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La Haine (1995)
Crime, Drama

La Haine (1995)

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

Themes:poverty, brutality, racism, anger, torture, drugs, revenge, friendship
Locations:rooftop, hospital
Characters:policeman, jew, friend, teenager
Story:riot police, arab, foot pursuit, parisian suburb, boxer, racial slur, cocaine addict, police brutality, looking at oneself in a mirror, police officer, economic depression, critical condition, 24 hour time span, north african, breakdancer, french shock cinema, tagger, dolly zoom, turntable, scratching

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

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

Themes:poverty, racism, anger, drugs, revenge, friendship
Characters:friend, teenager
Story:racial slur, police brutality, billboard, advertisement, racist, ghetto, tension, drug dealing, machismo, hate, tragic event, drug dealer, montage, revolver, interrogation, urban setting, arrest, police officer, beating, cult film

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

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

Themes:anger, drugs, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:jew, policeman, friend, teenager
Story:drug pusher, drug trip, marijuana joint, buddy, drug dealing, grandmother grandson relationship, pot smoking, machismo, actor shares first name with character, pursuit, weapon, toilet, drug dealer, montage, drug use, revolver, arrest, beating, cult film, chase

The Heat (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

The Heat (2013)

Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent, is extremely ambitious and has her eye on a promotion, but she doesn't get along with her co-workers. She is sent to Boston to uncover the identity of an elusive drug lord, Mr. Larkin, by tracking down his proxy, Rojas, and is told that she'll have a good shot at the promotion if she finds Larkin. When she arrives in Boston, she learns that Larkin has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations. She learns that Rojas is in Boston PD custody and goes to see him to ask him what he knows about Larkin, but is warned that the cop who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is very territorial, and she is not exactly sociable. When the two meet they don't get along. When Mullins learns why Ashburn is in Boston, she decides to find Larkin herself. Ashburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins, but it won't be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, torture, drugs, revenge
Locations:hospital
Story:racial slur, police brutality, director cameo, marijuana joint, coma, cocaine, drug dealer, montage, police station, revolver, interrogation, urban setting, arrest, police officer, beating, brother sister relationship, chase, explosion, mother son relationship, violence

Cidade De Deus (2002) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

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

Themes:brutality, poverty, torture, revenge, friendship
Characters:policeman, friend
Story:racial slur, drug pusher, molotov cocktail, marijuana joint, shot in the face, drug dealing, pot smoking, tv news, machismo, pursuit, cocaine, drug dealer, drug use, urban setting, arrest, cult film, chase, violence, mother son relationship, death

Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. This is why Rocky III (1982) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, anger, friendship, revenge
Story:racial slur, looking at oneself in a mirror, boxing ring, boxing match, ghetto, boxer, machismo, montage, arrest, beating, brother sister relationship, cult film, mother son relationship, violence, death

Requiem For A Dream (2000)
Drama

Requiem For A Dream (2000)

Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is a retired widow, living in a small apartment. She spends most of her time watching TV, especially a particular self-help show. She has delusions of rising above her current dull existence by being a guest on that show. Her son, Harry (Jared Leto) is a junkie but along with his friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) has visions of making it big by becoming a drug dealer. Harry's girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) could be fashion designer or artist but is swept along in Harry's drug-centric world. Meanwhile Sara has developed an addiction of her own. She desperately wants to lose weight and so goes on a crash course involving popping pills, pills which turn out to be very addictive and harmful to her mental state. (Read More)

Themes:drugs, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Story:racial slur, cocaine, drug dealer, turntable, drug pusher, car alarm, snorricam, drug trip, vinyl, director cameo, marijuana joint, drug dealing, hypodermic needle, pot smoking, drug use, police officer, cult film, mother son relationship, death

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

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

Themes:brutality, racism, anger, torture, drugs, friendship
Locations:rooftop, hospital
Characters:policeman, friend
Story:racial slur, housing project, drug deal, molotov cocktail, shot in the face, pursuit, cocaine, drug dealer, montage, police station, revolver, interrogation, arrest, police officer, beating, cult film, chase, explosion, police, gun

Straight Outta Compton (2015) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Biography, Drama, History, Music

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

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

Themes:brutality, racism, anger, drugs, friendship
Locations:hospital
Story:racial slur, police brutality, marijuana joint, protest, hip hop, weapon, cocaine, drug dealer, arrest, beating, mother son relationship, police, violence

Goodfellas (1990)
Crime, Drama

Goodfellas (1990)

