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The Yards (2000)
 6.4
 21K
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, serious ...
Plot: political corruption, betrayal, corruption, murder, whistleblower, false accusation, crimes, life is a bitch, injustice, moral dilemma, gangsters, swat team, family relations, bribery, ex convict, character study, police corruption, friends, graphic violence, parents and children, society, manhunt, family problems, family business, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and intense films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, betrayal, gangsters, corruption, runaway and mentor mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Yards: Tequila Sunrise (1988), We Own the Night (2007), Gloria (1999), Pride and Glory (2008), Mean Streets (1973). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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
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100%
We Own the Night (2007)
Genre: Action, 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: serious, captivating, rough, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, law enforcement, heroin, gangsters, nightclub, crimes, mafia, siblings relations, parents and children, parent child relationship, party, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, 70s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 5.1
 6K
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, woman in danger, introspection, down on your luck, crimes, gangsters, on the run, orphan, prison, justice, runaway ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ 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, 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 ⇓
60%
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 7.2
 108K
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, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, redemption, friendship, mafia, racial slur, crimes, friends, urban ghetto life, organized crime, urban ghetto, criminal heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 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 ⇓
57%
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, losing-it hero, parents and children, death in the family, cover up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.0
 70K
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, gangsters, moral dilemma, human nature, casino, gambling debt, family relations, dishonesty, race against time, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, las vegas, california, usa, nevada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 7.2
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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: tense, serious, captivating, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, homecoming, betrayal, irish, undercover, gangsters, crimes, working undercover, organized crime, dishonesty, mafia, irish mob ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, tense, serious, dark, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, gangsters, crimes, vengeance, gang, investigation, best friends, witnessing a crime, dishonesty, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, usa, europe, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, gang, life is a bitch, coming of age, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.9
 19K
Kiss of Death (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Jimmy Kilmartin is an ex-con living in Astoria in the New York City borough of Queens, trying to stay clean and raising a family with his wife Bev. But when his cousin Ronnie causes him to take a fall for driving an illegal transport of stolen cars, ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, tense, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, gangsters, organized crime, crimes, undercover agent, political corruption, against the odds, law enforcement, master criminal, partners against crime, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, captivating, serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, death sentence, hanging, smuggling, tourist, moral dilemma, legal, journalism, dishonesty, crime and punishment, injustice, change of heart ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: malaysia, new york, usa, asia, southeast asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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 ⇓
49%
 6.2
 21K
City Hall (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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, thought provoking, realistic, suspense, talky ...
Plot: investigation, political corruption, conspiracy, police, mayor, crimes, society, uncover truth, corruption, murder, mafia, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, harlem, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.6
 32K
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: serious, captivating, atmospheric, emotional, harsh ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: immigrants, prostitution, family relations, confession, quarantine, american dream, love affair, exploitation, performance, society, survival, forceful separation ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, poland, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: serious, realistic, suspense, talky, tense ...
Plot: police corruption, district attorney, corruption, courtroom drama, legal action, jury, snitch, justice, police, police investigation, crimes, hotshot lawyer ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, truck, oil, capitalism, american dream, family business, business ethics, crimes, power relations, ambition, mafia ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, 70s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, crimes, siblings relations, moral dilemma, money, gambling, actress, boat, loan, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, brighton
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.9
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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: serious, rough, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: betrayal, vengeance, crimes, wall street, drug dealing, cons and scams, criminal heroes, going straight, violence, greed, pregnancy, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: neo noir, atmospheric, stylized, tense, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, corruption, organized crime, mafia, betrayal, love triangle, jewish, mayor, blackmail, gang war, vengeance, rivalry ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.5
 6K
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, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, district attorney, murder, police brutality, investigation, crimes, tough law enforcer, fighting the system, crime boss, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.5
 12K
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: neo noir, emotional, twists and turns, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, gay, life is a bitch, wound, debt, fight, friendship, crimes, woman in danger, graphic violence, family relations, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 6.7
 38K
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: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, infidelity, crimes, psychopath, lust, murder, punk, heat wave, intolerance, bigotry, mistrust, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, brooklyn new york city, new york yankees ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 151K
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, twists and turns, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal heroes, robbery, gangsters, crime boss, crimes, criminal's revenge, organized crime, fall in love, hitman, bartender, blackmail, catholic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, realistic, serious, intense ...
Plot: hitman, gangsters, betrayal, murder, love triangle, vengeance, crimes, haunted by the past, couple relations, love and romance, dishonesty, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.0
 10K
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, neo noir, melancholic, twists and turns ...
Plot: heist, dysfunctional family, family relations, crimes, criminal heroes, family problems, greed, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, parents and children, robbery, murder ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.0
 18K
The Corruptor (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, murder, gangsters, partners, law enforcement, police, gang war, crimes, police investigation, partners against crime, betrayal, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hong kong, san francisco, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 122K
Contraband (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When his brother-in-law runs afoul of a drug lord, family man Chris Farraday turns to a skill he abandoned long ago – smuggling – to repay the debt. But the job goes wrong, and Farraday finds himself wanted by cops, crooks and killers alike.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, gunfight, dishonesty, drug lord, crimes, criminal heroes, robbery, rivalry, betrayal, ex convict, wanted, one last job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new orleans, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.9
 9K
Mobsters (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a group of friends in turn of the century New York, from their early days as street hoods to their rise in the world of organized crime...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, betrayal, murder, crimes, vengeance, criminal heroes, tough heroes, dishonesty, blind ambition, organized crime, attempted murder ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1910s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%