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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
 7.3
 91K
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, heroin, downfall, friends, innocence lost, basketball, life is a bitch, teenage life, drugs/alcohol, rebellion, adolescence, juvenile delinquency, youth, diary, cocaine, coach, buddies, urban, sport, obsession, rebelliousness, drug addiction, drugs, kids in trouble ...
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, interesting, serious and harsh films with plots about storytelling, brutality, mentor, drinking, runaway, redemption and drugs mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like The Basketball Diaries: Trainspotting (1996), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Christiane F. (1981), Kids (1995), Blow (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 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, captivating, dark humor, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, life is a bitch, friendship, society, counterculture, crimes, surrealism, misfit, drug addiction ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london
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100%
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, surreal ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, drug addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, depression, hallucinations, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: heroin, downfall, 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 ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, disturbing, bleak, realistic, rough ...
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: serious, atmospheric, captivating, emotional, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, rise and fall, drug dealing, drug abuse, cocaine, gangsters, drug addiction, criminal heroes, organized crime, friendship, war on drugs, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: california, latin america, 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, bleak, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, buddies, friendship, rivalry, lifestyle, self discovery, obsession, fist fighting, social decay, uninhibited rivalry, friends, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, harvard university, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 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, friendship, african american, drug abuse, high school, bicycle, prison, junior high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ 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, rough ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, hip hop, friendship, crime, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, drugs/alcohol, social decay, drug dealer, ghetto, gang, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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 addiction, drug abuse, death of pet, betrayal, love, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, destructive relationship, romance, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ 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, immigrants, juvenile delinquency, realism, drugs/alcohol, friendship, self esteem, adolescence, drug traffic, bravery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: dysfunctional family, peer pressure, makeover, domestic violence, addiction, coming of age, friendship, theft, drug overdose, street life, underage drinking, teen angst ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, captivating, biting, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: rise and fall, success, ambition, cons and scams, wall street, 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 ⇓
100%
 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, serious, gloomy, 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, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.3
 120K
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, realistic, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, serial killer, lesbian, rape, destructive relationship, prostitution, murder, sexual abuse, death penalty, motel, crime, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, 2000s
Place: florida, michigan, usa, ohio
⇓ 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, overdose, motel, friendship, addiction, hat, junkie, superstition, group therapy, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 ...
Audience: kids
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 ⇓
25%
 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 ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friends, addiction, drug abuse, money, hallucination, party, birthday, hotel, police, arrest, nightclub, costume ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, indiana, usa, dallas texas, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, best friend, crime gone awry, teenage life, crimes, deadly, rivalry, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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: drug abuse, violence, murder, addiction, robbery, crime, heist, drug dealing, friendship, buddies, crimes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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, drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, police, hip hop, drugs/alcohol, buddies, going straight, aids, escape, suspicion of murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: detroit, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: sport, drug abuse, basketball, heroin, vietnam war, athlete's life, ambition, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, urban, contests and competitions, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.1
 14K
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, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, sex, police, crime, strangulation, strong sexual content, rock, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ 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, disturbing ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, dysfunctional family, drug dealer, downfall, parents and children, drug dealing, society, crime, youth, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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: epic, bleak, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: gang, mexican american, artist, racism, police shootout, drug abuse, friendship, crime, gang war, grudge, heroin, prejudice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, colombia, guatemala ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.8
 108K
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, gloomy, serious, tense, rough ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, hip hop, friendship, gang, coming of age, poverty, street gang, crimes, life is a bitch, teenage life, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, overdose, basketball, graffiti, sex, drug addiction, heroin, painting, creativity, rise and fall, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, rough, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, friendship, domestic violence, dysfunctional family, child abuse, mechanic, homosexual, jealousy, oppression, alcoholic, parents and children ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: seattle, usa, washington state, united states, seattle washington ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.4
 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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, enigmatic ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, social misfits, writer's life, rise and fall, rising to stardom, celebrity culture, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, human nature, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, puerto rico, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 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 ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, courtroom, drug abuse, 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 ⇓
20%
 6.9
 93K
Alpha Dog (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 117 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, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: kidnapping, gang, crime, friendship, debt, party, swimming pool, crimes, marijuana, friends, buddies, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2003, year 2005
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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