Movies like Hard Times

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Hard Times (1975)
 7.2
 11K
Hard Times (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In the depression, Chaney, a strong silent streetfighter, joins with Speed, a promoter of no-holds-barred street boxing bouts. They go to New Orleans where Speed borrows money to set up fights for Chaney, but Speed gambles away any winnings.
Style: realistic, tense, harsh, serious, neo noir, atmospheric, captivating, enigmatic, depressing, bleak ...
Plot: boxing, streetfighting, street fighter, illegal fistfight, great depression, martial arts, ambition, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, tough heroes, sport, mafia, fistfight, gangsters, violence, survival, revenge, fight, world war one, relationships, loneliness, cat, friendship, depression, gunfight ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s, 30s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, ireland, los angeles

Most similar movies to Hard Times

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, intense and dramatic films with plots about dialogue, mentor, redemption, runaway, brutality, life philosophy and storytelling mostly in Drama, Crime and Sport genres. Some movies like Hard Times: Blood and Bone (2009), Crossing the Line (1990), Lionheart (1990), Fat City (1972), Undisputed (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.7
 34K
Blood and Bone (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, an ex-con (White) takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.
Style: inspirational, harsh, brutal, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, prison fight, streetfighting, tournament, prison, kickboxing, kung fu, revenge, vengeance, crimes, gangsters, drifter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Crossing the Line (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An unemployed Scottish miner (Liam Neeson) is forced into bare-knuckle boxing to make ends meet.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: contests and competitions, life is a bitch, gambling, rivalry, athlete's life, lifestyle, unemployment, working class, down on your luck, boxing, mixed martial arts, illegal fistfight ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: scotland, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Sequel to the 2002 film. This time, Heavyweight Champ George "Iceman" Chambers (White) is sent to a Russian jail on trumped-up drug charges. In order to win his freedom he must fight against the jailhouse fighting champ Uri Boyka (Adkins) ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: boxing, martial arts, prison, kickboxing, tournament, sport, prison life, challenge, contests and competitions, jail, prison escape, convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, new jersey, california, usa, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 37K
Lionheart (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: martial arts, on the run, heroes, drug dealer, bet, ambition, rivalry, fight, opponent, contests and competitions, family relations, soldier ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, africa, las vegas, usa, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 9K
Fat City (1972)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, neo noir, serious, captivating ...
Plot: boxing, friendship, alcohol abuse, sport, boxer, comeback, boxing match, athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, unfulfillment, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, northern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.1
 33K
Undisputed (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Monroe Hutchens is the heavyweight champion of Sweetwater, a maximum security prison. He was convicted to a life sentence due to a passionate crime. Iceman Chambers is the heavyweight champion, who lost his title due to a rape conviction to ten ...
Style: suspense, intense, talky, stylized, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, boxing, gangsters, fight, sport, violence, hip hop, life sentence, martial arts, mafia, gang, convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, california, new jersey, usa, mojave desert ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Mountain Rivera is at the end of his boxing career after a knockout by Cassius Clay in the seventh round. His left eye is one punch from permanent trauma, his ears turned to cauliflower, his speech slurred from "being hit a million times," ...
Style: gloomy, bleak, atmospheric, enigmatic, thought provoking ...
Plot: boxing, sport, aging, second chance, social worker, bet, islam, tragedy, mentor, unlikely friendships, transformation, honest ...
Time: future, 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 8K
Diggstown (1992)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a boxer that will knock out 10 Diggstown men, in a boxing ...
Style: humorous, witty, sexy, affectionate, visually appealing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, sport, martial arts, twists and turns, apocalypse, lone hero, catastrophe, love story, male nudity, sexualized violence, transformation, gambling ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, georgia, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 6.6
 9K
The Funeral (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story concerns the funeral of one of three brothers in a family of gangsters that lived in New York in 1930s. Details of the past of the brothers and their families are shown through a series of flashbacks.
Style: neo noir, light, talky, allegory, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: crimes, organized crime, mafia, vengeance, murder, labor union, flashback, corpse, great depression, strike, revenge, culture clash ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.5
 10K
Gladiator (1992)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story of two teenagers trapped in the world of illegal underground boxing. One is fighting to save his fathers life and using the money pay off gambling debts accumulated by his father. The second is fighting for the money to get out of the ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, harsh, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: boxing, sport, friendship, ambition, underdog, rivalry, hopes, contests and competitions, urban ghetto life, against the odds, human spirit, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, british columbia, cuba, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 110K
Mean Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, neo noir, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, crimes, friendship, urban ghetto life, character study, life philosophy, friends, street gang, exotic dancer, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a New York pro baseball team and two of its players. Henry Wiggen is the star pitcher and Bruce Pearson is the normal, everyday catcher who is far from the star player on the team and friend to all of his teammates. During the ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, inspirational, melancholic ...
Plot: baseball, sport, friendship, character study, adaptation, mentor, athlete's life, ambition, human spirit, terminal illness, sport team, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, minnesota, new york yankees, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.7
 9K
Big Fan (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking-garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described "world's biggest New York Giants fan". One night, Paul and his best friend Sal spot Giants star linebacker Quantrell Bishop at a gas ...
Style: talky, disturbing, bleak, witty, psychological ...
Plot: sport, character study, obsession, football, loser, american football, obsessed fan, eccentricity, loneliness, life is a bitch, nothing goes right, hospital ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.0
 82K
The Hustler (1961)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Fast Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary Minnesota Fats to a high-stakes match.
Style: thought provoking, atmospheric, psychological, cynical, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, billiards, sport, hustler, suicide, cons and scams, success, championship, rivalry, ambition, lifestyle, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, california, minnesota, san francisco, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.1
