Movies and TV shows like El Chapo

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El Chapo (2017)
 7.8
 14K
El Chapo (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: A look at the life of notorious drug kingpin, El Chapo, from his early days in the 1980s working for the Guadalajara Cartel, to his rise to power of during the '90s and his ultimate downfall in 2016.
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, factual, based on true events
Plot: cartel, drug lord, drug dealing, fight for supremacy, business, danger, drug, drugs, netflix

Most similar movies to El Chapo

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, realistic, serious and rough films and TV series with plots about crimes, crime, drug dealing, murder, danger, drug lord and police mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like El Chapo: Narcos: Mexico (2018), Narcos (2015), Queen of the South (2016), Snowfall (2017), Breaking Bad (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.4
 57K
Narcos: Mexico (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: See the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel as an American DEA agent learns the danger of targeting narcos in 1980s Mexico.
Style: based on true events, captivating, atmospheric, intense, exciting
Plot: drug cartel, marijuana, crimes, business, undercover agent, corruption, cocaine, drug dealing, investigation, heroin, propaganda, mariachi ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 344K
Narcos (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Colombia, Mexico
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: The true story of Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, gangsters, drug dealing, drug dealer, smuggling, cartel, master criminal, crimes, rise to the top, politics, criminal heroes, cia agent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 70s, 90s
Place: colombia, latin america, mexico, south america, chile ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Queen of the South (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, Spain, Malta
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Teresa flees Mexico after her drug-runner boyfriend is murdered. Settling in Dallas, she looks to become the country's reigning drug smuggler and to avenge her lover's murder.
Style: twists and turns, exciting, captivating, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: drug cartel, crimes, drugs/alcohol, shooting, cartel, murder, adventure, danger, vengeance, destiny, chase, captivity ...
Place: mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 10K
Snowfall (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Los Angeles. 1983. A storm is coming and it's name is crack. Set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it, the story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course.
Style: realistic, rough, cynical, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealer, cocaine, drugs, drug dealing, ghetto, drug, smuggling, crime, u.s. government, latinx lead, illegal drugs, gangsters ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: usa, los angeles, central america, california, nicaragua ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 9.5
 1.4M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: When Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live, he becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family's ...
Style: captivating, tense, clever, serious, psychological ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug lord, crimes, master criminal, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, unlikely partners, family problems, teacher, peril, desperation, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.7
 28K
Gomorrah (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, Germany
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Based on Robert Saviano's bestselling book, this gritty Italian crime drama paints a portrait of the brutal Neapolitan crime organisation the Camorra, as seen through the eyes of Ciro Di Marzo, the obedient and self- confident right-hand man of ...
Style: tense, serious, captivating, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: drug lord, mafia, rivalry, crime, crimes, urban ghetto life, gang war, criminal heroes, mob boss, life is a bitch, social decay, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 238K
Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, captivating, emotional, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, rise and fall, drug dealing, cocaine, drug cartel, drug abuse, drug addiction, drug use, gangsters, friendship, organized crime, ambition ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 60s, 90s, 50s ...
Place: california, latin america, mexico, usa, colombia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.3
 277K
The Wire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between ...
Style: tense, cynical, suspenseful, clever, rough ...
Plot: police detective, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, police investigation, working undercover, fighting crime, crime, crimes, life is a bitch, wiretap, drug lord, shooting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.3
 727K
Scarface (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, drug lord, mafia, cocaine, mob boss, drug dealing, criminal heroes, gunfight, rise and fall, drug cartel, drug abuse, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 654
Red Rock (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Starting on the day a long, dormant feud between two local families is brutally reignited, this continuing drama is based around a busy Dublin Garda station. On one side, the Hennessys, a local dynasty, whose name is above half the businesses in ...
Style: captivating, realistic, suspense, atmospheric, serious
Plot: crimes, police, rivalry, family relations, law enforcement, parents and children, feud, murder, danger, crime, family life, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Lord of the Skies (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Mexico, Colombia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in the 1990s, these are the life and times of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, a man who became the head of the Juárez cartel. Nicknamed “El Señor de los Cielos” (Lord of the Skies) because of the large fleet of airplanes he used to transport ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, ambition, rise to the top, master criminal, drug lord, crimes, drug dealing, generosity, gang war, gangsters, smuggling, corruption ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.3
 646
Gigantes (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Gigantes is a story of fraternal love and hate. Family, drug dealing and police chases in Madrid's Gypsy underground world. The Guerrero brothers have controlled drug dealing between the Peninsula and the rest of Europe for decades. Now they ...
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, suspense
Plot: money, drugs, mafia, brotherhood, power, business, rivalry, drug traffic, crimes, smuggling, family relations, gypsy ...
Place: madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Secrets and Lies (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Detective Andrea Cornell is a tough, thorough Homicide Detective who leaves no stone unturned. Her unwavering dedication to her job makes her the most formidable opponent - or a highly valuable ally.
Style: captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: murder, protagonist as suspect, police investigation, child killer, law enforcement, who done it, family relations, danger, mystery, disorder, dishonesty, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.3
 18K
Loving Pablo (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Spain, Bulgaria
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The film chronicles the rise and fall of the world's most feared drug lord Pablo Escobar and his volatile love affair with Colombia's most famous journalist Virginia Vallejo throughout a reign of terror that tore a country apart.
Style: factual, serious, exciting, rough, brutal
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug cartel, cocaine, latinx lead, journalist, murder, husband wife relationship, drugs, assassination, minister, lovers, congress ...
Time: 80s, 90s, year 1989, year 1981, year 1984 ...
Place: colombia, latin america, south america, panama, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.2
 11K
ZeroZeroZero (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the book of the same name by bestselling author Roberto Saviano, ZeroZeroZero is an unforgettable exploration of the inner workings of the global cocaine trade.
