Movies like Boy Called Twist

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Boy Called Twist (2004)
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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 gang of street urchins. With a gritty honesty steeped in its vibrant characters, Boy called Twist superbly captures the contemporary equivalents of Dickens' seedy individuals as it shadows the timeless tale in its own inimitable style.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, emotional, gloomy, realistic
Plot: street kid, juvenile delinquency, young heroes, crimes, youth, gang, rich and poor, orphan, life is a bitch, danger, society, dishonesty, cons and scams, negligence, coming of age, chance, child in peril, boarding school life
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa

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Most similar movies to Boy Called Twist

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about society, youth, life is a bitch, family relations, orphan, crimes and coming of age mostly in Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Boy Called Twist: Streeters (2001), David Copperfield (2000), Macondo (2014), David Copperfield (1970), The Future (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Streeters (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Authentic and committed, moving and stormy drama of street kids from Mexico City. Wonderful adaptation of successful play about street kids who have more trouble with corrupt cops, than with dirty and heavy work.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: kids in trouble, social decay, juvenile delinquency, gang, police corruption, urban ghetto life, society, youth, drug dealing, crimes, life is a bitch, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
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95%
David Copperfield (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: An orphan with a rough childhood becomes a barrister.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating
Audience: girls' night
Plot: orphan, friendship, social differences, teaching the ways of the world, adulthood, life is a bitch, child as adult, survival, rich and poor, society, young heroes, boarding school ...
Time: victorian era, victorian, 19th century
Place: england
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80%
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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: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: interracial relations, youth, life is a bitch, society, immigrants, misfit, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, coming of age, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
David Copperfield (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A made for TV movie of the Charles Dickens' classic novel, turns Dickens' picaresque tale into an extended flashback, with David Copperfield Robin Phillips as a young man, brooding on a deserted beach, recalling his youth. The characters ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: orphan, coming of age, family relations, child in peril, rich and poor, down on your luck, boarding school life, destiny, alcohol abuse, young heroes, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian
Place: europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 971
The Future (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Chile, Germany, Spain
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When their parents die, Bianca starts to smoke and Tomas is still a virgin. The orphans explore the dangerous streets of adulthood until Bianca finds Maciste, a retired Mr. Universe, and enters his dark mansion in search of a future.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, touching, sexual ...
Plot: orphan, juvenile delinquency, destructive relationship, family problems, death in the family, moral dilemma, adolescence vs adulthood, strong sexual content, dishonesty, youth, danger, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, rome italy
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76%
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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, life is a bitch, youth, crimes, society, realism, teen angst, troubled youth, friendship between boys, hoodlum ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: serbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, captivating, neorealism ...
Plot: kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, homeless, aids, gypsy, social decay, young heroes, life is a bitch, child abandonment, society, danger, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: serbia, africa, sao paulo brazil, napoli italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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, captivating, psychological, rough ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, haunted by the past, urban ghetto life, crimes, coming of age, adolescence vs adulthood, teaching the ways of the world, society, manhood, drug dealing, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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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, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: redemption, youth, human spirit, reach out, power relations, juvenile delinquency, hopes, society, friendship, fire brigade, rivalry, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
If Nothing Else Works Out (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In 2006, a journalist in financial problems, a woman who dresses as a man and a troubled taxi driver become friends, and gradually, an awkward, strong emotional bond emerges among them, especially when they decide to play a confidence game.
Style: sincere, rough, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, injustice, crimes, danger, life is a bitch, drug abuse, social decay, human nature, prostitute, unemployment, drug dealing, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, rough, bleak, realistic, serious
Plot: gang, street kid, addiction, down on your luck, drug abuse, urban, rich and poor, teenage life, city life, survival, alcohol abuse, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Home Beyond the Sun (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Home Beyond the Sun is the story of persecution, faith, and freedom escaping a world of fear. A bible college student, Jenna goes to teach in an area of China where her faith is forbidden. She discovers an orphanage and befriends a Chinese orphan, ...
Style: emotional, touching, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: orphan, family relations, rebellion, hopes, life is a bitch, society, rich and poor, adoption, religions or cults, christian, teacher, pursuit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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The Beat (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A new kid moves into a tough neighborhood controlled by gangs, and tries to teach them poetry.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: gang, poetry, teenage life, fighting the system, youth, idealism, life is a bitch, rebellion, society, dedicated educator, crimes, stoners ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
