Movies like Once in the Life

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Once in the Life (2000)
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Once in the Life (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Once in the life (of drug dealing and organized crime), can anyone get out? During a brief jail stay, two half-brothers, who have rarely seen each other while growing up, connect. One of them, called 20/20 Mike because he can sense people nearby, concocts a scheme in which the two of them will steal some dope from young couriers. The heist goes awry when Billy, the junkie brother, shoots the victims of the theft. The brothers hole up in an abandoned building, and 20/20 Mike seeks help from an old cell mate, Tony, whom he thinks is out of the life. It turns out that they have stolen Tony's dope, and Tony's boss wants the two thieves dead. Is there any way out? Written by
Style: realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, rough, serious, gloomy
Plot: prison, heist, gang, friendship, law enforcement, crime gone awry, gangsters, crimes, best friends, drug dealing, life is a bitch, addiction, dishonesty, criminal heroes, siblings relations, tough law enforcer, unlikely criminals, violence, father son relationship, betrayal, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, brother brother relationship, strip club, mother son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york

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Most similar movies to Once in the Life

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and suspenseful films with plots about crime, crimes, criminal heroes, gangsters, dishonesty, betrayal and life is a bitch mostly in Crime, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Once in the Life: Hell's Kitchen (1998), Cement (2000), Blue Hill Avenue (2001), Two Coyotes (2001), Sugar Hill (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Hell's Kitchen (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When a robbery goes awry, the bandits all end up in a puddle of blood and only one lives and goes to jail for five years. Upon his release, the girlfriend wants her new boyfriend to kill him. Only trouble is the boyfriend knows that the fault was ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: crime gone awry, haunted by the past, friendship, murder, crimes, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch, gang, drug dealing, dishonesty, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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95%
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Cement (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: What's the bond between partners, between brothers, and between spouses? In L.A., Bill Holt handcuffs Sean Rickhart inside a rebar frame for a freeway pillar at a construction site; Bill's going to bury Sean in quick-drying cement. Guided ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: infidelity, police corruption, neo noir, crimes, vengeance, gangsters, criminal's revenge, law enforcement, rivalry, deadly, life is a bitch, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Blue Hill Avenue (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A child of a middle class home with solid moral values is lured into a world of crime and corruption.
Style: rough, bleak, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, friends, gang, fighting crime, police investigation, betrayal, urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, working undercover, crimes, crime, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.3
 50
Two Coyotes (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A drug runner takes over a lucrative drug business only to find his new found empire crumble when a deal goes bad.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, rivalry, hitman, criminal's revenge, gangsters, addiction, life is a bitch, crime gone awry, drug dealing, crimes, drug abuse, working undercover ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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The Story of a Latino Godfather (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In the streets of East Los Angeles, Manny is a formidable drug dealer. Impressed by his extravagant lifestyle and prowess, his young son, Kilo, yearns to follow in his footsteps. Kilo resolves to learn how to prosper in the drug world, and his new ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime boss, gangsters, prison, prison life, juvenile delinquency, criminal heroes, crimes, life is a bitch, deadly, dishonesty, gang, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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 ⇓
52%
 6.5
 1K
Cisco Pike (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Cisco is an ex-rock star who has become a drug dealer. A corrupt cop blackmails Cisco to sell marijuana for him. Cisco has one weekend to sell it to his friends.
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corruption, marijuana, heroin addict, pimp, police corruption, police investigation, crimes, drug dealing, dishonesty, law enforcement, partners, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 70s
Place: venice beach california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.5
 846
Caught Up (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Daryl gets out of jail after 5 years. His mother has died, his girlfriend is married, and he can't find a job. His new girlfriend Vanessa, whom he meets when a gunman opens fire on them, gets him a job as a car driver. Hitmen are still after ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, chase, crimes, vengeance, heist, frame up, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, crime gone awry, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Spanish Judges (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A con-artist hires two low-lifes to cover him during a deal, ending with three criminals, two dueling pistols, and one night they'll never forget
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: psychopath, criminal heroes, mind game, mystery, unlikely criminals, deadly, betrayal, criminal's revenge, rivalry, dishonesty, crime gone awry, mentally challenged ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 4.9
 203
The Real Thing (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Their plan was simple...Get the Cash. As Rupert, an ex-con, tries to go straight, his younger brother James pursues a life of delinquency. Days after being released from jail, James is gunned down and lies waiting in a hospital for a liver ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: heist, gang, new year's eve, crime, crimes, dishonesty, frame up, friends, crime gone awry, best friends, law enforcement, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 ⇓
45%
 4.4
 20K
Setup (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A group of friends plan out a detailed heist that turns deadly when one betrays the other by taking off with the goods. Taking matters into his own hands, Sonny seeks out his revenge teaming up with the most dangerous mob boss in town to get back ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gangsters, danger, crimes, crime gone awry, chases and races, dishonesty, criminal heroes, betrayal, crime, prisoner, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.8
 125K
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, street gang, rapper, poverty, friendship, teenage life, ghetto, racial slur ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.0
