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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
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,  death threat,  basketball hoop,  basketball ball,  playing basketball,  basketball player,  prison rape,  jewish american,  men's bathroom,  bare butt,  breaking into a car,  prison release,  prison shower,  prison gang,  male underwear,  simulated rape,  brutal rape,  rape survivor,  male on male rape,  crying man,  gay rape,  male rape,  anal rape,  gang rape,  rape victim,  prison,  disarming a person with a gun,  blood on body,  blood on clothes,  son dislikes mother's boyfriend,  student principal relationship,  reference to cesar chavez,  reference to the los angeles lakers,  girlfriend boyfriend relationship,  threats and intimidation,  boy smoking a cigarette,  nazi paraphernalia,  bleeding anus,  korean grocer,  reference to rodney king,  blowing smoke in someone's face,  chelsea smile,  aryan brotherhood,  mein kampf,  affirmative action,  teen violence,  raped,  offensive,  anti semitic slur,  crack house,  school project,  white power,  iron cross,  flash mob,  jellybean,  reference to martin luther king,  ill mother,  overweight man,  venice beach california,  sheet,  bloody,  angry man,  charisma,  skull crushing,  anti fascism,  little brother,  white supremacist,  narration from the grave,  black & white to color,  juvenile,  gang warfare,  high school principal,  woman smoking cigarette,  korean american,  incarceration,  goatee,  racial,  moral ambiguity,  family tragedy,  group shower,  delinquent,  reference to hillary clinton,  villain turns good,  hooligan,  murder of father,  manslaughter,  kiss on the cheek,  reference to abraham lincoln,  film starts with sex,  director also cinematographer,  hypocrite,  sociology,  bloodshed,  gang violence,  camcorder,  spit,  crushed head,  n word,  strong language,  xenophobia,  urinal,  loud sex,  restroom,  remorse,  taking a shower,  mexican american,  swastika,  laundry,  store,  video tape,  interrupted sex,  spitting,  blood on shirt,  fireman,  shaved head,  loss of brother,  sexual assault,  ethnic slur,  gunfire,  sodomy,  bigotry,  blood on face,  racist,  title appears in writing,  interracial friendship,  kicking,  literature,  hatred,  boxer shorts,  hypocrisy,  anti semitism,  rear entry sex,  morality,  butt,  friendship between men,  rage,  race relations,  reference to adolf hitler,  propaganda,  country name in title,  wound,  bullet,  blood spatter,  single parent,  hate,  obscene finger gesture,  directorial debut,  ex convict,  death of brother,  handgun,  high school student,  threat,  kicked in the face,  attack,  gunshot,  controversy,  widow,  basketball,  dysfunctional family,  bedroom,  f word,  male pubic hair,  jail,  bathroom,  death of father,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  thong,  arrest,  tough guy,  los angeles california,  computer,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  high school,  blood splatter,  car,  shot to death,  underwear,  beating,  woman on top,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  bare breasts,  gun,  murder,  violence,  flashback,  nudity,  blood,  death

Menace II Society (1993)
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:humiliation,  paranoia,  brutality,  anger,  fear,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:friend,  teenager
Story:juvenile delinquent,  racial slur,  n word,  store,  blood on shirt,  ethnic slur,  hatred,  single parent,  hate,  directorial debut,  high school student,  controversy,  f word,  death of father,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  arrest,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  high school,  car,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  murder,  violence,  death

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Malcolm X (1992)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  anger,  politics
Story:racial prejudice,  racial violence,  racial intolerance,  racial discrimination,  racial tension,  racial slur,  death threat,  racist,  hatred,  rage,  race relations,  hate,  controversy,  jail,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  pistol,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence

The Believer (2001)
Drama

The Believer (2001)

"The Believer" explores a Jewish student's private journey to understand the meaning of Judaism in his life. Set in New York City, the Plot follows a morally confused young adult struggling with the conflict between his beliefs and his heritage. "The Believer" examines themes of religion, family, and self-loathing. It is a psychological examination into the forces of intolerance, both on the individual and society as a whole. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  racism,  fear
Characters:jewish
Story:racial slur,  mein kampf,  anti semitic slur,  spit,  neo nazi,  skinhead,  swastika,  racist,  hatred,  hypocrisy,  anti semitism,  race relations,  reference to adolf hitler,  hate,  obscene finger gesture,  jail,  shooting,  computer,  punched in the face,  underwear,  beating,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  tattoo,  african american,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  violence,  murder

