Movies like Gardens of the Night

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Gardens of the Night (2008)
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Gardens of the Night (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After being abducted as children, and suffering years of abuse, a teenage boy and girl find themselves living on the street.
Style: serious, sincere, bleak, touching, sexy, realistic, gloomy, ambiguous ending, cult film, porno movie
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: child prostitution, kidnapping, child abduction, pedophile, sexual abuse, rape, child molestation, pedophilia, confined, haunted by the past, child abuse, police officer, abuse, missing person, hiding place, kidnapper, child molester, missing child, pimp, life is a bitch, society, social misfits, homeless teenager, isolation, pretense ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, pennsylvania, san diego california

Most similar movies to Gardens of the Night

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and disturbing films with plots about life is a bitch, sexual abuse, youth, society, family relations, sex crime and coming of age mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like Gardens of the Night: Cleveland Abduction (2015), Lilya 4-Ever (2002), Holly (2006), Precious (2009), Bastard Out of Carolina (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France, Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The dysfunctional twenty-three years old Sarah takes her six year old natural son Jeremiah from the home of his beloved foster parents with the support of the social service to live with her. Along the years, the boy shares her insane and lowlife ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, rough, art house ...
Plot: child abuse, pedophile, child rape, child molester, sex, prostitute, rape, sexual abuse, parents and children, stripper, psychologist, police ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tennessee, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Cleveland Abduction (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A single mother becomes Ariel Castro's first kidnapping victim, and finds herself trapped in his home with two other women for 11 years.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: kidnapping, captivity, violence, sexual abuse, woman in danger, life is a bitch, true crime, isolation, confined, rape, abduction, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013, year 2002, 2010s ...
Place: ohio, usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lilya lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working ...
Style: bleak, harsh, sincere, depressing, sad ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: prostitution, human trafficking, poverty, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, suicide, prostitute, teenage prostitution, rape, sex slavery, russian, downfall ...
Place: sweden, europe, russia, denmark, eastern europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.7
 874
Holly (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, France, Israel, Cambodia
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Shot on location in Cambodia, including many scenes in actual brothels in the notorious red light district of Phnom Penh, HOLLY is a captivating, touching and emotional experience. Patrick, an American card shark and dealer of stolen artifacts, has ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, bleak, psychological, touching ...
Plot: child prostitution, innocence lost, lifestyle, going straight, young heroes, prostitute, life is a bitch, society, hopes, sexual abuse, redemption, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cambodia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 111K
Precious (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: rough, bleak, emotional, depressing, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: rape, domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse, illiteracy, poverty, dysfunctional family, social misfits, incest, teacher, parents and children, school ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, emotional, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, coming of age, rape, dysfunctional family, family relations, child rape, parents and children, life is a bitch, child abuse, domestic violence, stepfather stepdaughter relationship ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 90s, 50s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.6
 12K
Sherrybaby (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After serving time in prison, former drug addict Sherry Swanson returns home to reclaim her young daughter from family members who have been raising the child. Sherry's family, especially her sister-in-law, doubt Sherry's ability to be a ...
Style: emotional, bleak, depressing, serious, sexy ...
Plot: ex convict, prison, drug abuse, fondling, support group, addiction, mother daughter relationship, starting over, warden, drug addiction, rehabilitation, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
King of Thieves (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Germany, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two amateur circus kids from a poor Ukrainian village, ten-year-old Barbu and his older sister Mimma, are sold to a circus artist called Caruso who promises them a career in the West.
Style: disturbing, emotional, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: child prostitution, circus, youth, human trafficking, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, kidnapping, crimes, dishonesty, hopes, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: eastern europe, berlin germany, ukraine, europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 6K
Disgrace (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, South Africa
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Disgrace is the story of a South African professor of English who loses everything: his reputation, his job, his peace of mind, his good looks, his dreams of artistic success, and finally even his ability to protect his cherished daughter. After ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, psychological, captivating, rough ...
Plot: forbidden love, racism, power relations, love affair, interracial relations, society, isolation, gang, father daughter relationship, rape, violence, lesbian ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Little Boy Blue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Living in rural Texas is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, sexy, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, murder, stepmother stepson relationship, parents and children, missing person, child abuse, family problems, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, asia, usa, vietnam, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 34K
The Woodsman (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A paedophile returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.
Style: harsh, disturbing, sincere, rough, sexy ...
Plot: pedophilia, friendship, sexual perversion, starting over, ex convict, police officer, factory worker, suspicion, warden, rejection, anger, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.7
 683
Drunkboat (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After twenty years of broken bottles and empty hallways, Mort Gleason witnesses his nephew Moo being beaten while in a drunken stupor. The short contact with family brings Mort back to what are left of his senses and he returns to the last home he ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: family relations, haunted by the past, single parent, parents and children, youth, social relations, coming of age, teenage life, suburbs, self discovery, teenager, boat ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Girl in the Park (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A mother, enduringly traumatized by the disappearance of her three-year old daughter 15 years ago, has cut herself off from her ex-husband and son. However, when a troubled young woman with a checkered past enters her life, old psychic wounds ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, emotional, touching ...
