Movies like True Friends

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True Friends (1998)
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True Friends (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: New York, The Bronx, 1980. Two Italian boys Joey Esposito and Louie Mazerino jump to the defence of a smaller Puerto Rican boy, J.J. Lopez, when J.J. is threatened by six schoolyard bullies. The three boys soon become best friends, and they always look out for each other. However, their innocence is shattered when they witness Big Tony, the local Mob boss kill a man. The three boys vow to each other to keep it a secret. Fifteen years later, the three boys, now in their late twenties are still the best of friends and still living in The Bronx. They dream of opening their own bar. Desperate to better themselves, Joey devises a scheme to steal money from Big Tony and open their own Joint.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, gangsters, school, youth, friends, crimes, addiction, life is a bitch, best friends, society, drug dealing, ambition, juvenile delinquency, rise and fall, coming of age, city life, partners, drug abuse, buddies, going straight, unfulfillment, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, teenager, football ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new york yankees

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Most similar movies to True Friends

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and bleak films with plots about life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, society, urban ghetto, urban, youth and crimes mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like True Friends: Thicker Than Water (1999), Acts of Worship (2001), First Time Felon (1997), Zooey (2006), Strays (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Thicker Than Water (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, two rival gang leaders are also trying to be music producers. When DJ's equipment shorts out and Lonzo is cut out of the action by a record producer, the two join forces, which also requires a tentative peace between gangs. With ...
Style: cynical, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hip hop, gangsters, hip hop culture, gang, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, drug abuse, city life, friends, urban ghetto, estrangement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, new orleans, california, usa, south central los angeles
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Acts of Worship (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, juvenile delinquency, downfall, going straight, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, destructive relationship, drug abuse, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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77%
First Time Felon (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of Greg Yance. In the film, Yance (Epps) is a hood who goes to jail for possession of drugs. He is given a choice: 5 years in jail or a couple of months in boot camp. He chooses boot camp and finds out it is tougher than ...
Style: inspirational, serious, realistic, tense, rough
Plot: boot camp, urban ghetto, gangsters, drug dealing, drug dealer, rehabilitation, going straight, hopes, gang, youth, society, crimes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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Zooey (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Angel and Zooey are not your typical newlyweds. Zooey is a professional prostitute and Angel is a drug dealer. Yet they are not without hopes and dreams, of escaping their life in the streets and starting a new in a fresh painted cottage with picked ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, bleak, gloomy
Plot: love affair, lifestyle, going straight, addiction, drug abuse, hopes, life is a bitch, society, youth, survival, drug dealing, downfall ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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Strays (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Rick (Diesel) is frustrated by the repetitious grind of one-night stands and aimless hustling. Whilst looking for more to his life he meets Heather (Lanza), a neighbour. Rick takes the opportunity to escape his boring life style with her, but soon ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense
Plot: drug dealer, hunting, gang, redemption, love and romance, opposites attract, buddies, social misfits, society, juvenile delinquency, misfit, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, 90s
Place: new york, usa
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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: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: crimes, urban ghetto life, prostitute, poverty, society, juvenile delinquency, gangsters, gang, life is a bitch, drug dealing, going straight, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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70%
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, sad
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, youth, homeless, life is a bitch, teenage life, lifestyle, friendship, working class, urban ghetto life, hopes, forceful separation, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brooklyn new york city, usa, new york
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66%
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Life Support (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The true-life story of a mother who overcame an addiction to crack and became a positive role model and an AIDS activist in the black community.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: aids, drug abuse, friendship, lifestyle, going straight, addiction, hopes, life is a bitch, society, rehabilitation, estrangement, infected ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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62%
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Five Star (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, haunted by the past, crimes, coming of age, adolescence vs adulthood, teaching the ways of the world, society, gangsters, graphic violence, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Red Hook Summer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When his mom deposits him at the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn to spend the summer with the grandfather he’s never met, young Flik may as well have landed on Mars. Fresh from his cushy life in Atlanta, he’s bored and friendless, and his ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, captivating, tense ...
Plot: family relations, fish out of water, religions or cults, life is a bitch, society, clergy, youth, family life, church, disorder, hip hop, hip hop culture ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: crimes, urban ghetto, gangsters, drug dealing, going straight, gang, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, siblings relations, addiction, drug abuse, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Blue Hill Avenue (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A child of a middle class home with solid moral values is lured into a world of crime and corruption.
Style: realistic, rough, bleak, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friends, drug dealing, betrayal, gang, police investigation, fighting crime, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, police corruption, crimes, city life, working undercover ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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On the Outs (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Follows the choices made by three young women - one a drug dealer, one an addict, one a pregnant teen - in Jersey City.
Style: serious, touching, rough, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: asthma, teenage pregnancy, drug dealer, single mother, kids in trouble, teenage life, lifestyle, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, addiction, gang, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Bullet Boy (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ricky is just out of a young offenders institute, heading home to Hackney and determined to go straight. Instead, he heads straight for trouble when he becomes involved in a street confrontation, siding with his best friend Wisdom against a local ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, youth, gangsters, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, going straight, kids in trouble, social decay, friendship, gang, society, orphan ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, london, england, europe
