Movies like The Panic in Needle Park

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The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
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The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless girl who finds in her relationship with Bobby the stability she craves.
Style: bleak, rough, serious, disturbing, depressing, realistic, gloomy, melancholic, harsh, talky ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug addiction, drug addict, addiction, betrayal, drug use, couple relations, destructive relationship, life is a bitch, couples, young lovers, love, youth, self destructing, drug dealing, death of pet, loneliness, life philosophy, redemption, heroin, romance, love and romance, abortion, small time, drugs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey

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Most similar movies to The Panic in Needle Park

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and bleak films with plots about addiction, drug addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drugs, drug addict and drinking alcohol mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres. Some movies like The Panic in Needle Park: Candy (2006), Christiane F. (1981), Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Trainspotting (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Candy (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A poet falls in love with an art student, who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and ...
Style: touching, emotional, surprise ending, romantic, disturbing ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, destructive relationship, junkie, marriage, life is a bitch, obsession, lovers, artist, painting, professor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia, sydney australia
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Christiane F. (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the ...
Style: rough, bleak, serious, disturbing, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, downfall, drug addiction, juvenile delinquency, friendship, teenage life, drug overdose, youth, drug dealing ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west berlin west germany, west germany, poland ...
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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, depressing, atmospheric ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, drug addiction, hallucination, drug trip, depression, degradation, drug use, destructive relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city
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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, downfall, life is a bitch, teenage life, drug overdose, basketball, anguish, antisocial behavior, coach, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
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Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: disturbing, psychedelic, captivating, stylized, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, heroin, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug addiction, addiction, social misfits, surrealism, counterculture, dark humor, friendship, hallucination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london, england
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100%
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6 Balloons (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Over the course of one night, a woman drives across LA with her heroin addict brother in search of a detox center, with his two year old daughter in tow.
Style: melancholic, thought provoking, captivating, sentimental, rough
Plot: drug addiction, heroin, drug abuse, heroin addict, addiction, surprise party, drug use, brother sister relationship, heroin addiction, family relations, junkie, surprise birthday party ...
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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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, dark humor, friendship, drug addiction, addiction, couples, overdose, thief, loss of friend, robbery, group therapy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: usa, portland oregon
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100%
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The Boost (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to turn. His friend, Joel, introduces him to cocaine to give ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, congress, couples, downfall, drug dealing, crimes, life is a bitch, couple relations, drug addiction, drugs, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico, new york
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100%
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Gridlock'd (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, humorous, rough, harsh ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, hip hop, heroin, going straight, rehabilitation, overdose, friendship, life is a bitch, crimes, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, detroit, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Acts of Worship (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, friendship, juvenile delinquency, downfall, going straight, destructive relationship, drug abuse, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
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 6.9
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Naked Lunch (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in an Islamic port town in Africa.
Style: psychedelic, disturbing, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Plot: hallucination, murder, exterminator, addiction, drug abuse, seduction, life is a bitch, crimes, delusion, strong sexual content, dishonesty, losing-it hero ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1953
Place: usa, new york, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
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Sid and Nancy (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Following their breakout success in England, flagship punk rock band the Sex Pistols venture out on their first U.S. tour. Temperamental bassist Sid Vicious takes his troubled girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, along for the ride. Along the way, the ...
Style: captivating, serious, gloomy, disturbing, biting ...
Plot: punk, heroin, drug abuse, addiction, drug addiction, destructive relationship, self harm, punk music, love affair, nudity (full frontal - brief), rock and roll, s&m ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, london, england, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
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Zooey (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Angel and Zooey are not your typical newlyweds. Zooey is a professional prostitute and Angel is a drug dealer. Yet they are not without hopes and dreams, of escaping their life in the streets and starting a new in a fresh painted cottage with picked ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, bleak, gloomy
Plot: prostitute, love affair, lifestyle, going straight, addiction, drug abuse, hopes, life is a bitch, society, youth, survival, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: drug abuse, family problems, family relations, downfall, introspection, misfit, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, drug addiction, money, drug dealing, existentialism ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
