Movies like A Violent Life

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A Violent Life (2017)
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A Violent Life (2017)
Original name: Une vie violente
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Despite the life threat hanging over his head, Stéphane decides to go back to Corsica for the funeral of Christophe, a childhood friend and companion in arms, murdered the day before. On this occasion, the chain of events which made him, the learned petit-bourgeois from Bastia, shift from delinquency to political radicalization and then to clandestinity, comes back to his mind.
Style: tense, captivating, suspense
Plot: violence, funeral, life is a bitch, crimes, criminal, haunted by the past, confronting the past, christmas, prison, wedding, youth, death, nationalist, kiss, night, murder, radical, young man, fireworks, coffin, flashback, pubic hair, vomiting, bulletproof vest, car on fire ...
Place: corsica

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Most similar movies to A Violent Life

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspense, tense, captivating and suspenseful films with plots about crimes, murder, danger, violence, life is a bitch, haunted by the past and death mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like A Violent Life: Armored (2019), Close Enemies (2018), Canal Street (2018), Small Crimes (2017), Stranded (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Armored (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After the death of his wife and his young daughter in a traffic accident for which he was responsible, Luna falls into a large pit of depression. Neither medication nor religion help him to keep going. Until one day, Luna has a dream that he ...
Style: captivating, suspense, contemplative, exciting, visually appealing
Plot: widower, violence, loss of wife, death of wife, death of daughter, abused woman, tragic past, risk, life is a bitch, crimes, confronting the past, troubled past ...
Place: argentina
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95%
Close Enemies (2018)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Driss and Manuel both grew up on the same council estate. An estate where the sense of belonging to your patch is much stronger than the sense of belonging to a country, a nation or a culture... Manuel has assimilated this belonging, and he has even ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, suspense, tense
Plot: police, drugs, father daughter relationship, death, brother brother relationship, crimes, friendship, family relations, danger, murder, childhood friends, telling a joke ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france
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85%
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Canal Street (2018)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A Chicago lawyer embraces his undying faith when his teenage son is accused of murdering a classmate.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, exciting, suspense, rough
Plot: father son relationship, society, murder, rivalry, crimes, death, parents and children, hopes, violence, vengeance, friendship, heroes ...
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84%
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Small Crimes (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A disgraced former cop, fresh off a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder - returns home looking for redemption but winds up trapped in the mess he left behind.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspense
Plot: prison, crimes, crime, danger, disorder, life is a bitch, deadly, murder, violence, fighting crime, bondage, disgraced ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Stranded (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After the brutal murder of his beloved brother, a small-town surfer seeks revenge against the gang of merciless thugs he holds responsible. However, when another tragedy brings him face to face with the consequences of his actions, he must seek ...
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, suspense
Plot: revenge, murder, marine, desert, haunted by the past, danger, soldier, crimes, towel, bare breasts, sexy woman, storytelling ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.1
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10x10 (2018)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Lewis is an outwardly ordinary guy, but in reality he is hiding an obsession - revenge - against Cathy. Lewis kidnaps Cathy in broad daylight and takes her to his home, where he locks her in a soundproof cell and attempt to extract a dark secret ...
Style: brutal, suspenseful, suspense, rough, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: kidnapping, abduction, captive, revenge, missing child, crimes, captivity, violence, danger, murder, held captive, locked in a room ...
Time: contemporary
Place: britain, atlanta georgia
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63%
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Voyoucratie (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Voyoucratie is FGKO’s new film project. It’s a dramatic fiction about a young gangster’s chaotic path into life crushed by a criminal universe that he can’t escape from. It’s also about a frozen portrait of a youth trapped by a system that ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, contemplative, captivating, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: father son relationship, swashbuckler, drug dealer, police, murder, money, heist, chase, youth, heroes, society, family relations ...
Time: 21st century
Place: france
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62%
A Bluebird in My Heart (2018)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An ex-con's attempts to live a quiet life are derailed when the daughter of the woman sheltering him is the victim of a vicious attack.
Style: captivating, tense, touching, suspense
Plot: teenage girl, ex convict, haunted by the past, daring rescue, crimes, danger, dangerous attraction, single parent, gang, gain trust, fight scenes, mysterious character ...
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61%
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A Life Not to Follow (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Neo-Noir film told in three interlacing chapters: Eric is a dead man and he knows it. Death is imminent and he must make amends for his past sins, by killing those who wronged him, no matter the price: A wiseguy willing to do anything to move up ...
