Movies like A Prayer Before Dawn

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A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)
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A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: UK, France, China, Cambodia, USA
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: based on memoir
Plot: prison, boxing, prisoner, outsider, love, dog, survival, rape, money, boxer, friendship, violence, food, hitman, sex scene, gambling, illness, suicide, torture, photographer, buddhism, gun, ambulance, drug addict, singing ...
Time: 2000s, year 2010
Place: thailand, bangkok thailand

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and interesting films with plots about violence, murder, blood, drinking, beating, death and money mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like A Prayer Before Dawn: Midnight Express (1978), Papillon (2017), Jamesy Boy (2014), Conviction (2010), Good Time (2017). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: prison, lawyer, injustice, torture, brutality, escape attempt, rape, sadism, trial, smuggling, muslim, racial slur ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey, greece
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95%
 7.1
 32K
Papillon (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, Spain, USA
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: suspense, based on memoir, factual, brutal
Plot: prison, prison escape, prison life, friendship, solitary, false accusation, survival, human spirit, rebelliousness, brutality, male bonding, wrongful conviction ...
Time: year 1969, year 1970
Place: south america, paris france, venezuela, france, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.3
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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, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: prison, friendship, prison life, crimes, teaching the ways of the world, crime, confined, power relations, friends, redemption, mentor, criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.2
 39K
Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: 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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: convict, injustice, false accusation, lawyer, legal action, murder, fighting the system, prison, trial, innocence, courtroom, money ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 80s, 90s, contemporary ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 7.3
 52K
Good Time (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother Nick out of jail.
Style: dark humor, brutal
Plot: wheelchair, on the run, hospital, brother, violence, prison, amusement park, bank robber, security guard, loneliness, running, stolen money ...
Place: manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.0
 140K
Legend (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Suave, charming and volatile, Reggie Kray and his unstable twin brother Ronnie start to leave their mark on the London underworld in the 1960s. Using violence to get what they want, the siblings orchestrate robberies and murders while running ...
Style: rough, tense, realistic, brutal, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, crime, twins, rise and fall, violence, brother brother relationship, mental illness, organized crime, husband wife relationship, violent, anti-hero ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1957
Place: london, england, scotland yard, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.2
 942
Fifty-Fifty (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Sport, Thriller
Country: Kazakhstan, Russia, France, Germany
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A teen involved in the world of underground boxing vows to take care of a dead fighter's family.
Style: touching, rough, psychological, sincere, serious ...
Plot: gambling, kids in trouble, youth, redemption, coming of age, survival, tragic love, teenage life, underdog, mental illness, love and romance, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia, kazakhstan
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.8
 4K
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, based on true events
Plot: father daughter relationship, last will and testament, abusive father, axe murder, murder trial, reading a book, older man younger woman relationship, learning to read, screaming, mirror, letter, reading aloud ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: new england, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: 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: suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, alcatraz, prison life, island, suicide, convict, nude fight, prison warden, mouse, rebellion, confined, buddies ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1961, year 1962 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: realistic, serious
Plot: ira, investigation, journalism, murder, crime, gangsters, media, drug abuse, drug dealing, addiction, rise and fall, society ...
Time: year 1998
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.2
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Five Corners (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A psychotic young man returns to his old neighborhood after release from prison. He seeks out the woman he previously tried to rape and the man who protected her, with twisted ideas of love for her and hate for him.
Style: disturbing, tense, clever, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: violence, stalking, friendship, elevator, psychopath, prison, theft, city, teenage life, deadly, danger, youth ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, mississippi, bronx new york city, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him to write his life story. Lesser learns that Panzram's ...
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, death row, murder, prison, redemption, crime, deadly, prison life, human nature, confined, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: minnesota, new jersey, california, israel, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.3
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Party Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The New York club scene of the 80s and 90s was a world like no other. Into this candy-colored, mirror ball playground stepped Michael Alig, a wannabe from nowhere special. Under the watchful eye of veteran club kid James St. James, Alig quickly rose ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, disturbing, surreal ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friends, addiction, drug abuse, police, party, money, drug dealing, social misfits, male friendship, murder, unlikely criminals, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, indiana, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Out of the Furnace (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two brothers live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, when a cruel twist of fate lands one in prison. His brother is then lured into one of the most violent crime rings in the Northeast.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, justice, disappearance, ex convict, manslaughter, track down, vigilantism, crimes, mysterious character, parents and children, loss of sibling, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 80s, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: usa, pennsylvania, indiana, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
We Own the Night (2007)
Genre: 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, captivating, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, heroin, party, law enforcement, gangsters, nightclub, crime, mafia, parents and children, siblings relations, parent child relationship, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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35%
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Captives (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A beautiful young dentist working in a tough British prison starts to become attracted to a violent inmate after the break-up of her marriage, and embarks upon an illicit affair with him, with terrible consequences for all.