Style: atmospheric, brutal, serious, psychological, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cocaine, mafia, drug smuggling, italian mafia, drugs, drug dealer, drug cartel, drug trade, drug dealing, drug smuggler, brutality, cartel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Blinded by the Lights (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An eight-episode story charting seven days from the life of a cocaine dealer whose perfectly organized life begins to sink into chaos while he is forced to make the most important choices in his life.
Style: captivating, entertaining, disturbing, suspense
Plot: crimes, danger, crime, drug dealing, deadly, life is a bitch, disorder, murder, violence, escapades, ambition, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Whole Truth (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: As District Attorney Kathryn Peale and defense attorney Jimmy Nolan rally their teams around their arguments and prepare to go head-to-head in the the courtroom, they make frantic moves and countermoves of complex legal wrangling to tilt justice in ...
Style: captivating, realistic, atmospheric, psychological, contemplative ...
Plot: district attorney, legal action, lawyer, lawyers and clients, rivalry, courtroom drama, hotshot lawyer, courtroom, legal, ego clash, jury, buried truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 3K
Wicked City (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: “Wicked City” follows a unique case set in a noteworthy era of L.A. history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock ’n’ roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed to solve a serial murder case.
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, realistic
Plot: serial killer, police, murder investigation, murder, police detective, crimes, danger, uncover truth, couples, friendship, violence, hollywood ...
Time: 80s, year 1982
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 828
Hache (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Inspired by real events, Hache is the story of Helena, a woman catapulted to the heroin trafficking business in the Barcelona of the 60s.
Style: serious, captivating, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: drug dealing, business, criminal gang, male female relationship, strong female character, society, brutality, female protagonist, wealth, ruse, drug traffic, netflix ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: barcelona, spain, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Snow on tha Bluff (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When Curtis Snow steals a video camera from some college kids during a dope deal, he gives the camera to his best friend, Pancho, and they start documenting their lives. At first its business as usual for Curtis. He robs dope boys, he runs from the ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, rough, captivating ...
Plot: drug dealing, dealer, filmmaking, crimes, introspection, life is a bitch, single parent, crime, down on your luck, stoners, rivalry, danger
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 1K
NYC 22 (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: NYC 22 is an American police procedural drama which ran on CBS from April 15 to August 11, 2012. The series was a mid-season replacement for CSI: Miami. On May 13, 2012, both series were canceled by CBS.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: rookie, fighting crime, law enforcement, crimes, partners, police, state trooper, danger, society, streetwise, partners against crime, ex athlete ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Pablo Escobar, The Drug Lord (2012)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Colombia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal is a 2012 Colombian television series produced and broadcast on Caracol TV, about the life of Pablo Escobar. It is only available in Spanish. There is a version available with English subtitles.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, drug lord, organized crime, rise to the top, ambition, master criminal, drug dealing, smuggling, criminal heroes, crimes, notoriety, cocaine ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: colombia, latin america, panama
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 3K
Red Widow (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When Marta Walraven's mob husband is brutally murdered, she takes on gangsters and the FBI to unveil the truth about his death. As she digs into this dark underworld, she'll test her own strength, relying on her resourcefulness, ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, captivating
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dishonesty, unlikely criminals, vengeance, family relations, intrigue, crimes, parents and children, death of husband, rivalry, drug lord, suburbs, single mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
TV show
Story: This drama tells the real-life story of retired schoolteacher Christopher Jefferies who was initially questioned by police as a suspect in the murder of Jo Yeates who rented a flat from him. He was vilified by the press, partly on account of his ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, tense, suspense ...
Plot: protagonist as suspect, murder suspect, media coverage, landlord, false accusation, dishonesty, murder, life is a bitch, crimes, police, deadly, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Better Call Saul (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. We meet him when the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, ...
Style: dark humor, captivating, stylized, realistic, witty ...
Plot: lawyer, hotshot lawyer, dishonesty, moral dilemma, workplace situations, family relations, private investigator, crimes, legal, brother brother relationship, cons and scams, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002, 2000s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 2K
Shots Fired (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: A media storm sets off when an African-American cop kills a white teenager in a small North Carolina town.
Style: captivating, serious, suspense, psychological, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, justice, racism, small town, deadly, crimes, law enforcement, evidence, mystery, police detective, murder investigation, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.5
 479
Life of Crime (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 132 min.
TV show
Story: A female cop becomes obsessed with tracking down the killer of a 15-year-old girl, and hunts him over the course of her 28 year career in the force.
Style: tense, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, obsession, track down, deadly, crimes, law enforcement, crime, lie, brutality, danger, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 80s, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
New York Undercover (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: New York Undercover is an American police drama that aired on the Fox television network from 1994 to 1998. The series stars Malik Yoba as Detective J.C. Williams and Michael DeLorenzo as Detective Eddie Torres, two undercover detectives in New York ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: law enforcement, crimes, criminal heroes, society, city life, working undercover, police detective, gang, police, violence, black cop, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.6
 4K
The Corner (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 376 min.
TV show
Story: The Corner presents the world of Fayette Street using real names and real events. The miniseries tells the true story of men, women and children living amid the open-air drug markets of West Baltimore. It chronicles a year in the lives of ...
Style: serious, rough, emotional, bleak, realistic
Plot: drug abuse, rehabilitation, addiction, drug dealing, heroin, teenage life, lifestyle, social decay, going straight, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, african american ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 571
Mafiosa (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 416 min.
TV show
Story: By the will of her dead uncle who was murdered Sandra Paoli is propelled to the head of a powerful mafia clan. She becomes a respected, but also hated, woman in a world of men, murder and criminality.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: murder, rivalry, criminal's revenge, family business, mafia, family problems, crimes, police corruption, betrayal, gangsters, drug dealing, gang ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%