Movies like The Grifters

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The Grifters (1990)
 6.9
 25K
The Grifters (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young short-con grifter suffers both injury and the displeasure of reuniting with his criminal mother, all the while dating an unpredictable young lady.
Style: twists and turns, tense, cynical, serious, intense, suspense, atmospheric, psychological, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: neo noir, betrayal, con artists, manipulation, crimes, crime, manipulations, intrigue, couples, rivalry, nudity (full frontal - brief), cheating, twists & turns, train ride, neo-noir, family relations, couple relations, parents and children, graphic violence, destructive relationship, bookies, dysfunctional family, family problems, dishonesty, family reunited ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, arizona, phoenix arizona, california

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Most similar movies to The Grifters

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and suspense films with plots about crimes, murder, crime, storytelling, betrayal, greed and dialogue mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like The Grifters: Blood Simple. (1984), The Gambler (2014), The Last Seduction (1994), Internal Affairs (1990), Blood and Wine (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.6
 88K
Blood Simple. (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, cynical, serious ...
Plot: neo noir, extramarital affair, private detective, neo-noir, hitman, murder, crime gone awry, crime, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, adultery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
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100%
 6.1
 66K
The Gambler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Literature professor Jim Bennett leads a secret life as a high-stakes gambler. Always a risk-taker, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Staying one step ahead, he pits his creditor against the ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, rough, serious ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, crimes, gangsters, moral dilemma, human nature, casino, gambling debt, race against time, dishonesty, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, las vegas, california, nevada, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Last Seduction (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Looking to escape her unhappy marriage, villainous femme fatale Bridget Gregory (Linda Fiorentino) convinces her husband, Clay (Bill Pullman), to sell cocaine, then steals the profits and runs out on him. She stops in a small town en route to ...
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: femme fatale, money, betrayal, neo noir, couples, crime, small town, dishonesty, crimes, cons and scams, runaway, bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, dallas texas, iraq, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Internal Affairs (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, crime, police investigation, manipulation, internal affairs, psychopath, crimes, corrupt cop, rivalry, law enforcement, dishonesty, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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, melancholic, twists and turns, intense ...
Plot: heist, dysfunctional family, family relations, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, family problems, greed, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, parents and children, wine ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Ice Harvest (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, dark humor, witty, twists and turns ...
Plot: stripper, christmas, crimes, betrayal, femme fatale, murder, strip club, crime, gangsters, dishonesty, nothing goes right, neo noir ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Best Laid Plans (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Rich, successful Bryce meets beautiful Lissa at a bar one night and invites her back to his house, not suspecting for a moment that Lissa isn't really who she seems. What unfolds next is a dangerous, tangled web of double-crosses and seduction.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, cynical, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: neo noir, crime, crimes, crime gone awry, manipulation, cons and scams, nothing goes right, manipulations, dishonesty, disorder, small town, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, nevada, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.3
 21K
House of Games (1987)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.
Style: twists and turns, psychological, clever, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: neo noir, gambling, cheating, psychiatrist, crimes, crime, betrayal, cards, cons and scams, psychologist, mastermind, mind game ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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 ⇓
51%
 6.8
 49K
U Turn (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When Bobby's car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are stranger than anyone he's encountered. After ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, intense, sexy ...
Plot: small town, neo noir, desert, money, on the run, mechanic, betrayal, murder, wilderness, femme fatale, drifter, police officer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
City of Industry (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his brother and partner, while going on the run with the loot they stole.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, murder, betrayal, neo noir, revenge, crimes, crime, gangsters, gang, stripper, graphic violence, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, florida, palm springs california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.4
 3K
Bad Company (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Nelson Crowe is a CIA operative under the thumb of the Company for a disputed delivery of $50,000 in gold. They blackmail him into working for the Grimes Organization, which is set up as a private company for hire, to blackmail prominent ...
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, clever, twists and turns ...
Plot: black man white woman relationship, murder, cons and scams, blackmail, judge, crimes, crime, uncover truth, femme fatale, rivalry, police corruption, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The intriguing relationship between three desperados, who try to kidnap a wealthy child in hope of turning their lives around.
Style: suspenseful, gloomy, tense, surreal, cynical ...
Plot: neo noir, kidnapping, mental illness, femme fatale, boxer, crime gone awry, crimes, crime, murder, mystery, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.5
 64K
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, treasure, character change, human nature, dishonesty, couple relations, nothing goes right, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.3
