Movies like American History X

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American History X (1998)
 8.5
 938K
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, serious, tense, realistic, emotional, psychological, sincere, disturbing, stylized, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, racism, skinhead, juvenile delinquency, nazism, rape, crime, violence spree, siblings relations, youth, confined, prejudice, blacks and whites, redemption, xenophobia, racial slur, interracial friendship, crimes, gang, deadly, rebelliousness, swastika, character change, brutality, going straight ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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 realistic, serious, bleak and rough films with plots about violence, society, redemption, life is a bitch, murder, crimes and prison mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like American History X: The Believer (2001), City of God (2002), South Central (1992), 25th Hour (2002), The Shawshank Redemption (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 34K
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, bleak, emotional, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: racism, anti semitism, violence spree, identity crisis, nazism, bomb, holocaust, synagogue, rebelliousness, introspection, struggle, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, israel, germany, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, crimes, urban ghetto life, social decay, society, coming of age, poverty, gang war, journalism, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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, tense, realistic, serious, rough
Plot: gang, drug dealing, prison, murder, juvenile delinquency, crime, life is a bitch, crimes, urban ghetto life, society, youth, coming of age ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 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: realistic, emotional, bleak, talky, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, girlfriend, drug lord, guilt, betrayal, interrogation, organized crime, rage, teacher, regret, gay slur, homosexuality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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, clever, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life is a bitch, life sentence, confined, hopes, criminal heroes, survival, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, maine, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: realistic, tense, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: prison, rebellion, violence, revenge, corruption, racism, riot, suicide, juvenile delinquency, social relations, 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, tense, realistic, rough
Plot: juvenile delinquency, prison, sodomy, crimes, reformatory, redemption, gang war, prison life, deadly, going straight, realism, petty criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, skinhead, gang, vandalism, childhood, juvenile delinquency, youth, coming of age, crimes, violence, marijuana, racial slur ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, northern england, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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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, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, buddies, friendship, rivalry, lifestyle, skinhead, self discovery, fist fighting, obsession, soccer, uninhibited rivalry, social decay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 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, serious, brutal, emotional, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, murder, fighting the system, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, rivalry, tough heroes, police brutality, prison riot, court ...
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, stylized, rough ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, hip hop, friendship, crime, african american, coming of age, police brutality, graduation, social decay, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, organized crime ...
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: disturbing, bleak, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: racism, juvenile delinquency, skinhead, social worker, teenager, prison, urban ghetto life, crime, life is a bitch, crimes, city life, kids in trouble ...
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, psychological, realistic, tense, sincere ...
Plot: gang, crime, false accusation, confined, writer's life, hopes, wrongfully committed, life is a bitch, performer's life, crimes, drug dealing, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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: realistic, tense, serious, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: prison, friendship, survival, human nature, crime, confined, fish out of water, prison warden, drugs, prison escape, friendship between men, gang leader ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, puerto rico, paris france, california ...
⇓ 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, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, rivalry, grudge, neo noir, juvenile delinquency, youth, crime, society, prison life, street kid, urban ghetto ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, tense, rough, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, gang, african american, poverty, coming of age, friendship, hip hop, machismo, favoritism, party, football ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1984, year 1991 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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: realistic, disturbing, rough, tense, captivating ...
Plot: prison, prison life, violence, rape, rivalry, crimes, confined, deadly, law enforcement, misfit, society, sexual abuse ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ 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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, prison, robbery, jealousy, stabbing, theft, addiction, introspection, prison life, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: phoenix arizona, paris france, italy, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 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: realistic, thought provoking, rough, serious
Plot: prison, racism, prison life, confined, life is a bitch, against the rules, price of justice, society, rebelliousness, solitary, militant, fighting the system ...
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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: bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, hitman, infidelity, russian mafia, gangsters, immigrants, crime, haunted by the past, family relations, crimes, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.6
 36K
Boy A (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of a young ex-con Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a murder he committed as a child.
Style: psychological, touching, tense, social realism, depressing ...
Plot: haunted by the past, juvenile delinquency, rape, childhood, going straight, starting over, ex convict, rehabilitation, new job, criminal, moral dilemma, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england, mcdonald's restaurant, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 8.0
 81K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, serious, sincere ...
Plot: murder, friendship, death threat, father figure, redemption, mentally challenged, family relations, small town, parents and children, haunted by the past, human nature, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ 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: emotional, bleak, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: politics, prison, racism, false accusation, redemption, aunt, convenience store, death row, interracial relations, dedicated educator, urban ghetto, power relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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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: disturbing, psychological, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: racism, anti semitism, gang, skinhead, society, punk, social differences, discrimination, rebellion, juvenile delinquency, youth, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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: rough, disturbing, bleak, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, juvenile delinquency, prison life, prison, state affairs, rebellion, injustice, kids in trouble, society, confined, life is a bitch, revolution ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, france, turkey, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 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: twists and turns, biting, disturbing, surprise ending, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: losing-it hero, split personality, social decay, fist fighting, against the rules, nihilism, insomnia, violence, fighting the system, paranoia, social misfits, dark hero ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, touching, rough, emotional ...
Plot: starting over, family relations, estrangement, going straight, society, human nature, parents and children, hopes, prisoner, father son relationship, adaptation, complex characters ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, alaska, seattle, seattle washington, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Pressure Point (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An African-American prison psychiatrist (Sidney Poitier) finds the boundaries of his professionalism sorely tested when he must counsel a disturbed inmate (Bobby Darin) with bigoted Nazi tendencies.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, psychological, realistic
Plot: prison, psychopath, psychiatrist, nightmare, losing-it hero, confined, hopes, interracial relations, doctors and patients, human spirit, teenage life, mental illness ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: madison square garden manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious
Plot: redemption, going straight, law enforcement, deadly, youth, family relations, urban ghetto, murder, gang, society, urban, crime ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: serious, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, on the run, youth, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%