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: light, inspirational, touching, enigmatic, heartbreaking, melancholic, sad, harsh, stylized, allegory ...
Plot: immigrants, working class, culture clash, school, money, photographer, poverty, father daughter relationship, catastrophe, survival, distopia, god, life, family, writers, betrayal, islam, addiction, weapons, hospital, male nudity, gunfight, fantasy world, homeless, corruption ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, mexico, london, latin america, tokyo, new jersey, usa ...

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Most similar movies to The City

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and touching films with plots about society, life is a bitch, family relations, immigrants, down on your luck, culture clash and parents and children 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: realistic, serious, rough, touching, bleak ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, society, youth, parents and children, teenage life, working class, family relations, eviction, survival, school, corporate crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, sincere
Plot: youth, korean war, migration, immigrants, coming of age, family relations, bittersweet, life is a bitch, misfit, society, hopes, working class ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: minnesota, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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, tear jerker, allegory, bad ending, political ...
Plot: mental illness, friendship, murder, death, schizophrenia, photographer, homelessness, homeless, homeless man, street life, homeless shelter, street kid ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, boston, usa
⇓ 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: realistic, touching, serious
Plot: homelessness, poverty, urban setting, starting over, human spirit, society, life is a bitch, family relations, american dream, hopes, family problems, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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: sexy, touching, suspense, dramatic, talky ...
Plot: family, family relations, immigrants, nudity (full frontal - brief), prison, adaptation, life, depression, death, stereotypes, male nudity, culture clash ...
Time: 1920s, 50s, 20th century, 70s
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: melancholic, realistic, serious, feel good, splatter ...
Plot: drug addiction, drug abuse, loneliness, family problems, family relations, downfall, introspection, misfit, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, money, addiction ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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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: disturbing, sincere, thought provoking, touching, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: asthma, friendship, high school, teenager, adolescence, musician's life, lifestyle, against the odds, hopes, life is a bitch, society, youth ...
Time: future, 90s, 80s
Place: new york, california, usa, brooklyn new york city, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, african american, gangsters, villain, downbeat ending, hip hop culture, racism, drug dealing, kids in trouble, urban ghetto, family relations, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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: emotional, realistic, bleak, depressing, meditative ...
Plot: working class, dysfunctional family, family relations, taxi driver, loneliness, depression, family problems, injustice, parents and children, couples, couple relations, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, new jersey, europe, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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: realistic, serious, tense, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: racism, migration, immigrants, unemployment, restaurant, cafe, life is a bitch, misfit, society, crimes, social misfits, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bolivia, latin america, argentina, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: serious, realistic, captivating, disturbing, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, crimes, family relations, couple relations, unemployment, parents and children, working class, life is a bitch, assassination, factory, addiction, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s
Place: marseille, provence, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, serious, atmospheric, psychological
Plot: family relations, immigrants, society, hopes, parents and children, life is a bitch, getting home, music band, countryside, poverty, worker, 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, society, immigrants, culture clash, working class, unemployment, human nature, interracial friendship, unrequited love, unlikely hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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: emotional, sincere, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, crimes, life is a bitch, family problems, family life, siblings relations, parents and children, hopes, society, working class, domestic disturbance, sex ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, ireland, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, meditative, compassionate, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: father son relationship, coming of age, poverty, immigrants, working class, farm, boy, corporal punishment, youth, family relations, bullying, tragedy ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1890s
Place: denmark, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: erotic, serious, realistic, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: pimp, prostitute, interracial sex, mother daughter relationship, sex, nurse, friendship, restaurant, dancing, brain tumor, burial, beauty salon ...
Time: 90s
Place: dublin ireland, chicago illinois, new york, new jersey, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, emotional, sincere, depressing ...
Plot: working class, catholicism, fascism, youth, anti semitism, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, unemployment, sin, life is a bitch, jewish, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: england, ireland, london, europe, united kingdom ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, sentimental, emotional, visually appealing, poignant ...
Plot: slavery, bittersweet, dysfunctional family, drug addiction, happy ending, adultery, betrayal, empire, racism, police investigation, multiple storylines, guilt ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, chicago illinois, canada, tokyo, usa ...
⇓ 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, sentimental ...
Plot: immigrants, city life, americana, self discovery, restaurant, friendship, workplace, diner, family relations, social misfits, workplace romance, lonely ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: disturbing, suspense, thought provoking, biting, realistic ...
Plot: violence, love, immigrants, fighting the system, working class, dysfunctional family, nudity (full frontal - brief), hospital, children, race issues, workplace, adoption ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, california, liverpool, paraguay, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, realistic, emotional, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: immigrants, single father, family relations, u.s. mexico border, thief, american dream, truck, father son relationship, theft, single parent, character study, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, september 11 2001
Place: california, los angeles, mexico, southern california, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: street kid, orphan, brother sister relationship, coming of age, siblings relations, working class, urban ghetto life, teenage life, kids in trouble, family relations, youth, auto mechanic ...
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, touching, sincere
Plot: family relations, immigrants, culture clash, false accusation, social differences, religions or cults, injustice, life is a bitch, society, terrorism, parents and children, 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, unusual plot structure, clever, bad ending, enigmatic ...
Plot: coming of age, nudity (full frontal - brief), genocide, surveillance, fight scenes, unlikely friendships, writer's life, police investigation, mentor, memory, revolution, lone hero ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo, new jersey, berlin germany, new york, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, melancholic, political, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: labor union, immigrants, working class, deportation, realism, janitor, fighting the system, politics, workplace, relationships, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, latin america, usa, guatemala ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, gambling, kidnapping, family relations, family problems, hopes, dysfunctional family, parents and children, addiction, estrangement, starting over, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.9
 2K
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: realistic, bleak, clever, visually appealing, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, youth, coming of age, working class, dysfunctional family, artist, violence, male nudity, first contact, sexual abuse, sexualized violence, foul language ...
Time: 60s, 90s
Place: scotland, new jersey, california, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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: serious, realistic, rough, bleak
Plot: kurd, politics, racism, immigrants, orphan, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, friendship, social decay, society, injustice, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Code Unknown (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Austria, Romania, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A series of events unfold like a chain reaction, all stemming from a minor event that brings the film's five characters together. Set in Paris, France, Anne is an actress whose boyfriend Georges photographs the war in Kosovo. Georges' ...
Style: thought provoking, bleak, sincere, clever, cynical ...
Plot: homeless, immigrants, racism, social differences, human nature, life is a bitch, society, misfit, breaking point, alienation, social decay, existentialism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: paris france, tokyo, kosovo, france, europe ...
⇓ 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: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: native american, alcohol abuse, family relations, life is a bitch, americana, social decay, injustice, misfit, unemployment, society, gang, male female relationship ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%