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Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Nineteen-year-old Brooklyn native Tony Manero lives for Saturday nights at the local disco, where he's king of the club, thanks to his stylish moves on the dance floor. But outside of the club, things don't look so rosy. At home, Tony fights constantly with his father and has to compete with his fam β€¦ily's starry-eyed view of his older brother, a priest. Nor can he find satisfaction at his dead-end job at a small paint store. However, things begin to change when he spies Stephanie Mangano in the disco and starts training with her for the club's dance competition. Stephanie dreams of the world beyond Brooklyn, and her plans to move to Manhattan just over the bridge soon change Tony's life forever. (Read More)

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Themes:
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Mood:
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Locations:
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Characters:
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Period:
1970s
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Summer Of Sam (1999)
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Summer Of Sam (1999)

Subgenre:
cult film
Themes:
homophobiadrunkennessjealousydrugsfriendship
Locations:
new york city
Characters:
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Period:
1970s
Story:
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54 (1998)
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54 (1998)

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

Themes:
dancedrugsfriendship
Locations:
sex in carnightclubnew york city
Characters:
dancerfriendmother son relationshipfather son relationship
Period:
1970s
Story:
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Carlito's Way (1993)
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Carlito's Way (1993)

A Puerto Rican ex-con pledges to stay away from his former drug dealing ways but finds himself being dragged back by his past connections and the naive machinations of his lawyer and best friend. Hoping to raise enough money to get away from New York, Carlito Brigante takes on the job of running a n β€¦ightclub, renews an affair with a dancer but old associates and old instincts suck him back into a world of violence and mistrust. (Read More)

Themes:
drugsrevenge
Locations:
nightclubnew york cityhospital
Characters:
dancerfriend
Period:
1970s
Story:
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Terms Of Endearment (1983) is one of the best movies like Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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Terms Of Endearment (1983)

Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Bree β€¦dlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking. In the end, different people show their love in very different ways. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodrama
Themes:
drunkennesspregnancyjealousymarriagelovefriendship
Mood:
moving
Locations:
new york cityhospital
Characters:
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Period:
1970s
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West Side Story (1961)
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West Side Story (1961)

West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet". The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs- the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with  β€¦any form of understanding. But when Riff's best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo's younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway - whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what's happened, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie
Themes:
racismdancejealousyloverevenge
Locations:
new york city
Characters:
catholicdancerfriendteenager
Story:
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Gran Torino (2008)
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Gran Torino (2008)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 19 β€¦72 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. (Read More)

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cult film
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Locations:
hospital
Characters:
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Story:
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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:
teen moviecult film
Themes:
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Locations:
hospital
Characters:
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Period:
1970s
Story:
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Detroit Rock City (1999) is one of the best movies like Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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Detroit Rock City (1999)

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians.

Subgenre:
teen moviecult film
Themes:
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Locations:
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1970s
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Giant (1956)
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Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds acro β€¦ss two generations. (Read More)

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hospital
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The intr β€¦overt freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

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teen movie
Themes:
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Locations:
hospital
Characters:
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Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
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Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The c β€¦enter of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the resolute Mr. Hand, who is convinced that everyone is on dope. (Read More)

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teen moviemelodramacult film
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Locations:
hospital
Characters:
teenager
Story:
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Risky Business (1983) is one of the best movies like Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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Risky Business (1983)

A suburban Chicago teenager's parents leave on vacation, and he cuts loose. An unauthorised trip in his father's Porsche means a sudden need for lots of money, which he raises in a creative way.

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teen moviecult film
Themes:
jealousydrugsfriendship
Characters:
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Story:
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Ray (2004)
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Ray (2004)

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

Themes:
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Locations:
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Characters:
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Period:
1970s
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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, β€¦ 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:
racismdrunkennessdrugs
Locations:
nightclubnew york city
Period:
1970s
Story:
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City Of God (2002)
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City Of God (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on t β€¦he good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

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cult film
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Locations:
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Characters:
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Period:
1970s
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The Godfather: Part III (1990) is one of the best movies like Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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The Godfather: Part III (1990)

In the final instalment of the Godfather Trilogy, an aging Don Michael Corleone seeks to legitimize his crime family's interests and remove himself from the violent underworld but is kept back by the ambitions of the young. While he attempts to link the Corleone's finances with the Vatican, Michael  β€¦must deal with the machinations of a hungrier gangster seeking to upset the existing Mafioso order and a young protoge's love affair with his daughter. (Read More)

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cult film
Themes:
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Locations:
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Characters:
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We Own The Night (2007)
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We Own The Night (2007)

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

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Swingers (1996)
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Swingers (1996)

This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship.