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:regret,  paranoia,  brutality,  racism,  anger,  fear,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:teenager
Story:juvenile delinquent,  racial slur,  death threat,  prison gang,  swastika,  ethnic slur,  bullet,  ex convict,  threat,  f word,  death of father,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  bare chested male,  violence,  death,  blood,  gun,  murder

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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. This is why The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:abuse,  humiliation,  brutality,  anger,  friendship
Characters:bully,  friend,  teenager
Story:juvenile delinquent,  racial prejudice,  juvenile delinquency,  racial slur,  basketball player,  basketball,  breaking into a car,  high school,  family tragedy,  hypocrite,  skinhead,  bigotry,  kicking,  hypocrisy,  high school student,  threat,  jail,  bathroom,  shooting,  arrest,  shot in the chest,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  murder,  death,  gun,  blood

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,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  arrest,  tough guy,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  high school,  car,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  teenage boy,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cult film,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  african american,  violence,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  gun,  murder

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
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,  shooting,  los angeles california,  shot in the chest,  car,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare breasts,  gun,  murder,  death,  blood,  nudity

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Glory (1989) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
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,  violence,  death

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: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,  thong,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  voice over narration,  rape,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence,  gun

Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart. This is why Boys Don't Cry (1999) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  brutality,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:hate crime,  rape victim,  sociology,  sexual assault,  sodomy,  bigotry,  hate,  obscene finger gesture,  directorial debut,  threat,  controversy,  dysfunctional family,  jail,  shooting,  arrest,  punched in the face,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  pistol,  three word title,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  death,  nudity,  murder,  flashback,  violence

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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:brutality,  anger,  fear,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:bully,  friend
Story:high school principal,  bloodshed,  restroom,  swastika,  rage,  high school student,  gunshot,  bathroom,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  high school,  car,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  teenage boy,  pistol,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  father son relationship,  nudity,  death,  murder,  gun,  blood,  violence

This Is England (2006) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
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. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  prejudice,  fear,  friendship
Characters:bully,  friend
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,  beating,  prison,  crying,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  nudity,  gun,  blood,  murder

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,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  pistol,  surprise ending,  three word title,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence

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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:brutality,  anger,  revenge
Story:prison release,  crying man,  manslaughter,  kicking,  obscene finger gesture,  ex convict,  death of brother,  kicked in the face,  f word,  death of father,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  gun,  violence,  death

Monster's Ball (2001)
Drama, Romance

Monster's Ball (2001)

Set in the Southern United States, 'Monster's Ball' is a tale of a racist white man, Hank, who falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's interracial affair leads to confusion and new ideas for the two unlikely lovers. This is why Monster's Ball (2001) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:racism,  anger
Story:racial hatred,  racial prejudice,  racial tension,  racist,  racial slur,  loud sex,  rear entry sex,  bullet,  hate,  controversy,  prison,  widow,  dysfunctional family,  car,  crying,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  gun

Lock Up (1989) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lock Up (1989)

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day. (Read More)

Themes:friendship,  revenge
Characters:bully
Story:racial slur,  prison gang,  male underwear,  threats and intimidation,  ethnic slur,  interracial friendship,  hate,  basketball,  f word,  jail,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  car,  blood splatter,  beating,  prison,  pistol,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  murder,  flashback

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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,  dysfunctional family,  f word,  bathroom,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car,  shot to death,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  gun,  murder,  blood

Straw Dogs (1971)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Straw Dogs (1971)

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house.

