Movies like Wanda

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Wanda (1970)
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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, gloomy, serious, realistic, no music
Plot: on the road, feminism, bar, thief, travel, crimes, heist, family relations, couple relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, starting over, hopes, society, human nature, couples, working class, social misfits, redemption, introspection, single parent, crumbling marriage, down on your luck, dog, road trip ...
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, gloomy and bleak films with plots about life is a bitch, society, family relations, crimes, redemption, husband wife relationship and hopes mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres. Some movies like Wanda: Drugstore Cowboy (1989), God's Pocket (2014), Turn the River (2007), CrissCross (1992), At Close Range (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: drug abuse, robbery, heroin, overdose, friendship, motel, addiction, loss of friend, thief, drug dealer, junkie, superstition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, portland oregon
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95%
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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: rough, gloomy, psychological, captivating, tense ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, uncover truth, urban ghetto life, life turned upside down, couple relations, crimes, life is a bitch, urban ghetto, down on your luck, journalism, working class, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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: gloomy, psychological, realistic, bleak, serious
Plot: gambling, billiards, kidnapping, crimes, redemption, estrangement, urban ghetto, family relations, single parent, dysfunctional family, addiction, small town ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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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: realistic, bleak, serious, gloomy, touching
Plot: monastery, single parent, parents and children, crimes, down on your luck, life is a bitch, family life, human spirit, family problems, crime, restaurant, youth ...
Time: 60s, year 1969, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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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: tense, bleak, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, gang, gun, rape, sociopath, crime, family relations, family in crisis, crimes, life is a bitch, siblings relations, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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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, rough, gloomy, tense, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, working class, money, theft, classroom, debt, abusive father, juvenile delinquency, corporal punishment, redemption, spanking ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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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, gloomy, psychological, realistic
Plot: redemption, hopes, crimes, homecoming, family relations, parents and children, family in crisis, starting over, addiction, dysfunctional family, rehabilitation, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 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, tense, realistic, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Plot: single parent, poverty, native american reservation, desperation, smuggling, christmas, border crossing, snow, illegal immigrant, illegal immigration, ice, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, canada, quebec, new york state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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: rough, gloomy, realistic, serious, thought provoking
Plot: native american reservation, vandalism, arson, life is a bitch, crimes, siblings relations, small town, human nature, alcohol abuse, society, store, unemployment ...
Time: contemporary
Place: nebraska, vietnam, asia, south dakota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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: serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: feminism, pregnancy, on the road, starting over, runaway, housewife, hitchhiker, couples, suburbs, thirtysomething life, dull life, family relations ...
Time: 60s
Place: cross country
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense, sexy ...
Plot: bar, love, destructive relationship, crime, heist, unlikely criminals, suburban life, fall in love, lovers on the run, love and romance, addiction, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.8
 2K
Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, bleak ...
Plot: family business, survival, life is a bitch, couple relations, couples, against the odds, family in crisis, parents and children, crumbling marriage, hopes, down on your luck, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.8
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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, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, rich and poor, parents and children, life is a bitch, human nature, buddies, best friends, twists & turns, friends ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 5.7
 253
Now or Never (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 92 min.
Story: As a mother, in principle, you do not rob banks. But these days, it can be a solution for the future of your home, and not to give up on your dreams. Playing the thieves can quickly become dangerous and bad encounters can turn into a love story ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, suspenseful
Plot: family problems, down on your luck, parents and children, life is a bitch, family in crisis, crimes, society, family relations, unemployment, heist
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: domestic violence, murder, dysfunctional family, arson, social relations, power relations, rivalry, redemption, couples, deadly, small town life, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 503
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: realistic, psychological, touching, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: blue collar, busboy, police, tattoo, single parent, family in crisis, dealing with death, parents and children, hopes, youth, society, introspection ...
Time: contemporary
Place: midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, bleak, rough
Plot: murder, gang, low lives, life is a bitch, social misfits, crimes, urban ghetto life, hopes, crime, legal action, siblings relations, city life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, talky, psychological, realistic
Plot: prostitute, small town, on the road, car breakdown, misfit, society, coming of age, family life, small town life, youth, pimp, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new hampshire, florida, usa, kentucky, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 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: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: chase, bank, on the run, unemployment, college graduate, gun, police, murder, fbi, destiny, crime, injustice ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.0
 454
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: realistic, serious, bleak, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: drug dealing, addiction, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, wall street, introspection, society, alcohol abuse, human nature, misfit, urban ghetto, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Grace & Mercy (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In poor health and dead broke, Grace has a plan to provide a future for her young daughter. With the help of her sister Mercy, she robs her former employer. But an alarm goes off during the robbery and they escape into a nearby church. They hold the ...
Style: uplifting, touching, suspenseful, emotional, serious ...
Plot: church, redemption, society, introspection, hopes, down on your luck, on the run, clergy, crime gone awry, self discovery, religions or cults, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.9
 42K
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, rough, depressing, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, redemption, friendship, teenager, hopes, murder, alcoholic, small town, 15 year old, life is a bitch, father son relationship, ex convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa, texas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: realistic, talky, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: hitman, betrayal, love triangle, murder, gun, drink, bar, church, vendetta, priest, gangsters, crime ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
 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, biting ...
Plot: heist, factory, robbery, union, crime gone awry, working class, crime, fighting the system, vengeance, drinking, labor union, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Curse of the Starving Class is a play by Sam Shepard, considered the first of a series on family tragedies. Drama about a dirt-poor 1950's-era farm family. Dad's a foul talking drunk and Mom is desperately trying to save what's left ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic
Plot: alcoholic, poverty, farm, hopes, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, parents and children, cons and scams, rich and poor, family in crisis, couple relations, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Straight Time (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer.
Style: serious, realistic, touching
Plot: parole officer, prison, friendship, bank robbery, murder, heist, crime gone awry, dishonesty, going straight, human nature, friends, fugitives ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, los angeles, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: gloomy, touching, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: on the road, friendship, coming of age, self discovery, youth, life is a bitch, down on your luck, social misfits, hopes, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: oklahoma, usa, salt lake city utah, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Earthly Possessions (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A bored wife, who is planning to run away from her minister husband, is taken hostage in a bank robbery. However, she sees the thrill in being involved in the chase and becomes an accomplice to helping the younger robber escape his pursuers. As ...
Style: talky, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: bank, on the road, pregnancy, escape, hostage, crimes, hostages, couple relations, crime, opposites attract, romance, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Bed You Sleep In (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Times are hard for Northwestern lumber-mill operators like Ray and his wife Jean. Ray and Jean's lives are thrown into chaos when their daughter writes home from college
Style: disturbing, gloomy, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: small town, wilderness, family relations, introspection, society, human nature, working class, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, sexual abuse, small town life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: oregon, 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: realistic, bleak, serious, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: pimp, prostitute, society, family life, buddies, military life, family relations, haunted by the past, gays and lesbians, parents and children, older woman younger man relationship, riddles and clues ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: usa, new orleans, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%