Urban decay movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant urban decay movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, suspenseful, tense, rough, disturbing and cult film films and TV shows about / with urban decay, violence, murder, urban setting, death, suspense, police, gang, danger and brutality plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Action genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as urban decay: Falling Down (1993), Candyman (1992), Candyman (2021), Escape from New York (1981), Taxi Driver (1976), The Fool (2014), Ratcatcher (1999), The Wire (2002), Morphine (2008), Divines (2016).

List of urban decay movies

Falling Down (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: On the day of his daughter's birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster is trying to get to the home of his estranged ex-wife to see his daughter. His car breaks down, so he leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. ...
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, bleak, cerebral ...
Audience: date night, manly
Plot: rage, anger, midlife crisis, violence, obsession, urban decay, police officer, vigilante, alienation, losing-it hero, gang, revenge ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Candyman (1992)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.
Style: scary, slasher, suspenseful, gothic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, urban legend, ghost, supernatural, monster, belief, macabre, cult, investigation, urban decay, revenge, bee ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: chicago illinois, illinois, usa
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Candyman (2021)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his ...
Style: scary, slasher, suspenseful, dark, bloody ...
Plot: urban legend, mirror, urban decay, strong violent content, supernatural, suspense, revenge, invisible man, vengeful ghost, ghost, fear, murder ...
Time: 2020s, year 1977, 2010s, year 2019
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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Escape from New York (1981)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country's worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash ...
Style: exciting, futuristic, serious, apocalyptic, rough ...
Audience: manly, teens, boys' night
Plot: prison, distopia, cyberpunk, post apocalypse, escape, race against time, future dystopia, loner, rescue, gunfight, hostage, tough guy ...
Time: future, 80s, year 1997, 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey, usa, california ...
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Taxi Driver (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
Style: psychological, bleak, neo noir, disturbing, cerebral ...
Plot: character study, loner, violence, vigilante, obsession, alienation, loneliness, vigilantism, psychology, lone wolves, taxi, antisocial behavior ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, vietnam, harlem
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The Fool (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Fool is a movie about a simple plumber. An honest man, he is up against an entire system of corrupted bureaucrats. At stake are the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dorm that is at risk of collapsing within the span of the night.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, tense, bleak ...
Plot: fighting the system, russian, society, suspense, apartment building, courage, tragedy, rebellion, injustice, corruption, moral dilemma, violence ...
Time: 21st century
Place: russia
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Ratcatcher (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: James Gillespie is 12 years old. The world he knew is changing. Haunted by a secret, he has become a stranger in his own family. He is drawn to the canal where he creates a world of his own. He finds an awkward tenderness with Margaret Anne, a ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, art house, gloomy, stylized ...
Plot: children, poverty, boy, friendship, coming of age, neighbor, bully, urban decay, moving, grief, garbage, rat ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: glasgow scotland, scotland
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The Wire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between ...
Style: clever, tense, cynical, serious, captivating ...
Plot: organized crime, police detective, corruption, police, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, working undercover, drug dealing, fighting crime, police investigation, gang, drug lord ...
Time: 2000s, future, 50s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
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Morphine (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The year is 1917. We are in the Russian countryside. It is the middle of freezing winter. A pale young, newly educated doctor arrives. Having to deal with one medical challenge after another he soon becomes the center of everyone's attention. ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, serious, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, morphine, doctor, urban decay, doctors, drug addiction, hopelessness, civil war, world war one, loneliness, hardship ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: russia
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Divines (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Qatar
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In a ghetto where religion and drug trafficking rub shoulders, Dounia has a lust for power and success. Supported by Maimouna, her best friend, she decides to follow in the footsteps of Rebecca, a respected dealer. But her encounter with Djigui, a ...
Style: captivating, tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: ghetto, friendship, drug dealing, poverty, urban decay, slum, police, seduction, street gang, greed, dancer, gangsters ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: paris france, france
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Death Wish (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A mild-mannered father is transformed into a killing machine after his family is torn apart by a violent act.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, controversial, bloody, entertaining ...
