Movies like Trainspotting

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Trainspotting (1996)
 8.1
 624K
Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: disturbing, dark humor, captivating, psychedelic, semi serious, stylized, cult film, rough, realistic, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, existentialism, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, friendship, life is a bitch, counterculture, drug addiction, society, self destructing, crimes, hallucination, subculture, drug rehabilitation, surrealism, clubbing, misfit, stylish, dialogue, british, friends, violent, junkie, stoners ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, london, europe, england

Most similar movies to Trainspotting

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, stylized, interesting and harsh films with plots about storytelling, brutality, drugs, dialogue, life is a bitch, mentor and pornography mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres. Some movies like Trainspotting: Requiem for a Dream (2000), Filth (2013), Fight Club (1999), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Naked (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, atmospheric, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, drug addiction, life is a bitch, depression, downfall, drug use, destructive relationship, degradation, drugs/alcohol, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 7.1
 100K
Filth (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A bigoted junkie cop suffering from bipolar disorder and drug addiction manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.
Style: dark humor, surreal, cynical, sexual, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, insanity, self destructing, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, strong sexual content, cocaine, antisocial behavior, anti heroes, drugs/alcohol, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, hamburg germany, edinburgh scotland, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
T2: Trainspotting (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie.
Style: intense, thought provoking, exciting, captivating, tense ...
Plot: drug addiction, revenge, friendship, addiction, junkie, heroin, violence, theft, blackmail, extortion, redemption, betrayal ...
Time: 2010s, year 1979, year 1974, 80s
Place: scotland, bulgaria, scottish highlands, london, amsterdam ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 8.8
 1.8M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, mind bending, thought provoking, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, self destructing, insomnia, against the rules, insanity, fist fighting, social misfits, fighting the system, nihilism, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Demonic gang-leader Alex goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of "droogs". But he's a boy who also likes Beethoven's Ninth and a bit of "the old in-out, in-out". He later finds himself at the ...
Style: disturbing, controversial, banned film, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: rape, gang, insanity, surrealism, brainwashing, violence spree, psychopath, violence, social misfits, sadism, violent, distopia ...
Time: future, 70s, 90s, 20th century, near future ...
Place: britain, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.8
 33K
Naked (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very ...
Style: disturbing, witty, talky, realistic, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rapist, stranger, roommate, drifter, humiliation, urban, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, robbery, marijuana, alienation, security guard ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: london, europe, england, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
Style: emotional, disturbing, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, teenage life, downfall, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, basketball, antisocial behavior, anguish, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.8
 36K
Spun (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Over the course of three days Ross, a college dropout addicted to crystal-meth, encounters a variety of oddball folks - including a stripper named Nikki and her boyfriend, the local meth producer, The Cook - but all he really wants to do is hook up ...
Style: rough, stylized, semi serious, realistic, depressing ...
Plot: methamphetamine, older woman younger woman relationship, drug abuse, drugged, drug snorting, s&m, porn magazine, addiction, stripper, profanity, drug dealing, self destructing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: dark humor, serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, friendship, drug addiction, addiction, loss of friend, overdose, thief, couples, robbery, group therapy, pharmacy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo drive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trash their ...
Style: psychedelic, surreal, clever, cult film, atmospheric ...
Plot: drug abuse, lsd, american dream, hallucination, journalism, hitchhiker, surrealism, cocaine, addiction, road trip, lawyer, drugs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.6
 21K
Christiane F. (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the ...
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, gloomy, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, teenage life, friendship, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug dealing, youth, teenage prostitution, prostitution ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.9
 234K
Boogie Nights (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a ...
Style: captivating, touching, sentimental, stylized, talky ...
Plot: pornography, porn industry, drug abuse, rise and fall, cocaine, strong sexual content, addiction, sex, fame, lifestyle, showbiz, innocence lost ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1982
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 17K
Quadrophenia (1979)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the 1973 rock opera album of the same name by The Who, this is the story of 60s teenager Jimmy. At work he slaves in a dead-end job. While after, he shops for tailored suits and rides his scooter as part of the London Mod scene.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: motorcycle, gang, youth, music, working class, coming of age, buddies, weekend, teenage life, rock, dancing, record player ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1965, 70s
Place: england, london, europe, brighton, woodstock ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: drug addiction, drug addict, addiction, drug abuse, betrayal, couple relations, destructive relationship, drugs/alcohol, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 14K
Gridlock'd (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, humorous, rough, harsh ...
Plot: drug addiction, drug abuse, addiction, hip hop, heroin, friendship, going straight, rehabilitation, overdose, crimes, life is a bitch, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, detroit, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 23K
