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He Got Game (1998)
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He Got Game (1998)

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

Subgenre:
basketball moviemelodrama
Themes:
forgivenessabortiongreedredemptiondeath of motherlesbianismprisonmoneydrugsdeathmurder
Mood:
high schoolsatire
Locations:
motelurban settingnew york city
Characters:
aunt nephew relationshippimpuncle nephew relationshipcousin cousin relationshipinterracial relationshippolicemanteenage boybrother sister relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipafrican americanfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipteenager
Story:
prison wardenunwanted hugparole officerfather daughter hugfather son hugwig pulled offwoman wearing a wigblonde wigone on one basketballnational basketball associationbasketball coachhigh school basketballbasketball playercollege recruitmentfamily violence β€¦reference to the parting of the red seareference to samson and delilahreference to the new york knicksgrilled cheese sandwichchildhood flashbackleaving flowers on a gravepress statementreference to kim novakfather versus sonwide angle lenscharacter appears on front page of a newspapervisiting wife's graveankle braceletporn actor in mainstream moviewatching self on tvrising starfurloughalumniskittlesatticareference to michael jordansports agentsigning an autographletter read aloudconey island brooklyn new york citywatching news on tvknee injuryconvicted feloncharacter appears on tvvisiting a graveatonementred carheadstonereference to mosesdomineering fatherwardenmale vomitingfamily feudmerry go roundfather son estrangementparolescholarshippeer pressureroller coasterhuggovernorsports teamstereotypesneakersworld trade center manhattan new york cityinjusticeghettorejectionplaygroundreconciliationbrooklyn new york cityathleteclaim in titleblack americanhatecharacter says i love youdomestic violencewigconvertibleuniversityfugitiveracial slurnews reportmontagebasketballgay slurmenage a troismanhattan new york cityreference to jesus christprostitutioncollegewritten by directorthree word titletitle spoken by characterinterracial sexfemale nuditysexthreesomeviolenceflashback (See All)

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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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 β€¦ 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)

Subgenre:
basketball movieindependent filmcoming of ageautobiographicalbased on autobiographyfamily tragedy
Themes:
prisonmoneydrugsdeathmurderfriendshipreligiondrinkingdrunkennessmemoryrobberyangercorruptiontheftbrutality β€¦drug usehumiliationillnessmental illnessabusedyingdrug addiction (See All)
Mood:
high schoolrainnightmarenight
Locations:
urban settingnew york cityhospitalrestaurantchurchhotelsnowbathtubbuskitchenwheelchairapartmentpolice carcityrooftop β€¦catholic churchcar theftcatholic schoolschool shootingfire escape (See All)
Characters:
policemanteenage boyafrican americanteenagerpolicemother son relationshipfriendbrother brother relationshipteenage girlprostituteteacherstudentwriterpriest β€¦thiefbest friendbullylatinocatholicself destructiveness (See All)
Story:
basketball coachhigh school basketballbasketball playersports teamathleteblack americanracial slurbasketballmanhattan new york cityprostitutionfemale nuditysexbased on novelblood β€¦male nuditymasturbationmale rear nuditygunkissfightcigarette smokingphotographknifechaseerectionbased on true storytelephone callvoice over narrationcryingbased on bookbeatingunderweartesticlesfoodshot in the chesturinationface slapshotgunslow motion scenewatching tvdrinkcondomarrestundressingfalling from heightshootingvomitingrifletearsrunningcafebathroomneighborjailhallucinationclassroomprayerrevolverstrippertelephoneshot in the backswimmingbragangdeath of frienddrug dealereatingcocainedinertoiletcoffinspankinglooking at the cameratalking to the cameraconfessionparkpublic nuditydrug addicthotel roomprologuekeylocker roomfantasy sequencestorytellinglightningringdiaryprankscargyminjectionpursuithigh school studentcrossthreatbasementstageclasspoetreference to william shakespeareheroincoachpoemapplausetv newspornographysyringeteen angstwhat happened to epilogueaddictionbreaking and enteringhypodermic needledruggroup of friendsice creamloss of friendcrucifixstealingdrug abuseassaultnosebleedwristwatchdesperationjumping from heightaudiencestreet lifeapartment buildingdrug overdosestealing a carbloody nosepillshypocrisykickingjunkieschool uniformbilliardsraised middle fingerclassmatebigotrybroken armdead boyjuvenile delinquentferryreckless drivingphysical abusesandwichhigh school teachersnorting cocainejournalcorporal punishmentskinheadbitternessconfessionalgun held to headdegradationstonedhamburgermooningleukemiaracial prejudicebummale prostitutiondecadencehypocriteanguishsex shopmolestationjuvenile delinquencypool halldoormanfast food restaurantpeep holewhipped creamcasketdrug tripman in a wheelchairends with biographical notesbaldnessaddictfalling off a roofdrugstorepaddlehigh school friendgodfatherjumping off a cliffbasketball courthigh school athletepadlockhand on crotchdrug withdrawalboys' schoolbasketball teaminnocence lostarm castcash registerdeliberate crueltypill poppingschool expulsionfalling downboyhood frienderotic dancingpastiesclimbing over a fencegodmotherhandwritingmedicine cabinet42nd street manhattan new york cityhigh school sportsirish accentarm in a castcold turkeytoilet sexhot wiring a cartheatre marqueebreaking into a carovercoatcliff divingtalking through a doorlistening at a doorbreaking a glass doorteenage rebellying in stateclimbing a fire escapeheroin detoxreference to wilt chamberlainrunning through fieldsboys' locker roomdiarist (See All)

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Coach Carter (2005)
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Coach Carter (2005)

In 1999, Ken Carter accepts the job of basketball coach for his old high school in a poor area of Richmond, CA. As much dismayed by the poor attitudes of his players as well as their dismal play performance, Carter sets about to change both. He imposes a strict regime typified in written contracts t β€¦hat demand respectful behavior, a dress code and good grades for players. Any initial resistance is soon dispelled as the team under Carter's tutelage becomes a undefeated competitor. However, when the overconfident team's behavior begins to stray with too many doing poorly in class, Carter takes immediate action. To the outrage of the team, the school and the community, Carter cancels all team activities and locks the court until the team shows acceptable academic improvement. In the ensuing debate, Carter fights to keep his methods, determined to show the boys that they need good values for their futures and eventually finds he has affected them more profoundly than he ever expected. (Read More)

Subgenre:
basketball movie
Themes:
abortiondeathmurderfriendshipdatingeducation
Mood:
high school
Locations:
motelswimming poolnightclubsan francisco californiainner city
Characters:
teenage boyafrican americanfather son relationshipteenagermother son relationshipsingle mothersingle father
Story:
basketball coachhigh school basketballsports teamathletebasketballcharacter name in titleinterviewfightdancingpartypantiesbased on true storycaliforniawhite pantiesscantily clad female β€¦librarysuburbdeath of brotherfemale removes her clothespremarital sexgirl in pantiescoachwhat happened to epiloguevandalismpress conferencedrug dealingunderage drinkingred pantiescontractunderdogteenage pregnancynew jobgang violencepush upsgolden gate bridgetelevision reporterunwed pregnancyhigh school athletemerchantmotivationalwinningpurple pantiesstudent athletebasketball teamsacramento californiaschool boardsporting goods store (See All)

Hoosiers (1986)
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Hoosiers (1986)

Based on the true story of a small-town Indiana team that made the state finals in 1954, this movie chronicles the attempts of a coach with a spotty past, and the town's basketball-loving drunk to lead their high school team to victory.

Subgenre:
basketball movieindependent filmfish out of water
Themes:
redemptionfriendshipdrunkennessalcoholism
Mood:
high school
Locations:
small townrural setting
Characters:
father son relationshipfamily relationshipsfriend
Period:
1950s
Story:
basketball coachhigh school basketballbasketball playersports teamathletemontagebasketballbased on true storycoachteen angstteamunderdogchampionshipsecret pastindiana β€¦high school athletestar spangled bannernostalgicstudent athletebasketball teamafiteam spiritstate champion (See All)

Wild At Heart (1990) is one of the best movies like He Got Game (1998)
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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.. β€¦. until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident - a bad omen. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmcult filmblack comedydark comedyabsurdismcrime epic
Themes:
abortionlesbianismprisondeathmurderfriendshiprevengesurrealismsuicideinfidelityrapebetrayaljealousypregnancydance β€¦psychopathbrutalityhumiliationmental illnesssadismcrueltypanicfalling in love (See All)
Mood:
satiregoreavant garde
Locations:
motelbarnightclubdesertroad tripgas stationtexasroad movie
Characters:
policemother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendtattoohitmanwriter directorevil witchself immolationpregnant girlfriend
Story:
blonde wigconvicted felonparolereconciliationhateconvertiblefugitivegay slurprostitutionthree word titletitle spoken by characterfemale nudityflashbackviolencebased on novel β€¦bloodmale nudityfemale frontal nuditydogsex scenekissfemale rear nuditycigarette smokingdancingnipplestelephone callfirefondlingcryingshot to deathblood splattercar accidentmirrorshot in the chesturinationblondeshotgunmaskvomitingtearssunglassesrunningbathroomhallucinationrevolvercandleold mantoiletexploding carbrunetteapologysevered headhit by a cardouble crossshot in the legon the runorganized crimehotel roombeaten to deathdangerprologuescreamingmini skirton the roadscreamscene during end creditssensualitysadnessbank robberyex convictshot in the armarsonprivate detectivecrime bossdestructiondesiredresssexual attractioncowboy hatenemynosebleedrebelsevered handrape victimforbidden lovedead womanembarrassmentsexual desirewhiskeyabsurd humorrear entry sexswitchblademercilessnessnew orleans louisianadark humorsex talkexploding headdisembowelmentfrustrationaccidental killinglipstickperversionbounty hunterhighwayattractionnervous breakdownpunchsouthern accentsunsetstreet ganghead woundhead blown offtelephone boothchild molestationdead fathercrutchesbitternesssexual perversionrestroomsouthern u.s.true lovedomineering mothertrailer parkwhite trashepiloguebroken nosegraphic violencefisticuffsmurder attemptelvis impersonatorbloodshedcar radiomultiple murdermagnifying glassriddleviolent deathexpectant mothervietnam war veteranmanslaughterburning buildingburning manex marineone last jobexpectant fatherrailroad trackrebellious daughterobese womanbad motherstrong sexual contentdying womanholding cellhand woundwizard of ozreal life mother and daughter playing mother and daughtersouthern bellelovers on the lamrotten teethlife lessoncrazy manfrench quarter new orleanshead bashingflying headsilver dollaroily hairdog carrying a severed handmarine veteranvoodoo ceremonycrippled womanflying witchjohnny walkerman eating dog (See All)

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Half Nelson (2006)
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Half Nelson (2006)

Young Caucasian Dan Dunne teaches history and coaches the girls basketball team at a Brooklyn high school populated primarily by black and Hispanic students. To the chagrin of his superiors, Dan bucks the outlined curriculum of historical facts in favor of the philosophy of historical events, genera β€¦lly discussing the concept of dialectics. As such, he captures the imagination of his students, at least in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, Dan's life is in shambles. He has a distant but cordial relationship with his family. He uses illicit drugs rampantly. Although his former girlfriend Rachel was able to clean up her drug habit, Dan believes that rehab will not work for him. Due to a combination of these issues, he treats women poorly. Thirteen year old Drey is a student in his class and a player on his basketball team. Drey has her own problems. Her parents are divorced, with her father a virtually non-existent figure in her life and her EMT mother generally absent as she is always working to provide for Drey. Her older brother Mike is incarcerated for selling drugs for a local dealer named Frank. Mike took the fall for Frank, who in turn protects Drey whether she wants to be associated with him or not. Dan and Drey's relationship changes when Drey catches Dan, believing he is alone, smoking crack in the girl's locker room bathroom. He is totally stoned. Their resulting friendship, which is seen as inappropriate by the few who know, is based on each being unable to dea… (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmdocumentary footage
Themes:
prisonmoneydrugsfriendshipdrinkingdanceracismtheftdrug usedrug addictionwritingcheating
Mood:
high schoolarchive footage
Locations:
motelurban settingbarrestaurantbicyclekitcheninner city
Characters:
teenage boybrother sister relationshipafrican americanfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipteenagerfamily relationshipshomosexualmother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendsingerbrother brother relationshipteenage girl β€¦prostituteteacherstudentdancerwriterthiefreference to godsingle motherteacher student relationshipex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationshiphispanic americanwriting a book (See All)
Story:
basketball coachhigh school basketballbasketball playerghettoplaygroundbrooklyn new york cityblack americanracial slurbasketballsexkisscigarette smokingdancingphotographsinging β€¦partytelephone callsongunderwearurinationpunched in the facecatdrinksecretbooksunglassescafebathroomclassroomsubjective cameranewspapercookingwinestabbingdrug dealerhuman rightscocainedinertoiletjokeapologydrawingcoffeedrug addictprotestlocker roomdebtreadinggymamerican flagpolicewomanclassgraffiticoachanswering machinerace relationsjogginghappinessexercisestealingdemonstrationcommunistvietnam wardrug dealingwatching televisioncivil rightsrap musicnewsreel footagemakeuppridelipstickhandheld cameraracistbulletproof vestbriefcasebenchalarm clockgay rightsearphonescandyhigh school teacherinspirationsnorting cocainerestroomold flamedrug dealparamedickittenstonedunhappinessbaseball caphamburgerlollipopplaying a video gamebased on short filmchewing gumhouse partyprison visitsecond chancereading a newspapercrack cocainedead catarm wrestlinghip hop musicjunior high schoolreference to george w. bushliberalvietnam war veterandrug tripnew york city new yorkborderline personality disorderrearview mirrorwashing disheshand injurybasketball courtfrench friesreference to aristotlebasketball teamsubstitute teacherchildren's bookdrug pusherfigurinereference to che guevarapet foodband aidrhythm and blueshistory teacherracial injusticeyin and yangreference to the nazisreference to nelson mandelabaseball cap worn backwardscheating on a testeye dropscrack addictrecord collectionhistory classcrack headcrack pipereference to salvador allendereference to miles daviscrack smokingdeath of a catglass pipereference to al qaedaemergency medical technicianknock knock jokereference to mein kampfdrum'n'bassfreebasinggirls' basketballstealing a bicycleblowing nosedrug habitebonicsteachers' loungee. m. t.freebase cocainehit with a basketballreference to cesar chavezreference to chilereference to daniel ellsbergreference to danny glover (See All)

Boy A (2007)
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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 wei β€¦ghs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of age
Themes:
forgivenessredemptionprisondrugsmurderdeathlovefriendshipsuiciderapejealousydrinkingfeardrunkennessescape β€¦danceheroincestparanoiadepressiondrug usedysfunctional familycancerguiltdatingillnessabusebullyingchildhooddyingregretdying mother (See All)
Mood:
nightmare
Locations:
barbeachrestauranttrainschoolcemeterybathtubbusnightclubwatertaxicourtroomrooftopcar theftsex in a bathtub
Characters:
uncle nephew relationshippolicemanboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather son relationshippolicemother son relationshipfriendbrother brother relationshipboyteachergirlstudentdancerphotographerlawyer β€¦little girlbullywaitresssecretary (See All)
Story:
parole officerwatching news on tvmerry go roundfather son estrangementparoleroller coastersneakershatefemale nudityviolenceflashbackbased on novelbloodmale nuditybare chested male β€¦sex scenekissfightdancingphotographpartyknifebased on true storytelephone callcryingcell phonebeatingunderwearcar accidentmirrorface slaprescuepunched in the facewatching tvcameradrinkcondomundressingbare buttsecretletterliebeertearsbirthdaybedcar crashcafejailhallucinationvoyeurclassroomrivercriminalreporternewspaperbraambulancefishchild abuseapologytrialdream sequencedrawingfishingbirthday partyvangraveyardold womanconfessionprologuescreamingfired from the jobliarscreamhangingcourtgiftthreatdatewitnesslaptopmurdererex convictclasssleepingpubnewspaper headlineapplausetv newsidentityhuggingkilling an animalhead buttwarehouseloss of virginityfriendship between mensexual abusevandalismmale bondingclubfalse identitysocial commentaryembarrassmentpromiseremote controlhaunted by the pastnicknameshopliftinginnocenceshoessurveillance camerakickingtaking a pictureco workerfather figurefirst kissamusement parkschool uniformpridefriendship between boysmurder of a childbounty hunterpierpublic humiliationrelease from prisonmoral dilemmaadolescentsaving a lifenew jobporn magazinegatebirthday presentmen's bathroomfirst datefake identitytowerdvdestatewalletbully comeuppancediggingmale rapelandladywormecstasytrain trackstrain ridebreast cancerrehabilitationsecond chancegravestonecarouselestrangementtabloidreference to the virgin maryshared bathhoodiedelivery manexposechild rapedressingtrespassingfleeingleg injurymcdonald's restaurantsurrogate fatherhappy birthdayhooded figurerascaltrain conductorsaying goodbyemedia frenzynew identitychild's drawingchild murdererfollowingboardwalkchild murders a childeellimpingname changecuttingmanchestersocial realismbountycuddlingsneaking outwatching a movie on tvdishonestynewsstandsecret revealedsurrogate sonfootbridgebox cutterused condomearthwormdangerous friendamusement park ridedancing alonebirmingham englandlagerfirst day at worknottingham englandalecrying during sexsaying i love younew shoesrape of girlthrowing a bottletrain ticketviolent youthbrother brother incestreference to steven seagalreference to jean claude van dammebeach chairreference to don juanthank you note (See All)

Reign Over Me (2007)
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Reign Over Me (2007)

