Movies like Papillon

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Papillon (2017)
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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 yet failed attempts, he's sent to the notorious prison Devil's Island, a place from which no one has ever escaped.
Style: factual, suspense, homoerotic, brutal
Plot: prison escape, prison, solitary, prison life, survival, life sentence, safecracker, island prison, friendship, human spirit, escape, jungle, escape plan, thief, criminal, tattoo, corruption, robbery, false accusation, young man, bribery, cruelty, threat, police brutality, rebelliousness ...
Time: year 1970, 1930s, year 1969
Place: south america, france, colombia, venezuela, paris france

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Most similar movies to Papillon

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and talky films with plots about violence, murder, prison, brutality, prison guard, friendship and crimes mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like Papillon: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), A Prayer Before Dawn (2017), Midnight Express (1978), Cool Hand Luke (1967). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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 ⇓
100%
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: captivating, clever, touching, inspirational, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, prison escape, false accusation, freedom, powerful ending, prison life, hopes, existentialism, life is a bitch, life sentence, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, maine, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 ⇓
100%
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: suspenseful, exciting, suspense, captivating, tense
Plot: boxing, prison, muay thai, survival, freedom, promise, brutality, drugs, lie, arrest, friendship, fear ...
Time: 2000s, year 2010
Place: thailand, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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%
 8.1
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Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: freedom, prison, escape, punishment, rebelliousness, dignity, prison life, escape attempt, death, loss of parent, convict, respect ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s
Place: florida, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Cell 211 (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, bleak, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, hidden identity, prison guard, confined, hostage, convict, penitentiary, trapped, prison riot, reformatory, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
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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 ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Dead Man Walking (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution.
Style: thought provoking, touching, emotional, serious, psychological ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, death sentence, court, lethal injection, death penalty, redemption, warden, forgiveness, confession, prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: rough, disturbing, realistic, serious, epic ...
Plot: gang, prison gang, violence spree, drug abuse, friendship, heroin, grudge, police shootout, crimes, crime, gang war, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, colombia, panama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 7.2
 9K
American Me (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Edward J. Olmos made his directorial bow with the powerhouse crime saga American Me. Olmos stars as street-gang leader Santana, who during his 18 years in Folsom Prison rules over all the drug-and-murder activities behind bars. Upon his release, ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, prison, prison gang, sexual abuse, juvenile delinquency, criminal heroes, racism, murder, crimes, crime, prison life, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
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Carandiru (2003)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Brazil, Argentina, Italy
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Carandiru, a story based on real facts and on the book written by the doctor Drauzio Varella, starts when he decides to carry out an AIDS prevention program inside Latin America’s largest prison: the Casa de Detenção de São Paulo, Carandiru, ...
Style: bleak, captivating, rough, touching, compassionate ...
Plot: prison, police brutality, prison life, doctor, crimes, confined, life is a bitch, aids, human nature, protest, regret, fighting illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
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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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Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true-life drama in the 1920s, centering on British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, who discovered evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilazation in the Amazon and disappeared whilst searching for it.
Style: meditative, suspense, inspirational, exciting, factual ...
Plot: expedition, archaeology, explorer, tribe, lost city, journey, jungle, world war one, conquistador, obsession, courage, survival ...
Time: 1920s, 50s, 1950s, 1910s, 1900s ...
Place: south america, england, london, ireland, brazil ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: prison, warden, bird, life sentence, solitary, redemption, self discovery, alcatraz, rebel, defiant, rehabilitation, isolation ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1910s, 1920s, 1940s ...
Place: san francisco, kansas, usa
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24%
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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 ⇓
24%
 7.9
 97K
A Prophet (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of ...
Style: rough, tense, bleak, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, marseille, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
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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: disturbing, cynical, rough, cult film, stylized ...
Plot: brutality, prison, criminal, convict, murder, judge, self destructing, dark humor, criminal heroes, notoriety, prison life, drug use ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1978
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Colin Warner was wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devoted his life to proving his innocence.
Style: intense, realistic, thought provoking, serious, suspense
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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
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⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
In the Name of the Father (1993)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. He and his four friends are coerced by British police into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father ...
Style: emotional, realistic, thought provoking, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: prison, bomb, trial, court, irish, torture, rebellion, lawyer, terrorist, courtroom, terrorism, false accusation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, northern ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, rise and fall, crimes, friends, mentor, criminal heroes, court, fbi, friendship, shooting ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1979 ...
Place: new york, florida, brooklyn new york city, usa, pittsburgh ...
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23%
 7.8
 351K
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Time: 50s, 60s, 70s, 1960s, 1950s ...
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23%
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Charlie Says (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
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Duration: 110 min.
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Style: psychological, suspense, rough, disturbing, based on true events
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Time: year 2014, year 2017, year 1969, year 2009
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22%
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Life (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two men in 1930s Mississippi become friends after being sentenced to life in prison together for a crime they did not commit.
Style: twists and turns, humorous, semi serious, funny, entertaining ...
Plot: life sentence, prison escape, prison life, escape attempt, criminal, redemption, african american, frame up, dishonesty, life is a bitch, partners, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 90s, 20th century, 30s, year 1932 ...
Place: mississippi, new york, usa, mississippi river, southern usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.0
 5K
Dillinger (1973)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The life of American public enemy number one who was shot by the police in 1934. After a shoot-out kills five FBI agents in Kansas City the Bureau target John Dillinger as one of the men to hunt down. Waiting for him to break Federal law they sort ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1934, year 1933
Place: chicago illinois, kansas, usa, missouri, memphis ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
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Capote (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
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Style: captivating, based on true events, intellectual, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: writers, journalism, literature, loneliness, murder, crimes, moral dilemma, murderer, lifestyle, manipulation, death sentence, investigation ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 20th century, 1950s ...
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22%
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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 ⇓
22%
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 ⇓
22%
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
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Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%