Movies like 21

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21 (2008)
 6.8
 230K
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, twists and turns, exciting, suspense, intellectual, serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, based on true events ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: gambling, casino, prodigy, cheating, talented, professor, manipulations, friendship, card game, mathematics, student, manipulation, youth, betrayal, teachers and students, lifestyle change, college, ambition, dishonesty, shyness, blackjack, surveillance, thief, code, disguise ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, boston, massachusetts, harvard university

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Most similar movies to 21

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspense, serious and twists and turns films with plots about crimes, greed, betrayal, dishonesty, crime, dialogue and twists & turns mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like 21: Ocean's Eleven (2001), Ocean's Thirteen (2007), The Gambler (2014), Now You See Me (2013), Owning Mahowny (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 519K
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, twists and turns, humorous ...
Audience: date night, boys' night, teens
Plot: heist, perfect crime, cons and scams, thief, outsmarting, scheme, casino, group of criminals, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, millionaire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, atlantic city, atlantic city new jersey, san diego california ...
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100%
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Genre: Action, 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, humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: heist, perfect crime, revenge, casino, mentor, businessman, millionaire, criminal's revenge, vengeance, group of criminals, criminal heroes, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, mexico, north america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 66K
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: psychological, suspenseful, tense, rough, serious ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, crimes, gangsters, moral dilemma, human nature, casino, gambling debt, race against time, dishonesty, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, las vegas, california, nevada, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.3
 598K
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, breathtaking, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, perfect crime, cons and scams, outsmarting, mind game, scheme, teamwork, mastermind, illusionist, fbi, deception, magic trick ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: las vegas, new orleans, new york, paris france, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 7.1
 13K
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, suspenseful, sincere, suspense, melancholic ...
Plot: gambling, money, embezzlement, obsession, addiction, cheating, banker, gambling addiction, gambler, casino, crimes, crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, toronto ontario canada, canada, atlantic city, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 61K
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, twist ending, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: gambling, cons and scams, mind game, fbi, ambition, casino, manipulation, temptation, manipulations, boss and employee, computers and web, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 2013
Place: costa rica, puerto rico, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, casino, cons and scams, manipulations, mathematics, manipulation, college, student life, teachers and students, ambition, crimes, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 26K
Las Vegas (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, sexy, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hot and sexy, gambling, casino, cheating, friends, boss and employee, cons and scams, team, crimes, high maintenance, parents and children, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.3
 12K
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, suspenseful, serious, surprise ending, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, betrayal, crimes, dishonesty, vengeance, gangsters, criminal heroes, crime, criminal's revenge, cons and scams, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 495
Risk (2000)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Australia
Duration: 93 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, realistic, stylized, suspense
Plot: greed, scam, gambling, seduction, money, insurance, power relations, femme fatale, love triangle, dishonesty, betrayal, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 51K
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, gangsters, crimes, bodyguard, tough heroes, crime, casino, dishonesty, lone wolves, betrayal, violence, greed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 4K
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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, suspense, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, addiction, debt, bookies, gambling debt, casino, crime, crimes, money, hopes, gangsters, loan ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, harvard university, las vegas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, serious, rough, suspense ...
Plot: fighting the system, death sentence, false accusation, professor, reporter, death row, who done it, investigation, suicide, murder, activist, journalist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, new york, austin texas, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, twists and turns, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: bank robbery, betrayal, crimes, dishonesty, chase, hostage, rivalry, disorder, heist, vengeance, bank, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, london, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 18K
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: twists and turns, clever, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gambling, casino, croupier, neo noir, cons and scams, crimes, crime, neo-noir, love and romance, dishonesty, femme fatale, writer's life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 43K
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, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gambling, blackmail, casino, neo noir, ransom, prostitute, crimes, crime, christmas, betrayal, graphic violence, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: nevada, las vegas, usa, atlantic city new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 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, tense, realistic, serious
Plot: gambling, pregnancy, gangsters, crimes, dishonesty, love and romance, addiction, survival, crime, bookies, casino, dog ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Billionaire Boys Club (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establishes a get rich quick scam that turns deadly.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, exciting, atmospheric, intense ...
Plot: money, greed, murder, lie, social differences, crimes, escapades, scheme, deception, dishonesty, betrayal, cheating ...
Time: year 1980, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: dark humor, clever, motivational, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: money, rise and fall, corruption, success, corporate crimes, greed, wall street, cons and scams, ambition, drugs/alcohol, rags to riches, millionaire ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, year 1987, year 1983 ...
Place: new york, usa, big ben london, manhattan new york city, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 142K
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, neo noir, poker, friendship, cards, mafia, judge, addiction, neo-noir, cons and scams, debt, ex convict ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, atlantic city, texas, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 355K
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: captivating, tense, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, bank robbery, romancing a criminal, gunfight, group of criminals, robbery, gang, perfect crime, thief, crimes, chases and races, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 40K
13 (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.
Style: bleak, tense, disturbing, serious, psychological ...
Plot: russian roulette, greed, gambling, murder, drug overdose, police detective, revolver, crimes, life is a bitch, fish out of water, social decay, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, ohio, delaware, grand central station manhattan new york city, pennsylvania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 38K
Deception (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: As a corporate auditor who works in a number of different offices, Jonathan McQuarry wanders without an anchor among New York's power brokers. A chance meeting with charismatic lawyer Wyatt Bose leads to Jonathan's introduction to The ...
Style: sexy, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: twists & turns, deception, betrayal, frame up, hotel, heist, lawyer, crimes, danger, intrigue, life turned upside down, cons and scams ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, spain, europe, madrid ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: twists and turns, suspenseful, cynical, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: neo noir, crime, crimes, crime gone awry, manipulation, cons and scams, nothing goes right, manipulations, dishonesty, disorder, small town, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, nevada, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 21K
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: twists and turns, psychological, clever, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: neo noir, gambling, cheating, psychiatrist, crimes, crime, betrayal, cards, cons and scams, psychologist, mastermind, mind game ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 117K
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, captivating, realistic, clever, thought provoking ...
Plot: stock market, financial crisis, corporate crimes, wall street, greed, millionaire, businessman, workplace situations, financial problem, investments, stock market crash, bankruptcy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.4
 9K
Rogue Trader (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Rogue Trader tells the true story of Nick Leeson, an employee of Barings Bank who--after a successful trading run--ends up accumulating $1.4 billion in losses hidden in account #88888.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, psychological
Plot: stock market, dishonesty, crimes, gambling, corporate crimes, cons and scams, rise and fall, ambition, workplace, blind ambition, criminal heroes, greed ...
Time: future
Place: singapore, asia, europe, england, bahamas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.8
 26K
Bugsy (1991)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: New York gangster Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womanizer with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all ...
Style: realistic, tense, captivating, serious, stylized ...
Plot: hollywood, gangsters, casino, crime, crimes, rise and fall, ambition, money, bohemian life, elimination, love affair, gambling ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 70s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Two for the Money (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
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: tense, serious, stylized, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: gambling, bet, football, cons and scams, greed, sport, bookies, manipulation, workplace, dishonesty, manipulations, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, puerto rico, las vegas, new jersey, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.2
 469K
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, clever, stylized, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, casino, organized crime, crime, rise and fall, criminal heroes, greed, crimes, fbi, gangsters, blind ambition, gambling ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1973 ...
Place: las vegas, usa, kansas city, chicago illinois, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%