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House of Sand and Fog (2003)
 7.5
 65K
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 unfair legal dispute with the county, she is left with nowhere to go. Wanting her house back, she hires a lawyer and befriends a police officer. Neither Kathy nor Behrani have broken the law, so they find themselves involved in a difficult moral dilemma.
Style: psychological, bleak, tense, disturbing, suspenseful, gloomy, atmospheric, intense, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: depression, eviction, immigrants, life is a bitch, loss of son, tragic event, human nature, down on your luck, tragedy, compassion, muslim, suicide attempt, marriage, american dream, desperation, debt, anger, small town, police officer, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, house, bullying, iranian, bungalow ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary
Place: california, san francisco, usa, iran

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and bleak films with plots about brutality, storytelling, dialogue, death, redemption, depression and tragedy mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like House of Sand and Fog: Reservation Road (2007), Crash (2004), Cake (2014), Babel (2006), Vera Drake (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Reservation Road (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two fathers' lives intersect when one of them is involved in a terrible and sudden hit-and-run car accident that leaves the other's son dead. In response, the two men (Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo) react in unexpected ways as a ...
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: loss of child, investigation, redemption, obsession, lawyer, dysfunctional family, revenge, family problems, parents and children, deadly, losing-it hero, cover up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
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Crash (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Style: touching, sincere, disturbing, bleak, tense ...
Plot: racism, police corruption, interracial relations, prejudice, immigrants, introspection, social decay, bigotry, lifestyle, multiple storylines, redemption, catastrophe ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico, santa monica california ...
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Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, depressing, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, physical therapy, life is a bitch, grieving, dealing with death, introspection, drugs/alcohol, loneliness, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, tijuana mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico, France, Morocco, Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, rough, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: multiple storylines, nanny, loss of son, desert, deportation, tragic event, doctor, police brutality, family relations, redemption, depression, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, japan, mexico, tokyo, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, contemplative, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: unwanted pregnancy, abortion, neighbor, miscarriage, life is a bitch, injustice, working class, double life, social problems, rebellion, society, family life ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london, burma, melbourne australia ...
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21 Grams (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ...
Style: mind bending, gloomy, psychological, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: life is a bitch, desperation, redemption, tragedy, suicide attempt, guilt, death in the family, surgery, cocaine, human nature, unfulfillment, loss of child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
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Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
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Style: bleak, realistic, sincere, serious, suspense ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, jealousy, dysfunctional family, vengeance, family relations, parents and children, small town, age difference, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dysfunctional marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, new england
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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, atmospheric, depressing ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, life is a bitch, drug addiction, depression, downfall, drug use, destructive relationship, drugs/alcohol, degradation, hallucination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: serious, realistic, emotional, intense, touching ...
Plot: immigrants, deportation, culture clash, social differences, society, fighting the system, life is a bitch, state affairs, social problems, interracial relations, americana, robbery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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The Onion Field (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 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: psychological, realistic, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: death sentence, courtroom drama, crimes, police investigation, murder, police officer killed, kidnapping, legal, deadly, confined, law enforcement, law enforcer killer ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 7.1
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Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
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Style: emotional, atmospheric, thought provoking, bleak, serious ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, canada, new york state, quebec ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.6
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Leviathan (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, thought provoking, suspense, sincere ...
Plot: small town, injustice, mayor, russian, life is a bitch, legal action, social relations, political corruption, coastal town, friends, family problems, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: bleak, disturbing, gloomy, twists and turns, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
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Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 8.0
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Style: suspenseful, captivating, psychological, intense, suspense ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Country: USA
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⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Country: USA
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Style: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, emotional, serious ...
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Country: USA
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Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, serious ...
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Style: rough, bleak, psychological, suspense, intense ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.0
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Dogville (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, UK, France, Finland, Norway, Italy
Duration: 178 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Duration: 113 min.
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Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
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Style: tense, rough, emotional, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids
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Time: 70s, 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
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