Movies like Joe 1970

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Joe (1970)
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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 named Joe, who hates hippies, blacks, and anyone who is "different", and would like to kill one himself. The two start talking, and Bill reveals his secret to Joe. Complications ensue.
Style: gloomy, realistic, psychological, thought provoking, bleak, serious, disturbing, reflective, suspense, macabre ...
Plot: friendship, hospital, murder, drug dealing, orgy, working class, crimes, village, friends, misfit, missing person, racism, parents and children, life is a bitch, village life, factory, social differences, society, rehabilitation, overdose, celebrity culture, drug abuse, businessman, drug dealer, high society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california

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Most similar movies to Joe

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, interesting and harsh films with plots about murder, brutality, drinking alcohol, death, violence, storytelling and runaway mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Joe: Suburbia (1983), Another Day in Paradise (1998), Arbitrage (2012), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Peacock (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Suburbia (1983)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society. The runaways hold on to each other like a family until a tragedy tears them apart.
Style: serious, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: teens
Plot: subculture, suburbs, friendship, gang, coming of age, punk rock, friends, kids in trouble, teenage life, down on your luck, vigilantism, celebrity culture ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california
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Another Day in Paradise (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A vending machine robbery by small time thief and drug addict Bobbie (Vincent Kartheiser) goes badly awry, and his friends contact street-wise thief and part-time druggie Mel (James Woods) to patch him up.Recognizing a kindred spirit, Mel befriends ...
Style: talky, realistic, tense, cynical, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, junkie, friendship, heist, drug dealing, murder, robbery, crimes, kids in trouble, small time, friends ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california
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44%
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Arbitrage (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Poland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A troubled hedge fund magnate, desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire, makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: corporate crimes, police investigation, infidelity, manager, moral dilemma, downfall, corporate world, billionaire, boss, dishonesty, lawyers and clients, mistress ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, hospital, rescue, redemption, ambulance, coma, misfit partners, dealing with death, haunted by the past, patient, death, insomnia ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, new jersey
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40%
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Peacock (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man with a split personality fools his small town into believing his two alter egos are man and wife, although a struggling young mother holds the key to his past and sparks a battle between the personalities.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: split personality, small town, mental illness, faked death, mystery, small town life, social relations, schizophrenia, catastrophe, mayor, husband wife relationship, dissociative identity disorder ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: usa, nebraska, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, cynical ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: murder, high school, dysfunctional family, suburbs, americana, guilt, rape, court, crime and punishment, obsession, youth, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: emotional, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, legal, interracial relations, fighting the system, society, injustice, discrimination, rebellion, crimes, lawyer, state affairs, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
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38%
The Crossing Guard (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, bleak, intense ...
Plot: murder, hit and run, obsession, haunted by the past, revenge, redemption, vengeance, tragedy, crimes, life is a bitch, rivalry, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: nebraska, usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Edmond (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Seemingly mild-mannered businessman Edmond Burke visits a fortuneteller and hears a remark that spurs him to leave his wife abruptly and seek what is missing from his life. Encounters with strangers and unsavory people weaken the barriers ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, psychological, cynical, rough ...
Plot: bipolar disorder, midlife crisis, racism, murder, prejudice, fortune teller, starting over, destiny, unlikely criminals, society, self control, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.5
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Changing Lanes (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, bleak, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lawyer, bankruptcy, vengeance, hotshot lawyer, life is a bitch, misfit, losing-it hero, society, accident, social differences, obsession, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: sentimental, serious, realistic, 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 ⇓
32%
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Style: neo noir, bleak, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: robbery, dysfunctional family, blackmail, debt, crime gone awry, crimes, greed, deception, family problems, plan gone awry, sibling relationship, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, brazil, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Caught (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A middle-aged couple has a drifter enter their lives. The fish-store owners find that the mysterious young man awakens the couple in ways they didn't expect. Things get tense when the drifter begins an affair with the woman of the house.
