Movies like American Animals

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American Animals (2018)
 7.0
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American Animals (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk and Chas Allen are four friends who live an ordinary existence in Kentucky. After a visit to Transylvania University, Lipka comes up with the idea to steal the rarest and most valuable books from the school's library. As one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history starts to unfold, the men question whether their attempts to inject excitement and purpose into their lives are simply misguided attempts at achieving the American dream.
Style: based on true events, cynical, realistic, slang, talky
Plot: heist, disguise, library, university, unreliable narrator, book, heist gone wrong, buddies, theft, travel, partners, greed, planning, storytelling, arrest, art collector, artist, true crime, man in bathtub, taking a bath, male in bathtub, male objectification, long haired male, robbery, shoplifting ...
Time: 2000s
Place: pennsylvania, kentucky

Most similar movies to American Animals

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and rough films with plots about crimes, heist, crime, robbery, criminal heroes, crime gone awry and dishonesty mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like American Animals: Bottle Rocket (1996), Family Business (1989), Beyond the City Limits (2001), Deadfall (1968), Blood and Wine (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.1
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Bottle Rocket (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Upon his release from a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan, who seems far less sane than the former. Dignan has hatched a hair-brained scheme for an as-yet-unspecified crime spree that ...
Style: talky, humorous, clever, witty, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robbery, theft, motel, crime, heist, thief, buddies, unlikely criminals, maid, nervous breakdown, sibling relationship, language barrier ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Family Business (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Jessie is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups than just about anyone else. His son Vito, while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a fairly shady past and is indeed no stranger to illegal ...
Style: serious, realistic, talky, emotional, suspense ...
Plot: heist, prison, life sentence, criminal, family business, crime, parents and children, cons and scams, criminal heroes, crimes, dishonesty, family relations ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Beyond the City Limits (2001)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three women outsmart unsavory men who try to cheat them out of their take in an almost-botched casino heist.
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, heist, crime, buddies, criminal's revenge, femme fatale, master criminal, crime gone awry, cons and scams, police corruption, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 5.8
 625
Deadfall (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Cat burglar Henry Clarke and his accomplices the Moreaus attempt to steal diamonds from the chateau of millionaire Salinas.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: heist, burglar, concert hall, jewel thief, mansion, break in, crime, gays and lesbians, hidden identity, gay, unlikely partners, rehabilitation ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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Blood and Wine (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes.
Style: clever, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: heist, crime gone awry, robbery, murder, fight, love, crime, dysfunctional family, neo-noir, nanny, safecracker, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 8.3
 785K
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A botched robbery indicates a police informant, and the pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse. Crime begets violence as the survivors -- veteran Mr. White, newcomer Mr. Orange, psychopathic parolee Mr. Blonde, bickering weasel Mr. Pink and ...
Style: talky, clever, stylized, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crime gone awry, psychopath, crimes, violence spree, cult, tough heroes, heist gone wrong, gang, plan gone wrong, betrayal, crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.3
 10K
Rob the Mob (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The true-life story of a crazy-in-love Queens couple who robbed a series of mafia social clubs and got away with it… for a while… until they stumble upon a score bigger than they ever planned and become targets of both the mob and the FBI.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating
Plot: heist, criminal heroes, crime, crimes, love, fbi, runaway, crime gone awry, lovers on the run, couple relations, chases and races, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1991
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Thick as Thieves (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Two master thieves go at odds with one another as one sets the other up for a crime. The first, a suave pro who does his job and then hides in his own privacy, listening to old jazz records and caring for his ailing dog, Wally. The other is a local ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, dark humor, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, golf, gangsters, crime, vengeance, criminal heroes, crimes, law enforcement, rivalry, working undercover, dishonesty, partners ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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 4.4
 19K
Setup (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A group of friends plan out a detailed heist that turns deadly when one betrays the other by taking off with the goods. Taking matters into his own hands, Sonny seeks out his revenge teaming up with the most dangerous mob boss in town to get back ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crimes, betrayal, danger, dishonesty, disorder, criminal heroes, gangsters, crime gone awry, chases and races, crime, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
This Thing of Ours (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Using the Internet and global satellites, a group of gangsters pull off the biggest bank heist in the Mafia's history.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, criminal heroes, crime, master criminal, cons and scams, bank, computers and web, crimes, partners, buddies, gangsters, betrayal ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young country-star wannabe takes off from her carhop career to join with a young, modern Billy the Kid wannabe for an adventure in theft, murder and mayhem.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: murder, sheriff, robbery, on the run, criminal heroes, on the road, unlikely partners, crime, theft, bank, adventure, chases and races ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.0
 886
Grand Slam (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, Spain, West Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Professor James Anders is a seemingly mild-mannered teacher, an American working in Rio De Janeiro. Anders, bored with years of teaching, decides to put together a team to pull off a diamond heist during the Rio Carnival. Four international experts ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, cynical, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, heist, safecracker, crime, buddies, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, gang, master criminal, betrayal, store, ocean or sea ...
Time: 60s
