Movies like The Thief

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The Thief (1997)
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The Thief (1997)
Original name: Вор
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1946, a soldier fathers a child then dies before its birth. Jump to 1952: on a train, the child and his mother meet a handsome soldier who makes a play for her. She accepts. Posing as a married family, the soldier finds them a rooming house where he becomes everyone's favorite through his good looks and generosity. Meanwhile he gives the boy, Sanya, lessons in life: to fight back, to win at all costs. The child's mother, Katya, is head-over-heels in love with Tolyan, the soldier, but the relationship becomes rocky when Tolyan's true plans for the rooming house become clear. It starts them on a treadmill of flight that risks Katya's life, Tolyan's liberty, and Sanya's trust.
Style: bleak, realistic, sincere, gloomy, sentimental, touching, enigmatic, breathtaking, unusual plot structure, emotional ...
Plot: coming of age, death, russian, betrayal, soldier, crimes, family relations, parents and children, cons and scams, hospital, love, prison, thief, orphanage, catastrophe, survival, children, relationships, loneliness, life, friendship, depression, youth, brothers, gunfight ...
Time: 50s, post world war two, 1940s, 20th century, year 1946, year 1952, 40s
Place: russia, new jersey, siberia, black sea

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Most similar movies to The Thief

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and harsh films with plots about redemption, brutality, storytelling, runaway, crimes, friendship and nudity (full frontal - brief) mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Thief: The Return (2003), Lights in the Dusk (2006), Pixote (1980), Liquidation (2007), Tsotsi (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Return (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A story of two Russian boys whose father suddenly returns home after a 12-year absence. He takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, art house, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, russian, brother, abusive father, journey, parents and children, survival, father son relationship, character study, overbearing parent, childhood, island ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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Lights in the Dusk (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Finland, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Koistenin is a sad sack, a man without affect or friends. He's a night-watchman in Helsinki with ideas of starting his own business, but nothing to go with those intentions. He sometimes talks a bit with a woman who runs a snack trailer near ...
Style: bleak, melancholic, enigmatic, sincere, sexy ...
Plot: heist, loneliness, existentialism, betrayal, down on your luck, femme fatale, night watchman, crimes, cons and scams, misfit, regret, gem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, finland, europe, scotland
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100%
 7.9
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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: disturbing, rough, depressing, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prostitution, sex with a minor, child rape, street kid, breast feeding, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, jail, loneliness, children, tragedy, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil, africa, latin america
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100%
 8.2
 2K
Liquidation (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller, War
Country: Russia, Ukraine
Duration: 45 min.
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Story: The year is 1946. World War II is over, but it doesn't mean that there is no one to fight with. The post-war city of Odessa is ruled by serial killer prison-escapees and former Nazi collaborators. Fallen into disfavor, Marshal Zhoukov is sent ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, suspense, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: fighting crime, saboteur, gang, crime boss, murder, military officer, crimes, showdown, organized crime, criminal, criminal gang, military ...
Time: post world war two, 1940s
Place: ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Tsotsi (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The South African multi-award winning film about a young South African boy from the ghetto named Tsotsi, meaning Gangster. Tsotsi, who left home as a child to get away from helpless parents, finds a baby in the back seat of a car that he has just ...
Style: sincere, bleak, emotional, harsh, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: baby, redemption, gang, poverty, gangsters, bully, slum, friendship, street life, urban ghetto life, murder, robbery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, boston, johannesburg south africa
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37%
Tycoon: A New Russian (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia, France, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: During the Gorbachev years, Platon Makovski and his four buddies are university students who jump on the private capitalism movement. Fast-forward 20 years, Platon finds himself the richest man in Russia, having sacrificed his friends to get to the ...
Style: serious, clever, cynical, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: rise to the top, betrayal, political corruption, society, fighting the system, crimes, politics, dishonesty, rise and fall, blind ambition, life is a bitch, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia
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34%
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Leviathan (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, atmospheric, meditative, emotional ...
Plot: lawyer, small town, corruption, alcoholic, infidelity, adultery, alcohol abuse, corrupt politician, courtroom, drunk, mayor, unhappy wife ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.7
 3K
Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: emotional, harsh, tense, rough, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: child abuse, corporal punishment, coming of age, children, dysfunctional family, working class, abusive father, youth, redemption, alcohol abuse, poverty, debt ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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City of Ghosts (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A con man travels to Cambodia (also on the run from law enforcement in the U.S.) to collect his share in an insurance scam, but discovers more than he bargained for
Style: intense, stylized, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: crimes, betrayal, father son relationship, character study, greed, law enforcement, police investigation, dishonesty, cons and scams, vengeance, dark hero, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary
Place: cambodia, usa, new york, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.0
 148K
Dogville (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, UK, France, Finland, Norway, Italy
Duration: 178 min.
Story: A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth ...
Style: art house, psychological, bleak, twist ending, philosophical ...
Plot: rape, morality, female protagonist, vengeance, society, small town life, haunted by the past, exploitation, rocky mountains, gangsters, brutality, secrets ...
Time: 1930s, future, 20th century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.5
 11K
All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, depressing, meditative ...
Plot: working class, dysfunctional family, family relations, taxi driver, loneliness, depression, family problems, injustice, parents and children, couples, couple relations, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, new jersey, europe, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
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Cyclo (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Hong Kong
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Follows a young cyclo (bicycle cab) driver on his poverty-driven descent into criminality in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City. The boy's struggles to scratch out a living for his two sisters and grandfather in the mean streets of the city lead to ...
Style: disturbing, sexy, stylized, bleak, sexual ...
Plot: poverty, vietnam war, gangsters, gang, coming of age, youth, crimes, nudity (full frontal - brief), corruption, violence, drugs, poetry ...
