Movies like Lord of War

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Lord of War (2005)
 7.6
 271K
Lord of War (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Yuri Orlov is a globetrotting arms dealer and, through some of the deadliest war zones, he struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent, his business rivals and even some of his customers who include many of the world's most notorious dictators. Finally, he must also face his own conscience.
Style: cynical, clever, intense, disturbing, suspense, entertaining, realistic, semi serious, epic, offbeat ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: arms dealing, smuggling, corruption, millionaire, arms dealer, criminal heroes, human nature, crime, cold war, organized crime, ambition, shooting, brother brother relationship, cynic, notoriety, rags to riches, drugs/alcohol, rise and fall, greed, gunfight, manipulation, interpol, betrayal, cruelty, pride and honor ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, 2000s, year 2001, year 1983 ...
Place: bolivia, europe, africa, beirut lebanon, latin america

Most similar movies to Lord of War

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, interesting, serious and intense films with plots about brutality, dialogue, corruption, violence, crimes, crime and storytelling mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Lord of War: RocknRolla (2008), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Goodfellas (1990), The Town (2010), Scarface (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
 214K
RocknRolla (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When a Russian mobster sets up a real estate scam that generates millions of pounds, various members of London's criminal underworld pursue their share of the fortune. Various shady characters, including Mr One-Two, Stella the accountant, and ...
Style: dark humor, twists and turns, humorous, surprise ending, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, cons and scams, crime, corruption, organized crime, crime gone awry, mafia, drugs/alcohol, gang leader, crimes, twists & turns, multiple storylines ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: clever, captivating, biting, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: rise and fall, success, ambition, cons and scams, wall street, strong sexual content, drugs/alcohol, millionaire, corporate crimes, greed, workplace situations, stock broker ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1987, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, geneva switzerland, manhattan new york city, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 8.7
 859K
Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.
Style: rough, realistic, suspense, suspenseful, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, crimes, friends, rise and fall, fbi, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, violence, court, friendship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s, 60s, year 1979 ...
Place: florida, new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 312K
The Town (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Doug MacRay is a longtime thief, who, smarter than the rest of his crew, is looking for his chance to exit the game. When a bank job leads to the group kidnapping an attractive branch manager, he takes on the role of monitoring her – but their ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gang, romancing a criminal, criminal heroes, ex convict, kidnapper kidnapped relationship, group of criminals, girlfriend, brutality, police investigation, bank manager, florist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.3
 633K
Scarface (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug dealing, drug abuse, gangsters, cocaine, gunfight, organized crime, criminal heroes, rise and fall, ambition, mafia, mob boss ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.2
 1.4M
The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, organized crime, pride and honor, gang war, gangsters, crimes, criminal heroes, crime family, mob boss, family business, greed, lawyer ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1950s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: italy, new york, europe, usa, sicily ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Leon: The Professional (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Leon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, bleak, touching ...
Plot: hitman, sniper, friendship, neighbor, mentor, partners, loneliness, loner, killings, young heroes, lone wolves, mafia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.6
 218K
Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, captivating, emotional, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, rise and fall, drug dealing, drug abuse, cocaine, gangsters, drug addiction, criminal heroes, organized crime, friendship, war on drugs, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: california, latin america, colombia, mexico, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.2
 396K
Casino (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 178 min.
Story: The life of the gambling paradise – Las Vegas – and its dark mafia underbelly.
Style: rough, realistic, stylized, tense, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: casino, criminal heroes, mafia, rise and fall, crime, drug abuse, organized crime, blind ambition, fbi, gambling, betrayal, wealth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1973, year 1983 ...
Place: las vegas, usa, costa rica, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, hospital, office, jewelry store, crime, robbery, divorce, greed, debt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brazil, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
American Gangster (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, heroin, rise and fall, police corruption, organized crime, drug lord, mob boss, smuggling, drug traffic, mafia, criminal heroes, ambition ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1970 ...
Place: new york, harlem, usa, new jersey, bangkok thailand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Enforcing the law within the notoriously rough Brownsville section of the city and especially within the Van Dyke housing projects is the NYPD's sixty-fifth precinct. Three police officers struggle with the sometimes fine line between right and ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, guilt, police brutality, deception, undercover cop, corruption, police, betrayal, murder, police detective, revenge, bag of money ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.5
 271K
Jackie Brown (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Jackie Brown is a flight attendant who gets caught in the middle of smuggling cash into the country for her gunrunner boss. When the cops try to use Jackie to get to her boss, she hatches a plan—with help from a bail bondsman—to keep the money ...
Style: clever, talky, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, heist, airport, crime, bail bondsman, stewardess, ex convict, racial slur, deception, cons and scams, drugs/alcohol, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.7
