Movies like Explicit Ills

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Explicit Ills (2008)
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Explicit Ills (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The film follows four inter-connecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, juvenile delinquency, social decay, teenage life, drug abuse, youth, drug dealing, injustice, human spirit, hopes, society, lifestyle, rich and poor, urban ghetto, poverty, public health, friends, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, urban, city life, down on your luck, power relations, dog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2007
Place: philadelphia, usa

Most similar movies to Explicit Ills

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about youth, society, family relations, life is a bitch, hopes, teenage life and lifestyle mostly in Drama, Romance and Crime genres. Some movies like Explicit Ills: Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Generation Now (2008), On the Outs (2004), Our America (2002), The Doe Boy (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, India
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, realistic, motivational, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, childhood, against the odds, poverty, destiny, life is a bitch, street kid, society, street life, true love, cheating, journey ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: touching, captivating, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: gang, friendship, teenage life, lifestyle, life is a bitch, youth, hopes, crimes, family relations, rich and poor, against the odds, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006
Place: usa, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.9
 650
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: serious, emotional, touching, rough, bleak ...
Plot: asthma, single mother, drug dealer, teenage pregnancy, lifestyle, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, teenage life, addiction, drug dealing, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.9
 263
Our America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The true story of two African-American teen radio reporters and their documentary investigation of a notorious child murder.
Style: rough, emotional, realistic, serious, controversial ...
Plot: journalism, murder, juvenile delinquency, uncover truth, teenage life, social decay, life is a bitch, idealism, racism, human spirit, society, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 7.0
 260
The Doe Boy (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A Cherokee boy is a haemophiliac in a culture obsessed with blood identity.
Style: psychological, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, lifestyle, youth, society, dysfunctional family, human nature, homecoming, parents and children, americana, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.2
 648
Crutch (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An autobiographical film taken from the experiences of writer-director Rob Moretti, CRUTCH is a coming-of-age tale about a young man's struggle with family problems and substance abuse. Behind a facade of suburban middle class perfection, ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: coming out, dysfunctional family, family relations, coming of age, drug abuse, rehabilitation, suburbs, social decay, teenage life, dangerous attraction, kids in trouble, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: life is a bitch, friendship, homeless, lifestyle, teenage life, redemption, hopes, youth, forceful separation, urban ghetto life, coming of age, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Graffiti Artist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Adrift in the lush, nocturnal urban landscape of THE GRAFFITI ARTIST, Nick (Ruben Bansie-Snellman) is a post-modern urban hero asserting his anarchistic agenda on the endless maze of virgin exterior walls that comprise downtown Seattle and Portland. ...
Style: atmospheric, sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: street kid, youth, teenage life, social differences, juvenile delinquency, lifestyle, rebellion, rebelliousness, friendship, drug abuse, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: seattle, usa, portland oregon, washington state, oregon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 2.3
 4K
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, serious, realistic, touching, contemplative
Plot: ghetto, hip hop, lifestyle, introspection, teenage life, siblings relations, urban ghetto life, family life, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.7
 561
Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: youth, redemption, human spirit, power relations, reach out, juvenile delinquency, society, hopes, fire brigade, friendship, rivalry, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.5
 381
For One Night (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Their town always had two proms, one for the whites and one for the blacks. When both proms wanted the same DJ, Brianna McCallister suggested combining the proms, which would also mean more money for decorations. However, her idea shook the town up, ...
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: racism, high school, family relations, racial tension, small town, rebellion, teenage life, prom, youth, lifestyle, society, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.6
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The Greatest (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Teenagers Rose and Bennett were in love, and then a car crash claimed Bennett's life. He left behind a grieving mother, father and younger brother, and Rose was left all alone. She has no family to turn to for support, so when she finds out ...
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, childhood sweetheart, family relations, crumbling marriage, teenage mother, youth, death in the family, dysfunctional family, teenage life, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, loss of son ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.8
 2K
White Frog (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a neglected teen with mild Asperger’s syndrome whose life is changed forever when tragedy hits his family
Style: feel good, touching, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: asperger's syndrome, gay teenager, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, self discovery, teenage life, family problems, dealing with death, misfit, coming of age, family relations, teenage boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Night Catches Us (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After growing up during the tumultuous 1960s, ex-Black Panther Marcus returns to his home in Philadelphia in 1976 and reconnects with Pat, the widow of a Panther leader. Marcus befriends Pat's young daughter and attempts to conquer his demons. ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: haunted by the past, political unrest, homecoming, social differences, social relations, injustice, teenage life, working class, romance, society, corrupt law enforcer, black panther party ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston.
