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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: legal action, iranian, house, depression, small town, 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 realistic, serious, bleak and tense films with plots about redemption, dialogue, storytelling, murder, life is a bitch, brutality and mentor mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like House of Sand and Fog: Reservation Road (2007), 21 Grams (2003), Crash (2004), Crossing Over (2009), In the Bedroom (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, redemption, revenge, investigation, baseball, car, 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
 207K
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: gloomy, emotional, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: redemption, life is a bitch, suicide attempt, surgery, death in the family, desperation, crimes, guilt, vengeance, death, family problems, hit and run ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.8
 392K
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, human nature, bigotry, social decay, redemption, tragedy, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico, santa monica california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.8
 21K
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: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, 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, bangladesh, southern california, tijuana mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 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: crumbling marriage, small town, dysfunctional family, vengeance, jealousy, fishing, single, ex husband, age difference, parents and children, death in the family, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.6
 41K
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, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: small town, mayor, coastal town, injustice, parents and children, political corruption, legal action, legal, rivalry, life is a bitch, human nature, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.1
 10K
God's Pocket (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A boozy lowlife tries to bury the truth about his crazy stepson's suspicious death, but a nosy newspaper columnist and the young man's mother complicate matters.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: down on your luck, realism, drugs/alcohol, working class, dishonesty, society, life is a bitch, investigation, couple relations, infidelity, crimes, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, heroin, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, drug addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, hallucinations, depression, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, kidnapping, capital punishment, police officer killed, crime, police investigation, death row, in the closet, confined, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, serious, twists and turns, 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 ⇓
50%
 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, native american reservation, ice, snow, illegal immigrant, border crossing, smuggling, christmas, desperation, unlikely criminals, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, canada, new york state, quebec ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.2
 944
Steel Toes (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Steel Toes is a provocative exploration of the inescapable and insidious presence of racial and religious intolerance in our society.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, tense, rough ...
Plot: racism, liberal, legal action, prison, moral dilemma, crime, psychopath, courtroom drama, confined, crimes, legal, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, montreal quebec, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.1
 14K
River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, sex, police, crime, strangulation, strong sexual content, rock, teenage life, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, rough, serious, bleak ...
Plot: police corruption, corruption, police, district attorney, crime, friendship, testimony, bribery, police detective, drug dealing, fighting the system, betrayal ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 8.0
 121K
Dogville (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Netherlands, Denmark, UK, France, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Norway
Duration: 178 min.
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Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, clever, art house ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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War Story (2014)
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Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, bleak, stylized ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Dancer in the Dark (2000)
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: bleak, emotional, disturbing, serious, surreal ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.0
 12K
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 ⇓
47%
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 5.8
 22K
Rampart (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: bleak, rough, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: police corruption, bigotry, homeless man, road rage, district attorney, confession, brutality, crime, police brutality, drugs/alcohol, crimes, lapd ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.4
 32K
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, serious, psychological, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, widower, drugs/alcohol, obsession, dealing with death, grieving, introspection, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.8
 346
Police Beat (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Z (Pape Sidy Niang), a Seattle bicycle cop, tries to make sense of the world while patrolling the city streets but can't focus on his job because he's so preoccupied with suspicions that his girlfriend is cheating on him. Director Robinson ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, offbeat ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 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
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
True Confessions (1981)
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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Plot: murder, priest, crime, prostitute, redemption, political corruption, police corruption, clergy, gangsters, introspection, siblings relations, society ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 7.9
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12 Angry Men (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During the trial of a man accused of his father's murder, a lone juror takes a stand against the guilty verdict handed down by the others as a result of their preconceptions and prejudices. The film is adapted by Reginald Rose from his own 1957 ...
Style: serious, tense, thought provoking, talky, clever ...
Plot: jury, legal action, courtroom drama, legal, uncover truth, social differences, doubts and hesitations, false accusation, argument, lawyer, evidence, revelation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Glass Shield (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the ...
Style: rough, serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, police station, courtroom drama, false accusation, crime, police investigation, tough law enforcer, legal action, fighting the system, police ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Killer Inside Me (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A sheriff struggles to hide his violent murderous acts.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, rough, suspense ...
Plot: neo noir, psychopath, small town, crime, serial killer, crimes, danger, deadly, unlikely criminals, small town life, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 8.0
 376K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, emotional, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, child abuse, death in the family, childhood, murder, sexual abuse, innocence lost, loss of child, loss of loved one, vigilantism, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
American History X (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader ...
Style: rough, serious, tense, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, prison, juvenile delinquency, nazism, rape, violence spree, siblings relations, crime, rebelliousness, confined, redemption, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 ...
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Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 90s, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.2
 5K
Stolen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A detective becomes obsessed with solving a child's 50-year-old murder, uncovering striking similarities between the case and his son's disappearance.
Style: tense, serious, gloomy, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: dealing with death, small town, uncover truth, interrogation, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, couple relations, small town life, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s, 2000s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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