Time: 90s
Place: saigon, hong kong, vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.4
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Sweet Sixteen (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: disturbing, bleak, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: pre-teens, teens, teen drama
Plot: heroin, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, innocence lost, prison, drug dealing, dysfunctional family, drug dealer, downfall, family relations, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.4
 800
The Bull (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The 1990s. Empty shelves in the shops, an economic abyss and criminal dramas that unfold literally at every corner. The young leader of a criminal gang Anton Bykov, with the nickname “Bull”, must make money in whatever way to provide for his ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, tense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: life is a bitch, violence, crimes, russian, brutality, life philosophy, injustice, corruption, criminal heroes, tough heroes, society, street life ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.4
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Levity (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Manuel Jordan is a man who is free after serving 23 years for killing a teenager during an attempted robbery. After nearly two decades of staring at his victim's face on a newspaper clipping in his cell, the paroled man attempts to find ...
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, philosophical, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, murder, prison, friendship, criminal, robbery, justice, gang, sin, going straight, haunted by the past, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.9
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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, psychological, gloomy, neo noir ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: murder, teenager, coming of age, high school, drug abuse, death, violence, serial killer, small town, police, strangulation, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, oregon, usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.6
 14K
Animal Factory (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, atmospheric, intense ...
Plot: prison, drugs, friendship, crimes, gang, prison escape, adaptation, survival, redemption, depression, human nature, prison warden ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, new jersey, pennsylvania, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, suspense, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, dysfunctional family, vengeance, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, age difference, small town, revenge, grief, jealousy, dysfunctional marriage, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 7.4
 10K
Money (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A forged 500-franc note is cynically passed from person to person and shop to shop, until it falls into the hands of a genuine innocent who doesn't see it for what it is - which will have devastating consequences on his life, causing him to ...
Style: neo noir, cynical, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: betrayal, forgery, post war, existentialism, money, murder, delivery, injustice, dishonesty, society, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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26%
 7.5
 3K
The Italian (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in 2002, an abandoned 5-year-old boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family.
Style: sentimental, harsh, breathtaking, touching, realistic ...
Plot: orphan, orphanage, youth, adoption, russian, children, coming of age, friendship, adolescence, family relations, self discovery, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002, 2000s, 70s
Place: russia, tokyo, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 14K
Young Adam (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.
Style: erotic, sexy, enigmatic, neo noir, atmospheric ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, cuckold, murder, extramarital affair, couple relations, destructive relationship, mysterious character, character study, nudity (full frontal - brief), murder mystery, drifter ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1954, 50s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.9
 6K
Last Orders (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, death, last wish, road trip, memory, life, family relations, friendship between men, partners, parents and children, self discovery, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.8
 848
The Quickie (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A crime soap opera about a Russian mobster retiring from "the business" on New Year's Eve, only to discover he has been targeted for death by a rival mobster.
Style: serious, tense, captivating, suspense, realistic
Plot: russian mafia, gangsters, starting over, couples, dishonesty, crimes, road not taken, family life, hitman, tough heroes, russian roulette, misogynist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence ...
Style: emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: prison, gang, gangsters, redemption, death row, violence, brutality, adaptation, justice, hopes, human spirit, crimes ...
Time: future, 80s, contemporary, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: intense, bad ending, entertaining, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gang, gangsters, crimes, street gang, prison, drug abuse, gang war, prison gang, violence spree, drug addiction, destiny, police shootout ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, ecuador, guatemala ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 26K
Frozen River (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, bleak, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: poverty, single parent, native american reservation, winter, native americans, native american, smuggling, working class, snow, survival, courage, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, canada, california, new york state, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.3
 2K
8-Ball (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: 8-Ball tells the story of single mother Pike who, having just been released from prison, is trying to start her life anew. When her former boyfriend Lalli comes back from abroad, it opens a window into a past that Pike wants to put behind her.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: hopes, one more chance, starting over, going straight, haunted by the past, family relations, crimes, single parent, parents and children, jail, drug addict, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.4
 19K
The Child (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.
Style: bleak, sincere, emotional, gloomy, harsh ...
Audience: teens
Plot: homeless, youth, dysfunctional family, redemption, poverty, baby, black market, going straight, social decay, life is a bitch, society, petty criminal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 10K
L.I.E. (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In this biting and disturbing coming-of-age tale from writer-director Michael Cuesta, life is bittersweet along the L.I.E., also known as the Long Island Expressway, as suburban teen Howie Blitzer learns all too clearly. In the space of a week, he ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, brutal, enigmatic, touching ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: gay, male prostitution, sexual abuse, pedophile, coming of age, pedophilia, older man younger man relationship, youth, suburbs, juvenile delinquent, friendship, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: long island, new york, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.0
 22K
Croupier (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, France, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jack Manfred is an aspiring writer who to make ends meet, takes a job as a croupier. Jack remains an observer, knowing that everything in life is a gamble and that gamblers are born to lose. Inevitably, he gets sucked into the world of the casino ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, tense, clever, realistic ...
Plot: gambling, casino, croupier, crimes, heist, cons and scams, addiction, writer's block, greed, relationships, career change, bet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, south africa, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%