Movies like Wake in Fright

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Wake in Fright (1971)
 7.7
 12K
Wake in Fright (1971)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney, but as one night stretches into several he plunges headlong into his own destruction.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing, christmas horror
Plot: gambling, sexism, christmas, teacher, hunting, beer, drunkenness, coin toss, mining town, australian outback, kangaroo, misfit, tourist, life is a bitch, alcohol abuse, society, small town life, wilderness, life turned upside down, fish out of water, culture clash, innocence lost, down on your luck, social relations, doctors ...
Time: 70s
Place: australia

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Most similar movies to Wake in Fright

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, disturbing and suspenseful films with plots about life is a bitch, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), society, crimes, violence and death mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like Wake in Fright: Blackrock (1997), Sunday Too Far Away (1975), Ground Zero (1987), A Dry White Season (1989), Dead Heart (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Blackrock (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In New South Wales, Jared surfs with his mates and has a first girl. He hosts a beach party for his older pal, Ricko, and witnesses four of his mates gang-rape a 15 year old. He does nothing, and the next day, she's found murdered. At school, ...
Style: serious, rough, bleak, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: murder, rape and murder, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, innocence lost, violence spree, teenage life, terminal illness, vengeance, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Sunday Too Far Away (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Friday night he's too tired. Saturday night too drunk.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, homoerotic
Plot: strike, sheep, australian outback, group shower, unfulfillment, workplace, life is a bitch, society, new wave, workplace situations, down on your luck, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, year 1956
Place: australia, south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 6.6
 485
Ground Zero (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A second generation cameraman in Australia finds evidence that his father had filmed a nuclear test that allowed aboriginies to be exposed to and killed by radiation. He begins a search for a secret that if true, his government has already killed ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, investigation, murder, conspiracy, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, state affairs, rebellion, undercover, legal investigation, amateur detective, legal ...
Time: 50s
Place: australia, south australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
A Dry White Season (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Taking place during the 1976 Soweto uprising, the story follows a white school teacher whose life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.
Style: disturbing, emotional, thought provoking, rough, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, legal, interracial relations, society, fighting the system, rebellion, crimes, discrimination, injustice, lawyer, profanity, graphic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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 6.5
 276
Dead Heart (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Ray Lorkin, chief lawman in the tiny rural settlement of Wala Wala, Australia, fears that long-simmering tensions between the area's aborigine natives and white settlers are on the verge of erupting. When it's discovered that Kate, the ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: infidelity, culture clash, murder, interracial relations, aborigine, horny wife, village, small town, against the odds, police corruption, desert, wilderness ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
The Fringe Dwellers (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of an Aboriginal family's attempts to forge a new life for themselves within the segregated society. At the urging of headstrong teenager Trilby, the Comeaways relocate from their family camp, to a house in the main town.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: racism, fish out of water, pregnancy, interracial relations, social differences, parents and children, family life, culture clash, youth, life is a bitch, love and romance, family relations ...
Time: 70s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.4
 4K
Gone (2006)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A contemporary psychological thriller in which a young British couple travelling through the Australian outback become involved with a mysterious and charismatic American whose motive for imposing his friendship upon them becomes increasingly ...
Style: scary, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: infidelity, psychopath, missing person, deadly, dishonesty, mysterious character, couples, wilderness, couple relations, road trip, american abroad, vacation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.0
 22K
The Riot Club (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.
Style: captivating, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, satirical ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: student life, spoiled brat, university, friends, social relations, society, debauchery, social differences, rich, alcohol, eccentricity, stereotypes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1976, 1850s ...
Place: england, oxford university, europe, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 6.8
 3K
Joe (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Bill, a wealthy businessman, confronts his junkie daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend; in the ensuing argument, Bill kills him. Panic-stricken, he wanders the streets and eventually stops at a bar. There he runs into a drunken factory worker ...
Style: gloomy, realistic, bleak, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, hospital, murder, drug dealing, bar, orgy, working class, racism, village life, social differences, misfit, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
As God Commands (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A 14-year-old boy and his neo-Nazi dad are both outcasts in their suburban town.
Style: sentimental, atmospheric, disturbing, psychological, touching ...
Plot: unemployment, family relations, parents and children, racism, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, misfit, social misfits, father son relationship, society, coming of age, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 48 hours in the life of a burnt-out paramedic. Once called Father Frank for his efforts to rescue lives, Frank sees the ghosts of those he failed to save around every turn. He has tried everything he can to get fired, calling in sick, delaying ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: hallucination, coma, hospital, rescue, redemption, ambulance, patient, haunted by the past, misfit partners, dealing with death, death, insomnia ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 5.2
 9K
Strangerland (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Newly arrived to a remote desert town, Catherine and Matthew are tormented by a suspicion when their two teenage children mysteriously vanish.
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense, realistic ...
Plot: missing child, australian outback, outback, family in crisis, troubled marriage, social relations, family problems, missing daughter, desert, protagonist as suspect, crimes, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 4.5
 328
Border Cop (1980)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Mexico
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Frank Cooper, a senior immigration police, remains a daily struggle against mafias operating between Mexico and the United States. Although it has a good standing with the poorest of Mexican towns near the border. Two are Leina and Benny, a couple ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, society, immigrants, adventure, misfit, tough law enforcer, crimes, law enforcement, human trafficking, dope, night, humanity ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: usa, mexico, california, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.3
 1K
Kiss or Kill (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two lovers, Nikki and Al, have a scam in which Nikki allows herself to be picked up by older men, drugs them, and, with Al's help, robs them. After accidentally killing one of her victims with an overdose, Nikki and Al are on the run.
