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: fish out of water, gang, brooklyn new york city, gang war, preacher, teenage life, gangsters, crimes, drug abuse, youth, misfit, life is a bitch, hopes, urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, society, urban ghetto, clergy, ghetto, religion, marijuana, drugs, racial slur, heroin, christian ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa

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, youth, urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto and crimes mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like The Cross and the Switchblade: Strays (1997), Gang Tapes (2001), Corrupt (1999), Saving God (2008), Sugar Hill (1993). 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: gang, redemption, drug dealer, couples, urban ghetto, family relations, bait, friends, social misfits, lifestyle, misfit, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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95%
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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: juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, tough heroes, gang, social decay, society, going straight, criminal heroes, drug dealing, crimes, crime, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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88%
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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: bleak, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, urban setting, inner city, youth, crimes, going straight, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto, urban, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978)
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: ghetto, hopes, misfit, society, opposites attract, gangsters, juvenile delinquency, orphan, kids in trouble, urban ghetto, investigation, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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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, parole, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship, religious conversion, drug abuse, addiction, juvenile delinquency, clergy, redemption, prison life, starting over ...
Time: contemporary
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76%
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: drug dealing, gang, going straight, crimes, siblings relations, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, urban ghetto, addiction, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: rough, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: arms dealing, social misfits, life is a bitch, society, gangsters, crime, crimes, deadly, criminal heroes, misfit, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: touching, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: family relations, fish out of water, society, clergy, life is a bitch, youth, religions or cults, family life, disorder, church, urban, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
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72%
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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, serious, realistic, touching, contemplative
Plot: ghetto, hip hop, lifestyle, introspection, teenage life, siblings relations, urban ghetto life, family life, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: serious, rough, realistic, tense, bleak
Plot: gang, social decay, juvenile delinquency, crimes, gangsters, racism, life is a bitch, drug dealing, dishonesty, police investigation, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: gang, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, murder, prison, crimes, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, youth, life is a bitch, crime, society ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: captivating, emotional, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, vietnam war, heroin, basketball, rising to stardom, unfulfillment, against humanity, life is a bitch, sport, going straight, ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, serious, talky, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, friendship, drug dealing, urban ghetto, teenage life, urban ghetto life, youth, gang member, revenge, poverty, latin ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: sentimental, touching, rough, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, dedicated educator, high school, lifestyle change, teenage life, idealism, gang violence, social relations, life is a bitch, racial tension, domestic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 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, serious, realistic, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, death row, prison, gang, gangsters, human spirit, hopes, crimes, lethal injection, murder, deadly, journalism ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: emotional, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: drug dealing, addiction, drug abuse, adolescence vs adulthood, innocence lost, urban, city life, destructive relationship, kids in trouble, thirtysomething life, crime, youth ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak
Plot: drug dealing, racism, coming of age, crime gone awry, family relations, urban ghetto, kids in trouble, city life, heist, courtroom drama, family life, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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, gloomy, realistic, serious, bleak
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, society, criminal's revenge, youth, crime, urban ghetto, vengeance, starting over, crimes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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: emotional, thought provoking, rough, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: urban ghetto life, childhood, friendship, street kid, loss of friend, anger, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, crimes, coming of age, violence, marijuana ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, 2000s, year 2005 ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, coney island brooklyn new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, teenage life, downfall, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, basketball, antisocial behavior, anguish, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: university, human spirit, against the odds, starting over, teenage life, street kid, lifestyle, ambition, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, homeless, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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: realistic, serious, rough
Plot: crime boss, gangsters, rise to the top, criminal heroes, blind ambition, ambition, legal, life is a bitch, law enforcement, dishonesty, crimes, rebellion ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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, psychological, captivating, tense ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, urban ghetto life, haunted by the past, crimes, teaching the ways of the world, society, adolescence vs adulthood, coming of age, drug dealing, youth, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, suspenseful, tense, suspense ...
Plot: criminal heroes, fall in love, mysterious character, dishonesty, love affair, crimes, gangsters, unlikely criminals, mind game, parents and children, crime family, rise and fall ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: rough, emotional, realistic, serious, controversial ...
Plot: journalism, murder, juvenile delinquency, uncover truth, teenage life, social decay, hopes, idealism, racism, human spirit, society, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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49%
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 648
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: rough, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: asthma, single mother, drug dealer, teenage pregnancy, life is a bitch, lifestyle, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, kids in trouble, social misfits, youth, gang ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: captivating, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: friendship, gang, lifestyle, teenage life, rich and poor, against the odds, drug abuse, crimes, society, hopes, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 425
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: serious, realistic, tense, melancholic, sexy ...
Plot: gangsters, friendship, youth, college, society, friends, kids in trouble, urban ghetto, best friends, gang, working class, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, rhode island, canada, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, gas station, friendship, urban ghetto life, dealing with death, gangsters, life is a bitch, social misfits, going straight, youth, society, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: life is a bitch, teenage life, lifestyle, homeless, friendship, urban ghetto life, youth, redemption, hopes, forceful separation, coming of age, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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