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House of Sand and Fog (2003)
 7.6
 61K
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, realistic, tense, serious, disturbing, gloomy, sincere, suspenseful, inter cultural ...
Plot: house, iranian, depression, small town, legal action, immigrants, eviction, american dream, debt, loss of son, suicide attempt, muslim, anger, desperation, tragic event, marriage, fighting the system, culture clash, down on your luck, estrangement, obsessive quest, tragedy, life is a bitch, society, human nature ...
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 dramatic, serious, realistic and bleak films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, brutality, redemption, tragedy, guilt and culture clash mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like House of Sand and Fog: Reservation Road (2007), 21 Grams (2003), Crash (2004), In the Bedroom (2001), Crossing Over (2009). 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: emotional, psychological, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: lawyer, revenge, investigation, baseball, car, redemption, family, hit and run, loss of son, loss of child, vengeance, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.7
 211K
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: psychological, bleak, captivating, mind bending, suspense ...
Plot: life is a bitch, redemption, suicide attempt, desperation, surgery, death in the family, guilt, cocaine, sadness, human nature, unfulfillment, tragedy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 7.8
 398K
Crash (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Style: disturbing, sincere, touching, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: interracial relations, racism, police corruption, prejudice, morality, immigrants, bigotry, social decay, redemption, tragedy, depression, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico, puerto rico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.4
 35K
In the Bedroom (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York born Ruth Fowler, a music teacher. He is involved ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, sincere, dramatic ...
Plot: small town, crumbling marriage, older woman younger man relationship, dysfunctional family, vengeance, jealousy, single, age difference, ex husband, fishing, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 6.7
 22K
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, bleak, gloomy, realistic, compassionate ...
Plot: immigrants, rabbi, deportation, robbery, musician, culture clash, americana, society, life is a bitch, special agents, interracial relations, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, southern california, bangladesh, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.4
 33K
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 ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, grieving, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, dealing with death, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Little Odessa (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The film follows the personal relationship between a father and his two sons, one of whom is a hit-man for the Russian mafia in Brooklyn.
Style: gloomy, twists and turns, serious, bleak, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, hitman, russian mafia, crime, infidelity, gangsters, parents and children, immigrants, brother, crimes, family problems, gang ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.2
 23K
Frozen River (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, emotional ...
Plot: single parent, poverty, border crossing, native american reservation, snow, ice, illegal immigrant, smuggling, christmas, desperation, unlikely criminals, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, canada, quebec, new york state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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: serious, bleak, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, kidnapping, capital punishment, police officer killed, crime, police investigation, death row, courtroom drama, in the closet, confined, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.2
 29K
Mean Creek (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Teenagers living in small-town Oregon take a boat trip for a birthday celebration. When they get an idea to play a mean trick on the town bully, it suddenly goes too far. Soon they're forced to deal with the unexpected consequences of their ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama, kids, teens
Plot: prank, birthday, bully, small town, friends, unsupportive friend, coming of age, friendship, suicide, gay, dare, secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.0
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At Close Range (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970's. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... ...
Style: bleak, tense, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, sociopath, rape, gun, crime, gang, parents and children, crimes, family relations, siblings relations, family in crisis, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Prince of the City (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: police corruption, corruption, police, district attorney, crime, friendship, testimony, bribery, police detective, drug dealing, fighting the system, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., virginia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.6
 43K
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: atmospheric, bleak, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: small town, mayor, coastal town, injustice, political corruption, legal action, parents and children, legal, rivalry, life is a bitch, corruption, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.8
 22K
Rampart (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Follows veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, as he struggles to take care of his family, and fights for his own survival.
Style: bleak, rough, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: police corruption, district attorney, bigotry, homeless man, confession, road rage, brutality, crime, police brutality, drugs/alcohol, crimes, racial tension ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: emotional, realistic, disturbing, serious, touching ...
Plot: sexual abuse, corporal punishment, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, parents and children, coming of age, down on your luck, life is a bitch, society, youth, couples, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 90s, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.1
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The Accused (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.
Style: realistic, disturbing, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, courtroom drama, rape, lawyer, bar, injustice, testimony, district attorney, dedicated lawyer, witnessing a crime, alcohol, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Country: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, USA, UK, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Argentina, Norway, Taiwan, Belgium
Duration: 140 min.
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: bleak, emotional, disturbing, serious, surreal ...
Plot: factory worker, secret, blind character, small town, tragic hero, dancing, factory, human spirit, down on your luck, life is a bitch, murder, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1964
Place: usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Once Were Warriors (1994)
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, tense, sincere ...
Plot: rape, domestic violence, funeral, suicide, alcohol abuse, unemployment, violence, dysfunctional family, poverty, incest, tattoo, alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 7.0
 7K
Hardcore (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in the porno pits of Los Angeles.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: pornography, runaway, neo noir, private detective, missing person, father, daughter, missing child, bondage, perversion, parents and children, snuff ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: michigan, california, los angeles, usa, san diego california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.0
 125K
Dogville (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, UK, France, Finland, Norway, Italy
Duration: 178 min.
Story: A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth ...
Style: clever, disturbing, psychological, bleak, art house ...
Plot: rape, small town life, exploitation, human nature, bondage, morality, vengeance, haunted by the past, betrayal, greed, small town, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, atmospheric, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, drug addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, depression, hallucinations, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.7
 22K
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: realistic, bleak, gloomy, serious, captivating ...
Plot: unwanted pregnancy, neighbor, abortion, pregnancy, injustice, female protagonist, women's prison, police, miscarriage, tailor, rape, family in crisis ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: england, europe, melbourne australia, korea, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.7
 8K
Panic (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Alex is going through a midlife crisis and it has become a very difficult time for him. His marriage is struggling, he's worried about his son, and his job of killing people for his family has become the most stressful part of his life. He ...
Style: bleak, serious, stylized, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: midlife crisis, hitman, murder, infidelity, family business, crime, crumbling marriage, criminal, love affair, parents and children, fall in love, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 100K
Little Children (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations.
Style: sexual, psychological, sincere, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: infidelity, strong sexual content, adultery, small town, housewife, extramarital affair, parenthood, love affair, dysfunctional family, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sexual pleasure, moral ambiguity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Lakeview Terrace (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young interracial couple has just moved into their California dream home when they become the target of their next-door neighbor, who disapproves of their relationship. A tightly wound LAPD officer has appointed himself the watchdog of the ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: neighbor, interracial couple, racism, shot to death, drugs/alcohol, interracial relations, rivalry, family problems, society, husband wife relationship, family in danger, corrupt cop ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: tense, bleak, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: neo noir, dysfunctional family, crime gone awry, sibling rivalry, jewelry store, office, hospital, robbery, crime, divorce, greed, debt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brazil, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.8
 110K
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, tense, rough ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, hip hop, friendship, gang, coming of age, poverty, crimes, life is a bitch, teenage life, society, favoritism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1991, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.9
 14K
Grand Canyon (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Grand Canyon revolved around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles. At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship of two men from different races and classes brought together when one finds ...
Style: clever, realistic, talky, serious, touching ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, grand canyon, arrest, kindness, earthquake, adultery, racism, coming of age, society, introspection, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.1
 78K
Monster's Ball (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Set in the southern USA, a racist white man, Hank, falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically, Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's inter-racial affair leads to ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, serious, tense ...
Plot: electric chair, racism, redemption, waitress, eviction, anger, hopes, interracial relations, blacks and whites, love and romance, prison, white male black female relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
 2K
Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, rough, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, abusive father, theft, money, debt, classroom, juvenile delinquency, working class, corporal punishment, spanking, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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