Plot: vigilante, vengeance, vigilantism, death of wife, father daughter relationship, home invasion, criminal, justice, dark hero, violence, revenge, police ...
Time: 2010s
Place: usa, illinois, chicago illinois, new york
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Tenement (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A drug-dealing band of violent street thugs terrorize the tenants of a South Bronx apartment building
Style: disturbing, controversial, realistic, serious, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, exploitation, revenge, apartment building, urban decay, rape, gangsters, home invasion, violence, city, street gang, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
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RoboCop (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy into an armed ...
Style: futuristic, entertaining, bloody, intense, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night, manly, kids, teens
Plot: cyberpunk, robot, cyborgs, police, androids and robots, distopia, revenge, law enforcement, graphic violence, violence, fight, superhero ...
Time: future, 80s
Place: usa, detroit, michigan
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Death Wish (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After his wife is murdered by street punks, a pacifistic New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad, prowling the streets for would-be muggers after dark.
Style: controversial, rough, harsh, disturbing, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilante, vigilantism, violence, vengeance, revenge, police, murder, home invasion, rape and revenge, gang, gunfight, one against many ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, tucson arizona, honolulu hawaii ...
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Dogworld (2021)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the near future, a small town is surrounded by barbed wire that no one, not even the police, dares to cross. The poorest are left fighting for survival, while gangs compete for the territory. Two thirteen-year-old orphans who grew up together, ...
Style: captivating, tense, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: gang, urban decay, gang war, outlaw gang, bandit, teenager, crime boss, urban setting, juvenile delinquency, suspense, criminal underworld, teenage life ...
Time: future
Place: italy, southern italy
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Mosul (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: When ISIS took their homes, families and city, one group of men fought to take it all back. Based on true events, this is the story of the Nineveh SWAT team, a renegade police unit who waged a guerrilla operation against ISIS in a desperate struggle ...
Style: tense, captivating, disturbing, perverse, neo noir ...
Plot: isis, war on terror, military, islamic terrorism, terrorism, pow, guerilla warfare, behind enemy lines, war violence, terrorist group, ex cop, police officer ...
Time: 2010s
Place: iraq, middle east
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Iron Man: Armored Adventures (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA, UK, France, Luxembourg, India
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Iron Man: Armored Adventures is a 3D CGI cartoon series based on the Marvel Comics superhero Iron Man. It debuted in the USA on the Nicktoons on April 24, 2009, and has already begun airing on Canadian network Teletoon. Iron Man: Armored Adventures ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, suspenseful
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: superhero, teenage hero, hidden identity, good versus evil, young heroes, rivalry, heroes, urban decay, crime fighter, teenage boy, warrior, masked hero ...
Time: 2010s, 2000s, 21st century
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The Barrier (2020)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Spain
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: One family’s fight for survival in a future dystopian Madrid illustrates the disparity between two worlds separated by a fence — and so much more.
Style: breathtaking, stylized, exciting, suspenseful, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dystopic future, survival, tough law enforcer, conspiracy, betrayal, daring rescue, fight, rescue, heroic mission, violence, escapades, government corruption ...
Time: future, distant future
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A Place Called Today (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Racial tensions arise when a black lawyer runs for mayor of a racially divided town.
Style: political
Plot: urban decay, racial tension, blaxploitation, rape and revenge, election, bomb, politics, female nudity, rape, murder, political manipulation, kidnapping ...
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Combat Shock (1984)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A dangerously disturbed Vietnam veteran struggles with life 15 years after his return home, and slowly falls into insanity from his gritty urban lifestyle.
Style: disturbing, controversial, depressing, bloody, indie film ...
Plot: vietnam war, misfit, exploitation, suicide, veteran, urban decay, teenager, mental disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, freak, surrealism, military ...
