Movies like Traffic

If you like "Traffic" you are looking for bleak, realistic and tense movies about / with drug lord, war on drugs, drug dealer, drug abuse, addiction, drug cartel and organized crime themes of Crime, Drama and Thriller genre shot in USA or Germany.
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.
Traffic (2000)
 7.6
 205K
Traffic (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine within their comfortable suburban home. In Mexico, a flawed, but noble policeman agrees to testify against a powerful general in league with a cartel, and in San Diego, a drug kingpin's sheltered trophy wife must learn her husband's ruthless business after he is arrested, endangering her luxurious lifestyle.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, thought provoking, clever, twists and turns, sincere, atmospheric, rough, serious ...
Plot: drug lord, war on drugs, drug dealer, drug abuse, addiction, drug cartel, organized crime, drug dealing, drug addiction, marijuana, drug traffic, family problems, fighting crime, legal, corruption, police corruption, interracial sex, surveillance, heroin, lawyer, police officer, escape, death, torture, court ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: mexico, washington d.c., ohio, latin america, usa, california, texas ...

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to Traffic

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, interesting and harsh films with plots about death, corruption, crimes, violence, gun, murder and brutality mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Traffic: Training Day (2001), Savages (2012), Crash (2004), The Infiltrator (2016), Sicario (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 424K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.
Style: tense, realistic, neo noir, harsh, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, lone hero, gang member, african american, mentor, gunfight, corrupt cop, police brutality, rookie, drug dealer, war on drugs, latinos ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.4
 129K
Savages (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Style: twists and turns, rough, tense, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, rescue, marijuana, kidnapping, drug cartel, mob boss, friendship, ex military, woman in danger, drug lord, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: southern california, california, usa, mexico, tijuana mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 433K
Crash (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Style: touching, disturbing, sincere, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: racism, police corruption, interracial relations, prejudice, parents and children, social differences, suffering, chase, vandalism, loss of son, family relations, social problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, santa monica california, puerto rico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Infiltrator (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A U.S Customs official uncovers a massive money laundering scheme involving Pablo Escobar.
Style: suspense, tense, realistic, factual, intense ...
Plot: money laundering, drug lord, drug cartel, federal agent, undercover, death, fear, investigation, drugs, secret agents, drug addiction, addiction ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985, 70s
Place: usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 416K
Sicario (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, Hong Kong
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A young female FBI agent joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit.
Style: realistic, neo noir, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: drug cartel, black ops, tough girl, cia, mercenary, moral dilemma, swat team, drug smuggling, u.s. mexico border, fbi agent, special agents, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: mexico, usa, texas, tucson arizona, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.7
 234K
21 Grams (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ...
Style: mind bending, gloomy, psychological, non-linear, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, guilt, tragedy, faith, suicide attempt, redemption, death in the family, crimes, loss, desperation, hit and run, grief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 80K
Broken City (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor. Billy's relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise ...
Style: rough, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, mayor, betrayal, conspiracy, politics, election, political corruption, crimes, uncover truth, ex law enforcer, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 214K
Carlito's Way (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of NYC.
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, rough, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, nightclub, tragic hero, drug dealing, cocaine, violence, ex convict, drug lord, disco, crimes, haunted by the past ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: usa, new york, grand central station manhattan new york city, harlem, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
bleak movies
6525
legal movies
1110
corruption movies
5132
 7.0
 42K
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness.
Style: neo noir, bleak, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: baseball, rape, police corruption, drug addiction, redemption, masturbation, gambling, corruption, heroin, cocaine, police, salvation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 ⇓
100%
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: FBI agent Matt Graver teams up with operative Alejandro Gillick to prevent Mexican drug cartels from smuggling terrorists across the U.S. border.
Style: neo noir, suspense, surprise ending, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: black ops, drug cartel, cartel, warrior, cia, u.s. mexico border, brutality, terrorist, top secret, mission, gunfight, cia agent ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: sonora, kansas city, somalia, texas, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 810K
Scarface (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, drug lord, cocaine, mob boss, drug cartel, drug dealing, criminal heroes, drug abuse, rise and fall, gunfight, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: miami, cuba, miami beach, usa, bolivia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.
Style: captivating, atmospheric, harsh, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: motorcycle, haunted by the past, family relations, loner, rookie, money problems, police officer, corruption, destiny, death, chief of police, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 2K
Traffik (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 315 min.
TV show
Story: Traffik is a 1989 British television serial about the illegal drugs trade. Its three stories are interwoven, with arcs told from the perspectives of Afghan and Pakistani growers and manufacturers, German dealers, and British users. It was nominated ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, tense, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: heroin, drug dealer, smuggling, drug abuse, crimes, politics, police corruption, fighting the system, organized crime, price of justice, rules and policies, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, england, germany, london, pakistan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.4
 100K
The Counselor (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A lawyer finds himself in far over his head when he attempts to get involved in drug trafficking.
