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The Cartel (2008)
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The Cartel (2008)
Original name: El Cartel de los Sapos
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Colombia
TV show
Story: The Cartel follows ten friends, all of them members of a dangerous drug cartel, whose ambition for power and money will cause them to eventually kill each other. For it is an undeniable truth that, in this business, you always lose.
Style: tense, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: gangsters, crimes, mafia, fall in love, organized crime, gang war, rivalry, vengeance, drug dealing, life is a bitch, ambition, smuggling, power struggle, rise to the top, uninhibited rivalry, lifestyle change
Place: mexico

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Most similar movies to The Cartel

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, tense, realistic and serious films and TV series with plots about crimes, gangsters, rivalry, organized crime, crime, mafia and criminal heroes mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Cartel: La Reina del Sur (2011), The Lord of the Skies (2013), Kurtlar Vadisi (2003), Halka (2019), Gomorrah (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
La Reina del Sur (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico, USA, Spain, Colombia
Duration: 378 min.
TV show
Story: After years of blood, sweat and tears, a woman of humble origin ends up becoming a drug trafficking legend, with all that that means...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, suspense
Plot: crimes, vengeance, mafia, rise to the top, drug dealing, power struggle, rivalry, life is a bitch, organized crime, cocaine, smuggling, gang ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, europe, spain, morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Lord of the Skies (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Mexico, Colombia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in the 1990s, these are the life and times of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, a man who became the head of the Juárez cartel. Nicknamed “El Señor de los Cielos” (Lord of the Skies) because of the large fleet of airplanes he used to transport ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, rise to the top, master criminal, ambition, drug lord, smuggling, gangsters, crimes, gang war, drug dealing, generosity, corruption ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.6
 14K
Kurtlar Vadisi (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Turkey
Duration: 65 min.
TV show
Story: Kurtlar Vadisi was a Turkish television drama which broadcast mainly on Show TV and then transferred to Kanal D, then atv for its last season. It was mostly about an agent named Polat Alemdar who leaked into the mafia after his plastic surgery. The ...
Style: tense, captivating, brutal, suspense
Plot: mafia, corruption, criminal, police, mob hit, organized crime, brutality, crime boss, betrayal, death, killings, crime family ...
Place: istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.8
 4K
Halka (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: Two different young men coming together from different places stand side by side and fight against a conspiracy. They go after a past that doesn't leave behind. They bring to account of old notebooks, dirty cases, big and small lies. ...
Style: tense, psychological, captivating, serious, cynical
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, crime boss, killings, family relations, crimes, power relations, introspection, rise to the top, parents and children, ambition ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 8.6
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Gomorrah (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, Germany
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Based on Robert Saviano's bestselling book, this gritty Italian crime drama paints a portrait of the brutal Neapolitan crime organisation the Camorra, as seen through the eyes of Ciro Di Marzo, the obedient and self- confident right-hand man of ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: mafia, drug lord, mob boss, rivalry, crime, gangsters, gang war, crimes, urban ghetto life, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.8
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Peaky Blinders (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, tense, stylized, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, gang, gang war, crime boss, crimes, mob boss, determination, power struggle, cruelty, rise to the top, mafia ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 20s
Place: england, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Bandits Can't Rule the World (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: The series tells the life of Hizir Cakirbeyli. It has entered the realm of the mafia at a young age.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, tough heroes, crimes, deadly, criminal heroes, blood, uninhibited rivalry, society, betrayal, rage, violence, rivalry ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 10K
Election (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A drama-thriller centered on a democratic election within an organized crime society.
Style: captivating, rough, suspenseful, suspense, tense ...
Plot: election, organized crime, ambition, ego clash, rivalry, rise to the top, crimes, uninhibited rivalry, rules and policies, temperamental, elimination, merciless ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
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Sr. Ávila (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A family man experiences the tremendous burden of leading a double life as a professional hitman.
Style: realistic, captivating, exciting, tense, suspense ...
Plot: crimes, hitman, danger, crime boss, organized crime, intrigue, deadly, crime, teenage life, couple relations, nudity (full frontal - brief)
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.8
 2K
Villain (2020)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After 10 years, Eddie Franks is out of prison and trying to stay on the straight and narrow, but his drug-mule brother, Sean has other ideas. Rival gangster brothers demand Sean repay his debt to them, causing Eddie to get tangled in the crossfire, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, disturbing, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, deadly, family, danger, rivalry, escapades, murder, violence, police, society, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.1
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Profugos (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Chile
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Four men become fugitives after a failed drug deal, running from north to south of Chile.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, corruption, organized crime, fighting crime, crime gone awry, dishonesty, law enforcement, undercover, gangsters, crimes, criminal heroes, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile, bolivia, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Anna: Born to Lead (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 179 min.
Story: A mafia don sends his son out of the country because he doesn't want even a shadow of his life falling on him. Destiny wills otherwise. The son makes an innocuous trip to Mumbai to visit his dad. And ends up filling his father's large ...
Style: suspense, exciting, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Plot: fight for justice, mafia, politics, vigilantism, revenge, fight, leader, violence, crime boss, rivalry, brutality, death ...
Time: year 1988
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Wild District (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Colombia
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: After surrendering to Bogotá police, an ex-guerrilla avoids prison by working undercover to investigate a ruthless enforcer of government corruption.
