Movies like A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
 7.0
 24K
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, Giuseppe, Nerf and Mike.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, rough, thought provoking, based on memoir, adaptation directed by original author, melancholic, reflective, intense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: childhood, coming of age, friendship, juvenile delinquency, homecoming, loss of friend, anger, marijuana, african american, racial slur, drugs/alcohol, retrospective, urban ghetto, crimes, hopes, youth, family relations, friends, buddies, parents and children, teenage life, urban ghetto life, estrangement, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1986, 2000s, year 2005
Place: new york, usa, california, los angeles

Most similar movies to A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, harsh and talky films with plots about redemption, storytelling, brutality, mentor, crimes, runaway and friendship mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints: Less Than Zero (1987), Joe the King (1999), River's Edge (1986), Hurricane Streets (1997), Menace II Society (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.4
 17K
Less Than Zero (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A college freshman returns to Los Angeles for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.
Style: stylized, serious, gloomy, realistic, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, drug addiction, friendship, cocaine, hedonism, decadence, college, coming of age, addiction, prostitute, downfall, self discovery ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.7
 2K
Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, rough, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, abusive father, theft, money, debt, classroom, juvenile delinquency, working class, corporal punishment, spanking, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 7.1
 14K
River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, police, sex, crime, strangulation, rock, strong sexual content, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Hurricane Streets (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four close buddies who have a basement clubhouse; they ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, theft, smuggling, prison, friendship, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, urban ghetto, down on your luck, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new mexico, new york, alaska, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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 ⇓
68%
 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 ⇓
66%
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 ⇓
62%
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 ⇓
59%
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 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 ⇓
30%
 6.9
 14K
Grand Canyon (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Grand Canyon revolved around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles. At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship of two men from different races and classes brought together when one finds ...
Style: clever, realistic, talky, serious, touching ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, grand canyon, arrest, kindness, earthquake, adultery, racism, coming of age, society, introspection, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 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 ⇓
53%
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: bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, poverty, girl gang, friendship, urban, drug dealing, gang member, mexican american, crime, urban ghetto, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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 ⇓
50%
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, rough, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, heroin, downfall, life is a bitch, teenage life, basketball, friends, drugs/alcohol, diary, innocence lost, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.3
 212K
Lawless (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Style: atmospheric, serious, stylized, bleak, rough ...
Plot: smuggling, crimes, gangsters, prohibition, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry, rebellion, crime, sheriff, brother, violence, siblings relations ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1940, 1940s
Place: virginia, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia, Ecuador, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.
Style: tense, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Plot: drug dealing, airplane, illegal immigration, immigrants, juvenile delinquency, realism, drugs/alcohol, friendship, adolescence, drug traffic, cocaine, self esteem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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 ⇓
48%
The Powers That Be (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A wealthy Los Angeles teen and her superficial friends wants to break out of suburbia and experience Southern California's "gangsta" lifestyle. But problems arise when the preppies get in over their heads and provoke the wrath of a ...
Style: psychological, tense, serious, sexual, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: crimes, youth, teenager, juvenile delinquency, gang, hip hop, teenage life, society, promiscuity, cocaine, realism, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 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 ⇓
46%
Brooklyn Rules (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Brooklyn, 1985. With the mob world as a backdrop, three life-long friends struggle with questions of love, loss and loyalty.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, touching
Plot: friendship, buddies, urban, coming of age, crimes, partners, friends, gangsters, love affair, fall in love, love and romance, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.9
 42K
Joe (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The rough-hewn boss of a lumber crew courts trouble when he steps in to protect the youngest member of his team from an abusive father.
Style: touching, captivating, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Plot: redemption, child abuse, alcoholic, murder, teenager, pedophilia, snake, prostitute, rain, bridge, brothel, bar ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa, texas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
That Was Then... This Is Now (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A delinquent teenager's only link to society is the attachment he feels towards an older brother-figure. When the older boy starts spending time with a new girlfriend, the teenager begins to feel even more alienated, and gets involved with ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, juvenile delinquent, coming of age, youth, buddies, parents and children, teenage life, crimes, love and romance, partners, family relations, friends ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.8
 115K
A Bronx Tale (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Set in the Bronx during the tumultuous 1960s, an adolescent boy is torn between his honest, working-class father and a violent yet charismatic crime boss. Complicating matters is the youngster's growing attraction - forbidden in his ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, serious, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, loyalty, coming of age, friendship, bus driver, gambling, funeral, crime, first love, generation gap, mob boss, african american ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1960, year 1968
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new york state, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Movie in collections
Ash Wednesday (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ash Wednesday is set in the Manhattan of the early 1980's and is about a pair of Irish-American brothers who become embroiled in a conflict with the Irish Mob.
Style: rough, talky, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: hitman, betrayal, priest, church, vendetta, bar, drink, gun, gangsters, murder, crime, love triangle ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Little Odessa (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The film follows the personal relationship between a father and his two sons, one of whom is a hit-man for the Russian mafia in Brooklyn.
Style: gloomy, twists and turns, serious, bleak, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, hitman, russian mafia, crime, infidelity, gangsters, parents and children, immigrants, brother, crimes, family problems, gang ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.4
 6K
Levity (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Manuel Jordan is a man who is free after serving 23 years for killing a teenager during an attempted robbery. After nearly two decades of staring at his victim's face on a newspaper clipping in his cell, the paroled man attempts to find ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, sin, prison, murder, gang, robbery, revenge, criminal, police, singer, party, vandalism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.4
 161K
The Judge (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: judge, small town, lawyer, parent child relationship, hotshot lawyer, homecoming, legal, crimes, uncover truth, manslaughter, trial, father son estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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 ⇓
39%
 8.6
 617K
City of God (2002)
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 ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, crimes, journalism, urban ghetto life, social decay, street gang, photographer, gang war, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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 ⇓
39%