Movies like Killer Joe

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Killer Joe (2011)
 6.7
 67K
Killer Joe (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A cop (Matthew McConaughey) who moonlights as a hit man agrees to kill the hated mother of a desperate drug dealer (Emile Hirsch) in exchange for a tumble with the young man's virginal sister (Juno Temple).
Style: tense, disturbing, rough, realistic, harsh, suspense, intense, dark humor, humorous, cynical ...
Plot: hitman, deal, psychopath, police detective, greed, crime, parents and children, insurance, family relations, danger, dishonesty, deadly, siblings relations, financial problem, cons and scams, corrupt law enforcer, debt, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, neo noir, money, gun, arson, lingerie, trailer park ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, oklahoma, dallas texas

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Most similar movies to Killer Joe

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspense, serious and suspenseful films with plots about crimes, crime, storytelling, dialogue, murder, violence and brutality mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Killer Joe: The Killer Inside Me (2010), Blood Simple. (1984), The Paperboy (2012), No Country for Old Men (2007), We Own the Night (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Killer Inside Me (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, Sweden, Canada, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small west Texas town, patient and apparently thoughtful. Some people think he is a little slow and maybe boring, but that is the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, bleak, rough, tense ...
Plot: sadism, murder, small town, psychopath, killer, neo noir, sheriff, deputy, danger, deadly, crimes, investigation ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: robbery, dysfunctional family, neo noir, blackmail, debt, crime gone awry, jewelry store, crime, greed, plan gone awry, deception, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 79K
Blood Simple. (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.
Style: suspenseful, tense, cynical, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: murder, crime gone awry, private detective, extramarital affair, crime, wife husband relationship, hitman, deadly, dishonesty, adultery, infidelity, jealousy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.8
 34K
The Paperboy (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: As investigative reporter Ward Jansen and his partner Yardley Acheman chase a sensational, career-making story with the help of Ward's younger brother Jack and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless, the pair tries to prove violent ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: small town, death row, investigation, injustice, dangerous attraction, crimes, reporter, prison, newspaper man, uncover truth, life is a bitch, journalism ...
Time: 1960s, contemporary, 60s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the ...
Style: tense, rough, bleak, serious, captivating ...
Plot: track down, hitman, crimes, human nature, psychopath, peril, shooting, escape, money, death, neo noir, stolen money ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: texas, usa, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, heroin, party, law enforcement, gangsters, nightclub, crime, mafia, siblings relations, parents and children, parent child relationship, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.0
 18K
Red Rock West (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his ...
Style: suspenseful, clever, atmospheric, sexy, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, neo-noir, small town, mistaken identity, betrayal, money, neo noir, bar, criminal, vietnam veteran, unemployment, sheriff ...
Time: 90s
Place: wyoming, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Out of the Furnace (2013)
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: realistic, tense, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: justice, disappearance, ex convict, manslaughter, revenge, track down, vigilantism, crimes, mysterious character, parents and children, loss of parent, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 80s, 2000s ...
Place: usa, pennsylvania, indiana, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 7.3
 136K
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, secret, businessman, police investigation, crimes, police detective, double life, law enforcement, criminal heroes, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 8.1
 555K
Fargo (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to ...
Style: dark humor, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful, interesting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, crime gone awry, police investigation, greed, ransom, psychopath, murder, snow, small town, police, neo noir, americana ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: north dakota, minnesota, usa, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
 68K
Derailed (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, they are forced to turn the tables on him to save their families.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, twist ending, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, dangerous attraction, blackmail, crimes, danger, rape, deception, dishonesty, crime, marital problem, family problems, family in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.3
 71K
Frailty (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, sheriff, angel, mechanic, insanity, axe, suicide, sin, christianity, gloves, dream ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: texas, dungeon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.9
 65K
The Iceman (2012)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, arrest, organized crime, poisoning, mafia, notoriety, crime family, psychopath, hidden identity, merciless, lone hero, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 60s, year 1986 ...
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Internal Affairs (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, internal affairs, psychopath, police investigation, crime, dishonesty, law enforcement, rivalry, vengeance, mind game, workplace intrigue, manipulations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Ice Harvest (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, witty, intense, dark humor ...
Plot: stripper, betrayal, femme fatale, murder, christmas eve, strip club, crime, gangsters, nothing goes right, dishonesty, partners in crime, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative.
