Movies like Papillon

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Papillon (1973)
 8.0
 108K
Papillon
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, inspirational, tense, suspense, psychological, realistic, serious, dramatic, harsh ...
Plot: human spirit, prison escape, free spirit, runaway, survival, friendship, unlikely friendships, destiny, false accusation, character study, prison life, fighting the system, life philosophy, escape attempt, hopes, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, life sentence, low lives, imprisonment, prison, adventure, freedom, rebellion, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
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The Shawshank Redemption
Drama
USA
142 min.
 9.3
Birdman of Alcatraz
Biography, Crime, Drama
USA
147 min.
 7.8
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Most similar movies to Papillon

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, dramatic and interesting films with plots about storytelling, mentor, corruption, runaway, redemption, brutality and violence mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like Papillon: Cool Hand Luke (1967), Monster (2003), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Lenny (1974). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Cool Hand Luke
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, reflective, rough ...
Plot: prison, rebellion, freedom, prison escape, friendship, buddies, fighting the system, gangs, rebelliousness, mentor, storytelling, existentialism ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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System:   95%
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 7.3
 120K
Monster
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, disturbing, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, prostitution, rape, sexual abuse, murder, prostitute, death penalty, mental illness, lesbian, betrayal, homeless ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: florida, michigan, usa, ohio
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System:   94%
    User:   100%
 
Birdman of Alcatraz
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, dramatic ...
Plot: prison, alcatraz, redemption, birds, murder, rehabilitation, warden, fighting the system, corruption, human spirit, mentor, death penalty ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: usa, kansas
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System:   87%
    User:   50%
 
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The Shawshank Redemption
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, realistic, talky, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, happy ending, false accusation, friendship, human spirit, adaptation, prison life, life sentence, wrongful imprisonment, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, maine, mexico
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System:   84%
    User:   55%
 
 7.6
 13K
Lenny
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public.
Style: bleak, clever, psychological, serious, talky ...
Plot: drug abuse, fighting the system, drugs, death, drug addiction, tragedy, performer's life, stripper, free speech, depression, storytelling, against the rules ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: usa
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System:   73%
    User:   58%
 
Midnight Express
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, brutality, torture, prison escape, drugs, justice, violence, friendship, philosophy, revenge, loneliness, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: turkey, greece, istanbul turkey
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System:   70%
    User:   100%
 
 6.6
 19K
Hoffa
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: serious, captivating, factual, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: gangsters, politics, mafia, organized crime, corruption, violence, rise and fall, betrayal, murder, crime, conspiracy, prison ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: michigan, usa, new jersey, new york, detroit ...
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System:   68%
    User:   56%
 
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Gorillas in the Mist
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: sincere, touching, captivating, sad, serious ...
Plot: jungle, extinction, environmental, animals, gorilla, environmentalism, courage, human spirit, unlikely friendships, fighting the system, hunting, obsessive quest ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: africa, rwanda, congo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   58%
 
 6.8
 3K
Hellsinki
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Besides the journey of Tomppa and Krisu, the main characters of the film, Rööperi tells the story of Gypsy Kari, Arska, Bisquit, Uki and a bunch of other bad boys and criminals; it tells of their memorable and unscrupulous journey from crime and ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: crime, gangsters, prison, finnish, heist, drugs, gangster, crimes, gangs, brutality, storytelling, criminal heroes ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: finland, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   59%
 
 7.5
 71K
Felon
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, intense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, murder, crime, survival, corruption, death, justice, prison life, prison escape, mentor, violence, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   76%
 
 7.1
 14K
Brubaker
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, fighting the system, corruption, politics, murder, violence, torture, brutality, prison life, greed, mentor, prison escape ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   51%
 
 7.2
 7K
American Me
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, bleak, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, violence, crime, gang, blood, mafia, revenge, rape, buddies, gangs, violent, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   71%
 
 6.8
 23K
Bugsy
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: New York gangster Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womanizer with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, epic, captivating ...
Plot: gangsters, casino, crime, hotel, hollywood, hitman, gangster, mafia, gambling, violence, betrayal, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   67%
 
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 7.8
 249K
Donnie Brasco
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An FBI undercover agent infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life at the expense of his regular one.
Style: realistic, tense, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, mafia, organized crime, friendship, mentor, fbi, gangster, violence, betrayal, hitman, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, colombia, manhattan new york city ...
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System:   60%
    User:   53%
 
