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Blow (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  illness,  humiliation,  cancer,  poverty,  theft,  loneliness,  divorce,  wedding,  escape,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  money,  christmas,  drugs,  marriage,  friendship,  love
Locations:mexico,  courtroom,  cemetery,  snow,  beach,  bar
Characters:american,  thief,  actor,  musician,  dancer,  policeman,  student,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1950s,  1960s,  1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:colombian drug cartel,  cartagena colombia,  medellin colombia,  drug smuggling,  drug overdose,  drug ring,  puerto vallarta mexico,  southern california,  snorting cocaine,  smashing telephone,  hollywood california,  happy birthday to you,  auto theft,  birthday cake,  single engine airplane,  airplane stewardess,  cocaine,  christmas party,  california,  prison visit,  los angeles california,  prison cell,  pistol whip,  miami beach florida,  transcendental meditation,  protective custody,  los angeles international airport,  drug possession,  padrone,  panamanian,  ken doll,  cessna,  drug courier,  hallucinogenic drug,  gay hairdresser,  private plane,  roller skate,  colombian,  drug pusher,  convicted felon,  barbie doll,  dea,  cell mate,  bail,  death of girlfriend,  arm sling,  courthouse,  absent mother,  materialism,  rise and fall,  drug cartel,  hair salon,  hypocrite,  parole,  child custody,  drug trafficking,  bankruptcy,  colombia,  gun in mouth,  stoned,  drug deal,  episodic structure,  overdose,  cannabis,  bong,  fiancee,  drug lord,  raid,  outlaw,  miami florida,  boston massachusetts,  smuggling,  spanish,  bloody nose,  hypocrisy,  drug dealing,  promise,  s&m,  burial,  home movie,  new year's eve,  tape recorder,  slow motion,  disco,  waiter,  obscene finger gesture,  tragic event,  childbirth,  shot in the shoulder,  drug addiction,  court,  university,  farmer,  ring,  bank,  suitcase,  vacation,  fugitive,  fbi,  organized crime,  pilot,  flash forward,  shot in the forehead,  chicago illinois,  graveyard,  van,  double cross,  judge,  drug dealer,  montage,  mansion,  gang,  gay slur,  drug use,  telephone,  criminal,  jail,  college,  marijuana,  birthday,  beer,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  airplane,  blood splatter,  swimming pool,  dream,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  based on book,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  pistol,  party,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  gun,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  death,  police

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,  escape,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  love,  friendship
Characters:friend
Period:1970s,  1990s
Story:drug overdose,  los angeles california,  pistol whip,  overdose,  drug dealing,  slow motion,  shot in the shoulder,  organized crime,  flash forward,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  california,  gang,  gay slur,  criminal,  beer,  shooting,  arrest,  blood splatter,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  voice over narration,  pistol,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  blood,  death,  police,  gun,  murder

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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:cancer,  theft,  wedding,  drinking,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman,  friend
Story:snorting cocaine,  colombian,  gun in mouth,  drug deal,  episodic structure,  bong,  miami florida,  drug dealing,  farmer,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  drug use,  criminal,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  blood splatter,  beating,  based on book,  based on true story,  pistol,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  gun,  death,  police,  blood,  murder

Harsh Times (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  drinking,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:mexico,  bar
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman,  friend
Story:drug smuggling,  los angeles california,  drug trafficking,  colombia,  drug deal,  smuggling,  spanish,  fbi,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  drug use,  marijuana,  beer,  shooting,  drink,  blood splatter,  dream,  beating,  pregnancy,  pistol,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  death,  murder,  blood,  police

Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  escape,  adultery,  betrayal,  money,  christmas
Locations:courtroom,  snow,  bar
Characters:thief
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:hollywood california,  prison visit,  los angeles california,  parole,  miami florida,  tape recorder,  waiter,  bank,  suitcase,  fugitive,  fbi,  pilot,  flash forward,  double cross,  judge,  montage,  mansion,  california,  criminal,  arrest,  airplane,  swimming pool,  prison,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  pistol,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  police

