Movies like Metro Manila

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Metro Manila (2013)
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Metro Manila (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Philippines
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling intensity quickly overwhelms them, and they fall prey to the rampant manipulations of its hardened locals. Oscar catches a lucky break when he's offered steady work for an armored truck company and gregarious senior officer Ong takes him under his wing. Soon, though, the reality of his work's mortality rate and the murky motives of his new partner force Oscar to confront the perils he faces in his new job and life.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, rough, bleak, suspenseful
Plot: heist, security guard, armored truck, crimes, life is a bitch, society, rookie, gain trust, against the rules, mistrust, corrupt law enforcer, poverty, partners, crime, urban, dishonesty, armored car, teaching the ways of the world, disorder, innocence lost, secret agenda, power relations, co worker co worker relationship, airplane, money ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, manila philippines, asia

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Most similar movies to Metro Manila

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, tense and rough films with plots about crimes, crime, life is a bitch, society, dishonesty, murder and danger mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like Metro Manila: Now or Never (2014), On the Job (2013), Lilet Never Happened (2012), Between the Canals (2011), The Badge (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, captivating, psychological, tense, serious ...
Plot: crimes, heist, family relations, unemployment, family in crisis, down on your luck, society, parents and children, plan, bankruptcy, danger, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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On the Job (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Philippines
Duration: 118 min.
Story: On The Job is about the ambitions and passions of four men trying to make a living, for themselves and their families. It shows the parallels between two prison inmates who are contract killers, and the two agents of the law investigating the ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, crimes, gangsters, assassination, danger, honest law enforcer, corrupt law enforcer, corruption, criminal heroes, dishonesty, deadly, politics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: the philippines, asia, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Lilet Never Happened (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Philippines
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lilet Never Happened is the rollercoaster story of how a young girl, struggling to survive in the streets of Manila, spirals down into child prostitution. She is a fighter. She is a dreamer. She is a rebel and she thinks she can handle the world ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: life is a bitch, kids in trouble, social decay, youth, sexual abuse, danger, prostitute, society, pedophilia, child prostitution, social worker, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: manila philippines, asia, the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Between the Canals (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Three small time criminals from Dublin's North Inner City each aspire to be somebody in a fast changing society.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, tense, captivating ...
Plot: crimes, juvenile delinquency, moral dilemma, urban ghetto life, working class, society, crime gone awry, drug dealing, life is a bitch, police detective, unemployment, downfall ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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 6.8
 14
The Badge (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The only difference between a cop and a criminal is The Badge. Detective Vince McKinley and his partner Martin Goulet have to solve the biggest case of their careers: a series of evidence have been stolen from their own precinct. Through out the ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: partners, tough law enforcer, police investigation, dishonesty, police corruption, crimes, law enforcement, graphic violence, crime, badge, corruption, police
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.3
 1K
Common (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Multi-award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern's brand new film based on the UK's controversial joint enterprise law. Jimmy McGovern's gritty drama stars Nico Mirallegro as guileless 17 year old Johnjo O'Shea, who goes from innocent ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: legal, murder, crimes, courtroom drama, courtroom, false accusation, injustice, family relations, parents and children, crime, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Jesse Stone: Sea Change (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When Police Chief Jesse Stone's relationship with his ex-wife worsens, he fears he will relapse into alcoholism. To get his mind off his problems, Jesse begins working on the unsolved murder of a bank teller shot during a robbery. Meanwhile, ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: police investigation, crimes, investigation, crime, murder, uncover truth, heist, deadly, life is a bitch, law enforcement, coma, cold case ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 90s, year 1994 ...