My Friend Victoria (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Aged eight, Victoria spends a night in the home of a wealthy white family; years later, she encounters them again and her life is changed forever.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional
Plot: interracial couple, family life, adoption, hopes, society, youth, family relations, parents and children, destiny, rich and poor, class differences, awkward situation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Sand Dollars (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Every afternoon Noelí, a young Dominican woman, hangs out on the beach at Las Terrenas. With her boyfriend, Yeremi, they look for ways to make a living at the expense of one of the hundreds of tourists there. However Noelí also has a steady ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, touching
Plot: love and romance, moral dilemma, gays and lesbians, cons and scams, society, rich and poor, dishonesty, island, gender, power relations, sexual content, female director ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Jet Boy (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Dave Schultz' feature debut Jet Boy is a drama about a boy attempting to figure out his future. Nathan (Branden Nadon) goes on a search to find his father after his mother dies of a drug overdose. Nathan has been prostituting himself in order ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: man boy relationship, kids in trouble, child neglect, orphan, prostitute, lifestyle, life is a bitch, young heroes, youth, danger, sexual abuse, overdose ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An intimate portrait of a resilient and spirited young girl and her proud and dignified family, who are part of Ireland's "traveller" community.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, parents and children, culture clash, family relations, realism, youth, misfit, social misfits, society, single mother, discrimination, resilience ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: juvenile delinquency, youth, society, haunted by the past, homeless, survival, street life, orphan, life is a bitch, beach, hollywood, 20 year old
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, texas, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, single parent, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, human spirit, introspection, family relations, family problems, misfit, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: disturbing, bleak, realistic, serious
Plot: high school, rivalry, gang, crimes, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, youth, friendship, society, life is a bitch, high school life, leadership ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
At Five in the Afternoon (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nogreh is a young Afghani woman living with her father and her sister-in-law, Leylomah, whose husband, Akhtar, is missing. Beyond the issue of Akhtar, Leylomah is most concerned with how to feed her baby. She cannot provide milk for her baby as her ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: survival, hidden identity, danger, injustice, political unrest, family relations, religions or cults, feminism, human nature, war, life is a bitch, state affairs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Raja (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Morocco
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Raja is a nineteen year old orphan literally and figuratively scarred by life. Fred is an emotionally bankrupt westerner living amid his plush gardens and palm trees. Set against the backdrop of contemporary Marrakech, Raja is a cross-cultural drama ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: opposites attract, unlikely couple, fall in love, social differences, unfulfilled love, love and romance, orphan, society, romance, youth, rich and poor, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 3K
Sivas (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Turkey
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Establishing a bleak village in Eastern Turkey as its setting, Sivas features the story of Aslan, an eleven-year-old boy, and Sivas, a weathered fighting dog who develop a strong relationship after Aslan finds Sivas wounded in a ditch, left to die.
Style: sincere, serious, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, animal life, parents and children, danger, life is a bitch, adventure, society, friends, youth, pets, family relations, barking dog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.5
 646
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: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, christian film
Plot: orphan, family relations, life is a bitch, youth, school, absent father, fight, responsibility, belief in god, power relations, down on your luck, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.8
 820
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: emotional, psychological, touching, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: child prostitution, innocence lost, lifestyle, young heroes, prostitute, going straight, life is a bitch, social decay, redemption, sexual abuse, society, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cambodia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 4K
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 ⇓
43%
 6.7
 243
Brother (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Georgia, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Giorgi is 16 years old when he discovers another world through American films forbidden in all Soviet Union until then. Since the post-revolutionary chaos in his home town, Tbilisi, Giorgi has wanted to have succeeded by following the path of his ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, touching, serious, stylized ...
Plot: teenage life, family relations, youth, political unrest, prodigy, juvenile delinquency, society, crimes, disorder, coming of age, siblings relations, female director
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: georgia (former ussr)
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
A Children's Story (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story focuses on the life of an 11-year old boy surrounded by criminality and poverty in the suburbs of Naples.
Style: disturbing, rough, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: street kid, youth, juvenile delinquency, friends, danger, society, life is a bitch, social worker, urban ghetto life, social decay, teaching the ways of the world, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.7
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Oliver Twist (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 386 min.
TV show
Story: Based on Charles Dickens' novel, this adaptation traces the childhood of an orphan whose mother dies giving birth to him in an English work-house in the 1820s.
Style: emotional, gloomy, bleak, serious, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, child abuse, life is a bitch, confined, coming of age, crimes, society, danger, child in peril, apprentice, injustice, youth ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 1830s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%