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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…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:
police brutality drug use poverty brutality racism anger torture drugs friendship death revenge 
Mood:
hip hop 
Locations:
rooftop police station urban setting paris france hospital 
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationship jew policeman police officer brother sister relationship friend mother son relationship police teenager 
Story:
riot police foot pursuit parisian suburb racial slur cocaine addict looking at oneself in a mirror economic depression critical condition 24 hour time span north african tagger breakdancer french shock cinema dolly zoom turntable β€¦scratching tenement drug pusher civil disobedience d.j. car alarm three friends finger gun housing project racial breakdancing snorricam hashish inner title card drug trip vinyl hebrew boxing ring distrust bmw disc jockey boxing match drug deal billboard skinhead molotov cocktail advertisement director cameo sneakers marijuana joint racist ghetto arab shot in the face buddy tension drug dealing movie theater boxer demonstration coma hypodermic needle pot smoking tv news machismo riot hate cow tragic event actor shares first name with character pursuit suburb protest weapon toilet cocaine drug dealer montage revolver interrogation arrest mirror beating chase explosion gun violence  (See All)

Menace II Society (1993)
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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:
cult film 
Themes:
police brutality brutality anger drugs death friendship revenge 
Locations:
police station urban setting hospital 
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationship police officer friend mother son relationship police teenager 
Story:
racial slur marijuana joint ghetto drug dealing machismo hate cocaine drug dealer revolver interrogation arrest beating chase gun violence 

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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…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:
cult film 
Themes:
police brutality poverty racism anger drugs revenge death friendship 
Locations:
urban setting 
Characters:
police officer friend mother son relationship teenager police 
Story:
racial slur billboard advertisement racist ghetto tension drug dealing machismo hate tragic event drug dealer montage revolver interrogation arrest β€¦beating chase violence gun  (See All)

Triple 9 (2016)
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Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, trigge…ring a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:
police brutality brutality anger torture drugs revenge death friendship 
Locations:
police station urban setting hospital 
Characters:
police officer mother son relationship police 
Story:
racial slur housing project bmw distrust marijuana joint ghetto shot in the face pot smoking machismo protest cocaine drug dealer montage revolver interrogation β€¦arrest beating chase explosion violence  (See All)

New Jack City (1991) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
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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…ably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
police brutality poverty brutality anger torture drugs revenge friendship death 
Mood:
hip hop 
Locations:
police station urban setting 
Characters:
policeman police officer friend police 
Story:
racial slur drug pusher ghetto tension drug dealing machismo cocaine drug dealer montage revolver interrogation arrest beating chase explosion β€¦violence gun  (See All)

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In The Name Of The Father (1993)
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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 i…mplicated 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:
police brutality torture friendship 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
riot police molotov cocktail marijuana joint pot smoking riot hate protest drug dealer montage revolver interrogation arrest beating chase explosion β€¦violence  (See All)

Gomorrah (2008)
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Gomorrah (2008)

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

Themes:
drug use brutality drugs death friendship 
Locations:
rooftop urban setting hospital 
Characters:
policeman friend mother son relationship police 
Story:
drug deal ghetto drug dealing machismo actor shares first name with character pursuit weapon cocaine drug dealer arrest mirror beating chase explosion gun β€¦violence  (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…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 film 
Themes:
drug use poverty torture revenge friendship death 
Locations:
urban setting 
Characters:
policeman friend mother son relationship police 
Story:
racial slur drug pusher molotov cocktail marijuana joint ghetto shot in the face drug dealing pot smoking tv news machismo pursuit cocaine drug dealer arrest chase β€¦violence gun  (See All)

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Requiem For A Dream (2000) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
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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 alon…g 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)

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

Pineapple Express (2008)
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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, h…e 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)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drug use anger drugs friendship death 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationship jew policeman friend teenager police 
Story:
drug pusher drug trip marijuana joint buddy drug dealing pot smoking machismo actor shares first name with character pursuit weapon toilet drug dealer montage revolver arrest β€¦beating chase explosion gun violence  (See All)

