Movies like Poolhall Junkies

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Poolhall Junkies (2002)
 6.8
 10K
Poolhall Junkies (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A retired pool hustler is forced to pick up the stick again when his brother starts a game he can't finish.
Style: serious, suspense, suspenseful, rough, realistic, clever, witty, entertaining, inspirational, tricky ...
Audience: kids
Plot: billiards, gambling, orphan, hustler, gangsters, rivalry, ambition, opponent, small time, vengeance, crimes, dishonesty, criminal's revenge, con artists, fight, friendship, drug deal, money, police officer, theft, deception, robbery, drug use, father son relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey, new orleans

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Most similar movies to Poolhall Junkies

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, twists and turns, interesting and talky films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, greed, mentor, gangsters, catastrophe and brutality mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Poolhall Junkies: The Hustler (1961), Shade (2003), White Men Can't Jump (1992), Criminal (2004), The Hard Word (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
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The Hustler (1961)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Fast Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary Minnesota Fats to a high-stakes match.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, thought provoking, talky, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: billiards, gambling, suicide, money, hustler, sport, championship, success, rivalry, ambition, lifestyle, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, california, san francisco, minnesota, new york
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 6.3
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Shade (2003)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Tiffany, Charlie and Vernon are con artists looking to up the ante from their typical scams. They figure a good way of doing this is taking down Dean "The Dean" Stevens, a well-known cardsharp, in a rigged game. However, they first need ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, surprise ending, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, betrayal, dishonesty, crimes, vengeance, gangsters, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, ambition, rivalry, cons and scams, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
White Men Can't Jump (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Billy Hoyle and Sidney Deane are an unlikely pair of basketball hustlers. They team up to con their way across the courts of Los Angeles, playing a game that's fast dangerous - and funny.
Style: feel good, realistic, humorous, buddy comedy, light ...
Plot: basketball, friendship, racism, sport, gambling, african american, contests and competitions, ambition, blacks and whites, rivalry, nudity (full frontal - brief), debt ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.4
 10K
Criminal (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Needing a new partner capable of intricate cons, Richard Gaddis, recruits Rodrigo, a crook with a perfect poker face. The two plan a big-time scam: selling a fake Silver Certificate to currency collector William Hannigan. Rodrigo distrusts his new ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, realistic, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forgery, con artists, crimes, manipulation, crime gone awry, partners, criminal heroes, dishonesty, cons and scams, small time, petty criminal, perfect crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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The Hard Word (2002)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Three fraternal bank robbers languishing in jail, discover a profitable (if not dodgy) way to spend their time. Crime can most certainly pay, if you "know wot I mean?" However when sex and greed rear-up between the good crims and the bad ...
Style: tense, cynical, suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, prison, chase, crimes, dishonesty, criminal heroes, cons and scams, rivalry, frame up, siblings relations, vengeance, family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, sydney australia, melbourne australia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.9
 8K
Empire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top Victor soon finds out that he has ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: betrayal, vengeance, crimes, wall street, drug dealing, cons and scams, criminal heroes, going straight, violence, greed, pregnancy, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Color of Money (1986)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Former pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson decides he wants to return to the game by taking a pupil. He meets talented but green Vincent Lauria and proposes a partnership. As they tour pool halls, Eddie teaches Vincent the tricks of scamming, ...
Style: talky, clever, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: billiards, on the road, comeback, hustler, sport, redemption, casino, youth, hopes, graphic violence, self discovery, blues ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, atlantic city new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.0
 70K
The Gambler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Literature professor Jim Bennett leads a secret life as a high-stakes gambler. Always a risk-taker, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Staying one step ahead, he pits his creditor against the ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, crimes, gangsters, moral dilemma, human nature, casino, gambling debt, family relations, dishonesty, race against time, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, las vegas, california, usa, nevada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Rich, successful Bryce meets beautiful Lissa at a bar one night and invites her back to his house, not suspecting for a moment that Lissa isn't really who she seems. What unfolds next is a dangerous, tangled web of double-crosses and seduction.
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, suspenseful, cynical, suspense ...
Plot: crimes, crime gone awry, manipulation, cons and scams, disorder, dishonesty, nothing goes right, small town, couples, heist, betrayal, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, nevada, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.6
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Wild Card (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play… and it's all or nothing.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gambling, crimes, bodyguard, tough heroes, casino, dishonesty, lone wolves, betrayal, violence, greed, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.6
 2K
Circus (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Bruno, a sadistic criminal, wants clever con man Leo out of the way. Leo and his equally clever wife, Lily, are up to something. So too is Julius: he hires Leo to kill Gloria, Julius's wife. Leo does it, but then Julius shows up with the murder ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, gangsters, betrayal, master criminal, crimes, criminal's revenge, rivalry, murder, vengeance, gambling, interracial relations, room service ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, london, brighton
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Tailor of Panama (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A British spy is banished to Panama after having an affair with an ambassador's mistress. Once there he makes connection with a local tailor with a nefarious past and connections to all of the top political and gangster figures in Panama. The ...
Style: suspense, realistic, stylized, talky, serious ...
Plot: politics, spy, espionage, president, swimming, birthday, secret agents, debt, dancing, map, mentor, brainwashing ...
Time: 90s
Place: panama, latin america, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
City of Ghosts (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A con man travels to Cambodia (also on the run from law enforcement in the U.S.) to collect his share in an insurance scam, but discovers more than he bargained for
