Movies like Joe

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Joe (2013)
 6.9
 42K
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, rough, depressing, realistic, atmospheric, stylized, serious, bleak, harsh ...
Plot: child abuse, redemption, friendship, teenager, hopes, murder, alcoholic, small town, life is a bitch, 15 year old, father son relationship, ex convict, poisoning, prostitute, snake, pedophilia, brothel, bar, bridge, rain, unlikely friendships, friends, buddies, down on your luck, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 realistic, serious, harsh and bleak films with plots about murder, storytelling, redemption, friendship, mentor, dialogue and brutality mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Joe: Mud (2012), River's Edge (1986), Thug (2005), Mean Creek (2004), George Washington (2000). 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, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, teenage boy, river, human relationship, lake or river, ex convict, drifter, unfulfillment, boat, wanted man, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, psychological, thought provoking, stylized ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, strangulation, police, sex, crime, strong sexual content, family problems, deadly, rock ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 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, emotional, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gang, redemption, bully, robbery, murder, criminal, police, slum, baby, fight, urban ghetto life, poverty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 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, tense, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teen drama, kids, teens
Plot: prank, bully, birthday, unsupportive friend, friends, small town, coming of age, friendship, guilt, boat, first love, drowning ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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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: stylized, surreal, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, drug lord, drug abuse, murder investigation, organized crime, police brutality, crime, redemption, drugs/alcohol, corruption, heroin, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: stylized, bleak, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: small town, coming of age, redemption, youth, friendship, social relations, society, hopes, life is a bitch, friends, kids in trouble, children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 8.0
 81K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, sincere, serious ...
Plot: murder, friendship, death threat, father figure, redemption, mentally challenged, family relations, small town, human nature, crimes, parents and children, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 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: disturbing, realistic, bleak, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, sexual abuse, juvenile delinquency, male prostitution, death of mother, parents and children, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, family relations, gender, human nature, suburbs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: long island, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 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: tense, realistic, atmospheric, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: redemption, gangsters, friendship, mafia, racial slur, crime, friends, organized crime, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, urban ghetto, gangster ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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, rough, gloomy, serious, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, working class, debt, classroom, theft, abusive father, money, juvenile delinquency, corporal punishment, redemption, spanking ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: captivating, rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: friends, friendship, heist, infidelity, drug addiction, tough law enforcer, family problems, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, crime, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 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, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: redemption, sin, murder, prison, robbery, singer, police, criminal, revenge, gang, vandalism, party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, rough, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: childhood, coming of age, friendship, anger, juvenile delinquency, african american, marijuana, homecoming, loss of friend, racial slur, urban ghetto, estrangement ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, year 2005, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, witty, realistic, offbeat, gloomy ...
Plot: hitman, crime gone awry, gangsters, redemption, violence, mafia, one last job, revenge, blood, paranoia, coffin, boat ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, colorado, denver colorado, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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: realistic, bleak, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, friendship, drug lord, robbery, betrayal, crime, coming of age, friends, urban ghetto life, crimes, life is a bitch, social problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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, bleak, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: heroin, juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family, drug dealing, drug dealer, youth, downfall, family problems, innocence lost, society, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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: realistic, tense, serious, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: prison, friendship, survival, human nature, crime, confined, fish out of water, prison warden, drugs, prison escape, friendship between men, gang leader ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: rough, disturbing, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, on the run, youth, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 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, touching, serious, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: hip hop, midlife crisis, career, musician, rapper, drug dealing, singer, life is a bitch, human spirit, hip hop culture, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tennessee, usa, memphis, mount everest, egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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, tense, rough, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, african american, gang, poverty, coming of age, friendship, hip hop, racial slur, football, tragic event, party ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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: realistic, clever, touching, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, society, racism, coming of age, kindness, arrest, grand canyon, earthquake, adultery, urban, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, arizona, new jersey
⇓ 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, suspenseful, suspense, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, crimes, friends, rise and fall, fbi, criminal heroes, friendship, shooting, life is a bitch, corruption ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s, 60s, year 1963 ...
Place: florida, new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, bleak, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: gang, coming of age, friendship, juvenile delinquency, prison, smuggling, theft, dysfunctional family, crimes, parents and children, life is a bitch, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new mexico, new york, alaska, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence ...
Style: uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, prison, death row, gang, gangsters, hopes, human spirit, life is a bitch, crimes, murder, deadly, lethal injection ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, gang, friendship, small town, murder, machismo, juvenile delinquency, book, street gang, juvenile delinquent, siblings relations, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
My Crazy Life (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named Ernesto, the two become bitter enemies. While their dispute ...
Style: realistic, serious, talky, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, poverty, friendship, urban ghetto, drug dealing, youth, urban ghetto life, teenage life, gang member, revenge, girl gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ 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, touching, rough, tense ...
Plot: african american, chess, revenge, drug dealing, drug lord, crime, juvenile delinquency, childhood trauma, family relations, crimes, youth, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
 29K
Oliver Twist (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Czech Republic, UK, France, Italy
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Oliver Twist the modern filmed version of Charles Dickens bestseller, a Roman Polanski adaptation. The classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child abuse, orphan, redemption, orphanage, friendship, kidnapping, thief, boarding school life, lifestyle, injustice, danger, boarding school ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1830s, 18th century, 1930s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: tense, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, murder, neo noir, psychopath, drug dealing, crime, crime gone awry, redemption, heist, police investigation, investigation, urban ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, los angeles, texas, usa, louisiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
South Central (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A man is put to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop with crime but his son has yet followed the criminal path of his father.
Style: captivating, tense, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: drug dealing, prison, gang, murder, society, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, crimes, crime, coming of age, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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