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

Subgenre:
melodrama
Themes:
deathlovefriendshipmarriagejealousydrinkingmemoryseductionangerdeath of fatherdepressioninsanitygriefmental illnessdeath of wife β€¦death of daughter (See All)
Mood:
nightmaremoving
Locations:
new york cityhospitalbarrestaurantnightclubtaxikitchenpolice stationcourtroomtrucktaxi driverchinese restaurant
Characters:
aunt nephew relationshipinterracial relationshippolicemanafrican americanfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendsingerteenage girlmusicianlawyer β€¦grandfather granddaughter relationshipchinese foodfather in law son in law relationshipmother in law son in law relationshipex policeman (See All)
Story:
world trade center manhattan new york cityrejectionblack americanmontagegay slurmanhattan new york citycollegethree word titletitle spoken by charactersexflashbackviolencegunphotograph β€¦singingtelephone callcryingcell phonesongdreamfoodwatching tvcomputerdrinkarrestletterpaintingbeertearscafeguitarriverold maneatingfalse accusationjudgeapologyman with glassesroommateold womancoffeelatex gloveswidowersadnessclasspizzatv newswoman with glassescomic booktitle based on songpatientloss of wifetherapistpsychologistblack humorinterracial friendshipmovie theatredentistattorneyshoesmental hospitalpost traumatic stress disorderdrummertheatre audiencesexual harassmentairplane crashmidlife crisismelancholyreflectiondormitoryearphonesharassmentmental breakdownpaintmale friendshiploss of daughtertraffic jamreceptionistlandladycomedienneloss of childwakeloss of familypost september 11 2001man childsleepwalkingwhite coathardware storeliquor storemusic storecard tricktriviagrievingjigsaw puzzledrink thrown into someone's facemotivationaloverprotective fatherhearingwar on terrorsuicide contemplationdentist chairmoving vanplaying against typeoverprotective motherdentalmotorscooterrecord albumdentist officereference to bruce springsteencollege roommatedental officedental chairfirearm pointed at the cameraroot beerinvoluntary commitmentviolent outburstgreat lakessanity hearingphotography class (See All)

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Glory Road (2006) is one of the best movies like He Got Game (1998)
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Glory Road (2006)

In 1965, the coach of the high school girl basketball team Don Haskins is invited by the Texas Western Miners to be their coach. Despite the lack of budget, Haskins sees the chance to dispute the NCAA and moves with his wife and children to the college dormitory. He recruits seven talented and rejec β€¦ted black players to play with five Caucasian players and formed a legendary team that won the 1966 national championship against the powerful Kentucky. (Read More)

Subgenre:
basketball movie
Themes:
marriageracism
Mood:
high school
Locations:
busmexicotexas
Characters:
teenage boyteenagerhusband wife relationshipsingle mothermother
Period:
1960s
Story:
basketball coachcollege recruitmentsports teamracial slurbasketballcollegebloodtwo word titlebased on true storybeatingthreatcoachwhat happened to epiloguerace relations β€¦civil rightsraciststadiumseattle washingtonunderdogdormitorydisciplinearenaracial prejudicen wordrespectteamworkracial tensionracial discriminationcivil rights movementindianaends with biographical notesmarylandbasketball courtwashington stateheart conditionbasketball gamebasketball teampep talkyear 1966finalends with historical notesbleachersncaareference to david and goliathcollege sportsends with real life photosel paso texasscoreboardsinging along with a recordcollege basketballnational championshiplubbock texaschampionship gamecoach player relationshipreference to elijah muhammadgary indianainterracial conflictreference to the harlem globetrotters (See All)

Double Jeopardy (1999)
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Double Jeopardy (1999)

When Nick Parsons appears to be murdered his wife Libby is tried and convicted. Six years later Libby is paroled and with the help of Travis Lehman (her parole officer) she sets out to find her son and the truth behind the "murder".

Themes:
prisonmurderrevengebetrayalfearescapepsychopathpanic
Mood:
goreneo noirmurder trial
Locations:
hospitalbarbeachschoolswimming poolcemeterynightclubpolice stationfarmpolice carcourtroomsan francisco californiacar in water
Characters:
father son relationshiphusband wife relationshippolicemother son relationshipdoctorsingerfemale protagonistteacherpolice officerlawyersheriffpolice chasepolice arrest
Story:
parole officerconvicted felonparoleinjusticefugitivenews reportmontagetitle spoken by characterfemale nuditysexnuditybloodtwo word titlesex scene β€¦cigarette smokingdancingphotographsingingknifechasepistolshootoutshot to deathshot in the chestshot in the headwatching tvcomputercameraarrestpaintingshowdownheld at gunpointtearshandcuffsislandrevolverf wordfoot chasesoccerambulanceprisonerinternetjudgetrialcoffinfishingsearchcoffeebartenderon the rungunshotmistaken identitymoaningevil manknocked outnewspaper headlinebreaking and enteringsociopathbabysitterjail cellbuttocksfaked deathcarnivalremote controlprison guardmisunderstandingnew orleans louisianaframe upwomen's prisonevidenceboarding schoolhorse and carriageferryframed for murdermusic bandauctionburied alivetestimonyset upassumed identitysouthern u.s.sailboatsailingjuryframedtape recordinghandcuffedwrongful convictiongeorgiainmategravestonegolden gate bridgefundraiserwrongful arrestcryptcar salesmaninsurance frauddecoyfuneral processioncurfewreference to pablo picassocriminal mastermindmausoleumfalse nameferry boatart dealercoast guardcajunmardi grashalfway houseparoleeinsurance policycanoeingoil paintingparole hearingfrench quarter new orleansbeneficiarylifesaverreference to marc chagallburied moneyreference to wassily kandinskyreference to joan miroseemingly widowedwomen's correctional facility (See All)

City Of God (2002)
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City Of God (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 t β€¦he good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult filmcoming of ageblack comedycrime epic
Themes:
redemptiondeath of mothermoneymurderdeathlovefriendshiprevengekidnappinginfidelityrapereligionadulterytortureescape β€¦dancegangsterrobberyextramarital affairtheftpsychopathdeath of fatherpovertydrug useunfaithfulnesssexualityphotographyhomelessnessdrug addictionwealthenvironmentpolice corruptionmurder of fathermurder of mothermurder of brother (See All)
Mood:
neo noir
Locations:
motelurban settingbarbeachchurchforestmotorcyclebusnightclubbicyclewoodspolice carcityjunglebrothel β€¦brazilslum (See All)
Characters:
uncle nephew relationshipinterracial relationshippolicemanteenage boyboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipspolicemother son relationshipfriendbrother brother relationshipboyteenage girlprostitutenurse β€¦dancerphotographerthiefartistpolice chasedeath of boy (See All)
Period:
1980s1970s1960s
Story:
ghettodomestic violencefugitiveracial slurgay slurprostitutionthree word titletitle spoken by characterinterracial sexfemale nudityviolenceflashbackblood β€¦male nuditymale frontal nuditygunkissfightdancingphotographpartyknifechasepistolbased on true storytelephone callvoice over narrationcryingbased on bookshootoutshot to deathunderwearblood splattercar accidentshot in the chestface slapshot in the headwatching tvcameraarrestshootingshowdownrifletearsrunningbirthdaycar crashmarijuanaprayercriminalshot in the backreporterswimminggood versus evilnewspapersoccerjournalistgangdrug dealercocainefishnonlinear timelineassassinationcontroversyshot in the foreheadpainflash forwarddrug addictorganized crimevirginattackdeath of childscene during end creditsdeath of brotherpursuitsplit screenpremarital sexbank robberychickenhandgunobscene finger gestureclass differencespowerchild murderfreeze framerecord playercrime bossafricanmachismotv newsuzipot smokingsupermarketdiscodesireloss of virginitymass murdersociopathstealinghidingbuttocksswimsuitjournalismvirginityburialdrug dealingthugpromiseshopliftingmercilessnessshot in the facebananahandheld cameramurder of a childpolice raidgrowing upjuvenile delinquentjobmale virgincon manmarijuana jointmultiple storylinemolotov cocktailgang warstreet gangsnorting cocainedead childrenarms dealerarmed robberyinformantgang violencebus stoplatin americanarcissismwetting pantsstonedbakerykitebloody body of childrio de janeiro brazilactual animal killedsouth americagaskiller childsoccer ballshot in the foothold upchapter headingsin medias reslifeguardhoodierise and fallmob violencechild with guncity in titlestreet vendorchild with a gunstrobe lightauto theftillegal drugstalismancareer criminaltv broadcastchild murders a childchild uses gungang warfarename changefavelagun storedeath of uncledrug pushersambabrazilian musicpaperboynon professional castboy killedchild uses a gunmotorscooterchild shotchild shot in the headwoman directoruxoricidechild knocked unconsciousrio de janeirocon gameurban violencehooded sweatshirtyouth gangphotojournalismrunttropical settingankle injuryteenage gangsalesclerkchild shot in the chestlusophonegun dealerbroken rulepushing a carcounter attacktrigger happybus conductorarmed childchild shot through the chestmaconhabrazilian culturestool pigeongang shootingkid gangsmooth talkerstreet war (See All)

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We Own The Night (2007)
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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 na β€¦me, 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)

Subgenre:
suspense
Themes:
death of motherprisonmoneydrugsdeathmurderrevengesuicidebetrayaldrinkingfearescapefuneralinvestigationdeath of father β€¦drug usedysfunctional familygamblingabusedeath of wifedyingvengeancemurder of a police officermurder of father (See All)
Mood:
gorenightmarecar chase
Locations:
motelurban settingnew york cityhospitalbeachrestaurantchurchmotorcyclecemeterynightclubwheelchairpolice stationpolice carstrip clubcar bomb β€¦car on fire (See All)
Characters:
uncle nephew relationshippolicemanboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshippolicemother daughter relationshipchildrensingerbrother brother relationshippolice officerdancerphotographermayor β€¦police shootoutgrandfather grandson relationshiprussian mafia (See All)
Period:
1980syear 1988
Story:
rising starworld trade center manhattan new york cityreconciliationbrooklyn new york citymanhattan new york cityfemale nudityviolenceflashbacksexbloodmasturbationdogguncigarette smokingdancing β€¦photographsingingpartychasepistoltelephone callfirecryingsongshootoutbeatingshot to deathblood splatterfoodshot in the chestshot in the headshotgunslow motion scenecameradrinkarrestfalling from heightshootingrifletearscar crashcafemarijuanajailshot in the backf wordambushambulancedrug dealerthroat slittingeatingcocaineimmigrantboxingno opening creditscoffinassassinationsearchvangraveyardpantyhoseparklimousineorganized crimeblack pantiesprologuegymamerican flagpursuitobscene finger gesturesubtitled scenetrustheroinhenchmanfemale stockinged legsloyaltydiscojail cellwalkie talkiecrucifixhidingstabbed in the throatitalian americanshot in the facecigarette lightercard playingjumping through a windowracistundercover copraidpolice raidpublic humiliationbenchthanksgivingabandoned buildinglatinamolotov cocktailbag over headsurgical maskshot in the neckdrug smugglinghomecomingsnorting cocainepromotionpolice chieftombstoneinformantsmugglerurban decaypolice captaindrug traffickingstakeoutexamfeatherfacial scarinformerpuerto ricanpolaroid camerasocial decayzippo lighterfurpost traumatic stressbloody faceoathreference to led zeppelinhundred dollar billlaw enforcementkiltgrave side ceremonyhidden identitystar of daviddyslexianightclub ownerfalling through a windownipple slipfingering someone's vaginamatchessurrogate familykorean war veteranpoker the card gamerussian immigrantpostmodernismwhite glovespolice uniformnew york police departmentcharcoalpile of moneypolice custodywelcome home partypolice trainingmumblingcode wordmale with earringhand in pantiessearch dogbustierprotective custodysqualid apartmentpolice stakeoutabandoned airfieldcar bombingchest painsfamily of copsmasked gunmanrussian familyweedsbrooklynesepolish family (See All)

Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like He Got Game (1998)
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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.

Subgenre:
independent filmcult filmcoming of ageblack comedyteen movie
Themes:
death of motherprisonmoneydrugsmurderdeathlovefriendshiprevengebetrayalpregnancyfeardrunkennessescapegangster β€¦robberyangerpsychopathdeath of fatherbrutalityparanoiahumiliationexecutionhopedyingvengeancepolice brutalitynear death experience (See All)
Mood:
high schoolgoreneo noirarchive footageaffection
Locations:
urban settinghospitalcarlos angeles californiapolice stationgas stationinner city
Characters:
cousin cousin relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipafrican americanteenagerfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshippolicemother son relationshipfriendbrother brother relationshippolice officerdetectivesingle motherpolice detectivemuslim β€¦grandfather grandson relationshipgrandmother grandson relationshippolice chasepolice dog (See All)
Period:
1990s1970s
Story:
ghettohateracial slurgay slurthree word titleflashbackviolencenumber in titleblooddogbare chested malegunfightcigarette smokingparty β€¦knifechasesurprise endingpistolvoice over narrationshootoutbeatingshot to deathblood splatterfistfightmachine gunshot in the chestshot in the headshotgunslow motion scenepunched in the facewatching tvarrestgunfightbrawlshootingvomitingheld at gunpointbeersunglassesinterrogationhandcuffsrevolvercriminalshot in the backf wordsurvivalfoot chaseorphanflashlightgangcaliforniadeath of frienddrug dealercocaineprisonerhouseno opening creditsanti herochild in perilcontroversyflash forwarddrug addictorganized crimecharacter repeating someone else's dialoguebeaten to deathproduct placementlightningstreet shootoutshot in the shoulderlong takehigh school studentloss of fatherpremarital sexthreatened with a knifedirectorial debutloss of motherprofanityshot in the armheroinsingle parentcrime bossmachismouzicard gamepokerstreetheavy rainslow motiontold in flashbackjail cellroman numeral in titlekicked in the stomachvideotapecovered in bloodparking garagehonorstreet lifehomicidedrug dealingdrug overdosethugswitchbladestealing a carunderage drinkingdual wieldhatredconvenience storeescape attemptblack and white scenebible quoteblood on shirtrainstormbarbecuerelease from prisonjuvenile delinquentethnic slurhustlerdesert eaglemarijuana jointgraduationstorehigh school teachercar drivingpistol whipfemale teacheroverdosekoreanvulgarityurban decaypolice interrogationn wordshot in the handsubmachine gundrive by shootingcarjackingblaxploitationtragic endingshrinefade to blackdreadlockssocial decayattempted robberygangstaslow motion action scenechild swearingchild with a gungangsta griphoodlumlatin americanchop shopdominoesdrive thrudeath of cousinconvenience store robberyurban violencemuslim convertice cream vanblack slangwatts riotschevrolet impala convertible (See All)

Malcolm X (1992)
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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 β€¦ 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)

Subgenre:
cult filmconspiracyepicbased on autobiographypolitical drama
Themes:
redemptionprisondrugsdeathmurderreligionpoliticsgangsterangerracismdrug usesurveillancepolice brutalityreligious conversion
Locations:
new york citybarbeachtrainafricainner city
Characters:
interracial relationshipteenage boyafrican americanhusband wife relationshippolicemother son relationshipboytough guyself discovery
Period:
1960s1940s1950s1930s1920s
Story:
brooklyn new york cityblack americanhateconvertibleracial slurmanhattan new york citytitle spoken by characterflashbackviolencecharacter name in titlebloodtwo word titlephotographpistolvoice over narration β€¦cryingbeatingshot to deathshot in the chestshotguntearsjailcriminalassassinhuman rightsman with glassesassassinationcontroversyshot in the legmicrophonespiritualityfbiwritten and directed by cast memberspeechamerican flagtragic eventsadnessshot in the armciaeyeglassesrace relationsrageislamcompassionpreachercivil rightsburglarmiddle eastburglaryhatredboston massachusettsdeath threatdeath of protagonistracistconvictloss of husbandtragic herohustlershot multiple timesmain character diesintoleranceurban decay16 year oldbaseball capracial prejudicemosquefight the systemex conblaxploitationpolitical activistracial tensiondeath of title characterfirst person narrationku klux klanracial discriminationmain character shotsolitary confinementharlem manhattan new york citycivil rights movementkennedy assassinationmultiple time framesstreetcarracial segregationpenitentiaryracial violenceblack historydirected by co starrise to powerracial injusticeblack powerblack man white woman relationshipanti racismcrusadeblack white relationsstreet hustlerracial identitystreet preacherracial intoleranceracial integrationflag burningwest indianblack militantnation of islamblack activistbedford stuyvesant brooklyn new york cityblack radicalismrodney king incident (See All)

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Boyz N The Hood (1991)
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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. Rick β€¦y 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)

