Movies like Papillon 1973

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Papillon (1973)
 8.0
 114K
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, tense, captivating, inspirational, suspense, psychological, realistic, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, human spirit, prison life, false accusation, criminal heroes, escape attempt, life is a bitch, hopes, life sentence, low lives, imprisonment, jungle, free spirit, adventure, runaway, execution, labor camp, survival, friendship, unlikely friendships, destiny, character study, fighting the system, life philosophy ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean

Most similar movies to Papillon

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, harsh and interesting films with plots about prison, violence, brutality, friendship, corruption, crime and murder mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like Papillon: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Midnight Express (1978), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison life, freedom, life is a bitch, life sentence, prison escape, corruption, confined, criminal heroes, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 43K
Papillon (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Spain
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: based on memoir, factual, suspense, brutal, homoerotic
Plot: prison escape, prison life, prison, friendship, human spirit, survival, solitary, false accusation, rebelliousness, brutality, male bonding, jungle ...
Time: year 1969, year 1970, 1930s
Place: south america, venezuela, france, paris france, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 8.1
 151K
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 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, rough, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, freedom, rebelliousness, escape, dignity, escape attempt, punishment, death, human spirit, convict, loss of parent, respect ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: realistic, suspense, atmospheric, exciting, social realism ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, alcatraz, prison escape, prison life, convict, freedom, island, punishment, warden, partners, confined, suicide ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1961, year 1960 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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: disturbing, realistic, suspense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prison, torture, injustice, lawyer, brutality, escape attempt, trial, convict, drug smuggling, muslim, sadism, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: turkey, greece, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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: serious, atmospheric, captivating, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: prison, warden, alcatraz, redemption, life sentence, self discovery, rebel, defiant, human spirit, isolation, punishment, rehabilitation ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 50s, 30s, 20s ...
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.4
 73K
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, brutal, emotional, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, fighting the system, murder, prison riot, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, rivalry, tough heroes, police brutality, fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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: disturbing, realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, prison, prison gang, violence, juvenile delinquency, criminal heroes, sexual abuse, racism, murder, crime, self discovery, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 40s, 50s, year 1943 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 226K
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: atmospheric, serious, captivating, emotional, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, rise and fall, drug dealing, cocaine, drug cartel, drug abuse, gangsters, drug addiction, organized crime, friendship, drug use, criminal heroes ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 90s, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: california, latin america, colombia, mexico, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 15K
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, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, liberal, corruption, violence, brutality, abuse of power, justice, politics, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: arkansas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: touching, emotional, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, lethal injection, nun, death penalty, redemption, warden, forgiveness, confession, court, punishment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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: realistic, tense, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: prison, friendship, survival, human nature, crime, confined, fish out of water, prison warden, drugs, prison escape, friendship between men, gang leader ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.6
 87K
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, bleak ...
Plot: prison, boxing, freedom, false accusation, racism, courtroom, friendship, prison life, fighting the system, injustice, prejudice, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: new jersey, toronto ontario canada, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.8
 41K
Life (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two men in 1930s Mississippi become friends after being sentenced to life in prison together for a crime they did not commit.
Style: humorous, semi serious, funny, twists and turns, entertaining ...
Plot: life sentence, prison life, escape attempt, criminal, redemption, frame up, dishonesty, partners, injustice, crimes, life is a bitch, prison ...
Time: 90s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1990s
Place: mississippi, usa, new york, mississippi river, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.4
 35K
Lock Up (1989)
Genre: Action, 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, rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: prison life, prison, prison warden, life is a bitch, rivalry, vengeance, warden, murder, good versus evil, prison escape, lone hero, corruption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.2
 654
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, tense, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: friendship, prison, injustice, feminism, hopes, human spirit, prison life, social decay, juvenile delinquency, crimes, crime, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, realistic, psychological, thought provoking, touching
Plot: parole officer, prison, friendship, murder, heist, crime gone awry, dishonesty, life is a bitch, going straight, crimes, crime, jail ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, beverly hills, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.5
 17K
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, touching, rough, captivating, compassionate ...
Plot: prison, police brutality, prison life, doctor, confined, life is a bitch, aids, human nature, regret, crimes, fighting illness, protest ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
 7.9
 89K
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: tense, bleak, rough, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, prison, muslim, gangsters, prison life, cruelty, convict, confined, racial slur, respect, guilt, power struggle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, marseille, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.4
 40K
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, teenage life, confined, warden, family reunited, family relations, parents and children, juvenile delinquent, troublemaker, father son relationship, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: britain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.6
 20K
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, suspenseful, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: labor union, politics, gangsters, crimes, rise and fall, social activist, political corruption, political intrigue, rivalry, ambition, state affairs, rebellion ...
Time: 70s, 1960s, 30s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: detroit, new york, michigan, usa, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 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: serious, emotional, uplifting, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, death row, prison, gang, gangsters, hopes, human spirit, life is a bitch, crimes, journalism, deadly, lethal injection ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.7
 3K
Hellsinki (2009)
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, rough, suspenseful, brutal, psychological ...
Plot: drug abuse, gangsters, crimes, prison, criminal heroes, heist, going straight, drugs, gang of thieves, criminal gang, criminal, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: finland, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 35K
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, cynical, rough, cult film ...
Plot: brutality, prison, convict, criminal, murder, judge, drug use, criminal heroes, notoriety, prison life, self destructing, stabbing ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1978, year 1986
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.6
 60K
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: tense, suspenseful, rough, intense, tricky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, hidden identity, confined, convict, prison riot, prison guard, penitentiary, rebellion, survival, rebelliousness, protest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.0
 264K
Public Enemies (2009)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gunfight, master criminal, bank robbery, criminal heroes, shooting, crime, chase, organized crime, special agents, crimes, fbi ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, illinois, south dakota, arizona, tucson arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.6
 10K
Rosewater (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters living in the country with access to US media, he made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a taped ...
Style: tense, captivating, suspense, brutal, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, journalism, interrogation, captivity, danger, false accusation, solitary, life is a bitch, reporter, torture, anguish, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, emotional, touching, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: investigation, prison, murder, courtroom, false accusation, fighting the system, amateur detective, social misfits, prison life, injustice, courtroom drama, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1991, year 1994
Place: france, europe, french riviera, cannes
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
My Name Ain't Johnny (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In the 90's, In Rio de Janeiro, the middle-class João Guilherme Estrella is introduced to the world of drugs consuming maconha and cocaine first and later becoming a drug-dealer with many connections inclusive in Europe. However, he spends all ...
Style: stylized, captivating, realistic, rough, serious
Plot: prison, ambition, couple relations, life is a bitch, addiction, buddies, partners, drug dealing, prison life, couples, rehabilitation, downfall ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: brazil, venice, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Longest Yard (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In this rough-and-tumble yarn, actually filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prision, the cons are the heroes and the guards are the heavies. Eddie Albert is the sadistic warden who'll gladly make any sacrifice to push his guards' ...
Style: rough, humorous, captivating, semi serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, underdog, sport, american football, football, contests and competitions, partners, prison life, moral dilemma, confined, human spirit, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: florida, usa, georgia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%