Movies like The Sugarland Express

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The Sugarland Express (1974)
 6.7
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The Sugarland Express (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Married small-time crooks Lou-Jean and Clovis Poplin lose their baby to the state of Texas and resolve to do whatever it takes to get him back. Lou-Jean gets Clovis out of jail, and the two steal their son from his foster home, in addition to taking a highway patrolman hostage. As a massive dragnet starts to pursue them across Texas, the couple become unlikely folk heroes and even start to bond with the captive policeman.
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, realistic, road movie, neo noir, tense, dramatic, talky, suspense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: kidnapping, hostage, helicopter, chase, police, prison, sniper, on the road, on the run, gas station, road trip, texas ranger, crimes, adventure, adoption, heroes, escape, graphic violence, family relations, parents and children, fugitives, confined, bittersweet, folk hero, criminal heroes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 70s, 80s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california

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Most similar movies to The Sugarland Express

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about crimes, chase, crime gone awry, police, murder, gun and violence mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Sugarland Express: A Perfect World (1993), Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Trapped (2002), The Onion Field (1979). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Perfect World (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.
Style: road movie, touching, sincere, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: prison escape, kidnapping, hostage, friendship, fugitives, manhunt, moral ambiguity, life philosophy, violence, dysfunctional family, prison, criminal heroes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: texas, usa, alaska, austin texas, birmingham alabama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.
Style: melancholic, bleak, tense, touching, lyrical ...
Plot: family relations, fugitives, love triangle, police officer, criminal, crimes, chase, criminal heroes, escapades, romance, on the road, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not ...
Style: clever, captivating, exciting, suspense, intense ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: con artists, master criminal, prodigy, fbi, adventure, justice, deception, rise and fall, creativity, adaptation, cat and mouse, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1967, year 1974 ...
Place: usa, marseille, los angeles, madrid, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
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Trapped (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When their daughter is kidnapped by experienced nappers (Bacon and Love), the Jennings' (Theron and Townsend) turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: kidnapping, asthma, ransom, child in peril, hostage, psychopath, crimes, psycho killer, confined, race against time, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, new orleans, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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 ⇓
61%
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Bonnie and Clyde is based on the true stories of the gangster pair Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow who in the 1930s began robbing banks in U.S. cities until they were eventually killed. The film is a major landmark in the aesthetic movement known as ...
Style: disturbing, exciting, suspenseful, captivating, road movie ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, lovers on the run, gang, criminal heroes, crimes, murderous pair, on the road, chase, fugitives, love and romance, partners, bank robbery ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 60s
Place: texas, usa, missouri, oklahoma, wisconsin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.4
 7K
The Border (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A corrupted border agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.
Style: rough, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, corruption, police, emigration, kidnapping, crimes, rich and poor, family relations, interracial relations, opposites attract, immigrants, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: mexico, texas, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 5K
Dillinger (1973)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The life of American public enemy number one who was shot by the police in 1934. After a shoot-out kills five FBI agents in Kansas City the Bureau target John Dillinger as one of the men to hunt down. Waiting for him to break Federal law they sort ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, prison escape, bandit, true crime, prostitute, murder, jail, gunfight, gang, bank robber, graphic violence, obsessive quest ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1934, year 1933
Place: chicago illinois, kansas, usa, memphis, illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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The Getaway (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, cynical, neo noir, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, heist, on the run, chase, robbery, bank robbery, betrayal, infidelity, crimes, criminal heroes, couples, disorder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america, el paso texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Sunchaser (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A young half-Navajo convict (Jon Seda) dying of cancer forces a yuppie (Woody Harrelson) doctor to drive him to a magic healing lake.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: terminal illness, kidnapping, healing power, hostage, on the road, juvenile delinquent, friendship, self discovery, doctors and patients, crimes, desert, road trip ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.9
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The Chase (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In Denver, a fleeing bank robber kills a cop and kidnaps an old man to hold as a hostage. He is chased by the police and a news helicopter, which films the entire incident. Based on a true story.
Plot: murder, bank robbery, helicopter, death of father, police, chase, car chase, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, escaped prisoner, police officer, truck ...
Place: denver colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.7
 3K
Wisdom (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Unable to find work after a past felony, graduate John Wisdom and his girlfriend embark on a cross-country bank-robbing spree in order to aid American farmers.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: chase, bank, unemployment, on the run, lovers on the run, college graduate, police, fbi, murder, destiny, crimes, against the odds ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.7
 72K
Badlands (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950s, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.
Style: rough, road movie, stylized, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: on the road, serial killer, mass murder, violence spree, surrender, notoriety, lovers on the run, chase, on the run, wasteland, killing spree, crimes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s
Place: south dakota, usa, wyoming, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 2K
Point Blank (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Convicted corporate criminal Howard engineers a prison break as he and a number of fellow inmates are being transferred to a new facility. The escapees storm a shopping mall and take a group of shoppers hostage (after killing many more of them) ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, rescue, race against time, one man army, criminal heroes, confined, fugitives, daring rescue, tough law enforcer, crimes, escaped prisoner, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.9
 16K
