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Paid in Full (2002)
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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 breaks and solid interpersonal skills, Ace moves to the top of the Harlem drug world. Of course, unfaithful employees and/or rivals conspire to bring about Ace's fall.
Style: tense, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak, neo noir
Audience: boys' night
Plot: urban ghetto, gang, rise and fall, organized crime, street life, cocaine, profanity, drug dealing, criminal heroes, social decay, crimes, friends, graphic violence, buddies, drugs/alcohol, street gang, urban ghetto life, rapper, double life, gangsters, fight, drug lord, violence, drugs, drug dealer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and suspenseful films with plots about crime, gangsters, crimes, gang, gangster, murder and violence mostly in Crime, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Paid in Full: Menace II Society (1993), Juice (1992), State Property (2002), Bullet (1996), Boyz n the Hood (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, rough, serious, bleak ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, gunfight, street gang, police brutality, drug dealing, crime, crimes, hip hop, murder, friendship, organized crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 70s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, united states, north america
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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, rivalry, ambition, basketball, graphic violence, rap ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem, manhattan new york city ...
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State Property (2002)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Frustrated with being broke, Beans decides that the only way to grasp the American Dream is to take it.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, crimes, drug dealing, family life, social decay, urban ghetto life, rise and fall, criminal heroes, buddies, friendship, ambition ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, brooklyn new york city, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, street gang, gang, rapper, 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 ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 8.3
 773K
Scarface (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, drug lord, mafia, mob boss, cocaine, drug cartel, drug dealing, criminal heroes, gunfight, rise and fall, drug abuse, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: miami, cuba, miami beach, usa, bolivia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Crack House (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Rick and Melissa are a pair of young lovers hoping to get out of the slums for good and escape the poverty and crime their families and friends have gotten involved in. All this comes to an end when Rick feels he must rejoin his old gang to avenge ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, nudity (full frontal - brief), drug dealing, poverty, rape victim, crime, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, law enforcement, youth, crimes, young lovers ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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The Snitch Cartel (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The real life story of Andres Lopez Lopez aka "Frecita" during his years involved with the Colombian Cartel aka "Cartel Norte del Valle"
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, stylized, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, crimes, gangsters, organized crime, rise to the top, ambition, gang, drugs/alcohol, drug dealing, money, violence, drugs ...
Place: colombia, latin america, florida, usa, miami ...
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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
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Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Never Die Alone (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A drug kingpin's return home touches off a turf war.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary, 2000s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 119 min.
Story: This South African movie tracks the rise of a once-petty criminal to the heights of the criminal underworld. After cutting his teeth on hijacking, before moving onto bigger game, an ambitious man hits a setback when most of his gang are shot.
Style: epic, serious, rough, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, criminal heroes, gangsters, gang war, drug lord, drug dealing, group of criminals, thief, buddies, ambition, gang, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: rough, bleak, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s
Place: florida, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Belly (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Jamaica, USA
Duration: 96 min.
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Duration: 91 min.
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Style: tense, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Duration: 117 min.
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Style: rough, serious, captivating, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, 70s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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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 ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
State Property: Blood on the Streets (2005)
Genre: Musical, Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Three gangsters vie for control of the streets of Philadelphia.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
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Time: contemporary
Place: philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Exterminator 2 (1984)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, rough, cult film, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, danger, murder, vigilantism, vigilante, flamethrower, exploitation, revenge, urban, vengeance, rivalry ...
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28%
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Duration: 146 min.
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Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, epic ...
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Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Style: neo noir, rough, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
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Duration: 86 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough
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Duration: 69 min.
Story: After decades of terror, two deadly street gangs reach a delicate truce and young MJ (Silkk the Shocker) sees a way out of the hood once and for all. Only Corrupt (Ice-T) stands in MJ's way, resulting into a violent and brutal roller coaster ...
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
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Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, twist ending
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27%
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, captivating, stylized ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Waist Deep (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.2
 21K
State of Grace (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie's sister ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Trouble Man (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: It seems that masked men are knocking over the floating crap games of Chalky and Pete. Chalky and Pete hire the cool, loose, elegant Mr. T to fix things. Then, the masked manipulators set up the death of a collector for a rival gang lord. It looks ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting ...
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Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Sinatra Club (2010)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Brutal and celebrated Mafia gangster John Gotti (Danny Nucci) schemes, shoves and murders his way to the top of that world in this gritty biography told from the perspective of Salvatore Polisi (Jason Gedrick), who owns the Sinatra Club, where ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, tense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, ambition, gang, rise to the top, crimes, dishonesty, criminal heroes, gang leader, heist, tough guy, organized crime ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 4.8
 715
El padrino (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
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
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