 18K
Point Blank (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.
Style: surreal, rough, suspenseful, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, vengeance, betrayal, gangsters, neo noir, anti hero, anti heroes, left to die, crimes, crime, dishonesty, tough heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, san francisco, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.4
 11K
The Hot Spot (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A loner moves in to a small Texas town, finds himself a job, and sets about plotting to rob the local bank.
Style: atmospheric, sexy, suspenseful, suspense, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: neo noir, femme fatale, infidelity, accountant, dishonesty, crimes, manipulation, love triangle, love and romance, cons and scams, dangerous attraction, bank robbery ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, virginia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.4
 31K
Body Heat (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.
Style: sexy, sexual, atmospheric, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: femme fatale, neo noir, murder, adultery, neo-noir, lust, betrayal, crimes, crime, crimes of passion, dangerous attraction, small town ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 4.7
 1K
Three Way (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Lew is a small time loser with a troubled past and a very big secret. Overhearing a couple plan a kidnapping, Lew is tempted to come up with a scheme of his own. He decides to get to the victim first and then blackmail the real criminals. His plan ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious, dark humor ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, kidnapping, crime gone awry, adultery, blackmail, betrayal, who done it, love, nude girl, manipulation, manipulations, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 6.4
 10K
Criminal (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Needing a new partner capable of intricate cons, Richard Gaddis, recruits Rodrigo, a crook with a perfect poker face. The two plan a big-time scam: selling a fake Silver Certificate to currency collector William Hannigan. Rodrigo distrusts his new ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forgery, crime, con artists, crimes, manipulation, partners, manipulations, crime gone awry, criminal heroes, dishonesty, perfect crime, small time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.4
 5K
52 Pick-Up (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Harry Mitchell is a successful Los Angeles manufacturer whose wife is running for city council. His life is turned upside down when three blackmailers confront him with a video tape of him with his young mistress and demand $100,000. Fearing that ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, infidelity, neo noir, blackmail, crimes, crime, crime gone awry, neo-noir, hostages, rivalry, law enforcement, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Mulholland Falls (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, investigation, political corruption, police, crimes, mystery, dishonesty, partners against crime, neo noir, tough law enforcer, law enforcement ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.9
 469K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak, biting ...
Plot: neo noir, journalism, sociopath, twists & turns, journalist, morality, cynicism, graphic violence, obsession, ambition, neo-noir, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In late 1940s Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins is an unemployed black World War II veteran with few job prospects. At a bar, Easy meets DeWitt Albright, a mysterious white man looking for someone to investigate the disappearance of a missing white woman ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, clever, realistic, serious ...
Plot: neo noir, missing person, murder, jazz, jazz club, private detective, political corruption, crime, crimes, neo-noir, mystery, amateur detective ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. Based on a novel by James M. Cain.
Style: serious, sexy, suspense, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: neo noir, murder, obsession, betrayal, infidelity, conspiracy, crime, crimes, fatal attraction, romance, love affair, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Under Suspicion (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder. "This will only take ten minutes", they say, but it turns out to be one loose end after another, and the ten minutes he is ...
Style: talky, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, rape, murder mystery, murder, mind game, mystery, crime, crimes, lawyer, serial killer, interrogation, prime suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: bleak, realistic, serious, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: neo noir, robbery, dysfunctional family, debt, blackmail, crime gone awry, jewelry store, crime, crimes, greed, deception, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, rio de janeiro, brazil, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative.
Style: cynical, gloomy, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: hitman, gambling, murder, neo noir, bandit, strip club, gangsters, crime gone awry, crimes, crime, neo-noir, disorder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.3
 12K
Shade (2003)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Tiffany, Charlie and Vernon are con artists looking to up the ante from their typical scams. They figure a good way of doing this is taking down Dean "The Dean" Stevens, a well-known cardsharp, in a rigged game. However, they first need ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, surprise ending, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, betrayal, crimes, dishonesty, vengeance, gangsters, criminal heroes, crime, criminal's revenge, cons and scams, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 3.5
 593
N-Secure (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: N-Secure is a no holds-barred thrilling drama mixed with murder, mayhem and manipulation among affluent professionals. This film sheds light on a man's downfall from the pinnacles of success into the depths of his damaged character. His ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: betrayal, murder, infidelity, breakup, crimes, danger, couples, rivalry, couple relations, obsession, jealousy, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 20K
Red Rock West (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his ...
Style: suspenseful, sexy, rough, surprise ending, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo-noir, neo noir, hitman, mistaken identity, betrayal, small town, money, unemployment, criminal, crimes, crime gone awry, gas station ...
Time: 90s
Place: wyoming, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%