Subgenre:
independent filmcult filmcoming of ageblack comedytragedyteen movie
Themes:
moneydrugsmurderdeathfriendshiprevengeescapegangsterangerracismdeath of fatherpovertydysfunctional familyrivalryhome invasion β€¦crueltyvengeancepolice brutalitymurder of brother (See All)
Mood:
high school
Locations:
urban settingrestaurantschoolchurchcarhelicopterlos angeles californiawheelchairpolice carsinging in a carschool teacher
Characters:
teenage boyboyfriend girlfriend relationshipafrican americanfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipteenagerfamily relationshipspolicemother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendtattoobrother brother relationshipteenage girlteacher β€¦police officerbabytough guysingle motherlittle boyex husband ex wife relationship (See All)
Period:
1980s1990syear 1991year 1984
Story:
scholarshipghettoathletehateracial slurmontagegay slurwritten by directorfemale nuditysexviolencebloodmale rear nuditybare chested malegun β€¦female rear nudityfightcigarette smokingdancingnipplespartyknifechasepistolbeatingcorpseshot to deathblood splatterfistfightmachine gunshot in the chestshot in the headshotgunslow motion scenepunched in the facearrestbrawlbare buttshootingrifleheld at gunpointbeerrunninginterrogationhandcuffsrevolvertelephoneshot in the backf wordgangdeath of frienddrug dealerfootballmapman with glassesno opening creditsfishingchild in perilshot in the legflash forwardattempted murderdrug addictvirgindangerprologuelocker roomstorytellinglong takedeath of brothertragic eventstalkingdeath of sonsadnesspremarital sexdirectorial debutex convictsingle parentak 47machismouziteen angstwhat happened to epiloguedesireelectronic music scoreloss of virginitysurvivortitle based on songloss of friendloss of loved oneamerican footballkicked in the stomachvideotapecovered in bloodskateboardmilkhomicidedrug dealingtensionrap musicunderage drinkingconfrontationloss of sonhatredconvenience storedeath threatjunkiepunched in the chestblood on shirtracisttitle at the endbarbecueattractionjuvenile delinquentethnic slurdeath of loved oneloss of brotherneighborhoodmelancholyshot multiple timesthanksgivingvietnam veteranstreet gangcar drivingadvertisementbitternessyoung version of characterreal estateweightliftinggang violencesexual promiscuitybillboarddouble barreled shotgunurban decayfilm starts with textsawed off shotgunmeat cleaverpalm treen worddeath of boyfrienddrive by shootingparaplegicintentionally misspelled titlehip hop musicblack copfast food restaurantclimbing out a windowsocial decayattempted robberyvolkswagen beetlegangstachild swearingcapgentrificationrescue attemptconspiracy theoristpagerloss of boyfriendgangsta gripafrolowriderroman catholicdominoessouth central los angelesmagnum handgunblack familypacifierfat childfavoritismlow ridercollege boundtrain trackafrican american musicressentimentblack directorblack slanglive in girlfriendchevrolet impala convertiblemortgage broker (See All)

The Fisher King (1991)
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The Fisher King (1991)

After hearing a popular DJ rail against yuppies, a madman carries out a massacre in a popular New York bar. Dejected and remorseful, the DJ strikes up a friendship with Parry, a former professor who became unhinged and then homeless after witnessing his wife's violent death in the bar shooting. The  β€¦DJ seeks redemption by helping Parry in his quest to recover an item that he believes is the Holy Grail and to win the heart of the woman he loves. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodramablack comedy
Themes:
forgivenessredemptionmurderdeathfriendshipsurrealismguiltinsanitymental illnessbreak upalcoholismdeath of wifehomelessnessmythology
Locations:
new york cityelevatorchinese restaurant
Characters:
psychiatristprofessorself discovery
Story:
character appears on front page of a newspaperwatching news on tvreference to mosescharacter says i love younews reportgay slurmanhattan new york citythree word titletitle spoken by characterflashbackcharacter name in titlemale nuditymale frontal nuditymale rear nudity β€¦cigarette smokingmale full frontal nuditychasebeatingblood splatterface slapshotgunrescuehallucinationmale pubic hairmassacremansionradiohit by a carpantyhosepublic nudityperson on firebaseball battragic eventdatecross dressingmoonpizzaapplausetv newsfireplaceballoonreference to adolf hitlerquestwoman with glassesscene during opening creditsdiseaseloss of wifeassaultcrushknightcompassionmental institutionblood on faceburglarypost traumatic stress disorderlaughtergasolinekilling spreehit with a baseball batvideo tapemental patientcentral park manhattan new york cityvideo storetowerdragtelling someone to shut upbrooklyn bridgemakeovershot with an arrowamputeefish tankcoca colaredheaded womanprizebearded mansuicidalyuppiestrait jacketaudio cassettecrazinessmurder of wifecross dresserpizza deliveryhomeless personshrinereference to michael jacksonberetrevolving doorreference to mahatma gandhimale full back nudityfireworktv show in filmwatching someonewaltzwearing sunglasses insideman undressingtalk radiolooking in a windowphone bookreference to walt disneyradio hostreference to friedrich nietzschefictional talk showvhs tapeboiler roomman dressed as a womanhands tied behind backholy grailgrand central station manhattan new york citycontemplating suicidereference to mother teresayelling for helpbelchingradio broadcastingbound with duct tapereference to the popecatatoniareference to fred astairevideo store clerkdouble datecross cultural relationsfantasy lifereference to cary grantwhite suitcassette playervisual hallucinationchopsticks the eating utensilcharacter appears in newspaperhumilitysobbingpanhandlingradio show hostdumplingreference to katharine hepburncatatonic statereference to pinocchioyellow cabtorn photographdouble amputeemental wardphotograph in newspaperreference to spencer tracydoused with gasolinereference to al jolsonshock jockthrowing something at someonelying on the groundreference to king arthursinging telegramthrown to the floorfacial maskgasoline canporno videojack daniels whiskeyreference to billy joelclothes on firestanding on a tablebroccoliradio phone inbegging for moneyreference to ethel mermanreference to jack danielstalking to a dollgiving away moneynew york post the newspaperreference to goldie hawntea bagundressing in publichand on shoulder scarelaughing fitcentral park chasechinese noodlesfeeling nervouspouring gasoline on a manreference to queen guineverereference to sea world (See All)

Boys Don't Cry (1999) is one of the best movies like He Got Game (1998)
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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 β€¦ 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. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmtragedy
Themes:
lesbianismprisonmurderdeathfriendshiprapedrinkingdanceseductionbrutalitydrug usedysfunctional familysexualityhome invasionhomophobia β€¦transgenderprejudice (See All)
Locations:
barsmall townrural settingkitchenfarmcampfire
Characters:
cousin cousin relationshippolicemanbrother sister relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshiphomosexualpolicemother daughter relationshipfriendtranssexualsingle motherself mutilationdeath of girlfriendself worth
Period:
1990s
Story:
rejectionclaim in titlehatefugitivegay slurwritten by directorthree word titlefemale nuditysexviolenceflashbackf ratednudity β€¦kissfemale rear nuditycigarette smokingpartylesbian kisspistolshowerbased on true storyvoice over narrationpunctuation in titletitle directed by femalebeatingshot in the headpunched in the facedrinkarrestundressingsex in bedshootingbirthdayapostrophe in titlejailrevolvernewspaperstrap on dildobreast sucklingdisguisebrunettebirthday partycontroversylatex glovesstrippingfemale removes her clothestragic eventthreatdirectorial debutobscene finger gesturecross dressingtwenty somethingtransvestitemachismotitle based on songstabbed in the stomachrape victimbar fighthaircutrole playingredneckimpostorkaraokelove at first sightprison cellbigotrypassionate kisssexual assaultsodomymain character diesfemale female kissmenstruationoutcastgay bashingtrue crimedouble lifeintolerancesexual violencefarmhousemisfitnewspaper articlehate crimefactory workerwhite trashcontraction in titlebiologyex confisticuffsmugshotmurder by gunshotsociologyftmmain character shotunwanted kisssexual identitygender disguisegirlfriend girlfriend relationshipnebraskaostracismrite of passagelesbian slurgender confusiongirl disguised as boybinding breaststransphobiasexual identity crisistransgender protagonistfemale dressed as maletraffic ticketmale impersonationroll in the haylincoln nebraska (See All)

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Alpha Dog (2006)
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Alpha Dog (2006)

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

Subgenre:
independent filmmusic videotragedy
Themes:
greedprisonmoneydeathmurderfriendshiprevengekidnappingdrinkingdrunkennessrobberyhomophobia
Mood:
moving
Locations:
motelbarrestaurantswimming poolpolice carmotel sex
Characters:
policemanteenage boyboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipmother daughter relationshiptattoobrother brother relationshipteenage girllawyerjewishlustpolice detective β€¦employer employee relationshipstepmother stepson relationshiphispanic american (See All)
Period:
year 1999year 2005year 2003
Story:
fugitiveracial slurmontagegay slurmenage a troiswritten by directorthreesomeviolencefemale frontal nudityinterviewmale rear nuditydogbare chested male β€¦sex scenefemale rear nuditycigarette smokingdancingpartyleg spreadingpistolbased on true storytopless female nuditycell phoneshot to deathfistfightshot in the chestface slapshotgunslow motion scenepunched in the facewatching tvarrestanimal in titlebirthdaymarijuanashot in the backbound and gaggedgangcaliforniadrug dealersuicide attemptnonlinear timelinescantily clad femaledouble crossbirthday partyvantalking to the cameracharacter repeating someone else's dialoguekaratesuburbfired from the jobmini skirtpay phonedebtdeath of childsplit screendeath of sonwitnessshot in the armgaragechild murdertwenty somethinguzianswering machinepot smokingwhat happened to epiloguenipples visible through clothingbreaking and enteringloss of virginitywoman with glassesscene during opening creditsvandalismmobsterkicked in the stomachhome movieskateboardduct tape over mouthattorneyrap musicunderage drinkingburglaryconvenience storefeudthrown through a windowbilliardsraised middle fingerreckless drivingpipe smokingmarijuana jointbongplaying pooldefecationblindfoldedtrue crimegerman shepherdfilm crewweightlifting15 year oldman punching a womanbreaking a windowunderage sexhit with a shoveldigging a gravewoman slaps a manjuvenile delinquencyclimbing out a windowchild abductionfedoraliquor storepublic phonediving boardactor shares last name with characteralbuquerque new mexicothreatening telephone calljumping off a roofpalm springs californiabaseball cap worn backwardsanti semitic slurreference to marco polomarijuana planttelemarketerstrangled with a belthiking trail (See All)

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
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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 Northea β€¦st - 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)

Subgenre:
melodramamartial arts
Themes:
redemptionprisonmoneydrugsmurderdeathrevengebetrayalpregnancydrinkinginvestigationdeceptionangerpsychopathdeath of father β€¦brutalitydrug useillnesshomophobiajusticehuntingmurder of brother (See All)
Mood:
neo noirambiguous ending
Locations:
bartrainforestcemeterysmall townwoodspolice stationpolice carpennsylvaniaprison fight
Characters:
uncle nephew relationshippolicemanboyfriend girlfriend relationshipafrican americanfather son relationshipfamily relationshipspolicetattoobrother brother relationshipteachersoldiertough guylove trianglereference to godsniper β€¦ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationshipsniper rifleyounger version of character (See All)
Period:
2000s2010syear 2008
Story:
childhood flashbackvisiting a graveplaygroundblack americangay slurwritten by directorflashbackviolencebloodbare chested malegunsex scenefightcigarette smokingphotograph β€¦chasepistoltelephone callvoice over narrationcryingcell phoneshootoutbeatingcorpseshot to deathunderwearblood splatterfistfightfoodmachine guncar accidentmirrorshot in the chestface slapshot in the headpunched in the facewatching tvdrinkgunfightbrawlsex in bedlettershootingpaintingvomitingshowdownlierifleheld at gunpointtearshand to hand combatsunglassesrunningcar crashdead bodyrevolvertelephoneshot in the backf wordfoot chaseflashlightambushdrug dealerbridgeeatingfour word titlemixed martial artsprisonerapologyno opening creditschildanti herodouble crossshot in the legshot in the foreheadbartendergravedrug addictcharacter repeating someone else's dialoguebeaten to deathprologuelocker roomdebtevil manknocked outkicked in the facedeath of childopening action scenedeath of brotheramerican flagdisappearanceinjectionpursuitcrossmanagerex convictflowerobscene finger gesturekissing while having sexvigilanteherointerminal illnesspickup truckeyeglassessabotagekilling an animalhead butthypodermic needlelooking at oneself in a mirrorworking classwatching a movieswat teamculture clashcrying manfatepromiseredneckwhiskeyinterracial romanceprison guardbloody nosenew jerseykickingpool tablepunched in the stomachjunkiepost traumatic stress disordercard playingsafedeervoice over letterraised middle fingerbetprison cellpolice raidlens flarewar veterandead boyrelease from prisondead mothershot multiple timesreference to barack obamasouthern accentgardeningpolice chiefhorse racingdrunk drivingtrailer homehot dogknocking on a doorloanurban decaylistening to a radioroadblocktrailer parklollipopbloody body of childloan sharkshot point blankprison visitsleeping in a carbettingrighteous ragemurder by gunshotcamera phonespitting bloodtwo brothershoodiereturning homeshot in the crotchbouquetknocked out with a gun buttsocial decaymanslaughter911bloody facedrive inweldingbeaten uptrailer trashbare knuckle fightinglooking for a jobkiss on the foreheadwelderaudio recordingappalachiaends with deathhit with a rifle buttdeer huntingfight clubwar wounddrive in theateriraq veteranslamming a doortrailer housetelescopic riflemopping a floorrailyardrevenge killingsteel mill2008 presidential electiondrive in moviemale wearing an earringdaisyself injectionfinancial debtfoot bridgemurdered in a carreference to ted kennedydeer antlersblue collar workerprison releaseshot in a carbarb wireabandoned millreference to the iraq warskinning a deer (See All)

17 Again (2009)
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17 Again (2009)

At 17 Mike O'Donnell is on top of the world: he's the star of his high school basketball team, is a shoo-in for a college scholarship, and is dating his soul-mate, Scarlet. But at what's supposed to be his big game where a college scout is checking him out, Scarlet reveals that she's pregnant. Mike  β€¦decides to leave the game and asks Scarlet to marry him, which she does. During their marriage, Mike can only whine about the life he lost because he married her, so she throws him out. When he also loses his job, he returns to the only place he's happy at, his old high school. While looking at his high school photo, a janitor asks him if he wishes he could be 17 again and he says yes. One night while driving he sees the janitor on a bridge ready to jump, and goes after him. When he returns to his friend Ned's house, where he has been staying, he sees that he is 17 again. He decides to take this opportunity to get the life he lost. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of ageteen movie
Themes:
pregnancymagicangerdivorceregret
Mood:
high schoolstar wars spoof scene
Locations:
schoollos angeles californiaschool partywater boy
Characters:
teenage boyboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshiphusband wife relationshipfriendbest friendbully
Period:
1980s2000syear 1989
Story:
basketball coachhigh school basketballbasketball playerscholarshipathletebasketballcollegenumber in titletwo word titlebare chested malekissfightpartyerectionshower β€¦digit in titleface slapcondomswordfalling from heightlettersword fightbridgejudgeno opening creditsfired from the jobperson on firehigh school studentcheerleaderfreeze framechesscoachteen angstjanitormillionairewishgeekseparationteenage pregnancycafeteriafirst date17 year oldcheering crowdschool principalsex educationprincipalbowling alleyxbox 360unplanned pregnancylightsaberreference to star warsreference to batmanbody swapunwed pregnancycanteenhigh school seniorerectile dysfunctionbody switchingabstinencemarriage crisispretendingreference to lord of the ringswhat ifmistaken for gayfalling off a bridgeincestuous overtonesbody transformationwild partyice cream parlorplaystation portableadult as childcheerleading squadstar athletebig gamedo overlandscaperdivorce courtreference to vanilla icecivil court20 years later (See All)

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Do The Right Thing (1989) is one of the best movies like He Got Game (1998)
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Do The Right Thing (1989)

This film looks at life in the Bedford-Stuyvesant district of Brooklyn on a hot summer Sunday. As he does everyday, Sal Fragione opens the pizza parlor he's owned for 25 years. The neighborhood has changed considerably in the time he's been there and is now composed primarily of African-Americans an β€¦d Hispanics. His son Pino hates it there and would like nothing better than to relocate the eatery to their own neighborhood. For Sal however, the restaurant represents something that is part of his life and sees it as a part of the community. What begins as a simple complaint by one of his customers, Buggin Out - who wonders why he has only pictures of famous Italian-Americans on the wall when most of his customers are black - eventually disintegrates into violence as frustration seemingly brings out the worst in everyone. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmblack comedydark comedypunkblack independent filmtragicomedy
Themes:
moneydeathmurderracismcelebritypolice brutality
Mood:
satirebreaking the fourth wall
Locations:
new york cityrestaurant
Characters:
policemanbrother sister relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipafrican americanfather son relationshippolicetattoobrother brother relationshipmusicianlatino
Period:
1980ssummer
Story:
reference to michael jordanghettobrooklyn new york cityblack americanhateracial slurtitle spoken by characterfemale nudityviolencefightnipplesphotographfirevoice over narrationfistfight β€¦beersunglasseslow budget filmneighborf wordman with glassesradiocontroversypay phonewritten and directed by cast membercharacter's point of view camera shotbaseball batlong taketragic eventarsonpizzariotitalianstreetrace relationsragevandalismassaultculture clashitalian americanconvenience storeheadphonesensemble castfrustrationmexican americanharassmentimperative in titleblack manmental retardationkoreanself defenseurban decayfamily businessradio showxenophobiapizza deliverycadillacheatracial tensionstutteringpuerto ricanvotinghobogarbage canasphyxiationbroomboom boxdutch anglegeneration xreference to martin luther king jr.batterymilitantjoke tellinghawaiian shirtitalian restaurantpizzeriacounting moneypizza parlorfire hoseboycottblack powermulti ethnicconvenience store clerkreference to nelson mandelalistening to the radioreference to princereference to malcolm xspeaking spanishreference to louis armstrongpizza boychoke to deathcivic activistheadlockblacks versus italiansreference to miles davisunintended consequencesspeaking italianbrownstoneethnic neighborhoodblack militantreference to ray charlesreference to janet jacksonbedford stuyvesant brooklyn new york citypizza cutteropen hydrantreference to john coltranereference to roger clemens (See All)