 7.6
 16K
Carandiru
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, compassionate ...
Plot: prison, aids, male nudity, murder, realism, drugs/alcohol, doctors and patients, prison life, attempted murder, police brutality, brutality, drug abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   50%
 
 7.6
 218K
Blow
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: gangsters, drug addiction, crime, drug abuse, marijuana, organized crime, greed, corruption, friendship, drugs, rise and fall, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: california, latin america, colombia, mexico, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   100%
 
Family Business
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Jessie is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups than just about anyone else. His son Vito, while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a fairly shady past and is indeed no stranger to illegal ...
Style: serious, realistic, talky, emotional, suspense ...
Plot: heist, crime, dysfunctional family, family drama, prison, parents and children, death, jewish, father son relationship, cons and scams, family business, family ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   47%
 
 7.6
 84K
The Hurricane
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: touching, thought provoking, serious, dramatic, inspirational ...
Plot: prison, courtroom, fighting the system, racism, friendship, boxing, freedom, prejudice, police corruption, murder, sport, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1940s ...
Place: new jersey, canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   63%
 
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The Miracle Worker
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The true story of the frightening, lonely world of silence and darkness of 7-year-old Helen Keller who, since infancy, has never seen the sky, heard her mother's voice or expressed her innermost feelings. Then Annie Sullivan, a 20-year-old ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, inspirational, serious ...
Plot: disability, teacher, blindness, dedicated educator, mute or deaf, mentor, childhood, censorship, runaway, young heroes, storytelling, adaptation ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: alabama, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   56%
 
The Falcon and the Snowman
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, suspenseful, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: espionage, spy, rebellion, cold war, drugs, secrets, buddies, rock, drugs/alcohol, conspiracy, spies, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, united states, soviet union, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   54%
 
 7.2
 34K
Chopper
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: crime, prison, violence, brutality, australian, blood, drinking, murder, drugs/alcohol, violent, gangsters, stylish ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1986, year 1978
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   50%
 
10 Rillington Place
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of British serial killer John Christie, who committed most or all of his crimes in the titular terraced house, and the miscarriage of justice involving Timothy Evans.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, murder, british, death, unlikely criminals, police investigation, death penalty, social differences, justice, greed, guilt ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1940s
Place: england, london, boston, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   63%
 
 7.9
 86K
A Prophet
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, bleak, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, crime, gangsters, mafia, corruption, french, brutality, organized crime, violence, islam, friendship, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, marseille, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   46%
 
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Escape from Alcatraz
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, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, alcatraz, island, prison escape, freedom, violence, buddies, mentor, survival, corruption, storytelling, dialogue ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1960, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   50%
 
 6.6
 12K
Animal Factory
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, harsh ...
Plot: prison, friendship, crime, drugs, violence, corruption, prison escape, murder, innocence lost, brutality, violent, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california, new jersey, puerto rico ...
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System:   53%
    User:   44%
 
 6.6
 12K
Auto Focus
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A successful TV star during the 1960s, former "Hogan's Heroes" actor Bob Crane projects a wholesome family-man image, but this front masks his persona as a sex addict who records and photographs his many encounters with women, often ...
Style: psychological, serious, gloomy, sexual, dark ...
Plot: obsession, addiction, friendship, pornography, murder, infidelity, male nudity, drugs, hollywood, sex addict, actor's life, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s, year 1965 ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   45%
 
 7.1
 15K
Infamous
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.
Style: talky, witty, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: murder, obsession, friendship, investigation, book, writer's life, drinking, manipulation, storytelling, writing, small town, homosexuality ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: kansas, usa, new york, mexico, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   59%
 
Dallas Buyers Club
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: realistic, touching, captivating, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, terminal illness, death, drugs, hospital, prejudice, gay, courage, survival, friendship, treatment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, mexico, japan, dallas texas ...
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System:   50%
    User:   49%
 

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This Boy's Life
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: realistic, emotional, rough, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, dysfunctional family, child abuse, single parent, small town, brutality, teenager, adolescence, parenthood, childhood, mentor ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: seattle, usa, washington state, united states, seattle washington
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System:   46%
    User:   47%
 
 7.6
 4K
Bandit Queen
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, India
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Born a lower-caste girl in rural India's patriarchal society, "married" at 11, repeatedly raped and brutalized, Phooland Devi finds freedom only as an avenging warrior, the eponymous Bandit Queen. Devi becomes a kind a bloody Robin ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, assassination, poverty, sexual abuse, brutality, rape, revenge, violence, redemption, indians, sexualized violence, life & death ...
Time: 80s
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   54%
 
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