Movies like Purge

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Purge (2012)
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Purge (2012)
Original name: Puhdistus
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Finland, Estonia
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Allide experienced The Great Terror under Stalin’s regime, and decades after her hometown people were deported to Siberia, she lives alone in an isolated house. One night, she finds a young woman in her yard – Zara has just escaped from the claws of the Russian mafia that held her as a sex slave. Survivors both, Aliide and Zara engage in unearthing each other’s motives and gradually, and their stories merge into one, revealing the tragedy of a family during the cruelest years in Estonian history.
Style: psychological, realistic, tense, rough, captivating, disturbing, bleak, serious, stylized
Plot: love triangle, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, society, political unrest, redemption, destiny, post war, danger, exploitation, exploit, violence, betrayal, distopia, love and romance, hopes, occupation, strong violent content, arranged marriage, torment, strong female presence, hiding place, woman in danger, state affairs, disgraced ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 1940s, 1950s, 1990s
Place: estonia, europe, soviet union

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, tense and rough films with plots about life is a bitch, crimes, society, murder, crime, deadly and violence mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Purge: Lilya 4-Ever (2002), The Bull (2019), Bad Luck Love (2000), Circles (2013), The Free Will (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lilya lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working ...
Style: bleak, serious, sincere, harsh, thought provoking ...
Plot: life is a bitch, prostitute, human trafficking, sexual abuse, poverty, rape, teenage prostitution, prostitution, downfall, forced prostitution, sex slavery, social decay ...
Place: sweden, europe, estonia, russia, eastern europe ...
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100%
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The Bull (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The 1990s. Empty shelves in the shops, an economic abyss and criminal dramas that unfold literally at every corner. The young leader of a criminal gang Anton Bykov, with the nickname “Bull”, must make money in whatever way to provide for his ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, injustice, life is a bitch, violence, danger, dishonesty, society, tough heroes, friendship, criminal heroes, crime, street life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: russia
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51%
Bad Luck Love (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A shocking crime forces a man to re-evaluate his life, only to find that going straight is more complicated than he imagined in this acclaimed drama from Finland. Ali (Jorma Tommila) is a low-level criminal who spends much of his spare time working ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, serious, gloomy
Plot: family problems, haunted by the past, down on your luck, starting over, crime, society, going straight, crimes, violence, fatherhood, male female relationship, ex convict ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, finland
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48%
 7.8
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Circles (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Serbia, Germany, France, Slovenia, Croatia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Circles (Serbian: Krugovi) is a Serbian movie based on the true story of a Serbian soldier who risked his life to protect a Muslim civilian during the war in Bosnia. During the war in Bosnia in 1993, a Serbian soldier pays for his life after ...
Style: serious, captivating, sincere, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: surgery, hopes, society, post war, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, redemption, moral dilemma, metaphor, destiny, interracial relations, hiding place ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, year 1993, year 2005 ...
Place: europe, bosnia, germany, serbia, former yugoslavia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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The Free Will (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 163 min.
Story: After nine years in psychiatric detention Theo, who has brutally assaulted and raped three women, is released. Living in a supervised community, he connects well with his social worker Sascha, finds a job at a print shop and even a girlfriend, ...
Style: psychological, rough, sincere, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rapist, fall in love, rape, mental illness, crimes, sexual relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, hopes, couples, sex maniac ...
Time: contemporary
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44%
 8.0
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Dogville (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, UK, France, Finland, Norway, Italy
Duration: 178 min.
Story: A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth ...
Style: psychological, bleak, art house, clever, thought provoking ...
Plot: rape, female protagonist, morality, society, small town life, haunted by the past, gangsters, vengeance, mob boss, victim, woman in danger, rocky mountains ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
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43%
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Bleeder (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Leo and Louise are a young couple living together in Copenhagen. Leo often goes out with his friends while Louise usually stays home. But when Louise tells Leo she's pregnant, a spark is ignited and Leo begins to become cold and distant. His ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, couple relations, family problems, estrangement, violence, friendship between men, graphic violence, couples, woman in danger, danger, losing-it hero ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: denmark, europe, scandinavia, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
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43%
The Last Deadly Mission (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A washed-up Marseilles cop (Auteuil) earns a chance at redemption by protecting a woman from the man who killed her parents as he is about to be released from prison.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, tense, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, redemption, woman in danger, haunted by the past, crime, life is a bitch, deadly, crimes, law enforcement, dishonesty, childbirth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, captivating, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, investigation, uncover truth, life turned upside down, society, life is a bitch, crimes, down on your luck, working class, death, suspicion, urban ghetto ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.6
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Eden (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of Chong Kim who, as a young teen, was abducted into the sex trade, and the complicated moral choices she had to make in order to survive as her situation grew more desperate.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: human trafficking, prostitution, kidnapping, slavery, sex trafficking, teenage life, life is a bitch, escape attempt, captivity, danger, lifestyle, crimes ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, year 1994
Place: new mexico, las vegas, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Saigon in the late nineties. Photography student Vu rents a room in a shared flat. With his brand-new camera, a gift from his father, he explores the people, places and things around him. He is particularly fascinated by his flatmate Thang, a ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: life is a bitch, society, urban ghetto life, friendship, birth control, love triangle, father son relationship, poverty, friendship between men, overpopulation, hopelessness, photographer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon
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37%
 5.3
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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, homecoming, haunted by the past, crimes, urban ghetto, gang, society, family problems, war veteran, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
A Children's Story (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story focuses on the life of an 11-year old boy surrounded by criminality and poverty in the suburbs of Naples.
