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Less Than Zero (1987)
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Less Than Zero (1987)
Original name: Less than Zero
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, gloomy, serious, realistic, rough, visually appealing, nostalgic, intense, road movie, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: drug addiction, drug abuse, hedonism, friendship, prostitute, college, coming of age, decadence, cocaine, addiction, teenage life, crimes, youth, friends, misfit, drug dealing, partners, life is a bitch, self discovery, hollywood, social differences, society, nightlife, lifestyle, introspection ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, beverly hills, california, usa, palm springs california, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, harsh and stylized films with plots about friendship, life is a bitch, mentor, runaway, friends, dialogue and brutality mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Less Than Zero: Spring Breakers (2012), Christiane F. (1981), Boogie Nights (1997), The Hillz (2004), The Outsiders (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Spring Breakers (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After four college girls rob a restaurant to fund their spring break in Florida, they get entangled with a weird dude with his own criminal agenda.
Style: stylized, sexy, disturbing, humorous, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: party, juvenile delinquency, youth, female friendship, teenage life, best friends, lifestyle, society, danger, strong sexual content, satire, cocaine ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: florida, usa, california
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Christiane F. (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, life is a bitch, drug abuse, drug addiction, friendship, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, destructive relationship, youth ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
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Boogie Nights (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a ...
Style: captivating, touching, sentimental, stylized, talky ...
Plot: pornography, porn industry, drug abuse, rise and fall, sex, cocaine, drugs, addiction, strong sexual content, fame, showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1982
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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67%
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, ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, rough, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: urban ghetto life, childhood, friendship, street kid, loss of friend, anger, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, crimes, coming of age, violence, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2005, 2000s, year 1986 ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, coney island brooklyn new york city, california
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The Hillz (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A promising college athlete takes a turn for the worse when he hooks up with old highschool friends during his summer break.
Style: serious, surreal, realistic, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: drug dealing, prostitute, juvenile delinquency, friendship, teenage life, dark humor, buddies, gang, youth, crimes, lifestyle, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
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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, realistic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, gang, juvenile delinquent, book, street gang, friendship, small town, murder, machismo, juvenile delinquency, family relations, kids in trouble ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 80s
Place: usa, oklahoma
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50%
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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy, contemplative ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, dark humor, friendship, drug addiction, addiction, overdose, thief, loss of friend, couples, robbery, group therapy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: usa, portland oregon
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47%
 6.1
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Foxes (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A group of friends come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley, as set to a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.
Style: gloomy, rough, realistic, serious, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, alcohol abuse, hollywood, drug abuse, addiction, friends, youth, self discovery, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 5.0
 16K
The Informers (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A collection of intersecting short stories set in early 1980s Los Angeles, depicts a week in the lives of an assortment of socially alienated, mainly well-off characters who numb their sense of emptiness with casual sex, violence, and drugs.
Style: sexy, serious, disturbing, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: hollywood, drug abuse, kidnapping, couple relations, couples, clubbing, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, showbiz, nightlife, multiple storylines, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: los angeles, usa, hawaii, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.0
 16K
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, gloomy, psychological, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, nudity (full frontal - brief), juvenile delinquency, strangulation, family relations, police, woman strangled to death, crimes, crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Another Day in Paradise (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A vending machine robbery by small time thief and drug addict Bobbie (Vincent Kartheiser) goes badly awry, and his friends contact street-wise thief and part-time druggie Mel (James Woods) to patch him up.Recognizing a kindred spirit, Mel befriends ...
Style: talky, realistic, tense, clever, rough ...
Audience: kids
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, junkie, violence, drug dealing, heist, friendship, murder, robbery, crime, crimes, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: youth, juvenile delinquency, gang, crimes, sex with a stranger, drug dealing, high school life, teenager, society, interracial relations, hip hop, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: rough, disturbing, realistic, serious, 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, colombia, panama ...
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43%
 6.7
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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: tense, rough, emotional, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids
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Time: 70s, 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: realistic, serious, talky, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.3
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Party Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The New York club scene of the 80s and 90s was a world like no other. Into this candy-colored, mirror ball playground stepped Michael Alig, a wannabe from nowhere special. Under the watchful eye of veteran club kid James St. James, Alig quickly rose ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, disturbing, surreal ...
Audience: kids
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Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, indiana, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A "straight" couple dabbles in drugs and become heroin addicts.
Style: rough, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: drug dealing, thirtysomething life, friends, kids in trouble, stoners, adolescence vs adulthood, innocence lost, drug abuse, addiction, city life, crimes, crime ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.6
 244K
Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, captivating, emotional, depressing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug addiction, rise and fall, drug dealing, drug abuse, cocaine, drug use, friendship, gangsters, drug cartel, blind ambition, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 60s, 90s, 50s ...
Place: colombia, california, latin america, usa, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, realistic, serious, rough, tense
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, drug dealing, murder, prison, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, society, crime, life is a bitch, youth, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.8
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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: tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, hip hop, juvenile delinquency, gang, rapper, street gang, poverty, friendship, teenage life, ghetto, racial slur ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1991 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
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42%
Our Lady of the Assassins (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Colombia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: World-weary arthur Fernando has returned to his native Colombia to live out his days in peace. But Fernando's once-quiet hometown has become a hotbed of violence, drugs and corruption. On the brink of despair, Fernando meets Alexis, a ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, rough, meditative, serious ...
Plot: gay, gang, murder, drug dealing, vengeance, teenage life, love affair, fall in love, life is a bitch, youth, friendship, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia, los angeles, usa, latin america, tokyo ...
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42%
Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug rehabilitation, addiction, human nature, life is a bitch, crimes, alcohol abuse, introspection, self discovery, rehabilitation, going straight, downfall ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, disturbing, depressing ...
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, sincere, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, peer pressure, kids in trouble, underage drinking, juvenile delinquency, addiction, family problems, friends, friendship, life is a bitch, theft ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
From the Edge of the City (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Minority-group Greeks from an outer suburb of Athens struggle with their life on society's fringe and exploitation of one another.
Style: bleak, rough, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: culture clash, suburbs, prostitute, immigrants, lifestyle, gang, crime, urban ghetto, kids in trouble, ocean or sea, friends, ocean ...
Time: 90s
Place: greece, russia, europe, athens greece, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.0
 143
Jimmy Zip (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An abused runaway with pyromaniac tendencies teams up with a metal sculptor. Together they blow away the art world and a local crime boss.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, grunge
Plot: hollywood, friendship, coming of age, youth, best friends, gang, juvenile delinquency, performer's life, kids in trouble, friends, self discovery, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 10K
L.I.E. (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In this biting and disturbing coming-of-age tale from writer-director Michael Cuesta, life is bittersweet along the L.I.E., also known as the Long Island Expressway, as suburban teen Howie Blitzer learns all too clearly. In the space of a week, he ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, touching, brutal, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: long island, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: realistic, serious
Plot: youth, coming of age, friendship, family relations, juvenile delinquent, teenage life, parents and children, friends, juvenile delinquency, buddies, love and romance, crimes ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
 15K
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, addiction, drug abuse, hip hop, heroin, going straight, rehabilitation, friendship, overdose, treatment, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, detroit, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, gunfight, friendship, hip hop, street gang, crime, coming of age, social decay, graduation, police brutality, overdose ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, 1990s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north america, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%