Movies like American History X

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American History X (1998)
 8.5
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American History X (1998)
Genre: 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, realistic, serious, tense, emotional, psychological, sincere, disturbing, stylized, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, prison, nazism, juvenile delinquency, rape, violence spree, siblings relations, crime, confined, redemption, skinhead, xenophobia, youth, blacks and whites, prejudice, interracial friendship, racial slur, rebelliousness, swastika, crimes, deadly, brutality, revenge, gang, going straight ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, venice beach california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and bleak films with plots about life is a bitch, society, violence, redemption, crimes, murder and crime mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like American History X: The Believer (2001), This Is England (2006), 25th Hour (2002), South Central (1992), Scum (1979). 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, anti semitism, violence spree, synagogue, bomb, holocaust, nazism, identity crisis, innocence lost, psychopath, introspection, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa, israel, argentina, germany
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100%
 7.7
 109K
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, childhood, skinhead, youth, violence, coming of age, xenophobia, unemployment, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, woodstock, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 162K
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, girlfriend, betrayal, drug lord, widower, nightclub, dream, homosexuality, surrealism, paranoia, russian mafia, sadness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, serious, rough, realistic, tense
Plot: gang, drug dealing, prison, crime, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, coming of age, crimes, society, murder, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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 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: serious, rough, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: prison, riot, racism, corruption, revenge, violence, suicide, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, rebellion, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england
⇓ 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, rough, realistic, tense
Plot: juvenile delinquency, prison, sodomy, crimes, realism, rebelliousness, incest overtones, isolation, crime, prison life, confined, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: captivating, touching, clever, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, confined, survival, criminal heroes, hopes, life is a bitch, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, maine, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, bleak, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, buddies, friendship, rivalry, lifestyle, self discovery, obsession, fist fighting, soccer, social decay, uninhibited rivalry, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, harvard university, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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 7.5
 72K
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, rough, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, murder, crime, life turned upside down, prison riot, tear gas, court, fight, tattoo, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, bleak, realistic, rough, serious ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, hip hop, friendship, crime, juvenile delinquency, social decay, coming of age, organized crime, gunfight, graduation, police brutality, murder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: racism, juvenile delinquency, teenager, prison, skinhead, urban ghetto life, social worker, crime, innocence lost, police, theft, violence ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 2K
Slam (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of his neighborhood by using his wits and verbal talent. Written ...
Style: talky, serious, sincere, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: gang, injustice, hopes, life is a bitch, performer's life, crime, drug dealing, going straight, human spirit, prison, prison life, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.1
 663K
Gran Torino (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, thought provoking, intense, touching ...
Plot: gang, interracial relations, friendship, elderly, veteran, gunfight, teenager, neighbor, priest, redemption, racism, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 13K
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, twists and turns, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, neo noir, juvenile delinquency, crime, rivalry, youth, grudge, uninhibited rivalry, urban ghetto, prison life, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.8
 110K
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, friendship, gang, coming of age, poverty, crimes, life is a bitch, teenage life, society, favoritism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1991, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
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23%
 6.5
 262
Black August (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The last 14 months of George Jackson's life was an existence under subjective and objective conditions in California's industrial prison complex. George Jackson would spend 11 years in jail (7 of which were in solitary confinement) for a ...
Style: rough, serious, thought provoking, realistic
Plot: prison, racism, african american, fighting the system, rebelliousness, prison life, confined, life is a bitch, rebellion, against the rules, price of justice, injustice ...
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.0
 894
Short Eyes (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young man who is charged with child molestation is placed in New York City’s infamous Tombs prison. When the other inmates in his cell block find out what he is charged with, life becomes extremely difficult for him.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, rape, violence, prison life, vengeance, sexual abuse, fear, confined, crimes, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, twists and turns, serious, 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 ⇓
22%
The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: bleak, talky, psychological, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder, prison, dysfunctional family, theft, teacher, stabbing, robbery, jealousy, coming of age, romance, writer's life, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, california, phoenix arizona, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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 ⇓
22%
 8.8
 1.7M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: biting, bleak, rough, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: losing-it hero, social decay, fist fighting, against the rules, split personality, insomnia, social misfits, violence, fighting the system, visionary, society, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
A Lesson Before Dying (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the 1940's South, an African-American man is wrongly accused of the killing a a white store owner. In his defense, his white attorney equates him with a lowly hog, to indicate that he didn't have the sense to know what he was doing. ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: politics, prison, african american, convenience store, aunt, redemption, false accusation, racism, dedicated educator, school, juvenile delinquency, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.8
 468
Prison Song (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Elijah has been bounced from group home to group home throughout his turbulent young life. What has sustained him is his art. After a promised scholarship is taken away, Elijah ends up in a fight that result in the death of another boy. Now, ...
Style: serious, gloomy, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: prison, juvenile delinquency, hip hop, musician's life, crime, redemption, prison life, society, youth, life is a bitch, child as adult, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: crime, juvenile delinquency, urban, urban ghetto, siblings relations, murder, urban ghetto life, crimes, society, family relations, gang, going straight ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Speak Up! It's So Dark... (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Psychological drama about the meeting between a neo-nazi and a Jewish doctor.
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, anti semitism, skinhead, gang, juvenile delinquency, punk, discrimination, nazism, society, youth, golden years, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.5
 464
Fast-Walking (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A dirty corrections officer gets involved in a murder plot involving one of the inmates.
Style: rough, serious, biting, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: prison, murder, cons and scams, black, corrupt, crime, prison life, confined, crimes, unlikely partners, stoners, militant ...
Time: 80s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 8.0
 3K
The Wall (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Produced, written and directed by Yılmaz Güney within his own personal experiences of capital offense, he dedicates Duvar to male teenagers aged 13 to 19 living behind the bars under diabolical treatments. These teenagers get barbaric corporal ...
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic, rough ...
Plot: prison life, juvenile delinquency, politics, prison, confined, rebellion, society, life is a bitch, rebelliousness, kids in trouble, revolution, injustice ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, france, turkey, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 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, bleak, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, violence, prison, racism, lowrider, criminal heroes, crime, murder, friends, juvenile delinquency, sexual abuse, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 70s, year 1959 ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: About the 1989 murders of Carolco Entertainment chairman, Jose Menendez, and his wife, Kitty, who were killed by their sons, Lyle and Erik, in Beverly Hills, allegedly for a multimillion-dollar inheritance.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: murder, courtroom, parents and children, siblings relations, crimes, deadly, family problems, family relations, courtroom drama, dysfunctional family, legal, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: beverly hills, california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 5.0
 5K
Body Shots (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The Los Angeles club scene is a place of booze-fueled decadence and debauchery. In a night full of possibilities, eight 20-somethings take to the clubs seeking good times, companionship and maybe a little sex. But in the harsh light of the morning ...
Style: sexual, serious, biting, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: date night
Plot: bar, rape, party, nightclub, sex, battle of the sexes, looking for love, arrested, rave, alcohol, wooing, nightlife ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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