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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. This is why Cidade De Deus (2002) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  poverty,  theft,  escape,  adultery,  money,  love,  friendship
Locations:beach,  bar
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman,  friend
Period:1960s,  1970s,  1980s
Story:snorting cocaine,  auto theft,  drug pusher,  rise and fall,  stoned,  drug dealing,  promise,  burial,  disco,  obscene finger gesture,  drug addiction,  fugitive,  organized crime,  flash forward,  shot in the forehead,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  gang,  gay slur,  drug use,  criminal,  marijuana,  birthday,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  blood splatter,  based on book,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  pistol,  party,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  death,  police,  murder,  flashback,  blood

The Limey (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Limey (1999)

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

Themes:wealth,  theft,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  beach,  bar
Characters:american,  thief,  actor,  policeman,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1960s
Story:los angeles california,  convicted felon,  drug dealing,  slow motion,  waiter,  suitcase,  organized crime,  flash forward,  judge,  mansion,  california,  gay slur,  drug use,  criminal,  marijuana,  shooting,  drink,  airplane,  swimming pool,  beating,  prison,  pistol,  party,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  blood,  death,  police,  flashback,  murder,  gun

We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drinking,  betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:cemetery,  beach
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Period:1980s
Story:drug smuggling,  snorting cocaine,  protective custody,  drug trafficking,  raid,  disco,  obscene finger gesture,  organized crime,  graveyard,  van,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  drug use,  jail,  marijuana,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  blood splatter,  beating,  prison,  pistol,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  murder,  gun,  police,  flashback,  blood

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The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001)
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:wealth,  theft,  divorce,  wedding,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  drugs,  marriage,  love,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman,  friend
Period:1990s
Story:snorting cocaine,  bail,  courthouse,  hypocrite,  child custody,  miami florida,  smuggling,  bloody nose,  promise,  disco,  obscene finger gesture,  drug addiction,  court,  bank,  fbi,  judge,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  montage,  mansion,  gay slur,  drug use,  telephone,  criminal,  jail,  marijuana,  beer,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  blood splatter,  swimming pool,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  based on book,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  party,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  gun,  blood

54 (1998)
Drama, Music

54 (1998)

An anthology film retelling the story of the famous Studio 54, a hot disco hangout for the social elite of New York. The movie follows several characters at once, some of whom are in desperate straits and on the verge of crashing.

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money,  christmas,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:thief,  musician,  dancer,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1970s,  1980s
Story:drug overdose,  hollywood california,  new year's eve,  disco,  fbi,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  drug use,  marijuana,  drink,  prison,  voice over narration,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  death

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. This is why White Oleander (2002) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  loneliness,  divorce,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  christmas,  drugs,  friendship,  love
Locations:mexico,  courtroom,  beach
Characters:friend
Story:drug overdose,  prison visit,  los angeles california,  hypocrisy,  court,  flash forward,  judge,  cocaine,  california,  jail,  beer,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  swimming pool,  dream,  pregnancy,  prison,  voice over narration,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death,  blood,  gun,  flashback,  police

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Traffic (2000)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Traffic (2000)

An intertwined drama about the United States' war on drugs, seen through the eyes of a once conservative judge, now newly-appointed drug czar, his crack-addicted daughter, two DEA agents, a jailed drug kingpin's wife, and a Mexican cop who begins to question his boss's motives.

Themes:drugs,  escape,  marriage
Locations:mexico,  courtroom
Characters:student
Story:dea,  judge,  drug smuggling,  drug overdose,  drug ring,  drug courier,  drug cartel,  drug trafficking,  drug dealing,  drug addiction,  court,  organized crime,  cocaine,  california,  drug use,  criminal,  marijuana,  shooting,  arrest,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  death,  murder,  police,  flashback

New Jack City (1991) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

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

Themes:poverty,  wedding,  escape,  adultery,  betrayal,  money,  christmas,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  cemetery,  snow,  beach,  bar
Characters:policeman,  friend
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:gang,  cocaine,  drug pusher,  bong,  drug lord,  drug dealing,  drug addiction,  court,  organized crime,  double cross,  judge,  drug dealer,  montage,  mansion,  gay slur,  telephone,  criminal,  shooting,  arrest,  blood splatter,  swimming pool,  beating,  pistol,  party,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  police,  death,  murder,  gun,  blood

