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Like a Puppet Out of Strings (2006)
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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. When Tom is blamed for the shooting death of Angelica, a crime his brother Felipe committed, Felipe is forced to agree to Luis' terms in order to save Tom. Luis decides to convert Felipe just like he had been converted 10 years earlier. Eventually the brothers must face each other on the opposite sides of the law and chose between right and wrong, thier past and their future.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, going straight, crimes, youth, society, law enforcement, redemption, murder, deadly, urban ghetto, brother brother relationship, family relations, crime, life is a bitch, hopes, urban ghetto life, urban, city life, siblings relations, racial slur, drug dealer, police officer, stabbed in the stomach
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and bleak films with plots about life is a bitch, society, crimes, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto and youth mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like Like a Puppet Out of Strings: Through the Valley (2008), Bullet Boy (2004), Blood Brothers (1993), Lost Angels (1989), Bobby G. Can't Swim (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Through the Valley (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An innocent man framed for murder, and the system that just wants another minority conviction.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: murder, racism, fighting the system, going straight, protagonist as suspect, injustice, redemption, frame up, legal, crimes, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
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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, friendship, social decay, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, going straight, family problems, dysfunctional family, teenage life, gang, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Blood Brothers (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Blood Brothers- While coming of age in the inner city, Darryl Crawford, a young African-American man, witnesses a gang-related murder and is horrified to discover that his beloved older brother Sly is one of the perps. Darryl grapples with his ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, rough, suspenseful
Plot: murder, gang, urban, social misfits, witnessing a crime, juvenile delinquency, society, life is a bitch, crime, legal, crimes, youth ...
Time: 90s
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65%
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Lost Angels (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Rich L.A. party brat Tim (Adam Horovitz) spins into a cycle of despair after his parents divorce, and trying to fill the void with drugs and trouble only buys him a ticket to an asylum. But with the help of a psychiatrist (Donald Sutherland) who has ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: gang, redemption, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, youth, estrangement, family problems, teenage life, nightlife, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prostitute, redemption, down on your luck, urban ghetto life, ocean, urban ghetto, ocean or sea, society, going straight, crimes, drug dealing, downfall ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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58%
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak
Plot: drug dealing, racism, going straight, life is a bitch, crimes, gang, on the run, city life, heist, courtroom drama, family life, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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56%
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Clash (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 60 min.
Story: "Engwkentro" follows two teenage brothers attempting to escape an unnamed city controlled by an iron-fisted mayor. They must first break away from the cycle of crime, while trying to run from rival gang leaders and the state's ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, tense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, mayor, politics, moral dilemma, vigilantism, social decay, juvenile delinquency, police corruption, urban ghetto life, youth, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Sous X (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Jean-Jacques spent 9 years in prison for robbery. When he comes out, he finds the neighborhood where he grew up but things have changed ... The country is in crisis, the young people are holding the business and his old friends are urging him to ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: starting over, going straight, hopes, crimes, life is a bitch, gang, urban ghetto, father son relationship, danger, crime, graphic violence, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
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55%
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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, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: boot camp, drug dealing, life is a bitch, going straight, gang, hopes, youth, criminal heroes, society, juvenile delinquency, rehabilitation, crimes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, gang, life is a bitch, crimes, gangsters, going straight, city life, drug abuse, rise and fall, juvenile delinquency, criminal's revenge, ambition ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, new orleans, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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, bleak, gloomy
Plot: prostitute, lifestyle, going straight, love affair, hopes, drug dealing, life is a bitch, romance, youth, downfall, crimes, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Heart of America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Starring Jurgen Prochnow ('The Replacement Killers' 'Air Force One' and Patrick Muldoon 'Stigmata' 'Starship Troopers'), 'Heart of America' is a powerhouse of a contemporary drama and essential ...
