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King of Devil's Island (2010)
 7.5
 17K
King of Devil's Island (2010)
Original name: Kongen av Bastøy
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Norway, France, Sweden, Poland
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, 1915. On the island Bastøy, outside Oslo, a group of young boys aged 11 to 18, are held in an institution for delinquent youth, notorious for its sadistic regime. One day a new boy, Erling, arrives, determined to escape from the island. After a tragic incident, he ends up leading the boys in a violent uprising. When the boys manage to take over the island, 150 soldiers are sent in to restore order.
Style: bleak, tense, atmospheric, serious, thought provoking, rough, realistic, stylized, based on true events, dramatic ...
Plot: punishment, prison life, island, beating, child abuse, sexual abuse, violence, humiliation, riot, juvenile detention, escape attempt, rebellion, boarding school life, fighting the system, isolation, youth, juvenile delinquency, rebelliousness, protest, oppression, reform school, survival, suicide, starvation, escape ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, scandinavia, poland, japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and bleak films with plots about life is a bitch, society, prison, prison life, violence, confined and graphic violence mostly in Drama, Action and Thriller genres. Some movies like King of Devil's Island: The Magdalene Sisters (2002), Evil (2003), Coldwater (2013), Scum (1979), The Wall (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: bleak, brutal, suspense, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nun, convent, sexual harassment, punishment, sin, violence against women, life is a bitch, society, sexual abuse, human spirit, rebellion, innocence lost ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
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Evil (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Stockholm, the fifties. Though academically bright, violent pupil Erik Ponti is expelled from his state school with the headmaster’s words “there’s only one word for people like you – evil… what you need is a good thrashing, and more”. ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, rough, touching, emotional ...
Audience: teens
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Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe, stockholm sweden
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 6.4
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Coldwater (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A teenage boy is sent to a juvenile reform facility in the wilderness. As we learn about the tragic events that sent him there, his struggle becomes one for survival with the inmates, counselors, and the retired war colonel in charge.
Style: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: prison life, survival, juvenile delinquency, youth, confined, danger, re-education, prison, power relations, violence, teenage boy, humiliation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 10K
Scum (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: disturbing, rough, serious, tense, cult film ...
Plot: prison, juvenile delinquency, youth, rebellion, kids in trouble, violence, riot, racism, revenge, corruption, criminal heroes, prison life ...
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Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Wall (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France
Duration: 117 min.
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Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: politics, prison life, juvenile delinquency, prison, confined, youth, life is a bitch, society, rebellion, revolution, kids in trouble, injustice ...
Time: 80s
Place: turkey, france, europe, kurdistan
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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert ...
Style: realistic, suspense, atmospheric, exciting, social realism ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, alcatraz, freedom, prison life, convict, punishment, warden, partners, confined, suicide, escape ...
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Peru
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young California surfer has to grow up in a hurry when he is thrown into a Peruvian political prison in 1980.
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Plot: prison, false arrest, prison life, survival, frame up, danger, confined, escapades, police corruption, law enforcement, dishonesty, escape ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: peru
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 7.0
 11K
Dog Pound (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Canada, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three juvenile delinquents arrive at a correctional center and are put under the care of an experienced guard.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, tense, rough ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, prison, crimes, sodomy, prison life, youth, crime, going straight, rebelliousness, redemption, isolation, violence spree ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 5.5
 372
Scrubbers (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two girls escape from an open borstal for two very different reasons; Annetta to attempt to visit her baby daughter, who is being raised in a convent; and Carol, who hopes to be recaptured and sent to a closed borstal where she knows her girlfriend ...
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, survival, women's prison, youth, juvenile delinquency, danger, kids in trouble, graphic violence, escape, fighting the system, confined, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Fuehrer Ex (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak, rough ...
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Time: 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Battle in Seattle (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Canada, USA, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Last Castle (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A Court Martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the system that put him away.
Style: tense, exciting, rough, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, fighting the system, military, convict, sadism, prison life, rebellion, power struggle, rebelliousness, confined, warden, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, UK, Denmark, Spain
Duration: 94 min.
Story: William Franklin is a teacher who was born in Ireland and moved to the United States only to repatriate in 1939 after his leftist political views cause him to lose his job. Franklin becomes the first non-cleric instructor at St. Jude's, a ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: boarding school life, dedicated educator, beating, discipline, reformatory, orphan, juvenile delinquency, fighting the system, teachers and students, human spirit, society, life is a bitch ...
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Place: ireland, europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.4
 269
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Duration: 116 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 5.2
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Genre: Action, Drama
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Duration: 93 min.
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Style: rough, realistic, serious, tense, bleak
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 3.8
 246
Purgatory (1988)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Two Peace Corps volunteers in Africa are framed and put into an oppressive women's prison.
Style: bleak, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
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Time: 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The Wrath of Cain (2010)
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Duration: 84 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.1
 18K
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Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
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Style: futuristic, bleak, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
 10K
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
 738
Oxen (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway, Denmark
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In desperation brought on by near-starvation, Helge Roos kills his master's ox and feeds it to his wife and baby daughter. No-one suspects anything until the meat is finished and Helge tries to sell the hide at a local market. He is spotted by ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, psychological, atmospheric
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Time: 19th century, 1860s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.0
 224
Mean Dog Blues (1978)
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 5.8
 2K
Animal (2005)
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Country: USA
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Style: psychological, rough, realistic, serious, bleak
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 2K
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Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
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Style: suspenseful, disturbing, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, smuggling, danger, prison life, survival, life is a bitch, dishonesty, false accusation, injustice, beating, graphic violence, false arrest ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: antwerp, morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Romania, France
Duration: 127 min.
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Style: serious, rough, tense, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: police brutality, globalization, fighting the system, political unrest, rebelliousness, violence spree, violence, demonstration, police, political protest, bullying, humiliation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2001
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 2K
Terra Nova (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 119 min.
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Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, sadistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, leadership, serial killer, prison, friendship, future dystopia, heroic mission, prison life, criminal heroes, rivalry, gang, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Against the Wall (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971.
Style: suspenseful, rough, bleak, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: prison life, prison, hostage, escape, anti hero, injustice, confined, workplace situations, state affairs, rebellion, crimes, heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.1
 11K
Silenced (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Based on actual events that took place at Gwangju Inhwa School for the hearing-impaired, where young deaf students were the victims of repeated sexual assaults by faculty members over a period of five years in the early 2000s.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: child abuse, sex crime, mute or deaf, rape, disability, teacher student sex, sexual abuse, punishment, life is a bitch, youth, society, social activist ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
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Time: 20th century, year 1942, year 1943, 1940s
Place: scotland, japan, asia, burma, india ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%