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

Themes:brutality, anger, drugs, friendship, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Story:racial slur, cocaine addict, dolly zoom, shot in the face, drug dealing, machismo, tragic event, actor shares first name with character, toilet, cocaine, revolver, arrest, beating, cult film, mother son relationship, violence

True Romance (1993)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

True Romance (1993)

In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia is the owner of the drug and a group of killers are sent to hunt down Clarnece and Alabama. This is why True Romance (1993) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (Read More)

Themes:torture, drugs, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:racial slur, marijuana joint, shot in the face, drug dealing, movie theater, pot smoking, toilet, cocaine, drug dealer, montage, drug use, revolver, cult film, explosion, violence, death

Scarface (1983)
Crime, Drama

Scarface (1983)

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

Themes:brutality, anger, drugs, revenge, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:cocaine addict, cocaine, dolly zoom, drug dealing, tv news, machismo, riot, weapon, drug dealer, montage, revolver, interrogation, arrest, brother sister relationship, cult film, explosion, mother son relationship, death, police, violence

In The Name Of The Father (1993) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Biography, Drama

In The Name Of The Father (1993)

A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. Bullied by the British police, he and four of his friends are coerced into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives in London are also implicated in the crime. He spends 15 years in prison with his father trying to prove his innocence with the help of a British attorney, Gareth Peirce. Based on a true story. (Read More)

Themes:torture, friendship
Story:riot police, police brutality, molotov cocktail, marijuana joint, pot smoking, riot, hate, protest, drug dealer, montage, revolver, interrogation, arrest, beating, brother sister relationship, chase, explosion, police, mother son relationship, violence

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

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

Themes:brutality, anger, torture, drugs, revenge, friendship
Characters:policeman
Story:racial slur, looking at oneself in a mirror, tension, machismo, cocaine, montage, drug use, revolver, interrogation, mirror, police officer, beating, cult film, chase, explosion, police, death, gun, violence

This Is England (2006)
Crime, Drama

This Is England (2006)

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

Themes:racism, friendship
Characters:policeman, friend
Story:skinhead, racist, racial slur, drug trip, marijuana joint, tension, pot smoking, montage, drug use, beating, violence, mother son relationship, police, death, gun

American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama

American History X (1998)

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for brutally killing two black men who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did. This is why American History X (1998) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, racism, anger, friendship, revenge
Characters:friend, teenager
Story:skinhead, racial slur, racial, racist, hate, arrest, beating, brother sister relationship, cult film, mother son relationship, gun, violence, death

Blow (2001) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

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

Themes:poverty, drugs, friendship
Characters:policeman, friend
Story:cocaine, drug pusher, drug deal, drug dealing, tragic event, drug dealer, montage, drug use, arrest, beating, mother son relationship, death, police, gun

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Crime, Drama

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Jules Winnfield ('Samuel L. Jackson' (qv)) and Vincent Vega ('John Travolta (I)' (qv)) are two hit men who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace ('Ving Rhames' (qv)). Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia ('Uma Thurman' (qv)) out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge ('Bruce Willis' (qv)) is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, torture, drugs, revenge
Story:boxer, racial slur, finger gun, director cameo, marijuana joint, shot in the face, buddy, drug dealing, hypodermic needle, pot smoking, machismo, cocaine, drug dealer, drug use, interrogation, mirror, cult film, violence, gun

8 Mile (2002)
Drama, Music

8 Mile (2002)

This is the inspiring captivating story of the legendary rapper Eminem. The troubled young aspiring rapper from a ghetto in Michigan must exert his last chances to become successful while dealing with his life in ruins. All is seemingly lost. He is now single, has only a few friends, an insane/alcoholic mother, and is dealt with poverty and living in a violent city on 8 mile. His only way out of the ghetto and torturous life he's living in is with his talent in rapping. Will B-Rabbit prevail and seize the shot he's given or will he let it slip? (Read More)

Themes:poverty
Characters:policeman, friend
Story:racial slur, ghetto, hip hop, toilet, mirror, beating, brother sister relationship, mother son relationship, gun, police

Layer Cake (2004)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Layer Cake (2004)

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

Themes:torture, drugs, revenge
Locations:rooftop
Characters:policeman
Story:cocaine, drug pusher, hashish, drug trip, bmw, drug deal, marijuana joint, drug dealing, pot smoking, drug dealer, drug use, mirror, beating, chase, explosion, death, gun, police, violence

Training Day (2001) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Training Day (2001)