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cult film
Themes:
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Boogie Nights (1997)
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Boogie Nights (1997)

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

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cult film
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Locations:
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Period:
1970s
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Sleeping With Other People (2015) is one of the best movies like Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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Sleeping With Other People (2015)

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The Karate Kid (1984)
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The Karate Kid (1984)

Daniel and his mother move from New Jersey to California. She has a wonderful new job, but Daniel quickly discovers that a dark haired Italian boy with a Jersey accent doesn't fit into the blond surfer crowd. Daniel manages to talk his way out of some fights, but he is finally cornered by several wh β€¦o belong to the same karate school. As Daniel is passing out from the beating he sees Miyagi, the elderly gardener leaps into the fray and save him by outfighting half a dozen teenagers. Miyagi and Daniel soon find out the real motivator behind the boys' violent attitude in the form of their karate teacher. Miyagi promises to teach Daniel karate and arranges a fight at the all-valley tournament some months off. When his training begins, Daniel doesn't understand what he is being shown. Miyagi seems more interested in having Daniel paint fences and wax cars than teaching him Karate. (Read More)

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moving
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mother son relationshipteenager
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Alfie (2004)
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Alfie (2004)

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

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melodrama
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Locations:
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Wall Street (1987)
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Wall Street (1987)

On the Wall Street of the 1980s, Bud Fox is a stockbroker full of ambition, doing whatever he can to make his way to the top. Admiring the power of the unsparing corporate raider Gordon Gekko, Fox entices Gekko into mentoring him by providing insider trading. As Fox becomes embroiled in greed and un β€¦derhanded schemes, his decisions eventually threaten the livelihood of his scrupulous father. Faced with this dilemma, Fox questions his loyalties. (Read More)

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jealousyrevenge
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father son relationship
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Hustle & Flow (2005) is one of the best movies like Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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Hustle & Flow (2005)

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

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Locations:
nightclub
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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 β€¦nd Sid is arrested for her murder. (Read More)

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cult film
Themes:
drunkennessdrugsmarriage
Locations:
nightclubnew york cityhospital
Characters:
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Period:
1970s
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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  β€¦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)

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Locations:
new york cityhospital
Characters:
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Period:
1970s
Story:
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Brooklyn (2015)
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Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the β€¦ more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Subgenre:
melodrama
Themes:
dancejealousymarriagefriendshiplove
Locations:
new york city
Characters:
catholicpriestdancerbrother brother relationshipfriendfather son relationshipmother son relationship
Story:
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Boyz N The Hood (1991) is one of the best movies like Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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Boyz N The Hood (1991)

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

Subgenre:
teen moviecult film
Themes:
racismdrugsfriendshiprevenge
Characters:
brother brother relationshipfriendfather son relationshipmother son relationshipteenager
Story:
ethnic slurracistdeath of friendpremarital sexracial slurgay slurbrawldancingbare chested malefemale nuditysex

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The Blues Brothers (1980)
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The Blues Brothers (1980)

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open  β€¦is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film
Themes:
friendshiprevenge
Characters:
catholicpriestbrother brother relationship
Story:
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American Psycho (2000)
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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.

Subgenre:
cult film
Themes:
drunkennessjealousyrapedrugsfriendshiprevenge
Locations:
nightclubnew york city
Story:
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On The Waterfront (1954)
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On The Waterfront (1954)

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

Subgenre:
melodramacult film
Locations:
new york city
Characters:
catholicpriestbrother brother relationship
Story:
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Last Tango In Paris (1972) is one of the best movies like Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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Last Tango In Paris (1972)

While looking for an apartment, Jeanne, a beautiful young Parisienne, encounters Paul, a mysterious American expatriate mourning his wife's recent suicide. Instantly drawn to each other, they have a stormy, passionate affair, in which they do not reveal their names to each other. Their relationship  β€¦deeply affects their lives, as Paul struggles with his wife's death and Jeanne prepares to marry her fiance, Tom, a film director making a cinema-verite documentary about her. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film
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rapelove
Story:
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The Color Purple (1985)
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The Color Purple (1985)

This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life...

Subgenre:
melodrama
Themes:
racismdrunkennessrapelovefriendship
Characters:
father son relationship
Story:
unwed pregnancymisogynysexismblockbusterassaultracial slurthree word title

Bully (2001)
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Bully (2001)

After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend, Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering Bobby, with a group of willing and unwilling participants in a small  β€¦Florida town. In the midst of their plotting, they find themselves contemplating with the possible aftermath of what could happen. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkennesspregnancyrapedrugsfriendshiprevenge
Locations:
sex in carnightclub
Characters:
catholicdancerbrother brother relationshipfriendmother son relationshipfather son relationshipteenager
Story:
death of friendpremarital sexgay slurmarijuanadancingbare chested malefemale nudity

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The Wackness (2008)
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The Wackness (2008)

