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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,  tenement,  drug pusher,  civil disobedience,  car alarm,  d.j.,  three friends,  finger gun,  housing project,  racial,  breakdancing,  snorricam,  hashish,  inner title card,  drug trip,  vinyl,  hebrew,  boxing ring,  bmw,  distrust,  disc jockey,  boxing match,  drug deal,  billboard,  skinhead,  molotov cocktail,  advertisement,  director cameo,  sneakers,  marijuana joint,  racist,  ghetto,  shot in the face,  buddy,  tension,  drug dealing,  movie theater,  demonstration,  coma,  hypodermic needle,  grandmother grandson relationship,  pot smoking,  tv news,  machismo,  riot,  hate,  cow,  tragic event,  actor shares first name with character,  pursuit,  suburb,  protest,  hip hop,  weapon,  toilet,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  montage,  police station,  drug use,  revolver,  interrogation,  urban setting,  arrest,  paris france,  mirror,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  police,  gun,  mother son relationship,  violence,  death

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

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

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New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

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

Themes:poverty,  brutality,  anger,  torture,  drugs,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:policeman,  friend
Story:racial slur,  police brutality,  cocaine,  drug pusher,  ghetto,  tension,  drug dealing,  machismo,  hip hop,  drug dealer,  montage,  police station,  revolver,  interrogation,  urban setting,  arrest,  police officer,  beating,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  violence,  gun,  police,  death

Triple 9 (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

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

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

Boyz N The Hood (1991) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
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,  chase,  violence,  mother son relationship,  gun,  police,  death

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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. This is why Pineapple Express (2008) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (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,  explosion,  police,  violence,  gun,  death

Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

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

Themes:brutality,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  friend
Story:drug deal,  drug dealing,  machismo,  actor shares first name with character,  pursuit,  weapon,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  drug use,  urban setting,  arrest,  mirror,  beating,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  violence,  police,  gun,  death

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

Harry Brown (2009)

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

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

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Brick Mansions (2014) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

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

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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

Summer Of Sam (1999)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Summer Of Sam (1999)

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

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Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

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 him, 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)

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

Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

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

'71 (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

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

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Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

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

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

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. This is why The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (Read More)

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

Assault On Precinct 13 (1976) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Action, Crime, Thriller

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 work together to fight off the attacking gang members. (Read More)

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

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Red Heat (1988)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

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 in order to recapture him. (Read More)

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

Irreversible (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Irreversible (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 they can exact revenge. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time destroys everything. (Read More)

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

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

Sid And Nancy (1986)

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

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

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C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. This is why C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Locations:rooftop,  hospital
Story:french shock cinema,  housing project,  arab,  shot in the face,  boxer,  grandmother grandson relationship,  tv news,  tragic event,  actor shares first name with character,  toilet,  revolver,  mirror,  beating,  cult film,  chase,  mother son relationship,  violence,  gun,  death

Shaft (2000)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Shaft (2000)

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

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

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,  death,  police

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Fruitvale Station (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Fruitvale Station (2013)

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

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

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,  police,  gun

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

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King Of New York (1990)
Crime, Thriller

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 is 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)

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

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

We Own The Night (2007)

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

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

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

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Across The Universe (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

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

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. This is why Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  torture,  revenge
Locations:rooftop
Story:riot police,  police brutality,  arab,  shot in the face,  pot smoking,  tv news,  pursuit,  protest,  weapon,  montage,  interrogation,  arrest,  beating,  chase,  explosion,  gun,  death,  police,  violence

Banlieue 13 (2004)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Banlieue 13 (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 attempt 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:poverty,  torture,  drugs,  revenge
Locations:rooftop,  hospital
Story:police brutality,  finger gun,  ghetto,  machismo,  drug dealer,  police station,  drug use,  interrogation,  urban setting,  arrest,  paris france,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  explosion,  violence,  police,  death

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The Departed (2006) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
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,  violence,  death

Narc (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Narc (2002)

An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly under the scrutiny of internal affairs. They follow leads, informants turn up dead, Nick's wife is unhappy he's back on the street, Henry's protective of the dead cop's wife. Nick reads and re-reads the case file, broods, watches Oak's heavy-handed style, sometimes joining in. The brass want to close out the case, Nick and Henry stay on it, and bits of evidence point them to an auto body shop. What actually happened; will Nick ever know? (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  drugs
Locations:rooftop,  hospital
Characters:friend
Story:racial slur,  police brutality,  car alarm,  shot in the face,  drug dealing,  hypodermic needle,  beating,  chase,  violence,  police,  death

Straight Outta Compton (2015)
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

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Goodfellas (1990)
Crime, Drama

Goodfellas (1990)

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) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
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. (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,  gun

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Rent (2005)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Rent (2005)

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

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

The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Crime, Horror

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

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

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

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. This is why In The Name Of The Father (1993) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (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

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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

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

Harsh Times (2005)

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

Themes:anger,  drugs,  friendship
Characters:policeman,  friend
Story:drug deal,  pot smoking,  drug dealer,  drug use,  urban setting,  police officer,  beating,  chase,  explosion,  death,  gun,  police,  violence

The 51st State (2001)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The 51st State (2001)

Elmo McElroy is a streetwise American master chemist who heads to England to sell his special new formula - a powerful, blue concoction guaranteed to take you to 'the 51st state.' McElroy's new product delivers a feeling 51 times more powerful than any thrill, any pleasure, any high in history. But his plans for a quick, profitable score go comically awry when he gets stuck in Liverpool with an unlikely escort and his ex-girlfriend and becomes entangled in a bizarre web of double-dealing and double-crosses. (Read More)

Themes:drugs
Story:racial slur,  police brutality,  skinhead,  machismo,  drug dealer,  drug use,  interrogation,  arrest,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  police,  death,  violence

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Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

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

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

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. This is why This Is England (2006) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995). (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

Un Prophete (2009)
Crime, Drama

Un Prophete (2009)

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

Themes:brutality,  racism,  drugs,  friendship,  revenge
Story:arab,  racial slur,  hashish,  inner title card,  marijuana joint,  hypodermic needle,  drug dealer,  drug use,  arrest,  paris france,  beating,  chase,  violence,  police,  death

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Rendition (2007)
Drama, Thriller

Rendition (2007)

After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country, an investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him despite being pregnant but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information. (Read More)

Themes:torture,  friendship
Locations:rooftop,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  friend
Story:riot police,  demonstration,  grandmother grandson relationship,  tv news,  interrogation,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  gun,  police,  death,  violence

Run All Night (2015) is one of the best movies like La Haine (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Run All Night (2015)

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

Themes:brutality,  revenge
Locations:hospital
Characters:friend
Story:boxing ring,  boxer,  machismo,  cocaine,  drug dealer,  police station,  revolver,  interrogation,  urban setting,  arrest,  police officer,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  explosion,  death,  violence,  police

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

Malcolm X (1992)

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

Themes:racism,  anger,  drugs
Story:racial slur,  police brutality,  racist,  hate,  tragic event,  drug use,  beating,  cult film,  mother son relationship,  violence,  police,  death

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