Movies like Straight Outta Compton

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Straight Outta Compton (2015)
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Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, lyrical, suspense, intense, talky, rough, surprise ending, cult film ...
Plot: hip hop, gangster, music, police brutality, musician's life, rapper, rap, racism, rags to riches, gang, feud, profanity, racial slur, police harassment, parent child relationship, music band, ambition, road trip, aids, drug dealer, police chase, fighting the system, gangsters, freedom of speech, free speech ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1990, year 1986, year 1993 ...
Place: los angeles, california, milwaukee wisconsin, usa, new york, texas, detroit ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and captivating films with plots about hip hop, runaway, mentor, ambition, music, storytelling and musician's life mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Straight Outta Compton: 8 Mile (2002), Notorious (2009), Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005), All Eyez on Me (2017), Selena (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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8 Mile (2002)
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Duration: 110 min.
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Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Music
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Duration: 122 min.
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Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s, year 1983
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Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
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Duration: 139 min.
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