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, sincere, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, gambling, interracial relations, small town, marriage, jealousy, love, family problems, injustice, human spirit, love affair, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 20s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Feast of All Saints (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Set in nineteenth-century New Orleans, the story depicts the gens de couleur libre, or the Free People of Colour, a dazzling yet damned class caught between the world of white privilege and black oppression.
Style: atmospheric, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, racism, human spirit, social differences, parents and children, discrimination, hopes, life is a bitch, injustice, family relations, sexual content, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, haiti, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.9
 39
Vernie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Drama - Sean, a young thirty-something coffee shop owner, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He desperately wants to have a baby before he dies, and asks his best friend Kristy to bear his child. - John Riedlinger, Amy Colon, Patrick Coyle
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family relations, pregnancy, terminal illness, tragic hero, family problems, couples, best friends, hopes, romance, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, human spirit, parents and children, introspection, hopes, single parent, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, social decay, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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The Architect (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An architect engages in conflict with an activist who lives in a dangerous complex the architect designed.
Style: serious, emotional, melancholic, absurd, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, social differences, lifestyle, parents and children, society, human nature, life is a bitch, youth, campaign, college, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, year 2005
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.2
 114
Runaways (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Steve Moore is sixteen and lives with his younger sister, mother Cheryl and her boyfriend John, in a modest house in Bakersfield, California. An abusive and often intoxicated man, John rules the household, and though his attacks on Steve result in ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, psychological, humorous
Plot: teenage life, dysfunctional family, downfall, on the run, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, estrangement, youth, society, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Abandoned (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Áron is a happy child in his family. But at some point things take a different turn, and his mother starts to lose her health rapidly. As this happens, the man in charge decides what's best for Áron without consulting the young boy's ...
Style: serious, uplifting, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: corporal punishment, kids in trouble, friendship, teenage life, human spirit, boarding school life, orphan, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, parents and children, dysfunctional family, custody ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Love Is the Drug (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jonah Brand (John Patrick Amedori) isn't necessarily the type of guy who would interest ultra-hot Sara Weller (Lizzy Caplan). But when she and her friends find out he works at a pharmacy, they charm him into their circle and gain his trust with ...
Style: serious, emotional, suspenseful, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: love triangle, teenage love, lifestyle, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth, drug dealing, fall in love, social relations, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Too Young to Be a Dad (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When 15-year-old, Matt Freeman, gets his girlfriend, Francesca, pregnant her family decides to put the unborn baby up for adoption. Matt agrees to the decision, but begins to rethink it. This movie is taken from the father's point of view.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: adoption, teenage pregnancy, life turned upside down, teenage life, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, family in crisis, human spirit, youth, babies and infants, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Hard Sun (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After the death of her parents, a young woman assumes primary guardianship of her special needs brother. But as she attempts to balance her new life with her brother and her own blossoming romance, it becomes painfully clear that life will only make ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching
Plot: family relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, youth, life is a bitch, brother sister relationship, mentally challenged, siblings relations, guardian, loss of parent, death of parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.
Style: uplifting, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: chess, school, misfit, youth, elementary school, lifestyle, teachers and students, hardcase students, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, hopes, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Life on Liberty Street (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A nurse, trying to salvage her life after her husband and job are gone, winds up working in a halfway house full of mildly brain-damaged patients and receives help from those she helps.
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: mentally challenged, human spirit, starting over, hopes, rehabilitation, love and romance, disability, family relations, defiant, doctors and patients, bittersweet, male female relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The End of Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mark is a struggling actor stuck between the life he once knew and the one waiting for him. When the mother of his two-year-old son suddenly passes away, Mark is forced to confront his shortcomings. Their fates, now intertwined, hang in the balance ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, single father, single parent, life turned upside down, family problems, family in crisis, parents and children, babies and infants, death in the family, parent child relationship, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, homeless teenager, aids, university, against the odds, human spirit, starting over, kids in trouble, teenage life, street kid, homeless, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Brooklyn Babylon (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A charismatic rapper falls in love with a young Jewish girl despite the confines of her religious background.
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, friendship, culture clash, tragic love, social decay, social differences, unlikely couple, opposites attract, musician's life, racism, love affair, fall in love ...
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.1
 13K
Poetic Justice (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, on the road, friendship, starting over, self discovery, romance, gang, homecoming, survival, urban ghetto life, hopes, going straight ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, chicago illinois, south central los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%