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American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama

American History X (1998)

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for brutally killing two black men who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did. (Read More)

Themes:regret, prejudice, abuse, humiliation, guilt, paranoia, brutality, racism, anger, fear, politics, revenge, friendship
Mood:tearjerker
Characters:bully, jewish, friend, teenager, nudity
Story:juvenile delinquent, racial hatred, racial prejudice, swastika tattoo, bloody mess, racial epithet, racial violence, teen delinquent, racial intolerance, racial issues, juvenile delinquency, racial discrimination, racial tension, spitting on someone, neo nazi, skinhead, grocery store, threat to kill, hate crime, racial slur

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Themes:racism, anger, revenge, friendship
Characters:friend, teenager
Story:juvenile delinquent, racial slur, death threat, bare butt, gang violence, n word, blood on shirt, loss of brother, ethnic slur, racist, hatred, single parent, hate, directorial debut, ex convict, death of brother, dysfunctional family, f word, jail, death of father

Crash (2004)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Crash (2004)

Over a thirty-six hour period in Los Angeles, a handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations that belie life in the city. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn't support their black background enough, especially in light of an incident with the racist white cop; partnered police detectives and sometimes lovers, one Hispanic female and the other black male, the latter who is dealing with a drugged out mother that feels he isn't concerned enough about taking care of family; an East Asian man who is run over but who is hiding some valuable cargo in the back of his van; a Persian store owner, who feels he isn't getting satisfaction from American society when his store is robbed time and time again; and a Hispanic locksmith, who just wants to keep his family, especially his young daughter, safe in a seemingly unsafe world. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, humiliation, racism, anger, fear, revenge
Characters:nudity
Story:racial prejudice, racial discrimination, racial tension, grocery store, racist, reference to rodney king, korean american, n word, mexican american, store, interrupted sex, fireman, loss of brother, morality, race relations, bullet, hate, death of brother, gunshot, bathroom

Glory (1989)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Glory (1989)

Shaw was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers.

Themes:prejudice, humiliation, racism, anger, friendship
Mood:tearjerker
Characters:friend
Story:racial prejudice, racial intolerance, racial tension, racial slur, n word, racist, interracial friendship, hatred, friendship between men, race relations, rage, hate, attack, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, pistol, african american, bare chested male, blood

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
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:abuse, paranoia, brutality, anger, fear, friendship, revenge
Story:racial slur, jewish american, men's bathroom, bare butt, male underwear, urinal, restroom, laundry, video tape, ethnic slur, hatred, rear entry sex, rage, blood spatter, handgun, kicked in the face, controversy, f word, psychopath, held at gunpoint

This Is England (2006)
Crime, Drama

This Is England (2006)

This is England: Mods, New Romantics, and Skinheads are the major youth sub-cultures of this very English summer of 1983 and young 12-year-old Shaun is left wandering aimlessly alone and lost during the start of his school holidays, until his chance meeting with Woody and his fun and friendly Skinhead pack. Finding a new lease of life; girls, parties, Ben Sherman shirts, Doc Martin boots and shaven hairstyles young Shaun is welcomed, life during this summer holiday has got a whole lot better. That is until Combo arrives on the scene bitter, dangerous, racist, militant and psychotic life for young Shaun has just approached his first major crossroads. This is England is a look back at the early eighties of British working-class life through the eyes of young Shaun and his new gang, and dealing with the bitterness of outside influences such as racism and xenophobia, of mass unemployment and the fall out of the Falkland's War; Thatcher's Britain: Did we ever have it so good? When you see Shaun, ask Him. This is why This Is England (2006) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:racism, prejudice, fear, friendship
Characters:bully, friend, nudity
Story:skinhead, racial prejudice, racial tension, racist, hate crime, racial slur, white supremacist, hooligan, spit, xenophobia, neo nazi, store, hypocrisy, rage, race relations, propaganda, country name in title, ex convict, death of father, underwear

