Movies like Frozen River

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Frozen River (2008)
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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 making runs across the frozen St. Lawrence River carrying illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants in the trunk of Ray's Dodge Spirit.
Style: melancholic, emotional, thought provoking, bleak, touching, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: poverty, single parent, native american reservation, winter, snow, native americans, native american, working class, christmas, survival, courage, parenthood, women, life is a bitch, car, suspense, human trafficking, small town, teenage boy, segregation, gender, gambling, money, forest, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, canada, california, new york state, usa, quebec

Most similar movies to Frozen River

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and dramatic films with plots about brutality, storytelling, dialogue, mentor, culture clash, redemption and runaway mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres. Some movies like Frozen River: House of Sand and Fog (2003), Joe the King (1999), Conviction (2010), Little Odessa (1994), Tsotsi (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, bleak, emotional, depressing, gloomy ...
Plot: depression, life is a bitch, tragedy, justice, tragic event, eviction, suicide, immigrants, complex characters, character study, secrets, visceral ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, california, iran
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95%
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Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: emotional, harsh, tense, rough, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: children, dysfunctional family, child abuse, coming of age, corporal punishment, working class, youth, abusive father, redemption, alcohol abuse, poverty, childhood ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Betty Anne Waters' older brother Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, inspirational, sad ...
Plot: lawyer, court, legal, fighting the system, courtroom drama, prison, injustice, false accusation, freedom, legal action, hopes, justice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1992, year 2001, year 1995 ...
Place: massachusetts, rhode island, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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: dark, disturbing, bleak, gloomy, affectionate ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, russian mafia, winter, redemption, hitman, jewish, snow, assassin, killer, coming of age, immigrants ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, tokyo, california, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 29K
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: sincere, bleak, emotional, harsh, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: baby, poverty, gangsters, urban ghetto life, society, criminal, slum, friendship, childhood, coming of age, murder, street life ...
Time: 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, boston, johannesburg south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.4
 41K
In the Bedroom (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 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: realistic, bleak, heartbreaking, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, vengeance, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, revenge, grief, age difference, small town, jealousy, suspense, character study ...
Time: 21st century
Place: maine, canada, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.6
 5K
The Thief (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1946, a soldier fathers a child then dies before its birth. Jump to 1952: on a train, the child and his mother meet a handsome soldier who makes a play for her. She accepts. Posing as a married family, the soldier finds them a rooming house where ...
Style: bleak, realistic, sincere, gloomy, meditative ...
Plot: coming of age, betrayal, death, russian, soldier, family relations, parents and children, cons and scams, hospital, poetry, adaptation, culture clash ...
Time: 50s, post world war two, 1940s, 20th century, year 1946 ...
Place: russia, new jersey, siberia, black sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
The Onion Field (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 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: neo noir, atmospheric, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, murder, police investigation, death sentence, moral ambiguity, morality, manipulation, brutality, courtroom, true crime, law enforcer killer, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Movie in collections
 7.1
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99 Homes (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After his family is evicted from their home, proud and desperate construction worker Dennis Nash tries to win his home back by striking a deal with the devil and working for Rick Carver, the corrupt real estate broker who evicted him.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, sincere, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: real estate agent, single father, eviction, moral dilemma, dysfunctional family, motel, workplace, human nature, parent child relationship, family relations, life is a bitch, workplace situations ...
Time: year 2010, 21st century
Place: usa, boston, new orleans, california, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 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, murder, cheerleading, u.s. mexico border, moral ambiguity, police, dark hero, hitman, police corruption, happy ending, character study, emigration ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: texas, mexico, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.9
 17K
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: disturbing, neo noir, realistic, bleak, tense ...
Plot: organized crime, rape, small town, gang, gangsters, father son relationship, revenge, violent, murder, psychopath, violence, serial killer ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: pennsylvania, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.4
 15K
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, realistic, sentimental, bleak, heartbreaking ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: heroin, coming of age, innocence lost, juvenile delinquency, prison, teenager, drug dealing, drug dealer, downfall, dysfunctional family, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 2000s, 80s, 21st century
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio, ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, harsh, rough, intense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: childhood, coming of age, friendship, gangsters, urban ghetto life, street kid, loss of friend, depression, foul language, anger, life is a bitch, teenager ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2005, 2000s, year 1986 ...
Place: new york, los angeles, california, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 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, visually appealing, unusual plot structure, sexual, talky ...
Plot: love, relationships, police officer, heist, bdsm, destructive relationship, lovers on the run, car, cheating, good girl gone bad, nude, life & death ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.7
 26K
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, depressing, compassionate, gloomy ...
