Movies like Scum

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Scum (1979)
 7.6
 10K
Scum (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the 'old hands'. The film was originally made as a BBC play but it was banned before ever being shown.
Style: rough, disturbing, tense, serious, cult film, bleak, captivating, realistic, banned
Plot: rebellion, prison, juvenile delinquency, youth, kids in trouble, violence, racism, corruption, riot, revenge, prison life, criminal heroes, fighting the system, life is a bitch, social misfits, rebelliousness, reform, humiliation, sadism, suicide, prisoner, society, social relations, rape, teenage life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and bleak films with plots about crimes, society, crime, life is a bitch, violence, youth and juvenile delinquency mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like Scum: Made in Britain (1982), Dog Pound (2010), American History X (1998), This Is England (2006), La Haine (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Made in Britain (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Trevor sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend his time stealing cars than sitting in the detention centre to which he is sent. His social worker, Harry Parker, tries to do his best, but Trevor is only ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, social worker, teenager, prison, city life, teenage life, urban, innocence lost, kids in trouble ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
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Dog Pound (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Canada, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three juvenile delinquents arrive at a correctional center and are put under the care of an experienced guard.
Style: sincere, serious, tense, realistic, rough ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, sodomy, prison, crimes, juvenile prison, youth, crime, going straight, prison life, deadly, confined, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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100%
American History X (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader ...
Style: rough, serious, cerebral, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: skinhead, racism, prison, juvenile delinquency, prison rape, nazism, gang, racial slur, hate, crimes, racial prejudice, male rape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles, california, united states, venice beach california
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100%
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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, crimes, vandalism, juvenile delinquency, xenophobia, adolescence, life is a bitch, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: england, europe, woodstock, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.1
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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, skinhead, police brutality, protest, friendship, urban ghetto life, rebellion, realism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
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Bronson (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Cayman Islands, Denmark, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.
Style: surreal, realistic, rough, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, social misfits, violence spree, society, robbery, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, confined, human nature, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1974
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, london
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100%
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Kidulthood (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.
Style: serious, rough, tense, dark, captivating ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, bullying, school, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, gang, social decay, teenage love, friendship, lifestyle, hardcase students, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: london, europe, england
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100%
King of Devil's Island (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Norway, France, Sweden, Poland
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, 1915. On the island Bastøy, outside Oslo, a group of young boys aged 11 to 18, are held in an institution for delinquent youth, notorious for its sadistic regime. One day a new boy, Erling, arrives, ...
Style: tense, bleak, atmospheric, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: punishment, prison life, island, beating, child abuse, sexual abuse, humiliation, juvenile detention, riot, escape attempt, rebellion, violence ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, eastern europe, scandinavia, poland, japan
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100%
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 7.4
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Starred Up (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father. As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already ...
Style: rough, captivating, serious, tense, psychological ...
Plot: prison, prison life, confined, teenage life, parents and children, family reunited, family relations, warden, juvenile delinquent, troublemaker, father son relationship, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: britain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 2K
Scum (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 75 min.
Story: This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British borstal for young offenders. Luckily the regime has changed since this TV film was made. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power ...
Style: banned film
Plot: working class, prison riot, corruption, brutality, illiteracy, racism, suicide, rape, criminal, reformatory
Time: 70s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Women's Prison (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman about to get married discovers all too late that her spouse has mafia connections, when violence breaks out during her wedding. Caught up in the crossfire Lynn gets arrested and thrown into a women's prison.
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prison, rivalry, rebellion, youth, dangerous animal, life is a bitch, heroes, one man army, dishonesty, kids in trouble, bookies, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.1
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Steel Toes (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Steel Toes is a provocative exploration of the inescapable and insidious presence of racial and religious intolerance in our society.
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: racism, confined, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, introspection, prison, misfit, crimes, legal, husband wife relationship, liberal, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec, montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.2
 14K
Bad Boys (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a ...
Style: neo noir, realistic, disturbing, serious, tense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, youth, juvenile delinquency, rivalry, crime, crimes, gang war, confined, society, violence, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 2K
Screwed (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film is a semi-biographical story based on the experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson who spent seven years working in some of the UK's most dangerous prisons. Based on Thompson's book of the same name, the project stars ...
Style: rough, disturbing, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, violence spree, prison, fish out of water, life is a bitch, downfall, corrupt officer, haunted by the past, law enforcement, deadly, crime, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, britain, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.7
 696
Charlie (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in Post World War II Britain, chronicles the rise and fall of real life British crime lord Charlie Richardson.
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, gang, prison life, prison, racism, heist, tough heroes, rebellion, juvenile delinquency, betrayal, fighting the system, society ...
