Movies like Strays

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Strays (1997)
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Strays (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Rick (Diesel) is frustrated by the repetitious grind of one-night stands and aimless hustling. Whilst looking for more to his life he meets Heather (Lanza), a neighbour. Rick takes the opportunity to escape his boring life style with her, but soon finds that his volatile behaviour threatens to finish their relationship before it even really begins.
Style: tense, serious, realistic
Plot: gang, redemption, drug dealer, teenage life, crimes, youth, friendship, friends, family relations, misfit, drug dealing, parents and children, life is a bitch, love and romance, fall in love, hopes, urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, society, urban, couples, lifestyle, buddies, social misfits, opposites attract ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa

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Most similar movies to Strays

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and suspenseful films with plots about life is a bitch, crimes, society, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto and gang mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Strays: Squeeze (1997), Federal Hill (1994), Gang Tapes (2001), South Central (1992), Sugar Hill (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Squeeze (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ty, Hector, and Bao are close friends in a tough section of Boston, where they're called "the PG-13 crew." They're 14, decent kids with few skills who've bailed out of school. A small gang of older tough guys, led by Marcus ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: gang, gas station, friendship, urban ghetto life, gangsters, youth, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, social misfits, crimes, crime, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts
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Federal Hill (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In Providence's Italian neighborhood, Federal Hill, five young are immersed in drugs, crime and violence. Everything changes when one of the guys in the band know love.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, melancholic, sexy ...
Plot: gangsters, friendship, youth, college, juvenile delinquency, society, best friends, gang, gays and lesbians, crimes, city life, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, rhode island, canada, new jersey
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84%
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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: rough, serious, suspense, tense, realistic
Plot: tough heroes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, social decay, gang, drug dealing, crimes, teenage life, kids in trouble, society, going straight, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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76%
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, drug dealing, gang, murder, prison, life is a bitch, coming of age, crimes, society, juvenile delinquency, youth, crime ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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Sugar Hill (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, the Mafia steps in when a drug dealer quits his partner brother to lead a straight life with his girlfriend.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, gang, going straight, drug abuse, addiction, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, urban ghetto, siblings relations, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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73%
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The Hillz (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A promising college athlete takes a turn for the worse when he hooks up with old highschool friends during his summer break.
Style: serious, surreal, dark humor, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: prostitute, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, friendship, teenage life, lifestyle, crimes, gang, buddies, youth, suburbs, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Laws of Gravity (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Jimmy and Jon are a couple of Brooklyn guys who somehow never found their way into workaday society; they never found their way into big-time crime, either.
Style: bleak, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, crimes, criminal heroes, drug dealing, deadly, juvenile delinquency, misfit, society, gangsters, crime, social misfits, arms dealing ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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True Friends (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: New York, The Bronx, 1980. Two Italian boys Joey Esposito and Louie Mazerino jump to the defence of a smaller Puerto Rican boy, J.J. Lopez, when J.J. is threatened by six schoolyard bullies. The three boys soon become best friends, and they always ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, best friends, buddies, society, juvenile delinquency, going straight, drug dealing, crimes, youth, bar, friends, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new york yankees
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Blood Brothers (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Blood Brothers- While coming of age in the inner city, Darryl Crawford, a young African-American man, witnesses a gang-related murder and is horrified to discover that his beloved older brother Sly is one of the perps. Darryl grapples with his ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, rough, suspenseful
Plot: murder, gang, urban, social misfits, witnessing a crime, juvenile delinquency, society, life is a bitch, crime, legal, crimes, youth ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Blue Hill Avenue (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A child of a middle class home with solid moral values is lured into a world of crime and corruption.
Style: realistic, bleak, rough, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, friends, gang, fighting crime, police investigation, betrayal, urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, city life, working undercover, crimes, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, boston
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64%
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Corrupt (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 69 min.
Story: After decades of terror, two deadly street gangs reach a delicate truce and young MJ (Silkk the Shocker) sees a way out of the hood once and for all. Only Corrupt (Ice-T) stands in MJ's way, resulting into a violent and brutal roller coaster ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, urban setting, inner city, city life, social misfits, drug dealing, youth, going straight, crimes, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A Special Jury Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival, this drama stars a then-19-year-old Matty Rich (who also wrote and directed it). Rich plays Larry, a troubled teen living in the rough Red Hook section of Brooklyn who decides he wants out ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak
Plot: drug dealing, racism, going straight, life is a bitch, crimes, gang, on the run, city life, heist, courtroom drama, family life, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: life is a bitch, teenage life, homeless, friendship, lifestyle, hopes, urban ghetto life, redemption, forceful separation, youth, coming of age, working class ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Sucker Free City (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The film follows three young men as they are drawn into lives of crime. Nick (Crowley) uses his entry-level corporate job to commit credit card fraud and deals drugs on the side. K-Luv (Mackie) is a member of the "V-Dubs", an ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, bleak, tense
Plot: gang, gangsters, life is a bitch, social decay, crimes, juvenile delinquency, racism, city life, dysfunctional family, interracial relations, drug dealing, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A "straight" couple dabbles in drugs and become heroin addicts.
