Movies like Midnight Express

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Midnight Express (1978)
 7.6
 65K
Midnight Express (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his family, and the American government, or the "Midnight Express".
Style: disturbing, realistic, bleak, rough, serious, suspenseful, captivating, suspense, dramatic, brutal ...
Plot: prison, injustice, lawyer, torture, brutality, prison life, escape, escape attempt, smuggling, muslim, sadism, rape, anger, trial, racial slur, masturbation, confined, life is a bitch, down on your luck, fighting the system, society, power relations, prison escape, drugs, life sentence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: turkey, greece, istanbul turkey

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Most similar movies to Midnight Express

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, interesting and intense films with plots about murder, brutality, violence, corruption, storytelling, mentor and runaway mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Midnight Express: Papillon (1973), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Cape Fear (1991), Oz (1997), Lock Up (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
 112K
Papillon (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Style: bleak, captivating, tense, inspirational, suspense ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, prison life, false accusation, criminal heroes, prison escape, escape attempt, life is a bitch, hopes, life sentence, low lives, imprisonment ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: atlantic ocean, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: captivating, touching, clever, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, confined, survival, criminal heroes, hopes, life is a bitch, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, maine, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 152K
Cape Fear (1991)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a ...
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, lawyer, fear, family in danger, rape, rapist, revenge, prison, crime, serial killer, criminal's revenge, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 80K
Oz (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: The daily lives of prisoners in Emerald City, an experimental unit of the Oswald Maximum Security Prison where ingroups - Muslims, Latinos, Italians, Aryans - stick close to their mutual friends and terrorizes their mutual enemies.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, confined, prison, strong sexual content, rapist, electric chair, rape, racism, misfit, gang, life is a bitch, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 1990s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.4
 35K
Lock Up (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense ...
Plot: prison life, prison, vengeance, prison warden, life is a bitch, rivalry, good versus evil, prison escape, revenge, warden, murder, corruption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, alcatraz, island, buddies, mouse, nude fight, prison warden, confined, partners, prison guard, rebellion ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1960, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him to write his life story. Lesser learns that Panzram's ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, death row, prison, murder, redemption, crime, prison life, criminal heroes, confined, crimes, deadly, human nature ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: minnesota, new jersey, california, israel, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.7
 87K
The Experiment (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Das Experiment is a shocking psycho thriller about the potential for brutality that humans hide. Even more shocking is the fact that it’s based on an actual occurrence—a 1971 psychological experiment at Stanford University that was aborted ...
Style: psychological, tense, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, experiment, torture, rape, prison life, violence, humiliation, experiment gone awry, prisoner, aggression, manipulation, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 7.1
 108K
Bronson (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Cayman Islands
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.
Style: surreal, rough, realistic, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, society, social misfits, crime, violence spree, robbery, criminal heroes, confined, crimes, isolation, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1974
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.2
 13K
Bad Boys (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a ...
Style: realistic, twists and turns, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, neo noir, juvenile delinquency, crime, rivalry, youth, grudge, uninhibited rivalry, urban ghetto, prison life, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.9
 88K
A Prophet (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of ...
Style: realistic, tense, gloomy, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, mafia, gangsters, muslim, cruelty, prison life, crime, money, protection, arab, confined, bribery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, marseille, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.5
 48K
The Experiment (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 20 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
Style: rough, psychological, tense, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: prison life, prison, human nature, experiment gone awry, confined, switching roles, psychology, violence, danger, brutality, moral ambiguity, bullying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
 14K
Brubaker (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, prison life, politics, against the odds, society, human spirit, innocence lost, workplace intrigue, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Murder in the First (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story. A petty criminal sent to Alcatraz in the 1930s is caught attempting to make an escape. As punishment he is put in solitary confinement. The maximum stay is supposed to be 19 days, but Henri spends years alone, cold and in ...
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, alcatraz, courtroom, lawyer, murder, warden, theft, dedicated lawyer, fighting the system, prison life, murder trial, mistreatment ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1938 ...
Place: california, usa, san francisco, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.6
 174K
Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: disturbing, sadistic, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: child abuse, courtroom drama, childhood, vengeance, crime, haunted by the past, court, torture, friendship, lawyer, urban ghetto, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, new york yankees, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
In the Name of the Father (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. He and his four friends are coerced by British police into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, irish, torture, bomb, trial, rebellion, courtroom, terrorism, faith, lawyer, false accusation, courtroom drama ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, northern ireland, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
 123K
Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aileen Wuornos is an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Style: bleak, realistic, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, serial killer, lesbian, rape, destructive relationship, prostitution, murder, sexual abuse, death penalty, tragic love, motel, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: florida, michigan, usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: serious, exciting, tense, rough, psychological ...
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, fighting the system, murder, crime, prison, master criminal, mind game, justice, danger, death, perfect crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 6.6
 12K
Animal Factory (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, friendship, guitar, survival, strike, innocence lost, crime, prison warden, prison life, confined, human nature, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
 118K
A Time to Kill (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.
Style: suspense, serious, sincere, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, murder, rape, small town, legal action, court, lawyer, trial, injustice, punishment, revenge ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, nun, lethal injection, death penalty, redemption, court, forgiveness, execution, confession, funeral ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.5
 72K
Felon (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, murder, crime, life turned upside down, prison riot, tear gas, court, fight, tattoo, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 39K
Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Betty Anne Waters' older brother Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: false accusation, murder, prison, injustice, fighting the system, convict, lawyer, legal action, christmas, money, investigation, testimony ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 39K
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: serious, rough, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: prison, prison life, parents and children, juvenile delinquent, group therapy, gay father, confined, teenage life, youth, violence, family relations, therapist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: britain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.2
 34K
Chopper (2000)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true and intense story of Mark 'Chopper' Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison.
Style: dark humor, disturbing, stylized, cynical, serious ...
Plot: prison, brutality, murder, trial, tattoo, nightclub, criminal, drug use, prostitute, crime, judge, stabbing ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1986, year 1978
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.8
 96K
Serpico (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.
Style: realistic, tense, rough, serious, captivating ...
Plot: idealism, hippie, whistleblower, police corruption, police, undercover cop, corruption, police investigation, fighting the system, money, internal affairs, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.2
 3K
Five Corners (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A psychotic young man returns to his old neighborhood after release from prison. He seeks out the woman he previously tried to rape and the man who protected her, with twisted ideas of love for her and hate for him.
Style: serious, clever, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: violence, prison, stalking, friendship, theft, city, psychopath, elevator, urban, rape, love, alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, mississippi, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.
Style: tense, realistic, gloomy, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: espionage, spy, cold war, undercover, satellite, treason, smuggling, heroin, rebellion, rock, drugs/alcohol, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, soviet union, mexico, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.5
 52K
Straw Dogs (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: David Sumner, a mild-mannered academic from the United States, marries Amy, an Englishwoman. In order to escape a hectic stateside lifestyle, David and his wife relocate to the small town in rural Cornwall where Amy was raised. There, David is ...
Style: psychological, bleak, tense, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: sexual abuse, lust, revenge, murder, self defense, vengeance, family in danger, brutality, couple relations, rape, violence, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe, cornwall
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, drug lord, heroin, rise and fall, police corruption, organized crime, mob boss, smuggling, drug traffic, mafia, criminal heroes, ambition ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1970 ...
Place: new york, harlem, usa, new jersey, bronx new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%