Movies like 21

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21 (2008)
 6.8
 212K
21 (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Ben Campbell is a young, highly intelligent, student at M.I.T. in Boston who strives to succeed. Wanting a scholarship to transfer to Harvard School of Medicine with the desire to become a doctor, Ben learns that he cannot afford the $300,000 for the four to five years of schooling as he comes from a poor, working-class background. But one evening, Ben is introduced by his unorthodox math professor Micky Rosa into a small but secretive club of five. Students Jill, Choi, Kianna, and Fisher, who are being trained by Professor Rosa of the skill of card counting at blackjack.
Style: surprise ending, exciting, suspense, intellectual, twists and turns, serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, prodigy, talented, casino, cheating, friendship, manipulations, mathematics, professor, student, youth, betrayal, teachers and students, lifestyle change, college, card game, dishonesty, shyness, surveillance, thief, code, disguise, signal, blackjack, cards ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, massachusetts, harvard university, boston, medical school

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, stylized, suspenseful and suspense films with plots about dishonesty, crime, betrayal, crimes, greed, dialogue and twists & turns mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like 21: Runner Runner (2013), Now You See Me (2013), The Gambler (2014), Shade (2003), Rounders (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.6
 58K
Runner Runner (2013)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: gambling, cons and scams, casino, mind game, fbi, manipulations, temptation, power relations, computers and web, boss and employee, student, dirty cop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: costa rica, usa, puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 546K
Now You See Me (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
Style: surprise ending, clever, entertaining, twists and turns, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: scheme, mind game, manipulations, fbi, teamwork, heist, perfect crime, bank robbery, mastermind, cons and scams, deception, wizards and magicians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: las vegas, new orleans, new york, usa, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 6.0
 59K
The Gambler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Literature professor Jim Bennett leads a secret life as a high-stakes gambler. Always a risk-taker, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Staying one step ahead, he pits his creditor against the ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, crimes, gangsters, casino, family relations, moral dilemma, human nature, dishonesty, race against time, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, los angeles, california, usa, nevada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 11K
Shade (2003)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Tiffany, Charlie and Vernon are con artists looking to up the ante from their typical scams. They figure a good way of doing this is taking down Dean "The Dean" Stevens, a well-known cardsharp, in a rigged game. However, they first need ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, surprise ending, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, betrayal, dishonesty, crimes, vengeance, gangsters, crime, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, rivalry, cons and scams, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 134K
Rounders (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.
Style: serious, clever, psychological, rough, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, poker, mafia, judge, cards, addiction, friendship, neo-noir, life is a bitch, destructive relationship, cons and scams, ex convict ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, texas, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 25K
Las Vegas (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Las Vegas is an American television series broadcast by NBC from September 22, 2003 to February 15, 2008. The show focuses on a team of people working at the fictional Montecito Resort & Casino dealing with issues that arise within the working ...
Style: stylized, serious, sexy, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: casino, gambling, cons and scams, team, cheating, workplace, businessman, hot and sexy, dishonesty, buddies, lifestyle, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 328K
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Danny Ocean reunites with his old flame and the rest of his merry band of thieves in carrying out three huge heists in Rome, Paris and Amsterdam – but a Europol agent is hot on their heels.
Style: exciting, twists and turns, entertaining, intellectual, clever ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: heist, con artists, perfect crime, crime, buddies, twists & turns, thief, museum, rivalry, jail, greed, goon ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, amsterdam, paris france, new jersey, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Last Casino (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A University teacher finds three bright students and decides to teach them how to count cards to make lots of money. As they learn how to play the casinos, things get tricky when the debt owing teacher informs them that their front man wants ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, casino, cons and scams, manipulations, teachers and students, student life, crimes, crime, power relations, friends, cards, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Danny Ocean's team of criminals are back and composing a plan more personal than ever. When ruthless casino owner Willy Bank doublecrosses Reuben Tishkoff, causing a heart attack, Danny Ocean vows that he and his team will do anything to bring ...
Style: entertaining, clever, exciting, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, date night
Plot: heist, perfect crime, casino, revenge, labor strike, millionaire, businessman, criminal's revenge, mentor, surveillance, vengeance, expert ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
 483
Risk (2000)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Australia
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three people discover jealousy and larceny are a dangerous combination in this tense drama. John (Bryan Brown) is a veteran insurance investigator who succumbs to temptation and veers towards the wrong side of the law. With the help of novice con ...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized
Plot: money, cocaine, theft, seduction, gambling, greed, scam, insurance, crimes, life is a bitch, crime, manipulations ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 469K
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Less than 24 hours into his parole, charismatic thief Danny Ocean is already rolling out his next plan: In one night, Danny's hand-picked crew of specialists will attempt to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. But to ...
Style: witty, exciting, clever, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: thief, cons and scams, scheme, heist, perfect crime, casino, group of criminals, buddies, crime, friends, partners in crime, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, san diego california, atlantic city new jersey, salt lake city utah ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.6
 47K
Wild Card (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play… and it's all or nothing.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, bodyguard, gangsters, crime, casino, tough heroes, dishonesty, lone wolves, betrayal, violence, greed, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
 12K
Owning Mahowny (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Dan Mahowny was a rising star at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. At twenty-four he was assistant manager of a major branch in the heart of Toronto's financial district. To his colleagues he was a workaholic. To his customers, he was ...
Style: psychological, realistic, suspenseful, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gambling, casino, money, embezzlement, obsession, surveillance, niagara falls, banker, addiction, crime, police investigation, bookies ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, canada, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Life of David Gale (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Spain
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.