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: betrayal, crimes, law enforcement, police investigation, dishonesty, cons and scams, father son relationship, kidnapping, character study, greed, unlikely friendships, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, cambodia, new york, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Business of Strangers (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Julie Styron thinks she is going to be fired, but instead discovers that she is being promoted. Trapped in an airport hotel, she wants to celebrate but finds only the company of her young assistant, Paula Murphy. As the night progresses, the two ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Plot: trust, airport, vengeance, rape, crimes, dishonesty, rivalry, revenge, sex, women, rape and revenge, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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The Boys (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Every Monday night The Boys put on skates and leave their troubled lives behind.
Style: humorous, realistic, not serious, semi serious, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ice hockey, friendship, gambling, sport, gangsters, contests and competitions, lifestyle, hopes, buddies, ambition, underdog, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: canada, quebec, new jersey, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.7
 21K
Redbelt (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Is there room for principle in Los Angeles? Mike Terry teaches jujitsu and barely makes ends meet. His Brazilian wife, whose family promotes fights, wants to see Mike in the ring making money, but to him competition is degrading. A woman sideswipes ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, talky, suspenseful ...
Plot: instructor, betrayal, movie star, interracial marriage, martial arts, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, sport, rivalry, contests and competitions, financial problem, hollywood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.1
 138K
Payback (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: With friends like these, who needs enemies? That's the question bad guy Porter is left asking after his wife and partner steal his heist money and leave him for dead -- or so they think. Five months and an endless reservoir of bitterness later, ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, money, robbery, mafia, organized crime, betrayal, crimes, criminal heroes, gangsters, dishonesty, disorder, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Play It to the Bone (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Two aging fighters in LA, friends, get a call from a Vegas promoter because his undercard fighters for a Mike Tyson bout that night are suddenly unavailable. He wants them to box each other. They agree as long as the winner gets a shot at the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, exciting, talky, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: friendship, sport, contests and competitions, hopes, athlete's life, underdog, boxing, ambition, love triangle, on the road, desert, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 7.2
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Mean Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, redemption, friendship, mafia, racial slur, crimes, friends, urban ghetto life, organized crime, urban ghetto, criminal heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.4
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The Squeeze (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A humble young man with uncommon skills from a small southern town gets caught up in high stakes golf matches between big-time gamblers until the game becomes life and death.
Style: serious, realistic, tense
Plot: gambling, golf, ambition, athlete's life, crimes, dishonesty, bet, money, power relations, twentysomething life, club, mob
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.0
 25K
Birthday Girl (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A shy bank clerk orders a Russian mail order bride, and finds his life turned upside down.
Style: sexy, suspense, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: robbery, crimes, romance, femme fatale, couple relations, romancing a criminal, russian, mail order bride, bank clerk, manipulation, gangsters, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.8
 66K
Harsh Times (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging ...
Style: bleak, tense, serious, intense, exciting ...
Plot: unemployment, corruption, crimes, friends, violence, drugs, friend, nightmare, robbery, lawyer, job seeking, anger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, mexico, latin america, usa, colombia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.4
 9K
Miami Blues (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When Fred gets out of prison, he decides to start over in Miami, where he starts a violent one-man crime wave. He soon meets up with amiable college student Susie. Opposing Fred is Sgt Hoke Moseley, a cop who is getting a bit old for the job, ...
Style: neo noir, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prostitute, police detective, psychopath, thief, crimes, law enforcement, strong sexual content, criminal heroes, dishonesty, violence spree, brutality, assault ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: miami, florida, usa, los angeles, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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North Dallas Forty (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A semi-fictional account of life as a professional Football (American-style) player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.
Style: realistic, clever, suspense, biting, tense ...
Plot: american football, sport team, sport, drug abuse, addiction, rivalry, life is a bitch, ambition, fighting the system, society, athlete's life, workplace situations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: texas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Fish in a Barrel (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: 6 gun wielding people are trapped in a NY loft with $4 million in stolen diamonds.
Style: suspense, semi serious, cynical, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: crime gone awry, rivalry, heist, betrayal, dishonesty, crimes, law enforcement, criminal's revenge, disorder, alcohol abuse, brother brother relationship, diamond ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.1
 47K
11:14 (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Tells the seemingly random yet vitally connected story of a set of incidents that all converge one evening at 11:14pm. The story follows the chain of events of five different characters and five different storylines that all converge to tell the ...
Style: non-linear, cynical, semi serious, humorous, suspenseful ...
Plot: dark humor, murder, vandalism, chase, accident, crime gone awry, crimes, robbery, nothing goes right, thief, theft, cover up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Ice Harvest (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, neo noir, witty, harsh ...
Plot: stripper, christmas, crimes, betrayal, femme fatale, murder, strip club, gangsters, nothing goes right, dishonesty, dark humor, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Leaves of Grass (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An Ivy League professor returns home, where his pot-growing twin brother has concocted a plan to take down a local drug lord.
Style: realistic, exciting, humorous, cynical, suspenseful ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, twins, road trip, twin brother, crimes, siblings relations, drug dealing, homecoming, unlikely criminals, dishonesty, partners, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 28K
Suicide Kings (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Christopher Walken shines in this cult-favorite dark comedy as Charlie, a former mobster who is abducted by five privileged young men (Sean Patrick Flanery, Johnny Galecki, Jay Mohr, Jeremy Sisto, Henry Thomas) desperate to raise a $2 million ransom ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, dark humor, hostage, crimes, mansion, crime gone awry, disorder, confined, nothing goes right, buddies, manipulation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.9
 52K
Nine Queens (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina
Duration: 114 min.
Story: An Argentinian crime drama revolving around a sheet of rare stamps (the Nine Queens).
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, clever, tense, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forgery, thief, partner, police, swindle, crimes, crime gone awry, manipulation, partners, criminal heroes, mind game, partners in crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: argentina, venezuela, latin america, italy, buenos aires argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%