Movies like Wanda

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Wanda (1970)
 7.1
 2K
Wanda (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Wanda, after a string of abusive relationships, abandons her family and seeks solace in the company of a petty criminal (Michael Higgins).
Style: bleak, serious, gloomy, realistic, no music
Plot: on the road, thief, travel, bar, feminism, single parent, social misfits, crumbling marriage, starting over, human nature, introspection, redemption, couple relations, parents and children, down on your luck, working class, hopes, society, heist, crimes, couples, family relations, life is a bitch, prostitution, promiscuity ...
Time: 60s
Place: pennsylvania, usa

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Most similar movies to Wanda

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and gloomy films with plots about society, life is a bitch, family relations, crimes, redemption, husband wife relationship and father son relationship mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres. Some movies like Wanda: CrissCross (1992), At Close Range (1986), God's Pocket (2014), Frozen River (2008), Turn the River (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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CrissCross (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in 1969, a twelve-year-old grows up in Key West with his mother, who is paying the bills by stripping at the local topless bar. The boy finds out about her activities and tries to convince her to stop, to no avail. A local restaurant owner hires ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, touching
Plot: single parent, monastery, on the road, crime, parents and children, dysfunctional family, restaurant, family life, family relations, drug dealing, rescue, human spirit ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.0
 12K
At Close Range (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970's. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... ...
Style: bleak, tense, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, sociopath, rape, gun, crime, gang, parents and children, crimes, family relations, siblings relations, family in crisis, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 6.1
 10K
God's Pocket (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A boozy lowlife tries to bury the truth about his crazy stepson's suspicious death, but a nosy newspaper columnist and the young man's mother complicate matters.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: down on your luck, realism, drugs/alcohol, working class, dishonesty, society, life is a bitch, investigation, couple relations, infidelity, crimes, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.2
 23K
Frozen River (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, emotional ...
Plot: single parent, poverty, native american reservation, ice, snow, illegal immigrant, border crossing, smuggling, christmas, desperation, unlikely criminals, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, canada, new york state, quebec ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Turn the River (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A pool shark takes the ultimate gamble when she kidnaps her own son and flees her ex-husband.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, psychological
Plot: gambling, kidnapping, billiards, single parent, going straight, human nature, small town, urban ghetto, redemption, parents and children, addiction, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
The Rain People (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A housewife who feels trapped leaves home and takes up with a hitchhiker.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, road movie ...
Plot: starting over, on the road, feminism, hitchhiker, housewife, runaway, pregnancy, suburbs, pregnant woman, human nature, introspection, hopes ...
Time: 60s
Place: cross country
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.5
 1K
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, emotional, realistic, gloomy, psychological
Plot: redemption, dealing with death, starting over, couple relations, death in the family, family in crisis, haunted by the past, homecoming, hopes, family problems, family relations, rehabilitation ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.7
 2K
Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, rough, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family, spanking, abusive father, theft, debt, classroom, money, working class, redemption, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 7.2
 1K
Skins (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An inspirational tale about the relationship between two Sioux Indian brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, rough, thought provoking
Plot: native american reservation, arson, vandalism, human nature, crime, family life, crimes, society, family relations, store, small town, social relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: nebraska, asia, south dakota, usa, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
What Alice Found (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A poor young woman is recruited by a friendly couple traveling in an RV into becoming part of the dark world of truck stop prostitution.
Style: serious, realistic, talky, psychological
Plot: on the road, car breakdown, prostitute, small town, social misfits, on the run, college, innocence lost, cons and scams, down on your luck, small town life, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new hampshire, florida, usa, new jersey, south carolina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.3
 2K
Normal Life (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Chris Anderson and his wife Pam live a fairly normal life until Chris loses his job on the police force and secretly turns to robbing banks to make his wife's dreams come true. Upon discovering his secret, she joins his deadly crime wave and ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, sexy ...
Plot: destructive relationship, love, bar, crime, crimes, suburbs, robbery, murder, bank, unlikely criminals, lovers on the run, heist ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Bob and his friends Dianne, Rick and Nadine have been drug addicts for years and live from one high to the next. Gus Van Sant attempts to show an intimate look into the lives of heroin addicts with his film Drugstore Cowboy.
Style: dark humor, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, robbery, motel, friendship, addiction, overdose, drugs/alcohol, urban, hat, junkie, superstition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.6
 6K
Blue Collar (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Fed up with mistreatment at the hands of both management and union brass, and coupled with financial hardships on each man's end, three auto assembly line workers hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters.
Style: clever, realistic, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: union, robbery, factory, working class, crime, drinking, heist, fighting the system, crime gone awry, assembly line, bar, blackmail ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.8
 7K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, serious, gloomy, touching, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, buddies, social misfits, couple relations, mental illness, parents and children, rich and poor, alcohol abuse, down on your luck, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.9
 452
Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: drug dealing, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, downfall, urban ghetto, going straight, rehabilitation, self discovery, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.4
 35K
