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25th Hour (2002)
Drama

25th Hour (2002)

The 25th Hour depicts the last day of freedom for a young man before he begins serving a seven-year jail term for drug dealing. Prowling through the city until dawn with his two close male friends and his girlfriend, he is forced to re-examine his life and how he got himself into his predicament, which leads to a shocking, disturbing finale. (Read More)

Themes:regret,  guilt,  paranoia,  racism,  betrayal,  drugs,  surrealism,  friendship,  love
Locations:desert,  nightclub,  bathtub,  bar
Characters:homosexuality,  teacher
Story:reflection in glass,  reflection in window,  self reflection,  internal monologue,  jazz music,  drug dealing,  sex in a bathtub,  different face in mirror,  bathroom mirror,  mirror does not reflect reality,  talking to oneself in a mirror,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  high school teacher,  teacher student relationship,  reference to montgomery clift,  lost in thought,  dog bite,  second thoughts,  tube top,  arab slur,  conflicted hero,  drug enforcement,  dolly zoom,  new beginning,  ground zero,  prison sentence,  preparatory school,  long black hair,  kiss on the cheek,  screenplay adapted by author,  stockbroker,  drug bust,  ambiguity,  snorricam,  post september 11 2001,  lolita,  interracial kiss,  distrust,  statue of liberty new york city,  sofa,  chinese restaurant,  ecstasy,  russian mafia,  animal abuse,  toast,  irish american,  saving a life,  reflection,  ethnic slur,  tragic hero,  one day,  anxiety,  playground,  crush,  assault,  monologue,  rage,  freeze frame,  jazz,  kissing while having sex,  handgun,  sadness,  fugitive,  champagne,  fantasy sequence,  widower,  organized crime,  nonlinear timeline,  interracial relationship,  drug dealer,  basketball,  gay slur,  interrogation,  face slap,  mirror,  neo noir,  dream,  tattoo,  new york city,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  interracial sex,  father son relationship,  number in title,  two word title,  based on novel,  sex scene,  flashback,  gun,  dog,  kiss

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:regret,  paranoia,  racism,  betrayal,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:desert,  bar
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  ethnic slur,  fugitive,  organized crime,  drug dealer,  face slap,  neo noir,  tattoo,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  two word title,  based on novel,  gun

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Summer Of Sam (1999)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Summer Of Sam (1999)

Themes:paranoia,  drugs,  friendship
Story:jazz music,  distrust,  animal abuse,  ethnic slur,  jazz,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  new york city,  dancing,  father son relationship,  gun,  dog

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:paranoia,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bathtub,  bar
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  stockbroker,  ambiguity,  ethnic slur,  rage,  handgun,  champagne,  gay slur,  interrogation,  mirror,  neo noir,  dream,  new york city,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  based on novel,  two word title,  sex scene,  gun,  kiss,  dog

Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  drugs,  friendship,  love
Story:high school teacher,  ethnic slur,  drug dealing,  organized crime,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  interrogation,  neo noir,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  number in title,  dog,  flashback,  gun

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Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. This is why Paranoia (2013) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:statue of liberty new york city,  champagne,  widower,  nonlinear timeline,  basketball,  interrogation,  neo noir,  new york city,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback

Die Welle (2008)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  friendship
Locations:nightclub
Characters:teacher
Story:high school teacher,  teacher student relationship,  kiss on the cheek,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  face slap,  tattoo,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  kiss,  gun

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:regret,  guilt,  paranoia,  drugs,  friendship,  love
Locations:nightclub,  bathtub,  bar
Characters:teacher
Story:sex in a bathtub,  ecstasy,  saving a life,  face slap,  mirror,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  sex scene,  flashback,  kiss

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Sid And Nancy (1986) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Sid And Nancy (1986)

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:drug dealing,  assault,  champagne,  fantasy sequence,  nonlinear timeline,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  interrogation,  face slap,  mirror,  new york city,  dancing,  kiss

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  paranoia,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:jazz music,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  teacher student relationship,  saving a life,  gay slur,  face slap,  mirror,  new york city,  party,  dancing,  father son relationship,  flashback,  kiss

