Movies like The Beat 2003

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The Beat (2003)
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The Beat (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In a split narrative, a young man follows two paths: his father's dream of him becoming a cop, and his own dream of becoming a rapper
Style: sincere, rough, serious, realistic, sentimental, offbeat, contemplative
Plot: hip hop, follow your dream, musician's life, lifestyle, going straight, crimes, drug dealing, life is a bitch, hopes, artists and showbiz, society, urban ghetto life, social misfits, ultimatum, down on your luck, abusive father, prostitute, music, misfit, midlife crisis, urban, city life, urban ghetto, rap, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and touching films with plots about society, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, crimes, hopes and urban mostly in Drama, Action and Crime genres. Some movies like The Beat: I'm Bout It (1997), Turn It Up (2000), Zooey (2006), Life Support (2007), Bomb the System (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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I'm Bout It (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: I'm Bout It is a 1997 film by rapper Master P. The plot details his life in a New Orleans uptown ghetto. Master P wrote, directed and acted in the film.
Style: realistic, tense, rough, serious
Plot: urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, down on your luck, hopes, artists and showbiz, music, going straight, friends, drug dealing, underdog, ambition, buddies ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
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95%
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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, serious, realistic
Plot: rapper, gang, lifestyle, musician's life, friendship, down on your luck, social decay, juvenile delinquency, addiction, artists and showbiz, going straight, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 6.1
 59
Zooey (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Angel and Zooey are not your typical newlyweds. Zooey is a professional prostitute and Angel is a drug dealer. Yet they are not without hopes and dreams, of escaping their life in the streets and starting a new in a fresh painted cottage with picked ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, bleak, gloomy
Plot: prostitute, love affair, going straight, lifestyle, survival, love and romance, hopes, romance, life is a bitch, crimes, drug abuse, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 1K
Life Support (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The true-life story of a mother who overcame an addiction to crack and became a positive role model and an AIDS activist in the black community.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: aids, drug abuse, friendship, going straight, lifestyle, addiction, society, life is a bitch, hopes, infected, estrangement, rehabilitation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Bomb the System (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Anthony ‘Blest’ (Mark Webber) is one of the most talented and notorious graffiti artists in New York City. Despite the tragic loss of his older brother during a nightly 'bombing' foray with a graffiti crew, Anthony has the same ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating, rough
Plot: juvenile delinquency, social decay, gang, life is a bitch, teenage life, crimes, youth, society, kids in trouble, politics, street art, graffiti ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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MacArthur Park (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A portrait of a homeless park community bonded by crack cocaine addiction. In the park's drug-fixated shantytown, Cody is a kind of crackhead father figure who helps his friends when they are in trouble or in desperate need of a ...
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: drug abuse, life is a bitch, downfall, social decay, lifestyle, youth, addiction, rehabilitation, crimes, social misfits, urban ghetto life, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
State Property (2002)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Frustrated with being broke, Beans decides that the only way to grasp the American Dream is to take it.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, bleak, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, crimes, drug dealing, family life, urban ghetto life, rise and fall, buddies, social decay, juvenile delinquency, city life, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Nairobi Half Life (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Kenya, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Mwas, a young aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming an accomplished actor one day, and in pursuit of this, he makes his way to Nairobi, the city of opportunity. He quickly understands why Nairobi is nicknamed Nairrobery as he is ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, tense, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, fish out of water, desire for fame, follow your dream, ambition, aspiring actor, unlikely criminals, crimes, life is a bitch, hopes, social decay, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kenya, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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A Day In The Life (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Musical, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Onyx rapper Sticky Fingaz directs and stars in this hip-hop musical about a gangster who becomes caught up in a bloody war between two feuding crime families while struggling to leave the streets behind. When Black's family raids one of ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rivalry, gang, vengeance, crimes, gangsters, urban ghetto life, hip hop, going straight, moral dilemma, introspection, drug dealing, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Anne B. Real (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: ANNE B. REAL is the coming of age story of a young female rapper, who finds her inspiration by reading the Diary of Anne Frank.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: ghetto, hip hop, lifestyle, introspection, teenage life, life is a bitch, siblings relations, youth, juvenile delinquency, family life, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Steve + Sky (2004)
Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy
Country: Belgium
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Steve + Sky is a story about two struggling teenagers who are trying to find their own place in the world. He is a small-time crook recently released from prison and she is a prostitute craving some love and affection. They find each other in an ...
Style: serious, realistic, humorous, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: romance, love and romance, fall in love, love affair, life is a bitch, pimp, misfit, criminal heroes, crimes, drug dealing, prison, prostitute ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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La Yuma (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: France, Mexico, Spain, Nicaragua
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This is the story of Yuma a strong-willed and rebellious girl from the poor neighborhoods of Managua who dreams of being a boxer.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, rough
Plot: female boxer, rebellion, ambition, human spirit, against the rules, follow your dream, gang, lifestyle, society, social differences, athlete's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nicaragua, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Time You Change (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The life story of German gangsta rapper, Bushido.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, musician's life, artists and showbiz, self discovery, lifestyle, life is a bitch, music, rise to the top, ambition, urban ghetto, parents and children, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 1K
Zig Zag (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An autistic 15-year-old boy steals money from his boss to provide rent for his abusive father, who uses the money to repay a loan shark.
