Movies like Gringo 1985

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Gringo (1985)
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Gringo
Original name: Story of a Junkie
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Filmed in documentary-style, the film follows the character of Gringo, a young man looking for fortune in New York, only to fall into heroin addiction.
Style: bleak, serious, rough, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, disturbing
Plot: drugs/alcohol, anti heroes, realism, urban, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, downfall, americana, crimes, heroes, misfit, society, heroin addiction, heroin addict, junkie, drug rehabilitation, hustler, drug trip, syringe, drug dealing, desperation, skateboard, injection, drug addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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The Knick
Drama
USA
58 min.
 8.5
Traffik
Drama, Crime
UK
315 min.
 8.6
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and rough films with plots about life is a bitch, society, drug abuse, addiction, crimes, drugs/alcohol and urban mostly in Drama, Adventure and Crime genres. Some movies like Gringo: Zooey (2006), A Brother's Kiss (1997), Acts of Worship (2001), Harlan County War (2000), Freaking Beautiful World (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Zooey
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: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, rough
Plot: prostitute, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, romance, downfall, urban, village, drug dealing, going straight, urban ghetto, addiction, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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System:   95%
    User:   86%
 
A Brother's Kiss
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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: siblings relations, drugs/alcohol, addiction, urban ghetto, down on your luck, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, urban ghetto life, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harlem, usa, new york
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System:   84%
    User:   80%
 
Acts of Worship
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, downfall, urban ghetto, drug dealing, going straight, rehabilitation, friendship, addiction, destructive relationship, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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System:   73%
    User:   86%
 
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Harlan County War
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Kentucky woman whose mine-worker husband is nearly killed in a cave-in, and whose father is slowly dying of black lung disease, joins the picket lines for a long, violent strike.
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: anti heroes, human nature, human spirit, price of justice, racism, unemployment, working class, workplace situations, injustice, fighting the system, against the odds, americana ...
Time: 70s
Place: kentucky, usa, new york
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System:   67%
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Freaking Beautiful World
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ippe and Papu are two teenagers spending the summer, when they get into trouble with their drug-dealer. They are forced to act as drug-mules. Along the way they meet a new girl, Mia.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: youth, hip hop, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, drug dealing, bar, going straight, addiction, rehabilitation, teenager, drug dealer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: finland, sweden, helsinki finland
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Overdose
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Bilbao. The commander of the Guardia Civil, Evaristo Torrecuadrada discovers that his son Paco of 17 years old is a heroin addict. His hope was to see him in the Military Academy. Paco, by differences with his father, runs away from home with a ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough
Plot: friendship, juvenile delinquency, drugs/alcohol, addiction, urban, drug abuse, crimes, youth, life is a bitch, prostitute, overdose, heroin addiction ...
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Country: USA
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Story: A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring ...
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System:   55%
    User:   60%
 
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Courage
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A mother in Queens, New York, is so angered when she discovers that her son is a drug addict that she becomes an undercover agent for the DEA to clean up the drug trade in her neighborhood. Based on a true story.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: parents and children, addiction, drug abuse, crime, crimes, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, drug dealing, human spirit, family in crisis, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   55%
 
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Fiona
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The director of Sue continues his exploration of the theme of lonely women lost in the big city with Fiona, which goes one step further and exposes the wasted lives of whores and junkies in New York. The story of Fiona and her mother told in eight ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, disturbing, bleak
Plot: prostitute, drugs/alcohol, sexual abuse, neo realism, down on your luck, urban ghetto, drug abuse, haunted by the past, crimes, unsimulated sex, society, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, california, israel, tel aviv israel ...
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System:   51%
    User:   51%
 
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Johnny
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Johnny, the megalomaniac leader of a group of squeegee kids, finds a video camera and pushes his followers into "acting" out increasingly dangerous "scenes".
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: realism, gang, urban ghetto, juvenile delinquency, downfall, urban, sexual abuse, addiction, down on your luck, teenage life, urban ghetto life, kids in trouble ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   43%
 
The Panic in Needle Park
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drugs, heroin, prostitution, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, depression, relationships, homeless, marijuana ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
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System:   50%
    User:   56%
 
Last Exit to Brooklyn
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, West Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A gritty Brooklyn story about union corruption, violence, taboos and social norms. The stories told are of the sailors, the prostitute, the union bosses, the hooligans and the gay community set in the early 50s.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: working class, prostitution, prostitute, social decay, drinking, brutality, urban, society, crime, rape, depression, violent ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   49%
    User:   40%
 
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Wasted
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A high-school track star (Nick Stahl) watches without judgment as his two best friends (Summer Phoenix, Aaron Paul) abuse heroin.
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: high school, small town, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, downfall, drug dealing, going straight, rehabilitation, addiction, heroin, party, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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System:   48%
    User:   57%
 
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The Angel
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 97 min.
Story: A drug addict becomes a mother and has to deal with responsibility and self-respect.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, disturbing
Plot: downfall, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, realism, addiction, small town, drug abuse, life is a bitch, family problems, single parent, domestic disturbance, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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    User:   53%
 
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Kids
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, serious, sexual ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: virginity, aids, innocence lost, coming of age, drugs, sex, weed, drug abuse, teenager, violence, marijuana, male nudity ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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System:   47%
    User:   41%
 
