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When the Sky Falls (2000)
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When the Sky Falls (2000)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Fact-based story about Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton, who invaded the Irish underworld and attempted to expose the illegitimate activities she found. Hampered by the system, a police consort is ineffectual at aiding her despite trying to step outside of the normal bounds. Kevin McNally plays her husband, who hates her activities and the danger in which she places herself. Nonetheless, he grudgingly admires her persistence and encourages her investigation.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Plot: murder, gangsters, journalism, investigation, crimes, law enforcement, drug abuse, tragic hero, uncover truth, addiction, life is a bitch, fighting the system, drug dealing, rise and fall, price of justice, conspiracy, ira, legal, husband wife relationship, drug cartel, society, media, idealism, unfulfillment, assassination attempt ...
Time: year 1998
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland

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Most similar movies to When the Sky Falls

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and interesting films with plots about crimes, murder, life is a bitch, violence, society, storytelling and dishonesty mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like When the Sky Falls: Veronica Guerin (2003), Fort Apache (2009), Blow (2001), Provoked: A True Story (2006), Black Mass (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Veronica Guerin (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In this true story, Veronica Guerin is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, realistic, rough, emotional ...
Plot: journalism, murder, strong female character, gangsters, investigation, drug lord, drug dealing, police, crimes, tragic hero, uncover truth, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, europe, amsterdam, new jersey ...
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95%
 7.2
 983
Fort Apache (2009)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of Giancarlo Siani, a journalist killed by the Neapolitan Mafia in 1985.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, tense, gloomy
Plot: journalism, mafia, investigation, uncover truth, society, dishonesty, crimes, life is a bitch, gangsters, idealism, murder, corruption ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: italy, europe, naples italy, southern italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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 ⇓
40%
Provoked: A True Story (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, India
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Provoked is the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi woman who moved to London after her marriage with Deepak Ahluwalia. Her husband seemed caring at first but then began to beat her up. He started drinking a lot and sleeping around with ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: wife murders husband, murder, arranged marriage, prison, hopes, hotshot lawyer, crimes, life is a bitch, fighting the system, family problems, courtroom drama, domestic violence ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, punjab
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 178K
Black Mass (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, corruption, brutality, mafia, fbi, murder, organized crime, arms dealing, crimes, illness, mob boss, crime boss ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1982, year 1985 ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, santa monica california, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Resurrection Man (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Belfast, in 1970s. Victor Kelly is a young protestant man who hates the Catholics so much that one night he begins to brutally murder them. A reporter soon tries to uncover the murder and obtained prestige for himself, while Victor sinks deeper into ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, journalism, psychopath, master criminal, investigation, uncover truth, brutality, journalist, protestant, violent, dark hero ...
Time: 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 44K
Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Betty Anne Waters' older brother Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, disturbing, intense ...
Plot: false accusation, lawyer, injustice, legal action, fighting the system, court, legal, courtroom drama, hopes, convict, prison, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 80s, contemporary ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 175K
Legend (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Suave, charming and volatile, Reggie Kray and his unstable twin brother Ronnie start to leave their mark on the London underworld in the 1960s. Using violence to get what they want, the siblings orchestrate robberies and murders while running ...
Style: realistic, brutal, tense, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rise and fall, gang, crimes, twins, mafia, organized crime, criminal heroes, brother brother relationship, mental illness, violence, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, year 2000, year 1957
Place: london, england, scotland yard, united kingdom, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
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Hoffa (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Jack Nicholson's portrait of union leader James R. Hoffa, as seen through the eyes of his friend, Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito). The film follows Hoffa through his countless battles with the RTA and President Roosevelt all the way to a conclusion ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: labor union, gangsters, politics, crimes, rise and fall, social activist, political corruption, political intrigue, working class, americana, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1930s, 1940s, 50s ...
Place: detroit, washington d.c., new york, michigan, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter - Studio Sex (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A stripper at the club Studio Six is murdered. A political scandal takes off when the Minister of Commerce appears to have been at the club. He resigns - but only to hide an even bigger secret.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: murder, journalism, crimes, life is a bitch, law enforcement, media, uncover truth, female nudity, minister, investigation, politics, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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 ⇓
33%
In the Name of the Father (1993)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. He and his four friends are coerced by British police into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father ...
Style: emotional, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: prison, bomb, court, irish, torture, false accusation, rebellion, lawyer, terrorist, courtroom, terrorism, interrogation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 4.7
 74
Flick (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Jack Flinter is skating on thin ice. Known to his friends as "Flick", he is drifting through life, dealing a bit of hash, drinking and screwing around. His girlfriend Alice has had enough. His friend and business partner Des is strung out, ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Plot: drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, going straight, police corruption, drug abuse, addiction, crimes, society, life is a bitch, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, organized crime, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
American Gangster (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, harsh, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, drug lord, mob boss, mafia, organized crime, smuggling, heroin, police corruption, drug traffic, crime boss, police detective, rise and fall ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1970, 90s ...
