Movies like The Merciless

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The Merciless (2017)
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The Merciless (2017)
Original name: 불한당: 나쁜 놈들의 세상
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Jae-ho, who aims to become the number one in a crime organization, gets to build up trust with Hyun-su, an ambitious newbie in the prison. While they try to take over the organization after the prison release, their ulterior motives starts to emerge.
Style: psychological, exciting, tense, captivating, suspense, harsh, disturbing, neo noir, non-linear, noir
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison gang, prison, gang, violence, murder, tough guy, criminal, life is a bitch, prison life, desperation, arrest, criminal heroes, existentialism, male objectification, moral ambiguity, undercover, undercover cop, gay love, drugs, ship, fight, baseball, russian mafia, beach, hospital ...
Time: contemporary

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Most similar movies to The Merciless

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out tense, suspense, realistic and serious films with plots about murder, crimes, violence, prison, gang, life is a bitch and prisoner mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like The Merciless: Convict (2014), Shot Caller (2017), R (2010), An Innocent Man (1989), El padrino (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Convict (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in the dark and old Parramatta prison built by the original convicts our lead character Ray a war veteran finds himself serving 18 months for manslaughter after defending his fiance. He soon realizes that the prison boss has it in for him and ...
Style: tense, disturbing, captivating, suspense
Plot: prison, prison violence, gang, male objectification, convict, humiliation, prisoner, prison life, jailed, confined, jail, jail cell ...
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Shot Caller (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A newly-released prison gangster is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.
Style: clever, harsh, twist ending, suspense, tense
Plot: prison, prison gang, skinhead, prisoner, criminal, gang, prison life, tattoo, violence, criminal heroes, prison riot, estranged father ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, usa
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47%
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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: realistic, tense, captivating, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, friendship, confined, gang, crimes, warden, murder, muslim, violence, jail cell, racial slur ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
An Innocent Man (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and the officers frame him as a drug dealer. Rainwood is ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: prison, police corruption, false accusation, frame up, gang, drug dealing, vengeance, prison life, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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El padrino (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In the streets of East Los Angeles, Manny is a formidable drug dealer. Impressed by his extravagant lifestyle and prowess, his young son, Kilo, yearns to follow in his footsteps. Kilo resolves to learn how to prosper in the drug world, and his new ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime boss, prison gang, gangsters, prison, criminal heroes, juvenile delinquency, prison life, life is a bitch, crimes, gang, drug dealing, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
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77%
 5.5
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Nosedive (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 90 min.
Story: NOSEDIVE depicts a world of unlimited drugs, wild parties, beautiful people, and no sleep. However, when reality takes a dark turn, a group of characters are forced to step out of the nightclub and into darkness.
Style: disturbing, tense, suspense
Plot: violence, murder, strip club, criminal, bandit, drugs, gang, crimes, drug abuse, nudity (full frontal - brief), cocaine, male rape ...
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76%
The City Is Mine (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young man coming home after serving time in the penitentiary finds his city in control by local thugs, stops at nothing to gain sole control of a city he feels is rightfully his.
Style: captivating, tense, suspense, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, gang, rivalry, criminal's revenge, gangsters, drug dealing, crimes, urban ghetto, ego clash, buddies, prison, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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73%
The 4th Company (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Zambrano is a young criminal with the only hope of joining the legendary prison American football team known as The Dogs of Santa Martha. His hopes end up involving him with organized crime since The Dogs, who are also known as The 4th Company, a ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, captivating, tense, suspense
Plot: prison, football, juvenile delinquency, criminal, prisoner, jail, teenager, confined, prison sentence, jailed, teenage life, life is a bitch ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 6.9
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Get the Gringo (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A career criminal (Gibson) nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, intense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, gunfight, prison, prison life, confined, prison escape, tough guy, prison gang, thief, gang, corruption, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america, san diego california, tijuana mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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The Prison (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: South Korea
Duration: 125 min.
Story: An imprisoned ex-police inspector discovers that the entire penitentiary is controlled by an inmate running a crime syndicate and becomes part of the crime empire.
Style: captivating, tense, suspense
Plot: prison, jailed, prison violence, jail, crime boss, prisoner, outlaw gang, prison gang, prison life, gang, syndicate, prison warden ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Animal 2 (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Now serving a life sentence for murder, James "Animal" Allen returns to fighting for cash in order to help his troubled son on the outside. However, with his newfound fame as a fighter, Animal uncovers a jailhouse conspiracy that threatens ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: prison, martial arts, false accusation, prison life, frame up, courtroom drama, murder, rivalry, parents and children, sexual abuse, racism, interracial relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Women of Mafia 2 (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 138 min.
Story: After taking control of the capital, Nanny's gang prepares for the biggest smuggling action in the history of Poland.
Style: tense, captivating, exciting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terrorist, drugs, mafia, drug dealing, fighting crime, murder, violence, disorder, friends, life is a bitch, rivalry, decapitation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: poland, colombia, berlin germany, morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.1
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Undisputed (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Monroe Hutchens is the heavyweight champion of Sweetwater, a maximum security prison. He was convicted to a life sentence due to a passionate crime. Iceman Chambers is the heavyweight champion, who lost his title due to a rape conviction to ten ...
Style: exciting, tense, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, fight, life sentence, gangsters, murder, heroes, boxing, convict, racial slur, prison life, solitary, sport ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, mojave desert, las vegas, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Day Hollywood Died (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: He just woke up. He's in a hospital. He can't move. He can't remember who he is. Memories begin to flood back to him as he regains consciousness. He was part of a heist gone wrong. One of a crew of six asked to steal a briefcase from ...
Style: tense, suspense, captivating, exciting, psychological
Plot: heist, bank, coma, gang, death, vengeance, partners, thief, dishonesty, heroes, burglar, male protagonist ...
