Movies like Return to Paradise

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Return to Paradise (1998)
 6.9
 14K
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, contemplative, suspense ...
Plot: friendship, tourist, journalism, death sentence, moral dilemma, smuggling, legal, hanging, dishonesty, confined, friends, injustice, prison life, life is a bitch, hopes, life sentence, punishment, chases and races, crime and punishment, buddies, selflessness, regret, deadly, drugs/alcohol, warden ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: malaysia, new york, usa, asia, hong kong, thailand, southeast asia ...

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Most similar movies to Return to Paradise

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, thought provoking and interesting films with plots about mentor, runaway, dialogue, storytelling, corruption, vengeance and redemption mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres. Some movies like Return to Paradise: The Yards (2000), Absence of Malice (1981), Last Dance (1996), Murder in the First (1995), The Chamber (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.4
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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, realistic, rough, emotional ...
Plot: betrayal, corruption, murder, whistleblower, false accusation, crime, political corruption, crimes, injustice, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, deadly, confined, prison life, redemption, legal, life is a bitch, dishonesty, courtroom drama ...
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: realistic, serious, suspense, talky, clever ...
Plot: journalism, murder, newspaper reporter, investigation, crimes, politics, rivalry, legal, dishonesty, manipulation, media, legal action ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 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, tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: prison, murder, lethal injection, lawyer, death row, courtroom drama, legal action, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, prison life, false accusation, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: taj mahal, india, australia, texas, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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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, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: prison, murder, lawyer, courtroom, theft, warden, solitary, prisoner, fighting the system, crimes, prison life, workplace situations ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20th century, year 1941 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.0
 13K
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, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, racism, courtroom drama, death sentence, prison, legal, politics, haunted by the past, anti semitism, crimes, legal action, power relations ...
Time: 90s, year 1996, year 1967
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: thought provoking, serious, emotional, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: prison, weekend, friendship, false accusation, smuggling, escape attempt, injustice, heroin, drug dealing, prison life, coming of age, graduation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: thailand, hong kong, china, asia, southeast asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.5
 66K
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, bleak, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lawyer, hotshot lawyer, down on your luck, human nature, losing-it hero, custody battle, legal, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, corruption, police arrest, bankruptcy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 6.4
 7K
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, realistic, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, father daughter conflict, uncover truth, parents and children, hopes, father daughter relationship, life is a bitch, dishonesty, righting the wronged, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.1
 19K
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, teenage life, downfall, youth, love and romance, couple relations, society, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.3
 16K
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, legal, false accusation, legal action, fighting the system, political corruption, death penalty, justice, dishonesty, state affairs, male protagonist ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: J.R. is a typical Italian-American on the streets of New York. When he gets involved with a local girl, he decides to get married and settle down, but when he learns that she was once raped, he cannot handle it. More explicitly linked with Catholic ...
Style: talky, contemplative, sincere, clever, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, opposites attract, bittersweet, friends, couples, hanging, city life, teenage life, urban, youth, romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, italy, europe, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.2
 686
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: bleak, disturbing, rough, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: friendship, prison, injustice, social decay, prison life, human spirit, hopes, juvenile delinquency, racism, sexual abuse, fighting the system, legal ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.5
 17K
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: sexy, emotional, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: interracial romance, architect, interracial relations, love affair, social differences, society, romance, couples, infidelity, black man white woman relationship, prejudice, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: hallucination, redemption, coma, hospital, rescue, ambulance, misfit partners, dealing with death, patient, haunted by the past, death, violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 21K
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: rough, tense, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, betrayal, irish, undercover, gangsters, crimes, crime, working undercover, undercover agent, organized crime, reunion, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.9
 9K
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, rivalry, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 2000
Place: new york, europe, usa, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, rough, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, legal, interracial relations, fighting the system, society, crimes, rebellion, injustice, discrimination, lawyer, life is a bitch, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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, rough, bleak, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, death row, murder, prison, empathy, redemption, crime, crimes, introspection, prison life, human nature, deadly ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: minnesota, new jersey, california, israel, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.2
 19K
City Hall (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.
Style: tense, realistic, thought provoking, suspense, talky ...
Plot: investigation, political corruption, conspiracy, police, mayor, crimes, uncover truth, society, corruption, murder, mafia, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: bleak, captivating, serious, intellectual, psychological ...
Plot: poet, obsession, youth, friendship, student life, sexual tension, mental illness, writer's life, lifestyle, murder, friends, gay ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 2005, year 1944 ...
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, lovers reunited, infidelity, love triangle, couples, family problems, couple relations, love affair, unfulfillment, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, los angeles, california, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.7
 231K
A Few Good Men (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: When cocky military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee and his co-counsel, Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway, are assigned to a murder case, they uncover a hazing ritual that could implicate high-ranking officials such as shady Col. Nathan Jessep.
Style: intense, twists and turns, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, army investigation, navy, suicide, marines, u.s. navy, lawyer, military, murder, legal, sexism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 6.6
 49K
Arbitrage (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Poland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A troubled hedge fund magnate, desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire, makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: corporate crimes, infidelity, police investigation, manager, moral dilemma, downfall, dishonesty, corporate world, cover-up, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.1
 2K
Slam (1998)
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, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gang, crimes, crime, bittersweet, prison life, murder, human spirit, wrongfully committed, urban, profanity, false accusation, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.6
 168K
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, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, stock broker, betrayal, introspection, regret, drug dealer, redemption, arrest, girlfriend, drug lord, profanity, guilt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, deadly, losing-it hero, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: touching, clever, captivating, inspirational, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, life sentence, plot twist, criminal heroes, hopes, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, maine, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, hospital, murder, drug dealing, bar, orgy, working class, social differences, parents and children, racism, missing person, overdose ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.6
 6K
Nuts (1987)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A high-class call girl kills a customer in self-defense. To avoid scandal, her parents try to have her declared mentally incompetent. Not helping matters is that she is very distrustful of everybody, including her court-appointed attorney, and is ...
Style: psychological, tense, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, self defense, courtroom drama, court, prostitute, hearing, mental illness, crimes, call girl, dishonesty, wrongfully committed, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%