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Ley Lines (1999)
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Ley Lines (1999)
Original name: 日本黒社会 LEY LINES
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story follows a trio of Japanese youths of Chinese descent who escape their semi-rural upbringing and relocate to Shinjuku, Tokyo, where they befriend a troubled Shanghai prostitute and fall foul of a local crime syndicate. Like many of Miike's works, the film examines the underbelly of respectable Japanese society and the problems of assimilation faced by non-ethnically Japanese people in Japan.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prostitute, gangsters, gang, friendship, drug dealer, crimes, village, heist, racism, drug dealing, crime, life is a bitch, village life, urban ghetto life, suburbs, intrigue, juvenile delinquency, society, urban, suburban life, city life, going straight, down on your luck, urban ghetto, sex ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Ley Lines

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and suspenseful films with plots about crimes, crime, gangsters, gang, drug dealing, society and murder mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Ley Lines: Shinjuku Triad Society (1995), Sugar Hill (1993), The City of Lost Souls (2000), The Hillz (2004), Corrupt (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Shinjuku Triad Society (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The film is based around the interactions of a triad group with a police officer as well as opposing yakuza organizations. When the younger brother to a renegade police officer becomes the lawyer to the triad group, an argument between the two leads ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, bleak, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: gangsters, dark humor, police detective, murder, police corruption, chase, law enforcement, master criminal, crime, life is a bitch, gang, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, taiwan, taipei
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Sugar Hill (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, the Mafia steps in when a drug dealer quits his partner brother to lead a straight life with his girlfriend.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, gang, going straight, siblings relations, drug abuse, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto, addiction, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
The City of Lost Souls (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Brazilian-Japanese gangster Mario rescues his Chinese girlfriend Kei as she's about to be deported from Japan. Desperate to escape, he hides in Tokyo's booming Japanese-Portuguese community and seeks passage from the country from a Russian ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal's revenge, gangsters, gang, love triangle, lovers on the run, rivalry, crime, drug dealing, danger, hitman, chase, master criminal ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 2.8
 6K
The Hillz (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A promising college athlete takes a turn for the worse when he hooks up with old highschool friends during his summer break.
Style: serious, surreal, realistic, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: prostitute, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, friendship, teenage life, dark humor, buddies, crimes, lifestyle, youth, gang, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Corrupt (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 69 min.
Story: After decades of terror, two deadly street gangs reach a delicate truce and young MJ (Silkk the Shocker) sees a way out of the hood once and for all. Only Corrupt (Ice-T) stands in MJ's way, resulting into a violent and brutal roller coaster ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, inner city, urban setting, urban ghetto life, city life, society, social misfits, drug dealing, crimes, youth, social decay ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After Kunisada's Yakuza leader and father figure is brutally murdered, he and his best friend go on a two-man mission to avenge his death, killing other Yakuza leaders leading to a final confrontation by the old man's killers..
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, stylized, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, danger, murder, gangsters, betrayal, police investigation, criminal's revenge, vigilantism, vengeance, lone wolves, gang, partners ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Dead or Alive (1999)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ryūichi and his small gang of Triad vie for control of the Japanese underworld in a crime-ridden Shinjuku quarter while Detective Jojima tries to bring it down. Jojima attempts to start a gang war between the Triad and yakuza. Ryūichi and Jojima ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, brutal, disturbing, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: massacre, gangsters, danger, contests and competitions, stripper, vengeance, brutality, yakuza, drugs, gratuitous violence, violent, insanity ...
Time: 90s
Place: taiwan, japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Swallowtail Butterfly (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Swallowtail Butterfly takes place in an alternate Japan, in a ghetto where immigrants from all over the world have come to live and make their fortune. The city is called Yentown, and it is much like Tokyo. Sixteen-year-old Ageha (Ito), a young girl ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, atmospheric, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, forgery, gangsters, gang, criminal heroes, society, destiny, orphan, crime, crimes, immigrants, crime gone awry ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Dead or Alive 2 (2000)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends. Together they take a break from killing and visit the small island they once called home. After reflecting on their past lives they decided to ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, realistic, contemplative
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, hitman, yakuza, criminal heroes, danger, drug dealing, buddies, crimes, gangsters, friends, orphan, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 318
Squeeze (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ty, Hector, and Bao are close friends in a tough section of Boston, where they're called "the PG-13 crew." They're 14, decent kids with few skills who've bailed out of school. A small gang of older tough guys, led by Marcus ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: gas station, gang, social misfits, life is a bitch, crime, criminal heroes, against the odds, urban ghetto life, innocence lost, urban, friendship, social decay ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.0
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Blues Harp (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ambitious yakuza Kenji befriends harmonica-playing bartender Chuji, who moonlights as a part-time drug-dealer for the opposing gang. Their friendship is threatened by Kenji's plans for advancement, as well as by his bodyguards growing jealousy ...
