Movies like The Harder They Come

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The Harder They Come (1972)
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The Harder They Come (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: Jamaica
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ivanhoe Martin arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, looking for work and, after some initial struggles, lands a recording contract as a reggae singer. He records his first song, "The Harder They Come," but after a bitter dispute with a manipulative producer named Hilton, soon finds himself resorting to petty crime in order to pay the bills. He deals marijuana, kills some abusive cops and earns local folk hero status. Meanwhile, his record is topping the charts.
Style: exciting, rough, road movie, tense, serious, realistic, cult film, psychotronic, bleak, talky ...
Plot: reggae, music, marijuana, folk hero, crime, crimes, culture clash, disorder, fish out of water, drug dealing, life is a bitch, down on your luck, poverty, music industry, drug dealer, jail, murder, recording studio, crime gone awry, music business, visceral, graphic violence, fugitives, society, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: jamaica, west indies, new jersey

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Most similar movies to The Harder They Come

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and talky films with plots about crimes, crime, violence, gangsters, murder, brutality and corruption mostly in Drama, Crime and Music genres. Some movies like The Harder They Come: Rockers (1978), Countryman (1982), Hustle & Flow (2005), Super Fly (1972), Shottas (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Rockers (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Jamaica
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Horsemouth, a drummer living in a ghetto of Kingston plans to make some extra money selling and distributing records. He buys a motorcycle to carry them to the sound systems around the island.
Style: tense, realistic, semi serious, atmospheric
Plot: reggae, rastafarian, motorcycle, music band, crimes, folk hero, gangsters, life is a bitch, musician's life, music, crime, lifestyle ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: jamaica, caribbean
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95%
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Countryman (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Jamaica
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young woman crash-lands her plane in Jamaica. A local named Countryman rescues her and leads her away from the authorities, who have fabricated a story about the plane, involving drug and arms smuggling by the CIA, in order to gain popularity in ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, exciting, cult film
Plot: jungle, politics, swamp, air disaster, reggae, airplane, helicopter, heroes, rivalry, rescue, folk hero, adventure ...
Time: 80s
Place: jamaica, caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.3
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Hustle & Flow (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.
Style: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: hip hop, rapper, midlife crisis, musician, career, singer, drug dealing, life is a bitch, hip hop culture, human spirit, once in a lifetime opportunity, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: tennessee, memphis, usa, egypt, mount everest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.5
 7K
Super Fly (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Music, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Super Fly is a cocaine dealer who begins to realize that his life will soon end with either prison or his death. He decides to build an escape from the life by making his biggest deal yet.
Style: bleak, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, police corruption, gangsters, crime, crimes, destiny, city life, graphic violence, society, criminal heroes, clergy, opposites attract ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Shottas (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Jamaica
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A raw urban drama about two friends raised on the dangerous streets of Kingston, Jamaica. Biggs and Wayne take on the "Shotta" way of life to survive. As young boys, they begin a life of crime, eventually moving to the US where they begin ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang violence, gangsters, street gang, police chase, social decay, crimes, criminal heroes, fugitives, drug dealing, rivalry, partners, disorder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: miami, jamaica, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.3
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Belly (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Jamaica, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Tommy Brown and Sincere are best friends as well as infamous and ruthless criminals and shot-callers in the hood. Respected by many but feared by all. As the police are closing in on them and new players are looking for a come up, will their reign ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, gangsters, crime, crimes, heist, friends, life is a bitch, going straight, drug dealing, lifestyle, rise and fall, buddies ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, jamaica, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.0
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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: tense, bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: murder, gang, rape, gun, sociopath, crimes, crime, parents and children, siblings relations, teenage life, working class, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978, 80s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.
Style: serious, rough, stylized, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, rapper, gangsters, ghetto, going straight, music, lifestyle, rise to the top, ambition, musician's life, redemption, rap ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, drug dealing, deadly, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Straight from the Hood (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: Puerto Rico
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young drug dealer falls in love while facing disruption among the men in his gang, and being offered a career as a Reggaetón singer.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: latin, fall in love, going straight, hidden identity, moral dilemma, youth, crimes, dishonesty, love and romance, life is a bitch, disorder, swashbuckler ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
No Place Like Home (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Jamaica, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Susan, a film producer from NYC, goes to Jamaica to shoot a shampoo commercial, she finds herself, through a series of unforeseen circumstances, drifting further and further away from the world she knows and into the life of the island, a ...
Plot: waterfall, reggae, nightclub, radio broadcast, smoking, beach resort, rastafarian, writers, village life, cannabis, beach house, lifestyle ...
Place: jamaica, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Notorious (2009)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: NOTORIOUS is the story of Christopher Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Wallace transforms himself from Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to pregnant women) to one of the greatest rappers of all time; THE NOTORIOUS ...
Style: sincere, serious, factual, melancholic, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, african american, fame, rising to stardom, urban ghetto life, murder, music, ambition, success, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1983, 80s
