Movies like The City

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The City (1998)
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The City (1998)
Original name: La Ciudad
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The stories of four Hispanic immigrants living in New York City.
Style: rough, bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, anthology, neorealism, melancholic, heartbreaking, complex ...
Plot: immigrants, working class, family relations, lottery, culture clash, youth, misfit, racism, parents and children, injustice, life is a bitch, hopes, urban ghetto life, social differences, unemployment, society, urban, city life, social decay, down on your luck, family in crisis, urban ghetto, immigration, storytelling, school ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, mexico, latin america, new jersey, london, tokyo ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and bleak films with plots about society, family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, immigrants, down on your luck and working class mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The City: First, Last and Deposit (2000), The Saint of Fort Washington (1993), Between Us (2009), My Family (1995), Sweet Nothing (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
First, Last and Deposit (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Thirteen-year-old Tessa (Jessica White) faces more than the usual tribulations of adolescence. When bad times hit, she and her mother find themselves living on the streets. The injustice of poverty is emphasized by the fact that Tessa's school ...
Style: rough, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, parents and children, teenage life, working class, kids in trouble, youth, society, family relations, eviction, school, survival, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california
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95%
...And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Twelve-year-old Mexican-American Marcos (Jose Alcala) recalls the hardships of the previous year, reflecting on the arduous trek his migrant-worker family made from Texas to the Midwest during harvest season. Along the way, Marcos learns plenty ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: immigrants, coming of age, family relations, misfit, life is a bitch, youth, society, hopes, bittersweet, innocence lost, down on your luck, culture clash ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: minnesota, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by Little Leroy, a thug who is one of the tough denizens of ...
Style: bleak, contemplative, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: mental illness, interracial relations, friendship, photograph, homelessness, schizophrenia, photographer, mentally unstable, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, friends, injustice ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Between Us (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Abruptly abandoned by her husband in a country completely foreign to her, Colombian native Mariana (Paola Mendoza) struggles to take care of herself and her two young children on the unforgiving streets of New York City. Sebastian Villada, Laura ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious
Plot: homelessness, starting over, human spirit, hopes, family problems, life is a bitch, society, single parent, american dream, working class, family relations, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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My Family (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in ...
Style: touching, captivating, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: family relations, immigrants, wedding, murder, coming of age, death of wife, marriage, family, rebelliousness, reunion, couples, misfit ...
Time: 50s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, family problems, family relations, downfall, introspection, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, misfit, drug addiction, drug dealing, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Our Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Focusing on the bonding between three female (an African American female, a half African American half Latino American female, and a Latino American female) high school members of Brooklyn's "Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band" ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, touching, disturbing, neorealism ...
Audience: teens
Plot: asthma, friendship, asthma attack, high school, musician's life, lifestyle, against the odds, life is a bitch, society, youth, hopes, music band ...
Time: 90s, future, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: bleak, realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, family relations, injustice, family problems, parents and children, couples, society, couple relations, family in crisis, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Claire Dolan (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A high-priced call girl, shocked by her mother's death, decides to get out of the business and have a baby.
Style: rough, psychological, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: pimp, immigrants, prostitute, urban, dangerous attraction, starting over, down on your luck, fall in love, couples, family relations, parents and children, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, budapest hungary, budapest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.3
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Bolivia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, Netherlands
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A Bolivian immigrant working illegally as a cook in a small restaurant in Buenos Aires suffers abuse and discrimination from its customers.
Style: rough, sincere, gloomy, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: immigrants, unemployment, racism, cafe, bar, restaurant, rich and poor, culture clash, life is a bitch, social misfits, crimes, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america, bolivia, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Liam (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A morality tale of xenophobia, religious prejudice, mob violence, poverty, and their effect on two children in Liverpool during the Depression. When a shipyard closes, Liam and Teresa's dad loses his job. Liam, who's about 8, making his ...
Style: touching, bleak, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, domestic violence, sin, anti semitism, life is a bitch, society, youth, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, liverpool, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, touching, serious, meditative ...
Plot: immigrants, father son relationship, youth, poverty, farm, life is a bitch, working class, parents and children, island, misfit, family relations, social differences ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: denmark, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Here and There (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US. He finds his daughters older, and more distant than he imagined. His wife still has the same smile. Having saved some earnings from two trips to the ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, psychological
Plot: family relations, parents and children, immigrants, hopes, society, life is a bitch, getting home, music band, worker, countryside, poverty, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Amexicano (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A look at the bond between an illegal immigrant and a blue-collar Italian-American from Queens.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, humorous
Plot: friendship, social differences, deportation, immigrants, society, working class, human nature, unemployment, culture clash, interracial friendship, unlikely hero, unrequited love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: sincere, emotional, sentimental, bleak, serious ...
