Movies like Prison Song

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Prison Song (2001)
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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, sentenced to a minimum of fifteen years, the young man must find a way to keep his soul alive behind bars or turn into a hardened bitter criminal.
Style: sincere, rough, serious, captivating, realistic, gloomy
Plot: prison, injustice, hip hop, prison life, redemption, juvenile delinquency, musician's life, criminal heroes, youth, murder, crimes, life is a bitch, society, life sentence, friendship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, convict, graphic violence, coming of age, child as adult, disagreement, hopes, lawyer, attorney, fight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and bleak films with plots about crimes, life is a bitch, society, murder, youth, gang and prison mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like Prison Song: Dog Pound (2010), South Central (1992), New Jersey Drive (1995), Weapons (2007), El padrino (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Dog Pound (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Canada, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three juvenile delinquents arrive at a correctional center and are put under the care of an experienced guard.
Style: sincere, serious, tense, realistic, rough ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, juvenile prison, sodomy, prison, crimes, prison rape, going straight, youth, prison life, hopes, life is a bitch, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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95%
South Central (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A man is put to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop with crime but his son has yet followed the criminal path of his father.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, tense, rough
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, drug dealing, murder, prison, life is a bitch, society, youth, juvenile delinquency, crimes, coming of age, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
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81%
New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, juvenile delinquency, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, criminal heroes, drug dealing, youth ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
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70%
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Weapons (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Weapons presents a series of brutal, seemingly random youth-related killings over the course of a weekend in a typical small town in America, and tragically reveals how they are all interrelated.
Style: rough, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, juvenile delinquency, youth, life is a bitch, working class, criminal heroes, society, homecoming, small town, murder, siblings relations, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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El padrino (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In the streets of East Los Angeles, Manny is a formidable drug dealer. Impressed by his extravagant lifestyle and prowess, his young son, Kilo, yearns to follow in his footsteps. Kilo resolves to learn how to prosper in the drug world, and his new ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime boss, prison gang, gangsters, prison, criminal heroes, juvenile delinquency, prison life, life is a bitch, crimes, gang, drug dealing, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
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67%
 5.0
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Civil Brand (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Forced to work under slave-like conditions in a "prison for profit" program, the inmates of a mostly-African-American female prison, Whitehead Correctional, try to take over the institution. At the core of the story is Frances, who finds ...
Style: tense, disturbing, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, prison, injustice, human spirit, prison life, social decay, juvenile delinquency, hopes, sexual abuse, racism, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 1K
Gang Tapes (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a brutal carjacking yields a videocamera, a teenage boy decides to document his life and the lives of his fellow gangbangers.
Style: serious, rough, suspense, tense, realistic
Plot: gang, social decay, tough heroes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, crimes, kids in trouble, teenage life, criminal heroes, youth, going straight, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.8
 2K
Three Walls (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Three men are on death row. Jaggu (Jackie Shroff), a lawyer and a poet, is serving a sentence for murdering his wife because she was cheating on him with another man. Nagya (Nagesh Kukunoor), a man angry with the whole world, is arrested for ...
Style: serious, tense, touching, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: confined, prison, introspection, prison life, hopes, criminal heroes, crimes, family problems, murder, death row, redemption, prisoner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Before I Self Destruct (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: A coming of age story about an inner-city youth raised by a hardworking single mother. When his dream of becoming a basketball player fails to materialize, he finds himself employed in a supermarket. After his mother is tragically gunned down, ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic
Plot: crimes, desire for fame, rivalry, hopes, life is a bitch, youth, single parent, criminal heroes, family relations, siblings relations, working class, basketball ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Stranger Inside (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility
Style: thought provoking, rough, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Plot: prison, gay african american, life is a bitch, parents and children, confined, gang, youth, society, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, crimes, prison life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
What Doesn't Kill You (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, rough ...
Plot: friendship, heist, infidelity, downfall, buddies, family problems, crimes, haunted by the past, tough law enforcer, friends, criminal heroes, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: serious, realistic, uplifting, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: death row, prison, gang, gangsters, redemption, hopes, human spirit, crimes, journalism, life is a bitch, lethal injection, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.2
 28K
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 ...
Style: bleak, sincere, emotional, captivating, rough ...