Themes:brutality,  anger,  fear,  revenge
Characters:bully
Story:anal rape,  rape victim,  bloody,  hooligan,  hypocrite,  sexual assault,  hypocrisy,  rage,  threat,  gunshot,  controversy,  bedroom,  bathroom,  shooting,  computer,  shot in the chest,  car,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  murder,  death

Harry Brown (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  fear,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:friend
Story:juvenile delinquency,  playing basketball,  hooligan,  gang violence,  skinhead,  blood on shirt,  hatred,  reference to adolf hitler,  directorial debut,  threat,  basketball,  f word,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  arrest,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  teenage boy,  rape,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  gun,  death,  blood,  murder,  flashback,  violence

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Hunger (2008) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
Biography, Drama

Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. This is why Hunger (2008) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  brutality,  politics
Story:bare butt,  urinal,  spitting,  boxer shorts,  directorial debut,  gunshot,  controversy,  f word,  male pubic hair,  jail,  bathroom,  shooting,  punched in the face,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  violence,  nudity,  murder

Triple 9 (2016)
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. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  brutality,  anger,  fear,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:jewish
Story:racial slur,  death threat,  attack,  bare butt,  blood on shirt,  loss of brother,  ethnic slur,  interracial friendship,  ex convict,  death of brother,  kicked in the face,  f word,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  computer,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  car,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  bare breasts,  death,  violence,  murder,  blood

Hell Or High Water (2016)
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,  prison,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  bare breasts,  murder,  death,  gun,  violence,  blood

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The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Crime, Horror

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

In Ruggsville, Texas, the police under the command of Sheriff John Quincy Wydell attack the house of the sadistic serial killers Firefly family (a.k.a. The Devil's Reject) and they arrest mother Firefly, but Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly escape from the siege. Tiny is wandering nearby the house and also escapes. Otis and Baby call their patriarch, the mad clown Captain Spaulding and they schedule to reunite at an isolated motel in the desert. When Otis and Baby arrive, they kidnap two families of singers, using sadism and violence against the harmless persons. Meanwhile, Sheriff Wydell promises to capture and kill the runaways, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, the Deputy George Wydell. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  paranoia,  brutality,  anger,  fear,  revenge,  friendship
Story:racial slur,  attack,  bare butt,  blood on shirt,  sexual assault,  interracial friendship,  hatred,  rage,  obscene finger gesture,  death of brother,  f word,  jail,  death of father,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  woman on top,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cult film,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  death,  violence

Rumble Fish (1983) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
Drama

Rumble Fish (1983)

Rusty James is the leader of a small, dying gang in an industrial town. He lives in the shadow of the memory of his absent, older brother -- The Motorcycle Boy. His mother has left, his father drinks, school has no meaning for him and his relationships are shallow. He is drawn into one more gang fight and the events that follow begin to change his life. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:teenager
Story:juvenile delinquent,  juvenile delinquency,  black & white to color,  gang warfare,  delinquent,  gang violence,  loss of brother,  blood on face,  interracial friendship,  friendship between men,  wound,  hate,  obscene finger gesture,  death of brother,  high school student,  attack,  gunshot,  f word,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  high school,  beating,  teenage boy,  brother brother relationship,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence,  murder

Romper Stomper (1992)
Crime, Drama

Romper Stomper (1992)

Nazi skinheads in Melbourne take out their anger on local Vietnamese, who are seen as threatening racial purity. Finally the Vietnamese have had enough and confront the skinheads in an all-out confrontation, sending the skinheads running. A woman who is prone to epileptic seizures joins the skins' merry band, and helps them on their run from justice, but is her affliction also a sign of impurity? This is why Romper Stomper (1992) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:racism,  anger
Story:threat to kill,  racial slur,  male underwear,  white power,  white supremacist,  racial,  delinquent,  neo nazi,  skinhead,  blood on face,  kicked in the face,  attack,  controversy,  f word,  bathroom,  beating,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  violence,  murder

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Green Room (2015)
Crime, Horror, Thriller

Green Room (2015)

A band straying into a secluded part of the Pacific Northwest stumbles onto a horrific act of violence. Because they are the only witnesses, they become the targets of a terrifying gang of skinheads who want to make sure all the evidence is eliminated.