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
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Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Themes:
police brutality brutality revenge death 
Locations:
police station urban setting 
Characters:
police officer police 
Story:
racial slur molotov cocktail shot in the face pot smoking machismo weapon cocaine drug dealer chase violence 

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Harry Brown (2009)
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Harry Brown (2009)

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

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
poverty brutality torture drugs friendship death revenge 
Locations:
police station urban setting hospital 
Characters:
police officer friend mother son relationship police 
Story:
riot police skinhead molotov cocktail shot in the face tension hypodermic needle riot drug dealer revolver interrogation arrest beating chase explosion violence β€¦gun  (See All)

Brick Mansions (2014) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
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Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:
police brutality torture drugs death revenge 
Locations:
rooftop police station urban setting 
Characters:
police 
Story:
racial slur ghetto machismo riot drug dealer revolver interrogation arrest beating chase explosion violence 

Fruitvale Station (2013)
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Fruitvale Station (2013)

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

Themes:
police brutality brutality racism anger death friendship 
Locations:
urban setting hospital 
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationship policeman police officer brother sister relationship friend mother son relationship police 
Story:
racial slur looking at oneself in a mirror drug deal demonstration riot tragic event protest drug dealer arrest mirror gun violence 

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Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)
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Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)

Police ambush and kill several gang members in Los Angeles. Gang members make a pact of blood to strike back at police, and conduct a siege on the police station which is almost abandoned and due to be closed. Staff of the closing precinct and the criminals being held there while in transit must wor…k together to fight off the attacking gang members. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
police brutality brutality revenge death 
Locations:
police station urban setting 
Characters:
police officer police 
Story:
molotov cocktail ghetto shot in the face tension pursuit weapon revolver beating chase explosion violence 

Scarface (1983)
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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 met…tle 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)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
brutality anger drugs friendship death revenge 
Characters:
brother sister relationship friend mother son relationship police 
Story:
cocaine addict dolly zoom drug dealing tv news machismo riot weapon cocaine drug dealer montage revolver interrogation arrest explosion gun β€¦violence  (See All)

King Of New York (1990) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
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King Of New York (1990)

After completing a lengthy prison sentence, one-time drug kingpin Frank White returns to New York intent on reestablishing his empire and making things as they were before he left. Others of course have taken over the business during his absence but that clearly isn't going to stop White. While he i…s gunning down the opposition, he decides he's going to give away the money he'll make to modernize the hospital in his old neighborhood. Drug dealers aren't the only thing he has to worry about however: a group of rogue cops decide they are going to take him down. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
police brutality drug use brutality drugs revenge death 
Locations:
urban setting hospital 
Characters:
police 
Story:
racial slur drug deal ghetto drug dealing tv news machismo cocaine drug dealer revolver arrest beating chase explosion violence 

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District B13 (2004)
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District B13 (2004)

In the near future, the worst ghettos of Paris, France are literally walled off and among the worst is District B13. Controlled by the ruthless crime lord, Taha, a young righteous punk named Leito is determined to bring him down. When the boss retaliates by kidnapping his sister, Lola, a rescue atte…mpt by Leito is destroyed by betrayal that gets him arrested and Lola kept in the clutches in Taha. Six months later, a crackerjack undercover cop named Damien is given a urgent mission: a neutron bomb has been stolen by Taha in District B13 which has an automatic timer function engaged and set to detonate in less than 24 hours. Now with time running out, Damien and Leito must work together to find and stop the bomb, but there is far more to this crisis than any of the field players realize. (Read More)

Themes:
police brutality drug use poverty torture drugs death revenge 
Locations:
rooftop police station urban setting paris france 
Characters:
brother sister relationship police 
Story:
finger gun ghetto drug dealing machismo suburb drug dealer interrogation arrest beating chase explosion violence 

Serpico (1973)
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Serpico (1973)

Serpico is a cop in the 1960s-early 1970s. Unlike all his colleagues, he refuses a share of the money that the cops routinely extort from local criminals. Nobody wants to work with Serpico, and he's in constant danger of being placed in life threatening positions by his "partners". Nothing seems to …get done even when he goes to the highest of authorities. Despite the dangers he finds himself in, he still refuses to 'go with the flow', in the hope that one day, the truth will be known. (Read More)

