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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 suspenseful films with plots about society, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, crimes, 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), Strays (1997), Blood Brothers (1993), Lost Angels (1989). 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: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: racism, murder, society, frame up, hopes, fighting the system, deadly, life is a bitch, injustice, courtroom drama, dishonesty, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
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95%
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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, serious, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, social decay, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, going straight, friendship, family problems, crimes, teenage life, youth, rivalry, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
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Strays (1997)
Genre: 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, urban ghetto, couples, buddies, urban, youth, lifestyle, misfit, society, city life ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
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88%
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, rough, suspenseful, bleak, realistic
Plot: murder, gang, introspection, youth, urban, family life, urban ghetto, siblings relations, city life, urban ghetto life, family relations, legal action ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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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, captivating ...
Plot: gang, coming of age, redemption, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, youth, dysfunctional family, estrangement, society, lifestyle, mentally unstable, nightlife ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
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80%
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, bleak, suspenseful, tense, psychological ...
Plot: prostitute, life is a bitch, crime, crimes, going straight, gangsters, criminal heroes, society, urban ghetto life, down on your luck, ocean or sea, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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, suspenseful, bleak, cynical, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, gang, friends, urban ghetto life, city life, going straight, criminal's revenge, crime, urban ghetto, drug abuse, estrangement, rise and fall ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans, california, usa, los angeles, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: high school, school shooting, juvenile delinquency, psychopath, vengeance, teenage life, kids in trouble, youth, society, deadly, life is a bitch, hardcase students ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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, rough, serious, tense, bleak
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, danger, youth, life is a bitch, crimes, rivalry, urban ghetto life, society, coming of age, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: realistic, tense, rough, serious
Plot: boot camp, drug dealing, society, reform, basic training, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, self discovery, crimes, going straight, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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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: tough heroes, juvenile delinquency, gang, social decay, life is a bitch, crimes, crime, teenage life, going straight, criminal heroes, kids in trouble, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 260
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: emotional, serious, rough, realistic, controversial ...
Plot: journalism, murder, juvenile delinquency, uncover truth, teenage life, social decay, society, hopes, life is a bitch, human spirit, lifestyle, idealism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating, rough
Plot: graffiti, gang, social decay, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, teenage life, crimes, kids in trouble, society, youth, politics, street art ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 10K
Dog Pound (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Canada, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three juvenile delinquents arrive at a correctional center and are put under the care of an experienced guard.
Style: sincere, serious, rough, tense, realistic ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, prison, crimes, sodomy, crime, going straight, prison life, youth, hopes, deadly, confined, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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 83
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: disturbing, realistic, tense, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, mayor, politics, urban ghetto life, family relations, siblings relations, youth, vigilantism, crimes, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: touching, uplifting, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, hopes, parents and children, family relations, society, street kid, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, single parent, netflix
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: gas station, gang, life is a bitch, teenage life, hopes, going straight, gangsters, youth, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, optimism, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
May Allah Bless France (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: French rapper, author, and spoken word artist Abd Al Malik makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of his 2004 autobiography, chronicling his upbringing in the crime- and drug-ridden streets of Strasbourg and his life-changing encounters ...
Style: realistic, touching, rough, serious, captivating
Plot: life is a bitch, musician's life, artists and showbiz, crimes, hopes, ambition, youth, profanity, society, juvenile delinquency, redemption, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 645
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: emotional, serious, rough, touching, realistic ...
Plot: asthma, single mother, drug dealer, teenage pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, teenage life, life is a bitch, lifestyle, drug dealing, youth, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, life is a bitch, drug abuse, addiction, urban ghetto, siblings relations, juvenile delinquency, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, realistic, serious, rough, bleak
Plot: gang, street kid, crimes, life is a bitch, teenage life, coming of age, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, crime, society, lifestyle, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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: disturbing, realistic, bleak, thought provoking, rough ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, obsession, youth, megalomaniac, best friends, filmmaking, realism, urban, leadership, downfall, human nature, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
States of Grace (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A drive-by shooting in Venice, California, changes the lives of five people forever. States of Grace tells the story of a homeless street preacher, Louis, a gang banger, Carl, an aspiring actress, Holly, and two young missionaries, Lozano and ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, disturbing, uplifting ...
Plot: redemption, mormon, going straight, life is a bitch, high school, urban, parents and children, power relations, hopes, teenage life, human spirit, hardcase students ...
Time: contemporary
Place: utah, california, venice, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Movie in collections
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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: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, pimp, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, crimes, youth, addiction, sexual relations, society, apprentice, teenage boy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Story of a Latino Godfather (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In the streets of East Los Angeles, Manny is a formidable drug dealer. Impressed by his extravagant lifestyle and prowess, his young son, Kilo, yearns to follow in his footsteps. Kilo resolves to learn how to prosper in the drug world, and his new ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime boss, prison, juvenile delinquency, criminal heroes, prison life, crimes, life is a bitch, drug dealing, dishonesty, gang, gangsters, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.0
 494
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, kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, police corruption, urban ghetto life, drug dealing, society, youth, crimes, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.7
 581
Cool Money (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Charismatic thief Bobby Comfort escapes from prison, clears himself of all charges, and returns to a home life he finds unsatisfying. Though he is devoted to his wife and daughter, his old life comes calling, both figuratively and literally, in the ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: gang, heist, criminal heroes, cons and scams, law enforcement, dishonesty, crimes, jail, hotel, prison, disorder, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, youth, on the run, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, couple relations, love affair, crimes, couples, court case, female protagonist, society, prostitute, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, realistic, serious, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, juvenile delinquency, going straight, downfall, life is a bitch, youth, destructive relationship, rehabilitation, drug abuse, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%