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Friend (2001)
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Friend (2001)
Original name: 친구
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The film follows the lives of four childhood friends: Joon-seok, the leader, whose father is a powerful mob boss; Dong-su, whose father is an undertaker; class clown Jung-ho; and Sang-taek, an exemplary student. The story is the director's experience about his friends, a semi-autobiography set in his hometown, Busan. When it was released it was the highest-grossing Korean movie of all time.
Style: rough, serious, captivating, suspenseful, bleak, realistic
Plot: friendship, betrayal, ambition, gang war, rise to the top, buddies, youth, life is a bitch, adulthood, rivalry, right hand man, gangsters, crimes, gang, friends, strong violent content, criminal heroes, coming of age, temperamental, twentysomething life, crime, gangster
Time: 90s, 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: asia, korea, busan, south korea

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Most similar movies to Friend

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and suspenseful films with plots about crimes, gangsters, rivalry, criminal heroes, gang, dishonesty and friends mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like Friend: A Dirty Carnival (2006), New World (2013), Monga (2010), State Property (2002), Gangnam Blues (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Dirty Carnival (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Byung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened with a terminally ill mother and taking care of younger siblings, Byung-du is feeling financial pressure as a substitute patriarch. When the big boss ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: gangsters, gang, crimes, murder, ambition, debt, gang war, director, rivalry, criminal heroes, rise and fall, financial problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, seoul, asia, south korea
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New World (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 135 min.
Story: An undercover cop has his loyalties tested when the boss of the corporate gang he's spent years infiltrating dies.
Style: captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, criminal gang, undercover cop, working undercover, gang war, moral dilemma, crimes, mind game, mole, group of criminals, rivalry, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A corrupted customs officer, Choi Ik-hyeon, faces losing his job. Then, his life turns around as he meets ganster Choi Hyeong-bae who has connection with the Yakuza. They quickly form a partnetship; Hyeong-bae helps Ik-hyeon set up a business with ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, rough, suspense ...
Plot: gangsters, police officer, police, rise to the top, ambition, gang war, graphic violence, betrayal, crimes, unlikely criminals, dishonesty, rise and fall ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: korea, asia, busan, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 119 min.
Story: This South African movie tracks the rise of a once-petty criminal to the heights of the criminal underworld. After cutting his teeth on hijacking, before moving onto bigger game, an ambitious man hits a setback when most of his gang are shot.
Style: epic, serious, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, criminal heroes, gangsters, gang war, drug lord, drug dealing, buddies, gang, life is a bitch, ambition, group of criminals, thief ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Once Upon a Time in High School (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A model student transfers to the notorious Jungmoon High School known for its severe corporal punishment by teachers and power struggles between school gangs.
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, touching, realistic ...
Plot: martial arts, mixed martial arts, martial artist, troublemaker, rivalry, teenage life, breaking point, youth, buddies, love and romance, high school, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: seoul, asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Monga (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Set in the 1980s, “Monga” centers on five boys (Mosquito, Monk, Dragon, White Monkey and A-Lan) who join the "Gang of Princes" who are tired of being pushed around. As the "Gang of Princes" rise in stature, they come into ...
Style: realistic, tense, exciting, serious, captivating ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gang, friendship, juvenile delinquency, crimes, urban ghetto life, society, friends, power relations, teenage life, youth, rivalry, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taiwan, asia
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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: suspenseful, rough, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, crimes, family life, drug dealing, friendship, ambition, buddies, rise and fall, juvenile delinquency, city life, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, memphis
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Gangnam Blues (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A "gangster noir" set in the 1970s, when Gangnam, Seoul goes under development. Political powers and darker organizations collide as they seek to grab control of the influential and exclusive area.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, crimes, buddies, political corruption, friends, graphic violence, dishonesty, political unrest, society, land developer, separation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: korea, asia, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Two Coyotes (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A drug runner takes over a lucrative drug business only to find his new found empire crumble when a deal goes bad.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, rivalry, betrayal, criminal's revenge, gangsters, drug dealing, crime gone awry, life is a bitch, addiction, law enforcement, going straight, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.1
 2K
The Wee Man (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The true life story of the rise to power of Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rise and fall, rise to the top, frame up, vengeance, crimes, rivalry, society, ambition, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s, 80s
Place: scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Turn of Faith (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Mob drama starring Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini, Mia Sara and Costas Mandylor.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, buddies, betrayal, crimes, family business, clergy, dishonesty, organized crime, partners, friends, strip club, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Rich and Famous (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: To pay off his debt as a gambler, a man drags his sister and step-brother into a life of crime and a violent war between rival gang lords.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: wedding, betrayal, gang, gangsters, friendship, gambling, rich and poor, siblings relations, friends, godparent, hitman, graphic violence ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Company (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Mallik is a henchman of Aslam Bhai, a Mumbai underworld kingpin. He inducts local hothead Chandu into the gang, and the two of them soon form a formidable faction within the gang, eventually displacing Aslam. As the empire grows, however, the two of ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: gangsters, gang war, organized crime, rivalry, gang, criminal underworld, criminal heroes, love and romance, crimes, vengeance, friendship, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, switzerland, hong kong, mumbai india, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Awaydays (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: On the Wirral in the grim early years of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, the opportunities for thrill seeking young men looking to escape 9 to 5 drudgery are what they've always been: sex, drugs, rock n' roll, fashion, football and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, tense, realistic ...