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:humiliation,  divorce,  drinking,  money,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  friend
Period:1970s
Story:snorting cocaine,  miami florida,  home movie,  tape recorder,  disco,  drug addiction,  flash forward,  cocaine,  telephone,  jail,  marijuana,  drink,  swimming pool,  beating,  based on book,  based on true story,  party,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  blood,  flashback,  police,  death,  gun

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

Nowhere Boy (2009)

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

Themes:theft,  drinking,  money,  love,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:thief,  musician,  dancer,  student,  friend
Period:1950s,  1960s
Story:birthday cake,  absent mother,  bloody nose,  tape recorder,  university,  flash forward,  graveyard,  montage,  telephone,  college,  birthday,  beer,  bus,  drink,  dream,  based on book,  based on true story,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  death,  flashback

Maria Full Of Grace (2004)
Crime, Drama

Maria Full Of Grace (2004)

In a small village in Colombia, the pregnant seventeen years old Maria supports her family with her salary working in a floriculture. She is fired and with a total lack of perspective of finding a new job, she decides to accept the offer to work as a drug mule, flying to USA with sixty-two pellets of cocaine in her stomach. Once in New York, things do not happen as planned. This is why Maria Full Of Grace (2004) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drinking,  money
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Story:drug smuggling,  drug overdose,  colombian,  drug cartel,  drug trafficking,  colombia,  drug deal,  smuggling,  cocaine,  drug use,  beer,  bus,  drink,  airplane,  pregnancy,  prison,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder

Layer Cake (2004) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Layer Cake (2004)

A successful cocaine dealer, who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite, plans an early retirement from the business. However, big boss Jimmy Price hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward, a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite. Complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A ecstasy, a brutal Serbian gang and a whole series of double crossings. The title "LAYER CAKE" refers to the layers or levels anyone in business goes through in rising to the top. What is revealed is a modern underworld where the rules have changed. There are no 'codes', or 'families' and respect lasts as long as a line. Not knowing who he can trust, he has to use all his 'savvy', 'telling' and skills which make him one of the best, to escape his own. The ultimate last job, a love interest called Tammy, and an international drug ring threaten to draw him back into the 'cake mix'. But, time is running out and the penalty will endure a lifetime.. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  theft,  escape,  drinking,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  love
Locations:bar
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman,  homosexual
Period:1960s,  1970s,  1990s
Story:gang,  drug overdose,  drug ring,  snorting cocaine,  cocaine,  drug pusher,  gun in mouth,  stoned,  drug deal,  bong,  drug lord,  drug dealing,  drug addiction,  ring,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  drug dealer,  mansion,  drug use,  criminal,  beer,  drink,  blood splatter,  swimming pool,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  police,  gun,  death,  flashback,  murder,  blood

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Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  wedding,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  drugs,  marriage,  love
Locations:beach
Characters:musician,  dancer
Period:1950s,  1960s,  1970s
Story:drug smuggling,  drug overdose,  birthday cake,  los angeles california,  boston massachusetts,  drug addiction,  suitcase,  cocaine,  montage,  drug use,  jail,  marijuana,  birthday,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  swimming pool,  dream,  pregnancy,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  death

Chopper (2000)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Chopper (2000)

Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a murder sentence in prison. His book, From the Inside, upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.