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, family problems, siblings relations, family life, parents and children, working class, society, hopes, domestic disturbance, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Town Is Quiet (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A dark tale of working-class life in Marseilles, a city in crisis. Interesting characters include a hard-bitten but compassionate fish market worker with a drug addicted daughter and a moody bartender with a shocking secret life.
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: crimes, family relations, drug abuse, couple relations, unemployment, parents and children, working class, assassination, life is a bitch, addiction, factory, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s
Place: marseille, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.2
 15K
A Better Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: immigrants, thief, family relations, theft, american dream, single parent, life is a bitch, working class, teenage life, down on your luck, parents and children, unsuccessful ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, september 11 2001
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico, malibu california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Down in the Delta (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, alcohol abuse, farm, dysfunctional family, bittersweet, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, single parent, family in crisis, americana, addiction ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, chicago illinois, usa, mississippi river, alabama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Choking Man (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The social anxiety of a morbidly shy Ecuadorian dishwasher working in a Queens diner provides the psychological engine that powers this blend of drama and magical realism.
Style: realistic, touching, atmospheric, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: immigrants, city life, americana, restaurant, self discovery, friendship, social misfits, workplace, workplace romance, family relations, diner, romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Bread and Roses (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, sincere, melancholic, intense ...
Plot: labor union, immigrants, realism, deportation, working class, politics, society, life is a bitch, family relations, fighting the system, janitor, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico city, guatemala, beverly hills ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maggie has had four children, by four different fathers, removed by social services because of a previous violent relationship. When she meets Jorge, a gentle Latin American refugee, she gradually sees her chance for happiness, but her history still ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, biting, suspense, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, social worker, family relations, children, love, working class, fighting the system, immigrants, dysfunctional family, down on your luck, family life, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, london, paraguay, liverpool, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Chop Shop (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Alejandro, a tough and ambitious Latino street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, young Alejandro struggles ...
Style: bleak, touching, rough, sincere, serious ...
Plot: orphan, siblings relations, working class, urban ghetto life, teenage life, street kid, kids in trouble, family relations, brother sister relationship, teenage prostitution, coming of age, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Yasmin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In England, the Pakistanis Yasmin lives two lives in two different worlds: in her community, she wears Muslin clothes, cooks for her father and brother and has the traditional behavior of a Muslin woman. Further, she has a non-consumed marriage with ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching
Plot: immigrants, family relations, social differences, false accusation, culture clash, terrorism, parents and children, injustice, religions or cults, society, life is a bitch, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001
Place: england, pakistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Lotto Land (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: This film tells two interwoven stories of two single-parent families in a poor, racially-mixed neighborhood in Brooklyn. The first story is about a young black man (with aspirations of getting away from his friends who are involved in drugs) who ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous, comic ...
Plot: lottery, coming of age, family relations, couples, friends, high school, store, life is a bitch, love and romance, rise to the top, romance, youth ...
Time: future
Place: new york, tokyo, berlin germany, new jersey, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Turn the River (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A pool shark takes the ultimate gamble when she kidnaps her own son and flees her ex-husband.
Style: realistic, bleak, psychological, serious, gloomy
Plot: billiards, kidnapping, gambling, family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, addiction, hopes, family problems, estrangement, introspection, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Small Faces (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and Alan are beginning to experience the power of raging ...
Style: bleak, realistic, rough, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, illiteracy, working class, coming of age, dysfunctional family, misfit, social misfits, crimes, life is a bitch, school, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: scotland, europe, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
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Distant (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Uzak/Distant chronicles the numbing loneliness, longing, and isolation in the lives of two men who are consumed by their own problems. Istanbul photographer Mahmut reluctantly receives his relative Yusuf, but the mingling of their lives does little ...
Style: bleak, touching, sincere, psychological, lyrical ...
Plot: unemployment, loneliness, family relations, recession, introspection, love and romance, society, looking for love, human nature, down on your luck, male female relationship, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, middle east, istanbul turkey, tokyo, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Fratricide (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Luxembourg, Germany, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two young Kurdish refugees, recently arrived in Germany struggle to make their way through the harshness of the occidental city. Their encounter with a gang of Turks will rapidly led them into an inevitable tragical spiral filled with death and ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: racism, politics, immigrants, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, orphan, friendship, social decay, society, injustice, vengeance, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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The Brave (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A down-on-his-luck American Indian recently released from jail is offered the chance to "star" as the victim of a snuff film, the resulting pay of which could greatly help his poverty stricken family.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, native american, life is a bitch, social decay, americana, injustice, misfit, society, gang, unemployment, self sacrifice ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%