The Hateful Eight (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock's new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all... (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, racism, revenge
Story:racial slur, death threat, bare butt, male on male rape, male rape, rape victim, reference to abraham lincoln, n word, store, blood on shirt, loss of brother, blood on face, racist, bullet, hate, death of brother, f word, held at gunpoint, tough guy, punched in the face

Gran Torino (2008)
Drama

Gran Torino (2008)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, racism, fear, revenge, friendship
Characters:bully, teenager
Story:racial prejudice, attack, racial intolerance, racial issues, racial discrimination, racial tension, racial slur, gang rape, rape victim, n word, spitting, ethnic slur, bigotry, racist, title appears in writing, anti semitism, race relations, handgun, threat, kicked in the face

Hell Or High Water (2016) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western

Hell Or High Water (2016)

In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, racism, fear, revenge
Story:racial slur, death threat, male underwear, blood on shirt, loss of brother, ethnic slur, gunfire, racist, friendship between men, ex convict, death of brother, gunshot, f word, held at gunpoint, shooting, tough guy, punched in the face, shot in the chest, shot to death, woman on top

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, anger, fear, friendship
Characters:friend, teenager
Story:male underwear, kicking, obscene finger gesture, death of brother, high school student, kicked in the face, gunshot, f word, bathroom, held at gunpoint, shooting, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the chest, high school, blood splatter, shot to death, underwear, beating, crying

Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. This is why Rocky III (1982) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:guilt, brutality, anger, fear, friendship, revenge
Story:racial slur, jewish american, crying man, ethnic slur, interracial friendship, hatred, friendship between men, rage, arrest, tough guy, los angeles california, punched in the face, beating, brother sister relationship, surprise ending, cult film, photograph, african american, cigarette smoking, mother son relationship

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, brutality, racism, fear, revenge
Characters:jewish
Story:computer, male rape, anal rape, rape victim, sodomy, bigotry, kicking, hate, death of brother, attack, gunshot, widow, dysfunctional family, jail, bathroom, death of father, psychopath, held at gunpoint, shooting, punched in the face

Cape Fear (1991) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
Crime, Thriller

Cape Fear (1991)

Sam Bowden ('Nick Nolte' (qv))is a small-town corporate attorney/"Leave It to Beaver" type family-man. Max Cady ('Robert De Niro' (qv)) is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years, ago Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, anger, fear, revenge
Characters:teenager
Story:bloody mess, prison rape, male underwear, rape victim, bloody, blood on shirt, literature, boxer shorts, ex convict, high school student, prison, dysfunctional family, jail, psychopath, rape, high school, blood splatter, beating, pistol, surprise ending

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:brutality, fear, friendship, revenge
Characters:friend
Story:juvenile delinquent, racial slur, gang warfare, murder of father, gang violence, obscene finger gesture, death of brother, handgun, attack, controversy, death of father, psychopath, shooting, arrest, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, underwear, crying, teenage boy

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation, paranoia, brutality, anger, fear, revenge
Characters:nudity, teenager
Story:crying man, rape victim, title appears in writing, hatred, f word, psychopath, held at gunpoint, arrest, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, rape, pistol, surprise ending, tattoo, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph

Four Brothers (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Four Brothers (2005)

Four adopted brothers come to avenge their mother's death in what appears to be a random killing in a grocery store robbery. However, the boys' investigation of the death reveals more nefarious activities involving the one brother's business dealings with a notorious local hoodlum. Two cops who are trying to solve the case may also not be what they seem. This is why Four Brothers (2005) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation
Story:store, grocery store, racial slur, bare butt, loss of brother, ex convict, death of brother, basketball, shot in the chest, blood splatter, car, shot to death, brother brother relationship, pistol, surprise ending, cult film, mother son relationship, family relationships, murder, death

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, fear, revenge
Story:rape victim, blood on shirt, kicked in the face, attack, controversy, dysfunctional family, f word, jail, death of father, psychopath, held at gunpoint, shooting, arrest, tough guy, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating, prison