At Close Range (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970's. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: murder, gang, father son relationship, small town, sociopath, rape, courtroom, crimes, organized crime, police investigation, family relations, kids in trouble ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978, 80s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Prince of the City (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, captivating, serious ...
Plot: police corruption, corruption, police, police detective, bribery, testimony, friendship, district attorney, crimes, redemption, betrayal, police investigation ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., virginia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.9
 3K
Father Hood (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Deadbeat dad kidnaps his kids from the bus to an abusive foster home and they go on a run. The cops are after them, they bicker constantly and his idea of a way out is grim, yet this dangerous ride might just turn them into a family.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, road movie, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: kidnapping, chase, on the run, convict, reporter, road trip, criminal, highway, on the road, heist, crimes, odd couple ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.9
 522
Amber's Story (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: This is the tragic and true story of the abduction of Amber Hagerman. Her family and the community's efforts to find her and bring her kidnapper to justice prove to be a groundbreaking movement toward implementing a government-run tracking ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, tense
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, family relations, family problems, injustice, society, crimes, life is a bitch, obsession, parents and children, confined, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002, year 1997, year 1999 ...
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Cop Land (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Freddy Heflin is the sheriff of a place everyone calls “Cop Land” — a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big city police officers he’s long admired. Yet something ugly is taking place behind the town’s peaceful facade. And ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, neo noir, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sheriff, police corruption, nypd, small town, arson, mafia, corruption, murder, organized crime, internal affairs, fighting the system, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Grissom Gang (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The Grissom Gang is a remake of the notorious 1949 British melodrama No Orchids For Miss Blandish. Kim Darby plays a 1920s-era debutante who is kidnapped and held for ransom. Her captors are the Grissoms, a family comprised of sadists and morons, ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, cynical, biting, tense ...
Plot: hostage, kidnapping, family relations, gang, gangsters, survival, nightclub singer, criminal gang, fall in love, love affair, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, year 1931
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Grace & Mercy (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In poor health and dead broke, Grace has a plan to provide a future for her young daughter. With the help of her sister Mercy, she robs her former employer. But an alarm goes off during the robbery and they escape into a nearby church. They hold the ...
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: church, hostage, crime gone awry, unlikely criminals, self discovery, clergy, hopes, society, on the run, criminal heroes, confined, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organise a daring new heist.
Style: humorous, exciting, captivating, light, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, safecracker, chase, on the road, crimes, treasure hunt, adventure, rivalry, buddies, partners, escapades, car chase ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.9
 26K
In Cold Blood (1967)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A 1967 film based on Truman Capote's book of the same name. After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their ...
Style: disturbing, gloomy, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, death sentence, execution, confession, drifter, hanging, interrogation, death row, friendship, on the run, true crime, farmer ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, year 1960, year 1959 ...
Place: kansas, usa, alaska, midwest, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Boxcar Bertha (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Based on "Sister of the Road," the fictionalized autobiography of radical and transient Bertha Thompson as written by physician Dr. Ben L. Reitman, 'Boxcar' Bertha Thompson, a woman labor organizer in Arkansas during the ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: crimes, depression, romance, lovers on the run, on the road, violence, strong sexual content, justice, mafia, visceral, loneliness, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 80s, 1920s, 70s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois, memphis, arkansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Defiant Ones (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Monroe and 'Joker' Johnson are two prisoners who despise each other. But after their prison transport crashes, they manage to escapechained to each other.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: escape, chase, interracial relations, racism, on the run, friends, forest, friendship, crimes, fugitives, partners, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
They've Taken Our Children: The Chowchilla Kidnapping (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Three young men decide to make easy money by mass kidnapping. After careful preparations, they hijack the school bus and take 26 children and the driver as hostages. However, the bravery and the wit of the old driver could spoil their plan for the ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: kidnapping, daring rescue, bus, hostage, heroes, confined, rescue, rivalry, crime gone awry, escapades, crimes, small town life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Albino Alligator (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Three petty thieves who the police believe to be major criminals are chased into a basement bar where they take five hostages including all the bar employees. The rest of the movie deals with the cops lurking outside the bar while the trio try to ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, mistaken identity, police, crimes, heist, crime gone awry, police investigation, chase, siege, inadvertently, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 12K
The Chase (1966)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Most everyone in town thinks that Sheriff Calder is merely a puppet of rich oil-man Val Rogers. When it is learned that local baddie Bubber Reeves has escaped prison, Rogers' son is concerned because he is having an affair with Reeves' ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, small town, infidelity, racism, escape, on the run, hate, drunkenness, sheriff, lynch mob, manhunt, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, southern usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.3
 11K
Hoodlum (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In 1934, the second most lucrative business in New York City was running "the numbers". When, Madam Queen, the powerful woman who runs the scam in Harlem, is arrested. Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson takes over the business and must ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, murder, bandit, crimes, dishonesty, society, criminal heroes, rivalry, psychopath, gambling, interracial relations, rich and poor ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, harlem, illinois, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Blood in the Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An Italian prison official's wife is kidnapped, and the kidnappers demand that a notorious prisoner be released in order for the man to get his wife back. He gets the man released - but then kidnaps him himself, in order to ensure that the ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, heroes, chase, murder, kidnapping, assassination, blackmail, psychopath, track down, fugitives, tough law enforcer, police investigation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, paris france, milan italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%