Movies like Character

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Character (1997)
 7.8
 10K
Character (1997)
Original name: Karakter
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 122 min.
Story: J.W. Katadreuffe is the son of Joba Katadreuffe and A.B. Drevenhaven. Though fully neglected by Joba, Dreverhaven ensures the succesfull career of his son. Mostly unseen, though he sues his son a few times. The son Katadreuffe succeeds, but at great costs.
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, emotional, gloomy, serious, captivating, suspenseful, thought provoking, surprise ending ...
Plot: office, murder, eviction, loan, communism, parents and children, vengeance, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, love and romance, rivalry, society, family relations, father son relationship, life is a bitch, mentor, police investigation, chess, poverty, dysfunctional family, hospital, corruption, love, dancing ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1900s, 1920s, 1910s
Place: netherlands, poland

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, talky and bleak films with plots about storytelling, crimes, runaway, redemption, brutality, death and dialogue mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like Character: Traitorous Prince (1994), The Thief (1997), Mystic River (2003), Thug (2005), Wonderland (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Traitorous Prince (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Guan Jian wants to report the murder of his father who died 10 years ago. The alleged murderer whom Guan Jian accuses of the crime is his own mother.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, parents and children, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, crimes, mystery, police investigation, family problems, family relations, uncover truth, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: china, asia, tokyo, japan, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.7
 4K
The Thief (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1946, a soldier fathers a child then dies before its birth. Jump to 1952: on a train, the child and his mother meet a handsome soldier who makes a play for her. She accepts. Posing as a married family, the soldier finds them a rooming house where ...
Style: sincere, bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: betrayal, soldier, parents and children, crimes, dishonesty, family relations, single parent, cons and scams, russian, hospital, death, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, year 1946
Place: russia, black sea, siberia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 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, bleak, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, murder, death in the family, sexual abuse, childhood, vigilantism, mystery, loss of child, tragic event, guilt, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.3
 27K
Thug (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The South African multi-award winning film about a young South African boy from the ghetto named Tsotsi, meaning Gangster. Tsotsi, who left home as a child to get away from helpless parents, finds a baby in the back seat of a car that he has just ...
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, redemption, criminal, baby, slum, fight, murder, police, urban ghetto life, violence, crime, bully ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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 6.6
 20K
Wonderland (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: On the afternoon of July 1, 1981, Los Angeles police responded to a distress call on Wonderland Avenue and discovered a grisly quadruple homicide. The police investigation that followed uncovered two versions of the events leading up to the brutal ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: murder, violence, police investigation, drug dealing, junkie, robbery, crime, investigation, vengeance, heroin, confession, cocaine ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: los angeles, usa, pasadena california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.9
 19K
Clockers (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Strike is a young city drug pusher under the tutelage of drug lord Rodney Little. When a night manager at a fast-food restaurant is found with four bullets in his body, Strike's older brother turns himself in as the killer. Det. Rocco Klein ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: murder, drug lord, train, crime, drug dealing, ghetto, aids, police brutality, parents and children, urban, mystery, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 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, police, sex, crime, strangulation, rock, strong sexual content, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.7
 14K
The Dead Girl (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: newspaper, murder, missing person, investigation, vandalism, uncover truth, prostitute, sexual abuse, fire, dishonesty, family relations, hitchhiker ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 7.3
 148K
Michael Clayton (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A law firm brings in its 'fixer' to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: legal, lawsuit, lawyer, guilt, scandal, divorce, law firm, cover up, uncover truth, dishonesty, crimes, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, milwaukee wisconsin, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.8
 36K
Mother (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove ...
Style: clever, realistic, stylized, tense, serious ...
Plot: murder, investigation, single parent, cell phone, rice, acupuncture, golf club, drunkenness, golf course, crime, innocence, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: asia, korea, south korea, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Before and After (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two parents deal with the effects when their son is accused of murdering his girlfriend.
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, murder, teen angst, courtroom drama, self discovery, family drama, mystery, parents and children, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.7
 6K
Deceiver (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The gruesome death of a prostitute brings suspicion on one of her clients, James Wayland, a brilliant, self-destructive and epileptic heir to a textile fortune. So detectives Braxton and Kennesaw take Wayland in for questioning, thinking they can ...
