Movies like Tsotsi

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Tsotsi (2005)
 7.2
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Tsotsi (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The South African multi-award winning film about a young South African boy from the ghetto named Tsotsi, meaning Gangster. Tsotsi, who left home as a child to get away from helpless parents, finds a baby in the back seat of a car that he has just stolen. He decides that it his responsibility to take care of the baby and in the process learns that maybe the gangster life isn’t the best way.
Style: sincere, bleak, emotional, harsh, rough, captivating, art house, realistic, sentimental, road movie ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: baby, redemption, gang, poverty, gangsters, bully, slum, friendship, street life, urban ghetto life, murder, robbery, life is a bitch, society, haunted by the past, childhood, criminal, breast feeding, crimes, compassion, infection, revenge, ghetto, fight, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, boston, johannesburg south africa

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Most similar movies to Tsotsi

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and rough films with plots about society, crimes, youth, coming of age, life is a bitch, friendship and death mostly in Crime, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Tsotsi: City of Men (2007), City of God (2002), Lilya 4-Ever (2002), Blood In, Blood Out (1993), Sin Nombre (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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City of Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.
Style: tense, bleak, harsh, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gang, street gang, slum, friendship, crimes, betrayal, coming of age, gangsters, relationships, best friends, brutality, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gang, crimes, coming of age, gang war, juvenile delinquency, society, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, photographer, organized crime, street gang, poverty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, 60s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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 7.8
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Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lilya lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working ...
Style: bleak, harsh, sincere, depressing, sad ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: prostitution, human trafficking, poverty, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, suicide, prostitute, teenage prostitution, rape, sex slavery, russian, downfall ...
Place: sweden, europe, russia, denmark, eastern europe ...
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100%
Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", ...
Style: intense, bad ending, entertaining, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gang, gangsters, crimes, street gang, prison, drug abuse, gang war, prison gang, violence spree, drug addiction, destiny, police shootout ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, ecuador, guatemala ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.5
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Sin Nombre (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Set on the border, where Mexico becomes the crucible and the fearsome gangs of today’s Mexican countryside, the gauntlet, to freedom. The stories of a girl living in Honduras and hungering for a brighter future, and two teen gang members, for whom ...
Style: disturbing, road movie, serious, bleak, rough ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, immigrants, u.s. mexico border, gang member, social problems, hopes, family reunited, street gang, rape, train, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, new jersey, los angeles, california ...
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 7.4
 15K
Sweet Sixteen (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: disturbing, bleak, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: pre-teens, teens, teen drama
Plot: heroin, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, innocence lost, prison, drug dealing, dysfunctional family, drug dealer, downfall, family relations, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
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44%
Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Morocco, Tunisia, France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are street kids. The daily dose of glue sniffing represents their only escape from reality. Since they left Dib and his gang, they have been living on the portside of Casablanca. They live in constant fear of Dib's ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, bleak, social ...
Plot: street kid, youth, homeless, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, poverty, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, friendship, society, gang, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.7
 122K
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, political, stylized ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: skinhead, racism, childhood, crimes, coming of age, neo nazi, xenophobia, vandalism, social problems, friendship, youth, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: england, northern england, europe, woodstock, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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My Crazy Life (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named Ernesto, the two become bitter enemies. While their dispute ...
Style: realistic, talky, serious, bleak, poignant ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, coming of age, friendship, juvenile delinquency, teenager, unlikely friendships, poverty, urban ghetto, drug dealing, gang member, youth, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, tokyo, new jersey, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.9
 8K
Pixote (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by ...
Style: disturbing, rough, depressing, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prostitution, sex with a minor, child rape, street kid, breast feeding, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, jail, loneliness, children, tragedy, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil, africa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.4
 7K
Levity (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Manuel Jordan is a man who is free after serving 23 years for killing a teenager during an attempted robbery. After nearly two decades of staring at his victim's face on a newspaper clipping in his cell, the paroled man attempts to find ...
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, philosophical, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, murder, prison, friendship, criminal, robbery, justice, gang, sin, going straight, haunted by the past, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Our Lady of the Assassins (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Colombia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: World-weary arthur Fernando has returned to his native Colombia to live out his days in peace. But Fernando's once-quiet hometown has become a hotbed of violence, drugs and corruption. On the brink of despair, Fernando meets Alexis, a ...
Style: disturbing, meditative, thought provoking, rough, sexy ...
Plot: gay, gang, murder, poverty, vengeance, lgbt, drug dealing, teenage life, fall in love, love affair, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia, los angeles, latin america, tokyo, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio, ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, harsh, rough, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: coming of age, childhood, urban ghetto life, friendship, gangsters, street kid, violence, loss of friend, foul language, depression, anger, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2005, 2000s, year 1986 ...
