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The Survival of Dana (1979)
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The Survival of Dana (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: High school transfer student Dana moves to the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles after her North Dakota parents get divorced.
Plot: teenager, youth, gang, drugs, hospital, gun, courtroom, coach, cemetery, psychiatrist, alcohol, photograph, club, judge, large family, disco, dysfunctional family, skating, car chase, vandalism, home invasion, shooting, brawl, juvenile delinquency, funeral ...
Place: los angeles, california, north dakota

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and interesting films with plots about crimes, society, youth, gang, coming of age, crime and murder mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Survival of Dana: My Crazy Life (1993), South Central (1992), As Night Comes (2014), Boyz n the Hood (1991), Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
My Crazy Life (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named Ernesto, the two become bitter enemies. While their dispute ...
Style: realistic, serious, talky, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, friendship, drug dealing, urban ghetto, teenage life, urban ghetto life, youth, gang member, revenge, poverty, latin ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
South Central (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A man is put to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop with crime but his son has yet followed the criminal path of his father.
Style: captivating, tense, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: gang, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, murder, prison, crimes, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, youth, life is a bitch, crime, society ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 4.0
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As Night Comes (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Troubled 17-year-old Sean Holloway falls in with a group of teenage outcasts called 'The Misfits,' whose charismatic leader, Ricky, takes him under his wing. But as Sean becomes more and more entangled in the gang's anarchist ways, ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: rivalry, juvenile delinquency, crimes, gang, youth, vengeance, teenager, violence, halloween, social misfits, society, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 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 ⇓
74%
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Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A "straight" couple dabbles in drugs and become heroin addicts.
Style: emotional, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: drug dealing, kids in trouble, thirtysomething life, friends, stoners, addiction, drug abuse, adolescence vs adulthood, innocence lost, urban, gang, misfit ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.1
 1K
Gang Tapes (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a brutal carjacking yields a videocamera, a teenage boy decides to document his life and the lives of his fellow gangbangers.
Style: serious, rough, tense, suspense, realistic
Plot: juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, tough heroes, gang, social decay, society, going straight, criminal heroes, drug dealing, crimes, crime, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.7
 3K
Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: tense, rough, emotional, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, juvenile delinquency, child abuse, working class, debt, abusive father, theft, money, teenage life, redemption, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Powers That Be (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A wealthy Los Angeles teen and her superficial friends wants to break out of suburbia and experience Southern California's "gangsta" lifestyle. But problems arise when the preppies get in over their heads and provoke the wrath of a ...
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: youth, sex with a stranger, juvenile delinquency, crimes, gang, high school life, teenager, society, interracial relations, hip hop, teenage life, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 7.2
 80K
Dope (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, sentimental, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenager, coming of age, social relations, teenage life, school, high school student, high school life, marijuana, hip hop, geek, youth, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2015
Place: california, los angeles, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Over the Edge (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The music of Cheap Trick, The Cars, and The Ramones highlights this realistic tale of alienated suburban youth on the rampage. Dillon makes his screen debut in this updated, well-done "Rebel Without a Cause." Shelved for several years, the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vandalism, suburbs, police, juvenile delinquent, teen angst, lifestyle, juvenile delinquency, society, high school life, suburban life, teenage life, graphic violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.3
 475
Bang (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young woman in L.A. is having a bad day: she's evicted, an audition ends with a producer furious she won't trade sex for the part, and a policeman nabs her for something she didn't do, demanding fellatio to release her. She snaps, ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: homeless, juvenile delinquency, chase, unemployment, prostitute, crimes, crime, hidden identity, society, gang, audition, motorcycle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.5
 18K
Less Than Zero (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A college freshman returns to Los Angeles for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: drug abuse, drug addiction, hedonism, friendship, college, coming of age, prostitute, decadence, cocaine, addiction, friends, graduation ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, beverly hills, california, usa, palm springs california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 2.8
 6K
The Hillz (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A promising college athlete takes a turn for the worse when he hooks up with old highschool friends during his summer break.
Style: serious, surreal, dark humor, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: prostitute, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, friendship, teenage life, lifestyle, crimes, gang, buddies, youth, suburbs, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.0
 16K
River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, gloomy, psychological, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, nudity (full frontal - brief), juvenile delinquency, family relations, strangulation, police, woman strangled to death, crime, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", ...
