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Alias Betty (2001)
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Alias Betty (2001)
Original name: Betty Fisher et autres histoires
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Grieving after the death of her young son Joseph, novelist Betty Fisher enters a dark depression. Hoping to bring her out of it, her mother Margot arranges to kidnap another child, Jose, to replace the son Betty lost. Although she knows it's wrong, Betty accepts Jose as her new son. Meanwhile, Jose's mother Carole is looking for her son with the help of her boyfriend Francois and some of his criminal cohorts.
Style: emotional, realistic, suspenseful, psychological, sincere, serious, stylized, harsh, tense, depressing ...
Plot: kidnapping, friendship, crimes, parents and children, crime, human nature, unlikely criminals, missing child, family relations, hopes, family problems, dealing with death, chase, mother son relationship, complex characters, betrayal, self discovery, family drama, friends, graphic violence, bittersweet, hospital, suburbs, guilt, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, paris france, singapore, andalusia, spain, france ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, tense and melancholic films with plots about family relations, crimes, nudity (full frontal - brief), storytelling, friendship, death and dialogue mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Alias Betty: With a Friend Like Harry... (2000), Late August, Early September (1998), The Yards (2000), Reservation Road (2007), Read My Lips (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
With a Friend Like Harry... (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Harry knew Michel in high school; they meet again by accident, Harry inserts himself in Michel's life... and things take a sinister turn.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, scary, humorous, suspense ...
Plot: friendship, obsession, murder, family relations, couple relations, couples, poet, crimes, parents and children, family life, serial killer, eccentricity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: europe, france, paris france
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Late August, Early September (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A story about the transition from late youth to early maturity, the film follows several friends and lovers as they come to make decisions on how to live their lives--getting a job more in harmony with ones ideals, committing to a lover, giving up a ...
Style: talky, psychological, emotional, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, midlife crisis, love and romance, romance, couple relations, human nature, couples, drinking alcohol, drinking, depression, betrayal, older man younger woman relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, tokyo, france
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68%
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The Yards (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, rough, emotional ...
Plot: betrayal, corruption, murder, whistleblower, false accusation, crime, political corruption, crimes, injustice, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
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65%
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: psychological, tense, suspenseful, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: loss of child, investigation, redemption, obsession, lawyer, dysfunctional family, revenge, family problems, parents and children, deadly, losing-it hero, cover up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Read My Lips (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: She is almost deaf and she lip-reads. He is an ex-convict. She wants to help him. He thinks no one can help except himself.
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, touching, serious ...
Plot: mute or deaf, opposites attract, parole officer, warden, workplace, crimes, crime, looking for love, unlikely partners, mentally unstable, criminal heroes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.0
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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, alcohol abuse, ransom, crimes, crime, money, insanity, life is a bitch, loneliness, mental illness, anger, pursuit ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, england, europe, san diego california, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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The Deep End (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: With her husband Jack perpetually away at work, Margaret Hall raises her children virtually alone. Her teenage son is testing the waters of the adult world, and early one morning she wakes to find the dead body of his gay lover on the beach of their ...
Style: neo noir, emotional, twists and turns, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, danger, life is a bitch, wound, debt, friendship, fight, crimes, crime, woman in danger, graphic violence, gay teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Like his father, Tom is a real estate agent who makes his money from dirty, and sometimes brutal, deals. But a chance encounter prompts him to take up the piano and become a concert pianist. He auditions with the help of a beautiful, young virtuoso ...
Style: tense, contemplative, psychological, sincere, serious ...
Plot: pianist, gangsters, going straight, crimes, hopes, follow your dream, teachers and students, family relations, gang war, parents and children, artists and showbiz, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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City of Ghosts (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A con man travels to Cambodia (also on the run from law enforcement in the U.S.) to collect his share in an insurance scam, but discovers more than he bargained for
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, intense ...
Plot: betrayal, crimes, chases and races, law enforcement, dishonesty, police investigation, cons and scams, father son relationship, kidnapping, character study, greed, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, cambodia, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.4
 13K
Baby Boy (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The story of Jody, a misguided, 20-year-old African-American who is really just a baby boy finally forced-kicking and screaming to face the commitments of real life. Streetwise and jobless, he has not only fathered two children by two different ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, melancholic, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: womanizer, single parent, gang, dark hero, going straight, introspection, adolescence vs adulthood, crimes, domestic violence, family relations, smuggler, passive aggression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Personal Velocity (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: family relations, hitchhiker, domestic violence, starting over, couple relations, love affair, human nature, parents and children, destructive relationship, self discovery, couples, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, new york state, haiti ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.2
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The Narrows (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A 19 year old Brooklyn boy who is torn between two worlds when his photography portfolio wins him a partial scholarship to NYU. He must figure out how to balance his Italian neighborhood roots with the expansive, sophisticated world on the other ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: college student, crimes, moral dilemma, society, family relations, city life, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, coming of age, family in crisis, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In this belated sequel to 'The Decline of the American Empire', 50-something Montreal college professor, Remy, learns that he is dying of liver cancer. He decides to make amends meet to his friends and family before he dies. He first tries ...
Style: touching, sentimental, clever, philosophical, emotional ...
Plot: dying, friendship, professor, illness, haunted by the past, culture clash, reunion, friends, death, cancer, family relations, heroin ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, middle ages, september 11 2001, future
Place: canada, quebec, sydney australia, colorado, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Towards Darkness (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Deals with 90 minutes in a kidnapped hostage's life, and the frustration his family, a special ops team, and a man in charge of delivering the ransom money all feel as they rush to save him.
