Movies like Manila

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Manila (2009)
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Manila (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A tribute to filmmakers and National Artists Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. In the "Day" segment, Piolo Pacual portrays the role of William, a drug addict who tries to rebuild his sense of self and reconnect with the people around him. For the "Night" segment, Pascual portrays the role of Philip, who works as a bodyguard for a mayor's son. The bodyguard believes that his boss considers him as part of the family but after a shooting incident, he realizes his real worth to his boss. As he struggles to hide, he is slowly consumed by the claws of darkness lurking the city.
Style: tense, atmospheric, touching, serious, neo noir, bleak, captivating, realistic, gloomy
Plot: on the run, downfall, losing-it hero, gang, crimes, addiction, life is a bitch, nothing goes right, drug abuse, human nature, boss and employee, city life, disorder, security guard, unfulfillment, power relations, drug addict, chases and races, urban
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, the philippines, manila philippines

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Most similar movies to Manila

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and bleak films with plots about life is a bitch, crimes, society, urban, drug abuse, addiction and family relations mostly in Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Manila: My Joy (2010), Blood and Rain (2009), Most High (2004), Dealer (2004), The Second Chance (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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My Joy (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Ukraine, Netherlands
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A routine run for a truck driver turns into a nightmare he can’t escape in this psychological drama from filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa. Georgy (Viktor Nemets) is driving a load of freight into Russia when, after an unpleasant encounter with the police ...
Style: disturbing, tense, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: murder, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, nothing goes right, disorder, social relations, on the road, human nature, countryside, crimes, unfulfillment, village life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
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Blood and Rain (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia, Argentina
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Taxi driver Jose begins his night shift bent on revenge after his brother's murder at the hands pf a violent gang. But when an accident brings him unexpectedly closer to his party-girl fare Angela, the damaged pair must struggle against forces ...
Style: bleak, neo noir, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: murder, gang, partners, crimes, life is a bitch, vengeance, city life, revenge, reluctant partners, nightshift, male nudity, masturbation ...
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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Most High (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When Julius (Marty Sader) loses his girlfriend, his job and the life of his pseudo father, Jack, his itch for a "quick fix" suffocates his ambitions and takes him on a trip through the disturbing addiction of crystal meth. Julius confides ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: losing-it hero, downfall, rehabilitation, addiction, life is a bitch, couples, under the surface, family problems, drug abuse, destructive relationship, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.0
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Dealer (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In an impressive follow up to his debut film Forest, Benedek Fliegauf tells the uncompromising story of a day in the life of a drug dealer. His clients include the leader of a religious sect, a friend who needs a final fix, a former lover who has ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, life is a bitch, drug abuse, estrangement, social misfits, crimes, drug dealing, misfit, overdose, society, criminal heroes, friend ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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The Second Chance (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ethan Jenkins (Michael W. Smith) and Jake Sanders (introducing Jeff Obafemi Carr) are both passionate pastors who worship the same God from the same book--but that's where the similarity ends. When they are suddenly thrown together in a tough ...
Style: christian film, realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: suburban life, clergy, fish out of water, gang, rich and poor, buddies, crimes, city life, suburbs, disorder, friends, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
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Wholetrain (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 82 min.
Story: This feature takes a look at the graffiti movement and young people who populate the niche culture. Following four such artists as they shape the graffiti community through both their art and their interactions, the film tells the story of how the ...
Style: captivating, stylized, serious, tense, rough ...
Plot: graffiti, rebelliousness, gang, vandalism, fighting the system, youth, rebellion, nightlife, on the run, crimes, hip hop, city life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
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55%
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Freddy Hotel (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Romania
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Freddy Angi, separate and homeless, stumbles into strange love affairs, including one with his wife Anna. The two meet now and then as lovers in a hotel room.
Style: touching, atmospheric, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: couple relations, losing-it hero, cause and meaning, life is a bitch, dull life, unfulfillment, alcohol abuse, writer's life, hotel, disintegration, drugs/alcohol
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe
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51%
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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 ⇓
49%
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If Nothing Else Works Out (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In 2006, a journalist in financial problems, a woman who dresses as a man and a troubled taxi driver become friends, and gradually, an awkward, strong emotional bond emerges among them, especially when they decide to play a confidence game.
Style: serious, sincere, rough, touching, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, crimes, life is a bitch, human nature, social decay, drug abuse, injustice, drug dealing, society, prostitute, unemployment, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil
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48%
The Porcelain Horse (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ecuador
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Paco Chavez's life is careless and charming. It's a life of illicit drugs and a forbidden love affair he carries with Lucia, his former high school sweetheart, now married to another man. One night, Paco and his younger brother Luis, enter ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: forbidden love, addiction, love affair, crimes, life is a bitch, love and romance, drug abuse, family relations, drug dealing, parents and children, nudity (full frontal - brief), brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, ecuador
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Knife That Killed Me (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A journey through the memories of teenager Paul Varderman as he reflects on the events leading to the fatal moment his life is cut short. Paul moves to a new school and becomes involved with 'The Freaks', a group on the periphery of school ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, teenage life, gang, crimes, high school life, youth, downfall, high school, kids in trouble, unfulfillment, social relations, barefoot male
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Balancing Act (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Having cheated on his wife, Giulio, a municipal employee, moves out, but has to find a solution on how to still support his family, and himself.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, family problems, breakup, parents and children, life is a bitch, couples, downfall, unfulfillment, job seeking, down on your luck, adultery, infidelity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Street Days (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Georgia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A middle-aged, unemployed heroin-addict, Checkie, loiters on the Tbilisi street outside his son’s school, where he himself was once a promising student. His wife, meanwhile, struggles to pay the tuition and understand her husband’s lack of ...
