Movies like American History X

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American History X (1998)
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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, serious, tense, realistic, emotional, psychological, cerebral, dramatic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, skinhead, prison, juvenile delinquency, nazism, prison rape, prejudice, gang, racial slur, male rape, gay rape, crimes, racial prejudice, youth, hate crime, male rape victim, character change, xenophobia, rape, interracial friendship, prison gang, neo nazi, redemption, blacks and whites, hate ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles, california, venice beach california, united states

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and tense films with plots about life is a bitch, violence, redemption, society, gang, murder and racism mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like American History X: The Believer (2001), This Is England (2006), Gran Torino (2008), Oz (1997), Fight Club (1999). 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, emotional, realistic, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: skinhead, judaism, racism, anti semitism, hate, nazism, neo nazi, identity crisis, bomb, anger, introspection, gang ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa, israel, argentina, germany
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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: rough, bleak, emotional, stylized, harsh ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, childhood, social problems, vandalism, crimes, bully, gang, juvenile delinquency, xenophobia, neo nazi, adolescence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: england, europe, northern england, britain, woodstock
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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, emotional, thought provoking, suspenseful, touching ...
Plot: gang, veteran, friendship, interracial relations, gunfight, elderly, rape, immigrants, neighbor, prejudice, pride and honor, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
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Oz (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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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, realistic, suspenseful, rough, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, confined, prison rape, rapist, rape, life is a bitch, convict, violence spree, homosexual rape, gang, racism ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s
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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, surprise ending, twist ending, mind bending, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nihilism, split personality, self destructing, fighting the system, insomnia, social decay, life philosophy, dark humor, losing-it hero, paranoia, against the rules, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, usa
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59%
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, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, human spirit, false accusation, freedom, hopes, prison life, powerful ending, existentialism, life is a bitch, justice, life sentence ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, year 1957 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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57%
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Shot Caller (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A newly-released prison gangster is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.
Style: clever, harsh, twist ending, suspense, tense
Plot: prison, prison gang, skinhead, prisoner, criminal, gang, prison life, tattoo, violence, criminal heroes, prison riot, estranged father ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, usa
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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, realistic, tense, rough
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, drug dealing, murder, prison, life is a bitch, society, youth, juvenile delinquency, crimes, coming of age, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
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Dog Pound (2010)
Genre: Crime, 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: sincere, serious, tense, realistic, rough ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, juvenile prison, sodomy, prison, crimes, prison rape, going straight, youth, prison life, hopes, life is a bitch, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: disturbing, rough, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: rebellion, prison, juvenile delinquency, youth, kids in trouble, gay rape, revenge, corruption, riot, racism, criminal heroes, prison life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom
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100%
Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", ...
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, serious, epic ...
Plot: gang, prison gang, violence spree, drug abuse, grudge, heroin, friendship, police shootout, crimes, gang war, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, panama, colombia ...
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100%
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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, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: prison, friendship, prison rape, survival, human nature, crimes, fish out of water, confined, prison warden, nudity (full frontal - brief), drugs, prison escape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
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100%
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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, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: gang, crimes, bittersweet, false accusation, wrongfully committed, human spirit, murder, prison life, going straight, performer's life, drug dealing, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa, california
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Felon (2008)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
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: brutal, realistic, serious, emotional, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, prison gang, life is a bitch, court, fighting the system, convict, murder, prison riot, life turned upside down, rivalry, police brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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Higher Learning (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Malik (Omar Epps) is an African-American student attending on a track scholarship; academics are not his strong suit, and he goes in thinking that his athletic abilities will earn him a free ride through college. Fudge (Ice Cube), a ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, emotional, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: racism, resentment, college, rejection, politics, injustice, society, university, self discovery, college life, student life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey
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Panther (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Panther is a semi-historic film about the origins of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The movie spans about 3 years (1966-68) of the Black Panther's history in Oakland. Panther also uses historical footage (B/W) to emphasize some ...