 8K
Mobsters (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a group of friends in turn of the century New York, from their early days as street hoods to their rise in the world of organized crime...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, betrayal, murder, crimes, crime, vengeance, criminal heroes, tough heroes, blind ambition, dishonesty, organized crime ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1910s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.5
 8K
Bullet (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A tough, Jewish ex-con just released from prison crosses a powerful drug dealer and former prison rival in his return to a life of crime.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, stylized, tragic ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, urban ghetto, violence, hip hop, life philosophy, character study, life, crime, crimes, criminal's revenge, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
This Thing of Ours (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Using the Internet and global satellites, a group of gangsters pull off the biggest bank heist in the Mafia's history.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gangsters, chases and races, master criminal, bank, crimes, betrayal, crime gone awry, dishonesty, partners, criminal heroes, cons and scams ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.0
 90
Consignment (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Consignment is the authentic and brutal story of an East Coast drug dealer forced to flee to California only to realize state lines don't erase past sins.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, gangsters, starting over, police investigation, on the run, gang, going straight, crimes, rivalry, dishonesty, buddies, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, tense, serious, 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 ⇓
35%
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Winner Takes All (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two rapper childhood friends turn to the quick and easy life of crime to support their needy parents. But after a foiled robbery, one of them is jailed while the other flees, changes his name, joins the military, and grows up to become a narcotics ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, rivalry, criminal heroes, buddies, life is a bitch, police investigation, deadly, society, friends, gang, dishonesty, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: kentucky, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.3
 425
Federal Hill (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In Providence's Italian neighborhood, Federal Hill, five young are immersed in drugs, crime and violence. Everything changes when one of the guys in the band know love.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, melancholic, sexy ...
Plot: gangsters, friendship, youth, college, juvenile delinquency, society, best friends, gang, gays and lesbians, crimes, city life, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, rhode island, canada, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.3
 1K
Hot Boyz (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Injustice begets a criminal. Kool is an artist without prospects, a black belt in karate, and in love with LaShawna, poised and college bound. One night she witnesses a stabbing and discovers the victim is a cop as he dies in her arms. She's ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, racism, gangsters, police investigation, crime, crimes, life is a bitch, false accusation, social decay, murder, police corruption, gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Guilty by Association (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: There is no honor without truth. When gang wars spin out of control in downtown Washington D.C., one man steps onto the battlefirld to hunt down a ruthless killer. A young man has been released from prison and is determined to build a new life for ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: partners, criminal heroes, friendship, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, police investigation, master criminal, redemption, battles, police corruption, reluctant partners, going straight ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: disturbing, rough, 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 ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 4.3
 144
Flipping (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: no overview found
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, wedding, gangsters, gang, deadly, rivalry, assassination, working undercover, gambling, showbiz, friendship, rebelliousness ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 ⇓
33%
 5.7
 996
The Code (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Dris is an ex-con, living in the borderline between a decent and a criminal life. He has a regular and simple work and lives a simple life with his wife Lise and loves his family. However, his childhood friends from his Arab community, including his ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, heist, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, gang, going straight, crime gone awry, crime, betrayal, dishonesty, crimes, prison ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Sucker Free City (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The film follows three young men as they are drawn into lives of crime. Nick (Crowley) uses his entry-level corporate job to commit credit card fraud and deals drugs on the side. K-Luv (Mackie) is a member of the "V-Dubs", an ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, bleak, tense
Plot: gang, gangsters, life is a bitch, social decay, crimes, juvenile delinquency, racism, city life, dysfunctional family, interracial relations, drug dealing, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Saints and Sinners (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After many years Pooch returns to his neighbourhood. To Big Boy, his best friend, Pooch is valuable asset in his plans of becoming local crime lord. To Pooch, this reunion is painful because he is, actually, undercover cop sent to bring Big Boy down.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, going straight, dishonesty, crimes, gang, juvenile delinquency, love and romance, criminal heroes, strong violent content, love triangle, drug abuse, reunion ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.9
 4K
Even Money (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Gambling addiction bring the stories of three otherwise unconnected people together as it destroys each of their lives.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, obsession, bookies, moral dilemma, couple relations, cons and scams, destructive relationship, buddies, betrayal, life is a bitch, crime ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.3
 756
Born Killers (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: iggy Banks tells the story of two charming and brilliant brothers who finance their lifestyle by robbing and murdering pretty much anyone foolish enough to get in the car with them. They learn the business from their sociopath father (Tom Sizemore) ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, parents and children, introspection, gory, psychopath, criminal heroes, deadly, danger, violence, brother brother relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%