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The Yards (2000)
 6.4
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The Yards (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big contractors; he's battling with a minority-owned firm for contracts.
Style: tense, bleak, rough, realistic, emotional, intense, talky, atmospheric, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: betrayal, corruption, murder, whistleblower, false accusation, crime, political corruption, crimes, injustice, life is a bitch, moral dilemma, gangsters, family relations, bribery, ex convict, gangster, character study, police corruption, incest, friends, parents and children, hopes, manhunt, family problems, society ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, intense and suspenseful films with plots about corruption, storytelling, betrayal, dialogue, runaway, mentor and gangsters mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Yards: We Own the Night (2007), Tequila Sunrise (1988), Pride and Glory (2008), Monster (2003), Mean Streets (1973). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
We Own the Night (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hitmen.
Style: captivating, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, car chase, party, law enforcement, heroin, gangsters, nightclub, crimes, crime, mafia, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, serious, realistic, atmospheric, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, restaurant, betrayal, drug dealer, crime, crimes, romance, cons and scams, law enforcement, drug dealing, best friend, friendship ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, dishonesty, cover up, crime, crimes, betrayal, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.3
 131K
Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aileen Wuornos is an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, emotional, harsh ...
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, lesbian, destructive relationship, rape, tragic love, murder, death penalty, sexual abuse, mentally unstable, lawyer, crime ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 2000s
Place: florida, michigan, usa, miami, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 94K
Mean Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, redemption, friendship, mafia, racial slur, crimes, crime, friends, urban ghetto life, organized crime, life is a bitch, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.2
 74K
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: twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, mayor, betrayal, politics, election, political corruption, crime, crimes, uncover truth, conspiracy, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.2
 20K
State of Grace (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie's sister ...
Style: rough, tense, serious, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, betrayal, irish, undercover, gangsters, crime, crimes, working undercover, undercover agent, organized crime, dishonesty, reunion ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.0
 63K
The Gambler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Literature professor Jim Bennett leads a secret life as a high-stakes gambler. Always a risk-taker, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Staying one step ahead, he pits his creditor against the ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, crimes, casino, gangsters, human nature, moral dilemma, family relations, dishonesty, race against time, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, las vegas, california, usa, nevada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Reservation Road (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two fathers' lives intersect when one of them is involved in a terrible and sudden hit-and-run car accident that leaves the other's son dead. In response, the two men (Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo) react in unexpected ways as a ...
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: loss of child, investigation, redemption, obsession, lawyer, dysfunctional family, revenge, family problems, parents and children, losing-it hero, deadly, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Monument Ave. (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bobby O'Grady a low level member of a Boston Irish gang run by Jackie O'Hara. Jackie demands absolute, total loyalty to him. When Jackie kills one of Bobby's buddies, Teddy, Bobby and others have to keep it an absolute secret, even ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, dark, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, gangsters, crime, crimes, vengeance, gang, investigation, witnessing a crime, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, europe, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Little Odessa (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The film follows the personal relationship between a father and his two sons, one of whom is a hit-man for the Russian mafia in Brooklyn.
Style: bleak, disturbing, gloomy, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, hitman, gangsters, family relations, infidelity, russian mafia, immigrants, crimes, crime, gang, siblings relations, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.9
 194K
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: rough, suspenseful, serious, bleak, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, gangsters, nightclub, tragic hero, drug dealing, disco, neo noir, violence, prison, ex convict, drug lord, crime ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Return to Paradise (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Lewis, Sheriff and Tony are three friends vacationing in Malaysia. Sheriff and Tony eventually leave to pursue careers in New York, but Lewis stays behind to work with orangutans. Two years later, Sheriff and Tony learn that, because of their past ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: friendship, smuggling, journalism, death sentence, moral dilemma, legal, tourist, hanging, dishonesty, injustice, down on your luck, selflessness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: malaysia, new york, usa, asia, thailand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, talky, bleak ...
Plot: district attorney, police corruption, corruption, courtroom drama, legal action, snitch, jury, police, police investigation, crimes, crime, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 29K
The Immigrant (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In 1921 New York. an immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.