 344K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.
Style: tense, realistic, rough, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, police brutality, rookie, african american, mentor, russian mafia, drug dealer, gang member, crime, frame up, marijuana, robbery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 208K
Lawless (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Style: realistic, epic, atmospheric, serious, stylized ...
Plot: smuggling, siblings relations, crimes, prohibition, gang, gangsters, uninhibited rivalry, fist fighting, bootlegging, crime, mafia, rivalry ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1940, 1940s
Place: virginia, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.0
 18K
Red Rock West (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, clever, serious, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, neo-noir, small town, neo noir, money, mistaken identity, betrayal, unemployment, sheriff, bar, gas station, criminal ...
Time: 90s
Place: wyoming, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 182K
Traffic (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine ...
Style: clever, realistic, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: drug lord, addiction, drug abuse, police corruption, corruption, drug dealing, surveillance, heroin, marijuana, organized crime, legal, judge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mexico, usa, latin america, ohio, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman.
Style: atmospheric, clever, stylized, witty, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, prohibition, violence, betrayal, corruption, neo noir, organized crime, mafia, love triangle, loyalty, presumed dead, mayor ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 148K
Layer Cake (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...
Style: realistic, stylized, twists and turns, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cocaine, drug dealing, violence, murder, hitman, drug lord, neo noir, betrayal, organized crime, crime, cafe, kidnapping ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 90s, 1960s ...
Place: england, london, europe, netherlands, zurich switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 45K
Boiler Room (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A college dropout gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm, which puts him on the fast track to success, but the job might not be as legitimate as it sounds.
Style: clever, realistic, serious, cynical, rough ...
Plot: office, crime, stock broker, drugs/alcohol, rise to the top, moral dilemma, parents and children, ambition, crimes, dishonesty, workplace, blind ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, violence, brutality, survival, deception, night vision goggles, police station, mexican standoff, junkie, machine gun, exploding bus, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.5
 1.0M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, twist ending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mole, working undercover, undercover cop, mafia, undercover, police, mind game, organized crime, crime, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, harvard university, china, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 20K
Good Kill (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the shadowy world of drone warfare, combat unfolds like a video game–only with real lives at stake. After six tours of duty, Air Force pilot Tom Egan now fights the Taliban from an air-conditioned bunker in the Nevada desert. But as he yearns ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, psychological, tense ...
Plot: moral dilemma, drone, military, war, pilot, suspicion, air force base, suburbs, soldier, family life, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, year 2010
Place: nevada, usa, middle east, las vegas, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Movie in collections
 7.9
 379K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: psychological, disturbing, realistic, biting, suspense ...
Plot: journalism, sociopath, neo noir, obsession, ambition, journalist, deception, morality, losing-it hero, ethics, cynicism, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Untouchables (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it's not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most ...
Style: realistic, stylized, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, prohibition, organized crime, mafia, tough cop, tax evasion, white suit, rooftop chase, baseball bat, crime, bribery, accountant ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Terrence McDonagh, a New Orleans Police sergeant, who starts out as a good cop, receiving a medal and a promotion to lieutenant for heroism during Hurricane Katrina. During his heroic act, McDonagh injures his back and later becomes addicted to ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, offbeat, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, drug abuse, murder investigation, corruption, police brutality, organized crime, crime, heroin, promotion, debt, drug lord, sergeant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.5
 56K
A Simple Plan (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, France, USA, Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Captivated by the lure of sudden wealth, the quiet rural lives of two brothers erupt into conflicts of greed, paranoia and distrust when over $4 million in cash is discovered at the remote site of a downed small airplane. Their simple plan to retain ...
Style: bleak, suspense, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: greed, crime gone awry, paranoia, crime, accountant, suspicion, secret, betrayal, siblings relations, sibling relationship, friendship, airplane ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Set just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Sgt. Ray Elwood is an American soldier stationed at a German army camp. A soldier because a judge gave him a choice between the army and jail, Ray spends much of his free time cooking cocaine for ...
Style: witty, dark humor, cynical, realistic, clever ...
Plot: black market, corruption, heroin, soldier, army, berlin wall, murder, cold war, military, drug dealing, bribery, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, iraq, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.5
 113K
Savages (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Style: rough, dark humor, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, crimes, rescue, crime, violence, drug dealing, love triangle, marijuana, american abroad, filmed killing, widow, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: southern california, california, mexico, usa, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
We Own the Night (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hitmen.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, nightclub, crime, law enforcement, gangsters, promotion, heroin, mayor, cocaine, police chief, suicide, party ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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