Plot: bully, poverty, gang, redemption, baby, murder, robbery, slum, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, society, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, johannesburg south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Hell's Kitchen (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When a robbery goes awry, the bandits all end up in a puddle of blood and only one lives and goes to jail for five years. Upon his release, the girlfriend wants her new boyfriend to kill him. Only trouble is the boyfriend knows that the fault was ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: crime gone awry, friendship, haunted by the past, murder, crimes, infidelity, heist, urban ghetto life, gang, dishonesty, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.8
 138K
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: tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, street gang, hip hop, juvenile delinquency, ghetto, gang, poverty, rapper, friendship, teenage life, tragic event ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1984
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
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50%
 7.1
 5K
R (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The R of the title stands for the young protagonist, Rune, fearlessly played by Pilou Asbæk. Imprisoned for violent assault, he's a cocky, good-looking young man placed in the hardcore ward, where his survival depends on quickly learning the ...
Style: realistic, tense, captivating, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, friendship, confined, gang, crimes, warden, murder, muslim, violence, jail cell, racial slur ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 4.3
 80
Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The life of a beautiful rising female recording star is placed in jeopardy when she witnesses the drive-by shooting of a rival rap-star in Las Vegas. Wanted by both the killers and the corrupt police, the young woman must go into hiding while three ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious
Plot: rivalry, frame up, vengeance, musician's life, crimes, youth, best friends, drug dealing, hip hop, murder, manipulation, isolation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.0
 231
As Night Comes (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Troubled 17-year-old Sean Holloway falls in with a group of teenage outcasts called 'The Misfits,' whose charismatic leader, Ricky, takes him under his wing. But as Sean becomes more and more entangled in the gang's anarchist ways, ...
Style: serious, captivating, psychological, tense, realistic ...
Plot: rivalry, juvenile delinquency, crimes, gang, vengeance, youth, teenager, violence, halloween, society, teenage life, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 7.4
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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, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, family relations, life is a bitch, downfall, drug dealing, adolescence vs adulthood, siblings relations, family problems, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.9
 2K
LUV (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Over the course of one day, a shy 13-year-old forms a bond with his troubled uncle.
Style: serious, captivating, touching, realistic, rough
Plot: family relations, odd couple, dysfunctional family, friendship, life is a bitch, orphan, manhood, boy, urban ghetto, kids in trouble, street kid, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maryland, baltimore, usa
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44%
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Silent Voice (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An elderly woman wants to meet her son’s murderer. A sixteen-year-old girl who has crossed paths with a young hoodlum needs an adult to accompany her to the prison visiting room. A young medical supplies delivery man is offered a deal to take the ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: prison, youth, love and romance, redemption, haunted by the past, prison life, hopes, crimes, confined, criminal heroes, teenage love, switching roles ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france, marseille
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.8
 48K
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, captivating, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: child abuse, redemption, friendship, hopes, ex convict, murder, alcoholic, father son relationship, small town, life is a bitch, teenager, poisoning ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, mississippi, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, serious, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, youth, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, power relations, hopes, society, fire brigade, friendship, rivalry, reach out, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 6K
The Hillz (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A promising college athlete takes a turn for the worse when he hooks up with old highschool friends during his summer break.
Style: surreal, serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: drug dealing, prostitute, friendship, juvenile delinquency, dark humor, teenage life, crimes, youth, lifestyle, buddies, gang, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.6
 2K
Screwed (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film is a semi-biographical story based on the experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson who spent seven years working in some of the UK's most dangerous prisons. Based on Thompson's book of the same name, the project stars ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, violence spree, downfall, life is a bitch, fish out of water, prison, misfit, law enforcement, confined, crimes, haunted by the past, corrupt officer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.6
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Animal Factory (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: prison, friendship, prison rape, survival, human nature, crimes, fish out of water, confined, prison warden, nudity (full frontal - brief), drugs, prison escape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 50K
Life (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two men in 1930s Mississippi become friends after being sentenced to life in prison together for a crime they did not commit.
Style: twists and turns, humorous, semi serious, funny, entertaining ...
Plot: life sentence, prison life, escape attempt, criminal, prison escape, redemption, african american, injustice, frame up, life is a bitch, crimes, partners ...
Time: 1930s, 90s, 20th century, year 1932
Place: mississippi, new york, usa, southern usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 15K
Bad Boys (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a ...
Style: neo noir, realistic, disturbing, serious, tense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, juvenile delinquency, youth, rivalry, crimes, society, confined, gang war, violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.4
 557
Five Star (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, haunted by the past, crimes, urban ghetto life, coming of age, society, teaching the ways of the world, adolescence vs adulthood, graphic violence, drug dealing, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.1
 198
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: murder, racism, iraq war, urban ghetto, crimes, haunted by the past, homecoming, family problems, society, gang, war veteran, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%