Style: captivating, serious, atmospheric, emotional, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: immigrants, prostitution, family relations, confession, quarantine, american dream, love affair, exploit, performance, society, survival, forceful separation ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, poland, usa, manhattan new york city, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.2
 5K
Gloria (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Sharon Stone plays a street-wise, middle-aged moll standing up against the mobs, all of which is complicated by a 6 year old urchin with a will of his own who she reluctantly takes under her wing after his family has been gunned down.
Style: serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, touching, suspense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: asthma, murder, inhaler, crime, crimes, down on your luck, woman in danger, introspection, gangsters, on the run, orphan, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, tense, cynical, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, neo noir, corruption, organized crime, mafia, betrayal, violence, blackmail, love triangle, jewish, mayor, gang war ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
A Most Violent Year (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: immigrants, corruption, oil, capitalism, american dream, family business, business ethics, crimes, crime, ambition, power relations, mafia ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, 70s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 6.0
 7K
Empire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top Victor soon finds out that he has ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: betrayal, vengeance, crime, crimes, drug dealing, wall street, going straight, criminal heroes, cons and scams, violence, greed, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.2
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City Hall (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.
Style: tense, realistic, thought provoking, suspense, talky ...
Plot: investigation, political corruption, idealism, conspiracy, police, mayor, crimes, society, uncover truth, corruption, murder, mafia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Enforcing the law within the notoriously rough Brownsville section of the city and especially within the Van Dyke housing projects is the NYPD's sixty-fifth precinct. Three police officers struggle with the sometimes fine line between right and ...
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, guilt, police brutality, deception, undercover cop, undercover, betrayal, murder, racial slur, working undercover, violence, corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go bad and the two become enemies.
Style: twists and turns, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, investigation, debt, money, crime, crimes, moral dilemma, siblings relations, gambling, loan, actress, blackmail ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, brighton
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.1
 17K
The Corruptor (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Danny is a young cop partnered with Nick, a seasoned but ethically tainted veteran. As the two try to stop a gang war in Chinatown, Danny relies on Nick but grows increasingly uncomfortable with the way Nick gets things done.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, murder, gangsters, partners, law enforcement, police, triad, chinatown, gang war, crimes, crime, police investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hong kong, san francisco, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 6.6
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Q & A (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuse to help him.
Style: talky, rough, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, district attorney, murder, police brutality, investigation, crimes, crime, fighting the system, tough law enforcer, crime boss, dedicated lawyer, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.5
 11K
The Deep End (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: With her husband Jack perpetually away at work, Margaret Hall raises her children virtually alone. Her teenage son is testing the waters of the adult world, and early one morning she wakes to find the dead body of his gay lover on the beach of their ...
Style: emotional, twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, neo noir, danger, life is a bitch, wound, debt, friendship, fight, crimes, crime, woman in danger, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 35K
Summer of Sam (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, infidelity, crimes, danger, psychopath, lust, murder, punk, heat wave, bigotry, intolerance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, new york yankees, harlem manhattan new york city, bronx new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 12K
Baby Boy (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The story of Jody, a misguided, 20-year-old African-American who is really just a baby boy finally forced-kicking and screaming to face the commitments of real life. Streetwise and jobless, he has not only fathered two children by two different ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, melancholic, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: womanizer, single parent, gang, going straight, crimes, adolescence vs adulthood, domestic violence, family relations, condom, convicted felon, selfishness, fistfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, serious, realistic, intense ...
Plot: hitman, gangsters, betrayal, love triangle, murder, vengeance, crime, crimes, deadly, haunted by the past, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Blood and Wine (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes.
Style: tense, serious, melancholic, twists and turns, intense ...
Plot: heist, dysfunctional family, family relations, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, family problems, greed, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, parents and children, wine ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.1
 138K
The Drop (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.
Style: tense, serious, captivating, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal heroes, organized crime, bar, robbery, crimes, criminal's revenge, danger, fall in love, gangsters, crime, hitman, murder mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, boston, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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