Movies like The Counselor

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The Counselor (2013)
 5.4
 103K
The Counselor (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A lawyer finds himself in far over his head when he attempts to get involved in drug trafficking.
Style: talky, bleak, neo noir, intense, sexy, cynical, tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: drug cartel, cocaine, lawyer, greed, crime gone awry, gangsters, suspense, betrayal, brutality, life philosophy, gratuitous violence, drug traffic, drug dealing, runaway, moral ambiguity, femme fatale, life turned upside down, drugs, nothing goes right, disorder, criminal heroes, violent, mafia, downfall, police investigation ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, texas, usa, london, chicago illinois, amsterdam, tijuana mexico ...

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Most similar movies to The Counselor

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and harsh films with plots about violence, gangsters, violent, storytelling, brutality, dialogue and corruption mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like The Counselor: Savages (2012), Sicario (2015), Traffic (2000), A Man Apart (2003), Pusher (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.4
 132K
Savages (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Style: sexy, tense, intense, romantic, rough ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: marijuana, drug cartel, twists and turns, gangsters, kidnapping, rescue, drug dealing, violence, friendship, woman in danger, love triangle, polyamory ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: california, southern california, los angeles, usa, tijuana mexico ...
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 7.6
 440K
Sicario (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, Hong Kong
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A young female FBI agent joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit.
Style: realistic, enigmatic, tense, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: cia, suspense, swat team, drug cartel, revenge, black ops, fbi agent, drug smuggling, organized crime, fbi, crime boss, u.s. mexico border ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: mexico, usa, texas, tucson arizona, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 211K
Traffic (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine ...
Style: bleak, realistic, thought provoking, political, dramatic ...
Plot: drug dealer, organized crime, drug addiction, drug lord, addiction, drug traffic, drug abuse, drug cartel, gangsters, corruption, war on drugs, suspense ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: mexico, california, los angeles, latin america, maryland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 48K
A Man Apart (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when ...
Style: harsh, emotional, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, gang, gangsters, lone hero, justice, drug cartel, vigilantism, violence, corruption, brutality, suspense, gunfight ...
Time: 21st century
Place: mexico, los angeles, usa, latin america, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 42K
Pusher (1996)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.
Style: tense, atmospheric, brutal, intense, talky ...
Plot: heroin, gangsters, drug dealing, drugs, crime gone awry, organized crime, mafia, drug addiction, character study, drug dealer, solitude, visceral ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: denmark, california, copenhagen, scandinavia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 265K
Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
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: touching, thought provoking, depressing, emotional, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drugs, drug addiction, gangsters, drug lord, rise and fall, drug abuse, friendship, drug cartel, drug dealing, cocaine, drug use, addiction ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 50s, 60s, 90s ...
Place: california, colombia, latin america, boston, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.7
 445K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.
Style: neo noir, realistic, tense, harsh, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, gang, gunfight, drug dealer, police, african american, rookie, mentor, ghetto, corrupt cop, gang member, drugs ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An American bartender and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a $1 million bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.
Style: road movie, disturbing, neo noir, biting, cynical ...
Plot: gunfight, gangsters, death, cult, one man army, grave, prostitute, murder, prostitution, suspense, existentialism, insanity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: neo noir, suspenseful, brutal, tense, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gangsters, robbery, gambling, mafia, organized crime, hitman, heist, murder, brutality, crime gone awry, gang, violence ...
Time: 2000s, year 2008, 70s, 21st century
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, florida, orlando florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: hitman, suspense, psychopath, desert, human nature, serial killer, greed, peril, brutality, sheriff, death, murderer ...
Time: 20th century, year 1980, 80s
Place: texas, el paso texas, mexico, austin texas, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.9
 8K
Empire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top Victor soon finds out that he has ...
Style: intense, stylized, melancholic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: betrayal, organized crime, greed, drugs, twists and turns, gang, suspense, wall street, drug dealing, cons and scams, going straight, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.9
 20K
Kiss of Death (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Jimmy Kilmartin is an ex-con living in Astoria in the New York City borough of Queens, trying to stay clean and raising a family with his wife Bev. But when his cousin Ronnie causes him to take a fall for driving an illegal transport of stolen cars, ...
Style: neo noir, surreal, intense, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, murder, organized crime, prison, betrayal, suspense, vengeance, undercover agent, mafia, heist, violence, revenge ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: neo noir, suspenseful, sexy, talky, visually appealing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, betrayal, heist, murder, kidnapping, violence, money, death, twists and turns, criminal, nude ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, florida, usa, palm springs california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Internal Affairs (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, neo noir, atmospheric, erotic ...
Plot: police corruption, internal affairs, police investigation, suspense, corruption, manipulation, psychopath, police, corrupt cop, law enforcement, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.7
 65K
Sabotage (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In "Sabotage", Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, ...
Style: exciting, stylized, intense, brutal, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, drug cartel, vengeance, crime scene, suspense, revenge, death of friend, dishonesty, tough law enforcer, heist, violent, investigation ...
Time: year 2014, 21st century
Place: mexico, california, atlanta, georgia, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.5
 5K
Pusher (2012)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In London, a drug dealer grows increasingly desperate over the course of a week after a botched deal lands him in the merciless clutches of a ruthless crime lord. The more desperate his behavior, the more isolated he becomes until there is nothing ...