The Woodsman (2004)
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The Woodsman (2004)

After twelve years in prison, Walter arrives in an unnamed city, moves into a small apartment across the street from an elementary school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. A quiet, guarded man, Walter finds unexpected solace from Vickie, a tough-talking woman who promises not β€¦ to judge him for his history. But Walter cannot escape his past. A convicted sex offender, Walter is warily eyed by his brother-in-law, shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious local police officer, Detective Lucas. After befriending a young girl in a neighborhood park, Walter must also grapple with the terrible prospect of his own reawakened demons. (Read More)

Themes:
redemptionprisonfriendshipinfidelityadulterydrinkingincestextramarital affairangerlonelinessparanoiaunfaithfulnesswriting
Mood:
rainnightmareaffection
Locations:
barcarbusapartment
Characters:
policemanbrother sister relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipspolicemother daughter relationshipfriendchildrentattoolittle girlsecretaryemployer employee relationshipuncle niece relationship β€¦police sergeantpolice surveillance (See All)
Story:
parole officermerry go roundparolerejectionbasketballtitle spoken by characterfemale nuditysexviolenceflashbackf ratednuditymale nuditymasturbationmale rear nudity β€¦kissfightcigarette smokingpantiesshowerbased on playcryingtitle directed by femalebeatingdreamunderwearfoodmirrorwatching tvcomputerdrinkarrestsecretbeertearsbirthdayriverchild abusebirdbirthday partycontroversyvoice overvancigar smokingflash forwardparkbinocularsfactorydiarythreatwitnesssadnessschoolgirlsuspicionex convicttherapyfreeze framepickup truckwolfrevelationwarehousesexual abusediseaseragesergeanttherapistgossipfollowing someonebosssufferingironyshopping mallco workerballsexual harassmentpedophilephiladelphia pennsylvaniainsultdark pastsodomyjobplantt shirtspittingharassmentcandysandwichpedophiliadark secretplaying pooljournallockersarcasmaloneescalatorelementary schoolrumorfactory workerwrathsecond chanceex conmenacecarpenterchild molestertormentcaressfingerprintpool hallpeep holedisturbed individualgoggleshometownsecret pastforkliftwomen's bathroombanishmentsexual predatorcurfewbrother in law brother in law relationshipmistreatmentnesthostilitystarting overcreekcircular sawprobationschool childsex offenderschoolyardlittle red riding hoodgeesenapprobation officerbird watchinggrade schoolscratchinghandwritingfingerprintingreference to david lettermannormalcyword associationtable sawwoodsmanpower sawlumberyardornithologistfight with selfcherubman boy lovepedophile witchhuntstarlingbaseball on tv (See All)

54 (1998)
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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.

Subgenre:
independent film
Themes:
prisonmoneydrugsdeathfriendshipchristmasdrinkingdancememoryrobberytheftparanoiadrug usefreedom
Locations:
new york citybarrestaurantnightclubgas stationsex in car
Characters:
uncle nephew relationshipcousin cousin relationshipbrother sister relationshipfather son relationshiphusband wife relationshiphomosexualmother son relationshipfriendsingerdancermusicianphotographerthief
Period:
1980s1970s
Story:
parole officerworld trade center manhattan new york citymanhattan new york citythreesomesexnumber in titlemale nudityone word titleinterviewkissdancingphotographsingingparty β€¦voice over narrationsongmirrorurinationcameradrinkvomitingcafemarijuanadrug dealercocainedinermodelradioold womanbartendermicrophonecostumefired from the jobfbibodyguardclass differencesdiscodrug abusehollywood californianew year's evedrug overdosewatching televisionnew jerseynewsreel footagemakeuphot tubhomoeroticismbowlingnewspaper clippingaccountantmen's bathroombowling alleymoney launderingfilling stationdoormansmoking potdance classdental bracesstrobe lightmirror ballbahamasreference to andy warholvenereal diseaselunchboxinternal revenue servicetax evasionnew york universityreference to grace kellybusboyglitterreference to bob hopedeath by overdosereference to john travoltairsreference to errol flynngonorrheaindictmentdance floorbartendingreference to truman capotequaaludereference to the village peoplereference to farrah fawcettstudio 54 manhattan new york cityreference to merv griffinreference to dick cavettreference to olivia newton johnreference to lee majorsreference to princess grace of monaco (See All)

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Run All Night (2015)
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Run All Night (2015)

Professional Brooklyn hitman Jimmy Conlon is more commonly known as THE GRAVEDIGGER. Jimmy was a mob hit-man, who was best friends with his boss Sean Maguire. But when Jimmy's son, Michael, is marked for death by the mob, Jimmy must go up against Sean to protect Michael at all costs. Together, he an β€¦d Michael must avoid corrupt cops, contract killers and the mob to survive the night. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film
Themes:
redemptiondeathmurderrevengechristmasdrunkennessescapegangsterdeath of fatherbrutalityhome invasionmurder of a police officerpolice corruptionregret
Mood:
rainneo noircar chaseone night
Locations:
urban settingnew york cityhospitalbarrestaurantforesthelicoptertaxipolice stationlake
Characters:
uncle nephew relationshipinterracial relationshipbrother sister relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshippolicemother daughter relationshipbrother brother relationshippolice officersister sister relationshipaction herohitmanalcoholicpolice detective β€¦stepfather stepdaughter relationship (See All)
Period:
christmas party
Story:
father son estrangementbrooklyn new york cityfugitivenews reportmanhattan new york citythree word titleviolenceflashbackbloodcigarette smokingphotographexplosionknifepistolfire β€¦voice over narrationcell phoneshootoutbeatingcorpseshot to deathblood splatterfistfightshot in the chestface slapshot in the headrescueslow motion scenepunched in the facearrestbrawlfalling from heightrifleheld at gunpointhand to hand combatcar crashinterrogationhandcuffsrevolvershot in the backf wordsurvivalfoot chaseassassindeath of frienddrug dealercocainestabbed to deathdinerboxingsubwaynonlinear timelineno opening creditsanti herodisarming someoneone man armychild in perilpolice officer killedshot in the foreheadon the runattempted murderlimousineone against manyorganized crimecharacter repeating someone else's dialoguestabbed in the backlocker roomshot in the shoulderdeath of sonpubnewspaper headlinesubtitled sceneblood spatterheroincorrupt copfreeze framehenchmancrime bossmachismofalling down stairshead buttelectronic music scoreshot in the stomachsociopathtold in flashbackmorgueboxerkicked in the stomachswat teamfollowing someonebroken legapartment buildingthugwhiskeyhaunted by the paststealing a carmanhuntpower outagegash in the facestabbed in the neckevacuationmentorstabbed in the legdeath of protagonistpunched in the chestice hockeyaerial shotbulletproof vestlonerlens flarelasersightframed for murderbullet timemob bossshot through a windownarrated by characterbag of moneyirish americanshot in the neckspiral staircasesubway stationbrooklyn bridgenight visionburnt facecabin in the woodscrashing through a windowbleeding to deathtimes square manhattan new york cityfilmed killingmafia bossreference to googleboxing ringfacial scarin medias resbronx new york citycamera phonetoy gunstrangled to deathwoman slaps a manflashback within a flashbackclose up of eyenight vision gogglesmob hitchrysler building manhattan new york cityburning buildingstarts with narrationhidden gunqueens new york citystabbed multiple timesel trainstabbed in the sideshot through a walllimousine driverboxing gymman huntnew york city skylinerusekilled in police caralbanianmadison square garden manhattan new york citypolice officer stabbedclimbing a fenceshot in the bellyeurocopter as350 squirrelgrieving motherhockey gamefight in the restroomex boxerrailyardsanta claus costumelimping manstrangledirish mafiareloading a gunpoinsettia (See All)

The Place Beyond The Pines (2012) is one of the best movies like He Got Game (1998)
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The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)

A mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, Luke, (Ryan Gosling) drives out of a traveling carnival globe of death and whizzes through the backstreets of Schenectady, New York, desperately trying to connect with a former lover, Romina, (Eva Mendes) who recently and secretly gave birth to the stunt r β€¦ider's son. In an attempt to provide for his new family, Luke quits the carnival life and commits a series of bank robberies aided by his superior riding ability. The stakes rise as Luke is put on a collision course with an ambitious police officer, Avery Cross, (Bradley Cooper) looking to quickly move up the ranks in a police department riddled with corruption. The sweeping drama unfolds over fifteen years as the sins of the past haunt the present days lives of two high school boys wrestling with the legacy they've inherited. The only refuge is found in the place beyond the pines. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic
Themes:
moneydeathrevengekidnappingjealousydrinkingfearfuneralheroinvestigationangercorruptiondeath of fatherdrug usepolice corruption
Mood:
high schoolnight
Locations:
motelhospitalrestaurantchurchswimming poolforestmotorcyclecemeterywheelchairpolice stationpolice carcourtroomtruckusacar motorcycle chase β€¦motorcycle chasetwo on a motorcyclepolice car chase (See All)
Characters:
interracial relationshippolicemanteenage boyafrican americanfather son relationshipteenagerfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshippolicemother son relationshiptattoostudentdancerphotographerbaby β€¦hostagelawyerwaitresspolice detectivepolice chasepolice arreststepfather stepson relationshipshooting a police officerfacial tattoobaby cryingteenager with a gun (See All)
Story:
character appears on front page of a newspapercharacter appears on tvblack americannews reportmontagereference to jesus christwritten by directorviolenceblooddogbare chested malegunkisscigarette smokingdancing β€¦photographpartyknifechasepistolshowertelephone callcryingbeatingfoodshot in the chestpunched in the facewatching tvcameradrinkarrestshootingvomitingtearssunglassescafemarijuanajailprayercriminaltelephonef wordsubjective cameraambulancedrug dealereatingdinersearchshot in the legfive word titlegunshotflash forwardcharacter repeating someone else's dialoguetentbankactor shares first name with charactercourtlong takeamerican flagpursuithigh school studentelectionbank robberytherapycorrupt copgaragerunawaypickup truckapplausetv newspot smokingnipples visible through clothingbreaking and enteringinjurytape recorderscene during opening creditsice creamassaulttherapisthonorcarnivalapplemechanichaunted by the pastswitchbladeministerbackpackspanishfalling to deathpolice officer shotracisttitle at the endflat tireparking lotheroismbag of moneygun in mouthbaptismmoney problemscrutchessarcasmpolice chiefautographmotorbike17 year oldbank robbertrailer hometv reporterno title at beginningself defensewhisperingdrug dealknocking on a doorquitting a jobpharmacydistrict attorneyactress shares first name with charactergiving a toastferris wheelbreaking a windowhouse partystation wagonold photographstuntmanspray paintpolice sirenaward ceremonychurch servicerookie copsearch for fatherrearview mirrorfall to deathdirt bikegetawayweldingmotorcycle stuntannouncerbalisonglord's prayerbreaking down a doorcareer criminalmotorcycle helmetgrave side ceremonybeaten uplooking in a windowcribfalling out a windowgoogleshot in the kneecounting moneytroubled youthecstasy the drugteenage sontrailer househit with a wrenchpartner in crimeauto shopshot by the policeappeared on tv newsreference to metallicateen partyvagina slurfamily photocountry roadlimping manfalling off a motorcyclekilled by policeheart monitortattoo on facepine treearraignmentbail out of jailcriminal duoschenectady new yorkbaby songetting highoxycodonepicture of sexy girl on wallvoice over conversationevidence roomhiding in the back of a truckreference to hall and oates (See All)

Taxi Driver (1976)
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Taxi Driver (1976)

Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a ces β€¦spool. He's a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. He becomes obsessed with her. After an incident with her, he believes he has to do whatever he needs to make the world a better place in his opinion. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession and under the thumb of her pimp and lover Matthew. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult filmpsychological dramapsychological thrillerpsychological
Themes:
forgivenessmoneydeathmurderrevengepoliticsgangsterheroseductionrobberyextramarital affairangerracismlonelinesspsychopath β€¦obsessionparanoiadepressionmafiainsanitydatingmental illnesswriting (See All)
Mood:
gorerainneo noirambiguous ending
Locations:
urban settingnew york citytaxiapartmentpolice carcitytaxi driverbrothelslum
Characters:
pimpteenagerpoliceteenage girlprostitutepolice officerwarriortalking to oneself in a mirrorself hatred
Period:
1970s
Story:
ghettorejectionhateracial slurmontagegay slurmanhattan new york cityprostitutiontitle spoken by characterinterracial sexviolencebloodtwo word titleguncigarette smoking β€¦dancingknifepistolvoice over narrationshootoutcorpseshot to deathblood splattermirrorshot in the chestshot in the headrescueslow motion scenewatching tvcameragunfightlettershootingshowdownsunglassescaferevolverf wordassassincandlemassacredrug dealersuicide attemptdinerpoliticiandrivingman with glassesanti heroscantily clad femaleassassinationcontroversyshot in the legcoffeeshot in the foreheadpainstalkermicrophonepay phoneproduct placementscreamdiaryshot in the shoulderstalkingshot in the armvigilantetypewriterrecord playersoap operaeavesdroppingpornographybulletassassination attemptmass murderlooking at oneself in a mirrorsociopathcomamonologuevietnampsychologyvietnam warpeeping tomstreet liferampagemovie theatrecrime scenedamsel in distresshookerimaginationtarget practiceveteranpillshippieitalian americanjob interviewconvenience storegunshot woundshot in the facepost traumatic stress disorderdelusiondrummertheatre audiencesenatordark herolonerexistentialismalienationethnic slursirenpsychotichustlernewspaper clippingmelancholyvillain played by lead actordirector cameostabbed in the handsecret serviceshot in the neckvigilantismjournalstaircasearms dealervery little dialoguearmed robberyintolerancefilm projectormarinetween girlblack marketpopcorninsomniapolitical campaignurban decaypush upsvigilante justicepiemale protagonistcarnagen wordpassengershot in the handpolitical candidateunderage sextimes square manhattan new york cityfamous scorehold upsexual repressionpresidential candidateshooting rangehopelessnessschizophrenictalking while drivingheadachefamous linelolitafinger gunsocial decaybludgeoningharlem manhattan new york cityloudspeakerattempted robberyvietnam war veteranfemale antagonistex marinehidden gundriver's licensepost traumatic stressphonograph recordflirtationsecret service agentnight lifechild prostitutionsodagunmanshooting gallerymohawk haircutmisanthropetarget shootinganti villainnight shiftsuicide missiontrailer narrated by percy rodriguezcampaigningurbanjunk foodrecord albumhead shavingjazz scoreporno movieoccupation in titlechild prostituteconvenience store robberydisintegrationpull upsinsomniacmagnum handgunrantcampaign managerreference to errol flynnsleep disorderreference to catcher in the ryewatching a porno moviefirearm pointed at the camerapaladingun dealerhustlingsleeve gunattempted theftchillgun holsterillegal tradepublic speakerporno theatrereference to bertrand russelldispatcherhit with a clubreflection in a car mirrorshot at the cameraswearing in front of childrenpunch clocksoap opera in plotobjectified womanopen hydrantarmy jacket (See All)

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Hustle & Flow (2005)
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Hustle & Flow (2005)

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

Subgenre:
tragedy
Themes:
prisonmoneymurderdeathlovefriendshipchristmasreligionpregnancydrinkingdrunkennessdrug usesamurai
Mood:
high schoolrainhip hop
Locations:
barrestaurantchurchnightclubpolice carstrip clubschool bus
Characters:
pimpinterracial relationshippolicemanafrican americanfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshippolicemother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendsingerprostitutedancer β€¦musicianbabyreference to godgo go dancer (See All)
Story:
black americanreference to jesus christthree word titlefemale nudityviolencesexblooddoggunkissfightcigarette smokingdancingsinging β€¦pistoltelephone callpunctuation in titlecryingsongshootoutbeatingdreamunderwearface slappunched in the facedrinkarrestshootingtearscafemarijuananeighborpianojailprayerstripperbridgetoiletbartenderlimousinemicrophonelocker roompianisthandgunampersand in titledrug dealinghookerprison guardrap musicegyptpool tableconvenience storemakeuprapperchoirsongwriterclassmatemidlife crisishustlerchauffeurdjmarijuana jointearphonesplaying pooleiffel tower parisevictionexotic dancermen's bathroomjukeboxradio stationdrug dealflarelistening to a radiourinetennesseepyramidstatue of liberty new york citybumpawnshopcar radiopole dancervending machinekeyboardmemphis tennesseerentradio djtruck stopcassette tapetricyclesongwritingomenpopsiclechurch choirmount everestlava lampprison visitationcutlasssound engineercrotch rubreference to the easter bunnysound proofingmeat loaf (See All)