Time: 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.1
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Semper Fi (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Cal is a dedicated cop who also serves as a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve. When his reckless half brother lands in jail for accidentally killing a man, Cal and his buddies hatch a plan to break him out of prison -- no matter what the cost.
Style: suspense, tense, captivating, psychological, disturbing
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, friendship, brutality, violence, murder, dishonesty, crimes, life is a bitch, adaptation, rivalry, ambition, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Outrage Coda (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Ôtomo gets involved with new Yakuza battles after he comes back the Yakuza society.
Style: suspense, tense, disturbing, captivating, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, organized crime, crime boss, mafia, gunfight, survival, murder, brutality, violence, hitman, death, death threat ...
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Place: japan
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Narco Sub (2021)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A man will become a criminal to save his family. Director: Shawn Welling Writer: Derek H. Potts Stars: Tom Vera, Tom Sizemore, Lee Majors |
Style: exciting, tense, suspenseful, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: criminal, drug cartel, criminal heroes, navy, cia, dea, submarine, cartel, sex trafficking, kidnapping, drugs, armed forces ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Memoir of a Murderer (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A former serial killer Byung-su gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and when a series of murders occur near his town, he worries whether the killings are his doings. Then, he comes across Tae-ju and realizes that he’s the killer. He reports this to ...
Style: psychological, twists and turns, tense, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, serial murder, alzheimer's disease, doubt, vigilante, father daughter relationship, serendipity, murder, daughter, police, confusion, house ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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13 Dead Men (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Set in a prison, a death row inmate has a secret and the warden will go to any lengths to get it. Things dont go as planned as you would expect. A good action film with alot of good fight scenes and an interesting twist at the end.What we have ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, sexy, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: death row, prison, criminal heroes, false accusation, confined, life is a bitch, partners, wrongfully committed, frame up, buddies, dishonesty, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Easy Money III: Life Deluxe (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 127 min.
Story: JW now lives in exile and is more than ever determined to find out what happened to his missing sister Camilla. Every trace leads him to the world of organized crime in Stockholm. Jorge is about to do his last score - the largest robbery in Swedish ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, robbery, murder, revenge, criminal, crimes, working undercover, criminal heroes, missing person, mafia, bandit, criminal gang ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, scandinavia, stockholm sweden, eastern europe
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45%
Night in Paradise (2020)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 131 min.
Story: An assassin named Tae-goo is offered a chance to switch sides with his rival Bukseong gang, headed by Chairman Doh. Tae-goo rejects the offer that results in the murder of his sister and niece. In revenge, Tae-goo brutally kills Chairman Doh and his ...
Style: noir, captivating, suspense, tense, brutal
Plot: revenge, extreme violence, massacre, criminal's revenge, bandit, gang war, criminal gang, crimes, crime family, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, gang, life is a bitch ...
Place: jeju island
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42%
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Term Life (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: If Nick Barrow can stay alive for 21 days, he'll die happy. Everyone Nick knows wants him dead; Mob bosses, contract killers, and dirty cops. Performing the last act of a desperate man, Nick takes out a million dollar insurance policy on ...
Style: psychological, sincere, captivating, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gunfight, father daughter relationship, mafia, survival, self sacrifice, criminal gang, struggle for survival, crimes, parents and children, hopes, family, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.8
 98K
A Prophet (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of ...
Style: rough, tense, bleak, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, prison, gangsters, prison life, cruelty, convict, confined, racial slur, respect, guilt, muslim, power struggle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, marseille, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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The Unjust (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A series of murders holds the nation in its sway and the longer the police fail to catch the murderer, the more the public begins to panic. Choi, a highly successful investigator whose methods have always held him back from promotion, senses that ...
Style: rough, tense, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, police detective, frame up, legal, police corruption, crimes, intrigue, police investigation, law enforcement, dishonesty, promotion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.0
 12K
Paid in Full (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ace is an impressionable young man working for a dry cleaning business. His friend, drug dealer Mitch goes to prison. In an unrelated incident, he finds some cocaine in a pants pocket. Soon, Ace finds himself dealing cocaine for Lulu. Via lucky ...
Style: tense, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: urban ghetto life, drug dealing, gang, rise and fall, urban ghetto, organized crime, street gang, street life, cocaine, social decay, criminal heroes, friends ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.3
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Starred Up (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father. As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already ...
Style: rough, captivating, serious, tense, psychological ...
Plot: prison, prison life, juvenile delinquent, teenage life, confined, family reunited, family relations, warden, parents and children, troublemaker, father son relationship, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: britain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.4
 28K
Son of a Gun (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia, UK, Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia's most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch, but ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, exciting, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, heist, prison life, robbery, crimes, teaching the ways of the world, criminal heroes, betrayal, confined, on the run, master criminal, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Women of Mafia (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A former police officer goes under cover in the mafia.
Style: tense, captivating, suspense, talky, serious ...
Plot: mafia, special agents, gang, life is a bitch, fighting crime, rivalry, drugs, organized crime, bandit, female protagonist, criminal, drug traffic ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: After working as a drug courier and getting into a brutal shootout with police, a former boxer finds himself at the mercy of his enemies as they force him to instigate violent acts that turn the prison he resides in into a battleground.
Style: tense, brutal, rough, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: maximum security prison, prisoner, prison warden, boxer, prison, murder, interrogation, methamphetamine, police shootout, drugs, revenge, fight ...
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36%
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Lock Up (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Plot: prison, prison life, prison escape, prison warden, life is a bitch, rivalry, self sacrifice, vengeance, warden, murder, good versus evil, corruption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%