Movies like Sonny

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Sonny (2002)
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Sonny (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: New Orleans, 1981. Sonny Phillips, just discharged from the Army, returns home. The only life he's known is as a gigolo, working for his mother, but he wants to leave that behind. However, the job his Army buddy promised doesn't materialize, and he can't escape his past.
Style: psychological, rough, serious, disturbing, bleak, realistic
Plot: gigolo, pimp, prostitute, haunted by the past, older woman younger man relationship, parents and children, family life, military life, society, ex soldier, homosexual, brothel madam, family relations, gays and lesbians, buddies, riddles and clues, sex, dog, gay, horse, gambling, thief, fight, police officer, food ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana

Most similar movies to Sonny

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and bleak films with plots about crimes, family relations, murder, society, violence, life is a bitch and death mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Sonny: What Alice Found (2003), Willie Dynamite (1974), Ethan Mao (2004), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Ash Wednesday (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
What Alice Found (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A poor young woman is recruited by a friendly couple traveling in an RV into becoming part of the dark world of truck stop prostitution.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, talky
Plot: prostitute, on the road, small town, family life, on the run, social misfits, youth, society, cons and scams, pimp, motor home, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new hampshire, florida, usa, alabama, virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Willie Dynamite (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Willie Dynamite is a pimp who operates in New York City. Willie was a big success as a pimp, but now, just as fast as he rose to the top, he has hit bottom. A former prostitute who has become a social worker tries to get Willie to clean up his life ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, bleak, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, pimp, social decay, city life, cons and scams, urban ghetto life, drug abuse, isolation, graphic violence, life is a bitch, crimes, downfall ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 6.1
 593
Ethan Mao (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Kicked out of his house because he's gay, Ethan Mao returns home to steal and ends up holding his family hostage on a fateful Thanksgiving Day.
Style: serious, rough, psychological, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: friendship, thanksgiving, juvenile delinquency, haunted by the past, family problems, crimes, drug dealing, rehabilitation, survival, society, youth, family in danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.8
 109K
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City.
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, serious, rough ...
Plot: friendship, fish out of water, prostitute, dancer, cowboy, fighting illness, society, male prostitute, homosexuality, naivete, gay slur, homosexual ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, texas, usa, florida, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Ash Wednesday (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ash Wednesday is set in the Manhattan of the early 1980's and is about a pair of Irish-American brothers who become embroiled in a conflict with the Irish Mob.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, intense ...
Plot: hitman, gangsters, betrayal, murder, love triangle, vengeance, crimes, haunted by the past, couple relations, love and romance, dishonesty, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.9
 18K
River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, gloomy, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, juvenile delinquency, strangulation, family relations, police, nudity (full frontal - brief), woman strangled to death, crimes, rock ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.7
 1K
Claire Dolan (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A high-priced call girl, shocked by her mother's death, decides to get out of the business and have a baby.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, gloomy, rough
Plot: pimp, prostitute, immigrants, city life, parents and children, fall in love, dangerous attraction, down on your luck, redemption, family relations, couples, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, dublin ireland, budapest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Bridge to Nowhere (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A group of 20-something blue-collar workers in Pittsburgh cook up a scheme to make extra money that involves prostitution. Their business takes off, then gets way out of hand.
Style: serious, rough, suspense, bleak, realistic
Plot: prostitute, crimes, underground, friendship, working class, rise and fall, society, illegal prostitution, escapades, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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The Naked Kiss (1964)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A former prostitute discovers that her philanthropic fiance is involved in perversion.
Style: neo noir, tense, suspenseful, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: small town, prostitute, hospital, murder, pedophilia, legislation, pimp, police, sexual abuse, redemption, society, going straight ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1961, year 1963, year 1964
Place: usa, switzerland, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.4
 20K
Less Than Zero (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A college freshman returns to Los Angeles for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, gloomy, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: drug addiction, drug abuse, hedonism, friendship, college, coming of age, prostitute, decadence, cocaine, addiction, self discovery, introspection ...
Time: 80s, year 1987
Place: los angeles, beverly hills, california, usa, palm springs california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Sins of the Father (2002)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In 1965 a bomb was planted in a Church in Alabama, killing four black girls. Thirty years later, Tom Cherry breaks his silence to discredit his father's alibi for the night in question.
Style: realistic, disturbing, rough, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, haunted by the past, introspection, moral dilemma, investigation, parents and children, injustice, rebellion, society, crimes, legal, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, alabama, birmingham alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio, ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, rough, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, childhood, friendship, street kid, loss of friend, anger, life is a bitch, crimes, coming of age, violence, marijuana, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2005, 2000s, year 1986 ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, coney island brooklyn new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.9
 8K
Pixote (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by ...
