Movies like The Fruit Machine

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The Fruit Machine (1988)
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The Fruit Machine (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Eddie and Michael are two 16-year-old gay friends from Liverpool. Berated by his father for his camp behavior, Eddie runs away from his Liverpool home and joins Michael, a streetwise hustler, who is also on the run.
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: murder, nightclub, gay, friendship, male prostitute, runaway, youth, gays and lesbians, on the run, lgbt teen, crimes, crime, best friends, witnessing a crime, opposites attract, obsession, imaginary kingdom, teenage life, transvestism, chases and races, gender, friends, deadly, misfit, camp ...
Time: 80s
Place: liverpool, brighton, england, europe

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Most similar movies to The Fruit Machine

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about crimes, murder, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, society, youth and deadly mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres. Some movies like The Fruit Machine: A Taste of Honey (1961), 3 Steps to Heaven (1995), American Born (1990), Kicks (2009), Pals (1982). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Taste of Honey (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Focuses on a working class girl who is struggling to create a life for herself with her gay co-worker after becoming pregnant from a one-night stand with a black sailor.
Style: serious, talky, gloomy, sexual, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, single parent, friendship, working class, single mother, teenage pregnancy, gay, ship, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, youth, realism ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe
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95%
3 Steps to Heaven (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A bereaved woman adopts multiple disguises to track down the last three people to see her boyfriend before he died.
Style: suspenseful, dark humor, serious, mind bending, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, crime, investigation, murder, mystery, crimes, deadly, gays and lesbians, mentally unstable, obsessive quest, obsession, celebrity culture ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, london
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84%
American Born (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A teenager who is obsessed with gangster movies believes himself to be a real gangster after his father is murdered.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: murder, teenager, mafia, crime, gangsters, vengeance, tommy gun, crimes, rivalry, unlikely criminals, obsession, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
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82%
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Kicks (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Nicole is an introverted Liverpudlian teenager, all but deserted by her parents, with a mother distractedly working nights and a father who has settled with a new family elsewhere. She spends time hanging around the gates of Anfield and the Melwood ...
Style: clever, serious, suspenseful, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: held captive, underage drinking, tattoo, pistol, teenage girl, kidnapping, nightclub, clubbing, intrigue, obsession, underwear, rape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: liverpool, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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Pals (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The plot follows the misadventures of two young friends who are forced into street hustling and ever-expanding life of crime when one impregnates the sister of the other and they need to get the money to pay for her to have an abortion.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: friendship, juvenile delinquent, best friends, social issues, teenage life, society, youth, life is a bitch, friends, gays and lesbians, juvenile delinquency, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: madrid, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Victim (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A prominent lawyer goes after a blackmailer who threatens gay men with exposure in a time when homosexual acts were still being illegal. But he's queer himself.
Style: sincere, serious, suspenseful, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: blackmail, homosexual, gay, lawyer, controversy, investigation, crime, dedicated lawyer, realism, gays and lesbians, lgbt, courtroom drama ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Steaming (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Steaming is the final film directed by Joseph Losey. It was adapted from Nell Dunn's play by Patricia Losey and Nell Dunn. It is about three women who meet regularly in a steam room and decide to fight its closure.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, sexual, talky
Plot: best friends, friendship, friends, single parent, feminism, parents and children, singleness, gender, love and romance, couples, family relations, massage ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Mandragora (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Marek is a 15-year-old from a provincial village who runs away to Prague when he begins to fail at school. He is mugged shortly after arriving in the city and is rescued by Honza with the promise of work. Marek is taken to an apartment, drugged, and ...
Style: serious, bleak, gloomy, realistic, rough ...
Plot: prostitution, youth, gays and lesbians, prostitute, runaway, homosexuality, rich and poor, teenage life, urban, city life, teenage protagonist, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: prague, europe, czech republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Macho Dancer (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A former American soldier becomes an exotic dancer and male prostitute in Manila.
