Movies like City of God

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City of God (2002)
 8.6
 658K
City of God (2002)
Original name: Cidade de Deus
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by the point of view of the narrator, Buscapé. Buscapé was raised in a very violent environment. Despite the feeling that all odds were against him, he finds out that life can be seen with other eyes...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, captivating, stylized, realistic, serious, epic, cult film, brutal ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, crimes, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, gang war, street gang, society, coming of age, social decay, journalism, criminal heroes, police corruption, photographer, poverty, life is a bitch, organized crime, rape, law enforcement, tragic event, friendship, crime, storytelling, sexuality, journalist ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america, south america

Most similar movies to City of God

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and bleak films with plots about crimes, crime, life is a bitch, society, friendship, police and youth mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like City of God: Elite Squad (2007), Gomorrah (2008), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Boyz n the Hood (1991), Pixote (1981). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
 93K
Elite Squad (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil, USA, Argentina
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged.
Style: disturbing, serious, rough, realistic, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, police brutality, police corruption, law enforcement, squad, drug traffic, poverty, slum, crime, fighting crime, recruit, social decay ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, contemporary, 1990s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 15K
City of Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.
Style: bleak, tense, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: gang, street gang, friendship, slum, robbery, best friends, betrayal, crimes, society, gang war, social problems, ex convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 44K
Gomorrah (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. Based on a book by Roberto Saviano. Power, money and blood: these are the "values" that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta have ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, tense, serious, harsh ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang war, criminal, power, debt, crime, criminal heroes, social decay, life is a bitch, deadly, society, rise and fall ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: italy, europe, naples italy, southern italy, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 119 min.
Story: This South African movie tracks the rise of a once-petty criminal to the heights of the criminal underworld. After cutting his teeth on hijacking, before moving onto bigger game, an ambitious man hits a setback when most of his gang are shot.
Style: epic, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, drug lord, gangsters, criminal heroes, gang war, rise to the top, life is a bitch, ambition, gang, youth, robbery, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 229 min.
Story: A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Style: atmospheric, rough, melancholic, bloody, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rape, organized crime, friendship, corruption, gangster, murder, torture, prohibition, gunfight, criminal heroes, regret ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 60s, 1960s, 1920s ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 114K
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.
Style: realistic, tense, rough, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, rapper, gang, african american, poverty, coming of age, friendship, street gang, hip hop, football, tragic event ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, year 1984, year 1991 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 6K
Pixote (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, rough, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prostitution, sex with a minor, child rape, juvenile delinquency, youth, down on your luck, urban ghetto life, social misfits, life is a bitch, street kid, loneliness, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 134K
La Haine (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said -- a Jew, African, and an Arab -- give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: skinhead, police brutality, racism, poverty, violence, protest, friendship, urban ghetto life, rebellion, youth, rebel, realism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, stylized, serious ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, gunfight, friendship, african american, crime, hip hop, coming of age, police brutality, graduation, social decay, overdose, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 96K
Alpha Dog (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Johnny Truelove likes to see himself as tough. He's the son of an underworld figure and a drug dealer. Johnny also likes to get tough when things don't go his way. When Jake Mazursky fails to pay up for Johnny, things get worse for the ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, bleak, harsh ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: kidnapping, gang, friendship, marijuana, youth, society, crimes, criminal heroes, party, crime, death, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2005, year 2003
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: disturbing, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, on the run, deadly, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", ...
Style: serious, rough, disturbing, realistic, epic ...
Plot: gang, gang war, drug abuse, heroin, friendship, grudge, police shootout, crime, life is a bitch, crimes, criminal heroes, violence spree ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, colombia, guatemala ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 69K
The Outsiders (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.
Style: sentimental, stylized, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, gang, book, juvenile delinquent, friendship, small town, murder, machismo, juvenile delinquency, street gang, social misfits, on the run ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 80s
Place: usa, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 12K
Sweet Sixteen (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: emotional, disturbing, bleak, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: heroin, juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family, downfall, life is a bitch, drug dealing, siblings relations, family problems, innocence lost, adolescence vs adulthood, drug dealer, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
South Central (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A man is put to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop with crime but his son has yet followed the criminal path of his father.