Style: neo noir, dark, suspense, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: gangsters, revenge, police, criminal, mafia, stripper, violence, mexican standoff, death, murder, italian american, mob boss ...
Place: boston
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60%
 4.4
 3K
The Drowning (2016)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A psychiatrist faces his past, present and future when he finds himself involved in the treatment of a young man recently released from prison for a murder committed when the boy was just 11 years old.
Style: psychological, tense, captivating, suspense
Plot: suicide, saving a life, mental patient, psychiatrist, self defense, husband wife relationship, juvenile delinquent, haunted by the past, danger, crimes, death, female director ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Darkness Falls (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium, USA, France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: After his wife's suicide, Detective Jeff Anderson becomes convinced that she has been murdered. Obsessed with his investigation, he finds out that his wife was the victim of a team of father-and-son serial killers and sets out to stop them.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspense, exciting ...
Plot: team, police detective, heist, danger, violence, partners in crime, crimes, perfect crime, child in peril
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57%
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The Accused (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Mexico
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Dolores lived the life of a higher-class student until her best friend was found brutally murdered. Two years later, she’s the only indicted suspect for a crime that attracts a lot of media attention and has placed her in the center of the public ...
Style: psychological, captivating, tense, suspense
Plot: murder, murder trial, teenage girl, murder investigation, dark secret, suspicion of murder, friendship, violence, friendship between girls, false accusation, crimes, danger ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 1K
Viva Riva! (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Riva is an operator, a man with charm and ambition in equal measure. Kinshasa is an inviting place. With petrol in short supply in DRC's capital, he and his sidekick pursue a plot to get hold of a secret cache - barrels of fuel they can sell ...
Style: tense, serious, captivating, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: rivalry, crimes, treasure hunt, danger, gangsters, tough heroes, life is a bitch, ambition, fuel, murder, money, conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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The Mortician (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Alienated and cold, The Mortician (Method Man) processes the corpses with steely disregard. He is lonely and isolated. He is introduced to his new employee, Noah, (EJ Bonilla) by the morgue boss (Edward Furlong). Noah is a volatile youth working as ...
Style: tense, psychological, neo noir, serious, bleak ...
Plot: mortician, haunted by the past, murder, redemption, crimes, emotionless, social decay, danger, corpse, graphic violence, child in peril, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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50%
 6.4
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Eat Your Bones (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 18 year old Jason Dorkel belongs to a community of gypsies. He is about to celebrate his baptism when his half-brother Fred returns after fifteen years in prison. Together, with their last brother, the violent, hot-headed Michael and their Christian ...
Style: tense, realistic, psychological, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: crime gone awry, on the road, coming of age, youth, profanity, crimes, running from police, on the run, thief, rivalry, friendship, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, europe
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48%
Like Mother Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes (2001)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The real-life case based on the horrific crimes of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the mother and son duo who specialized in theft, fraud and murder.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, serious, captivating
Plot: criminal, landlady, female psychopath, murder, domineering mother, assassination plot, obsession, mentally unstable, mother son relationship, childhood trauma, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Place: new york
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48%
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Glass Chin (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After going down in the fifth round, boxer Bud Gordon bowed out of the limelight. Now residing in a fixer-upper apartment in New Jersey with his girlfriend, Bud longs for his former Manhattan glory. In an effort to get back in the game, he makes a ...
Style: neo noir, captivating, tense, suspense, psychological
Plot: boxer, murder, neo-noir, restaurant, christmas, revenge, danger, rivalry, crimes, buddhism, boxing, restaurateur ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new jersey, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, usa
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47%
 5.8
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Villain (2020)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After 10 years, Eddie Franks is out of prison and trying to stay on the straight and narrow, but his drug-mule brother, Sean has other ideas. Rival gangster brothers demand Sean repay his debt to them, causing Eddie to get tangled in the crossfire, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, disturbing, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, deadly, family, danger, rivalry, escapades, murder, violence, police, society, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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His Double Life (2016)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young woman returns Home from college and become suspicious of her new stepdad, her late father's business partner, after she discovers him meeting with a mysterious woman who turns up dead the following day.
Style: suspense, enigmatic, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: betrayal, violence, stepfather, adultery, new life, husband wife relationship, investigation, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, uncover truth, adulterous husband, murder, relationship problems ...