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 6.0
 665
Outlaw Country (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of southern organized crime and Nashville royalty where music, love, hope and tragedy collide. Created as a pilot for a TV Series which was not taken up, this has now been aired as a TV Movie.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, crimes, family relations, parents and children, danger, society, love and romance, crime, graphic violence
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Snow on tha Bluff (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When Curtis Snow steals a video camera from some college kids during a dope deal, he gives the camera to his best friend, Pancho, and they start documenting their lives. At first its business as usual for Curtis. He robs dope boys, he runs from the ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: drug dealing, dealer, filmmaking, crimes, introspection, life is a bitch, single parent, stoners, down on your luck, crime, danger, rivalry
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.2
 699
Code 37 (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A famous writer is violated in a sex-movie-theatre. He had a date with Roos, a young student who works also as a prostitute. Quickly it becomes clear that more students are active in the prostitution. Enough reason for Hannah and her team to go ...
Style: tense, psychological, captivating, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, crimes, murder, gain trust, haunted by the past, parents and children, law enforcement, college, prostitution, danger, rivalry, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe, ghent
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Vegetarian Cannibal (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Croatia
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Danko Babic is an ambitious and amoral gynaecologist at Croatia's leading fertility clinic. When his colleague Bantic is appointed as head of the clinic, Babic starts a secret war to overthrow his rival. Distracted by his ruthless campaign he ...
Style: psychological, bleak, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: doctor, gynecologist, moral dilemma, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, workplace, prostitute, dishonesty, abortion, uninhibited rivalry, clinic, workplace situations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: croatia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.3
 170
Cost of a Soul (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Wounded in the war, Tommy Donahue and DD Davis return home from Iraq to the slum neighborhood they grew up in. Tommy returns to his wife, Faith, whom he abandoned while she was pregnant to escape a life of crime. Tommy meets his disabled six ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: murder, racism, iraq war, crimes, homecoming, haunted by the past, urban ghetto, family problems, gang, society, war veteran, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.9
 3K
Monga (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Set in the 1980s, “Monga” centers on five boys (Mosquito, Monk, Dragon, White Monkey and A-Lan) who join the "Gang of Princes" who are tired of being pushed around. As the "Gang of Princes" rise in stature, they come into ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: friendship, gang, juvenile delinquency, friends, society, crimes, urban ghetto life, youth, power relations, teenage life, rivalry, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taiwan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.2
 85
Manila (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A tribute to filmmakers and National Artists Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. In the "Day" segment, Piolo Pacual portrays the role of William, a drug addict who tries to rebuild his sense of self and reconnect with the people around him. ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, tense, serious, neo noir ...
Plot: downfall, losing-it hero, on the run, boss and employee, nothing goes right, crimes, gang, life is a bitch, drug abuse, human nature, addiction, chases and races ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Shor in the City (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Various residents and career-criminals face challenges in crime-laden Mumbai.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, tense, psychological ...
Plot: heist, crimes, petty criminal, city life, cons and scams, dishonesty, gangsters, crime boss, revenge, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, redemption, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mumbai india, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Life Without Principle (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A criminal, a bank clerk and a police officer find their destinies entwined when a loan shark gets assaulted after having withdrawn $10 million from the bank in the midst of the world financial crisis.
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, bank clerk, human nature, danger, life is a bitch, crimes, disorder, honest law enforcer, moral dilemma, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, police, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.2
 4K
The Major (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: On a cold winter’s day Sergey Sobolev, a major at the local police office, is driving to the hospital where his wife is about to give birth to their child. High from happiness, he’s driving too fast and runs down a boy on a passage walk, who ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: moral dilemma, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, crimes, police station, police corruption, dishonesty, law enforcement, corrupt law enforcer, disorder, change of heart, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.1
 10K
Ill Manors (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Ensemble film revolving around characters living in Forest Gate, London. Over the course of a few days, six inter-linking stories explore issues of drug use, prostitution and urban poverty.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, gangsters, crimes, society, drug dealer, police raid, drug addict, rivalry, danger, graphic violence, hip hop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 6.4
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Gorbaciof (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Marino Pacileo has a soft spot for gambling. When he discovers that Lila's father, the young Chinese girl that he is in love with cannot pay a debt, the gambler steals money from the jail he is in to help the love of his life.
Style: captivating, realistic, psychological, tense, serious ...