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

The 1950s. Manhattan lavatory attendant, Tom Ripley, borrows a Princeton jacket to play piano at a garden party. When the wealthy father of a recent Princeton grad chats Tom up, Tom pretends to know the son and is soon offered $1,000 to go to Italy to convince Dickie Greenleaf to return home. In Italy, Tom attaches himself to Dickie and to Marge, Dickie's cultured fiancee, pretending to love jazz and harboring homoerotic hopes as he soaks in luxury. Besides lying, Tom's talents include impressions and forgery, so when the handsome and confident Dickie tires of Tom, dismissing him as a bore, Tom goes to extreme lengths to make Greenleaf's privileges his own. This is why The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002). (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  friendship,  love
Locations:bathtub
Story:jazz music,  rage,  jazz,  sadness,  mirror,  neo noir,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  flashback,  kiss

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21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  betrayal,  drugs,  love
Locations:desert,  bar
Characters:teacher
Story:saving a life,  handgun,  nonlinear timeline,  basketball,  face slap,  tattoo,  party,  father son relationship,  number in title,  two word title,  kiss,  flashback,  gun

The Limey (1999) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Limey (1999)

An ex-con, fresh out of prison, goes to L.A. to try to learn who murdered his daughter. However, he quickly finds that he is completely out of place with no understanding of the culture he finds. His investigations are helped by another ex-con. Together they learn that his daughter had been having an affair with a record producer, who is presently having an affair with another young woman. An aging actress, who also knew his daughter, forces him to look at his own failures as a father. The movie does focus on the drama of the situation and the inter-relationships of the characters and seldom slips into an action piece. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  bar
Characters:teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  drug enforcement,  playground,  drug dealing,  fantasy sequence,  organized crime,  nonlinear timeline,  gay slur,  neo noir,  party,  flashback,  gun

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:desert,  nightclub,  bar
Story:fugitive,  organized crime,  interracial relationship,  gay slur,  interrogation,  face slap,  neo noir,  tattoo,  father son relationship,  gun

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Raging Bull (1980)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Raging Bull (1980)

When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  love
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:talking to oneself in a mirror,  snorricam,  rage,  sadness,  mirror,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Goodfellas (1990)
Crime, Drama

Goodfellas (1990)

Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners' success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy? This is why Goodfellas (1990) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:drug enforcement,  dolly zoom,  irish american,  ethnic slur,  drug dealing,  freeze frame,  organized crime,  nonlinear timeline,  face slap,  neo noir,  new york city,  father son relationship,  based on novel

Mysterious Skin (2004) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. (Read More)

Themes:regret,  guilt,  paranoia,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  bar
Story:playground,  crush,  sadness,  nonlinear timeline,  gay slur,  face slap,  dream,  tattoo,  new york city,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  gun,  dog,  kiss,  flashback

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Reign Over Me (2007)
Drama

Reign Over Me (2007)

Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. (Read More)

Themes:friendship,  love
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:post september 11 2001,  chinese restaurant,  reflection,  sadness,  widower,  interracial relationship,  gay slur,  dream,  new york city,  father son relationship,  flashback,  gun

New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:statue of liberty new york city,  ethnic slur,  drug dealing,  organized crime,  drug dealer,  basketball,  gay slur,  interrogation,  neo noir,  tattoo,  new york city,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  gun,  flashback

Live By Night (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  racism,  betrayal,  drugs,  love,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:irish american,  ethnic slur,  jazz,  widower,  organized crime,  nonlinear timeline,  interracial relationship,  interrogation,  face slap,  neo noir,  dream,  party,  dancing,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  sex scene

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Spartan (2004) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. This is why Spartan (2004) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  drugs
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:teacher
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  teacher student relationship,  ethnic slur,  fugitive,  gay slur,  interrogation,  face slap,  mirror,  neo noir,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  gun

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  drugs
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  playground,  kissing while having sex,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  face slap,  mirror,  neo noir,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  flashback,  gun

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

Themes:guilt,  drugs,  love,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  bar
Characters:teacher
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  stockbroker,  anxiety,  freeze frame,  champagne,  nonlinear timeline,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  interrogation,  mirror,  new york city,  party,  dancing,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  flashback,  gun,  kiss,  dog

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Scarface (1983)
Crime, Drama

Scarface (1983)