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: school shooting, high school, vengeance, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, psychopath, crimes, life is a bitch, social misfits, hardcase students, kids in trouble, youth ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, crimes, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch, youth, starting over, urban ghetto, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, suspense, tense, realistic
Plot: tough heroes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, social decay, gang, drug dealing, crimes, teenage life, kids in trouble, society, going straight, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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50%
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Stryker (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The film follows a 14-year-old arsonist in Winnipeg who becomes involved in a turf war between the Indian Posse and the Asian Bomb Squad (a now defunct Filipino gang). He is known only as Stryker, a slang term for a prospective gang member.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, tense, bleak
Plot: gang, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, youth, danger, rivalry, crimes, coming of age, society, urban ghetto life, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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49%
Bomb the System (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Anthony ‘Blest’ (Mark Webber) is one of the most talented and notorious graffiti artists in New York City. Despite the tragic loss of his older brother during a nightly 'bombing' foray with a graffiti crew, Anthony has the same ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful, rough
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, social decay, teenage life, kids in trouble, youth, life is a bitch, society, crimes, politics, street art, graffiti ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Our America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The true story of two African-American teen radio reporters and their documentary investigation of a notorious child murder.
Style: rough, emotional, realistic, serious, controversial ...
Plot: journalism, murder, juvenile delinquency, uncover truth, teenage life, social decay, life is a bitch, idealism, racism, human spirit, youth, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Gospel of the Flesh (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Peru
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Three lives in search of redemption intersect in the streets of Lima: undercover cop Gamarra’s desperate attempts to save his wife from a terminal illness gets him into trouble; bus driver Felix wants to be accepted into a religious sect after his ...
Style: emotional, captivating, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: redemption, family relations, undercover, life is a bitch, crimes, hopes, human nature, society, law enforcement, terminal illness, multiple storylines, confession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, peru
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Blood and Rain (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia, Argentina
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Taxi driver Jose begins his night shift bent on revenge after his brother's murder at the hands pf a violent gang. But when an accident brings him unexpectedly closer to his party-girl fare Angela, the damaged pair must struggle against forces ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, gang, partners, danger, crimes, life is a bitch, chases and races, city life, vengeance, neo noir, male nudity, revenge ...
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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, captivating, psychological, rough ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, haunted by the past, urban ghetto life, crimes, coming of age, adolescence vs adulthood, teaching the ways of the world, society, manhood, drug dealing, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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44%
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Five Thirteen (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In this tension-packed thriller, brothers Mike and Tre set out in search of better lives, trying to leave their demons behind for good. After being released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, Mike's only care in the world is to ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: going straight, starting over, family relations, parents and children, hopes, crimes, release from prison, brother brother relationship, false accusation, life is a bitch, father daughter relationship, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, gas station, friendship, urban ghetto life, gangsters, youth, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, social misfits, crimes, crime, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, street kid, parents and children, family relations, society, hopes, urban ghetto life, single parent, urban ghetto, netflix
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Weapons (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Weapons presents a series of brutal, seemingly random youth-related killings over the course of a weekend in a typical small town in America, and tragically reveals how they are all interrelated.
Style: suspenseful, serious, disturbing, rough, bleak ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, criminal heroes, youth, vengeance, working class, life is a bitch, deadly, society, small town, homecoming, murder, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.0
 503
Streeters (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Authentic and committed, moving and stormy drama of street kids from Mexico City. Wonderful adaptation of successful play about street kids who have more trouble with corrupt cops, than with dirty and heavy work.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: kids in trouble, social decay, juvenile delinquency, gang, police corruption, urban ghetto life, society, youth, drug dealing, crimes, life is a bitch, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
 648
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, kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, lifestyle, life is a bitch, teenage life, addiction, gang, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Rose Seller (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia
Duration: 118 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 ⇓
37%
 7.2
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Wild Bill (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Out on parole after 8 years inside Bill Hayward returns home to find his now 11 and 15 year old sons abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves. Unwilling to play Dad, an uncaring Bill is determined to move on.
Style: captivating, rough, suspenseful, touching, realistic ...
Plot: gang, working class, parole, drug dealer, starting over, kids in trouble, adulthood, redemption, ex convict, single parent, selflessness, social worker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Johnny (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Johnny, the megalomaniac leader of a group of squeegee kids, finds a video camera and pushes his followers into "acting" out increasingly dangerous "scenes".
Style: bleak, rough, disturbing, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: society, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, youth, manipulations, gang, best friends, leadership, filmmaking, kids in trouble, urban ghetto, megalomaniac ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Wrong Woman (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In this fresh take on Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Wrong Man,” Ellen Plainview, a sweet, caring, working wife and mother, answers the door one afternoon to learn that she is under arrest for attempted murder.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, tense, captivating ...
Plot: legal action, murder, law enforcement, love affair, couples, couple relations, crimes, court case, female protagonist, society, prostitute, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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36%