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Starred Up (2013)
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Starred Up (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father. As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point — Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist, who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his own life, unsure if his own father is there to protect him or join in punishing him.
Style: rough, psychological, tense, serious, suspenseful, harsh, intense, captivating, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: prison, violence, prison life, juvenile delinquent, father son relationship, male nudity, attempted murder, manipulation, character study, teenage life, confined, gay, family relations, parents and children, family reunited, warden, prisoner, prison guard, troublemaker, prison escape, therapist, teenager, cell phone, gangsters, serial killer ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: britain, england

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and tense films with plots about prison, prison life, crimes, confined, violence, murder and gang mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Starred Up: Dog Pound (2010), Offender (2012), Jamesy Boy (2014), K-11 (2012), Cell 211 (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Dog Pound (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Canada, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three juvenile delinquents arrive at a correctional center and are put under the care of an experienced guard.
Style: sincere, serious, tense, realistic, rough ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: juvenile delinquency, prison, juvenile prison, sodomy, crimes, juvenile detention, male nudity, male rape, prison rape, teenage protagonist, prison life, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Offender (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Justice needs to be served at Britain's most notorious young offenders institute.
Style: serious, tense, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: prison life, crimes, confined, prison, vengeance, vigilantism, life is a bitch, robbery, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, chase, juvenile delinquency, male nudity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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Jamesy Boy (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based on the true story of teenager James Burns who goes from a suburban street gang to a maximum-security prison cell surrounded by hardened criminals. He turns his life around in prison thanks to the unexpected friendship he forms with a convicted ...
Style: serious, rough, sincere, realistic
Plot: prison, mother son reunion, friendship, prison life, criminal, mentor, teaching the ways of the world, crimes, confined, brother sister relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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K-11 (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Raymond Saxx Jr., a powerful record producer, wakes from a drug-induced blackout to find himself locked up and classified "K-11." Plunged into a nightmarish world ruled by a transsexual diva named Mousey, Raymond is truly a fish out of ...
Style: psychological, serious, rough, bleak, tense ...
Plot: prison life, confined, fish out of water, prison, hopes, gender, transsexual, violence, gays and lesbians, misfit, power relations, gay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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100%
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Cell 211 (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, psychological, tense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, hidden identity, prison guard, survival, confined, trapped, hostage, rebellion, gangsters, crimes, convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
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100%
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R (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The R of the title stands for the young protagonist, Rune, fearlessly played by Pilou Asbæk. Imprisoned for violent assault, he's a cocky, good-looking young man placed in the hardcore ward, where his survival depends on quickly learning the ...
Style: tense, realistic, captivating, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, friendship, confined, gang, crimes, warden, muslim, violence, murder, racial slur, organized crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
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Bronson (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Denmark
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.
Style: surreal, disturbing, brutal, harsh, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, brutality, male nudity, crimes, prison life, social misfits, character study, alter ego, violence, society, violence spree, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1974
Place: england, london, europe, united kingdom
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50%
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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, bleak, atmospheric, intense ...
Plot: prison, drugs, friendship, crimes, gang, prison escape, adaptation, survival, redemption, depression, human nature, prison warden ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, new jersey, pennsylvania, paris france ...
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100%
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A Prophet (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of ...
Style: tense, bleak, rough, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, mafia, gangsters, prison life, muslim, prison gang, confined, cruelty, convict, prison escape, gang, racial slur ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, marseille, california
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100%
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania, Sweden, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A teenager prisoner awaits his release when two weeks before that happens he's told that his mother is returned home. Meanwhile, he finds himself in love with a Sociology student, Ana, working in the penitentiary as an intern.
Style: serious, rough, touching, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: prison life, juvenile delinquency, redemption, teenage love, prison, forced sexual contact, power relations, family relations, forbidden love, parents and children, unfulfilled love, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: romania, europe
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100%
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Ghosted (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: ‘GHOSTED’ tells a story of survival inside a British Prison. Jack a model prisoner, has kept his head down and done his time. After his wife confirms that she is leaving him, on the anniversary of their son’s death, the only thing that keeps ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, bleak, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison, crimes, prison life, prison rape, survival, haunted by the past, confined, criminal heroes, prison fight, supernatural, strong violent content, jail cell ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
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Scum (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the ...
Style: disturbing, rough, tense, serious, captivating ...
Plot: prison, racism, youth, rebellion, riot, revenge, corruption, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, violence, humiliation, sadism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom
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22%
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Screwed (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film is a semi-biographical story based on the experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson who spent seven years working in some of the UK's most dangerous prisons. Based on Thompson's book of the same name, the project stars ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, violence spree, downfall, life is a bitch, fish out of water, misfit, law enforcement, confined, crimes, corrupt officer, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, britain
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22%
Stranger Inside (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility
Style: thought provoking, rough, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Plot: prison, lesbian, women in prison, life is a bitch, parents and children, confined, gang, youth, society, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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22%
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Brubaker (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Style: realistic, suspense, factual, harsh, serious ...