Tony Montana manages to leave Cuba during the Mariel exodus of 1980. He finds himself in a Florida refugee camp but his friend Manny has a way out for them: undertake a contract killing and arrangements will be made to get a green card. He's soon working for drug dealer Frank Lopez and shows his mettle when a deal with Colombian drug dealers goes bad. He also brings a new level of violence to Miami. Tony is protective of his younger sister but his mother knows what he does for a living and disowns him. Tony is impatient and wants it all however, including Frank's empire and his mistress Elvira Hancock. Once at the top however, Tony's outrageous actions make him a target and everything comes crumbling down. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  drugs,  love,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bathtub
Story:dolly zoom,  drug dealing,  rage,  sadness,  organized crime,  interracial relationship,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  interrogation,  face slap,  new york city,  dancing,  based on novel,  gun

He Got Game (1998) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002)
Drama, Sport

He Got Game (1998)

Tells the story of Jesus Shuttlesworth, the most sought after high school basketball prospect in the nation. Jesus and his dream to make it to the big ranks in professional basketball are overshadowed by his father, Jake, who is spending his life in prison for killing Jesus' mother.

Themes:drugs
Story:basketball,  playground,  fugitive,  interracial relationship,  gay slur,  dream,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  interracial sex,  father son relationship,  flashback

La Haine (1995)
Crime, Drama

La Haine (1995)

The film follows three young men and their time spent in the French suburban "ghetto," over a span of twenty-four hours. Vinz, a Jew, Said, an Arab, and Hubert, a black boxer, have grown up in these French suburbs where high levels of diversity coupled with the racist and oppressive police force have raised tensions to a critical breaking point. During the riots that took place a night before, a police officer lost his handgun in the ensuing madness, only to leave it for Vinz to find. Now, with a newfound means to gain the respect he deserves, Vinz vows to kill a cop if his friend Abdel dies in the hospital, due the beating he received while in police custody. This is why La Haine (1995) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002). (Read More)

Themes:racism,  drugs,  friendship
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  dolly zoom,  snorricam,  distrust,  drug dealing,  handgun,  drug dealer,  interrogation,  mirror,  gun

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The Salton Sea (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Salton Sea (2002)

After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:jazz,  fantasy sequence,  nonlinear timeline,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  neo noir,  tattoo,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  sex scene,  flashback

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  love
Characters:teacher
Story:jazz music,  preparatory school,  lolita,  face slap,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  based on novel,  kiss,  dog,  gun

High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Themes:paranoia,  drugs,  surrealism
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  distrust,  champagne,  nonlinear timeline,  face slap,  mirror,  party,  dancing,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  flashback,  gun,  kiss,  dog

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Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
Crime, Drama

Once Upon A Time In America (1984)

Epic tale of a group of Jewish gangsters in New York, from childhood, through their glory years during prohibition, and their meeting again 35 years later.

Themes:guilt,  betrayal,  drugs,  friendship
Story:ambiguity,  assault,  freeze frame,  organized crime,  nonlinear timeline,  face slap,  mirror,  new york city,  dancing,  based on novel,  sex scene,  gun,  flashback

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)

Camden College. Sean Bateman is the younger brother of depraved Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman. He's also a drug dealer who owes a lot of money to "fellow" dealer Rupert Guest, as well as a well-known womanizer, for he sleeps with nearly half of the female population on campus. Lauren Hynde is, technically, a virgin. She's saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson, who's left the States to backpack across Europe. Her slutty roommate, Lara, has the hots for Victor as well. Paul Denton, who used to date Lauren, is openly bisexual and attracted to Mitchell Allen, who's dating Candice to prove to Paul that he's not gay. Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean. And Lauren may love Sean. This is why The Rules Of Attraction (2002) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002). (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  love
Locations:bathtub
Story:drug dealer,  drug dealing,  freeze frame,  fantasy sequence,  nonlinear timeline,  gay slur,  mirror,  party,  dancing,  based on novel,  gun,  kiss,  dog,  flashback

Dark Places (2015)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dark Places (2015)

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  drugs
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  distrust,  crush,  sadness,  nonlinear timeline,  drug dealer,  face slap,  mirror,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father son relationship,  two word title,  based on novel,  flashback,  gun,  kiss,  dog

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Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  kiss on the cheek,  distrust,  assault,  freeze frame,  champagne,  gay slur,  face slap,  mirror,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  kiss,  gun

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:teacher
Story:basketball,  high school teacher,  assault,  dream,  fantasy sequence,  drug dealer,  face slap,  new york city,  based on novel,  gun,  kiss

Elephant (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elephant (2003)

A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget.

