Movies like The Stanford Prison Experiment

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The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)
 6.8
 42K
The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This film is based on the actual events that took place in 1971 when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time.
Style: thought provoking, tense, psychological, disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating, intense, suspenseful, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: psychology, university, prison, human nature, teachers and students, confined, human experiment, experiment, student, prison life, experiment gone awry, disorder, jail, prisoner, power relations, character study, switching roles, torture, psycho, police, escape, food, studying, male nudity, security guard ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, thought provoking and suspense films with plots about mentor, storytelling, greed, runaway, justice, corruption and brutality mostly in Drama, Biography and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Stanford Prison Experiment: The Experiment (2010), The Experiment (2001), Experimenter (2015), Midnight Express (1978), Foxcatcher (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Experiment (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 20 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison life, psychology, gay rape, prison, prison rape, experiment gone awry, human nature, switching roles, confined, violence, brutality, punishment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
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 7.7
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The Experiment (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Das Experiment is a shocking psycho thriller about the potential for brutality that humans hide. Even more shocking is the fact that it’s based on an actual occurrence—a 1971 psychological experiment at Stanford University that was aborted ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, rough, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: torture, prison, experiment, rape, aggression, disorder, surveillance, humiliation, power relations, rivalry, sadism, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: germany, canada
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 6.6
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Experimenter (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram designs a psychology experiment that still resonates to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful electric shocks to an affable stranger strapped into a chair in another room. Despite his ...
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, enigmatic, disturbing ...
Plot: psychology, experiment, couple relations, human nature, workplace, inventions and discoveries, science, electric shock, breaking the fourth wall, controversy, insanity, social experiment ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1961, 1930s
Place: usa, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Midnight Express (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, suspense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prison, torture, brutality, injustice, court, escape, lawyer, escape attempt, convict, sadism, drug smuggling, hashish ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1972, year 1975 ...
Place: turkey, brooklyn new york city, istanbul turkey, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.0
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Foxcatcher (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances.
Style: psychological, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: wrestling, mental illness, murder, ambition, sport, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, power relations, destructive relationship, eccentricity, obsession ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, contemporary, 21st century, year 1987 ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, seoul, phoenix arizona, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: suspense, atmospheric, realistic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison escape, prison, alcatraz, freedom, prison life, convict, island, punishment, warden, confined, partners, escape ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962, year 1960, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
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True Story (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A drama centered around the relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel's name.
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: journalist, uncover truth, crimes, prison, moral dilemma, police investigation, journalism, prison visit, unlikely partners, accused of murder, mistaken identity, justice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, montana, oregon, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An American soldier deployed at Abu Ghraib finds himself behind the walls of the infamous Hard Site, where he develops a secret friendship with an Iraqi detainee.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, military, friendship, confined, moral dilemma, prison life, soldier, war, prisoner, american soldier, unlikely friendships, jail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003
Place: iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.
Style: tense, realistic, captivating, serious, psychological ...
Plot: espionage, treason, undercover, double agent, dishonesty, society, buddies, political conspiracy, cold war, spy, smuggling, satellite ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, california, mexico city, ussr, mexico ...
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24%
 6.6
 11K
Rosewater (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters living in the country with access to US media, he made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a taped ...
Style: tense, captivating, suspense, brutal, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, journalism, captivity, life is a bitch, solitary, false accusation, interrogation, reporter, torture, anguish, brutality, violent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Murder in the First (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story. A petty criminal sent to Alcatraz in the 1930s is caught attempting to make an escape. As punishment he is put in solitary confinement. The maximum stay is supposed to be 19 days, but Henri spends years alone, cold and in ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, bleak, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, murder, lawyer, courtroom, theft, warden, solitary, prisoner, fighting the system, crimes, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1938, year 1941
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: prison life, prison, injustice, hostage, escape, workplace situations, life is a bitch, fighting the system, confined, rebellion, criminal heroes, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.5
 20K
Citizen X (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer who, over many years, claimed victim to over 50 people. His victims were mostly under the age of 17. In what was then a communists state, the police investigations were hampered by bureaucracy, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, factual ...
Plot: serial killer, communism, investigation, murder, forensics, corpse, police investigation, psychiatrist, bureaucracy, crimes, politics, mystery ...