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Rodrigo D: No Future (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: Colombia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: "Rodrigo D: No futuro" explores the bleak and precarious lives of working class street kids in Medellín. So dangerous is this world that three of its nonprofessional actors have been killed violently since production wrapped in 1988. ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Plot: drug dealing, heavy metal, punk rock, poverty, juvenile delinquency, urban, rock, rich and poor, punk, teenage life, social decay, city life ...
Time: 80s
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
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Gridlock'd (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, humorous, rough, harsh ...
Plot: drug addiction, drug abuse, addiction, hip hop, heroin, going straight, rehabilitation, friendship, overdose, treatment, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, detroit, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In 1976, a Mi'gMaq teenager plots revenge against the sadistic Indian agent who imprisoned her in a residential school where rape and abuse are common.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, teenage life, vengeance, drug dealing, rivalry, life is a bitch, youth, society, crimes, coming of age, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Third World Cop (1999)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Jamaica
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Loose cannon cop Capone returns to his home town of Kingston to join a group of officers fighting organised crime in the area. On his first day he uncovers gun smuggling operation that may be connected with lead criminal Oney. However his old crew, ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Plot: friendship, reggae, tough law enforcer, society, law enforcement, fighting crime, buddies, arms dealing, police investigation, fish out of water, world, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: jamaica
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.5
 7K
Blue Collar (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Fed up with mistreatment at the hands of both management and union brass, and coupled with financial hardships on each man's end, three auto assembly line workers hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters.
Style: suspense, clever, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: factory worker, factory, heist, robbery, blue collar, union, crime gone awry, working class, crimes, crime, fighting the system, drinking ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 101K
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, crimes, crime, friends, urban ghetto life, organized crime, life is a bitch, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
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, bleak, disturbing, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, crimes, gang war, urban ghetto life, street gang, society, social decay, life is a bitch, journalism ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Cotton Club (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of the people that frequented Harlem's famous nightclubs, 'The Cotton Club', and those that ran it.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, captivating, intense, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, interracial relations, nightclub, mafia, gang war, gangsters, music, crimes, crime, love triangle, rivalry, love and romance ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: harlem, new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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32%
Black & White (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Rich Bower is an up-and-coming star in the hip-hop world. Everyone wants to be around him, including Raven and her fellow upper-class white high school friends. The growing appeal of black culture among white teens fascinates documentary filmmaker ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, talky, psychological ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: hip hop, gangsters, interracial relations, high school, crime, crimes, athlete's life, culture clash, racism, social differences, city life, musician's life ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.1
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Brother (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A Japanese Yakuza gangster’s deadly existence in his homeland gets him exiled to Los Angeles, California, where he is taken in by his little brother and his brother’s gang. This is the first English film by Takeshi Kitano.
Style: serious, rough, atmospheric, exciting, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, mafia, culture clash, suicide, gangsters, family relations, sibling relationship, gang war, criminal heroes, siblings relations, fish out of water, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, japan, california, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 13K
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, serious, rough ...
Plot: prison, friendship, survival, human nature, crimes, crime, confined, fish out of water, prison warden, nudity (full frontal - brief), drugs, prison escape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 5.7
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Quicksilver (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jack Casey ('Kevin Bacon' )used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which relies on bicycles to avoid ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: cycling, riding a bicycle, murder, wall street, friendship, down on your luck, city life, crime, investigation, workplace, downfall, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, san francisco, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Straight Time (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, psychological, contemplative ...
Plot: warden, parole officer, prison, friendship, murder, heist, crime, life is a bitch, crimes, crime gone awry, going straight, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 28K
Thug (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 95 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, sincere, emotional, captivating, rough ...
Plot: bully, poverty, gang, redemption, murder, baby, robbery, slum, life is a bitch, society, haunted by the past, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Bob and his friends Dianne, Rick and Nadine have been drug addicts for years and live from one high to the next. Gus Van Sant attempts to show an intimate look into the lives of heroin addicts with his film Drugstore Cowboy.
Style: dark humor, serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, friendship, drug addiction, addiction, couples, thief, loss of friend, overdose, robbery, group therapy, pharmacy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 4K
Tony Manero (2008)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Chile, Brazil
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A man is obsessed with John Travolta's disco dancing character from "Saturday Night Fever".
Style: rough, serious, realistic, contemplative, bleak
Plot: dancing, nightlife, showbiz, desire for fame, ambition, lifestyle, crimes, follow your dream, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, bar, music ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: chile, latin america, santiago chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: psychological, realistic, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: death sentence, courtroom drama, crimes, police investigation, murder, police officer killed, kidnapping, law enforcement, legal, confined, deadly, law enforcer killer ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: realistic, serious, disturbing, rough, epic ...
Plot: gang, violence spree, drug abuse, friendship, heroin, grudge, police shootout, crimes, crime, gang war, life is a bitch, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, ecuador, guatemala ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%