Movies like The Show Must Go On

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The Show Must Go On (2007)
 6.9
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The Show Must Go On (2007)
Original name: 우아한 세계
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 109 min.
Story: With middle age creeping up on him, the life and achievements of amiable, mid-level Korean gangster Kang In-gu are about due for an objective assessment. He’s certainly not in top streetfighting form anymore, and the young thugs under his command aren’t exactly an elite troop of criminals. Moreover, his wife is running out of patience with his career choice and the lack of social finesse it entails, and his dearly loved daughter is embarrassed beyond words by her often uncouth dad (but then, aren’t all teenagers?). A conflict with another gang puts Kang and his childhood buddy on opposite sides of the fence. The fact is, Kang just wants everything to work out right for everyone –- and we all know which road is paved with good intentions… the road to hell.
Style: touching, rough, serious, realistic, stylized, neo noir
Plot: gangsters, criminal heroes, rivalry, down on your luck, chase, drinking alcohol, drinking, father, crimes, gang, family relations, parents and children, crime, life is a bitch, graphic violence, hopes, family problems, disorder, business, fight, teacher, car, police, death, hostage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and rough films with plots about crimes, crime, gangsters, rivalry, criminal heroes, gang and gangster mostly in Action, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like The Show Must Go On: Hindsight (2011), A Better Tomorrow (2010), A Dirty Carnival (2006), Traffickers (2012), My Wife Is a Gangster (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Hindsight (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Retired mob boss Du-heon enrolls in a cooking class with the hopes of making a fresh start as a restaurant owner. In the class he meets a quirky girl, Se-bin, and finds himself drawn to her. Despite his determination to wipe the slate clean, Du-heon ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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A Better Tomorrow (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Korean remake of the John Woo Classic. One brother is a criminal. One brother is a cop. Both will fight to the death.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, neo noir
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, betrayal, family relations, siblings relations, family problems, vengeance, gang, danger, rivalry, criminal heroes, dishonesty, brother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, thailand, south korea, north korea
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A Dirty Carnival (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Byung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened with a terminally ill mother and taking care of younger siblings, Byung-du is feeling financial pressure as a substitute patriarch. When the big boss ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Plot: gangsters, gang, crimes, criminal heroes, murder, debt, financial problem, director, right hand man, gang war, rivalry, rise and fall ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: seoul, korea, asia, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Traffickers (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After his best friend dies in an unexpected accident, black market dealer Young-gyu decides to wash his hands off his illegal activities and start a new life with his girlfriend Yu-ri. But his dream stalls when he learns that Yu-ri needs money for ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: danger, nothing goes right, crimes, gang, kidnapping, ship, disorder, graphic violence, crime, molestation, organ harvesting, female nudity
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
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My Wife Is a Gangster (2001)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Eunjin who is a living legend among the gangsters dominates the male-centered underworld wielding only a pair of her trademark blades. One day, Eun-jin finds her sister from whom she was separated at an orphanage during childhood, and her sister ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, rough, humorous, stylized ...
Plot: martial arts, criminal heroes, gangsters, opposites attract, rivalry, crimes, uninhibited rivalry, danger, marriage, gang, couple relations, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia
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Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 321 min.
Story: Shahid Khan is exiled after impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku in order to rob British trains. Now outcast, Shahid becomes a worker at Ramadhir Singh's colliery, only to spur a revenge battle that passes on to generations. At the turn of ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
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No Blood No Tears (2002)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Gyung-sun is a washed-up cab driver who has been trying to go straight after years in trouble with the law after being a big-time safecracker. Soo-jin wants to be a famous singer, but lives the life of a trophy girlfriend to her vicious gangster ...
Style: rough, stylized, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, vigilantism, dishonesty, betrayal, friendship, redemption, gangsters, forbidden love, rivalry, track down, gory, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea
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My Wife Is a Gangster 2 (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: South Korea
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Former Scissor Gang leader Eun-jin (Shin Eun-kyung), who now suffers from amnesia, nevertheless defends Jae-cheol (Jun Gyu Park), a restaurateur who employs her, from a gangster who wants his business.
