Movies like The Principal

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The Principal (1987)
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The Principal (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Burglary. Drugs. Assault. Rape. The students at Brandel High are more than new Principal Rick Latimer bargained for. Gangs fight to control the school using knives - even guns - when they have to. When Latimer and the head of security try to clean up the school and stop the narcotics trade, they run up against a teenage mafia. A violent confrontation on the campus leads to a deadly showdown with the drug dealer's gang, and one last chance for Latimer to save his career... and his life.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, harsh, feel good, humorous, intense, cult film, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, high school life, gang, chase, youth gang, teacher, vigilantism, ghetto, drug dealing, alcohol abuse, murder, single parent, teenage life, youth, teachers and students, crimes, crime, college, family relations, misfit, couple relations, life is a bitch, student life, against the odds, hopes ...
Time: 80s
Place: oakland california, new jersey

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Most similar movies to The Principal

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and suspenseful films with plots about crimes, gang, murder, crime, violence, gangsters and vengeance mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Principal: The Substitute 2: School's Out (1998), The Substitute (1996), Class of 1984 (1982), New Jack City (1991), Enemy Territory (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Substitute 2: School's Out (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When teacher Randall Thomasson is killed during a carjacking, an unexpected visitor shows up at his funeral - his estranged brother, Karl Thomasson (Treat Williams). An ex-Green Beret turned mercenary. Karl signs on as a new substitute teacher in ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: high school, gang, murder, urban ghetto, power relations, tough heroes, graphic violence, danger, amateur detective, crime, vengeance, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, vietnam
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The Substitute (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After he did some jobs for CIA, ex-marine John Shale is visiting his high school love Jane. She's now a teacher in Columbus High School in Miami. Soon after his arriving Jane has her knee cap broken while jogging. After that, John decides to go ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, high school, hidden identity, danger, high school life, crime, undercover, gang, youth, society, crimes, tough heroes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: miami, florida, usa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
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Class of 1984 (1982)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Andy is a new teacher at a inner city high school that is like nothing he has ever seen before. There is metal detectors at the front door and everything is basically run by a tough kid named Peter Stegman. Soon, Andy and Stegman become enemies and ...
Style: cult film, disturbing, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: gang, high school, school, juvenile delinquency, vigilante, teacher, drug dealing, murder, vengeance, teenage life, punk, music teacher ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 33K
New Jack City (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A gangster, Nino, is in the Cash Money Brothers, making a million dollars every week selling crack. A cop, Scotty, discovers that the only way to infiltrate the gang is to become a dealer himself.
Style: serious, tense, captivating, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, gangsters, gang, chase, urban ghetto, drug dealing, friendship, betrayal, crime, crimes, addiction, rise and fall ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Enemy Territory (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An insurance salesman inadvertently gets trapped after dark in an apartment building that is terrorized by a street gang called "The Vampires."
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, gang, confined, crimes, vampire, deadly, society, danger, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, ghetto, racial injustice ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
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Tuff Turf (1985)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The new guy (James Spader) in a Los Angeles high school does some singing and fights a hotshot (Paul Mones) over a disco dancer (Kim Richards).
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: gang, high school, teenager, dancing, dance, heist, youth, crimes, love and romance, high school life, vengeance, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Brotherhood of Justice (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A group of high school students, led by a rich boy Derek, is sick of school violence and decides to become underground vigilantes named "Brotherhood of Justice". It starts with the idea "watching people", but things quickly get ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: high school, gang, school, vigilantism, vigilante, student, vengeance, teenage life, crimes, youth, drug dealing, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.5
 350
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: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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3:15 (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Violent crime is routine. Organized drug trade runs rampant in the face of powerless authority. And a vicious street gang holds dominion with a savage reign of terror. Welcome to Lincoln High! Here the cobras rule the school and everyone in it. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gang, high school, gangsters, gory, drug dealing, rivalry, juvenile delinquency, starting over, crime, college life, college, redemption ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 ⇓
35%
Dangerously Close (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Rebel without a cause or a clue at an elite but uptight college discovers some of his classmates have formed an even more elite clique more or less hell-bent on ridding the school, and quite possibly American society, of what they deem to be its ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: fascism, punk, murder, high school, life is a bitch, state affairs, high school life, teenage life, school, vigilantism, youth, crime ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Death Sentence (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, harsh, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, gang, vigilantism, murder, tragic event, justice, crimes, character change, haunted by the past, loss of son, violence, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Switchblade Sisters (1975)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A tough gang of teenage girls are looking for love and fighting for turf on the mean streets of the city! Bad girls to the core, these impossibly outrageous high school hoodlums go where they want ... and create mayhem wherever they go!
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: gang, high school, school, heist, prostitute, exploitation, prostitution, juvenile delinquent, switchblade, gang war, gangsters, prison ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