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: sex with a minor, prostitution, child rape, juvenile delinquency, street kid, urban ghetto life, down on your luck, youth, life is a bitch, social misfits, loneliness, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 ⇓
46%
 5.5
 528
The Dry Land (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A U.S. soldier returning home from war struggles to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family he left in Texas.
Style: realistic, sentimental, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: homecoming, family relations, society, family life, redemption, life is a bitch, soldier, buddies, parents and children, husband wife relationship, military, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, el paso texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Suspicious River (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young married woman (Parker) sells her body, not just for money, to guests at the motel where she works as a receptionist.
Style: psychological, erotic, disturbing, rough, sexy ...
Plot: sexual abuse, prostitute, infidelity, dangerous attraction, survival, family problems, haunted by the past, destructive relationship, life is a bitch, strong sexual content, small town, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, vancouver
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.1
 198
Cost of a Soul (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Wounded in the war, Tommy Donahue and DD Davis return home from Iraq to the slum neighborhood they grew up in. Tommy returns to his wife, Faith, whom he abandoned while she was pregnant to escape a life of crime. Tommy meets his disabled six ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: murder, racism, iraq war, urban ghetto, crimes, haunted by the past, homecoming, family problems, society, gang, war veteran, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Brooklyn Rules (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Brooklyn, 1985. With the mob world as a backdrop, three life-long friends struggle with questions of love, loss and loyalty.
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: gangsters, friendship, friends, crimes, love affair, youth, coming of age, murder, revenge, city life, rivalry, sexual content ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: brooklyn new york city, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Behind the Red Door (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Set in New York and New England (but filmed in Newfoundland), Behind the Red Door stars Kyra Sedgwick as Manhattan-based photographer Natalie Haddad, who enjoys success with her strangely gloomy and foreboding camerawork. When her agent and best ...
Style: serious, sincere, psychological, touching, realistic
Plot: family relations, self discovery, estrangement, love and romance, haunted by the past, terminal illness, family life, siblings relations, parents and children, homosexual, death of father, aids ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Vengeance is Mine (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) is on the run from the police. Director Shohei Imamura turns this fact-based story—about the seventy-eight-day killing spree of a remorseless man from a devoutly Catholic ...
Style: tense, realistic, disturbing, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, parents and children, on the run, crimes, violence spree, prostitute, father son relationship, sex scene, violence, sex, vengeance, woman undressing ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 11K
Hardcore (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in the porno pits of Los Angeles.
Style: neo noir, psychological, sexy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, porn industry, missing person, perversion, daughter, father, striptease, depravity, runaway, perversity, missing child, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, michigan, california, usa, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Stranger Inside (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility
Style: thought provoking, rough, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Plot: prison, gay african american, life is a bitch, parents and children, confined, gang, youth, society, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, crimes, prison life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
From the Edge of the City (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Minority-group Greeks from an outer suburb of Athens struggle with their life on society's fringe and exploitation of one another.
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: immigrants, prostitute, suburbs, culture clash, ocean, lifestyle, gays and lesbians, coming of age, gang, youth, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia, greece, europe, chernobyl, athens greece ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 5.4
 821
Born Killers (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: iggy Banks tells the story of two charming and brilliant brothers who finance their lifestyle by robbing and murdering pretty much anyone foolish enough to get in the car with them. They learn the business from their sociopath father (Tom Sizemore) ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crimes, psychopath, criminal heroes, introspection, parents and children, violence, brother brother relationship, father son relationship, strangulation, truck driver ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
What Doesn't Kill You (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, rough ...
Plot: friendship, heist, infidelity, downfall, buddies, family problems, crimes, haunted by the past, tough law enforcer, friends, criminal heroes, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.5
 37K
White Boy Rick (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of teenager, Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the police during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.
Style: disturbing, suspense, rough
Plot: informant, fbi, drug traffic, father son relationship, juvenile delinquent, war on drugs, arms dealing, buddies, culture clash, trust, girl, food ...
Time: 80s, year 2017, year 2014, year 1988, year 1985 ...
Place: las vegas, michigan, ohio, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 ⇓
39%
 7.4
 40K
In the Bedroom (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York born Ruth Fowler, a music teacher. He is involved ...
Style: bleak, realistic, sincere, serious, suspense ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, jealousy, dysfunctional family, age difference, vengeance, family relations, parents and children, small town, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really seems like an outpost in enemy's country. ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, gloomy, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police station, murder, police, hostage, rebellion, prostitute, police protagonist, police corruption, crimes, police investigation, gang, addiction ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, bronx new york city, usa, san francisco, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Various stories of how crack cocaine has infiltrated the inner-city streets. Based on Buddy Giovinazzo's novel "Life is Hot in Cracktown".
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: youth gang, nightshift, drug dealing, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, crimes, society, urban ghetto life, down on your luck, city life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%