitute, juvenile delinquency, homeless, social misfits, street kid, social decay, society, lifestyle, urban ghetto, youth, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.1
 8K
Belly (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Jamaica, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Tommy Brown and Sincere are best friends as well as infamous and ruthless criminals and shot-callers in the hood. Respected by many but feared by all. As the police are closing in on them and new players are looking for a come up, will their reign ...
Style: stylized, realistic, gloomy, bleak, serious ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, gangsters, crime, ambition, racism, drug dealing, going straight, buddies, social decay, down on your luck, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, jamaica, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, hitman, infidelity, russian mafia, gangsters, immigrants, crime, haunted by the past, family relations, crimes, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.0
 12K
The Chamber (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Having survived the hatred and bigotry that was his Klansman grandfather's only legacy, young attorney Adam Hall seeks at the last minute to appeal the old man's death sentence for the murder of two small Jewish boys 30 years before. Only ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder, racism, courtroom drama, death sentence, prison, haunted by the past, anti semitism, politics, legal action, crimes, prison life, power relations ...
Time: 90s, year 1996, year 1967
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, bleak, intense ...
Plot: revenge, murder, obsession, haunted by the past, vengeance, redemption, tragedy, rivalry, deadly, hopes, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, nebraska, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.4
 35K
In the Bedroom (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York born Ruth Fowler, a music teacher. He is involved ...
Style: bleak, realistic, sincere, serious, suspense ...
Plot: jealousy, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, older woman younger man relationship, vengeance, family relations, family in crisis, parents and children, small town, age difference, father son relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.4
 21K
Manderlay (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Germany, UK, Italy
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1933, after leaving Dogville, Grace Margaret Mulligan sees a slave being punished at a cotton farm called Manderlay. Officially slavery is illegal and Grace stands up against the owners of the farm. She stays with some gangsters in Manderlay and ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, clever, offbeat, thought provoking ...
Plot: slavery, racism, guilt, storm, loss of son, arson, lawyer, freedom, idealism, liberal, discrimination, injustice ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, tense, emotional, thought provoking, rough ...
Plot: drug dealing, airplane, illegal immigration, immigrants, drug smuggling, smuggling, friendship, juvenile delinquency, realism, teenage life, social problems, the underworld ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, psychological, thought provoking, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, taxi driver, lawyer, prison, execution, drifter, death sentence, polish, courtroom drama, fighting the system, death row, society ...
Time: 80s, year 1987
Place: poland, warsaw poland, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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