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A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Faced with the harsh reality of growing up in the ghetto, 13-year old Benjie (Larry B. Scott) turns to heroin to escape. After Benjie hits rock bottom, his mother (Cicely Tyson) and her boyfriend (Paul Winfield) must sacrifice to help him overcome ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: society, hopes, ghetto, drug addiction, exploitation, heroin, coming of age, sacrifice, hardship, family, life is a bitch, opposites attract ...
Time: 70s
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Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Chantel Mitchell (Ariyan Johnson), a hip, articulate, black high-school girl in Brooklyn, is determined not to become "just another girl on the IRT" (the IRT is one of NYC's subway lines). She dreams of medical school, a family, and ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental, surprise ending
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage pregnancy, woman, pregnancy, hip hop, urban ghetto, medical school, family relations, power relations, kids in trouble, dedicated educator, youth, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brooklyn new york city, new york, usa
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Anne B. Real (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: ANNE B. REAL is the coming of age story of a young female rapper, who finds her inspiration by reading the Diary of Anne Frank.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching, contemplative
Plot: hip hop, lifestyle, introspection, teenage life, urban ghetto, youth, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, family life, urban ghetto life, siblings relations, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Just Like the Son (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A petty thief's mentoring of an apparent orphan takes a profound turn when he kidnaps the boy from a foster home and drives him cross-country to his sister's house in Texas.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, captivating, serious
Plot: adoption, friendship, family relations, custody, on the road, introspection, redemption, hopes, petty criminal, road trip, foster home, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Imperial Dreams (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.
Style: uplifting, touching, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, street kid, family relations, society, parents and children, hopes, urban ghetto life, coming of age, gang, gangsters, urban ghetto ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: serious, suspenseful, rough, tense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, drug dealing, family life, crimes, friendship, ambition, rise and fall, city life, urban ghetto life, buddies, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, memphis
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44%
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X/Y (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: As Mark, Jen, Sylvia, and Jake navigate through their emotionally-arrested states, X/Y reveals the honest and wanton desire we all have to connect with someone and what is at stake when that connection fades.
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: friends, city life, understanding, friendship, society, family relations, gay, best friends, twentysomething life, friend, sex, urban
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A Special Jury Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival, this drama stars a then-19-year-old Matty Rich (who also wrote and directed it). Rich plays Larry, a troubled teen living in the rough Red Hook section of Brooklyn who decides he wants out ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful, rough
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, african american, hip hop culture, hip hop, downbeat ending, gangsters, villain, racism, drug dealing, family relations, kids in trouble, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Rose Seller (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: 13-year-old Monica leads a street life, making her living by selling flowers to couples in local nightspots, she is joined by 10-year-old Andrea who runs out of her house after her mother beats her.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak, rough
Plot: gang, children, feminist, juvenile delinquent, street kid, poverty, injustice, urban ghetto, kids in trouble, rich and poor, alcohol abuse, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: gang, gangsters, gas station, city life, urban ghetto life, innocence lost, social decay, friendship, teenage life, against the odds, coming of age, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: massachusetts, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Like a Puppet Out of Strings (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two Brothers; Tom and Felipe, have moved up the ranks of the street gangs because they have no greater devotion than the protection of each other. Luis, former gang member, is now a cop, his life having been turned around by Angelica, a female cop. ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, going straight, crimes, law enforcement, society, youth, redemption, urban ghetto, murder, brother brother relationship, life is a bitch ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Jumpin' at the Boneyard (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Manny tries to get his crack addict brother, Danny, to clean up.
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional, touching
Plot: drug addiction, heroin, sibling relationship, drug abuse, unemployment, family life, addiction, siblings relations, against the odds, self discovery, family relations, going straight ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Southie (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: South Boston Irish bad boy Danny Quinn returns back home from New York and gets stuck between his pals, who are supported by one Irish mafia clan, and his family, which are members of another.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: crimes, gangsters, mafia, buddies, best friends, rivalry, criminal heroes, family problems, family relations, friends, dysfunctional family, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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How She Move (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After the death of Raya Green's(Rutina Wesley) sister, she gets out from her classes at school, and sees a stomp crew practicing. She meets Bishop(Dwain Murphy) which is the dance crew leader. She then meets Michelle and does a stomp battle ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: dancing, coming of age, friendship, teenage life, youth, follow your dream, contests and competitions, black people, urban ghetto life, high school life, ambition, dancer's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Moyher's good boy Benny Silman from Brooklyn becomes an economics student at Arizona State University for the sun and sexy girls- and the proximity of gambling paradise Las Vegas. Benny aces his studies, being a mathematical genius, but the one ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, captivating
Plot: gambling, bookies, friendship, ambition, lifestyle, couples, fall in love, college life, culture clash, youth, follow your dream, buddies ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, las vegas, arizona, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Gang Tapes (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a brutal carjacking yields a videocamera, a teenage boy decides to document his life and the lives of his fellow gangbangers.
Style: rough, serious, tense, suspense, realistic
Plot: gang, tough heroes, juvenile delinquency, social decay, life is a bitch, crimes, drug dealing, going straight, kids in trouble, society, teenage life, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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39%