New Jack City (1991)
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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 miser β€¦ably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmmartial artscult filmblack comedyblack independent film
Themes:
moneydrugsmurderdeathfriendshiprevengeinfidelitychristmasbetrayaladulteryfeartortureescapeweddingfuneral β€¦gangsterinvestigationdeceptionangercorruptionbrutalityobsessionpovertyparanoiamafiasadismsurveillancehome invasioncrueltyvengeancedrug addictionjusticepolice brutalitypolice investigationnear death experienceamerican gangster (See All)
Mood:
goreneo noirhip hoppoetic justice
Locations:
urban settingnew york citybarbeachrestaurantswimming poolsnowmotorcyclecemeterynightclubbicycleapartmentpolice stationcourtroomabandoned factory
Characters:
policemanboyfriend girlfriend relationshipafrican americanhusband wife relationshippolicefriendtattoosingerprostitutepolice officerdetectivepriesthostagelawyertough guy β€¦action herohitmanpolice detectiveasian americanpolice shootoutpolice chasehomeless manex soldierpolice funeral (See All)
Period:
1980s1990s
Story:
world trade center manhattan new york cityghettocharacter says i love youracial slurmontagebasketballgay slurmanhattan new york citytitle spoken by characterfemale nudityflashbackviolencesexbloodmale rear nudity β€¦bare chested malegunfemale rear nudityfightdancingnipplesexplosionpartyknifechasesurprise endingpantiespistoltelephone callfirecell phoneshootoutbeatingcorpseshot to deathunderwearblood splatterfistfightmachine gunshot in the chestshot in the headshotgunslow motion scenepunched in the facecameraarrestgunfightbrawlthongbare buttfalling from heightshootingrifleheld at gunpointhand to hand combatsunglassesbomblingerieinterrogationhandcuffsrevolvercriminaltelephoneshot in the backf wordsubjective cameraflashlightbragangambushold manstrangulationmassacredisguisemansiondeath of frienddrug dealerthroat slittingcocainestabbed in the chesttied to a chairfalse accusationjudgetrialanti herodisarming someonedrawingchild in perildouble crosspolice officer killedpublic nuditylimousinedrug addictorganized crimecharacter repeating someone else's dialoguebeaten to deathdangerumbrellacharacter's point of view camera shotundercovercover upevil manbaseball batlightningcourtmanipulationbodyguardthreatsuspicionthreatened with a knifevigilanteheroinarsonpowerhenchmanak 47crime bossmachismouziundergroundfalling down stairsassassination attemptstreetjeepheavy rainsociopathsecurity camerawalkie talkiemobsterkicked in the stomachswat teamimpersonationgrindhousegenocidestreet lifedrug dealingthugcameoswitchbladetensionrap musicexplosiveitalian americanhatredpartnerevacuationjunkiefalling to deathpsychotronicaquariumcigarette lighterpunched in the chestsafejumping through a windowbooby trapwisecrack humorrainstormundercover copbulletproof vesttough copgasolinepolice raidethnic slurlasersightlandlorddrug lordcrowdmain character diesthanksgivingmob bossdjbriberyvillain played by lead actoradulterous wifebag of moneystabbed in the handbonggang wartimebombbrooklyn bridgemegalomaniacinformantfish tankdegradationfemale lawyerurban decaypolice captainnarcissismman kills a womanstatue of liberty new york citywrathreverendski maskshot point blankwoman kills a mandomestic abusemaverick coptop secretdrive by shootingmafia bossshot in the footbettingblaxploitationcrack cocainetragic endingstutteringinfiltrationmain character shotturkeytommy gunmob violenceblack copdreadlockssocial decayharlem manhattan new york citymob hitworld war two veteranchrysler building manhattan new york cityhostile takeoverex marinetragic villaindutch anglehitwomanc4 explosivessuitcase full of moneymob of reportersbalisonghomeless womansafecrackerpolice vigilantismdrug rehabilitationlugerracist commentgangsta gripgangster bossnew york city skylineenforcerreference to star trekstrapped to a bombwearing a sound wirespeech impedimentnew year's dayprofessional hita cappellacourtyarddirected by co starrise to powerhuman shieldfloppy diskmeth labracist insultrastafarianabandoned apartmentsuspended copwar on drugsblack boyracist jokehuman bombgangsta rapdisarming a bombafrican american musiclack of trustblack slangafrican american filmmakerman with ponytailfilm ends with text (See All)

Lock Up (1989) is one of the best movies like He Got Game (1998)
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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 L β€¦eone never sees the light of day. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodramaindependent filmblack comedyconspiracy
Themes:
prisonmurderfriendshiprevengesuicidekidnappingbetrayaltortureherodeceptioncorruptionpsychopathwrestlingsadismsurveillance β€¦crueltyself sacrificeprison escapeescape from prison (See All)
Mood:
rainneo noirdarkness
Locations:
carsnowboatwheelchairprison fightprison violenceprison brawlprison yardescape tunnel
Characters:
boyfriend girlfriend relationshiptattoohostagetough guywarrioraction herobullybetrayal by friendblood revenge
Period:
1980s
Story:
prison wardenwardenhateracial slurmontagebasketballflashbackviolencebloodmale nuditydogbare chested malefightcigarette smokingphotograph β€¦explosionknifechasepistolfirebeatingblood splatterfistfightmachine gunshotgunkissingbrawllettershowdownheld at gunpointinterrogationjailhandcuffscriminalf wordfoot chasedeath of friendimpalementfootballprisonerstabbed in the chestanti herodisarming someonecigar smokingnecklacestabbed in the backelectrocutionbaseball batringmanipulationgymisolationthreatened with a knifegaragefreeze framemachismocaptainsecurity camerajail cellwalkie talkiemale bondingswat teampsychointerracial friendshipcrushed to deathmale underwearmechanicprison guardnew jerseyitalian americanhit in the crotchmanhuntpower outagem 16escape attemptmentorconvictprison cellrelease from prisonethnic slurcafeteriaabuse of powercomic reliefbully comeuppanceinformantweightliftingburnt faceescaped convicthandcuffedford mustangbeltinmateboxing ringcorrupt officialpsychological tortureelectric chairsolitary confinementarmoryknife held to throatstrong manconprison riotcigarescaped prisonernightsticksnitchinfirmarypenitentiary20 year oldsleep deprivationprison gangmustangprisoner transportlucky charmphysical torturelockuppersonal vendettacorrectional officersadistic wardensadistic prison guardshankbright lightelectric cableinmatesthreats and intimidationelectrical wirecorrectional institutionbuckleprison escape plancons (See All)

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American Gangster (2007)
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American Gangster (2007)

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs in β€¦to the United States. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government. Based on a true story. (Read More)

Subgenre:
crime epic
Themes:
drugsdeathmurdersuicidechristmasweddinggangsterangerdivorcecorruptionbrutalitydysfunctional familymafiasadismcruelty β€¦police brutalitypolice investigationpolice corruptionunlikely friendship (See All)
Mood:
goredarknessnight school
Locations:
urban settingnew york citychurchnightclubtaxicourtroomjungletaxi driverslumcar bombsex in a kitchen
Characters:
policemanafrican americanpolicemother son relationshipchildrenbrother brother relationshiplawyerjewishsingle mothersuicide by gunshotchinese foodpolice surveillance
Period:
1990s1970s1960syear 1968year 1970
Story:
coney island brooklyn new york cityghettobrooklyn new york cityblack americandomestic violenceracial slurmanhattan new york cityfemale nudityflashbackviolencesex scenenipplesphotographchase β€¦based on true storyshootoutcorpseshot to deathblood splattershot in the chestshot in the headshotgunshootingsex standing upcriminalbandambulancecocainedinerexploding carno opening creditscoffinlooking at the camerashot in the foreheadattempted murderdrug addictorganized crimeperson on firepay phonebrotherheroinheart attackcrime bosskilling an animalwhat happened to epiloguecountry name in titleaddictionrace relationsrageloss of friendmobstermorguevietnamassaultvietnam wardrug overdoserap musicsurveillance cameranew jerseyitalian americansmugglingmercilessnessjunkiebilliardsshadowundercover copraidtuxedogasolineextortionplaying pianodrug lordsurprise after end creditsthanksgivingmob bossbriberyshot in the neckdrug smugglingkilling a dogspiral staircasegerman shepherdstolen moneytrashpopcornweightliftingraftcar washdrug dealurban decayinterracial marriagedrug traffickingwrathboxing matchnorth carolinabody bagrags to richesdrive by shootingmafia bossdarkroomcarjackingfur coatbronx new york citypuerto ricanpool of bloodsledgehammerreference to richard nixoncriminal investigationimmolationsocial decaybludgeoningcrooked copharlem manhattan new york citysugarnews footagemob hitchurch servicesikhmicrowave ovenbased on articlebangkok thailandturkey the birdstrobe lightset on firereference to martin luther king jr.bitten handbeauty queencriminal syndicateafrican american protagonistdrug bustcustody battlegrand pianoshooting uptempergangster bossshot in the kneedrug snortinglaw schoolinterracial lovemadison square garden manhattan new york citysearch warrantmafia dontenementskeet shootingpostmodernbattle of witsplea bargainpile of moneyanti semitic slurbiting someonereference to sammy davis jr.c 130 herculessubpoenacomplaininghypodermicpolice coverupstealing from a dead bodyfirearm pointed at the camerablacks versus italianslighting a cigarprocess serverwashington heights manhattan new york citylattecustody caseshot at the camerathe projectsdrug paraphanaliafall of saigongeorge washington bridgetriangular folded american flagpumping iron (See All)

Blow (2001)
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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,  β€¦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:
prisonmoneydrugsdeathmurderlovefriendshipmarriagechristmasbetrayaladulterypregnancydrinkingescapewedding β€¦divorcelonelinesstheftpovertydrug usecancerhumiliationillnessdrug addictionwealth (See All)
Locations:
barbeachswimming poolsnowcemeteryairplanelos angeles californiabuscourtroomchicago illinoismexico
Characters:
policemanboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshiphomosexualpolicemother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendstudentdancermusician β€¦actorthiefamericandeath of girlfriendairplane stewardess (See All)
Period:
1980s1990s1970s1960s1950schristmas party
Story:
convicted felonparoleuniversityfugitivemontagegay slurcollegetitle spoken by characterfemale nudityflashbackbloodone word titleguncigarette smokingdancing β€¦photographpartypistolbased on true storyvoice over narrationbased on bookbeatingdreamblood splatterdrinkarrestshootingbeerbirthdaymarijuanajailcriminaltelephonegangcaliforniamansiondrug dealercocainejudgedouble crossvangraveyardshot in the foreheadflash forwardpilotorganized crimefbivacationsuitcasebankringfarmershot in the shouldercourttragic eventchildbirthobscene finger gesturebirthday cakewaiterdiscoslow motiontape recorderhollywood californianew year's evehome movieburials&mdrug dealingdrug overdosepromisebloody nosehypocrisyspanishboston massachusettssmugglingmiami floridaoutlawprison cellraiddrug lordfianceebongcannabisgun in mouthdrug smugglingpistol whipepisodic structuresnorting cocaineoverdosedrug dealdrug traffickingstonedcolombiabankruptcychild custodyprison visithair salondrug cartelhypocritehappy birthday to yourise and fallabsent motherarm slingmaterialismcourthousebailauto theftcell matesouthern californiabarbie dolldeadrug pusherdrug ringcolombianroller skateprivate planehallucinogenic druggay hairdresserlos angeles international airportdrug couriercolombian drug carteltranscendental meditationken dollmedellin colombiamiami beach floridasingle engine airplanedrug possessionprotective custodycessnapuerto vallarta mexicosmashing telephonecartagena colombiapadronepanamanian (See All)

Save The Last Dance (2001)
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Save The Last Dance (2001)

Sara wants to be a ballerina, but her dreams are cut short by the sudden death of her mother. She moves in with her father, who she has not seen for a long time. He lives on the other side of town, in a predominantly Black neighborhood. She gets transferred to a new school where she is one of the fe β€¦w White students there. She becomes friends with Chenille, and later, falls in love with Chenille's brother, Derek. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie
Themes:
death of motherdeathjealousydanceracismrivalryprejudice
Mood:
high schoolhip hop
Locations:
new york citynightclubkitchenpolice carchicago illinoisfire escapefight in bar
Characters:
interracial relationshipbrother sister relationshipafrican americanfather daughter relationshipteenagersingle mothersecurity guardex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationshipgrandmother grandson relationshipgrandmother granddaughter relationshiplow self esteemformer best friend
Story:
ghettoracial slurbasketballgay slurviolenceflashbackdancingphotographarrestcar crashclassroomprayerdinerauditionballet β€¦machismointerracialteen angstcatfightoverallsclubinterracial romancemourningmentoryoung lovepassionate kissbruisedead motherintimidationprayingimperative in titlehead woundold dark houselockeroutsidertrain rideroad accidentdrive by shootingchick flickracial tensionschool lifedance lessonfedoradeath of parentel trainmodern dancegym classjazz musiciantriumphslangdance instructorteenage mothercross cultural relationscultural diversityghetto blasterballet dancingballet shoesforced relocation (See All)

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Across The Universe (2007) is one of the best movies like He Got Game (1998)
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Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massa β€¦chusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. (Read More)

Subgenre:
documentary footagerock musical
Themes:
drugsmurderdeathfriendshipsurrealismmarriagejealousypoliticspregnancydrunkennessescapedancefuneralartmilitary β€¦depressiondrug useabuseunrequited lovetheatrepanicfreedomfalling in loverevolutionpolice brutalitynear death experiencecheating death (See All)
Mood:
high schoolrainbreaking the fourth wall
Locations:
new york cityhospitalbarbeachchurchhelicoptersnowcemeterybusnightclubtaxiwheelchairshiptruckrooftop β€¦taxi driverschool busbus stationfire escapecorpse in water (See All)
Characters:
pimpuncle nephew relationshipinterracial relationshippolicemanbrother sister relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipafrican americanfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshiphusband wife relationshippolicemother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendsinger β€¦prostituteteachersoldierpolice officernursealienstudentdancerpriestlawyersister sister relationshipartistsingle motherwaitressprofessorpolice arrestdeath of boy (See All)
Period:
1960swinter
Story:
domestic violenceuniversitynews reportmontagebasketballmanhattan new york citythree word titletitle spoken by characterfemale nudityf ratedbloodmale nudityfemale frontal nuditymale rear nudity β€¦bare chested malegunkissfemale rear nudityfightcigarette smokingdancingphotographexplosionsingingpartychasetelephone callfirecryingsongtitle directed by femalebeatingcorpsemachine gunurinationblondeslow motion scenepunched in the facewatching tvbattlearrestundressinglettershootingriflebombrunningmarijuanajailbritishclassroomguitaralcoholtelevisionswimmingnewspaperbandconcertcaliforniaarmyimmigrantrock bandsubwayno opening creditsassassinationdrawingunderwater sceneroommatejourneypantyhoselooking at the cameraimmigrationmicrophoneprotestfantasy sequencetentcollege studentgymamerican flaginjectioncheerleadercrossdeath of sonrock 'n' rollsadnesspremarital sexclassgraffitipubnewspaper headlineheroinrunawayriotcircusfemale stockinged legssyringeflyinghypodermic needleperformancetitle based on songjail cellguitaristdemonstrationbeardamerican footballhammerbuttocksvietnam warphone boothcomposertorchburialhitchhikerstreet lifehitchhikingapplehookerjanitorimaginationbloody noseveteranbreakupu.s. armyfanmourninghippieanimated sequencepool tableshot in the facebroken glassnewsreel footagefootball playertheatre audiencemedical examinationabsent fatherdead childbilliardsdrunksketchblack eyechoirsongwritersnowingdressing roombowlingwar veteranbruisemeetingdeath of loved oneillegal immigrantpatriotismmusic bandposterthanksgivinglighthouseanti warclosetdockplaying pooldetroit michiganlockergolf clubblack pantyhoseescalatortelevision newsdeportationstrikehangoverbroken windowclimbing through a windowlaundromatmaking outlsdcornfieldelectric guitarlandladymegaphonetoastdance clubbowling alleybreaking a windowamericanabumhearsepromvolunteerjockdomestic abusedeath of boyfriendmoustacheinterracial coupleacoustic guitarcollege campuswashing machinecultural differencepatriotironingtelevision setinfantrythe beatlestour buscounter culturestatue of libertygururadicalloudspeakersmoking potmarchrock singerestranged fatherguard dogdrug triplootingstrawberryletter writingimperialismprotestormuralpassing outcerealrecord producersearch for fatherdog tagreference to martin luther king jr.barricadefloatingliverpoolgiggreenwich village manhattan new york citybiological fatherhigh school danceprotest marchwelderfootball fieldkeyholesexy nurseshipyardsketchingpolitical unrestpsychedeliarepairmanplatoonriot policeafrobus triplocked in a closetmilitary draftwar woundhare krishnathanksgiving dinnerpatrolslow dancingtrippybasic trainingdropoutnude drawingfootball practicepeace signreference to lyndon johnsonchest hairflying machinethanksgiving daydrafttitle sung by characterblack white relationsgreyhound busbleachersbomb makingdelicatessenphysical examreference to brigitte bardoturine samplegraffiti artgospel choirjukebox musicalrecord contractwall paintingprinceton universitysinging to the cameraoutdoor concertphysical examinationprotest songsocial unrestrecord dealwashington square manhattan new york citycollege boundcollege kidmarch on washingtonpicket signrecord executivetranscendental meditationprotest riotdockworkerhomemade bombstreet theaterfloating bodypsychedelic drugreference to jack kerouacanti war movementbus depotdraft noticeex lovers back togetherlesbian attractionlooking at the audiencestudent movementburning paperdayton ohiopacketriotingsliding down a banisterocean wavesolarisationuncle samarmy inductioncranberry saucedouble negative (See All)

Summer Of Sam (1999)
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Summer Of Sam (1999)