Style: surprise ending, thought provoking, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: fighting the system, intern, death sentence, death row, murder, suicide, who done it, professor, journalist, reporter, false accusation, death penalty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, italy, houston texas, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.1
 17K
Croupier (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK, France, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jack Manfred is an aspiring writer who to make ends meet, takes a job as a croupier. Jack remains an observer, knowing that everything in life is a gamble and that gamblers are born to lose. Inevitably, he gets sucked into the world of the casino ...
Style: clever, tense, atmospheric, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: gambling, casino, croupier, cons and scams, crime, neo-noir, writer's block, couple relations, crimes, writer's life, human nature, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, europe, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Real McCoy (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Karen McCoy is released from prison with nothing but the clothes on her back. Before being incarcerated Karen was the bank robber of her time, but now she wishes for nothing more than to settle down and start a new life. Unfortunately between a ...
Style: suspenseful, entertaining, suspense, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: bank robbery, betrayal, crimes, dishonesty, chase, vengeance, rivalry, disorder, heist, bank, kidnapping, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, london, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.0
 2K
Bookies (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Four college friends become small-time bookies, only to find their world spinning dangerously out of control when their greed attracts the attention of organized crime.
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious
Plot: college, gambling, cons and scams, bookies, buddies, couples, criminal's revenge, dishonesty, terminator, gangsters, fish out of water, friends ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Two for the Money (2005)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A former college athlete joins forces with a sports consultant to handicap football games for high-rolling gamblers.
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, stylized, intense ...
Plot: gambling, bet, sport, football, cons and scams, greed, manipulations, bookies, dishonesty, workplace, ex athlete, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, puerto rico, las vegas, new jersey, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Best Laid Plans (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Rich, successful Bryce meets beautiful Lissa at a bar one night and invites her back to his house, not suspecting for a moment that Lissa isn't really who she seems. What unfolds next is a dangerous, tangled web of double-crosses and seduction.
Style: clever, suspenseful, realistic, cynical, twists and turns ...
Plot: neo noir, crime, crime gone awry, small town, manipulations, nothing goes right, cons and scams, dishonesty, disorder, couples, couple relations, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, nevada, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.2
 35K
Hard Eight (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.
Style: clever, rough, gloomy, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: casino, gambling, blackmail, christmas, ransom, neo noir, crime, betrayal, partners, dishonesty, gem, loser ...
Time: 90s
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas, atlantic city new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
 3K
The Gambler (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: New York City English professor Axel Freed outwardly seems like an upstanding citizen. But privately Freed is in the clutches of a severe gambling addiction that threatens to destroy him.
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, addiction, casino, loan, debt, mafia, professor, gangsters, college, crime, destiny, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, harvard university, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.7
 1K
The Runner (1999)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A compulsive gambler finds his new family's safety seriously threatened by a ruthless gambling boss.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: pregnancy, gambling, bookies, gangsters, dishonesty, love and romance, crimes, crime, addiction, survival, casino, lust ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 8.2
 409K
Casino (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 178 min.
Story: The life of the gambling paradise – Las Vegas – and its dark mafia underbelly.
Style: realistic, rough, stylized, tense, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: casino, mafia, criminal heroes, rise and fall, crime, blind ambition, organized crime, drug abuse, fbi, gambling, greed, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, year 1980, year 1983 ...
Place: las vegas, usa, costa rica, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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 6.4
 10K
Criminal (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Needing a new partner capable of intricate cons, Richard Gaddis, recruits Rodrigo, a crook with a perfect poker face. The two plan a big-time scam: selling a fake Silver Certificate to currency collector William Hannigan. Rodrigo distrusts his new ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, cynical, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: concierge, forgery, crime, crime gone awry, crimes, criminal heroes, cons and scams, manipulations, mastermind, small time, perfect crime, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
City of Ghosts (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A con man travels to Cambodia (also on the run from law enforcement in the U.S.) to collect his share in an insurance scam, but discovers more than he bargained for
Style: serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: betrayal, chases and races, crimes, cons and scams, police investigation, law enforcement, dishonesty, father son relationship, kidnapping, character study, greed, dark hero ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, cambodia, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 8.3
 216K
The Sting (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Set in the 1930s this intricate caper deals with an ambitious small-time crook and a veteran con man who seek revenge on a vicious crime lord who murdered one of their gang.
Style: humorous, atmospheric, witty, captivating, entertaining ...
Plot: gambling, bet, cons and scams, mentor, crime, rivalry, deception, friends, dishonesty, rivals, organized crime, gangster ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.3
 19K
House of Games (1987)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.
Style: psychological, talky, clever, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: gambling, psychiatrist, neo noir, crime, betrayal, noir, cards, psychologist, mind game, mastermind, cons and scams, unlikely partners ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, seattle, washington state, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.1
 106K
Margin Call (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A thriller that revolves around the key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.
Style: serious, realistic, clever, talky, captivating ...
Plot: greed, stock market, powerful corporation, workplace situations, financial crisis, bankruptcy, wall street, international crisis, capitalism, corporate crimes, boss and employee, layoff ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.6
 29K
The Skulls (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Luke's exultance at being selected for The Skulls (a secret society bred within the walls of a prominent Ivy League Campus) is soon overshadowed when he realises that all is 'not well in Wonderland'. For The Skulls is a breeding ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, psychological, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: murder, friendship, secret society, investigation, college, social differences, society, betrayal, mind game, uncover truth, manipulations, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: connecticut, campus, usa, yale university, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.6
 319K
The Town (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Doug MacRay is a longtime thief, who, smarter than the rest of his crew, is looking for his chance to exit the game. When a bank job leads to the group kidnapping an attractive branch manager, he takes on the role of monitoring her – but their ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gang, romancing a criminal, ex convict, criminal heroes, group of criminals, girlfriend, gunfight, kidnapper kidnapped relationship, robbery, armored car, one last job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%