Style: disturbing, tense, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: militant, racism, interracial relations, black panthers, revolution, politics, self defense, injustice, state affairs, crimes, rebellion, fighting the system ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, california, ireland
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Evil (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Stockholm, the fifties. Though academically bright, violent pupil Erik Ponti is expelled from his state school with the headmaster’s words “there’s only one word for people like you – evil… what you need is a good thrashing, and more”. ...
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, touching, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bully, rebellion, corporal punishment, rebelliousness, private school, friendship, life is a bitch, violence, humiliation, boarding school life, lifestyle, youth ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe, stockholm sweden
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100%
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School Ties (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When David Greene receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man ...
Style: emotional, serious, thought provoking, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: anti semitism, high school, coming of age, friendship, boarding school life, preparatory school, working class, football, teenage life, youth, society, justice ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
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Riot (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In April 1992, following the notorious Rodney King verdict, the streets of Los Angeles became a battlefield, the backdrop to four personal intertwined stories.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: rebellion, drug addiction, shopping mall, corrupt officer, chaos, injustice, urban ghetto, graphic violence, social decay, chaos and mayhem, urban ghetto life, americana ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, south central los angeles
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Romper Stomper (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nazi skinheads in Melbourne take out their anger on local Vietnamese, who are seen as threatening racial purity. Finally the Vietnamese have had enough and confront the skinheads in an all-out confrontation, sending the skinheads running. A woman ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, psychological, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, gang, love triangle, immigrants, arson, strangulation, vandalism, chaos and mayhem, down on your luck, social decay, suburbs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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Russia 88 (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A gang of skinheads 'Russia 88' are filming propaganda videos in order to place it on the internet. At the same time the camera records the life of the gang, they become accustomed to this and stop paying attention to it. The leader of the ...
Style: serious, intense, heartbreaking, psychological, rough
Plot: hate crime, skinhead, neo nazi, racism, gang, murder, fight, racial slur, brutality, interracial friendship, rebelliousness, society ...
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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: atmospheric, realistic, psychological, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, stock broker, drug lord, drug dealing, betrayal, race against time, introspection, organized crime, regret, rage, drug dealer, mistrust ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty.
Style: serious, captivating, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, sexual abuse, bishop, going straight, youth, hopes, life is a bitch, prostitute, addiction, drug abuse, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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100%
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Mississippi Burning (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the ...
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, ku klux klan, murder, racial slur, small town, civil rights, police brutality, police, african american, police investigation, sheriff, disappearance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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Combat Girls (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, Jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. She provokes, drinks, fights and her next tattoo will be a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The only place she feels home is the ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, tense, realistic, rough ...
Plot: neo nazi, racism, combat, ideology, refugee, hate, gang, friendship, counterculture, youth, society, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany
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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: meditative, psychological, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, teacher, dysfunctional family, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, prison life, parents and children, loss of family member, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, los angeles, phoenix arizona, paris france, california ...
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31%
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: racism, skinhead, gang, anti semitism, rebellion, life is a bitch, golden years, society, youth, hopes, juvenile delinquency, punk ...
Time: 90s
Place: sweden, europe
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31%
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, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, going straight, crimes, law enforcement, society, youth, redemption, urban ghetto, murder, brother brother relationship, family relations ...
Time: future
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Fuehrer Ex (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ingo Hasselbach, whose parents were Communist Party members in East Germany during his childhood, has lived at both ends of the political seesaw. The question of how people reach a change of heart is a profound one; Hasselbach describes the external ...
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Plot: prison, fascism, friendship, berlin wall, racism, moral dilemma, politics, prison life, obsession, youth, escape, homosexual rape ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, german democratic republic, europe, east germany
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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, depressing, suspense ...
Plot: incest, juvenile delinquency, childhood, haunted by the past, going straight, rape, starting over, rehabilitation, new job, criminal, moral dilemma, ex convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england, manchester
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