Movies like Spark

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Spark (1998)
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Spark (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: .An urban black couple (Terrence Howard, Nicole Parker) traveling via back roads from Chicago to LA has a car breakdown in a backwater town where everyone is white trailer trash and racial epithets are common graffiti. The film tries to examine the thoughts of the lower class that they get involved in and the loud mouth impetuosity of the black man which ultimately leads the couple into greater problems.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: on the road, interracial relations, fish out of water, desert, politics, misfit, racism, injustice, life is a bitch, love affair, society, urban, small town life, small town, city life, americana, out of the way, dog, graffiti, frame up, claustrophobia, racist, murder, redneck, motel ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, chicago illinois

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Most similar movies to Spark

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films with plots about crimes, life is a bitch, society, small town, murder, dishonesty and deadly mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Spark: Boycott (2001), The Klansman (1974), Deadline (2012), 30 Miles (2004), Annie's Garden (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Boycott (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: This made-for-TV movie dramatizes the historic boycott of public buses in the 1950s, led by civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, talky
Plot: interracial relations, racism, civil rights movement, social activism, protest, racial prejudice, discrimination, social differences, human spirit, fighting the system, rebellion, social decay ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, alabama
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95%
 5.2
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The Klansman (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small southern town has just been rocked by a tragedy: a young woman has been violently raped. The white town fathers immediately declare that the attacker had to be black, and place the blame on Garth, a young black man. Assuming that the men in ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Plot: interracial relations, small town, false accusation, racism, ku klux klan, vigilantism, small town life, rivalry, crimes, dishonesty, life is a bitch, legal ...
Time: 70s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 4.7
 405
Deadline (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Deadline is the story of the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved, and unpunished for almost twenty years. That changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper (Steve Talley) meets an ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: uncover truth, investigation, interracial relations, price of justice, crimes, idealism, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, family relations, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, alabama, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 5.0
 169
30 Miles (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: An act of kindness leads to the destruction of two lives in just thirty miles, when a hitchiker and his ride let down their guards and reveal intimate, dark secrets about their pasts
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: desert, mind game, deadly, murder, interracial relations, on the road, crimes, racism, racial relations, car driving, wedding, hollywood ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 4.2
 272
Annie's Garden (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In front of his 15-year-old son, a father loses his temper and strikes his younger daughter, thinking she's trying to run away from him. Jump ahead ten years: the dad is dead, the mom is gone, and the son, Luke, is raising his now grown sister, ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: small town, youth, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, small town life, flirt, punching bag, secret, flirting ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 7.0
 3K
Closet Land (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young writer is interrogated by a sadistic secret policeman. She is accused of embedding political messages in her children's stories. The entire movie takes place in one room, with only the two actors. The movie is set in an unidentified, ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak, serious ...
Plot: totalitarianism, false accusation, mind game, police station, interrogation, confined, police investigation, isolation, future dystopia, society, writer's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 5.3
 69
Bucksville (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In a small, wooded town, a young man struggles to leave a secret militia started by his father.
Style: tense, captivating, suspense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: vigilantism, crimes, injustice, small town, society, secret society, father son relationship, forest, good versus evil, execution, guilt, militia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Nightmare in Badham County (1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two UCLA coeds have engine trouble in small Southern town. When they spurn the local sheriff's advances he arranges for them to be taken to the women's prison on trivial charges (the judge is a cousin), where they must endure atrocities at ...
Style: bleak, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, racism, small town, sexual abuse, women's prison, psychopath, on the road, frame up, prison life, small town life, strong female presence, farm ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of Johnson Whittaker, one of the first African-American cadets admitted to West Point. Tied down and beaten by his fellow cadets
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: racism, courtroom, courtroom drama, military, army investigation, fighting the system, leadership, military life, uncover truth, interracial relations, discrimination, false accusation ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.5
 435
Ring the Bell (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When high-powered sports agent Rob Decker arrives looking for his next major league prospect, he finds more than he bargained for at the Cooke Boys Ranch. As he works to secure Shawn Hart, the top high school baseball prospect in the country, he ...
Style: serious, realistic, christian film
Plot: small town, society, social relations, disorder, redemption, introspection, hopes, misfit, fish out of water, small town life, americana, scout ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.1
 658
Water's Edge (2003)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Robert wanted an escape from the big city. He thought a small town by the water's edge would give him a new start. He couldn't have been more wrong. This little town has dirty secrets, and Robert just found the worst of them...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, surprise ending
Plot: femme fatale, small town, uncover truth, investigation, life is a bitch, dishonesty, deadly, murder, political corruption, betrayal, husband wife relationship, town mayor ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 5.8
 822
Shadow Hours (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Michael is a recovering addict. Back on the wagon, he's now responsible for a young, beautiful, and pregnant wife. He's working the graveyard shift at a gas station to support his new family, but the job drives him crazy. Then a wealthy ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, addiction, alcohol abuse, illegal drugs, redemption, nightshift, nightlife, pregnancy, murder, drug dealing, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Color of Justice (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four young black men kill a white woman, the D.A. is very cautious in how to proceed...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, interracial relations, racism, law enforcement, dedicated lawyer, crime, hotshot lawyer, dishonesty, courtroom drama, crimes, society, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Lured Innocence (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A reporter sent to cover a murder trial discovers a web of deceit stemming from a torrid affair.
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, realistic, tense ...