Place: new york, los angeles, california, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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38%
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Joe (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The rough-hewn boss of a lumber crew courts trouble when he steps in to protect the youngest member of his team from an abusive father.
Style: touching, rough, harsh, captivating, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: child abuse, father son relationship, alcoholic, friendship, redemption, coming of age, teenager, murder, ex convict, small town, hopes, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, new jersey, california, mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.8
 140K
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, tense, gloomy, bleak ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: african american, hip hop, gang, urban ghetto life, ghetto, poverty, juvenile delinquency, street gang, rapper, coming of age, crimes, gangsters ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1984
Place: los angeles, california, cuba, usa, south central los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: India, USA, France, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Before Slumdog Millionaire came Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair’s Oscar-nominated drama tells the moving story of life on the streets of Bombay as seen through the eyes of Chaipu, a twelve-year-old boy living rough in the city.
Style: realistic, reflective, witty, sad, poignant ...
Plot: drug addiction, coming of age, kids in trouble, underage sex, childhood, youth, homeless, ethnic, drugs, corruption, betrayal, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, bombay india
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.4
 19K
The Child (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.
Style: bleak, sincere, emotional, gloomy, harsh ...
Audience: teens
Plot: homeless, youth, dysfunctional family, redemption, poverty, baby, black market, going straight, social decay, life is a bitch, society, petty criminal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Pizza, Beer, and Cigarettes (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A couple of friends work for a taxi driver to rob his passengers, but they feel like they're getting ripped off. They decide to plan their own robberies, but they are amateurs and things don't go too well. One of the youths, Cordoba, whose ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: heist, teenager, gang, pregnancy, kids in trouble, urban ghetto, betrayal, youth, going straight, crime gone awry, crimes, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s
Place: argentina, latin america, uruguay, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: african american, urban ghetto life, street gang, crimes, hip hop, murder, gangsters, friendship, police brutality, gang, organized crime, ghetto ...
Time: 90s, year 1993, 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north america
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence ...
Style: emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: prison, gang, gangsters, redemption, death row, violence, brutality, adaptation, justice, hopes, human spirit, crimes ...
Time: future, 80s, contemporary, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
A Children's Story (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story focuses on the life of an 11-year old boy surrounded by criminality and poverty in the suburbs of Naples.
Style: disturbing, serious, rough, bleak, realistic
Plot: street kid, juvenile delinquency, youth, society, friends, life is a bitch, social worker, social decay, urban ghetto life, teaching the ways of the world, coming of age, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
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: touching, motivational, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: poverty, childhood, orphan, against the odds, destiny, life is a bitch, rags to riches, society, true love, love, street kid, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
 3K
Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: emotional, harsh, tense, rough, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: child abuse, corporal punishment, coming of age, children, dysfunctional family, working class, abusive father, youth, redemption, alcohol abuse, poverty, debt ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 6.2
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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, life sentence, murder, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.0
 49K
Gomorrah (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, Belgium
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. Based on a book by Roberto Saviano. Power, money and blood: these are the "values" that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta have ...
Style: disturbing, tense, bleak, realistic, harsh ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang war, organized crime, crimes, gangsters, criminal, mafia, gang, power, character study, debt, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: italy, rio de janeiro, europe, naples italy, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
 18K
River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, gloomy, neo noir ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: murder, teenager, coming of age, high school, drug abuse, death, violence, serial killer, small town, police, strangulation, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, oregon, usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Hurricane Streets (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four close buddies who have a basement clubhouse; they ...
Style: realistic, bad ending, harsh, allegory, visually appealing ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: gang, coming of age, friendship, crimes, dysfunctional family, runaway, violence, teenager, children, redemption, fantasy world, lone hero ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: new york, new mexico, new jersey, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.7
 19K
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, rough, tense, dark, emotional ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: urban ghetto life, bullying, school, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, gangsters, teenage life, ghetto, social decay, gang, friendship, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.1
 197
Cost of a Soul (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Wounded in the war, Tommy Donahue and DD Davis return home from Iraq to the slum neighborhood they grew up in. Tommy returns to his wife, Faith, whom he abandoned while she was pregnant to escape a life of crime. Tommy meets his disabled six ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: racism, murder, iraq war, crimes, urban ghetto, haunted by the past, homecoming, society, gang, family problems, war veteran, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 13K
Adulthood (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After serving six years for killing his schoolmate, a young man learns that someone is out for revenge.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, crimes, vengeance, society, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, youth, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch, drug use, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%