Movies like 21 Grams

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21 Grams (2003)
 7.7
 211K
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: psychological, bleak, captivating, mind bending, suspense, emotional, gloomy, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: life is a bitch, redemption, suicide attempt, desperation, surgery, death in the family, guilt, cocaine, sadness, human nature, unfulfillment, tragedy, loss of child, tragic event, loneliness, loss of spouse, widow widower, betrayal, death, crimes, hit and run, mathematics, attempted murder, abortion, ex convict ...
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, interesting and harsh films with plots about storytelling, death, redemption, dialogue, mentor, brutality and corruption 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.
 7.5
 271K
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: rough, thought provoking, disturbing, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: nanny, desert, multiple storylines, deportation, tragic event, police brutality, loss of son, doctor, redemption, illegal immigration, first time, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, mexico, japan, africa, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 80K
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, depressing, sad ...
Plot: single father, terminal illness, redemption, death, illegal immigrant, parents and children, suffering, life is a bitch, parenthood, unfulfillment, family relations, reconciliation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: barcelona, spain, mexico, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 398K
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, bigotry, social decay, redemption, tragedy, depression, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico, puerto rico ...
⇓ 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, bleak, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, murder, death in the family, sexual abuse, childhood, vigilantism, mystery, loss of child, tragic event, guilt, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, revenge, investigation, baseball, car, redemption, family, hit and run, loss of son, loss of child, vengeance, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.6
 185K
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 abuse, police corruption, corruption, drug dealing, surveillance, heroin, marijuana, organized crime, legal, judge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mexico, usa, latin america, ohio, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, jewelry store, office, hospital, robbery, crime, divorce, greed, debt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brazil, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.1
 205K
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, rough ...
Plot: forbidden love, dog, siblings relations, hitman, money, multiple storylines, family relations, pets, machismo, divorce, stabbing, robbery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, mexico city, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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, gloomy, serious ...
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, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, loner, corruption, bank robbery, destiny, death, crime, parenthood, father son relationship, family drama, motorcycle, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.9
 184K
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, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: disco, gangsters, drug lord, tragic hero, violence, prison, neo noir, mafia, organized crime, nightclub, crime, puerto rican ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, funeral, best friend, haunted by the past, love and romance, birthday, grief, drugs/alcohol, luxury, widow ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: iranian, house, depression, small town, legal action, immigrants, eviction, american dream, debt, loss of son, suicide attempt, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Eastern Promises (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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, gangsters, criminal's revenge, investigation, diary, hitman, kgb, heroin, neo noir, organized crime, rape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, st. petersburg russia, scotland yard
⇓ 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, airport, revenge, black panthers, robbery, mental breakdown, hijacking, airplane, divorce ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: suspense, sexy, serious, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, murder, incest, infidelity, island, mystery, axe, hanging, couple relations, dangerous attraction, sexual relations, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 19th century, 2000s, 1870s
Place: new hampshire, europe, norway, usa, new england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: revenge, small town, justice, prison, vengeance, drug dealer, social decay, drug use, car accident, brother, manslaughter, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 80s, 2000s ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new jersey, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, betrayal, murder, undercover, violence, working undercover, racial slur, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 6.3
 13K
Powder Blue (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide.
Style: bleak, serious, emotional, atmospheric, scary ...
Plot: anxiety attack, strip club, redemption, exotic dancer, stripper, self discovery, human nature, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, hopes, family problems, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.5
 1.1M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
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, serious, twist ending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mole, mafia, working undercover, undercover cop, undercover, police, mind game, organized crime, crime, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, harvard university, china, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.0
 55K
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: suspense, realistic, suspenseful, tense, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, robbery, bank robbery, memory loss, crime, murder, casual sex, seduction, accident, thanksgiving, chess, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kansas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, serious, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, nun, lethal injection, death penalty, redemption, court, forgiveness, execution, confession, funeral ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.9
 70K
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, surreal, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: suicide, suicide attempt, doctors and patients, psychiatrist, mentally unstable, student, patient, obsession, unfulfillment, race against time, guilt, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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, murder, suicide attempt, horse race, stripper, sniper, debt, horse, loss of loved one, manager, psychic, singer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.8
 49K
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: bleak, serious, gloomy, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, investigation, obsession, promise, drawing, mystery, small town, gas station, track down, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, serious, gloomy ...
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 ⇓
21%
 7.6
 174K
Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: disturbing, sadistic, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: child abuse, courtroom drama, childhood, vengeance, crime, haunted by the past, court, torture, friendship, lawyer, urban ghetto, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, new york yankees, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.7
 231K
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, realistic, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, disappearance, tragic event, life is a bitch, private detective, conspiracy, crimes, peril, missing child, uncover truth, moral ambiguity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Road to Perdition (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time ...
Style: bleak, serious, tense, suspenseful, melancholic ...
Plot: vengeance, criminal's revenge, gangsters, manhunt, hitman, betrayal, mafia, great depression, crime, loss of son, death, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: illinois, usa, michigan, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.4
 33K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, depressing, bleak ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, grieving, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, dealing with death, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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