Movies like Lion's Den

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Lion's Den (2008)
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Lion's Den (2008)
Original name: Leonera
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Argentina, South Korea, Brazil, Spain
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Julia, a 25 year-old university student, two weeks pregnant, with no criminal record, is sent to prison. Julia murdered the father of her child. This story addresses maternity, jail and Justice; confinement, guilt and solitude; but above all it deals with Julia and her son, Tomas, born inside an Argentinean prison.
Style: touching, uplifting, rough, serious, bleak, gloomy, realistic
Plot: prison, confined, fighting the system, prison life, human spirit, parents and children, life is a bitch, rebellion, murder, human nature, single parent, deadly, mother son relationship, crimes, love and romance, underdog, unfulfillment, protagonist as suspect, female nudity, criminal, zoo, amnesia, breasts, arson, elephant ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, argentina

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and bleak films with plots about crimes, life is a bitch, crime, prison, prison life, confined and murder mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like Lion's Den: Ombline (2012), White Elephant (2012), Three Walls (2003), Carandiru (2003), Screwed (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Ombline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ombline, a 20-year-old woman, is sent to prison for three years after committing a violent assault on a police officer. Just when she has lost all hope for the future, she discovers that she is pregnant. The law allows her to rear her newborn for ...
Style: touching, bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: newborn baby, prison, women's prison, family problems, single parent, hopes, prison life, family relations, confined, life is a bitch, babies and infants, starting over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
White Elephant (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, Spain, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gerónimo is a 45 year old man devastated by a tragic event. His friend Julian tries out afloat by encouraging him to participate in the project of a marginal town near Buenos Aires. Both are Catholic priests who decided to dedicate their life to ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, rough, bleak ...
Plot: fighting the system, society, rebellion, life is a bitch, social decay, hopes, urban ghetto, changing lives, against the odds, sex with a priest, ambition, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.8
 2K
Three Walls (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Three men are on death row. Jaggu (Jackie Shroff), a lawyer and a poet, is serving a sentence for murdering his wife because she was cheating on him with another man. Nagya (Nagesh Kukunoor), a man angry with the whole world, is arrested for ...
Style: bleak, touching, serious, tense, contemplative ...
Plot: prison life, prison, introspection, confined, hopes, crimes, criminal heroes, redemption, death row, murder, family problems, escaped prisoner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.6
 19K
Carandiru (2003)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Brazil, Argentina, Italy
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Carandiru, a story based on real facts and on the book written by the doctor Drauzio Varella, starts when he decides to carry out an AIDS prevention program inside Latin America’s largest prison: the Casa de Detenção de São Paulo, Carandiru, ...
Style: bleak, captivating, rough, touching, compassionate ...
Plot: prison, police brutality, prison life, doctor, crimes, confined, life is a bitch, aids, human nature, protest, regret, fighting illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence ...
Style: emotional, uplifting, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, death row, prison, gang, gangsters, human spirit, hopes, crimes, deadly, murder, journalism, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.6
 2K
Screwed (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film is a semi-biographical story based on the experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson who spent seven years working in some of the UK's most dangerous prisons. Based on Thompson's book of the same name, the project stars ...
Style: rough, disturbing, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, violence spree, prison, fish out of water, downfall, life is a bitch, corrupt officer, haunted by the past, confined, law enforcement, misfit, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.1
 3K
Stoic (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A heated game of poker causes three men incarcerated for nonviolent offenses to brutalize their cellmate before taking drastic measures in order to cover up their crime.
Style: disturbing, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prison life, sexual abuse, confined, criminal heroes, crime gone awry, deadly, society, life is a bitch, buddies, rebellion, crimes, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Stranger Inside (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility
Style: disturbing, emotional, rough, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: prison, parents and children, life is a bitch, crimes, drug dealing, society, confined, juvenile delinquency, youth, gang, prison life, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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McVicar (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: John McVicar was a London Bad Boy. he graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest security prison be able to hold him? This is the ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough
Plot: prison, criminal, prison life, tough heroes, human spirit, heist, criminal heroes, crimes, crime, escape, fugitives, ambition ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
 45K
Starred Up (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father. As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already ...