 575K
Rocky (1976)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with ...
Style: inspirational, uplifting, touching, motivational, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, fight, underdog, self esteem, sport, training, boxer, character study, violence, world champion, contests and competitions, tough guy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.3
 12K
Hoodlum (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In 1934, the second most lucrative business in New York City was running "the numbers". When, Madam Queen, the powerful woman who runs the scam in Harlem, is arrested. Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson takes over the business and must ...
Style: stylized, dramatic, splatter, factual, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, crimes, violence, betrayal, death, corruption, gunfight, violent, adaptation, revenge ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, harlem, california, usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: depressing, atmospheric, disturbing, emotional, intense ...
Plot: great depression, depression, dancing, culture clash, social decay, ambition, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, contest, competition, down on your luck, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa, california, new york, chicago illinois, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.9
 9K
Mobsters (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a group of friends in turn of the century New York, from their early days as street hoods to their rise in the world of organized crime...
Style: intense, suspense, talky, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, organized crime, mafia, friendship, betrayal, vengeance, greed, murder, criminal heroes, tough heroes, dishonesty ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
Place: new york, las vegas, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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The Onion Field (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy ...
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Plot: crimes, courtroom drama, police investigation, murder, death sentence, moral ambiguity, morality, manipulation, brutality, courtroom, haunted by the past, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.4
 270
Men with Guns (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Three losers, Eddie, Lucas and Mamet, are sent to collect some debt at a remote farm. But the thugs there are too hard for them, and they are humiliated. They return for revenge, it gets out of hand, ends with a bloodbath and they are left with a ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, dramatic, unusual plot structure, visually appealing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, vengeance, nudity (full frontal - brief), violence, twists and turns, art, distopia, insanity, life & death, melancholy, revenge, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.1
 6K
The Gambler (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: New York City English professor Axel Freed outwardly seems like an upstanding citizen. But privately Freed is in the clutches of a severe gambling addiction that threatens to destroy him.
Style: suspense, clever, intense, tense, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, crimes, gangsters, college, character study, debt, gambling debt, bookies, gambling addiction, hopes, poker, gambling ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, california, usa, las vegas, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.1
 18K
Brubaker (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Style: realistic, suspense, factual, harsh, serious ...
Plot: prison, corruption, abuse of power, fighting the system, prison warden, undercover, brutality, abuse, justice, liberal, politics, social change ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s
Place: california, louisiana, new jersey, arkansas, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Johnny Handsome (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A career criminal who has been deformed since birth is given a new face by a kindly doctor and paroled from prison. It appears that he has gone straight, but he is really planning his revenge on the man who killed his mentor and sent him to prison.
Style: intense, suspense, harsh, serious, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, murder, plastic surgery, vengeance, crimes, betrayal, gangsters, robbery, rehabilitation, revenge, operation, heist ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, usa, new jersey, texas, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 6.6
 14K
Animal Factory (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, friendship, drugs, crimes, gang, prison escape, adaptation, redemption, survival, depression, human nature, prison rape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, new jersey, pennsylvania, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.2
 21K
Eight Men Out (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 is the saddest team to ever win a pennent. The team is bitter at their penny pincher owner, Charles Comiskey, and at their own teammates. Gamblers take advantage of this opportunity to offer some players $ to ...
Style: realistic, factual, atmospheric, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: baseball, sport, friendship, major league, gambling, scandal, historical figure, ambition, contests and competitions, society, sport team, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1920s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, california, boston, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.8
 49K
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: rough, harsh, touching, captivating, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: father son relationship, child abuse, alcoholic, coming of age, friendship, small town, ex convict, hopes, teenager, loneliness, character study, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, new jersey, california, usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.9
 16K
At Close Range (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970's. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... ...
Style: disturbing, neo noir, realistic, bleak, tense ...
Plot: rape, gangsters, crimes, father son relationship, small town, gang, murder, violence, serial killer, police investigation, organized crime, sociopath ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: pennsylvania, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.7
 9K
Mr. Majestyk (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Watermelon farmer Vince Majestyk (Charles Bronson) goes after the Mob, when they try to strong arm him to use their melon picking crew.
Style: neo noir, suspense, talky, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, gangsters, organized crime, vengeance, vigilante, violence, bullying, violent, assassin, arms dealer, murder, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: colorado, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.3
 211K
Rocky II (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After Rocky goes the distance with champ Apollo Creed, both try to put the fight behind them and move on. Rocky settles down with Adrian but can't put his life together outside the ring, while Creed seeks a rematch to restore his reputation. ...
Style: inspirational, feel good, rough, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: boxing, fight, underdog, boxer, sport, heroes, violence, brutality, training, world champion, comeback, championship ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.7
 21K
Redbelt (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Is there room for principle in Los Angeles? Mike Terry teaches jujitsu and barely makes ends meet. His Brazilian wife, whose family promotes fights, wants to see Mike in the ring making money, but to him competition is degrading. A woman sideswipes ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, talky, suspenseful ...
Plot: betrayal, instructor, martial arts, fight, movie star, conspiracy, artists and showbiz, sport, rivalry, contests and competitions, financial problem, hollywood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%