Movies like Down by Law

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Down by Law (1986)
 7.7
 51K
Down by Law (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A disc jockey, a pimp and an Italian tourist escape from jail in New Orleans.
Style: atmospheric, humorous, sincere, meditative, harsh, stylized, surreal, witty, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, escape, pimp, fight, friendship, partners, crimes, on the road, prison life, unlikely criminals, misfit, down on your luck, dishonesty, swamp, on the run, radio dj, prostitute, convict, cell mate, dj, gangsters, character study, social misfits, crime gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa

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Most similar movies to Down by Law

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and talky films with plots about friendship, storytelling, mentor, crimes, dialogue, redemption and friends mostly in Comedy, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Down by Law: Mystery Train (1989), Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Permanent Vacation (1980), Night on Earth (1991), Life (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 28K
Mystery Train (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley.
Style: humorous, atmospheric, thought provoking, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: hotel, tourist, friendship, crimes, odd couple, group of strangers, radio, nudity (full frontal - brief), multiple storylines, hotel room, culture clash, obsession ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: memphis, tennessee, usa, new jersey, japan ...
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100%
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie, his pal Eddie, and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous ...
Style: road movie, bleak, thought provoking, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, gambling, jazz, on the road, fish out of water, partners, friendship, introspection, self discovery, bohemian life, drifter ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, new york, ohio, usa, hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Permanent Vacation (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: In downtown Manhattan, a twenty-something boy whose Father is not around and whose Mother is institutionalized, is a big Charlie Parker fan. He almost subconsciously searches for more meaning in his life and meets a few characters along the way.
Style: surreal, semi serious, gloomy, atmospheric, humorous ...
Plot: misfit, drifter, jazz, family relations, daydreamer, couples, hopes, lifestyle, coming of age, youth, social misfits, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.7
 60K
Night on Earth (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, UK, Germany, USA, Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.
Style: intellectual, talky, humorous, touching, witty ...
Plot: taxi driver, nightlife, taxi, passenger, culture clash, priest, confession, heart attack, blind character, friendship, misfit, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: rome italy, los angeles, paris france, finland, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.7
 50K
Life (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two men in 1930s Mississippi become friends after being sentenced to life in prison together for a crime they did not commit.
Style: twists and turns, humorous, semi serious, funny, entertaining ...
Plot: life sentence, prison life, escape attempt, criminal, prison escape, redemption, african american, injustice, frame up, life is a bitch, crimes, partners ...
Time: 1930s, 90s, 20th century, year 1932
Place: mississippi, new york, usa, southern usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.7
 28K
Stir Crazy (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: New Yorkers, Skip Donahue and Harry Monroe, have no jobs and no prospects. They decide to flee the city and find work elsewhere, and land jobs as woodpeckers to promote the opening of a bank. When their feathery costumes are stolen and used in a ...
Style: humorous, witty, realistic, not serious, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: mistaken identity, fish out of water, prison, friendship, on the road, false accusation, escape, wrongful imprisonment, buddy, crimes, partners, odd couple ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 76K
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Upon his release from a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan, who seems far less sane than the former. Dignan has hatched a hair-brained scheme for an as-yet-unspecified crime spree that ...
Style: humorous, witty, talky, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robbery, theft, heist, thief, crimes, disorder, self discovery, nothing goes right, sibling relationship, partners in crime, cons and scams, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 16K
Gridlock'd (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, humorous, rough, harsh ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, hip hop, heroin, going straight, rehabilitation, overdose, friendship, life is a bitch, crimes, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, detroit, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organise a daring new heist.
Style: humorous, exciting, captivating, light, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, safecracker, chase, on the road, crimes, treasure hunt, adventure, rivalry, buddies, partners, escapades, car chase ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.2
 5K
Flashback (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A hippie radical, Huey Walker has been a fugitive for decades, accused of a crime that he may not have committed. Finally apprehended, Walker is escorted to trial by uptight 20-something FBI agent John Buckner. While the two seem to be polar ...