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: government corruption, undercover, haunted by the past, storytelling, soldier, betrayal, special agents, secret mission, mercenary, crimes, wartime life, life is a bitch ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.4
 5K
Suskunlar (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Turkey
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: Suskunlar, is a Turkish television drama series based on Lorenzo Carcaterra's 1995 novel of Sleepers.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, vengeance, haunted by the past, buddies, rivalry, friendship, murder, danger, death, graphic violence, friends, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Snitch Cartel (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The real life story of Andres Lopez Lopez aka "Frecita" during his years involved with the Colombian Cartel aka "Cartel Norte del Valle"
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, stylized, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, crimes, gangsters, organized crime, rise to the top, ambition, gang, drugs/alcohol, drug dealing, money, violence, drugs ...
Place: colombia, latin america, florida, usa, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Godfather of Harlem (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Loosely based on infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy attempts to regain his piece of ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, captivating
Plot: crime boss, bandit, gang, gang war, violence, gang leader, danger, criminal gang, crimes, vengeance, rivalry, mafia ...
Place: harlem, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 321 min.
Story: Shahid Khan is exiled after impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku in order to rob British trains. Now outcast, Shahid becomes a worker at Ramadhir Singh's colliery, only to spur a revenge battle that passes on to generations. At the turn of ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: gang, mafia, gangsters, vengeance, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, organized crime, killings, uninhibited rivalry, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.2
 4K
Black Widow (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Carmen, the daughter of a notorious Amsterdam drug lord, reluctantly takes charge of the family's smuggling business in order to clear her husband's debts.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: mafia, organized crime, life turned upside down, unlikely criminals, crimes, parents and children, danger, widow widower, fear, single parent, the underworld, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: holland, amsterdam, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
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West 32nd (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea, USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: When John Kim, an ambitious young lawyer, takes on a pro bono case to exonerate a fourteen-year-old boy from a first degree murder charge, he finds a world he never knew existed in the underbelly of Manhattan - the Korean underworld.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: gangsters, lawyer, ambition, crimes, mafia, fish out of water, murder, korean american, danger, rivalry, tough heroes, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.7
 3K
Dossier K. (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Vincke and Verstuyft are detectives of the Antwerp police department. This time they have to deal with the Albanian mob and some problems in their own police division.
Style: serious, psychological, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: vengeance, rivalry, crimes, fighting crime, danger, deadly, law enforcement, police detective, mafia, murder, graphic violence, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, albania, europe, antwerp
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.4
 15K
Top Boy (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A thrilling and raw crime drama following a gang of drug dealers in Hackney, London - an honest and gripping rendition of inner-city drug and gang culture.
Style: sincere, serious, suspenseful, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: gang, teenage life, ambitious, leader, ambition, life is a bitch, partners in crime, social problems, society, struggle, gang war, poverty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.4
 6K
Election 2 (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lok (Simon Yam) faces competition from his godsons. At the same time, Jimmy (Louis Koo) looks to increase his business relations with mainland China.
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, rough, captivating ...
Plot: election, organized crime, triad, henchman, rules and policies, ambition, dishonesty, rivalry, crimes, gangsters, criminal heroes, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 1K
The Fear (2012)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: A Brighton crime boss turned entrepreneur and the disintegration of a criminal mind. (From IMDB)
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, rivalry, criminal heroes, dishonor among criminals, memory loss, crimes, family relations, mental illness, gang war, gangsters, gang, elderly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 7.5
 7K
Mob City (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The true story of a decades-long conflict between the Los Angeles Police Department, under the determined leadership of Police Chief William Parker, and ruthless criminal elements led by Mickey Cohen, a one-time boxer who rose to the top of ...
Style: neo noir, tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, mafia, power struggle, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, actress, chief of police, law enforcement, crimes, rivalry, conflict, police chief ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 50s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.6
 29K
Ezel (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Turkey
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: Ömer, a young man returning from military service, is set up by his friends and fiancé and ends up in prison for ten years. He fakes his own death and manages to escape. He re-creates himself as ‘Ezel’, a high-end gambler who is outwardly a ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, captivating, realistic
Plot: mafia, warden, tragic love, vengeance, hidden identity, intrigue, manipulations, ex convict, tragic hero, manipulation, life is a bitch, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.7
 494
Puerta 7 (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A determined woman works to rid an Argentine soccer club of the violent crime and corruption surrounding its intense fanbase.
Style: political, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: mafia, violence, football team, strong female lead, ambition, determination, rivalry, football, lifestyle, teamwork, political corruption, female protagonist ...
Place: argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.1
 1K
Pickings (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When a short-tempered mobster and his gang of thugs try to shake down a neighborhood bar, they're soon confronted with the wrath of its owner - a mysterious southern mother with a dangerous past.
Style: neo noir, tense, unusual plot structure, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: bandit, mafia, revenge, gangsters, redneck, psychotic, mercilessness, vengeance, crimes, gang war, woman in danger, heroes ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.6
 1K
Kingpin (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Rule the family. Control the empire. A Change in power looms imminent in the drug cartel family.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, drug smuggling, crimes, drug dealing, family relations, police corruption, rivalry, partners, working undercover, drug abuse, siblings relations, addiction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, michigan, thailand, houston texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
 357
El Capo (2009)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Colombia
TV show
Story: El Capo, the most wanted drug dealer in Mexico, has been intercepted while hiding with his trusted men, his wife and his lover. During his escape, he declares war on the government and his own past.
Style: rough, realistic, stylized, brutal, serious
Plot: power struggle, drug dealing, master criminal, drug traffic, ambition, organized crime, dea, lovers, crimes, criminal heroes, political corruption, drug lord ...
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A tale of two gangsters from the eras of past and present, whose lives enter parallel paths as they struggle to survive within Bombay's criminal underworld.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, rivalry, gangsters, smuggling, rise and fall, law enforcement, crimes, cons and scams, rise to the top, criminal heroes, dishonesty, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, bombay india
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%