Movies like Joe

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Joe (2013)
 6.9
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Joe (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The rough-hewn boss of a lumber crew courts trouble when he steps in to protect the youngest member of his team from an abusive father.
Style: touching, captivating, atmospheric, realistic, serious, stylized, rough, bleak, harsh, dark ...
Plot: redemption, child abuse, alcoholic, murder, teenager, pedophilia, snake, prostitute, brothel, bar, bridge, rain, 15 year old, friendship, hopes, friends, buddies, down on your luck, coming of age, poisoning, small town, drugs/alcohol, homeless, strong sexual content, truck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa, texas, new jersey, california

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Most similar movies to Joe

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and harsh films with plots about storytelling, brutality, dialogue, mentor, redemption, friendship and murder mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres. Some movies like Joe: Mud (2012), River's Edge (1986), Mean Creek (2004), Thug (2005), L.I.E. (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.4
 156K
Mud (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and make a pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.
Style: atmospheric, touching, realistic, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, teenage boy, river, lake or river, human relationship, unfulfillment, drifter, ex convict, wanted man, unlikely friendships, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arkansas, mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.1
 14K
River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, police, sex, crime, strangulation, rock, strong sexual content, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Terrence McDonagh, a New Orleans Police sergeant, who starts out as a good cop, receiving a medal and a promotion to lieutenant for heroism during Hurricane Katrina. During his heroic act, McDonagh injures his back and later becomes addicted to ...
Style: surreal, stylized, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, drug abuse, murder investigation, organized crime, crime, police brutality, drugs/alcohol, drug lord, redemption, character study, brutality, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.2
 29K
Mean Creek (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Teenagers living in small-town Oregon take a boat trip for a birthday celebration. When they get an idea to play a mean trick on the town bully, it suddenly goes too far. Soon they're forced to deal with the unexpected consequences of their ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama, kids, teens
Plot: prank, birthday, bully, small town, friends, unsupportive friend, coming of age, friendship, suicide, gay, dare, secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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 7.3
 27K
Thug (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The South African multi-award winning film about a young South African boy from the ghetto named Tsotsi, meaning Gangster. Tsotsi, who left home as a child to get away from helpless parents, finds a baby in the back seat of a car that he has just ...
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, redemption, criminal, baby, slum, fight, murder, police, urban ghetto life, violence, crime, bully ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.2
 9K
L.I.E. (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In this biting and disturbing coming-of-age tale from writer-director Michael Cuesta, life is bittersweet along the L.I.E., also known as the Long Island Expressway, as suburban teen Howie Blitzer learns all too clearly. In the space of a week, he ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, coming of age, male prostitution, juvenile delinquency, suburbs, gays and lesbians, self discovery, parents and children, gender, life is a bitch, youth, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A mafia film in Tarantino style with a star-studded cast. Jimmy’s “The Saint” gangster career has finally ended. Yet now he finds him self doing favors for a wise godfather known as “The Man with the Plan.”
Style: dark humor, atmospheric, serious, witty, tense ...
Plot: crime gone awry, hitman, gangsters, violence, mafia, revenge, redemption, coffin, paranoia, blood, boat, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: colorado, usa, denver colorado, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.7
 2K
Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, rough, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, abusive father, theft, money, debt, classroom, juvenile delinquency, working class, corporal punishment, spanking, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio, ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, rough, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: childhood, coming of age, friendship, juvenile delinquency, homecoming, loss of friend, anger, marijuana, african american, racial slur, drugs/alcohol, retrospective ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 2005, 2000s, year 1986
Place: new york, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
George Washington (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, "George Washington" is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: small town, coming of age, redemption, youth, friendship, kids in trouble, children, hopes, society, social relations, life is a bitch, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.4
 6K
Levity (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Manuel Jordan is a man who is free after serving 23 years for killing a teenager during an attempted robbery. After nearly two decades of staring at his victim's face on a newspaper clipping in his cell, the paroled man attempts to find ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, sin, prison, murder, gang, robbery, revenge, criminal, police, singer, party, vandalism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: brutality, gang, troubled teen, police, juvenile delinquency, crime, murder, vengeance, police investigation, urban, drug dealing, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.5
 12K
Sweet Sixteen (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: emotional, captivating, realistic, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, dysfunctional family, drug dealer, downfall, parents and children, drug dealing, society, crime, youth, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.8
 110K