Style: captivating, tense, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: drug dealing, gang, urban ghetto life, murder, prison, coming of age, life is a bitch, crime, crimes, youth, society, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 3K
City of Men (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 30 min.
Story: City of Men is a Brazilian television programme created by Kátia Lund and Fernando Meirelles, the directors of the film City of God. The series was watched by 35 million viewers in Brazil and was released internationally on DVD shortly after the ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, serious, rough, stylized ...
Plot: friendship, street gang, kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, social decay, street kid, crimes, young heroes, teenage life, crime, social problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a bloody invasion of the BOPE in the High-Security Penitentiary Bangu 1 in Rio de Janeiro to control a rebellion of interns, the Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento and the second in command Captain André Matias are accused by the Human ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corruption, politics, political corruption, fighting the system, police corruption, torture, jail, organized crime, penitentiary, criminal, crime, poverty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Pizza, Beer, and Cigarettes (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A couple of friends work for a taxi driver to rob his passengers, but they feel like they're getting ripped off. They decide to plan their own robberies, but they are amateurs and things don't go too well. One of the youths, Cordoba, whose ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: gang, pregnancy, heist, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, crimes, teenage life, crime, going straight, down on your luck, criminal heroes, social decay ...
Time: 90s
Place: argentina, latin america, uruguay, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.7
 111K
This Is England (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Style: bleak, rough, emotional, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, vandalism, gang, crimes, childhood, youth, social problems, xenophobia, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, northern england, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 675K
Scarface (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, gangsters, cocaine, drug dealing, mafia, gunfight, rise and fall, drug cartel, mob boss, criminal heroes, drug abuse, organized crime ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.2
 1.5M
The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, atmospheric, family saga ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, pride and honor, gang war, criminal heroes, crimes, greed, mob boss, lawyer, cosa nostra, power struggle ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, new york, sicily, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 1K
Gang Tapes (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a brutal carjacking yields a videocamera, a teenage boy decides to document his life and the lives of his fellow gangbangers.
Style: serious, rough, suspense, tense, realistic
Plot: gang, social decay, tough heroes, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, going straight, teenage life, criminal heroes, crimes, crime, youth, kids in trouble ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Blue Hill Avenue (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A child of a middle class home with solid moral values is lured into a world of crime and corruption.
Style: rough, bleak, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, friends, urban ghetto life, fighting crime, police investigation, juvenile delinquency, gang, betrayal, city life, going straight, crimes, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 6.8
 17K
Kidulthood (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.
Style: serious, tense, rough, dark, realistic ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, school, bullying, teenage life, gang, social decay, friendship, teenage love, hardcase students, lifestyle, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Various stories of how crack cocaine has infiltrated the inner-city streets. Based on Buddy Giovinazzo's novel "Life is Hot in Cracktown".
Style: serious, thought provoking, bleak, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: drug dealing, youth gang, juvenile delinquency, crimes, drug abuse, addiction, city life, down on your luck, criminal heroes, youth, gang, transsexual ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 27K
Thug (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 94 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, rough, captivating ...
Plot: poverty, gang, redemption, bully, murder, baby, robbery, slum, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, society, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.1
 3K
Tough Enough (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: From the youth directed novel of the same name by Greogor Tressnow comes a film by Detlev Buck that is a realistic portrait of life in the section of Berlin called Neukölln. It’s about power and weakness, delinquents and victims, and the ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, tense ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, coming of age, crimes, urban ghetto life, parents and children, high school life, urban ghetto, friendship, teenage life, life is a bitch, innocence lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 52K
Animal Kingdom (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Following the death of his mother, J finds himself living with his estranged family, under the watchful eye of his doting grandmother, Smurf, mother to the Cody boys. J quickly comes to believe that he is a player in this world. But, as he soon ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: violence, crime, drug dealer, interrogation, armed robbery, heroin, gangsters, organized crime, mafia, law enforcement, crimes, loss of parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Morocco, Tunisia, France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are street kids. The daily dose of glue sniffing represents their only escape from reality. Since they left Dib and his gang, they have been living on the portside of Casablanca. They live in constant fear of Dib's ...
Style: captivating, rough, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: street kid, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, survival, friendship, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, danger, youth, gang, vengeance, homeless ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Powers That Be (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A wealthy Los Angeles teen and her superficial friends wants to break out of suburbia and experience Southern California's "gangsta" lifestyle. But problems arise when the preppies get in over their heads and provoke the wrath of a ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: youth, juvenile delinquency, crimes, high school life, sex with a stranger, teenager, teenage life, gang, drug dealing, gangsters, innocence lost, strong sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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