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, moral dilemma, friendship, betrayal, down on your luck, society, realism, dishonesty, drug abuse, drugs, street life, blackmail ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia (former ussr), tbilisi
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43%
The Gospel of the Flesh (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Peru
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Three lives in search of redemption intersect in the streets of Lima: undercover cop Gamarra’s desperate attempts to save his wife from a terminal illness gets him into trouble; bus driver Felix wants to be accepted into a religious sect after his ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, undercover, life is a bitch, hopes, crimes, family relations, human nature, society, law enforcement, terminal illness, multiple storylines, confession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: peru, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Bright Future (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two friends who work in the same oshibori laundry are lost in the drudgery of everyday life. They hang out together, barely functioning and barely communicating. Their middle-aged boss makes a desparate attempt to connect with them with disasterous ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, psychological, touching, realistic ...
Plot: gang, friendship, crimes, rebelliousness, resentment, estrangement, ghost, father son relationship, society, pets, hopes, power relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Red Hook Summer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When his mom deposits him at the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn to spend the summer with the grandfather he’s never met, young Flik may as well have landed on Mars. Fresh from his cushy life in Atlanta, he’s bored and friendless, and his ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, captivating, tense ...
Plot: family relations, fish out of water, religions or cults, life is a bitch, society, clergy, youth, family life, disorder, church, urban ghetto, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Trap Street (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Qiuming is a trainee at a digital mapping company. His job is to survey the streets of the ever-changing city and keep the mapping system up to date. Typical of his generation, Qiuming is upbeat, energetic, and totally immersed in the world of ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, atmospheric, touching
Plot: investigation, mysterious character, intrigue, dishonesty, crimes, privacy invasion, family relations, parents and children, surveillance, urban setting, off the grid, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.8
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Destiny (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Bekir is in love with Ugur, who loves Zagor, who loves to commit crimes.
Style: tense, serious, suspense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: romancing a criminal, fall in love, life is a bitch, on the run, estrangement, destiny, murder, love and romance, hopes, dishonesty, crime gone awry, fighting illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, europe, turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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 ⇓
40%
Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, crimes, life is a bitch, human nature, alcohol abuse, downfall, going straight, rehabilitation, introspection, self discovery, drug addiction ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
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39%
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Morphine (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The year is 1917. We are in the Russian countryside. It is the middle of freezing winter. A pale young, newly educated doctor arrives. Having to deal with one medical challenge after another he soon becomes the center of everyone's attention. ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, doctor, drug addiction, morphine, doctors, hopelessness, civil war, hardship, loneliness, urban decay, self acceptance ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: russia
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38%
Colossal Youth (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, France, Switzerland
Duration: 156 min.
Story: After the Portuguese government demolishes his slum and relocates him to a housing project on the outskirts of Lisbon, 75-year-old Cape Verde immigrant Ventura wanders between his new and old homes, reconnecting with people from his past.
Style: serious, thought provoking, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, human nature, life is a bitch, addiction, urban ghetto life, hopes, starting over, misfit, immigrants, husband wife relationship, settler, high maintenance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: portugal, canada, lisbon portugal
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38%
 7.6
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Metro Manila (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Philippines
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling intensity quickly overwhelms them, and they fall prey ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: heist, security guard, crimes, life is a bitch, society, gain trust, rookie, against the rules, corrupt law enforcer, mistrust, poverty, armored truck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, manila philippines, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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The Town Is Quiet (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A dark tale of working-class life in Marseilles, a city in crisis. Interesting characters include a hard-bitten but compassionate fish market worker with a drug addicted daughter and a moody bartender with a shocking secret life.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, disturbing, touching ...
Plot: family relations, drug abuse, crimes, couple relations, unemployment, parents and children, working class, life is a bitch, assassination, factory, addiction, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s
Place: marseille, france, europe, provence
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, rough, bleak ...
Plot: male rape, sexual abuse, haunted by the past, downfall, family problems, addiction, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, going straight, society, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem
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36%
In Vanda's Room (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 171 min.
Story: With the intimate feel of a documentary and the texture of a Vermeer painting, In Vanda’s Room takes an unflinching, fragmentary look at a handful of self-destructive, marginalized people, but is centered around the heroin-addicted Vanda Duarte.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, semi documentary, serious ...
Plot: life is a bitch, addiction, misfit, social misfits, society, down on your luck, drug abuse, heroin addict, urban ghetto life, city life, poverty, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: lisbon portugal, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Rose Seller (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: 13-year-old Monica leads a street life, making her living by selling flowers to couples in local nightspots, she is joined by 10-year-old Andrea who runs out of her house after her mother beats her.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, rough, bleak
Plot: gang, street kid, urban ghetto, kids in trouble, injustice, alcohol abuse, teenage life, rich and poor, drug abuse, down on your luck, city life, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Adela (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Adela, (Philippines' screen legend Anita Linda) a former radio personality, celebrates her 80th birthday. Alone, and without support, she longs for the family and stability of years gone by. Mundane events take on heightened meaning as Adela ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: realism, elderly, human spirit, golden years, society, aging, life is a bitch, parents and children, family life, loneliness, slum, night watchman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Jump (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 81 min.
Story: The lives of four twenty-somethings collide one fateful New Year's Eve in this twisty, blackly comic crime thriller set amidst the ancient walls of Derry, Northern Ireland, in a night of fast talk, accidents and intrigue. Johnny, a small-time ...
Style: captivating, tense, realistic, serious, non-linear
Plot: new year, gangsters, lifestyle, best friends, hopes, on the run, vengeance, crimes, rivalry, nightlife, chase, suicide attempt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, ireland, northern ireland
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35%
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 ⇓
34%