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Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young kid from Kansas moves to New York to work on a magazine. He gets caught up in the world of drink and drugs, and starts a steady decline. The only hope is the cousin of one of his drinking partners, can she pull him through it ?
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, nightlife, alcohol abuse, addiction, redemption, life is a bitch, starting over, friendship, supportive spouse, downfall, writers, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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33%
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Kids (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: underage sex, puberty, strong sexual content, virginity, coming of age, innocence lost, first sex, street kid, urban ghetto life, youth, nihilism, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Cocaine Angel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A week in the life of a young drug addict.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, downfall, rehabilitation, life is a bitch, drug use, lifestyle, hopes, drug dealing, drug addiction, fired from the job, drug abuse, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
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32%
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Jesus' Son (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to a life redeemed by a discovery of compassion.
Style: gloomy, thought provoking, semi serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, on the road, abortion, addiction, redemption, heroin, dark humor, destructive relationship, human nature, life is a bitch, hopes, misfit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, phoenix arizona, iowa, mexico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Wasted (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A high-school track star (Nick Stahl) watches without judgment as his two best friends (Summer Phoenix, Aaron Paul) abuse heroin.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, rough, biting ...
Plot: high school, drug addict, friendship, heroin, teenage life, life is a bitch, downfall, small town, kids in trouble, curses spells and rituals, drug abuse, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
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Most High (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When Julius (Marty Sader) loses his girlfriend, his job and the life of his pseudo father, Jack, his itch for a "quick fix" suffocates his ambitions and takes him on a trip through the disturbing addiction of crystal meth. Julius confides ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: losing-it hero, downfall, rehabilitation, addiction, life is a bitch, couples, under the surface, family problems, drug abuse, destructive relationship, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii
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Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, redemption, lifestyle, actor's life, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
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31%
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Nil by Mouth (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making ...
Style: rough, bleak, gloomy, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: domestic violence, dysfunctional family, heroin, addiction, alcohol abuse, working class, family relations, mental illness, drug abuse, life is a bitch, temperamental, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe
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Submarino (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As children, Nick and his little brother take care of their baby brother while their mother drinks herself senseless. But the baby dies, and both brothers blame themselves. Many years later, Nick is out of prison after serving time for an assault. ...
Style: gloomy, bleak, rough, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, estrangement, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, childhood trauma, family relations, life is a bitch, redemption, family problems, inheritance, loner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen, berlin germany
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31%
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Love in the Time of Civil War (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Lauded Quebec filmmaker Rodrigue Jean (Lost Song) takes a fearless, unflinching look at the reality of addiction in this tough-minded docudrama set in the bleak milieu of hustlers and junkies in Montreal.
Style: realistic, bleak, disturbing, touching, serious
Plot: gay, prostitute, male prostitute, life is a bitch, misfit, drug abuse, urban ghetto, youth, social misfits, addiction, drug dealer, drug addiction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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Sherrybaby (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After serving time in prison, former drug addict Sherry Swanson returns home to reclaim her young daughter from family members who have been raising the child. Sherry's family, especially her sister-in-law, doubt Sherry's ability to be a ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, depressing, realistic ...
Plot: ex convict, drug abuse, support group, mother daughter relationship, warden, addiction, starting over, parents and children, rehabilitation, single parent, social misfits, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
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Down to the Bone (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, infidelity, rehabilitation, cocaine, dysfunctional family, going straight, family life, drug abuse, working class, destructive relationship, life is a bitch, cliche ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new york state
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30%
The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: meditative, psychological, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, teacher, dysfunctional family, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, prison life, parents and children, loss of family member, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, los angeles, phoenix arizona, paris france, california ...
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30%
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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: realistic, rough, serious, stylized, tragic ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, urban ghetto, violence, dysfunctional family, hip hop, life philosophy, character study, life, crimes, performer's life, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city, new jersey, california
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Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, crimes, life is a bitch, human nature, alcohol abuse, downfall, going straight, rehabilitation, introspection, self discovery, drug addiction ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, touching, philosophical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, false accusation, redemption, love affair, human nature, life is a bitch, dishonesty, understanding, couples, family relations, parents and children, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
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