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Menace II Society (1993)
 7.5
 52K
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, rough, serious, suspenseful, harsh, intense, emotional ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, gunfight, friendship, hip hop, crime, coming of age, street gang, police brutality, graduation, social decay, overdose, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, organized crime, crimes, murder, overcoming, gang, life is a bitch, heroin, bully, robbery, gay slur, profanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, year 1993, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north america, united states

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and harsh films with plots about crimes, crime, murder, gangsters, violence, dialogue and brutality mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Menace II Society: Boyz n the Hood (1991), Juice (1992), City of God (2002), Paid in Full (2002), South Central (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, 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 ...
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Juice (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four Harlem friends -- Bishop, Q, Steel and Raheem -- dabble in petty crime, but they decide to go big by knocking off a convenience store. Bishop, the magnetic leader of the group, has the gun. But Q has different aspirations. He wants to be a DJ ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, rough, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, urban ghetto life, gang, coming of age, friendship, murder, crime gone awry, violence, basketball, graphic violence, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem, manhattan new york city ...
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75%
 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 ⇓
100%
 7.1
 11K
Paid in Full (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ace is an impressionable young man working for a dry cleaning business. His friend, drug dealer Mitch goes to prison. In an unrelated incident, he finds some cocaine in a pants pocket. Soon, Ace finds himself dealing cocaine for Lulu. Via lucky ...
Style: tense, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, gang, profanity, cocaine, social decay, criminal heroes, drug dealing, crimes, buddies, friends, urban ghetto, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, rough, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: urban ghetto life, drug dealing, gang, murder, prison, life is a bitch, coming of age, crimes, society, juvenile delinquency, youth, crime ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Dead Presidents (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Depicts a heist of old bills, retired from circulation and destined by the government to be "money to burn". However, more broadly, it addresses the issues of Black Americans' involvement in the Vietnam War and their subsequent ...
Style: tense, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heist, vietnam war, militant, urban ghetto life, redemption, friendship, soldier, mercy killing, post traumatic stress disorder, crime, crimes, civil rights ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, new york, bronx new york city, asia, usa ...
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100%
 7.6
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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 ⇓
100%
 6.8
 24K
Colors (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A confident young cop is shown the ropes by a veteran partner in the dangerous gang-controlled barrios of Los Angeles, where the gang culture is enforced by the colors the members wear.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: gang, gangsters, police brutality, police, crime, crimes, partners, gang war, gunfight, chase, nudity (full frontal - brief), mexican american ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, venice beach california, south central los angeles ...
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 6.0
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Empire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top Victor soon finds out that he has ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: betrayal, vengeance, crimes, crime, drug dealing, wall street, cons and scams, going straight, criminal heroes, violence, greed, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, miami, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 ⇓
100%
 5.9
 4K
Sugar Hill (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, the Mafia steps in when a drug dealer quits his partner brother to lead a straight life with his girlfriend.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, gang, going straight, drug abuse, addiction, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, urban ghetto, siblings relations, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 21K
Dark Blue (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set during the Rodney King riots, a robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, police corruption, rookie, police investigation, crimes, fighting the system, partners, law enforcement, dishonesty, crime and punishment, testimony, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.9
 9K
Waist Deep (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An ex-convict (Tyrese) gets tangled up with a gang after his car is hijacked with his son inside.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, intense, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
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A Man Apart (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, crimes, drug cartel, tough law enforcer, graphic violence, police officer, cocaine, machismo, vigilantism, organized crime, heroes, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, usa, los angeles, latin america, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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 ⇓
29%
Monument Ave. (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bobby O'Grady a low level member of a Boston Irish gang run by Jackie O'Hara. Jackie demands absolute, total loyalty to him. When Jackie kills one of Bobby's buddies, Teddy, Bobby and others have to keep it an absolute secret, even ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, dark, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, gangsters, crimes, crime, vengeance, gang, investigation, best friends, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, europe, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 ⇓
50%
Original Gangstas (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A violent street gang, the Rebels, rule the streets of Gary, Indiana. The Rebels shoot Marvin Bookman, a store-keeper, for giving the police information about a drive-by shooting they committed. Marvin's son, former NFL star John who created ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, vigilantism, vigilante, murder, violence, profanity, heroes, fistfight, hand to hand combat, drive by shooting, gunfight, gang violence ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 70s
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 7.1
 38K
Narc (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly ...
Style: tense, bleak, twists and turns, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, undercover, police brutality, child abuse, police investigation, investigation, violence, police detective, drug dealing, beating, drug overdose, drug addict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 ⇓
29%
 7.6
 196K
Traffic (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, Germany
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, thought provoking, clever ...
Plot: drug lord, addiction, marijuana, drug cartel, drug abuse, organized crime, drug traffic, drug dealer, drug dealing, profanity, family problems, fighting crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: mexico, ohio, washington d.c., latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.2
 580K
Heat (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, master criminal, neo noir, bank robbery, gunfight, robbery, police detective, crimes, thief, group of criminals, crime, one last job ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.9
 63K
Harsh Times (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging ...
Style: bleak, tense, serious, intense, exciting ...
Plot: unemployment, drinking alcohol, drinking, corruption, crime, crimes, friends, mad, violence, drugs, friend, job seeking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, mexico, latin america, usa, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 7.1
 10K
One False Move (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Following a series of drug deals and murders, three criminals -- Fantasia, Ray Malcolm and Pluto -- travel from Los Angeles to Houston, finally arriving in a small Arkansas town to go into hiding. Two detectives from the LAPD, who are already on the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, crimes, police investigation, crime, criminal heroes, law enforcement, neo noir, dishonesty, on the run, femme fatale, chases and races, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, arkansas, texas, usa, louisiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 ⇓
28%
 7.2
 14K
Bad Boys (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, youth, juvenile delinquency, rivalry, neo noir, crimes, crime, gang war, confined, society, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.6
 229K
End of Watch (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.
Style: tense, emotional, realistic, captivating, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: latinos, policewoman, gang war, street gang, gunfight, friendship, fighting crime, police sergeant, police officer, rookie, profanity, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2011, 70s
Place: los angeles, south central los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, rough, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, junkie, violence, friendship, heist, drug dealing, murder, robbery, crime, crimes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.3
 923K
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A botched robbery indicates a police informant, and the pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse. Crime begets violence as the survivors -- veteran Mr. White, newcomer Mr. Orange, psychopathic parolee Mr. Blonde, bickering weasel Mr. Pink and ...
Style: talky, brutal, tense, non-linear, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, heist, crimes, dark hero, psychopath, swearing, violence spree, gang, perfect crime, suprisingly clever, cult, undercover cop ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
King of New York (1990)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, gangsters, gang, cocaine, violence, crimes, crime, rivalry, mafia, organized crime, neo noir, gunfight ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%