Baby Driver (2017)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger, fear, revenge
Story:racial slur, death threat, strong language, blood on shirt, ethnic slur, bullet, handgun, gunshot, f word, jail, death of father, psychopath, held at gunpoint, arrest, tough guy, shot in the chest, car, blood splatter, shot to death, beating

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:humiliation, guilt, brutality, racism, anger, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:racial prejudice, racial slur, reference to abraham lincoln, blood on shirt, ethnic slur, kicking, rage, wound, obscene finger gesture, bedroom, jail, held at gunpoint, shooting, thong, arrest, tough guy, computer, punched in the face, shot in the chest, car

The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, friendship, revenge
Characters:friend, nudity
Story:racial slur, bare butt, bloodshed, n word, mexican american, ethnic slur, directorial debut, handgun, f word, jail, held at gunpoint, shooting, arrest, computer, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, underwear, prison

A Clockwork Orange (1971) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. This is why A Clockwork Orange (1971) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, politics, friendship, revenge
Characters:teenager
Story:juvenile delinquent, bare butt, jail, gang rape, rape victim, prison, delinquent, sexual assault, title appears in writing, hatred, reference to adolf hitler, kicked in the face, attack, controversy, male pubic hair, psychopath, rape, arrest, punched in the face, beating

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, anger, revenge
Story:store, obscene finger gesture, ex convict, handgun, gunshot, widow, basketball, jail, bathroom, shooting, computer, underwear, beating, prison, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration, pistol, tattoo, photograph

Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, paranoia, anger, fear, politics, friendship
Characters:jewish, friend
Story:hate crime, death threat, men's bathroom, bare butt, reference to cesar chavez, narration from the grave, hypocrite, bigotry, hypocrisy, morality, propaganda, gunshot, male pubic hair, shooting, shot to death, underwear, crying, voice over narration, african american, bare chested male

Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Biography, Drama, History, Music

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, racism, anger, friendship
Story:racial slur, male underwear, reference to rodney king, n word, interrupted sex, title appears in writing, boxer shorts, obscene finger gesture, death of brother, threat, controversy, f word, held at gunpoint, arrest, los angeles california, punched in the face, beating, brother brother relationship, pistol, title spoken by character

Monster (2003) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. (Read More)

Themes:abuse, humiliation
Characters:friend
Story:racial slur, death threat, rape victim, sexual assault, kicking, handgun, threat, death of father, shooting, arrest, car, underwear, beating, prison, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, rape, pistol

Wanted (2008)
Action, Crime, Fantasy, Thriller

Wanted (2008)

A young man finds out his long lost father is an assassin. When his father is murdered, the son is recruited into his father's old organization and trained by a man named Sloan to follow in his dad's footsteps. This is why Wanted (2008) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998).

Themes:brutality, revenge
Characters:bully, friend
Story:bare butt, murder of father, remorse, blood on shirt, title appears in writing, rage, bullet, obscene finger gesture, held at gunpoint, shooting, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, car, beating, voice over narration, pistol, surprise ending, cult film, tattoo

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, fear, politics, revenge, friendship
Characters:teenager, nudity
Story:racial slur, bare butt, ethnic slur, title appears in writing, reference to adolf hitler, single parent, handgun, kicked in the face, dysfunctional family, f word, psychopath, held at gunpoint, arrest, tough guy, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the chest, car, blood splatter, shot to death

Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Six criminals, who are strangers to each other, are hired by a crime boss, Joe Cabot, to carry out a diamond robbery. Right at the outset, they are given false names with the intention that they won't get too close and will concentrate on the job instead. They are completely sure that the robbery is going to be a success. But, when the police show up right at the time and the site of the robbery, panic spreads amongst the group members, and two of them are killed in the subsequent shootout, along with a few policemen and civilians. When the remaining people assemble at the premeditated rendezvous point (a warehouse), they begin to suspect that one of them is an undercover cop. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:bloody mess, racial slur, blood on body, blood on clothes, n word, strong language, remorse, store, blood on shirt, blood on face, wound, directorial debut, controversy, f word, bathroom, psychopath, held at gunpoint, los angeles california, shot in the chest, car

Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. (Read More)

Themes:abuse, humiliation, politics, revenge, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:juvenile delinquent, racial slur, prison rape, gang rape, sexual assault, kicking, morality, basketball, bathroom, shooting, arrest, beating, prison, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration, rape, brother brother relationship, title spoken by character, photograph

Central Intelligence (2016)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Central Intelligence (2016)

Calvin Joyner was voted in high school the guy most likely to succeed. 20 years later he's an accountant. As his high school reunion approaches, he tries to make contact with his old schoolmates. And someone named Bob Stone contacts him. He says that he was known as Robbie Weirdicht in school. Calvin remembers that he was picked on, as a matter of fact after an extremely nasty prank he left school. They agree to meet and Calvin is surprised by how much he has changed. Bob asks Calvin to help him out. He says yes and the next thing he knows some men burst into his home. They're CIA, the one in charge is looking for Stone, she says he's a rogue agent. When they can't find Bob they leave. Later he approaches Calvin telling him, he is not a rogue agent, he's trying to find a person known as the Black Badger who is planning to sell some information that in the wrong hands can be disastrous. so he needs Calvin's help to stop him. Calvin's not sure whom he should believe. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation, paranoia, fear, friendship, revenge
Characters:bully
Story:racial slur, bare butt, high school principal, interracial friendship, high school student, threat, kicked in the face, held at gunpoint, arrest, tough guy, punched in the face, shot in the chest, high school, blood splatter, shot to death, beating, pistol, surprise ending, tattoo, photograph

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. This is why Once Upon A Time In America (1984) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998).

Themes:guilt, brutality, fear, friendship
Characters:jewish, friend, nudity
Story:juvenile delinquent, rape victim, gang warfare, sexual assault, country name in title, controversy, bathroom, shooting, car, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, rape, cult film, bare breasts, flashback, violence, gun, murder, blood, death

The Revenant (2015)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. (Read More)

Themes:regret, guilt, paranoia, brutality, fear, revenge, friendship
Characters:nudity
Story:racial slur, attack, rape victim, ethnic slur, sexual assault, blood on face, interracial friendship, wound, held at gunpoint, tough guy, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, rape, pistol, surprise ending, father son relationship, bare chested male, death, murder

Goodfellas (1990) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
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? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger, friendship, revenge
Characters:jewish, friend
Story:juvenile delinquent, racial slur, death threat, gang violence, ethnic slur, kicked in the face, jail, psychopath, arrest, tough guy, shot in the chest, blood splatter, beating, prison, crying, voice over narration, brother brother relationship, cult film, title spoken by character, cigarette smoking

Kick-ass 2 (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

After Kick-Ass' insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist -- reborn as The Mother F%&*^r -- only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, friendship, revenge
Characters:bully, teenager
Story:murder of father, ex convict, high school student, kicked in the face, f word, jail, death of father, psychopath, held at gunpoint, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the chest, high school, blood splatter, shot to death, beating, prison, voice over narration, pistol, surprise ending

American Beauty (1999)
Drama, Romance

American Beauty (1999)