Style: stylized, suspenseful, tense, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, missing person, deadly, crime gone awry, chase, rivalry, danger, race against time, car chase, missing child, destiny, terrorism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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 ...
Style: mind bending, gloomy, psychological, non-linear, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, guilt, redemption, tragedy, suicide attempt, crimes, death in the family, loss, desperation, mathematics, hit and run, grief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.7
 645
Slingshot (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two cunning and manipulative drifters venture into Farifield County, Connecticut looking to seduce wealthy and lonely housewives.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: infidelity, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, breakup, family relations, couple relations, dysfunctional family, fall in love, couples, missing child, cons and scams, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.4
 501
Go for Sisters (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Bernice and Fontayne grew up so tight they could ‘go for sisters’. After twenty years apart, they are reunited when Bernice is assigned to be Fontayne’s parole officer- just when she needs help on the wrong side of the law.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: strong female presence, friendship, family problems, friends, addiction, missing child, crimes, missing person, murder, missing boy, search, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.2
 8K
Little Fish (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in the Little Saigon district outside of Sydney, a woman trying to escape her past becomes embroiled in a drug deal.
Style: realistic, tense, rough, serious, social realism ...
Plot: support group, drug dealing, junkie, heroin, life is a bitch, hopes, crimes, starting over, tragedy, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, friendship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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The New Girlfriend (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young woman makes a surprising discovery about the husband of her late best friend.
Style: psychological, touching, erotic, romantic, serious ...
Plot: friendship, human nature, life turned upside down, transvestism, death of wife, loss of friend, femininity, man dressed as woman, new life, love, deception, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go bad and the two become enemies.
Style: twists and turns, tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, investigation, debt, crime, crimes, moral dilemma, siblings relations, money, gambling, actress, loan, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, brighton
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40%
American Heart (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jack is now out of jail and he meets Nick, his adolescent son. Their relationship will be complicated, because Jack has a problem with alcohol. But his love for Nick will help him to get over the past and reach his dreams.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, sincere, touching ...
Plot: father son relationship, starting over, family relations, estrangement, going straight, society, hopes, parents and children, human nature, prisoner, ex convict, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: seattle, usa, alaska, seattle washington, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: neo noir, bleak, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: robbery, dysfunctional family, blackmail, debt, crime gone awry, jewelry store, crime, crimes, greed, deception, plan gone awry, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, brazil, rio de janeiro, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.3
 251
Marseille (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alex, the son of a gang boss from Marseilles, joins the French Foreign Legion to avoid a hit put out on him by the Corsican Mafia. Four years later, Alex deserts and returns to Marseilles to get back together with Katia, his former girlfriend. But ...
Style: captivating, psychological, tense, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: gang, crimes, parents and children, family relations, danger, mafia, murder, lawyer, father son relationship, reprisal, rivalry, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, marseille
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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The Captive (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she's still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.
Style: serious, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, non-linear ...
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, police investigation, crimes, danger, child abuse, little girl, internet chat, psychology, skating, family in crisis, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The life you love may be your own.... The wife of a much older man finds herself attracted to their neighbour's son, who is closer to her age.
Style: emotional, touching, offbeat, sweet, stylized ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: age difference, self discovery, love affair, family life, starting over, love and romance, marriage, family problems, haunted by the past, parents and children, neighbor, depression ...
Time: 70s, 80s, contemporary, 90s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 8.0
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Ugly (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A team of the best cops in Mumbai is dispatched to find a girl who has gone missing from her father's car. As the hunt for the kidnapper begins, fingers suspiciously point to closer home.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, family relations, crimes, danger, life is a bitch, track down, parents and children, couple relations, ex husband ex wife relationship, police, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, mumbai india
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.9
 668
Going South (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In the summer, 27 year-old Sam drives towards the south of France in his Ford. He meets Matthieu and his sister Léa and takes them along in his apparently aimless journey. Matthieu has a crush on Sam and tries to seduce him. Léa is a beautiful, ...
Style: road movie, captivating, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: ocean, gays and lesbians, striptease, friends, love affair, friendship, obsessive quest, introspection, intrigue, love and romance, family problems, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 7K
Empire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top Victor soon finds out that he has ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: betrayal, vengeance, crimes, crime, drug dealing, wall street, cons and scams, going straight, criminal heroes, violence, greed, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, miami, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Kicked in the Head (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Redmond is a young guy who can't find what to do with his life. When his uncle Sam gives him the bag to deliver to some uptown connection he fails to do so and it gets them in trouble with Jack, low-key criminal. After that tough guy Stretch ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat, splatter ...
Plot: self discovery, stewardess, gangsters, disorder, friends, cons and scams, siblings relations, vengeance, farce, adolescence vs adulthood, twentysomething life, gambling ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.6
 10K
Dear Wendy (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark, France, Germany, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In a blue-collar American town, a group of teens bands together to form the Dandies, a gang of gunslingers led by Dick Dandelion. Following a code of strict pacifism at odds with the fact that they all carry guns, the group eventually lets in ...
Style: serious, realistic, harsh, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: friendship, obsession, crimes, juvenile delinquency, underdog, self esteem, teenage life, forbidden love, social misfits, love and romance, small town, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: west virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%