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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
 7.3
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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
Style: emotional, disturbing, rough, bleak, realistic, serious, harsh, intense, brutal, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, teenage life, downfall, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, basketball, antisocial behavior, juvenile delinquency, friends, diary, anguish, coach, drug overdose, innocence lost, sport, society, high school, adolescence, mental illness, gym, threat, basketball coach, rebellion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, harsh and intense films with plots about mentor, storytelling, brutality, drinking, drinking alcohol, runaway and friendship mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like The Basketball Diaries: Requiem for a Dream (2000), Christiane F. (1981), Thirteen (2003), Trainspotting (1996), Kids (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, drug addiction, life is a bitch, depression, hallucination, drug use, downfall, insanity, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 7.6
 22K
Christiane F. (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, life is a bitch, drug abuse, friendship, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, drug addiction, youth, destructive relationship ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
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69%
 6.8
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Thirteen (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, sincere, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, kids in trouble, coming of age, peer pressure, underage drinking, juvenile delinquency, addiction, family problems, friends, friendship, life is a bitch, theft ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 8.1
 637K
Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: disturbing, dark humor, psychedelic, captivating, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, heroin, drug abuse, addiction, drug addiction, social misfits, life is a bitch, counterculture, friendship, society, surrealism, self destructing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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 7.1
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Kids (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: underage sex, coming of age, puberty, strong sexual content, virginity, first sex, innocence lost, rape, street kid, urban ghetto life, youth, loss of virginity ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 7.2
 44K
Candy (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A poet falls in love with an art student, who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and ...
Style: touching, emotional, surprise ending, romantic, disturbing ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, destructive relationship, marriage, life is a bitch, junkie, obsession, lovers, artist, professor, theft ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 84K
Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: talky, serious, depressing, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, student, loneliness, friendship, basketball, liberal, secret, coach, african american, ghetto, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 99K
Alpha Dog (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Johnny Truelove likes to see himself as tough. He's the son of an underworld figure and a drug dealer. Johnny also likes to get tough when things don't go his way. When Jake Mazursky fails to pay up for Johnny, things get worse for the ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, bleak, harsh ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: kidnapping, gang, friendship, marijuana, crimes, youth, society, criminal heroes, nudity (full frontal - brief), crime, death, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2005, year 2003, year 1999
Place: california, usa, palm springs california, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Bob and his friends Dianne, Rick and Nadine have been drug addicts for years and live from one high to the next. Gus Van Sant attempts to show an intimate look into the lives of heroin addicts with his film Drugstore Cowboy.
Style: dark humor, serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, friendship, drug addiction, addiction, couples, thief, loss of friend, overdose, robbery, group therapy, pharmacy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, gunfight, friendship, hip hop, crime, coming of age, street gang, graduation, police brutality, social decay, overdose ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 70s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north america, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 15K
Gridlock'd (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, humorous, rough, harsh ...
Plot: drug addiction, drug abuse, addiction, hip hop, heroin, going straight, rehabilitation, friendship, overdose, treatment, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, detroit, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: drug addict, drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, betrayal, couple relations, destructive relationship, drugs/alcohol, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.0
 16K
River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, gloomy, psychological, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, nudity (full frontal - brief), strangulation, family relations, juvenile delinquency, police, woman strangled to death, crime, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Freedom Writers (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
Style: rough, sentimental, touching, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, dedicated educator, high school, lifestyle change, teenage life, idealism, gang violence, social relations, life is a bitch, racial tension, domestic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia, Ecuador, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.
Style: rough, tense, thought provoking, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, immigrants, life is a bitch, illegal immigration, friendship, smuggling, crime, financial problem, crimes, juvenile delinquency, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Hurricane Streets (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four close buddies who have a basement clubhouse; they ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, bleak, rough, serious ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: gang, coming of age, friendship, juvenile delinquency, smuggling, theft, prison, crimes, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, parents and children, street kid ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new york, new mexico, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city, alaska ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 241K
Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, captivating, emotional, depressing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, rise and fall, drug addiction, drug dealing, drug abuse, cocaine, drug use, friendship, gangsters, drug cartel, blind ambition, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 90s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: colombia, california, latin america, usa, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.0
 41K
Gia (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gia Carangi travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving, she meets Wilhelmina Cooper, a wise and high-powered agent who takes Gia under her wing. With Cooper's help and her own natural instincts, ...
Style: psychological, rough, sexual, erotic, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, addiction, fashion, drug abuse, lesbian romance, model, strong sexual content, mental illness, heroin, aids, supermodel, lesbianism ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Coach Carter (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.
Style: motivational, touching, captivating, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: basketball, teachers and students, athlete and trainer, teacher, coach, sport, athlete's life, high school, underdog, dedicated educator, human spirit, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, new jersey, usa, san francisco, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Party Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The New York club scene of the 80s and 90s was a world like no other. Into this candy-colored, mirror ball playground stepped Michael Alig, a wannabe from nowhere special. Under the watchful eye of veteran club kid James St. James, Alig quickly rose ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, disturbing, surreal ...
Audience: kids
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Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, indiana, manhattan new york city, dallas texas ...
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 7.3
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Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aileen Wuornos is an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, lesbian, prostitute, rape, misanthrope, death sentence, female criminal, destructive relationship, tragic love, homeless, murder, death penalty ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 2000s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, miami, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: emotional, thought provoking, rough, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: urban ghetto life, childhood, friendship, street kid, loss of friend, anger, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, crimes, coming of age, violence, racial slur ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2005, year 1986, 2000s ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, coney island brooklyn new york city, california
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27%
 7.4
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Sweet Sixteen (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, family relations, life is a bitch, downfall, drug dealing, family problems, siblings relations, society, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 7.8
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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: tense, thought provoking, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, hip hop, juvenile delinquency, african american, gang, rapper, street gang, poverty, friendship, teenage life, ghetto, tragic event ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: realistic, serious, disturbing, rough, epic ...
Plot: gang, violence spree, drug abuse, friendship, heroin, grudge, police shootout, crimes, crime, gang war, life is a bitch, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, ecuador, guatemala ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.8
 342K
The Fighter (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being ...
Style: sincere, realistic, uplifting, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxer, boxing, athlete's life, underdog, training, sport, loyalty, arrest, addiction, drug abuse, self destructing, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, atlantic city new jersey, new hampshire ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.3
 1K
Pinero (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "Piñero" tells the story of the explosive life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. After doing time in hard-core Sing-Sing for petty thefts and ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, ambition, lifestyle, rise and fall, rising to stardom, life is a bitch, society, human nature, celebrity culture, couple relations, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.9
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Gridiron Gang (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, rough, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids, girls' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, athlete and trainer, american football, underdog, athlete's life, redemption, ambition, youth, teenage life, human spirit, football, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, united states, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: youth, juvenile delinquency, crimes, sex with a stranger, gang, high school life, teenager, society, interracial relations, hip hop, teenage life, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, intellectual, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, friendship, juvenile delinquency, basketball, crime, crimes, coming of age, lifestyle, high school life, social decay, partners in crime, petty criminal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%