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, school, gangsters, crimes, drug abuse, best friends, youth, friends, drug dealing, partners, life is a bitch, addiction, ambition, urban ghetto life, rise and fall, juvenile delinquency, society, urban, bar, buddies, city life, coming of age, going straight, unfulfillment, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new york yankees, bronx new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and rough films with plots about life is a bitch, society, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, urban, crimes and city life mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like True Friends: Thicker Than Water (1999), Acts of Worship (2001), Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991), Federal Hill (1994), 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: rough, bleak, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, drug dealing, partners, society, crime, criminal's revenge, city life, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, going straight, gangsters, rise and fall ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, new orleans, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, downfall, going straight, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, destructive relationship, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)
Genre: 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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough, bleak
Plot: drug dealing, racism, gang, society, contests and competitions, youth, crime gone awry, city life, heist, courtroom drama, family life, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 6.4
 460
Federal Hill (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In Providence's Italian neighborhood, Federal Hill, five young are immersed in drugs, crime and violence. Everything changes when one of the guys in the band know love.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, melancholic, sexy ...
Plot: gangsters, friendship, youth, college, society, kids in trouble, urban ghetto, friends, buddies, crimes, city life, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, rhode island, canada, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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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: realistic, serious, tense
Plot: redemption, gang, drug dealer, love and romance, society, crimes, drug dealing, misfit, lifestyle, social misfits, bait, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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 ⇓
74%
 5.9
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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: rough, realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak
Plot: prostitute, going straight, lifestyle, love affair, society, youth, crimes, drug dealing, romance, life is a bitch, downfall, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.7
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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: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: aids, drug abuse, lifestyle, going straight, friendship, addiction, infected, estrangement, society, rehabilitation, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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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 ⇓
66%
 6.0
 556
Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, family relations, family problems, downfall, introspection, misfit, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, drug addiction, drug dealing, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: rough, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: boot camp, drug dealing, society, going straight, youth, juvenile delinquency, rehabilitation, crimes, gang, hopes, life is a bitch, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 4.1
 650
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, atmospheric, captivating, psychological, touching ...
Plot: friends, city life, friendship, understanding, family relations, society, best friends, urban, twentysomething life, friend, sex
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.4
 557
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, rough ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, crimes, haunted by the past, urban ghetto life, society, teaching the ways of the world, coming of age, adolescence vs adulthood, family relations, criminal heroes, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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
Plot: life is a bitch, friendship, homeless, lifestyle, teenage life, redemption, hopes, youth, forceful separation, urban ghetto life, coming of age, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: touching, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: family relations, fish out of water, life is a bitch, youth, society, clergy, religions or cults, family life, disorder, church, soul music, city life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: hopes, ghetto, coming of age, urban ghetto, family relations, urban, city life, parents and children, drug abuse, teenage life, social decay, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.5
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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: psychological, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, social decay, friendship, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, going straight, family problems, teenage life, dysfunctional family, gang, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.7
 444
Stone Pillow (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A homeless woman named Florabelle becomes the unwitting guide to the streets for a New York social worker named Carrie who thinks she has lessons to offer the down-and-out clients she serves at the homeless shelter. Soon, however, Carrie realizes ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, survival, homeless, social worker, homeless shelter, friends, down on your luck, urban, college, urban ghetto life, teaching the ways of the world, city life ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Our Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Focusing on the bonding between three female (an African American female, a half African American half Latino American female, and a Latino American female) high school members of Brooklyn's "Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band" ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, touching, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: asthma, friendship, asthma attack, high school, lifestyle, musician's life, against the odds, life is a bitch, society, hopes, music band, youth ...
Time: 90s, future, 80s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 ⇓
46%
The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by Little Leroy, a thug who is one of the tough denizens of ...
Style: bleak, contemplative, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: mental illness, interracial relations, friendship, photograph, homelessness, photographer, schizophrenia, society, mentally unstable, juvenile delinquency, city life, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.8
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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: rough, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: asthma, single mother, drug dealer, teenage pregnancy, lifestyle, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, teenage life, social misfits, gang, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: bleak, rough, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, friends, juvenile delinquency, police investigation, betrayal, urban ghetto life, fighting crime, gang, going straight, law enforcement, drug abuse, police corruption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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 ⇓
43%
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: serious, realistic, tense, captivating
Plot: bookies, friendship, ambition, lifestyle, fall in love, culture clash, college life, buddies, youth, follow your dream, couples, gambling ...
Time: contemporary
Place: arizona, new york, las vegas, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: touching, emotional, gloomy, realistic, serious
Plot: drug addiction, heroin, going straight, rehabilitation, youth, hopes, life is a bitch, society, family relations, unemployment, family life, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.
Style: uplifting, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: chess, school, misfit, youth, elementary school, lifestyle, teachers and students, hardcase students, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, hopes, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: disturbing, rough, bleak, realistic, serious
Plot: gang, street kid, addiction, down on your luck, drug abuse, urban, rich and poor, teenage life, city life, survival, alcohol abuse, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.0
 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 ⇓
41%
 6.5
 151
Courage (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A mother in Queens, New York, is so angered when she discovers that her son is a drug addict that she becomes an undercover agent for the DEA to clean up the drug trade in her neighborhood. Based on a true story.
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: undercover, family relations, drug abuse, working undercover, human spirit, parents and children, crimes, society, hopes, crime, life is a bitch, drug dealing ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%