Movies like The Counselor

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The Counselor (2013)
 5.3
 95K
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: cynical, talky, tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak, suspense, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: cocaine, femme fatale, drug cartel, drug traffic, drug dealing, greed, danger, nihilism, drug smuggling, crime gone awry, life turned upside down, crimes, crime, nothing goes right, criminal heroes, disorder, brutality, betrayal, neo noir, profanity, lawyer, downfall, poetry, red dress, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, texas, usa, london, chicago illinois, amsterdam, tijuana mexico ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, intense and twists and turns films with plots about crime, crimes, dialogue, storytelling, murder, gangsters and violence mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Counselor: Savages (2012), A Man Apart (2003), Training Day (2001), Blood Simple. (1984), No Country for Old Men (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.5
 120K
Savages (2012)
Genre: 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: twists and turns, tense, rough, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, rescue, kidnapping, crime, drug cartel, mob boss, woman in danger, violence, organized crime, marijuana, drug lord ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: southern california, california, mexico, usa, afghanistan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 44K
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: serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, crimes, tough law enforcer, cocaine, vigilantism, organized crime, drug cartel, fighting crime, tough heroes, crime, danger, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, los angeles, usa, latin america, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 382K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: 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: tense, realistic, serious, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, lone hero, neo noir, rookie, police brutality, african american, gunfight, profanity, gang, one day, bad cop, marijuana ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 86K
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: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, cynical, serious ...
Plot: neo noir, extramarital affair, murder, crime gone awry, private detective, hitman, crime, crimes, neo-noir, dishonesty, deadly, adultery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
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, suspenseful ...
Plot: neo noir, greed, sheriff, hitman, crimes, death, track down, peril, human nature, psychopath, escape, shooting ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, usa, mexico, latin america, el paso texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, neo noir, gambling, mafia, criminal heroes, criminal, murder, bandit, gangsters, poker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2008, 2000s, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, florida, orlando florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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, suspenseful, rough, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: crime gone awry, drug dealing, criminal heroes, on the run, disorder, nothing goes right, danger, chase, gangster, drug dealer, debt, money problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: london, england, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 193K
Traffic (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, 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, tense, thought provoking, clever ...
Plot: drug lord, addiction, marijuana, drug cartel, drug abuse, organized crime, drug traffic, drug dealer, drug dealing, profanity, family problems, fighting crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: mexico, ohio, washington d.c., latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 7.3
 164K
Layer Cake (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...
Style: twists and turns, tense, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, greed, gangsters, drug lord, drug dealing, organized crime, betrayal, flirting, cocaine, violence, murder, going straight ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: london, england, europe, zurich switzerland, amsterdam ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.0
 7K
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: suspenseful, rough, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: betrayal, vengeance, crimes, crime, drug dealing, wall street, cons and scams, criminal heroes, going straight, violence, greed, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, miami, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.7
 58K
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: suspenseful, serious, tense, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, drug cartel, swat team, police investigation, crime scene, vengeance, brutality, crimes, gory, dishonesty, deadly, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2014
Place: mexico, georgia, usa, atlanta georgia, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.0
 20K
Red Rock West (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his ...
Style: suspenseful, sexy, rough, surprise ending, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo-noir, neo noir, hitman, mistaken identity, betrayal, small town, gas station, money, unemployment, criminal, crimes, crime gone awry ...
Time: 90s
Place: wyoming, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.6
 70K
Derailed (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, they are forced to turn the tables on him to save their families.
Style: suspenseful, rough, surprise ending, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: blackmail, dangerous attraction, infidelity, crimes, danger, disorder, dishonesty, rape, deception, extramarital affair, adultery, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 10K
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, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, crimes, police investigation, crime, law enforcement, criminal heroes, neo noir, on the run, femme fatale, chases and races, dishonesty, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, arkansas, texas, louisiana, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
 72K
Killer Joe (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A cop (Matthew McConaughey) who moonlights as a hit man agrees to kill the hated mother of a desperate drug dealer (Emile Hirsch) in exchange for a tumble with the young man's virginal sister (Juno Temple).
