Movies like Virgil Bliss

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Virgil Bliss (2001)
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Virgil Bliss (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Fresh out of a long stretch in prison, Virgil Bliss (Clint Jordan) vows to go straight in this gritty, character-driven drama. But finding a job, a wife and a sense of purpose doesn't come easy when you're living in a halfway house surrounded by junkies and thugs. Things start to look up when Virgil falls for Ruby (Kirsten Russell), a prostitute and fellow lost soul, but her drug addiction stands in the way of his shot at a normal life.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: prostitute, prison, going straight, starting over, redemption, haunted by the past, downfall, heist, crimes, life is a bitch, society, looking for love, rehabilitation, drug abuse, hopes, mysterious character, unlikely criminals, male female relationship, custody, death in the family, criminal heroes, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, love, sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, florida, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, psychological and rough films with plots about crimes, life is a bitch, hopes, going straight, murder, society and redemption mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres. Some movies like Virgil Bliss: Icharus Broken (2007), Hell's Kitchen (1998), Light Sleeper (1992), Zooey (2006), Cocaine Angel (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Icharus Broken (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After four years in prison, Bobby is released into a world he no longer recognizes. His exgirlfriend Penny is abusing drugs. Their daughter is in foster care. Bobby's sister is in the process of rebuilding her life after a bad relationship.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological
Plot: love, hopes, prostitute, romance, starting over, couples, addiction, vengeance, drug abuse, destiny, infidelity, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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95%
Hell's Kitchen (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When a robbery goes awry, the bandits all end up in a puddle of blood and only one lives and goes to jail for five years. Upon his release, the girlfriend wants her new boyfriend to kill him. Only trouble is the boyfriend knows that the fault was ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: crime gone awry, friendship, haunted by the past, murder, crimes, infidelity, heist, urban ghetto life, gang, dishonesty, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Light Sleeper (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A drug dealer with upscale clientele is having moral problems going about his daily deliveries. A reformed addict, he has never gotten over the wife that left him, and the couple that use him for deliveries worry about his mental well-being and his ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: drug dealing, obsession, redemption, drug dealer, going straight, addiction, life is a bitch, crimes, hopes, drug abuse, insomnia, murder ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 69
Zooey (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Angel and Zooey are not your typical newlyweds. Zooey is a professional prostitute and Angel is a drug dealer. Yet they are not without hopes and dreams, of escaping their life in the streets and starting a new in a fresh painted cottage with picked ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, bleak, gloomy
Plot: prostitute, love affair, lifestyle, going straight, addiction, drug abuse, hopes, life is a bitch, society, youth, survival, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Cocaine Angel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A week in the life of a young drug addict.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, downfall, rehabilitation, life is a bitch, drug use, lifestyle, hopes, drug dealing, drug addiction, fired from the job, drug abuse, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Lookin' Italian (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After an unfortunate incident causes him to leave the "family business" and move to Los Angeles, Vinny Pallazzo is living a quiet life. When his nephew, Anthony, moves in with him, Vinny slowly learns to live life to the fullest again. ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious
Plot: gang, revenge, street gang, crimes, criminal heroes, hopes, gangsters, going straight, family relations, redemption, haunted by the past, introspection ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Opportunists (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Vic is a struggling auto mechanic with a safe-cracking past and a lot of debt. His girlfriend runs a bar and offers to loan him the money she's saved for remodeling, but Vic is reluctant to take it. When a long-lost cousin from Ireland shows up ...
Style: realistic, talky, suspense, emotional, semi serious ...
Plot: heist, cons and scams, safecracker, crime gone awry, gangsters, crimes, redemption, unlikely couple, dishonesty, going straight, starting over, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, ireland, europe, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Five Thirteen (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In this tension-packed thriller, brothers Mike and Tre set out in search of better lives, trying to leave their demons behind for good. After being released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, Mike's only care in the world is to ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: going straight, starting over, crimes, family relations, hopes, parents and children, released from prison, life is a bitch, father daughter relationship, brother brother relationship, false accusation, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 5.5
 825
Saving God (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Ex Con Armstrong Cane (Ving Rhames) returns to home a changed man looking to take over his father's old church and congregation. The neighborhood though is full of drugs and gangs. Those who are able are leaving for more prosperous areas and ...
Style: christian film, realistic, serious, tense, touching
Plot: church, parole, religious conversion, mother daughter relationship, clergy, juvenile delinquency, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, starting over, hopes, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Straight Time (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: warden, prison, friendship, murder, heist, crimes, going straight, life is a bitch, dishonesty, crime gone awry, ex convict, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Acts of Worship (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, friendship, juvenile delinquency, downfall, going straight, destructive relationship, drug abuse, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Paper Covers Rock (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Samantha is recovering from a suicide attempt and ready for a fresh start in life. She has to fight for the custody of her daughter.