Themes:
drug use drugs friendship 
Locations:
police station urban setting hospital 
Characters:
jew policeman police officer friend mother son relationship police 
Story:
racial slur ghetto shot in the face drug dealing pot smoking drug dealer chase violence 

Pulp Fiction (1994)
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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 da…ys 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)

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

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Summer Of Sam (1999) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
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Summer Of Sam (1999)

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cult film 
Themes:
drugs death friendship 
Locations:
urban setting 
Characters:
policeman police 
Story:
racial slur distrust shot in the face tension hypodermic needle riot cocaine drug dealer beating gun violence 

The Devil's Rejects (2005)
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The Devil's Rejects (2005)

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

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
police brutality brutality anger torture death revenge friendship 
Locations:
police station 
Characters:
police officer brother sister relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
racial slur looking at oneself in a mirror marijuana joint cow cocaine drug dealer revolver interrogation arrest beating chase explosion violence 

Goodfellas (1990)
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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 th…rough 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)

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

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Lethal Weapon (1987)
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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.

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

The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like La Haine (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… mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:
drug use brutality anger drugs death friendship 
Locations:
rooftop urban setting hospital 
Characters:
policeman friend mother son relationship police teenager 
Story:
racial slur drug trip skinhead hypodermic needle tv news pursuit toilet cocaine drug dealer revolver arrest beating chase gun 

The Departed (2006)
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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 wh…o 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)

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

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The French Connection (1971)
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The French Connection (1971)

William Friedkin's gritty police drama portrays two tough New York City cops trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. An interesting contrast is established between 'Popeye' Doyle, a short-tempered alcoholic bigot who is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer,… and his nemesis Alain Charnier, a suave and urbane gentleman who is nevertheless a criminal and one of the largest drug suppliers of pure heroin to North America. During the surveillance and eventual bust, Friedkin provides one of the most gripping and memorable car chase sequences ever filmed. (Read More)

Themes:
racism anger drugs 
Locations:
rooftop police station 
Characters:
police officer police 
Story:
racial slur drug deal shot in the face drug dealing pursuit drug dealer revolver arrest chase 

Rent (2005)
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Rent (2005)

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

Themes:
drug use poverty drugs death friendship 
Locations:
rooftop hospital 
Characters:
jew policeman friend mother son relationship police 
Story:
tenement drug deal demonstration hypodermic needle tv news riot cow protest cocaine drug dealer montage beating 

Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
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Blood Father (2016)

Themes:
brutality racism anger drugs revenge death friendship 
Characters:
police teenager 
Story:
racial slur looking at oneself in a mirror movie theater machismo cocaine drug dealer montage revolver arrest beating chase explosion violence gun 

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Enter The Void (2009)
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Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot h…im, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drug use drugs friendship death 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationship jew policeman brother sister relationship friend mother son relationship police 
Story:
hashish drug trip drug deal pot smoking hate pursuit toilet cocaine drug dealer mirror beating chase gun violence 

Sid And Nancy (1986)
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Sid And Nancy (1986)

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

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drug use drugs death 
Locations:
rooftop paris france hospital 
Characters:
policeman mother son relationship police 
Story:
drug deal drug dealing hypodermic needle riot toilet drug dealer interrogation arrest mirror beating 

This Is England (2006)
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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 Skinhe…ad 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:
drug use racism death friendship 
Characters:
policeman friend mother son relationship police 
Story:
racial slur drug trip skinhead marijuana joint racist tension pot smoking montage beating violence gun 

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Shaft (2000) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
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Shaft (2000)

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

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
police brutality racism drugs revenge 
Locations:
police station urban setting 
Characters:
brother sister relationship friend police 
Story:
foot pursuit racial slur racial racist drug dealing cocaine drug dealer chase violence 

The Heat (2013)
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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 pro…motion 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:
police brutality brutality torture drugs death revenge 
Locations:
police station urban setting hospital 
Characters:
police officer brother sister relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
racial slur director cameo marijuana joint coma cocaine drug dealer montage revolver interrogation arrest beating chase explosion violence 

Go (1999)
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Go (1999)

Told from three perspectives, a story of a bunch of young Californians trying to get some cash, do and deal some drugs, score money and sex in Las Vegas, and generally experience the rush of life.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drug use drugs revenge 
Characters:
police teenager 
Story:
racial slur drug trip drug deal marijuana joint drug dealing pot smoking machismo drug dealer chase gun 

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'71 (2014)
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'71 (2014)

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.

