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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, no music, melancholic, harsh ...
Plot: drug addict, drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, betrayal, couple relations, destructive relationship, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, couples, young lovers, love, youth, drug use, drug dealing, self destructing, self destruction, needle, death of pet, loneliness, life philosophy, redemption, heroin, romance, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, gloomy, serious and bleak films with plots about addiction, drug addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug addict, drugs and drinking alcohol mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres. Some movies like The Panic in Needle Park: Candy (2006), Christiane F. (1981), Drugstore Cowboy (1989), The Basketball Diaries (1995), 6 Balloons (2018). 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, addiction, drug abuse, destructive relationship, marriage, life is a bitch, junkie, obsession, lovers, artist, theft, painting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, sydney australia, melbourne 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, disturbing, serious, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, life is a bitch, drug abuse, drug addiction, friendship, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, destructive relationship, youth ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
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100%
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, contemplative ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, dark humor, friendship, drug addiction, addiction, overdose, thief, loss of friend, couples, robbery, group therapy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: usa, portland oregon
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100%
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, life is a bitch, teenage life, downfall, drugs/alcohol, basketball, antisocial behavior, coach, juvenile delinquency, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
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67%
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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: thought provoking, melancholic, captivating, rough, sentimental
Plot: drug addiction, heroin, brother sister relationship, drug abuse, heroin addict, surprise party, addiction, female director, drug use, fireworks, drug withdrawal, netflix ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, semi serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, heroin, drug abuse, drug addiction, addiction, social misfits, dark humor, surrealism, life is a bitch, counterculture, friendship, hallucination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london, england
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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: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, downfall, going straight, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, destructive relationship, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
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37%
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, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, drug addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, depression, hallucination, drug use, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city
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18%
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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: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy
Plot: prostitute, going straight, lifestyle, love affair, love and romance, drug dealing, crimes, hopes, youth, romance, downfall, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, family relations, family problems, downfall, introspection, misfit, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, drug addiction, drug dealing, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, touching, bleak, sentimental, realistic ...
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%
 7.1
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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, coming of age, strong sexual content, puberty, virginity, first sex, innocence lost, street kid, urban ghetto life, youth, loss of virginity, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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100%
 5.3
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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: drug use, addiction, rehabilitation, downfall, life is a bitch, drug dealing, hopes, lifestyle, drug addiction, fired from the job, drug abuse, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
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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, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, crimes, life is a bitch, downfall, drug dealing, couples, congress, couple relations, drug addiction, drugs, mercedes benz ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico, new york
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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, contemplative, touching, humorous ...
Plot: drug abuse, on the road, abortion, addiction, redemption, heroin, dark humor, life is a bitch, misfit, rehabilitation, hopes, human nature ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, phoenix arizona, iowa, mexico, new jersey
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32%
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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, addiction, rehabilitation, downfall, under the surface, family problems, couples, life is a bitch, destructive relationship, drug abuse, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hawaii
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31%
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, actor, redemption, actor's life, lifestyle, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
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31%
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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: realistic, thought provoking, rough, serious, suspense ...
Plot: high school, friendship, party, heroin, drug addict, downfall, life is a bitch, teenage life, small town, going straight, lifestyle, rehabilitation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
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31%
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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: heroin, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, estrangement, family relations, life is a bitch, redemption, family problems, inheritance, reunion, family reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: denmark, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark, europe, berlin germany
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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: bleak, gloomy, disturbing, rough, realistic ...
Plot: domestic violence, dysfunctional family, heroin, addiction, alcohol abuse, working class, family relations, mental illness, pub, drug abuse, siblings relations, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe
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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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, teacher, dysfunctional family, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, parents and children, prison life, family problems, loss of sibling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: phoenix arizona, paris france, california, los angeles, new york ...
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30%
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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, friendship, overdose, treatment, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, detroit, new york
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30%
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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, parole officer, addiction, starting over, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, rehabilitation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
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30%
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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, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, human nature, love affair, parents and children, couples, family relations, understanding, dishonesty, life is a bitch, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greece
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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: sincere, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, infidelity, rehabilitation, cocaine, dysfunctional family, going straight, human nature, life is a bitch, family life, drug abuse, working class, destructive relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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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
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High Art (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.
Style: sexy, sincere, emotional, sexual, depressing ...
Plot: lesbian, photographer, lgbt, addiction, lesbian couple, human nature, love affair, drugs/alcohol, couples, sexuality, heroin, magazine ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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30%
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, drug rehabilitation, addiction, human nature, life is a bitch, crimes, alcohol abuse, introspection, self discovery, rehabilitation, going straight, downfall ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
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Chelsea Walls (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.
Style: serious, touching, meditative, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lifestyle, writer's life, looking for love, couple relations, addiction, human nature, drug abuse, rising to stardom, nightlife, down on your luck, hotel, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, minnesota, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
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Drunks (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, ...
Style: realistic, talky, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: alcoholic, alcohol abuse, support group, addiction, redemption, drug abuse, family problems, friends, couples, down on your luck, family in crisis, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
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