Movies like Tougher Than Leather

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Tougher Than Leather (1988)
 4.8
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Tougher Than Leather (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Legendary hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. stars in this cross between a blaxploitation film and a spaghetti western. They must find and punish the evil drug lord-record company executive who murdered their friend. Along the way, they encounter racist bikers, blonde bimbos, and the Beastie Boys!
Plot: hip hop, prison, dancing, airplane, heist, party, car, police, violence, rap, criminal, racial slur, telephone, dream, graffiti, chauffeur, friendship between men, murder, squad, shadow, secretary, chevrolet, remorse, escalator, limousine ...

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Most similar movies to Tougher Than Leather

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and harsh films with plots about violence, gangsters, murder, hip hop, vengeance, crime and crimes mostly in Drama, Crime and Music genres. Some movies like Tougher Than Leather: Hustle & Flow (2005), Rhapsody (2001), Down Time (2001), Beat Street (1984), Notorious (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
 38K
Hustle & Flow (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.
Style: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: hip hop, rapper, midlife crisis, musician, career, singer, drug dealing, life is a bitch, human spirit, hip hop culture, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: memphis, tennessee, usa, mount everest, egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 4.4
 57
Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The life of a beautiful rising female recording star is placed in jeopardy when she witnesses the drive-by shooting of a rival rap-star in Las Vegas. Wanted by both the killers and the corrupt police, the young woman must go into hiding while three ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: best friends, vengeance, rivalry, frame up, crimes, drug dealing, youth, musician's life, hip hop, murder, crime, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 2.2
 351
Down Time (2001)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Slim Williams, a small-time dealer, is poised to make his big score with his partner Paulie. But the easy deal becomes a nightmare when Slim is caught in deadly police sting and ends up in a maximum-security penitentiary. Sold out by his partner, ...
Style: tense, rough, serious, realistic, cult film
Plot: prison, prison gang, jail, police, gang, racism, revenge, power, drug addict, grudge, murder, prison rape ...
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.5
 3K
Beat Street (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture.
Style: realistic, serious, harsh, talky, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, rap, dancing, breakdance, graffiti, subway, dance, music, musician's life, artists and showbiz, love and romance, youth ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, tokyo, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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 6.7
 40K
Notorious (2009)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: NOTORIOUS is the story of Christopher Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Wallace transforms himself from Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to pregnant women) to one of the greatest rappers of all time; THE NOTORIOUS ...
Style: sincere, serious, factual, melancholic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, african american, rising to stardom, murder, urban ghetto life, fame, music, ambition, success, drugs/alcohol, lifestyle, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.5
 3K
Krush Groove (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Russell Walker is a young, successful manager of rap performers, handling acts for the Krush Groove label, including Run-DMC and The Fat Boys. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell needs more money to press more copies, he borrows it from a ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: hip hop, showbiz, loan, friends, musician's life, gangsters, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, lifestyle, music band, ambition, desire for fame ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Straight Time (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, psychological, contemplative ...
Plot: warden, parole officer, prison, friendship, murder, heist, dishonesty, crime gone awry, life is a bitch, crimes, going straight, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.
Style: serious, rough, stylized, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, rapper, gangsters, ghetto, going straight, music, lifestyle, rise to the top, ambition, musician's life, redemption, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Black & White (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Rich Bower is an up-and-coming star in the hip-hop world. Everyone wants to be around him, including Raven and her fellow upper-class white high school friends. The growing appeal of black culture among white teens fascinates documentary filmmaker ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, talky, controversial ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: hip hop, gangsters, interracial relations, high school, athlete's life, crimes, crime, culture clash, racism, social differences, city life, musician's life ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.8
 123K
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.
Style: realistic, tense, gloomy, thought provoking, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, hip hop, juvenile delinquency, african american, gang, street gang, poverty, coming of age, friendship, crimes, tragic event, party ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1984, year 1991 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.1
 246K
8 Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary ...
Style: captivating, gloomy, lyrical, tense, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: hip hop, follow your dream, underdog, music, street gang, musician's life, white rapper, urban ghetto life, human spirit, contests and competitions, racial slur, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1995, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.4
 6K
Levity (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Manuel Jordan is a man who is free after serving 23 years for killing a teenager during an attempted robbery. After nearly two decades of staring at his victim's face on a newspaper clipping in his cell, the paroled man attempts to find ...
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, melancholic, philosophical ...
Plot: redemption, sin, murder, prison, robbery, criminal, gang, friendship, haunted by the past, going straight, human nature, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 3.9
 26K
You Got Served (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At Mr. Rad's Warehouse, the best hip-hop crews in Los Angeles compete for money and respect. But when a suburban crew crashes the party, stealing their dancers - and their moves - two warring friends have to pull together to represent the ...
Style: stylized, humorous, inspirational, intense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: dancing, hip hop, breakdance, friendship, music, follow your dream, rivalry, ambition, lifestyle, dancer's life, betrayal, dance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, criminal heroes, deadly, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.8
 21K
All Eyez on Me (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: All Eyez on Me chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records. Against ...