Style: cynical, talky, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: femme fatale, cocaine, drug cartel, drug traffic, drug dealing, greed, crime gone awry, life turned upside down, crimes, nothing goes right, disorder, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, texas, usa, london, el paso texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.1
 41K
Narc (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly ...
Style: tense, bleak, twists and turns, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, drug overdose, undercover, police corruption, police brutality, child abuse, police investigation, investigation, drug addiction, drug dealing, police detective, police shootout ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.5
 255K
Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes ...
Style: serious, captivating, atmospheric, emotional, depressing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug addiction, drug abuse, drug dealing, rise and fall, drug cartel, drug use, gangsters, friendship, cocaine, blind ambition, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 60s, 50s, 90s ...
Place: colombia, california, latin america, usa, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 22K
Dark Blue (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set during the Rodney King riots, a robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Style: tense, captivating, serious, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, police corruption, rookie, police investigation, crimes, partners, fighting the system, crime and punishment, testimony, dishonesty, law enforcement, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Movie in collections
Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, rough, bleak ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: urban ghetto life, street gang, african american, police brutality, crimes, hip hop, murder, friendship, juvenile delinquency, gunfight, coming of age, graduation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north america
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, Spain, Belgium, Panama
Duration: 120 min.
Story: For Pablo Escobar family is everything. When young surfer Nick falls for Escobar's niece, Maria, he finds his life on the line when he's pulled into the dangerous world of the family business.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, stylized, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, family relations, gangsters, murder, forbidden love, siblings relations, crimes, young lovers, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1991
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Tequila Sunrise (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In a seaside California town, best friends Mac and Nick are on opposite sides of the law. Mac is a former drug dealer trying to clean up his act, while Nick is a high-profile detective trying to take down a Mexican drug lord named Carlos. Soon ...
Style: sexy, realistic, serious, atmospheric, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, betrayal, drug dealer, restaurant, crimes, romance, law enforcement, drug dealing, cons and scams, best friend, friendship, surveillance ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 11K
Deep Cover (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The black policeman Russell Stevens applies for a special anti-drug squad which targets the highest boss of cocaine delivery to LA: the Colombian foreign minister's nephew. Russell works his way up from the bottom undercover, until he reaches ...
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, tense, enigmatic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, undercover, police investigation, gangsters, brutality, betrayal, drug traffic, organized crime, racial slur, drug addiction, working undercover, investigation ...
Time: 90s, year 1972, year 1992, 70s
Place: los angeles, cleveland ohio, ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The French Connection (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Tough narcotics detective 'Popeye' Doyle is in hot pursuit of a suave French drug dealer who may be the key to a huge heroin-smuggling operation.
Style: atmospheric, tense, realistic, neo noir, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, drug lord, police brutality, drug dealing, investigation, gangsters, informant, frenchman, partnership, french, mafia, smuggling ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, marseille, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
heroin movies
597
lawyer movies
2858
escape movies
4612
 6.0
 47K
A Man Apart (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, vengeance, crimes, drug cartel, graphic violence, police officer, cocaine, machismo, vigilantism, organized crime, heroes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, los angeles, usa, latin america, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.6
 34K
The Informer (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In New York, former convict Pete Koslow, related to the Polish mafia, must deal with both Klimek the General, his ruthless boss, and the twisted ambitions of two federal agents, as he tries to survive and protect the lives of his loved ones…
Style: suspense, suspenseful, rough, thought provoking, psychological ...
Plot: prison, organized crime, violence, undercover, murder, police, brutality, ex convict, prison gang, dishonesty, home invasion, justice ...
Time: 2010s
Place: manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Terrence McDonagh, a New Orleans Police sergeant, who starts out as a good cop, receiving a medal and a promotion to lieutenant for heroism during Hurricane Katrina. During his heroic act, McDonagh injures his back and later becomes addicted to ...
Style: stylized, surreal, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, police corruption, corruption, drug abuse, hallucination, blackmail, organized crime, police brutality, crimes, murder investigation, redemption, dark humor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Pride and Glory (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A saga centered on a multi-generational family of New York City Police officers. The family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney, investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police, police corruption, murder, family relations, moral dilemma, cover up, dishonesty, crimes, betrayal, uncover truth, family values ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city, bronx new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.5
 1.3M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: captivating, twist ending, tense, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, crimes, mole, police, working undercover, organized crime, undercover cop, mind game, undercover, pride and honor, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, taiwan, china, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.5
 13K
Fresh (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Michael is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded house with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum,but still meets with Fresh on occasion to play chess. Fresh is rather quiet in a crazy world. Fresh's sister is a ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, realistic, tense, touching ...
Plot: african american, chess, drug dealing, drug lord, crimes, juvenile delinquency, childhood trauma, family relations, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, youth, revenge ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Internal Affairs (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, internal affairs, police investigation, manipulation, psychopath, crimes, yuppie, corrupt cop, law enforcement, rivalry, dishonesty, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%