Style: neo noir, tense, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: murder, lovers on the run, hotel, on the road, scam, hotel room, criminal heroes, dishonesty, serial killer, good versus evil, crimes, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.6
 647
Blame (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A group of young vigilantes seeking revenge for a sexual betrayal fall far from grace. When the truth is out they find themselves on the dark side of justice.
Style: disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Plot: vengeance, assassination attempt, crimes, injustice, village, haunted by the past, rivalry, danger, crime gone awry, life is a bitch, assassination plot, teacher student relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.7
 817
The Jammed (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young Australian woman reluctantly agrees to help a Chinese mother search for her missing daughter and becomes involved in human trafficking and the sex slave trade.
Style: serious, tense, psychological, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: sex trafficking, missing person, crimes, deportation, manipulation, prostitute, immigrants, social decay, sexual abuse, gangsters, danger, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.6
 814
The Invader (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An African immigrant living illegally in Belgium is desperate to find his own sense of belonging.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, bleak, tense ...
Plot: misfit, life is a bitch, job seeking, couple relations, couples, human nature, immigrants, society, urban, nudity (full frontal - brief), interracial relations, simulated sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe, brussels
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
A Show of Force (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In this thriller, television reporter Kate Ryan de Meléndez investigates the death of two radical Puerto Rican activists, whom she begins to believe may have been framed and murdered by undercover American agents.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, investigation, mystery, undercover, police corruption, crimes, media, amateur detective, legal, law enforcement, journalism, political conspiracy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Extraordinary images from Werner Herzog. Shot in the Australian Outback the Aborigines (in this film anyway) believe that this is the place where the green ants go to dream, and that if their dreams are disturbed, it will bring down disaster on us ...
Style: contemplative, bleak, atmospheric, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: desert, culture clash, geologist, court, trial, mining, land rights, australian aboriginal, society, heroes, rescue, adventurer ...
Time: 80s, year 1984
Place: australia, germany, south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Crime + Punishment in Suburbia (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This is a contemporary fable loosely based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment". Roseanne is outwardly a perfect and popular teen. However, her image is hiding the abuse at her stepfather's hands, and she decides to ...
Style: disturbing, serious, psychological, clever, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: murder, high school, dysfunctional family, suburbs, americana, guilt, rape, court, trial, crime and punishment, obsession, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Frisk (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A first person narrative of a gay serial killer explores violence, sexuality, and imagination.
Style: psychological, sexual, bleak, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, bondage, obsession, dangerous attraction, teenage life, innocence lost, voyeurism, murder, sexual relations, gays and lesbians, crimes, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Fierce People (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A massage therapist looking to overcome her addictions and reconnect with her son, whose father is an anthropologist in South America studying the Yanomani people, moves in with a wealthy ex-client.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: addiction, family relations, coming of age, single mother, parents and children, social differences, teenage life, money, life is a bitch, billionaire, summer, teenage boy ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
State's Evidence (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When 16 year old Scott Byers decided to bring a camcorder to school, none of his schoolmates ever imagined what was to come. Only Scott's five closest friends and followers have the insight on his master plan. He is on a quest for the ultimate ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, serious, realistic, surreal ...
Plot: life is a bitch, introspection, destructive relationship, voyeurism, teenage life, deadly, buddies, youth, sociopath, looking at the camera, loss of control, suicide ...
Time: contemporary, year 2004, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 879
Shadow Hours (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Michael is a recovering addict. Back on the wagon, he's now responsible for a young, beautiful, and pregnant wife. He's working the graveyard shift at a gas station to support his new family, but the job drives him crazy. Then a wealthy ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, addiction, alcohol abuse, illegal drugs, redemption, nightshift, nightlife, pregnancy, murder, drug dealing, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.2
 921
Public Access (1993)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Brewster seems to be an almost too perfect example of idyllic small-town America, with everyone living in peace and harmony. So when newcomer Whiley Pritcher starts up his own local cable TV show with the question "what's wrong with ...
Style: talky, suspenseful, serious, realistic, cult film ...
Plot: small town, love and romance, crimes, dishonesty, social relations, discrimination, tv show, media satire, small town life, celebrity culture, society, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
 10K
The War Zone (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: incest, father daughter incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, innocence lost, mature, family relations, family problems, parents and children, teenage life, life is a bitch, small town ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.8
 361
The Intended (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Denmark
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A period drama/thriller about a surveyor and his fiancée who arrive in a remote Malaysian trading post and encounter a closed-fisted ivory trader and her ill-meaning family.
Style: tense, atmospheric, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: jungle, obsessive quest, nothing goes right, crimes of passion, danger, village, dysfunctional family, culture clash, greed, mother son relationship, older woman younger man relationship, misfit ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, post world war one
Place: malaysia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.1
 41K
13 (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.
Style: bleak, psychological, serious, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: russian roulette, greed, gambling, murder, revolver, crimes, fish out of water, danger, life is a bitch, social decay, profanity, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, ohio, delaware, grand central station manhattan new york city, midwest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.0
 11K
Red (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An older, reclusive man's best friend and inspiration for living is his 14-year-old dog named "Red". When three troublesome teens kill the dog for no good reason, the grieving man sets out for justice and redemption by whatever means ...
Style: touching, serious, twists and turns, emotional, suspense ...
Plot: dog, pets, vengeance, killing a dog, crimes, redemption, justice, murder, small town, society, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The story of former UVF member Alistair Little. Twenty-five years after Little killed Joe Griffen's brother, the media arrange an auspicious meeting between the two.
Style: psychological, rough, serious, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, haunted by the past, reconciliation, vengeance, life is a bitch, acceptance, murder, tv show, memory, ira, secrets, revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s, year 1975, 2000s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, london, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%