Style: sincere, rough, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rebelliousness, teenage life, life is a bitch, crime, crimes, terminal illness, society, mental illness, underdog, loan, urban ghetto life, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, ambition, lifestyle, rise to the top, musician's life, redemption, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Animal (2005)
Genre: Drama, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: His name: infamous. His reputation: ruthless. But when James "Animal"Allen is locked up in a maximum security prison, he meets a revolutionary who changes his life. Now a reformed man, James is released only to find that his own son has ...
Style: psychological, rough, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: prison, prison life, redemption, criminal heroes, starting over, crimes, social misfits, gangsters, haunted by the past, society, murder, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Before I Self Destruct (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: A coming of age story about an inner-city youth raised by a hardworking single mother. When his dream of becoming a basketball player fails to materialize, he finds himself employed in a supermarket. After his mother is tragically gunned down, ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic
Plot: desire for fame, hopes, crime, crimes, rivalry, working class, family relations, youth, siblings relations, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Imperial Dreams (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.
Style: uplifting, touching, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, hopes, parents and children, street kid, family relations, society, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, single parent, netflix
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 918
Strapped (1993)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Ex-con attempting to go straight runs across serious problems. His girlfriend gets arrested for dealing crack to an undercover police officer. In a desperate attempt to get the charges dropped against his woman, he strikes deal with weapons cop to ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: arms dealing, undercover, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, crimes, going straight, criminal heroes, crime, juvenile delinquency, gang, law enforcement, innocence lost ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.8
 756
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, touching, thought provoking, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: asthma, friendship, high school, lifestyle, musician's life, against the odds, youth, working class, music band, society, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, future, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 3.5
 5K
How She Move (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After the death of Raya Green's(Rutina Wesley) sister, she gets out from her classes at school, and sees a stomp crew practicing. She meets Bishop(Dwain Murphy) which is the dance crew leader. She then meets Michelle and does a stomp battle ...
Style: touching, realistic, exciting, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: dance, dancing, hip hop, friendship, youth, contests and competitions, teenage life, follow your dream, high school life, lifestyle, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Whiteboyz (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: France, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In a virtually all-white Iowa town, Flip daydreams of being a hip-hop star, hanging with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre. He practices in front of a mirror and with his two pals, James and Trevor. He talks Black slang, he dresses Black. He's also ...
Style: realistic, humorous, not serious, slang, cynical ...
Plot: hip hop, small town, friendship, culture clash, teenage life, follow your dream, americana, fish out of water, high school, farce, high school life, misfit ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
King of Paper Chasin' (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In the city of 9 Million people everyone is engulfed in the everyday rat race chasing that almighty dollar. This movie tells the story of one of its own 'Carter Blanche'. Carter has staked his claim to the American dream. But history ...
Style: captivating, tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: hip hop, rivalry, crimes, drug dealing, artists and showbiz, musician's life, urban ghetto, starting over, ambition, betrayal, african american, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Harlem Aria (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An aspiring opera singer from Harlem teams up with a charismatic busker and a kindhearted hustler to share his voice with the world, and teaches his two newfound friends the importance of taking your destiny into your own hands. Anton (Gabriel ...
Style: feel good, realistic, serious, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: opera, hip hop, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, music, musician's life, follow your dream, life is a bitch, destiny, prodigy, desire for fame, city life ...
Time: 90s
Place: harlem, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
May Allah Bless France (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: French rapper, author, and spoken word artist Abd Al Malik makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of his 2004 autobiography, chronicling his upbringing in the crime- and drug-ridden streets of Strasbourg and his life-changing encounters ...
Style: captivating, inspirational, psychological, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, rising to stardom, follow your dream, crimes, juvenile delinquency, hip hop, redemption, religions or cults, life is a bitch, ambition, coming of age, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 261
Our America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The true story of two African-American teen radio reporters and their documentary investigation of a notorious child murder.
Style: emotional, realistic, rough, serious, controversial ...
Plot: journalism, murder, teenage life, uncover truth, juvenile delinquency, social decay, society, lifestyle, youth, idealism, racism, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Everything's Jake (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: friendship, lifestyle, life is a bitch, teaching the ways of the world, survival, social misfits, injustice, society, working the system, homelessness, street life, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.0
 494
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, serious, touching, bleak, realistic
Plot: social decay, gang, kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, youth, police corruption, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, crimes, society, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Through the Valley (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An innocent man framed for murder, and the system that just wants another minority conviction.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, racism, frame up, redemption, injustice, going straight, protagonist as suspect, fighting the system, legal, urban ghetto life, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 170
Lana's Rain (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This powerful, hard-edged crime drama explores the dark side of the American immigrant experience and dares to ask, "How far would you go to survive?" Lana’s only chance to escape the war-torn Balkans is her long-lost brother, Darko, a ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, gloomy, bleak
Plot: starting over, survival, gangsters, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, crimes, immigrants, criminal heroes, prostitute, society, sexual content, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa, bosnia herzegovina
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%