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Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)
Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Wisconsin Death Trip is an intimate, shocking and sometimes hilarious account of the disasters that befell one small town in Wisconsin during the final decade of the 19th century. The film is inspired by Michael Lesy's book of the same name which was first published in 1973. Lesy discovered a striking archive of black and white photographs in the town of Black River Falls dating from the 1890s and married a selection of these images to extracts from the town's newspaper from the same decade. The effect was surprising and disturbing. The town of Black River Falls seems gripped by some peculiar malaise and the weekly news is dominated by bizarre tales of madness, eccentricity and violence amongst the local population.
Style: disturbing, social, atmospheric, rough, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, experimental, controversial ...
Plot: mental disorder, hostage, murder, unemployment, arson, american football, investigation, plague, crimes, sexual abuse, life is a bitch, injustice, society, media, immigrants, down on your luck, small town, social decay, small town life, uncover truth, violence spree, chaos and mayhem, nosy, love, prison ...
Time: 19th century, 90s, 1880s, 1890s, 1990s
Place: wisconsin, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and disturbing films with plots about death, murder, society, violence, mother son relationship, police and family relations mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like Wisconsin Death Trip: When the Sky Falls (2000), Capote (2005), In Cold Blood (1967), Skins (2002), Dance with a Stranger (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
When the Sky Falls (2000)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Fact-based story about Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton, who invaded the Irish underworld and attempted to expose the illegitimate activities she found. Hampered by the system, a police consort is ineffectual at aiding her despite ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Plot: journalism, gangsters, murder, crimes, tragic hero, law enforcement, uncover truth, drug abuse, drug cartel, rise and fall, life is a bitch, fighting the system ...
Time: year 1998
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA, Canada, UK
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Outlaw Jesse James is rumored to be the 'fastest gun in the West'. An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw and, when Robert and his brother sense an opportunity to kill ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic, visually appealing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, gang, crimes, betrayal, criminal, vengeance, depression, sheriff, rivalry, revenge, idol, resentment ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s, 1880s
Place: missouri, kentucky, usa, new york, kansas city
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Capote (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A biopic of the writer, Truman Capote and his assignment for The New Yorker to write the non-fiction book, 'In Cold Blood'.
Style: intellectual, captivating, dark, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: writers, journalism, prison, loneliness, crimes, literature, murder, murderer, investigation, eccentricity, manipulation, friendship ...
Time: 60s, 50s, year 1960, 20th century, year 1959
Place: kansas, usa, turkey, europe, new orleans ...
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In Cold Blood (1967)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A 1967 film based on Truman Capote's book of the same name. After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, neo noir, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: true crime, serial killer, murder, crimes, death row, death sentence, justice, murder of family, lawyer, violence, courtroom, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 50s, year 1965, 20th century, 60s, year 1959 ...
Place: kansas, usa, midwest, las vegas, missouri ...
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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: thought provoking, serious, rough, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: native american reservation, native american, brother brother relationship, family relations, arson, vandalism, life is a bitch, homecoming, vigilantism, crimes, social relations, unemployment ...
Time: contemporary
Place: nebraska, vietnam, south dakota, asia, usa
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Dance with a Stranger (1985)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain, Mike Newell's Dance With a Stranger (1985) concentrates on Ellis's (Richardson) short-lived relationship with motor-racing driver David Blakely (Rupert Everett).
Style: disturbing, sexy, sinister, visually appealing, neo noir ...
Plot: murder, obsession, death sentence, women, crimes, true crime, female criminal, single mother, nightclub, tragedy, prostitution, serial killer ...
Time: 50s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: england, london, tokyo, california, europe
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: motivational, disturbing, heartbreaking, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: slavery, racism, survival, civil rights, torture, freedom, interracial relations, african american, life is a bitch, separation from family, master and servant, rape ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york state, georgia ...
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The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: It’s 1974 and Sam Bicke has lost everything. His wife leaves him with his three kids, his boss fires him, his brother turns away from him, and the bank won’t give him any money to start anew. He tries to find someone to blame for his misfortunes ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: depression, obsession, hypocrisy, assassination, suicide, crime gone awry, robbery, tragedy, revenge, attempted murder, head of state, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, baltimore, vietnam
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Blue Ridge Fall (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a boy kills his father he must turn to his frinds to cover his tracks with tests their loyality and friendship.
Style: tense, serious, realistic
Plot: student athlete, friendship, high school, murder, high school life, small town, small town life, teenage life, kids in trouble, friends, social relations, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, usa
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Bully (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, bleak, sexy, stylized ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: bullying, sexual abuse, violent, teenager, rape, drugs, revenge, rivalry, murder, bully, teenage sex, nihilism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, bronx new york city, florida
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Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Betty Anne Waters' older brother Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is ...
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, inspirational, sad ...
Plot: lawyer, court, fighting the system, prison, legal, injustice, courtroom drama, false accusation, freedom, legal action, hopes, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2001, year 1992 ...
Place: massachusetts, rhode island, boston, usa
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Pixote (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by ...
Style: disturbing, depressing, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prostitution, sex with a minor, coming of age, street kid, boy, child rape, jail, loneliness, children, friendship, tragedy, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, africa, sao paulo brazil, latin america
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Priest Daens (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Belgium, France, Netherlands
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the petite bourgeoisie in oppressing workers. He writes a few ...
Style: bleak, sexy, suspense, visually appealing, rough ...
Plot: politics, revolution, fighting the system, liberation theology, nudity (full frontal - brief), justice, french, poverty, religion, death, corruption, christian ...
