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I Know My First Name Is Steven
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: 7-year old Steven Stayner is kidnapped a few days before Christmas by Kenneth Parnell. Under the belief that Parnell has been given legal custody of him, and that his family has moved away, he stays with Parnell for seven years, enduring repetitive sexual abuse the entire time. Finally, at fourteen, he returns home to his family.
Style: emotional, serious, tense, realistic, disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, based on true events, psychological
Plot: starting over, crime, haunted by the past, kidnapping, missing child, confined, danger, sexual abuse, life is a bitch, parents and children, captivity, crimes, perversion, torturer, true crime, sexual cruelty, claustrophobia, sadistic psychopath, sexual predator, stockholm syndrome, post traumatic stress, child molestation, pervert, predator, child rape ...
Time: 80s, year 1974, year 1980, year 1972
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Prisoner: Cell Block H
Crime, Drama
Australia
50 min.
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Prisoners
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA
153 min.
 8.1
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, disturbing and bleak films and TV series with plots about crimes, life is a bitch, crime, murder, deadly, violence and danger mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like I Know My First Name Is Steven: Cleveland Abduction (2015), A Killing Affair (1986), An American Crime (2007), Inside (1996), The Deliberate Stranger (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Cleveland Abduction
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A single mother becomes Ariel Castro's first kidnapping victim, and finds herself trapped in his home with two other women for 11 years.
Style: serious, disturbing, bleak, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: kidnapping, captivity, survival, crime, sexual abuse, isolation, woman in danger, confined, danger, life is a bitch, friendship, true crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa
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A Killing Affair
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Peter Weller (Robocop) stars as Baton Morris, a drifter suspected of murder, in this crime drama. A widow (Kathy Baker) living in West Virginia takes in the man (Weller) whom she believes murdered her husband. As she spends more time with him, she ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: crimes, hostages, crime, mind game, vengeance, haunted by the past, isolation, woman in danger, fall in love, confined, danger, intrigue ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, west virginia
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An American Crime
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
Style: disturbing, serious, gloomy, rough, realistic ...
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Place: indiana, usa
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Inside
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An emotional and thrilling tale of life and death behind the walls of a maximum security prison. From the acclaimed director of 'Bonnie and Clyde', and featuring a powerful international cast.
Style: talky, bleak, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: tragic hero, political unrest, racism, prison, crime, life turned upside down, injustice, fighting the system, political prisoner, retribution, apartheid, prisoner ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa, south africa
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The Deliberate Stranger
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a law student and where other girls disappear. It takes the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, protagonist as suspect, manhunt, mind game, true crime, track down, uncover truth, murder, obsession, psychopath ...
Time: 80s
Place: colorado, seattle, usa, utah
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The Silence
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.
Style: bleak, serious, tense, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, dealing with death, small town, crime, haunted by the past, murder, missing child, rape, crimes, danger, deadly, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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The Onion Field
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy ...
Style: bleak, serious, dramatic, rough, realistic ...
Plot: murder, crime, police investigation, kidnapping, police, courtroom, guilt, chase, police corruption, justice, corruption, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A horror film based on a real-life mass murder that took place in 1966. Richard Franklin Speck was a mass murderer who systematically tortured, raped and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital in 1966.
Style: serious, rough, tense, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: hostages, slasher, violence spree, crime, sexual abuse, psychopath, confined, crimes, murder, deadly, serial killer, journalism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: usa, dallas texas, texas, chicago illinois
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System:   42%
    User:   49%
 
I Am the Cheese
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Adapted from the Robert Cormier novel. This film follows the life of a young boy whose happy, if somewhat unusual life with his friends and family gradually starts to unravel, until the truth of the boy's situation is finally revealed.
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, realistic, mind bending ...
Plot: investigation, uncover truth, mental institution, haunted by the past, mystery, crimes, deadly, teen angst, secret identity, assassination, mind game, doctors and patients ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   39%
 
Little Odessa
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: bleak, disturbing, twists and turns, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, crime, hitman, gangsters, immigrants, mafia, violence, assassination, gangster, parents and children, murder, assassin ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, california, tokyo
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System:   40%
    User:   46%
 
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Boyz n the Hood
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.
Style: realistic, tense, gloomy, serious, intense ...
Plot: hip hop, friendship, coming of age, poverty, violence, gangster, drugs, revenge, tragedy, storytelling, vengeance, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1984, year 1991 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, cuba, south central los angeles
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System:   40%
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Shot in the Heart
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: AND YOU'RE TO BLAME! Honey, you give love a bad name. (The story of a man coming to terms with the sins and secrets of his notorious brother and, in the process, exploring the legacy of violence in his own family.)
Style: talky, bleak, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, crime, redemption, sexual abuse, prison, death row, courtroom drama, murder, false accusation, haunted by the past, price of justice, prison life ...
Time: 70s
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System:   40%
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Prisoner: Cell Block H
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Prisoner is an Australian soap opera that is set in the Wentworth Detention Centre, a fictional women's prison. In the United States and United Kingdom it was billed as Prisoner: Cell Block H, and in Canada as Caged Women. The series was ...
Style: bleak, serious, disturbing, realistic, rough ...
Plot: prison, strong sexual content, leadership, prison life, uninhibited rivalry, cult, crime, feminism, confined, crimes, danger, deadly ...
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Place: australia
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Civil Brand
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Country: USA
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Prisoners
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
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Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A killer of Detroit clergy confesses to a priest (Donald Sutherland), who turns sleuth because he cannot tell the police.
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Plot: amateur detective, clergy, protagonist as suspect, crime, church, serial killer, mystery, investigation, mind game, moral dilemma, uncover truth, murder ...
Time: 80s
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Traitorous Prince
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Guan Jian wants to report the murder of his father who died 10 years ago. The alleged murderer whom Guan Jian accuses of the crime is his own mother.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, police investigation, parents and children, betrayal, guilt, life philosophy, death, solitude, haunted by the past, crimes, mystery, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: china, asia, tokyo, japan, new jersey ...
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    User:   34%
 
