Movies like Joker

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Joker (2019)
 8.6
 595K
Joker (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
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: cynical, suspense, thought provoking, atmospheric, bleak, brutal, rough, psychological, dark humor, surprise ending ...
Plot: mental illness, insanity, social decay, villain, psychological trauma, psycho killer, murder, mental patient, evil clown, social problems, clown, comedian, social problem, character change, supervillain, violence, personality change, bad attitude, change of heart, neo noir, tragedy, anarchy, revenge, psychopath, brutality ...
Time: year 1981

Most similar movies to Joker

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspense, suspenseful, realistic and serious films with plots about violence, brutality, murder, crimes, storytelling, dialogue and corruption mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Joker: Taxi Driver (1976), Natural Born Killers (1994), Falling Down (1993), The King of Comedy (1982), Nightcrawler (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.3
 648K
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: bleak, disturbing, rough, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: social decay, obsession, lone wolves, vigilante, alienation, loner, taxi, taxi driver, depression, violence spree, character study, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Style: dark humor, sadistic, brutal, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, sadism, violence, gory, cruelty, mass murder, crime, murderous pair, violence spree, criminal heroes, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new mexico, nevada, arizona, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 157K
Falling Down (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
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, tense, serious ...
Plot: anger, birthday, traffic jam, retirement, violence, losing-it hero, policewoman, rage, racial slur, layoff, alienation, vandalism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, dark humor, cynical, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: ambition, obsession, desire for fame, delusion, character study, artists and showbiz, mentally unstable, nervous breakdown, misfit, showbiz, crimes, dysfunctional character ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Movie in collections
 7.9
 413K
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: disturbing, psychological, cynical, biting, bleak ...
Plot: neo noir, sociopath, journalism, journalist, obsession, ambition, cynicism, deception, character study, morality, twists & turns, ethics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 438K
American Psycho (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 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: dark humor, brutal, psychological, macabre, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, yuppie, insanity, wall street, hidden identity, millionaire, victim, fear, confession, unlikely criminals, sex maniac ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, yale university, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 9.0
 2.1M
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, serious, suspense, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, secret identity, double life, organized crime, heroes, batman, good versus evil, rivalry, master villain, dark hero, moral dilemma, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 156K
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, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: family in danger, rapist, lawyer, fear, rape, crime, violence, prison, serial killer, dangerous attraction, revenge, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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, rough, exciting, tense, suspense
Plot: child prostitution, childhood trauma, pedophilia, violence, teenage girl, u.s. senator, money, murder, hotel, alarm, rescue mission, loner ...
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
 8.6
 1.3M
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: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, master criminal, mind game, crime, investigation, police investigation, killings, torture, police detective, psychology, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Rolling Thunder (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Vietnam veteran, Charles Rane, returns home after years in a POW camp and is treated as a hero. When thugs invade his home to steal the silver coins he received for his service, they mangle his hand and leave him and his family for dead. Rane ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, murder, violence, vengeance, homecoming, vietnam veteran, human nature, crime, rivalry, death wish, buddies, deadly ...
Place: vietnam, asia, texas, mexico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
10 to Midnight (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Based on the real-life Richard Speck murders, amoral, nearly psychotic killer Warren Stacey (Gene Davis) is a serial killer who has murdered a number of women; he stabs them while they are naked to minimize leaving any physical evidence. Police ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: serial killer, vengeance, murder, psychopath, danger, violence, police, killer, stalking, vigilantism, law enforcement, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.5
 85K
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: rough, psychological, brutal, scary, bad ending ...
Plot: psychopath, torture, home invasion, serial killer, danger, hostages, murder, family, family in danger, mind game, neighbor, savagery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
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: tense, bleak, rough, serious, captivating ...
Plot: track down, crimes, human nature, death, sheriff, money, psychopath, hitman, peril, neo noir, shooting, greed ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, usa, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, brutal, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, robbery, hitman, gambling, criminal heroes, criminal, murder, poker, mafia, heist, danger, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2008
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 81K
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, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, vigilantism, loneliness, violence, investigation, gang, widower, vengeance, crimes, loss of friend, incompetent police, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, europe, london, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.5
 4K
Child of God (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A dispossessed, violent man's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, rough, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: necrophilia, psychopath, serial killer, social decay, downfall, dehumanization, society, human nature, misfit, crimes, life is a bitch, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: tennessee, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.8
 167K
Misery (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Novelist Paul Sheldon crashes his car on a snowy Colorado road. He is found by Annie Wilkes, the "number one fan" of Paul's heroine Misery Chastaine. Annie is also somewhat unstable, and Paul finds himself crippled, drugged and at her ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, psycho film, scary, tense ...
Plot: obsession, loneliness, insanity, mentally unstable, isolation, captivity, psychopath, kidnapping, manic, rage, snow, escape attempt ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: colorado, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 14K
Unlawful Entry (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and unofficial patrol, and spends a lot of time discussing the ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: obsession, stalking, psychopath, murder, violence, jealousy, police investigation, mind game, dishonesty, rivalry, dangerous attraction, hostages ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
A History of Violence (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
Style: tense, disturbing, realistic, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, robbery, mafia, attempted murder, self defense, attempted robbery, vigilantism, criminal's revenge, crime, hidden identity, danger, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 60K
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: tense, suspenseful, bleak, rough, brutal ...
Plot: vengeance, revenge, vigilantism, haunted by the past, crimes, deadly, violence, death, disorder, life turned upside down, violence spree, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 6K
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: disturbing, psychological, twists and turns, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: kidnapping, money, ransom, crime, insanity, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, loneliness, mental illness, anger, pursuit, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, europe, england, san diego california, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.5
 53K
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: psychological, tense, disturbing, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rape, murder, lust, self defense, vengeance, family in danger, revenge, brutality, couple relations, breaking point, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe, cornwall
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
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, suspenseful, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: loss of child, investigation, redemption, obsession, lawyer, dysfunctional family, revenge, family problems, losing-it hero, parents and children, deadly, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: tense, suspenseful, scary, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, cannibalism, murder, psychology, crime, fbi, maniac, killings, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, west virginia, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 43K
Detroit (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizens' uprisings in the history of the United States.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, rough, factual, tense ...
Plot: murder, racism, police violence, police brutality, chaos, justice, rescue, injustice, rebellion, death, tragic event, racial tension ...
Time: 1960s, year 1967, year 1969, year 1943
Place: detroit, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 138K
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, secret, police investigation, businessman, crimes, police detective, murder, double life, law enforcement, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.9
 75K
Widows (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Style: suspense, bleak, exciting, tense, bloody ...
Plot: violence, murder of husband, domestic violence, pursuit, brutality, murder, debt, danger, female criminal, girl gang, widow, heist ...
Time: 2010s
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.0
 719K
Sin City (2005)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust ...
Style: atmospheric, dark, bleak, surreal, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark hero, vengeance, justice, crime, neo noir, social decay, torture, crimes, gory, corruption, tough heroes, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.1
 569K
Fargo (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to ...
Style: dark humor, interesting, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, crime gone awry, police investigation, greed, ransom, snow, psychopath, murder, small town, police, neo noir, americana ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: north dakota, minnesota, usa, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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