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Penitentiary II (1982)
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Penitentiary II (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An ex-con, on parole and trying to straighten his life out, decides to resume his boxing career when one of his prison enemies escapes and kills his girlfriend.
Style: rough, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, crimes, vengeance, athlete's life, heroes, confined, contests and competitions, injustice, prison life, crime, life is a bitch, ambition, fugitives, haunted by the past, family in danger, chases and races, criminal heroes, rivalry, underdog, criminal's revenge, uninhibited rivalry, wrongfully committed, tough heroes, prison, boxing ...
Time: 80s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and suspenseful films with plots about rivalry, crimes, crime, life is a bitch, vengeance, prison and murder mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like Penitentiary II: Penitentiary (1979), The Escapist (2002), Wild Seven (2006), Ring of Death (2008), Hell's Kitchen (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Penitentiary (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A hitchhiker named Martel Gordone gets in a fight with two bikers over a prostitute, and one of the bikers is killed. Gordone is arrested and sent to prison, where he joins the prison's boxing team in an effort to secure an early parole and to ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, false accusation, boxing, prison life, sexual abuse, tough heroes, manhood, injustice, life is a bitch, rivalry, family in danger, redemption ...
Time: 70s
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 6.1
 2K
The Escapist (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Denis Hopkins, a pilot, lives with his pregnant wife Valerie and has a comfortable lifestyle. When a gang of criminals led by the sadistic Ricky Barnes breaks into his home, he offers whatever the criminals want to protect his wife and unborn child, ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, violence spree, confined, vengeance, deadly, gang, heroes, crimes, criminal heroes, haunted by the past, murder, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary
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37%
 3.9
 4K
Wild Seven (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In this darkly karmic vision of Arizona, a man who breathes nothing but ill will begins a noxious domino effect as quickly as an uncontrollable virus kills. As he exits Arizona State Penn after twenty-one long years, Wilson has only one thing on the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, suspense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, cons and scams, frame up, criminal's revenge, vengeance, going straight, crimes, false accusation, brutality, life is a bitch, crime, escape ...
Time: contemporary
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Sequel to the 2002 film. This time, Heavyweight Champ George "Iceman" Chambers (White) is sent to a Russian jail on trumped-up drug charges. In order to win his freedom he must fight against the jailhouse fighting champ Uri Boyka (Adkins) ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: boxing, tournament, martial arts, prison life, kickboxing, challenge, contests and competitions, convict, taekwondo, fist fighting, jail, fistfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, usa, new jersey, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Ring of Death (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: On the inside, there are no rules. See what happens when Prison Officials Profit from Illegal fights.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, frame up, contests and competitions, criminal's revenge, police investigation, criminal heroes, track down, undercover, ex cop, tough guy, partners against crime, crime ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: rough, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: crime gone awry, haunted by the past, friendship, murder, crimes, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, gang, life is a bitch, drug dealing, dishonesty, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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32%
The Rape of Richard Beck (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The tables turn for cynical police officer Richard Beck (Richard Crenna) when he's viciously attacked by two homicidal crooks. Having never been empathetic toward the victims he's dealt with on a daily basis, Beck must now confront the ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Plot: rape, criminal heroes, crime, crimes, law enforcement, deadly, vengeance, rivalry, life is a bitch, murder, danger, legal ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.2
 31K
Undisputed (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Monroe Hutchens is the heavyweight champion of Sweetwater, a maximum security prison. He was convicted to a life sentence due to a passionate crime. Iceman Chambers is the heavyweight champion, who lost his title due to a rape conviction to ten ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, fight, life sentence, gangsters, murder, heroes, boxing, racial slur, convict, prisoner, solitary, prison life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas, mojave desert, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Green Street Hooligans 2 (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When the top players of the Green Street Elite are imprisoned following a deadly battle with their archenemies Millwall every day becomes a fight for survival. On the inside, rival firms and prison guards will stop at nothing to make their lives a ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, tense, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, lifestyle, sport, gang, uninhibited rivalry, buddies, confined, rivalry, society, mob violence, woman in danger, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Mason defends a man he had sentenced to prison when he was an appellate-court judge. Now, 18 months after the sentencing, a new witness turns up to prove the man's innocence. Mason steps in to defend the man.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: courtroom, murder, frame up, false accusation, perry mason, mystery, wrongfully committed, power relations, courtroom drama, heroes, life is a bitch, legal ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 4.0
 346
The Circuit (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Years ago, Dirk Longstreet walked away from The Circuit, the merciless underground fight club with no rules, where money changes hands as men are killed. But now gangsters have got his brother, and only one more journey inside the ring will save his ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, underground fighting, tough heroes, haunted by the past, rivalry, one man army, ambition, martial arts tournament, athlete's life, contests and competitions, gangsters, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Doing Hard Time (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A father's eight year old son is murdered in a gangland shooting. The father (Boris Kodjoe) gets himself thrown into prison to avenge his son's death.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, vengeance, criminal heroes, prison life, vigilantism, prison, law enforcement, deadly, redemption, police investigation, life is a bitch, confined ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.8
 161
The Ceremony (1963)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A man (Robert Walker) has an affair with his condemned brother's (Laurence Harvey) girlfriend (Sarah Miles) while plotting his escape in Tangier.
