Movies like Hard Times

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Hard Times (1975)
 7.3
 10K
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, serious, harsh, tense, captivating, atmospheric, exciting, rough, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Plot: streetfighting, street fighter, illegal fistfight, boxing, great depression, contests and competitions, ambition, life is a bitch, tough heroes, mafia, hand to hand combat, beating, fistfight, gambling, martial arts, fight, fist fighting, dishonesty, loan, prizefight, neo-noir, violence, gangsters, boxer, heroes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, los angeles, ireland

Most similar movies to Hard Times

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and intense films with plots about mentor, brutality, violence, dialogue, life philosophy, gangsters and runaway mostly in Drama, Crime and Sport genres. Some movies like Hard Times: Undisputed III: Redemption (2010), Undisputed (2002), Blood and Bone (2009), Crossing the Line (1990), Fat City (1972). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Undisputed III: Redemption (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Russian inmate Boyka, now severely hobbled by the knee injury suffered at the end of Undisputed 2. No longer the feared prison fighter he was, he has declined so far that he is now good only for cleaning toilets. But when a new prison fight ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison fight, fist fighting, prison life, prison, hand to hand combat, contests and competitions, confined, tournament, boxing, kickboxing, martial arts, convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 31K
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: exciting, tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, fight, life sentence, gangsters, murder, heroes, boxing, racial slur, convict, prisoner, solitary, prison life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas, mojave desert, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 6.7
 32K
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: exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison fight, tournament, fist fighting, drifter, streetfighting, fistfight, fighting movie, martial arts, gangsters, fight, heroes, profanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: contests and competitions, life is a bitch, lifestyle, rivalry, athlete's life, unemployment, down on your luck, working class, gambling, gangsters, organized crime, illegal fistfight ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: scotland, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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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: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: boxing, tournament, martial arts, prison life, challenge, contests and competitions, convict, fist fighting, jail, heroes, fistfight, prison ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, usa, new jersey, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 7.3
 8K
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: atmospheric, realistic, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, boxing, comeback, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, sport, introspection, unfulfillment, boxing match, boxer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, northern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.6
 33K
Fighting (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When ...
Style: realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, street fighter, fight, fighting movie, athlete and trainer, rivalry, kickboxer, streetfighting, urban ghetto, martial artist, urban ghetto life, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, alabama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 234K
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: harsh, stylized, atmospheric, serious, rough ...
Plot: gangsters, smuggling, crimes, mafia, gang, fist fighting, greed, rivalry, rebellion, ambitious, uninhibited rivalry, bootlegging ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1940, 1940s
Place: virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Four fighters different backgrounds come together to train under an ex MMA rising star and then ultimately have to fight each other and the traitor in heir midst.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts training, kickboxer, athlete and trainer, martial arts tournament, martial arts, fistfight, hand to hand combat, undisciplined, boxing, ambition, sport, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 4.8
 714
Ring of Fire (1991)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The main character, Johnny Woo, is a Chinese doctor who has given up fighting in the ring. His brother is a teacher in a kick-boxing club. Johnny Woo fall in love with Julie, whose brother is a teacher in a rival kick-boxing club. Tension builds ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, heroes, gang war, illegal fistfight, kickboxing, street gang, streetfighting, tough heroes, graphic violence, unfulfilled love, tragic love ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.3
 11K
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, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, murder, bandit, crimes, crime, psychopath, rich and poor, interracial relations, gambling, graphic violence, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.2
 34K
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, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: martial arts, on the run, heroes, bet, drug dealer, ambition, rivalry, revenge, opponent, contests and competitions, family relations, tough heroes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north africa, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.6
 8K
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: realistic, serious, captivating, cynical, tense ...
Plot: murder, labor union, mafia, family relations, insanity, great depression, strike, bedroom, corpse, crime, crimes, vengeance ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.2
 104K
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, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, mafia, redemption, racial slur, crime, crimes, friends, urban ghetto life, organized crime, criminal heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Valachi Papers (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When Joe Valachi (Charles Bronson) has a price put on his head by Don Vito Genovese (Lino Ventura), he must take desperate steps to protect himself while in prison. An unsuccessful attempt to slit his throat puts him over the edge to break the ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: italian mafia, prison, gangsters, hitman, murder, anti hero, unfulfillment, ambition, rise and fall, legal, state affairs, special agents ...