Time: 60s
Place: south africa, london, europe, england, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Scrubbers (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two girls escape from an open borstal for two very different reasons; Annetta to attempt to visit her baby daughter, who is being raised in a convent; and Carol, who hopes to be recaptured and sent to a closed borstal where she knows her girlfriend ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak, rough
Plot: prison, survival, women's prison, prison life, youth, danger, gays and lesbians, fighting the system, society, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, confined ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.2
 16K
Brubaker (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, liberal, corruption, brutality, violence, abuse of power, justice, politics, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: arkansas, southern usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Reform School Girls (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jenny is sent to a women's reform school. It is run by evil warden Sutter and her henchwoman Edna. Jenny will stop at nothing to escape but she also has to deal with Charlie the bully.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, female warden, teenage life, false accusation, crime, juvenile delinquency, crimes, prison life, criminal heroes, confined, going straight, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious, 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 ⇓
42%
 7.3
 988
Forever Mary (1989)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A teacher discovers his calling. Marco relocates to Palermo from Milan and takes a job teaching in a reform school while he waits for a high school position. He tries to understand and motivate his handful of students, reading them colloquial ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: prison, youth, juvenile delinquent, reformatory, reform, school, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, teachers and students, prison life, transvestism, optimism ...
Time: 80s
Place: italy, sicily, europe, palermo italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.1
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Gang Tapes (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a brutal carjacking yields a videocamera, a teenage boy decides to document his life and the lives of his fellow gangbangers.
Style: serious, rough, suspense, tense, realistic
Plot: social decay, tough heroes, gang, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, going straight, youth, kids in trouble, crime, crimes, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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41%
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Cass (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The incredible true story of how an orphaned Jamaican baby, adopted by an elderly white couple and brought up in an all white area of London, became one of the most feared and respected men in Britain.
Style: psychological, rough, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: racism, adoption, interracial relations, self discovery, rise to the top, going straight, lifestyle, parents and children, rebellion, society, rivalry, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.1
 5K
R (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The R of the title stands for the young protagonist, Rune, fearlessly played by Pilou Asbæk. Imprisoned for violent assault, he's a cocky, good-looking young man placed in the hardcore ward, where his survival depends on quickly learning the ...
Style: tense, realistic, rough, disturbing, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, friendship, gang, confined, crimes, warden, murder, violence, muslim, jail cell, racial slur ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Awaydays (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: On the Wirral in the grim early years of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, the opportunities for thrill seeking young men looking to escape 9 to 5 drudgery are what they've always been: sex, drugs, rock n' roll, fashion, football and ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: destructive relationship, teenage life, gang, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, crimes, buddies, life is a bitch, troublemaker, down on your luck, unemployment, violence spree ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.9
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A Prophet (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of ...
Style: rough, tense, bleak, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, prison, gangsters, prison life, cruelty, convict, confined, racial slur, respect, guilt, muslim, power struggle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, marseille, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.5
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If.... (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The film is a caustic portrait of a traditional English boys’ boarding school, where social hierarchy reigns supreme and power remains in the hands of distanced and ineffectual teachers and callously vicious prefects in the Upper Sixth. But three ...
Style: cult film, biting, suspense, surreal, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: school shooting, rebellion, satire, private school, coming of age, youth, social satire, corporal punishment, boarding school life, school, boarding school, buddies ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.9
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The Class (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Estonia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.
Style: disturbing, serious, tense, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: school shooting, life is a bitch, vengeance, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, social decay, society, humiliation, teenage life, youth, rivalry, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, estonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.8
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Weapons (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Weapons presents a series of brutal, seemingly random youth-related killings over the course of a weekend in a typical small town in America, and tragically reveals how they are all interrelated.
Style: suspenseful, serious, disturbing, rough, bleak ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, criminal heroes, youth, vengeance, working class, life is a bitch, deadly, society, small town, homecoming, murder, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Inside (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An emotional and thrilling tale of life and death behind the walls of a maximum security prison. From the acclaimed director of 'Bonnie and Clyde', and featuring a powerful international cast.
Style: bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, talky ...
Plot: disintegration, racism, prison, politics, denial, prisoner, political prisoner, retribution, apartheid, legal, rivalry, tragic hero ...
Time: 80s
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.0
 10K
The Tribe (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Ukraine, Netherlands
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Deaf mute Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for deaf-and-dumb. In this new place, he needs to find his way through the hierarchy of the school’s network dealing with crimes and prostitution, the Tribe. By taking part of several ...
Style: disturbing, rough, bleak, tense, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mute or deaf, prostitute, misfit, boarding school, juvenile delinquency, bullying, gang, abortion, crime, crimes, young lovers, adolescence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ukraine, kiev ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%