Movies like A Prayer Before Dawn

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A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)
 6.9
 22K
A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: UK, France, China, Cambodia, USA, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on the true life experience of Billy Moore who survived his Thai prison ordeal by becoming a Muay Thai boxing champion.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, captivating, suspense
Plot: boxing, prison, muay thai, survival, brutality, freedom, promise, money, friendship, drugs, lie, fear, murder, anger, camera, arrest, prison rape, prisoner, gay sex, outsider, love, sex, dog, rape, fight ...
Time: 2000s, year 2010
Place: thailand, bangkok thailand

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Most similar movies to A Prayer Before Dawn

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and tense films with plots about violence, murder, brutality, prison, blood, beating and arrest mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like A Prayer Before Dawn: Papillon (2017), Midnight Express (1978), The Hurricane (1999), Undisputed (2002), Bronson (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Papillon (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Czech Republic, Spain
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Henri "Papillon" Charrière is convicted in Paris for a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he becomes obsessed with escaping. After planning and executing a series of treacherous ...
Style: factual, suspense, homoerotic, brutal
Plot: prison escape, prison, solitary, prison life, survival, life sentence, safecracker, island prison, friendship, human spirit, escape, jungle ...
Time: year 1970, year 1969, 1930s
Place: south america, venezuela, france, colombia, paris france
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100%
Midnight Express (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, suspense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prison, torture, lawyer, brutality, injustice, escape, suprisingly clever, escape attempt, trial, court, convict, sadism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974, year 1975, year 1972 ...
Place: turkey, greece, istanbul turkey, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
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The Hurricane (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Style: thought provoking, factual, touching, inspirational, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, boxing, prison life, freedom, false accusation, racism, courtroom, legal, friendship, fighting the system, injustice, prejudice ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: new jersey, canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 31K
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: serious, realistic, exciting, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, fight, life sentence, gangsters, murder, heroes, boxing, racial slur, convict, prisoner, solitary, prison life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas, mojave desert, new jersey ...
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36%
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Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Sequel to the 2002 film. This time, Heavyweight Champ George "Iceman" Chambers (White) is sent to a Russian jail on trumped-up drug charges. In order to win his freedom he must fight against the jailhouse fighting champ Uri Boyka (Adkins) ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: boxing, tournament, martial arts, prison life, kickboxing, challenge, contests and competitions, convict, taekwondo, fist fighting, jail, fistfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, usa, new jersey, california, tokyo
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34%
 7.1
 126K
Bronson (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Cayman Islands, Denmark, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.
Style: surreal, realistic, rough, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, social misfits, violence spree, society, robbery, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, confined, human nature, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1974
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Undisputed III: Redemption (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Russian inmate Boyka, now severely hobbled by the knee injury suffered at the end of Undisputed 2. No longer the feared prison fighter he was, he has declined so far that he is now good only for cleaning toilets. But when a new prison fight ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison fight, fist fighting, hand to hand combat, prison life, prison, kickboxing, contests and competitions, confined, tournament, boxing, martial arts, tough guy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 44K
Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Betty Anne Waters' older brother Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, based on true events, disturbing ...
Plot: false accusation, legal action, injustice, court, lawyer, trial, legal, courtroom drama, fighting the system, hopes, convict, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 90s, contemporary, 80s ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
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33%
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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert ...
Style: realistic, suspense, atmospheric, exciting, social realism ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison escape, prison, alcatraz, freedom, prison life, convict, island, punishment, warden, partners, confined, suicide ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1962, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, suspense, rough, exciting, psychological ...
Plot: prisoner, maximum security prison, boxer, prison, prison warden, methamphetamine, murder, interrogation, police shootout, revenge, fight, violence ...
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Jamesy Boy (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based on the true story of teenager James Burns who goes from a suburban street gang to a maximum-security prison cell surrounded by hardened criminals. He turns his life around in prison thanks to the unexpected friendship he forms with a convicted ...
Style: rough, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: prison, friendship, mother son reunion, prison life, teaching the ways of the world, confined, crimes, criminal, mentor, brother sister relationship, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.1
 10K
The Traitor (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Brazil
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Palermo, Sicily, 1980. Mafia member Tommaso Buscetta decides to move to Brazil with his family fleeing the constant war between the different clans of the criminal organization. But when, after living several misfortunes, he is forced to return to ...
Style: realistic, suspense, intense, captivating, factual
Plot: cosa nostra, mafia, informant, assassination, assassination attempt, judge, murder, trial, death threat, court, italian history, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 2000s, 1990s ...
Place: sicily, italy, rome italy, rio de janeiro, miami ...
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30%
 8.0
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Papillon (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Style: bleak, captivating, tense, suspense, inspirational ...
Plot: prison escape, prison, human spirit, runaway, false accusation, criminal heroes, prison life, labor camp, life sentence, solitary, escape attempt, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 7K
Lizzie (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young woman goes on a notorious ax-murdering rampage in Massachusetts at the turn of the century.
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, psychological, based on true events ...
Plot: lesbian romance, lesbian sex, father daughter relationship, last will and testament, murder trial, chambermaid, friendship, employer employee relationship, promise, lawyer, hiding place, women's rights ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: new england, massachusetts
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30%