Style: rough, bleak, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, gangsters, danger, nightclub, blues, friendship, prostitute, criminal heroes, gays and lesbians, gang, crime, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, okinawa japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 4.7
 74
Flick (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Jack Flinter is skating on thin ice. Known to his friends as "Flick", he is drifting through life, dealing a bit of hash, drinking and screwing around. His girlfriend Alice has had enough. His friend and business partner Des is strung out, ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: drug dealing, going straight, juvenile delinquency, addiction, police corruption, drug abuse, society, crimes, life is a bitch, organized crime, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Monument Ave. (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bobby O'Grady a low level member of a Boston Irish gang run by Jackie O'Hara. Jackie demands absolute, total loyalty to him. When Jackie kills one of Bobby's buddies, Teddy, Bobby and others have to keep it an absolute secret, even ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, dark, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, gangsters, crimes, crime, vengeance, gang, investigation, life is a bitch, witnessing a crime, drug dealing, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, europe, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Sucker Free City (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The film follows three young men as they are drawn into lives of crime. Nick (Crowley) uses his entry-level corporate job to commit credit card fraud and deals drugs on the side. K-Luv (Mackie) is a member of the "V-Dubs", an ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, bleak, tense
Plot: gang, gangsters, life is a bitch, social decay, juvenile delinquency, racism, crimes, police investigation, urban ghetto life, dysfunctional family, city life, interracial relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco
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Enemy Territory (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An insurance salesman inadvertently gets trapped after dark in an apartment building that is terrorized by a street gang called "The Vampires."
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, gang, confined, vampire, crimes, danger, deadly, society, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, ghetto, violence ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, realistic, rough, serious, bleak ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, gunfight, street gang, police brutality, drug dealing, crime, crimes, hip hop, murder, friendship, organized crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 70s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north america, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Pigs (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In good old days Franz Maurer and his partners from secret police used to live like kings. Now, they all must adapt to new post-communist environment where they are scorned and losing all the privileges. Some, like Franz, are like ordinary police ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, friendship, polish, crimes, drug dealing, master criminal, fighting crime, society, police corruption, working undercover, workplace situations, crime ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Hyena (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Good policing doesn't necessarily mean doing everything by the book. But as the business of crime in London turns to favour the Albanians and Turks, how does a "good" policeman survive?
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, drug dealer, gang, murder, crimes, drug dealing, gangsters, police investigation, dishonesty, danger, law enforcement, bad cop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Quicksilver (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jack Casey ('Kevin Bacon' )used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which relies on bicycles to avoid ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: cycling, riding a bicycle, murder, wall street, city life, friendship, working class, life is a bitch, partners, gang, downfall, investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, san francisco, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Mean Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, mafia, redemption, racial slur, crime, crimes, friends, urban ghetto life, organized crime, criminal heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
State Property (2002)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Frustrated with being broke, Beans decides that the only way to grasp the American Dream is to take it.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, crimes, drug dealing, family life, social decay, urban ghetto life, rise and fall, criminal heroes, buddies, friendship, ambition ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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'R Xmas (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A New York drug dealer is kidnapped, and his wife must try to come up with the money and drugs to free him from his abductors before Christmas.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, talky
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, drug dealer, christmas, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, going straight, friendship, interracial relations, drug dealing, crimes, crime, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, year 1993
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prostitute, urban ghetto life, drug dealing, criminal heroes, gangsters, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, crime, gang, downfall, ocean, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Like a Dragon (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, South Korea
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Former Yakuza underling Kiryu Kazuma, who has recently been released from prison after a lengthy incarceration, and is trying to piece his life together and distance himself from his Yakuza past. Unfortunately Kiryu's problems slowly escalate ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: yakuza, crimes, gang, vengeance, gangsters, danger, rivalry, bank, track down, hitman, heist, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Laws of Gravity (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Jimmy and Jon are a couple of Brooklyn guys who somehow never found their way into workaday society; they never found their way into big-time crime, either.
Style: suspenseful, rough, bleak, tense, realistic ...
Plot: arms dealing, life is a bitch, urban, urban ghetto life, murder, heist, chaos and mayhem, down on your luck, city life, low lives, urban ghetto, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Children of Wax (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Bulgaria
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Set against the backdrop of a violent gang war, the police commissioner must find who is killing young children before the next innocent victim dies.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, cult film
Plot: gang, drug dealing, racism, urban ghetto life, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, unlikely partners, gang violence, social differences, chaos and mayhem, urban ...
Time: contemporary
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak ...
Plot: heist, gang, pregnancy, teenage life, city life, urban ghetto, kids in trouble, crimes, criminal heroes, juvenile delinquency, crime gone awry, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, uruguay
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
My Crazy Life (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named Ernesto, the two become bitter enemies. While their dispute ...
Style: realistic, serious, talky, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, friendship, drug dealing, urban ghetto, teenage life, urban ghetto life, youth, gang member, revenge, poverty, latin ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.6
 12K
Adulthood (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After serving six years for killing his schoolmate, a young man learns that someone is out for revenge.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, society, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, criminal's revenge, crimes, youth, starting over, vengeance, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%