After his death sometime in his forty-third year, suburbanite Lester Burnham tells of the last few weeks of his life, during which he had no idea of his imminent passing. He is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham and father to high school student Janie Burnham. Although Lester and Carolyn once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. Typical wallflower Janie too hates both her parents, the three who suffer individually in silence in their home life. Janie tries to steer clear of both her parents. Carolyn, relatively new to the real estate business, wants to create the persona of success to further her career, she aspiring to the professional life of Buddy Kane, the king of the real estate business in their neighborhood. Lester merely walks mindlessly through life, including at his job in advertising. His company is downsizing, and he, like all the other employees, has to justify his position to the newly hired efficiency expert to keep his job. Things change for Lester when he falls in love at first sight with Janie's more experienced classmate, Angela Hays. Both Janie and Angela can see Lester's sexual infatuation with Angela, who courts such attention from any man as a sign that she is model material, she having once appeared in Seventeen and it a career to which she aspires. Lester's infatuation with Angela gives him a reenergized view on life, where he openly doesn't care anymore what anyone thinks about what he does, anyone except Angela. This infatuation coincides with the Fittses moving in next door: homophobic disciplinarian US Marine Colonel Frank Fitts who rules the house with a military fist (that fist being both figurative and literal), his semi-comatose wife Barbara Fitts, and their bright and quietly subversive eighteen year old son Ricky Fitts, who openly abides by his father's rules while behind the scenes lives by his own quite different perspective. Much like Lester's infatuation, Ricky immediately becomes infatuated with Janie, he who considers girls like Angela as ordinary. The entry of Angela and the Fittses into the Burnhams' lives ultimately leads to each of the players confronting what is truly in his or her heart. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, anger, friendship
Characters:friend, nudity, teenager
Story:bare butt, high school, nazi paraphernalia, narration from the grave, camcorder, loud sex, country name in title, hate, obscene finger gesture, directorial debut, handgun, high school student, gunshot, basketball, dysfunctional family, bedroom, f word, bathroom, computer, car

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger, fear, friendship, revenge
Story:death threat, blood on face, interracial friendship, hatred, attack, death of father, tough guy, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating, prison, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship, surprise ending, tattoo, title spoken by character, mother son relationship, father son relationship

16 Blocks (2006) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Themes:guilt, paranoia, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:manslaughter, remorse, blood on shirt, friendship between men, wound, jail, held at gunpoint, shooting, shot to death, voice over narration, brother sister relationship, pistol, surprise ending, title spoken by character, photograph, african american, bare chested male, flashback, death, murder

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:abuse, guilt, fear, friendship
Characters:friend, nudity
Story:men's bathroom, bare butt, moral ambiguity, hypocrite, n word, strong language, interrupted sex, blood on face, title appears in writing, kicking, boxer shorts, obscene finger gesture, f word, jail, thong, arrest, punched in the face, blood splatter, underwear, beating

Fargo (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Fargo (1996)

Jerry works in his father-in-law's car dealership and has gotten himself in financial problems. He tries various schemes to come up with money needed for a reason that is never really explained. It has to be assumed that his huge embezzlement of money from the dealership is about to be discovered by father-in-law. When all else falls through, plans he set in motion earlier for two men to kidnap his wife for ransom to be paid by her wealthy father (who doesn't seem to have the time of day for son-in-law). From the moment of the kidnapping, things go wrong and what was supposed to be a non-violent affair turns bloody with more blood added by the minute. Jerry is upset at the bloodshed, which turns loose a pregnant sheriff from Brainerd, MN who is tenacious in attempting to solve the three murders in her jurisdiction. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, anger
Story:racial slur, death threat, car, bloody, bloodshed, remorse, interrupted sex, rage, ex convict, kicked in the face, dysfunctional family, f word, psychopath, held at gunpoint, arrest, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating

Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Comedy, Crime

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

A struggling screenwriter ('Colin Farrell (I)' (qv)) inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his friends ('Christopher Walken' (qv) and 'Sam Rockwell' (qv)) kidnap a gangster's ('Woody Harrelson' (qv)) beloved Shih Tzu.

Characters:friend
Story:racial slur, crying man, n word, blood on face, title appears in writing, psychopath, arrest, los angeles california, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, voice over narration, pistol, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, flashback, murder, violence, blood

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. This is why Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger, fear, revenge
Characters:bully, nudity
Story:racial slur, bloodshed, blood on shirt, ethnic slur, blood on face, hatred, rage, bullet, kicked in the face, f word, held at gunpoint, tough guy, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating, pistol, surprise ending, title spoken by character

Carrie (2013)
Drama, Horror

Carrie (2013)