Plot: abortion, unwanted pregnancy, working class, pregnancy, rape, character study, neighbor, injustice, miscarriage, life is a bitch, double life, abortionist ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: england, london, europe, hamburg germany, korea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Once Were Warriors (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama about a Maori family lving in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.
Style: disturbing, controversial, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: gang, alcohol abuse, children, dysfunctional family, relationships, child abuse, abusive husband, violent, redemption, sexual abuse, gangsters, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new zealand, oceania
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.2
 33K
Mean Creek (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Teenagers living in small-town Oregon take a boat trip for a birthday celebration. When they get an idea to play a mean trick on the town bully, it suddenly goes too far. Soon they're forced to deal with the unexpected consequences of their ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, dark, intense ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: prank, kids in trouble, small town, friendship, coming of age, bullying, vengeance, teenager, revenge, bully, guilt, childhood ...
Time: 21st century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: realistic, brutal, melancholic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, brutality, police, police investigation, vengeance, gangsters, hip hop, murder, lone hero, teenage life, youth, on the run ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new jersey, new york, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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American Heart (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jack is now out of jail and he meets Nick, his adolescent son. Their relationship will be complicated, because Jack has a problem with alcohol. But his love for Nick will help him to get over the past and reach his dreams.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, emotional, touching ...
Audience: manly
Plot: father son relationship, adaptation, complex characters, starting over, prison, going straight, estrangement, family relations, prisoner, human nature, society, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: seattle, usa, alaska, washington state, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Prince of the City (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy ...
Style: tense, neo noir, realistic, bleak, intense ...
Plot: police, corruption, gangsters, drug addiction, lawyer, police corruption, city, whistleblower, fighting the system, redemption, betrayal, police investigation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, washington d.c., virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.1
 19K
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested ...
Style: touching, sad, road movie, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dog, loneliness, depression, small town, friendship, isolation, solitude, life philosophy, character study, dysfunctional family, owner dog relationship, travel ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: oregon, alaska, california, portland oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Sunchaser (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A young half-Navajo convict (Jon Seda) dying of cancer forces a yuppie (Woody Harrelson) doctor to drive him to a magic healing lake.
Style: road movie, melancholic, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, healing power, road trip, justice, hostage, on the road, juvenile delinquent, self discovery, doctors and patients, desert, native american ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, sincere, emotional, stylized, compassionate ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: architect, infidelity, destiny, society, blackmail, human nature, working class, social differences, depression, single parent, burglary, breaking and entering ...
Time: 21st century
Place: london, europe, england, sarajevo, bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
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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: realistic, disturbing, clever, neo noir, cynical ...
Plot: union, working class, labor union, gangsters, heist, female nudity, blaxploitation, fighting the system, crime gone awry, suspense, criminal, factory worker ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: michigan, detroit, africa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 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, ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, intense, touching ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, extramarital affair, illegal alien, illegal immigrant, deportation, jewish, society, social differences, female nudity, fighting the system, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, canada, tijuana mexico, san diego california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.1
 10K
L.I.E. (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In this biting and disturbing coming-of-age tale from writer-director Michael Cuesta, life is bittersweet along the L.I.E., also known as the Long Island Expressway, as suburban teen Howie Blitzer learns all too clearly. In the space of a week, he ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, controversial, sexy, brutal ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: gay, male prostitution, coming of age, sexual abuse, pedophile, older man younger man relationship, pedophilia, mentor, youth, suburbs, rent boy, juvenile delinquent ...
Time: 21st century
Place: long island, new york, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 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: feel good, realistic, thought provoking, clever, touching ...
Plot: adoption, midlife crisis, friendship, father son relationship, compassion, class differences, interracial friendship, helicopter, rescue, dysfunctional family, gang, urban setting ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, new jersey, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Years after their teenage daughter’s death, Lois and Doug Riley, an upstanding Indiana couple, are frozen by estranging grief. Doug escapes to New Orleans on a business trip. Compelled by urgencies he doesn’t understand, he insinuates himself ...
Style: emotional, touching, depressing, psychological, erotic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, self discovery, life is a bitch, loss of child, prostitute, older man young girl relationship, depression, friendship, teenage life, haunted by the past, runaway, overcoming ...
Time: 70s, 21st century
Place: louisiana, indiana, new jersey, california, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.
Style: harsh, captivating, gloomy, psychological, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: motorcycle, bank robbery, haunted by the past, corruption, money problems, loner, death, destiny, criminal, heist, father son relationship, parenthood ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.5
 11K
All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: depressing, emotional, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: working class, dysfunctional family, family relations, taxi driver, loneliness, depression, injustice, family problems, parents and children, couples, unwanted pregnancy, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century
Place: england, london, new jersey, europe, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%