Style: rough, tense, disturbing, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: neo noir, psychopath, deal, hitman, lingerie, police detective, greed, crime, crimes, parents and children, insurance, cons and scams ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, oklahoma, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.5
 1.2M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: tense, captivating, surprise ending, serious, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mole, crimes, police, neo noir, working undercover, undercover cop, crime, mind game, undercover, organized crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, taiwan, china, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.6
 20K
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, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, police corruption, rookie, police investigation, crimes, partners, fighting the system, law enforcement, dishonesty, testimony, crime and punishment, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.6
 237K
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: atmospheric, serious, 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, 60s, 90s, 50s, 80s ...
Place: california, latin america, mexico, usa, colombia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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We Own the Night (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hitmen.
Style: captivating, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, car chase, law enforcement, party, heroin, gangsters, nightclub, crimes, crime, mafia, siblings relations, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.1
 40K
13 (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.
Style: tense, bleak, serious, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: russian roulette, greed, gambling, murder, drug overdose, police detective, revolver, crimes, life is a bitch, fish out of water, social decay, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, ohio, delaware, grand central station manhattan new york city, midwest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, gunfight, friendship, crime, hip hop, coming of age, graduation, police brutality, social decay, overdose, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 361K
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, suspenseful, atmospheric, intense, bleak ...
Plot: moral dilemma, cia, tough girl, black ops, drug cartel, neo noir, swat team, u.s. mexico border, special agents, fbi, mercenary, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: mexico, usa, texas, arizona, el paso texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.3
 897K
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A botched robbery indicates a police informant, and the pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse. Crime begets violence as the survivors -- veteran Mr. White, newcomer Mr. Orange, psychopathic parolee Mr. Blonde, bickering weasel Mr. Pink and ...
Style: talky, brutal, tense, non-linear, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, heist, crimes, dark hero, psychopath, suprisingly clever, swearing, violence spree, gang, cult, undercover cop, perfect crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Best Laid Plans (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Rich, successful Bryce meets beautiful Lissa at a bar one night and invites her back to his house, not suspecting for a moment that Lissa isn't really who she seems. What unfolds next is a dangerous, tangled web of double-crosses and seduction.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, cynical, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: neo noir, crime, crimes, crime gone awry, manipulation, cons and scams, nothing goes right, manipulations, dishonesty, disorder, small town, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, nevada, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.7
 31K
New Jack City (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A gangster, Nino, is in the Cash Money Brothers, making a million dollars every week selling crack. A cop, Scotty, discovers that the only way to infiltrate the gang is to become a dealer himself.
Style: serious, captivating, tense, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, gangsters, gang, chase, friendship, drug dealing, betrayal, crimes, crime, addiction, rise and fall, urban ghetto ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.2
 17K
Thursday (1998)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Casey has given up drug dealing for a suburban idyll in Houston, a job as an architect and a new wife. They are even planning to adopt a child. But Casey's past arrives on the doorstep in the shape of Nick, an old business partner. And all hell ...
Style: dark humor, surreal, suspenseful, witty, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, hitman, neo noir, cons and scams, crime gone awry, crimes, crime, danger, deadly, drug dealing, suburbs, adoption ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 8.3
 722K
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, cocaine, mafia, drug dealing, criminal heroes, gunfight, mob boss, drug cartel, rise and fall, drug abuse, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.6
 50K
Wild Card (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play… and it's all or nothing.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, gangsters, crimes, bodyguard, tough heroes, crime, casino, lone wolves, dishonesty, betrayal, violence, greed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.9
 17K
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: suspenseful, rough, tense, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, gangsters, murder, crime, crimes, political corruption, master criminal, partners against crime, law enforcement, against the odds, vengeance, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.2
 83K
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, bleak, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, murder, loneliness, gang, violence, investigation, widower, crimes, vengeance, loss of friend, incompetent police, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe, london, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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