Movies like The Child I Never Was

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The Child I Never Was (2002)
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The Child I Never Was (2002)
Original name: Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A serial killer dispassionately discusses the nuts and bolts of his grisly avocation, as well as the youthful traumas which helped to mold him into a psychopath, in this disturbing independent drama from Germany, based on the true story of of Germany's most famous child murderer Juergen Bartsch who, between the ages of 15 and 19, abused, tortured and killed four schoolboys in the Ruhr region of Germany from 1962 to 1966.
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, disturbing, gloomy, realistic
Plot: pedophile, murder, psychopath, sexual obsession, sexual abuse, teenage life, youth, investigation, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, society, brutality, sadism, husband wife relationship, arrest, child abuse, altar boy, lgbt, crimes, serial killer, family relations, transsexual, parents and children, crime, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1976, year 1962, year 1966
Place: germany, europe

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Most similar movies to The Child I Never Was

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and disturbing films with plots about murder, crimes, death, male nudity, society, life is a bitch and youth mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Child I Never Was: River's Edge (1986), Ethan Mao (2004), Trust (2010), The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995), Evilenko (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, gloomy, psychological, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, nudity (full frontal - brief), juvenile delinquency, strangulation, family relations, police, woman strangled to death, crimes, crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
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Ethan Mao (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Kicked out of his house because he's gay, Ethan Mao returns home to steal and ends up holding his family hostage on a fateful Thanksgiving Day.
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, thanksgiving, juvenile delinquency, haunted by the past, survival, parents and children, family in danger, teenage life, dysfunctional family, family problems, drug dealing, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, los angeles
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Trust (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her ...
Style: emotional, disturbing, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: innocence lost, sexual abuse, investigation, youth, teenage life, parents and children, bullying, pedophile, child rape, family in crisis, rape victim, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, chicago illinois, milwaukee wisconsin, st. louis missouri ...
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The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A sinister tale of genius gone wrong, The Young Poisoner's Handbook chronicles a young man's descent into madness against the absurd backdrop of suburban English life. Hugh O'Conor plays Graham Young, a schoolboy from the London ...
Style: humorous, witty, suspense, cynical, biting ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, poison, psychiatrist, mental institution, crime, deadly, love and romance, crimes, youth, friendship, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london
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Evilenko (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1984, in Kiev, the communist teacher Andrej Romanovic Evilenko is dismissed from his position after a pedophilic act against a student. On 15 May 1984, the pedophile Evilenko begins to rape children, and then slashing the victims in pieces and ...
Style: slasher, disturbing, scary, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: pedophile, serial killer, sexual abuse, murder, psychopath, child murder investigation, woman in danger, pedophilia, child murder, serial child killer, investigation, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 80s, year 1984, 1990s ...
Place: kiev ukraine, ukraine, russia, ussr, crimea ...
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Gomorrah (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. Based on a book by Roberto Saviano. Power, money and blood: these are the "values" that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta have ...
Style: bleak, tense, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang war, criminal, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, danger, deadly, organized crime, debt, power, social decay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: italy, europe, new york, miami, venice ...
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L.I.E. (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In this biting and disturbing coming-of-age tale from writer-director Michael Cuesta, life is bittersweet along the L.I.E., also known as the Long Island Expressway, as suburban teen Howie Blitzer learns all too clearly. In the space of a week, he ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, touching, brutal, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pedophile, male prostitution, sexual abuse, coming of age, pornography, juvenile delinquency, death of mother, gay, youth, suburbs, life is a bitch, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: long island, california, new jersey
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Antibodies (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: When a notorious German serial killer is captured after committing some of the most heinous acts against humanity ever imaginable, a farmer and police officer from a sleepy rural community on the outskirts of Berlin is drawn into the case as he ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, murder, lust, danger, crimes, small town, deadly, police officer, family life ...
Time: contemporary, year 1996
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
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Tough Enough (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: From the youth directed novel of the same name by Greogor Tressnow comes a film by Detlev Buck that is a realistic portrait of life in the section of Berlin called Neukölln. It’s about power and weakness, delinquents and victims, and the ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, street gang, youth gang, gang, crimes, coming of age, urban ghetto, parents and children, urban ghetto life, high school life, friendship, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, berlin germany
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Blind Shaft (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: China, Germany, Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two Chinese miners, who make money by killing fellow miners and then extorting money from the mine owner to keep quiet about the "accident", happen upon their latest victim. But one of them begins to have second thoughts.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: miner, murder, hidden identity, dishonesty, crimes, investigation, deadly, teenage life, rich and poor, cons and scams, prostitute, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia
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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, family problems, siblings relations, society, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
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The Lost (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A charismatic psycho suspected of killing two innocent campers in a cold-blooded double homicide grows increasingly unstable as his suburban empire starts to crack at the foundations.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, murder, psychopath, violence, serial killer, police investigation, drug use, deadly, youth, rivalry, crimes, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary
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41%
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The Boys (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie and Glenn, for the next 24 hours, it becomes clear this day ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, prison sex, murder, prison, australian, family relations, dysfunctional family, redemption, crime, crimes, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, california, sydney australia, tokyo
