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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
Original name: Bound by Honor
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", and the story focuses on how a violent crime and the influence of narcotics alter their lives. Miklo is incarcerated and sent to San Quentin, where he makes a "home" for himself. Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but a heroin addiction overcomes him with tragic results. Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his "carnal", Miklo.
Style: epic, bleak, serious, rough, realistic, disturbing, surprise ending, dramatic, harsh, intense ...
Plot: gang, mexican american, police shootout, racism, artist, drug abuse, friendship, crime, gang war, grudge, heroin, prejudice, drugs/alcohol, criminal heroes, lowrider, youth gang, jail, crimes, society, violence spree, prison life, urban ghetto life, confined, life is a bitch, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, panama, colombia, guatemala, ecuador

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and harsh films with plots about crime, crimes, gang, gangsters, violence, murder and life is a bitch mostly in Crime, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Blood In, Blood Out: American Me (1992), City of God (2002), South Central (1992), Boyz n the Hood (1991), Shot Caller (2017). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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American Me (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Edward J. Olmos made his directorial bow with the powerhouse crime saga American Me. Olmos stars as street-gang leader Santana, who during his 18 years in Folsom Prison rules over all the drug-and-murder activities behind bars. Upon his release, ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, violence, criminal heroes, prison, friends, juvenile delinquency, sexual abuse, lowrider, racism, crime, murder, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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100%
 8.6
 617K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, crimes, journalism, urban ghetto life, social decay, society, rape, poverty, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
South Central (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A man is put to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop with crime but his son has yet followed the criminal path of his father.
Style: captivating, rough, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: gang, drug dealing, prison, crime, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, coming of age, crimes, society, youth, life is a bitch, murder ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles
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54%
 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, gang, friendship, crimes, life is a bitch, coming of age, teenage life, society, poverty, street gang ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 7.3
 53K
Shot Caller (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A newly-released prison gangster is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.
Style: harsh, suspense, twist ending, tense, clever
Plot: prison, violence, desperation, criminal, gang, murder, life is a bitch, existentialism, criminal heroes, tough guy, moral ambiguity, arrest ...
Place: california, usa
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100%
Gangs of New York (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 167 min.
Story: It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by ...
Style: suspense, tense, stylized, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, betrayal, organized crime, vengeance, gang war, criminal heroes, gangsters, social decay, irish, corruption, mob boss, revenge ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 1860s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
My Crazy Life (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named Ernesto, the two become bitter enemies. While their dispute ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, poverty, girl gang, friendship, urban, drug dealing, gang member, mexican american, crime, teenage life, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
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45%
 7.3
 14K
City of Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, friendship, crime, robbery, best friends, coming of age, betrayal, parent child relationship, slum, brazilian, father figure, street gang ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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The Story of a Latino Godfather (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In the streets of East Los Angeles, Manny is a formidable drug dealer. Impressed by his extravagant lifestyle and prowess, his young son, Kilo, yearns to follow in his footsteps. Kilo resolves to learn how to prosper in the drug world, and his new ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, gang, crime, gangsters, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto, drug dealing, going straight, addiction, drug abuse, police corruption, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Boulevard Nights (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A focus on life in a gang, Boulevard Nights portrays the dangers of street violence. Richard Yniguez plays a young Chicano who tries to get out of the gang, but he keeps finding himself drawn back into it.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Plot: gang, employer employee relationship, mexican american, gang war, machismo, gang member, urban, rich and poor, sibling relationship, latinx lead, crimes, crime ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 ⇓
39%
 7.3
 26K
Thug (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The South African multi-award winning film about a young South African boy from the ghetto named Tsotsi, meaning Gangster. Tsotsi, who left home as a child to get away from helpless parents, finds a baby in the back seat of a car that he has just ...
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, redemption, urban ghetto life, criminal, murder, baby, police, fight, slum, violence, crime, bully ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.6
 12K
Animal Factory (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, friendship, guitar, survival, strike, innocence lost, crime, prison warden, prison life, confined, human nature, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 8.7
 859K
Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.
