Movies like Joe

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Joe (2013)
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 41K
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, friendship, hopes, friends, buddies, down on your luck, alcoholic, teenager, murder, pedophilia, snake, brothel, bridge, prostitute, rain, bar, cigarette smoking, coming of age, poisoning, small town, drugs/alcohol, homeless, strong sexual content, dirt road ...
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 realistic, serious, bleak and talky films with plots about friendship, murder, friends, violence, redemption, dialogue and mentor mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres. Some movies like Joe: Mud (2012), River's Edge (1986), Thug (2005), George Washington (2000), What Doesn't Kill You (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.4
 152K
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, realistic, touching, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, first love, teenage boy, river, boat, adolescence, childhood, houseboat, snake, obsession, unfulfilled love ...
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, sex, police, crime, strangulation, strong sexual content, rock, teenage life, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 7.3
 26K
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, urban ghetto life, criminal, murder, baby, police, fight, slum, violence, crime, bully ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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, teenage life, kids in trouble, children, hopes, society, social relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, sincere ...
Plot: friends, tough law enforcer, friendship, heist, drug addiction, infidelity, buddies, drugs/alcohol, crime, haunted by the past, criminal heroes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 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, vandalism, party, robbery, police, singer, criminal, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.3
 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, unsupportive friend, birthday, bully, small town, friends, kids in trouble, coming of age, friendship, dare, suicide, gay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, dark humor, offbeat, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, drug abuse, murder investigation, corruption, police brutality, organized crime, addiction, crime, heroin, promotion, debt, drug lord ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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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 ...
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 1986, 2000s, year 2005
Place: new york, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Least Among Saints (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A haunted soldier just back from war and a boy who has never known peace in his home life embark on a life-changing journey as they become unlikely friends — and one another’s last shot at redemption.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching
Plot: country, obsessive quest, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, family problems, crumbling marriage, redemption, friendship, addiction, haunted by the past, escapades, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, serious, atmospheric, witty, realistic ...
Plot: crime gone awry, hitman, gangsters, crimes, violence, fall in love, buddies, mafia, chases and races, revenge, deadly, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: colorado, usa, denver colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.2
 65K
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, realistic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, gang, book, friendship, 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 ⇓
56%
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, rough, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: gang, drug dealing, prison, crime, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, coming of age, crimes, society, youth, life is a bitch, murder ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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 ⇓
54%
 7.4
 80K
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, friendship, neo noir, epilepsy, mafia, money, gangsters, crime, crime gone awry, stripper, racial slur, party ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 8.7
 859K
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, epic, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, crimes, rise and fall, friends, friendship, shooting, violence, drug dealing, prison, murder ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s ...
Place: florida, new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.1
 127K
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, clever, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bar, crime, gangsters, crime gone awry, urban, organized crime, crimes, robbery, criminal heroes, hitman, fall in love, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, serious, talky, touching ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, grand canyon, earthquake, kindness, arrest, adultery, racism, coming of age, society, introspection, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Straight Time (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer.
Style: serious, touching, realistic
Plot: parole officer, prison, bank robbery, murder, friendship, heist, crime, crime gone awry, going straight, jewel robbery, police, robbery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, los angeles, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: hospital, prostitute, small town, murder, neo noir, pedophilia, police, legislation, pimp, sexual abuse, redemption, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1963, year 1961
Place: switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.3
 3K
Home Room (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A high school shooting has repercussions on the town and students.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, psychological
Plot: high school, shooting, murder, buddies, friendship, high school life, teenage life, hopes, youth, friends, isolation, sadism ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, serious, gloomy, rough, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family, spanking, abusive father, theft, debt, classroom, money, working class, redemption, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 2.6
 6K
The Hillz (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A promising college athlete takes a turn for the worse when he hooks up with old highschool friends during his summer break.
Style: serious, dark humor, surreal, realistic
Plot: prostitute, drug dealing, friendship, crime, social decay, suburban life, suburbs, teenage life, coming of age, crimes, youth, friends ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Brooklyn Rules (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Brooklyn, 1985. With the mob world as a backdrop, three life-long friends struggle with questions of love, loss and loyalty.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, touching
Plot: friendship, buddies, urban, coming of age, crimes, partners, friends, gangsters, love affair, fall in love, love and romance, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 8.0
 80K
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: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, captivating ...
Plot: mentally challenged, small town, friendship, murder, death threat, father figure, autism, gay slur, homosexual, redemption, human nature, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.8
 108K
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, gang, friendship, crimes, life is a bitch, coming of age, teenage life, society, poverty, street gang ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, serious, rough, touching ...
Plot: hip hop, midlife crisis, career, rapper, baby, music, redemption, prostitute, drug dealing, pimp, stripper, singer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tennessee, memphis, usa, egypt, mount everest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, crime, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, cheerleader, basketball, cheating, drugs/alcohol, teenage life, crimes, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, prison, theft, smuggling, friendship, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto, siblings relations, down on your luck, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new mexico, new york, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, alaska ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Beneath the Harvest Sky (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A teen drama set during the fall potato harvest in a small northern Maine town.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, touching
Plot: friendship, small town, coming of age, small town life, teenage life, youth, friends, best friends, life turned upside down, social relations, broom, harvest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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