Movies like 21 Grams

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21 Grams (2003)
 7.7
 207K
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: gloomy, emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, clever, psychological, captivating, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: redemption, life is a bitch, suicide attempt, surgery, death in the family, desperation, crimes, guilt, vengeance, death, family problems, hit and run, mathematics, attempted murder, abortion, ex convict, cocaine, professor, grief, accident, loss, going straight, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content, urban ...
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 realistic, serious, intense and bleak films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, redemption, death, brutality, corruption and murder mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like 21 Grams: Babel (2006), Biutiful (2010), Crash (2004), Mystic River (2003), Reservation Road (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.5
 267K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, Mexico
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, realistic, bleak, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: nanny, desert, drug use, suicide, death, multiple storylines, deportation, tourist, police brutality, loss of son, doctor, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, mexico, japan, africa, asia ...
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100%
 7.5
 78K
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, emotional, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: single father, terminal illness, redemption, afterlife, death, chinese, illegal immigrant, dying, suffering, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: barcelona, spain, mexico, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 392K
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: disturbing, sincere, touching, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: interracial relations, racism, police corruption, prejudice, morality, immigrants, human nature, bigotry, social decay, redemption, tragedy, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico, santa monica california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 376K
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, emotional, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, child abuse, death in the family, childhood, murder, sexual abuse, innocence lost, loss of child, loss of loved one, vigilantism, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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: emotional, psychological, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: lawyer, redemption, revenge, investigation, baseball, car, family, hit and run, loss of son, loss of child, vengeance, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.6
 182K
Traffic (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, 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: clever, realistic, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: drug lord, addiction, drug dealing, heroin, legal, drug abuse, police corruption, corruption, surveillance, marijuana, organized crime, judge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mexico, usa, latin america, ohio, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, bleak, suspense, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: revenge, obsession, murder, vengeance, haunted by the past, redemption, hit and run, loss of daughter, attempted murder, tragedy, stripper, introspection ...
Time: 90s
Place: nebraska, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: gloomy, emotional, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, life is a bitch, funeral, haunted by the past, love and romance, best friend, birthday, grief, drugs/alcohol, sadness, junkie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 8.1
 201K
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, realistic, tense, serious, psychological ...
Plot: forbidden love, dog, siblings relations, family relations, pets, latinos, marital problem, hitman, money, multiple storylines, machismo, divorce ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, mexico city, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.9
 180K
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: stylized, rough, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, disco, tragic hero, drug dealing, violence, prison, friends, mafia, neo noir, drug lord, organized crime, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Out of the Furnace (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two brothers live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, when a cruel twist of fate lands one in prison. His brother is then lured into one of the most violent crime rings in the Northeast.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, revenge, small town, justice, prison, drug dealer, social decay, manslaughter, car accident, drug use, working class, ex convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, 20th century, 2010s ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new jersey, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: tense, bleak, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: neo noir, dysfunctional family, crime gone awry, sibling rivalry, hospital, office, jewelry store, crime, robbery, divorce, greed, debt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brazil, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, stylized ...
Plot: haunted by the past, destiny, death, crime, parenthood, loner, father son relationship, bank robbery, corruption, family drama, motorcycle, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, gloomy, serious, emotional, rough ...
Plot: vietnam war, depression, suicide, obsession, mental breakdown, hijacking, black panthers, robbery, airport, revenge, airplane, divorce ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, bleak, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: legal action, iranian, house, depression, small town, immigrants, eviction, american dream, debt, loss of son, suicide attempt, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Weight of Water (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 113 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: suspense, sexy, gloomy, serious, psychological ...
Plot: incest, investigation, murder, infidelity, island, mystery, axe, hanging, couple relations, dangerous attraction, sexual relations, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 19th century, 1870s, 2000s
Place: new hampshire, europe, norway, usa, new england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 28K
The Salton Sea (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After the murder of his beloved wife, a man in search of redemption is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey, he befriends slacker Jimmy "The Finn", becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her ...
Style: bleak, tense, clever, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug abuse, neo noir, dual identity, crime, neo-noir, vengeance, addiction, identity, heroin, cocaine, ex convict, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.9
 68K
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, gloomy, surreal, stylized, twists and turns ...
Plot: psychiatrist, suicide, doctors and patients, suicide attempt, mentally unstable, student, patient, obsession, unfulfillment, power relations, obsessive quest, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The story of former UVF member Alistair Little. Twenty-five years after Little killed Joe Griffen's brother, the media arrange an auspicious meeting between the two.
Style: psychological, talky, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, revenge, vengeance, haunted by the past, reconciliation, ira, rivalry, society, life is a bitch, dealing with death, deadly, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1975, 2000s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Enforcing the law within the notoriously rough Brownsville section of the city and especially within the Van Dyke housing projects is the NYPD's sixty-fifth precinct. Three police officers struggle with the sometimes fine line between right and ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, guilt, police brutality, deception, undercover cop, corruption, police, betrayal, murder, police detective, revenge, bag of money ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 12K
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, bleak, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, juvenile delinquency, vengeance, youth, neo noir, crime, rivalry, grudge, uninhibited rivalry, prison life, urban ghetto, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
⇓ 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: talky, bleak, psychological, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, hit and run, insurance, human nature, couple relations, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, couples, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: gambling, destiny, murder, horse race, suicide attempt, stripper, sniper, debt, horse, loss of loved one, manager, psychic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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: emotional, touching, captivating, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, nun, lethal injection, death penalty, redemption, court, forgiveness, confession, funeral, letter ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.8
 54K
The Brave One (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: vigilantism, vengeance, crime, dog, fear, pimp, self defense, loss of loved one, tunnel, injury, boyfriend, corpse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Eastern Promises (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Russian teenager, living in London, dies during childbirth but leaves clues to a midwife in her journal, that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: russian, murder, criminal's revenge, investigation, gangsters, diary, kgb, heroin, track down, hitman, crimes, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, st. petersburg russia, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the ...
Style: serious, tense, bleak, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: track down, hitman, psychopath, crimes, human nature, shooting, peril, sheriff, escape, death, violence spree, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.1
 33K
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness.
Style: bleak, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug addiction, masturbation, baseball, rape, corruption, violence, redemption, drinking, heroin, police, neo noir, gambling ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: serious, exciting, tense, rough, psychological ...
Plot: vigilantism, fighting the system, vengeance, murder, crime, prison, master criminal, mind game, justice, danger, perfect crime, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.4
 6K
Levity (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Manuel Jordan is a man who is free after serving 23 years for killing a teenager during an attempted robbery. After nearly two decades of staring at his victim's face on a newspaper clipping in his cell, the paroled man attempts to find ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, sin, prison, murder, gang, vandalism, party, robbery, police, singer, criminal, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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