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Return to Paradise (1998)
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Return to Paradise (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Lewis, Sheriff and Tony are three friends vacationing in Malaysia. Sheriff and Tony eventually leave to pursue careers in New York, but Lewis stays behind to work with orangutans. Two years later, Sheriff and Tony learn that, because of their past actions, Lewis has been arrested for drug possession. With Lewis facing a death sentence, the friends are left with a difficult decision: return to Malaysia and split Lewis' sentence, or let him die.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, sincere, rough, bleak, serious, captivating, suspenseful, suspense, intense ...
Plot: friendship, death sentence, tourist, smuggling, journalism, legal, moral dilemma, hanging, dishonesty, friends, life is a bitch, prison life, injustice, crime and punishment, down on your luck, confined, social activist, punishment, selflessness, warden, regret, change of heart, life sentence, buddies, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: malaysia, new york, usa, asia, thailand, hong kong, brooklyn new york city ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, interesting and thought provoking films with plots about mentor, redemption, corruption, dialogue, greed, brutality and storytelling mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres. Some movies like Return to Paradise: Absence of Malice (1981), The Yards (2000), Brokedown Palace (1999), Changing Lanes (2002), Last Dance (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Absence of Malice (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A prosecutor leaks a false story that liquor warehouse owner Michael Gallagher is involved in the murder of a union head, and as newspaper reporter Megan Carter picks up the story and attempts to find the real truth, Gallagher's life begins to ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, talky, clever ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, murder, newspaper reporter, crimes, politics, legal, dishonesty, rivalry, manipulation, media, legal action ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, miami, florida
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Return to Sender (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, USA, UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: While fighting for a woman who sits on death row, a lawyer happens upon new information which brings into question the motives of a man associated with her client
Style: psychological, suspenseful, sincere, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: uncover truth, dedicated lawyer, false accusation, death sentence, confined, redemption, prison life, courtroom drama, life is a bitch, legal, dishonesty, death row ...
Place: texas
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The Yards (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big ...
Style: tense, bleak, rough, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: political corruption, betrayal, corruption, murder, whistleblower, false accusation, crimes, injustice, life is a bitch, moral dilemma, gangsters, bribery ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
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Brokedown Palace (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Best friends Alice and Darlene take a trip to Thailand after graduating high school. In Thailand, they meet a captivating Australian man, who calls himself Nick Parks. Darlene is particularly smitten with Nick and convinces Alice to take Nick up on ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, captivating, suspenseful, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: weekend, prison, guilty pleasure, friendship, false accusation, escape attempt, injustice, drug dealing, heroin, smuggling, women's prison, prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: thailand, hong kong, asia, china, southeast asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Changing Lanes (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, bleak, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lawyer, bankruptcy, custody battle, vengeance, hotshot lawyer, life is a bitch, misfit, losing-it hero, society, accident, social differences, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.7
 4K
Last Dance (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Upon taking a new job, young lawyer Rick Hayes is assigned to the clemency case of Cindy Liggett, a woman convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. As Hayes investigates the background for her case, the two begin to form a deep ...
Style: emotional, serious, tense, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: prison, murder, lethal injection, lawyer, death row, courtroom drama, prison life, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, legal action, false accusation, confined ...
Time: 90s
Place: india, taj mahal, australia, texas, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 55K
The Experiment (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 20 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison life, experiment gone awry, prison, psychology, gay rape, prison rape, human nature, switching roles, confined, violence, brutality, punishment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Murder in the First (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story. A petty criminal sent to Alcatraz in the 1930s is caught attempting to make an escape. As punishment he is put in solitary confinement. The maximum stay is supposed to be 19 days, but Henri spends years alone, cold and in ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, bleak, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, murder, lawyer, courtroom, theft, warden, solitary, prisoner, fighting the system, alcatraz, crimes, righting the wronged ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1938
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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The Chamber (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Having survived the hatred and bigotry that was his Klansman grandfather's only legacy, young attorney Adam Hall seeks at the last minute to appeal the old man's death sentence for the murder of two small Jewish boys 30 years before. Only ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: death sentence, murder, racism, courtroom drama, ku klux klan, prison, legal, politics, anti semitism, haunted by the past, crimes, legal action ...
Time: 90s, year 1996, year 1967, 60s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him to write his life story. Lesser learns that Panzram's ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, death row, murder, prison, empathy, prison rape, redemption, crimes, confined, criminal heroes, prison life, introspection ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: minnesota, new jersey, california, israel, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
A Dry White Season (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Taking place during the 1976 Soweto uprising, the story follows a white school teacher whose life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.
Style: emotional, disturbing, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, fighting the system, legal, society, rebellion, crimes, injustice, discrimination, lawyer, interracial relations, state affairs, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.3
 17K
Red Corner (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An American attorney on business in China, ends up wrongfully on trial for murder and his only key to innocence is a female defense lawyer from the country.
