Movies like Joker

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Joker (2019)
 8.4
 1.3M
Joker (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.
Style: thought provoking, suspense, bleak, atmospheric, psychological, cynical, inspirational, dark, intellectual, political ...
Plot: mental illness, social problems, mental disorder, psychological trauma, character change, psycho, insanity, loneliness, revenge, social decay, villain, bad attitude, mental patient, comedian, evil clown, serial killer, psychopath, chaos, loner, sociopath, murder, evil, fighting the system, stand up comedian, psychological torment ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1981, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york

Most similar movies to Joker

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspense, psychological, tense and weird films with plots about crimes, violence, brutality, murder, storytelling, dialogue and obsession mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Joker: Taxi Driver (1976), Nightcrawler (2014), The King of Comedy (1982), Fight Club (1999), Falling Down (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.2
 829K
Taxi Driver (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
Style: psychological, neo noir, bleak, disturbing, cerebral ...
Plot: loner, character study, vigilante, alienation, violence, vigilantism, loneliness, psychology, lone wolves, obsession, social decay, paranoia ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, vietnam, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 7.8
 546K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: psychological, neo noir, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: character study, journalism, sociopath, cynicism, journalist, ethics, home invasion, morality, graphic violence, crime scene, tv news, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
The King of Comedy (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.
Style: tragicomedy, cynical, funny, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: character study, obsession, desire for fame, ambition, dark humor, delusion, kidnapping, showbiz, satire, television, nervous breakdown, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 8.8
 2.1M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, thought provoking, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: twists and turns, imaginary friend, psychology, fight, plot twist, self destructing, fighting the system, split personality, insanity, losing-it hero, schizophrenia, against the rules ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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 7.6
 191K
Falling Down (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: On the day of his daughter's birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster is trying to get to the home of his estranged ex-wife to see his daughter. His car breaks down, so he leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. ...
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, suspense, bleak ...
Audience: date night
Plot: anger, alienation, rage, midlife crisis, urban decay, vigilante, losing-it hero, violence, obsession, insanity, crimes, racism ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.6
 616K
American Psycho (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.
Style: psychological, twist ending, surreal, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: date night
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, insanity, satire, dark humor, sociopath, materialism, psycho, killings, greed, yuppie, millionaire ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, yale university, usa, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A traumatised veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Style: psychological, suspense, exciting, rough, tense ...
Plot: child prostitution, murder, hotel, childhood trauma, suicidal thoughts, teenage girl, suicide, violence, u.s. senator, pedophilia, rescue mission, revenge ...
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.1
 709K
Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: psychological, twist ending, suspenseful, atmospheric, surprise ending ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, police investigation, revenge, vigilantism, brutality, torture, serial killer, vengeance, twists and turns, missing child, police ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Movie in collections
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Style: atmospheric, disturbing, surreal, sadistic, brutal ...
Plot: violence, dark humor, serial killer, psychopath, insanity, mass murder, crimes, criminal heroes, murderous pair, lovers on the run, sadism, violence spree ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: nevada, arizona, new mexico, paris france, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 9.0
 2.6M
The Dark Knight (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but ...
Style: exciting, suspense, epic, atmospheric, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, batman, heroes, secret identity, organized crime, moral dilemma, tragic hero, double life, good versus evil, psychopath, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: usa, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.6
 1.6M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, surprise ending, tense, neo noir ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, twists and turns, police, psychology, police investigation, psychopath, insanity, crimes, killings, murder, powerful ending ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the ...
Style: neo noir, suspense, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: hitman, crimes, psychopath, desert, serial killer, human nature, brutality, greed, peril, sheriff, assassin, death ...
Time: 20th century, year 1980, 80s
Place: texas, el paso texas, mexico, austin texas, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.7
 542K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, stylized, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, murder, murder mystery, mystery, journalism, crimes, paranoia, maniac, killings, uncover truth, police ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oakland california, sacramento california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 88K
Harry Brown (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, murder, vigilante, gang, crimes, vengeance, revenge, investigation, gangsters, violence, brutality, widower ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, london, europe, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. Opportunity knocks in the form of a wealthy U.S. shipbuilder who hires Tom to travel to Italy to bring back his playboy son, Dickie. Ripley ...
Style: psychological, suspense, cerebral, enigmatic, suspenseful ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: obsession, serial killer, manipulation, murder, sociopath, murder mystery, psychopath, gay, envy, secret identity, jealousy, crimes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: italy, rome italy, mediterranean sea, europe, palermo italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 197K