Time: 80s, year 1990, 1930s
Place: russia, ussr, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Gideon's Trumpet (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: prison, false accusation, courtroom, legal, prison life, courtroom drama, injustice, righting the wronged, power relations, rebellion, rivalry, fighting the system ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
 127K
The Walk (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, breathtaking, suspense ...
Plot: skyscraper, world trade center manhattan new york city, obsession, ambition, planning, escapades, artists and showbiz, circus performer, street performer, follow your dream, mentor, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973, year 1974, future
Place: new york, usa, paris france, france, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.0
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Colonia (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, France, Luxembourg, UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.
Style: psychological, suspense, tense, touching, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: torture chamber, cult, military dictatorship, religious fanatic, coup d'etat, violence against women, kidnapping, torture, escape, political unrest, survival, sect ...
Time: 70s, year 1973
Place: chile, south america, latin america, germany, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.1
 20K
Silkwood (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant.
Style: thought provoking, serious, disturbing, bleak, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: fighting the system, radiation, research, working class, whistleblower, contamination, workplace, uncover truth, corporate crime, corporate crimes, workplace situations, plutonium ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1974, 70s
Place: oklahoma, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Confession (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia, knowing he's being watched and followed, is one day arrested and put into solitary confinement by his blackmailers.
Style: thought provoking, tense, psychological, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: life sentence, mind game, prison, injustice, totalitarianism, solitary, power relations, social decay, isolation, price of justice, false accusation, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, year 1952, year 1968 ...
Place: czech republic, czechoslovakia, ussr, central europe, prague
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Einstein and Eddington (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A look at the evolution of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, and Einstein's relationship with British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington, the first physicist to understand his ideas.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: world war one, workaholic, wartime life, workplace, astronomer, workplace situations, university, campus, physicist, scientist, science, research ...
Time: 20th century
Place: germany, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.8
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Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: psychological, heartbreaking, sentimental, tense, bleak ...
Plot: missing child, missing person, investigation, child abduction, uncover truth, fighting the system, disorder, life is a bitch, serial killer, pedophile, corruption, court ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: los angeles, usa, california, seattle, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.5
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Instinct (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In a prison for the criminally insane, deranged anthropologist Ethan Powell is set to be examined by a bright young psychiatrist, Theo Caulder. Driven by ambition and a hunger for the truth, Caulder will eventually risk everything -- even put his ...
Style: psychological, serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, murder, psychologist, estrangement, crimes, gorilla, doctors and patients, redemption, treatment, research, violence, insanity ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, florida, africa, rwanda, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.1
 55K
Alive (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The amazing, true story of a Uruguayan rugby team's plane that crashed in the middle of the Andes mountains, and their immense will to survive and pull through alive, forced to do anything and everything they could to stay alive on meager ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, emotional, exciting, rough ...
Plot: survival, starvation, air disaster, stranded, disaster, cannibalism, human spirit, human nature, isolation, against the odds, rescue, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: andes mountains, uruguay, latin america, chile, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.4
 495
Attica (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A behind the scenes look of the 1971 prisoners revolt at the Attica prison.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, rebellion, fighting the system, hostage, prison riot, misfit, society, law enforcement, criminal heroes, politics, life is a bitch, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, year 1971
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, war, jewish, survival, wartime, rescue, ghetto, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 90s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.7
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, police brutality, politics, civil rights, racism, apartheid, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, social problems, blacks and whites, injustice ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1991
Place: south africa, africa, angola
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bank robbery, hostage, bank, fbi, police, crime gone awry, criminal heroes, heist, crimes, nothing goes right, disorder, mishap ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa, France
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, oppression, prison life, heroes, rebellion, political unrest, fighting the system, historical figure, civil rights, social problems, marital problem ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Kill the Messenger (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, thought provoking, clever, captivating ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, conspiracy, drug dealing, reporter, uncover truth, government agency, state affairs, police corruption, life turned upside down, money laundering, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
All the President's Men (1976)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, factual, tense ...
Plot: political conspiracy, politics, political intrigue, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, white house, cover up, wiretap, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973, year 1972
Place: washington d.c., usa, miami, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.0
 129K
Bronson (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.
Style: surreal, rough, realistic, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, social misfits, violence spree, society, robbery, crimes, confined, criminal heroes, loneliness, human nature, notoriety ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1974
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%