Style: rough, epic, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, crimes, rise and fall, friends, friendship, shooting, violence, drug dealing, prison, murder ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s ...
Place: florida, new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 22K
Colors (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A confident young cop is shown the ropes by a veteran partner in the dangerous gang-controlled barrios of Los Angeles, where the gang culture is enforced by the colors the members wear.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, bleak, exciting ...
Plot: gang, police brutality, ghetto, mexican american, police, crime, gangsters, colleague, gang member, crimes, law enforcement, partners ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, venice beach california, south central los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.6
 306
Crack House (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Rick and Melissa are a pair of young lovers hoping to get out of the slums for good and escape the poverty and crime their families and friends have gotten involved in. All this comes to an end when Rick feels he must rejoin his old gang to avenge ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, rape victim, poverty, drug dealing, high school, against the odds, urban ghetto, teenage life, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, society, crime ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.7
 108K
This Is England (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Style: bleak, rough, realistic, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: racism, gang, vandalism, juvenile delinquency, skinhead, youth, violence, teenage life, coming of age, crimes, childhood, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, northern england, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 12K
At Close Range (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970's. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... ...
Style: bleak, tense, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, sociopath, rape, gun, crime, gang, parents and children, crimes, family relations, siblings relations, family in crisis, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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, 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 ⇓
32%
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, tense, serious, sexual, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: crimes, youth, juvenile delinquency, gang, teenage life, society, teenager, high school life, riddles and clues, hip hop, gangsters, promiscuity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 208K
Lawless (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Style: realistic, epic, atmospheric, serious, stylized ...
Plot: smuggling, siblings relations, crimes, gang, gangsters, uninhibited rivalry, fist fighting, prohibition, mafia, rivalry, greed, family relations ...
Time: 30s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1940, 1940s
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A "straight" couple dabbles in drugs and become heroin addicts.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, rough
Plot: drug dealing, gang, juvenile delinquency, crime, going straight, urban, rehabilitation, innocence lost, destructive relationship, addiction, adolescence vs adulthood, drug abuse ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, prison, gang, gangsters, death row, crime, crimes, hopes, society, journalism, leadership, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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, bleak, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, prison, theft, smuggling, friendship, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto, siblings relations, down on your luck, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new mexico, new york, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, alaska ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Saints and Sinners (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After many years Pooch returns to his neighbourhood. To Big Boy, his best friend, Pooch is valuable asset in his plans of becoming local crime lord. To Pooch, this reunion is painful because he is, actually, undercover cop sent to bring Big Boy down.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drugs/alcohol, crime, gang, master criminal, drug dealing, going straight, friendship, love triangle, working undercover, crimes, best friends, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Once in the Life (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Once in the life (of drug dealing and organized crime), can anyone get out? During a brief jail stay, two half-brothers, who have rarely seen each other while growing up, connect. One of them, called 20/20 Mike because he can sense people nearby, ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: prison, gang, crime, gangsters, unlikely criminals, crime gone awry, drug dealing, friendship, addiction, drug abuse, heist, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Blue Hill Avenue (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A child of a middle class home with solid moral values is lured into a world of crime and corruption.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friends, drug dealing, gang, juvenile delinquency, crime, ghetto, betrayal, urban ghetto, urban, going straight, friendship, addiction ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.6
 7K
Deuces Wild (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 1950s New York City. A bad and bloody gang war is about to erupt on the dysfunctional streets of Brooklyn. The Deuces at war with the vicious Vipers. Scott Kalvert directs this tale of lust, drugs, mayhem and madness during one hot summer on the ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, drug dealing, drug overdose, vengeance, crime, siblings relations, teenage life, crimes, rivalry, youth, family relations, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, brutality, gang, troubled teen, police, crime, murder, vengeance, police investigation, urban, drug dealing, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Switchblade Sisters (1975)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A tough gang of teenage girls are looking for love and fighting for turf on the mean streets of the city! Bad girls to the core, these impossibly outrageous high school hoodlums go where they want ... and create mayhem wherever they go!
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: high school, gang, juvenile delinquent, school, switchblade, prostitution, gang war, prostitute, gangsters, prison, crime, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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