Movies like Requiem for a Dream

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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
 8.3
 710K
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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: psychological, bleak, disturbing, atmospheric, emotional, depressing, surreal, captivating, realistic, tense ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, depression, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, drug addiction, downfall, insanity, destructive relationship, degradation, hallucinations, loneliness, drug use, psychiatrist, couples, tragic event, dreams, paranoia, heroin addict, parents and children, drug addict, racial slur, existentialism, junkie ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city

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Most similar movies to Requiem for a Dream

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and talky films with plots about life is a bitch, addiction, storytelling, runaway, drug abuse, depression and drinking mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Requiem for a Dream: Trainspotting (1996), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Gia (1998), Sid and Nancy (1986), Drugstore Cowboy (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
 596K
Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 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: disturbing, captivating, dark humor, semi serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, friendship, social misfits, existentialism, society, counterculture, drug rehabilitation, crimes, self destructing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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: emotional, disturbing, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, teenage life, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, basketball, juvenile delinquency, friends, antisocial behavior, anguish ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.0
 38K
Gia (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gia Carangi travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving, she meets Wilhelmina Cooper, a wise and high-powered agent who takes Gia under her wing. With Cooper's help and her own natural instincts, ...
Style: psychological, rough, sexual, melancholic, factual ...
Plot: lesbian, addiction, strong sexual content, drug abuse, fashion, model, mental illness, aids, lesbian romance, heroin, supermodel, nightlife ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 28K
Sid and Nancy (1986)
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: captivating, gloomy, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, drug abuse, heroin, punk, destructive relationship, dwarf, vandalism, domestic violence, punk rock, bassist, music band ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, new york, europe, london, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Bob and his friends Dianne, Rick and Nadine have been drug addicts for years and live from one high to the next. Gus Van Sant attempts to show an intimate look into the lives of heroin addicts with his film Drugstore Cowboy.
Style: dark humor, serious, realistic, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, overdose, robbery, friendship, motel, addiction, thief, loss of friend, junkie, hat, superstition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 20K
Christiane F. (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the ...
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, teenage life, friendship, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, drug dealing, life is a bitch, youth, destructive relationship, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, berlin germany, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 41K
Candy (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A poet falls in love with an art student, who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and ...
Style: touching, surprise ending, romantic, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, destructive relationship, obsession, marriage, life is a bitch, lovers, artist, theft, professor, junkie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, mcdonald's restaurant, sydney australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
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, rough, serious, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, drug addict, love, betrayal, destructive relationship, couple relations, drugs/alcohol, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 7.7
 70K
Detachment (2011)
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: psychological, serious, bleak, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, unhappy, social problems, human relationship, life is a bitch, depression, dedicated educator, high school life, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
 43K
Naked Lunch (1991)
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: disturbing, atmospheric, realistic, serious, psychedelic ...
Plot: murder, exterminator, bug, hallucination, addiction, drug abuse, seduction, crimes, life is a bitch, hallucinations, strong sexual content, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, new york, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 1.7M
Fight Club (1999)
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, mind bending, twists and turns, thought provoking, biting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, insomnia, nihilism, against the rules, fist fighting, dissociative identity disorder, paranoia, life philosophy, fighting the system, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
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, rough, social, based on true events, social realism ...
Plot: prostitute, fight, union, working class, society, crime, brooklyn new york city, pregnancy, labor union, transvestism, transsexual, sexual relations ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 666K
Black Swan (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, mind bending, twist ending, suspense ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, insanity, dancer's life, hallucinations, paranoia, losing-it hero, mental illness, rivalry, psychology, surrealism, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 222K
Boogie Nights (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a ...
Style: captivating, sentimental, touching, stylized, talky ...
Plot: pornography, drug abuse, sex, cocaine, rise and fall, porn industry, strong sexual content, addiction, lifestyle, showbiz, fame, mutual masturbation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1982
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 9K
Manic (2001)
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: disturbing, psychological, rough, compassionate, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, therapy, dysfunctional family, youth, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, self discovery, addiction, doctors and patients, society, manic, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
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: sincere, touching, psychological, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, funeral, haunted by the past, love and romance, grief, best friend, starting over, tragic event, coping, marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.6
 11K
Sherrybaby (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After serving time in prison, former drug addict Sherry Swanson returns home to reclaim her young daughter from family members who have been raising the child. Sherry's family, especially her sister-in-law, doubt Sherry's ability to be a ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, depressing, realistic ...
Plot: drug abuse, ex convict, support group, mother daughter relationship, parole officer, addiction, starting over, single parent, family problems, parents and children, life is a bitch, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, talky, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, lifestyle, human nature, actor's life, family life, family relations, one day, drug abuse, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Acts of Worship (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, couples, downfall, going straight, destructive relationship, crimes, life is a bitch, family in crisis, hopes, youth, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.9
 457
Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: drug dealing, addiction, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, buddies, family relations, self discovery, misfit, introspection, alcohol abuse, human nature, society ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.6
 164K
25th Hour (2002)
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: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, serious, depressing ...
Plot: friendship, betrayal, regret, drug dealer, redemption, introspection, arrest, girlfriend, drug lord, guilt, organized crime, interrogation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.6
 9K
Submarino (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As children, Nick and his little brother take care of their baby brother while their mother drinks herself senseless. But the baby dies, and both brothers blame themselves. Many years later, Nick is out of prison after serving time for an assault. ...
Style: bleak, rough, sincere, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, estrangement, inheritance, life is a bitch, family relations, redemption, family problems, family reunited, confession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen denmark, europe, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.9
 7K
Jesus' Son (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
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, thought provoking, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: drug abuse, abortion, on the road, addiction, redemption, heroin, human nature, drifter, couples, realism, overdose, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: chicago illinois, mexico, phoenix arizona, iowa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 7.3
 37K
Dead Ringers (1988)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Elliot, a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly. Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, atmospheric, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: twins, obsession, insanity, love triangle, addiction, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, doctors and patients, family relations, clinic, body horror, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1950s, year 1954
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada, medical school
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
 270
Most High (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When Julius (Marty Sader) loses his girlfriend, his job and the life of his pseudo father, Jack, his itch for a "quick fix" suffocates his ambitions and takes him on a trip through the disturbing addiction of crystal meth. Julius confides ...
Style: gloomy, psychological, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: destructive relationship, down on your luck, losing-it hero, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, family problems, couples, downfall, under the surface, drug abuse, rehabilitation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 11K
Bird (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.
Style: atmospheric, factual, based on true events, stylized, serious ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, musician's life, self destructing, downfall, lifestyle, ambition, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.1
 4K
The Trip (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Paul Groves, a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John, a self-styled guru who's an advocate of LSD. Paul asks John to be the guide on his ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, psychotronic, art house, surreal ...
Plot: drug abuse, self discovery, lsd, estrangement, midlife crisis, unfulfillment, hallucination, psychedelia, guru, divorce, hippie, panic ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: atmospheric, emotional, disturbing, serious, captivating ...
Plot: dancing, great depression, suicidal, ambition, social decay, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, crimes, down on your luck, reward, depression, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, santa monica california, california, chicago illinois, pacific ocean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, haunted by the past, downfall, going straight, family problems, crimes, down on your luck, life is a bitch, society, dysfunctional family, addiction, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harlem, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.4
 908
Drunks (1995)
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, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: alcoholic, support group, addiction, redemption, drug abuse, church, rehabilitation, friends, unfulfillment, tragic hero, self discovery, downfall ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%