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, stylized, exciting
Plot: martial arts, crimes, gang, gangsters, memory loss, danger, criminal heroes, uninhibited rivalry, loan, deadly, strong female presence, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Madso's War (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A power vacuum develops when the top mob boss flees a federal indictment.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rivalry, crimes, criminal heroes, uninhibited rivalry, swashbuckler, murder, betrayal, gunfight, violence, mafia, mob boss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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63%
Beyond Outrage (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as an internal strife in Outrage has now become a nationwide war in Outrage ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, rough, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Before I Self Destruct (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: A coming of age story about an inner-city youth raised by a hardworking single mother. When his dream of becoming a basketball player fails to materialize, he finds himself employed in a supermarket. After his mother is tragically gunned down, ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic
Plot: desire for fame, crimes, rivalry, crime, hopes, working class, siblings relations, family relations, criminal heroes, youth, single parent, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Fool N Final (2007)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A bunch of misfits and gangsters embarks on a journey to find a lost and stolen diamond.
Style: suspenseful, humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic
Plot: heist, gang, cons and scams, disorder, criminal heroes, danger, dishonesty, crimes, rivalry, bollywood, goofy hero, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia
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Dead Heat (2002)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Boston cop Pally is forced into early retirement, putting a strain on his marriage. Pally's stepbrother, Ray, attempts to lift his spirits by tipping him off to a sure-bet racehorse. But their attempts to secure the champion equine are thwarted ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary
Place: boston, usa
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Bullett Raja (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A common man who transforms into a gangster revolts against the very system he once obediently followed by declaring war on the police, the government, and the industrialists.
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Running Turtle (2009)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 117 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Ultimate Heist (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 95 min.
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Open City (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: South Korea
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Gangsterland (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Ronald, an eight year-old biracial boy, sees his life turning upside down after witnessing the brutal murder of his mother by his father. Often moved from one foster home to the next, Ronald is recruited by a street gang where he dwells in a life of ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, tense, psychological ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, montreal quebec canada, montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Company (2002)
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Country: India
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Butterfly (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young man in Delhi tries to break free from his controlling brothers.
Style: serious, tense, rough, realistic
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Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 134 min.
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Time: 80s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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New World (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 135 min.
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Style: captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Like a Dragon (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, South Korea
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Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: yakuza, crimes, gang, vengeance, gangsters, danger, hitman, bank, track down, rivalry, heist, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Chicago Overcoat (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The fates of an aging hitman and a washed up detective become entwined when one last job leads to one last chance to settle an old score.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rivalry, crimes, aging, elderly, one last chance, hitman, law enforcement, criminal heroes, deadly, dishonesty, investigation ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Rascals (2011)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
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Duration: 128 min.
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Style: humorous, not serious, realistic
Plot: gangsters, crimes, cons and scams, friends, disorder, criminal heroes, buddies, dishonesty, danger, rivalry, bollywood, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Northwest (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Nordvest is a gangsterfilm set in the suburbs of Copenhagen. Casper (18), the oldest of 3 siblings, survives life on the streets by committing burglaries for the neighbourhood boss, Jamal. When Casper gets an offer to work for Jamal’s rival ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, bleak ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, juvenile delinquency, gangsters, crimes, life is a bitch, family problems, friendship, vengeance, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, gang war ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Kim Sun-woo is an enforcer and manager for a hotel owned by a cold, calculative crime boss, Kang who assigns Sun-Woo to a simple errand while he is away on a business trip; to shadow his young mistress, Heesoo, for fear that she may be cheating on ...
Style: bleak, exciting, serious, psychological, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Divine Move (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: South Korea
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Professional baduk (go) player Tae-seok loses a high-stakes game to infamous underground gambler Sal-soo, and ends up framed for the murder of his own brother and locked up in prison. He vows revenge and trains ferociously. After serving his ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.3
 5K
Friend (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The film follows the lives of four childhood friends: Joon-seok, the leader, whose father is a powerful mob boss; Dong-su, whose father is an undertaker; class clown Jung-ho; and Sang-taek, an exemplary student. The story is the director's ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, betrayal, gang war, ambition, rise to the top, buddies, life is a bitch, adulthood, rivalry, youth, right hand man, friends ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 90s, 20th century
Place: asia, korea, busan, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.0
 3K
Rough Cut (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Gang-pae is #2 gangster in his organization who longs to become an actor. Su-ta is a superstar actor who takes on the role of a gangster in an action movie called Rough Cut. When another actor leaves the set due to Su-tas violent ways, the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, humorous, realistic, rough ...
Plot: filmmaking, tough heroes, celebrity culture, paparazzi, rivalry, gang, criminal's revenge, gangsters, heroes, crime, hotshot hero, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%