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Eden
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of Chong Kim who, as a young teen, was abducted into the sex trade, and the complicated moral choices she had to make in order to survive as her situation grew more desperate.
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: kidnapping, prostitute, slavery, innocence lost, prostitution, crimes, life is a bitch, moral dilemma, captivity, teenage life, confined, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: las vegas, nevada, new mexico, usa
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    User:   35%
 
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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Henry likes to kill people, in different ways each time. Henry shares an apartment with Otis. When Otis' sister comes to stay, we see both sides of Henry: "the guy next door" and the serial killer.
Style: disturbing, bleak, tense, scary, dark humor ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, gory, incest, crime, blood, sexual abuse, cult, rape, brutality, psychopath, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california, midwest, chicago illinois
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Sins of the Father
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In 1965 a bomb was planted in a Church in Alabama, killing four black girls. Thirty years later, Tom Cherry breaks his silence to discredit his father's alibi for the night in question.
Style: thought provoking, serious, bleak, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dedicated lawyer, interracial relations, crime, church, discrimination, racism, injustice, crimes, society, investigation, introspection, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alabama, usa
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System:   31%
    User:   33%
 
The Last House on the Left
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Mari and Phyllis go to the "big city" to see their favorite band BloodLust. Along the way they meet up with newly escaped convict Krug and his gang.
Style: disturbing, scary, bleak, serious, brutal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, gory, slasher, rape, murder, kidnapping, revenge, brutality, violence, gore, sexual abuse, torture ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: connecticut, new york
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    User:   35%
 
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Trade
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA, Mexico
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Texas cop (Kevin Kline), whose own daughter might have been forced into sexual slavery, joins forces with a Mexican youth (Cesar Ramos) to find the boy's sister, who was abducted and forced into prostitution. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian woman who ...
Style: rough, bleak, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: crime, track down, urban, sexual abuse, drugs/alcohol, social decay, confined, crimes, kidnapping, life is a bitch, missing child, human trafficking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico city, usa, poland, texas, new jersey
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System:   31%
    User:   28%
 
Perfect Witness
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A witness to a mob killing has second thoughts about testifying when he realizes his family might become a target.
Style: bleak, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, dedicated lawyer, witnessing a crime, crime, prison, murder, crimes, restaurant, deadly, legal, courtroom, witness ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   31%
    User:   30%
 
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Eye for an Eye
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: It's fire and brimstone time as grieving mother Karen McCann takes justice into her own hands when a kangaroo court in Los Angeles fails to convict Robert Doob, the monster who raped and murdered her 17-year-old daughter.
Style: disturbing, tense, psychological, serious, rough ...
Plot: vengeance, murder, rape, vigilantism, crime, obsession, vigilante, revenge, justice, guilt, serial killer, martial arts ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
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System:   31%
    User:   30%
 
In a Glass Cage
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A Nazi doctor who had a fetish for young boys feels guilt after torturing and murdering his latest victim, and throws himself off a roof. Some years later, the doctor, confined to an iron lung, accepts as his nurse a boy who secretly witnessed that ...
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, concentration camp, obsession, dangerous attraction, mystery, sexual abuse, murder, haunted by the past, insanity, darkness, nurse ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, spain
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System:   31%
    User:   30%
 
Stranger Inside
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility
Style: thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: prison, gang, juvenile delinquency, crime, drug dealing, innocence lost, prison life, confined, crimes, family relations, gays and lesbians, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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System:   31%
    User:   35%
 
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Born Killers
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: iggy Banks tells the story of two charming and brilliant brothers who finance their lifestyle by robbing and murdering pretty much anyone foolish enough to get in the car with them. They learn the business from their sociopath father (Tom Sizemore) ...
Style: serious, disturbing, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: criminal heroes, crime, gory, serial killer, introspection, siblings relations, crimes, tarot, strangulation, truck driver, deadly, crime gone awry ...
Time: contemporary
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System:   30%
    User:   25%
 
Down Came a Blackbird
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A woman struggles with the death of her lover. He was killed by South-American fascists.
Style: serious, disturbing, emotional, realistic, rough ...
Plot: clinic, terrorism, kidnapping, missing person, price of justice, politics, crimes, life is a bitch, journalism, on the run, survival, genocide ...
Time: 90s
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System:   30%
    User:   31%
 

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Genre: Drama
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