Movies like Penitent

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Penitent (2017)
Penitent (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 74 min.
Story: After being imprisoned for dangerous driving, causing the death of a child and possession of illegal substances, Jason Buckley is finding it difficult to adjust to life outside prison.
Style: social realism
Plot: prison, family, lonely, anger, post traumatic stress disorder, injury, crimes, violence, crime

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspense and suspenseful films with plots about prison, violence, family, nudity (full frontal - brief), women's prison, prison life and prisoner mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Penitent: The Conviction of Kitty Dodds (1993), Left to Die (2012), Lessons at the End of Spring (1991), Locked Up (2006), Women of San Quentin (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Conviction of Kitty Dodds (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An abused woman escapes from prison, is recaptured, and sent back then tries to get her sentence reduced. Based on a true story.
Plot: prison, murder, child abuse, women's prison, marital abuse, prison escape, alcohol abuse
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95%
 5.6
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Left to Die (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: With help from U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, Tammi Chase (Rachael Leigh Cook) fights to free her mother (Barbara Hershey) from an Ecuadorean prison.
Plot: prison, vacation, trafficking, mother daughter relationship, tv, drug, television, drugs
Place: ecuador
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87%
Lessons at the End of Spring (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A young boy loses his innocence in a pre-perestroika Russian prison during the chaotic last months of the Khrushchev regime.
Plot: prison, shower, teenager, detention, nudity (full frontal - brief), loss of innocence
Place: soviet union, ussr
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86%
 6.2
 46
Locked Up (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a German town, teacher Irene leads an inconspicuous, boring, lonely life. One day, a man rings at her door and slips in. It's an armed convict from the prison next door, escaped with a leg wound. He now makes her a prisoner in her own home. ...
Plot: prison, longing, jail, female nudity, undressing, male nudity, bed, sex, butt naked, nudity (full frontal - brief)
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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Women of San Quentin (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young female prison guard finds out that her first assignment is to San Quentin, one of the toughest prisons in the country.
Style: bleak, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: prison, prison life, chaos and mayhem, power relations, confined, gender, battle of the sexes, female warden, prisoner, women's prison
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.2
 618
Endorphine (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Twelve-year-old Simone feels painfully disconnected from the world after witnessing the brutal death of her mother. Simone, a solitary multimedia artist in her twenties, is struggling to control her crushing panic attacks and keep her day job in an ...
Style: psychological thriller
Plot: nightmare, dream, hypnosis, injury, war veteran, post traumatic stress disorder, garage, therapist, stairwell, death of mother, grief, surrealism ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.8
 2K
Home Coming (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece
Duration: 101 min.
Story: September 1980. Mustafa 'Mehmet Ali Alabora' and his wife, who're both laborers are married for 5 years. The couple has nothing to do with politics and spend their days happily with their 3 year old daughter and their TV, despite the ...
Plot: mistaken identity, politics, torture, prison, male nudity, post traumatic stress disorder, military coup, wrongful arrest, wrongful imprisonment, homecoming, physical torture, political unrest
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
So Evil, So Young (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A teenage girl is wrongfully accused of theft and is sent away to a harsh reform school.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: prison, women's prison, prison life, heist, school, false accusation, fugitives, criminal heroes, dishonesty, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, confined ...
Time: 60s
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 7.1
 50
Silent Grace (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In 1976 the British Government put an end to the special category status of prisoners from the Provisional Irish Republican Army, no longer treating them as prisoners of war, but as common criminals. Mairéad Farrell - on whose life much of the film ...
Plot: female director, female prisoner, ira, cell mate, jail cell, political prisoner, prison, women's prison
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.4
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Sam's Son (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Michael Landon's semi-autobiographical sketch of his earlier life. It's the story of Gene Orowitz, a high school student struggling with his identity, who finds success as a javelin thrower on the track team.
Plot: family, male with long hair, long haired male, high school, hair
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.5
 268
The Heist (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In Mexico City's infamous Lecumberri prison, three drug-addicted convicts celebrate getting drugs from one of their the mothers. They are found out and locked up in the "apando," the dreaded punishment cell. Protests over the ...
Plot: prison, protest, lesbian, riot, pantyhose, prison visit, desperation, masturbation, tattoo, drugs, bare breasts, brutality ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.1
 68
Rolling Man (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: While he is serving time in prison, a man's wife dies and his children disappear. When he gets out of prison, he starts to search for his kids
Plot: prison, pub, car race, lost child, accident, motor home, jealousy, singer, father son relationship, unfaithful wife, prisoner, jail cell ...
Time: 70s
Place: southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.5
 434
Attica (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A behind the scenes look of the 1971 prisoners revolt at the Attica prison.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, suspenseful, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, hostage, rebellion, fighting the system, prison riot, confined, misfit, life is a bitch, anti heroes, deadly, criminal heroes, politics ...
Time: 70s, year 1971
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.4
 616
Fast-Walking (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A dirty corrections officer gets involved in a murder plot involving one of the inmates.
Style: clever, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: prison, murder, crime, stoners, militant, prison life, cons and scams, escape, confined, unlikely partners, crimes, corrupt ...