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, tense, rough ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, hip hop, friendship, gang, coming of age, poverty, crimes, life is a bitch, teenage life, society, favoritism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1991, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Powers That Be (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A wealthy Los Angeles teen and her superficial friends wants to break out of suburbia and experience Southern California's "gangsta" lifestyle. But problems arise when the preppies get in over their heads and provoke the wrath of a ...
Style: psychological, tense, serious, sexual, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: crimes, youth, teenager, juvenile delinquency, gang, hip hop, teenage life, society, promiscuity, cocaine, realism, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.9
 14K
Grand Canyon (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Grand Canyon revolved around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles. At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship of two men from different races and classes brought together when one finds ...
Style: clever, realistic, talky, serious, touching ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, grand canyon, arrest, kindness, earthquake, adultery, racism, coming of age, society, introspection, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
What Doesn't Kill You (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friends, friendship, drug addiction, heist, infidelity, tough law enforcer, drugs/alcohol, crime, buddies, haunted by the past, criminal heroes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.3
 83K
Mean Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Style: realistic, bleak, atmospheric, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: redemption, gangsters, friendship, neo noir, epilepsy, mafia, money, crime, crime gone awry, stripper, racial slur, party ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.
Style: clever, realistic, serious, tense, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, friendship, high school student, crime, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, cheerleader, basketball, cheating, drugs/alcohol, crimes, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.2
 14K
City of Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, friendship, drug lord, crime, robbery, best friends, coming of age, betrayal, slum, brazilian, street gang, father figure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.7
 890K
Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.
Style: rough, realistic, suspense, suspenseful, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, crimes, friends, rise and fall, fbi, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, violence, court, friendship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1950s ...
Place: florida, new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.2
 67K
The Outsiders (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.
Style: sentimental, stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, gang, friendship, book, small town, street gang, juvenile delinquent, juvenile delinquency, murder, machismo, children's home, kids in trouble ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 80s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Hurricane Streets (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four close buddies who have a basement clubhouse; they ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, theft, smuggling, prison, friendship, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, urban ghetto, down on your luck, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new mexico, new york, alaska, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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One False Move (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
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: suspense, realistic, tense, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, small town, neo noir, crime, drug dealing, police investigation, psychopath, crime gone awry, criminal heroes, redemption, criminal, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, los angeles, texas, louisiana, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.6
 11K
Fresh (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Michael is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded house with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum,but still meets with Fresh on occasion to play chess. Fresh is rather quiet in a crazy world. Fresh's sister is a ...
Style: bleak, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: revenge, drug dealing, crime, chess, drug lord, juvenile delinquency, childhood trauma, crimes, urban ghetto, youth, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 131K
The Drop (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.
Style: tense, serious, captivating, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, bar, organized crime, criminal heroes, danger, fall in love, robbery, hitman, criminal's revenge, crime boss, gangsters, catholic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.0
 13K
At Close Range (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970's. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... ...
Style: bleak, tense, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, sociopath, rape, gun, crime, gang, parents and children, crimes, family relations, siblings relations, family in crisis, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 12K
Animal Factory (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, friendship, guitar, survival, strike, innocence lost, crime, prison warden, prison life, confined, human nature, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Naked Kiss (1964)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A former prostitute discovers that her philanthropic fiance is involved in perversion.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, prostitute, small town, murder, neo noir, pedophilia, police, legislation, pimp, sexual abuse, redemption, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1963, 1960s, year 1961
Place: switzerland, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.4
 36K
Hustle & Flow (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.
Style: realistic, bleak, rough, serious, touching ...
Plot: hip hop, midlife crisis, career, baby, rapper, music, redemption, prostitute, drug dealing, pimp, stripper, singer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tennessee, memphis, usa, mount everest, egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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