Time: 1950s, 1940s, 50s, 60s, 1930s ...
Place: europe, italy, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
 180K
Rocky III (1982)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is living in luxury and only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring, until Clubber Lang challenges him to a bout. After taking a pounding from Lang, the humbled champ turns to former bitter ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, inspirational, suspense, feel good ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: boxing, underdog, boxer, comeback, fame, training, coach, sport, revenge, opponent, tough heroes, athlete's life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, los angeles, pennsylvania, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.1
 537K
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: uplifting, inspirational, touching, captivating, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: underdog, boxing, self esteem, training, tough guy, fight, contests and competitions, ambition, life is a bitch, life changing experience, rivalry, follow your dream ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, emotional, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: dancing, great depression, ambition, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, social decay, down on your luck, reward, crimes, depression, suicidal, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, chicago illinois, pacific ocean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 7.2
 5K
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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, suspense, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, addiction, debt, bookies, gambling debt, casino, crimes, crime, hopes, gangsters, loan, betting ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, harvard university, las vegas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.0
 15K
Death Wish II (1982)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Paul Kersey is again a vigilante trying to find five punks who murdered his housekeeper and daughter in Los Angeles.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, rape, vigilante, murder, hospital, one man army, one against many, surveillance, anti hero, anti heroes, police, rape and revenge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.3
 198K
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: feel good, captivating, sincere, rough, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: boxing, underdog, heroes, tough heroes, comeback, championship, training, boxer, sport, opponent, human spirit, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.5
 9K
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, rough, realistic, harsh, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: boxing, friendship, sport, ambition, human spirit, against the odds, urban ghetto life, rivalry, contests and competitions, hopes, underdog, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, cuba, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 257K
Creed (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Style: realistic, feel good, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, underdog, fighting movie, boxer, athlete and trainer, mentor, legacy, coach, sport, ambition, rivalry, fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1998, 2010s, 90s ...
Place: usa, los angeles, united kingdom, england, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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: bleak, gloomy, atmospheric, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: bet, boxing, wrestling, social worker, drunkenness, second chance, aging, athlete's life, rivalry, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, future
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.
Style: tense, realistic, clever, serious, stylized ...
Audience: kids
Plot: gambling, poker, card playing, gangsters, friendship, dishonesty, ambition, buddies, partners, dealer, cards, friends ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa, mississippi river, mississippi ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 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: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, betrayal, murder, crimes, crime, vengeance, criminal heroes, tough heroes, dishonesty, blind ambition, organized crime ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1910s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.2
 19K
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, captivating, serious, factual, talky ...
Plot: baseball, major league, sport, friendship, americana, ambition, contests and competitions, society, sport team, historical figure, hopes, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1920s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Boxcar Bertha (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Based on "Sister of the Road," the fictionalized autobiography of radical and transient Bertha Thompson as written by physician Dr. Ben L. Reitman, 'Boxcar' Bertha Thompson, a woman labor organizer in Arkansas during the ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: crime, crimes, depression, on the road, romance, lovers on the run, chases and races, violence, storytelling, strong sexual content, justice, mafia ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1920s, 70s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois, arkansas, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.3
 19K
Point Blank (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.
Style: neo noir, surreal, suspenseful, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, vengeance, betrayal, gangsters, anti heroes, anti hero, left to die, crimes, crime, tough heroes, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, san francisco, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Last Man Standing (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: John Smith is a mysterious stranger who is drawn into a vicious war between two Prohibition-era gangs. In a dangerous game, he switches allegiances from one to another, offering his services to the highest bidder. As the death toll mounts, Smith ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, stylized, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, small town, gangsters, betrayal, gang war, duel, rivalry, tommy gun, hitman, lone wolves, danger, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 20s, 1930s, year 1932
Place: texas, usa, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%