Movies like 21 Grams

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21 Grams (2003)
 7.7
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21 Grams
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: emotional, realistic, bleak, clever, psychological, serious, non-linear, dramatic, intense, melancholic ...
Plot: redemption, guilt, death, vengeance, tragedy, loneliness, hospital, revenge, drug addiction, drug abuse, betrayal, drugs, going straight, drugs/alcohol, suicide attempt, storytelling, multiple storylines, life & death, desperation, strong sexual content, urban, depression, existentialism, death in the family, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
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Mystic River
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA, Australia
138 min.
 8.0
Carlito's Way
Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA
144 min.
 7.9
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, intense and bleak films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, redemption, brutality, violence, murder and corruption mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like 21 Grams: Babel (2006), Love's a Bitch (2000), Mystic River (2003), Traffic (2000), Reservation Road (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Babel
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: realistic, bleak, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Plot: multiple storylines, desert, suicide, redemption, depression, death, guilt, parenthood, destiny, nanny, father daughter relationship, dealing with death ...
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Place: mexico, japan, morocco, africa, asia ...
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Love's a Bitch
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 ...
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Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
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Mystic River
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: bleak, emotional, realistic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, mystery, child abuse, vengeance, sexual abuse, guilt, vigilantism, investigation, childhood, innocence lost, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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    User:   53%
 
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Traffic
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: realistic, clever, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, police corruption, corruption, heroin, surveillance, marijuana, organized crime, drugs, drug addiction, politics, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mexico, latin america, usa, california, ohio ...
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Reservation Road
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 ...
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Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
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Carlito's Way
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, serious, rough, realistic, captivating ...
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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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    User:   55%
 
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Crash
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Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: realistic, bleak, touching, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: racism, prejudice, redemption, police corruption, morality, storytelling, corruption, tragedy, immigrants, depression, plot twist, race issues ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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    User:   100%
 
The Place Beyond the Pines
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: realistic, tense, gloomy, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: bank robbery, crime, corruption, motorcycle, destiny, haunted by the past, parenthood, police corruption, death, police, father son relationship, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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System:   54%
    User:   47%
 
Eastern Promises
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, realistic, bleak, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: crime, gangsters, russian, murder, organized crime, hitman, mafia, rape, violence, brutality, undercover cop, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, scotland yard, st. petersburg russia
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System:   51%
    User:   58%
 
Things We Lost in the Fire
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: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, childhood, drugs, death, drugs/alcohol, interracial romance, drug addiction, funeral, depression, redemption, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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System:   50%
    User:   51%
 
The Weight of Water
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 ...
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The Falcon and the Snowman
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Duration: 131 min.
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Style: emotional, realistic, serious, dramatic, intense ...
Plot: internet, technology, loneliness, lawyer, bullying, crumbling marriage, storytelling, multiple storylines, single father, solitude, tragedy, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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    User:   54%
 
House of Sand and Fog
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: bleak, realistic, psychological, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, depression, tragedy, hospital, suicide, fighting the system, greed, moral ambiguity, small town, loneliness, storytelling ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   53%
 
 7.0
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The Lookout
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: realistic, tense, suspense, suspenseful, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crime, memory loss, bank robbery, small town, guilt, disability, drinking, violence, loneliness, memory, robbery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kansas, usa, california
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Blue Ruin
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The quiet life of a beach bum is upended by dreadful news. He sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance but proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: vengeance, revenge, vigilantism, neo-noir, homeless, vigilante, gory, violence, brutality, violent, visceral, moral ambiguity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa, delaware
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System:   48%
    User:   42%
 
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The Pledge
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, surprise ending, serious, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, obsession, mystery, small town, insanity, police, paranoia, justice, police investigation, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada
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Out of the Furnace
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: small town, revenge, vengeance, crime, justice, prison, working class, family, brutality, guilt, violence, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, 20th century, 2010s ...
Place: new jersey, pennsylvania, usa, indiana
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    User:   39%
 
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Fresh
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Michael is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded house with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum,but still meets with Fresh on occasion to play chess. Fresh is rather quiet in a crazy world. Fresh's sister is a ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, harsh ...
Plot: crime, chess, coming of age, revenge, childhood, death, drugs, drug addiction, violence, father son relationship, drug dealing, neo noir ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   47%
    User:   43%
 
Dead Man Walking
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, compassionate ...
Plot: prison, redemption, death penalty, rape, death, death row, murder, justice, lawyer, guilt, brutality, nun ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
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    User:   43%
 
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Bad Boys
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, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, crime, vengeance, revenge, violence, drugs, neo noir, murder, rape, juvenile delinquency, violent, mentor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, chicago illinois
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In the Bedroom
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York born Ruth Fowler, a music teacher. He is involved ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, dramatic, melancholic ...
Plot: small town, vengeance, murder, vigilantism, violence, revenge, crumbling marriage, divorce, tragedy, character study, storytelling, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, new england
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System:   46%
    User:   50%
 
Monument Ave.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bobby O'Grady a low level member of a Boston Irish gang run by Jackie O'Hara. Jackie demands absolute, total loyalty to him. When Jackie kills one of Bobby's buddies, Teddy, Bobby and others have to keep it an absolute secret, even ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, betrayal, murder, working class, vengeance, drugs, irish, criminal's revenge, life philosophy, gang, revenge ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, europe, usa, new jersey
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    User:   51%
 
The Burning Plain
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Argentina
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A trailer is burning in the middle of a plain. The bodies of two adulterous lovers are found. Scenes from both families, before and after the dramatic events, suggest an unusual connection between them. But what is their secret?
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: redemption, infidelity, adultery, teenage love, love affair, guilt, storytelling, small town, multiple storylines, loneliness, society, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america, california, portland oregon, new mexico
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System:   46%
    User:   50%
 
The Crossing Guard
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: bleak, suspense, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, redemption, obsession, revenge, murder, tragedy, guilt, death, drinking, chase, prison, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: nebraska, usa, los angeles
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System:   45%
    User:   43%
 
Brooklyn's Finest
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: tense, realistic, serious, bleak, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, crime, undercover cop, corruption, police, betrayal, violence, guilt, murder, redemption, police brutality, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
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System:   45%
    User:   41%
 

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U Turn
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When Bobby's car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are stranger than anyone he's encountered. After ...
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Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him. Something else he does not know is that Gerard Dorez, a cop on a knife-edge, is tailing him. When he reaches his ...
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