Movies like Maria Full of Grace

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Maria Full of Grace (2004)
 7.4
 34K
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Original name: María, llena eres de gracia
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: rough, tense, thought provoking, realistic, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere, disturbing, compassionate ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, immigrants, life is a bitch, illegal immigration, friendship, smuggling, crimes, crime, juvenile delinquency, financial problem, teenage life, new job, drugs/alcohol, boyfriend, adult actress playing teenage girl, depression, drug dealer, drug traffic, character study, drug smuggling, mother son relationship, bittersweet, airplane, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey, south america

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and harsh films with plots about life is a bitch, society, crimes, friendship, brutality, violence and runaway mostly in Crime, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Maria Full of Grace: Lilya 4-Ever (2002), The Powers That Be (2005), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Sweet Sixteen (2002), Without Name (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.8
 43K
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lilya lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working ...
Style: bleak, serious, sincere, harsh, thought provoking ...
Plot: life is a bitch, prostitute, human trafficking, sexual abuse, poverty, rape, teenage prostitution, prostitution, downfall, forced prostitution, sex slavery, social decay ...
Place: sweden, europe, estonia, russia, eastern europe ...
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100%
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, crimes, sex with a stranger, gang, high school life, teenager, society, interracial relations, hip hop, teenage life, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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100%
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, disturbing, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, teenage life, downfall, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, basketball, antisocial behavior, juvenile delinquency, friends, diary ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 13K
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: disturbing, bleak, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, family relations, life is a bitch, downfall, drug dealing, family problems, siblings relations, society, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 7.6
 31K
Without Name (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Set on the border, where Mexico becomes the crucible and the fearsome gangs of today’s Mexican countryside, the gauntlet, to freedom. The stories of a girl living in Honduras and hungering for a brighter future, and two teen gang members, for whom ...
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: gang, immigrants, juvenile delinquency, social problems, hopes, illegal immigration, train, corpse, rape, lifestyle change, youth, robbery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, central america, guatemala, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, realistic ...
Plot: gang, murder, drug dealing, gay, vengeance, teenage life, love affair, fall in love, deadly, youth, friendship, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia, los angeles, usa, latin america, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Country: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, UK, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Argentina, Norway, Taiwan, Belgium
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, emotional, surreal, heartbreaking ...
Plot: factory worker, blind character, life is a bitch, secret, death sentence, human spirit, police officer, tragic hero, murder, hanging, destiny, fighting illness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: usa, washington d.c., washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, racial slur ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2005, year 1986, 2000s ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, coney island brooklyn new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, friendship, drug dealing, urban ghetto, teenage life, urban ghetto life, youth, gang member, revenge, poverty, latin ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
 241K
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, rise and fall, drug addiction, drug dealing, drug abuse, cocaine, drug use, friendship, gangsters, drug cartel, blind ambition, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 90s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: colombia, california, latin america, usa, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
 55K
Animal Kingdom (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Following the death of his mother, J finds himself living with his estranged family, under the watchful eye of his doting grandmother, Smurf, mother to the Cody boys. J quickly comes to believe that he is a player in this world. But, as he soon ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: crimes, violence, crime, drug dealer, interrogation, armed robbery, heroin, gangsters, organized crime, mafia, law enforcement, loss of parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne australia, melbourne
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.1
 3K
Tough Enough (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: From the youth directed novel of the same name by Greogor Tressnow comes a film by Detlev Buck that is a realistic portrait of life in the section of Berlin called Neukölln. It’s about power and weakness, delinquents and victims, and the ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, bleak, rough, tense ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, street gang, gang, coming of age, crimes, parents and children, urban ghetto life, high school life, urban ghetto, friendship, family relations, crumbling relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Stranger Inside (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility
Style: disturbing, emotional, rough, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: prison, parents and children, life is a bitch, prison life, gang, society, drug dealing, confined, crimes, youth, juvenile delinquency, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.7
 116K
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: rough, bleak, emotional, stylized, harsh ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, childhood, social problems, gang, crimes, vandalism, juvenile delinquency, xenophobia, adolescence, life is a bitch, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: england, europe, northern england, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.6
 12K
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: suspenseful, bleak, realistic, rough, touching ...
Plot: chess, african american, drug dealing, drug lord, crime, crimes, juvenile delinquency, childhood trauma, youth, life is a bitch, urban ghetto, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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%
 7.2
 15K
City of Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.
Style: bleak, tense, disturbing, captivating, serious ...
Plot: gang, street gang, friendship, slum, robbery, crimes, best friends, betrayal, gang war, social problems, society, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, quarry, 70s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.7
 3K
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
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, child abuse, working class, theft, debt, abusive father, money, corporal punishment, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, redemption ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 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 ⇓
40%
 7.8
 127K
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, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, hip hop, juvenile delinquency, african american, gang, rapper, street gang, poverty, friendship, teenage life, ghetto, tragic event ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.1
 1K
Gang Tapes (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a brutal carjacking yields a videocamera, a teenage boy decides to document his life and the lives of his fellow gangbangers.
Style: rough, serious, suspense, tense, realistic
Plot: tough heroes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, social decay, gang, drug dealing, crimes, teenage life, kids in trouble, society, going straight, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.0
 46K
Gomorrah (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. Based on a book by Roberto Saviano. Power, money and blood: these are the "values" that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta have ...
Style: bleak, tense, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang war, criminal, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, danger, deadly, organized crime, debt, power, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, quarry, 2000s
Place: italy, europe, naples italy, southern italy, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.6
 702K
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 ⇓
38%
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 6.8
 4K
Chiko (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 92 min.
Story: This is the story of Isa, who grows up in a Hamburg suburb. It might be one of the world's richest cities but every beast has its belly and here, in the very underbelly, Chiko lives in a world where violence, staking and keeping a claim, and ...
Style: serious, tense, captivating, psychological, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, drug dealer, immigrants, cocaine, friendship, crimes, ambition, rivalry, smuggling, murder, marijuana, betrayal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe, hamburg germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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 ⇓
37%
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 ⇓
37%
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Behrani, an Iranian immigrant buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send his son to college. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy. After losing the house in an ...
Style: psychological, bleak, tense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: depression, eviction, immigrants, life is a bitch, loss of son, tragic event, human nature, down on your luck, tragedy, compassion, desperation, american dream ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary
Place: california, san francisco, usa, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Snow on tha Bluff (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When Curtis Snow steals a video camera from some college kids during a dope deal, he gives the camera to his best friend, Pancho, and they start documenting their lives. At first its business as usual for Curtis. He robs dope boys, he runs from the ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: dealer, filmmaking, drug dealing, crimes, introspection, single parent, life is a bitch, down on your luck, stoners, crime, rivalry, danger
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Prince of the City (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, captivating, serious ...
Plot: police corruption, corruption, police, bribery, testimony, police detective, friendship, district attorney, crimes, crime, redemption, betrayal ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., virginia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 ⇓
36%