Themes:paranoia,  brutality,  racism,  fear,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:jewish,  teenager
Story:racial slur,  crying man,  white supremacist,  n word,  neo nazi,  skinhead,  remorse,  swastika,  ethnic slur,  hatred,  f word,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  violence,  murder,  blood

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,  teenage boy,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  gun,  death,  violence

Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
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,  abuse,  guilt,  paranoia,  fear,  friendship
Characters:bully,  friend
Story:men's bathroom,  bare butt,  male rape,  juvenile,  kicking,  friendship between men,  hate,  ex convict,  threat,  dysfunctional family,  jail,  punched in the face,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  death

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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:prejudice,  politics,  friendship
Characters:bully,  friend
Story:school project,  high school principal,  kiss on the cheek,  neo nazi,  blood on face,  high school student,  gunshot,  f word,  shooting,  arrest,  computer,  shot in the chest,  high school,  underwear,  crying,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  gun,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death

The Invisible (2007)
Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

The Invisible (2007)

Nick Powell is an excellent high-school student who raises money by selling homework and results of quizzes to his schoolmates. He aims to travel to London for a writer's course - telling his best friend, Pete Egan, that he has already bought the airplane ticket but he has not told to his mother yet. Annie Newton has a problem with Pete, who owes money to her. As events unfold, due to a case of mistaken identity Nick takes a severe beating from Annie and her gang, his body dumped in a sewer. The next morning, he discovers he cannot be seen - he is now a spirit in a state of limbo and can only observe as the events of that day unfold. This is why The Invisible (2007) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  anger,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:juvenile delinquency,  death threat,  remorse,  ex convict,  high school student,  kicked in the face,  dysfunctional family,  held at gunpoint,  punched in the face,  high school,  beating,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  murder

Wild Card (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild Card (2015)

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes...and this time, it's all or nothing. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  fear,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:friend
Story:racial slur,  gang rape,  rape victim,  goatee,  ethnic slur,  blood on face,  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,  rape,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  bare breasts,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  murder,  death

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Rocky III (1982) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
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. (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,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  death,  flashback

Hesher (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. (Read More)

Themes:revenge,  friendship
Characters:bully,  friend
Story:spitting on someone,  grocery store,  threat to kill,  car,  urinal,  store,  boxer shorts,  obscene finger gesture,  directorial debut,  f word,  jail,  arrest,  punched in the face,  high school,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  teenage boy,  rape,  tattoo,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  murder

Un Prophete (2009)
Crime, Drama

Un Prophete (2009)

Nineteen year-old Franco-Arab Malik El Djebena is just starting his six year prison sentence in Brecourt. Although he has spent the better part of his life in juvenile detention, this stint is his first in an adult prison. Beyond the division of Corsicans and Muslims in the prison (the Corsicans who with their guard connections rule what happens in the prison), he has no known friends or enemies inside. He is just hoping to serve his time in peace and without incident, despite having no prospects once he's out of jail since he's illiterate and has no support outside of the prison. Due to logistics, the head of Corsican inmates, a sadistic mafioso named Cesar Luciani, co-opts Malik as part of the Corsicans' activities, not only regarding what happens inside the prison, but also continued criminal activities outside. The innocent Malik has no idea what to do but cooperate. This move does not sit well with the other Corsicans, who only see Malik as a dirty Arab, and the Muslims who now mistrust him. But as time goes on, Malik works to save himself while in prison, while setting up his life post prison on his own terms. Both his demon and his salvation in prison is the specter of one of the first people he really got to know during his incarceration. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  paranoia,  brutality,  racism,  friendship,  revenge
Story:racial slur,  prison shower,  prison gang,  juvenile,  incarceration,  blood on shirt,  rear entry sex,  friendship between men,  prison,  male pubic hair,  jail,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  teenage boy,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  death

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Adams Aebler (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adams Aebler (2005)

Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He's odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he's at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 12 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan's thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan's faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan's insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution's spring. This is why Adams Aebler (2005) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear,  politics
Story:racial slur,  male underwear,  iron cross,  hooligan,  neo nazi,  skinhead,  sexual assault,  kicking,  reference to adolf hitler,  ex convict,  shooting,  shot in the chest,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death,  gun

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
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,  beating,  woman on top,  prison,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  rape,  brother brother relationship,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  blood,  flashback,  gun,  death,  violence

The Bodyguard (1992)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  guilt,  paranoia,  anger,  fear,  friendship
Story:racial slur,  death threat,  blood on shirt,  attack,  gunshot,  bedroom,  f word,  tough guy,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  car,  shot to death,  beating,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  violence,  death,  gun,  murder,  blood