Themes:drinking
Locations:courtroom,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman
Story:drug dealing,  s&m,  slow motion,  court,  judge,  drug dealer,  drug use,  criminal,  jail,  beer,  shooting,  drink,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  based on book,  based on true story,  dancing,  murder,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  death,  police,  gun,  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:escape,  drinking,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  friendship,  love
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  friend
Story:birthday cake,  drug pusher,  cannabis,  bong,  drug lord,  bloody nose,  drug dealing,  obscene finger gesture,  shot in the shoulder,  court,  suitcase,  flash forward,  van,  drug dealer,  montage,  drug use,  marijuana,  birthday,  beer,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  blood splatter,  beating,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood,  police,  flashback,  gun

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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. This is why Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001). (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  wedding,  drinking,  adultery,  marriage
Locations:mexico,  snow,  bar
Characters:dancer,  homosexual
Period:1950s,  1960s,  1970s,  1980s
Story:los angeles california,  pistol whip,  boston massachusetts,  spanish,  flash forward,  gay slur,  birthday,  beer,  shooting,  drink,  airplane,  blood splatter,  swimming pool,  dream,  pregnancy,  based on book,  voice over narration,  pistol,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  blood,  flashback,  gun,  murder

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

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

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

Themes:illness,  humiliation,  theft,  escape,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:snow
Characters:thief,  policeman,  student,  friend
Story:drug overdose,  drug addiction,  snorting cocaine,  hypocrite,  stoned,  hypocrisy,  bloody nose,  dream,  court,  ring,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  gang,  drug use,  telephone,  jail,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  beating,  prison,  based on book,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  blood,  police,  murder,  gun,  death

Snitch (2013)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Snitch (2013)

Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience. Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive. (Read More)

Themes:money,  drugs
Locations:mexico
Story:drug smuggling,  prison visit,  dea,  drug cartel,  drug trafficking,  drug lord,  tape recorder,  organized crime,  double cross,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  mansion,  arrest,  blood splatter,  beating,  prison,  based on true story,  pistol,  party,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  death,  blood,  murder

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Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

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

Themes:cancer,  theft,  wedding,  drinking,  money,  christmas,  marriage
Locations:courtroom,  cemetery,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  homosexual
Period:1960s
Story:drug overdose,  prison visit,  prison cell,  bloody nose,  promise,  court,  ring,  suitcase,  shot in the forehead,  judge,  gang,  gay slur,  drug use,  criminal,  birthday,  beer,  drink,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  pistol,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  blood,  police,  murder,  gun

Short Cuts (1993) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  drinking,  adultery,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:musician,  policeman,  friend
Story:drug overdose,  southern california,  birthday cake,  los angeles california,  episodic structure,  obscene finger gesture,  pilot,  california,  drug use,  marijuana,  birthday,  beer,  drink,  swimming pool,  party,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  police,  murder

Boogie Nights (1997)
Drama

Boogie Nights (1997)

Adult film director Jack Horner is always on the lookout for new talent and it's only by chance that he meets Eddie Adams who is working as a busboy in a restaurant. Eddie is young, good looking and plenty of libido to spare. Using the screen name Dirk Diggler, he quickly rises to the top of his industry winning awards year after year. Drugs and ego however come between Dirk and those around him and he soon finds that fame is fleeting. This is why Boogie Nights (1997) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  adultery,  money,  christmas,  drugs,  marriage,  love
Characters:actor,  homosexual
Period:1970s,  1980s
Story:drug overdose,  snorting cocaine,  los angeles california,  drug pusher,  absent mother,  rise and fall,  child custody,  gun in mouth,  bloody nose,  drug dealing,  new year's eve,  disco,  waiter,  childbirth,  shot in the shoulder,  van,  judge,  cocaine,  montage,  mansion,  california,  gay slur,  drug use,  jail,  shooting,  drink,  blood splatter,  swimming pool,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  pistol,  party,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  murder,  gun

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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,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  friendship,  love
Locations:bar
Characters:musician,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1970s
Story:drug overdose,  birthday cake,  los angeles california,  bong,  boston massachusetts,  obscene finger gesture,  california,  drug use,  telephone,  marijuana,  birthday,  beer,  bus,  drink,  airplane,  swimming pool,  based on true story,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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:illness,  loneliness,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  drugs,  marriage,  love
Locations:snow,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:birthday cake,  prison cell,  stoned,  slow motion,  obscene finger gesture,  drug addiction,  flash forward,  cocaine,  drug use,  jail,  birthday,  shooting,  drink,  swimming pool,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  voice over narration,  pistol,  party,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  blood,  murder,  flashback,  gun,  death