In Los Angeles, a city where streets are overrun by drug dealers, those who have sworn to uphold the law are breaking them to clean up the streets. Denzel Washington plays L.A.P.D. detective Alonzo Harris, a veteran narcotics officer whose methods of enforcing the law are questionable, if not corrupt. 'Training Day' follows Harris as he trains rookie Jake Hoyt over a 24-hour period. Ethical dilemmas arise for Hoyt as well as the audience as questions present themselves as to whether or not Harris' methodology for ridding the streets of South Central Los Angeles of drugs is right or wrong. This is why Training Day (2001) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (Read More)

Themes:drugs, brutality
Locations:rooftop
Characters:policeman
Story:racial slur, police brutality, housing project, ghetto, drug dealing, cocaine, drug dealer, drug use, police officer, beating, chase, violence, death, gun, police

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Detroit cop Axel Foley is delighted when he receives a surprise visit from his best friend Mikey Tandino, who lives in California. Not long after Mikey arrives in Detroit, Mikey is killed, right in front of Axel, by a man named Zack. Axel follows Zack to Beverly Hills, California, where Beverly Hills police department Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil assigns Detective Billy Rosewood and Rosewood's partner, Sergeant John Taggart, to keep an eye on Axel. Axel visits his friend Jenny Summers, who works in an art gallery. With Jenny's help, Axel discovers that Zack works for Jenny's boss, Victor Maitland, the man who owns the art gallery. Maitland is a drug kingpin who is using the gallery as a front, and Maitland had Zack kill Mikey after Maitland accused Mikey of stealing some of Maitland's bonds. With the help of Jenny, Billy, and Taggart, Axel does what he can to make sure Maitland and Zack won't kill any more people. (Read More)

Themes:drugs, revenge
Characters:friend
Story:racial slur, police brutality, machismo, cocaine, drug dealer, police station, revolver, arrest, beating, cult film, chase, explosion, police, violence, gun, death

Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Comedy, Crime

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Set in the 1970s in a metropolis called "Bay City," this is the tale of two police detective partners, Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson, and Dave Starsky, who always seem to get the toughest cases from their boss, Captain Dobey, rely on omniscient street informer Huggy Bear and race to the scene of the crimes in their souped-up 1974 Ford Torino hot rod, telling the story of their first big case (as a prequel to the TV show), which involved a former college campus drug dealer who went on to become a white collar criminal. (Read More)

Themes:torture, drugs
Locations:rooftop, hospital
Story:racial slur, police brutality, cocaine, drug dealer, police station, revolver, interrogation, police officer, explosion, violence, police

American Gangster (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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 into 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)

Themes:brutality, anger, drugs
Characters:policeman
Story:racial slur, police brutality, tenement, boxing match, drug deal, ghetto, cocaine, urban setting, chase, death, mother son relationship, police, violence

Lethal Weapon (1987) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Martin Riggs is an L.A. cop with suicidal tendencies and Roger Murtaugh is the unlucky police officer with whom Riggs is assigned. Together they uncover a huge drug-smuggling operation, and as their success rate grows so does their friendship.

Themes:anger, torture, drugs, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:police brutality, police officer, buddy, machismo, weapon, cocaine, drug dealer, police station, revolver, cult film, chase, police, death, violence

The Big Lebowski (1998)
Comedy, Crime

The Big Lebowski (1998)

When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. This is why The Big Lebowski (1998) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (Read More)

Themes:anger, torture, drugs, friendship
Story:racial slur, police brutality, three friends, marijuana joint, buddy, pot smoking, actor shares first name with character, toilet, interrogation, police officer, beating, brother sister relationship, cult film, death, gun, police

Black Mass (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, torture, revenge, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Story:racial slur, shot in the face, drug dealing, machismo, cocaine, drug dealer, police station, revolver, interrogation, urban setting, arrest, police officer, beating, mother son relationship, death, violence

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:brutality, revenge
Locations:rooftop
Characters:policeman
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, shot in the face, machismo, montage, mirror, police officer, brother sister relationship, chase, explosion, gun, death, violence

Public Enemies (2009) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Public Enemies (2009)

This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. (Read More)

Themes:torture, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman, friend
Story:foot pursuit, police brutality, shot in the face, movie theater, pursuit, police station, interrogation, arrest, police officer, beating, chase, police, gun, death, violence

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

East Germany, the year 1989: A young man protests against the regime. His mother watches the police arresting him and suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Some months later, the GDR does not exist anymore and the mother awakes. Since she has to avoid every excitement, the son tries to set up the GDR again for her in their flat. But the world has changed a lot. (Read More)

Themes:anger, drugs
Locations:rooftop, hospital
Characters:policeman
Story:coma, billboard, demonstration, riot, montage, arrest, beating, brother sister relationship, police, mother son relationship, violence, death

