Movies like Requiem for a Dream

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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
 8.3
 671K
Requiem for a Dream
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: depressing, atmospheric, surreal, psychological, bleak, emotional, realistic, disturbing, serious, intense ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drugs/alcohol, degradation, downfall, depression, destructive relationship, existentialism, drug use, heroin addict, drug addict, heroin, insanity, dreams, drugs, loneliness, tragedy, marijuana, hospital, storytelling, relationships, urban, psychology, visceral ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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Fight Club
Drama
USA, Germany
139 min.
 8.8
American Beauty
Drama
USA
122 min.
 8.4
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Most similar movies to Requiem for a Dream

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out talky, realistic, melancholic and bleak films with plots about dialogue, loneliness, depression, storytelling, life philosophy, mentor and redemption mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres. Some movies like Requiem for a Dream: Trainspotting (1996), Sid and Nancy (1986), Fight Club (1999), Detachment (2011), The Panic in Needle Park (1971). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Trainspotting
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: stylized, disturbing, realistic, bleak, clever ...
Plot: friendship, drug addiction, heroin, addiction, drug abuse, cult, surrealism, drugs, violence, depression, british, marijuana ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: scotland, europe, london, edinburgh scotland
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 7.1
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Sid and Nancy
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Following their breakout success in England, flagship punk rock band the Sex Pistols venture out on their first U.S. tour. Temperamental bassist Sid Vicious takes his troubled girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, along for the ride. Along the way, the ...
Style: disturbing, serious, gloomy, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: punk, addiction, drug abuse, heroin, romance, cult, drug addiction, drugs, sex, drinking, death, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe, usa, london, new york ...
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System:   56%
    User:   100%
 
 8.8
 1.6M
Fight Club
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, bleak, surreal, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: schizophrenia, imaginary friend, fight scenes, dissociative identity disorder, dual identity, fist fighting, imagination, violence, mental instability, psychology, split personality, visionary ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, delaware
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    User:   57%
 
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 7.7
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Detachment
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: teacher, high school, depression, suicide, school, dedicated educator, loneliness, teachers and students, storytelling, life & death, mentor, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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The Panic in Needle Park
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drugs, heroin, prostitution, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, depression, relationships, homeless, marijuana ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
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 8.4
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American Beauty
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: dramatic, realistic, melancholic, cynical, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, parenthood, parent child relationship, dysfunctional family, coming of age, depression, loneliness, family problems, life philosophy, obsession, teenage life, existentialism ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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    User:   50%
 
The Basketball Diaries
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
Style: realistic, disturbing, bleak, serious, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, heroin, basketball, rebellion, drug addiction, drugs, pornography, drinking, brutality, friendship, teenager ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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System:   45%
    User:   92%
 
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Last Exit to Brooklyn
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, West Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A gritty Brooklyn story about union corruption, violence, taboos and social norms. The stories told are of the sailors, the prostitute, the union bosses, the hooligans and the gay community set in the early 50s.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: working class, prostitution, prostitute, social decay, drinking, brutality, urban, society, crime, rape, depression, violent ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   43%
    User:   51%
 
 7.7
 160K
25th Hour
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The filmed adaptation from David Benioff's novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to prison. Anger, blame, frustration, betrayal, guilt and loneliness are ...
Style: talky, realistic, bleak, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: crime, friendship, redemption, betrayal, prison, guilt, freedom, drugs, criminal heroes, drugs/alcohol, drug dealing, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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System:   41%
    User:   40%
 
 7.5
 16K
Interiors
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: talky, bleak, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, suicide attempt, mental illness, suicide, divorce, introspection, loneliness, relationships, family drama, character study, psychiatry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   40%
    User:   40%
 
 7.1
 41K
Naked Lunch
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in an Islamic port town in Africa.
Style: surreal, psychological, sexual, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, writing, addiction, drugs, drug addiction, paranoia, surrealism, homosexuality, jazz, postmodernism, drugs/alcohol, psychiatry ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, north africa
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System:   39%
    User:   100%
 
 7.2
 79K
Half Nelson
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: realistic, talky, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: friendship, teacher, addiction, drug abuse, loneliness, drugs, drug addiction, father daughter relationship, drinking, basketball, dedicated educator, hip hop ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
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System:   39%
    User:   43%
 
 7.4
 8K
Nil by Mouth
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious, harsh ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, drug abuse, addiction, heroin, working class, violence, drugs, drinking, father son relationship, realism, poverty, alcohol abuse ...
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    User:   44%
 
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Frozen Land
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When a schoolteacher is sacked, he projects his bad mood at his troubled teenage son. The son, in turn, buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This starts a chain reaction of misery as every victim projects his problems on to ...
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: depression, destiny, dysfunctional family, drug abuse, finnish, drugs, sex, male nudity, strong sexual content, parents and children, pornography, drug addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, finland
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System:   38%
    User:   42%
 
