Urban violence movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant urban violence movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out disturbing, serious, realistic, rough, cult film and harsh films and TV shows about / with urban violence, violence, murder, society, gangsters, brutality, crimes, blood, violent and revenge plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Brazil and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as urban violence: Joker (2019), City of God (2002), Falling Down (1993), AE-Autoexposure (2012), Divines (2016), Menace II Society (1993), Fritz the Cat (1972), Fish Tank (2009), Sound and Fury (1988), Tenement (1985).

List of urban violence movies

 8.4
 1.3M
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, suspense, bleak, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, social problems, mental disorder, psychological trauma, character change, psycho, insanity, loneliness, revenge, social decay, villain, bad attitude ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1981, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york
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 8.6
 755K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
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: disturbing, rough, bleak, dark, stylized ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gang, society, crimes, coming of age, gang war, organized crime, journalism, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, police corruption, photographer, gangsters ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, 60s
Place: rio de janeiro, latin america, brazil, south america
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 7.6
 191K
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, suspense, bleak ...
Audience: date night
Plot: anger, alienation, rage, midlife crisis, urban decay, vigilante, losing-it hero, violence, obsession, insanity, crimes, racism ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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AE-Autoexposure (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 78 min.
Story: After a shooting assignment, Henrique is mugged by two armed motor-bikers who steal his camera and speed off. Seconds later, he watches both get hit by a pickup truck driven by a self-appointed avenger, someone weary of feeling defenseless against ...
Plot: urban violence, guilt, photographer, crooked cop, crime investigation, vigilantism, armed robbery, attempted robbery, corrupt cop, solidarity, avenger, learning to drive ...
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 7.4
 10K
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, suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: ghetto, friendship, drug dealing, poverty, urban decay, slum, police, seduction, street gang, greed, dancer, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: paris france
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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 ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: crimes, urban ghetto life, gangsters, hip hop, african american, murder, friendship, police brutality, ghetto, gang, street gang, organized crime ...
Time: 90s, year 1993, 20th century, 70s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, north america
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 6.2
 13K
Fritz the Cat (1972)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960's.
Style: adult animation, disturbing, psychedelic, surreal, sexy ...
Plot: cat, sexual abuse, hippie, satire, sex, addiction, social satire, sexual humor, superhero, drug abuse, drugs, trippy ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1966
Place: new york, usa
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 7.3
 63K
Fish Tank (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Style: emotional, bleak, gloomy, disturbing, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: age difference, mother's boyfriend, older man younger woman relationship, coming of age, dancing, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, youth, fall in love, innocence lost, adolescence, sex with a minor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: california, europe, england
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Sound and Fury (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: This drama depicts the misery of neglected children in big cities. 13 years old Bruno is of a good family, but since the death of his grandmother he spends most of his time alone, in a phantasy world, while his mother is away at work. But then he ...
Style: neo noir
Audience: teens
Plot: anarchist, coming of age, mafia, boy, rage, brother brother relationship, violence, basement, rape, journalist, theft, son murders father ...
Time: 80s
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 5.5
 881
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, serious, realistic, scary, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: exploitation, gang, apartment building, revenge, urban decay, crimes, rape, home invasion, street gang, murder, gangsters, violent ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york
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 8.0
 105K
Elite Squad (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil, USA, Argentina
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, intense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, police brutality, drug traffic, drug lord, favela, crimes, slum, law enforcement, torture, gangsters, poverty, police ...
Time: 70s, 90s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, berlin germany, latin america, south america
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 4.2
 2K
Down River (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines must confront their fears and desires while finding a way back to their battalion.
Style: suspense, tense, serious, exciting, semi autobiographical ...
Plot: war criminal, behind enemy lines, gas mask, 20 year old, truck, fictional war, 18 year old, bosnian war, survival, military, murder, prisoner ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century
Place: congo, vietnam, germany, normandy, cambodia
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 4.6
 1K
Paris Is Us (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Dreams and reality collide as a young woman navigates a tumultuous relationship amid rising social tensions, protests and tragedies in Paris.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: teenager, fear, couples, french, youth, terrorism, riot, police, conflict, struggle, economic crisis, terrorist attack ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: paris france
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 6.3
 170K
Predator 2 (1990)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Ten years after a band of mercenaries first battled a vicious alien, the invisible creature from another world has returned to Earth -- and this time, it's drawn to the gang-ruled and ravaged city of Los Angeles. When it starts murdering drug ...
Style: suspense, rough, suspenseful, scary, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, monster, alien invasion, deadly creature, evil alien, predator, extraterrestrial, survival, drug lord, distopia, police, serial murder ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century, year 1997
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 6.5
 12K
Class of 1984 (1982)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Andy is a new teacher at a inner city high school that is like nothing he has ever seen before. There is metal detectors at the front door and everything is basically run by a tough kid named Peter Stegman. Soon, Andy and Stegman become enemies and ...
Style: disturbing, psychotronic, stylized, brutal, bloody ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, punk, teacher, gang, revenge, juvenile delinquency, school, teenager, rape, bullying, sexual cruelty, vigilante ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century
Place: usa, plymouth
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Little Murders (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Elliot Gould plays Alfred Chamberlain -- a one time successful photographer who is now down on his luck because he began to eliminate people from his photographs. He also suffers from an inability to feel or to be passionate about anything. But then ...
