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Menace II Society (1993)
 7.5
 59K
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, realistic, bleak, stylized, rough, serious, harsh, intense, bloody, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: crimes, urban ghetto life, gangsters, hip hop, african american, murder, friendship, police brutality, ghetto, gang, street gang, organized crime, coming of age, gunfight, drugs, juvenile delinquency, graduation, social decay, overcoming, drug dealing, life is a bitch, teenager, revenge, violence, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, year 1993, 20th century, 70s, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, north america, united states of 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 gangsters, crimes, murder, violence, redemption, mentor and brutality mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Menace II Society: Boyz n the Hood (1991), Juice (1992), Paid in Full (2002), Dead Presidents (1995), Fresh (1994). 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: thought provoking, disturbing, tense, bleak, brutal ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: hip hop, ghetto, african american, poverty, urban ghetto life, gang, juvenile delinquency, street gang, coming of age, gangsters, crimes, rapper ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1984
Place: los angeles, california, cuba, usa, south central los angeles ...
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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, sexy, neo noir, humorous, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, urban ghetto life, gangsters, hip hop, coming of age, friendship, teenager, crimes, crime gone awry, murder, ghetto, urban ghetto ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city
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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, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, gangsters, organized crime, drugs, urban ghetto, drug dealing, rise and fall, street life, cocaine, criminal heroes, social decay ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: realistic, suspense, disturbing, intense, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heist, vietnam war, crimes, redemption, gangsters, robbery, violence, brutality, gang, violent, justice, mercy killing ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, bronx new york city, new york, asia, usa ...
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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: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: chess, african american, coming of age, crimes, urban ghetto, drug dealing, drug lord, gangsters, drug addiction, father son relationship, ghetto, hip hop ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, new jersey
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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, tense, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, gangsters, ghetto, urban ghetto, drug dealing, hip hop, life is a bitch, society, youth, juvenile delinquency, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
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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: disturbing, rough, bleak, dark, stylized ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gang, society, crimes, coming of age, gang war, organized crime, journalism, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, police corruption, photographer, gangsters ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, 60s
Place: rio de janeiro, latin america, brazil, south america
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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, psychological, exciting, serious, neo noir ...
Plot: police, gangsters, gang, crimes, gunfight, chase, ghetto, hip hop, gang war, partners, buddy cop, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey, south central los angeles ...
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Belly (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: 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, satirical, light, reflective, surreal ...
Audience: teens
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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: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: crimes, urban ghetto, gangsters, drug dealing, going straight, gang, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, siblings relations, addiction, drug abuse, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, manhattan new york city
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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: intense, bad ending, entertaining, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gang, gangsters, crimes, street gang, prison, prison gang, drug abuse, drug addiction, violence spree, destiny, police shootout, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, ecuador, guatemala ...
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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, talky, serious, bleak, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, tokyo, california, new jersey, usa
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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: realistic, brutal, melancholic, serious, disturbing ...
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Duration: 90 min.
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Style: intense, stylized, suspense, melancholic, serious ...
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Tales from the Hood (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A strange funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business.
Style: atmospheric, disturbing, scary, bleak, psychological ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
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Monument Ave. (1998)
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Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
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Style: atmospheric, dark, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
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Clockers (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Strike is a young city drug pusher under the tutelage of drug lord Rodney Little. When a night manager at a fast-food restaurant is found with four bullets in his body, Strike's older brother turns himself in as the killer. Det. Rocco Klein ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, dark, neo noir, gloomy ...
Plot: gangsters, crimes, hip hop, organized crime, gang, ghetto, murder, investigation, violence, brutality, mentor, drugs ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, brooklyn new york city, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, tense, realistic, sexy, road movie ...
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27%
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Style: tense, intense, harsh, stylized, captivating ...
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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: tense, bleak, intense, serious, realistic ...
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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, neo noir, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
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Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 103 min.
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Style: atmospheric, neo noir, intense, suspense, tense ...
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Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
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Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: tense, suspenseful, neo noir, suspense, disturbing ...
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Duration: 123 min.
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Style: suspense, neo noir, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
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Place: usa, california, chicago illinois, new jersey
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26%
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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: suspense, harsh, emotional, serious, suspenseful ...
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Style: suspense, bleak, realistic, thought provoking, political ...
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 10K
Waist Deep (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Duration: 97 min.
Story: An ex-convict (Tyrese) gets tangled up with a gang after his car is hijacked with his son inside.
Style: suspense, intense, exciting, suspenseful, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
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26%
Higher Learning (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Malik (Omar Epps) is an African-American student attending on a track scholarship; academics are not his strong suit, and he goes in thinking that his athletic abilities will earn him a free ride through college. Fudge (Ice Cube), a ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, intense, serious, emotional ...
Audience: teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: thought provoking, emotional, harsh, rough, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: coming of age, childhood, friendship, gangsters, urban ghetto life, street kid, loss of friend, depression, foul language, anger, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2005, year 1986, 2000s ...
Place: new york, los angeles, california, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
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Narc (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
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: suspense, tense, realistic, cynical, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
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