Movies like Battle in Heaven

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Battle in Heaven (2005)
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Battle in Heaven (2005)
Original name: Batalla en el cielo
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Mexico, France, Belgium, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Set in Mexico City, Carlos Reygadas's sexually explicit drama centers on a man in turmoil over his past actions. Chauffer Marcos feels compelled to reveal a dark secret to his boss's daughter, Ana, a wealthy woman who works as a prostitute just for the thrill of it. Marcos confesses that he and his wife committed a crime that ended in horrible tragedy. Haunted by his past, Marcos searches for redemption.
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, contemplative, erotic, dark humor
Plot: redemption, haunted by the past, hopes, introspection, crime gone awry, kidnapping, secret, double life, husband wife relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), ransom, crimes, disorder, drugs/alcohol, sexual content, explicit sex, love, sex, football, soccer, prostitute, erotica, mountain, army, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico city, mexico, latin america

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Most similar movies to Battle in Heaven

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and gloomy films with plots about crimes, murder, redemption, nudity (full frontal - brief), haunted by the past, police and crime mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Battle in Heaven: Silent Light (2007), 8-Ball (2013), Light After Darkness (2012), Japan (2002), Grace & Mercy (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Silent Light (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, France, Netherlands, Germany
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Johan and his family are Mennonites from the north of Mexico. Against the law of God and Man, Johan falls in love with another woman.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: forbidden love, redemption, infidelity, fall in love, moral dilemma, clergy, couples, sin, regret, human nature, love affair, dysfunctional family ...
Place: mexico, latin america
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8-Ball (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: 8-Ball tells the story of single mother Pike who, having just been released from prison, is trying to start her life anew. When her former boyfriend Lalli comes back from abroad, it opens a window into a past that Pike wants to put behind her.
Style: suspenseful, sincere, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: hopes, going straight, starting over, haunted by the past, one more chance, family relations, single parent, crimes, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, past, motherhood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: finland
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57%
Light After Darkness (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, France, Netherlands, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Juan and his urban family live in the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart. And nobody knows if these two worlds are complementary or if they strive to eliminate one another.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: countryside, family life, society, family relations, couples, couple relations, hopes, dream, swingers, tragedy, male nudity, guilt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america
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54%
 6.9
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Japan (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A painter from the big city goes to a remote canyon to commit suicide. To reach some calmness he stays at the farmstead of Ascen, an old religious woman. Although only a few words are spoken, love grows.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, meditative, melancholic, contemplative ...
Plot: older woman younger man sex, village, solitude, suicide attempt, countryside, widow, old woman, life philosophy, depression, runaway, love of one's life, sexual desire ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Grace & Mercy (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In poor health and dead broke, Grace has a plan to provide a future for her young daughter. With the help of her sister Mercy, she robs her former employer. But an alarm goes off during the robbery and they escape into a nearby church. They hold the ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, uplifting, contemplative ...
Plot: church, hostage, self discovery, crime gone awry, unlikely criminals, clergy, crimes, confined, life is a bitch, hopes, criminal heroes, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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50%
 7.8
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Three Walls (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Three men are on death row. Jaggu (Jackie Shroff), a lawyer and a poet, is serving a sentence for murdering his wife because she was cheating on him with another man. Nagya (Nagesh Kukunoor), a man angry with the whole world, is arrested for ...
Style: bleak, touching, serious, tense, contemplative ...
Plot: confined, prison life, prison, introspection, death row, murder, family problems, criminal heroes, hopes, crimes, redemption, prisoner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
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42%
 6.4
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Young Adam (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.
Style: serious, realistic, enigmatic, disturbing, dark ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, destructive relationship, murder, couple relations, mysterious character, drifter, crimes, neo noir, court case, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 50s, year 1954 ...
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.4
 6K
The Border (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A corrupted border agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.
