Movies like American Animals

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American Animals (2018)
 7.0
 26K
American Animals (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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: realistic, cynical, slang, based on true events, talky
Plot: heist, disguise, university, library, unreliable narrator, book, theft, heist gone wrong, buddies, travel, partners, greed, storytelling, planning, arrest, artist, art collector, robbery, male objectification, vomiting, long haired male, shoplifting, true crime, male in bathtub, taking a bath ...
Time: 2000s
Place: kentucky, pennsylvania

Most similar movies to American Animals

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and clever films with plots about crime, heist, crimes, crime gone awry, criminal heroes, robbery and storytelling mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like American Animals: Blood and Wine (1996), Once a Thief (1965), Ocean's Twelve (2004), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The Town (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 ⇓
95%
 6.8
 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, stylized, realistic, 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 ⇓
78%
 6.5
 328K
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Danny Ocean reunites with his old flame and the rest of his merry band of thieves in carrying out three huge heists in Rome, Paris and Amsterdam – but a Europol agent is hot on their heels.
Style: exciting, entertaining, twists and turns, intellectual, clever ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: heist, perfect crime, crime, twists & turns, buddies, con artists, greed, jail, thief, storytelling, goon, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, amsterdam, chicago illinois, rome italy, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: bank, fbi, police, hostage, transsexual, hostages, robbery, one day, gay, unhappy marriage, asthma, bank robbery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 319K
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, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gang, romancing a criminal, criminal heroes, ex convict, kidnapper kidnapped relationship, group of criminals, girlfriend, brutality, police investigation, flower shop, money laundering ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.4
 16K
The Trust (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A pair of cops investigating a drug invasion stumble upon a mysterious bank vault.
Style: psychological, tragic ending, twist ending, tense, suspense ...
Plot: heist, dirty cop, corrupt cop, police corruption, theft, deception, gangster, police investigation, mafia, twists & turns, crime, violence ...
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.3
 810K
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: tense, stylized, serious, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crime gone awry, psychopath, crimes, violence spree, gang, heist gone wrong, undercover cop, thief, perfect crime, cult, undercover agent ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 8.0
 45K
Special 26 (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 144 min.
Story: In the early 1980s in India, a group of con artists rob well-known businessmen and politicians by posing as officers of the Central Bureau of Intelligence or income tax officials. The gang stages fake raids during which they steal great amounts of ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: heist, cons and scams, robbery, crime, theft, criminal heroes, crimes, dishonesty, perfect crime, partners in crime, impersonating, teacher ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Movie in collections
 7.0
 55K
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, bank robbery, memory loss, crime, murder, casual sex, seduction, accident, thanksgiving, chess, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kansas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, prison life, alcatraz, island, buddies, mouse, nude fight, prison warden, confined, partners, prison guard, rebellion ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1960, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.5
 4K
Hold Up (2010)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Norway
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In the morning of April 5, 2004, the greatest bank robbery in Norwegian history was carried out in Stavanger. The robbery itself is the main character of the story, and it is illuminated from several angles in the course of the film, from the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, true crime, police officer killed, robbery, police, rubber gloves, master criminal, crime, crimes, law enforcement, disorder, gang ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, cynical, serious, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: drug abuse, violence, murder, addiction, robbery, crime, heist, drug dealing, friendship, buddies, crimes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.5
 2K
Body Count (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A group of thieves attempt to rob an art gallery, but when plans backfire and one of the men winds up dead, the group head down south, running afoul of the law. Along the way, they meet up with a seductive con artist with ideas of her own.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, on the road, murder, criminal heroes, crime, crime gone awry, neo-noir, on the run, cons and scams, crimes, dishonesty, partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.5
 31K
Heist (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Joe Moore has a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman reneges on the money he's owed, and his wife may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant. Moore ...
Style: clever, talky, suspenseful, witty, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gold, neo noir, jewelry, blackmail, cons and scams, crime, gang, one last job, master criminal, verbal byplay, bank robber ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.0
 64K
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, burglar, language barrier, nervous breakdown ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 8.1
 19K
The Red Circle (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Master thief Corey is fresh out of prison. But instead of toeing the line of law-abiding freedom, he finds his steps leading back to the shadowy world of crime, crossing those of a notorious escapee and alcoholic ex-cop. As the unlikely trio plots a ...
Style: clever, stylized, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: heist, neo noir, escape, thief, pimp, police, prison, crime, nightclub, corruption, gangsters, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe, paris france, marseille provence
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
City of Industry (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his brother and partner, while going on the run with the loot they stole.
Style: serious, bleak, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, murder, revenge, betrayal, stripper, crime, gangsters, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, retired, escape, brother ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.6