Cape Fear (1991)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: rape, family in danger, lawyer, fear, revenge, serial killer, dangerous attraction, crimes, prison, rapist, psychology, torture ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.4
 61K
Straw Dogs (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: David Sumner, a mild-mannered academic from the United States, marries Amy, an Englishwoman. In order to escape a hectic stateside lifestyle, David and his wife relocate to the small town in rural Cornwall where Amy was raised. There, David is ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rape, home invasion, small town, rape and revenge, revenge, murder, female nudity, violent, sexual desire, brutality, sexual assault ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, cornwall, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Genre: Crime, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Demonic gang-leader Alex goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of "droogs". But he's a boy who also likes Beethoven's Ninth and a bit of "the old in-out, in-out". He later finds himself at the ...
Style: disturbing, psychedelic, atmospheric, cerebral, bleak ...
Plot: distopia, rape, insanity, gang, violent, drugs, surrealism, violence, brutality, nihilism, psychopath, violence spree ...
Time: future, 20th century, year 1995, 90s, 70s ...
Place: london, britain, europe, united kingdom, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 98K
Blood Simple (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.
Style: neo noir, suspense, suspenseful, cynical, tense ...
Plot: private detective, crime gone awry, adultery, murder, extramarital affair, murder mystery, crimes, hitman, twists and turns, betrayal, moral ambiguity, gunfight ...
Time: year 1984, 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, austin texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, suspense, scary, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, investigation, cannibalism, kidnapping, psychology, crimes, mind game, maniac, fbi, murder investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, maryland, chicago illinois, baltimore, memphis ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
 74K
Blue Ruin (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The quiet life of a beach bum is upended by dreadful news. He sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance but proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Style: neo noir, dark, atmospheric, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: vengeance, death, revenge, crimes, vigilantism, vigilante, car, violence, homeless, murder, brutality, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.
Style: harsh, captivating, gloomy, psychological, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: motorcycle, bank robbery, haunted by the past, money problems, loner, corruption, destiny, death, heist, father son relationship, parenthood, robbery ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 7K
Julia (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA, Mexico, Belgium
Duration: 144 min.
Story: An alcoholic becomes involved in a fellow A.A. member's plan to kidnap her young son from the boy's wealthy grandfather.
Style: suspense, disturbing, psychological, stylized, sexy ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, kidnapping, crimes, insanity, twists and turns, loneliness, mental illness, ransom, character study, life is a bitch, crime gone awry, anger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, england, europe, san diego california, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.9
 627K
The Batman (2022)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 176 min.
Story: In his second year of fighting crime, Batman uncovers corruption in Gotham City that connects to his own family while facing a serial killer known as the Riddler.
Style: neo noir, exciting, tense, captivating, epic ...
Plot: superhero, masked superhero, gotham city, crime fighter, corruption, organized crime, heroes, vigilante, dark hero, batman, masked vigilante, psychopath ...
Time: 2020s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.5
 98K
Funny Games (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France, UK, Austria, Germany, Italy
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When Ann, husband George and son Georgie arrive at their holiday home they are visited by a pair of polite and seemingly pleasant young men. Armed with deceptively sweet smiles and some golf clubs, they proceed to terrorize and torture the ...
Style: psychological, scary, rough, disturbing, brutal ...
Plot: serial killer, torture, psychopath, home invasion, hostage, murder, bad guy wins, brutality, torment, kidnapping, family in danger, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
 6.7
 55K
Kalifornia (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.
Style: disturbing, tense, bleak, road movie, neo noir ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, journalism, journalist, lovers on the run, road trip, writers, obsession, on the road, psychopath, cross country, murderous pair ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, pittsburgh, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.4
 18K
Maniac (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and takes their scalps as trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in photographer Anna, and end his killing spree?
Style: slasher, disturbing, scary, macabre, bloody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, sadistic horror, murder, violent, torture, exploitation, extreme violence, disturbed individual, weirdo, maniac, schizophrenic, schizophrenia ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Reservation Road (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two fathers' lives intersect when one of them is involved in a terrible and sudden hit-and-run car accident that leaves the other's son dead. In response, the two men (Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo) react in unexpected ways as a ...
Style: psychological, tense, intense, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, investigation, obsession, dysfunctional family, loss of child, family, lawyer, character study, family problems, losing-it hero, parents and children, cover up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.7
 392K
The Machinist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ...
Style: psychological, twist ending, surreal, mind bending, surprise ending ...
Plot: insomnia, insanity, hallucination, paranoia, uncover truth, obsession, twists and turns, mysterious character, losing-it hero, schizophrenia, life is a bitch, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 110K
Mean Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, neo noir, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, crimes, friendship, urban ghetto life, character study, life philosophy, friends, street gang, exotic dancer, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
12%