Style: sincere, psychological, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: parents and children, custody, mental illness, family life, family relations, family problems, starting over, hopes, mother daughter relationship, depressed woman, woman in underwear, psychologist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city
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53%
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After the Fall (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Bill Scanlin loses his job and embarks on a life of crime. As Bill stays ahead of the law, he discovers that sometimes the only thing worse than getting caught is getting away with it.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: crimes, downfall, human nature, protecting from truth, unfulfillment, destructive relationship, family relations, society, murder, rivalry, unlikely criminals, mysterious character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 284
Love Child (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: It's an extraordinarily touching true-story about Terry Jean Moore, the determined, independent and young woman who is imprisoned for 7 years on account of a "five dollar" robbery. In the prison she will be pregnant by a jailer and ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: pregnancy, prison, graphic violence, love affair, prison life, fall in love, custody, heist, redemption, infidelity, adoption, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 80s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.3
 329
Row Your Boat (1999)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Jon Bon Jovi plays Jamey Meadows, a man newly released from prison who has found himself homeless on the crazy streets of New York City. Slowly, he must try to build his life up from the gutter. Resisting constant offers from his brother, played by ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: redemption, crimes, criminal heroes, romance, prison, fall in love, homeless, threat, interracial romance, male female relationship, husband wife relationship, baby ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Willie Dynamite (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Willie Dynamite is a pimp who operates in New York City. Willie was a big success as a pimp, but now, just as fast as he rose to the top, he has hit bottom. A former prostitute who has become a social worker tries to get Willie to clean up his life ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, bleak, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, pimp, social decay, city life, cons and scams, urban ghetto life, drug abuse, isolation, graphic violence, life is a bitch, crimes, downfall ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.5
 2K
Chrystal (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Man (played by: Billy Bob Thornton) is still in shock many years after a devistating accident takes the life of his only son and perminantly injures his wife. After all of these years the man finaly comes home to his still married wife (Played by: ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, psychological, gloomy
Plot: life is a bitch, haunted by the past, starting over, dysfunctional family, homecoming, death in the family, family in crisis, addiction, husband wife relationship, grief, redemption, white trash ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
What Doesn't Kill You (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, rough ...
Plot: friendship, heist, infidelity, downfall, buddies, family problems, crimes, haunted by the past, tough law enforcer, friends, criminal heroes, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Cost of a Soul (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Wounded in the war, Tommy Donahue and DD Davis return home from Iraq to the slum neighborhood they grew up in. Tommy returns to his wife, Faith, whom he abandoned while she was pregnant to escape a life of crime. Tommy meets his disabled six ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: murder, racism, iraq war, urban ghetto, crimes, haunted by the past, homecoming, family problems, society, gang, war veteran, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Generation Now (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A multi-cultural celebration of young people triumphing in the face of adversity, societal pressures and difficult familial situations.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, touching, gloomy
Plot: gang, friendship, lifestyle, teenage life, crimes, life is a bitch, youth, hopes, society, family relations, against the odds, drug abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2006
Place: usa, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Various stories of how crack cocaine has infiltrated the inner-city streets. Based on Buddy Giovinazzo's novel "Life is Hot in Cracktown".
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: youth gang, nightshift, drug dealing, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, crimes, society, urban ghetto life, down on your luck, city life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
South Central (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A man is put to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop with crime but his son has yet followed the criminal path of his father.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, tense, rough
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, drug dealing, murder, prison, life is a bitch, society, youth, juvenile delinquency, crimes, coming of age, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Levity (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Manuel Jordan is a man who is free after serving 23 years for killing a teenager during an attempted robbery. After nearly two decades of staring at his victim's face on a newspaper clipping in his cell, the paroled man attempts to find ...
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, melancholic, philosophical ...
Plot: redemption, sin, murder, prison, criminal, robbery, gang, friendship, haunted by the past, going straight, human nature, rehabilitation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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American Heart (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jack is now out of jail and he meets Nick, his adolescent son. Their relationship will be complicated, because Jack has a problem with alcohol. But his love for Nick will help him to get over the past and reach his dreams.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, rough, emotional ...
Plot: father son relationship, starting over, family relations, estrangement, going straight, hopes, society, parents and children, human nature, prisoner, ex convict, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: seattle, usa, alaska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
A Wonderful Night in Split (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Croatia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The film is set over the course of a New Year's Eve night in the Croatian port city of Split, where it follows three parallel plots. The first plot line features a small-time drug dealer Nike (Marinko Prga) and a young widow Marija (Nives ...
Style: neo noir, serious, disturbing, rough, bleak ...
Plot: drug abuse, murder, crimes, small town, dealer, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, new year, new year's eve, addiction, prostitute, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: croatia, europe, former yugoslavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Bobby G. Can't Swim (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Bobby G. lives life on the edge in this real, raw New York street drama. Bobby is a small-time coke dealer, always on the hustle but rarely successful. He lives in Hell's Kitchen with his Puerto Rican girlfriend Lucy, who makes ends meet as a ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, rough, bleak ...
Plot: prostitute, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, crimes, society, juvenile delinquency, gangsters, gang, life is a bitch, drug dealing, going straight, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Hurricane Streets (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four close buddies who have a basement clubhouse; they ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, bleak, disturbing ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: gang, coming of age, friendship, juvenile delinquency, smuggling, theft, prison, crimes, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new york, new mexico, manhattan new york city, alaska, lower east side manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.7
 2K
Animal (2005)
Genre: Drama, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: His name: infamous. His reputation: ruthless. But when James "Animal"Allen is locked up in a maximum security prison, he meets a revolutionary who changes his life. Now a reformed man, James is released only to find that his own son has ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, rough, bleak
Plot: prison, prison life, starting over, criminal heroes, redemption, society, gangsters, crimes, social misfits, haunted by the past, murder, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Two Men in Town (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Algeria, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A convict is released from prison in a small town in New Mexico. 18 years ago he killed a deputy. The then-and-now sheriff seeks revenge.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: sheriff, starting over, haunted by the past, going straight, society, friendship, small town, redemption, parole, warden, arrest, mexican american border ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty.
Style: serious, captivating, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, sexual abuse, bishop, going straight, youth, hopes, life is a bitch, prostitute, addiction, drug abuse, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%