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Hell Up in Harlem (1973)
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Hell Up in Harlem (1973)
Original name: Hell Up In Harlem
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Tougher than Shaft and smoother than Superfly, this high-voltage sequel to Black Caesar explodes with enough action to incinerate New York City. Packed with machine-gun mayhem and riveting adventure, Hell Up in Harlem is nothing less than a modern-day tribute to the classic 30s gangster film. Fred Williamson is Tommy Gibbs, a fearless, bulletproof tough guy who blasts his way from the gutter to become the ultimate soul brother boss. Tommy steals a ledger with the name of every crooked cop and man in the city. Enlisting the aid of his father and an army of Harlem hoods, Gibbs goes from defense to offense, launching a deadly attack on his enemies that sets off a violent chain reaction from Harlem all the way to the Caribbean, climaxing in one of the hottest turf-war shoot-outs in Hollywood history.
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, police corruption, grizzly bear, crimes, vengeance, gang, racism, drug dealing, clergy, injustice, violence spree, chase, society, dishonesty, criminal heroes, city life, downfall, rivalry, criminal's revenge, tough heroes, urban ghetto, sex, sniper, martial arts, agent ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, los angeles, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious and rough films with plots about crimes, murder, gangsters, rivalry, gunfight, deadly and violence mostly in Action, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Hell Up in Harlem: Black Caesar (1973), Hammer (1972), Original Gangstas (1996), Hot Boyz (2000), Wrong Turn at Tahoe (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Black Caesar (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop on the take, during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his vengeance, he rises to power in Harlem, New York. Angry at the ...
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Place: harlem, new york, usa, california, manhattan new york city
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Hammer (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Hotheaded laborer B.J. Hammer can't go long without ending up in a fight, and, after he comes out on top in a particularly impressive workplace scuffle, word of his brawling skills makes its way to Davis, a top boxing manager. Hammer is hired ...
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Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Original Gangstas (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
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Hot Boyz (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Wrong Turn at Tahoe (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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33%
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Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
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Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 6.3
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.7
 34K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 11K
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