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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, youth, crimes, society, law enforcement, redemption, murder, urban ghetto, brother brother relationship, family relations, life is a bitch, city life, siblings relations, hopes, urban ghetto life, police officer, drug dealer, racial slur, deadly, urban, stabbed in the stomach, crime
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and bleak films with plots about society, life is a bitch, crimes, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto and gang 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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: racism, murder, fighting the system, protagonist as suspect, going straight, frame up, redemption, injustice, hopes, legal, crimes, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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: serious, realistic, rough, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, going straight, friendship, social decay, family problems, gang, society, youth, orphan ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: gang, murder, urban ghetto, low lives, family relations, legal, hopes, crimes, youth, legal action, social misfits, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 90s
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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, thought provoking, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: gang, redemption, coming of age, youth, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, family problems, estrangement, teenage life, nightlife, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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, rough, bleak ...
Plot: prostitute, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, crimes, 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, bleak, suspenseful, rough
Plot: racism, drug dealing, kids in trouble, urban ghetto, family relations, urban ghetto life, interracial relations, social decay, family life, heist, family in crisis, city life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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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: tense, serious, rough, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, mayor, politics, moral dilemma, social decay, vigilantism, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, police corruption, rivalry, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia
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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: suspenseful, realistic, tense, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: going straight, starting over, hopes, gang, life is a bitch, crimes, urban ghetto, father son relationship, graphic violence, gangsters, ghetto, danger
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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: prostitute, love affair, lifestyle, going straight, addiction, drug abuse, hopes, life is a bitch, society, youth, survival, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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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: realistic, serious, cynical, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, drug dealing, hip hop, drug abuse, city life, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, gangsters, crimes, society, partners, ambition ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, new orleans, usa, california, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: school shooting, high school, bully, teenage life, vengeance, psychopath, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, youth, hardcase students, society, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary
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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: serious, rough, suspense, tense, realistic
Plot: gang, social decay, tough heroes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, crimes, kids in trouble, teenage life, criminal heroes, youth, going straight, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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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, realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, society, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, youth, criminal's revenge, crimes, life is a bitch, starting over, urban ghetto, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
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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: realistic, serious, rough, tense, bleak
Plot: gang, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, rivalry, life is a bitch, youth, crimes, urban ghetto life, coming of age, society, nudity (full frontal - brief), innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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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: serious, realistic, tense, rough
Plot: boot camp, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, self discovery, basic training, rehabilitation, going straight, hopes, gang, youth, society, crimes ...
Time: 90s
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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: realistic, serious, rough, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: journalism, murder, teenage life, uncover truth, social decay, juvenile delinquency, racism, human spirit, idealism, life is a bitch, hopes, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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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: gang, juvenile delinquency, social decay, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, youth, crimes, society, teenage life, politics, graffiti, street art ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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49%
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: serious, realistic, tense, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, undercover, life is a bitch, hopes, crimes, family relations, human nature, society, law enforcement, terminal illness, multiple storylines, confession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: peru, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: bleak, neo noir, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: murder, gang, partners, crimes, life is a bitch, vengeance, city life, revenge, reluctant partners, nightshift, male nudity, masturbation ...
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, bleak ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, haunted by the past, crimes, urban ghetto life, coming of age, society, teaching the ways of the world, adolescence vs adulthood, graphic violence, drug dealing, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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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: gas station, gang, kids in trouble, optimism, realism, urban ghetto, friends, coming of age, life is a bitch, youth, society, dealing with death ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts
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44%
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Brother (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Georgia, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Giorgi is 16 years old when he discovers another world through American films forbidden in all Soviet Union until then. Since the post-revolutionary chaos in his home town, Tbilisi, Giorgi has wanted to have succeeded by following the path of his ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: teenage life, youth, family relations, political unrest, juvenile delinquency, prodigy, crimes, society, brother brother relationship, criminal, bandit, brothers ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: georgia (former ussr)
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42%
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, parents and children, society, street kid, family relations, hopes, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, single parent, father, son ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, rough, bleak
Plot: gang, street kid, urban ghetto, kids in trouble, injustice, alcohol abuse, teenage life, rich and poor, drug abuse, down on your luck, city life, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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, emotional, touching, rough, realistic ...
Plot: asthma, drug dealer, teenage pregnancy, single mother, kids in trouble, lifestyle, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, gang, drug dealing, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
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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, serious, touching, realistic, bleak
Plot: social decay, gang, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, urban ghetto life, police corruption, life is a bitch, youth, drug dealing, society, crimes, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, touching, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: gang, working class, drug dealer, parole, starting over, redemption, adulthood, kids in trouble, ex convict, parents and children, society, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: drug dealing, going straight, crimes, gang, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, urban ghetto, addiction, drug abuse, siblings relations, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.2
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Twist (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In a gritty retelling of the Dickens's classic, Twist takes Oliver and the Artful Dodger out of the poorhouse and onto the streets, where junk is the currency and hustling is the game.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, pimp, kids in trouble, addiction, sexual relations, life is a bitch, youth, crimes, apprentice, society, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, quebec, 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, tense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: murder, legal action, law enforcement, couples, love affair, couple relations, crimes, court case, female protagonist, society, prostitute, internet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%