Style: surreal, suspense, biting, cynical, witty ...
Plot: murder, satire, photographer, anti war, melancholy, farce, insanity, kids and family, brutality, mental illness, writers, violent ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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 7.3
 125K
Good Time (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother Nick out of jail.
Style: suspense, neo noir, brutal, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: on the run, prison, brother brother relationship, stolen money, loneliness, hospital, brother, heist, game playing, promise, amusement park, violence ...
Time: year 2016
Place: new york, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city
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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.
Style: rough, disturbing, suspenseful, serious, psychological ...
Plot: racism, on the run, chase, betrayal, police corruption, prostitute, manhunt, life is a bitch, vengeance, sex with a minor, politics, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 70s
Place: los angeles, latin america, usa, south central los angeles, california ...
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 6.8
 253K
Chappie (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings—some good, some bad—and he will rely on his heart and ...
Style: stylized, touching, emotional, absurd, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: robot, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, cyborgs, distopia, technology gone awry, a.i., androids and robots, technology, consciousness, prodigy, parents and children ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2010s
Place: africa, south africa, johannesburg south africa
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 7.2
 29K
Tsotsi (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: sincere, bleak, emotional, harsh, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: baby, redemption, gang, poverty, gangsters, slum, friendship, urban ghetto life, murder, street life, robbery, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, boston, johannesburg south africa
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 7.9
 10K
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: India, USA, France, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Before Slumdog Millionaire came Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair’s Oscar-nominated drama tells the moving story of life on the streets of Bombay as seen through the eyes of Chaipu, a twelve-year-old boy living rough in the city.
Style: realistic, witty, reflective, affectionate, allegory ...
Plot: drug addiction, coming of age, kids in trouble, childhood, youth, homeless, ethnic, sex, drugs, betrayal, friendship, corruption ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, bombay india
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 7.6
 260K
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, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, robot, cyborgs, police, androids and robots, distopia, revenge, law enforcement, graphic violence, violence, superhero, fighting the system ...
Time: future, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
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The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Fritz, now married and with a son, is desperate to escape from the domestic hell he now finds himself in. Lighting up a joint, he begins to dream about his eight other lives, hoping to find one that will provide a pleasant distraction.
Style: adult animation, disturbing, satirical, surreal, brutal ...
Audience: kids
Plot: satire, cat, racism, surrealism, hell, interracial relations, marijuana, friendship, society, friends, buddies, misfit ...
Time: 70s
Place: new jersey, new york, usa
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Rumble in the Bronx (1995)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Keong comes from Hong Kong to visit New York for his uncle's wedding. His uncle runs a market in the Bronx and Keong offers to help out while Uncle is on his honeymoon. During his stay in the Bronx, Keong befriends a neighbor kid and beats up ...
Style: humorous, entertaining, semi serious, feel good, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, martial artist, kung fu, gang, adventure, fight, gangsters, street life, supermarket, righting the wronged, revenge, rescue ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: china, tokyo, hong kong, bronx new york city, new york ...
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 6.7
 61K
The Brave One (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge.
Style: suspense, realistic, serious, melancholic, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vigilante, vengeance, vigilantism, crimes, revenge, death, tragedy, corpse, loss of loved one, self defense, tragic event, suspicion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, san francisco
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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a bloody invasion of the BOPE in the High-Security Penitentiary Bangu 1 in Rio de Janeiro to control a rebellion of interns, the Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento and the second in command Captain André Matias are accused by the Human ...
Style: tense, political, realistic, unusual plot structure, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, corruption, political corruption, swat team, favela, politics, crimes, poverty, gunfight, police corruption, police investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america, south america
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 4.8
 628
Weapons (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Weapons presents a series of brutal, seemingly random youth-related killings over the course of a weekend in a typical small town in America, and tragically reveals how they are all interrelated.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious, bleak ...
Plot: vengeance, juvenile delinquency, working class, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, youth, society, homecoming, small town, murder, gangsters, teenage pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa
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Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In December, 1986, 3 black men ran into car trouble in Howard Beach, a middle-class neighborhood in New York City. Unable to start their car, they sought refuge in a nearby restaurant. What happened later that night shocked the entire city.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, legal, crimes, society, courtroom, social decay, americana, murder, courtroom drama, working class, african american, justice ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
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The King of Kungsan (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 50 min.
Story: The film is loosely based on a true story about Paolo Roberto, later a professional boxer and TV presenter. Because of his Italian roots, Paolo is dealing with an identity crisis. With an admiration of kung fu films and with his teenage aggressions, ...
Style: cult film
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: hip hop, troubled teen, young love, drugs, kung fu, breakdance, gang, karate, family business, violence, fight, graffiti ...
Place: eastern europe, stockholm sweden
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 7.3
 914
Amu (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: India, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Amu is the story of Kaju, a twenty-one-year-old Indian American woman who returns to India to visit her family and discover the place where she was born. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju stumbles against secrets and lies from her past. A ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: sikh, genocide, adoption, uncover truth, haunted by the past, orphan, family relations, political unrest, homecoming, society, hidden truth, single mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, new delhi, delhi
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