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The General (1998)
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The General (1998)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In a twenty-year career marked by obsessive secrecy, brutality and meticulous planning, Cahill netted over £40 million. He was untouchable - until a bullet from an IRA hitman ended it all.
Style: tense, serious, stylized, intense, clever, sincere, realistic, cynical, complex, interesting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, irish, robbery, master criminal, law enforcement, criminal heroes, crimes, crime, mastermind, cons and scams, danger, pursuit, adaptation, brutality, gang, mistress, graphic violence, ira, ambition, rise and fall, society, dishonesty, chaos and mayhem, vicious, cat and mouse ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 50s, 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and rough films with plots about crimes, crime, gangsters, criminal heroes, gangster, betrayal and violence mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like The General: Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008), Bonded by Blood (2010), The Tiger's Tail (2006), Veronica Guerin (2003), Monument Ave. (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on Martin McGartland's real life story as a informant for the British Police to spy on the IRA. Taking place from 1987-1991, Martin (Jim Sturgess) works his way up the ranks of the IRA, while keeping his informant with the police Fergis ...
Style: captivating, tense, based on true events, factual, brutal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ira, secret agents, snitch, crime, crimes, danger, state affairs, undercover, irish, terrorism, riot police, submachine gun ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: ireland, europe, canada, scotland, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Bonded by Blood (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1995, drug suppliers and career criminals Tony Tucker, Patrick Tate and Craig Rolfe were blasted to death by a shot gun whilst waiting in a Range Rover in Rettendon, Essex. The film charts their rise to become the most prolific dealers and feared ...
Style: tense, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, rise and fall, rivalry, gangsters, dishonesty, criminal heroes, crimes, vengeance, deadly, drug dealing, betrayal, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
The Tiger's Tail (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: After a chance encounter, a Dubliner (Gleeson) is stalked by a murderous facsimile of himself.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: life is a bitch, cons and scams, murder, dishonesty, stalking, crimes, social decay, working class, psychopath, family relations, deadly, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of Jacques Mesrine, France's public enemy No. 1 during the 1970s. After nearly two decades of legendary criminal feats -- from multiple bank robberies and to prison breaks -- Mesrine was gunned down by the French police in Paris.
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, robbery, crime, crimes, french, torture, chase, notoriety, mob boss, against the rules, criminal heroes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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Veronica Guerin (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In this true story, Veronica Guerin is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then ...
Style: realistic, tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: journalism, murder, gangsters, investigation, strong female character, drug lord, drug dealing, police, crimes, tragic hero, uncover truth, price of justice ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, amsterdam, california, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, serious, tense, dark, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, gangsters, crimes, crime, vengeance, gang, investigation, best friends, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, europe, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Resurrection Man (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Belfast, in 1970s. Victor Kelly is a young protestant man who hates the Catholics so much that one night he begins to brutally murder them. A reporter soon tries to uncover the murder and obtained prestige for himself, while Victor sinks deeper into ...
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, journalism, master criminal, investigation, uncover truth, brutality, protestant, journalist, violent, dark hero ...
Time: 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 5.6
 2K
Circus (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Bruno, a sadistic criminal, wants clever con man Leo out of the way. Leo and his equally clever wife, Lily, are up to something. So too is Julius: he hires Leo to kill Gloria, Julius's wife. Leo does it, but then Julius shows up with the murder ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, gangsters, betrayal, crime, crimes, master criminal, deadly, criminal's revenge, rivalry, murder, vengeance, gambling ...
Time: 90s
Place: brighton, europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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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: captivating, realistic, serious, cynical, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ira, gangsters, danger, car bomb, crime, crimes, crime boss, criminal's revenge, rivalry, violence, power, gang war ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, tower bridge london, east end london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 6.8
 13K
Gangster No. 1 (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Ireland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An old gangster is advised that Freddie Mays would leave jail after thirty years in prison. His mood changes and he recalls when he was a young punk, who joined Freddie Mays' gang, a man he both envied and ultimately betrayed.
Style: rough, tense, suspenseful, bleak, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, gang, gangsters, gang war, violence, crimes, crime, extortion, leadership, psychopath, criminal heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1990s, 80s ...
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.9
 160K
Legend (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Suave, charming and volatile, Reggie Kray and his unstable twin brother Ronnie start to leave their mark on the London underworld in the 1960s. Using violence to get what they want, the siblings orchestrate robberies and murders while running ...
Style: realistic, based on true events, brutal, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rise and fall, crimes, crime, gang, twins, violence, stylish, mental illness, organized crime, brother brother relationship, mafia ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, year 2000 ...
Place: london, england, scotland yard, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 5.3
 1K
The Big I Am (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A cruel twist of fate catapults small time crook Mickey Skinner into the big league, as head of a brutal London gang poised on the brink of a lucrative human-trafficking deal.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, dishonesty, criminal heroes, drugs/alcohol, deadly, rivalry, crimes, ambition, unfulfillment, rise and fall, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jacques Mesrine, a loyal son and dedicated soldier, is back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido, Mesrine turns ...
