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: dark humor, disturbing, cynical, tense, semi serious, rough, realistic, humorous, ambiguous ending, dark ...
Plot: psychopath, neo noir, deal, lingerie, trailer park, hitman, money, gun, arson, police detective, burial, sexual humiliation, crime gone awry, neo-noir, crime, debt, strong sexual content, gory, cons and scams, physical abuse, crimes, greed, disorder, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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, interesting and suspenseful films with plots about crime, crimes, storytelling, dialogue, brutality, violence and murder mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Killer Joe: The Killer Inside Me (2010), Blood Simple. (1984), Red Rock West (1993), No Country for Old Men (2007), Fargo (1996). 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, bleak, rough, psychological, tense ...
Plot: murder, small town, psychopath, killer, neo noir, sheriff, deputy, sadism, danger, crimes, deadly, 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: tense, bleak, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: neo noir, dysfunctional family, crime gone awry, sibling rivalry, jewelry store, office, hospital, robbery, crime, divorce, greed, debt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brazil, manhattan new york city
⇓ 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: stylized, cynical, clever, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: crime gone awry, murder, private detective, neo noir, dead fish, extramarital affair, crime, gas station, newspaper, nightmare, stabbing, jealousy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: atmospheric, suspenseful, clever, serious, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, neo-noir, small town, neo noir, money, mistaken identity, betrayal, gas station, sheriff, bar, unemployment, criminal ...
Time: 90s
Place: wyoming, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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, suspense ...
Plot: track down, hitman, crimes, human nature, psychopath, peril, shooting, escape, neo noir, death, violence spree, greed ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america
⇓ 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, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, police investigation, psychopath, greed, ransom, snow, murder, crime gone awry, small town, neo noir, police, americana ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: north dakota, usa, minnesota, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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, twists and turns, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, police investigation, secret, businessman, crimes, police detective, double life, criminal heroes, law enforcement, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, small town, justice, prison, vengeance, drug dealer, social decay, drug use, car accident, brother, manslaughter, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 80s, 2000s ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new jersey, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 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: suspenseful, tense, psychological, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, angel, sheriff, insanity, mechanic, demon, religious fanatic, fbi, dream, grave, gloves ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: texas, dungeon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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: atmospheric, surreal, stylized, sexual, semi serious ...
Plot: sexual perversion, violence, witch, murder, on the road, bank robbery, betrayal, hotel room, prison, escape, mother daughter relationship, hitman ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, new orleans, california, usa, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: gloomy, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, nightclub, crime, law enforcement, gangsters, promotion, heroin, mayor, cocaine, police chief, suicide, party ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: dark humor, clever, suspenseful, semi serious, cynical ...
Plot: stripper, betrayal, murder, neo noir, strip club, christmas eve, crime, femme fatale, embezzlement, gangsters, crimes, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, crimes, blackmail, danger, rape, deception, dishonesty, crime, revenge, family problems, beating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, bank robbery, destiny, death, crime, parenthood, father son relationship, family drama, motorcycle, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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: suspenseful, tense, realistic, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: vengeance, revenge, homeless, neo-noir, vigilantism, gory, drifter, violence spree, crimes, deadly, rivalry, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, bleak, stylized, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cocaine, lawyer, neo noir, red dress, poetry, femme fatale, crime gone awry, crime, nihilism, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, texas, usa, arizona, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Best Laid Plans (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Rich, successful Bryce meets beautiful Lissa at a bar one night and invites her back to his house, not suspecting for a moment that Lissa isn't really who she seems. What unfolds next is a dangerous, tangled web of double-crosses and seduction.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, clever, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: neo noir, crime, crime gone awry, small town, cons and scams, crimes, dishonesty, couples, manipulations, couple relations, nothing goes right, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nevada, usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.8
 10K
Novocaine (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him into prescribing her drugs
Style: clever, suspenseful, semi serious, dark humor, humorous ...
Plot: murder, dentist, femme fatale, frame up, false accusation, crime, arson, neo noir, unlikely criminals, betrayal, cons and scams, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: arizona, usa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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, serious, tense, clever, realistic ...
Plot: strip club, hitman, crime, gangsters, murder, crime gone awry, gang, gambling, crimes, addiction, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: death row, investigation, small town, dangerous attraction, reporter, prison, crimes, newspaper man, injustice, journalism, uncover truth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1960s, contemporary, 60s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, rough, suspenseful, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, internal affairs, crime, psychopath, police investigation, dishonesty, law enforcement, rivalry, undercover agent, vengeance, manipulations, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: kidnapping, gang, crime, friendship, debt, party, swimming pool, crimes, marijuana, friends, buddies, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2003, year 2005
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, tense, scary ...
Plot: kidnapping, chase, ransom, masochist, picking a lock, death penalty, car chase, microphone, theft, magician, police station, pay phone ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, miami, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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The Honeymoon Killers (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Martha Beck, an obese nurse who is desperately lonely, joins a "correspondence club" and finds a romantic pen pal in Ray Fernandez. Martha falls hard for Ray, and is intent on sticking with him even when she discovers he's a con man ...
Style: disturbing, stylized, clever, serious, psychological ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, neo noir, crime, honeymoon, murderous pair, widow, dangerous attraction, romance, cons and scams, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: usa, missouri, michigan, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.5
 277K
Jackie Brown (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Jackie Brown is a flight attendant who gets caught in the middle of smuggling cash into the country for her gunrunner boss. When the cops try to use Jackie to get to her boss, she hatches a plan—with help from a bail bondsman—to keep the money ...
Style: serious, talky, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, heist, crime, airport, stewardess, racial slur, cons and scams, deception, greed, crimes, gangster, deal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: semi serious, realistic, rough, suspense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, gang, one last job, father son relationship, brooklyn new york city, corrupt cop, mob boss, money, organized crime, violence, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: montana, new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 25K
Freeway (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Following the arrest of her mother, Ramona, young Vanessa Lutz decides to go in search of her estranged grandmother. On the way, she is given a ride by school counselor Bob Wolverton. During the journey, Lutz begins to realize that Bob is the ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, cynical, bloody, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, life is a bitch, prison, disfigurement, crime, police investigation, social decay, runaway, dysfunctional family, brutality, hitchhiker, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: clever, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: heist, crime gone awry, robbery, murder, fight, love, crime, dysfunctional family, neo-noir, nanny, safecracker, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Rolling Thunder (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Vietnam veteran, Charles Rane, returns home after years in a POW camp and is treated as a hero. When thugs invade his home to steal the silver coins he received for his service, they mangle his hand and leave him and his family for dead. Rane ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, revenge, vigilantism, violence, murder, vietnam veteran, motel, bar, sawed off shotgun, homecoming, small town, vietnam war ...
Place: vietnam, asia, texas, mexico, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, vengeance, crime, pregnancy, gangsters, drug dealing, urban ghetto, going straight, criminal heroes, crimes, dishonesty, cons and scams ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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