Movies like City of God

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City of God (2002)
 8.6
 617K
City of God (2002)
Original name: Cidade de Deus
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France
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, brutal, harsh ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, crimes, urban ghetto life, social decay, society, coming of age, poverty, gang war, journalism, criminal heroes, street gang, police corruption, photographer, rape, life is a bitch, organized crime, law enforcement, tragic event, friendship, crime, storytelling, sexuality, journalist ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin 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, redemption, violence and friendship mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like City of God: Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Gomorrah (2008), New Jersey Drive (1995), Alpha Dog (2006), Pixote (1981). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.2
 14K
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: realistic, bleak, tense, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: gang, friendship, drug lord, robbery, street gang, betrayal, crime, coming of age, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, crimes, social problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, rough, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, drug lord, criminal heroes, gangsters, gang war, bring down, rise to the top, drugs/alcohol, dishonor among criminals, group of criminals, robbery, gang ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: rough, atmospheric, captivating, sadistic, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prohibition, gangsters, rape, organized crime, friendship, corruption, murder, torture, childhood friends, criminal heroes, regret, gangster ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 1960s, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 43K
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, realistic, disturbing, tense, rough ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, debt, criminal, gang war, camorra, power, crime, danger, youth, society, rise and fall, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: italy, europe, naples italy, southern italy, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: serious, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, on the run, youth, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 95K
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, debt, party, crime, death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2003, year 2005
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 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, serious, rough ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prostitution, prostitute, juvenile delinquency, homeless, social misfits, street kid, social decay, society, lifestyle, urban ghetto, youth, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 67K
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, atmospheric, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, gang, friendship, small town, murder, machismo, juvenile delinquency, book, juvenile delinquent, street gang, chases and races, teenage life ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: usa, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.1
 92K
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: realistic, bleak, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, drug lord, law enforcement, police corruption, torture, slum, drug traffic, squad, crime, poverty, character change, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 1990s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, realistic, serious, rough
Plot: gang, drug dealing, prison, murder, juvenile delinquency, crime, life is a bitch, crimes, urban ghetto life, society, youth, coming of age ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 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, captivating, bleak, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: heroin, juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family, drug dealing, drug dealer, life is a bitch, parents and children, siblings relations, adolescence vs adulthood, downfall, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 109K
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, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, skinhead, gang, vandalism, childhood, juvenile delinquency, youth, coming of age, crimes, violence, marijuana, racial slur ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, northern england, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 110K
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, emotional ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, gang, african american, poverty, coming of age, friendship, hip hop, machismo, favoritism, party, football ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1984, year 1991 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, rough ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, hip hop, friendship, crime, african american, coming of age, police brutality, graduation, social decay, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, organized crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: epic, realistic, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, drug abuse, gang war, grudge, heroin, friendship, prejudice, racism, mexican american, police shootout, artist, lowrider ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, guatemala, ecuador ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 8.7
 890K
Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, crimes, friends, rise and fall, fbi, criminal heroes, friendship, shooting, life is a bitch, corruption ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1975 ...
Place: florida, new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: bleak, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, friends, drug abuse, friendship, urban ghetto life, crime, city life, crimes, life is a bitch, working undercover, criminal heroes, urban ghetto ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
 986
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: rough, serious, realistic
Plot: tough heroes, coming of age, destiny, gang, juvenile delinquency, campaign, ghetto, law enforcement, teenage life, social decay, going straight, urban ghetto ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
 6.1
 277
Squeeze (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ty, Hector, and Bao are close friends in a tough section of Boston, where they're called "the PG-13 crew." They're 14, decent kids with few skills who've bailed out of school. A small gang of older tough guys, led by Marcus ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: gas station, gang, crimes, urban ghetto life, social misfits, crime, society, innocence lost, against the odds, urban, youth, dealing with death ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
My Crazy Life (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named Ernesto, the two become bitter enemies. While their dispute ...
Style: realistic, serious, talky, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, poverty, friendship, drug dealing, urban ghetto, teenage life, urban ghetto life, youth, gang member, revenge, girl gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: realistic, suspenseful, bleak, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: heist, gang, pregnancy, life is a bitch, urban ghetto, kids in trouble, betrayal, going straight, social decay, teenage life, survival, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: argentina, latin america, uruguay, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.3
 654K
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: serious, exciting, rough, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, gunfight, drug dealing, cocaine, rise and fall, organized crime, drug abuse, gangsters, criminal heroes, mafia, mob boss, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: miami, cuba, usa, colombia, bolivia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.3
 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, emotional, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: poverty, gang, redemption, robbery, bully, slum, murder, criminal, police, fight, baby, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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, bleak, disturbing, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: prostitute, transsexual, drug dealing, youth gang, gunshot wound, urban ghetto life, going straight, nightshift, crimes, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Gangs of New York (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 167 min.
Story: It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by ...
Style: tense, suspense, stylized, brutal, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, organized crime, vengeance, betrayal, gang war, social decay, gangsters, corruption, army, revenge, criminal heroes, mob boss ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1840s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, bleak, tense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: school, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, coming of age, theft, social decay, teenage life, pregnancy, gang, teenage love, friendship, bullying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.6
 11K
Fresh (1994)
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, tense, suspenseful, touching ...
Plot: african american, chess, revenge, drug dealing, drug lord, crime, juvenile delinquency, childhood trauma, family relations, crimes, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, India, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Before Slumdog Millionaire came Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair’s Oscar-nominated drama tells the moving story of life on the streets of Bombay as seen through the eyes of Chaipu, a twelve-year-old boy living rough in the city.
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: prostitution, addiction, pimp, street kid, drug dealing, kids in trouble, homeless, family relations, urban ghetto, realism, petty criminal, ethnic ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: india, asia, bombay india, mumbai india
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A Special Jury Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival, this drama stars a then-19-year-old Matty Rich (who also wrote and directed it). Rich plays Larry, a troubled teen living in the rough Red Hook section of Brooklyn who decides he wants out ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, bleak, serious, rough
Plot: racism, drug dealing, family life, going straight, social decay, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto, kids in trouble, family relations, society, courtroom drama ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, captivating, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: torture, corruption, police corruption, politics, police, execution, drug traffic, police car, jail, penitentiary, criminal, political corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%