Movies like A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich

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A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978)
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A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Faced with the harsh reality of growing up in the ghetto, 13-year old Benjie (Larry B. Scott) turns to heroin to escape. After Benjie hits rock bottom, his mother (Cicely Tyson) and her boyfriend (Paul Winfield) must sacrifice to help him overcome his dependency. Directed by Ralph Nelson, this heartwarming drama tackles the battle of a troubled youth, his struggles with addiction, and the impact felt by those around him.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: ghetto, hopes, teenage life, gangsters, crimes, heist, drug abuse, youth, investigation, family relations, misfit, drug dealing, orphan, parents and children, life is a bitch, addiction, urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, society, urban, social misfits, opposites attract, city life, coming of age, social decay ...
Time: 70s

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Most similar movies to A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and bleak films with plots about society, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, youth, juvenile delinquency and urban mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich: Bullet Boy (2004), Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991), Zooey (2006), The Corner (2000), Anne B. Real (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Bullet Boy (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ricky is just out of a young offenders institute, heading home to Hackney and determined to go straight. Instead, he heads straight for trouble when he becomes involved in a street confrontation, siding with his best friend Wisdom against a local ...
Style: psychological, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, friendship, social decay, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, going straight, family problems, dysfunctional family, teenage life, gang, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
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Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A Special Jury Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival, this drama stars a then-19-year-old Matty Rich (who also wrote and directed it). Rich plays Larry, a troubled teen living in the rough Red Hook section of Brooklyn who decides he wants out ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak
Plot: drug dealing, racism, going straight, life is a bitch, crimes, gang, on the run, city life, heist, courtroom drama, family life, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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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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The Corner (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 376 min.
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Story: The Corner presents the world of Fayette Street using real names and real events. The miniseries tells the true story of men, women and children living amid the open-air drug markets of West Baltimore. It chronicles a year in the lives of ...
Style: serious, emotional, rough, realistic, bleak
Plot: drug abuse, rehabilitation, addiction, drug dealing, heroin, social decay, lifestyle, teenage life, going straight, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, african american ...
Time: 90s
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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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On the Outs (2004)
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: rough, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: asthma, single mother, drug dealer, teenage pregnancy, kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, lifestyle, life is a bitch, teenage life, addiction, gang, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
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64%
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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: realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, best friends, buddies, society, juvenile delinquency, going straight, drug dealing, crimes, youth, bar, friends, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new york yankees
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64%
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Gang Tapes (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a brutal carjacking yields a videocamera, a teenage boy decides to document his life and the lives of his fellow gangbangers.
Style: rough, serious, suspense, tense, realistic
Plot: tough heroes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, social decay, gang, drug dealing, crimes, teenage life, kids in trouble, society, going straight, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society
Style: touching, serious, emotional, sentimental, realistic
Plot: family relations, friendship, self discovery, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, elderly, misfit, youth, coming of age, society, life is a bitch, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Squeeze (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ty, Hector, and Bao are close friends in a tough section of Boston, where they're called "the PG-13 crew." They're 14, decent kids with few skills who've bailed out of school. A small gang of older tough guys, led by Marcus ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: gang, gas station, friendship, urban ghetto life, gangsters, youth, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, social misfits, crimes, crime, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts
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59%
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Strays (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Rick (Diesel) is frustrated by the repetitious grind of one-night stands and aimless hustling. Whilst looking for more to his life he meets Heather (Lanza), a neighbour. Rick takes the opportunity to escape his boring life style with her, but soon ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic
Plot: redemption, gang, drug dealer, coming of age, buddies, social misfits, life is a bitch, lifestyle, misfit, going straight, opposites attract, city life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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58%
The Rose Seller (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 13-year-old Monica leads a street life, making her living by selling flowers to couples in local nightspots, she is joined by 10-year-old Andrea who runs out of her house after her mother beats her.
Style: disturbing, rough, bleak, realistic, serious
Plot: gang, street kid, addiction, down on your luck, drug abuse, urban, rich and poor, teenage life, city life, survival, alcohol abuse, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia
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56%
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: emotional, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: drug dealing, stoners, kids in trouble, friends, thirtysomething life, addiction, drug abuse, adolescence vs adulthood, innocence lost, urban, crimes, crime ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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55%
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: uplifting, touching, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, street kid, parents and children, family relations, society, hopes, urban ghetto life, single parent, urban ghetto, netflix
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Go Ask Alice (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A 14-year-old girl in late 1960's America is inadvertently sucked into an odyssey of sex and drugs. She eventually seeks help.
