Movies like Requiem for a Dream

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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
 8.3
 691K
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, atmospheric, emotional, disturbing, surreal, captivating, depressing, realistic, tense ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, drugs/alcohol, insanity, life is a bitch, destructive relationship, drug addiction, depression, hallucinations, psychiatrist, couples, tragic event, degradation, dreams, paranoia, drug addict, drug use, loneliness, parents and children, heroin addict, racial slur, existentialism, junkie ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city

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Most similar movies to Requiem for a Dream

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, interesting and bleak films with plots about addiction, life is a bitch, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, depression and loneliness mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Requiem for a Dream: Trainspotting (1996), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Sid and Nancy (1986), Gia (1998), Christiane F. (1981). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.2
 583K
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, captivating, semi serious, rough, dark humor ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, drug abuse, social misfits, friendship, society, counterculture, crimes, drug rehabilitation, surrealism, misfit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, rough, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, teenage life, life is a bitch, basketball, drugs/alcohol, friends, diary, innocence lost, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 27K
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, gloomy, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, destructive relationship, drug addiction, punk, domestic violence, vandalism, dwarf, bassist, punk rock, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, new york, europe, usa, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 37K
Gia (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gia Carangi travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving, she meets Wilhelmina Cooper, a wise and high-powered agent who takes Gia under her wing. With Cooper's help and her own natural instincts, ...
Style: psychological, rough, sexual, melancholic, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, fashion, lesbian, addiction, strong sexual content, mental illness, aids, heroin, model, nightlife, lifestyle, rehabilitation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 19K
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, gloomy, bleak, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heroin, downfall, drug abuse, addiction, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, friendship, society, drug dealing, lifestyle, prostitute, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, west germany, west berlin west germany, berlin germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 1.7M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: biting, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: losing-it hero, social decay, fist fighting, against the rules, insomnia, split personality, violence, social misfits, life philosophy, fighting the system, loneliness, nihilism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.3
 40K
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, surprise ending, romantic, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, destructive relationship, artist, marriage, lovers, life is a bitch, obsession, theft, professor, junkie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, mcdonald's restaurant, sydney australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, drug abuse, death of pet, betrayal, love, couple relations, drugs/alcohol, young lovers, youth, couples, abortion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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: dark humor, serious, realistic, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, robbery, overdose, friendship, motel, addiction, thief, loss of friend, superstition, hat, junkie ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 42K
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: surreal, disturbing, sexual, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: seduction, writing, murder, bug, hallucination, exterminator, hallucinations, drug abuse, addiction, strong sexual content, couples, postmodernism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, new york, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 648K
Black Swan (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, surreal, suspense, mind bending ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, losing-it hero, insanity, mental illness, dancer's life, mentally unstable, hallucinations, showbiz, rivalry, parents and children, paranoia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, West Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A gritty Brooklyn story about union corruption, violence, taboos and social norms. The stories told are of the sailors, the prostitute, the union bosses, the hooligans and the gay community set in the early 50s.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, transvestism, fight, union, transsexual, working class, labor union, factory, teenage life, social decay, leadership, fall in love ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 218K
Boogie Nights (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a ...
Style: captivating, sentimental, touching, sexual, stylized ...
Plot: pornography, strong sexual content, drug abuse, rise and fall, porn industry, sex, cocaine, addiction, showbiz, lifestyle, fame, innocence lost ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1982
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 69K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, bleak, thought provoking, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, social problems, unhappy, human relationship, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
 6.4
 206
Gringo (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Filmed in documentary-style, the film follows the character of Gringo, a young man looking for fortune in New York, only to fall into heroin addiction.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: heroes, realism, downfall, urban, society, misfit, addiction, americana, crimes, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, anti heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
 9K
Manic (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lyle is filled with rage. After badly beating a classmate during a schoolyard fight, Lyle is committed to a juvenile mental institution in lieu of criminal prosecution. Inside the hospital, Lyle encounters a group of adolescents struggling with a ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, wannabe, therapy, dysfunctional family, painting, coming of age, addiction, family problems, misfit, self esteem, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, bleak, realistic, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: drug abuse, nightlife, addiction, redemption, life is a bitch, starting over, alcohol abuse, friendship, downfall, supportive spouse, innocence lost, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Style: sincere, gloomy, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, funeral, life is a bitch, grief, birthday, best friend, love and romance, haunted by the past, childhood, family relations, widow widower ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 7.4
 8K
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, disturbing, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, addiction, heroin, domestic violence, drug abuse, realism, family problems, temperamental, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, down on your luck, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.6
 11K
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: bleak, realistic, emotional, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, cocaine, parole officer, support group, ex convict, addiction, incest, drugs/alcohol, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.0
 454
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: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: drug dealing, addiction, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, self discovery, family problems, going straight, downfall, wall street, family life, buddies, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: tense, clever, gloomy, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, dysfunctional family, irish, terminal illness, sailor, actor, redemption, drug abuse, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, family life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, gloomy, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, family in crisis, life is a bitch, crimes, destructive relationship, hopes, friends, urban ghetto life, society, urban ghetto, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 6.6
 270
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: psychological, rough, gloomy, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: under the surface, losing-it hero, down on your luck, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, destructive relationship, family problems, couples, downfall, drug abuse, addiction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 7K
Jesus' Son (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to a life redeemed by a discovery of compassion.
Style: dark humor, gloomy, touching, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: drug abuse, abortion, on the road, addiction, redemption, heroin, overdose, hopes, destructive relationship, life is a bitch, social misfits, misfit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: iowa, phoenix arizona, chicago illinois, mexico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.3
 895
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, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: alcoholic, support group, addiction, redemption, drug abuse, church, rehabilitation, couples, downfall, starting over, human nature, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, human nature, crimes, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, introspection, going straight, downfall, self discovery, drug addiction, drinking ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, biting, psychological ...
Plot: secretary, rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, drinking, addiction, public relations, party, violence, alcoholic, romance, destructive relationship, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 10K
Bird (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, touching, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: jazz, heroin, jazz music, heroin addict, eiffel tower paris, death of daughter, music, drug abuse, addiction, ambition, infidelity, bohemian life ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.7
 162K
25th Hour (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The filmed adaptation from David Benioff's novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to prison. Anger, blame, frustration, betrayal, guilt and loneliness are ...
Style: realistic, emotional, bleak, talky, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, girlfriend, drug lord, guilt, betrayal, regret, rage, teacher, organized crime, interrogation, gay slur, surrealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%