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, realistic, stylized, serious, captivating, epic, brutal, harsh ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, crimes, journalism, urban ghetto life, social decay, street gang, photographer, gang war, society, rape, poverty, crime, life is a bitch, police corruption, criminal heroes, drugs/alcohol, latin, innocence lost, dishonesty, sexuality, journalist, robbery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 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 murder mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like City of God: New Jersey Drive (1995), Elite Squad (2007), The Outsiders (1983), Gomorrah (2008), South Central (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, criminal heroes, drug lord, gangsters, gang war, crime, drugs/alcohol, organized crime, gang of thieves, hearing, urban ghetto, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, friendship, drug lord, crime, robbery, best friends, coming of age, betrayal, slum, brazilian, street gang, father figure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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: realistic, bleak, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: brutality, gang, troubled teen, police, juvenile delinquency, crime, murder, vengeance, police investigation, urban, drug dealing, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, drug lord, law enforcement, police corruption, slum, drug traffic, crime, torture, squad, fighting crime, poverty, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 1990s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Movie in collections
 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, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, gang, friendship, book, small town, street gang, juvenile delinquent, juvenile delinquency, murder, machismo, children's home, kids in trouble ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 80s
Place: oklahoma, 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, serious, tense ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, power, gang war, criminal, camorra, crime, debt, realism, drugs/alcohol, gangsters, urban ghetto, fashion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: italy, europe, naples italy, southern italy, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ 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, serious, rough, realistic, tense
Plot: gang, drug dealing, prison, crime, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, coming of age, crimes, society, murder, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ 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, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: racism, gang, vandalism, juvenile delinquency, childhood, skinhead, youth, violence, coming of age, xenophobia, unemployment, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, woodstock, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 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, realistic, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, dysfunctional family, drug dealer, downfall, parents and children, drug dealing, society, crime, youth, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ 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, gloomy, serious, tense, rough ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, hip hop, friendship, gang, coming of age, poverty, crimes, life is a bitch, teenage life, society, favoritism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1991, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, juvenile delinquency, prostitute, drugs/alcohol, social misfits, down on your luck, urban ghetto, social decay, life is a bitch, homeless, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, sadistic, captivating, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prohibition, gangsters, friendship, organized crime, torture, murder, rape, childhood friends, regret, corruption, criminal heroes, gangster ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 1920s, 1960s, 60s ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, rough, serious ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, hip hop, friendship, crime, juvenile delinquency, social decay, coming of age, organized crime, gunfight, graduation, police brutality, murder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, serious, bleak, realistic, rough ...
Plot: gang, mexican american, artist, racism, lowrider, police shootout, drug abuse, friendship, crime, gang war, grudge, heroin ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, guatemala, ecuador ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: kidnapping, gang, crime, friendship, debt, party, swimming pool, crimes, marijuana, friends, buddies, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2003, year 2005
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, suspense, suspenseful, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, crimes, friends, rise and fall, fbi, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, violence, court, friendship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1950s ...
Place: florida, new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: revenge, drug dealing, crime, chess, drug lord, juvenile delinquency, childhood trauma, crimes, urban ghetto, youth, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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, realistic, emotional, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, redemption, criminal, baby, slum, fight, murder, police, urban ghetto life, violence, crime, bully ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
 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, drug dealing, drug abuse, gangsters, cocaine, gunfight, organized crime, criminal heroes, rise and fall, ambition, mafia, mob boss ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, brutal, harsh, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, organized crime, vengeance, betrayal, gang war, gangsters, social decay, revenge, criminal heroes, corruption, mob boss, evil man ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1840s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: gang, heist, pregnancy, crime, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto, crime gone awry, urban, going straight, down on your luck, social decay, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, uruguay
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 4K
Cyclo (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Hong Kong
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Follows a young cyclo (bicycle cab) driver on his poverty-driven descent into criminality in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City. The boy's struggles to scratch out a living for his two sisters and grandfather in the mean streets of the city lead to ...
Style: bleak, stylized, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: taxi driver, coming of age, crime, gang, pimp, poet, gangsters, downfall, innocence lost, drugs/alcohol, urban, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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: crime, gang, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto, drug dealing, going straight, kidnapping, urban, police corruption, social decay, teenage life, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
 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, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: school, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, gang, gun, bullying, pregnancy, teenage life, friendship, teenage love, social decay, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, serious, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: prostitution, kids in trouble, drug dealing, addiction, pimp, street kid, realism, drugs/alcohol, urban ghetto life, homeless, street life, urban ghetto ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: india, asia, bombay india, mumbai india
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: gang, gas station, realism, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, crime, urban ghetto, drug dealing, urban, going straight, innocence lost, friendship ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: realistic, tense, bleak, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: torture, police corruption, police, politics, corruption, drug traffic, execution, jail, police car, penitentiary, criminal, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: bleak, serious, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: drug dealing, gunshot wound, youth gang, prostitute, urban ghetto life, transsexual, crime, urban, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto, illegal prostitution, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: serious, rough, realistic, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, friends, gang, crime, juvenile delinquency, ghetto, betrayal, urban ghetto, going straight, urban, friendship, addiction ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.3
 51K
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: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: heroin, violence, interrogation, crime, trial, drug dealer, armed robbery, robbery, cocaine, gangsters, realism, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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