Time: 80s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Glass House (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Adapted from a story by Truman Capote ("In Cold Blood"), the world of the prison convict is open to the viewer. As the story develops, one thing becomes clear. As in the outside world, there is a "system"; and just as on the ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, deadly, crimes, confined, criminal heroes, society, fighting the system, prison life, introspection, rebelliousness, moral dilemma, human nature ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 8.4
 4K
Thanmathra (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 160 min.
Story: A man leading a happy life with his loving wife and two children suddenly starts getting forgetful and lost. Then, he is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease leaving his family devastated.
Plot: alzheimer's disease, student, family, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, song, malayalam
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45%
Butterfly in Grey (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Thailand
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Dao returns home and finds her fiance in bed with another woman. She shoots them dead on the spot. She is sentenced to 10 years in prison. She gets out eventually and stays with a friend who runs an escort service and learns that women are even ...
Plot: funeral, murder, son, women's prison, death, prison, prison guard, blood, flashback, violence, female nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief)
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.7
 107
Prison Break (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: One late night in June 1942, Sakuma Seitaro dangles from the frame of a skylight in an isolation cell in Akita Prison. He forces open the glass window and breaks out of jail. This crime even reaches the ears of Urata Susumu, the chief warden of ...
Plot: prison, beard, based on a novel, japanese man, uniform, jail cell, escape, world war two, on the lam, life sentence, warden, fleeing ...
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Secrets In The Snow (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On this particular Friday morning the students of Eastbrook High are arriving at school to complete their final exams before the Christmas Holiday. But what began as a December snowfall quickly becomes a threatening winter storm, and school is ...
Plot: school, snow, family, faith based, faith, coming of age, christian, high school
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44%
Closer to Home (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Closer to Home weaves a universal, haunting tale of two people inexorably drawn together for vastly different reasons. Dalisay struggles to journey from the Philippine countryside to New York City to marry Dean, a disillusioned ex-merchant marine. ...
Plot: mail order bride, asian, family, filipino
Place: the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Underdogs (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In Brunnenberg prison for men, the new warden introduces a revolutionary convict re-socializing project: training guide dogs for the blind. The perks make all convicts volunteer for only seven slots. Except burly macho Moskowitch 'Mosk', ...
Plot: prisoner, prison, dog, relationships, instructor, education, puppy, jail, gym, medical examination, prison life, blindness and impaired vision ...
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43%
 6.5
 65
From Now On (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dora divides her time between her work as a beautician, her policeman husband António, and her involvement in left-wing politics. A tale of love and how we must learn to cherish it against all odds in the pursuit of happiness.
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), anger, redemption, revolt, love, sex, politics, violence
Place: portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.5
 235
Happy Day (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A concentration camp on a barren island is hell for the exiled prisoners. The everyday life of the people who live there consists of interrogations, psychological and physical violence, arbitrary punishments and other torments. One of the prisoners ...
Style: absurd, allegory
Plot: torture, island, politics, prison, presumed dead, death, exile, violence, detention, kiss, morality, surrealism ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Getting Out (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Breaking out of prison with a child in her womb and a dream of a normal existence, Arlene Holsclaw (Rebecca De Mornay) resolves to get a job and lead a good, Christian life. But the ghosts from her past -- including an ex-boyfriend (Rob Knepper) who ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: strong female presence, family relations, family problems, hopes, crime, life is a bitch, society, going straight, crimes, custody, prison, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
It’s Only Make Believe (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After serving 10 years in prison for murder, Jenny returns to society. She wants to live a quiet life and resume her responsibilities as a mother, but soon shadows from the past start to appear.
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, touching
Plot: prison, starting over, family relations, haunted by the past, drug dealing, murder, crimes, criminal heroes, hopes, adoption, strong female character, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.9
 552
Der Turm (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Adapted from an award-winning best-selling book by Uwe Tellkamp, 'The Tower' depicts a higher class family’s struggles during crumbling communist rule in 1980’s East Germany. It illustrates the weaknesses and pending downfall of the ...
Plot: family, communism, countryside, attempted rape, female nudity
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, gdr
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.0
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Requiem (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When a young boy comes in to see a doctor abourt a red mark on his face, the doctor's wife welcomes him into the consulting room instead. As they talk, she offers him something to eat and then notes that his manner of eating is just like that ...
Plot: post war, doctor, prison, skinny dipping, sex scene, public sex, female nudity
Place: hungary
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40%
Naturally Native (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Naturally Native follows the lives, loves, pain, joy and relationships of three sisters as they attempt to start their own business. Of American Indian ancestry, but adopted by white foster parents as young children, each sister has her own identity ...
Plot: native american, racism, female director, family, cosmetics, female protagonist, sister sister relationship
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39%
The Year of the Tiger (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A prison inmate escapes from his wrecked penitentiary during Chile's February 2010 earthquake.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense
Plot: prison, escape, violence, escaped prisoner, tsunami, brutality, devastation, convict, freedom, free will, prison escape, farmer ...
Time: year 2010
Place: chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Life Inside Out (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When a mother returns to her musical roots, she rediscovers the passion of her youth, and finds a way to connect with her troubled youngest son.
Plot: music, family, teenage son, female director, family relations, female protagonist, teenage boy, singing, teenager, mother son relationship
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%