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, touching, atmospheric, serious, bleak, gloomy, captivating, realistic
Plot: on the run, losing-it hero, downfall, crimes, drug abuse, gang, life is a bitch, addiction, human nature, boss and employee, nothing goes right, neo noir, chases and races, city life, disorder, security guard, urban, unfulfillment, power relations, drug addict
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, addiction, drug abuse and family relations mostly in Drama, Adventure and Crime genres. Some movies like Manila: Blood and Rain (2009), Most High (2004), The Second Chance (2006), Dealer (2004), Wholetrain (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: suspenseful, bleak, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, gang, partners, danger, crimes, life is a bitch, chases and races, city life, vengeance, neo noir, male nudity, revenge ...
Place: colombia
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95%
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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, addiction, rehabilitation, downfall, life is a bitch, couples, family problems, under the surface, destructive relationship, drug abuse, down on your luck, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: suburban life, clergy, fish out of water, crimes, buddies, city life, rich and poor, gang, disorder, urban, power relations, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.0
 947
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, stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, misfit, crimes, drug dealing, estrangement, social misfits, society, overdose, criminal heroes, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: serious, stylized, captivating, tense, exciting ...
Plot: rebelliousness, gang, youth, vandalism, nightlife, crimes, fighting the system, rebellion, on the run, graffiti, city life, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.9
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My Joy (2010)
Genre: Adventure, 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, bleak, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: murder, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, on the road, countryside, human nature, social relations, disorder, nothing goes right, deadly, village life, village ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric, bleak
Plot: couple relations, losing-it hero, cause and meaning, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, alcohol abuse, writer's life, dull life, disintegration, hotel, drugs/alcohol
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: sincere, rough, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, injustice, crimes, danger, life is a bitch, drug abuse, social decay, human nature, prostitute, unemployment, drug dealing, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: rough, realistic, serious, bleak, gloomy
Plot: prostitute, lifestyle, going straight, love affair, hopes, drug dealing, life is a bitch, romance, youth, downfall, crimes, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: atmospheric, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: forbidden love, addiction, love affair, family relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, crimes, drug abuse, parents and children, drug dealing, nudity (full frontal - brief), brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ecuador, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.2
 3K
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, drug addiction, civil war, doctor, hopelessness, hardship, loneliness, morphine, urban decay, society, repression ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: serious, realistic, captivating, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: teenage life, juvenile delinquency, gang, downfall, high school, high school life, youth, crimes, kids in trouble, unfulfillment, social relations, barefoot male
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, tense ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, breakup, family problems, couples, life is a bitch, down on your luck, job seeking, downfall, unfulfillment, adultery, infidelity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: emotional, captivating, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: redemption, family relations, undercover, life is a bitch, crimes, hopes, human nature, society, law enforcement, terminal illness, multiple storylines, confession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, peru
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: touching, psychological, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gang, friendship, crimes, rebelliousness, resentment, estrangement, ghost, father son relationship, boss and employee, factory, destiny, power relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ 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, atmospheric, psychological, serious ...
Plot: addiction, moral dilemma, betrayal, friendship, down on your luck, dishonesty, society, drug abuse, realism, drugs, street life, blackmail ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia (former ussr), tbilisi
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: touching, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: family relations, fish out of water, society, clergy, life is a bitch, youth, religions or cults, family life, disorder, church, coming of age, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.9
 12K
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: serious, tense, suspense, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: fall in love, romancing a criminal, life is a bitch, on the run, dishonesty, love and romance, estrangement, hopes, crime gone awry, destiny, murder, fighting illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, europe, turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, drug rehabilitation, addiction, human nature, life is a bitch, crimes, alcohol abuse, introspection, self discovery, rehabilitation, going straight, downfall ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ 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: tense, serious, realistic, atmospheric, touching
Plot: investigation, off the grid, family relations, privacy invasion, dishonesty, intrigue, mysterious character, crimes, parents and children, surveillance, urban, female director ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.2
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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: drug use, addiction, rehabilitation, downfall, life is a bitch, drug dealing, hopes, lifestyle, drug addiction, fired from the job, couples, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: sincere, touching, serious, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, life is a bitch, human nature, urban ghetto life, addiction, starting over, misfit, hopes, immigrants, husband wife relationship, settler, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, portugal, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, touching, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, downfall, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, addiction, down on your luck, family problems, life is a bitch, going straight, society, crimes, drug abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, harlem, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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: touching, realistic, emotional, semi documentary, gloomy ...
Plot: life is a bitch, addiction, social misfits, misfit, society, down on your luck, drug abuse, heroin addict, urban ghetto life, city life, poverty, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: lisbon portugal, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: realistic, tense, serious, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: heist, armored truck, security guard, crimes, society, life is a bitch, rookie, gain trust, against the rules, corrupt law enforcer, mistrust, poverty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, manila philippines, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: contemplative, serious, realistic, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: crimes, family relations, drug abuse, couple relations, unemployment, parents and children, working class, assassination, life is a bitch, addiction, factory, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s
Place: marseille, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Good Time Max (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Two genius brothers grow up and grow apart as one becomes a successful surgeon and the other pursues a drug-fueled high life.
Style: serious, captivating, tense, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: social differences, downfall, family relations, prodigy, human nature, addiction, family problems, misfit, drugs, brother brother relationship, siblings relations, misfit partners ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, california, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.2
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Adela (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 90 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, touching, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: elderly, human spirit, realism, golden years, society, aging, life is a bitch, family life, parents and children, loneliness, slum, cemetery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.0
 389
Freefall (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Freefall is the first drama to tackle the extraordinary financial crisis Britons are living through. Helmed by multiple BAFTA-winning director Dominic Savage, the film takes a startling and provocative look at the events that caused people's ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: social decay, stock broker, society, working the system, life is a bitch, downfall, working class, human nature, blind ambition, unfulfillment, dishonesty, debt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, downfall, going straight, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, destructive relationship, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%