Movies like The Gambler 1974

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The Gambler
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: New York City English professor Axel Freed outwardly seems like an upstanding citizen. But privately Freed is in the clutches of a severe gambling addiction that threatens to destroy him.
Style: gloomy, serious, suspenseful, psychological, realistic, talky, intellectual, intense, interesting, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, addiction, gangsters, crime, casino, college, gangster, neo noir, human nature, relationships, mob, life philosophy, character study, redemption, mentor, dialogue, dishonesty, drinking, obsession, anti-hero, dark hero, depression, betrayal, existentialism, crime gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california, harvard university
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The Godfather
Crime, Drama
USA
175 min.
 9.2
The Godfather: Part II
Crime, Drama
USA
202 min.
 9.0
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Most similar movies to The Gambler

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, talky and stylized films with plots about gangsters, mentor, crimes, crime, dialogue, storytelling and greed mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Gambler: Rounders (1998), Hard Eight (1996), Bugsy (1991), Black & White (1999), Phoenix (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Gambler
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Literature professor Jim Bennett leads a secret life as a high-stakes gambler. Always a risk-taker, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Staying one step ahead, he pits his creditor against the ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, cynical, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gambling, gangsters, addiction, crime, casino, gangster, dishonesty, existentialism, dialogue, greed, drinking, gambler ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, las vegas, nevada, usa
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Rounders
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.
Style: clever, talky, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, poker, friendship, addiction, neo-noir, mafia, destiny, neo noir, mentor, prison, organized crime, greed ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, texas, las vegas
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Hard Eight
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.
Style: clever, serious, gloomy, enigmatic, talky ...
Plot: gambling, casino, betrayal, crime, redemption, violence, murder, neo noir, drinking, hotel, neo-noir, blackmail ...
Time: 90s
Place: nevada, usa, california, las vegas, atlantic city new jersey
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System:   57%
    User:   59%
 
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Bugsy
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: New York gangster Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womanizer with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, epic, captivating ...
Plot: gangsters, casino, crime, hotel, hollywood, hitman, gangster, mafia, gambling, violence, betrayal, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles
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System:   55%
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Black & White
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Rich Bower is an up-and-coming star in the hip-hop world. Everyone wants to be around him, including Raven and her fellow upper-class white high school friends. The growing appeal of black culture among white teens fascinates documentary filmmaker ...
Style: talky, biting, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: hip hop, gangsters, high school, gambling, gay, crimes, gangster, interracial romance, sex, pornography, stereotypes, college ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, california, manhattan new york city
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System:   53%
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Phoenix
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Gambling fever -- along with a brutal bookie -- leads three crooked cops into a double-dealing scheme that lands them in hot water way over their heads.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: crime, police corruption, gambling, crime gone awry, heist, addiction, betrayal, neo noir, murder, tough law enforcer, rock, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arizona, usa, new jersey, california, phoenix arizona
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The Funeral
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story concerns the funeral of one of three brothers in a family of gangsters that lived in New York in 1930s. Details of the past of the brothers and their families are shown through a series of flashbacks.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: gangsters, mafia, crime, violence, vengeance, murder, gangster, mob, insanity, gratuitous violence, parents and children, brothers ...
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Country: Ireland, UK, France, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jack Manfred is an aspiring writer who to make ends meet, takes a job as a croupier. Jack remains an observer, knowing that everything in life is a gamble and that gamblers are born to lose. Inevitably, he gets sucked into the world of the casino ...
Style: clever, atmospheric, tense, surprise ending, twists and turns ...
Plot: casino, gambling, crime, neo-noir, betrayal, heist, addiction, violence, writing, drinking, cheating, femme fatale ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A mafia film in Tarantino style with a star-studded cast. Jimmy’s “The Saint” gangster career has finally ended. Yet now he finds him self doing favors for a wise godfather known as “The Man with the Plan.”
Style: dark humor, witty, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: crime gone awry, crime, hitman, gangsters, violence, redemption, mafia, revenge, friendship, gangster, organized crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: colorado, usa, denver colorado
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System:   50%
    User:   52%
 
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Hoodlum
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In 1934, the second most lucrative business in New York City was running "the numbers". When, Madam Queen, the powerful woman who runs the scam in Harlem, is arrested. Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson takes over the business and must ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, violence, organized crime, mafia, gangster, corruption, betrayal, gunfight, interracial relations, death, mob ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: harlem, illinois, usa, new york, california
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System:   47%
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The Godfather: Part III
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don, Michael Corleone seeks forgiveness for his sins while taking a young protege under his wing.
Style: stylized, bleak, serious, epic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, mafia, organized crime, assassination, corruption, betrayal, violence, guilt, gangster, revenge, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1980, year 1979
Place: italy, new york, europe, usa, sicily ...
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System:   44%
    User:   38%
 
City of Ghosts
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A con man travels to Cambodia (also on the run from law enforcement in the U.S.) to collect his share in an insurance scam, but discovers more than he bargained for
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, cerebral ...
Plot: crime, betrayal, hotel, cons and scams, violence, kidnapping, father son relationship, mentor, redemption, crime gone awry, chases and races, neo-noir ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, bangkok thailand, cambodia
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System:   43%
    User:   47%
 