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Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Themes:paranoia,  brutality,  fear,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:racial issues,  grocery store,  bare butt,  gunfire,  dysfunctional family,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  arrest,  computer,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  beating,  teenage boy,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  blood,  violence,  gun,  death

Nurse Betty (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:racial slur,  male underwear,  crying man,  sexual assault,  blood on face,  race relations,  gunshot,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  shooting,  los angeles california,  computer,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  car,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  crying,  pistol,  cult film,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  violence,  gun,  blood,  murder,  nudity,  death

The Way Of The Gun (2000) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
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. This is why The Way Of The Gun (2000) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  anger,  friendship,  revenge
Story:laundry,  blood on shirt,  blood on face,  directorial debut,  gunshot,  f word,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  crying,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  gun,  blood,  death,  violence,  murder

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White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  anger,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:juvenile delinquent,  hatred,  hypocrisy,  gunshot,  dysfunctional family,  jail,  shooting,  thong,  arrest,  los angeles california,  computer,  high school,  underwear,  prison,  crying,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  tattoo,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  murder,  death

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend
Story:grocery store,  racial slur,  men's bathroom,  bare butt,  jail,  prison shower,  male underwear,  crying man,  incarceration,  group shower,  n word,  urinal,  rear entry sex,  directorial debut,  arrest,  computer,  punched in the face,  car,  underwear,  beating,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  blood,  death,  flashback,  nudity

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,  revenge
Story:grocery store,  title appears in writing,  ex convict,  kicked in the face,  bathroom,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  los angeles california,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence,  flashback

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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,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  gun,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  murder

El Mariachi (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

El Mariachi (1992)

El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case. This is why El Mariachi (1992) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  anger,  fear,  revenge
Story:racial slur,  death threat,  men's bathroom,  prison gang,  director also cinematographer,  blood on shirt,  hatred,  directorial debut,  basketball,  jail,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  prison,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence,  gun

The Experiment (2010)
Drama, Thriller

The Experiment (2010)

Themes:humiliation
Story:swastika tattoo,  gay rape,  male rape,  anal rape,  manslaughter,  blood on shirt,  ex convict,  threat,  basketball,  punched in the face,  beating,  prison,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  flashback,  murder

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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,  brutality,  racism,  anger,  fear,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:friend,  teenager
Story:racial slur,  crying man,  n word,  ethnic slur,  racist,  hatred,  race relations,  reference to adolf hitler,  single parent,  ex convict,  threat,  f word,  death of father,  psychopath,  held at gunpoint,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  three word title,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  violence,  murder,  blood

Wild At Heart (1990) is one of the best movies like American History X (1998)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild At Heart (1990)

Lula's psychopathic mother goes crazy at the thought of Lula being with Sailor, who just got free from jail. Ignoring Sailor's probation, they set out for California. However their mother hires a killer to hunt down Sailor. Unaware of this, the two enjoy their journey and themselves being together... until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident - a bad omen. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  brutality,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:jail,  rape victim,  manslaughter,  bloodshed,  restroom,  rear entry sex,  hate,  ex convict,  attack,  bathroom,  psychopath,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  car,  shot to death,  prison,  crying,  rape,  cult film,  three word title,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  death

Shaft (2000)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Shaft (2000)

New York Police Detective John Shaft is the lead detective on a sensitive case, a young black man is severely beaten. The man's companions tell Shaft that their friend humiliated the one who was sprouting racial slurs at him. Shaft confronts him and he says he's Walter Wade Jr. , the son of a wealthy man. Shaft finds that he has the id of a woman who's a waitress at the bar where Wade and the guy who was attacked were. When Wade continues to hurl racist comments, Shaft smacks him. Shaft later learns because of his actions Wade was granted bail and fled. Two years later, Wade returns and Shaft arrests him. At his hearing when the judge grants him bail, that's when Shaft throws his badge at the judge. He then sets out to get Wade by finding the waitress. Wade in the meantime asks a drug dealer named Peoples Hernandez to find the waitress and make sure she doesn't talk. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  politics,  revenge
Characters:friend
Story:racial,  hate crime,  racial slur,  bigotry,  racist,  title appears in writing,  obscene finger gesture,  death of brother,  kicked in the face,  basketball,  jail,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  brother sister relationship,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  violence

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