Lords Of Dogtown (2005) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Lords Of Dogtown (2005)

A fictionalized take on the group of brilliant young skateboarders raised in the mean streets of Dogtown in Santa Monica, California. The Z-Boys, as they come to be known, perfect their craft in the empty swimming pools of unsuspecting suburban homeowners, pioneering a thrilling new sport and eventually moving into legend. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  drinking,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman
Period:1970s
Story:auto theft,  los angeles california,  rise and fall,  judge,  california,  gang,  drug use,  marijuana,  beer,  bus,  drink,  swimming pool,  beating,  based on true story,  party,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  police

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Amy (2015)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Amy (2015)

A documentary on the life of 'Amy Winehouse' (qv), the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.

Themes:illness,  divorce,  wedding,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  drugs,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  beach,  bar
Characters:musician,  friend
Story:drug overdose,  happy birthday to you,  miami florida,  home movie,  cocaine,  montage,  drug use,  telephone,  marijuana,  birthday,  arrest,  drink,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title

Biutiful (2010)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. This is why Biutiful (2010) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001). (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  illness,  escape,  drinking,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  marriage,  love
Locations:mexico,  cemetery,  snow,  beach,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  homosexual
Story:snorting cocaine,  happy birthday to you,  birthday cake,  bail,  tragic event,  ring,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  montage,  drug use,  telephone,  jail,  birthday,  arrest,  drink,  dream,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  murder,  police,  death,  blood

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:friendship
Locations:cemetery,  beach,  bar
Characters:musician
Story:drug overdose,  los angeles california,  drug deal,  shot in the shoulder,  drug addiction,  ring,  double cross,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  montage,  california,  gay slur,  beer,  blood splatter,  beating,  voice over narration,  pistol,  party,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  flashback,  blood,  death

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Rent (2005) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Rent (2005)

This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. (Read More)

Themes:poverty,  theft,  drinking,  money,  christmas,  drugs,  love,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  bar
Characters:thief,  musician,  dancer,  policeman,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:drug deal,  spanish,  promise,  home movie,  new year's eve,  waiter,  drug addiction,  graveyard,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  montage,  drug use,  marijuana,  drink,  beating,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  death,  police,  blood

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:money,  theft,  escape,  betrayal,  drugs,  love,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  beach,  bar
Characters:american,  thief,  policeman,  friend
Story:pistol whip,  outlaw,  miami florida,  boston massachusetts,  smuggling,  tragic event,  shot in the shoulder,  bank,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  montage,  mansion,  gang,  telephone,  criminal,  beer,  arrest,  blood splatter,  dream,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  pistol,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  murder,  police,  blood

A Man Apart (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Man Apart (2003)

Sean Vetter and Demetrius Hicks are members of the DEA who are fighting an ongoing drug war on the California/Mexico border, they are most successful at it because of their edge of growing up on the street and being thugs converted to cops. The DEA busts one of the major players by the name of "Memo" Lucero and imprison him in the United States but then a major player named Diablo then takes over the business and now he is now the major player targeted by Vetter and his team. But when Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible and in the process has to seek help from the imprisoned Lucero in order to catch Diablo. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when all Vetter can focus on is revenge... (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Locations:mexico,  cemetery
Story:los angeles california,  dea,  drug cartel,  drug trafficking,  colombia,  drug lord,  raid,  shot in the shoulder,  organized crime,  pilot,  shot in the forehead,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  mansion,  california,  gay slur,  arrest,  blood splatter,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  blood

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Savages (2012)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Savages (2012)

