Movies like The Basketball Diaries

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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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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, downfall, teenage life, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, basketball, antisocial behavior, juvenile delinquency, friends, anguish, diary, coach, drug overdose, innocence lost, society, high school, sport, adolescence, mental illness, gym, threat, basketball coach, rebellion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 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, serious, interesting and harsh films with plots about storytelling, brutality, mentor, drinking, runaway, redemption and dialogue mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like The Basketball Diaries: Christiane F. (1981), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Trainspotting (1996), Kids (1995), Thirteen (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, teenage life, friendship, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, drug dealing, life is a bitch, youth, destructive relationship, prostitution ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, berlin germany, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
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75%
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, disturbing, atmospheric, bleak, depressing ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, life is a bitch, depression, downfall, insanity, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, degradation, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 8.1
 613K
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, captivating, psychedelic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, friendship, counterculture, existentialism, self destructing, society, drug addiction, drug rehabilitation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.1
 70K
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: kids, teens
Plot: strong sexual content, puberty, underage sex, coming of age, virginity, innocence lost, first sex, urban ghetto life, youth, teenage life, street kid, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.8
 78K
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, tense, sincere, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, addiction, juvenile delinquency, peer pressure, theft, makeover, friendship, mother daughter relationship, family problems, life is a bitch, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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 addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drug addict, love, betrayal, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, couple relations, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ 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, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, overdose, robbery, friendship, motel, addiction, loss of friend, thief, hat, superstition, junkie ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, portland oregon
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67%
 6.9
 14K
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, rough, humorous, harsh ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, hip hop, heroin, friendship, rehabilitation, going straight, overdose, life is a bitch, crimes, treatment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, detroit, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, serious, disturbing, realistic, epic ...
Plot: gang, gang war, drug abuse, friendship, heroin, grudge, police shootout, crime, crimes, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, violence spree ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, guatemala, colombia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 15K
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, psychological, stylized, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, strangulation, sex, police, crime, society, youth, profanity, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ 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, bleak, realistic, stylized, rough ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, gunfight, friendship, african american, crime, hip hop, coming of age, police brutality, graduation, social decay, overdose, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
This Boy's Life (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: realistic, emotional, gloomy, touching, rough ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, friendship, child abuse, mechanic, homosexual, gay teenager, bittersweet, drinking problem, gender ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, washington state, united states, seattle washington ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 82K
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, african american, friendship, loneliness, liberal, basketball, secret, coach, ghetto, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ 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: tense, realistic, emotional, sentimental, rough ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, illegal immigration, immigrants, friendship, smuggling, crime, financial problem, juvenile delinquency, crimes, boyfriend, new job ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 97K
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, youth, society, crimes, criminal heroes, party, crime, death, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1999, year 2003, year 2005
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ 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: sentimental, touching, rough, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teachers and students, dedicated educator, high school, lifestyle change, teacher, idealism, teenage life, gang violence, domestic violence, social relations, life is a bitch, racial tension ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 232K
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, atmospheric, captivating, emotional, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, rise and fall, drug dealing, cocaine, drug cartel, gangsters, drug abuse, drug addiction, organized crime, friendship, drug use, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: california, latin america, mexico, colombia, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 42K
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, obsession, marriage, life is a bitch, junkie, lovers, artist, professor, theft ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, sydney australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 119K
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: touching, sincere, captivating, motivational, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: athlete and trainer, basketball, teachers and students, sport, coach, athlete's life, teacher, high school, underdog, human spirit, dedicated educator, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey, usa, texas, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 130K
Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
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, harsh ...
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, lesbian, destructive relationship, rape, tragic love, murder, death penalty, sexual abuse, mentally unstable, lawyer, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: serious, realistic, stylized, disturbing, surreal ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friends, addiction, drug abuse, gays and lesbians, party, police, drug dealing, social misfits, male friendship, money, murder, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, indiana, usa, manhattan new york city, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, rough, thought provoking, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: urban ghetto life, childhood, friendship, street kid, loss of friend, anger, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, crimes, coming of age, violence, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 2005, 2000s, year 1986
Place: new york, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: emotional, captivating, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, sport, vietnam war, heroin, basketball, city life, rising to stardom, athlete and trainer, power relations, youth, urban, going straight ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 7.4
 13K
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, disturbing, bleak, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: heroin, juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, downfall, life is a bitch, drug dealing, adolescence vs adulthood, siblings relations, family problems, drug dealer, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, lifestyle, rise and fall, ambition, rising to stardom, human nature, couple relations, celebrity culture, life is a bitch, society, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, puerto rico, lower east side manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.7
 118K
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, suspenseful, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, gang, african american, poverty, coming of age, friendship, street gang, hip hop, police brutality, machismo, racial slur ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1991 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, rough, intellectual, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, friendship, juvenile delinquency, basketball, high school student, crime, coming of age, social decay, high school life, downfall, petty criminal, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.9
 48K
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
Plot: juvenile delinquency, athlete and trainer, american football, underdog, athlete's life, redemption, teenage life, human spirit, youth, sport, football, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, 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, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: youth, juvenile delinquency, crimes, high school life, sex with a stranger, teenager, teenage life, gang, drug dealing, gangsters, innocence lost, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.8
 22K
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, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, law firm, lawsuit, courtroom, fighting the system, righting the wronged, legal action, against the odds, public health, corporate crimes, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1998, year 1999, year 1995
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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