Movies like Trainspotting

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Trainspotting (1996)
 8.2
 583K
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, captivating, semi serious, rough, dark humor, stylized, ironic, realistic, clever, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: addiction, life is a bitch, drug abuse, social misfits, heroin, friendship, society, counterculture, crimes, drug rehabilitation, surrealism, misfit, drug addiction, hallucinations, self destructing, existentialism, stoners, british, friends, drugs/alcohol, violent, adaptation, stylish, dialogue, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, london

Most similar movies to Trainspotting

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, harsh and stylized films with plots about life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, storytelling, drugs, dialogue and brutality mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres. Some movies like Trainspotting: Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Filth (2013), Drugstore Cowboy (1989), 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, atmospheric, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, life is a bitch, downfall, drugs/alcohol, insanity, destructive relationship, drug addiction, hallucinations, depression, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ 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, rough, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, teenage life, life is a bitch, basketball, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, friends, diary, coach ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 92K
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, sexual, surreal, cynical, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, losing-it hero, drug abuse, strong sexual content, self destructing, cocaine, insanity, anti heroes, alcohol abuse, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, police investigation ...
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: surprise ending, reflective, melancholic, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: drug addiction, revenge, addiction, friendship, heroin, violence, cocaine, bar, junkie, prison, apartment, theft ...
Time: year 1979, year 1974, 2010s
Place: scotland, bulgaria, scottish highlands, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, sincere ...
Plot: drug abuse, robbery, heroin, overdose, friendship, motel, addiction, loss of friend, thief, drug dealer, junkie, superstition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 30K
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, dark humor, witty, talky, biting ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rapist, urban, stranger, drifter, marijuana, robbery, roommate, humiliation, alienation, unemployment, rape ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: europe, england, london, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 1.7M
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: twists and turns, biting, disturbing, surprise ending, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: losing-it hero, split personality, social decay, fist fighting, against the rules, nihilism, insomnia, violence, fighting the system, paranoia, social misfits, dark hero ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 15K
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: bleak, stylized, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, motorcycle, youth, gang, rocker, working class, music, urban, society, rock, estrangement, teenage life ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: england, london, europe, woodstock, brighton ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: surreal, psychedelic, atmospheric, captivating, humorous ...
Plot: drug abuse, journalism, american dream, addiction, lawyer, road trip, on the road, hallucinations, hitchhiker, culture clash, cocaine, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1965
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 35K
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: stylized, rough, semi serious, realistic, depressing ...
Plot: methamphetamine, drug abuse, older woman younger woman relationship, addiction, strong sexual content, drug snorting, s&m, stripper, drug dealing, drugs/alcohol, buddies, drugged ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.6
 19K
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: gloomy, rough, bleak, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, friendship, society, drug dealing, lifestyle, prostitute, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, west germany, poland ...
⇓ 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, rough, serious, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, drug abuse, love, betrayal, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, couple relations, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: clever, captivating, realistic, biting, cynical ...
Plot: rise and fall, success, ambition, wall street, cons and scams, millionaire, hotshot hero, blind ambition, money, greed, yuppie, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1983, year 1987
Place: usa, new york, mediterranean sea, las vegas, geneva switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: atmospheric, disturbing, futuristic, bleak, dark humor ...
Plot: rape, violence, brainwashing, gang, psychopath, social misfits, social decay, violence spree, society, controversy, freedom, brutality ...
Time: future, 20th century, 1990s, near future
Place: britain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
 7.0
 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: witty, biting, realistic, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: drug addiction, heroin, addiction, police, hip hop, drug abuse, friends, friendship, life is a bitch, down on your luck, drugs/alcohol, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, detroit, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 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, disturbing, realistic, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, addiction, heroin, domestic violence, drug abuse, drugs/alcohol, siblings relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, down on your luck, urban, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.4
 206
Gringo (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Filmed in documentary-style, the film follows the character of Gringo, a young man looking for fortune in New York, only to fall into heroin addiction.
Style: realistic, bleak, sincere, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, crimes, anti heroes, heroes, realism, downfall, drug abuse, americana, society, urban, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.0
 7K
Jesus' Son (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
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, realistic, humorous, semi serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: drug abuse, on the road, abortion, addiction, redemption, heroin, society, overdose, couples, realism, rehabilitation, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: iowa, mexico, chicago illinois, phoenix arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Movie in collections
 6.0
 454
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, bleak, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: drug dealing, addiction, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, wall street, introspection, society, alcohol abuse, human nature, misfit, urban ghetto, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.1
 42K
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: surreal, disturbing, sexual, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: seduction, writing, murder, bug, exterminator, hallucination, hallucinations, drug abuse, addiction, sexual identity, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: usa, new york, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.9
 2K
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: touching, gloomy, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: rehabilitation, drug abuse, prostitute, friendship, addiction, coming of age, pregnancy, drug addiction, birthday, baby, waitress, heroin ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.9
 218K
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, sentimental, touching, stylized, intense ...
Plot: pornography, drug abuse, rise and fall, porn industry, sex, strong sexual content, cocaine, addiction, lifestyle, showbiz, fame, innocence lost ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1982
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, nightlife, addiction, redemption, life is a bitch, starting over, alcohol abuse, friendship, downfall, supportive spouse, innocence lost, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 22K
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, realistic, biting, offbeat, semi serious ...
Plot: clubbing, escape from reality, friendship, weekend, rave, masturbation, fast food restaurant, party, sex, drug abuse, buddies, self fulfillment ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: wales, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 6.6
 578
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: thought provoking, biting, realistic, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: high school, small town, friendship, party, heroin, drugs/alcohol, crimes, life is a bitch, curses spells and rituals, overdose, hopes, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.1
 871
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, gloomy, realistic, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: drug abuse, society, urban, misfit, drug dealing, estrangement, overdose, crimes, social misfits, criminal heroes, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.1
 1K
Small Faces (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and Alan are beginning to experience the power of raging ...
Style: bleak, realistic, rough, serious, tense ...
Plot: gang, illiteracy, working class, dysfunctional family, coming of age, human nature, misfit, introspection, society, juvenile delinquency, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 1960s
Place: scotland, europe, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Freaking Beautiful World (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ippe and Papu are two teenagers spending the summer, when they get into trouble with their drug-dealer. They are forced to act as drug-mules. Along the way they meet a new girl, Mia.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: youth, drug dealing, addiction, hip hop, drug dealer, teenager, drug abuse, life is a bitch, love and romance, crimes, drugs/alcohol, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: sweden, finland, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, crimes, life is a bitch, human nature, introspection, downfall, going straight, self discovery, rehabilitation, drug addiction, drinking ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.8
 603
Overdose (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Bilbao. The commander of the Guardia Civil, Evaristo Torrecuadrada discovers that his son Paco of 17 years old is a heroin addict. His hope was to see him in the Military Academy. Paco, by differences with his father, runs away from home with a ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough
Plot: friendship, prostitute, overdose, heroin addiction, life is a bitch, crimes, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, urban, youth, drug abuse, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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