Plot: small town life, infidelity, crimes, couples, investigation, obsession, crime, deadly, who done it, couple relations, family problems, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.3
 520
Blue Desert (1990)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After surviving rape, comic-book artist Lisa Roberts is moving from New York City to small town in Arizona. But there's danger in small towns too.
Style: suspenseful, rough, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: desert, motorcycle, stalker, artist, small town, city life, love triangle, small town life, urban, psychopath, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.3
 832
Freedom Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Freedom Song (2000) is a made-for-TV film based on true stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. It tells the story of the struggle of African Americans to register to vote in the fictional town of Quinlan. In the midst of ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, emotional, serious ...
Plot: racism, fighting the system, interracial relations, life is a bitch, rebellion, teenage life, parents and children, injustice, hopes, society, politics, americana ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A South-African preacher goes to search for his wayward son who has committed a crime in the big city.
Style: thought provoking, touching, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: interracial relations, racism, murder, apartheid, priest, politics, self discovery, introspection, city life, courtroom drama, parents and children, society ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, post world war two, year 1946 ...
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.9
 618
Ambushed (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jim Natter, the leader of a violent Kuk Klux Klan lodge, is shot dead. His teenage son Eric Natter is found nearby, and taken into police custody for his protection pending the investigation. While four cops drive him to a safe-house, they are ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: white supremacy, racism, police, xenophobia, dishonesty, on the run, special agents, legal investigation, small town life, frame up, interracial relations, vigilantism ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 6.1
 4K
Light It Up (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: On a winter day in a southside Queens high school, events collide and six students are suddenly in an armed standoff with the NYPD. At the school, classrooms freeze, teachers come and go, resources are scant.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: high school, school, hostage, attic, kids in trouble, urban, down on your luck, city life, pregnancy, crimes, law enforcement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.6
 3K
The Intruder (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A man in a gleaming white suit comes to a small Southern town on the eve of integration. He calls himself a social reformer. But what he does is stir up trouble--trouble he soon finds he can't control.
Style: disturbing, sincere, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: racism, false accusation, small town, manipulation, political unrest, small town life, social differences, violence spree, social decay, interracial relations, bishop, social relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.0
 159
White Water (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: White Water is the story of a 7 year-old black kid in segregated 1963 Opelika, Alabama who becomes obsessed with the desire to taste the water from the "white's only" drinking fountain and sets out on a quest to do the unthinkable: ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: missing child, young heroes, society, obsession, youth, racism, interracial relations, family problems, life is a bitch, discrimination, parents and children, danger ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
All Mistakes Buried (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A lone, struggling addict takes on a dangerous underground criminal ring in his small Southern town to retrieve a stolen pendant he believes will save his marriage.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, gloomy
Plot: redemption, addiction, obsessive quest, life is a bitch, crimes, hopes, danger, small town, drugs
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.1
 337
Riot (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In April 1992, following the notorious Rodney King verdict, the streets of Los Angeles became a battlefield, the backdrop to four personal intertwined stories.
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: rebellion, drug addiction, urban ghetto life, shopping mall, arson, chaos, injustice, corrupt officer, urban ghetto, profanity, graphic violence, social decay ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Kate's Addiction (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A psychotic woman becomes dangerously jealous when her best friend begins dating a handsome man. She will stop at nothing to keep the two apart, even if it means destroying their relationship or even murdering one of them.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: obsession, murder, lesbian sex, deadly, best friends, gays and lesbians, psychopath, couples, addiction, college, drug abuse, danger ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.2
 837
Public Access (1993)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Brewster seems to be an almost too perfect example of idyllic small-town America, with everyone living in peace and harmony. So when newcomer Whiley Pritcher starts up his own local cable TV show with the question "what's wrong with ...
Style: talky, suspenseful, serious, realistic, cult film ...
Plot: small town, love and romance, crimes, dishonesty, social relations, discrimination, tv show, media satire, small town life, celebrity culture, society, gun ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.2
 309
Samuel Bleak (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a quiet southern town, several lives are changed forever when an isolated mute with a dark secret is admitted to a mental institution.
Style: disturbing, serious, suspense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: mental institution, family problems, isolation, small town life, small town, crimes, mute, suspect, society, danger, couple relations, mute or deaf ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A Hollywood film executive gets blackmailed by a derelict who uses some damaging information to move into his house and take over his perfect life for himself.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: frame up, murder, false accusation, manipulation, dishonesty, mind game, manipulations, psychopath, protagonist as suspect, disorder, cons and scams, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Into the Lion's Den (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: As the three out-of-towners toast the end of their journey, someone at the bar is watching them and setting a deadly trap. Now, as closing time draws near, a night of unspeakable horrors is about to begin. Jesse Archer (Violet Tendencies, Going Down ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, suspense ...
Plot: gay, bar, racism, gender, crimes, on the road, destiny, murder, erection, gay interest, torture, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, pennsylvania, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.5
 512
Bright Angel (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Road-movie from Montana to Wyoming. A gullible, innocent young man (Mulroney) assists a versatile girl (Taylor) on her long quest to get her brother out of jail.
Style: road movie, suspenseful, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: family problems, destructive relationship, on the road, crimes, teenage life, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, jail, brother, marital problem ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, montana, wyoming
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.2
 5K
Mojave (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A suicidal artist goes into the desert, where he finds his doppelgänger, a homicidal drifter.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: desert, murder, drifter, crimes, mysterious man, life turned upside down, deadly, disorder, stalking, artists and showbiz, performer's life, artist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%