Movies like American History X

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American History X (1998)
 8.5
 910K
American History X (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did.
Style: rough, serious, tense, realistic, emotional, psychological, sincere, disturbing, stylized, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, prison, juvenile delinquency, nazism, rape, violence spree, siblings relations, crime, rebelliousness, confined, redemption, youth, blacks and whites, skinhead, xenophobia, crimes, deadly, gang, prejudice, interracial friendship, going straight, racial slur, swastika, brutality, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, venice beach california

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Most similar movies to American History X

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and rough films with plots about violence, crime, society, redemption, brutality, dialogue and storytelling mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like American History X: The Believer (2001), South Central (1992), This Is England (2006), Oz (1997), City of God (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Believer (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A hardcore American racist skinhead who, because of his intelligence, leads a gang dedicated to fighting the enemy: the supposed American-Jewish conspiracy for domination. However, he's hiding a secret: he's Jewish-born, a brilliant ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, serious, emotional ...
Plot: racism, violence spree, anti semitism, synagogue, bomb, nazism, identity crisis, innocence lost, psychopath, introspection, rebelliousness, skinhead ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa, israel, germany, argentina
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100%
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, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: gang, drug dealing, prison, crime, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, coming of age, crimes, society, youth, life is a bitch, murder ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.7
 108K
This Is England (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Style: bleak, rough, realistic, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: racism, gang, vandalism, juvenile delinquency, skinhead, youth, violence, teenage life, coming of age, crimes, childhood, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, northern england, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 78K
Oz (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: The daily lives of prisoners in Emerald City, an experimental unit of the Oswald Maximum Security Prison where ingroups - Muslims, Latinos, Italians, Aryans - stick close to their mutual friends and terrorizes their mutual enemies.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, confined, prison, strong sexual content, rapist, rape, life is a bitch, violence spree, latinos, racism, uninhibited rivalry, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 2000s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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 8.6
 617K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, crimes, journalism, urban ghetto life, social decay, society, rape, poverty, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.6
 9K
Scum (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: prison, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, society, youth, social relations, riot, racism, corruption, violence, revenge, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 160K
25th Hour (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The filmed adaptation from David Benioff's novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to prison. Anger, blame, frustration, betrayal, guilt and loneliness are ...
Style: talky, realistic, bleak, emotional, serious ...
Plot: friendship, drug lord, race against time, drug dealing, girlfriend, betrayal, 9/11, stock broker, dream, nightclub, widower, paranoia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 10K
Dog Pound (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Canada, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three juvenile delinquents arrive at a correctional center and are put under the care of an experienced guard.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, rough, tense
Plot: juvenile delinquency, prison, crimes, sodomy, realism, rebelliousness, incest overtones, crime, isolation, prison life, confined, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 7.5
 71K
Felon (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, murder, crime, life turned upside down, rivalry, life is a bitch, tough heroes, fighting the system, innocence, killings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Green Street Hooligans (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After being wrongfully expelled from Harvard University, American Matt Buckner flees to his sister's home in England. Once there, he is befriended by her charming and dangerous brother-in-law, Pete Dunham, and introduced to the underworld of ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: buddies, gang, friendship, uninhibited rivalry, friends, soccer, social relations, rivalry, obsession, lifestyle, self discovery, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, harvard university, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Demonic gang-leader Alex goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of "droogs". But he's a boy who also likes Beethoven's Ninth and a bit of "the old in-out, in-out". He later finds himself at the ...
Style: atmospheric, disturbing, bleak, futuristic, dark humor ...
Plot: rape, gang, social misfits, violence, violence spree, psychopath, human nature, society, prison, controversy, brutality, freedom ...
Time: future, 1990s, near future
Place: britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, stylized, serious ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, hip hop, friendship, crime, juvenile delinquency, drugs/alcohol, coming of age, gunfight, social decay, organized crime, drug dealer, ghetto ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 12K
Bad Boys (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a ...
Style: realistic, bleak, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, juvenile delinquency, vengeance, youth, neo noir, crime, rivalry, grudge, uninhibited rivalry, prison life, urban ghetto, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 12K
Animal Factory (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, friendship, guitar, survival, strike, innocence lost, crime, prison warden, prison life, confined, human nature, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.8