Style: clever, talky, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, secret, violence, prostitute, mind game, police investigation, drugs/alcohol, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.4
 20K
Bullhead (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Young Limburg cattle farmer, Jacky Vanmarsenille, is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious West-Flemish beef trader. But the assassination of a federal policeman, and an unexpected confrontation with a ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: mafia, crime, gangsters, friendship, criminal heroes, cattle, farmer, crimes, drug abuse, haunted by the past, murder, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 ⇓
50%
 8.0
 6K
Pixote (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prostitution, juvenile delinquency, prostitute, drugs/alcohol, social misfits, down on your luck, urban ghetto, social decay, life is a bitch, homeless, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.9
 4K
Cutter's Way (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: murder, revenge, conspiracy, arson, veteran, prostitute, false accusation, crimes, deadly, witness, neo-noir, party ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, california, asia, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Glengarry Glen Ross, follows the lives of four unethical Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to go to any lengths (legal or illegal) to unload undesirable real estate on unwilling prospective buyers.
Style: clever, talky, realistic, tense, witty ...
Plot: office, greed, robbery, real estate, contest, pressure, ambition, workplace, salesman, manager, desperation, ethics ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, illinois, chicago illinois, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
City by the Sea (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A man struggling to come to terms with the sins of his father makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime in a drama based on a true story. Vincent LaMarca is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, melancholic, dramatic ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, crime, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, family in crisis, homicide detective, drug addiction, estranged son, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Movie in collections
 5.9
 5K
The Walker (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, UK, Isle Of Man
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An escort who caters to Washington D.C.'s society ladies becomes involved in a murder case.
Style: serious, clever, twists and turns, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: murder, bartender, gay, investigation, politics, lobbyist, crimes, senator, senate, cover-up, dishonesty, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, virginia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Dolores Claiborne was accused of killing her abusive husband twenty years ago, but the court's findings were inconclusive and she was allowed to walk free. Now she has been accused of killing her employer, Vera Donovan, and this time there is a ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric, psychological, serious ...
Plot: island, murder, child abuse, maid, domestic violence, incest, dysfunctional family, investigation, reporter, bank account, anger, bar ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.5
 12K
Sweet Sixteen (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: emotional, captivating, realistic, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, dysfunctional family, drug dealer, downfall, parents and children, drug dealing, society, crime, youth, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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 ⇓
44%
 6.6
 7K
Bubble (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Set against the backdrop of a decaying Midwestern town, a murder becomes the focal point of three people who work in a doll factory.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: murder, small town, investigation, love triangle, factory, working class, mystery, workplace romance, dull life, crimes, unfulfillment, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Will Graham, a former London crime boss who has left his former life to live as a recluse in the forest. Haunted by the blood of those he has murdered, Will wishes never to return. But when his brother commits suicide, following a sexual assault at ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: suicide, vengeance, revenge, murder, crime, jazz, neo noir, drugs/alcohol, rape, gangsters, tough heroes, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.6
 20K
Horsemen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A recently widowed detective still grieving over his wife's death discovers a shocking connection between himself and the suspects in a serial killing spree linked to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Style: suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police, police investigation, crime, gory, psychopath, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, life is a bitch, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 ...
Style: psychological, bleak, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: iranian, house, depression, small town, legal action, immigrants, eviction, american dream, debt, loss of son, suicide attempt, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Reckoning (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 14th Century England, this tale of murder and mystery follows a fugitive priest who falls in with a troupe of actors. As they Arrive in a small town, the actors encounter a woman bing sentenced to death for practicing witchcraft and murder. ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: murder, theatrical troupe, priest, redemption, village, medieval, mystery, infidelity, monk, small town, religions or cults, witchcraft ...
Time: 14th century, middle ages
Place: england, europe, dungeon, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", ...
Style: epic, serious, bleak, realistic, rough ...
Plot: gang, mexican american, artist, racism, lowrider, police shootout, drug abuse, friendship, crime, gang war, grudge, heroin ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, guatemala, ecuador ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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 ⇓
41%
The Bride Wore Black (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal ? What is her purpose?
Style: french noir, stylized, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, vengeance, mystery, investigation, repayment, femme fatale, small town, haunted by the past, crime, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%