Style: tense, rough, bleak, realistic, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: romancing a criminal, robbery, mafia, rise to the top, crime, organized crime, gangsters, against the rules, crimes, criminal heroes, mob boss, prison life ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: france, paris france, montreal, europe, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Kill the Irishman (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, kill the Irishman chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough ...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, mob boss, gangsters, gang war, organized crime, corruption, irish, assassination attempt, labor union, crime, crimes, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1977, year 1960 ...
Place: usa, ohio, cleveland ohio, new york, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 5.6
 1K
Shooters (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Netherlands, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Gilly comes out of prison after serving a six year stretch and decides that he will now turn his life around and go straight. But when he returns to his South London home and visits his old colleague J, in hope of obtaining his share of the proceeds ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cons and scams, going straight, addiction, law enforcement, criminal's revenge, gangsters, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, drug dealing, drug abuse, dishonesty, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.1
 143K
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, gangsters, danger, fall in love, bar, crime, hitman, murder mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.3
 56K
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: serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, safecracker, hunting, retired, one last job, crime, crimes, murder, gangsters, manipulation, manipulations, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: spain, england, europe, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.9
 169K
Black Mass (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, corruption, crime, brutality, violence, fbi, murder, organized crime, arms dealing, crimes, illness, mafia ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 2011, year 1995 ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, miami, santa monica california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Miller's Crossing (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, tense, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, gangsters, corruption, organized crime, mafia, betrayal, violence, love triangle, blackmail, jewish, mayor, gang war ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 8.2
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Heat (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, master criminal, neo noir, bank robbery, gunfight, robbery, police detective, crimes, thief, group of criminals, crime, one last job ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Johnny Handsome (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A career criminal who has been deformed since birth is given a new face by a kindly doctor and paroled from prison. It appears that he has gone straight, but he is really planning his revenge on the man who killed his mentor and sent him to prison.
Style: serious, intense, harsh, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, murder, plastic surgery, rehabilitation, robbery, vengeance, betrayal, crime, crimes, girlfriend, police, money ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, usa, texas, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.3
 7K
Takedown (2000)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Kevin Mitnick is quite possibly the best hacker in the world. Hunting for more and more information, seeking more and more cyber-trophies every day, he constantly looks for bigger challenges. When he breaks into the computer of a security expert and ...
Style: realistic, twists and turns, suspenseful, ironic, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: hacker, crimes, mind game, rivalry, computers and web, cons and scams, police investigation, criminal heroes, chase, law enforcement, greed, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.8
 3K
The Preacher (2004)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Different solution new movie ;-) The Preacher tells the story about the rise and fall off a dutch mafiaboss. The movie is based on the story of Klaas Bruinsma.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, controversial ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, gangsters, dishonesty, betrayal, assassination, deadly, hitman, murder, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, gunfight, kickboxing, urban ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, 90s
Place: amsterdam, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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American Gangster (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he ...
Style: harsh, serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mob boss, drug lord, mafia, heroin, police corruption, drug traffic, drug trafficking, smuggling, rise and fall, society ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: new york, harlem, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The City of Lost Souls (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Brazilian-Japanese gangster Mario rescues his Chinese girlfriend Kei as she's about to be deported from Japan. Desperate to escape, he hides in Tokyo's booming Japanese-Portuguese community and seeks passage from the country from a Russian ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, love triangle, lovers on the run, criminal's revenge, master criminal, rivalry, crimes, chase, drug dealing, crime, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 5.5
 2K
Johnny Was (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Johnny Doyle escapes a violent past in Ireland to lie low in London, until his former mentor Flynn breaks out of Brixton Prison...
Style: serious, rough, sincere, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: gangsters, danger, dishonesty, crimes, drug abuse, haunted by the past, drug dealing, criminal heroes, starting over, rivalry, reggae, irish ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, london, ireland, europe, belfast
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.3
 6K
In Too Deep (1999)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A fearless cop is taking on a ruthless crimelord. He knew the risks. He just didn't know how far he would have to go.
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, twists and turns, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: undercover, police detective, working undercover, gang, crimes, gangsters, police investigation, criminal heroes, ghetto, drug dealing, adaptation, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 90s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.9
 17K
Kiss of Death (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Jimmy Kilmartin is an ex-con living in Astoria in the New York City borough of Queens, trying to stay clean and raising a family with his wife Bev. But when his cousin Ronnie causes him to take a fall for driving an illegal transport of stolen cars, ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, gangsters, murder, crimes, crime, political corruption, master criminal, partners against crime, law enforcement, against the odds, vengeance, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, brutal, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robbery, crime gone awry, neo noir, hitman, gambling, mafia, criminal heroes, criminal, murder, gangsters, poker, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2008, 2000s, 70s
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana, orlando florida, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.0
 283K
Public Enemies (2009)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, ...
Style: stylized, captivating, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, criminal heroes, gunfight, bank robbery, master criminal, group of criminals, chase, shooting, crime, legendary, organized crime, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois, tucson arizona, south dakota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%