Movies like A History of Violence

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A History of Violence (2005)
 7.4
 229K
A History of Violence (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
Style: neo noir, harsh, tense, twists and turns, disturbing, realistic, atmospheric, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: revenge, robbery, family relations, self defense, small town, attempted murder, attempted robbery, vigilantism, mafia, criminal's revenge, crime, hidden identity, mistrust, danger, deadly, going straight, nudity (full frontal - brief), double life, brutality, crimes, death, secret, deception, fear, paranoia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania

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Most similar movies to A History of Violence

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspense, intense, realistic and serious films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, violence, brutality, crimes, crime and violent mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like A History of Violence: No Country for Old Men (2007), Eastern Promises (2007), Death Wish (1974), Road to Perdition (2002), Straw Dogs (1971). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the ...
Style: neo noir, tense, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: greed, hitman, death, sheriff, brutality, crimes, human nature, track down, peril, stolen money, psychopath, shooting ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america, el paso texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
Eastern Promises (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Russian teenager, living in London, dies during childbirth but leaves clues to a midwife in her journal, that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.
Style: neo noir, bleak, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: gangsters, russian mafia, mob boss, criminal heroes, murder, russian, rape, investigation, organized crime, criminal's revenge, diary, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, st. petersburg russia, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 37K
Death Wish (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After his wife is murdered by street punks, a pacifistic New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad, prowling the streets for would-be muggers after dark.
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, suspenseful, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, architect, murder, vigilante, police, vengeance, crimes, crime, violence spree, obsession, fighting crime, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, honolulu hawaii, tucson arizona, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Road to Perdition (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time ...
Style: harsh, bleak, tense, emotional, serious ...
Plot: gangsters, vengeance, criminal's revenge, mafia, hitman, bank robbery, manhunt, organized crime, murder, betrayal, criminal heroes, on the road ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.5
 58K
Straw Dogs (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: David Sumner, a mild-mannered academic from the United States, marries Amy, an Englishwoman. In order to escape a hectic stateside lifestyle, David and his wife relocate to the small town in rural Cornwall where Amy was raised. There, David is ...
Style: bleak, psychological, tense, disturbing, cult film ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, murder, teasing, family in danger, self defense, revenge, lust, brutality, village life, vengeance, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, cornwall, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Out of the Furnace (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two brothers live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, when a cruel twist of fate lands one in prison. His brother is then lured into one of the most violent crime rings in the Northeast.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: justice, disappearance, ex convict, manslaughter, crimes, revenge, vigilantism, track down, fist fighting, loss of sibling, merciless, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 80s, 2010s ...
Place: usa, pennsylvania, indiana, new jersey, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 15K
Eye for an Eye (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: It's fire and brimstone time as grieving mother Karen McCann takes justice into her own hands when a kangaroo court in Los Angeles fails to convict Robert Doob, the monster who raped and murdered her 17-year-old daughter.
Style: tense, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: rape, vengeance, vigilantism, murder, obsession, haunted by the past, psychopath, support group, justice, vigilante, legal action, loss of daughter ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 60K
The Brave One (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, twists and turns, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vigilante, vigilantism, vengeance, corpse, loss of loved one, crimes, crime, tragic event, suspicion, injury, evidence, tunnel ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: captivating, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: motorcycle, haunted by the past, police officer, rookie, money problems, corruption, destiny, death, loner, family relations, chief of police, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Slevin is mistakenly put in the middle of a personal war between the city’s biggest criminal bosses. Under constant watch, Slevin must try not to get killed by an infamous assassin and come up with an idea of how to get out of his current dilemma. ...
Style: surprise ending, neo noir, clever, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, manipulations, crime, mysterious character, mistaken identity, disorder, deception, twists & turns, crimes, mafia, hitman, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 1979
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 640K
Fargo (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to ...
Style: neo noir, interesting, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, dark humor, crime gone awry, snow, greed, police investigation, ransom, crime, murder, small town, policewoman, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: minnesota, north dakota, usa, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
 7.5
 377K
Collateral (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Cab driver Max picks up a man who offers him $600 to drive him around. But the promise of easy money sours when Max realizes his fare is an assassin.
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, neo noir, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, hostage, taxi driver, crime, killings, organized crime, merciless, driving at night, crimes, anti heroes, victim, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Don't Say a Word (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia, Switzerland, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret..
