Movies like Johnny 1999

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Johnny (1999)
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Johnny (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Johnny, the megalomaniac leader of a group of squeegee kids, finds a video camera and pushes his followers into "acting" out increasingly dangerous "scenes".
Style: thought provoking, rough, bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: street gang, teenage life, crimes, best friends, youth, gang, obsession, family relations, terrorism, sexual abuse, life is a bitch, addiction, realism, urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, manipulation, society, human nature, filmmaking, rebelliousness, city life, coming of age, downfall, megalomaniac, estrangement ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and rough films with plots about society, life is a bitch, youth, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto and teenage life mostly in Drama, Action and Crime genres. Some movies like Johnny: The Rose Seller (1998), Without Destination (2002), Spacked Out (2000), Stryker (2004), Like a Puppet Out of Strings (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Rose Seller (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: 13-year-old Monica leads a street life, making her living by selling flowers to couples in local nightspots, she is joined by 10-year-old Andrea who runs out of her house after her mother beats her.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, rough, bleak
Plot: gang, street kid, alcohol abuse, teenage life, rich and poor, drug abuse, down on your luck, city life, urban ghetto life, addiction, urban ghetto, kids in trouble ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia
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95%
Without Destination (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Sin Destino follows the life of a 15 year old Mexican boy, Francisco, as he struggles to survive on the streets. His primary source of income is money raised by prostituting himself to men for sex, and the film implies that this learned behaviour ...
Style: disturbing, rough, psychological, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: teenage prostitute, kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, society, youth, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, sexual abuse, drug abuse, urban ghetto life, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
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79%
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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: realistic, serious, rough, disturbing, sexy ...
Plot: kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, lifestyle, society, life is a bitch, youth, sexual relations, sexual promiscuity, teenage pregnancy, friendship, drugs ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
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78%
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Stryker (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The film follows a 14-year-old arsonist in Winnipeg who becomes involved in a turf war between the Indian Posse and the Asian Bomb Squad (a now defunct Filipino gang). He is known only as Stryker, a slang term for a prospective gang member.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, tense, bleak
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, rivalry, life is a bitch, youth, crimes, coming of age, society, urban ghetto life, nudity (full frontal - brief), immigrants ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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Like a Puppet Out of Strings (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two Brothers; Tom and Felipe, have moved up the ranks of the street gangs because they have no greater devotion than the protection of each other. Luis, former gang member, is now a cop, his life having been turned around by Angelica, a female cop. ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, going straight, crimes, law enforcement, society, youth, redemption, urban ghetto, murder, brother brother relationship, family relations ...
Time: future
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76%
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Rollercoaster (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: amusement park, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, youth, society, friendship, teenage life, drug abuse, human nature, curses spells and rituals, kids in trouble ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, vancouver
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75%
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Small Faces (1995)
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, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, illiteracy, working class, coming of age, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto, family relations, kids in trouble, ghetto, urban ghetto life, school, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 60s
Place: scotland, europe, new jersey, california
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75%
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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: serious, realistic, rough, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, going straight, kids in trouble, friendship, social decay, gang, society, youth, orphan, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A Special Jury Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival, this drama stars a then-19-year-old Matty Rich (who also wrote and directed it). Rich plays Larry, a troubled teen living in the rough Red Hook section of Brooklyn who decides he wants out ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful, rough
Plot: racism, drug dealing, kids in trouble, urban ghetto, family relations, urban ghetto life, interracial relations, social decay, family life, heist, family in crisis, city life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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72%
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War (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Fifteen-year-old Matteo is attractive, albeit somewhat girlish and frail. The whole world is against him. He has no friends and his parents seem to live in a different universe. The pressure increases as his awkward attempts to win his father’s ...
Style: serious, disturbing, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: teenage life, rebelliousness, youth, crimes, rebellion, realism, juvenile delinquency, family problems, gang, dysfunctional family, rehabilitation, camp ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Lost Angels (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Rich L.A. party brat Tim (Adam Horovitz) spins into a cycle of despair after his parents divorce, and trying to fill the void with drugs and trouble only buys him a ticket to an asylum. But with the help of a psychiatrist (Donald Sutherland) who has ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: gang, coming of age, redemption, youth, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, mentally unstable, lifestyle, society, family problems, estrangement, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
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72%
Lilet Never Happened (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Philippines
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lilet Never Happened is the rollercoaster story of how a young girl, struggling to survive in the streets of Manila, spirals down into child prostitution. She is a fighter. She is a dreamer. She is a rebel and she thinks she can handle the world ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: kids in trouble, life is a bitch, social decay, youth, society, prostitute, sexual abuse, pedophilia, child prostitution, social worker, police, child prostitute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: manila philippines, asia, the philippines
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71%
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Streeters (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Authentic and committed, moving and stormy drama of street kids from Mexico City. Wonderful adaptation of successful play about street kids who have more trouble with corrupt cops, than with dirty and heavy work.
