Movies like Paranoid Park

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Paranoid Park (2007)
 6.7
 27K
Paranoid Park (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin girlfriend Jennifer, Alex writes his last experiences in Paranoid Park with his new acquaintances and how the guard was killed, trying to relieve his feeling of guilty from his conscience.
Style: surreal, psychological, realistic, sincere, serious, suspenseful, meditative, melancholic, art house, artsy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, skating, letter, teenage boy, autumn, flash forward, security guard, fatal accident, skateboarder, decision, questioning, coming of age, teenager, teenage life, crimes, youth, rock, first sex, virginity, moral dilemma, high school life, urban, deadly, break-up, teen angst ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon

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Most similar movies to Paranoid Park

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, talky and tense films with plots about murder, death, dialogue, crimes, storytelling, runaway and brutality mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like Paranoid Park: Elephant (2003), River's Edge (1986), Before and After (1996), Bubble (2005), Clockers (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.2
 80K
Elephant (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. The film chronicles the events surrounding a school shooting.
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, stylized, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: student, high school, teacher, school, bomb, photographer, suicide, massacre, shooting, mass murder, gun, classroom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.1
 14K
River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, strangulation, sex, police, crime, strong sexual content, family problems, rock, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Before and After (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two parents deal with the effects when their son is accused of murdering his girlfriend.
Style: sincere, suspenseful, serious, bleak, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, small town, courtroom drama, teen angst, family problems, teenage life, deadly, dishonesty, family life, small town life, law enforcement, introspection ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.6
 7K
Bubble (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Set against the backdrop of a decaying Midwestern town, a murder becomes the focal point of three people who work in a doll factory.
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, small town, working class, love triangle, factory, investigation, police detective, workplace romance, small town life, social relations, factory worker, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ohio, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 6.9
 19K
Clockers (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Strike is a young city drug pusher under the tutelage of drug lord Rodney Little. When a night manager at a fast-food restaurant is found with four bullets in his body, Strike's older brother turns himself in as the killer. Det. Rocco Klein ...
Style: realistic, tense, thought provoking, rough, serious ...
Plot: murder, police brutality, drug dealing, aids, ghetto, drug lord, train, crime, investigation, coming of age, going straight, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.6
 20K
Horsemen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A recently widowed detective still grieving over his wife's death discovers a shocking connection between himself and the suspects in a serial killing spree linked to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, scary, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, bible quote, hotel, police, security camera, interrogation, orphan, church, autopsy, police investigation, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.2
 29K
Mean Creek (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Teenagers living in small-town Oregon take a boat trip for a birthday celebration. When they get an idea to play a mean trick on the town bully, it suddenly goes too far. Soon they're forced to deal with the unexpected consequences of their ...
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teen drama, kids, teens
Plot: prank, birthday, bully, unsupportive friend, friends, small town, coming of age, friendship, guilt, boat, first love, interrogation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.7
 14K
The Dead Girl (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: newspaper, murder, missing person, vandalism, investigation, sexual abuse, hitchhiker, birthday, forensics, therapist, fire, prostitute ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 7.8
 36K
Mother (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove ...
Style: tense, stylized, clever, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: murder, investigation, arrest, innocence, desperation, search, lawyer, drunkenness, golf club, rice, cell phone, acupuncture ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002
Place: asia, korea, south korea, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.7
 384K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, uncover truth, victim, journalist, paranoia, investigation, mystery, code, mind game, crimes ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1969 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.0
 376K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, murder, vigilantism, childhood, tragic event, sexual abuse, child abuse, death in the family, loss of child, grief, loss of daughter ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.2
 25K
Palo Alto (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, youth, teenage sexuality, high school, high school life, adolescence, unfulfillment, teenage girl, coming of age, high school student, older man younger woman relationship, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.7
 8K
The Son (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.
Style: bleak, psychological, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, youth, apprentice, redemption, parents and children, hopes, death in the family, teenage life, going straight, family problems, realism, solitary ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: belgium, usa, europe, los angeles, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
City by the Sea (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A man struggling to come to terms with the sins of his father makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime in a drama based on a true story. Vincent LaMarca is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police ...
Style: gloomy, realistic, serious, melancholic, dramatic ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, crime, drug abuse, parents and children, crimes, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, family relations, family in crisis, estrangement, police detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Weight of Water (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. She discovers a cache of papers that appear to give an account of the murders by an ...
Style: psychological, sexy, suspense, gloomy, sexual ...
Plot: incest, murder, investigation, infidelity, island, hanging, axe, mystery, destiny, isolation, journalism, couples ...