Style: rough, suspenseful, psychological, tense, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: psychiatrist, kidnapping, murder, race against time, haunted by the past, danger, police investigation, crimes, deadly, confined, criminal's revenge, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 1990s, 2000s, year 1991, 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 105K
Run All Night (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon has seen better days. Longtime best friend of a mob boss, Jimmy is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. But when ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, intense ...
Plot: on the run, hitman, manhunt, gangsters, murder, haunted by the past, crime, crimes, revenge, parents and children, criminal heroes, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, bronx new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 134K
Payback (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: With friends like these, who needs enemies? That's the question bad guy Porter is left asking after his wife and partner steal his heist money and leave him for dead -- or so they think. Five months and an endless reservoir of bitterness later, ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, money, robbery, organized crime, betrayal, mafia, crimes, criminal heroes, anti hero, gangsters, dishonesty, disorder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
 70K
Blue Ruin (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The quiet life of a beach bum is upended by dreadful news. He sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance but proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Style: atmospheric, tense, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Plot: vengeance, death, crimes, vigilantism, haunted by the past, deadly, revenge, homeless, violence, vigilante, disorder, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.7
 27K
Cape Fear (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Sam Bowden witnesses a rape committed by Max Cady and testifies against him. When released after 8 years in prison, Cady begins stalking Bowden and his family but is always clever enough not to violate the law.
Style: psychological, disturbing, neo noir, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, family in danger, stalking, danger, small town, crime, crimes, revenge, chase, murder, lawyer, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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 ⇓
24%
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Rolling Thunder (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Vietnam veteran, Charles Rane, returns home after years in a POW camp and is treated as a hero. When thugs invade his home to steal the silver coins he received for his service, they mangle his hand and leave him and his family for dead. Rane ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, suspense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, murder, vengeance, homecoming, vietnam veteran, death wish, human nature, rivalry, crime, buddies, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, texas, el paso texas, san antonio texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 21K
State of Grace (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie's sister ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, betrayal, irish, undercover, gangsters, crimes, crime, working undercover, undercover agent, organized crime, reunion, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Killer Inside Me (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Sweden, Canada, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small west Texas town, patient and apparently thoughtful. Some people think he is a little slow and maybe boring, but that is the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what ...
Style: disturbing, rough, neo noir, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: sadism, brutality, psychopath, killer, sheriff, crimes, murder, small town, violence, deputy, danger, deadly ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 ⇓
23%
 6.7
 75K
Killer Joe (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A cop (Matthew McConaughey) who moonlights as a hit man agrees to kill the hated mother of a desperate drug dealer (Emile Hirsch) in exchange for a tumble with the young man's virginal sister (Juno Temple).
Style: neo noir, rough, tense, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: hitman, psychopath, deal, lingerie, police detective, greed, crimes, crime, parents and children, insurance, dark humor, cons and scams ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, dallas texas, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 7.3
 146K
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.
Style: psychological, tense, macabre, enigmatic, twists and turns ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, split personality, crimes, secret, police detective, businessman, murder, double life, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.9
 26K
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: neo noir, twists and turns, tense, cynical, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, con artists, manipulation, crime, crimes, couples, intrigue, rivalry, manipulations, nudity (full frontal - brief), cheating, twists & turns ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, arizona, phoenix arizona, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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 ⇓
22%
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: neo noir, suspenseful, rough, tense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robbery, crime gone awry, gangsters, hitman, bandit, crimes, gambling, mafia, criminal heroes, criminal, murder, poker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2008, 2000s, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, florida, orlando florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.5
 1.2M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: captivating, twist ending, tense, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mole, crimes, police, working undercover, undercover cop, crime, mind game, undercover, organized crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, taiwan, china, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.7
 407K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.
Style: tense, realistic, neo noir, harsh, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, lone hero, mentor, african american, rookie, police brutality, gunfight, war on drugs, gang member, russian mafia, latinos, drug dealer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.6
 9K
Undertow (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Munns, father John and sons Chris and Tim, recede to the woods of rural Georgia. Their life together is forever changed with the arrival of Uncle Deel, though the tragedy that follows forces troubled Chris to become a man.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, harsh, depressing, intense ...
Plot: farm, juvenile delinquency, danger, lifestyle, parents and children, dysfunctional family, brother brother relationship, coming of age, kids in trouble, murder, teenage boy, homelessness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: georgia, usa, iceland, nebraska, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%