Style: serious, stylized, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: gangsters, drug dealing, crime gone awry, criminal heroes, on the run, disorder, chase, nothing goes right, strip club, debt, drug dealer, money problems ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: london, england, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.3
 144K
Spring Breakers (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After four college girls rob a restaurant to fund their spring break in Florida, they get entangled with a weird dude with his own criminal agenda.
Style: sexy, disturbing, stylized, sexual, surreal ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: party, debauchery, best friends, juvenile delinquency, spring break, sex, drugs, murder, coming of age, summer, female killer, threesome ...
Time: 70s, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 14K
Gangster No. 1 (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Ireland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An old gangster is advised that Freddie Mays would leave jail after thirty years in prison. His mood changes and he recalls when he was a young punk, who joined Freddie Mays' gang, a man he both envied and ultimately betrayed.
Style: intense, tense, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rise and fall, organized crime, psychopath, mafia, betrayal, prison, violence, gang war, gang, leadership, extortion ...
Time: future, 60s, 20th century, 90s, 80s ...
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 7.3
 59K
Animal Kingdom (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Following the death of his mother, J finds himself living with his estranged family, under the watchful eye of his doting grandmother, Smurf, mother to the Cody boys. J quickly comes to believe that he is a player in this world. But, as he soon ...
Style: tense, disturbing, bleak, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, interrogation, suspense, violence, investigation, complex characters, justice, character study, vengeance, drug dealer ...
Time: 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.6
 8K
Playing God (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Stripped of his medical license after performing an operation while high on amphetamines, famed LA surgeon Dr Eugene Sands abandons his former life only to find himself crossing paths with Raymond Blossom, an infamous counterfeiter. Employed as a ...
Style: psychological, intense, tense, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, gangsters, drug addiction, murder, betrayal, haunted by the past, undercover, heist, mind game, dishonesty, love triangle, working undercover ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Monument Ave. (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bobby O'Grady a low level member of a Boston Irish gang run by Jackie O'Hara. Jackie demands absolute, total loyalty to him. When Jackie kills one of Bobby's buddies, Teddy, Bobby and others have to keep it an absolute secret, even ...
Style: atmospheric, dark, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, betrayal, murder, vengeance, gang, police investigation, investigation, police corruption, witnessing a crime, criminal heroes, drug dealing, best friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, connecticut, massachusetts, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.1
 24K
Brother (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A Japanese Yakuza gangster’s deadly existence in his homeland gets him exiled to Los Angeles, California, where he is taken in by his little brother and his brother’s gang. This is the first English film by Takeshi Kitano.
Style: harsh, intense, serious, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, mafia, gang, culture clash, gangsters, samurai, organized crime, suicide, sibling relationship, family relations, interracial relations, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, japan, tokyo, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.6
 6K
Q & A (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuse to help him.
Style: talky, intense, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, corruption, murder, investigation, police brutality, gangsters, lawyer, fighting the system, law enforcement, legal, dedicated lawyer, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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: realistic, talky, tense, road movie, sexy ...
Audience: kids
Plot: drugs, addiction, junkie, drug addiction, murder, heist, drug addict, death, brutality, heroin, violence, sex scene ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.0
 31K
The Salton Sea (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After the murder of his beloved wife, a man in search of redemption is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey, he befriends slacker Jimmy "The Finn", becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her ...
Style: tense, bleak, suspenseful, neo noir, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, twists and turns, drug abuse, drugs, drug addiction, death of wife, drug lord, gangsters, violence, revenge, working undercover, double life ...
Time: 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.6
 23K
Dark Blue (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set during the Rodney King riots, a robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Style: tense, harsh, intense, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, police investigation, police brutality, police officer, police, corruption, investigation, rookie, robbery, partners, fighting the system, testimony ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: african american, ghetto, urban ghetto life, gangsters, hip hop, murder, police brutality, friendship, coming of age, street gang, organized crime, drugs ...
Time: 90s, year 1993, 20th century, 70s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, north america
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Way of the Gun (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man.
Style: intense, neo noir, cynical, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, kidnapping, gunfight, twists and turns, crime gone awry, ransom, suspense, pregnancy, car chase, rags to riches, confined, disorder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Boiling Point (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Red is an aging scam-artist who's just been released from prison together with Ronnie, a young and not-so-bright hoodlum who is easily manipulated. Their new business is to organize fake-money sales and then kill the buyer to take his money; ...
Style: exciting, neo noir, suspenseful, tense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover cop, murder, suspense, organized crime, prison, redemption, revenge, vengeance, investigation, undercover, working undercover, master criminal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.1
 12K
One False Move (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Following a series of drug deals and murders, three criminals -- Fantasia, Ray Malcolm and Pluto -- travel from Los Angeles to Houston, finally arriving in a small Arkansas town to go into hiding. Two detectives from the LAPD, who are already on the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, neo noir, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, suspense, police investigation, heist, gunfight, gangsters, corruption, justice, law enforcement, criminal heroes, criminal, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, texas, arkansas, california, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%