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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, rough, realistic, disturbing, bleak, serious, basketball movie, intense, harsh, dramatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, downfall, heroin, friends, innocence lost, life is a bitch, teenage life, basketball, rebellion, adolescence, drugs/alcohol, rebelliousness, youth, juvenile delinquency, diary, cocaine, coach, rock, buddies, childhood, urban, sport, obsession, drug addiction ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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 melancholic films with plots about addiction, drug abuse, drugs, storytelling, life is a bitch, mentor and drinking mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like The Basketball Diaries: Trainspotting (1996), Christiane F. (1981), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Kids (1995), Blow (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 8.2
 566K
Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 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, semi serious, rough, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, heroin, friendship, life is a bitch, counterculture, society, crimes, misfit, drug addiction, surrealism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london
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100%
 7.6
 19K
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: gloomy, bleak, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: downfall, heroin, drug abuse, addiction, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, friendship, society, drug dealing, prostitute, lifestyle, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, west berlin west germany, berlin germany, west germany, poland
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45%
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, atmospheric, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, heroin, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, drug addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, hallucinations, depression, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 66K
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: serious, rough, disturbing, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: coming of age, strong sexual content, youth, virginity, drugs/alcohol, innocence lost, puberty, teenage life, social decay, society, first sex, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.6
 218K
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: realistic, stylized, gloomy, epic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, drug lord, drug dealing, drug abuse, drug addiction, friendship, gangsters, cocaine, blind ambition, criminal heroes, ambition, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: latin america, california, colombia, mexico, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, rough, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: buddies, gang, friendship, uninhibited rivalry, friends, soccer, social relations, rivalry, obsession, lifestyle, self discovery, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, harvard university, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, realistic, gloomy, serious, rough ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, death of pet, love, betrayal, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, romance, destructive relationship, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 79K
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, realistic, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, basketball, liberal, student, african american, drug abuse, loneliness, friendship, high school, bicycle, prison ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.8
 74K
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, serious, gloomy, bleak, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: peer pressure, dysfunctional family, addiction, makeover, domestic violence, theft, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, kids in trouble, friendship, life is a bitch, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia, USA, Ecuador
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.
Style: tense, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Plot: drug dealing, airplane, illegal immigration, smuggling, immigrants, juvenile delinquency, realism, drugs/alcohol, friendship, self esteem, adolescence, drug traffic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, bleak, stylized, serious ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, hip hop, friendship, crime, juvenile delinquency, drugs/alcohol, coming of age, gunfight, social decay, organized crime, drug dealer, ghetto ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, sincere, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, robbery, motel, friendship, addiction, overdose, drugs/alcohol, urban, hat, junkie, superstition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A dramatization of the life of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (Don Cheadle), with a lot of factual based occurrences. A reformed junkie returns from prison to clean up his act and devote the rest of his life to the young kids of Harlem. 1996 ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, sport, basketball, heroin, vietnam war, drugs/alcohol, athlete's life, ambition, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, urban, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.3
 14K
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, offbeat, serious, realistic, enigmatic ...
Plot: friends, addiction, celebrity culture, drug abuse, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, society, social misfits, arrest, nightclub, injection, donut ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, indiana, usa, dallas texas, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.0
 13K
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: witty, rough, semi serious, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, police, hip hop, drugs/alcohol, buddies, going straight, aids, escape, suspicion of murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: detroit, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.4
 16K
Less Than Zero (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A college freshman returns to Los Angeles for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.
Style: stylized, gloomy, serious, realistic, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, drug addiction, friendship, hedonism, decadence, cocaine, college, coming of age, addiction, prostitute, downfall, self discovery ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.0
 36K
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 ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, fashion, lesbian, mental illness, nightlife, lifestyle, heroin, strong sexual content, aids, model, rehabilitation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: clever, biting, captivating, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: rise and fall, success, ambition, wall street, cons and scams, strong sexual content, drugs/alcohol, millionaire, corporate crimes, greed, workplace situations, stock broker ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1987, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, geneva switzerland, manhattan new york city, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 6.9
 18K
Basquiat (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Director Julian Schnabel illustrates the portrait of his friend, the first African-American pop artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who unfortunately died at a young age and just as he was beginning to make a name for himself in the art world. Alongside the ...
Style: stylized, rough, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: drug abuse, friendship, basketball, overdose, creativity, graffiti, sex, drug addiction, heroin, painting, rise and fall, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 40K
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: realistic, emotional, gloomy, serious, sexual ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, destructive relationship, artist, marriage, life is a bitch, lovers, love and romance, fall in love, obsession, junkie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, mcdonald's restaurant, sydney australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.9
 21K
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: serious, sincere, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, courtroom, law firm, lawsuit, cocaine, underdog, dedicated lawyer, drugs/alcohol, courtroom drama, legal action, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1998, year 1995
Place: usa, washington d.c., houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.6
 7K
Bullet (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A tough, Jewish ex-con just released from prison crosses a powerful drug dealer and former prison rival in his return to a life of crime.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, tragic ending, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, urban ghetto, violence, life philosophy, character study, life, hip hop, crime, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.5
 12K
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: emotional, captivating, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, dysfunctional family, downfall, parents and children, society, youth, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, innocence lost, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Another Day in Paradise (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A vending machine robbery by small time thief and drug addict Bobbie (Vincent Kartheiser) goes badly awry, and his friends contact street-wise thief and part-time druggie Mel (James Woods) to patch him up.Recognizing a kindred spirit, Mel befriends ...
Style: talky, realistic, serious, cynical, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: violence, drug abuse, murder, addiction, robbery, crime, heist, drug dealing, friendship, buddies, crimes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: realistic, emotional, serious, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: childhood, coming of age, friendship, juvenile delinquency, homecoming, loss of friend, anger, marijuana, african american, racial slur, drugs/alcohol, retrospective ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1986, 2000s, year 2005
Place: new york, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.1
 26K
Sid and Nancy (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Following their breakout success in England, flagship punk rock band the Sex Pistols venture out on their first U.S. tour. Temperamental bassist Sid Vicious takes his troubled girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, along for the ride. Along the way, the ...
Style: serious, gloomy, captivating, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, destructive relationship, drug abuse, heroin, drugs/alcohol, rise and fall, love and romance, couples, life is a bitch, music band, love affair, punk ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, england, europe, britain, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.8
 34K
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: stylized, semi serious, rough, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, drug dealing, crimes, methamphetamine, drug snorting, older woman younger woman relationship, porn magazine, s&m, bondage, masturbation, stripper ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.2
 815
Toxic Love (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The alienating and repetitive life of a group of heroin junkies in the 1980s Rome.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, gloomy
Plot: addiction, heroin, drugs/alcohol, beach, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, social issues, drug abuse, kids in trouble, rebellion, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.0
 32K
Bully (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering ...
Style: gloomy, bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: sexual abuse, murder, strong sexual content, vengeance, gay slur, crime gone awry, teenage life, crimes, deadly, rivalry, youth, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.9
 39K
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lilya lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working ...
Style: bleak, serious, sincere, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: prostitute, sexual abuse, poverty, downfall, social decay, life is a bitch, teenage life, innocence lost, youth, slavery, coming of age, redemption ...
Place: sweden, europe, estonia, denmark, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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