Movies like 21

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21 (2008)
 6.8
 208K
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: twists and turns, stylized, serious, suspenseful, realistic, intellectual, surprise ending, entertaining, bad ending, interesting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, prodigy, casino, talented, betrayal, friendship, cheating, manipulations, professor, cons and scams, youth, desire, blackjack, surveillance, signal, code, college, thief, disguise, student, crime, cards, mentor, dormitory, card game ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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, suspense and serious films with plots about dishonesty, gambling, crime, crimes, casino, betrayal and gangsters mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like 21: Runner Runner (2013), The Gambler (2014), Now You See Me (2013), Las Vegas (2003), Shade (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.6
 57K
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, ambition, fbi, mind game, crime, betrayal, island, agent, student, dirty cop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: costa rica, puerto rico, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 57K
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, clever, psychological, tense, stylized ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, crimes, crime, gangsters, casino, gambler, beating, professor, dishonesty, gun, loan shark ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, california, los angeles, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 531K
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, twists and turns, entertaining, intellectual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mind game, manipulations, scheme, fbi, wizards and magicians, teamwork, cons and scams, investigation, mastermind, bank robbery, heist, perfect crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: las vegas, new orleans, new york, usa, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 7.5
 24K
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, realistic, sexy, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: casino, gambling, cons and scams, dishonesty, cheating, workplace, buddies, team, boss and employee, parents and children, businessman, hot and sexy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 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: clever, serious, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, crimes, dishonesty, betrayal, gangsters, heist, crime, buddies, vengeance, criminal's revenge, cons and scams, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: serious, suspenseful, psychological, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: gambling, obsession, casino, money, surveillance, banker, niagara falls, crime, embezzlement, addiction, unlikely criminals, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, canada, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.6
 45K
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, crimes, bodyguard, casino, crime, gangsters, lone wolves, hitman, tough heroes, dishonesty, heroes, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.1
 481
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: stylized, serious, realistic
Plot: theft, cocaine, money, seduction, gambling, greed, scam, insurance, dedicated lawyer, femme fatale, crime, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 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: atmospheric, clever, tense, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: gambling, casino, cons and scams, croupier, writer's block, crime, neo-noir, femme fatale, human nature, intrigue, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, europe, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 34K
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, serious, gloomy, realistic, rough ...
Plot: gambling, casino, blackmail, neo noir, betrayal, crime, ransom, christmas, male friendship, cheating, prostitute, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas, atlantic city new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 132K
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: talky, serious, clever, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, poker, neo noir, russian, call girl, russian mafia, loan shark, friendship, mafia, neo-noir, gay slur, judge ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, texas, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.9
 4K
Even Money (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Gambling addiction bring the stories of three otherwise unconnected people together as it destroys each of their lives.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, disturbing
Plot: gambling, obsession, addiction, crime, destructive relationship, gambling addiction, life is a bitch, buddies, criminal's revenge, gangsters, betrayal, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, stylized, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: gambling, sport, bet, cons and scams, football, greed, workplace situations, career, american football player, ambition, dishonesty, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, puerto rico, las vegas, new jersey, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.5
 321K
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, perfect crime, crime, buddies, con artists, twists & turns, greed, jail, thief, storytelling, goon, art theft ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: amsterdam, europe, chicago illinois, new jersey, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: clever, semi serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: heist, perfect crime, criminal's revenge, casino, revenge, millionaire, businessman, labor strike, vengeance, buddies, crime, thief ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.6
 186K
Focus (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Argentina
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nicky, a veteran con artist, takes a novice named Jess under his wing. While Nicky teaches Jess the tricks of the trade, the pair become romantically involved; but, when Jess gets uncomfortably close, Nicky ends their relationship. Three years ...
Style: humorous, sexy, twists and turns, semi serious, exciting ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: manipulations, mind game, deception, seduction, heist, cons and scams, rivalry, femme fatale, crime, thief, criminal heroes, illusionist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: argentina, usa, buenos aires argentina, new orleans, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: gloomy, serious, realistic, suspenseful, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, addiction, casino, mafia, professor, debt, crime, gangsters, loan, neo noir, human nature, money ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, harvard university, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, casino, cons and scams, crime, college, dishonesty, power relations, manipulations, teachers and students, student life, ambition, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
 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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: gambling, pregnancy, crime, crimes, dishonesty, love and romance, gangsters, survival, addiction, bookies, casino, dog ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.8
 458K
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, clever, exciting, humorous, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: heist, cons and scams, perfect crime, scheme, group of criminals, casino, buddies, crime, thief, friends, partners in crime, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: las vegas, salt lake city utah, usa, chicago illinois, atlantic city new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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: humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: college, gambling, buddies, criminal's revenge, foosball, crime, gangsters, crime gone awry, cons and scams, criminal heroes, crimes, friends ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.2
 396K
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: clever, rough, captivating, talky, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: casino, mafia, rise and fall, criminal heroes, gangsters, crime, drug abuse, crimes, drugs/alcohol, organized crime, greed, overdose ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1973, year 1980 ...
Place: las vegas, usa, costa rica, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 18K
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: clever, talky, psychological, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: gambling, psychiatrist, neo noir, crime, betrayal, noir, unlikely partners, female psychiatrist, mind game, love affair, cons and scams, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: seattle, usa, washington state, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 7.0
 30K
The Cooler (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: (William H. Macy) works at a Las Vegas casino, where he uses his innate ability to bring about misfortune in those around him to jinx gamblers into losing. His imposing boss, Shelly Kaplow (Alec Baldwin), is happy with the arrangement. But Bernie ...
Style: realistic, sexy, gloomy, serious, offbeat ...
Plot: gambling, casino, bad luck, romance, cheating, heroin, debt, dangerous attraction, strong sexual content, cons and scams, down on your luck, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.3
 209K
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, clever, witty, semi serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: gambling, cons and scams, bet, mentor, organized crime, alley, sting operation, crime, fbi, buddies, criminal's revenge, horse race ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Mississippi Grind (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Gerry is a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begin to change when he meets Curtis, a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him ...
Style: road movie, realistic, semi serious, humorous, depressing ...
Plot: gambling, road trip, poker, friendship, casino, unlikely partners, on the road, debt, blackjack, craps, roulette, gambling debt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa, mississippi river, mississippi, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 4.9
 4K
Harvard Man (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: College has always been a time for experimentation, sexual, cultural and otherwise. "Harvard Man" plays out against a background of love, sex, basketball, crime and experimentation. Action and philosophy in young people's quest to ...
Style: sexual, stylized, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: gambling, college, mafia, drug abuse, college life, basketball, gangsters, love triangle, cheerleader, sex, comedy of errors, cons and scams ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Machine Gun McCain (1969)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After serving 12 years behind bars for armed robbery, tough guy Hank McCain finds himself the pawn of a ruthless mob runt's rebellion against a high level don. When McCain discovers that he's been betrayed and abandoned by his new ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: casino, on the run, criminal heroes, crime, prison, criminal's revenge, gang, hotel, bar, gangsters, betrayal, crime gone awry ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.
Style: clever, realistic, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: kids
Plot: gambling, poker, friendship, buddies, on the road, gangsters, honesty, rich and poor, cons and scams, ambition, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa, mississippi river, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.4
 2K
Bad Company (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Nelson Crowe is a CIA operative under the thumb of the Company for a disputed delivery of $50,000 in gold. They blackmail him into working for the Grimes Organization, which is set up as a private company for hire, to blackmail prominent ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: cons and scams, cia, blackmail, judge, murder, betrayal, crime, espionage, strong sexual content, secret agents, neo noir, intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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