Movies like Gringo 1985

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Gringo (1985)
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Gringo (1985)
Original name: Story of a Junkie
Genre: Documentary
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: sincere, thought provoking, rough, bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: heroin, crimes, drug abuse, heroes, misfit, life is a bitch, addiction, anti hero, realism, society, urban, downfall, drugs/alcohol, americana, anti heroes, money, friendship, drugs, drug dealing, drug addict, drug addiction, junkie, desperation, heroin addiction, skateboard ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and rough films with plots about life is a bitch, society, drug abuse, addiction, crimes, drug dealing and drug addiction mostly in Drama, Crime and Documentary genres. Some movies like Gringo: Acts of Worship (2001), Christiane F. (1981), The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Project Nim (2011), Zooey (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Acts of Worship (2001)
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: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, downfall, going straight, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, destructive relationship, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
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Christiane F. (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, drug abuse, downfall, drug addiction, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, friendship, youth, drug dealing, destructive relationship ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west berlin west germany, west germany, poland ...
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The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
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, serious, rough, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug addict, drug addiction, addiction, drugs/alcohol, betrayal, couple relations, destructive relationship, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
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Project Nim (2011)
Genre: Documentary
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: From the team behind Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, captivating, psychological, sad ...
Plot: chimpanzee, fish out of water, experiment gone awry, confined, society, power relations, teaching the ways of the world, captivity, human nature, animal training, human animal relationship, archive footage ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary ...
Place: usa, new york
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Zooey (2006)
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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, gloomy, bleak
Plot: prostitute, going straight, lifestyle, love affair, society, youth, crimes, drug dealing, romance, life is a bitch, downfall, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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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: rough, emotional, serious, realistic
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Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
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Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, atmospheric, depressing ...
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Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
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Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: realistic, disturbing, humorous, rough, harsh ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, hip hop, heroin, going straight, rehabilitation, friendship, overdose, treatment, crimes, life is a bitch ...
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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
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Style: emotional, disturbing, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: teens
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Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, bleak, gloomy ...
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Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy, contemplative ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, dark humor, friendship, drug addiction, addiction, couples, loss of friend, thief, overdose, robbery, group therapy ...
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Place: usa, portland oregon
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36%
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Courage (1986)
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: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: undercover, family relations, drug abuse, working undercover, human spirit, parents and children, crimes, society, hopes, crime, life is a bitch, drug dealing ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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Duration: 111 min.
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: sincere, serious, realistic, uplifting
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Bullet (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A tough, Jewish ex-con just released from prison crosses a powerful drug dealer and former prison rival in his return to a life of crime.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, stylized, tragic ending ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, bleak, rough ...
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Style: emotional, touching, serious, bleak, rough ...
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Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
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Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A cautionary tale of love, crime, fantasy and addiction that follows two young Iowan lovers who decide to go into the "batch" business - cooking their own methamphetamine - only to watch it burn a searing hole in their lives.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, bleak, disturbing ...
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Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
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Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, captivating, serious ...
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Duration: 89 min.
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Style: thought provoking, uplifting, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
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Style: stylized, serious, realistic, disturbing, surreal ...
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A dramatization of the life of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (Don Cheadle), with a lot of factual based occurrences. A reformed junkie returns from prison to clean up his act and devote the rest of his life to the young kids of Harlem. 1996 ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere
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Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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26%
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Gordon's War (1973)
Genre: Adventure, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A black soldier comes home to Harlem after a tour in Vietnam and discovers that his wife had become a heroin addict and died of an overdose. Infuriated, he gathers three of his ex-GI buddies and they lay out plans to fight the drug dealers.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 70s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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26%
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
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Style: sincere, emotional, sentimental, bleak, serious ...
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
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26%
Laws of Gravity (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: suspenseful, rough, bleak, tense, realistic ...
Plot: arms dealing, life is a bitch, urban, urban ghetto life, murder, heist, chaos and mayhem, down on your luck, city life, low lives, urban ghetto, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
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Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug rehabilitation, addiction, human nature, life is a bitch, crimes, alcohol abuse, introspection, self discovery, rehabilitation, going straight, downfall ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
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