Little Odessa
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The film follows the personal relationship between a father and his two sons, one of whom is a hit-man for the Russian mafia in Brooklyn.
Style: bleak, disturbing, twists and turns, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, crime, hitman, gangsters, immigrants, mafia, violence, assassination, gangster, parents and children, murder, assassin ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, california, tokyo
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Owning Mahowny
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Dan Mahowny was a rising star at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. At twenty-four he was assistant manager of a major branch in the heart of Toronto's financial district. To his colleagues he was a workaholic. To his customers, he was ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: gambling, obsession, casino, crime, money, addiction, police investigation, hotel, unlikely criminals, greed, character study, depression ...
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Place: las vegas, canada, atlantic city new jersey
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The Drop
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.
Style: tense, realistic, clever, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, organized crime, crime gone awry, robbery, hitman, gangster, violence, bar, murder, death, neo noir ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, new york, usa, massachusetts
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System:   43%
    User:   50%
 
Prince of the City
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, rough, serious ...
Plot: police corruption, crime, corruption, police, redemption, betrayal, fighting the system, police investigation, drugs, drug addiction, justice, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, virginia, washington d.c.
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System:   41%
    User:   39%
 
True Confessions
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A cop clashes with his priest brother while investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute
Style: talky, suspenseful, psychological, serious, suspense ...
Plot: crime, murder, political corruption, redemption, police corruption, pornography, clergy, murder mystery, desert, corruption, investigation, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   41%
 
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Blue Collar
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: working class, crime, fighting the system, crime gone awry, drinking, vengeance, corruption, twists & turns, greed, factory, crimes, dialogue ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   46%
 
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Rampart
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Follows veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, as he struggles to take care of his family, and fights for his own survival.
Style: bleak, rough, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: police corruption, crime, brutality, police, drugs/alcohol, corruption, police investigation, character study, crimes, relationships, adultery, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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System:   38%
    User:   44%
 
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative.
Style: cynical, tense, serious, bleak, enigmatic ...
Plot: gangsters, crime, murder, crime gone awry, gambling, gang, character study, existentialism, gangster, loneliness, crimes, pornography ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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System:   38%
    User:   32%
 
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Mean Streets
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: realistic, bleak, atmospheric, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, crime gone awry, redemption, friendship, mafia, organized crime, gangster, violence, neo noir, catholicism, rock ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   39%
 
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Bullhead
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Young Limburg cattle farmer, Jacky Vanmarsenille, is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious West-Flemish beef trader. But the assassination of a federal policeman, and an unexpected confrontation with a ...
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: crime, gangsters, mafia, friendship, violence, revenge, loneliness, childhood, police investigation, vengeance, brutality, tragedy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   36%
 
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Casino
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 178 min.
Story: The life of the gambling paradise – Las Vegas – and its dark mafia underbelly.
Style: talky, realistic, stylized, clever, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: casino, gangsters, mafia, crime, organized crime, greed, corruption, gangster, brutality, betrayal, gambling, hitman ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1973, year 1980 ...
Place: las vegas, usa, costa rica, chicago illinois
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System:   36%
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The Border
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A corrupted border agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: immigrants, corruption, crime, redemption, infidelity, murder, interracial relations, rich and poor, greed, crime gone awry, crimes, dialogue ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, texas, latin america
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System:   35%
    User:   36%
 
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At Close Range
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, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: crime, murder, father son relationship, violence, small town, parents and children, innocence lost, crimes, violent, greed, brutality, organized crime ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   31%
 
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Dinner Rush
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Is it just another evening at the hugely popular Italian restaurant of proprietor and bookmaker Louis Cropa in New York? Anything but as tonight's guests include; a local police detective and his wife specially invited by the owner; on the ...
Style: talky, atmospheric, clever, witty, tense ...
Plot: gambling, restaurant, mafia, gangster, food, revenge, comedy of errors, parents and children, relationships, gangsters, murder, mob ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, california
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System:   35%
    User:   32%
 
Fort Apache the Bronx
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really seems like an outpost in enemy's country. ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police, crime, police corruption, police investigation, police station, violence, addiction, drug addiction, drugs, gang, hospital ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco, new jersey, bronx new york city
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System:   35%
    User:   39%
 
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Mobsters
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a group of friends in turn of the century New York, from their early days as street hoods to their rise in the world of organized crime...
Style: stylized, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, betrayal, vengeance, friendship, mafia, revenge, prohibition, gang, hitman, organized crime, gangster ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s
Place: new york, usa, las vegas, manhattan new york city
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System:   34%
    User:   29%
 

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Ash Wednesday
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: serious, talky, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: gangsters, crime, betrayal, vengeance, gangster, organized crime, violence, chase, hitman, guilt, revenge, mob ...
Time: 80s, year 1983, year 1980
Place: new york, usa, boston, manhattan new york city
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System:   34%
    User:   30%
 
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The Godfather
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: realistic, suspense, serious, captivating, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangster, crime family, cosa nostra, organized crime, mob boss, parents and children, godfather, family business, family, gang war, greed ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: new york, italy, usa, europe, sicily ...
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System:   33%
    User:   28%
 
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