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

Themes:
drunkennessdrugslovefriendship
Locations:
new york city
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationshipdancerfriendmother son relationshipfather son relationshipteenager
Story:
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Reign Over Me (2007) is one of the best movies like Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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Reign Over Me (2007)

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

Subgenre:
melodrama
Themes:
jealousymarriagefriendshiplove
Mood:
moving
Locations:
nightclubnew york cityhospital
Characters:
friendmother son relationshipfather son relationship
Story:
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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 β€¦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:
unemploymentracismdrunkennessjealousyfriendship
Characters:
friendfather son relationshipmother son relationship
Story:
racistworking classracial slurgay slurmarijuanacafe

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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 β€¦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:
racismdrunkennesspregnancyjealousydrugsfriendshiplove
Locations:
hospital
Characters:
friend
Story:
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Lovelace (2013)
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Lovelace (2013)

Themes:
rapemarriagefriendship
Locations:
new york city
Characters:
catholicdancerfriendmother son relationship
Period:
1970s
Story:
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A Clockwork Orange (1971) is one of the best movies like Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the β€¦ program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film
Themes:
drunkennessrapedrugsfriendshiprevenge
Locations:
nightclubhospital
Characters:
priestmother son relationshipfather son relationshipteenager
Story:
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The Station Agent (2003)
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The Station Agent (2003)

When his only friend and co-worker dies, a young man born with dwarfism moves to an abandoned train depot in rural New Jersey. Though he tried to maintain a life of solitude, he is soon entangled with an artist who is struggling with a personal tragedy and an overly friendly Cuban hot-dog vendor.

Themes:
drunkennesspregnancyfriendship
Mood:
moving
Locations:
hospital
Characters:
friendfather son relationshipmother son relationship
Story:
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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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The Basketball Diaries (1995)

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

Themes:
drunkennessdrugsfriendship
Locations:
new york cityhospital
Characters:
catholicpriestbrother brother relationshipfriendmother son relationshipteenager
Story:
death of friendassaultgroup of friendsreference to william shakespeareracial slurmanhattan new york citycafefalling from heightcondomfemale nuditysex

All Good Things (2010)
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All Good Things (2010)

A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for a story of family, obsession, love and loss.

Themes:
drunkennesspregnancymarriagefriendshiplove
Locations:
new york city
Characters:
dancerbrother brother relationshipfriendmother son relationshipfather son relationship
Period:
1970s
Story:
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New Jack City (1991) is one of the best movies like Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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New Jack City (1991)

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

Subgenre:
cult film
Themes:
drugsrevengefriendship
Locations:
nightclubnew york city
Characters:
priestfriend
Story:
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Dreamgirls (2006)
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Dreamgirls (2006)

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early  β€¦flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? (Read More)

Themes:
unemploymentpregnancyjealousydrugsmarriagelovefriendship
Locations:
nightclubnew york city
Characters:
dancerfriend
Period:
1970s
Story:
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Cruel Intentions (1999)
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Cruel Intentions (1999)

Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont are seductive, manipulative step-siblings who get what they want when they want it. Kathryn makes a bet with Sebastian: Sebastian must bed Annette, daughter of the headmaster at their school, before the end of summer break. Annette has stated that she would wai β€¦t until love and marriage to sleep with a man. If Kathryn wins, she gets Sebastian's vintage 1959 Jaguar Roadster. If Sebastian wins, he gets Kathryn, the only girl he knows he'll never have. Also in play is Cecile, a naive girl whose mother had enlisted Kathryn to help her fit in at her new school. However, Kathryn (with Sebastian's help) plans to ruin Cecile's reputation as revenge on Kat's ex-boyfriend, who left her for Cecile. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen moviecult film
Themes:
racismrapedrugsmarriagerevengelove
Locations:
new york city
Story:
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Save The Last Dance (2001)
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Save The Last Dance (2001)

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

Subgenre:
teen movie
Themes:
racismdancejealousylove
Locations:
nightclubnew york city
Characters:
grandmother grandson relationshipteenager
Story:
racial slurgay slurdancing

Bend It Like Beckham (2002) is one of the best movies like Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

A comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal, Bend It Like Beckham explores the world of women's football, from kick-abouts in the park to freekicks in the Final. Set in Hounslow, West London and Hamburg, the film follows two 18 year olds with their hearts set on a future in professional socc β€¦er. Heart-stopping talent doesn't seem to be enough when your parents want you to hang up your football boots, find a nice boyfriend and learn to cook the perfect chapatti. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie
Themes:
racismdancepregnancyjealousymarriagefriendship
Locations:
nightclub
Characters:
dancerfriendfather son relationshipmother son relationship
Story:
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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 β€¦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:
racism
Locations:
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