Style: disturbing, rough, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: street kid, youth, juvenile delinquency, friends, danger, society, life is a bitch, social worker, urban ghetto life, social decay, teaching the ways of the world, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Butcher's Son (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Dominican Republic
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A cop works against his country's corrupt government in order to find justice on a case.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: uncover truth, rivalry, crimes, political corruption, danger, hitman, vengeance, haunted by the past, heroes, betrayal, dishonesty, vigilantism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: dealer, filmmaking, drug dealing, crimes, introspection, single parent, life is a bitch, down on your luck, stoners, crime, rivalry, danger
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Il capitano: A Swedish Requiem (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Finland, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film is based on a true occurrence in Sweden in 1988. A Finish couple murdered a young boy and his parents when they prevented the theft of the son's bicycle. The film tries to describe the relationship between the dominant Jari, who calls ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, riding a bicycle, social misfits, criminal heroes, isolation, destiny, cycling, murderous pair, deadly, misfit, society, lovers on the run ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: sweden, denmark, finland
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36%
Suspicious River (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young married woman (Parker) sells her body, not just for money, to guests at the motel where she works as a receptionist.
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, erotic, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, sexual abuse, infidelity, survival, dangerous attraction, destructive relationship, haunted by the past, family problems, life is a bitch, danger, small town, strong sexual content ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, vancouver british columbia canada, vancouver
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Damini - Lightning (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 175 min.
Story: The theme revolves around the character Damini who represents truth and innocence. After her marriage in renowned wealthy family, Damini happens to see a cruel act done by her brother-in-law. She wants the victim to get justice, but the family ...
Style: rough, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: mental institution, courtroom drama, rape, sexual abuse, disgraced, family relations, ballet, life turned upside down, injustice, testimony, dishonesty, master and servant ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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The Hour of the Lynx (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Helen, a priest, is approached by scientist Lisbeth with a desperate plea for help. A young man, who has been sent to a high security psychiatric ward after having killed an old couple, has attempted suicide while rambling about God. Having been ...
Style: psychological, realistic, tense, mind bending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental institution, criminal psychologist, society, deadly, characters in danger, psychopath, strong female presence, woman in danger, haunted by the past, peril, danger, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, scandinavia, denmark
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34%
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, life is a bitch, workplace, moral dilemma, doctors and patients, abortion, workplace situations, clinic, uninhibited rivalry, prostitute, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: croatia, europe
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33%
The Bridges of Sarajevo (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Thirteen European directors explore the theme of Sarajevo; what this city has represented in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo stands for today in Europe. These eminent filmmakers of different generations and origins ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, serious, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, haunted by the past, wartime life, politics, political unrest, society, state affairs, anti war, archive footage, world war one, female director
Time: 20th century
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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, serious ...
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 ⇓
33%
Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Morocco, Tunisia, France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are street kids. The daily dose of glue sniffing represents their only escape from reality. Since they left Dib and his gang, they have been living on the portside of Casablanca. They live in constant fear of Dib's ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, bleak, realistic
Plot: street kid, teenage life, survival, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, friendship, vengeance, society, gang, youth, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Cleveland Abduction (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A single mother becomes Ariel Castro's first kidnapping victim, and finds herself trapped in his home with two other women for 11 years.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: kidnapping, captivity, woman in danger, violence, sexual abuse, true crime, confined, rape, life is a bitch, crimes, isolation, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s, year 2002 ...
Place: ohio, usa
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Screwed (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film is a semi-biographical story based on the experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson who spent seven years working in some of the UK's most dangerous prisons. Based on Thompson's book of the same name, the project stars ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, violence spree, prison, fish out of water, life is a bitch, downfall, haunted by the past, corrupt officer, law enforcement, deadly, crime, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, britain
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31%
 7.2
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Brubaker (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, liberal, corruption, brutality, violence, abuse of power, justice, politics, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: arkansas, southern usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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: realistic, captivating, psychological, tense, serious ...
Plot: obsession, gambling, downfall, fall in love, society, love and romance, gambler, crimes, couples, rivalry, interracial relations, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, naples italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.1
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R (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The R of the title stands for the young protagonist, Rune, fearlessly played by Pilou Asbæk. Imprisoned for violent assault, he's a cocky, good-looking young man placed in the hardcore ward, where his survival depends on quickly learning the ...
Style: tense, realistic, rough, disturbing, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, friendship, gang, confined, crimes, warden, violence, muslim, murder, prison, jail cell, racial slur ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Vengeance is Mine (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) is on the run from the police. Director Shohei Imamura turns this fact-based story—about the seventy-eight-day killing spree of a remorseless man from a devoutly Catholic ...
Style: disturbing, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, sex, on the run, crimes, crime, parents and children, violence spree, deadly, prostitute, father son relationship, violence, sex scene ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 3.4
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Sucker Punch (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Mike Sullivan spends his nights kidnapping runaways so his boss, Lamar, can turn them into prostitutes. He is a crack addict and a thief and he is in love with a resentful prostitute, Rhonda, who doesn't love him back. Although he has ...
Style: captivating, psychological, tense, semi serious, disturbing ...
Plot: redemption, gangsters, violence, crimes, drug dealing, social decay, addiction, dishonesty, leadership, rivalry, gang, on the run ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, europe, france, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%