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Scrubbers (1982)
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Scrubbers (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two girls escape from an open borstal for two very different reasons; Annetta to attempt to visit her baby daughter, who is being raised in a convent; and Carol, who hopes to be recaptured and sent to a closed borstal where she knows her girlfriend Doreen is being held. Carol's plan works, although she is devastated to find that not only has Doreen found herself a new girlfriend inside (who both taunt and tease Carol), when Annetta is arrested at the convent and sent to the same closed borstal, she assumes it was Carol who "grassed" her up and proceeds to plan her revenge. Carol finds protection in the form of inmate Eddie, while Annetta's constant bullying attempts keep her in solitary confinement; however, Carol's world is turned upside-down when Eddie is released from borstal and her protection is gone... Written by Rhino
Style: rough, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, dark humor
Plot: prison, survival, women's prison, school, youth, confined, fighting the system, prison life, life is a bitch, graphic violence, babies and infants, danger, juvenile delinquency, society, gays and lesbians, escape, reunion, kids in trouble, truck, monastery, nun, lesbian relationship, teenage girl, prisoner, punishment ...
Time: 80s

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Most similar movies to Scrubbers

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and bleak films with plots about prison, prison life, life is a bitch, confined, society, crimes and youth mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Scrubbers: So Evil, So Young (1961), Fuehrer Ex (2002), Women of San Quentin (1983), Tangier (2006), The Wall (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
So Evil, So Young (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A teenage girl is wrongfully accused of theft and is sent away to a harsh reform school.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: prison, women's prison, tough heroes, false accusation, school, heist, prison life, gays and lesbians, fugitives, dishonesty, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s
Place: ireland
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95%
 6.6
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Fuehrer Ex (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ingo Hasselbach, whose parents were Communist Party members in East Germany during his childhood, has lived at both ends of the political seesaw. The question of how people reach a change of heart is a profound one; Hasselbach describes the external ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak, rough ...
Plot: prison, fascism, friendship, violence, politics, moral dilemma, racism, youth, obsession, survival, prison life, escape ...
Time: 80s
Place: germany, german democratic republic, europe, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
Women of San Quentin (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young female prison guard finds out that her first assignment is to San Quentin, one of the toughest prisons in the country.
Style: bleak, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: prison, prison life, chaos and mayhem, power relations, battle of the sexes, gender, confined, prisoner, women's prison, female warden
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 7.1
 2K
Tangier (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In August 1996, bus drivers Marcel Van Loock and Wim Moreels are apprehended by the Moroccan Customs for drug trafficking. Inside their bus, hidden behind a false compartment, they have discovered 700 pounds of hashish. Although the owner of the bus ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, smuggling, danger, prison life, survival, life is a bitch, dishonesty, false accusation, injustice, beating, graphic violence, false arrest ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: antwerp, morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 8.1
 4K
The Wall (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Produced, written and directed by Yılmaz Güney within his own personal experiences of capital offense, he dedicates Duvar to male teenagers aged 13 to 19 living behind the bars under diabolical treatments. These teenagers get barbaric corporal ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: politics, prison life, juvenile delinquency, prison, confined, youth, life is a bitch, society, rebellion, revolution, kids in trouble, injustice ...
Time: 80s
Place: turkey, france, europe, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Reform School Girl (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Donna is sent to a reform school to take the fall for bad boy Vince. Inside, she makes friends and learns about herself.
Style: sexy, sexual, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, courtroom, shower, crimes, gays and lesbians, juvenile delinquency, rivalry, ambition, teenage life, fall in love, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Women's Prison (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman about to get married discovers all too late that her spouse has mafia connections, when violence breaks out during her wedding. Caught up in the crossfire Lynn gets arrested and thrown into a women's prison.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, rivalry, rebellion, youth, dangerous animal, life is a bitch, heroes, one man army, dishonesty, bookies, kids in trouble, prison life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 7.6
 10K
Scum (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the ...
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, tense, cult film ...
Plot: prison, juvenile delinquency, youth, rebellion, kids in trouble, violence, riot, racism, revenge, corruption, criminal heroes, prison life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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 598
Ghosted (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: ‘GHOSTED’ tells a story of survival inside a British Prison. Jack a model prisoner, has kept his head down and done his time. After his wife confirms that she is leaving him, on the anniversary of their son’s death, the only thing that keeps ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: prison life, prison, haunted by the past, survival, confined, crimes, danger, criminal heroes, prison fight, prison rape, strong violent content, prison guard ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.4
 269
Black August (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The last 14 months of George Jackson's life was an existence under subjective and objective conditions in California's industrial prison complex. George Jackson would spend 11 years in jail (7 of which were in solitary confinement) for a ...
Style: thought provoking, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: prison, racism, solitary, confined, rebellion, fighting the system, against the rules, prison life, rebelliousness, price of justice, life is a bitch, society ...
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.5
 591
Fast-Walking (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A dirty corrections officer gets involved in a murder plot involving one of the inmates.
Style: clever, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: prison, murder, confined, crime, unlikely partners, crimes, stoners, militant, escape, cons and scams, prison life, security guard ...
Time: 80s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.0
 11K
Dog Pound (2010)
Genre: 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, realistic, tense, rough ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, prison, crimes, sodomy, prison life, youth, crime, going straight, rebelliousness, redemption, isolation, violence spree ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.4
 4K
Coldwater (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A teenage boy is sent to a juvenile reform facility in the wilderness. As we learn about the tragic events that sent him there, his struggle becomes one for survival with the inmates, counselors, and the retired war colonel in charge.
