Movies like Dirty Pretty Things

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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
 7.3
 42K
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An urban hotel in London is a gathering and flash point for legal and illegal immigrants attempting to cobble together their lives in a new country. The immigrants include Senay, a Turkish woman, and a Nigerian doctor named Okwe who is working as a night porter at the hotel. The pair discover the hotel is a front for all sorts of clandestine activities. Their only wish is to avoid possible deportation. Okwe becomes more entangled in the goings on when he is called to fix a toilet in one of the rooms. He discovers the plumbing has been clogged by a human heart.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, suspenseful, tense, harsh, realistic, twists and turns, atmospheric, rough, serious ...
Plot: hotel, immigrants, friendship, theft, maid, blackmail, black market, illegal immigration, surgery, prostitute, social decay, lebanese, sexual abuse, poverty, murder, society, survival, working class, muslim, taxi driver, refugee, forgery, human heart, character study, betrayal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, nigeria, new york, turkey, latin america

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Most similar movies to Dirty Pretty Things

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, tense and suspenseful films with plots about crimes, murder, brutality, crime, violence, corruption and dialogue mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Dirty Pretty Things: A Most Wanted Man (2014), Trade (2007), Derailed (2005), Harry Brown (2009), Following (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg and becomes a person of interest for a covert government team which tracks the movements of potential terrorists.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, tense, clever, melancholic ...
Plot: espionage, terrorism, immigrants, muslim, intelligence, who to trust, surveillance, investigation, haunted by the past, mysterious character, betrayal, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: germany, hamburg germany, berlin germany, middle east
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 7.3
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Trade (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA, Mexico
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Texas cop (Kevin Kline), whose own daughter might have been forced into sexual slavery, joins forces with a Mexican youth (Cesar Ramos) to find the boy's sister, who was abducted and forced into prostitution. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian woman who ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, disturbing, tense, bleak ...
Plot: human trafficking, child rape, sexual abuse, forced prostitution, child molestation, sex slavery, kidnapping, sex with a minor, missing child, sex slave, slavery, child pornography ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, united states, new jersey, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 72K
Derailed (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, they are forced to turn the tables on him to save their families.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, surprise ending, tense ...
Plot: blackmail, dangerous attraction, deception, infidelity, extramarital affair, crimes, danger, family in danger, disorder, rape, couples, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.2
 86K
Harry Brown (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.
Style: tense, bleak, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, murder, gang, loneliness, investigation, widower, crimes, vengeance, loss of friend, incompetent police, deadly, vigilante ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe, london, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 7.5
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Following (1998)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 69 min.
Story: A struggling, unemployed young writer takes to following strangers around the streets of London, ostensibly to find inspiration for his new novel.
Style: neo noir, psychological, thought provoking, tense, realistic ...
Plot: thief, stranger, breaking and entering, mystery, robbery, friendship, dishonesty, buddies, dangerous attraction, gangsters, voyeurism, theft ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
London to Brighton (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It's 3:07am and two girls burst into a run down London toilet. Joanne is crying her eyes out and her clothing is ripped. Kelly's face is bruised and starting to swell. Duncan Allen lies in his bathroom bleeding to death. Duncan's son ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, chase, gangsters, prostitute, pimp, murder, life is a bitch, going straight, lifestyle, child prostitution, deadly, false accusation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, britain, brighton
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.1
 147K
The Drop (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.
Style: tense, serious, captivating, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal heroes, organized crime, robbery, crimes, criminal's revenge, crime boss, gangsters, danger, fall in love, bar, crime, hitman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.0
 13K
The Fool (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Fool is a movie about a simple plumber. An honest man, he is up against an entire system of corrupted bureaucrats. At stake are the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dorm that is at risk of collapsing within the span of the night.
Style: serious, suspense, bleak, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: fighting the system, injustice, society, dishonesty, corruption, rebellion, small town, russian, moral dilemma, courage, apartment building, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 6.1
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13 (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.
Style: bleak, psychological, tense, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: russian roulette, greed, gambling, murder, revolver, drug overdose, police detective, crimes, life is a bitch, fish out of water, social decay, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, ohio, grand central station manhattan new york city, delaware, midwest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.4
 17K
Contestant 13 (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him. Something else he does not know is that Gerard Dorez, a cop on a knife-edge, is tailing him. When he reaches his ...
Style: tense, disturbing, atmospheric, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: overdose, life is a bitch, crimes, crime, murder, contests and competitions, danger, deadly, profanity, reward, social decay, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.4
 20K
The Yards (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, rough, emotional ...
Plot: betrayal, corruption, murder, whistleblower, false accusation, crime, political corruption, crimes, injustice, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, dark, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, gangsters, crimes, crime, vengeance, gang, investigation, life is a bitch, witnessing a crime, drug dealing, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, europe, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.2
 711