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45%
Back in the U.S.S.R. (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: During Gorbachev's perestroika, a Chicago student, visits Moscow while the Soviet Union is changing from Communist to Wild West capitalist society. Purely by bad luck, he becomes a pawn in a dangerous cat and mouse game for a precious icon.
Style: captivating, tense, entertaining, suspense, cynical
Plot: vengeance, danger, crimes, corruption, dishonesty, escapades, life is a bitch, culture clash, violence, betrayal, friendship, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, ussr
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43%
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Savage (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: It's summer, somewhere in the Dordogne, young people disappear. The wildest rumors circulate, we are talking about a feline prowling. Laura, seeks to elucidate the mystery and meets Paul, a strange writer who attracts him as much as he scares ...
Style: tense, suspense, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: missing person, camping, police, murder, flashback, sex scene, mysterious stranger, crimes, suspicion, danger, death, friendship ...
Time: 21st century
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43%
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Paper Lives (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the streets of Istanbul, ailing waste warehouse worker Mehmet takes a small boy under his wing and must soon confront his own traumatic childhood.
Style: suspense, captivating, tense
Plot: child custody, custody, protection, tragic past, assistant, troubled past, life is a bitch, protector, haunted by the past, care, confronting the past, guardian ...
Place: turkey
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43%
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The Zone (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, Mexico
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Residents of an enclosed neighborhood in the middle of Mexico DF are shocked by a violent crime, and for one resident in particular, young Alejandro, the drama is ratcheted up when he encounters the lone kid who escaped the event and is hiding out ...
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, vengeance, heist, vigilantism, isolation, crimes, danger, confined, slum, escape, militia, teenage boy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Fatal Secrets (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: "BALANCING THE BOOKS" is a character-driven suspense drama about an attractive woman who enlists the help of her two best friends to confront a traumatic experience she can no longer deny. Julia, divorced and successfully self-employed, ...
Style: psychological, suspense, tense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: danger, dishonesty, rivalry, crimes, couple relations, secret, uncover truth, maniac, murder, graphic violence, sexual abuse, woman in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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42%
 5.6
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Last Screening (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Sylvain, a film-obsessed 31-year-old, lives in the basement of a small art-house theater where he works as a programmer, projectionist and cashier. Each night, after the last showing, he goes out for a murderous ritual.
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, obsession, theater, psychopath, danger, deadly, small town, murder, violence, crimes, solitary, woman in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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41%
 5.4
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Laguna (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, Canada, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Raised by an uncle in New York after his parents died in an attack orchestrated by the mafia, Thomas, now an adult, is sent to live in Italy. There, while his tortured past and the death of his parents come back to haunt him, he feels increasingly ...
Style: suspense, captivating
Plot: aunt nephew relationship, older woman younger man sex, secret, murder, revenge, loss of parents, dead parents, loss of parent, death of parent, female nudity, sex outside, bare breasts ...
Place: venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
 817
Outbound (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Romania, Austria
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A drama about a woman who seems able to overcome everything for freedom, except for her past mistakes.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, tense
Plot: starting over, on the run, fugitives, crime and punishment, life is a bitch, estrangement, family problems, uncontrollable, prison, haunted by the past, confined, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: romania
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Jailbreak Pact (2020)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Chile
Duration: 135 min.
Story: During the last years of Pinochet's military regime, a group of militants from the "Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front" plan a prison break of political prisoners, through a tunnel that will take them 18 months to dig.
Style: tense, suspense, unusual plot structure, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: prison escape, prison life, danger, escaped prisoner, deadly, conspiracy, pursuit, murder, chase, death, escape, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 3K
Symmetry (2003)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Dwudziestosześcioletni Łukasz, niesłusznie posądzony o napad na starszą kobietę, trafia do aresztu śledczego. Adwokat wynajęty przez matkę bezskutecznie próbuje go stamtąd wydostać. Pod wpływem dramatycznych wydarzeń w celi ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense
Plot: prison life, immorality, prisoner, miscarriage of justice, criminal, murder, innocence, coincidence, swashbuckler, prison, depravity, falling ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Flower of Evil (2003)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Three generations of a wealthy Bordeaux family are caught in the crossfire when Anne decides to run for mayor, thanks to a political pamphlet that revives an old murder scandal.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, political thriller, suspense ...
Plot: incest, haunted by the past, crimes, womanizer, bourgeoisie, forbidden love, murder, parents and children, family problems, society, politics, love and romance ...
Place: vichy
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%