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, epic ...
Plot: gang, violence spree, drug abuse, friendship, heroin, grudge, police shootout, crime, crimes, gang war, life is a bitch, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, colombia, panama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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A Friend to Die For (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Angela Delvecchio, coming from a rather poor family, moves into the rich town Montevista. She admires Stacy, leader of the most prestigeous clique of her high school. Angela wants to be accepted and seeks Stacy's friendship. But when she ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: cheerleader, rivalry, school, murder, high school, love and romance, society, crimes, buddies, young lovers, youth, deadly ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.9
 209
Youngblood (1978)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A gang war/drug story set in a Los Angeles ghetto about the coming of age of a 15-year-old black youth.
Plot: gang, social issues, coming of age, ghetto, basketball, african american, single mother, friendship, high school, fight, teenager, gang member ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Blue Ridge Fall (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a boy kills his father he must turn to his frinds to cover his tracks with tests their loyality and friendship.
Style: serious, realistic, tense
Plot: high school, friendship, murder, juvenile delinquency, youth, danger, kids in trouble, social relations, friends, small town life, high school life, small town ...
Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio, ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, rough, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: urban ghetto life, childhood, friendship, street kid, loss of friend, anger, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, crimes, coming of age, violence, marijuana ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, 2000s, year 2005 ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, coney island brooklyn new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.1
 74K
The Outsiders (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.
Style: sentimental, stylized, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, gang, juvenile delinquent, book, street gang, friendship, small town, murder, juvenile delinquency, machismo, on the run, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, intellectual, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, friendship, juvenile delinquency, basketball, high school student, crime, crimes, coming of age, social decay, lifestyle, high school life, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Glass Shield (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the ...
Style: tense, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, false accusation, police investigation, crime, crimes, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, legal action, dishonesty, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Todd Killings (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Based on the true story of '60s thrill-killer Charles Schmidt ("The Pied Piper of Tucson"), Skipper Todd (Robert F. Lyons) is a charismatic 23-year old who charms his way into the lives of high school kids in a small California town. ...
Plot: serial killer, teenager, murder, teenage girl, police, repressed homosexual, sex, splatter, true crime, drugs, burial, high school ...
Place: california, tucson arizona, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 6.2
 859
Lost Angels (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Rich L.A. party brat Tim (Adam Horovitz) spins into a cycle of despair after his parents divorce, and trying to fill the void with drugs and trouble only buys him a ticket to an asylum. But with the help of a psychiatrist (Donald Sutherland) who has ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: gang, redemption, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, youth, life is a bitch, estrangement, family problems, teenage life, nightlife, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
That Was Then... This Is Now (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A delinquent teenager's only link to society is the attachment he feels towards an older brother-figure. When the older boy starts spending time with a new girlfriend, the teenager begins to feel even more alienated, and gets involved with ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, family relations, youth, coming of age, juvenile delinquent, buddies, juvenile delinquency, crimes, partners, love and romance, friends, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.1
 291
Squeeze (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ty, Hector, and Bao are close friends in a tough section of Boston, where they're called "the PG-13 crew." They're 14, decent kids with few skills who've bailed out of school. A small gang of older tough guys, led by Marcus ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: gas station, gang, coming of age, hopes, criminal heroes, social decay, against the odds, city life, teenage life, innocence lost, urban, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 23K
Crossing Over (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. In Crossing Over, ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, intense, touching ...
Plot: immigrants, deportation, culture clash, social differences, society, fighting the system, life is a bitch, state affairs, social problems, interracial relations, americana, robbery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, bangladesh, southern california, tijuana mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
True Confessions (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A cop clashes with his priest brother while investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute
Style: talky, suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, neo noir, prostitute, catholic priest, priest, brother brother relationship, political corruption, crimes, crime, police corruption, redemption, neo-noir ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.4
 175K
The Judge (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder.
Style: touching, serious, suspenseful, semi serious, emotional ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, judge, hotshot lawyer, jury, small town, legal, family relations, homecoming, murder trial, parent child relationship, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
 9K
Hardcore (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in the porno pits of Los Angeles.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: pornography, private detective, film within a film, missing person, neo noir, bondage, perversion, peep show, father, porn industry, missing child, striptease ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, michigan, california, usa, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%