Style: psychological, serious, neo noir, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: family problems, infidelity, drifter, murder, betrayal, crimes, family business, love and romance, couples, bus, jealousy, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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, crimes, redemption, justice, murder, small town, social decay, youth, juvenile delinquency, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug addiction, drug addict, addiction, betrayal, drug use, couple relations, destructive relationship, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Light Sleeper (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A drug dealer with upscale clientele is having moral problems going about his daily deliveries. A reformed addict, he has never gotten over the wife that left him, and the couple that use him for deliveries worry about his mental well-being and his ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: drug dealing, obsession, redemption, going straight, addiction, life is a bitch, crimes, hopes, drug abuse, drug dealer, insomnia, murder ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.0
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Empire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top Victor soon finds out that he has ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: betrayal, vengeance, crimes, wall street, drug dealing, criminal heroes, going straight, cons and scams, violence, greed, pregnancy, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, miami, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city
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26%
Shotgun Stories (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, these brothers discover the lengths to which each will go to protect ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, vengeance, sibling relationship, family feud, siblings relations, estrangement, life is a bitch, parents and children, human nature, dealing with death, hopes, americana ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: arkansas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Nuts (1987)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A high-class call girl kills a customer in self-defense. To avoid scandal, her parents try to have her declared mentally incompetent. Not helping matters is that she is very distrustful of everybody, including her court-appointed attorney, and is ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, self defense, courtroom drama, court, prostitute, hearing, mental illness, crimes, call girl, life is a bitch, hopes, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Five Corners (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A psychotic young man returns to his old neighborhood after release from prison. He seeks out the woman he previously tried to rape and the man who protected her, with twisted ideas of love for her and hate for him.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: stalking, psychopath, friendship, prison, crimes, rape, police detective, rapist, violence, hate, elevator, ex convict ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, bronx new york city, usa, mississippi, california ...
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25%
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Dark Tourist (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: JIM TAHANA doesn't leave much of an impression when he passes you by. But look closer and you'll sense his hunger - the deep hunger of an insatiable American soul - always scanning to devour something - anything that might fill the ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, mind bending, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, obsession, crimes, mystery, friendship, childhood trauma, violence, killing spree, transsexual, prostitute, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.7
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Serpico (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: fighting the system, police corruption, hippie, whistleblower, idealism, police investigation, undercover cop, social decay, life is a bitch, partners, ethics, bribery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Day of the Locust (1975)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: An art director in the 1930s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father.
Style: surreal, cynical, stylized, biting, suspense ...
Plot: hollywood, satire, spoiled brat, accountant, vandalism, lynch mob, movie business, lifestyle, actor's life, love and romance, artists and showbiz, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, rough, bleak ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, street gang, police brutality, drug dealing, crimes, hip hop, murder, friendship, juvenile delinquency, gunfight, coming of age ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north america
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.
Style: realistic, serious, sexual, satirical, melancholic ...
Plot: teacher, sexual relations, self discovery, looking for love, couples, family relations, looking for sex, nightlife, city life, drug abuse, loneliness, sexual promiscuity ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, year 1975
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 13K
Talk Radio (1988)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, talky, tense, serious ...
Plot: radio, racism, radio dj, anonymity, paranoid, media, liberal, media satire, murder, death, redemption, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, texas, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.2
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Twilight (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A retired ex-cop and private detective gets mixed up in murder when he is asked to deliver blackmail money and walks into a 20 year old case involving the mysterious disappearance of an actress' former husband.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, neo noir, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, murder, missing person, terminal illness, femme fatale, mystery, uncover truth, who done it, crimes, dishonesty, amateur detective, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 106K
Mean Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, mafia, redemption, racial slur, crimes, friends, urban ghetto life, organized crime, urban ghetto, criminal heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Acts of Worship (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, friendship, juvenile delinquency, downfall, going straight, destructive relationship, drug abuse, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.8
 884
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: serious, disturbing, realistic, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: life is a bitch, crimes, addiction, alcohol abuse, illegal drugs, redemption, nightshift, pregnancy, nightlife, murder, drug dealing, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%