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Imperial Dreams (2014)
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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: touching, uplifting, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, family relations, street kid, parents and children, hopes, society, urban ghetto life, single parent, urban ghetto, netflix
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about society, life is a bitch, family relations, hopes, parents and children, urban ghetto life and urban ghetto mostly in Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Imperial Dreams: South Central (1992), Five Thirteen (2013), Zig Zag (2002), The Cleaner (2008), Shirley Adams (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, rough, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: urban ghetto life, drug dealing, gang, murder, prison, life is a bitch, coming of age, crimes, society, juvenile delinquency, youth, crime ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
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Five Thirteen (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In this tension-packed thriller, brothers Mike and Tre set out in search of better lives, trying to leave their demons behind for good. After being released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, Mike's only care in the world is to ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: going straight, starting over, family relations, parents and children, hopes, crimes, release from prison, brother brother relationship, false accusation, life is a bitch, father daughter relationship, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, touching, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, teenage life, rebelliousness, terminal illness, crimes, society, crime, urban ghetto life, mental illness, family in crisis, underdog, loan ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Cleaner (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: After hitting rock-bottom from his own addictions during the birth of his twins, William Banks strikes a tentative deal with God. In exchange for a second chance, he vows to kick his addictions and dedicate his life to helping others. Now, along ...
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, suspenseful, touching ...
Plot: addiction, going straight, rescue, hopes, life is a bitch, belief, human nature, family life, family relations, father son relationship, father daughter relationship, drug rehab ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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
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82%
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Everyday (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: This film charts the relationship between a man imprisoned for drug smuggling and his wife and is being shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: parents and children, confined, life is a bitch, couples, hopes, family relations, prison, husband wife relationship, drug smuggling, society, prison life, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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Bad Hair (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: single parent, obsession, family relations, urban ghetto, society, urban ghetto life, coming of age, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venezuela
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The Confession (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Beverly Lewis, "The Confession" is the continuing story of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman who goes on a journey in search of her identity - only to find herself embroiled in a ...
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: amish, family relations, self discovery, hopes, adoption, society, family, redemption, reunion, religions or cults, parents and children, strong female presence
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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67%
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Here and There (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US. He finds his daughters older, and more distant than he imagined. His wife still has the same smile. Having saved some earnings from two trips to the ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, psychological
Plot: family relations, parents and children, immigrants, hopes, society, life is a bitch, getting home, music band, worker, countryside, poverty, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
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63%
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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
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63%
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Lifted (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The chance to shine in a singing competition offers much-needed hope for a Southern middle-schooler who's drowning in worries, from bullies in the halls to turmoil at home -- and the news that his reservist father has been called back to ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: parents and children, family problems, military life, military, hopes, wartime life, contests and competitions, society, family in crisis, soldier, follow your dream, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, middle east, alabama, afghanistan
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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: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: murder, racism, fighting the system, going straight, protagonist as suspect, injustice, redemption, frame up, legal, crimes, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
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60%
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About Sunny (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As things unravel for a struggling single mother in Las Vegas, she must decide what she's willing to give up to get by.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: moral dilemma, life is a bitch, society, parents and children, working class, down on your luck, family problems, single mother, poverty, urban, single parent, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas
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60%
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Reconciliation (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: RECONCILIATION is a groundbreaking, provocative story about an estranged father and son struggling to overcome the heartbreaking consequences of their past. Grant Taylor (Eric Nenninger) has been troubled by intense childhood memories ever since his ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
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Place: usa
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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
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Between Us (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Abruptly abandoned by her husband in a country completely foreign to her, Colombian native Mariana (Paola Mendoza) struggles to take care of herself and her two young children on the unforgiving streets of New York City. Sebastian Villada, Laura ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious
Plot: homelessness, starting over, human spirit, hopes, family problems, life is a bitch, society, single parent, american dream, working class, family relations, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, colombia
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Red Hook Summer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When his mom deposits him at the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn to spend the summer with the grandfather he’s never met, young Flik may as well have landed on Mars. Fresh from his cushy life in Atlanta, he’s bored and friendless, and his ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: family relations, fish out of water, society, clergy, life is a bitch, youth, religions or cults, family life, disorder, church, coming of age, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
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56%
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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
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55%
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A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, downfall, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, addiction, down on your luck, family problems, life is a bitch, going straight, society, crimes, drug abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, harlem, usa
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55%
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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, going straight, lifestyle, friendship, addiction, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, hopes, society, estrangement, infected ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Forbidden to Forbid (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, Chile, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Three young Brazilian try to help a terminally ill woman who lives in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Their youthful idealism is shattered with the cruel reality of police brutality.
Style: realistic, serious, social, psychological, rough ...
Plot: love triangle, friends, life is a bitch, society, urban ghetto life, friendship, intern, hopes, family relations, love, rivalry, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
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54%
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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: rough, realistic, serious, bleak, gloomy
Plot: prostitute, lifestyle, going straight, love affair, hopes, drug dealing, life is a bitch, romance, youth, downfall, crimes, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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51%
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Girlfriend (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man with Down's Syndrome romantically pursues a small town single mom who is still mixed up with her volatile ex-boyfriend.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, melancholic, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, love and romance, single parent, friendship, impossible love, society, hopes, human spirit, social relations, misfit, down syndrome, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Choco (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A young woman raising alone her children while her husband gets drunk but when she breaks free nothing will be the same
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching, gloomy
Plot: optimism, family relations, parents and children, unemployment, society, hopes, family problems, village, husband wife relationship, loss of job, unsupportive spouse, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, latin america
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49%
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King's Faith (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When eighteen-year-old Brendan King attempts to leave his turbulent gang life behind him, his past continues to threaten his new-found faith, family, and future
Style: christian film, realistic, serious, touching, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adoption, juvenile delinquency, haunted by the past, redemption, going straight, human spirit, society, youth, hopes, parents and children, crimes, crime and punishment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, realistic, serious, touching, contemplative
Plot: ghetto, hip hop, lifestyle, introspection, teenage life, urban ghetto, siblings relations, urban ghetto life, family life, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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States of Grace (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A drive-by shooting in Venice, California, changes the lives of five people forever. States of Grace tells the story of a homeless street preacher, Louis, a gang banger, Carl, an aspiring actress, Holly, and two young missionaries, Lozano and ...
Style: christian film, uplifting, disturbing, touching, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, good samaritan, faith, mormon, missionary, going straight, human spirit, culture clash, life is a bitch, society, gang, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: utah, italy, california, usa, venice ...
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The Delay (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Uruguay, Mexico, France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Agustín forgets things; he is aging and he knows it. María is never alone: she watches over everyone, sleeps very little, and works too much. She’s increasingly overwhelmed. One day, on impulse, María decides to abandon Agustín. The tightening ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, sincere, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, mental illness, family life, working class, society, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, single parent, old man, poverty, nursing, urban ghetto ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: uruguay, latin america
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48%
Deep in the Heart (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An alcoholic man refocuses himself on putting kids through college via 4H and FFA scholarship donations. Guiding him is a spiritual figure he calls "The Bearded Man".
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, touching, sincere
Plot: alcohol abuse, starting over, support group, hopes, college, mysterious stranger, society, rise to the top, friendship, hung over, drugs/alcohol, recovering alcoholic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
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LUV (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Over the course of one day, a shy 13-year-old forms a bond with his troubled uncle.
Style: touching, serious, captivating, rough, realistic
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, friendship, odd couple, orphan, danger, life is a bitch, manhood, boy, kids in trouble, society, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maryland, baltimore, usa
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