Human Traffic (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: All that exists now is clubs, drugs, pubs and parties. I've got 48 hours off from the world, man I'm gonna blow steam out of my head like a screaming kettle. I'm gonna talk cods hit to strangers all night. I'm gonna lose the plot ...
Style: witty, semi serious, humorous, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: escape from reality, clubbing, drugs/alcohol, lifestyle, nightlife, buddies, society, music, party, friendship, paranoia, masturbation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: amsterdam, wales, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Acid House (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: THE ACID HOUSE is a surreal triptych adapted by "Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh from his acclaimed collection of short stories. Combining a vicious sense of humor with hard-talking drama, the film reaches into the hearts and minds of ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, humorous, mind bending, clever ...
Plot: lsd, drug abuse, family relations, vengeance, infidelity, murder, vandalism, s&m, society, youth, god, adult as child ...
Time: 90s
Place: scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 944
Dealer (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In an impressive follow up to his debut film Forest, Benedek Fliegauf tells the uncompromising story of a day in the life of a drug dealer. His clients include the leader of a religious sect, a friend who needs a final fix, a former lover who has ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, stylized, serious, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, life is a bitch, drug abuse, misfit, estrangement, crimes, drug dealing, social misfits, society, overdose, criminal heroes, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 72K
Kids (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: underage sex, coming of age, puberty, virginity, strong sexual content, first sex, urban ghetto life, innocence lost, street kid, youth, teenage life, loss of virginity ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: dark humor, clever, captivating, biting, realistic ...
Plot: money, rise and fall, corruption, success, ambition, greed, wall street, cons and scams, stock broker, american dream, rags to riches, yuppie ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, 1990s, year 1987 ...
Place: new york, usa, bahamas, big ben london, mediterranean sea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.3
 8K
Nil by Mouth (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, disturbing, rough, realistic ...
Plot: domestic violence, dysfunctional family, heroin, addiction, alcohol abuse, working class, family relations, mental illness, pub, drug abuse, parents and children, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.1
 46K
Naked Lunch (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in an Islamic port town in Africa.
Style: psychedelic, disturbing, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: hallucination, murder, exterminator, bug, addiction, drug abuse, seduction, crimes, life is a bitch, delusion, strong sexual content, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, new york, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.9
 19K
Basquiat (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Director Julian Schnabel illustrates the portrait of his friend, the first African-American pop artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who unfortunately died at a young age and just as he was beginning to make a name for himself in the art world. Alongside the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, captivating, realistic, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, friendship, artist, rise and fall, society, rising to stardom, self destructing, overdose, ambition, celebrity culture, human spirit, self discovery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.0
 479
Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: drug abuse, downfall, family problems, family relations, introspection, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, misfit, drug addiction, drug dealing, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.9
 7K
Jesus' Son (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to a life redeemed by a discovery of compassion.
Style: dark humor, gloomy, thought provoking, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, on the road, abortion, addiction, redemption, heroin, rehabilitation, hopes, destructive relationship, human nature, graphic violence, misfit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: iowa, mexico, chicago illinois, phoenix arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.5
 25K
SLC Punk! (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two former geeks become 1980s punks, then party and go to concerts while deciding what to do with their lives.
Style: realistic, sentimental, humorous, harsh, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: punk, self destructing, rebelliousness, subculture, heavy metal, antisocial behavior, friendship, rebellion, individualism, college graduate, drugs/alcohol, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: north dakota, utah, wyoming, los angeles, woodstock ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.7
 114K
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: bleak, rough, emotional, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, gang, social problems, crimes, childhood, vandalism, xenophobia, juvenile delinquency, adolescence, life is a bitch, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, northern england, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
10%
 6.9
 3K
Pure (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young boy trying to deal with his mother's heroin addiction befriends a waitress who helps him cope with the tough situation.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rehabilitation, addiction, going straight, friendship, drug abuse, family relations, prostitute, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, human nature, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.5
 591
Wasted (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A high-school track star (Nick Stahl) watches without judgment as his two best friends (Summer Phoenix, Aaron Paul) abuse heroin.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, rough, serious, biting ...
Plot: high school, friendship, heroin, party, drug addict, downfall, life is a bitch, teenage life, small town, rehabilitation, drug dealing, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young kid from Kansas moves to New York to work on a magazine. He gets caught up in the world of drink and drugs, and starts a steady decline. The only hope is the cousin of one of his drinking partners, can she pull him through it ?
Style: serious, bleak, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, alcohol abuse, nightlife, addiction, redemption, life is a bitch, starting over, friendship, downfall, supportive spouse, writers, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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