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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
 7.3
 109K
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, downfall, life is a bitch, teenage life, drug overdose, basketball, anguish, antisocial behavior, coach, juvenile delinquency, friends, corporal punishment, diary, self destructing, drug addiction, gym, innocence lost, sport, society, high school, adolescence, male prostitution, mental illness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
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, interesting, serious and harsh films with plots about storytelling, brutality, mentor, drinking alcohol, drug abuse, runaway and drugs mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like The Basketball Diaries: Requiem for a Dream (2000), Christiane F. (1981), Thirteen (2003), Kids (1995), Trainspotting (1996). 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, depressing, atmospheric ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, drug addiction, hallucination, drug trip, depression, degradation, drug use, destructive relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
96%
 7.5
 25K
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, bleak, serious, disturbing, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, downfall, drug addiction, juvenile delinquency, friendship, teenage life, drug overdose, youth, drug dealing ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west berlin west germany, west germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 6.8
 86K
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: tense, realistic, serious, bleak, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: peer pressure, underage drinking, dysfunctional family, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, kids in trouble, addiction, friends, friendship, marijuana, theft, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 7.0
 78K
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, puberty, strong sexual content, virginity, coming of age, innocence lost, first sex, street kid, urban ghetto life, youth, nihilism, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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 8.1
 673K
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, psychedelic, captivating, stylized, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, heroin, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug addiction, addiction, social misfits, surrealism, counterculture, dark humor, friendship, hallucination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.2
 45K
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, drug abuse, addiction, destructive relationship, junkie, marriage, life is a bitch, obsession, lovers, artist, painting, professor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 87K
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, loneliness, friendship, liberal, basketball, student, secret, coach, african american, ghetto, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 103K
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, death, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry, suburbs ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1999, year 2005, year 2003
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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, dark humor, friendship, drug addiction, addiction, couples, overdose, thief, loss of friend, robbery, group therapy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 abuse, drug addiction, drug addict, addiction, betrayal, drug use, couple relations, destructive relationship, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, serious, rough, bleak ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: urban ghetto life, street gang, african american, police brutality, crimes, hip hop, murder, friendship, juvenile delinquency, gunfight, coming of age, graduation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 45K
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, melancholic, sexy, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, addiction, drug abuse, fashion, model, lesbian romance, heroin, drug addiction, aids, strong sexual content, mental illness, lesbianism ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 144K
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, inspirational, touching, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: basketball, teachers and students, teacher, athlete and trainer, sport, underdog, high school, dedicated educator, human spirit, athlete's life, coach, sport team ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey, usa, sacramento california, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 149K
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, harsh, psychological, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, lesbian, sexual abuse, rape, lesbian love, destructive relationship, misanthrope, female killer, tragic love, death sentence, murder ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, miami, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 16K
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, addiction, drug abuse, hip hop, heroin, going straight, rehabilitation, overdose, friendship, life is a bitch, crimes, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, detroit, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 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: sincere, touching, serious, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, lifestyle, ambition, rising to stardom, rise and fall, society, life is a bitch, celebrity culture, couple relations, human nature, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, puerto rico, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 18K
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, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, juvenile delinquency, strangulation, family relations, police, nudity (full frontal - brief), woman strangled to death, crimes, rock ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ 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: realistic, rough, tense, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, life is a bitch, illegal immigration, immigrants, friendship, smuggling, crimes, juvenile delinquency, financial problem, new job, boyfriend ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: inspirational, rough, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, dedicated educator, high school, lifestyle change, teenage life, idealism, gang violence, holocaust, social relations, life is a bitch, domestic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1961, year 2006, year 1992 ...
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.5
 255K
Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
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, captivating, atmospheric, emotional, depressing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug addiction, drug abuse, drug dealing, rise and fall, drug cartel, drug use, gangsters, friendship, cocaine, blind ambition, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 60s, 50s, 90s ...
Place: colombia, california, latin america, usa, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 39K
Spun (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Over the course of three days Ross, a college dropout addicted to crystal-meth, encounters a variety of oddball folks - including a stripper named Nikki and her boyfriend, the local meth producer, The Cook - but all he really wants to do is hook up ...
Style: psychedelic, rough, stylized, semi serious, cynical ...
Plot: drug abuse, methamphetamine, drug trip, older woman younger woman relationship, drug addiction, stripper, self destructing, drugged, drugs, strong sexual content, addiction, s&m ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 16K
Party Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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
Plot: friends, gays and lesbians, gay, drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, celebrity culture, drugs, nightclub, social misfits, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: new york, usa, indiana, manhattan new york city, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.4
 638
Wasted (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A high-school track star (Nick Stahl) watches without judgment as his two best friends (Summer Phoenix, Aaron Paul) abuse heroin.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, rough, biting ...
Plot: high school, drug addict, friendship, heroin, teenage life, life is a bitch, downfall, small town, kids in trouble, curses spells and rituals, drug abuse, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: kids, teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, childhood, friendship, street kid, loss of friend, anger, life is a bitch, crimes, coming of age, violence, marijuana, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2005, 2000s, year 1986 ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, coney island brooklyn new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.4
 15K
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, adolescence vs adulthood, siblings relations, family problems, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
⇓ 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: 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 ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
 24K
Puncture (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, lawsuit, drug abuse, law firm, courtroom, righting the wronged, public health, fighting the system, legal action, against the odds, dedicated lawyer, corporate crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995, year 1998, year 1999
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.9
 62K
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, rough, sincere, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids, girls' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, american football, athlete and trainer, underdog, athlete's life, redemption, teenage life, human spirit, ambition, youth, football, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.8
 360K
The Fighter (2010)
Genre: Action, 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, inspirational, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, boxer, underdog, athlete's life, training, sport, loyalty, arrest, addiction, drug abuse, self destructing, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, year 1993
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new hampshire, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.8
 138K
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, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, street gang, hip hop, juvenile delinquency, ghetto, gang, poverty, rapper, friendship, teenage life, tragic event ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1984
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%