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Salaam Bombay! (1988)
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Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, India, France, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Before Slumdog Millionaire came Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair’s Oscar-nominated drama tells the moving story of life on the streets of Bombay as seen through the eyes of Chaipu, a twelve-year-old boy living rough in the city.
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, touching, rough, gloomy, serious, captivating, ambiguous ending, poignant ...
Plot: kids in trouble, ethnic, underage sex, street kid, drug dealing, addiction, pimp, homeless, prostitution, crimes, drug abuse, youth, family relations, injustice, life is a bitch, graphic violence, realism, urban ghetto life, society, human nature, petty criminal, drugs/alcohol, young heroes, sexual content, urban ghetto ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, bombay india

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and harsh films with plots about life is a bitch, violence, runaway, crimes, redemption, mentor and brutality mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Salaam Bombay!: Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Sweet Sixteen (2002), Pixote (1980), City of God (2002), Tsotsi (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: uplifting, touching, motivational, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, childhood, against the odds, poverty, destiny, life is a bitch, street kid, society, street life, true love, journey, tv show ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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 7.4
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Sweet Sixteen (2002)
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: disturbing, bleak, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, family relations, life is a bitch, downfall, drug dealing, family problems, society, adolescence vs adulthood, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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Pixote (1980)
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: rough, bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: sex with a minor, prostitution, child rape, juvenile delinquency, street kid, down on your luck, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, youth, social misfits, loneliness, breast feeding ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 8.6
 719K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, street gang, society, gang war, crimes, social decay, life is a bitch, journalism ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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Tsotsi (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The South African multi-award winning film about a young South African boy from the ghetto named Tsotsi, meaning Gangster. Tsotsi, who left home as a child to get away from helpless parents, finds a baby in the back seat of a car that he has just ...
Style: bleak, sincere, emotional, captivating, rough ...
Plot: poverty, gang, bully, redemption, baby, murder, robbery, slum, life is a bitch, society, haunted by the past, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, johannesburg south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
My Crazy Life (1993)
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: realistic, serious, talky, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, friendship, drug dealing, urban ghetto, teenage life, urban ghetto life, youth, gang member, revenge, poverty, latin ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Morocco, Tunisia, France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are street kids. The daily dose of glue sniffing represents their only escape from reality. Since they left Dib and his gang, they have been living on the portside of Casablanca. They live in constant fear of Dib's ...
Style: captivating, serious, rough, bleak, realistic
Plot: street kid, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, survival, friendship, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, youth, society, danger, gang, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
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: emotional, thought provoking, rough, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, childhood, friendship, street kid, loss of friend, anger, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, crimes, coming of age, violence, racial slur ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2005, 2000s, year 1986 ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, coney island brooklyn new york city, california
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77%
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 7.8
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Boyz n the Hood (1991)
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: tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, hip hop, juvenile delinquency, street gang, gang, rapper, poverty, friendship, teenage life, ghetto, racial slur ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1991 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.9
 47K
Joe (2013)
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: touching, rough, captivating, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: child abuse, redemption, friendship, hopes, ex convict, murder, alcoholic, father son relationship, small town, life is a bitch, teenager, 15 year old ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, mississippi, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, loss of friend, thief, couples, overdose, robbery, pharmacy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.2
 15K
City of Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.
Style: bleak, tense, disturbing, captivating, serious ...
Plot: gang, friendship, street gang, slum, robbery, crimes, best friends, betrayal, gang war, social problems, society, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 8.1
 159K
La Haine (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said -- a Jew, African, and an Arab -- give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: rebel, poverty, youth, drugs, racism, police brutality, protest, friendship, skinhead, urban ghetto life, rebellion, realism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.3
 5K
Cyclo (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Hong Kong
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Follows a young cyclo (bicycle cab) driver on his poverty-driven descent into criminality in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City. The boy's struggles to scratch out a living for his two sisters and grandfather in the mean streets of the city lead to ...
Style: stylized, disturbing, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: poverty, gangsters, gang, coming of age, pimp, poet, taxi driver, nosebleed, bicycle, water gun, slaughterhouse, ak 47 ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, saigon, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Prince of the City (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, serious, captivating ...
Plot: police corruption, corruption, police, police detective, testimony, bribery, friendship, district attorney, crimes, crime, redemption, betrayal ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., virginia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)
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, captivating, disturbing, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police station, murder, police, rebellion, prostitute, hostage, police protagonist, police corruption, crime, crimes, police investigation, gang ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, bronx new york city, usa, san francisco, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.7
 118K
This Is England (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
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: rough, bleak, emotional, cult film, stylized ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, childhood, social problems, gang, vandalism, crimes, juvenile delinquency, xenophobia, neo nazi, adolescence, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: england, europe, britain, northern england, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", ...
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, serious, epic ...
Plot: gang, violence spree, drug abuse, prison gang, heroin, grudge, friendship, police shootout, crimes, crime, gang war, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, colombia, panama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Fresh (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Michael is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded house with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum,but still meets with Fresh on occasion to play chess. Fresh is rather quiet in a crazy world. Fresh's sister is a ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, realistic, touching, rough ...
Plot: african american, chess, drug dealing, drug lord, crime, crimes, juvenile delinquency, childhood trauma, youth, life is a bitch, family relations, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, new jersey
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61%
Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Various stories of how crack cocaine has infiltrated the inner-city streets. Based on Buddy Giovinazzo's novel "Life is Hot in Cracktown".
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: youth gang, nightshift, drug dealing, drug abuse, addiction, crimes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, society, criminal heroes, youth, gang ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
South Central (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A man is put to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop with crime but his son has yet followed the criminal path of his father.
Style: captivating, rough, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, drug dealing, murder, prison, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, society, crime, life is a bitch, youth, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Oliver Twist (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, UK, Czech Republic, Italy
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Oliver Twist the modern filmed version of Charles Dickens bestseller, a Roman Polanski adaptation. The classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child abuse, orphan, redemption, kidnapping, friendship, thief, orphanage, injustice, lifestyle, danger, runaway, poverty ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1830s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Once Were Warriors (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama about a Maori family lving in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.
Style: rough, emotional, realistic, sincere, tense ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, domestic violence, suicide, funeral, rape, unemployment, dysfunctional family, family relations, indigenous, alcohol, ghetto, tattoo ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia, Ecuador, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.
Style: rough, tense, thought provoking, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, immigrants, life is a bitch, illegal immigration, friendship, smuggling, crime, financial problem, crimes, juvenile delinquency, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.1
 78K
The Outsiders (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.
Style: sentimental, stylized, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, book, gang, street gang, juvenile delinquent, friendship, small town, murder, machismo, juvenile delinquency, friends, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 80s
Place: usa, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.5
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Havoc (2005)
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: psychological, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: youth, juvenile delinquency, gang, crimes, sex with a stranger, drug dealing, high school life, society, interracial relations, hip hop, teenage life, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Another Day in Paradise (1998)
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, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, junkie, drug dealing, heist, friendship, murder, robbery, crime, crimes, buddies, kids in trouble ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 ⇓
56%
 7.0
 48K
Gomorrah (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. Based on a book by Roberto Saviano. Power, money and blood: these are the "values" that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta have ...
Style: bleak, tense, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang war, criminal, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, danger, deadly, organized crime, debt, power, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: italy, europe, manhattan new york city, new york, venice ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.7
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Joe the King (1999)
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: tense, rough, emotional, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: corporal punishment, dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, child abuse, working class, abusive father, theft, debt, money, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, redemption ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%