Plot: missing person, older woman younger woman relationship, obsession, haunted by the past, loss of daughter, isolation, family relations, social misfits, misfit, loss of child, memory loss, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.8
 936
My Brother Tom (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage girl, Jessica, befriends a teenage boy called Tom, who is bullied by a local gang. She is abused by Jack, who is both her neighbour and school teacher, and Tom is sexually abused by his father. Together they bond in the woods, creating a ...
Style: psychological, sincere, emotional, rough, captivating ...
Plot: male nudity, teenage boy, friendship, rebellion, sexual abuse, forest, life is a bitch, escape from reality, friends, youth, social misfits, rebelliousness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.8
 3K
The Ogre (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very soon he is taken prisoner of war.
Style: poignant, disturbing, realistic, allegory, visually appealing ...
Plot: world war two, hitler youth, nazi, war, youth, friendship, wartime life, redemption, jewish, children, destiny, brutality ...
Time: 1940s, year 1939, 1930s
Place: france, germany, japan, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.2
 1K
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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, pimp, kids in trouble, addiction, sexual relations, life is a bitch, youth, crimes, lgbt, apprentice, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.7
 610
Fiona (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The director of Sue continues his exploration of the theme of lonely women lost in the big city with Fiona, which goes one step further and exposes the wasted lives of whores and junkies in New York. The story of Fiona and her mother told in eight ...
Style: erotic, neorealism, serious, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: oral sex, prostitute, sexual content, girl, sex scene, sex crime, mental disorder, making love, murder, sexual abuse, drug abuse, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, israel, tel aviv israel, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Lilet Never Happened (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Philippines
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lilet Never Happened is the rollercoaster story of how a young girl, struggling to survive in the streets of Manila, spirals down into child prostitution. She is a fighter. She is a dreamer. She is a rebel and she thinks she can handle the world ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: kids in trouble, life is a bitch, social decay, youth, society, prostitute, sexual abuse, pedophilia, prostitution, social worker, police, child prostitution ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: manila philippines, asia, the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 5K
Michael (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Austria
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Although to the outside world he seems like the a perfectly normal insurance broker, Michael secretly keeps a 10-year-old boy, Wolfgang locked in a room in his soundproof basement.
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, suspenseful, sexy ...
Plot: pedophilia, pedophile, child rape, child abuse, child molestation, life is a bitch, boy, kidnapping, isolation, basement, sexual abuse, unlikely criminals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria, europe, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.6
 38K
Boy A (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of a young ex-con Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a murder he committed as a child.
Style: psychological, emotional, heartbreaking, disturbing, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: juvenile delinquency, incest, childhood, going straight, haunted by the past, redemption, rehabilitation, coming of age, starting over, child abuse, murder, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, rough, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, male rape, downfall, haunted by the past, going straight, society, life is a bitch, crimes, addiction, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 1K
Short Eyes (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young man who is charged with child molestation is placed in New York City’s infamous Tombs prison. When the other inmates in his cell block find out what he is charged with, life becomes extremely difficult for him.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, captivating, rough ...
Plot: prison, prison life, racial slur, pedophilia, ethnic slur, prison guard, gay slur, homosexual, vulgarity, child molester, racial tension, rape ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Boys of St. Vincent (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.
Style: realistic, disturbing, sexy, thought provoking, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pedophilia, child molestation, child abuse, man boy relationship, homosexual rape, catholic priest, orphanage, underage sex, child molester, pedophile priest, sexual abuse, rape of a minor ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada, london, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
The Toy Soldiers (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: On one evening in a decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the innocence of youth and family unravels. Five parallel coming-of-age stories dramatize the stages of grief. A youthful mother in a custody battle over her children, finds ...
Style: serious, sincere, psychological, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted by the past, coming out, teenage life, family problems, misfit, life is a bitch, social misfits, youth, custody, addiction, society, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Tommy and his older brother Eric live in the midst of vast remote forests. The death of their friend pushes them close to the edge. Eric doesn’t know how to channel his energy. All at once, nature’s vastness feels stifling.
Style: rough, serious, bleak, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, friendship, haunted by the past, human nature, dealing with death, teenage life, family relations, tragic event, fear of death, youth, gay, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.5
 572
Virgin (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When a teenager finds herself pregnant, with no memory of having had sex, she determines that she is carrying the child of God.
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, erotic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, family relations, clergy, society, youth, parents and children, teenage life, sexual abuse, small town, teenage girl, virginity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 ⇓
37%
 6.1
 3K
American Gun (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: family relations, on the road, family problems, teenage life, americana, single parent, dealing with death, death in the family, working class, human nature, parents and children, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, virginia, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty.
Style: serious, captivating, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, sexual abuse, bishop, going straight, youth, hopes, life is a bitch, prostitute, family relations, family problems, addiction, drug abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.0
 517
Cargo (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young Russian woman, smuggled into America by human traffickers, and a notorious Egyptian transporter hired to drive her from the Mexican border to New York City, form an unlikely bond that transforms them and threatens to derail the ...
Style: disturbing, tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: human trafficking, sex slavery, kidnapping, confined, life is a bitch, society, crimes, on the road, brutality, rape, abduction, russian immigrant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%