Timeless Bottomless Bad Movie
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A compilation of episodes from the lives of several of the amateur actors' (who are 'bad teens' and the homeless of Seoul) own experiences, this film sheds light on the dark side of Korean society. Feeling alienated and persecuted, ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: urban, youth, juvenile delinquency, drugs/alcohol, postmodernism, crime, social misfits, strong sexual content, social differences, realism, down on your luck, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: asia, korea, seoul
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System:   46%
    User:   48%
 
Bobby G. Can't Swim
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Bobby G. lives life on the edge in this real, raw New York street drama. Bobby is a small-time coke dealer, always on the hustle but rarely successful. He lives in Hell's Kitchen with his Puerto Rican girlfriend Lucy, who makes ends meet as a ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: gang, gangsters, urban, juvenile delinquency, crime, ocean or sea, downfall, drug dealing, urban ghetto, going straight, down on your luck, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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System:   46%
    User:   42%
 
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On the Outs
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Follows the choices made by three young women - one a drug dealer, one an addict, one a pregnant teen - in Jersey City.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, emotional, rough ...
Plot: city life, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto, drug dealing, urban, teenage life, urban ghetto life, kids in trouble, single mother, prison, drug dealer, teenage pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   42%
 
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Without Destination
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Sin Destino follows the life of a 15 year old Mexican boy, Francisco, as he struggles to survive on the streets. His primary source of income is money raised by prostituting himself to men for sex, and the film implies that this learned behaviour ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: punk, drugs/alcohol, coming of age, teenage life, strong sexual content, urban, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, society, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
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System:   44%
    User:   49%
 
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Laurel Avenue
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Laurel Avenue is an American three-hour television miniseries which aired on HBO on July 10 and 11, 1993. It is the story of an eventful weekend in the lives of an extended African American family living in St. Paul, Minnesota. Paul Aaron and actor ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: r&b, single parent, drugs/alcohol, interracial relations, strong sexual content, addiction, suburbs, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, suburban life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: minnesota, usa, minneapolis minnesota
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System:   44%
    User:   44%
 
The Toy Soldiers
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: On one evening in a decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the innocence of youth and family unravels. Five parallel coming-of-age stories dramatize the stages of grief. A youthful mother in a custody battle over her children, finds ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, psychological, captivating
Plot: coming of age, drugs/alcohol, innocence lost, misfit, youth, gays and lesbians, social misfits, addiction, coming out, custody, haunted by the past, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california
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System:   43%
    User:   39%
 
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Riot
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In April 1992, following the notorious Rodney King verdict, the streets of Los Angeles became a battlefield, the backdrop to four personal intertwined stories.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: racism, social decay, urban, urban ghetto life, injustice, urban ghetto, city life, drug addiction, society, life is a bitch, human nature, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, south central los angeles
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System:   43%
    User:   42%
 
Bright Lights, Big City
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young kid from Kansas moves to New York to work on a magazine. He gets caught up in the world of drink and drugs, and starts a steady decline. The only hope is the cousin of one of his drinking partners, can she pull him through it ?
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, stylized, sentimental ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, redemption, downfall, drugs/alcohol, drinking, urban, death, alcohol abuse, nightlife, cancer, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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System:   42%
    User:   45%
 
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Sweet Nothing
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, drugs, money, social misfits, drinking, drug addiction, life philosophy, crumbling marriage, gangster, redemption ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, bronx new york city
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System:   42%
    User:   44%
 
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Easy Rider
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices.
Style: road movie, psychedelic, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: marijuana, rebellion, drug addiction, music, road trip, drugs, motorcycle, drug abuse, on the road, idealism, existentialism, desert ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1969
Place: usa, california, new orleans, louisiana
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System:   42%
    User:   42%
 
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Sue
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An unemployed ex-office worker (Anna Thomson) searching for work floats a fragile line of sanity as she struggles to find friendship and companionship. Her tenuous grasp on reality further fluctuates when a man (Matthew Powers) whom she met in a ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: losing-it hero, mentally unstable, urban, downfall, human nature, sexual relations, life is a bitch, city life, unemployment, society, mental health, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   41%
    User:   40%
 
If Nothing Else Works Out
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In 2006, a journalist in financial problems, a woman who dresses as a man and a troubled taxi driver become friends, and gradually, an awkward, strong emotional bond emerges among them, especially when they decide to play a confidence game.
Style: serious, gloomy, offbeat, realistic, rough ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, drug dealing, urban, friendship, down on your luck, social decay, crimes, society, life is a bitch, friends, prostitute, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil
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System:   40%
    User:   36%
 
The End of Innocence
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. Eventually here is where she finds her answers.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, rehabilitation, innocence lost, mental institution, self discovery, doctors and patients, society, mentally unstable, human nature, introspection, parents and children, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
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System:   38%
    User:   39%
 

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Attica
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A behind the scenes look of the 1971 prisoners revolt at the Attica prison.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: hostages, prison, prison life, tough heroes, fighting the system, confined, law enforcement, prison riot, rebellion, life is a bitch, anti heroes, human spirit ...
Time: 70s, year 1971
Place: new york, usa
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Life Support
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
Plot: city life, aids, urban, gays and lesbians, going straight, urban ghetto, rehabilitation, drug abuse, friendship, addiction, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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System:   36%
    User:   35%
 
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