Civil Brand (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Forced to work under slave-like conditions in a "prison for profit" program, the inmates of a mostly-African-American female prison, Whitehead Correctional, try to take over the institution. At the core of the story is Frances, who finds ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: friendship, prison, injustice, social decay, human spirit, prison life, juvenile delinquency, hopes, racism, sexual abuse, criminal heroes, misfit ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
 58K
Sexy Beast (2000)
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: captivating, serious, cynical, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: retired, heist, safecracker, hunting, one last job, crimes, crime, murder, gangsters, manipulation, rivalry, manipulations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: spain, england, europe, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Style: neo noir, bleak, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: robbery, dysfunctional family, blackmail, debt, crime gone awry, jewelry store, crime, crimes, greed, plan gone awry, deception, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, brazil, rio de janeiro, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: twists and turns, tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, investigation, debt, crime, crimes, moral dilemma, siblings relations, money, gambling, family relations, loan, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, brighton
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, crime, financial problem, crimes, juvenile delinquency, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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: tense, serious, neo noir, melancholic, twists and turns ...
Plot: heist, dysfunctional family, family relations, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, family problems, greed, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, parents and children, robbery ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 6.7
 52K
Transsiberian (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Spain, Lithuania
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A Trans-Siberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers.
Style: rough, tense, suspenseful, serious, twist ending ...
Plot: travel, murder, train, tourist, crime, couples, train travel, train ride, crimes, sexual tension, dishonesty, marital problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia, china, siberia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Will Graham, a former London crime boss who has left his former life to live as a recluse in the forest. Haunted by the blood of those he has murdered, Will wishes never to return. But when his brother commits suicide, following a sexual assault at ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, rough, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, murder, crime, crimes, life is a bitch, rape, violence, suicide, tough heroes, gangsters, dark hero, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 17K
The Escapist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict twelve years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and ...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, harsh, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison, crimes, crime, prison life, fugitives, prison escape, going straight, terminal illness, escape, tunnel, tragedy, brutality ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.2
 22K
Closed Circuit (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A terrorist attack in London results in the capture of suspect Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto). The attorney general appoints Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall) as special advocate on Erdogan's legal team. On the eve of the trial, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terrorism, terrorist, legal action, lawyers and clients, state affairs, law enforcement, legal investigation, danger, dishonesty, mistrust, power relations, courtroom drama ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.2
 3K
Five Corners (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A psychotic young man returns to his old neighborhood after release from prison. He seeks out the woman he previously tried to rape and the man who protected her, with twisted ideas of love for her and hate for him.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: stalking, psychopath, friendship, prison, crimes, rape, rapist, police detective, danger, deadly, violence, hate ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, bronx new york city, usa, mississippi, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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City of Ghosts (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A con man travels to Cambodia (also on the run from law enforcement in the U.S.) to collect his share in an insurance scam, but discovers more than he bargained for
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, intense ...
Plot: betrayal, crimes, chases and races, law enforcement, dishonesty, police investigation, cons and scams, father son relationship, kidnapping, character study, greed, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, cambodia, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.5
 3K
Shifty (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Shifty, a young crack cocaine dealer in London, sees his life quickly spiral out of control when his best friend returns home. Stalked by a customer desperate to score at all costs, and with his family about to turn their back on him for good, ...
Style: serious, tense, captivating, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: drug dealer, police, haunted by the past, crimes, betrayal, dealer, heroin, cocaine, save the day, rivalry, danger, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Long Good Friday (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, cynical, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ira, gangsters, danger, car bomb, crime, crimes, crime boss, rivalry, criminal's revenge, power, irish, the underworld ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, tower bridge london, united kingdom ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 28K
Tsotsi (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 94 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, bully, redemption, baby, murder, robbery, slum, life is a bitch, society, haunted by the past, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, johannesburg south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 4.9
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The Mortician (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Alienated and cold, The Mortician (Method Man) processes the corpses with steely disregard. He is lonely and isolated. He is introduced to his new employee, Noah, (EJ Bonilla) by the morgue boss (Edward Furlong). Noah is a volatile youth working as ...
Style: tense, psychological, neo noir, serious, bleak ...
Plot: mortician, haunted by the past, murder, redemption, crimes, emotionless, social decay, danger, corpse, graphic violence, child in peril, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 104K
Mean Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, mafia, redemption, racial slur, crime, crimes, friends, urban ghetto life, organized crime, criminal heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.5
 67K
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, character change, treasure, human nature, dishonesty, couple relations, nothing goes right, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%