Style: humorous, witty, realistic, entertaining, light ...
Audience: kids
Plot: train, lsd, chase, friendship, on the road, prison, fbi, adventure, partners, criminal heroes, dishonesty, nothing goes right ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 90s, 80s
Place: oregon, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
We're No Angels (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two escaped cons only prayer to escape is to pass themselves off as priests and pass by the police blockade at the border into the safety of Canada.
Style: humorous, feel good, entertaining, exciting, light ...
Plot: mistaken identity, prison, fish out of water, monk, small town, clergy, buddies, on the run, disorder, crimes, society, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.8
 14K
Stroszek (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Bruno Stroszek is released from prison and warned to stop drinking. He has few skills and fewer expectations: with a glockenspiel and an accordion, he ekes out a living as a street musician. He befriends Eva, a prostitute down on her luck and they ...
Style: surreal, thought provoking, realistic, semi serious, touching ...
Plot: american dream, german, immigrants, on the road, pimp, bittersweet, culture clash, cult, self discovery, alcohol abuse, down on your luck, human nature ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: wisconsin, germany, usa, europe, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.1
 2K
9 Souls (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After discovering a hole in their crowded cell, nine prisoners escape their confinement to track down the key of the universe, which a fellow prisoner known as the Counterfeit King said he had hidden.
Style: realistic, serious, surreal, offbeat
Plot: on the run, escape, prison, treasure hunt, criminal heroes, crimes, friendship, society, misfit, social misfits, chase, escaped prisoner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Japan, Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Coffee And Cigarettes is a collection of eleven films from cult director Jim Jarmusch. Each film hosts star studded cast of extremely unique individuals who all share the common activities of conversing while drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.
Style: meditative, humorous, philosophical, clever, stylized ...
Plot: actor, conversation, lifestyle, family relations, friendship, musician, smoking, coffee, love and romance, social relations, artists and showbiz, cafe ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s, 70s
Place: usa, california, memphis, las vegas, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
Going in Style (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three senior citizens in their 70s who live together are slowly decaying in endless days with nothing to do but feed the birds. One of them comes up with an idea - rob a bank. They certainly could use the money if they get away with it and if they ...
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: heist, bank robbery, elderly, friendship, senior citizen, bittersweet, buddies, unlikely criminals, golden years, dishonesty, partners, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, serious, rough ...
Plot: prison, friendship, prison rape, survival, human nature, crimes, fish out of water, confined, prison warden, nudity (full frontal - brief), drugs, prison escape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
California Split (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Down-on-his-luck gambler Bill (George Segal) links up with free spirit Charlie (Elliott Gould) at first to have some fun, but then gets into debt when Gould takes an unscheduled trip to Tijuana. As a final act of desperation, he pawns most of his ...
Style: cynical, talky, gloomy, witty, clever ...
Plot: gambling, friendship, transvestism, casino, poker, heist, bus, dice, fight, stripper, roulette, buddies ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After escaping from jail, two teens flee to Tijuana and stay with one's childhood protector, a man masquerading as a nun.
Style: fairy tale, realistic, semi serious, humorous, witty ...
Plot: escape, prostitute, serial killer, prison life, dark humor, couples, friends, crimes, social misfits, buddies, partners, fugitives ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, latin america, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 6.8
 6K
Greenfingers (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Clive Owen stars as a prison inmate who goes into an experimental "open" prison where the inmates walk around freely and get job training for their impending releases. While there, he discovers he has a talent for growing flowers. His ...
Style: feel good, touching, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: prison, redemption, going straight, starting over, hopes, fish out of water, criminal heroes, misfit, warden, disorder, friendship, interracial friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.3
 19K
Made (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two aspiring boxers lifelong friends get involved in a money-laundering scheme through a low-level organized crime group.
Style: humorous, witty, funny, talky, clever ...
