Movies like Penitent

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Penitent (2017)
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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.
Plot: prison, family, anger, lonely, social realism, post traumatic stress disorder, violence, crimes, injury, crime

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, disturbing and suspense films with plots about prison, violence, crimes, confined, women's prison, life is a bitch and prison life mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Penitent: Causeway (2022), From Now On (2007), Getting Out (1994), In the Custody of Strangers (1982), Endorphine (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Causeway (2022)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A US soldier suffers a traumatic brain injury while fighting in Afghanistan and struggles to adjust to life back home in New Orleans. When she meets local mechanic James, the pair begin to forge an unexpected bond.
Plot: brain damage, mother daughter relationship, veteran, car accident, post traumatic stress disorder, american soldier, struggle, house, suffering, mental health, prison, prison visit ...
Place: new orleans, afghanistan
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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: anger, love, violence, politics, sex, revolt, redemption, nudity (full frontal - brief)
Place: portugal
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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: tense, serious, realistic, gloomy, suspenseful ...
Plot: custody, parents and children, prison, family life, family problems, family relations, crimes, life is a bitch, hopes, society, going straight, strong female presence ...
Time: 90s
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In the Custody of Strangers (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A teenage delinquent who goes on a drunken joyride is left in jail overnight by his parents in the hope that he might learn a lesson from it. But events follow which result in the boy spending far longer behind bars than anyone had foreseen.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing
Plot: prison, alcohol abuse, self defense, isolation, custody, teenage life, parents and children, unemployment, family life, prison life, juvenile delinquency, confined ...
Time: 80s
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53%
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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: dream, nightmare, parallel universe, war veteran, father daughter relationship, death, mother daughter relationship, surrealism, grief, death of mother, therapist, post traumatic stress disorder ...
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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 ...
Style: art house
Plot: mistaken identity, revolution, politics, prison, torture, homecoming, wrongful arrest, military coup, political unrest, post traumatic stress disorder, physical torture, male nudity ...
Place: turkey
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Changeover (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A girl grieving the horrific loss of her parents moves in with relatives, who try their best to welcome her into the family.
Style: disturbing, psychological, captivating, suspense
Plot: mental health, post traumatic stress disorder, loss of father, family life, family problems, loss of mother, uncle niece relationship, post traumatic stress, life is a bitch, relationship problems, loss of family, family ...
Place: north carolina
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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: political, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, prison riot, serial killer, rebellion, fighting the system, hostage, tough heroes, misfit, society, law enforcement, criminal heroes, politics ...
Time: 70s, year 1971
Place: new york, usa
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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, realistic, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, prison warden, young man, suicide, confined, criminal heroes, rebellion, fighting the system, crimes, criminal's revenge, society, fish out of water ...
Time: 70s
Place: utah, usa
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48%
Gli Invisibili (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 99 min.
Story: At the beginning of the eighties, Sirio, a young worker at the steelworks in Terni with a past in the student struggles, decided to abandon his job as a soldier in an extreme left-wing group.
Plot: years of lead, police, friendship, terrorism, jail, prison, mafia, prison riot, violence, organized crime, working class, communist
Time: 80s
Place: italy
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48%
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The Brig (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 68 min.
Story: A ultra-realistic depiction of life in a Marine Corps brig (or jail) at a camp in Japan in 1957. Marine prisoners are awakened and put through work details for the course of a single day, submitting in the course of it to extremely harsh and ...
Style: political
Plot: discipline, sadism, military, soldier, violence, cell, theatre play, prisoner, dehumanization, prison, u.s. marine corps, verbal abuse
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48%
The Right Mom (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: While writing an article about an abused boy, a woman fights for protect him after she uncovers shocking details.
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing
Plot: child abuse, domestic violence, family, violence, family problems, changing lives, female protagonist, beaten up, parents and children, lifestyle change, mentally unstable woman, child in peril
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Für den unbekannten Hund (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Plot: murder, drifter, new love, dressmaker, blackmail, prison, gas station, motorcycle, striptease, female nudity, violence, sex ...