Style: sexual, serious, realistic, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, police corruption, gays and lesbians, transsexual, crime, sexual abuse, countryside, sexual relations, murder, crimes, gender, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: asia, the philippines, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Witness for the Prosecution (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Sir Wilfred Robarts, a famed barrister is released from the hospital, where he stayed for two months following his heart attack. Returning to the practise of his lawyer skills, he takes the case of Leonard Vole, an unemployed man who is accused of ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, talky, mind bending, realistic ...
Plot: murder, courtroom, legal investigation, courtroom drama, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, mystery, court, couple relations, infidelity, love triangle, false accusation ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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My Brother Tom (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage girl, Jessica, befriends a teenage boy called Tom, who is bullied by a local gang. She is abused by Jack, who is both her neighbour and school teacher, and Tom is sexually abused by his father. Together they bond in the woods, creating a ...
Style: serious, gloomy, psychological, rough, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, sexual abuse, misfit, rebellion, social misfits, in the woods, countryside, life is a bitch, friends, youth, coming of age, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Dusk (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a group of teenagers discover one of their friends lying dead on a river bank on one of the hottest days of summer, a story of jealousy, insecurity and peer pressure gradually unfolds. Group leader Caesar is able to magnify - out of all ...
Style: bleak, serious, disturbing, realistic, sincere
Plot: friendship, murder, best friends, teenage life, youth, crimes, deadly, couples, friends, lifestyle, fair, closeted gay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Driver's Seat (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A woman flies to Rome on a reckless quest, not for love but for death.
Style: surreal, suspenseful, serious, psychological, offbeat ...
Plot: murder, couple relations, crime, psychotic, fall in love, mystery, love and romance, romance, couples, amateur detective, mentally unstable, mysterious character ...
Time: 70s
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Cal (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Twenty-year-old Cal returns from France to Britain after receiving news that his mother is ill. His finds his home city of Bristol facing hard economic times brought on by the global economic crisis, with poverty and crime on the rise and rioting ...
Style: gloomy, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: gays and lesbians, gender, love affair, crimes, society, life is a bitch, pubic hair, male nudity, gay
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 404
Out of Hand (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, Germany, Italy
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Sebastian and Paul are two bored boys about 16 years of age. They drink alcohol, steal - and attend a private school. They can't find a sense of meaning in their present adolescent existence. They abduct Sonja and lock her in an old, abandoned ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic
Plot: gay, abduction, human nature, sexual relations, hostage, lgbt, supermarket, coming out, violence against women, kidnapping, missing person, factory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, madrid, philadelphia, spain, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Anatomy of a Hate Crime (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This MTV film dramatizes the horrific hate-crime killing of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard (Cy Carter) in Wyoming. In 1998, Shepard, a gay college student, was savagely beaten by Russell Henderson (Ian Somerhalder) and Aaron McKinney (Brendan ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: murder, youth, gays and lesbians, crime, college, social decay, crimes, deadly, society, gender, coming out, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: wyoming, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Nightmare in Columbia County (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The recounting of a terrible crime that wracked a family and galvanized police in South Carolina in the 1980's. Southern beauty pageant winner Dawn Smith is targeted by a sadistic stalker whose obsession with her leads him to kidnap her younger ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, mind bending ...
Plot: kidnapping, murder, beauty pageant, crimes, small town, danger, crime, deadly, law enforcement, serial killer, contests and competitions, stalking ...
Time: 80s
Place: south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Hussy (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Beaty, a prostitute, and Emory, a lighting/sound technician, fall in love while working at the same London cabaret, but their relationship isn't easy.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, sexual
Plot: prostitute, going straight, drug abuse, nightclub, neo noir, crimes, love and romance, crime, gangsters, countryside, immigrants, single parent ...
Time: 70s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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The Selfish Giant (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A hyperactive boy and his best friend, a slow-witted youth with an affinity for horses, start collecting scrap metal for a shady dealer.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, tense, bleak ...
Plot: horse, friendship, domestic violence, theft, buddies, kids in trouble, youth, friends, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, uninhibited rivalry, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Made during Bergman's tax-related exile in Germany, the film continues the story of Katarina and Peter Egermann, the feuding, childless, professional couple who appear in one episode of "Scenes From A Marriage." After Peter ...