Plot: obsession, downfall, fall in love, gambling, society, love and romance, gambler, crimes, couples, rivalry, dishonesty, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, naples italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.5
 1K
Mystery (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: China, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A car full of irresponsible youths hit a woman on a rainy freeway and think she is trying an insurance scam.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: infidelity, dishonesty, car accident, double life, sex scene, uncover truth, mystery, murder, crimes, couples, danger, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.9
 102
Bloodlines (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: After Elaine Hopkin is found dead, apparent an OD suicide, her firstborn Mark wouldn't even inform his dad James Hopkin, who was locked up for murder. Kid sister Justine, a cocky uniformed cop, goes visit him, only to learn he was just ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, rough
Plot: investigation, murder, mystery, law enforcement, dishonesty, danger, crimes, deadly, intrigue, rivalry, righting the wronged, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.1
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After the Fall (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Bill Scanlin loses his job and embarks on a life of crime. As Bill stays ahead of the law, he discovers that sometimes the only thing worse than getting caught is getting away with it.
Style: tense, psychological, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: crimes, human nature, downfall, protecting from truth, destructive relationship, unfulfillment, danger, murder, family relations, rivalry, society, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Sucker Free City (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The film follows three young men as they are drawn into lives of crime. Nick (Crowley) uses his entry-level corporate job to commit credit card fraud and deals drugs on the side. K-Luv (Mackie) is a member of the "V-Dubs", an ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, bleak, tense
Plot: gang, racism, juvenile delinquency, gangsters, life is a bitch, social decay, crimes, urban ghetto life, drug dealing, law enforcement, police investigation, city life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 5.0
 2K
Top Dog (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Hooligan boss Billy Evans has it all - a successful business, a beautiful family and respect on the terraces. But when he clashes with gangster Mickey over a backstreet proetection racket, Billy soon finds himself out of his depth as they look to ...
Style: rough, tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, rivalry, crime, ambition, downfall, gang, criminal heroes, unfulfillment, blind ambition, sexual content, profanity, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Based on the events surrounding the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) and Marcia Gay Harden (Academy Award winner for Pollock) star in the Lifetime Original Movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy based on the ...
Style: tense, captivating, contemplative, realistic, serious ...
Plot: legal investigation, crimes, unlikely criminals, courtroom drama, murder, college, law enforcement, legal action, police investigation, partners, murderous pair, prison ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 4.8
 149
Hornet's Nest (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in Charlotte, N.C., the story opens with everyone desperate to solve the latest crisis: a serial killer is specializing in out-of-town businessmen. Hammer and West make the murder investigation their top priority. But West is less than pleased ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: partners against crime, police investigation, crimes, partners, journalism, law enforcement, reporter, uncover truth, danger, deadly, serial killer, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.7
 787
Gravity (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The story of a seemingly settled bank employee who breaks the shackles of his everyday life and becomes a wanderer between worlds. Frederik is an up-and-coming young bank employee who lives an ordinary life. When a bank customer, whom Frederik has ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: heist, disorder, life turned upside down, buddies, crimes, unlikely criminals, dark humor, partners, criminal heroes, dishonesty, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, suicide by gunshot ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.2
 2K
Satan (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Based on the Mario Mendoza's book and inspired by true events, tells three interconnected stories happening in the eve of the infamous Pozzetto Massacre.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, tense, suspense ...
Plot: hopes, clergy, dishonesty, femme fatale, weakness, deadly, looking for love, life is a bitch, crime, love and romance, society, generosity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.1
 6K
Bummer (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Corrupt cops, street gangs, "Bratki" in "Bummers" (BMWs) steal and "Merins" (Mercedeses), angry truck drivers, beautiful women and death are what four friends in a black Bummer who go on a mission from one region of ...
Style: tense, serious, road movie, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal heroes, russian mafia, crimes, gangsters, disorder, corrupt law enforcer, dishonesty, intrigue, crime gone awry, on the run, chases and races, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 90s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 15K
City of Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.
Style: bleak, tense, disturbing, captivating, serious ...
Plot: gang, street gang, friendship, slum, robbery, crimes, best friends, betrayal, gang war, social problems, society, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%