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Animal Factory (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: prison, friendship, prison rape, survival, human nature, crimes, crime, confined, fish out of water, prison warden, nudity (full frontal - brief), drugs ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
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30%
Boyka: Undisputed IV (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Bulgaria, USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In the fourth installment of the fighting franchise, Boyka is shooting for the big leagues when an accidental death in the ring makes him question everything he stands for. When he finds out the wife of the man he accidentally killed is in trouble, ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: fight, prison, redemption, hand to hand combat, widow, boxing, accidental death, martial arts, arrested, religion, jail, russian ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Only God Forgives (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, France, USA, Sweden, Belgium
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Julian, who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family's drug smuggling operation, is forced by his mother Jenna to find and kill the individual responsible for his brother's recent death.
Style: neo noir, stylized, atmospheric, disturbing, brutal ...
Plot: neo-noir, vengeance, neon light, punishment, surrealism, family relations, loss of son, owner, criminal heroes, violence, domineering mother, very little dialogue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: thailand, asia, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
When the Sky Falls (2000)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Fact-based story about Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton, who invaded the Irish underworld and attempted to expose the illegitimate activities she found. Hampered by the system, a police consort is ineffectual at aiding her despite ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Plot: murder, journalism, gangsters, investigation, law enforcement, crime, tragic hero, crimes, drug abuse, uncover truth, life is a bitch, drug dealing ...
Time: year 1998
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Just Mercy (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned — including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights ...
Style: tense, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, touching ...
Plot: false accusation of murder, courtroom, lawyer, innocence, perjury, defense attorney, murder, lie, strip search, injustice, investigation, judge ...
Time: year 1987, 80s, year 1993, year 1992, 20th century
Place: alabama
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29%
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Black Mass (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, captivating, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, corruption, brutality, crime, fbi, murder, organized crime, arms dealing, crimes, illness, mafia, mob boss ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1982, year 1975 ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, miami, santa monica california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Women in Cages (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Carol Jeffries is a naive American woman staying in the Philippines. She is given ten years in prison after being set up by her drug-dealer boyfriend, Rudy. She endures the harsh conditions, sadistic head matron and attempts on her life, then ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: female whipping, women's prison, jungle, prison, sadism, prostitute, frame up, drug abuse, exploitation, murder, betrayal, rape ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.2
 35K
Lionheart (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, on the run, heroes, bet, drug dealer, ambition, rivalry, revenge, opponent, contests and competitions, family relations, tough heroes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north africa, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.8
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The Irishman (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 209 min.
Story: A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, thought provoking, neo noir ...
Plot: mafia, italian mafia, labor union, hitman, organized crime, life, murder, high society, killer as protagonist, father daughter relationship, mob hit, arrest ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 70s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: chicago illinois, philadelphia, pennsylvania, detroit, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Ali (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: boxing, civil rights, muslim, athlete's life, friendship, racism, african american, comeback, politics, rise to the top, human spirit, ambition ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1974 ...
Place: africa, nigeria, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Beautiful Boxer (2003)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Thailand
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the true life story of a Thai who wishes to have a sex change operation to become a woman. to pay for this he enters the brutal world of Thai boxing, un-nerving his opponents by performing a makeup application ritual before each fight.
Style: touching, psychological, captivating, melancholic, compassionate ...
Plot: transvestism, transsexual, muay thai, martial arts, gays and lesbians, gender bending, athlete's life, friendship, boxing, ambition, lifestyle, desire ...
Time: contemporary
Place: thailand, asia, japan, california, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
True History of the Kelly Gang (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Western
Country: Australia, UK, France
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Set against the badlands of colonial Australia where the English rule with a bloody fist and the Irish endure, Ned Kelly discovers he comes from a line of Irish rebels—an uncompromising army of cross dressing bandits immortalised for terrorising ...
Style: psychological, enigmatic, bleak, tense, based on true events
Plot: criminal gang, criminal, chase, outlaw, escape, gang, fight, police officer, murder, revenge, death, australian western ...
Time: 1870s, 1880s, 19th century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
We Own the Night (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hitmen.
Style: rough, serious, captivating, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, heroin, law enforcement, gangsters, nightclub, crime, crimes, mafia, siblings relations, parents and children, parent child relationship, party ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.0
 10K
El Angel (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 118 min.
Story: About a real-life criminal who shocked Argentine society: Carlos Robledo Puch, a merciless teen killer dubbed “The Angel of Death” because of his beatific good looks, who now ranks as the longest-serving prison inmate in Argentine history.
Style: tense, psychological, exciting, captivating, based on true events ...
Plot: armed robbery, psychopath, murder, arrest, violence, friendship, police, escape, lie, money, father son relationship, teenage boy ...
Time: 70s, year 1971
Place: argentina, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.9
 4K
Charlie Says (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Three young women were sentenced to death in the infamous Manson murder case, but when the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment. One young graduate student was sent in to teach them - and through her we witness their ...
Style: psychological, suspense, rough, disturbing, based on true events
Plot: cult leader, female nudity, life sentence, prison, female murderer, cult, manipulation, confined, serial murder, female assassin, clothed female naked male, naked in public ...
Time: year 2014, year 2017, year 1969, year 2009
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Merciless (2017)
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: harsh, psychological, captivating, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison gang, prison, gang, murder, violence, gay love, desperation, life is a bitch, prison life, criminal heroes, arrest, tough guy ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%