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, entertaining, exciting, suspense, twists and turns, serious, stylized, realistic, suspenseful, intellectual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, prodigy, talented, casino, cheating, manipulations, friendship, mathematics, professor, youth, college, card game, student, teachers and students, dishonesty, lifestyle change, betrayal, shyness, blackjack, cons and scams, surveillance, signal, code, thief, disguise ...
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, suspenseful and suspense films with plots about dishonesty, crime, betrayal, greed, crimes, mentor 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), Las Vegas (2003). 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, serious, twists and turns, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: gambling, cons and scams, casino, fbi, ambition, mind game, crime, betrayal, island, agent, student, dirty cop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: costa rica, puerto rico, usa, 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: manipulations, scheme, mind game, teamwork, fbi, heist, wizards and magicians, bank robbery, mastermind, perfect crime, cons and scams, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: las vegas, new orleans, new york, usa, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 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, clever, psychological, tense, stylized ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, crimes, crime, gangsters, casino, gambler, professor, beating, dishonesty, loan shark, gun ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, california, los angeles, nevada, usa ...
⇓ 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, crimes, dishonesty, crime, vengeance, gangsters, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, cons and scams, rivalry, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 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, 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%
 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, entertaining, twists and turns, intellectual, clever ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: heist, perfect crime, crime, twists & turns, buddies, con artists, greed, jail, thief, storytelling, goon, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, amsterdam, chicago illinois, rome italy, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, exciting, twists and turns, semi serious, suspense ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: mind game, heist, seduction, deception, crime, femme fatale, manipulations, rivalry, cons and scams, criminal heroes, fall in love, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, argentina, buenos aires argentina, new orleans, las vegas
⇓ 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, suspenseful, semi serious, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: heist, casino, revenge, perfect crime, criminal's revenge, labor strike, millionaire, businessman, vengeance, buddies, crime, thief ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 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: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, casino, crime, bodyguard, gangsters, tough heroes, lone wolves, dishonesty, betrayal, violence, brutality, greed ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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, entertaining, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: cons and scams, heist, thief, perfect crime, scheme, group of criminals, casino, buddies, crime, friends, partners in crime, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, salt lake city utah, atlantic city new jersey, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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: serious, stylized, realistic
Plot: money, seduction, gambling, scam, insurance, greed, theft, cocaine, dedicated lawyer, crime, femme fatale, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ 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: suspenseful, serious, psychological, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: gambling, casino, money, surveillance, banker, niagara falls, obsession, crime, embezzlement, addiction, unlikely criminals, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, canada, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, friendship, neo-noir, addiction, cards, cons and scams, judge, dishonesty, buddies, roulette ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, texas, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, gloomy, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: gambling, casino, blackmail, neo noir, betrayal, crime, ransom, christmas, prostitute, male friendship, cheating, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas, atlantic city new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: stylized, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: gambling, sport, bet, football, greed, cons and scams, workplace situations, american football player, career, ambition, dishonesty, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, puerto rico, las vegas, new jersey, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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: atmospheric, clever, tense, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: gambling, casino, croupier, crime, neo-noir, cons and scams, femme fatale, writer's block, human nature, intrigue, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, europe, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: suspense, suspenseful, clever, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: neo noir, crime, crime gone awry, small town, cons and scams, crimes, dishonesty, couples, manipulations, couple relations, nothing goes right, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nevada, usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, serious, disturbing, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: fighting the system, intern, death sentence, murder, death row, suicide, death penalty, investigation, who done it, activist, false accusation, professor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, austin texas, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Movie in collections
 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, semi serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forgery, crime, concierge, cons and scams, criminal heroes, crimes, dishonesty, partners, crime gone awry, manipulations, mastermind, perfect crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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: serious, gloomy, psychological, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, addiction, casino, debt, mafia, professor, crime, gangsters, loan, neo noir, human nature, money ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, harvard university, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, tense, realistic
Plot: gambling, pregnancy, crime, crimes, dishonesty, love and romance, gangsters, survival, addiction, bookies, lust, dog ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ 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: humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: college, gambling, buddies, criminal's revenge, foosball, gangsters, crime, crime gone awry, cons and scams, criminal heroes, crimes, friends ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ 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, blind ambition, crime, drug abuse, organized crime, fbi, gambling, betrayal, boss ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1973, year 1983 ...
Place: las vegas, usa, chicago illinois, costa rica
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
 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: 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, seattle washington, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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 ⇓
21%
 5.4
 3K
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, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: blackmail, judge, cia, cons and scams, murder, betrayal, crime, espionage, neo noir, secret agents, strong sexual content, intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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: suspenseful, serious, tense, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gang, romancing a criminal, criminal heroes, ex convict, kidnapper kidnapped relationship, group of criminals, girlfriend, brutality, police investigation, flower shop, money laundering ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, dishonesty, college, power relations, manipulations, teachers and students, student life, ambition, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ 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: clever, serious, captivating, realistic, tense ...
Plot: greed, stock market, workplace situations, capitalism, wall street, powerful corporation, millionaire, bankruptcy, layoff, workplace, financial problem, financial crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.9
 104K
Trance (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A violent gang enlists the help of a hypnotherapist in an attempt to locate a painting which somehow vanished in the middle of a heist.
Style: psychological, serious, surreal, twists and turns, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hypnosis, heist, crimes, cons and scams, dishonesty, amnesia, memory loss, art thief, gang, partners in crime, mind control, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%