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Steel Toes (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Steel Toes is a provocative exploration of the inescapable and insidious presence of racial and religious intolerance in our society.
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: racism, confined, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, introspection, prison, misfit, crimes, legal, husband wife relationship, liberal, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec, montreal
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38%
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Benny's Video (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Austria, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: videotaping, atrocity, psychopath, murder, human nature, obsession, introspection, alienation, crimes, society, teenage life, parent child relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: austria, bosnia, europe, vienna, serbia ...
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Criminal Lovers (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After a perverted impulse drives them to kill, Alice and her boyfriend, Luc, drag the body into the woods, only to find themselves hopelessly lost – much like the fairy-tale plight of Hansel and Gretel. Starving and with no hope of being found, ...
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, couples, confined, youth, mind game, hostages, psychopath, hostage, teenage life, crime, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 90s
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Our Lady of the Assassins (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Colombia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: World-weary arthur Fernando has returned to his native Colombia to live out his days in peace. But Fernando's once-quiet hometown has become a hotbed of violence, drugs and corruption. On the brink of despair, Fernando meets Alexis, a ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, rough, meditative, serious ...
Plot: gay, gang, murder, drug dealing, vengeance, teenage life, love affair, fall in love, life is a bitch, youth, friendship, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia, los angeles, usa, latin america, tokyo ...
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38%
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Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: tense, rough, emotional, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, child abuse, working class, abusive father, theft, debt, money, corporal punishment, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, redemption ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
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From the Edge of the City (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Minority-group Greeks from an outer suburb of Athens struggle with their life on society's fringe and exploitation of one another.
Style: bleak, rough, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: culture clash, suburbs, prostitute, immigrants, lifestyle, gang, crime, urban ghetto, kids in trouble, ocean or sea, friends, ocean ...
Time: 90s
Place: greece, russia, europe, athens greece, italy ...
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City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, street gang, crimes, gang war, society, social decay, life is a bitch, journalism ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 80s, 1960s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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Little Boy Blue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Living in rural Texas is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he ...
Style: serious, disturbing, psychological, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, incest, dysfunctional family, parents and children, murder, stepmother stepson relationship, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, family problems, siblings relations, missing person, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, asia, vietnam, usa, san francisco
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37%
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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: suspenseful, serious, disturbing, rough, bleak ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, criminal heroes, youth, vengeance, working class, life is a bitch, deadly, society, small town, homecoming, murder, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, united states
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37%
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: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, drug dealing, deadly, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
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37%
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The Free Will (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 163 min.
Story: After nine years in psychiatric detention Theo, who has brutally assaulted and raped three women, is released. Living in a supervised community, he connects well with his social worker Sascha, finds a job at a print shop and even a girlfriend, ...
Style: psychological, rough, sincere, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rapist, fall in love, rape, mental illness, crimes, sexual relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, hopes, couples, sex maniac ...
Time: contemporary
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Pixote (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by ...
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: sex with a minor, prostitution, child rape, juvenile delinquency, street kid, life is a bitch, youth, social misfits, down on your luck, urban ghetto life, loneliness, breast feeding ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
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A Children's Story (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story focuses on the life of an 11-year old boy surrounded by criminality and poverty in the suburbs of Naples.
Style: disturbing, rough, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: street kid, youth, juvenile delinquency, friends, danger, society, life is a bitch, social worker, urban ghetto life, social decay, teaching the ways of the world, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy, naples italy
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36%
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: disturbing, emotional, rough, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: prison, parents and children, life is a bitch, family relations, crimes, drug dealing, society, confined, juvenile delinquency, youth, gang, prison life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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36%
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Bad Education (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 1960s. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are ...
Style: captivating, psychological, thought provoking, disturbing, melancholic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, transsexual, transvestism, child abuse, male nudity, teacher, boarding school, priest, dangerous attraction, first love, blackmail, gay ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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The Dead Girl (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, contemplative ...
Plot: investigation, murder, missing person, uncover truth, newspaper, family relations, life is a bitch, prostitute, forensics, mystery, vandalism, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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Hounded (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Deals with the obsessive relationship between a confused teenager and an elder woman. Elsa Seifert successfully works as probation officer, but the relationship to her longtime companion is in trouble since their common daughter moved out. Then she ...
Style: psychological, sexual, touching, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, destructive relationship, older woman younger man relationship, sexual abuse, sexual relations, femme fatale, lifestyle, juvenile delinquency, s&m, friendship, sexual attraction, sexual obsession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, sao paulo brazil, hamburg germany
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