Movies like River's Edge

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 7.1
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River's Edge
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions vary.
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, serious, realistic, gloomy, rough, brutal, dark, stylized ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, high school, small town, crime, teenager, drugs, drinking, friendship, brutality, teacher, violence, marijuana, death, betrayal, friends, strong sexual content, rock, beer, adolescence, teenagers, rebellion, teenage life, unlikely friendships, weed, pornography ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, oregon, usa, portland oregon
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Boyz n the Hood
Crime, Drama
USA
112 min.
 7.8
City of God
Crime, Drama
Brazil, France
130 min.
 8.6
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, harsh, serious and bleak films with plots about mentor, violence, brutality, runaway, dialogue, murder and violent mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like River's Edge: Mean Creek (2004), L.I.E. (2001), Boyz n the Hood (1991), Joe (2013), The Powers That Be (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Mean Creek
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Teenagers living in small-town Oregon take a boat trip for a birthday celebration. When they get an idea to play a mean trick on the town bully, it suddenly goes too far. Soon they're forced to deal with the unexpected consequences of their ...
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Audience: kids, teens, teen drama
Plot: small town, coming of age, friendship, vengeance, guilt, bullying, revenge, teenager, violence, prank, drinking, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon
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 7.2
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L.I.E.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In this biting and disturbing coming-of-age tale from writer-director Michael Cuesta, life is bittersweet along the L.I.E., also known as the Long Island Expressway, as suburban teen Howie Blitzer learns all too clearly. In the space of a week, he ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, serious, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, sexual abuse, gay, pornography, single father, friendship, sexuality, sex, suburbs, drinking, death, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, new jersey
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 7.8
 108K
Boyz n the Hood
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: realistic, tense, gloomy, serious, intense ...
Plot: hip hop, friendship, coming of age, poverty, violence, gangster, drugs, revenge, tragedy, storytelling, vengeance, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, cuba, south central los angeles
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System:   89%
    User:   100%
 
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 6.9
 41K
Joe
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The rough-hewn boss of a lumber crew courts trouble when he steps in to protect the youngest member of his team from an abusive father.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, stylized, serious, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, coming of age, child abuse, small town, homeless, friendship, violence, father son relationship, drugs/alcohol, violent, mentor, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa, texas, new jersey, california
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The Powers That Be
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A wealthy Los Angeles teen and her superficial friends wants to break out of suburbia and experience Southern California's "gangsta" lifestyle. But problems arise when the preppies get in over their heads and provoke the wrath of a ...
Style: sexual, tense, serious, realistic, bleak ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Bully
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France, UK
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    User:   92%
 
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Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named Ernesto, the two become bitter enemies. While their dispute ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy, harsh ...
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Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio, ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, rough, melancholic ...
Plot: coming of age, childhood, friendship, father son relationship, violence, juvenile delinquency, drugs/alcohol, relationships, male nudity, mentor, homecoming, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1986, 2000s, year 2005
Place: new york, usa, california, los angeles
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System:   80%
    User:   90%
 
The Young Poisoner's Handbook
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A sinister tale of genius gone wrong, The Young Poisoner's Handbook chronicles a young man's descent into madness against the absurd backdrop of suburban English life. Hugh O'Conor plays Graham Young, a schoolboy from the London ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, dark, realistic ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, friendship, parents and children, stylish, pornography, brutality, vengeance, dysfunctional family, crime, violence, sexualized violence ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   79%
    User:   84%
 
 7.5
 12K
Sweet Sixteen
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, disturbing, sentimental ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   79%
    User:   95%
 
One False Move
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Following a series of drug deals and murders, three criminals -- Fantasia, Ray Malcolm and Pluto -- travel from Los Angeles to Houston, finally arriving in a small Arkansas town to go into hiding. Two detectives from the LAPD, who are already on the ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspense, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, small town, murder, police investigation, crime gone awry, redemption, heist, investigation, violence, drugs, neo noir, hitman ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, texas, arkansas, louisiana, california ...
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System:   78%
    User:   64%
 
Fort Apache the Bronx
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really seems like an outpost in enemy's country. ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police, crime, police corruption, police investigation, police station, violence, addiction, drug addiction, drugs, gang, hospital ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco, new jersey, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   76%
    User:   64%
 
 6.6
 12K
Animal Factory
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, harsh ...
Plot: prison, friendship, crime, drugs, violence, corruption, prison escape, murder, innocence lost, brutality, violent, mentor ...
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    User:   71%
 
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 12K
At Close Range
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970's. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... ...
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This Is England
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Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Style: realistic, bleak, tense, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, skinhead, coming of age, violence, innocence lost, childhood, adolescence, friendship, bullying, brainwashing, prejudice, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, northern england, woodstock
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System:   75%
    User:   74%
 