Time: 19th century, 1920s, 1890s, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: poland, tokyo, berlin germany, belgium, europe ...
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River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, gloomy, psychological, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: high school, murder, coming of age, teenager, serial killer, small town, violence, drug abuse, death, crimes, police, strangulation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, oregon, usa, portland oregon
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The Better Angels (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817, the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life on the developing frontier shaped one of our nation’s greatest heroes: Abraham Lincoln. Abe is a thoughtful and ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: education, illness, society, father son relationship, poverty, husband wife relationship, boy, dying, tragic event, abraham lincoln, youth, raccoon ...
Time: 19th century, georgian era, year 1865
Place: indiana, usa, kentucky, illinois
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Veronica Guerin (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In this true story, Veronica Guerin is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then ...
Style: suspense, intense, tense, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, gangsters, strong female character, murder, investigation, crimes, justice, corruption, drug lord, police, drug dealing, heroin ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, europe, amsterdam, new jersey ...
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Chattahoochee (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In 1955 Florida, a Korean vet has a breakdown and is incarcerated in a "maximum security" mental health prison, where patients are abused.
Style: serious, disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom drama, mental institution, injustice, social decay, life is a bitch, price of justice, hospital, rebelliousness, rehabilitation, rebellion, fighting the system, prodigy ...
Time: 50s, year 1952, year 1955, year 1957
Place: florida, usa, miami, korea
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Another Way (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Hungary
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Political and sexual repression in Hungary, just after the revolution of 1956. In 1958, the body of Eva Szalanczky, a political journalist, is discovered near the border. Her friend Livia is in hospital with a broken neck; Livia's husband, ...
Style: political, captivating, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lesbian relationship, lgbt, lesbianism, lesbian, lgbtq, gay, lesbian teen, politics, hospital, infidelity, female nudity, revolution ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: europe, hungary, budapest
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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, epic, emotional ...
Plot: aborigine, racism, australian aboriginal, indigenous people, criminal, murder, rage, interracial relations, interracial couple, murder of family, against the rules, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: australia, new south wales
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The Laramie Project (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: "The Laramie Project" is set in and around Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. To create the stage version of "The Laramie Project," the eight-member New York-based Tectonic Theatre ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: murder, gay bashing, gay, politics, crimes, violence, gay slur, sin, hypocrisy, lgbt, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, year 1998
Place: usa, wyoming, california, san francisco
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Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: emotional, touching, compassionate, serious, sincere ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, injustice, irish, family relations, youth, parents and children, human nature, society, childhood, rich and poor ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: ireland, new york, brooklyn new york city, boston, england ...
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Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: heartbreaking, psychological, sentimental, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: kidnapping, serial killer, missing child, investigation, fighting the system, court, disorder, police corruption, crimes, uncover truth, missing person, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, year 1935, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, canada, seattle
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Let Him Have It (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship leads to their involvement in the true case which ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: courtroom drama, legal, crimes, death row, courtroom, gangsters, railway, serial killer, death sentence, jury, injustice, vandalism ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: london, europe, england
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Catch a Fire (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, factual, harsh, emotional ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, racism, rebellion, fighting the system, police brutality, civil rights, apartheid, visceral, ethnic conflict, political unrest, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1991, year 1980
Place: south africa, africa, angola
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The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 186 min.
Story: The life inside a farm in Italy at the beginning of the century. Many poor country families live there, and the owner pays them by their productivity. One of the families has a very clever child. They decide to send him to school instead of make him ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, contemplative
Plot: peasant, countryside, farm, village, clergy, life is a bitch, parents and children, family life, hide and seek, parent child relationship, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 90s, turn of the century, 1890s
Place: italy, vatican, europe, milan italy
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Public Enemies (2009)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, ...
Style: stylized, factual, suspense, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, bank robbery, gunfight, organized crime, robbery, group of criminals, criminal heroes, heist, mafia, gang, prison escape, manhunt ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: usa, tucson arizona, indiana, chicago illinois, illinois ...
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True History of the Kelly Gang (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Western
Country: Australia, UK, France
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Set against the badlands of colonial Australia where the English rule with a bloody fist and the Irish endure, Ned Kelly discovers he comes from a line of Irish rebels—an uncompromising army of cross dressing bandits immortalised for terrorising ...
Style: psychological, enigmatic, bleak, tense, art house
Plot: raped woman, criminal gang, chase, criminal, escape, fight, gang, police officer, murder, revenge, death, kidnapping ...
Time: 1880s, victorian era, 19th century, 1870s
Place: australia
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Child of God (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A dispossessed, violent man's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, gothic, realistic ...
Plot: downfall, serial killer, necrophilia, psychopath, social decay, dehumanization, human nature, social misfits, crimes, misfit, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, usa, southern usa
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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, France, Czech Republic
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Der Baader Meinhof Komplex depicts the political turmoil in the period from 1967 to the bloody "Deutschen Herbst" in 1977. The movie approaches the events based on Stefan Aust's standard work on Die Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF). The ...
Style: political, bleak, harsh, intense, disturbing ...
Plot: terrorism, revolution, politics, anti war, bomb, journalist, prison, idealism, protest, revolutionary, terrorist, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1977, year 1976 ...
Place: germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, east germany, israel ...
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The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Fact-based story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh Jr., son and namesake of the famed pilot, and ensuing trial of accused and convicted killer, Bruno Hauptmann.
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, kidnapping, murder, child abduction, courtroom drama, death in the family, dishonesty, folk hero, life is a bitch, injustice, crimes, dealing with death ...
Time: 1930s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
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