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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: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing, gloomy, psychological
Plot: murder, psychopath, crime, juvenile delinquency, murderous pair, child abuse, serial killer, sexual abuse, teenage life, crimes, deadly, society, youth, family relations, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, transsexual, investigation, parents and children, coming of age, love, sexuality, christmas, prison, gay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1966, year 1976, year 1962
Place: germany, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and disturbing films with plots about murder, crimes, society, death, crime, cigarette smoking and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Child I Never Was: Antibodies (2005), L.I.E. (2001), Sweet Sixteen (2002), From the Edge of the City (1998), Blind Shaft (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, suspenseful, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, small town, lust, investigation, murder, crime, crimes, danger, family life, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, year 1996
Place: germany, europe
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95%
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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: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, coming of age, male prostitution, juvenile delinquency, suburbs, gays and lesbians, self discovery, parents and children, gender, life is a bitch, youth, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, new jersey
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94%
 7.5
 12K
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: emotional, captivating, realistic, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, dysfunctional family, drug dealer, downfall, parents and children, drug dealing, society, crime, youth, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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: serious, bleak, gloomy, realistic, rough
Plot: prostitute, culture clash, gang, immigrants, crime, juvenile delinquency, ocean or sea, urban ghetto, human nature, suburbs, innocence lost, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: greece, russia, europe, kazakhstan, athens greece ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 2K
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, psychological
Plot: murder, miner, prostitute, rich and poor, gallery, crime, school, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, hidden identity, serial killer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia, mine
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76%
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 14K
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, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, police, sex, crime, strangulation, rock, strong sexual content, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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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: serious, bleak, tense, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: gang, drug dealer, juvenile delinquency, heavy metal, urban ghetto, unemployment, street gang, friendship, cocaine, murder, youth gang, drug traffic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Clean, Shaven (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Peter Winter is a young schizophrenic who is desperately trying to get his daughter back from her adoptive family. He attempts to function in a world that, for him, is filled with strange voices, electrical noise, disconcerting images, and jarringly ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: investigation, murder, adoption, schizophrenia, paranoia, sex, obsession, mental illness, serial killer, crime, daughter, terror ...
Time: 90s
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69%
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 520
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: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: prostitute, friendship, thanksgiving, suburbs, elderly lovers, hostages, urban ghetto, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, rehabilitation, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
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69%
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 1K
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, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, australian, prison, murder, crime, dysfunctional family, juvenile delinquency, redemption, social misfits, brother, prisoner, going straight ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: serious, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: prison, gang, juvenile delinquency, crime, drug dealing, innocence lost, prison life, confined, crimes, family relations, gays and lesbians, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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 2K
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: realistic, gloomy, serious, rough, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, abusive father, theft, money, debt, classroom, juvenile delinquency, working class, corporal punishment, spanking, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.2
 972
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: serious, disturbing, realistic, tense, rough ...
Plot: racism, liberal, legal action, moral dilemma, prison, crime, psychopath, courtroom drama, confined, crimes, legal, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, montreal quebec, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.0
 43K
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, realistic, disturbing, serious, tense ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, power, gang war, criminal, camorra, crime, debt, realism, drugs/alcohol, gangsters, urban ghetto, fashion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: italy, europe, naples italy, southern italy, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.5
 7K
Money (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A forged 500-franc note is cynically passed from person to person and shop to shop, until it falls into the hands of a genuine innocent who doesn't see it for what it is - which will have devastating consequences on his life, causing him to ...
Style: bleak, serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: betrayal, forgery, murder, human nature, crimes, crime, life is a bitch, frame up, heist, teenage life, injustice, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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: serious, sexual, touching, realistic, psychological
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, obsession, friendship, s&m, juvenile delinquency, school, fetishism, collar, masochism, coming of age, human spirit, destructive relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, hamburg germany, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Pianese Nunzio, Fourteen in May (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A young priest crusades against organized crime in his Naples neighbourhood but falls in love with a 13-year old boy. It's the chance the gangsters were waiting for to get rid of the thorn in their side. Will they be able to force the boy to ...