Subgenre:
cult filmpunk
Themes:
drugsmurderdeathfriendshipinfidelityjealousyadulterydrinkingfeardrunkennessextramarital affairparanoiaunfaithfulnesshomophobiacheating
Mood:
gore
Locations:
urban settingnew york cityrestaurantsex in a car
Characters:
policemanfather son relationshiphusband wife relationshiphomosexualpoliceserial killerdancerlatino
Period:
1970s
Story:
brooklyn new york citywigracial slurgay slurmanhattan new york cityfemale nudityviolencecharacter name in titlebloodmale nudityfemale frontal nudityinterviewdog β€¦gunfemale rear nuditycigarette smokingdancingnipplesbased on true storybeatingshot to deathblood splatterdrinkshootingmarijuananeighborf wordreporterbisexualnewspaperdrug dealercocainethreatclassvigilantejazzriotcrime bossdiscohypodermic needletalking animalrace relationsworking classmediarebelmobfollowing someonedead womanschizophreniamale underwearrampagetensionbreakupitalian americanshot in the facebigotryethnic slurdead woman with eyes openmarital problemneighborhoodhustlerbeing followedbarking dogkilling a dogvigilantismbarberjazz musicblackoutintolerancesatanismanimal abusemale stripperelectric guitarquarrelstreet fightmale prostitutionperformance artbeauty salonheatdistrustbronx new york cityschizophrenictalking dogtelevision reporterblack copbarbershopharlem manhattan new york citylootingconformitymedia frenzyblockademohawk haircutsatanistitalian restaurantdead woman on groundethnic conflictpunk rockerafrojudgmentnew york yankeesheat wavechauvinismpunk rock musicshooting a womandead body in carfree thinkertv newscastercoitus interruptusabbaon screen narrationreference to mickey mantlereference to willie maysstudio 54reference to the boston red soxbedford stuyvesant brooklyn new york citybowery manhattan new york citycbgbplato's retreatreference to the son of samdying one's hair (See All)

On The Waterfront (1954)
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On The Waterfront (1954)

Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She in β€¦troduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodramacult film
Themes:
redemptionmoneymurderdeathfeargangsterinvestigationcorruptionmafiagamblinghomelessnesstraumaregret
Locations:
urban settingnew york citybarchurchtaxicourtroomshiprooftopcatholic church
Characters:
brother sister relationshipfather daughter relationshipfamily relationshipsbrother brother relationshippolice officerpriestcatholic
Story:
brooklyn new york cityhatethree word titletitle spoken by charactergundancingbeatingcorpsefistfightface slapwatching tvbeerrevolverconfessionorganized crime β€¦fired from the jobpassiondeath of brothertragic eventwitnessflirtingloyaltyboxerassaultblockbustermobbridethugnew jerseyconfrontationloss of sonsirenloss of brotherpigeonwedding receptionhit with a baseball batsocial issuesintimidationharboralleyirish americanstreet gangdockfalling into watermisfitanimal abusejacketunionconsciencefight the systemfamous scorelabor unionreference to marilyn monroelaborwhistleblowerfamous linepet cathooksolidarityglovebased on articleoathpulitzer prize sourcehearingshipyardwaterfrontirish catholicslip the undergarmentdeliberate crueltysocial criticismex boxerlabor relationspanhandlinglast ritessteamshipfixed fightlabor movementformer athletesubpoenaman on the verge of tearswhiskykilling a petprizefighterdockworkertenacitylongshoremanforced entrystool pigeondockyardlabor union corruptionracing pigeon (See All)

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White Men Can't Jump (1992)
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White Men Can't Jump (1992)

Billy and Sydney think they're the best basketball hustlers in town, so when they join forces, nothing can stop them, except each other. To add to their problems, Billy owes money and is being chased by a pair of gangster types.

Subgenre:
basketball moviecult filmcaperbuddy comedy
Themes:
moneyfriendshipracismgambling
Characters:
african american
Story:
sports teamclaim in titleracial slurbasketballgay slurtitle spoken by charactercolor in titlef wordprofanitycaucasianbuddycon artistswearingvulgaritystrong language β€¦racial stereotypejeopardy (See All)

Pain & Gain (2013) is one of the best movies like He Got Game (1998)
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Pain & Gain (2013)

Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo ('Mark Wahlberg (I)' (qv)) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal ('Anthony Mackie' (qv)) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilde β€¦r Paul Doyle ('Dwayne Johnson (I)' (qv)). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedyconspiracycaper
Themes:
greedprisonmoneymurderfriendshiprevengekidnappingtorturedrunkennessescapeweddinginvestigationdeceptionrobberyhome invasion
Mood:
satire
Locations:
motelhospitalrestaurantchurchswimming poolhelicopterwheelchaircourtroomrooftopstrip clubmexicosex in publicprison fightsex on car
Characters:
interracial relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshiphusband wife relationshippolicedoctortattoonursedetectivephotographerpriesthostagejewishpolice detectivesniperaustralian β€¦american abroadsniper riflepolice chaseamerican dreamrunning from police (See All)
Period:
1990syear 1995year 1994
Story:
atticaracial slurmontagebasketballgay slurthree word titletitle spoken by characterinterracial sexfemale nudityflashbackbloodfemale frontal nuditymasturbationdogbare chested male β€¦sex scenefemale rear nudityfightphotographknifechasepantiespistolbased on true storyfirevoice over narrationpunctuation in titlecell phonehigh heelsbeatingcorpseblood splatterfistfightmachine guncar accidenturinationshotgunslow motion scenepunched in the facearrestbrawlbare buttsunglassescar crashinterrogationsex standing uphandcuffsalcoholcriminalstripperf wordsubjective camerafoot chaseaxedisguisemansiondrug dealercocainetied to a chairnonlinear timelineexploding carjudgetrialno opening creditshit by a carunderwater scenevancigar smokingshot in the legmarriage proposalattempted murderlimousinedrug addicthotel roomcharacter repeating someone else's dialogueperson on firecharacter's point of view camera shotproduct placementcover upknocked outbanklong takemanipulationgymamerican flaginjectionpremarital sexex convictobscene finger gesturedismembermentfreeze frameprivate detectiveflirtingampersand in titlechainsawmachismosex toywhat happened to epiloguewarehousehypodermic needlelooking at oneself in a mirrorexercisevideotapeswat teamjumping from heightsevered handinterracial friendshipmasked mandrug overdosestupidityrear entry sexmale masturbationplayboy magazinemillionairemiami floridapunched in the chestthrown through a windowaccidental killingwisecrack humorsexy womanraised middle fingergasolinebarbecuepolice raidlens flareextortionethnic slursports carlyingprivate investigatorstolen carvillain played by lead actornarrated by characterbag of moneywedding ceremonyex coptaserbag over headmusclemanstrongmanblindfoldedsnorting cocainepolice chiefnight visionthong pantiesdisposing of a dead bodyweightliftingbeauty pageantanal rapehanging upside downinterracial marriagesweatscalpelwetting pantsrhyme in titlepornographercrashing through a windowdeath penaltydripping bloodcrushed headpalm treecar set on fireshot in the footmaggotfemale copspeedboatdeath sentencehair salonbodybuilderfully clothed sexcocaine snortingbeefcakenight vision gogglesbreast implantfake accentpole dancinghatchetfat womancourthousehung upside downsex dollbased on articlebank vaultstun guncrushed by a cararmored truckpolyamorystripper polesnorricamhaving sex with skirt hiked upsafe deposit boxnunchucksburning carbahamaserectile dysfunctionbreast milkmotivational speakerlethal injectionpulp fictionsit upsgun storelifting weightssteroidsdumb criminalplaying against typepersonal trainerhit with a golf clubpolaroid photographnight vision binocularsdopinggun firesprayed with waternotarypull upscomedic sex scenetaseredreference to julia robertsstrip showgun shopu.s. coast guardsoiling pantsscantily clad womancourt roomhit by a vanself injectionpunch into the camerasevered toefitness centerneighborhood watchporsche 911woman wearing a bikinibody waxingdye packrape by deceptionsex with a fat womanerectile disfunctionhorse tranquilizerduct tape over eyesstolen dog (See All)

The Wackness (2008)
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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-daughte β€¦r. 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. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmcoming of ageerotic fantasy
Themes:
moneydrugslovefriendshipinfidelitydrinkingdrunkennessdivorcelonelinessparanoiadepressiondrug usedysfunctional familyunrequited lovefalling in love β€¦first love (See All)
Mood:
high schoolhip hop
Locations:
new york citybarbeachtrainbicycleelevatorlakerooftopoceansex in shower
Characters:
policemanteenage boyafrican americanfather son relationshipteenagerfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshippolicemother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipfriendteenage girlpolice officerdancermusician β€¦best friendpsychiatristolder man younger woman relationshipgrandfather grandson relationshipgrandmother grandson relationshipdoctor patient relationshipsuicide by hangingstepfather stepdaughter relationshipolder man younger man relationshipparty girlsuicide by drowningconsidering suicidesuicide by pills (See All)
Period:
1990ssummeryear 1994
Story:
world trade center manhattan new york citycharacter says i love youmontagemanhattan new york cityreference to jesus christcollegetitle spoken by characterfemale nuditysexmale nuditymasturbationmale rear nuditydogbare chested malegun β€¦kisscigarette smokingdancingphotographpartyerectionpistolshowertelephone callvoice over narrationcryingdreammachine gunmirrorurinationslow motion scenewatching tvdrinkcondomarrestundressingbare buttbookvomitingbeertearsmarijuanasex standing upbathroomjailvoyeurguitarsubjective cameraswimmingnewspapercandledrug dealercocainesuicide attempttoiletsubwayunderwater scenecoffeebartenderparkprologuefantasy sequencepay phonemassagereadingpremarital sexhandgunobscene finger gesturegraffititherapyfreeze framesexual fantasypot smokingloss of virginitylistening to musicice creamjail cellexerciseguitaristdrug abusetherapisteccentricphone boothswimsuitvirginitystreet lifepillsnew jerseyattempted suicidehypocrisyunderage drinkingbackpackpet dogheadphonescigarette lightercard playingnintendoraised middle fingertuxedobrushing teethmarital problemferrymidlife crisisfast motion scenemale virginimpotencenarrated by charactersandwichbongshortscentral park manhattan new york cityevictionmen's bathroomsnorting cocainejukeboxstonermasseusedrug dealmaking outtape recordingunconsciousnessstonedpopularitybeach housecdplaying a video gamereindeeraudio cassettealtered version of studio logopsychoanalysisbroken heartaerobicshomeless personpsychotherapyheatpremature ejaculationhigh school graduationboom boxcrossword puzzlewife leaves husbandbailgeneration xcassette tapehidden moneyillegal drugspagerwriting on a wallempire state building manhattan new york cityreference to bob dylansweatingsocial outcastshared showerwatching pornographygame boycheating on wifemagic mushroompeepholesummer jobprescription drugsbeeperdancing in the streetwanting a divorceattempted drowningreference to kurt cobaingraduation partyrotterdam netherlandswater ballooneye dropsforeign exchange studentterrierbongo drumdog urinationoutdoor showerritalincrying during sexeuphoriahigh school yearbookscratching facereference to goldilocks and the three bearsgraduation cap and gownreference to pearl jamworkout video40 ozmagic markerwest highland white terrierflushing drugs down a toiletpush cartcigarette behind earpracticing a line of conversationreference to rudy giulianialcohol in brown paper bagapartment evictionice cream cartblowing smoke ringscharacter lies about agefalling out of lovereference to boyz ii men (See All)

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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", and the story focuses on how a violent crime and the influenc β€¦e of narcotics alter their lives. Miklo is incarcerated and sent to San Quentin, where he makes a "home" for himself. Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but a heroin addiction overcomes him with tragic results. Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his "carnal", Miklo. (Read More)

Subgenre:
tragedyheistepicdisney
Themes:
prisonmoneymurderdeathfriendshiprevengerapebetrayalfuneralrobberyracismtheftdrug useprejudicedrug addiction
Mood:
car chase
Locations:
hospitalchurchcemeterylos angeles californiabuskitchenwheelchairpolice carprison rapepainting a car
Characters:
aunt nephew relationshipuncle nephew relationshipcousin cousin relationshippolicemanafrican americanfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipshomosexualpolicemother son relationshipfriendtattoobrother brother relationshipboy β€¦nursedetectivedancerlawyerthiefartistlatinobiblecatholichispanicpolice shootoutgrandfather grandson relationshipstepfather stepson relationshipdeath of boy (See All)
Period:
1980s1970s
Story:
parolescholarshiphateracial slurfemale nuditysexviolenceflashbackbloodmale nuditygunkissfightcigarette smoking β€¦dancingphotographexplosionpartyknifechasesurprise endingshowerbased on true storyshootoutbeatingunderwearfoodcar accidentface slapwatching tvcamerabare buttshootingpaintingriflesunglassesrunningbirthdaymarijuanashot in the backcookinggangcaliforniastrangulationstabbingeatingcocaineprisonerboxingbirdpaintercoffinvangraveyardlibrarydrug addictorganized crimestatueinjectiontragic eventcrossratlas vegas nevadaobscene finger gestureclass differencesgraffitiheroingaragepowerriotmachismodestinydrag queenhypodermic needleslow motionlawcrucifixdrug abuseboxerart galleryhonorburialtowelstreet lifemexicandrug overdoseprison guardbribecard playingundercover copcanemale male kissgrowing upjuvenile delinquentethnic slurlandlordreckless drivingmexican americanserial murderlatinaface maskgang warspit in the faceaccordionstreet marketmegalomaniacweightliftingstakeoutcripplecolombialoan sharkrehabilitationcrotch grabroosterreference to ronald reagantequilabiracialmorphineu.s. marine corpsgrudgespray paintstudyingcity hallknife held to throatbandanagloveknife in the chestmuralprison riotbeverly hills californiacrossing selfguatemalarole modelostracismprobationel salvadorshooting upecuadorfoosballprotegebroken backprofessional hitblow torchlowriderpanamahalf brother half brother relationshipprison gangpain killerchicanoartificial legparoleestepbrother stepbrother relationshipdeath by overdosenarceast los angeles californiapcpwhite powerhair netaryan brotherhoodbarrioparole boardyucatanboxing clubgedsucking on fingerpaycheckreference to the los angeles lakersblack militantcholocutting one's handsan quentin penitentiarymurdered in a churchart competitionrecidivismreference to pancho villamexican gangu turncinco de mayoslamming a car door on someone's handlaw librarylos angeles river channelreference to little bo peep (See All)

La Haine (1995)
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La Haine (1995)

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

Subgenre:
cult film
Themes:
drugsdeathfriendshiprevengetortureangerracismbrutalitypovertydrug usepolice brutality
Mood:
hip hop
Locations:
urban settinghospitalparis francepolice stationrooftop
Characters:
policemanbrother sister relationshipteenagerpolicemother son relationshipfriendpolice officerjewgrandmother grandson relationship
Story:
sneakersghettohateracial slurmontageviolencemale nuditygunexplosionchasebeatingmirrorarrestinterrogationrevolver β€¦drug dealercocainetoiletweaponprotestsuburbactor shares first name with characterpursuittragic eventcowriotmachismotv newspot smokinghypodermic needlelooking at oneself in a mirrorcomademonstrationboxermovie theaterdrug dealingtensionbuddyshot in the facearabracistmarijuana jointdirector cameomolotov cocktailadvertisementskinheadbillboarddrug dealboxing matchdisc jockeyboxing ringbmwdistrustfinger guninner title cardhebrewdrug tripvinylfoot pursuithashishsnorricambreakdancinghousing projectcivil disobedienceracialparisian suburbthree friendscar alarmriot policedrug pusherd.j.tenementdolly zoomscratchingcocaine addictturntablefrench shock cinemanorth african24 hour time spancritical conditioneconomic depressionbreakdancertagger (See All)

Midnight Express (1978) is one of the best movies like He Got Game (1998)
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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 ident β€¦ifying 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 beco… (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmgay interestcult film
Themes:
forgivenessprisonmoneydrugsdeathmurderlovefriendshiprevengerapefeartortureescapeangerracism β€¦lonelinesstheftbrutalityterrorismdrug usewrestlingsadismcrueltydyingvengeancefreedomjusticephilosophyprison escape (See All)
Locations:
restauranttrainairplaneairportcourtroomtruckcavetaxi drivertunnelprison fightescape tunnel
Characters:
policemanbrother sister relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipshomosexualpolicemother son relationshipsingerbrother brother relationshipstudentphotographerlawyerthief β€¦christiangay kisshomosexualitymuslimfrench (See All)
Period:
1970s
Story:
paroleinjusticebrooklyn new york cityhateracial slurmontagereference to jesus christtitle spoken by characterfemale nudityviolencebloodmale nuditybare breastsmasturbationmale rear nudity β€¦doggunkissfightcigarette smokingnipplesphotographsingingchaseshowerbased on true storycryingbased on booksongbeatingunderweartesticlesfoodurinationface slapcatcameraletterrifletearssunglassesrunninginterrogationcafejailhandcuffsprayerguitarflashlightprisonertoiletjudgetrialradiotonguecontroversysearchpainkeyuniformfactorysuitcasecollege studentbankattempted rapecourtspeechhairy chestpigmurdererblindfoldchickenfreeze frameeyeglassesteagrenadewhat happened to epiloguejeeplawrageexercisecommunistrapistgoatstreet lifepassporthaircutrampageprison guardsmugglingkickinggreeceescape attemptscissorsbathingaccidental killingvoice over letterhomoeroticismturkey the countryphoto albumistanbul turkeytranslatorbarbed wirepickpocketgreekmonasterydrug smugglingmen's bathroomtime in titlestreet marketcorporal punishmentmachinedigginganimal crueltycoca colaharmonicadegradationdrug traffickingunsubtitled foreign languageactual animal killedchewing gumprosecutorluckprison visitfamous scorecontrabandjumpingslaughterhousedead catfrenchmanbluesrapturereference to richard nixonpet catdiarrheau.s. senatorends with textcustomsmercyfrisbeebailhashishlong island new yorkscrewdriversweatingprison lifestrip searchheartbeatsevered tongueburning moneywashing hairshooting uppeacockscapegoatdefense attorneyairport securitycaningelectric fansanitariumturkkilling a catshaving headbazaarsecret tunnelu.s. senateescape plantarmaccatacombdestroying propertylife imprisonmentsteam bathtongue rippingcriminally insaneends with real life photosjfk international airport queens new york cityscenario which perverts factscorrupt lawyertinfoilu.s. state departmentvisual impairmentminaretcloistermilitary weaponnose pickingbastinadobaklavaherniasoap barturkish flagturkish soldierankara turkeybased on distorted realitykissing through a glass windowmaltesewalking in circlesmanipulating (See All)

