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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: crimes, youth, gang, family relations, crime, life is a bitch, hopes, urban ghetto life, murder, juvenile delinquency, society, urban, law enforcement, redemption, city life, deadly, siblings relations, going straight, urban ghetto, racial slur, drug dealer, brother brother relationship, stabbed in the stomach, police officer
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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, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, juvenile delinquency and urban mostly in Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Like a Puppet Out of Strings: Through the Valley (2008), Blood Brothers (1993), Strays (1997), Bobby G. Can't Swim (1999), First Time Felon (1997). 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, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: murder, racism, redemption, society, injustice, urban, courtroom drama, urban ghetto, legal, frame up, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
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95%
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: suspenseful, bleak, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, gang, hopes, life is a bitch, crime, urban ghetto life, legal action, family relations, social misfits, witnessing a crime, crimes, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
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92%
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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: serious, realistic, tense
Plot: redemption, gang, drug dealer, introspection, misfit, society, drug dealing, opposites attract, youth, buddies, urban, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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, suspenseful, psychological, serious, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, urban, society, criminal heroes, urban ghetto life, crime, gangsters, life is a bitch, redemption, downfall, gang, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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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: realistic, tense, serious, rough
Plot: boot camp, drug dealing, crimes, society, reform, basic training, juvenile delinquency, self discovery, youth, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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: serious, bleak, rough, cynical, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, drug dealing, going straight, crimes, crime, criminal's revenge, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, city life, life is a bitch, gangsters, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans, usa, los angeles, california, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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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: realistic, serious, rough, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, parents and children, criminal heroes, gangsters, social decay, family problems, dysfunctional family, orphan, gang, youth, vengeance, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, family relations, society, street kid, urban ghetto life, single parent, urban ghetto
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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: captivating, serious, rough, touching, realistic
Plot: redemption, coming of age, urban ghetto, religions or cults, juvenile delinquency, ambition, hip hop, youth, follow your dream, hopes, society, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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, coming of age, redemption, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, youth, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, family problems, nightlife, estrangement, society ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.3
 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: tense, bleak, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, mayor, politics, vigilantism, moral dilemma, society, criminal heroes, violence spree, crimes, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, orphan, alcohol abuse, society, urban, injustice, lifestyle, addiction, on the run, survival, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.6
 187
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: atmospheric, rough, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: murder, city life, chases and races, life is a bitch, danger, neo noir, vengeance, crime, reluctant partners, crimes, urban, nightshift ...
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.0
 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, realistic, tense
Plot: juvenile delinquency, prison, crimes, prison life, youth, crime, going straight, redemption, deadly, petty criminal, hopes, violence spree ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.2
 280
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, realistic, serious, rough
Plot: gas station, gang, hopes, teenage life, criminal heroes, going straight, youth, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, optimism, kids in trouble, social misfits ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.9
 643
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: touching, realistic, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: teenage pregnancy, drug dealer, single mother, prison, asthma, life is a bitch, social misfits, urban ghetto life, city life, teenage life, siblings relations, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 2.2
 4K
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: touching, realistic, sincere, serious
Plot: hip hop, ghetto, introspection, society, human nature, siblings relations, life is a bitch, city life, urban ghetto life, hopes, teenage life, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.4
 530
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, tense, sincere, serious, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, teaching the ways of the world, gang, haunted by the past, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, single parent, youth, crime, urban ghetto life, family relations, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 7.1
 250
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, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: murder, journalism, social decay, youth, juvenile delinquency, idealism, follow your dream, human spirit, dedicated educator, racism, high school, media ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978)
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: ghetto, life is a bitch, adolescence vs adulthood, crimes, gangsters, parents and children, hopes, social misfits, youth, opposites attract, drug abuse, drug dealing ...
Time: 70s
⇓ 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: serious, bleak, rough, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, society, human nature, urban, religions or cults, family relations, life is a bitch, crimes, hopes, siblings relations, law enforcement, undercover ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: peru, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 169
Lana's Rain (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This powerful, hard-edged crime drama explores the dark side of the American immigrant experience and dares to ask, "How far would you go to survive?" Lana’s only chance to escape the war-torn Balkans is her long-lost brother, Darko, a ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, rough, gloomy
Plot: siblings relations, crimes, drugs/alcohol, urban ghetto, prostitute, society, starting over, showbiz, urban, survival, immigrants, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, bosnia herzegovina, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Brotherhood of Murder (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Set against the backdrop of the true story of the largest cash robbery in the history of the USA.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense
Plot: racism, murder, criminal heroes, dishonesty, leadership, deadly, law enforcement, society, injustice, terrorism, investigation, police corruption ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 1K
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, realistic
Plot: gang, ghetto, campaign, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, going straight, crimes, urban ghetto life, criminal heroes, crime, teenage life, urban ghetto ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, disturbing, touching, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, mormon, urban, society, high school life, athlete and trainer, teenage life, hopes, gang, church, high school, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary
Place: utah, california, europe, venice, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.6
 43
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, realistic, tense, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, starting over, urban ghetto, crimes, life is a bitch, hopes, crime, going straight, ghetto, father son relationship, gangster
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.2
 207
Rude (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: This is the Easter weekend. In an inner city project, three people struggle against their demons and try to find redemption. They are Maxine, a window dresser depressed since she had an abortion and lost her lover ; Jordan, a boxer who has indulged ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: drug dealing, urban, society, crime, gays and lesbians, urban ghetto life, crimes, hopes, city life, going straight, life is a bitch, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.4
 113
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, thought provoking, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: manipulations, dogma, teenage life, down on your luck, realism, life is a bitch, crimes, urban ghetto life, city life, coming of age, terrorism, sexual abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Laws of Gravity (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Jimmy and Jon are a couple of Brooklyn guys who somehow never found their way into workaday society; they never found their way into big-time crime, either.
Style: rough, serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: criminal heroes, heist, deadly, drug dealing, low lives, urban ghetto, urban, misfit, society, juvenile delinquency, murder, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring ...
Style: realistic, sincere, emotional, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: domestic disturbance, family relations, youth, innocence lost, family life, family problems, crimes, crime, life is a bitch, down on your luck, siblings relations, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%