Movies like A Most Violent Year

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A Most Violent Year (2014)
 7.0
 57K
A Most Violent Year (2014)
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 opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, tense, serious, captivating, gloomy, rough, talky, intense, dark ...
Plot: corruption, oil, american dream, business ethics, coat, tunnel, lawyer, winter, truck, loan shark, capitalism, crime, family business, ambition, wife husband relationship, danger, immigrants, supportive spouse, blind ambition, boss and employee, violence, couple relations, family in danger, crimes, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, new jersey

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Most similar movies to A Most Violent Year

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, tense, serious and suspenseful films with plots about corruption, dialogue, violence, storytelling, crimes, crime and gangsters mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like A Most Violent Year: The Godfather (1972), Mean Streets (1973), Margin Call (2011), Boiler Room (2000), The Yards (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 9.2
 1.4M
The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, organized crime, pride and honor, gang war, gangsters, crimes, criminal heroes, crime family, mob boss, family business, greed, lawyer ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1950s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: italy, new york, europe, usa, sicily ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 80K
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: realistic, bleak, atmospheric, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: redemption, gangsters, friendship, neo noir, epilepsy, mafia, money, crime, crime gone awry, stripper, racial slur, party ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.1
 104K
Margin Call (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A thriller that revolves around the key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.
Style: clever, serious, captivating, realistic, tense ...
Plot: greed, stock market, workplace situations, capitalism, wall street, millionaire, bankruptcy, layoff, workplace, financial problem, financial crisis, downsizing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 7.0
 45K
Boiler Room (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A college dropout gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm, which puts him on the fast track to success, but the job might not be as legitimate as it sounds.
Style: clever, realistic, serious, cynical, rough ...
Plot: office, crime, stock broker, drugs/alcohol, rise to the top, moral dilemma, parents and children, ambition, crimes, dishonesty, workplace, blind ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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 6.4
 18K
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 ...
Style: tense, serious, clever, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: betrayal, corruption, murder, crime, false accusation, whistleblower, bribery, political corruption, urban, moral dilemma, subway, criminal ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.9
 379K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: psychological, disturbing, realistic, biting, suspense ...
Plot: journalism, sociopath, neo noir, obsession, ambition, journalist, deception, morality, losing-it hero, ethics, cynicism, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
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: realistic, tense, serious, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, guilt, police brutality, deception, undercover cop, corruption, police, betrayal, murder, police detective, revenge, bag of money ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.5
 56K
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: bleak, suspense, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: greed, crime gone awry, paranoia, crime, accountant, suspicion, secret, betrayal, siblings relations, sibling relationship, friendship, airplane ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 7.1
 127K
The Drop (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
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, clever, serious, captivating, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bar, crime, gangsters, organized crime, robbery, hitman, catholic, church, blackmail, bartender, crimes, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Road to Perdition (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time ...
Style: bleak, serious, tense, suspenseful, melancholic ...
Plot: vengeance, criminal's revenge, gangsters, manhunt, hitman, betrayal, mafia, great depression, crime, loss of son, death, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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, realistic, rough, 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 ⇓
66%
 6.5
 5K
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, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, district attorney, crime boss, police brutality, murder, crime, racism, investigation, dedicated lawyer, urban, tough law enforcer, against the rules ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, puerto rico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.3
 19K
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: realistic, stylized, tense, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, betrayal, neo noir, irish, crime, undercover, drugs/alcohol, gangsters, reunion, urban, undercover agent, working undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, boston, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.0
 23K
The Grifters (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young short-con grifter suffers both injury and the displeasure of reuniting with his criminal mother, all the while dating an unpredictable young lady.
Style: tense, bleak, suspense, cynical, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, neo noir, train ride, crime, neo-noir, intrigue, manipulations, parents and children, cons and scams, estrangement, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Monument Ave. (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, murder, crime, gangsters, criminal's revenge, gang, juvenile delinquency, working class, vengeance, witnessing a crime, urban ghetto, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, europe, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Across 110th Street (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In a daring robbery, some $300,000 is taken from the Italian mob. Several mafiosi are killed, as are two policemen. Lt. Pope and Mattelli are two New York City cops trying to break the case. Three small-time criminals are on the run with the money. ...
Style: suspense, cynical, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, neo noir, crime, partners against crime, crimes, urban ghetto, dishonesty, urban, law enforcement, society, fighting crime, obsessive quest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.9
 180K
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: stylized, rough, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: disco, gangsters, tragic hero, violence, prison, mafia, neo noir, organized crime, crime, puerto rican, nightclub, drug dealing ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.1
 7K
Gloria (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.
Style: serious, rough, twists and turns, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: chase, neighbor, gangsters, crime, on the run, chases and races, crimes, woman in danger, danger, mafia, gangster, hotel ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 8.5
 1.0M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, twist ending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mole, working undercover, undercover cop, mafia, undercover, police, mind game, organized crime, crime, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, harvard university, china, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: atmospheric, clever, stylized, witty, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, prohibition, violence, betrayal, corruption, neo noir, organized crime, mafia, love triangle, loyalty, presumed dead, mayor ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, police corruption, police investigation, moral dilemma, crime, murder, dishonesty, cover up, uncover truth, betrayal, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: twists and turns, gloomy, serious, bleak, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, hitman, russian mafia, crime, infidelity, gangsters, parents and children, immigrants, brother, crimes, family problems, gang ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 202 min.
Story: In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Style: captivating, epic, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, rise to the top, criminal heroes, crimes, ambition, revenge, pride and honor, organized crime, corrupt politician, corruption, blood ...
Time: 40s, 50s, 20s, 20th century, 60s ...
Place: italy, cuba, new york, sicily, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Prince of the City (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: police corruption, corruption, police, district attorney, crime, friendship, testimony, bribery, police detective, drug dealing, fighting the system, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, virginia, washington d.c., new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, destiny, death, crime, parenthood, father son relationship, bank robbery, corruption, family drama, motorcycle, loner, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.9
 77K
Cop Land (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Freddy Heflin is the sheriff of a place everyone calls “Cop Land” — a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big city police officers he’s long admired. Yet something ugly is taking place behind the town’s peaceful facade. And ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, surprise ending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, arson, corruption, police, small town, murder, violence, sheriff, dirty cop, internal affairs, handcuffs, car accident ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.6
 11K
Fresh (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Michael is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded house with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum,but still meets with Fresh on occasion to play chess. Fresh is rather quiet in a crazy world. Fresh's sister is a ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: revenge, drug dealing, neo noir, chess, crime, drug lord, african american, death, drugs/alcohol, coming of age, crimes, childhood trauma ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.6
 4K
Quicksilver (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jack Casey ('Kevin Bacon' )used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which relies on bicycles to avoid ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: murder, cycling, buddies, crime, gang, urban, juvenile delinquency, downfall, urban ghetto, drug dealing, friendship, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, new york, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The French Connection (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Tough narcotics detective 'Popeye' Doyle is in hot pursuit of a suave French drug dealer who may be the key to a huge heroin-smuggling operation.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, atmospheric, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, drug dealer, police investigation, drug dealing, crime, heroin, traffic jam, smuggling, sniper, drug lord, mafia, french ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: marseille, usa, new york, washington d.c., manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.1
 5K
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: emotional, serious, twists and turns, realistic, touching ...
Plot: on the run, murder, gangsters, crime, urban, moll, parents and children, woman in danger, crimes, family relations, criminal's revenge, orphan ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%