 7.4
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Manic
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lyle is filled with rage. After badly beating a classmate during a schoolyard fight, Lyle is committed to a juvenile mental institution in lieu of criminal prosecution. Inside the hospital, Lyle encounters a group of adolescents struggling with a ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, depression, coming of age, addiction, mental institution, teenager, adolescence, violent, mentor, sexual abuse, bullying, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
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    User:   32%
 
 7.2
 2K
Slam
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of his neighborhood by using his wits and verbal talent. Written ...
Style: talky, psychological, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, crime, poetry, injustice, marijuana, drugs, violence, weed, hip hop, gangs, hopes, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   34%
 
 8.0
 263K
Magnolia
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: talky, bleak, clever, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, dysfunctional family, depression, guilt, death, adultery, addiction, supportive spouse, urban, multiple storylines, loneliness, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 1950s, 1910s
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System:   37%
    User:   100%
 
 8.0
 80K
Sling Blade
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, murder, redemption, childhood, tragedy, mentally challenged, storytelling, character study, mental illness, mentor, violent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
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System:   37%
    User:   35%
 
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The King of Marvin Gardens
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jason Staebler lives on the Boardwalk and fronts for the local mob in Atlantic City. He is a dreamer, who asks his brother David, a radio personality from Philadelphia to help him build a paradise on a Pacific Island, yet another of his ...
Style: tense, serious, clever, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: radio, hotel, storytelling, parents and children, drinking, depression, character study, crime, siblings relations, death, crime gone awry, island ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, hawaii, usa, california, honolulu hawaii ...
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System:   37%
    User:   36%
 
Breaking the Waves
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Netherlands, Norway, Iceland, Spain
Duration: 159 min.
Story: In a small and conservative Scottish village, a woman's paralytic husband convinces her to have extramarital intercourse so she can tell him about it and give him a reason for living.
Style: bleak, emotional, disturbing, psychological, sexual ...
Plot: obsession, god, disability, love, depression, guilt, sacrifice, voyeurism, religion, redemption, strong sexual content, priest ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: scotland, europe
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System:   36%
    User:   40%
 
Things We Lost in the Fire
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, childhood, drugs, death, drugs/alcohol, interracial romance, drug addiction, funeral, depression, redemption, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   34%
 
 7.0
 7K
Jesus' Son
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to a life redeemed by a discovery of compassion.
Style: dark humor, semi serious, realistic, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: drug abuse, redemption, addiction, heroin, drugs, drug addiction, hospital, drinking, on the road, apocalypse, realism, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new jersey, mexico, phoenix arizona, iowa, chicago illinois
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System:   36%
    User:   36%
 
Oslo, August 31st
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On the 30th August, he is given a day’s leave to attend a job interview in the city centre.
Style: talky, realistic, intellectual, melancholic, serious ...
Plot: addiction, suicide attempt, loneliness, suicide, drinking, writer's life, depression, human nature, drug addiction, character study, drugs, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, california, oslo norway
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System:   36%
    User:   38%
 
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 7.5
 50K
The Ice Storm
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her ...
Style: bleak, sexual, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, innocence lost, infidelity, adolescence, parenthood, guilt, adultery, sexuality, drinking, existentialism, thanksgiving ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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System:   35%
    User:   38%
 
 7.1
 6K
Ulee's Gold
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An elderly beekeeper and Vietnam vet must rescue his daughter-in-law and protect his grandchildren from killers.
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, touching, intense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, prison, parents and children, family drama, character study, storytelling, family, redemption, family relations, tragedy, dialogue, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   38%
 
 6.3
 870
Drunks
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, ...
Style: realistic, talky, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: addiction, redemption, drug abuse, drug addiction, church, downfall, drugs, heroin, drinking, rehabilitation, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york
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System:   35%
    User:   34%
 
Days of Wine and Roses
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: drinking, addiction, romance, rehabilitation, marriage, crumbling marriage, drugs/alcohol, secretary, hospital, relationships, loneliness, downfall ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   35%
 
 7.0
 3K
Urbania
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Charlie takes an odyssey through grief during a fall weekend in New York City. His encounters are planned and chance: with a homeless man who sleeps by his building, with a friend who's dying, with the couple who lives (and noisily loves) in ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, gay, storytelling, haunted by the past, murder, homosexuality, male nudity, urban, loneliness, homeless, redemption, stylish ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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System:   35%
    User:   31%
 

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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: dancing, depression, dance, death, suicide, contests and competitions, friendship, loneliness, character study, down on your luck, tragedy, existentialism ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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Style: talky, bleak, psychological, clever, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
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System:   35%
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