Plot: friendship, crimes, nothing goes right, cons and scams, disorder, buddies, partners, dishonesty, bad temper, crime boss, bar fight, stripper ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, california, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.8
 21K
Quick Change (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: With the aid of his girlfriend, Phyllis Potter, and best friend, Loomis, Grimm enters a Manhattan bank dressed as a clown, creates a hostage situation and executes a flawless robbery. The only thing left for the trio to do is make their getaway out ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, absurd, witty ...
Plot: heist, crime gone awry, bank robbery, friendship, nothing goes right, disorder, friends, cons and scams, partners, buddies, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.5
 7K
Ariel (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: Finland
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Taisto Kasurinen is a Finnish coal miner whose father has just committed suicide and who is framed for a crime he did not commit. In jail, he starts to dream about leaving the country and starting a new life. He escapes from prison but things ...
Style: stylized, witty, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: fall in love, escape, prisoner, prison, love and romance, life is a bitch, nothing goes right, romance, hopes, seaport, life turned upside down, couples ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Wonderful Times (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Michel Berthier, cadre supérieur d'une entreprise de matelasserie, vient d'être licencié. Comme il n'ose pas avouer la vérité à Juliette, sa compagne, il s'endette pour maintenir le niveau de la famille qu'il couvre de ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous
Plot: friendship, crimes, partners, society, unlikely criminals, disorder, misfit, misfit partners, dishonesty, poverty, unemployment, rescue ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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The Longest Yard (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In this rough-and-tumble yarn, actually filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prision, the cons are the heroes and the guards are the heavies. Eddie Albert is the sadistic warden who'll gladly make any sacrifice to push his guards' ...
Style: humorous, rough, semi serious, captivating, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american football, prison, underdog, sport, swamp, football, contests and competitions, partners, prison life, confined, rivalry, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: florida, usa, georgia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Band of Outsiders (1964)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Cinephile slackers Franz and Arthur spend their days mimicking the antiheroes of Hollywood noirs and Westerns while pursuing the lovely Odile. The misfit trio upends convention at every turn, be it through choreographed dances in cafés or ...
Style: stylized, talky, atmospheric, witty, realistic ...
Plot: love triangle, alienation, louvre, crime gone awry, crimes, postmodernism, friends, disorder, nothing goes right, love and romance, unlikely criminals, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: paris france, france, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.8
 2K
I Went Down (1997)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Fresh out of prison, Git rescues a former best friend (now living with Git's girlfriend) from a beating at the hands of loan sharks. He's now in trouble with the mob boss, Tom French, who sends Git to Cork with another debtor, Bunny Kelly, ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, witty, suspenseful, humorous ...
Plot: hostage, gangsters, friendship, infidelity, on the road, bully, released from prison, extramarital affair, crimes, graphic violence, mistaken identity, cons and scams ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Money for Nothing (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When unemployed dockworker Joey Coyle finds $1.2 million that fell off of an armored car, he decides to do the logical thing: take the money and run. After all, he says, finders keepers. He turns to his ex-girlfriend Monica, who works in an ...
Style: realistic, humorous, light, intense, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: crimes, disorder, friends, dishonesty, nothing goes right, heist, money, friendship, unemployment, police, chase, runaway ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: philadelphia, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Madea Goes to Jail (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: At long last, Madea returns to the big screen in TYLER PERRY'S MADEA GOES TO JAIL. This time America's favorite irreverent, pistol-packin' grandmomma is raising hell behind bars and lobbying for her freedom...Hallelujer!
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, realistic
Plot: prison, prison life, farce, confined, friendship, fish out of water, elderly, goofy hero, nothing goes right, disorder, criminal, golden years ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Germany, USA, Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An African-American Mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, tense, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: loneliness, racial slur, mafia, hitman, lone wolves, loner, gangsters, code, solitude, african american, samurai, friendship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, japan, brooklyn new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Curse of Inferno (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A rather dull minded bank robber suddenly suffers from a change of heart and decides to give the money back. However, he then learns that getting the money back into the bank is much more difficult than taking it out.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, offbeat
Plot: wedding, escape, love and romance, crimes, crime gone awry, babies and infants, criminal heroes, cons and scams, disorder, couples, dishonesty, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%