Style: serious, bleak, disturbing, realistic, psychological
Plot: dream, death, murder, crumbling marriage, investigation, gay, lgbt, crime, obsession, couple relations, infidelity, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, germany, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Querelle (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Here is the story of a beautiful, proud and tough loner, a sailor named Querelle, whose commanding officer Seblon worships and desires him from afar. Querelle turns on his drugs-smuggling partner and murders him. He then goes to a notorious brothel ...
Style: sexual, stylized, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: homosexuality, betrayal, murder, gays and lesbians, sexual relations, dishonesty, village, gang, gangsters, drug dealing, couple relations, village life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Nighthawks (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A gay man is forced to hide his sexuality by day while living his secret life by night. A respectable geography teacher by day; by night, hanging out in London's gay bars, looking for a long-term relationship, but usually encountering only ...
Style: serious, sexual, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: disco, gay, coming out, school, gays and lesbians, self discovery, lgbt, school teacher, gender, love and romance, society, youth ...
Time: 70s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
To Play or To Die (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 48 min.
Story: In this short motion picture, schoolboy Kees is intelligent, introvert and sensitive, but gets ridiculed verbally and physically at an all-boys school by mindlessly cocky class mates and even insensitive teachers, especially in gym, where his ...
Style: psychological, sexual, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: teens
Plot: school, high school, youth, gays and lesbians, lgbt, high school life, teenage life, when the parents are away, gender, misfit, power relations, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Moon in the Gutter (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A dockworker seeking revenge on the killer of his sister finds himself the object of desire for two women.
Style: serious, suspenseful, mind bending, realistic, french noir ...
Plot: murder, rape, crime, crimes, mystery, deadly, investigation, vengeance, obsession, alcohol abuse, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: marseille
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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A Better Place (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A high school outcast new to town becomes friends with a violent loner still haunted by the death of his parents.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: misfit, teenage life, kids in trouble, high school, crimes, society, youth, friends, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, friendship, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Woyzeck (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Having fathered an illegitimate child with his lover, Marie, feckless soldier Franz Woyzeck takes odd jobs around his small town to provide some extra money for them. One of them is volunteering for experiments conducted by a local doctor, who puts ...
Style: bleak, serious, disturbing, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, military, soldier, obsession, childhood trauma, youth, child hero, becoming an adult, child, unlikely criminals, infidelity, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Sus (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Election Night 1979: Margaret Thatcher is about to come into power. A young black man is held on suspicion of murdering his pregnant wife. Officers Karn and Wilby, racist to the core and high on the prospect of a Conservative Party victory, try to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, murder, protagonist as suspect, injustice, crimes, law enforcement, society, social decay, police investigation, life is a bitch, pregnancy, interrogation room ...
Time: 70s, year 1979
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Bad Night (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Mala Noche is the film debut from director Gus van Sant. The film portrays the unanswered love of an American man toward a young Mexican man.
Style: sexual, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: store, gay, hustler, gay sex, gays and lesbians, obsession, opposites attract, coming out, fall in love, rebellious youth, hunger, immigration ...
Time: 80s
Place: mcdonald's restaurant, portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Chatroom (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When strangers Jim, Eva, Emily and Mo meet William online in his new 'Chelsea Teens!' chatroom, they're completely seduced by his fast-talking, charismatic character. But beneath the surface lies a much darker truth. William is a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, stylized, realistic, tense
Audience: teens
Plot: computers and web, youth, manipulations, mind game, teenage life, friends, rivalry, buddies, friendship, deadly, lifestyle, chases and races ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
A Killing in a Small Town (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The gory ax-murder of one mousy, suburban Texas housewife by another is nearly as shocking as the excuse offered by the bespectacled defendant's attorney: self-defense. Could it be so?
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: murder, self defense, protagonist as suspect, crime, betrayal, school, investigation, legal investigation, small town, manipulations, uncover truth, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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