Movies like Clutching a Knife

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Clutching a Knife (1984)
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Clutching a Knife (1984)
Original name: Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Philippines, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A worker nicknamed Turing finds himself in a quandary when the printing press where he is hired as a casual is hit by a strike. As his wife badly needs medication after getting pregnant, he is forced to sign a waiver inhibiting him from joining any mass action in exchange for a wage advance from his employer. Left with no choice, he turns scab and is ostracized by his friends and colleagues. At the hospital where the wife undergoes treatment, she would not be released until all the bills have been fully paid. The situation further heads for the worse when the firm is finally shut down. Turing opts for a desperate move.
Style: social realism
Plot: prostitute, thief, pregnancy, money, police, hostage, criminal, burglar, hospital, gun, brother, mother, rally, father, justice, baby, doctor, labor union, dancer, robbery, massage, club, beer, crisis, realism ...
Time: 80s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out rough, realistic, suspenseful and serious films with plots about robbery, police, criminal, gun, murder, crimes and gang mostly in Drama, Action and Crime genres. Some movies like Clutching a Knife: Sister Stella L. (1984), Yamakasi (2001), Cain & Abel (1982), Thiruda Thiruda (1993), Gangsters (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Sister Stella L. (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A nun who acts as a counselor in a home for unwed mother undergoes political awakening when her friend and namesake belonging to the same congregation as hers inspires her to get involved in the struggle for justice and freedom of striking workers ...
Plot: media, discussion, nun, company, murder, reporter, counselor, liberation theology, swashbuckler, strike, leftist, suicide ...
Time: 80s
Place: the philippines
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Yamakasi (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Crime
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Yamakasi - Les samouraïs des temps modernes is a 2001 French movie written by Luc Besson. It demonstrates the skills of the Yamakasi, a group of traceurs who battle against injustice in the Paris ghetto. They use parkour to steal from the rich in ...
Style: witty, semi serious, realistic, sincere, exciting
Audience: teens
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Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Cain & Abel (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In this modern-day version of the biblical legend on Cain and Abel, strong-willed matriarch Señora Pina favors her younger son Ellis over the older Loren whom she blames for the death of her husband. Ellis grows up cowardly and spoiled while Loren ...
Style: based on the bible
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Duration: 140 min.
Story: Portly CBI Inspector Laxminarayan is assigned to track down 1000 Crore Rupees worth of stolen currency from the Government Security Press in Nasik. His assignment will lead him to Ashok Tejani, and then to two burglars in Tamil Nadu, Shankar and ...
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Duration: 90 min.
Story: Franck Chaievski and Nina Delgado are two undercover detectives of a French special force trying to identify two corrupts members of the Paris Police Force. Franck is pretending to be a gangster and Nina a prostitute living with him, and involved in ...
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Antigang (2015)
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Duration: 92 min.
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Story: An ex-convict Viktor Dremov, who is also an ex-boxer, tries to mend his ways and start a new life but his former girlfriend is marrying another man (some old antiquarian), while local thugs rob him of his car and press him constantly trying to make ...
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Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four female convicts break out of prison, and during their escape they take hostage a bus full of young female tennis players. They drive the bus to the house of the judge who originally sent them to prison, where--since this is after all a ...
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Duration: 90 min.
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Duration: 99 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 89 min.
Story: Franco Nero and Telly Savalas star in the story of a trio of jewel thieves who take it on the lamb after the heist goes very wrong. Wrecking their car they take another unaware that there is a teenager hiding in the background. As the flight becomes ...
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
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