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So Close to Paradise (1998)
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So Close to Paradise (1998)
Original name: 扁担·姑娘
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: China
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Two young farm workers, who like millions of others, leave their village to seek their fortunes in the city. Each chose a vastly different path to make it and become embroiled in misunderstandings, gangster brawls and police raids.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: gangsters, gang, friendship, love triangle, kidnapping, betrayal, neo noir, nightclub, crimes, romance, politics, love and romance, urban, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, city life, sniper, rape, fight, ship, money, police, violence, food, death ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films with plots about crimes, crime, gangsters, betrayal, murder, dishonesty and violence mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like So Close to Paradise: Insidious (2008), As Tears Go By (1988), Forever Mine (1999), Foreign Land (1995), Tequila Sunrise (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Insidious (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Times are tough for talented, twenty-one year old filmmaker, Donny Rocconi. He grew up in New York City, a place where either you learn fast, or lose everything. Estranged from his mother, and never knowing his dead father, Donny sets out to collect ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, suspense, tense, realistic
Plot: vengeance, betrayal, gangsters, dishonesty, crimes, cafe, city life, murder, criminal heroes, crime, urban, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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As Tears Go By (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two parallel stories of Wah caught in the mist of a love affair with his beloved cousin, Ngor and his relationship with his triad brother, Fly, who seems to never fall out of trouble.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, rough
Plot: gang, gangsters, friendship, triad, island, unfulfilled love, down on your luck, friends, hopes, crime, love and romance, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
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Forever Mine (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A hotel cabana boy falls for the wife of a powerful politico. But when she confesses to the affair, her husband determines to end it forever.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, love affair, haunted by the past, couple relations, love triangle, crime, unfulfillment, deadly, crimes, hidden identity, dishonesty, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, new york, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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Foreign Land (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Brazil, Portugal
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After the death of her mother, a young Brazilian decides to leave his country and travel to her native land. In a foreign land, he finds love and danger.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: on the run, dealer, couples, crime, dishonesty, crimes, gangsters, love and romance, gang, opposites attract, romance, against the odds ...
Time: 90s, year 1990
Place: spain, brazil, latin america, europe, madrid ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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Tequila Sunrise (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In a seaside California town, best friends Mac and Nick are on opposite sides of the law. Mac is a former drug dealer trying to clean up his act, while Nick is a high-profile detective trying to take down a Mexican drug lord named Carlos. Soon ...
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, atmospheric, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, betrayal, drug dealer, restaurant, crime, crimes, romance, law enforcement, drug dealing, cons and scams, best friend, friendship ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, los angeles
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76%
City of Ghosts (2002)
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: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, intense ...
Plot: betrayal, crimes, chases and races, law enforcement, dishonesty, police investigation, cons and scams, father son relationship, kidnapping, character study, greed, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, cambodia, bangkok thailand
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75%
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The Yards (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, rough, emotional ...
Plot: betrayal, corruption, murder, whistleblower, false accusation, crime, political corruption, crimes, injustice, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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75%
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The Nark (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Paris police detective (Richard Berry) plays rough with a prostitute (Nathalie Baye) and her pimp/lover (Philippe Léotard), whom he wants as an informant.
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prostitute, gangsters, crimes, crime, good versus evil, drug dealing, police investigation, undercover, working undercover, police corruption, uninhibited rivalry, partners against crime ...
Time: 80s
Place: paris france, new york, brazil
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74%
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Bad Turn Worse (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Three teenage friends get in way over their head when they cross a down-home crime syndicate. They hope to make a break for it and escape their dead-end existence in a cotton-mill town but get sucked into the seedy underbelly of organized crime when ...
Style: bleak, captivating, tense, serious, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Revenge (1990)
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Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Michael ‘Jay’ Cochran has just left the Navy after 12 years and he's not quite sure what he's going to do, except that he knows he wants a holiday. He decides to visit Tiburon Mendez, a powerful but shady Mexican businessman who he ...
Style: sexy, serious, suspense, erotic, intense ...
Plot: betrayal, dangerous attraction, couple relations, adultery, love triangle, vengeance, desert, extramarital affair, infidelity, friendship, revenge, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 1990s, 90s
Place: mexico, latin america
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State of Grace (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie's sister ...
Style: rough, tense, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, betrayal, irish, undercover, gangsters, crimes, crime, working undercover, undercover agent, organized crime, reunion, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, boston ...
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City of Industry (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his brother and partner, while going on the run with the loot they stole.