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

Riggs and Murtaugh are trying to take down some drug dealers but the they turn out to be not run of the mill drug dealers; they have automatic weapons and helicopters. Eventually they grab one of their vehicles and find a million dollars worth of gold coins or Krugerrands in the trunk. Later Murtaugh is threatened by the men they're pursuing. That's when the Captain reassigns them to protect a man named Leo Getz who is suppose to testify in a big case. When they get to where Leo is, someone tries to kill him and that's when they learn he laundered half a billion dollars worth of drug money. He then takes them to a place he once went to and that's when the people there start shooting at them. Later when they come back with back up they learn that the men work for the South African consulate and have diplomatic immunity. They deduce that they are the ones they were looking for, but because of they have diplomatic immunity they can't do anything. This is why Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (Read More)

Themes:revenge
Story:bmw, racial slur, police brutality, buddy, drug dealing, machismo, weapon, cocaine, police station, revolver, chase, police officer, beating, cult film, explosion, police, death, violence

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? (Read More)

Themes:anger, torture, revenge, friendship
Locations:rooftop
Characters:friend
Story:hypodermic needle, tv news, hate, toilet, montage, police station, beating, brother sister relationship, cult film, chase, police, death, violence

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

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

Themes:brutality, revenge
Story:riot police, police brutality, looking at oneself in a mirror, tv news, riot, weapon, montage, arrest, paris france, beating, brother sister relationship, cult film, explosion, mother son relationship, police, death, violence

Traffic (2000)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Traffic (2000)

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

Themes:drugs, torture
Story:cocaine addict, ghetto, drug dealing, suburb, cocaine, drug use, arrest, chase, death, police, violence

Rocky IV (1985)
Drama, Sport

Rocky IV (1985)

Ever since his match with Clubber Lang, Rocky Balboa has a peaceful life. And now he and former champion, Apollo Creed, enjoy good times and are now the best of friends. But Rocky's peaceful life as a boxer gets paused after a match Apollo went into. Unfortunately, Creed fought Ivan drago, a 6'5" Russian who has never lost a match, and sadly, brutally murders Apollo in the ring. A funeral is held and times start going downhill fast. Now, in order to restore honor, Rocky challenges Drago to a match and must beat him for sweet, bitter vengeance. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, anger, revenge
Characters:friend
Story:boxer, looking at oneself in a mirror, boxing ring, boxing match, hypodermic needle, machismo, montage, beating, brother sister relationship, cult film, death, mother son relationship, violence

The Boondock Saints (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing. This is why The Boondock Saints (1999) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, friendship, revenge
Locations:rooftop, hospital
Characters:policeman, friend
Story:racial slur, tv news, machismo, suburb, police station, drug use, arrest, cult film, gun, police, death, violence

Kick-ass 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

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

Themes:brutality, torture, revenge, friendship
Locations:rooftop, hospital
Characters:teenager
Story:boxing ring, shot in the face, hypodermic needle, suburb, montage, police station, interrogation, arrest, beating, explosion, mother son relationship, violence, police, death

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

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

Themes:brutality, anger, torture, revenge
Locations:hospital
Story:racial slur, looking at oneself in a mirror, shot in the face, hypodermic needle, pursuit, montage, revolver, interrogation, mirror, beating, chase, explosion, mother son relationship, gun, death, police, violence

Taxi Driver (1976)
Crime, Drama

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 cesspool. 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)

Themes:racism, anger, revenge
Characters:teenager
Story:racial slur, looking at oneself in a mirror, finger gun, director cameo, ghetto, shot in the face, coma, hate, drug dealer, montage, revolver, urban setting, mirror, police officer, cult film, violence, police, death, gun

L.a. Confidential (1997)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

L.a. Confidential (1997)

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. (Read More)

Themes:racism, revenge
Story:racial slur, police brutality, shot in the face, drug dealing, boxer, toilet, interrogation, arrest, mirror, police officer, police, violence, death

The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. This is why The Nice Guys (2016) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, torture, revenge, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:teenager
Story:racial slur, distrust, marijuana joint, pot smoking, machismo, protest, toilet, revolver, interrogation, urban setting, arrest, beating, chase, explosion, police, death, violence

End Of Watch (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

End Of Watch (2012)

In South Central Los Angeles, street cops Brian and Mike are partners - balls-out cowboys patrolling the streets as Latino gangs are in a power struggle with Blacks. Brian and Mike get lucky a couple of times, making big drug and human-trafficking busts, so a Mexican cartel orders their deaths. We meet Mike's pregnant wife (whom he married out of high school) and watch Brian's search for a soul mate. There are internal squabbles within the ranks of the LAPD and lots of squad-car conversation. Can the lads escape the cartel's murderous reach? (Read More)

