Movies like The Cross and the Switchblade

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The Cross and the Switchblade (1970)
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The Cross and the Switchblade (1970)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A film adaptation of a book written in 1963. It tells the true story of Wilkerson's first five years in New York City, where he ministered to disillusioned youth, encouraging them to turn away from the drugs and gang violence they were involved with.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, emotional, realistic, christian film
Plot: christian, fish out of water, family, faith, juvenile delinquent, missionary, gang war, preacher, gang, gangsters, youth, crimes, misfit, life is a bitch, teenage life, society, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, hopes, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, clergy, drugs, ghetto, religion ...
Time: 60s
Place: brooklyn new york city, new york, usa

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Most similar movies to The Cross and the Switchblade

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and bleak films with plots about life is a bitch, society, urban, urban ghetto life, youth, juvenile delinquency and urban ghetto mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like The Cross and the Switchblade: Strays (1997), Gang Tapes (2001), Victor (2015), Corrupt (1999), Saving God (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Strays (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Rick (Diesel) is frustrated by the repetitious grind of one-night stands and aimless hustling. Whilst looking for more to his life he meets Heather (Lanza), a neighbour. Rick takes the opportunity to escape his boring life style with her, but soon ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense
Plot: drug dealer, gang, redemption, love and romance, opposites attract, buddies, social misfits, society, juvenile delinquency, misfit, life is a bitch, going straight ...
Time: future, 90s
Place: new york, usa
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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, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, crimes, kids in trouble, teenage life, criminal heroes, youth, going straight, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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Victor (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The inspiring true story of Víctor Torres - a migrant teen from Puerto Rico forced to survive the dark streets of Brooklyn in 1962. Enslaved by the power of gangs and the addictions of the neighborhood, he must now find freedom before he destroys ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, captivating, suspense, christian film
Plot: faith, immigrants, drug addiction, heroin addict, christian, criminal underworld, drugs, life is a bitch, bandit, teenage life, teenager, gang ...
Time: 60s
Place: brooklyn new york city
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84%
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Corrupt (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 69 min.
Story: After decades of terror, two deadly street gangs reach a delicate truce and young MJ (Silkk the Shocker) sees a way out of the hood once and for all. Only Corrupt (Ice-T) stands in MJ's way, resulting into a violent and brutal roller coaster ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, hip hop culture, urban setting, urban ghetto, crimes, drug dealing, youth, criminal heroes, society, juvenile delinquency, social misfits ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
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83%
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Saving God (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Ex Con Armstrong Cane (Ving Rhames) returns to home a changed man looking to take over his father's old church and congregation. The neighborhood though is full of drugs and gangs. Those who are able are leaving for more prosperous areas and ...
Style: christian film, realistic, serious, tense, touching
Plot: church, christian, mother daughter relationship, parole, religious conversion, clergy, juvenile delinquency, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, starting over, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
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80%
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Adulthood (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After serving six years for killing his schoolmate, a young man learns that someone is out for revenge.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, crimes, vengeance, society, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, youth, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch, drug use, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
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79%
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Sugar Hill (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, the Mafia steps in when a drug dealer quits his partner brother to lead a straight life with his girlfriend.
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: crimes, urban ghetto, gangsters, drug dealing, going straight, gang, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, siblings relations, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, manhattan new york city
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76%
Laws of Gravity (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Jimmy and Jon are a couple of Brooklyn guys who somehow never found their way into workaday society; they never found their way into big-time crime, either.
Style: neo noir, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, down on your luck, murder, city life, chaos and mayhem, heist, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, low lives, arms dealing, society, social misfits ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
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73%
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Red Hook Summer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When his mom deposits him at the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn to spend the summer with the grandfather he’s never met, young Flik may as well have landed on Mars. Fresh from his cushy life in Atlanta, he’s bored and friendless, and his ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, captivating, tense ...
Plot: family relations, fish out of water, religions or cults, life is a bitch, society, clergy, youth, family life, disorder, church, hip hop culture, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york
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72%
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, realistic, tense, rough
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, gangsters, drug dealing, ghetto, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, society, youth, juvenile delinquency, crimes, coming of age ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
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70%
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Anne B. Real (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: ANNE B. REAL is the coming of age story of a young female rapper, who finds her inspiration by reading the Diary of Anne Frank.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching, contemplative
Plot: hip hop, lifestyle, introspection, teenage life, urban ghetto, youth, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, siblings relations, urban ghetto life, family life, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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70%
Sucker Free City (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The film follows three young men as they are drawn into lives of crime. Nick (Crowley) uses his entry-level corporate job to commit credit card fraud and deals drugs on the side. K-Luv (Mackie) is a member of the "V-Dubs", an ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, bleak, tense
Plot: gangsters, urban ghetto life, gang, racism, life is a bitch, crimes, social decay, juvenile delinquency, police investigation, dysfunctional family, city life, interracial relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco
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69%
Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A dramatization of the life of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (Don Cheadle), with a lot of factual based occurrences. A reformed junkie returns from prison to clean up his act and devote the rest of his life to the young kids of Harlem. 1996 ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, emotional, sincere
