Movies like Papillon 1973

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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, psychological, realistic, serious, emotional, rough ...
Plot: human spirit, prison life, false accusation, prison, criminal heroes, escape attempt, adventure, hopes, life is a bitch, life sentence, low lives, prison escape, imprisonment, free spirit, runaway, survival, friendship, unlikely friendships, destiny, character study, jungle, fighting the system, life philosophy, convict, execution ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and interesting films with plots about prison, corruption, friendship, storytelling, redemption, brutality and mentor mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like Papillon: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Midnight Express (1978), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), Escape from Alcatraz (1979). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: clever, captivating, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, prison life, freedom, false accusation, confined, life sentence, hopes, survival, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, justice ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 50s ...
Place: usa, maine, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 142K
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, rebelliousness, rebellion, death, egg, boxing match, escape, barbed wire, freedom, prison life, escape attempt, punishment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 ...
Style: realistic, bleak, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: prison, injustice, lawyer, brutality, torture, prison life, escape, masturbation, escape attempt, smuggling, muslim, sadism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: turkey, greece, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, warden, alcatraz, redemption, bird, life sentence, rehabilitation, human spirit, rebel, prisoner, birds, isolation ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, buddies, alcatraz, island, confined, partners, prison guard, rebellion, mouse, prison warden, nude fight ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1960, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.5
 71K
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, serious, rough, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, murder, crime, life turned upside down, rivalry, life is a bitch, tough heroes, fighting the system, innocence, killings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.6
 84K
The Hurricane (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Style: thought provoking, touching, factual, inspirational, serious ...
Plot: prison, injustice, false accusation, courtroom, fighting the system, racism, friendship, boxing, freedom, legal, human spirit, prejudice ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: new jersey, toronto ontario canada, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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: realistic, stylized, gloomy, epic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, drug lord, drug dealing, drug abuse, drug addiction, friendship, gangsters, cocaine, blind ambition, criminal heroes, ambition, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: latin america, california, colombia, mexico, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.4
 34K
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, entertaining ...
Plot: prison, prison life, vengeance, rivalry, life is a bitch, prison warden, murder, warden, buddies, redemption, human spirit, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
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Papillon (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, Spain, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Henri "Papillon" Charrière is convicted in Paris for a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he becomes obsessed with escaping. After planning and executing a series of treacherous ...
Style: brutal, suspense, based on memoir, factual
Plot: prison, solitary, friendship, brutality, male bonding, false accusation, free spirit, prison life, prison escape, survival, criminal heroes, human spirit ...
Place: south america, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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 ⇓
26%
 7.4
 38K
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, tense, psychological ...
Plot: prison, prison life, therapist, parents and children, juvenile delinquent, group therapy, gay father, confined, teenage life, youth, violence, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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 ⇓
25%
 7.9
 86K
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: mafia, prison, gangsters, muslim, prison life, confined, cruelty, crime, money, arab, protection, bribery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, marseille, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, captivating, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, nun, lethal injection, death penalty, redemption, court, forgiveness, confession, funeral, letter ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 952K
The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: supernatural ability, death row, false accusation, prison life, supernatural, human nature, death sentence, healing power, confined, life philosophy, prison, magic realism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 7K
American Me (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Edward J. Olmos made his directorial bow with the powerhouse crime saga American Me. Olmos stars as street-gang leader Santana, who during his 18 years in Folsom Prison rules over all the drug-and-murder activities behind bars. Upon his release, ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, violence, criminal heroes, prison, friends, juvenile delinquency, sexual abuse, lowrider, racism, crime, murder, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.7
 57K
Cell 211 (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, hidden identity, confined, forced to strip, gagged, prison riot, prison guard, penitentiary, surveillance camera, walkie talkie, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
 5.4
 615
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, injustice, rebellion, friendship, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, crime, sexual abuse, prison life, racism, social decay, righting the wronged ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, tragicomedy, uplifting ...
Plot: mental institution, fighting the system, human spirit, freedom, nurse, insanity, doctors and patients, anti heroes, crazy, dehumanization, plan gone awry, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 drama, courtroom, terrorism, faith, lawyer, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, scotland, northern ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.2
 192
House of Women (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An innocent, pregnant prison inmate (Shirley Knight) becomes the bad warden's (Andrew Duggan) personal favorite.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: prison, women's prison, gory, rehabilitation, prison life, wrongfully committed, righting the wronged, confined, legal, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, unlikely partners ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Straight Time (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer.
Style: serious, touching, realistic
Plot: parole officer, prison, bank robbery, murder, friendship, heist, crime, crime gone awry, going straight, jewel robbery, police, robbery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, los angeles, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 16K
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: realistic, bleak, rough, serious, offbeat ...
Plot: prison, attempted murder, police brutality, doctor, prison life, cross dressing, massacre, realism, drugs/alcohol, doctors and patients, brazilian, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.6
 19K
Hoffa (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Jack Nicholson's portrait of union leader James R. Hoffa, as seen through the eyes of his friend, Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito). The film follows Hoffa through his countless battles with the RTA and President Roosevelt all the way to a conclusion ...
Style: tense, serious, captivating, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: labor union, crime, gangsters, power relations, crimes, rise and fall, politics, arson, political corruption, power, ambition, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: michigan, usa, new york, detroit, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, criminal heroes, crime, juvenile delinquency, one man army, fighting the system, vigilantism, rebelliousness, false accusation, frame up, prison life, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.2
 39K
Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, 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, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: false accusation, fighting the system, convict, legal action, murder, courtroom, prison, hopes, legal, life is a bitch, injustice, lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.
Style: sad, sincere, captivating, touching, serious ...
Plot: jungle, extinction, gorilla, environmentalism, human spirit, obsessive quest, fighting the system, environmental, forces of nature, animals, courage, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: africa, rwanda, congo
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, realistic, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, life is a bitch, terminal illness, treatment, human spirit, gays and lesbians, strong sexual content, gender, hopes, transsexual, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, mexico, japan, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: prison, courtroom, investigation, murder, false accusation, injustice, crimes, legal, life is a bitch, amateur detective, immigrants, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1994, year 1991
Place: europe, france, french riviera, cannes
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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