Place: new york, vietnam, usa
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Pulse (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After one of their friends commits suicide, strange things begin happening to a group of young Tokyo residents. One of them sees visions of his dead friend in the shadows on the wall, while another's computer keeps showing strange, ghostly ...
Style: scary, atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: date night, boys' night, teens
Plot: ghost, supernatural, internet, afterlife, suicide, depression, missing person, college student, suspense, technology, apocalypse, lifestyle ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, latin america, asia
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Joker (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.
Style: thought provoking, atmospheric, bleak, psychological, cynical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, villain, suspense, mental disorder, social problems, loneliness, psychological trauma, psycho, revenge, character change, insanity, psychopath ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1981, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, los angeles
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Barbarian (2022)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In town for a job interview, a young woman arrives at her Airbnb late at night only to find that it has been mistakenly double-booked and a strange man is already staying there. Against her better judgement, she decides to stay the night anyway, but ...
Style: scary, slasher, psychological, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: basement, fear, female protagonist, kidnapping, psychopath, suspense, plot twist, locked in a basement, locked in a room, secret passageway, serial killer, house ...
Time: 80s, 2020s
Place: detroit, usa, brooklyn new york city
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Brick Mansions (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, USA, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a dystopian Detroit, grand houses that once housed the wealthy are now homes of the city's most-dangerous criminals. Surrounding the area is a giant wall to keep the rest of Detroit safe. For undercover cop Damien Collier, every day is a ...
Style: intense, serious, suspenseful, exciting, buddy movie ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: undercover cop, parkour, ghetto, gang, betrayal, gunfight, distopia, kidnapping, car chase, race against time, police corruption, undercover ...
Time: near future, 2010s, future
Place: new orleans, detroit, new jersey, canada
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Monsters: Dark Continent (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Seven years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have spread worldwide. Humans have been knocked off the top of the food chain, with disparate communities struggling for survival. American soldiers are being sent abroad to ...
Style: serious, bleak, stylized, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: alien invasion, alien, post apocalypse, monster, creature, military, alien contact, survival, giant monster, giant creature, evil alien, suspense ...
Time: future
Place: usa, detroit
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The Warriors (1979)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Prominent gang leader Cyrus calls a meeting of New York's gangs to set aside their turf wars and take over the city. At the meeting, a rival leader kills Cyrus, but a Coney Island gang called the Warriors is wrongly blamed for Cyrus' ...
Style: neo noir, stylized, futuristic, intense, tense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gang, survival, street gang, chase, gang war, gangsters, gang member, violence, murder, cult, subway, assassination ...
Time: future, 70s, 80s, near future, year 1979
Place: new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, new jersey, los angeles, bronx new york city ...
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Supergirl (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch
Style: campy, serious, stylized, suspenseful, sexy ...
Audience: kids, teens, pre-teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: superhero, teenage girl, superheroine, megalomaniac, female protagonist, good versus evil, witch, magic, teenage superheroine, villainess, beast, save the world ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: illinois, chicago illinois, new york
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Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, private detective, twists and turns, police investigation, kidnapped child, missing child, suspense, moral dilemma, tragic event, disappearance, child abuse ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
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Double Dragon (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, France, Denmark
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Set 15 years in the future in post-earthquake California, where San Diego and Los Angeles are merged into one city, two teenage brothers have half of a powerful ancient Chinese talisman. An evil gang leader named Bo Abobo has the other half, and ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, sexy, exciting, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroic mission, chase, heroes, good versus evil, superhuman powers, fight, rivalry, leadership, race against time, secret identity, gang ...
Time: future, year 2007, 2000s, 80s, 21st century
Place: los angeles, egypt, china, california, usa
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Death Wish II (1982)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Paul Kersey is again a vigilante trying to find five punks who murdered his housekeeper and daughter in Los Angeles.
Style: neo noir, erotic, unusual plot structure, feel good, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rape, vigilante, rape and revenge, gang, one man army, female nudity, prostitute, street gang, interracial rape, violence, vigilantism, revenge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, new york, usa
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