 108K
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, tense, rough ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, hip hop, gang, friendship, crimes, life is a bitch, coming of age, teenage life, society, poverty, street gang ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Little Odessa (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The film follows the personal relationship between a father and his two sons, one of whom is a hit-man for the Russian mafia in Brooklyn.
Style: gloomy, serious, twists and turns, bleak, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, hitman, russian mafia, crime, infidelity, gangsters, parents and children, immigrants, brother, crimes, family problems, gang ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 7K
American Me (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Edward J. Olmos made his directorial bow with the powerhouse crime saga American Me. Olmos stars as street-gang leader Santana, who during his 18 years in Folsom Prison rules over all the drug-and-murder activities behind bars. Upon his release, ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, violence, criminal heroes, prison, friends, juvenile delinquency, sexual abuse, lowrider, racism, crime, murder, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Powers That Be (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A wealthy Los Angeles teen and her superficial friends wants to break out of suburbia and experience Southern California's "gangsta" lifestyle. But problems arise when the preppies get in over their heads and provoke the wrath of a ...
Style: psychological, tense, serious, sexual, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: crimes, youth, juvenile delinquency, gang, teenage life, society, teenager, high school life, riddles and clues, hip hop, gangsters, promiscuity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Dead Man Walking (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution.
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, nun, lethal injection, death penalty, redemption, court, forgiveness, confession, funeral, letter ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Made in Britain (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Trevor sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend his time stealing cars than sitting in the detention centre to which he is sent. His social worker, Harry Parker, tries to do his best, but Trevor is only ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, racism, urban ghetto life, skinhead, prison, teenager, social worker, crime, innocence lost, police, violence, theft ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, brutality, gang, troubled teen, police, crime, murder, vengeance, police investigation, urban, drug dealing, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.4
 38K
Starred Up (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father. As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: prison, prison life, therapist, parents and children, juvenile delinquent, group therapy, gay father, confined, teenage life, youth, violence, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.0
 12K
At Close Range (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970's. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... ...
Style: bleak, tense, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, sociopath, rape, gun, crime, gang, parents and children, crimes, family relations, siblings relations, family in crisis, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, prison, gang, gangsters, death row, crime, crimes, hopes, society, journalism, leadership, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Stranger Inside (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: prison, gang, juvenile delinquency, crime, drug dealing, innocence lost, prison life, confined, crimes, family relations, gays and lesbians, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.0
 11K
The Chamber (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Having survived the hatred and bigotry that was his Klansman grandfather's only legacy, young attorney Adam Hall seeks at the last minute to appeal the old man's death sentence for the murder of two small Jewish boys 30 years before. Only ...
Style: talky, serious, gloomy, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: courtroom drama, prison, murder, death row, racism, terrorism, anti semitism, haunted by the past, politics, death sentence, dedicated lawyer, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, year 1996, year 1967
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.4
 615
Civil Brand (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Forced to work under slave-like conditions in a "prison for profit" program, the inmates of a mostly-African-American female prison, Whitehead Correctional, try to take over the institution. At the core of the story is Frances, who finds ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, injustice, rebellion, friendship, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, crime, sexual abuse, prison life, racism, social decay, righting the wronged ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 1K
The Boys (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie and Glenn, for the next 24 hours, it becomes clear this day ...
Style: disturbing, serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, australian, prison, murder, crime, dysfunctional family, juvenile delinquency, redemption, social misfits, brother, prisoner, going straight ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
American Heart (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jack is now out of jail and he meets Nick, his adolescent son. Their relationship will be complicated, because Jack has a problem with alcohol. But his love for Nick will help him to get over the past and reach his dreams.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: starting over, parents and children, prisoner, hopes, youth, family relations, going straight, human nature, estrangement, society, father son relationship, temptation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: alaska, seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio, ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: childhood, coming of age, friendship, juvenile delinquency, homecoming, loss of friend, anger, marijuana, african american, racial slur, drugs/alcohol, retrospective ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1986, 2000s, year 2005
Place: new york, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%