Movies like 21 Grams

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21 Grams (2003)
 7.7
 221K
21 Grams (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will learn harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever.
Style: mind bending, psychological, bleak, gloomy, emotional, captivating, contemplative, suspense, interesting, intense ...
Plot: life is a bitch, redemption, desperation, tragedy, suicide attempt, guilt, death in the family, surgery, cocaine, human nature, loss of child, tragic event, unfulfillment, death, sadness, widow widower, loss of spouse, profanity, loneliness, betrayal, mathematics, accident, hopes, abortion, professor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico

Most similar movies to 21 Grams

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, interesting and complex films with plots about storytelling, death, redemption, brutality, dialogue, corruption and mentor mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like 21 Grams: Babel (2006), Crash (2004), Biutiful (2010), Love's a Bitch (2000), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.4
 285K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, Mexico, Morocco, Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, rough, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: multiple storylines, nanny, loss of son, desert, deportation, tragic event, doctor, police brutality, family relations, redemption, depression, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, japan, mexico, asia, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 415K
Crash (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Style: touching, disturbing, sincere, bleak, tense ...
Plot: racism, police corruption, interracial relations, prejudice, immigrants, introspection, social decay, bigotry, lifestyle, multiple storylines, redemption, catastrophe ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico, california, santa monica california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 85K
Biutiful (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 148 min.
Story: This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate ...
Style: bleak, psychological, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: terminal illness, redemption, single father, death, family relations, suffering, parenthood, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, parents and children, reconciliation, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: barcelona, spain, barcelona spain, mexico, senegal
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 219K
Love's a Bitch (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Three different people in Mexico City are catapulted into dramatic and unforeseen circumstances in the wake of a terrible car crash: a young punk stumbles into the sinister underground world of dog fighting; an injured supermodel's designer ...
Style: bleak, tense, emotional, depressing, realistic ...
Plot: forbidden love, multiple storylines, dog, siblings relations, hitman, marital problem, machismo, marriage, divorce, robbery, money, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, mexico city, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.
Style: captivating, atmospheric, psychological, melancholic, twists and turns ...
Plot: motorcycle, haunted by the past, rookie, corruption, destiny, death, loner, parenthood, crime, crimes, bank robbery, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 133K
Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aileen Wuornos is an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, emotional, harsh ...
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, lesbian, rape, destructive relationship, tragic love, murder, death penalty, sexual abuse, mentally unstable, lawyer, misanthrope ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, ohio, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 193K
Traffic (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, Germany
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, thought provoking, clever ...
Plot: drug lord, addiction, marijuana, drug cartel, drug abuse, organized crime, drug traffic, drug dealer, drug dealing, profanity, family problems, fighting crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: mexico, ohio, washington d.c., latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Reservation Road (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two fathers' lives intersect when one of them is involved in a terrible and sudden hit-and-run car accident that leaves the other's son dead. In response, the two men (Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo) react in unexpected ways as a ...
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: loss of child, investigation, redemption, obsession, lawyer, dysfunctional family, revenge, family problems, parents and children, deadly, losing-it hero, cover up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: neo noir, robbery, dysfunctional family, blackmail, debt, crime gone awry, jewelry store, crime, crimes, greed, plan gone awry, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, rio de janeiro, manhattan new york city, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Crossing Guard (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, bleak, intense ...
Plot: hit and run, murder, obsession, haunted by the past, revenge, vengeance, redemption, tragedy, crimes, hopes, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: nebraska, usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.9
 197K
Carlito's Way (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of NYC.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, bleak, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, gangsters, nightclub, tragic hero, drug dealing, disco, neo noir, violence, prison, ex convict, drug lord, crime ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Behrani, an Iranian immigrant buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send his son to college. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy. After losing the house in an ...
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: depression, eviction, immigrants, loss of son, tragic event, down on your luck, human nature, life is a bitch, tragedy, compassion, anger, debt ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: california, san francisco, usa, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: It’s 1974 and Sam Bicke has lost everything. His wife leaves him with his three kids, his boss fires him, his brother turns away from him, and the bank won’t give him any money to start anew. He tries to find someone to blame for his misfortunes ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, hypocrisy, obsession, depression, robbery, revenge, airport, assassination attempt, head of state, planned murder, attempted murder, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: baltimore, usa, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, funeral, love and romance, haunted by the past, grief, best friend, white male black female relationship, starting over, coping, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.9