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Last Tycoon (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Set in Shanghais Gangster era of the early 1900s, THE LAST TYCOON tells the tale of CHENG (Chow Yun-Fat), a young man who is set up by the chief of police (Sammo Hung) and must leave the life he knows and QIU (Monica Mok), the woman he loves, to ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, 90s
Place: china, asia, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the teeming black markets of postwar Japan, Shozo Hirono and his buddies find themselves in a new war between factious and ambitious yakuza...
Style: suspenseful, rough, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, prison, gang, prison life, chaos and mayhem, graphic violence, criminal's revenge, gangsters, rivalry, crimes, going straight, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, post world war two
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Brooklyn Rules (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Brooklyn, 1985. With the mob world as a backdrop, three life-long friends struggle with questions of love, loss and loyalty.
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: gangsters, friendship, friends, crimes, love affair, youth, coming of age, murder, revenge, city life, rivalry, sexual content ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: brooklyn new york city, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.0
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Bullett Raja (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A common man who transforms into a gangster revolts against the very system he once obediently followed by declaring war on the police, the government, and the industrialists.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, vengeance, rivalry, criminal's revenge, rise to the top, chase, ambition, criminal heroes, crimes, gangsters, romancing a criminal, defiant ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Loyalty & Respect (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In Cashville, two friend friends are torn apart buy fast money and launch an all out street war where no one can be trusted. Loyalty and Respect is lost over Cash in the city of Cashville.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspense
Plot: hip hop, rise and fall, rise to the top, ambition, rivalry, gang, urban ghetto life, uninhibited rivalry, gangsters, drug dealing, crimes, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, nashville tennessee, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Crows Zero II (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Genji and his victorious G.P.S. alliance find themselves facing down a new challenge by the students of Hosen Academy, feared by everyone as 'The Army of Killers.' The two schools, in fact, have a history of bad blood between them. And the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, rivalry, ambition, leadership, family business, crimes, gang, juvenile delinquency, criminal heroes, youth, machismo, troublemaker ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Northwest (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Nordvest is a gangsterfilm set in the suburbs of Copenhagen. Casper (18), the oldest of 3 siblings, survives life on the streets by committing burglaries for the neighbourhood boss, Jamal. When Casper gets an offer to work for Jamal’s rival ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense, bleak ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, gangsters, juvenile delinquency, gang, crimes, life is a bitch, friendship, family problems, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, vengeance, gang war ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Winner Takes All (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two rapper childhood friends turn to the quick and easy life of crime to support their needy parents. But after a foiled robbery, one of them is jailed while the other flees, changes his name, joins the military, and grows up to become a narcotics ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, friendship, urban ghetto life, social decay, police corruption, drug abuse, heist, bank, drug dealing, society, police investigation, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Wrecking Crew (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A high-level government hit squad is sent into the streets in order to complete a deadly mission.
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: working undercover, crimes, undercover, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, partners, rivalry, gang, partners against crime, gang war, rival gang, african american ...
Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The Rape of Richard Beck (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The tables turn for cynical police officer Richard Beck (Richard Crenna) when he's viciously attacked by two homicidal crooks. Having never been empathetic toward the victims he's dealt with on a daily basis, Beck must now confront the ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: rape, law enforcement, crimes, criminal heroes, rivalry, life is a bitch, vengeance, murder, gays and lesbians, society, legal, post traumatic stress disorder ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Consignment (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Consignment is the authentic and brutal story of an East Coast drug dealer forced to flee to California only to realize state lines don't erase past sins.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, gangsters, going straight, on the run, starting over, police investigation, gang, hitman, dishonesty, crimes, rivalry, buddies ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Bad Turn Worse (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Three teenage friends get in way over their head when they cross a down-home crime syndicate. They hope to make a break for it and escape their dead-end existence in a cotton-mill town but get sucked into the seedy underbelly of organized crime when ...
Style: captivating, bleak, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: heist, small town, juvenile delinquency, gangsters, friendship, love and romance, betrayal, love triangle, farm, rivalry, jealousy, murder ...
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Snitch Cartel (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The real life story of Andres Lopez Lopez aka "Frecita" during his years involved with the Colombian Cartel aka "Cartel Norte del Valle"
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, gangsters, organized crime, rise to the top, criminal heroes, gang, ambition, drug dealing, drugs, violence, money, strong violent content ...
Place: colombia, latin america, new york, miami, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A tale of two gangsters from the eras of past and present, whose lives enter parallel paths as they struggle to survive within Bombay's criminal underworld.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, rivalry, gangsters, smuggling, rise and fall, crimes, law enforcement, cons and scams, dishonesty, ambition, rise to the top, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, bombay india
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
No Blood No Tears (2002)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Gyung-sun is a washed-up cab driver who has been trying to go straight after years in trouble with the law after being a big-time safecracker. Soo-jin wants to be a famous singer, but lives the life of a trophy girlfriend to her vicious gangster ...
Style: stylized, serious, suspenseful, rough, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, vigilantism, track down, forbidden love, gangsters, dishonesty, rivalry, redemption, betrayal, friendship, graphic violence, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Rise of the Footsoldier (2007)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Rise of the Footsoldier follows the inexorable rise of Carlton Leach from one of the most feared generals of the football terraces to becoming a member of a notorious gang of criminals who rampaged their way through London and Essex in the late ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang war, drug abuse, gang, betrayal, police investigation, partners in crime, criminal heroes, rivalry, dishonor among criminals, drug lord, vicious, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%