Style: sincere, serious, touching, realistic, bleak
Plot: social decay, gang, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, urban ghetto life, police corruption, life is a bitch, youth, drug dealing, society, crimes, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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On the Outs (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Follows the choices made by three young women - one a drug dealer, one an addict, one a pregnant teen - in Jersey City.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, rough, realistic ...
Plot: asthma, drug dealer, teenage pregnancy, single mother, kids in trouble, lifestyle, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, gang, drug dealing, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Zooey (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Angel and Zooey are not your typical newlyweds. Zooey is a professional prostitute and Angel is a drug dealer. Yet they are not without hopes and dreams, of escaping their life in the streets and starting a new in a fresh painted cottage with picked ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, bleak, gloomy
Plot: prostitute, love affair, lifestyle, going straight, addiction, drug abuse, hopes, life is a bitch, society, youth, survival, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Netherlands
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A poignant and moving urban drama, focusing on the growing problem of sexual assault in Mexico City. Director Sistach fictionalizes the true story of a friendship between two adolescent girls which is torn apart when one of them is brutally raped.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, rough, bleak
Plot: sexual abuse, sexual harassment, life is a bitch, family relations, woman in danger, rich and poor, social decay, gender, youth, family problems, urban ghetto life, city life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Blue Spring (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Soon after being named the new leader of his high school's gang system, Kujo grows bored with the violence and hatred that surround him. He wants desperately to abandon his post… but his once-enviable position of power has a strange way of ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious
Plot: juvenile delinquency, crimes, rivalry, gang, high school, teenage life, society, life is a bitch, high school life, friendship, youth, school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 5.9
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Zig Zag (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An autistic 15-year-old boy steals money from his boss to provide rent for his abusive father, who uses the money to repay a loan shark.
Style: serious, touching, sincere, rough, realistic ...
Plot: teenage life, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, terminal illness, society, crimes, parents and children, mental illness, family in crisis, urban ghetto life, underdog, loan ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Bobby G. Can't Swim (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Bobby G. lives life on the edge in this real, raw New York street drama. Bobby is a small-time coke dealer, always on the hustle but rarely successful. He lives in Hell's Kitchen with his Puerto Rican girlfriend Lucy, who makes ends meet as a ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: prostitute, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, crimes, society, juvenile delinquency, gangsters, gang, life is a bitch, drug dealing, going straight, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Twist (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In a gritty retelling of the Dickens's classic, Twist takes Oliver and the Artful Dodger out of the poorhouse and onto the streets, where junk is the currency and hustling is the game.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, pimp, kids in trouble, addiction, sexual relations, life is a bitch, youth, crimes, apprentice, society, male prostitute ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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The Wild Dogs (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set during the cull of the stray dogs in the city of Bucharest, The Wild Dogs weaves together a week in the lives of several citizens of and visitors to the hauntingly beautiful city. Geordie, a visiting Canadian pornographer, Bogdan, a reluctant ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, disturbing, bleak
Plot: social decay, culture clash, rich and poor, society, life is a bitch, family relations, redemption, human nature, friendship, city life, homelessness, deformity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: romania, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Acts of Worship (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, friendship, juvenile delinquency, downfall, going straight, destructive relationship, drug abuse, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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66%
 6.3
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Eighteen (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Pip, a street kid just turning 18, receives his grandfather's World War II-era memoirs and discovers parallels to his own life.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: street kid, survival, introspection, self discovery, estrangement, juvenile delinquency, society, youth, soldier, hopes, life is a bitch, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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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: captivating, serious, rough, bleak, realistic
Plot: street kid, poverty, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, friendship, homeless, society, youth, gang, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
First, Last and Deposit (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Thirteen-year-old Tessa (Jessica White) faces more than the usual tribulations of adolescence. When bad times hit, she and her mother find themselves living on the streets. The injustice of poverty is emphasized by the fact that Tessa's school ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, touching, bleak ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, society, youth, kids in trouble, parents and children, teenage life, working class, survival, family relations, eviction, school, single parent ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, emotional, realistic
Plot: family relations, teenage life, friendship, self discovery, juvenile delinquency, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, human nature, youth, life is a bitch, elderly, society ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, rough, bleak ...
Plot: male rape, sexual abuse, downfall, haunted by the past, family problems, going straight, society, life is a bitch, crimes, addiction, down on your luck, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 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 ⇓
62%
 6.9
 8K
Neds (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Italy
Duration: 124 min.
Story: NEDs (Non Educated Delinquents) is the story of a young man’s journey from prize-winning schoolboy to knife-carrying teenager. Struggling against the low expectations of those around him, John McGill changes from victim to avenger, scholar to NED, ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: kids
Plot: juvenile delinquency, street kid, gang, crimes, gang war, social decay, teenage life, society, social problems, realism, rebellion, working class ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.3
 513
Stolen Dreams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Jessica, Sabrina and Daiane have dreams, just like all young people of any social class or place in the world. They live in a low-income neighborhood in the periphery of Rio de Janeiro and find in prostitution a way to survive and satisfy their ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: coming of age, friends, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, society, lifestyle, prostitution, friendship, rivalry, strong female presence, family problems, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%