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48%
Women in Chains (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: 1972 ABC Movie of the Week. Lady parole officer goes undercover to investigate prison brutality, but is trapped when the only person on the outside who knows why she's there is killed.
Style: psychotronic
Plot: prison, women's prison, undercover, women in prison, warden
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47%
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La Run (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Guillaume is a good young man. He has never taken hard drugs in his life, doesn't plan on trying, and has an honest job. Everything goes chaotic when he witnesses his father's attempted suicide over a heavy gambling debt. In order to pay ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, psychedelic
Plot: friendship, ambition, jealousy, drug abuse, drug dealing, family, drugs, violence, money, wrestler
Place: montreal
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46%
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, haunted by the past, starting over, family relations, adoption, murder, criminal heroes, hopes, drug dealing, crimes, strong female character, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway
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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: noir, realistic, serious
Plot: women's prison, prison, juvenile delinquent, tough heroes, crimes, juvenile delinquency, confined, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, youth, fugitives, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s
Place: ireland
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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, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: prison, violence, escape, prison escape, freedom, devastation, escaped prisoner, convict, tsunami, brutality, free will, crash ...
Time: year 2010
Place: chile
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Short Eyes (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young man who is charged with child molestation is placed in New York City’s infamous Tombs prison. When the other inmates in his cell block find out what he is charged with, life becomes extremely difficult for him.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, prison life, rape, bullying, sex crime, ethnic slur, racial slur, prison guard, pedophilia, gay slur, homosexual, vulgarity ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
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Never Down (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Rico reunites with his ex-wife after serving a five year prison term for armed robbery. Upon Rico's release he encounters old and new forces conspiring to bring him down and tear him between what he holds dear and what he most fears.
Plot: prison, drug dealer, tattoo, ex convict, artist, biblical quote
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40%
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Umbrella (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Alexander Way, a secondary school teacher with a fractured personal life, finds himself attempting to rescue a woman from a violent sexual attack. Alexander finds himself overpowered, beaten & taken to hospital. Jesiah Jarvus, a famous British ...
Style: touching, captivating, psychological, sentimental
Plot: marriage, school, family relations, father daughter relationship, violence, doctor, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, teacher, cancer, fight, hospital ...
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40%
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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: political, suspense, realistic, serious, cynical ...
Plot: prison, woman with a gun, murder, corrupt, revolutionary, security guard, escape, stoners, militant, confined, crimes, unlikely partners ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, oregon
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39%
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Badland (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Jerry (Jamie Draven) was an idealist when he served in the first Gulf War. But when he was later deployed to Iraq, Jerry was an older man, a father of three and embittered by broken promises and unfulfilled desires. When Jerry returns from Iraq he ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, homecoming, starting over, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, hopes, military, war, desperation, intrigue, wife, navy ...
Time: 90s
Place: iraq, middle east, afghanistan
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38%
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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: irish republican army, ira, political prisoner, women's prison, jail cell, prison, cell mate, female prisoner, female director
Place: ireland
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38%
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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: allegory, absurd
Plot: politics, island, torture, prison, death, military, nudity (full frontal - brief), insanity, satire, brainwashing, violence, fascism ...
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Contrainte par corps (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young Frenchwoman Claire, resting with her friend on an island in the Mediterranean Sea, becoms the victim of harassment by the local police commissioner Castes. Accused for disturbing public order, and then in the drug trade, she gets to the ...
Plot: vacation, corruption, island prison, nightmare, island, prison, nudity (full frontal - brief), arrest, injustice, women's prison, female prisoner, false accusation ...
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37%
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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, high school, hair, long haired male
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36%
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: serious, realistic, rough, bleak
Plot: prison, power relations, gender, battle of the sexes, confined, prison life, chaos and mayhem, female warden, women's prison, prisoner
Time: 80s
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34%
All Day and a Night (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: While serving life in prison, a young man looks back at the people, the circumstances and the system that set him on the path toward his crime.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, rough
Plot: gang, prison, gang leader, rivalry, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, crimes, crime boss, drugs, dishonor among criminals, merciless, evidence ...
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34%
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, women's prison, child abuse, murder, marital abuse, prison escape, alcohol abuse
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