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Natural Born Killers (1994)
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Natural Born Killers (1994)

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

Subgenre:
independent filmcult filmblack comedypsycho thriller
Themes:
death of motherprisonmurderdeathloverevengesurrealismkidnappingrapefearescapedeceptionincestseductioncorruption β€¦psychopathdeath of fatherbrutalityparanoiadysfunctional familyinsanitysadismsurveillanceevilexploitationcrueltypolice brutalitymadnessprison escape (See All)
Mood:
satiregoreneo noirnightmarearchive footageslasherbreaking the fourth wallstylization
Locations:
motelforestparis francedesertlondon englandwoodskitchenfarmroad tripgas stationcampfireroad movienew mexicoprison bus
Characters:
brother sister relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshiphusband wife relationshippolicemother son relationshipmother daughter relationshiptattooprostituteserial killerdetectivehostagetough guynative american β€¦waitresssecurity guardjapanesepolice detectivepsychiatristaustralianpolice shootoutself mutilationwitch doctor (See All)
Period:
1990s
Story:
prison wardenconvertiblefugitivenews reportmontagegay slurthree word titleviolencesexflashbackbloodinterviewbare chested malefightcigarette smoking β€¦dancingphotographexplosionsingingknifesurprise endingpantiespistolfirecell phoneshootoutbeatingdreamcorpseshot to deathblood splatterfistfightmachine gunhorseshot in the chesturinationface slapshot in the headshotgunrescueslow motion scenepunched in the facecameraarrestundressinggunfightbrawlshootingbookvomitingheld at gunpointbeersunglassesdemonjailhallucinationhandcuffstelevisioncriminalshot in the backf wordsubjective cameraflashlightjournalistbound and gaggedambushstrangulationmassacrewomanthroat slittingbridgestabbed to deathdinerprisonerstabbed in the chestweaponmapsnakechild abusesevered headdream sequenceanti herodisarming someonedouble crosscontroversypolice officer killedfemme fataledrowningshot in the foreheadon the runflash forwardone against manyauthorcharacter repeating someone else's dialoguebeaten to deathprologueelectrocutionfantasy sequencepoisoncharacter's point of view camera shoton the roadangelevil mankicked in the facerabbittough girlringscene during end creditswitnessneck breakingpremarital sexmurdererthreatened with a knifefireworksnewspaper headlinesubtitled scenecorrupt copsplatterfreeze framemaniacriotpickup trucktv newswolfburned alivemass murderlooking at oneself in a mirrortape recordersociopathfamescene during opening creditssexual abusecowboy hatsecurity camerajail cellwalkie talkiekicked in the stomachpop culturemediavillainesscovered in bloodgrindhousesheepjournalismsadomasochismrape victimpart animationblack humortorchfateanimal attackmexican standoffschizophreniafemale killersocial commentaryhaircutmechanicwatching televisionrampageredneckcrime scenehaunted by the pasttokyo japanprison guardstealing a carcynicismfandual wieldstabbed in the throatanimated sequencemercilessnessironychaosblack and white scenetime lapse photographypunched in the chestsexual harassmentassault rifleaccidental killingarizonablood on shirthighwaywedding ringknife throwinggasolinedark pastabusive fatherfemale reporterkilling spreeburned to deathpsychoticmedia coveragefast motion scenesouthern accentbullet timeclose up of eyesdesert eaglenews reportershot through a windowblood on camera lensvillain played by lead actorpsychopathic killertaserstock footagehuman monsterfilm crewautographjukeboxrepressionhomicidal maniacfemale psychopathfish tankcameramancoca colatornadoescaped convictanarchysawed off shotgunscorpiondeath rowshamanpatricideantwhite trashpiewoman kills a manshot in the handcorrupt policefight the systemextreme violencefilmed killingtragic pastwoman fights a manmatricidecrowbarfemale criminalnevadatabloidrattlesnakesex with a minorjailbreakpool of bloodcockney accentexposesnake biteanimal killingmass murderersolitary confinementknocked out with a gun buttsocial decayinnocent person killedextreme close upkicked in the groincrime spreehorse chasemaceprison riotdrugstoredutch angleantidotesuper bowlgeneration xnewscastermedia manipulationsurprise during end creditswoman punches a manmass mediafemale bodybuilderescaped prisonerfemale serial killermob of reporterspepper spraytelling a joketear gasgas grenadeshooting starreference to charles mansonriot policeimplied incestmagic mushroombleeped dialoguemulletmedia hypehuman shieldmurderer duoindian reservationlaundry roomslide locked backnavajotrippyyin and yanglaugh tracklovers on the lamtwo killerstraumatic childhoodknife in backtv journalisttime magazinenews crewshivmanicsevered toefugitive sextrampled to deathhanging bodyhowie screammedia exploitationpsychedelic imageeeny meeny miny moetv advertdarwinian struggle for survivalrear projectionorff carmina buranatabloid journalistpsychopathic copsnakebite poisonstargazing (See All)

Muriel's Wedding (1994)
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Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, an β€¦d turns her world upside down. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent filmcult film
Themes:
death of mothermoneydeathfriendshipsuicidemarriageinfidelitybetrayalpoliticsadulterydrinkingweddingfuneralrobberyextramarital affair β€¦divorcecorruptiontheftdysfunctional familycancerunfaithfulnessgamblingbullyingdeath of wifeunemploymentsuicide of mother (See All)
Mood:
rain
Locations:
motelhospitalbarbeachrestaurantchurchswimming poolhoteltaxiwheelchairaustraliapolice carcityoceanchinese restaurant
Characters:
cousin cousin relationshippolicemanbrother sister relationshipfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshippolicemother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipfrienddoctorboyprostitutefemale protagonist β€¦dancerpriestsister sister relationshipthiefjapaneseaustraliangirl fight (See All)
Story:
peer pressurerejectionathleteracial slursexthreesomecharacter name in titlenuditymale rear nuditykissfightcigarette smokingdancing β€¦photographsingingtelephone callfirecryingwatching tvdrinkarrestundressingliebeertearscafeislandtelephonef wordswimmingsoccername in titleambulancefootballpoliticiancoffinroommatesearchdrug addictcostumeliarchampagnevacationheart attacksurgerycoachtealoss of virginityinjurytouristcatfightcomaloss of friendswimsuitbrideembarrassmentshopliftingpillsshoesconstruction siteobesityfemale leadbribeblack eyelipstickslackerwedding ringwedding dresssailoropening a doorwedding receptiont shirtwedding ceremonylaundrypostcardvideo storesydney australiaaboriginalautographfriendship between womenmakeoversurferhoneymoonloud sexdance clubcricket the gameslot machinelying on bedrehabilitationemergency roombackyardlip synchingmarriage engagementtelegramtalent showswimmerolympic gamespolaroid camerafemale athletebouquetbride and groommarriage of conveniencewedding cakedignityloveless marriagesurgical operationmicrowave ovenhigh school friendtumorbridesmaidsaying goodbyegeishasleeping pillsdrink thrown into someone's facenight swimmingpersonal adname changephysical therapyspying on couple having sexlocksmithsolicitorsouth africanconstablelistening to sexreference to princess dianasports herovideo store clerkcosmetics22 year oldbarristerlawn mowingsandalsasthmaticdry cleanerssham marriagebalifriends who hate each otherwedding videou.s. sailortelephone booktypistreference to prince charlesmarlboro cigarettesmilk cartonugly ducklingrehabilitation centerjapanese businessmanswimming coachabbawedding banquetwedding bouqueton the doleave mariaswimming championwanting to marryboom microphone in shotreference to charlie chanspinal cordbad dancingblank checksales representativeaustralian prime ministersitting in the dark (See All)

I Killed My Mother (2009)
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I Killed My Mother (2009)

Teenager Hubert haughtily regards his mother with contempt, and only sees her tacky sweaters and kitsch decorations. In addition to these irritating surface details, there is also his parent's cherished mechanisms of manipulation and guilt. Confused by this love/hate relationship that obsesses him m β€¦ore and more each day, Hubert drifts through the mysteries of adolescence - artistic discoveries, illicit experiences, the opening-up to friendship, and ostracism. The turbulent relationship between mother and son unfolds with a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection. The stunning, semi-autobiographical directing debut of 20-year-old actor Xavier Dolan. (Read More)

Subgenre:
coming of agesemi autobiographical
Themes:
murderlovefriendshipweddingangerdivorceblackmaildrug usedysfunctional familyguiltpoetrychildhoodinheritancegay love
Mood:
high school
Locations:
restaurantschoolbusbicycle
Characters:
teenage boyfather son relationshipmother son relationshipfriendteacherstudentgay sexdancerreference to godgay kisssingle motherlittle boymotherhomosexuality β€¦teacher student relationshipcatholicgay teenagergay relationshipparent child relationshipboyfriend boyfriend relationshipgay student (See All)
Story:
rejectionreconciliationclaim in titlehatemontagegay slurreference to jesus christflashbackmale nuditybare chested malecigarette smokingdancingknifechase β€¦showertelephone callcell phonebeatingunderwearfoodmirrorface slapslow motion scenewatching tvcomputerundressingletterpaintingliecafemarijuanaclassroomrivertelephonef wordcookingvideo cameraeatingsubwayapologylibrarycoming outfantasy sequencepay phonewritten and directed by cast memberdollmanipulationpursuitobscene finger gesturesingle parentchessrunawaypot smokinglgbtteen angstlooking at oneself in a mirroroverallsrebellionhome movieboxer shortsbackpackkickingtime lapse photographyschool uniformgay sonboarding schoolmale male kissbriefsbrushing teethphoto albumvideo tapegay bashingvideo storeadolescencedvdvacuum cleaner17 year olddomineering motherschool principal16 year oldgay clubdivorced parentsoverbearing motherinner title cardbipolar disorderwashing dishesreference to bugs bunnyreference to james deanreference to buddhalove hate relationship7 year oldreference to leonardo dicaprioboys' bathroompublic schoolmother son conflictlove hatebegins with a quotemale homosexualityreference to jackson pollockmother slaps sonreference to jean cocteaucontemptreport cardreference to christmasimaginary worldsaint lawrence riverspeed the drugwriting contestthrowing a telephone (See All)

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The Butterfly Effect (2004) is one of the best movies like He Got Game (1998)
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The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has  β€¦fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult filmpunkparanormal phenomena
Themes:
prisondeathmurderloverevengesurrealismsuiciderapereligionjealousyescapefuneralmemorytravelpsychopath β€¦death of fatherparanoiatime travelcancerinsanityillnessabuseunrequited lovechildhoodtraumaamnesiainheritanceself sacrificepsychological trauma (See All)
Mood:
rainnightmaremoving
Locations:
hospitalbarrestaurantschoolforesthotelcemeterybicyclewoodswheelchairslumsuvprison rape
Characters:
teenage boybrother sister relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipmother son relationshipboyteenage girlprostituteteachergirlnursestudentbabyreference to god β€¦bullywaitresspsychiatristprofessorself mutilationchildhood friendfather in prison (See All)
Period:
future
Story:
hateuniversityracial slurbasketballgay slurreference to jesus christcollegefemale nudityflashbackviolencebloodfemale frontal nuditydogbare chested male β€¦gunsex scenekissfightfemale full frontal nuditycigarette smokingexplosionknifesurprise endingpantiesshowertelephone callfirecryingbeatingdreamunderwearsex in bedvomitingbeertearsanimal in titlelingeriecafemale pubic hairtelevisioncleavagestrangulationvideo cameraambulancestabbingimpalementsuicide attemptstabbed in the chestfemale pubic hairnonlinear timelinechild abusescantily clad femalecoffindrawingchild in perilunderwater sceneroommategraveyardmarriage proposalflash forwardattempted murderdrug addictcursebeaten to deathstabbed in the backmini skirtpay phonedollknocked outreadingbaseball batscarcrossbasementsevered armtherapypornographydestinymedicinekilling an animalsociopathcaptivevandalismwatching a moviemovie theaternosebleedpsychologyhome moviemind controlcompassionfates&mtowelchokingmental institutionhaunted by the pastbraverycynicismhypnosishit on the headbutterflydynamitepedophilebilliardsaccidental killingdungeonmurder of a childconvictalternate realitycastrationfemale in showerbraindead dogmemory lossmale objectificationstabbed in the handnotebookpedophiliajunkyardplaying poolkilling a dogblue pantiesjournallost loveblackoutrepressionmale in underwearasthmaself defensefraternitysororityfilm starts with textwormhazingmailboxtestexamessaycrotch grabpsychotherapystresschild molesteryoung mangoth girlfirecrackerburning911kneelingpepper sprayrepressed memoryprosthetic limbmodel airplanechild herograve side ceremonyconvulsiontime travelerchild murders a childlung cancerchild pornographyalternate universealtering historyreference to robin hoodinhalerchildhood memoriescigarette burnsharddisturbed childhoodcat scanfatalismsedationfraternity househuman brainmemory lapsesleeping shirtlesschaos theorytoesdeath of a dogbutterfly effectaryan brotherhoodlighter fluidmk ultraunintended consequenceshypnotic regressionmace the repellentmale time travellerpsychotic childsleeping in underweartalking during a movieu haul truckartificial handbrain hemorrhagenumbnessmail bombchange historymorpho butterflybuilding model airplanechanging past event (See All)

Horns (2013)
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Horns (2013)

After Iggy's long-time girlfriend is murdered and the whole town agrees he is the killer, he awakens one morning with horns and the townspeople soon confess their sins. Once knowing the sins of the people, he is facing the true killer of his beloved girlfriend.

Subgenre:
supernaturalmurder mysteryurban fantasy
Themes:
death of mothermurderdeathlovefriendshiprevengeinfidelityrapereligionjealousydrunkennessinvestigationangersupernatural powercancer β€¦illnessevilalcoholismcrueltytraumadevilpolice investigationmurder of a police officernear death experiencedeath of daughterrape and murder (See All)
Locations:
hospitalbarchurchforestcemeterysmall townwoodspolice carsex outsidesex in a carsex in chaircar on firesex outdoorssex in woods
Characters:
interracial relationshippolicemanteenage boyboyfriend girlfriend relationshipfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipteenagerfamily relationshipspolicemother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipfrienddoctorbrother brother relationship β€¦teenage girlgirlpolice officernursemusicianpriestlawyerlove trianglechristianbest friendreference to godlittle girlgay kisswaitresschristianityalcoholicchildhood friendyounger version of charactercheating girlfriendreligious fanaticdeath of girlfriendbetrayal by friend (See All)
Story:
childhood flashbackinjusticerejectioncharacter says i love yougay slurreference to jesus christtitle spoken by characterinterracial sexfemale nudityflashbackviolencebased on novelbloodmale nudityone word title β€¦bare breastsfemale frontal nuditymale frontal nuditybare chested malesex scenefemale rear nudityfightcigarette smokingphotographmale full frontal nudityexplosionfiretopless female nudityvoice over narrationcryingshot to deathshot in the chesturinationblondeface slapshot in the headshotgunslow motion scenepunched in the facewatching tvundressingbrawlsecretletterliedead bodyhallucinationhandcuffsprayerreporternewspaperjournalistcandlestabbingimpalementcocainedinerstabbed in the chestsnakenonlinear timelineno opening creditsscantily clad femaleunderwater sceneshot in the legnecklacetransformationbartendergunshotconfessionattempted murderpublic nuditydrug addictcursevirginbeaten to deathprotestperson on firedollstatueringscarhairy chestcrosswitnessloss of motherredheadcheating wifearsonterminal illnesstopless womancloseted homosexualrockanswering machineburned aliveaddictionheavy raingay characterdrugfriendship between menlistening to musicgroup of friendstold in flashbackcaught having sexdemonstrationmagazinecrying womanvisitteddy bearfollowing someonecrying manpresumed deaddrug overdosepump action shotgunsevered fingerbreakupblood on faceconfrontationunfaithful wifebroken glassjunkietaking a picturepolice officer shotfirst kissdeath of protagonistaccidental killingfriendship between boyswedding ringsuspectgasolinemale male kissbarefoot femalechainriding a bicycleplaying pianoframed for murderseattle washingtonengagement ringsinbeing followedmale objectificationblood on camera lensbarking dogtaking a photographporn magazinecartoon on tvoutcastmolotov cocktailstuffed animalplaying poolrepeated scenehead blown offdoubtdrunken manpiano playingloss of daughtertemptationmale in underwearoutsiderdouble barreled shotgunhospital roommasturbation reference13 year oldexhibitionistgramophonereceptionistbare chested boywormstreet fightbitten in the neckman punching a womantaking off shirthandcuffedtopless girlconscienceurinatingtrumpetmurder suspectsleeping in a carevil womancar set on firewatermelonmurder attemptmurder by gunshottreehousedance scenehiding placeriding a bikepitchforkseductive behaviormemorialrescue from drowningtaking off clothesundressing someonetraumatic experienceangstturkeydeath by gunshotburn victimsnake bitehouse on firepunch in faceimmolationdonutfinding a dead bodysex from behindcloseted gaymale male hugpointing a gun at someoneblasphemycrime of passionseductive womanwingsdrug triptitle spoken by narratorvinylman slaps womandaredrunken womanspoiled bratcrying malemoving outhysterical womandiscovering a dead bodyselfish womanhornlearning the truthburnreference to the rolling stoneshand injuryman hits womancharacter says i'm sorryvicarloss of girlfriendtalismanhysterical outburstdeath by shootingantiherotv crewbitten on the armbiblical referencesocial outcastblood on handscherrybreaking upspoiled childhomophobic slurmelonunfaithful girlfriendreference to david bowietrumpet playerpassed out drunkmorse codeoutburstsex at workfalse accusation of murderscreaming girlmurder disguised as suicideprivate investigationhit on the head with a rockmurder by shootingbitten in the facesleeping on the floorbrother brother conflictestranged motherupside down camera shotheavy smokerreference to nirvanahornstree houseasthma inhalerbanging head against wallsetting a fireterminally illgay coptalking about masturbationplush toymale female fightreference to jim morrisonangel wingssearch for truthgrieving fatherplaying trumpetspoiled girlbitten by a snakeadvocatepunch in stomachreference to the doorswingcrying for helpbrother brother fightgoodbye letterstabbed with a pitchforkdeath during sexfight between friendschristian fanaticgolf instructorattention seekerdelirium tremensoutdoors sexselfish motheramc gremlinchainletcherry bomb (See All)