Style: suspenseful, serious, thought provoking, disturbing, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, frame up, death sentence, fighting the system, legal action, false accusation, political corruption, justice, dishonesty, state affairs, legal, male protagonist ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.4
 8K
Class Action (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Liberal activist lawyer Jedediah alienated daughter Maggie years ago when she discovered his many affairs. Now a conservative corporate lawyer, Maggie agrees to go up against her father in court. To gain promotion, she must defend an auto ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, serious, talky, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
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Style: captivating, clever, touching, uplifting, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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State of Grace (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie's sister ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, suspenseful, neo noir ...
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Time: 80s, 20th century
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Jungle Fever (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, sexy, sentimental ...
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Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.1
 21K
O (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hot young stars, a hip, driving soundtrack, plus a provocative tale of jealousy and betrayal combine to create this controversial modern-day version of Shakespeare's classic, "Othello." O is Odin James (Mekhi Phifer), the ...
Style: tense, serious, suspense, intense, clever ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: high school, friends, betrayal, interracial relations, basketball, strangulation, downfall, teenage life, love and romance, youth, society, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.9
 10K
Hamlet (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder in New York City.
Style: cynical, psychological, serious, meditative, intense ...
Plot: murder, haunted by the past, tragic hero, ghost, corporation, poisoning, betrayal, intrigue, vengeance, destructive relationship, rivalry, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 2000
Place: new york, europe, denmark, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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True Crime (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Boozer, skirt chaser, careless father. You could create your own list of reporter Steve Everett's faults but there's no time. A San Quentin Death Row prisoner is slated to die at midnight – a man Everett has suddenly realized is innocent.
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, psychological, tense ...
Plot: death sentence, death row, race against time, investigation, false accusation, journalism, crimes, uncover truth, lethal injection, journal, lawyer, car accident ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, oakland california, san francisco
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32%
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Style: captivating, bleak, serious, intellectual, psychological ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 1940s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005, post world war two ...
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harlem ...
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32%
Reservation Road (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two fathers' lives intersect when one of them is involved in a terrible and sudden hit-and-run car accident that leaves the other's son dead. In response, the two men (Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo) react in unexpected ways as a ...
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: loss of child, investigation, redemption, obsession, lawyer, dysfunctional family, revenge, family problems, losing-it hero, parents and children, cover up, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.6
 178K
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: atmospheric, realistic, psychological, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, stock broker, drug lord, drug dealing, betrayal, race against time, introspection, organized crime, regret, rage, drug dealer, russian mafia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 48 hours in the life of a burnt-out paramedic. Once called Father Frank for his efforts to rescue lives, Frank sees the ghosts of those he failed to save around every turn. He has tried everything he can to get fired, calling in sick, delaying ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: hallucination, hospital, rescue, redemption, ambulance, coma, patient, haunted by the past, misfit partners, dealing with death, death, insomnia ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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The Human Stain (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 106 min.
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Style: serious, sincere, emotional, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: self destructing, tennis, haunted by the past, dishonesty, hidden identity, loss of child, society, disorder, couples, love affair, loneliness, older man younger woman relationship ...
Time: 90s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 1998
Place: new england, usa, new jersey, oxford university, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Life of David Gale (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Spain, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.
Style: thought provoking, surprise ending, suspense, rough, serious ...
Plot: fighting the system, death sentence, professor, false accusation, death row, death, reporter, investigation, suicide, murder, activist, journalist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, spain, italy, houston texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.0
 758
Civil Brand (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Forced to work under slave-like conditions in a "prison for profit" program, the inmates of a mostly-African-American female prison, Whitehead Correctional, try to take over the institution. At the core of the story is Frances, who finds ...
Style: tense, disturbing, rough, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: friendship, injustice, prison, human spirit, prison life, social decay, juvenile delinquency, hopes, sexual abuse, racism, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Midnight Express (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, suspense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prison, torture, brutality, injustice, court, escape, lawyer, escape attempt, convict, sadism, drug smuggling, hashish ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1972, year 1975 ...
Place: turkey, greece, istanbul turkey, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.8
 3K
Joe (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Bill, a wealthy businessman, confronts his junkie daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend; in the ensuing argument, Bill kills him. Panic-stricken, he wanders the streets and eventually stops at a bar. There he runs into a drunken factory worker ...
Style: gloomy, realistic, thought provoking, serious, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, hospital, murder, drug dealing, orgy, working class, overdose, friends, rehabilitation, society, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
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Summer of Sam (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, infidelity, crimes, psychopath, lust, murder, punk, mistrust, intolerance, bigotry, love and romance, heat wave ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, brooklyn new york city, new york yankees ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
One Night Stand (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, Max Carlyle makes a good living directing commercials and has a happy home life with his wife, Mimi, and two children. When Carlyle travels to New York City to visit his friend Charlie, who has been diagnosed with AIDS, he has repeat ...
Style: sexy, touching, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: male female relationship, friendship, infidelity, love triangle, lovers reunited, one night stand, adultery, love affair, couple relations, family problems, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, new york, california, manhattan new york city
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