 6.4
 16K
Less Than Zero
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A college freshman returns to Los Angeles for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.
Style: stylized, serious, gloomy, realistic, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, drug addiction, addiction, friendship, drugs, high school, downfall, drinking, self discovery, adaptation, book, weed ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   61%
 
Better Luck Tomorrow
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.
Style: realistic, clever, tense, serious, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: crime, high school, coming of age, friendship, pornography, teenager, greed, drugs/alcohol, teenage life, murder, stereotypes, race issues ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   69%
 
New Jersey Drive
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: realistic, serious, bleak, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, brutality, vengeance, police investigation, police corruption, gang, cars, juvenile delinquency, redemption, drug dealing, urban, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   81%
 
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Hard Eight
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.
Style: clever, serious, gloomy, enigmatic, talky ...
Plot: gambling, casino, betrayal, crime, redemption, violence, murder, neo noir, drinking, hotel, neo-noir, blackmail ...
Time: 90s
Place: nevada, usa, california, las vegas, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   73%
    User:   75%
 
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Joe the King
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, bleak, rough ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, redemption, working class, teacher, drinking, child abuse, friendship, children, childhood, male nudity, poverty ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   73%
    User:   63%
 
 6.6
 3K
All Over Me
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Claude and Ellen are best friends who live in a not-so-nice area of New York. They're involved in the subculture of 90s youth, complete with drugs, live music, and homophobia. All is changed one night when a violent and meaningless death rocks ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, friendship, homosexuality, drugs, gay, lesbian, murder, punk, drugs/alcohol, adolescence, relationships, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   73%
    User:   61%
 
Menace II Society
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: realistic, bleak, stylized, rough, serious ...
Plot: crime, hip hop, coming of age, friendship, violence, drugs, brutality, gangster, gunfight, revenge, vengeance, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   73%
    User:   64%
 
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Pixote
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prostitution, crime, brutality, homeless, poverty, loneliness, children, corruption, tragedy, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, pornography ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america, sao paulo brazil
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System:   72%
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Little Odessa
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The film follows the personal relationship between a father and his two sons, one of whom is a hit-man for the Russian mafia in Brooklyn.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, twists and turns, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, crime, hitman, gangsters, immigrants, mafia, violence, assassination, gangster, parents and children, murder, assassin ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   63%
 
 6.9
 18K
Clockers
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Strike is a young city drug pusher under the tutelage of drug lord Rodney Little. When a night manager at a fast-food restaurant is found with four bullets in his body, Strike's older brother turns himself in as the killer. Det. Rocco Klein ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: crime, murder, investigation, drugs, mentor, violence, brutality, parents and children, organized crime, urban, hip hop, corruption ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   63%
 
 5.3
 122K
Spring Breakers
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After four college girls rob a restaurant to fund their spring break in Florida, they get entangled with a weird dude with his own criminal agenda.
Style: sexy, stylized, sexual, art house, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sex, crime gone awry, drugs, violence, on the road, best friends, drugs/alcohol, pornography, gangsters, juvenile delinquency, party, spring break ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   84%
 
Another Day in Paradise
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A vending machine robbery by small time thief and drug addict Bobbie (Vincent Kartheiser) goes badly awry, and his friends contact street-wise thief and part-time druggie Mel (James Woods) to patch him up.Recognizing a kindred spirit, Mel befriends ...
Style: talky, realistic, tense, serious, cynical ...
Audience: kids
Plot: crime, violence, drug abuse, addiction, murder, drugs, brutality, drug addiction, drinking, heroin, crime gone awry, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
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System:   70%
    User:   60%
 
 6.8
 35K
Romper Stomper
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nazi skinheads in Melbourne take out their anger on local Vietnamese, who are seen as threatening racial purity. Finally the Vietnamese have had enough and confront the skinheads in an all-out confrontation, sending the skinheads running. A woman ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, bleak, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: violence, skinhead, racism, betrayal, gang, nazi, male nudity, violent, brutality, gratuitous violence, gangs, visceral ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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System:   70%
    User:   63%
 

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 7.4
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Bullhead
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Young Limburg cattle farmer, Jacky Vanmarsenille, is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious West-Flemish beef trader. But the assassination of a federal policeman, and an unexpected confrontation with a ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: crime, gangsters, mafia, friendship, violence, revenge, loneliness, childhood, police investigation, vengeance, brutality, tragedy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   70%
    User:   66%
 
Drugstore Cowboy
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, realistic, serious, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, heroin, redemption, friendship, drug addiction, hospital, going straight, overdose, drugs, on the road, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   72%
 
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