Style: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: prison life, survival, juvenile delinquency, youth, confined, danger, re-education, prison, power relations, violence, teenage boy, humiliation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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 2K
K-11 (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Raymond Saxx Jr., a powerful record producer, wakes from a drug-induced blackout to find himself locked up and classified "K-11." Plunged into a nightmarish world ruled by a transsexual diva named Mousey, Raymond is truly a fish out of ...
Style: psychological, rough, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: prison life, transsexual, prison, confined, fish out of water, hopes, gender, violence, misfit, power relations, gays and lesbians, sex maniac ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
All the Invisible Children (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Seven short films - each one focused on the plight of a different child protagonist.
Style: touching, atmospheric, rough, captivating, neorealism ...
Plot: kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, homeless, aids, gypsy, social decay, young heroes, life is a bitch, neo realism, society, danger, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: serbia, africa, napoli italy, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.0
 1K
Short Eyes (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young man who is charged with child molestation is placed in New York City’s infamous Tombs prison. When the other inmates in his cell block find out what he is charged with, life becomes extremely difficult for him.
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: prison, prison life, violence, rape, bullying, sexual abuse, vengeance, rivalry, society, confined, gays and lesbians, misfit ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 5.8
 380
Jailbait (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Randy commits a crime that would normally get him probation and a hefty fine, but in the "three-strikes" world of justice, he finds himself locked up for 25 years. His cellmate Jake is a congenial yet remorseless lifer who casually informs ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious
Plot: prison, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, power relations, prison life, sexual abuse, false accusation, murder, fighting the system, going straight, confined, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Clarence Brandley, a black man wrongly accused in 1980 of the murder of a 16-year-old white high school girl named Cheryl Ferguson. Brandley worked at Conroe High School, where Ferguson was visiting as a member of the ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prison, fighting the system, confined, false accusation, uncover truth, courtroom drama, dishonesty, legal, life is a bitch, legal action, society, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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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: rough, disturbing, emotional, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: prison, parents and children, life is a bitch, gang, society, youth, confined, crimes, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, prison life, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.5
 420
Attica (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A behind the scenes look of the 1971 prisoners revolt at the Attica prison.
Style: suspenseful, rough, disturbing, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, rebellion, fighting the system, hostage, prison riot, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, politics, hostages, anti heroes, misfit, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, year 1971
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.5
 2K
Bullet Boy (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ricky is just out of a young offenders institute, heading home to Hackney and determined to go straight. Instead, he heads straight for trouble when he becomes involved in a street confrontation, siding with his best friend Wisdom against a local ...
Style: psychological, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, friendship, social decay, life is a bitch, going straight, kids in trouble, gang, crimes, society, rivalry, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
In the Custody of Strangers (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A teenage delinquent who goes on a drunken joyride is left in jail overnight by his parents in the hope that he might learn a lesson from it. But events follow which result in the boy spending far longer behind bars than anyone had foreseen.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: alcohol abuse, prison, self defense, society, crimes, youth, family life, custody, parents and children, teenage life, isolation, unemployment ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.4
 112
Spacked Out (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Film following four teenage girls around Hong Kong. The story centers around a young girl who is dealing with a pregnancy.
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: teenage life, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, society, lifestyle, youth, sexual relations, teenage pregnancy, sexual promiscuity, friendship, drugs ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 6.9
 241
Day Break (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to Islamic law, which gives the family of the victim ownership of the offender's life. Day Break - based on a compilation of true stories and shot inside ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, death row, prison life, confined, pardon, society, life is a bitch, deadly, legal, legal action, law enforcement, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 8.6
 137
Buried (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Buried is a British television drama series, produced by World Productions for Channel 4 and originally screened in 2003. The programme starred Lennie James as Lee Kingley, who is serving a long prison sentence in order to protect a member of his ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, confined, survival, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, criminal psychologist, warden, false accusation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Wentworth Prison (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison. A modern adaptation and sequel of the iconic Prisoner series.
Style: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: women's prison, prison life, prison, lesbian, lesbian relationship, life is a bitch, women in prison, crimes, protest, power struggle, sadism, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Glass House (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Adapted from a story by Truman Capote ("In Cold Blood"), the world of the prison convict is open to the viewer. As the story develops, one thing becomes clear. As in the outside world, there is a "system"; and just as on the ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, rebellion, deadly, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, society, fighting the system, prison life, introspection, rebelliousness, moral dilemma, human nature ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.4
 877
Born Innocent (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A constant runaway is given over to the care of the state and finds herself in a remand centre for girls. She is soon caught between the uncaring bureaucracy, the sometimes brutal treatment from her peers and her own abusive family, and only one ...
Style: controversial, thought provoking, bleak, rough, sexual ...
Plot: innocence lost, sexual abuse, prison, rape, runaway, riot, brutality, reform school, strong female presence, youth, on the run, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.2
 377
Rollercoaster (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In pursuit of fantasy, five teenagers hop the fence of a now defunct amusement park. While apparently a mindless diversion, for two of them the park is the setting for a more fatal bid at escape.
Style: bleak, rough, sincere, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: human nature, teenage life, friendship, drug abuse, curses spells and rituals, juvenile delinquency, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, youth, society, theme park, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, vancouver, vancouver british columbia canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.7
 272
Ombline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ombline, a 20-year-old woman, is sent to prison for three years after committing a violent assault on a police officer. Just when she has lost all hope for the future, she discovers that she is pregnant. The law allows her to rear her newborn for ...
Style: touching, bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: prison, women's prison, family problems, single parent, hopes, family relations, prison life, life is a bitch, babies and infants, starting over, confined, motherhood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%