In the Bedroom (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York born Ruth Fowler, a music teacher. He is involved ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, sincere, dramatic ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, small town, dysfunctional family, vengeance, jealousy, fishing, single, ex husband, age difference, parents and children, death in the family, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Blood Brothers (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Blood Brothers- While coming of age in the inner city, Darryl Crawford, a young African-American man, witnesses a gang-related murder and is horrified to discover that his beloved older brother Sly is one of the perps. Darryl grapples with his ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: gang, murder, urban, crime, urban ghetto, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, witnessing a crime, legal action, siblings relations, family life, crimes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Laws of Gravity (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Jimmy and Jon are a couple of Brooklyn guys who somehow never found their way into workaday society; they never found their way into big-time crime, either.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: gangsters, urban, social misfits, arms dealing, crime, down on your luck, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life, criminal heroes, crimes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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The Burning Bed (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep.
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: domestic violence, murder, dedicated lawyer, crumbling marriage, killer, legal action, small town, legal investigation, vengeance, redemption, couple relations, courtroom drama ...
Time: 80s
Place: michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.7
 4K
Pony Rides (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: New Orleans, 1981. Sonny Phillips, just discharged from the Army, returns home. The only life he's known is as a gigolo, working for his mother, but he wants to leave that behind. However, the job his Army buddy promised doesn't ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: prostitute, pimp, parents and children, family life, family relations, buddies, gays and lesbians, haunted by the past, military life, riddles and clues, society, older woman younger man relationship ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Dream Catcher (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An abandoned teen jumps a freight train in Philadelphia intent on reaching his uncle in Indiana, whom he believes will help him with financial difficulties including a pregnant girlfriend. In Ohio, he meets another homeless teen, who escorts him to ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, emotional, touching ...
Plot: on the road, friendship, drugs/alcohol, social misfits, self discovery, prison, father, down on your luck, teenage life, coming of age, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, oklahoma, salt lake city utah, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Seize the Day (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Tommy Wilhelm (Robin Williams) is a salesman. An honest, hard-working guy who has lost his job, his girlfriend, and left part of his sanity behind as he heads to New York to pick up the pieces of his life. He's always been able to sell, but ...
Style: bleak, realistic, semi serious, gloomy, no music ...
Plot: unemployment, single parent, crumbling marriage, going straight, introspection, self discovery, alcohol abuse, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, midlife crisis, working class ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
 41K
Joe (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The rough-hewn boss of a lumber crew courts trouble when he steps in to protect the youngest member of his team from an abusive father.
Style: touching, captivating, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Plot: redemption, child abuse, friendship, hopes, friends, buddies, down on your luck, alcoholic, teenager, murder, pedophilia, snake ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa, texas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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No Place Like Home (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Pittsburgh apartment superintendent loses his job and home when the apartment building where he lives and works at is suddenly destroyed by fire. Daniel and his family moves in with his brother but that doesn't last for long due to the two ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: unemployment, down on your luck, family in crisis, working class, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, society, family problems, family relations, wife, husband, homeless man ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: pennsylvania, pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Ash Wednesday (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ash Wednesday is set in the Manhattan of the early 1980's and is about a pair of Irish-American brothers who become embroiled in a conflict with the Irish Mob.
Style: talky, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: hitman, betrayal, church, vendetta, gun, bar, priest, drink, gangsters, murder, crime, love triangle ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Highway Patrolman (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A naïve rookie in the Mexican highway patrol has to adapt to survive as he contends with dangerous drug-runners and widespread corruption.
Style: serious, bleak, dark humor, realistic, surreal ...
Plot: police corruption, patrol, nihilism, crime, on the road, drug cartel, dishonesty, law enforcement, innocence lost, moral dilemma, crimes, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.4
 497
Steel City (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After a tragic accident caused by the truck of the middle-aged Carl Lee where a woman dies with a crushed stern, he is arrested and sent to the county jail. His son PJ, who works washing dishes and cleaning tables in a restaurant, feels lost, ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: police, tattoo, blue collar, busboy, single parent, dealing with death, introspection, redemption, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: chase, bank, fbi, gun, police, murder, crime, on the run, unemployment, college graduate, criminal heroes, on the road ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
A Boy Called Hate (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After a run-in with the law, an angry maladjusted young man starts calling himself "Hate". One night he saves a girl from a lusty Assistant District Attorney. He falsely accuses them of robbery, so they go on the run and make things worse.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: on the road, on the run, murder, juvenile delinquency, crime, lovers on the run, suburbs, sexual abuse, life is a bitch, crimes, society, youth ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 8K
Belly (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Jamaica, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Tommy Brown and Sincere are best friends as well as infamous and ruthless criminals and shot-callers in the hood. Respected by many but feared by all. As the police are closing in on them and new players are looking for a come up, will their reign ...
Style: stylized, serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, crime, gangsters, buddies, urban, going straight, criminal heroes, city life, crimes, society, life is a bitch, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, jamaica, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%