Themes:friendship
Characters:teacher
Story:high school teacher,  teacher student relationship,  one day,  rage,  nonlinear timeline,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  gun,  dog

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Irreversible (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Irreversible (2002)

Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time destroys everything. This is why Irreversible (2002) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drugs
Locations:bar
Story:snorricam,  assault,  sadness,  nonlinear timeline,  gay slur,  interrogation,  mirror,  party,  dancing,  kiss

Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  sadness,  champagne,  face slap,  mirror,  dream,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father son relationship,  kiss,  flashback

Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  drugs,  surrealism,  friendship,  love
Locations:bathtub,  bar
Story:drug bust,  nonlinear timeline,  drug dealer,  face slap,  mirror,  dream,  dancing,  father son relationship,  gun,  kiss,  flashback

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Kill The Irishman (2011)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Kill The Irishman (2011)

The true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman's local union and is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster to rise to power in Cleveland's underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:bar
Story:irish american,  ethnic slur,  organized crime,  nonlinear timeline,  drug dealer,  interrogation,  face slap,  new york city

Cidade De Deus (2002)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:friendship,  love
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:drug dealing,  freeze frame,  handgun,  fugitive,  organized crime,  nonlinear timeline,  interracial relationship,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  face slap,  neo noir,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  interracial sex,  father son relationship,  kiss,  gun,  flashback

Triple 9 (2016) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. This is why Triple 9 (2016) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:distrust,  russian mafia,  ethnic slur,  organized crime,  interracial relationship,  drug dealer,  interrogation,  neo noir,  tattoo,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  number in title,  two word title

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Seeking Justice (2011)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Seeking Justice (2011)

In New Orleans, English teacher of the high school Rampart High, Will Gerard, and his wife, musician Laura Gerard, are in love with each other. One night, Laura leaves a rehearsal and is assaulted, while Will is playing chess with his friend Jimmy. Will is visiting her in hospital when, out of the blue, a stranger named Simon tells him that he belongs to an organization of vigilantes and offers to eliminate the assailant. In return, the organisation would want a favor from Will in the future. Will agrees, and the criminal is murdered. Six months later, Simon collects his debt with Will. He demands that Will kill Alan Marsh, a pedophile. Will accidentally kills Alan and soon he learns that the victim was an awarded journalist that was investigating the organization. Now he seeks evidences to prove his innocence but the network of the organization is powerful and is seeking Will out to eliminate him. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  friendship,  love
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher
Story:high school teacher,  kissing while having sex,  fugitive,  gay slur,  interrogation,  neo noir,  two word title,  flashback,  kiss

Hustle & Flow (2005)
Crime, Drama, Music

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Aspiring emcee DJay works the angles to get his first record made with help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. And when he hears that hip-hop superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, he throws together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention.

Themes:love,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:statue of liberty new york city,  drug dealing,  handgun,  interracial relationship,  face slap,  dream,  dancing,  father son relationship,  gun,  kiss,  dog

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Story:tragic hero,  fugitive,  organized crime,  nonlinear timeline,  gay slur,  interrogation,  face slap,  neo noir,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  flashback,  gun,  kiss

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Sing Street (2016) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Sing Street (2016)

This is the beginning of the eighties and everybody is moving to the beat of Pop music, as the brand-new concept of the music video appears on television for the first time. However, in Dublin, Conor, a teenager with a sensitive heart, is trying to deal with a tense family relationship, reconnect with his older brother while dealing with the hostile environment in his new public school. And then one day, he sees her. Tall, with long chestnut hair, a buttery complexion and big, dark eyes; an enigmatically beautiful girl standing in front of his school's gate, indolently observing people passing by. But who is she and how could a boy ever get noticed by such a distant girl? That's easy. He would form a band. Surprisingly, with every lyric Conor writes, the gap narrows and with every song he plays, her heart fills with affection. In the end, before a sea of opportunities lying ahead of them, what will the future hold for a brave love like this? (Read More)