Style: emotional, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: drug dealing, stoners, kids in trouble, friends, thirtysomething life, addiction, drug abuse, adolescence vs adulthood, innocence lost, urban, crimes, crime ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Bobby G. Can't Swim (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Bobby G. lives life on the edge in this real, raw New York street drama. Bobby is a small-time coke dealer, always on the hustle but rarely successful. He lives in Hell's Kitchen with his Puerto Rican girlfriend Lucy, who makes ends meet as a ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prostitute, redemption, down on your luck, urban ghetto life, ocean, urban ghetto, ocean or sea, society, going straight, crimes, drug dealing, downfall ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
That Was Then... This Is Now (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A delinquent teenager's only link to society is the attachment he feels towards an older brother-figure. When the older boy starts spending time with a new girlfriend, the teenager begins to feel even more alienated, and gets involved with ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: coming of age, youth, friendship, family relations, juvenile delinquent, teenage life, parents and children, juvenile delinquency, love and romance, partners, friends, buddies ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Godmoney (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A streetwise young man leaves his sordid past behind, moving from New York to the Los Angeles suburbs to start a simple, honest life. When he meets a small-time drug dealer with insatiable ambition, his past returns to haunt him.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, gloomy
Plot: crimes, going straight, crime, youth, supernatural ability, life is a bitch, hopes, drug dealing, addiction, starting over, bus, redemption ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, california, los angeles, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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State Property (2002)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Frustrated with being broke, Beans decides that the only way to grasp the American Dream is to take it.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, crimes, drug dealing, family life, social decay, rise and fall, chaos and mayhem, city life, friendship, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Light Sleeper (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A drug dealer with upscale clientele is having moral problems going about his daily deliveries. A reformed addict, he has never gotten over the wife that left him, and the couple that use him for deliveries worry about his mental well-being and his ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: drug dealing, obsession, redemption, addiction, going straight, drug abuse, life is a bitch, hopes, crimes, crime, drug dealer, insomnia ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Faced with the harsh reality of growing up in the ghetto, 13-year old Benjie (Larry B. Scott) turns to heroin to escape. After Benjie hits rock bottom, his mother (Cicely Tyson) and her boyfriend (Paul Winfield) must sacrifice to help him overcome ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: ghetto, hopes, orphan, society, misfit, gangsters, investigation, drug dealing, family relations, urban ghetto, youth, crimes ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Lost Angels (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Rich L.A. party brat Tim (Adam Horovitz) spins into a cycle of despair after his parents divorce, and trying to fill the void with drugs and trouble only buys him a ticket to an asylum. But with the help of a psychiatrist (Donald Sutherland) who has ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: gang, redemption, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, youth, estrangement, family problems, teenage life, nightlife, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
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55%
Generation Now (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A multi-cultural celebration of young people triumphing in the face of adversity, societal pressures and difficult familial situations.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, touching, gloomy
Plot: gang, friendship, teenage life, lifestyle, crimes, family relations, hopes, youth, life is a bitch, rich and poor, against the odds, drug abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2006
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Tough Enough (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: From the youth directed novel of the same name by Greogor Tressnow comes a film by Detlev Buck that is a realistic portrait of life in the section of Berlin called Neukölln. It’s about power and weakness, delinquents and victims, and the ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, bleak, rough, tense ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, street gang, gang, coming of age, crimes, parents and children, urban ghetto life, high school life, urban ghetto, friendship, family relations, crumbling relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.9
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On the Outs (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Follows the choices made by three young women - one a drug dealer, one an addict, one a pregnant teen - in Jersey City.
Style: rough, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: asthma, single mother, drug dealer, teenage pregnancy, kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, lifestyle, life is a bitch, teenage life, addiction, gang, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Five Star (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, rough ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, haunted by the past, urban ghetto life, crimes, coming of age, adolescence vs adulthood, teaching the ways of the world, society, manhood, drug dealing, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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53%
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Anne B. Real (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: ANNE B. REAL is the coming of age story of a young female rapper, who finds her inspiration by reading the Diary of Anne Frank.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching, contemplative
Plot: ghetto, hip hop, lifestyle, introspection, teenage life, urban ghetto, siblings relations, urban ghetto life, family life, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Hell's Kitchen (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When a robbery goes awry, the bandits all end up in a puddle of blood and only one lives and goes to jail for five years. Upon his release, the girlfriend wants her new boyfriend to kill him. Only trouble is the boyfriend knows that the fault was ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: crime gone awry, haunted by the past, friendship, murder, crimes, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch, gang, drug dealing, dishonesty, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Like a Puppet Out of Strings (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two Brothers; Tom and Felipe, have moved up the ranks of the street gangs because they have no greater devotion than the protection of each other. Luis, former gang member, is now a cop, his life having been turned around by Angelica, a female cop. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, going straight, redemption, youth, society, law enforcement, crimes, deadly, urban ghetto, murder, brother brother relationship ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Bullet Boy (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ricky is just out of a young offenders institute, heading home to Hackney and determined to go straight. Instead, he heads straight for trouble when he becomes involved in a street confrontation, siding with his best friend Wisdom against a local ...
Style: psychological, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, friendship, social decay, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, going straight, family problems, dysfunctional family, teenage life, gang, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%