Style: cynical, tense, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: hitman, strip club, gangsters, crime gone awry, gambling, murder, crime, neo-noir, addiction, gang, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
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: captivating, atmospheric, psychological, melancholic, stylized ...
Plot: haunted by the past, loner, corruption, destiny, death, bank robbery, parenthood, crime, motorcycle, father son relationship, therapist, police chief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.2
 74K
Wild at Heart (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, humorous, captivating, talky ...
Plot: violence, ex convict, on the road, hitman, one last job, on the run, betrayal, rebel, mother daughter relationship, witch, sexual perversion, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, new orleans, california, usa, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.9
 95K
Alpha Dog (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Johnny Truelove likes to see himself as tough. He's the son of an underworld figure and a drug dealer. Johnny also likes to get tough when things don't go his way. When Jake Mazursky fails to pay up for Johnny, things get worse for the ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, bleak, harsh ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: kidnapping, gang, friendship, marijuana, youth, society, crimes, criminal heroes, party, debt, crime, shot to death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2005, year 2003
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.4
 3K
Judas Kiss (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The shooting of a U.S. senator's wife raises the stakes for kidnappers seeking a hefty ransom for a computer magnate.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, cons and scams, crime, state affairs, police investigation, betrayal, danger, crime gone awry, protagonist as suspect, crimes, manipulations, politics ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: betrayal, chases and races, crimes, cons and scams, police investigation, law enforcement, dishonesty, father son relationship, kidnapping, character study, greed, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, cambodia, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.1
 58K
Blue Ruin (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The quiet life of a beach bum is upended by dreadful news. He sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance but proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, rough, brutal ...
Plot: vengeance, revenge, vigilantism, crimes, haunted by the past, deadly, violence, death, life turned upside down, rivalry, disorder, violence spree ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.3
 91K
The Counselor (2013)
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, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cocaine, femme fatale, nihilism, crime gone awry, life turned upside down, crime, drug dealing, nothing goes right, drug traffic, criminal heroes, danger, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, usa, texas, arizona, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.6
 16K
Ripley's Game (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Tom Ripley - cool, urbane, wealthy, and murderous - lives in a villa in the Veneto with Luisa, his harpsichord-playing girlfriend. A former business associate from Berlin's underworld pays a call asking Ripley's help in killing a rival. ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: hitman, human nature, cons and scams, criminal heroes, dishonesty, danger, intrigue, crimes, mind game, greed, vengeance, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france, italy, milan italy, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.1
 4K
Oxygen (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A masochistic cop, who hides her predilection from her cop husband, gets involved in pursuing a kidnapper nicknamed Harry for Harry Houdini
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, scary, rough ...
Plot: kidnapping, chase, psychopath, buried alive, digging, ransom, magician, car chase, police station, cemetery, pay phone, theft ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, miami, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.0
 59K
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: suspenseful, psychological, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, crimes, gangsters, casino, dishonesty, human nature, moral dilemma, family relations, race against time, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, los angeles, california, usa, nevada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
A History of Violence (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
Style: tense, disturbing, realistic, rough, twists and turns ...
Plot: robbery, small town, criminal's revenge, mafia, attempted murder, self defense, attempted robbery, vigilantism, crime, hidden identity, danger, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.5
 58K
A Simple Plan (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, France, USA, Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Captivated by the lure of sudden wealth, the quiet rural lives of two brothers erupt into conflicts of greed, paranoia and distrust when over $4 million in cash is discovered at the remote site of a downed small airplane. Their simple plan to retain ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: greed, crime gone awry, crime, betrayal, human nature, dishonesty, character change, treasure, disorder, couple relations, nothing goes right, fbi ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Knockaround Guys (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Four sons of well-known New York mobsters must retrieve a bag of cash from a small Montana town ruled by a corrupt sheriff.
Style: realistic, semi serious, rough, suspense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, gang, one last job, violence, father son relationship, money, bar fight, mob boss, corrupt cop, brooklyn new york city, sheriff ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: montana, new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 55K
The Lookout (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, robbery, memory loss, bank robbery, loss of friend, murder, crime, tragic event, young man, social relations, introspection, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, kansas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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