Movies like Metro Manila

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Metro Manila (2013)
 7.6
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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, noir, neo noir, sincere, rough, bleak, suspenseful
Plot: heist, security guard, crimes, life is a bitch, society, rookie, gain trust, mistrust, against the rules, corrupt law enforcer, poverty, sex, working class, innocence lost, partners, disorder, armored car, dishonesty, teaching the ways of the world, secret agenda, power relations, airplane, money, murder, prostitution ...
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, life is a bitch, society, dishonesty, murder, danger and rivalry mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Metro Manila: The Vulture (2010), On the Job (2013), Between the Canals (2011), Manila (2009), Now or Never (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Vulture (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Chile, France, South Korea
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In Argentina over 8,000 people die in traffic accidents every year. Behind each of these tragedies is a flourishing industry founded on insurance payouts and legal loopholes. Sosa is a lawyer who tours the A&E Departments of the public ...
Style: tense, neo noir, captivating, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: lawyer, car accident, love affair, crimes, romance, insurance, cons and scams, life is a bitch, society, lawyers and clients, power relations, politics ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina
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 6.9
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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: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, crimes, gangsters, corruption, corrupt law enforcer, assassination, honest law enforcer, politics, dishonesty, criminal heroes, prison, police brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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: realistic, serious, psychological, tense, captivating ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, crimes, crime gone awry, society, drug dealing, moral dilemma, urban ghetto life, working class, life is a bitch, downfall, unemployment, police detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.2
 117
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: serious, tense, touching, atmospheric, neo noir ...
Plot: downfall, on the run, losing-it hero, nothing goes right, crimes, gang, life is a bitch, drug abuse, human nature, addiction, boss and employee, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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 5.7
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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, down on your luck, parents and children, family in crisis, society, unemployment, plan, bankruptcy, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.0
 19
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, suspenseful, tense, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: partners, police investigation, tough law enforcer, police corruption, dishonesty, crimes, law enforcement, graphic violence, corruption, police, badge
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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63%
 6.4
 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, atmospheric, emotional, tense ...
Plot: infidelity, double life, dishonesty, car accident, uncover truth, mystery, murder, crimes, couples, chinese, flashback, accident ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.1
 744
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, atmospheric, psychological, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, crimes, gain trust, haunted by the past, parents and children, law enforcement, college, prostitution, rivalry, strong female presence, assault ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, ghent, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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: thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: kids in trouble, life is a bitch, social decay, youth, society, prostitute, sexual abuse, pedophilia, social worker, prostitution, police, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: manila philippines, asia, the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.7
 706
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, suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, gang, family relations, parents and children, society, love and romance, graphic violence, danger
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, captivating, psychological, tense ...
Plot: dealer, filmmaking, drug dealing, crimes, introspection, life is a bitch, single parent, found footage, gangsters, rivalry, down on your luck, stoners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: tense, bleak, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gynecologist, doctor, hospital, operation, medicine, doctors and patients, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, workplace, nurse, workplace situations, abortion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: croatia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Laws of Gravity (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Jimmy and Jon are a couple of Brooklyn guys who somehow never found their way into workaday society; they never found their way into big-time crime, either.
Style: neo noir, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, heist, city life, chaos and mayhem, urban ghetto life, murder, down on your luck, urban ghetto, low lives, arms dealing, society, social misfits ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Confession of Pain (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A detective helps a friend investigate the mysterious death of his father.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: murder, haunted by the past, law enforcement, perfect crime, investigation, police detective, partners against crime, private detective, dishonesty, partners, corrupt law enforcer, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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 ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, crimes, courtroom drama, courtroom, legal, parents and children, family relations, injustice, false accusation, lawyer, murder mystery, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, bank clerk, human nature, stock exchange, honest law enforcer, disorder, crimes, life is a bitch, moral dilemma, financial ruin, financial problem, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.1
 3K
Bummer 2 (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film takes place a few years after the events shown in Bummer. Kostyan "Kot", who lost all his friends, the woman he loved and was nearly killed in the first installment of the film tries to begin a new, peaceful life. But is it ...
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, starting over, haunted by the past, car, car trip, crime gone awry, on the road, dishonesty, criminal heroes, mafia, travel, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Highway Patrolman (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Mexico, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A naïve rookie in the Mexican highway patrol has to adapt to survive as he contends with dangerous drug-runners and widespread corruption.
Style: neo noir, serious, realistic, surreal, gloomy ...
Plot: drug cartel, woman with a gun, patrol, nihilism, police corruption, crimes, life is a bitch, law enforcement, dishonesty, society, dark humor, police detective ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 6.1
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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: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, rough
Plot: investigation, murder, mystery, righting the wronged, dishonesty, rivalry, crimes, intrigue, law enforcement, parents and children, police, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.1
 198
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: racism, murder, iraq war, crimes, urban ghetto, haunted by the past, homecoming, society, gang, family problems, war veteran, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.1
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God's Pocket (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A boozy lowlife tries to bury the truth about his crazy stepson's suspicious death, but a nosy newspaper columnist and the young man's mother complicate matters.
Style: psychological, tense, rough, captivating, neo noir ...
Plot: working class, urban ghetto life, investigation, uncover truth, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, crimes, society, down on your luck, death, suspicion, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 70s, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, usa, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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: tense, realistic, exciting, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: friendship, gang, juvenile delinquency, crimes, friends, urban ghetto life, society, teenage life, power relations, youth, rivalry, organized crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taiwan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak ...
Plot: moral dilemma, crimes, life turned upside down, police corruption, dishonesty, police station, change of heart, corrupt law enforcer, disorder, life is a bitch, social decay, irony of fate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 6.3
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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: gambler, obsession, fall in love, gambling, downfall, love and romance, society, crimes, couples, rivalry, interracial relations, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, naples italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: neo noir, serious, suspenseful, suspense, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, intrigue, rivalry, lifestyle, dishonesty, nightlife, police corruption, betrayal, friendship, nudity (full frontal - brief), nightclub, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Satanás - Profile of a Killer (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, captivating ...
Plot: hopes, dishonesty, clergy, looking for love, weakness, femme fatale, life is a bitch, woman urinating, murder, restaurant, love, killer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.2
 963
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: psychological, tense, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: crimes, human nature, protecting from truth, downfall, unfulfillment, destructive relationship, society, family relations, rivalry, murder, uncontrollable, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, tense
Plot: crimes, investigation, police investigation, uncover truth, murder, law enforcement, life is a bitch, heist, coma, police officer, mystery, small town ...
Time: year 1994, year 1992, contemporary, 21st century, 90s
Place: usa, new england, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.9
 177
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, captivating, tense, suspenseful
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, journalism, crimes, partners, law enforcement, serial killer, reporter, uncover truth, mystery, crime scene, geek ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.3
 2K
Traceless (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Étienne Meunier (Benoît Magimel) is a young executive who has everything going for him. His career is skyrocketing and he is about to become #1 at work, he is married to a picture-perfect wife, has a dream home and money. To top it off, he's ...
Style: neo noir, tense, suspenseful, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: murder, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, crimes, promotion, breaking point, under the surface, dishonesty, life turned upside down, nudity (full frontal - brief), chase, suffering ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%