Election (1999)
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Election (1999)

Tracy Flick is running unopposed for this year's high school student election. But school civics teacher Jim McAllister has a different plan. Partly to establish a more democratic election, and partly to satisfy some deep personal anger toward Tracy, Jim talks popular varsity football player Paul Me β€¦tzler to run for president as well. Chaos ensues. (Read More)

Subgenre:
gay interestcoming of ageblack comedyteen moviepolitical satireteen romanceteen comedy
Themes:
lesbianismmarriageinfidelityreligionbetrayaljealousypoliticsadulteryextramarital affairdivorcecorruptionunfaithfulnesscruelty
Mood:
high schoolsatire
Locations:
new york cityschoolbicyclecatholic school
Characters:
teenage boybrother sister relationshipfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipteenagerhusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipteenage girlfemale protagonistteacherstudentlove triangleteacher student relationship β€¦gay teenagerself destructivenessteacher student sexlesbian daughterself absorption (See All)
Story:
wide angle lensathletemanhattan new york citytitle spoken by characterflashbackf ratedbased on novelone word titlesex scenekisspartylesbian kissshower β€¦voice over narrationcryingurinationblondeprayerconfessionlimousinefired from the jobelectionkissing while having sexclass differencesteenage sexwashington d.c.freeze framedestinyteen angstjoggingoverallsbroken legapplemoralityjanitorcynicismhot tubswingposterfemale female kissgraduationteachingethicsteenage loveblonde womanmotel roombeeelection campaignpolitical campaignenvyteenage daughterteenage sexualitystatue of liberty new york cityjointjockpolitical candidatespitteenage crushsex with a minormarital infidelitygirls' schoolnebraska16mmhigh school athletepepsibracesbannerpower plantcampaigningclicheridiculedumped by girlfriendphotocopiermultiple narratorsbee stinglesbian teensprinkler systemteen lovehistory teacherlawn mowingasparaguspinpower lineapple treepower stationlesbian sisternarcissistic personality disorderchemistry classgirl girl relationshipomaha nebraskaoverachieverskiing accidentwipemathematics teacherfaculty loungehigh school electionlincoln memorial washington d.c.student council presidentmuseum guideteenage issuesparochial schoolschool administratorhigh school vice principalstudent governmentvote tampering (See All)

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Alfie (2004)
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Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best fri β€¦ends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodrama
Themes:
abortiondeathfriendshipmarriageinfidelitychristmasadulterypregnancydrinkingdrunkennessfuneralseductionextramarital affairunfaithfulnessdeath of wife β€¦regret (See All)
Mood:
rainbreaking the fourth wall
Locations:
new york citybarbeachrestaurantsnowmotorcyclecemeterybathtubnightclubtaxikitchencityusasex in car
Characters:
interracial relationshipboyfriend girlfriend relationshipafrican americanhusband wife relationshipmother son relationshipfrienddoctortattooprostitutebabybest friendsingle motheremployer employee relationshipolder woman younger man relationshipchinese american β€¦cheating on girlfriendself centeredness (See All)
Period:
winter
Story:
rejectioncharacter says i love youmontagemenage a troismanhattan new york cityinterracial sexfemale nudityflashbackthreesomecharacter name in titleone word titlefemale frontal nuditydogsex scenekiss β€¦female rear nuditycigarette smokingdancingsingingpartyknifelesbian kisserectionpantiesbased on playfirevoice over narrationcryingcell phonewoman on topunderwearfoodurinationremakedrinkcondomthongvomitingbeertearscafemarijuanabritishriveralcoholcleavagewomanwidowmodelapologyscantily clad femalecoffinbirthday partygraveyardtalking to the cameralimousineargumentsplit screenpremarital sexflowerobscene finger gesturefreeze frameflirtingmachismopot smokingbeer drinkingheavy rainred dressmale bondingdrug abusepoolone night standteddy bearwomanizerinterracial friendshipinterracial romancebootsbreakupunfaithful wifesex talkmedical examinationchristmas evebilliardsred pantiescasual sexpromiscuityarrogancechauffeurenglishman abroadimpotencenarrated by characterforename as titlecentral park manhattan new york citymen's bathroomjukeboxbrooklyn bridgeselfishnessscooterbubble bathlollipopunplanned pregnancywalkingmusic boxreference to john f. kennedyreference to james bondred brafemale bartendernew york skylinecommitmentclothing storesocialitemortalitymotor scooterunwed pregnancynew year's eve partydoctor's officewhite male black female relationshipflower shopmirror ballrainy nightcrutchsex on pool tablefear of commitmentcucumberred roseegoismerectile dysfunctionbullfighterlimousine driverunfaithful boyfrienddrunken sexabsinthenipple slipashtrayrainy dayegotistvespaerotic dancingroguedancing in the streetsexual dysfunctiondesigner clothesegg nogrockefeller center manhattan new york citysex on a billiard tabledrinking shotson screen narrationman refusing sexcalla lilycandle lit bathtattoo on breaststreet prostitutereference to aphroditebiopsydriving capwaldorf astoria hotel manhattan new york city (See All)

Gran Torino (2008) is one of the best movies like He Got Game (1998)
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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 19 β€¦72 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)

Subgenre:
cult filmcoming of ageblack comedytragedy
Themes:
forgivenessgreedredemptiondeath of motherdeathmurderrevengekidnappingrapefearfuneralgangsterincestracismdysfunctional family β€¦home invasiondeath of wifeprejudiceself sacrificenear death experience (See All)
Mood:
murder suicideself parody
Locations:
hospitalbarchurchcarbathtubbustaxikitchenpolice carusacatholic church
Characters:
cousin cousin relationshipbrother sister relationshipafrican americanfather daughter relationshipfather son relationshipteenagerfamily relationshipshusband wife relationshippolicemother son relationshipmother daughter relationshipdoctortattoobrother brother relationshipboy β€¦police officerbabypriesthostagelawyertough guybullycatholicasian americancatholic priestgrandfather granddaughter relationshipengineersexist (See All)
Period:
2000s
Story:
peer pressureghettoracial slurmontagegay slurtitle spoken by characterblooddogtwo word titlebare chested maleguncigarette smokingpartyknifesurprise ending β€¦pistolcell phonebeatingshot to deathmachine gunshot in the chestshotgunrescuepunched in the facewatching tvcatarrestshowdownrifleheld at gunpointbeerbirthdaybathroomneighborhandcuffsrevolvertelephonef wordsubjective cameraflashlightgangold manambulancedeath of friendimmigrantno opening creditsanti herocoffinbirthday partybathbartendertrainingconfessionattempted murderdangerkeysuburbwidowercharacter's point of view camera shotproduct placementkicked in the faceflowersscardirected by staramerican flaghairy chesttragic eventgiftthreatwitnessbasementgardenchickenhandgunsubtitled scenegaragestrong female characterpickup truckmachismobirthday caketraditionuziteen angstheavy rainlooking at oneself in a mirrorrace relationsmale bondingworking classnosebleedblockbusterculture clashrape victimhonorcompassionhaircutretirementthughaunted by the pastanti semitismrap musicveteranconstruction siteburglaryconfrontationitalian americansexismtitle appears in writingpost traumatic stress disordermentorfather figurecigarette lighterdeath of protagonistgang rapeblack eyewisecrack humorracistsalesmanraised middle fingerbarbecuefemale doctorlonerinsultbigotryduct tapetragic herobruiseethnic slurmisogynyneighborhoodshot multiple timesmale virginheroismspittingpetgardeningirish americanstreet gangconstruction workermisogynistlast will and testamentdetroit michiganbarberconfessionalbully comeuppanceconstructionmedalurban decayworkshopgeneration gapshamanunsubtitled foreign languageracial prejudicepearl necklacen wordaltered version of studio logodrive by shootingtragic pastwashing machineracial tensiontragic endingracial discriminationhandymancoughing bloodtailorhip hop musicbarbershopfinger gunvillain arrestedbilingualismattempted robberyzippo lighterbarber shophardware storetitle appears in songracial issuesbigotlawnmowerman boy relationshipincest overtonesgolden retrievergranddaughtertelling a jokeclassic cardoor bellmisanthropelung cancertradition versus modernityceiling fanporchhoodlumoff screen rapecommunity servicehoroscopevintage carethnic humorwhite male pretending to be blackinitiation ritekorean war veteranconfession boothmisanthropyincest rapeshallowchoredisrespectteen smokingfilm with ambiguous titlebiasnose ringgarden gnomeprovocationtoolsracist insultheavy smokerchrist figurecoolerpolish americanburned with a cigaretteelderly protagonistshot repeatedlyracist jokereference to the three stoogesgrumpy old manmoral transformationracial intolerancebarbecue grillwashing carcurmudgeonlapsed catholicnavel piercingsilver staralpha maleasian mobwoman doctordisinheritancedriveby shootinggutterwill readingpabst blue ribbon beerbattle fatiguehmongracist as protagonistreference to charlie chanwasted lifenasty neighborhouse repairschild translates for adultcough foreshadows deathmalcontentwar medalfood freezerford torinomedal of valorracial barrierracial diversity (See All)

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
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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.

Subgenre:
black comedyconspiracy
Themes:
greedprisonmoneydrugslovefriendshipsuicidemarriageinfidelityrapeadulterypregnancydrinkingfeardrunkenness β€¦weddinginvestigationincestextramarital affairdivorcecorruptiontheftdrug useguiltunfaithfulnesshomophobiaalcoholismdrug addictionwealth (See All)
Mood:
satirebreaking the fourth wall
Locations:
new york citybarrestaurantswimming poolhelicopterairplaneboatbathtublondon englandelevatorpolice carcourtroomitalyshipstrip club β€¦yachtsex in publicsex in officestorm at seajapanese restaurantsex in an elevatorsex in an airplane (See All)
Characters:
aunt nephew relationshipcousin cousin relationshippolicemanfather son relationshiphusband wife relationshipfriendbrother brother relationshipprostituteteacherpolice officergay sexdancerlawyerthief β€¦reference to godlittle girlsingle motherlustmaidfrenchamerican abroadaunt niece relationshipex policemansex with prostitute (See All)
Period:
1990syear 1983year 1987
Story:
ankle braceletbrooklyn new york citydomestic violencemontagegay slurmanhattan new york cityreference to jesus christprostitutiontitle spoken by characterfemale nudityflashbackthreesomenudity β€¦bloodbare breastsfemale frontal nudityinterviewmale frontal nuditymasturbationmale rear nuditydogbare chested malegunsex scenekissfemale rear nudityfightfemale full frontal nuditycigarette smokingdancingphotographmale full frontal nuditypartyleg spreadingerectionpantiesbased on true storytelephone calltopless female nudityvoice over narrationbased on bookbeatingunderwearblood splattertesticlesfoodhorsecar accidentmirrorurinationrescueslow motion scenepunched in the facewatching tvdrinkcondomarrestbikinisex in bedthongbare buttvomitingliebeersunglassesanimal in titlerunninglingeriecar crashinterrogationcafemarijuanasex standing upjailhandcuffsbritishorgycriminalstrippertelephonef wordreportersubjective cameranewspapercandlemansiondrug dealerwomaneatingcocainefemale pubic hairsubwaynonlinear timelinewhite pantiesjudgeapologyno opening creditsmarriage proposaltalking to the cameralimousinedrug addictcharacter repeating someone else's dialoguemicrophonebusinessmanstripteasefired from the jobfbipay phonechampagnedebtprankcourtbusinessamerican flagfemale removes her clotheshorse ridingmanagerratprofanitylas vegas nevadaobscene finger gesturenewspaper headlineheart attackfreeze framemachismosex toyeyeglassesapplauseanswering machinegolffalling down stairsteadiscono pantieslooking at oneself in a mirrortold in flashbacksecurity camerafbi agentmediadysfunctional marriagefraudwristwatchgossipvictimtennisskateboardchokingcelebrationpassportpromisebuddhistwhiskeybloody noseattorneypillssurveillance cameraboxer shortsblood on facesmugglingkickingmillionairepunched in the stomachanxietytitle appears in writingmiami floridabribementoraquariumbutlerdrunkevidencesalesmantitle at the endraised middle fingermustachemale male kissbriefcaseswitzerlandsports carreckless drivingswearingsunbathingprivate investigatorengagement ringinterrupted sexbriberyvillain played by lead actornarrated by characterbag of moneyharassmentjewelrycartoon on tvteachingpromiscuous womanhit in the facerepeated sceneevictionmen's bathroomspiral staircasesnorting cocainesuit and tiegolf clubtv commercialshipwreckname callingbrooklyn bridgehangoverselfishnessdrunk drivingweightliftingidealismfish tankno title at beginninggoldfishbankercredit cardquitting a jobnewspaper articlemegaphoneyuppiestrong languageman punching a womanmarching bandsense of smellpool partychild custodyn wordgolf coursemoney launderingrags to richeslucksecond chancewoman in lingerieforgerysushireading a newspaperbachelor partymugshotreference to james bondcrack cocainebutt slaphypocritefirst person narrationmorphinepole dancerwhite bramovie cameratailorpenhedonismexploding airplanebride and groomtreadmillvillain arrestedpremature ejaculationpublicityfinanceoverhead shotstock marketchantinggestapotennis courtcourthousehelicopter pilotinternjet skifake commercialcustomstroubled marriagepassing outmortgagebailinfantwall street manhattan new york cityamishgolf cartlas vegasmoral ambiguitysex addicthundred dollar billbritish accentlong island new yorkdebaucherymanic depressionmedia frenzyscrewdriverlaw studentorange juicefemale judgetoupeemediterranean seadrink thrown into someone's facereference to george washingtonbahamascrawlingsexually transmitted diseasesedativeboiler roomgeneva switzerlandmotivational speakerstockbrokeridealistpenis slurpublic urinationcheatincompetencesuperstarenforcerlifting weightsbriefcase of moneymanagementmouth to mouth resuscitationslovenianlamborghinipep talktalking during sexfalling into a swimming poolpythonshaving headconfettireference to tarzanduchessbrass bandmarital rapetestosteronereference to robin hoodmile high clubsex with multiple partnerssteam roomwoman wearing a thongvalium22 year oldolivesecond wifebusiness ethicscaviarreference to moby dickeurocopter as350 squirrelreference to wolfgang amadeus mozartstdstrip jointnemesisphone tapplaying tenniscommissionspoken inner thoughts24 year oldwedding videofeng shuimorning afterchauffeured limousinereference to london englanddiamond necklacepaying for sexwhite collar crimebeer pongcardiopulmonary resuscitationjustificationpile of moneycareer changehigh on drugsnear drowningexercyclemaniavagina slurconference roomround tablesubpoenafinancial ruinreference to the mona lisaspeaking spanish26 year oldfalling into a poolspeaking frenchspousal abuseboat captainlatvianreference to aidsreference to popeyedartboardgay orgyjaguar the carjewish slurwearing a wirewedding photographair conditioningexcessfictional tv commercialreference to the tooth fairywife slaps husbandxanax35 year oldfish bowljob applicantnapkinafrican liondriving under the influencehair piecemarriage between cousinsattempted briberyauckland new zealandcrawling on the floormanic behaviorpellet gunquaaludereference to disneykodakmoney counterankle monitorbitch slapeurocopter as355 twin squirrelgrenadaimitating fellationanny camswiss bankbullseyegold coasthome gymmaydaymug shotnewspaper photoreference to the wall street journalstrip mallswiss bank accountfast pacedhands held in the airmale african lionsweatpantsu.s. justice departmenthot candle wax during sexitalian rivierajaguar e typejasminereference to coco chanelreference to don johnsonreference to goldman sachsreference to microsoftreference to pbsrestitutiondiamond braceletreference to gianni versacereference to moby dick the novelsashimistudent loandumb blondefellatio slurfixforbes magazinefurniture salesmanheart bypass surgerykissing someone's breastsreference to giorgio armanivideo monitorbacchanalbusiness associateconference tabledouchebagfirst wifereference to geneva switzerlandreference to ibmreference to jimmy buffettreference to the rothschildsrunning a businesssecurities exchange commissionsex in a limousinetestifybento boxdesktop computerlobster as foodreference to israelreference to kodakreference to warren buffettreference to yves saint laurentscene told from more than one perspectivesex with first cousinswallowing a goldfishworrying about a friend (See All)

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