Movies like Gringo 1985

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Gringo (1985)
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Gringo (1985)
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, addiction, realism, urban, drug abuse, life is a bitch, downfall, americana, crimes, heroes, misfit, society, money, friendship, drug dealing, drug addict, heroin, drug addiction, desperation, hustler, hypodermic needle, drug use, drugs, late night ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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, addiction, drug abuse, crimes, drug dealing and drugs/alcohol mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like Gringo: Zooey (2006), Acts of Worship (2001), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Courage (1986), A Brother's Kiss (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, rough
Plot: prostitute, juvenile delinquency, drugs/alcohol, romance, urban, downfall, drug dealing, village, urban ghetto, going straight, addiction, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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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: bleak, serious, disturbing, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, juvenile delinquency, downfall, drug dealing, urban ghetto, going straight, rehabilitation, destructive relationship, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
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89%
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, drug addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, depression, hallucinations, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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79%
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting
Plot: drug abuse, undercover, parents and children, addiction, crime, crimes, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, drug dealing, human spirit, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, drugs/alcohol, siblings relations, addiction, down on your luck, urban ghetto, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, urban ghetto life, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harlem, usa, new york
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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, realistic, serious, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, drug abuse, death of pet, love, betrayal, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, destructive relationship, romance, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey
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72%
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Sweet Nothing (1995)
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: serious, bleak, gloomy, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: drug dealing, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto, downfall, going straight, rehabilitation, self discovery, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
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60%
The Toy Soldiers (2014)
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, psychological, sincere, 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: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
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54%
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Overdose (1983)
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: bleak, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: friendship, overdose, heroin addiction, prostitute, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, addiction, adolescence, teenager, prostitution, social issues, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, spain
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53%
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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
Plot: aids, drug abuse, city life, urban, gays and lesbians, urban ghetto, going straight, rehabilitation, friendship, addiction, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Harlan County War (2000)
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: labor union, anti heroes, human nature, human spirit, price of justice, racism, unemployment, working class, workplace situations, injustice, fighting the system, against the odds ...
Time: 70s
Place: kentucky, usa, new york
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51%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: down on your luck, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family problems, human nature, introspection, siblings relations, addiction, society, family relations, lesbian kiss ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
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51%
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
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 ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: domestic disturbance, urban, innocence lost, crime, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, working class, coming of age, city life, crimes, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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: gloomy, bleak, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heroin, downfall, drug abuse, addiction, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, friendship, society, drug dealing, prostitute, lifestyle, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, west berlin west germany, berlin germany, west germany, poland ...
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50%
Bobby G. Can't Swim (1999)
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, rough, realistic, tense ...
Plot: prostitute, gang, gangsters, urban, juvenile delinquency, crime, ocean or sea, downfall, urban ghetto, drug dealing, going straight, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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49%
Freaking Beautiful World (1997)
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: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: youth, hip hop, drug dealer, teenager, drug dealing, addiction, juvenile delinquency, drugs/alcohol, social misfits, drug use, young people, bar ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: finland, sweden, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Wasted (2002)
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, heroin, friendship, party, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, downfall, experiment, drug dealing, going straight, rehabilitation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Lana's Rain (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This powerful, hard-edged crime drama explores the dark side of the American immigrant experience and dares to ask, "How far would you go to survive?" Lana’s only chance to escape the war-torn Balkans is her long-lost brother, Darko, a ...
Style: bleak, serious, gloomy, realistic, rough
Plot: immigrants, drugs/alcohol, crime, urban, crimes, society, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, gangsters, prostitute, starting over, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, bosnia herzegovina
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48%
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The Angel (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Sweden, Finland
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: drugs/alcohol, downfall, parents and children, daughter, addiction, small town, realism, drug abuse, life is a bitch, family problems, single parent, domestic disturbance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, norway
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47%
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Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: disturbing, semi serious, captivating, dark humor, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, life is a bitch, friendship, society, counterculture, crimes, surrealism, misfit, drug addiction ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london
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Life Hits (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Christina is living in a suburb to Copenhagen. With her class mates Cecilie, Trine and Pernille she slacks her school work, living mostly for the weekends of gate crashing, getting drunk, experimenting with drugs and scoring guys. But her world is ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: coming of age, drugs/alcohol, teenage life, urban, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, high school, friends, society, youth, best friends, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe
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45%
Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In December, 1986, 3 black men ran into car trouble in Howard Beach, a middle-class neighborhood in New York City. Unable to start their car, they sought refuge in a nearby restaurant. What happened later that night shocked the entire city.
Style: disturbing, serious, thought provoking, realistic, tense
Plot: courtroom drama, murder, racism, courtroom, social decay, americana, legal, society, working class, crimes, criminal, african american ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
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45%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, rough
Plot: drug dealing, gang, juvenile delinquency, crime, urban, going straight, rehabilitation, innocence lost, destructive relationship, addiction, adolescence vs adulthood, drug abuse ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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45%
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Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
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, stylized, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: drug abuse, magazine, fashion show, nightlife, addiction, innocence lost, downfall, drugs/alcohol, urban, redemption, alcohol abuse, city life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Cocaine Angel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A week in the life of a young drug addict.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, witty ...
Plot: addiction, drug use, prostitute, downfall, rehabilitation, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug dealing, going straight, hopes, couples, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
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44%
The End of Innocence (1990)
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: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: self discovery, drugs/alcohol, rehabilitation, mental institution, innocence lost, doctors and patients, society, mentally unstable, human nature, introspection, parents and children, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
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44%
If Nothing Else Works Out (2008)
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: gloomy, serious, offbeat, realistic, rough ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, drug dealing, friendship, urban, 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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43%
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, touching, sincere, serious, talky ...
Plot: drinking, drug abuse, cocaine, real estate agent, false accusation, yuppie, addiction, downfall, human nature, introspection, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new jersey, california
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43%
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Dealer (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In an impressive follow up to his debut film Forest, Benedek Fliegauf tells the uncompromising story of a day in the life of a drug dealer. His clients include the leader of a religious sect, a friend who needs a final fix, a former lover who has ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, bleak, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: drug dealing, drugs/alcohol, drug abuse, crimes, urban, life is a bitch, social misfits, addiction, estrangement, criminal heroes, misfit, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, hungary
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43%
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True Friends (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: New York, The Bronx, 1980. Two Italian boys Joey Esposito and Louie Mazerino jump to the defence of a smaller Puerto Rican boy, J.J. Lopez, when J.J. is threatened by six schoolyard bullies. The three boys soon become best friends, and they always ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, buddies, urban, gangsters, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, school, going straight, bar, rise and fall, urban ghetto, addiction ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new york yankees
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42%