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Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, florida, palm springs california
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Maqbool (2003)
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Duration: 132 min.
Story: Macbeth meets the Godfather in present-day Bombay. The Scottish tragedy set in the contemporary underworld of India's commercial capital; two corrupt, fortune telling policemen take the roles of the weird sisters, and "Duncan" is ...
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Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
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Duration: 106 min.
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Style: suspenseful, stylized, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
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Godforsaken! (2003)
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Duration: 83 min.
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Duration: 90 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, tense ...
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Bonded by Blood (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
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Style: tense, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, rise and fall, rivalry, gangsters, dishonesty, criminal heroes, crimes, vengeance, deadly, drug dealing, betrayal, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Country: France, China
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: stylized, atmospheric, clever, tense, captivating ...
Plot: coming of age, gangsters, murder, island, triad, mistress, master and servant, vengeance, gang, crimes, crime, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: china, shanghai, asia, tokyo
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56%
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Duration: 97 min.
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Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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53%
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Hit Me (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Sonny lives with his retarded older brother, and works as a bellhop at a second-rate hotel. This changes when Monique a beautiful, suicidal nut-case checks in.
Style: sexual, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: femme fatale, crime gone awry, heist, neo noir, hotel, disorder, dishonesty, crime, mentally unstable, danger, crimes, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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53%
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Billy Bathgate (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the year 1935, a teen named Billy Bathgate finds first love while becoming the protégé of fledgling gangster Dutch Schultz.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: gangsters, jury, crimes, crime, coming of age, bribery, couples, wanted, graphic violence, rise to the top, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
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Attraction (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, intense, sexual ...
Plot: obsession, betrayal, love triangle, dangerous attraction, infidelity, stalking, mentally unstable, lifestyle, dishonesty, voyeurism, friendship, radio show ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, tense, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, gangsters, corruption, organized crime, mafia, betrayal, violence, love triangle, blackmail, jewish, mayor, gang war ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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The Air I Breathe (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star (Gellar) falls prey to a ...
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic, non-linear ...
Plot: gangsters, gambling, destiny, doctors and patients, power relations, hitman, supernatural ability, dishonesty, crimes, horse race, singer, sniper ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Last Seduction (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Looking to escape her unhappy marriage, villainous femme fatale Bridget Gregory (Linda Fiorentino) convinces her husband, Clay (Bill Pullman), to sell cocaine, then steals the profits and runs out on him. She stops in a small town en route to ...
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: femme fatale, money, betrayal, neo noir, couples, crime, small town, dishonesty, crimes, cons and scams, runaway, bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, dallas texas, iraq, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After Kunisada's Yakuza leader and father figure is brutally murdered, he and his best friend go on a two-man mission to avenge his death, killing other Yakuza leaders leading to a final confrontation by the old man's killers..
Style: stylized, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, danger, murder, betrayal, gangsters, police investigation, criminal's revenge, vigilantism, vengeance, deadly, lone wolves, chase ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Killing Time (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After bagging his latest victim, a murderous sociopath (Kiefer Sutherland) decides to steal the dead man's identity and pose as the deputy of a remote coastal town, where the local sheriff (Beau Bridges) and his lover (Camelia Kath) are cooking ...
Style: rough, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, small town, frame up, mistaken identity, disorder, investigation, mystery, hidden identity, law enforcement, crime, manipulation, love triangle ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Company (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Mallik is a henchman of Aslam Bhai, a Mumbai underworld kingpin. He inducts local hothead Chandu into the gang, and the two of them soon form a formidable faction within the gang, eventually displacing Aslam. As the empire grows, however, the two of ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: gang war, organized crime, rivalry, gang, gangsters, criminal underworld, love and romance, criminal heroes, deadly, crimes, crime, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, hong kong, switzerland, mumbai india, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Paris by Night (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Police commander Simon Weiss, head of the division that supervises Paris’s demi-monde, starts out on his nightly tour of bars, discos and strip clubs, making sure once again that the owners don’t bend the rules too far. Weiss knows he’s ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, enigmatic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, neo noir, intrigue, rivalry, police corruption, nightlife, lifestyle, dishonesty, betrayal, nightclub, nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Bad Guys (1995)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: On the run from a drug deal gone wrong, a beautiful young woman escapes across the border only to find herself trapped in a dangerous web of intrigue and deceit in old Mexico.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, drug dealing, hitman, lovers on the run, dishonesty, deadly, chase, fugitives, crime gone awry, danger, betrayal, chases and races ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%