Style: factual, enigmatic, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: rapper, hip hop, music industry, murder, police brutality, interview, record company, prison, autobiography, actor, female objectification, mother son conflict ...
Time: 20th century
Place: harlem, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, oakland california, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Sam Connor kidnaps his young daughters, April and May, sells them to strangers, and accidentally kills his wife when she attempts to intervene. Sixteen years later, April is an out of control outlaw who has come into a life of drugs and crime, while ...
Plot: violence, robbery, sex, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, shower, revenge, death, motorcycle gang, biker, prison riot, prison gang ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.3
 576
Prison Song (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Elijah has been bounced from group home to group home throughout his turbulent young life. What has sustained him is his art. After a promised scholarship is taken away, Elijah ends up in a fight that result in the death of another boy. Now, ...
Style: sincere, rough, serious, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, injustice, hip hop, juvenile delinquency, criminal heroes, musician's life, redemption, prison life, crime, youth, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.8
 241
Road Dogz (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: "Boyz N the Hood" meets "Blood In, Blood Out" in this gritty tale of life on the streets of East L.A. Danny (Jacob Vargas), Alfonso (Greg Serano) and Raymo (Clifton Collins Jr.) are lifelong friends who have spent their days ...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, suspense, tragic ending
Plot: latinx lead, ex convict, murder, criminal, tragedy, bad guy, robbery, money, ghetto, friend, drug dealer, coming of age ...
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 5.7
 55
One Way Out (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After a man gets out of prison, he decides to go straight and leave his life of crime behind him. However, when he gets home he finds that his brother is in danger and the family farm is in foreclosure. He plans to take revenge on those responsible, ...
Plot: caper, murder, garage, heist gone wrong, release from prison, ex convict, heist, gangsters, one last job, gangster, revenge
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.3
 69K
Shot Caller (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A newly-released prison gangster is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.
Style: clever, harsh, twist ending, suspense, tense
Plot: prison, prison gang, violence, desperation, criminal, gang, life is a bitch, murder, skinhead, existentialism, criminal heroes, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Family Business (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Jessie is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups than just about anyone else. His son Vito, while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a fairly shady past and is indeed no stranger to illegal ...
Style: serious, realistic, talky, complex, emotional ...
Plot: heist, family relations, family business, prison, criminal, life sentence, grandfather grandson relationship, crimes, crime, family life, cons and scams, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Once in the Life (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Once in the life (of drug dealing and organized crime), can anyone get out? During a brief jail stay, two half-brothers, who have rarely seen each other while growing up, connect. One of them, called 20/20 Mike because he can sense people nearby, ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: prison, law enforcement, crime gone awry, gang, heist, friendship, criminal heroes, dishonesty, best friends, life is a bitch, unlikely criminals, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.7
 40
Disco Fever (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Jaded night club owner stages the comeback of an ex-teen idol for revenge.
Plot: disco, airplane, singer, dancing, vodka, tennis, neon sign, cocaine, champagne
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 4.5
 163
Out-of-Sync (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A DJ and ex-con is forced to work with the police in an undercover drug sting targeting his boss.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, surprise ending
Plot: drug dealing, gambling, police, hip hop, law enforcement, dishonesty, crimes, cons and scams, false accusation, fall in love, love triangle, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The King of Kungsan (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 50 min.
Story: The film is loosely based on a true story about Paolo Roberto, later a professional boxer and TV presenter. Because of his Italian roots, Paolo is dealing with an identity crisis. With an admiration of kung fu films and with his teenage aggressions, ...
Style: cult film
Plot: hip hop, drugs, young love, father son relationship, graffiti, kung fu, violence, gang, family business, fight, brother brother relationship, balisong ...
Place: stockholm sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 4.2
 1K
Turn It Up (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Action, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Trying to bootstrap his way out of Brooklyn's mean streets is Diamond, a rap musician. With his long-time pal Gage acting as his manager, he's trying to lay down a demo tape with cut-rate studio time. To pay the bills, he and Gage run ...
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: rapper, gang, friendship, lifestyle, musician's life, going straight, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, artists and showbiz, down on your luck, social decay, addiction ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 16K
Brubaker (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, liberal, corruption, brutality, violence, abuse of power, justice, politics, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: arkansas, southern usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Executioner Part II (1984)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An L.A. cop and a reporter team up to find a masked serial killer.
Plot: murder, rape, revenge, vigilante, vietnam war, violence, exploitation, police, gangsters, post traumatic stress disorder, assault, execution ...
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.2
 9K
Belly (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Jamaica, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Tommy Brown and Sincere are best friends as well as infamous and ruthless criminals and shot-callers in the hood. Respected by many but feared by all. As the police are closing in on them and new players are looking for a come up, will their reign ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, gangsters, crime, crimes, heist, friends, life is a bitch, going straight, drug dealing, lifestyle, rise and fall, buddies ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, jamaica, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Cotton Club (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of the people that frequented Harlem's famous nightclubs, 'The Cotton Club', and those that ran it.
Style: captivating, realistic, atmospheric, intense, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, nightclub, mafia, gang war, gangsters, music, crime, crimes, love triangle, love and romance, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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