 77K
The Bling Ring (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the Internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.
Style: stylized, sexy, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, youth, high society, heist, burglary, celebrity, thief, crime, fame, social satire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, israel, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 277K
Jackie Brown (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Jackie Brown is a flight attendant who gets caught in the middle of smuggling cash into the country for her gunrunner boss. When the cops try to use Jackie to get to her boss, she hatches a plan—with help from a bail bondsman—to keep the money ...
Style: serious, talky, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, heist, crime, airport, stewardess, racial slur, cons and scams, deception, greed, crimes, gangster, deal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.3
 50K
Sexy Beast (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The idyllic life of retired safecracker Gal is put at risk when a psychotic gangster from his past arrives at his villa in southern Spain, intent on bringing him out of retirement for one last job.
Style: stylized, brutal, clever, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, safecracker, violence, retired, psychopath, murder, hunting, crime, gangsters, one last job, gay slur, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: spain, england, europe, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.0
 146
Man-Trap (1961)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Helmed by Edmond O'Brien, this slick crime thriller stars Jeffrey Hunter as naïve Matt Jameson, whose Korean War pal Vince Biskay (David Janssen) talks Matt into helping commandeer nearly $4 million from a Central American dictator. After ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: airport, heist, crime, crimes, buddies, war veteran, suburbs, criminal heroes, master and servant, crime gone awry, alcohol abuse, memory loss ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: korea, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Danny Ocean's team of criminals are back and composing a plan more personal than ever. When ruthless casino owner Willy Bank doublecrosses Reuben Tishkoff, causing a heart attack, Danny Ocean vows that he and his team will do anything to bring ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, semi serious, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: heist, casino, revenge, perfect crime, criminal's revenge, labor strike, millionaire, businessman, vengeance, buddies, crime, thief ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Best Laid Plans (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Rich, successful Bryce meets beautiful Lissa at a bar one night and invites her back to his house, not suspecting for a moment that Lissa isn't really who she seems. What unfolds next is a dangerous, tangled web of double-crosses and seduction.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, clever, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: neo noir, crime, crime gone awry, small town, cons and scams, crimes, dishonesty, couples, manipulations, couple relations, nothing goes right, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nevada, usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 1K
Running Time (1997)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Running Time was filmed in black and white, in real time, and seemingly takes place in one continuous, fluid shot. It's a little like Hitchcock's "Rope," but it's on location! Carl, an ex-con who sets out to rob the prison ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, safecracker, real time, crime gone awry, crime, prison, cons and scams, criminal heroes, crimes, disorder, buddies, gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 4.7
 666
Electric Slide (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A heightened homage to the City of Angels, Electric Slide riffs on the real-life story of Eddie Dodson, the notorious "Gentleman Bank Robber." With a debonair sophistication and a serious talent for flirt, Dodson managed to lure money from ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: criminal heroes, crime, lovers on the run, bank, heist, crimes, partners, chases and races, love and romance
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.
Style: tense, realistic, gloomy, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: espionage, spy, cold war, undercover, satellite, treason, smuggling, heroin, rebellion, rock, drugs/alcohol, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, soviet union, mexico, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.6
 311K
Inside Man (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Bank robber Dalton Russell enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors and takes hostages, working methodically and without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. With an ...
Style: suspenseful, clever, tense, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: heist, master criminal, hostages, crime, bank, police detective, perfect crime, thief, bank robbery, manipulations, robbery, deception ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.5
 3K
The Rise (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young man recently released from prison recruits his three best friends to rob the local drug kingpin who is responsible for his incarceration.
Style: serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, revenge, criminal heroes, crime, unlikely criminals, theft, police, club, crime gone awry, vengeance, cons and scams, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, northern england, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.0
 79K
Out of Sight (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Meet Jack Foley, a smooth criminal who bends the law and is determined to make one last heist. Karen Sisco is a federal marshal who chooses all the right moves … and all the wrong guys. Now they're willing to risk it all to find out if ...
Style: sexy, witty, romantic, entertaining, talky ...
Audience: date night, boys' night
Plot: opposites attract, heist, romance, prison escape, sexual tension, bank robbery, outsmarting, criminal heroes, love and romance, career criminal, partners in crime, hot and sexy ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, detroit, florida, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.3
 7K
The General (1998)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In a twenty-year career marked by obsessive secrecy, brutality and meticulous planning, Cahill netted over £40 million. He was untouchable - until a bullet from an IRA hitman ended it all.
Style: stylized, clever, serious, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: irish, robbery, crime, gangsters, master criminal, rise and fall, criminal heroes, ambition, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, gangster ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 80s, 90s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%