Style: rough, captivating, serious, tense, psychological ...
Plot: prison, prison life, juvenile delinquent, teenage life, confined, family reunited, family relations, warden, parents and children, troublemaker, father son relationship, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: britain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.1
 5K
R (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The R of the title stands for the young protagonist, Rune, fearlessly played by Pilou Asbæk. Imprisoned for violent assault, he's a cocky, good-looking young man placed in the hardcore ward, where his survival depends on quickly learning the ...
Style: realistic, tense, captivating, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, friendship, gang, confined, crimes, warden, murder, violence, muslim, jail cell, racial slur ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.0
 951
Animal 2 (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Now serving a life sentence for murder, James "Animal" Allen returns to fighting for cash in order to help his troubled son on the outside. However, with his newfound fame as a fighter, Animal uncovers a jailhouse conspiracy that threatens ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: prison, martial arts, false accusation, prison life, frame up, courtroom drama, murder, rivalry, society, life is a bitch, crimes, life sentence ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.2
 711
Civil Brand (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Forced to work under slave-like conditions in a "prison for profit" program, the inmates of a mostly-African-American female prison, Whitehead Correctional, try to take over the institution. At the core of the story is Frances, who finds ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: friendship, prison, injustice, social decay, human spirit, prison life, juvenile delinquency, hopes, racism, sexual abuse, criminal heroes, misfit ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Omar Killed Me (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, Morocco
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In the summer of 1991 an elderly woman Ghislaine Marchal is found murdered in the basement of her home with the message "Omar M'a Tuer" (Omar has kill me) written beside in her own blood. Despite a lack of forensic or DNA evidence, ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, prison, courtroom, investigation, false accusation, amateur detective, social misfits, fighting the system, injustice, prison life, courtroom drama, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1994, year 1991
Place: france, europe, french riviera, cannes
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.8
 398
Jailbait (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Randy commits a crime that would normally get him probation and a hefty fine, but in the "three-strikes" world of justice, he finds himself locked up for 25 years. His cellmate Jake is a congenial yet remorseless lifer who casually informs ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: prison, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, power relations, prison life, false accusation, sexual abuse, murder, confined, going straight, fighting the system, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Crime of the Century (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom, and murdered. Two years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested, convicted, and executed. This film dramatizes the investigation ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: kidnapping, courtroom drama, missing person, dishonesty, babies and infants, legal action, law enforcement, fighting the system, false accusation, prison, murder, who done it ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.8
 155
The Ceremony (1963)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A man (Robert Walker) has an affair with his condemned brother's (Laurence Harvey) girlfriend (Sarah Miles) while plotting his escape in Tangier.
Style: gloomy, rough, disturbing, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: mistaken identity, death row, dishonesty, intrigue, heroes, rivalry, crimes, deadly, confined, legal, life is a bitch, escape ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Women's Prison (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman about to get married discovers all too late that her spouse has mafia connections, when violence breaks out during her wedding. Caught up in the crossfire Lynn gets arrested and thrown into a women's prison.
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: prison, youth, dangerous animal, life is a bitch, heroes, one man army, dishonesty, confined, law enforcement, rebellion, rivalry, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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El padrino (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In the streets of East Los Angeles, Manny is a formidable drug dealer. Impressed by his extravagant lifestyle and prowess, his young son, Kilo, yearns to follow in his footsteps. Kilo resolves to learn how to prosper in the drug world, and his new ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime boss, prison gang, gangsters, prison, prison life, criminal heroes, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, crimes, deadly, drug dealing, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.2
 4K
Offender (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Justice needs to be served at Britain's most notorious young offenders institute.
Style: serious, tense, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: prison life, crimes, confined, prison, life is a bitch, vengeance, vigilantism, juvenile delinquency, chase, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, robbery, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 4.7
 1K
99 Women (1969)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Liechtenstein, Spain, Italy, West Germany, UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Jesus Franco's campy women's prison film is worthwhile for genre devotees primarily due to an outstanding cast. Mercedes McCambridge is unintentionally hilarious as sadistic lesbian warden Thelma Diaz, spitting tacky dialogue with ...
