Movies like Scum

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Scum (1979)
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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 The film was originally made as a BBC play but it was banned before ever being shown.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, bleak, captivating, realistic, cult film, banned
Plot: rebellion, prison, juvenile delinquency, youth, kids in trouble, gay rape, revenge, racism, corruption, riot, prison life, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, fighting the system, social misfits, rebelliousness, reform, rape, sadism, humiliation, violence, prisoner, suicide, society, social relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and bleak films with plots about crimes, society, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, prison, youth and violence mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like Scum: Made in Britain (1982), Dog Pound (2010), American History X (1998), King of Devil's Island (2010), This Is England (2006). 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: captivating, serious, realistic, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: racism, skinhead, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, social worker, police, prison, kids in trouble, society, youth, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe, britain
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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, juvenile prison, sodomy, prison, crimes, prison rape, going straight, youth, prison life, hopes, life is a bitch, confined ...
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, tense, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, skinhead, prison, juvenile delinquency, nazism, prison rape, prejudice, gang, racial slur, male rape, gay rape, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: bleak, tense, atmospheric, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: punishment, island, prison life, child abuse, reform school, juvenile detention, sexual abuse, humiliation, riot, escape attempt, rebellion, fighting the system ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, scandinavia, eastern europe, poland, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.7
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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, stylized, harsh ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, childhood, social problems, vandalism, crimes, bully, gang, juvenile delinquency, xenophobia, neo nazi, adolescence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: england, europe, northern england, britain, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 168K
La Haine (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
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, urban ghetto life, protest, friendship, skinhead, rebellion, realism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Bronson (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
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, rough, realistic, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, social misfits, violence spree, society, robbery, crimes, confined, criminal heroes, loneliness, human nature, notoriety ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1974
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, london
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100%
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Scum (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 78 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: reformatory, brutality, working class, racism, rape, corruption, illiteracy, suicide, prison riot, criminal, riot, illiterate ...
Time: 70s
Place: england
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58%
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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, tense, rough, dark, realistic ...
Plot: school, urban ghetto life, bullying, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, gang, social decay, friendship, teenage love, hardcase students, lifestyle, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, juvenile delinquent, teenage life, confined, family reunited, family relations, warden, parents and children, troublemaker, father son relationship, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: britain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: serious, realistic, captivating, bleak, rough ...
Plot: prison, crimes, law enforcement, dishonesty, confined, rivalry, heroes, dangerous animal, rebellion, fighting the system, criminal heroes, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, violence spree, downfall, life is a bitch, fish out of water, prison, misfit, law enforcement, confined, crimes, haunted by the past, corrupt officer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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: realistic, disturbing, psychological, tense, serious ...
Plot: racism, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, confined, prison, introspection, crimes, legal, misfit, husband wife relationship, liberal, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, quebec, montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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, juvenile delinquency, youth, rivalry, crimes, society, confined, gang war, violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.5
 737
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: realistic, serious, disturbing, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, gang, tough heroes, heist, racism, prison, prison life, society, legal, rivalry, criminal's revenge, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 60s
Place: london, south africa, england, europe, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: prison, survival, women's prison, school, prison life, society, confined, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, youth, babies and infants, fighting the system ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
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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: thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic, touching ...
Plot: prison, youth, juvenile delinquent, reformatory, school, reform, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, transvestism, teachers and students, prison life, idealism ...
Time: 80s
Place: italy, sicily, europe, palermo italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.1
 18K
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, undercover, justice, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 60s
Place: arkansas, southern usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, realistic, suspenseful, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, women's prison, female warden, teenage life, false accusation, crimes, juvenile delinquency, prison life, lesbian, friends, sexual relations, sexual abuse ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 15K
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: serious, disturbing, tense, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: life is a bitch, school shooting, vengeance, juvenile delinquency, society, social misfits, humiliation, social decay, teenage life, youth, friendship, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: estonia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, marseille, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, juvenile delinquency, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, criminal heroes, drug dealing, youth ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: gang, social decay, tough heroes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, crimes, kids in trouble, teenage life, criminal heroes, youth, going straight, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, tense ...
Plot: teenage life, destructive relationship, juvenile delinquency, crimes, gang, coming of age, down on your luck, unemployment, violence spree, buddies, life is a bitch, troublemaker ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Stoic (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A heated game of poker causes three men incarcerated for nonviolent offenses to brutalize their cellmate before taking drastic measures in order to cover up their crime.
Style: realistic, disturbing, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: prison life, criminal heroes, confined, crimes, crime gone awry, society, rebellion, buddies, life is a bitch, prison, psychological abuse, physical abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, serious, realistic, rough, captivating
Plot: racism, adoption, interracial relations, self discovery, going straight, rise to the top, lifestyle, parents and children, machismo, direction and purpose, human spirit, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.1
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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: realistic, tense, captivating, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, friendship, confined, gang, crimes, warden, murder, muslim, violence, jail cell, racial slur ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.2
 645
Prison Song (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Elijah has been bounced from group home to group home throughout his turbulent young life. What has sustained him is his art. After a promised scholarship is taken away, Elijah ends up in a fight that result in the death of another boy. Now, ...
Style: captivating, serious, sincere, rough, realistic ...
Plot: prison, injustice, hip hop, prison life, redemption, juvenile delinquency, musician's life, criminal heroes, murder, life sentence, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.2
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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: realistic, serious, talky, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: prison, racism, politics, disintegration, prisoner, apartheid, political prisoner, retribution, political intrigue, price of justice, discrimination, political unrest ...
Time: 80s
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 2K
Sket (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: When a young woman is cruelly and indiscriminately attacked by a notorious gang led by the violent Trey, her little 16 year old sister Kayla wants revenge and will stop at nothing to get it, even if it means joining a rival girl gang led by the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, bleak
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, vengeance, social decay, rivalry, urban ghetto life, criminal heroes, society, youth, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%