Style: sexual, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: unemployment, friendship, clergy, gays and lesbians, juvenile delinquency, transsexual, moral dilemma, sexual abuse, kids in trouble, religions or cults, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, italy, milan italy, rome italy, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Hours of the Day (2003)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Spain
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Abel lives with his mother in a small town on the outskirts of Barcelona. His life, grey and boring, is based on the small family business, his mother's house, his girlfriend's bed, and the town bars. However under an appearance of quiet ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, gory, murder, small town life, family life, store, crimes, small town, deadly, mental illness, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, spain, barcelona
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 8.0
 6K
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: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prostitution, juvenile delinquency, prostitute, drugs/alcohol, social misfits, down on your luck, urban ghetto, social decay, life is a bitch, homeless, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.9
 2K
Fresh Bait (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With the ambition to start a boutique overseas but without the means to do so, Nathalie finds herself in a desperate situation, where she would do anything to acquire what she needs. Along with her boyfriend, Eric, and his friend Bruno, she concocts ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, murder, crime, crime gone awry, sexual relations, heist, criminal heroes, crimes, deadly, society, couples, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: serious, rough, realistic, bleak, disturbing
Plot: youth, juvenile delinquency, danger, urban ghetto, crime, life is a bitch, society, buddies, gang, teaching the ways of the world, social decay, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Mudge Boy (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Duncan Mudge, mid-teens, lives apart from his rural world populated by his distant father and rough local kids. His main companionship is a chicken left after his mother's death until the neighbor's son befriends him.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: coming of age, misfit, chicken, gay sex, homosexuality, gays and lesbians, small town, dealing with death, bullying, parents and children, teenage life, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: crime gone awry, murder, crime, serial killer, mind game, psychopath, crimes, deadly, gays and lesbians, hostages, lovers on the run, on the run ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.5
 51K
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, thought provoking, psychological, disturbing, melancholic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, transsexual, transvestism, teacher, dangerous attraction, gay, friendship, first love, blackmail, priest, child abuse, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Naked Kiss (1964)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A former prostitute discovers that her philanthropic fiance is involved in perversion.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, prostitute, small town, murder, neo noir, pedophilia, police, legislation, pimp, sexual abuse, redemption, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1963, 1960s, year 1961
Place: switzerland, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.7
 4K
The Thief (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1946, a soldier fathers a child then dies before its birth. Jump to 1952: on a train, the child and his mother meet a handsome soldier who makes a play for her. She accepts. Posing as a married family, the soldier finds them a rooming house where ...
Style: sincere, bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: betrayal, soldier, parents and children, crimes, dishonesty, family relations, single parent, cons and scams, russian, hospital, death, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, year 1946
Place: russia, black sea, siberia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.5
 714
Born Killers (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: iggy Banks tells the story of two charming and brilliant brothers who finance their lifestyle by robbing and murdering pretty much anyone foolish enough to get in the car with them. They learn the business from their sociopath father (Tom Sizemore) ...
Style: disturbing, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, tarot, truck driver, strangulation, gory, crime, criminal heroes, introspection, siblings relations, crimes, deadly, crime gone awry ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Pizza, Beer, and Cigarettes (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A couple of friends work for a taxi driver to rob his passengers, but they feel like they're getting ripped off. They decide to plan their own robberies, but they are amateurs and things don't go too well. One of the youths, Cordoba, whose ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: gang, heist, pregnancy, crime, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto, crime gone awry, urban, going straight, down on your luck, social decay, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, uruguay
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.8
 17K
Kidulthood (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.
Style: serious, bleak, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: school, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, gang, gun, bullying, pregnancy, teenage life, friendship, teenage love, social decay, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.1
 9K
The Tribe (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Ukraine, Netherlands
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Deaf mute Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for deaf-and-dumb. In this new place, he needs to find his way through the hierarchy of the school’s network dealing with crimes and prostitution, the Tribe. By taking part of several ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: abortion, prostitute, boarding school, prostitution, misfit, bullying, deaf, sign language, juvenile delinquency, mute or deaf, adolescence, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ukraine, kiev ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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