An Innocent Man (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and the officers frame him as a drug dealer. Rainwood is ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: prison, police corruption, false accusation, frame up, gang, drug dealing, vengeance, crimes, law enforcement, prison life, tough law enforcer, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Detention: The Siege at Johnson High (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A former high school student, Jason Copeland, returns to his school to take his revenge on the teachers for failing him out of school.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: high school, school, hostage, vengeance, school shooting, high school life, urban ghetto life, teachers and students, police station, teenage life, haunted by the past, violence spree ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Death Wish II (1982)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Paul Kersey is again a vigilante trying to find five punks who murdered his housekeeper and daughter in Los Angeles.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, rape, vigilante, murder, hospital, one man army, one against many, surveillance, police, anti hero, anti heroes, gang rape ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 16K
Judgment Night (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: While racing to a boxing match, Frank, Mike, John and Rey get more than they bargained for. A wrong turn lands them directly in the path of Fallon, a vicious, wise-cracking drug lord. After accidentally witnessing Fallon murder a disloyal henchman, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, murder, gang, on the run, friendship, one night, crime gone awry, chases and races, crime, crimes, law enforcement, buddies ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, cuba, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.3
 3K
We Die Young (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Bulgaria
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Lucas, a 14-year-old boy inducted into the gang life in Washington D.C., is determined that his 10-year-old brother won't follow the same path. When an Afghanistan war veteran comes into the neighborhood, an opportunity arises.
Style: thought provoking, suspense, bleak, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: life is a bitch, drug dealing, gang, juvenile delinquent, war veteran, brother brother relationship, organized crime, criminal gang, dishonesty, crimes, family relations, transformation ...
Place: washington d.c., afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Exterminator (1980)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York into a great war zone and Christopher George is the only one to stop him.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vigilantism, vigilante, chase, murder, police investigation, revenge, vengeance, gory, crimes, fighting the system, deadly, fighting crime ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, new york, asia, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: african american, urban ghetto life, gunfight, crime, street gang, friendship, hip hop, police brutality, organized crime, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, murder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, 1990s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, california, usa, united states, north america
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Snitch'd (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: When the South Side Gang and the Cut Throat Mafia start a drug war at a local high school in Santa Ana, CA, detective McClure goes undercover to investigate the brutal murder of a young Latina student. The gang members are the key suspects but ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, police detective, gangsters, juvenile delinquency, police investigation, gang, criminal heroes, police corruption, tough law enforcer, society, drug dealing, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.7
 4K
Quicksilver (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jack Casey ('Kevin Bacon' )used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which relies on bicycles to avoid ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: cycling, riding a bicycle, murder, wall street, city life, friendship, working class, life is a bitch, partners, gang, downfall, investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, san francisco, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Original Gangstas (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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 ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, vigilantism, vigilante, murder, profanity, heroes, gang violence, gunfight, hand to hand combat, fistfight, drive by shooting, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 70s
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Movie in collections
 5.9
 14K
Death Wish 3 (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Paul Kersey returns to New York to visit his friend Charley, who lives in one of the worst parts of New York City. But when Paul arrives at Charley's apartment, he finds Charley dying after a vicious beating by a gang led by Manny Fraker, and ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, gang, vigilante, sniper, chaos, police, rocket launcher, anti hero, anti heroes, one man army, hospital, one against many ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, los angeles, usa, manhattan new york city, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Marked for Death (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Just retired from the Drug Enforcement Agency, John Hatcher returns to his hometown and quickly discovers that drugs have infiltrated his old neighborhood. Determined to drive the dealers out, Hatcher crosses paths with a ferocious Jamaican drug ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, drug dealing, murder, danger, vengeance, revenge, aikido, crimes, crime, family, against the odds ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, west indies, jamaica, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 2.6
 1K
Corrupt (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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 ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, inner city, urban setting, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, going straight, youth, urban ghetto, urban, social misfits ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.1
 853
Chains of Gold (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Scott Barnes is an alcoholic turned social worker hellbent on saving a young boy named Tommy from self-destructing when he finds out he has begun selling crack in an organization called YIP, run by Carlos.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, criminal heroes, crimes, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto, friends, police detective, kids in trouble, working undercover, urban ghetto life, crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 15K
Set It Off (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Four black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, undertake to rob banks. While initially successful, a policeman who was involved in shooting one of the women's brothers is on their trail. As the ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: heist, single parent, friendship, ghetto, bank robber, crimes, crime, dishonesty, on the run, siblings relations, interracial relations, social differences ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Savage Streets (1984)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A teenage vigilante seeks revenge on a group of violent thugs who raped her handicapped sister and murdered her best friend.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, rivalry, vigilantism, social decay, sexual abuse, punk, murder, punk band, fire, rape, violence spree, track down ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After the death of his girlfriend's daughter from a drug overdose, Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) takes on the local drug cartel.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, vigilante, revenge, hospital, one man army, one against many, police, anti hero, anti heroes, gang, danger, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%