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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, death sentence, tourist, journalism, 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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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, talky and interesting films with plots about mentor, runaway, corruption, dialogue, storytelling, redemption and brutality mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres. Some movies like Return to Paradise: Absence of Malice (1981), The Yards (2000), Changing Lanes (2002), The Experiment (2010), 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, murder, newspaper reporter, investigation, crimes, politics, rivalry, dishonesty, legal, manipulation, media, legal action ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, miami
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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, deadly, confined, redemption, prison life, courtroom drama, legal, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, bleak, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lawyer, bankruptcy, vengeance, hotshot lawyer, workplace problem, ethics, power relations, self control, accident, coincidence, ex couple relations, divorced divorcee ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: psychological, rough, disturbing, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison life, prison, experiment gone awry, human nature, psychology, confined, switching roles, violence, prison rape, danger, brutality, punishment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, life is a bitch, legal action, dedicated lawyer, prison life, false accusation, power relations ...
Time: 90s
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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, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, murder, lawyer, courtroom, warden, theft, solitary, prisoner, fighting the system, crimes, workplace situations, prison life ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s, year 1938 ...
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 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: death sentence, murder, racism, courtroom drama, prison, politics, legal, anti semitism, haunted by the past, crimes, legal action, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, year 1967, year 1996
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, emotional, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: prison, weekend, friendship, false accusation, smuggling, escape attempt, injustice, heroin, drug dealing, women's prison, prison life, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 6.3
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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, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, frame up, legal, false accusation, legal action, fighting the system, political corruption, death penalty, death sentence, justice, state affairs, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, against the odds, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, realistic, serious, touching, clever ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, youth, opposites attract, friends, couples, hanging, urban, city life, teenage life, romance, society ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Civil Brand (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
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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: captivating, clever, touching, uplifting, inspirational ...
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Duration: 91 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 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, sentimental ...
Plot: interracial romance, architect, interracial relations, love affair, black man white woman relationship, social differences, couples, society, romance, infidelity, prejudice, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 ...
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Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
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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, love and romance, deadly ...
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30%
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: disturbing, emotional, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
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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 ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 7.2
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
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Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, captivating, rough ...
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Time: 80s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.6
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
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Style: atmospheric, realistic, psychological, emotional, bleak ...
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28%
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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 ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 ...
Plot: poet, obsession, sexual tension, youth, friendship, student life, murder, mental illness, lifestyle, writer's life, friends, gay ...
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Arbitrage (2012)
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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.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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 ...
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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 ...
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⇓ 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, lovers reunited, infidelity, love triangle, one night stand, adultery, couple relations, love affair, family problems, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.7
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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: tense, earnest, twists and turns, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%