Movies like House of Sand and Fog

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House of Sand and Fog
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: bleak, realistic, psychological, tense, disturbing, serious, intense, heartbreaking, emotional, dramatic ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, depression, tragedy, hospital, suicide, fighting the system, greed, moral ambiguity, small town, loneliness, storytelling, corruption, violent, family, islam, twists & turns, legal action, violence, relationships, brutality, justice, dysfunctional family, secrets, visceral ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco, iran
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, dramatic and bleak films with plots about redemption, storytelling, dialogue, runaway, mentor, catastrophe and brutality mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like House of Sand and Fog: In the Bedroom (2001), Reservation Road (2007), Once Were Warriors (1994), Little Odessa (1994), Mean Creek (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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In the Bedroom
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Duration: 130 min.
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Reservation Road
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Duration: 102 min.
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Once Were Warriors
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: emotional, realistic, serious, intense, brutal ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new zealand
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    User:   73%
 
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Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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    User:   51%
 
 7.7
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Plot: pregnancy, immigrants, friendship, heroin, drinking, juvenile delinquency, realism, drugs, drugs/alcohol, drug addiction, mentor, drug dealing ...
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 6.9
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Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
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Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
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Bullhead
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 129 min.
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Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: minnesota, usa
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System:   43%
    User:   41%
 
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Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A cop clashes with his priest brother while investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute
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Prince of the City
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
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Style: realistic, tense, bleak, rough, serious ...
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Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
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Joe the King
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Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
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The Night Of
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: After a night of partying with a female stranger, a man wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder.
Style: serious, tense, suspense, dark, bleak ...
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Dancer in the Dark
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Country: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, USA, UK, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway
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Story: Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma ...
Style: emotional, surreal, bleak, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: dance, destiny, tragedy, small town, blindness, prison, factory worker, tragic hero, music, secret, loneliness, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1964
Place: usa, washington state
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    User:   46%
 
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