Movies like Sugar 2013

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Sugar (2013)
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Sugar (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A 20-year-old homeless girl is suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome on the streets of Hollywood and Venice beach.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: youth, juvenile delinquency, haunted by the past, society, homeless, survival, orphan, street life, life is a bitch, beach, hollywood, 20 year old
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, texas, venice

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and touching films with plots about society, youth, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, hopes, family relations and haunted by the past mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Sugar: Children of Sarajevo (2012), Five Star (2014), Gimme Shelter (2013), 1 Out of 7 (2011), California Solo (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Children of Sarajevo (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France, Turkey
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A microcosm of the fathomless suffering that remains more than 16 years since the siege of Sarajevo ended, writer-director Aida Begic’s follow-up to her 2008 Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prize-winning debut Snow tells the story of two orphaned ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, bleak, serious, gloomy
Plot: life is a bitch, orphan, youth, social decay, society, siblings relations, friendship, family relations, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bosnia
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95%
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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, 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
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83%
Gimme Shelter (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.
Style: emotional, rough, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: abusive mother, starting over, survival, human spirit, haunted by the past, pregnancy, life is a bitch, social misfits, youth, domestic violence, family problems, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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76%
 5.4
 186
1 Out of 7 (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Runaway teen Lexi find herself alone and pregnant on the streets. Seemingly beyond hope, she must turn to Devon, a woman with her own demons, to help her find a way back from her past mistakes.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, sincere, bleak
Audience: kids
Plot: life is a bitch, kids in trouble, teenage life, homeless, pregnancy, family problems, youth, dysfunctional family, society, love, urban ghetto life, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, oregon
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71%
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California Solo (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Lachlan MacAldonich is a self-described “lazy Scotsman” and former guitar player for a once-popular 1990s rock band. No longer famous, he now lives a comfortably numb existence working on an organic farm outside Los Angeles. He drinks himself ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Plot: haunted by the past, deportation, musician's life, introspection, life is a bitch, music, society, estrangement, down on your luck, immigrants, farm
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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67%
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The Wild Ones (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, Netherlands
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Five juvenile delinquents break out of jail and attempt to make their way to a house in the Mendoza foothills of Argentina.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating, bleak
Plot: getting home, survival, hopes, escapades, youth, society, juvenile delinquency, wilderness, social decay, human nature, disintegration, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina
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66%
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War Story (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Lee is a world-weary American woman who arrives in an Italian city. Her tangles with hotel staff, incessant smoking and her disregard of the persistently ringing telephone hint at her volatility brewing beneath the surface. Between fitful naps, she ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: society, haunted by the past, immigrants, photojournalist, life is a bitch, female protagonist, post traumatic stress, post traumatic stress disorder, hostage, war correspondent, couples, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sicily, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.7
 599
Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, youth, juvenile delinquency, reach out, power relations, human spirit, society, hopes, friendship, fire brigade, rivalry, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Barbarians (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 87 min.
Story: "Barbarians" is a teenage drama about coming of age in a world where there is no opportunity. A portrait of a young generation growing up in a society of lost values.
Style: sincere, rough, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, social decay, teenage rebellion, society, life is a bitch, youth, crimes, realism, troubled youth, friendship between boys, hoodlum, teen angst ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: serbia
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62%
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Macondo (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drama centered on an 11-year-old Chechnyan refugee living in Vienna whose life is thrown into disarray when a friend of his deceased father materializes.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: youth, interracial relations, life is a bitch, immigrants, society, misfit, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, coming of age, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria
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61%
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King's Faith (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When eighteen-year-old Brendan King attempts to leave his turbulent gang life behind him, his past continues to threaten his new-found faith, family, and future
Style: christian film, realistic, touching, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adoption, redemption, juvenile delinquency, haunted by the past, human spirit, youth, society, going straight, teenage love, parents and children, suburbs, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
All the Invisible Children (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Seven short films - each one focused on the plight of a different child protagonist.
Style: touching, atmospheric, rough, serious, captivating ...