Style: emotional, gloomy, sincere, touching, bleak ...
Plot: high school, prostitute, runaway, cocaine, heroin, drug addiction, mother daughter relationship, rape, lsd, marijuana, drug abuse, addiction ...
Time: 70s
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52%
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Our America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The true story of two African-American teen radio reporters and their documentary investigation of a notorious child murder.
Style: rough, emotional, realistic, serious, controversial ...
Plot: journalism, murder, juvenile delinquency, uncover truth, teenage life, social decay, life is a bitch, idealism, racism, human spirit, youth, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Streeters (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Authentic and committed, moving and stormy drama of street kids from Mexico City. Wonderful adaptation of successful play about street kids who have more trouble with corrupt cops, than with dirty and heavy work.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: kids in trouble, social decay, juvenile delinquency, gang, police corruption, urban ghetto life, society, youth, drug dealing, crimes, life is a bitch, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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: realistic, serious, melancholic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, family problems, family relations, downfall, introspection, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, misfit, drug addiction, drug dealing, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
In Vanda's Room (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 171 min.
Story: With the intimate feel of a documentary and the texture of a Vermeer painting, In Vanda’s Room takes an unflinching, fragmentary look at a handful of self-destructive, marginalized people, but is centered around the heroin-addicted Vanda Duarte.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, semi documentary, gloomy ...
Plot: life is a bitch, addiction, social misfits, misfit, society, down on your luck, drug abuse, heroin addict, urban ghetto life, city life, poverty, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: lisbon portugal, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Thicker Than Water (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, two rival gang leaders are also trying to be music producers. When DJ's equipment shorts out and Lonzo is cut out of the action by a record producer, the two join forces, which also requires a tentative peace between gangs. With ...
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, gang, life is a bitch, crimes, gangsters, going straight, city life, drug abuse, rise and fall, juvenile delinquency, criminal's revenge, ambition ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, new orleans, california, usa, south central los angeles
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51%
The River Niger (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An intimate look at life in the ghetto: Johnny Williams is a house painter who moonlights as a poet, struggling to financially and emotionally support his cancer-ridden wife Mattie. But times are tough and the poverty-troubled streets are even ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: family in crisis, alcohol abuse, urban ghetto life, family relations, urban ghetto, performer's life, couple relations, against the odds, redemption, terminal illness, parents and children, down on your luck ...
Time: 70s
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50%
Like a Puppet Out of Strings (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two Brothers; Tom and Felipe, have moved up the ranks of the street gangs because they have no greater devotion than the protection of each other. Luis, former gang member, is now a cop, his life having been turned around by Angelica, a female cop. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, going straight, redemption, youth, society, law enforcement, crimes, deadly, urban ghetto, murder, brother brother relationship ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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: sincere, emotional, sentimental, bleak, serious ...
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, family problems, siblings relations, family life, parents and children, working class, society, hopes, domestic disturbance, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
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47%
Hour of the Star (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens to time Radio Station; on Sundays she likes to ride the ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: society, hopes, starting over, down on your luck, rich and poor, life is a bitch, immigrants, orphan, youth, social misfits, misfit, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil
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47%
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, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Bloody Kids (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The slender premise springs from the actions of two listless 11-year-old boys, the cold, manipulative Leo, and his weaker, more impressionable friend, Mike. Contemptuous of the fallible police force (Mike has already filched a police hat from an ...
Style: bleak, rough, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gangsters, social misfits, society, youth, prank, juvenile delinquency, crimes, kids in trouble, gory, social decay, city life, urban ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england
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45%
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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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45%
Bomb the System (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Anthony ‘Blest’ (Mark Webber) is one of the most talented and notorious graffiti artists in New York City. Despite the tragic loss of his older brother during a nightly 'bombing' foray with a graffiti crew, Anthony has the same ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful, rough
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, social decay, teenage life, kids in trouble, youth, life is a bitch, society, crimes, politics, street art, graffiti ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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45%
Purgatory House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An inside glimpse of how it feels to be a teen in today's disconnected world. PURGATORY HOUSE chronicles the after-life journey of Silver Strand: a lonely teen who abandons her life of turmoil and drug addiction, only to find herself caught ...
Style: serious, gothic, non-linear, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: hopes, misfit, drug abuse, addiction, teenage life, social misfits, life is a bitch, family problems, custody, youth, society, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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