Movies and TV shows like Breaking Bad

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Breaking Bad
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
Story: When Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live, he becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family's financial future at any cost as he enters the dangerous world of drugs and crime.
Style: bleak, serious, rough, realistic, captivating, tense, clever, gloomy, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: crime, cancer, drug dealing, drugs/alcohol, unlikely criminals, unlikely partners, high school teacher, suburbs, life turned upside down, meth lab, drug lord, criminal heroes, criminal, teacher, crimes, dishonesty, partners, life is a bitch, midlife crisis, hidden identity, master criminal, drug dealer, outlaw, under the surface, blind ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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The Sopranos
Crime, Drama
USA
55 min.
 9.2
Dexter
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA
53 min.
 8.7
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Most similar movies to Breaking Bad

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, tense, serious and suspenseful films and TV series with plots about crimes, crime, murder, violence, death, corruption and drugs/alcohol mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Breaking Bad: Fargo (2014), Better Call Saul (2015), The Sopranos (1999), Dexter (2006), Scarface (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 9.0
 249K
Fargo
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.
Style: captivating, atmospheric, based on true events, dark humor, suspenseful ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, small town, crimes, sheriff, gory, female police officer, twists & turns, multiple storylines, cons and scams, shooting, escapades ...
Time: year 1979, contemporary, 21st century, year 2006
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
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System:   95%
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Better Call Saul
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. We meet him when the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, ...
Style: captivating, realistic, semi serious, cynical, stylized ...
Plot: lawyer, dishonesty, legal, family relations, hotshot lawyer, brother brother relationship, gangsters, ambition, moral dilemma, workplace situations, lawyer client relationship, private investigator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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System:   94%
    User:   96%
 
 9.2
 234K
The Sopranos
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: The Sopranos is an American television drama created by David Chase. The series revolves around the New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano and the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home ...
Style: talky, gloomy, serious, dark humor, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, psychiatrist, gangsters, drugs/alcohol, crime, organized crime, introspection, strong sexual content, violence, suburbs, midlife crisis, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, 1990s ...
Place: new jersey, usa
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System:   79%
    User:   57%
 
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 8.7
 576K
Dexter
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for 'Miami Metro Police Department' who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have ...
Style: captivating, bloody, realistic, clever, dark humor ...
Plot: serial killer, hidden identity, crime, gory, crimes, double life, vigilante, blood, dark secret, secret life, crime investigation, serial murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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System:   69%
    User:   59%
 
 8.3
 633K
Scarface
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: realistic, stylized, epic, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, corruption, organized crime, mafia, gory, drug abuse, gunfight, gangster, violence, drugs, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: cuba, miami, usa, colombia, bolivia
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System:   68%
    User:   100%
 
 8.6
 220K
Sons of Anarchy
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: An adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, charming. ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: motorcycle gang, family relations, ira, motorcycle, power struggle, biker, prison, arms dealing, young man, crime, tattoo, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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System:   66%
    User:   72%
 
 8.3
 62K
Ray Donovan
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA's top power players, and makes their problems disappear. His father's unexpected release from prison sets off a chain of events that shakes the ...
Style: captivating, tense, clever, serious, realistic ...
Plot: power relations, family secret, millionaire, teamwork, dysfunctional family, family problems, intrigue, parents and children, identity crisis, cover up, drugs/alcohol, hollywood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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System:   54%
    User:   56%
 
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 8.7
 78K
Oz
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: The daily lives of prisoners in Emerald City, an experimental unit of the Oswald Maximum Security Prison where ingroups - Muslims, Latinos, Italians, Aryans - stick close to their mutual friends and terrorizes their mutual enemies.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, uninhibited rivalry, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content, crime, confined, crimes, danger, misfit, deadly, racism ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, 1990s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   75%
 
 9.0
 408K
True Detective
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
Style: serious, clever, realistic, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, police detective, murder, crimes, partners, who done it, law enforcement, uncover truth, investigation, crime, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   71%
 
 8.7
 64K
The Shield
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
Story: The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, tough law enforcer, crime, drugs/alcohol, gang, police corruption, against the rules, police station, fighting crime, urban ghetto, crimes, rebellion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   39%
 
 8.4
 23K
Southland
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Since premiering in 2009, Southland has redefined the police drama with its raw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops. The show centers on four main characters: Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz), a seasoned cop ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: partners against crime, crime, realism, rookie, policewoman, fighting crime, urban, crimes, urban ghetto, law enforcement, partners, tough law enforcer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   100%
 
 8.0
 95K
Weeds
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
Story: Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan. The central character is Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother of two boys who begins selling cannabis to support her family after her husband dies suddenly of a heart attack. Over the ...
Style: witty, semi serious, dark humor, realistic, clever ...
Plot: drug dealing, dysfunctional family, single parent, marijuana, drugs/alcohol, unlikely criminals, crime, suburbs, single mother, family life, drug dealer, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   60%
 