Place: brazil, italy, europe, new york, rio de janeiro ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Not for, or Against (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: "Ni Pour, Ni Contre" tracks the fall of a young TV camerawoman, Caty, after she becomes involved with a group of petty criminals and their enigmatic leader, Jean. The gang lives hand-to-mouth until the day Jean plans a daring bank robbery. ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gang, robbery, money, jewelry, crimes, bank, murder, violence, criminal, betrayal, french ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france, cannes
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
What Doesn't Kill You (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, sincere ...
Plot: friends, tough law enforcer, friendship, heist, drug addiction, infidelity, buddies, drugs/alcohol, crime, haunted by the past, criminal heroes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Going in Style (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three senior citizens in their 70s who live together are slowly decaying in endless days with nothing to do but feed the birds. One of them comes up with an idea - rob a bank. They certainly could use the money if they get away with it and if they ...
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: heist, senior citizen, friendship, elderly, buddies, crime, golden years, human nature, cons and scams, crimes, dishonesty, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.1
 2K
Wanda (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Wanda, after a string of abusive relationships, abandons her family and seeks solace in the company of a petty criminal (Michael Higgins).
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, no music
Plot: on the road, thief, travel, bar, feminism, single parent, social misfits, crumbling marriage, starting over, human nature, introspection, redemption ...
Time: 60s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.3
 102
Snow Job (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A famous skier (Jean-Claude Killy), his mistress (Danièle Gaubert) and a ski instructor (Cliff Potts) rob a bank in the Alps and hide the loot in a crevasse.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: heist, insurance investigator, ski resort, skiing, crime, hidden identity, master criminal, misfit partners, resort, unlikely criminals, crime gone awry, forgery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Brooklyn Rules (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Brooklyn, 1985. With the mob world as a backdrop, three life-long friends struggle with questions of love, loss and loyalty.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, touching
Plot: friendship, buddies, urban, coming of age, crimes, partners, friends, gangsters, love affair, fall in love, love and romance, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Mikey and Nicky (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In Philadelphia, a small-time bookie who stole mob money is in hiding and he begs a childhood friend to help him evade the hit-man who's on his trail.
Style: serious, bleak, talky, realistic, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, betrayal, on the run, hitman, neo noir, buddies, crime, gangsters, moral dilemma, crimes, friends, best friends ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.0
 54K
The Lookout (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.
Style: suspense, realistic, suspenseful, tense, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, robbery, memory loss, bank robbery, crime, murder, thanksgiving, chess, small town, stripper, roommate, loss of friend ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kansas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.7
 1K
Once a Thief (1965)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young ex-con trying to go straight gets caught up in another criminal scheme.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, stylized, suspense
Plot: heist, robbery, crime, criminal heroes, crimes, gang, going straight, siblings relations, hopes, law enforcement, rivalry, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.6
 6K
Blue Collar (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Fed up with mistreatment at the hands of both management and union brass, and coupled with financial hardships on each man's end, three auto assembly line workers hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters.
Style: clever, realistic, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: union, robbery, factory, working class, crime, drinking, heist, fighting the system, crime gone awry, assembly line, bar, blackmail ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.4
 2K
Dollars (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A bank security expert plots with a call girl to rob the safety deposit boxes of three very different criminals from a high-tech bank in Hamburg.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, cynical, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, prostitute, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, crime, bank, fugitives, hostages, master criminal, chase, crime gone awry, drug dealing ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: germany, europe, copenhagen denmark, hamburg germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 3K
Phoenix (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Gambling fever -- along with a brutal bookie -- leads three crooked cops into a double-dealing scheme that lands them in hot water way over their heads.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: gambling, police corruption, neo noir, crime, betrayal, crime gone awry, addiction, heist, tough law enforcer, rock, moral dilemma, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Eddie's friends are numerous, but the term friends is suspect. As a small time hood Eddie is about to go back to jail. In order to escape this fate he deals information on stolen guns to the feds. Simultaneously he is supplying arms to his bank ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: neo noir, heist, snitch, crime, criminal heroes, crimes, fbi, gangsters, arms dealing, down on your luck, life is a bitch, hockey ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.6
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The Town (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Doug MacRay is a longtime thief, who, smarter than the rest of his crew, is looking for his chance to exit the game. When a bank job leads to the group kidnapping an attractive branch manager, he takes on the role of monitoring her – but their ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gang, romancing a criminal, criminal heroes, ex convict, group of criminals, girlfriend, gunfight, robbery, crimes, kidnapper kidnapped relationship, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, serious, cynical, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: violence, drug abuse, murder, addiction, robbery, crime, heist, drug dealing, friendship, buddies, crimes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.7
 2K
Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, rough, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family, spanking, abusive father, theft, debt, classroom, money, working class, redemption, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Straight Time (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer.
Style: serious, touching, realistic
Plot: parole officer, prison, bank robbery, murder, friendship, heist, crime, crime gone awry, going straight, jewel robbery, police, robbery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, los angeles, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Former marine and cop Jeff Erickson starts a new life after meeting his dream girl, Jill, running a bookshop, until they decide to become the modern Bonnie and Clyde. Learning on the job the hard way, Jeff becomes famous through media-coverage, ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: on the run, crime, couple relations, heist, criminal heroes, crimes, partners, couples, romancing a criminal, handcuffs, underwear, bank ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%