Style: gloomy, rough, disturbing, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: mistaken identity, death row, beach, escape, life is a bitch, dishonesty, intrigue, heroes, rivalry, crimes, injustice, scapegoat ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Crossing the Line (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An unemployed Scottish miner (Liam Neeson) is forced into bare-knuckle boxing to make ends meet.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: contests and competitions, life is a bitch, lifestyle, rivalry, athlete's life, unemployment, down on your luck, working class, gambling, gangsters, illegal fistfight, mixed martial arts ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: scotland, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
A Killing Affair (1985)
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: tense, mind bending, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: fall in love, crime, hostages, couples, hostage, haunted by the past, isolation, woman in danger, vengeance, danger, rivalry, mind game ...
Time: 80s
Place: west virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Butcher's Son (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Dominican Republic
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A cop works against his country's corrupt government in order to find justice on a case.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: uncover truth, rivalry, crimes, political corruption, danger, hitman, vengeance, haunted by the past, heroes, betrayal, dishonesty, vigilantism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 4.5
 328
Body and Soul (1981)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A young man struggles to become a boxing champ, but success blinds him. It is only through the love of his girlfriend that he is brought back to reality.
Style: rough, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: underdog, rivalry, hopes, love and romance, downfall, life is a bitch, sport, athlete's life, ambition, rise to the top, power relations, redemption ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Eye of the Stranger (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A stranger comes into town and causes a stir when he stands up for the townfolk, in the face of the intimidation tactics from Mayor Howard Baines. The scheming mayor wants to buy up all the local properties, and has hired two thugs to help ...
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: murder, legal, disability, tough heroes, terrorism, small town, small town life, wrongfully committed, infidelity, vengeance, contests and competitions, investigation ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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State Property: Blood on the Streets (2005)
Genre: Musical, Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Three gangsters vie for control of the streets of Philadelphia.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: ambition, murder, social decay, vengeance, tough heroes, drug dealing, gang, gangsters, partners, rivalry, city life, master criminal ...
Time: contemporary
Place: philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.8
 867
Hit Man (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Bernie Casey portrays Tyrone and Pamela Grier plays a sultry skin-flick star in this first Americanized remake of the iconic Michael Caine action film Get Carter. From Watts to the West Side, from porno parlors to a high-rise, from motel dives to a ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: lone wolves, gangsters, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, rivalry, murder, vengeance, profanity, deadly, tough heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.5
 301
Breaking Point (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The Mafia tries to take revenge against a man who testified against them in court.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, mafia, vigilante, law enforcement, gangsters, legal, blind ambition, rebellion, gang, dishonesty, deadly, on the run ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A gambler, a Texas ranger and an FBI agent are investigating a series of vigilante murders.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: protagonist as suspect, chases and races, partners against crime, gang, manhunt, private detective, injustice, murder, friendship, old west, vengeance, false accusation ...
Time: 19th century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 2K
McVicar (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: John McVicar was a London Bad Boy. he graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest security prison be able to hold him? This is the ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough
Plot: prison, criminal, prison life, criminal heroes, human spirit, heist, crimes, crime, confined, tough heroes, escape, fugitives ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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The Professor (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Vaguely inspired to the real story of boss of the Camorra's bosses Raffaele Cutolo, this is the story of the criminal career of "Il professore" (the professor). He is in prison, and by there he is able to build, step by step, an ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cosa nostra, murder, kidnapping, rise and fall, rivalry, law enforcement, heroes, deadly, criminal heroes, dishonesty, confined, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: italy, new york, napoli italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.0
 484
Devil's Angels (1967)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An exiled band of Hell's Angels strike a bargain with the Sheriff of a local town, let them stay and the town is safe. But a local girl strays into their lair and sparks off a full scale Angel war.
Style: bleak, rough, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: small town, adventure, gang, society, juvenile delinquency, lone wolves, life is a bitch, rivalry, distopia, vengeance, small town life, social decay ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Circuit 2: The Final Punch (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Prisoners are dying at the Ogden Correctional Institution, a prison where a corrupt Warden has taken justice and business into his own hands. In the bowels of this prison, an underground fighting society has been formed. The Circuit is flourishing ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, prison, criminal's revenge, vigilantism, college, vengeance, danger, one man army, heroes, crimes, confined, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Prison on Fire (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Ching and Yiu and problems they face with Mickey, a fellow inmate and "Assassin", a prison guard. Yiu is sentenced to three years for manslaughter. In a fight for his father, he pushed a man and was run over by a bus. Ching was sent to ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: favoritism, prison, prison life, wrongfully committed, rivalry, unlikely criminals, tough law enforcer, life is a bitch, chases and races, survival, violence spree, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Letters from a Killer (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A man is falsely convicted of the murder of his wife. During his time in jail, he finds comfort from four women with whom he corresponds. After his second court appearance, he is finally freed from prison only to be framed for yet 2 more murders ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, false accusation, death row, stalking, serial killer, prison, crimes, dishonesty, rivalry, deadly, protagonist as suspect, womanizer ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Women's Prison (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman about to get married discovers all too late that her spouse has mafia connections, when violence breaks out during her wedding. Caught up in the crossfire Lynn gets arrested and thrown into a women's prison.
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prison, rivalry, rebellion, youth, dangerous animal, life is a bitch, heroes, one man army, dishonesty, escape, kids in trouble, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.7
 3K
Wisdom (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Unable to find work after a past felony, graduate John Wisdom and his girlfriend embark on a cross-country bank-robbing spree in order to aid American farmers.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: chase, bank, lovers on the run, on the run, college graduate, unemployment, police, gun, murder, fbi, destiny, crimes ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%