 412K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, child abuse, death in the family, sexual abuse, neo noir, child molestation, loss of child, pedophilia, loss of daughter, child rape, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 70s, 21st century, 60s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
12%
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, emotional, serious, psychological ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, lethal injection, death sentence, nun, death penalty, redemption, warden, forgiveness, confession, court ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.8
 49K
Mother (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove ...
Style: serious, tense, suspense, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: murder, investigation, single parent, parents and children, uncover truth, determination, amateur detective, arrest, mentally challenged, crime, crimes, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: south korea, asia, korea, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, human nature, love affair, parents and children, understanding, family relations, couples, dishonesty, life is a bitch, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
 8.0
 285K
Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 1950s, 1910s ...
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Weight of Water (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. She discovers a cache of papers that appear to give an account of the murders by an ...
Style: psychological, sexy, suspenseful, tense, tricky ...
Plot: investigation, murder, infidelity, mystery, amateur detective, dangerous attraction, sexual relations, isolation, family problems, couples, incest, island ...
Time: 90s, 19th century, 2000s, 1870s
Place: new hampshire, europe, usa, norway, new england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Air I Breathe (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star (Gellar) falls prey to a ...
Style: emotional, captivating, serious, realistic, non-linear ...
Plot: gangsters, gambling, horse race, destiny, doctors and patients, hitman, power relations, dishonesty, crimes, supernatural ability, singer, debt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.0
 56K
The Lookout (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, bank robbery, young man, robbery, memory loss, murder, loss of friend, crime, crimes, tragic event, mentally challenged, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, kansas, kansas city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.0
 6K
Julia (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA, Mexico, Belgium
Duration: 144 min.
Story: An alcoholic becomes involved in a fellow A.A. member's plan to kidnap her young son from the boy's wealthy grandfather.
Style: disturbing, psychological, twists and turns, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: kidnapping, money, ransom, crime, crimes, alcohol abuse, insanity, life is a bitch, loneliness, mental illness, anger, pursuit ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, england, europe, san diego california, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 14K
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: realistic, disturbing, serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, youth, juvenile delinquency, rivalry, neo noir, crimes, crime, gang war, confined, society, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.8
 53K
The Pledge (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer. Based on a story by Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
Style: twists and turns, bleak, serious, enigmatic, intense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, murder mystery, promise, crimes, mystery, small town, obsession, law enforcement, track down, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.4
 20K
The Yards (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, rough, emotional ...
Plot: betrayal, corruption, murder, whistleblower, false accusation, crime, political corruption, crimes, injustice, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.8
 73K
Stay (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Psychiatrist Sam Foster has a new patient, Henry Letham, who claims to be suicidal. In trying to diagnose him, Sam visits Henry's prior therapist and also finds Henry's mother -- even though Henry has said that he murdered both of his ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, surreal, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: suicide attempt, suicide, psychiatrist, doctors and patients, mentally unstable, unfulfillment, student, patient, guilt, mental institution, obsession, suicidal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 8.5
 1.2M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: tense, captivating, surprise ending, serious, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mole, crimes, police, neo noir, working undercover, undercover cop, crime, mind game, undercover, organized crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, taiwan, china, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.7
 351K
The Machinist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, bleak, twist ending, surprise ending ...
Plot: insomnia, mysterious character, uncover truth, losing-it hero, obsession, life is a bitch, insanity, paranoia, torment, neo noir, layoff, hit and run ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, united states, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.1
 121K
John Q (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: John Quincy Archibald is a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out he cannot receive a transplant because HMO insurance will not cover it. Therefore, he decides to take a hospital full of patients hostage ...
Style: twists and turns, thought provoking, emotional, tense, sincere ...
Plot: hostage, hospital, injustice, financial problem, fighting the system, life is a bitch, society, crimes, crime, family in crisis, doctors and patients, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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