Style: suspenseful, sexual, realistic, tense, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: prison, dentist, infidelity, forbidden love, romance, tragic love, prison life, couples, drug dealing, opposites attract, destructive relationship, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, london, spain, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
Style: emotional, rough, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, teenage life, life is a bitch, basketball, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, friends, diary, coach ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", ...
Style: epic, realistic, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, drug abuse, gang war, grudge, heroin, friendship, prejudice, racism, mexican american, police shootout, artist, lowrider ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, guatemala, ecuador ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Southside (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two friends are torn apart by passion and ambition in the violent world of amateur boxing.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, talky
Plot: friendship, gay, hypocrisy, society, friends, power relations, best friends, coming out, working class, betrayal, ambition, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: beverly hills, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Marshall (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, battles through one of his career-defining cases.
Plot: lawyer, trial, racism, investigation, kidnapping, jewish, court, reading a newspaper, custody, african american protagonist, courtroom drama, juror ...
Time: 1940s, year 1967, year 1954
Place: manhattan new york city, mississippi, grand central station manhattan new york city, connecticut
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33%
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Detroit (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizens' uprisings in the history of the United States.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, factual, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: racism, murder, police brutality, police violence, revenge, death, racial tension, tragic event, injustice, rebellion, rescue, chaos ...
Time: 1960s, year 1969, year 1967, year 1943
Place: detroit, michigan
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33%
Criminal Lovers (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After a perverted impulse drives them to kill, Alice and her boyfriend, Luc, drag the body into the woods, only to find themselves hopelessly lost – much like the fairy-tale plight of Hansel and Gretel. Starving and with no hope of being found, ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder, couples, youth, confined, hostages, psychopath, mind game, teenage life, deadly, crime, violence, teenage boy ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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10th & Wolf (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A former street tough returns to his Philadelphia home after a stint in the military. Back on his home turf, he once again finds himself tangling with the mob boss who was instrumental in his going off to be a soldier.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating, rough ...
Plot: mafia, undercover, homecoming, siblings relations, gangsters, crime, special agents, crimes, life is a bitch, marines, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 1990s, year 1984
Place: usa, philadelphia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Bully (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, stylized, gloomy, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: sexual abuse, murder, gay slur, vengeance, youth, teenage life, rivalry, bully, teenager, bullying, friendship, drugs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Iceman (2012)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, arrest, organized crime, poisoning, mafia, notoriety, crime family, psychopath, hidden identity, merciless, lone hero, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, year 1964 ...
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Another Day in Paradise (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A vending machine robbery by small time thief and drug addict Bobbie (Vincent Kartheiser) goes badly awry, and his friends contact street-wise thief and part-time druggie Mel (James Woods) to patch him up.Recognizing a kindred spirit, Mel befriends ...
Style: talky, realistic, tense, serious, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, violence, friendship, drug dealing, heist, murder, robbery, crime, teenage life, society, small time ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Jimmy and Judy (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Two misunderstood suburban kids challenge society and run from the police while documenting all of their deeds with a digital camera.
Style: suspenseful, serious, disturbing, rough, realistic
Plot: on the run, rapist, high school, vandalism, murder, hit and run, vengeance, revenge, police, video camera, cross dressing, suburban life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.2
 34K
Chopper (2000)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true and intense story of Mark 'Chopper' Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison.
Style: dark humor, stylized, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prison, brutality, stabbing, convict, murder, judge, criminal, drug use, prostitute, nightclub, tattoo, trial ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1986, year 1978
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Veronica Guerin (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In this true story, Veronica Guerin is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, emotional, rough ...
Plot: journalism, murder, investigation, drug lord, drug dealing, police, gangsters, uncover truth, crimes, tragic hero, price of justice, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, california, england, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
T2: Trainspotting (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie.
Style: surprise ending, reflective, melancholic, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: drug addiction, revenge, addiction, friendship, heroin, violence, cocaine, bar, junkie, prison, apartment, theft ...
Time: year 1979, year 1974, 2010s
Place: scotland, bulgaria, scottish highlands, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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