In California, the former Navy SEAL Chon and his best friend, the peaceful botanist Ben, are successful entrepreneurs producing and dealing high-quality weed. Chon brought seeds from Afghanistan and Ben used his knowledge to develop the best marijuana in the country. Chon and Ben share the pothead lover Ophelia and she loves both of them since they complete each other - Chon is a powerful and strong lover and Ben is a sensible and loving lover. Their comfortable life changes when the Mexican Baja Cartel demands a partnership in their business. Chon and Ben refuse the deal and the leader of the cartel Elena sends her right-arm in America, Lado, to abduct Ophelia to press the American drug dealers. Chon and Ben ask the support of the dirty DEA Agent Dennis and get inside information to begin a secret war against the Baja Cartel to release Ophelia. This is why Savages (2012) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001). (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  betrayal,  love
Locations:beach
Characters:american,  friend
Story:dea,  southern california,  california,  marijuana,  drug cartel,  gun in mouth,  drug deal,  bong,  drug lord,  obscene finger gesture,  shot in the shoulder,  organized crime,  drug dealer,  mansion,  gay slur,  arrest,  blood splatter,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  murder,  flashback,  death

Candy (2006) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Starting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  wedding,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  drugs,  marriage,  love
Characters:thief,  homosexual
Story:drug overdose,  drug pusher,  stoned,  overdose,  childbirth,  drug addiction,  ring,  bank,  drug dealer,  drug use,  marijuana,  beer,  drink,  swimming pool,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  blood,  death

Inherent Vice (2014)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Inherent Vice (2014)

During the psychedelic 60s and 70s Larry "Doc" Sportello is surprised by his former girlfriend and her plot for her billionaire boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. A plan for kidnapping gets shaken up by the oddball characters entangled in this groovy kidnapping romp based upon the novel by Thomas Pynchon. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  escape,  adultery,  betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:beach
Characters:thief,  actor,  musician,  policeman
Period:1960s
Story:drug smuggling,  drug overdose,  southern california,  snorting cocaine,  hollywood california,  los angeles california,  drug cartel,  smuggling,  spanish,  promise,  fbi,  flash forward,  drug dealer,  california,  drug use,  telephone,  marijuana,  beer,  shooting,  arrest,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  party,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  gun,  blood,  flashback,  murder

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Sid And Nancy (1986)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Sid And Nancy (1986)

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

Themes:illness,  drinking,  christmas,  drugs,  marriage
Locations:bar
Characters:musician,  dancer,  policeman
Period:1970s
Story:airplane stewardess,  barbie doll,  drug deal,  drug dealing,  obscene finger gesture,  drug addiction,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  drug use,  jail,  beer,  arrest,  bus,  beating,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  murder,  death,  police

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  divorce,  wedding,  drinking,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship,  love
Locations:cemetery,  snow
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman,  student,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:hypocrisy,  burial,  obscene finger gesture,  university,  suitcase,  flash forward,  drug use,  jail,  marijuana,  beer,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  dream,  prison,  voice over narration,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  death,  blood,  flashback,  murder,  police

The Wackness (2008) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughter. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. This is why The Wackness (2008) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001). (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  divorce,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  marriage,  friendship,  love
Locations:beach,  bar
Characters:musician,  dancer,  policeman,  friend
Period:1990s
Story:snorting cocaine,  bail,  stoned,  drug deal,  bong,  hypocrisy,  obscene finger gesture,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  montage,  drug use,  jail,  college,  marijuana,  beer,  arrest,  drink,  dream,  voice over narration,  pistol,  party,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  gun

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Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

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

Themes:illness,  cancer,  escape,  drinking,  drugs,  love,  friendship
Locations:courtroom,  cemetery,  beach,  bar
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  student,  friend
Story:parole,  promise,  court,  graveyard,  van,  drug use,  criminal,  jail,  birthday,  beer,  bus,  drink,  beating,  prison,  based on true story,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  death,  flashback,  murder,  police

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

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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

Themes:humiliation,  theft,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman,  student,  friend,  homosexual
Story:bail,  promise,  university,  flash forward,  chicago illinois,  gang,  gay slur,  drug use,  telephone,  jail,  college,  marijuana,  birthday,  arrest,  drink,  blood splatter,  voice over narration,  party,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  murder,  flashback,  police

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:wealth,  divorce,  wedding,  escape,  drinking,  money,  christmas,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:american,  policeman,  homosexual
Period:1980s
Story:snorting cocaine,  christmas party,  materialism,  fiancee,  tape recorder,  waiter,  shot in the shoulder,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  cocaine,  montage,  gay slur,  drug use,  telephone,  drink,  blood splatter,  dream,  beating,  voice over narration,  pistol,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder,  police,  gun,  blood

