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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, bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: psychopath, murder, teenage life, crimes, serial killer, youth, investigation, family relations, transsexual, sexual abuse, parents and children, crime, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, society, gays and lesbians, coming of age, deadly, murderous pair, child abuse, love, sexuality, christmas, prison, gay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 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 realistic, serious, bleak and disturbing films with plots about murder, crimes, death, crime, society, friendship and youth mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Child I Never Was: Antibodies (2005), L.I.E. (2001), Sweet Sixteen (2002), Blind Shaft (2003), From the Edge of the City (1998). 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, disturbing, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, small town, lust, investigation, murder, danger, crimes, family life, haunted by the past, police officer ...
Time: contemporary, year 1996
Place: germany, europe
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95%
 7.2
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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, realistic, bleak, serious, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, male prostitution, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, parents and children, gender, human nature, suburbs, youth, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
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88%
 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, bleak, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: heroin, juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family, drug dealing, drug dealer, adolescence vs adulthood, siblings relations, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, innocence lost, downfall ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.6
 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: psychological, tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: prostitute, murder, miner, deadly, teenage life, rich and poor, cons and scams, crime, crimes, serial killer, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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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: gloomy, rough, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: prostitute, culture clash, innocence lost, lifestyle, misfit, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, city life, crime, urban ghetto life, urban, social differences ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia, greece, europe, geneva switzerland, athens greece ...
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73%
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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, psychological, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, strangulation, sex, police, crime, strong sexual content, family problems, rock, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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: suspenseful, serious, bleak, psychological, rough ...
Plot: friendship, prostitute, thanksgiving, gay, heist, survival, teenage life, suburbs, family problems, family in danger, drug dealing, youth ...
Time: contemporary
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70%
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: disturbing, psychological, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, murder, adoption, obsession, mental illness, schizophrenia, paranoia, sex, crimes, family relations, serial killer, haunted by the past ...
Time: 90s
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67%
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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, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, murder, prison, australian, dysfunctional family, redemption, crime, sexual abuse, estrangement, juvenile delinquency, siblings relations, social misfits ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: tense, gloomy, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: drug dealer, gang, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, pretense, parents and children, crumbling relationship, life is a bitch, social relations, family relations, crimes, urban ghetto ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, berlin germany
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65%
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: disturbing, rough, serious, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: murder, couples, youth, confined, hostages, mind game, psychopath, teenage life, deadly, crime, violence, teenage boy ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.7
 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, serious, rough, gloomy, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, working class, classroom, debt, theft, abusive father, money, juvenile delinquency, corporal punishment, redemption, spanking ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: realistic, rough, disturbing, bleak, serious ...
Plot: prison, prison life, innocence lost, society, crimes, gays and lesbians, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, youth, gang, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ 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: touching, sexual, realistic, serious
Plot: unemployment, friendship, juvenile delinquency, clergy, transsexual, religions or cults, moral dilemma, society, gender, missing child, youth, sexual abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, naples italy, milan italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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: touching, psychological, sexual, realistic, serious
Plot: s&m, obsession, friendship, older woman younger man relationship, reform, couples, sexual abuse, youth, coming of age, adoption, kids in trouble, destructive relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, hamburg germany, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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: gloomy, realistic, atmospheric, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: betrayal, murder, forgery, delivery, society, human nature, dishonesty, deadly, injustice, crimes, crime, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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, suspenseful, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: racism, liberal, life is a bitch, legal action, confined, crimes, immigrants, social misfits, crime, power relations, dedicated lawyer, discrimination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, montreal quebec, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, rough, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prostitution, prostitute, juvenile delinquency, homeless, lifestyle, urban ghetto, street kid, social decay, youth, social misfits, urban ghetto life, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 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, tense, rough ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, debt, camorra, criminal, power, gang war, crime, society, danger, youth, realism, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: italy, europe, southern italy, manhattan new york city, naples italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, emotional, realistic, disturbing, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, misfit, chicken, gay sex, gays and lesbians, homosexuality, social misfits, parents and children, dealing with death, love and romance, social relations, obsession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, offbeat, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, mental institution, psychiatrist, poison, friendship, deadly, crime, friends, family relations, crimes, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
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47%
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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: thought provoking, captivating, psychological, disturbing, melancholic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, transsexual, transvestism, teacher, priest, dangerous attraction, blackmail, first love, child abuse, gay, life is a bitch, gender bending ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, soldier, family relations, crimes, parents and children, cons and scams, dishonesty, single parent, russian, hospital, death, drinking ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 20th century, year 1946
Place: russia, siberia, black sea, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 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: disturbing, gloomy, captivating, serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, murder, dishonesty, deadly, juvenile delinquency, society, introspection, human nature, crime gone awry, youth, teenage life, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, psychological, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, prostitute, small town, murder, pimp, neo noir, legislation, pedophilia, police, sexual abuse, redemption, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1961, year 1963
Place: united states, switzerland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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: realistic, disturbing, psychological, rough, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, tarot, truck driver, strangulation, woman in danger, crime gone awry, crime, crimes, parents and children, danger, introspection, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 8.6
 617K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France
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, disturbing, bleak, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, crimes, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, social decay, society, coming of age, poverty, gang war, journalism, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: tense, realistic, disturbing, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, mental illness, social relations, small town, murder, store, family relations, crimes, crime, family life, deadly, gory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, spain, barcelona
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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: disturbing, bleak, realistic, rough, serious ...
Plot: abortion, prostitute, boarding school, misfit, prostitution, bullying, juvenile delinquency, sign language, deaf, mute or deaf, crime, adolescence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ukraine, kiev ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: realistic, suspenseful, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, pregnancy, heist, city life, crimes, down on your luck, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, criminal heroes, kids in trouble, youth, crime gone awry ...
Time: 90s
Place: argentina, latin america, uruguay, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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