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, atmospheric, emotional, disturbing, depressing, surreal, captivating, realistic, tense ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, drug addiction, depression, 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, dialogue, depression, runaway and loneliness mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Requiem for a Dream: Trainspotting (1996), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Christiane F. (1981), Sid and Nancy (1986), Gia (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, society, counterculture, drug rehabilitation, crimes, self destructing, misfit ...
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, diary, coach ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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: bleak, rough, gloomy, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, friendship, teenage life, drug dealing, lifestyle, society, youth, prostitution ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, berlin germany, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
⇓ 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, serious, gloomy, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, heroin, punk, destructive relationship, drug addiction, dwarf, vandalism, domestic violence, punk rock, bassist, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, new york, europe, usa, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 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, drug abuse, strong sexual content, fashion, model, mental illness, lesbian romance, aids, heroin, nightlife, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, thought provoking, bleak, serious, touching ...
Plot: suicide, teachers and students, unhappy, teacher, social decay, life is a bitch, social problems, human relationship, dedicated educator, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, overdose, robbery, friendship, motel, addiction, thief, loss of friend, junkie, group therapy, hat ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, professor, theft, junkie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, mcdonald's restaurant, sydney australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, young lovers, couples, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 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, losing-it hero, social decay, insomnia, nihilism, fist fighting, against the rules, dissociative identity disorder, life philosophy, fighting the system, loneliness, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 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, hallucination, bug, addiction, drug abuse, seduction, life is a bitch, crimes, delusion, strong sexual content, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, new york, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, union, fight, working class, society, crime, brooklyn new york city, pregnancy, labor union, transvestism, transsexual, fall in love ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 663K
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, surreal ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, dancer's life, hallucinations, insanity, losing-it hero, mental illness, paranoia, rivalry, parents and children, mentally unstable, showbiz ...
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, touching, sentimental, stylized, talky ...
Plot: pornography, drug abuse, cocaine, rise and fall, porn industry, strong sexual content, sex, addiction, fame, showbiz, lifestyle, mutual masturbation ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, 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: realistic, disturbing, psychological, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, wannabe, therapy, dysfunctional family, painting, coming of age, addiction, teachers and students, doctors and patients, teenage life, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, parents and children, social misfits, single parent, rehabilitation, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: gloomy, sincere, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, funeral, life is a bitch, birthday, grief, best friend, love and romance, haunted by the past, childhood, coping, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: 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: realistic, psychological, serious, talky, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, lifestyle, human nature, actor's life, family relations, family life, one day, drug abuse, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 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: realistic, gloomy, serious, bleak, melancholic ...
Plot: drug dealing, addiction, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, urban ghetto, self discovery, alcohol abuse, introspection, human nature, misfit, society ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: bleak, rough, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, urban ghetto, drug dealing, youth, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, overdose, downfall, going straight, friends, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ 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, prison, introspection, arrest, girlfriend, drug lord, guilt, gay slur ...
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, family relations, life is a bitch, redemption, family problems, confession, reunion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen denmark, europe, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, humorous, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: drug abuse, abortion, on the road, addiction, redemption, heroin, human nature, society, drifter, overdose, rehabilitation, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: iowa, phoenix arizona, mexico, chicago illinois, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 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: realistic, gloomy, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: drug abuse, under the surface, gays and lesbians, down on your luck, destructive relationship, unfulfillment, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, family problems, couples, downfall, rehabilitation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, stylized, based on true events, serious ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, music, drug abuse, addiction, downfall, lifestyle, ambition, self destructing, musician's life, showbiz, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 40s, 50s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, year 1954, 1960s, 1950s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada, medical school
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, unfulfillment, estrangement, midlife crisis, hallucination, psychedelia, guru, divorce, hippie, panic ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: tokyo, california
⇓ 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, serious, touching, bleak, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, haunted by the past, downfall, family problems, going straight, society, life is a bitch, down on your luck, crimes, dysfunctional family, addiction, re-education ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harlem, usa, new york
⇓ 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, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcoholic, support group, addiction, redemption, drug abuse, friends, couples, family problems, downfall, family in crisis, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
⇓ 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, life is a bitch, contests and competitions, social decay, ambition, reward, down on your luck, crimes, depression, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, santa monica california, california, chicago illinois, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%