Movies like Sleepers

If you like "Sleepers" you are looking for disturbing, sadistic and serious movies about / with child abuse, prison rape, childhood, courtroom drama, homosexual rape, pedophilia and pedophile themes of Crime, Drama and Thriller genre shot in USA.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Sleepers (1996)
 7.5
 216K
Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: disturbing, sadistic, serious, suspenseful, harsh, bleak, brutal, intense, psychological, rough ...
Plot: child abuse, prison rape, childhood, courtroom drama, homosexual rape, pedophilia, pedophile, vengeance, torture, rape, haunted by the past, juvenile prison, murder trial, lawyer, friendship, sadism, urban ghetto, court, crimes, sexual abuse, priest, racial slur, psycho, child sexual abuse, criminal heroes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new york yankees, madison square garden manhattan new york city

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to Sleepers

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, interesting, intense and serious films with plots about crimes, murder, corruption, mentor, storytelling, brutality and dialogue mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Sleepers: Mystic River (2003), A Time to Kill (1996), An American Crime (2007), The Girl Next Door (2007), The Boys of St. Vincent (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.9
 449K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, neo noir, bleak, twist ending ...
Plot: mystery, vengeance, police investigation, child abuse, loss of child, death in the family, loss of daughter, sexual abuse, childhood, child rape, loss of loved one, child molestation ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 70s, contemporary, 60s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 155K
A Time to Kill (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, realistic, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, murder, legal action, justice, lawyer, injustice, small town, rape, court, legal, punishment ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
An American Crime (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
Style: serious, bleak, harsh, rough, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, torture, domestic violence, dysfunctional family, captivity, confined, crimes, mentally unstable, murder, family problems, court, threat ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Girl Next Door (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a quiet suburban town in the summer of 1958, two recently orphaned sisters are placed in the care of their mentally unstable Aunt Ruth. But Ruth's depraved sense of discipline will soon lead to unspeakable acts of abuse and torture that ...
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, bleak, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, child abuse, rape, torture, sadist, cruelty, child molestation, nudity (full frontal - brief), helplessness, torment, controversy, sister ...
Time: 50s, contemporary, year 1958
Place: new york, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
The Boys of St. Vincent (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.
Style: realistic, disturbing, rough, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: pedophilia, man boy relationship, child molestation, homosexual rape, catholic priest, child abuse, child molester, orphanage, pedophile priest, pedophile, rape of a minor, sexual abuse ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada, london, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.
Style: clever, twists and turns, captivating, serious, tense ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, courtroom drama, legal investigation, court, murder, hotshot lawyer, mind game, legal, judge, crimes, arrest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, beverly hills, los angeles, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 97K
Runaway Jury (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.
Style: twists and turns, captivating, stylized, tense, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, jury, court, courtroom, corruption, society, fighting the system, righting the wronged, dishonesty, bribery, lawsuit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, indiana, cincinnati ohio, ohio, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, crimes, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1938, year 1941
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", ...
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, serious, epic ...
Plot: gang, prison gang, violence spree, drug abuse, grudge, heroin, friendship, police shootout, crimes, gang war, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, panama, colombia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 35K
The Accused (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, poignant ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rape, injustice, courtroom drama, violence against women, sexual abuse, rape victim, gang rape, lawyer, testimony, legal action, justice, district attorney ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., boston, massachusetts, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 138K
A Bronx Tale (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Set in the Bronx during the tumultuous 1960s, an adolescent boy is torn between his honest, working-class father and a violent yet charismatic crime boss. Complicating matters is the youngster's growing attraction - forbidden in his ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, serious, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, white male black female relationship, mentor, mafia, gang leader, loyalty, organized crime, coming of age, friendship, generation gap, nostalgia, mob boss ...
Time: 60s, year 1960, 20th century, year 1968
Place: bronx new york city, new york, usa, new york state, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 1.6M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, neo noir, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, police detective, police investigation, psychopath, mind game, master criminal, psycho, psychology, powerful ending, homicidal maniac, insanity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 1.1M
Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, rise and fall, crimes, criminal heroes, friends, mentor, fbi, court, cosa nostra, racial slur ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 20th century, 60s, 80s ...
Place: new york, florida, brooklyn new york city, usa, bronx new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
 28K