Time: 90s, 19th century, 1870s, 2000s
Place: new hampshire, norway, usa, europe, new england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Traitorous Prince (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Guan Jian wants to report the murder of his father who died 10 years ago. The alleged murderer whom Guan Jian accuses of the crime is his own mother.
Style: psychological, serious, sincere, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, police investigation, family problems, law enforcement, haunted by the past, deadly, life is a bitch, parents and children, police detective, uncover truth, parent getting married ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: china, asia, tokyo, japan, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.3
 2K
True Crime (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has a addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which inspire her to do her own detective work. When she starts snooping ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, suspense, bleak, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, police corruption, danger, amateur detective, psychopath, child murder, female detective, police investigation, crime, mystery ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.6
 1K
Death Clique (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, a friendship rivalry between three high school girls escalates into a shocking act of violence, and soon one of them is dead. Now the dead girl's mom is determined to find her missing child... and get justice for her ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing, tense
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, rivalry, friendship, jealousy, social relations, uninhibited rivalry, manipulations, dishonesty, teenage life, high school, youth, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The Missing Gun (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: China
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this tense thriller, Ma Shan (Wen Jiang) is a Chinese police detective who awakes one morning after a night of heavy drinking at his sister's wedding reception to discover that his gun has been stolen. Since only police officers are allowed ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, dark humor
Plot: track down, deadly, police investigation, serial killer, law enforcement, memory loss, murder, small town, amateur detective, dishonesty, small town life, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.6
 20K
Wonderland (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: On the afternoon of July 1, 1981, Los Angeles police responded to a distress call on Wonderland Avenue and discovered a grisly quadruple homicide. The police investigation that followed uncovered two versions of the events leading up to the brutal ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, tense, realistic ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, violence, confession, heroin, cocaine, drug dealing, junkie, robbery, crime, addiction, vengeance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: los angeles, usa, pasadena california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Powers That Be (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A wealthy Los Angeles teen and her superficial friends wants to break out of suburbia and experience Southern California's "gangsta" lifestyle. But problems arise when the preppies get in over their heads and provoke the wrath of a ...
Style: psychological, sexual, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: crimes, juvenile delinquency, youth, teenager, promiscuity, cocaine, gang, teenage life, society, high school life, riddles and clues, hip hop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.4
 16K
Cruising (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S/M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from ...
Style: sexual, disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, gay, investigation, police investigation, psychopath, s&m, police, undercover, gays and lesbians, crime, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 67K
The Outsiders (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.
Style: sentimental, stylized, sincere, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, gang, friendship, small town, murder, juvenile delinquency, machismo, book, juvenile delinquent, street gang, friends, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 80s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 7.4
 94K
Brick (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, talky, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, neo noir, murder, investigation, mystery, drug dealing, drugs, amateur detective, deception, cocaine, corpse, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
 206K
Disturbia (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Kale is a 17-year-old placed under house arrest after punching his teacher. He is confined to his house, and decides to use his free time spying on his neighbors. Things start to get weird when guests enter the Turner's house and don't ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, intense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, paranoia, neighbor, amateur detective, murder, bad guy, arrest, investigation, loneliness, mystery, suspicion, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 37K
Narc (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly ...
Style: tense, bleak, cynical, realistic, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, undercover, police brutality, child abuse, violence, police detective, drug dealing, drug overdose, beating, drug addict, police shootout, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.7
 231K
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, tense, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, disappearance, kidnapping, tragic event, life is a bitch, private detective, crimes, conspiracy, missing child, peril, uncover truth, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.
Style: realistic, tense, clever, rough, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, friendship, basketball, cheerleader, juvenile delinquency, cheating, high school student, crime, coming of age, suburbs, social decay, ethnic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.8
 49K
The Pledge (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer. Based on a story by Swiss writer Friedrich D├╝rrenmatt.
Style: bleak, twists and turns, serious, enigmatic, intense ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, investigation, promise, mystery, small town, obsession, law enforcement, crimes, track down, justice, serial rapist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Winter of Frozen Dreams (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Barbara Hoffman is a University of Wisconsin science student. She is a part-time employee at a local massage parlor. She is also a killer. Now all Detective Lulling has to do is prove it.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, mind bending, psychological ...
Plot: prostitute, murder, bondage, investigation, serial killer, police investigation, deadly, gory, dishonesty, college, university, who done it ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: wisconsin, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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