Style: erotic, realistic, serious, sexy, sexual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: escape, murder, prison, women's prison, sexual relations, life is a bitch, gender, femme fatale, confined, crime, law enforcement, manipulations ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.3
 283
Black August (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The last 14 months of George Jackson's life was an existence under subjective and objective conditions in California's industrial prison complex. George Jackson would spend 11 years in jail (7 of which were in solitary confinement) for a ...
Style: thought provoking, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: prison, racism, solitary, prison life, against the rules, rebellion, confined, fighting the system, rebelliousness, price of justice, society, life is a bitch ...
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Snow on tha Bluff (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When Curtis Snow steals a video camera from some college kids during a dope deal, he gives the camera to his best friend, Pancho, and they start documenting their lives. At first its business as usual for Curtis. He robs dope boys, he runs from the ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, rough, captivating ...
Plot: dealer, filmmaking, drug dealing, crimes, introspection, single parent, life is a bitch, stoners, down on your luck, crime, rivalry, danger
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Criminal Justice (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 584 min.
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Story: The worst thing Ben has ever done is, tonight, he takes his Dad's black cab out without his permission. But that's not why Ben ends the evening in a police cell. What looked to be a spontaneous evening of fun with a sexy stranger, Melanie, ...
Style: bleak, captivating, serious, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: legal investigation, confined, prison life, life is a bitch, accused of murder, crimes, legal, crime, courtroom, mystery, murder, lawyers and clients ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.9
 253
Day Break (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to Islamic law, which gives the family of the victim ownership of the offender's life. Day Break - based on a compilation of true stories and shot inside ...
Style: disturbing, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: death row, prison, prison life, confined, pardon, society, life is a bitch, deadly, legal, legal action, law enforcement, injustice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
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Common (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Multi-award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern's brand new film based on the UK's controversial joint enterprise law. Jimmy McGovern's gritty drama stars Nico Mirallegro as guileless 17 year old Johnjo O'Shea, who goes from innocent ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: legal, murder, crimes, courtroom drama, courtroom, false accusation, injustice, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, society, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Executioner's Song (1982)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In this fact-based film, Gary Gilmore, an Indiana man who just finished serving a lengthy stay in prison, tries to start anew by moving to Utah. Before long, Gary begins an ill-advised romance with the troubled Nicole Baker, a teenage single mother. ...
Style: rough, bleak, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, death sentence, death row, capital punishment, prison, price of justice, courtroom drama, legal, crimes, journalism, confined, crime ...
Time: year 1976
Place: utah, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.0
 108
Bloodlines (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: After Elaine Hopkin is found dead, apparent an OD suicide, her firstborn Mark wouldn't even inform his dad James Hopkin, who was locked up for murder. Kid sister Justine, a cocky uniformed cop, goes visit him, only to learn he was just ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, rough
Plot: investigation, murder, mystery, law enforcement, dishonesty, danger, crimes, deadly, intrigue, rivalry, righting the wronged, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Valachi Papers (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When Joe Valachi (Charles Bronson) has a price put on his head by Don Vito Genovese (Lino Ventura), he must take desperate steps to protect himself while in prison. An unsuccessful attempt to slit his throat puts him over the edge to break the ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: italian mafia, prison, gangsters, hitman, murder, anti hero, unfulfillment, ambition, rise and fall, legal, state affairs, special agents ...
Time: 1950s, 1940s, 50s, 60s, 1930s ...
Place: europe, italy, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Sins of the Father (2002)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In 1965 a bomb was planted in a Church in Alabama, killing four black girls. Thirty years later, Tom Cherry breaks his silence to discredit his father's alibi for the night in question.
Style: emotional, rough, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: racism, investigation, moral dilemma, introspection, haunted by the past, injustice, parents and children, crimes, society, legal, rebellion, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, alabama, birmingham alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%