Style: atmospheric, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, corruption, police, emigration, kidnapping, crimes, crime, rich and poor, opposites attract, family relations, interracial relations, immigrants ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: texas, mexico, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Three (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The final installment in director Lucas Belvaux's trilogy follows Pascal, a cop who sees a return to credibility in the capture of escaped convict Bruno--who in turn is harbored by Pascal's morphine-addicted wife Agnes. Pascal's ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, contemplative, bleak ...
Plot: drug dealing, police corruption, haunted by the past, introspection, moral dilemma, downfall, crimes, deadly, fugitives, on the run, life is a bitch, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.0
 723
The Five of Us (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In Montreal, the teenagers Manon, Anne, Isa, Claudie and Sophie are friends since their childhood. While spending a couple of days in the cottage of Sophie's parents nearby a lake, the girls decide to give a party, and Manon and Sophie hitch ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, murder, reunion, rape victim, friends, crimes, deadly, introspection, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, psychopath, fear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, montreal, montreal quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, psychological, melancholic, philosophical ...
Plot: redemption, sin, murder, prison, robbery, criminal, gang, friendship, haunted by the past, going straight, human nature, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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36%
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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, stylized ...
Plot: kidnapping, money, ransom, crimes, crime, alcohol abuse, insanity, life is a bitch, loneliness, mental illness, anger, pursuit ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, england, europe, san diego california, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Chrystal (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Man (played by: Billy Bob Thornton) is still in shock many years after a devistating accident takes the life of his only son and perminantly injures his wife. After all of these years the man finaly comes home to his still married wife (Played by: ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, emotional, gloomy
Plot: life is a bitch, haunted by the past, starting over, dysfunctional family, homecoming, death in the family, family in crisis, addiction, husband wife relationship, grief, redemption, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
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Thug (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The South African multi-award winning film about a young South African boy from the ghetto named Tsotsi, meaning Gangster. Tsotsi, who left home as a child to get away from helpless parents, finds a baby in the back seat of a car that he has just ...
Style: bleak, sincere, emotional, captivating, rough ...
Plot: bully, poverty, gang, redemption, murder, baby, robbery, slum, life is a bitch, society, haunted by the past, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Small Town Murder Songs (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Walter is the chief of police in a small Ontario town that has its first murder victim, an attractive young woman who is found naked on the shores of the nearby lake. The woman isn't local and while the Ontario Provincial Police have taken the ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, gothic, tense, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, redemption, murder, small town, haunted by the past, crimes, crime, social relations, police detective, ex lover, introspection, sect ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, ontario canada
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33%
The Merry Gentleman (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A woman who leaves an abusive relationship to begin a new life in a new city, where she forms an unlikely and ironic relationship with a suicidal hit man (unbeknownst to her). Enter a worn, alcoholic detective to form the third party in a very ...
Style: serious, captivating, suspense, disturbing, contemplative ...
Plot: hitman, haunted by the past, hopes, starting over, police investigation, crimes, redemption, murder, suicidal thoughts, christmas, assassin, coat ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Untouched (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Untouched is the story of a reluctant attorney's struggle with inner demons while defending a teenage girl accused of murdering her newborn. When the "Hostess City of the South" is rocked by the horrific crime, Mitchell Thomas III ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, courtroom drama, uncover truth, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, crimes, legal, life is a bitch, courtroom, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, murder, teenage girl ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.5
 994
Mystery (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: China, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A car full of irresponsible youths hit a woman on a rainy freeway and think she is trying an insurance scam.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: infidelity, dishonesty, car accident, double life, sex scene, uncover truth, mystery, murder, crimes, danger, couples, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Least Among Saints (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A haunted soldier just back from war and a boy who has never known peace in his home life embark on a life-changing journey as they become unlikely friends — and one another’s last shot at redemption.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, captivating, tense ...
Plot: friendship, haunted by the past, family problems, escapades, redemption, boy, orphan, journey, crimes, danger, obsessive quest, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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A Quiet Life (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, France, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of a man who murdered thirty-two people, gained power, and then got afraid because too many people wanted to kill him. One August morning, he disappeared. For fifteen years, everyone believed him dead.