Themes:friendship,  love
Characters:teacher
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  teacher student relationship,  kiss on the cheek,  saving a life,  sadness,  gay slur,  face slap,  mirror,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father son relationship,  two word title,  flashback,  kiss

Gangs Of New York (2002)
Crime, Drama

Gangs Of New York (2002)

Having seen his father killed in a major gang fight in New York, young Amsterdam Vallon is spirited away for his own safety. Some years later, he returns to the scene of his father's death, the notorious Five Points district in New York. It's 1863 and lower Manhattan is run by gangs, the most powerful of which is the Natives, headed by Bill "The Butcher" Cutting. He believes that America should belong to native-born Americans and opposes the waves of immigrants, mostly Irish, entering the city. It's also the time of the Civil War and forced conscription leads to the worst riots in US history. Amid the violence and corruption, young Vallon tries to establish himself in the area and also seek revenge over his father's death. This is why Gangs Of New York (2002) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002). (Read More)

Themes:racism,  betrayal
Story:animal abuse,  irish american,  ethnic slur,  kissing while having sex,  organized crime,  face slap,  mirror,  new york city,  dancing,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  kiss,  dog,  flashback

Mommy (2014)
Drama

Mommy (2014)

Forty-six year old Diane Despres - "Die" - has been widowed for three years. Considered white trash by many, Die does whatever she needs, including strutting her body in front of male employers who will look, to make an honest living. That bread-winning ability is affected when she makes the decision to remove her only offspring, fifteen year old Steve Despres, from her previously imposed institutionalization, one step below juvenile detention. She institutionalized him shortly following her husband's death due to Steve's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his violent outbursts. He was just kicked out of the latest in a long line of facilities for setting fire to the cafeteria, in turn injuring another boy. She made this decision to deinstitutionalize him as she didn't like the alternative, sending him into more restrictive juvenile detention from which he would probably never be rehabilitated. However, with this deinstitutionalization, she has to take care of him which means only being able to do home based work. Despite they always yelling expletives at each other and Steve sometimes demonstrating those violent tendencies toward her, Die and Steve truly do love each other, his emotions which are sometimes manifested as an Oedipus complex especially as he seems to need her complete attention most specifically when it is being directed at possible male suitors. Their lives, both individually and as a family, are affected with the entrance of two of their neighbors. The first is Paul, a lawyer, who does have that sexual interest in Die as he tries to help Steve through his legal problems. The second and more important is Kyla, who lives across the street with her husband Patrick and their adolescent daughter, they who are in transit in their life to wherever Patrick's job will take them. Kyla is a high school teacher on sabbatical as she deals with her own emotional issues, which are manifested in stuttering whenever she feels incapable of dealing with her life. Kyla may find that she needs the Despres as much as they need her. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  love,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  bar
Characters:teacher
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  high school teacher,  kiss on the cheek,  rage,  sadness,  gay slur,  face slap,  mirror,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  kiss

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Alpha Dog (2006)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Alpha Dog (2006)

1999, Claremont, California. Middle-class kids, in their 20s, talk trash, wave guns, hang out in a pack. Johnny Truelove, drug dealer and son of a underworld figure, threatens Jake Mazursky, an explosive head case who owes Johnny money; Jake responds by breaking into Johnny's house. On impulse, Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach. Zach's okay with it, figuring his brother will pay the debt soon. Johnny assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder, and they develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control. Group think, amorality, and fear of prison assert a hold on the pack. Is Zach in danger? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Story:drug dealer,  fugitive,  nonlinear timeline,  gay slur,  face slap,  tattoo,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father son relationship,  sex scene,  dog

Broken City (2013) is one of the best movies like 25th Hour (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  betrayal,  love
Locations:bathtub,  bar
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  kissing while having sex,  interracial relationship,  gay slur,  neo noir,  new york city,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father son relationship,  two word title,  flashback

Nowhere Boy (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:friendship,  love
Characters:teacher
Story:jazz music,  rage,  sadness,  mirror,  dream,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  father son relationship,  two word title,  flashback,  kiss

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