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Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:escape,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:prison visit,  promise,  shot in the shoulder,  fugitive,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  montage,  california,  gang,  telephone,  criminal,  birthday,  arrest,  blood splatter,  beating,  prison,  pistol,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  gun,  blood,  murder,  police,  death

Monster (2003)
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. This is why Monster (2003) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001). (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  money,  theft,  drinking,  adultery,  love
Locations:courtroom,  beach,  bar
Characters:thief,  policeman,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1990s
Story:pistol whip,  courthouse,  miami florida,  s&m,  burial,  court,  judge,  telephone,  beer,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  dream,  beating,  prison,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  police,  death,  gun,  blood,  murder

Midnight Express (1978)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Midnight Express (1978)

On October 6, 1970 while boarding an international flight out of Istanbul Airport, American 'Billy Hayes (I)' (qv) is caught attempting to smuggle 2 kilos of hashish out of the country, the drugs strapped to his body. He is told that he will be released if he cooperates with the authorities in identifying the person who actually sold him the hash. Billy's troubles really begin when after that assistance, he makes a run for it and is recaptured. He is initially sentenced to just over four years for possession, with no time for the more harsh crime of smuggling. The prison environment is inhospitable in every sense, with a sadistic prison guard named Hamidou ruling the prison, he who relishes the mental and physical torture he inflicts on the prisoners for whatever reason. Told to trust no one, Billy does befriend a few of the other inmates, namely fellow American Jimmy Booth (in for stealing two candlesticks from a mosque), a Swede named Erich, and one of the senior prisoners having already served seven years, an Englishman named Max, the latter two also in for hash related charges. One prisoner not befriended is Rifki, who wields power in the prison as the unofficial eyes and ears for the guards. As Billy, his family and his girlfriend Susan attempt through legal and diplomatic channels for Billy's release, Max tells him that the only way out is to "catch the midnight express" aka escape, which is what Jimmy is continually trying to do. When Billy's situation changes, he becomes more desperate in every sense of the word. It seems as if Billy has only two options: to let the prison ultimately figuratively then literally kill him, or to somehow regain control of his life through whatever means available. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  theft,  loneliness,  escape,  money,  love,  friendship
Locations:courtroom
Characters:american,  student,  thief,  policeman,  homosexual
Period:1970s
Story:drug smuggling,  college,  prison visit,  bail,  parole,  drug trafficking,  smuggling,  court,  bank,  suitcase,  prison,  judge,  montage,  drug use,  jail,  airplane,  beating,  based on book,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  blood,  murder,  death,  police

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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:illness,  drinking,  betrayal,  money,  drugs
Locations:cemetery,  bar
Characters:policeman
Story:prison visit,  prison cell,  bloody nose,  promise,  obscene finger gesture,  shot in the forehead,  double cross,  drug dealer,  gay slur,  drug use,  telephone,  shooting,  drink,  blood splatter,  beating,  pregnancy,  prison,  voice over narration,  pistol,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death,  blood,  gun,  police,  flashback

The Iceman (2012) is one of the best movies like Blow (2001)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Iceman (2012)

In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  bar
Characters:dancer,  friend
Period:1960s
Story:birthday cake,  prison visit,  drug deal,  disco,  court,  organized crime,  flash forward,  shot in the forehead,  van,  cocaine,  telephone,  jail,  birthday,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  drink,  blood splatter,  beating,  prison,  based on book,  based on true story,  pistol,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  police,  death,  gun

Fruitvale Station (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Fruitvale Station (2013)

This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4 year old daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  drugs,  marriage,  love,  friendship
Characters:thief,  dancer,  policeman,  friend
Story:birthday cake,  birthday,  prison visit,  drug deal,  spanish,  new year's eve,  tragic event,  ring,  flash forward,  drug dealer,  california,  gang,  telephone,  marijuana,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  pregnancy,  prison,  based on true story,  pistol,  party,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  murder,  blood,  police,  flashback,  death

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