Plot: prison, abuse of power, corruption, fighting the system, undercover, brutality, violence, abuse, justice, prison warden, liberal, politics ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s
Place: louisiana, california, new jersey, arkansas, southern usa
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22%
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Carandiru (2003)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Brazil, Argentina, Italy
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Carandiru, a story based on real facts and on the book written by the doctor Drauzio Varella, starts when he decides to carry out an AIDS prevention program inside Latin America’s largest prison: the Casa de Detenção de São Paulo, Carandiru, ...
Style: bleak, compassionate, captivating, touching, rough ...
Plot: prison, doctor, crimes, aids, police brutality, prison sex, prison life, fighting the system, prison escape, confined, life is a bitch, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
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21%
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution.
Style: thought provoking, touching, psychological, emotional, sad ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, death sentence, court, nun, redemption, lethal injection, warden, lawyer, justice, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, southern usa
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21%
 7.2
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Bad Boys (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a ...
Style: neo noir, realistic, disturbing, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, crimes, juvenile delinquency, youth, teenager, nudity (full frontal - brief), violence, prison escape, gangsters, prison rape, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california, chicago illinois, new jersey
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21%
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Steel Toes (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Steel Toes is a provocative exploration of the inescapable and insidious presence of racial and religious intolerance in our society.
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, tense, serious ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, confined, prison, introspection, crimes, legal, misfit, husband wife relationship, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, montreal, quebec
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20%
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Lion's Den (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Argentina, South Korea, Brazil, Spain
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Julia, a 25 year-old university student, two weeks pregnant, with no criminal record, is sent to prison. Julia murdered the father of her child. This story addresses maternity, jail and Justice; confinement, guilt and solitude; but above all it ...
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, rough, realistic ...
Plot: prison, fighting the system, confined, prison life, human spirit, life is a bitch, rebellion, single parent, human nature, murder, parents and children, mother son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, argentina
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20%
American History X (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader ...
Style: rough, cerebral, tense, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, skinhead, racism, gang, crimes, juvenile delinquency, rape, neo nazi, nazism, racial slur, youth, racial prejudice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, venice beach california
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20%
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The Boys (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie and Glenn, for the next 24 hours, it becomes clear this day ...
Style: disturbing, twists and turns, rough, splatter, bloody ...
Plot: crimes, prison, murder, prison sex, psychopath, dysfunctional family, redemption, australian, violence, suburbs, parallel universe, weapons ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, california, sydney australia, tokyo
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19%
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Everyday (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: This film charts the relationship between a man imprisoned for drug smuggling and his wife and is being shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Plot: parents and children, confined, life is a bitch, family relations, couples, hopes, prison, drug smuggling, husband wife relationship, society, youth, prison life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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19%
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Reform School Girls (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jenny is sent to a women's reform school. It is run by evil warden Sutter and her henchwoman Edna. Jenny will stop at nothing to escape but she also has to deal with Charlie the bully.
Style: disturbing, surreal, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: prison, lesbian, women's prison, women in prison, erotica, sex, brutality, female warden, justice, adaptation, adolescence, exploitation ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
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19%
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McVicar (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: John McVicar was a London Bad Boy. he graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest security prison be able to hold him? This is the ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, cult film
Plot: prison, gangsters, crimes, prison life, criminal, imprisonment, prison escape, gang, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, confined, rise and fall ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, london, europe
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18%
 6.2
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Prison Song (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Elijah has been bounced from group home to group home throughout his turbulent young life. What has sustained him is his art. After a promised scholarship is taken away, Elijah ends up in a fight that result in the death of another boy. Now, ...
Style: captivating, serious, sincere, rough, realistic ...
Plot: prison, injustice, hip hop, prison life, redemption, juvenile delinquency, musician's life, criminal heroes, life sentence, murder, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 8.1
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Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, freedom, prison escape, escape, rebelliousness, death, prison life, dignity, punishment, escape attempt, rebellion, convict ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s
Place: florida, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 4.0
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As Night Comes (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Troubled 17-year-old Sean Holloway falls in with a group of teenage outcasts called 'The Misfits,' whose charismatic leader, Ricky, takes him under his wing. But as Sean becomes more and more entangled in the gang's anarchist ways, ...
Style: serious, captivating, psychological, tense, slasher ...
Plot: halloween, rivalry, juvenile delinquency, crimes, gang, vengeance, youth, teenager, violence, society, teenage life, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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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: disturbing, bleak, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: pre-teens, teens, teen drama
Plot: heroin, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, innocence lost, prison, drug dealing, dysfunctional family, drug dealer, downfall, family relations, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
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18%
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The Experiment (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 20 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
Style: rough, psychological, tense, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison life, prison, psychology, survival, experiment gone awry, human nature, violence, gay rape, prison rape, brutality, moral ambiguity, bullying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
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