 9.3
 231K
The Wire
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between ...
Style: clever, serious, talky, realistic, rough ...
Plot: drug dealing, crime, realism, police detective, fighting crime, drugs/alcohol, police investigation, police station, urban ghetto, police, law enforcement, surveillance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, seaport
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   40%
 
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 7.6
 312K
The Town
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Doug MacRay is a longtime thief, who, smarter than the rest of his crew, is looking for his chance to exit the game. When a bank job leads to the group kidnapping an attractive branch manager, he takes on the role of monitoring her – but their ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, heist, gunfight, bank robbery, fbi, robbery, hostage, violence, surveillance, revenge, murder, car chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   27%
 
A Most Violent Year
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: United Arab Emirates, USA
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: realistic, tense, atmospheric, captivating, serious ...
Plot: crime, corruption, oil, violence, immigrants, organized crime, moral dilemma, gangster, violent, mafia, gangsters, mob ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   30%
 
Pride and Glory
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, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, police corruption, police, police investigation, murder, betrayal, corruption, justice, violence, investigation, cancer, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, boston, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   28%
 
 7.9
 180K
Carlito's Way
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: stylized, serious, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, mafia, violence, organized crime, prison, disco, gangster, prison escape, gunfight, chase, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   29%
 
 8.1
 145K
The Blacklist
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, master criminal, crime, special agents, unlikely partners, mystery, manipulations, mind game, crimes, investigation, profiler, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   27%
 
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 113K
Savages
Genre: 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: stylized, dark humor, rough, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, crime, violence, marijuana, brutality, greed, betrayal, corruption, revenge, torture, drugs/alcohol, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, mexico, usa, southern california, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   30%
 
Reservation Road
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, emotional, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: revenge, lawyer, vengeance, investigation, obsession, family, dysfunctional family, redemption, justice, dealing with death, guilt, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   34%
 
 7.7
 207K
21 Grams
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: emotional, realistic, bleak, clever, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, guilt, death, vengeance, tragedy, loneliness, hospital, revenge, drug addiction, drug abuse, betrayal, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   28%
 
 7.7
 344K
Training Day
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
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: realistic, tense, serious, rough, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, crime, mentor, mafia, police, violence, justice, brutality, drugs, storytelling, betrayal, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   26%
 
Brooklyn's Finest
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, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, crime, undercover cop, corruption, police, betrayal, violence, guilt, murder, redemption, police brutality, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   32%
 
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Street Kings 2: Motor City
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) delivers an intense, electrifying performance in this explosive follow-up to the gritty urban crime thriller Street Kings. Liotta plays Detroit detective Marty Kingston, the leader of an undercover narcotics team, whose ...
Style: twists and turns, bleak, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, drugs/alcohol, uncover truth, crime, police corruption, police investigation, urban, crimes, violence, dishonesty, law enforcement, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   30%
    User:   34%
 
 6.0
 7K
Empire
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, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, betrayal, vengeance, revenge, violence, greed, money, drugs, corruption, hip hop, gangster ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   30%
    User:   31%
 
 5.3
 90K
The Counselor
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: talky, bleak, stylized, sexy, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, crime, lawyer, greed, neo noir, drugs/alcohol, drugs, death, dialogue, drug dealing, strong sexual content, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, texas, usa, chicago illinois, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   30%
    User:   32%
 
 7.8
 501K
Drive
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, tense, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, car chase, violence, heist, existentialism, organized crime, crime gone awry, neo noir, brutality, revenge, vengeance, gangster ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   30%
    User:   29%
 
 8.1
 16K
Boss
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
Story: Boss is an American political drama television serial created by Farhad Safinia. The series stars Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane, the mayor of Chicago, who has recently been diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies, a degenerative neurological disorder.
Style: talky, rough, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: politics, mayor, blind ambition, political corruption, urban, ambition, political intrigue, dementia, boss and employee, mental illness, boss, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois
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System:   30%
    User:   67%
 

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The Place Beyond the Pines
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: realistic, tense, gloomy, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: bank robbery, crime, corruption, motorcycle, destiny, haunted by the past, parenthood, police corruption, death, police, father son relationship, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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System:   30%
    User:   33%
 
Out of the Furnace
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two brothers live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, when a cruel twist of fate lands one in prison. His brother is then lured into one of the most violent crime rings in the Northeast.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, revenge, vengeance, crime, justice, prison, working class, family, brutality, guilt, violence, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, 20th century, 2010s ...
Place: new jersey, pennsylvania, usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   29%
    User:   34%
 
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