Style: tense, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: parents and children, faked death, hitman, gangsters, deadly, hidden identity, family relations, haunted by the past, crimes, dishonesty, criminal heroes, coma ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe, naples italy, frankfurt germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Sins of the Father (2002)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In 1965 a bomb was planted in a Church in Alabama, killing four black girls. Thirty years later, Tom Cherry breaks his silence to discredit his father's alibi for the night in question.
Style: emotional, rough, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: racism, investigation, moral dilemma, introspection, haunted by the past, parents and children, injustice, legal, society, crimes, rebellion, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alabama, usa, birmingham alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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The Thief (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1946, a soldier fathers a child then dies before its birth. Jump to 1952: on a train, the child and his mother meet a handsome soldier who makes a play for her. She accepts. Posing as a married family, the soldier finds them a rooming house where ...
Style: gloomy, bleak, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: soldier, post world war two, betrayal, crimes, family relations, parents and children, cons and scams, russian, death, single parent, dishonesty, love ...
Time: 40s, 50s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1946 ...
Place: russia, black sea, siberia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Free Will (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 163 min.
Story: After nine years in psychiatric detention Theo, who has brutally assaulted and raped three women, is released. Living in a supervised community, he connects well with his social worker Sascha, finds a job at a print shop and even a girlfriend, ...
Style: psychological, rough, sincere, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rapist, fall in love, rape, mental illness, crimes, sexual relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, hopes, couples, sex maniac ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 6.7
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Crossing Over (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. In Crossing Over, ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, intense, touching ...
Plot: immigrants, deportation, culture clash, social differences, society, fighting the system, life is a bitch, state affairs, social problems, interracial relations, americana, rabbi ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico, bangladesh, southern california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.3
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The Over-Eater (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Séléna is chief of the Marseille police. Respected and feared by his men, his sole enemy seems to be himself, along with his 300 pounds. Strangled by the bursting straight-jacket of his body, tortured by his past, he leads a solitary life in a ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: murder, police detective, fall in love, haunted by the past, physical appearance, obsession, crimes, love and romance, law enforcement, deadly, childhood trauma, obese ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, marseille
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.5
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Blind Shaft (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: China, Germany, Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two Chinese miners, who make money by killing fellow miners and then extorting money from the mine owner to keep quiet about the "accident", happen upon their latest victim. But one of them begins to have second thoughts.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, psychological, tense, serious
Plot: miner, murder, crimes, deadly, hidden identity, dishonesty, investigation, teenage life, rich and poor, cons and scams, prostitute, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.0
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Blue Eyes (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Before his compulsory retirement, on his last day of work, Marshall, JFK airport's chief Immigration officer, detains a group of Latin Americans and expose them to a series of humiliating situations. Blinded by prejudice, Marshall ends up by ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, thought provoking, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, haunted by the past, prostitute, introspection, society, police, xenophobia, racism, murder, journey, release from prison, injustice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.8
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Virgil Bliss (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Fresh out of a long stretch in prison, Virgil Bliss (Clint Jordan) vows to go straight in this gritty, character-driven drama. But finding a job, a wife and a sense of purpose doesn't come easy when you're living in a halfway house ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: prostitute, prison, going straight, redemption, starting over, haunted by the past, downfall, looking for love, drug abuse, heist, society, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, florida ...
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27%
Traffic Department (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Seven policemen, seven deadly sins, a murder case, secrets and the filth of everyday police work: Traffic Department transports the viewer into the darkest Warsaw streets.
Style: psychological, contemplative, unusual plot structure, tense
Plot: adultery, marriage, violence, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, infidelity, interrogation, police, polish, politics, bribery, mafia ...
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 4.7
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Three Way (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Lew is a small time loser with a troubled past and a very big secret. Overhearing a couple plan a kidnapping, Lew is tempted to come up with a scheme of his own. He decides to get to the victim first and then blackmail the real criminals. His plan ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious, dark humor ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, kidnapping, crime gone awry, adultery, blackmail, betrayal, who done it, love, nude girl, manipulation, manipulations, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%