Plot: kids in trouble, homeless, juvenile delinquency, aids, social decay, life is a bitch, young heroes, child abandonment, society, danger, youth, neo realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: serbia, africa, napoli italy, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Bling Ring (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: At the center of one of Hollywood's most notorious burglary rings in 2009 was a group of average, middle-class teens from a quiet suburb. This is the behind-the-scenes story of how Nick, a shy, awkward boy, lured by the promise of popularity ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, based on true events
Plot: teenage life, juvenile delinquency, gang, youth, crimes, family relations, parents and children, hollywood, sword, talking to the camera, female vomiting, mob of reporters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.8
 74
3:13 (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: From living a normal life to surviving homelessness in the city of Miami, Peter is a victim of the turbulent U.S. recession during late 2000's. A drama based on true events.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, bleak
Plot: life turned upside down, life is a bitch, family relations, society, misfit, social misfits, unemployment, family problems, homelessness, character change, disorder, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.4
 693
Abel's Field (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) is a high school senior with an especially full plate. Not only must he navigate the usual social and academic pitfalls of high school, but he has to contend with his young twin sisters, serving as de facto parent in the ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, christian film
Plot: orphan, family relations, life is a bitch, youth, school, belief in god, responsibility, absent father, fight, power relations, down on your luck, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.4
 27
Refuge (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The lives of a Hollywood actress battling drug addiction, a teen with a violent past, a teacher fighting to keep a dream alive, and a cop caught in a love triangle are brought together by fate.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, touching, gloomy
Plot: haunted by the past, love triangle, addiction, youth, hopes, redemption, dedicated educator, high school life, love, hiding place
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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51%
Boy Called Twist (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The harrowing tale of a South African street-kid's search for love, based on Dickens' classic story. Growing up neglected in a rural orphanage, Twist escapes to the unpredictable freedom of Cape Town, where he falls in with Fagin's ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: street kid, juvenile delinquency, young heroes, danger, orphan, society, youth, crimes, dishonesty, life is a bitch, gang, cons and scams ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 ⇓
46%
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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
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45%
 5.9
 69
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 ⇓
44%
 6.7
 606
Low Tide (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Belgium, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A 12 year old boy and his single mother live separate lives. The boy spends his days alone while his mother works and goes out with her friends. The boy’s solitude is both a source of freedom and a cause for grief. His explorations slowly bring to ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, working class, single parent, youth, society, small town, realism, life is a bitch, teenage boy, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 3K
Blue Spring (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Soon after being named the new leader of his high school's gang system, Kujo grows bored with the violence and hatred that surround him. He wants desperately to abandon his post… but his once-enviable position of power has a strange way of ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious
Plot: rivalry, juvenile delinquency, crimes, gang, high school, life is a bitch, friendship, high school life, society, teenage life, youth, school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Darker Than Midnight (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Davide is different from the other teenagers. Something makes him look like a girl. Davide is fourteen when he runs away from home. His intuition leads him to choose Villa Bellini, a park in Catania, as a refuge. The park is a world in itself, a ...
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, serious
Plot: social misfits, society, family relations, parents and children, friendship, youth, lgbt, coming of age, androgyny, leaving home, misfit, gender ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, sicily
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Following Rosa (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Following his mother's death, Hector arrives in Manila to live with his grandmother. Unable to speak Tagalog, Hector falls in with a street gang before a photographer takes him under his wing. Haunted by memories of his mother, Hector ...
Style: sentimental, rough, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: orphan, gang, haunted by the past, youth, life turned upside down, family problems, teaching the ways of the world, death in the family, bittersweet, kids in trouble, power relations, train tracks ...
Time: contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.7
 754
Junkhearts (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Frank is an ex-soldier, haunted by a violent past. He lives alone, drowning his nightmares with alcohol. Christine - smart and successful... on the surface, tackles life as a single working mother by immersing herself in drugs, parties and sex. ...
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, change of luck, society, drugs/alcohol, youth, alcohol abuse, hopes, confronting the past, friendship, troubled past, male female relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Stories of Our Lives (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Kenya, South Africa
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Created by the members of a Nairobi-based arts collective — who have removed their names from the film for fear of reprisal — this anthology film that dramatizes true-life stories from Kenya’s oppressed LGBTQ community is both a labour of love ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, stylized, contemplative
Plot: life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, society, gender, social misfits, discrimination, misfit, lgbt, vignette
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: kenya, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Something Is Killing Tate (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Days before his birthday and weeks before his wedding, Tate Bradley, a twenty-five year old, African-American man attempts to commit suicide. He survives the ordeal, but from his actions, it is obvious that "Something is Killing Tate." The ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: haunted by the past, hopes, society, life is a bitch, interracial relations, childhood trauma, curses spells and rituals, relationship problems, african american, suicide attempt, suicide, incest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.3
 2K
Han Gong-ju (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After transferring to a new school, a teenage girl finds her troubled past exposed when she innocently signs up for a singing club.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: teenage rape, high school, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, coming of age, estrangement, school, investigation, uncover truth, society, high school life, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.2
 137
Ladygrey (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, South Africa
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Estelle fights to maintain her sense of self while sleeping with Angus for money.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, captivating, bleak
Plot: haunted by the past, uncover truth, under the surface, society, life is a bitch, interracial relations, community, social relations, pubic hair, old man, kitten, praying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, contemplative
Plot: hip hop, lifestyle, introspection, teenage life, ghetto, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, youth, urban ghetto, siblings relations, urban ghetto life, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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35%