Freeway (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Following the arrest of her mother, Ramona, young Vanessa Lutz decides to go in search of her estranged grandmother. On the way, she is given a ride by school counselor Bob Wolverton. During the journey, Lutz begins to realize that Bob is the ...
Style: disturbing, cynical, suspenseful, bloody, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, hitchhiker, life is a bitch, murder, disfigurement, prison, police investigation, crimes, brutality, social decay, little red riding hood, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, san diego california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Too Young to Die? (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, rough, bleak
Plot: death row, teenage prostitute, courtroom, legal, murder, death sentence, courtroom drama, kids in trouble, manipulation, life is a bitch, dishonesty, prostitute ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 33K
The Woodsman (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A paedophile returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.
Style: disturbing, harsh, rough, sincere, intense ...
Plot: pedophilia, friendship, starting over, ex convict, factory worker, suspicion, sex maniac, police officer, anger, warden, rejection, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: philadelphia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 42K
Trust (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her ...
Style: emotional, disturbing, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, innocence lost, investigation, bullying, teenage life, youth, child sexual abuse, child rape, parents and children, pedophile, teenage girl, underage girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, milwaukee wisconsin, cleveland ohio, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 229 min.
Story: A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Style: melancholic, epic, atmospheric, bloody, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, rape, prohibition, criminal heroes, gunfight, jewish, crimes, friendship, childhood friend, betrayal, torture ...
Time: 60s, 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: new york, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
 8.1
 459K
Spotlight (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, reporters ...
Style: factual, twists and turns, psychological, talky, tense ...
Plot: journalism, investigative journalism, conspiracy, pedophile priest, catholicism, investigation, child abuse, pedophilia, expose, lawyer, catholic, catholic church ...
Time: year 1976, year 2002, year 2001, september 11 2001
Place: boston, florida, new england, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 54K
Kalifornia (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.
Style: tense, disturbing, bleak, rough, neo noir ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, on the road, journalist, cross country, crimes, violence spree, partners, murderous pair, lovers on the run, hitchhiker, journalism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, texas, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 149K
Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aileen Wuornos is an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Style: bleak, harsh, psychological, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, lesbian, sexual abuse, rape, lesbian love, destructive relationship, misanthrope, female killer, tragic love, death sentence, murder ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, miami, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, brooklyn new york city, istanbul turkey, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 72K
Death Sentence (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when ...
Style: harsh, suspenseful, tense, rough, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, gang, vigilantism, murder, tragic event, crimes, character change, brutality, haunted by the past, loss of son, justice, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
suspenseful movies
19293
court movies
1785
crimes movies
14741
A History of Violence (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
Style: neo noir, harsh, tense, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Plot: robbery, family relations, self defense, small town, double life, attempted murder, revenge, attempted robbery, vigilantism, mafia, criminal's revenge, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 108K
Mean Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, redemption, friendship, mafia, racial slur, crimes, friends, urban ghetto life, organized crime, urban ghetto, criminal heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.6
 4K
Criminal Law (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A rising young attorney successfully defends a man accused of murder, only to have the same type of murder then happen again. Right away the previously defended man hires the attorney again, and although the attorney is quite certain that he is the ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, courtroom drama, chase, police investigation, crimes, workplace situations, dangerous attraction, who done it, false accusation, psychopath ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.2
 15K
Bad Boys (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a ...
Style: neo noir, realistic, disturbing, serious, tense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, juvenile delinquency, youth, rivalry, crimes, society, confined, gang war, violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
...and justice for all. (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An ethical Baltimore defense lawyer disgusted with rampant legal corruption is asked to defend a judge he despises in a rape trial. But if he doesn't do it, the judge will have him disbarred.
Style: suspense, realistic, disturbing, captivating, clever ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, fighting the system, lawyer, hotshot lawyer, legal, lawyers and clients, injustice, price of justice, moral dilemma, legal action, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Onion Field (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy ...
Style: psychological, realistic, rough, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: death sentence, courtroom drama, police officer killed, crimes, police investigation, murder, kidnapping, confined, legal, law enforcement, law enforcer killer, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, rough, tense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime gone awry, robbery, criminal, hitman, bandit, crimes, gambling, mafia, murder, poker, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2008, 2000s, 70s
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana, florida, orlando florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%