Plot: basketball, drug abuse, sport, addiction, heroin, vietnam war, going straight, youth, life is a bitch, contests and competitions, hopes, society ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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66%
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Gotti (1996)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: John Gotti, the head of a small New York mafia crew breaks a few of the old family rules. He rises to become the head of the Gambino family and the most well-known mafia boss in America. Life is good, but suspicion creeps in, and greed, ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough
Plot: gangsters, crime boss, mafia, italian mafia, organized crime, entrepreneur, vengeance, city life, testimony, law enforcement, rise to the top, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
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66%
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence ...
Style: emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: prison, gang, gangsters, redemption, death row, violence, brutality, adaptation, justice, hopes, human spirit, crimes ...
Time: future, 80s, contemporary, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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66%
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, talky, serious, bleak, poignant ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, coming of age, friendship, juvenile delinquency, teenager, unlikely friendships, poverty, urban ghetto, drug dealing, gang member, youth, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, tokyo, new jersey, california, usa
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65%
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.
Style: sincere, touching, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, teen drama
Plot: homeless, homeless teenager, life is a bitch, aids, against the odds, human spirit, starting over, university, kids in trouble, street kid, teenage life, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
Style: emotional, disturbing, realistic, rough, bleak ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, life is a bitch, teenage life, basketball, drug overdose, adolescence, anguish, antisocial behavior, self destructing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, california, new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city
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60%
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Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A "straight" couple dabbles in drugs and become heroin addicts.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, rough
Plot: drug addiction, hustler, female nudity, drug dealing, crimes, life is a bitch, misfit, rehabilitation, hopes, juvenile delinquency, society, going straight ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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57%
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio, ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, harsh, rough, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: coming of age, childhood, urban ghetto life, friendship, gangsters, street kid, violence, loss of friend, foul language, depression, anger, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2005, 2000s, year 1986 ...
Place: new york, los angeles, california, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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57%
A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Faced with the harsh reality of growing up in the ghetto, 13-year old Benjie (Larry B. Scott) turns to heroin to escape. After Benjie hits rock bottom, his mother (Cicely Tyson) and her boyfriend (Paul Winfield) must sacrifice to help him overcome ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: hopes, ghetto, drug addiction, exploitation, coming of age, family, hardship, sacrifice, life is a bitch, opposites attract, youth, investigation ...
Time: 70s
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56%
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Five Star (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, haunted by the past, crimes, urban ghetto life, coming of age, society, teaching the ways of the world, adolescence vs adulthood, gangsters, graphic violence, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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54%
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Wisegal (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A drama centered around Patty Montanari, the widowed mother of two who went to work for her lover Frank Russo, a captain in a Brooklyn crime family.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: gangsters, fall in love, criminal heroes, mysterious character, dishonesty, crime family, parents and children, love affair, unlikely criminals, mind game, crimes, lifetime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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51%
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Our America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The true story of two African-American teen radio reporters and their documentary investigation of a notorious child murder.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: journalism, murder, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, uncover truth, social decay, life is a bitch, hopes, society, lifestyle, youth, racism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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49%
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On the Outs (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Follows the choices made by three young women - one a drug dealer, one an addict, one a pregnant teen - in Jersey City.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, rough, realistic ...
Plot: asthma, teenage pregnancy, drug dealer, single mother, kids in trouble, teenage life, lifestyle, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, addiction, gang, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa
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49%
Generation Now (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A multi-cultural celebration of young people triumphing in the face of adversity, societal pressures and difficult familial situations.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, touching, gloomy
Plot: gang, friendship, lifestyle, teenage life, crimes, life is a bitch, youth, hopes, society, family relations, against the odds, drug abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2006
Place: usa, san francisco, california
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47%
Freedom Writers (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
Style: inspirational, sentimental, rough, touching, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teacher, dedicated educator, teachers and students, high school, idealism, lifestyle change, teenage life, holocaust, racism, school, survival, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1999, year 2006, year 1992 ...
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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47%
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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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: gang, gangsters, gas station, friendship, social decay, urban ghetto life, teenage life, against the odds, innocence lost, city life, coming of age, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: massachusetts, boston
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46%
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Federal Hill (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In Providence's Italian neighborhood, Federal Hill, five young are immersed in drugs, crime and violence. Everything changes when one of the guys in the band know love.
Style: sexy, reflective, bleak, visually appealing, rough ...
Plot: gangsters, crimes, college, drugs, revenge, wine, addiction, culture clash, brothers, writers, runaway, brutality ...
Time: 90s
Place: rhode island, usa, new jersey, canada
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46%
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sad
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, youth, homeless, life is a bitch, lifestyle, teenage life, friendship, working class, hopes, forceful separation, urban ghetto life, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brooklyn new york city, usa, new york
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46%