Themes:
police brutality brutality death 
Locations:
urban setting 
Characters:
friend police 
Story:
molotov cocktail shot in the face riot toilet revolver interrogation beating chase explosion violence 

Blood In, Blood Out (1993) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
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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…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)

Themes:
drug use racism friendship death revenge 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
policeman friend mother son relationship police 
Story:
racial slur racial boxer hypodermic needle machismo riot hate tragic event cocaine beating chase explosion gun violence 

Patriots Day (2016)
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Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces wi…th the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:
brutality anger death 
Locations:
rooftop police station urban setting hospital 
Characters:
policeman police officer police 
Story:
marijuana joint shot in the face pot smoking tv news tragic event drug dealer montage interrogation arrest beating chase explosion violence gun 

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True Romance (1993)
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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 mornin…g, 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. (Read More)

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

Across The Universe (2007)
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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…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)

Themes:
police brutality drug use drugs death friendship 
Locations:
rooftop hospital 
Characters:
policeman police officer brother sister relationship friend mother son relationship police 
Story:
riot police drug trip shot in the face demonstration hypodermic needle riot protest montage arrest beating chase explosion gun 

Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
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Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston …police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spe… (Read More)

Themes:
brutality racism anger torture drugs friendship revenge death 
Locations:
police station hospital 
Characters:
policeman police officer brother sister relationship friend police teenager 
Story:
racial slur molotov cocktail racist shot in the face movie theater tragic event montage revolver interrogation arrest beating chase explosion violence 

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The Fighter (2010)
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The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime.

Themes:
police brutality drug use anger drugs 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
boxing ring boxing match movie theater boxer arrest beating chase 

IrrΓ©versible (2002)
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IrrΓ©versible (2002)

Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that th…ey can exact revenge. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time destroys everything. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drug use brutality anger drugs revenge death 
Locations:
urban setting paris france 
Characters:
policeman police 
Story:
french shock cinema snorricam coma hate actor shares first name with character cocaine interrogation mirror beating violence 

Red Heat (1988)
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Red Heat (1988)

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a Russian policeman sent after a Georgian drug dealer who has escaped to the United States and is awaiting extradition in Chicago. Jim Belushi plays his temporary partner on the Chicago police. When the drug dealer escapes, the two police must overcome their differences i…n order to recapture him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
police brutality brutality revenge 
Locations:
police station hospital 
Characters:
policeman police officer police 
Story:
buddy cocaine drug dealer revolver beating violence gun 

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We Own The Night (2007) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
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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…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)

Themes:
drug use drugs revenge death 
Locations:
police station urban setting hospital 
Characters:
policeman police officer police 
Story:
molotov cocktail racist shot in the face pursuit cocaine drug dealer arrest beating chase violence gun 

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…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 film 
Themes:
racism anger death revenge 
Locations:
urban setting 
Characters:
police officer police 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 mirror violence gun 

Straight Outta Compton (2015)
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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 th…ese 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:
police brutality racism anger 
Mood:
hip hop 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
mother son relationship 
Story:
racial slur marijuana joint protest weapon cocaine drug dealer arrest beating violence 

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The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
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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…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)

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

Joker (2019) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
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Joker (2019)

Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks -- the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and …disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
police brutality brutality anger revenge death 
Locations:
urban setting hospital 
Characters:
police officer mother son relationship police 
Story:
looking at oneself in a mirror finger gun tension movie theater tv news riot protest weapon montage revolver arrest mirror beating chase violence β€¦gun  (See All)

Training Day (2001)
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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 corrup…t. '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. (Read More)

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

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