Place: new york, usa, harlem, bronx new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.2
 16K
Party Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The New York club scene of the 80s and 90s was a world like no other. Into this candy-colored, mirror ball playground stepped Michael Alig, a wannabe from nowhere special. Under the watchful eye of veteran club kid James St. James, Alig quickly rose ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, disturbing, surreal ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friends, gays and lesbians, gay, drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, celebrity culture, drugs, nightclub, social misfits, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: new york, usa, indiana, manhattan new york city, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Murder of Princess Diana (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Luxembourg, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Rachel, an American journalist in Paris, is present the night of the fateful accident of Princess Diana and witness to the crime scene. As she starts to investigate, Rachel uncovers information that leads her to believe this was no accident, and she ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, mind bending
Plot: investigation, conspiracy, intrigue, mystery, uncover truth, riddles and clues, royal family, law enforcement, journalism, state affairs, crimes, price of justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1997
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Kill the Messenger (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, thought provoking, clever, captivating ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, conspiracy, drug dealing, reporter, uncover truth, government agency, state affairs, police corruption, life turned upside down, money laundering, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Wisconsin Death Trip is an intimate, shocking and sometimes hilarious account of the disasters that befell one small town in Wisconsin during the final decade of the 19th century. The film is inspired by Michael Lesy's book of the same name ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: murder, unemployment, arson, hostage, american football, nosy, injustice, down on your luck, violence spree, small town life, chaos and mayhem, social decay ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1890s, 90s
Place: wisconsin, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
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 3K
Capone (1975)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years.
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rise and fall, police investigation, jail, gunfight, crimes, rivalry, criminal heroes, gang, murder, prohibition, brutality ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, serious, intense ...
Plot: cia, journalism, journalist, courtroom drama, lawyer, reporter, assassination attempt, corruption, fighting the system, legal, state affairs, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Rise of the Footsoldier (2007)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Rise of the Footsoldier follows the inexorable rise of Carlton Leach from one of the most feared generals of the football terraces to becoming a member of a notorious gang of criminals who rampaged their way through London and Essex in the late ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, drug abuse, partners in crime, gang, betrayal, police investigation, dishonor among criminals, drug lord, vicious, criminal heroes, rivalry, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Murder in Greenwich (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The story of Martha Moxley, 15 year old girl murdered in Greenwich in the 1970's, her murder going unsolved for 25 years.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, talky
Plot: amateur detective, murder, investigation, fighting the system, uncover truth, murder suspect, false accusation, who done it, police investigation, protagonist as suspect, police detective, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Executioner's Song (1982)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In this fact-based film, Gary Gilmore, an Indiana man who just finished serving a lengthy stay in prison, tries to start anew by moving to Utah. Before long, Gary begins an ill-advised romance with the troubled Nicole Baker, a teenage single mother. ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, bleak, rough ...
Plot: murder, death sentence, death row, prison, courtroom drama, price of justice, confined, journalism, legal, going straight, crimes, true crime ...
Time: year 1976
Place: utah, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 7K
Gotti (1996)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: John Gotti, the head of a small New York mafia crew breaks a few of the old family rules. He rises to become the head of the Gambino family and the most well-known mafia boss in America. Life is good, but suspicion creeps in, and greed, ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough
Plot: gangsters, crime boss, vengeance, city life, testimony, law enforcement, rise to the top, ambition, criminal heroes, journalism, legal, unfulfillment ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.1
 11K
The Traitor (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Brazil
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Palermo, Sicily, 1980. Mafia member Tommaso Buscetta decides to move to Brazil with his family fleeing the constant war between the different clans of the criminal organization. But when, after living several misfortunes, he is forced to return to ...
Style: realistic, suspense, intense, captivating, factual
Plot: cosa nostra, mafia, organized crime, informant, gangsters, assassination, judge, assassination attempt, court, death threat, murder, italian history ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 2000s, year 1980 ...
Place: sicily, italy, rome italy, rio de janeiro, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.2
 9K
The General (1998)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In a twenty-year career marked by obsessive secrecy, brutality and meticulous planning, Cahill netted over £40 million. He was untouchable - until a bullet from an IRA hitman ended it all.
Style: tense, serious, stylized, intense, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, irish, robbery, master criminal, law enforcement, criminal heroes, crimes, mastermind, cons and scams, adaptation, brutality, gang ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 90s, 80s, 70s
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
No One Killed Jessica (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A reporter teams up with the sister of a murdered model in order to bring her case justice.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: courtroom drama, murder, investigation, fighting the system, uncover truth, crimes, legal, dishonesty, law enforcement, model, loss of sibling, hidden truth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: india, new delhi, asia, delhi
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Chattahoochee (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In 1955 Florida, a Korean vet has a breakdown and is incarcerated in a "maximum security" mental health prison, where patients are abused.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: mental institution, courtroom drama, life is a bitch, injustice, social decay, rehabilitation, rebellion, fighting the system, prodigy, crimes, criminal heroes, hospital ...
Time: 50s, year 1957, year 1952, year 1955
Place: florida, usa, miami, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 150K
Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, clever, tense ...
Plot: espionage, fighting the system, journalism, whistleblower, idealism, moral dilemma, national security, media, hacking, surveillance, conspiracy, against the rules ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2012, year 2011, year 2004 ...
Place: usa, japan, russia, new york, hawaii ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.9
 38K
Bully (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, bleak, stylized, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: sexual abuse, murder, nihilism, teenage rape, violent, teenage sex, bully, rivalry, gay slur, teenager, vengeance, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%