Themes:brutality, drugs, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:marijuana joint, protest, weapon, police station, arrest, police officer, beating, police, gun, death, violence

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

Four Brothers (2005)

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

Story:racial slur, police brutality, machismo, weapon, toilet, interrogation, cult film, chase, mother son relationship, police, death, violence

Pain & Gain (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama

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 bodybuilder 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)

Themes:torture, revenge, friendship
Locations:rooftop, hospital
Story:racial slur, looking at oneself in a mirror, snorricam, hypodermic needle, machismo, cocaine, drug dealer, montage, interrogation, arrest, beating, chase, police

In Bruges (2008) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

In Bruges (2008)

London based hit men Ray and Ken are told by their boss Harry Waters to lie low in Bruges, Belgium for up to two weeks following their latest hit, which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. Harry will be in touch with further instructions. While they wait for Harry's call, Ken, following Harry's advice, takes in the sights of the medieval city with great appreciation. But the charms of Bruges are lost on the simpler Ray, who is already despondent over the innocent death, especially as it was his first job. Things change for Ray when he meets Chloe, part of a film crew shooting a movie starring an American dwarf named Jimmy. When Harry's instructions arrive, Ken, for whom the job is directed, isn't sure if he can carry out the new job, especially as he has gained a new appreciation of life from his stay in the fairytale Bruges. While Ken waits for the inevitable arrival into Bruges of an angry Harry, who feels he must clean up matters on his own, Ray is dealing with his own problems, not only with Harry, but with a Canadian couple and a half-blind thief named Eirik. Ray hopes he can count on both Chloe and Ken to help him carve out a new life for himself. In the end, Harry, involved in an incident with Jimmy, may have to keep to his own principles. (Read More)

Themes:racism, drugs, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Story:finger gun, snorricam, skinhead, pursuit, cocaine, drug dealer, drug use, revolver, arrest, mirror, cult film, chase, explosion, mother son relationship, gun, death, police, violence

Serbuan Maut (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Serbuan Maut (2011)

In Jakarta, Indonesia, Lieutenant Wahyu organizes the invasion of an apartment building that is the safe house of the powerful and cruel drug lord Tama and his gang. The SWAT team breaks in the building but one lookout sees and warns the gangsters and the police force is trapped on the seventh floor. They learn that Lt. Wahyu has not informed his superiors about the operation. Now the police officers have to fight with limited ammunition against the armed and dangerous gangsters. This is why Serbuan Maut (2011) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (Read More)

Themes:brutality, torture
Story:police brutality, tenement, shot in the face, drug use, urban setting, arrest, police officer, beating, cult film, explosion, police, violence, death

The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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 rider'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)

Themes:anger, revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman, teenager
Story:police officer, drug deal, racist, pot smoking, tv news, actor shares first name with character, pursuit, drug dealer, montage, police station, drug use, arrest, beating, chase, police, death, mother son relationship, violence, gun

Chappie (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Chappie (2015)

In Johannesburg, the police department reduced the high rating of criminality using robots from the Tetravaal Company, designed by the engineer Deon Wilson. The former military Vincent Moore is envious of Deon, since he has developed another project called Moose, but neither Tetravaal nor the police department is interested. Deon has just developed an Artificial Intelligence but the Tetravaal's CEO Michelle Bradley asks him to abort the project. Deon decides to bring the damaged Robot 22 that was sent to be crushed to test his A.I. However he is kidnapped by the criminals Ninja, Yo-Landi and Amerika that want him to stop the robot cops. When they see the damaged robot in the van, they force Deon to program it to heist banks with them and they call it Chappie. However, Chappie acts like a child and need to be trained to learn and grow. Meanwhile Vincent follows Deon and plots an evil scheme to activate his robot. (Read More)

Themes:brutality, torture, revenge
Characters:policeman
Story:finger gun, molotov cocktail, riot, actor shares first name with character, weapon, montage, police station, revolver, interrogation, urban setting, police officer, beating, explosion, police, violence, death

Glory (1989) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Glory (1989)

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

Themes:racism, anger, torture, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:racial slur, racist, shot in the face, hate, revolver, violence, death

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

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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

Themes:brutality, anger, revenge
Characters:teenager
Story:police brutality, looking at oneself in a mirror, toilet, montage, police station, interrogation, arrest, police officer, violence, gun, death, police

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