The outcast teenager Carrie White is bullied by her classmates at high school. Her mother, Margaret White, is a pious and paranoid woman that sees sin everywhere and the need of self-inflicting punishment. When Carrie has her first period, she does not understand what is happening to her and her classmates humiliate her in the changing room. The spiteful Chris Hargensen videotapes Carrie with her cell phone and posts it on the Internet. Their teacher Ms. Desjardin punishes the students, but when Chris challenges her, she is suspended and consequently is banned from the prom. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers that she has telekinesis and learns how to control her ability. Sue Snell, one of the girls that tormented Carrie, feels bad and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to invite Carrie to go with him to the prom to make up for what she did to Carrie. But Chris and her boyfriend Billy Nolan plot an evil prank with her friends to seek vengeance for Carrie. (Read More)

Themes:regret, humiliation, guilt, anger, fear, friendship, revenge
Characters:bully, teenager
Story:juvenile delinquent, high school principal, interrupted sex, single parent, high school student, threat, bedroom, f word, high school, blood splatter, car, rape, surprise ending, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship, bare chested male, murder, death, blood

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:humiliation, paranoia, politics, revenge
Characters:jewish, friend, nudity
Story:grocery store, attack, crying man, gunfire, title appears in writing, reference to adolf hitler, bullet, hate, death of brother, controversy, death of father, shooting, arrest, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, underwear, beating, prison, crying

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there, he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin's increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin. Realizing his dire situation with the lunatic leader unwilling to let him go home, Garrigan must make some crucial decisions that could mean his death if the despot finds out. (Read More)

Themes:racism, fear, politics, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:bare butt, bloody, kicking, gunshot, male pubic hair, shooting, punched in the face, shot in the chest, shot to death, underwear, beating, pistol, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, violence

Fury (2014) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Story:mexican american, swastika, ethnic slur, title appears in writing, hatred, reference to adolf hitler, attack, f word, held at gunpoint, tough guy, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating, pistol, title spoken by character, photograph, cigarette smoking, bare chested male, murder

Sin City (2005)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City (2005)

Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. This is why Sin City (2005) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, revenge
Story:black & white to color, narration from the grave, gang warfare, woman smoking cigarette, director also cinematographer, skinhead, blood on face, kicked in the face, psychopath, shooting, thong, tough guy, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating, woman on top, voice over narration, rape

Crank (2006)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Crank (2006)

When the hit-man Chev Chelios is poisoned by the criminal Verona, his friend and doctor Miles advises him that he must keep his adrenaline levels elevated to stay alive. Chev meets his girlfriend Eve and together they look for Verona to kill him.

Themes:revenge
Characters:friend
Story:racial slur, goatee, loud sex, shaved head, rear entry sex, directorial debut, handgun, bathroom, shooting, tough guy, los angeles california, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, pistol, surprise ending, cult film, tattoo, title spoken by character, bare breasts

Machete (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Machete (2010)

The highly skilled Federale Machete is hired by some unsavory types to assassinate a senator. But just as he's about to take the shot, he notices someone aiming at him and realizes he's been set up. He barely survives the sniper's bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his brother Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of nonviolence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren't you! (Read More)

Themes:racism, revenge
Characters:nudity
Story:racial slur, bare butt, camcorder, ethnic slur, racist, title appears in writing, butt, propaganda, bullet, death of brother, kicked in the face, death of father, psychopath, held at gunpoint, arrest, tough guy, computer, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter

The Accountant (2016) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, brutality, anger, fear, revenge
Story:hatred, bullet, obscene finger gesture, ex convict, kicked in the face, gunshot, f word, death of father, held at gunpoint, arrest, tough guy, computer, punched in the face, shot in the chest, blood splatter, shot to death, beating, prison, brother sister relationship, brother brother relationship

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:humiliation, guilt, anger, friendship
Characters:friend, teenager
Story:title appears in writing, single parent, obscene finger gesture, f word, bathroom, death of father, los angeles california, high school, car, underwear, crying, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, bare chested male

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