Movies like Half Nelson

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Half Nelson (2006)
 7.2
 80K
Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a startling discovery of his secret life, causing a tenuous bond between the two that could either end disastrously or provide a catalyst of hope.
Style: realistic, talky, psychological, sincere, touching, rough, serious, captivating, bleak, melancholic ...
Plot: teacher, basketball, student, liberal, teachers and students, african american, friendship, drug abuse, loneliness, secret, coach, high school, cocaine, prison, ghetto, theft, bicycle, junior high school, addiction, youth, rock, friends, struggle, hip hop, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california

Most similar movies to Half Nelson

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, dramatic and interesting films with plots about mentor, redemption, storytelling, friendship, pornography, honest and depression mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like Half Nelson: Detachment (2011), The United States of Leland (2003), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Short Term 12 (2013), Boyhood (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 69K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, bleak, thought provoking, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, social problems, unhappy, human relationship, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: bleak, talky, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, prison, jealousy, robbery, stabbing, theft, addiction, loss of sibling, artists and showbiz, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, phoenix arizona, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
Style: emotional, rough, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, teenage life, life is a bitch, basketball, drugs/alcohol, friends, diary, innocence lost, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 72K
Short Term 12 (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: incest, child abuse, depression, foster child, troubled teen, suicide attempt, social worker, adolescence, haunted by the past, human relationship, teenage life, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.9
 313K
Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, captivating, reflective ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, divorce, birthday, high school, divorced parents, parenting, boy, abusive husband, childhood, teenager, family, divorced divorcee ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2011, 2010s ...
Place: usa, texas, houston texas, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 9K
Manic (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lyle is filled with rage. After badly beating a classmate during a schoolyard fight, Lyle is committed to a juvenile mental institution in lieu of criminal prosecution. Inside the hospital, Lyle encounters a group of adolescents struggling with a ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, wannabe, therapy, dysfunctional family, painting, coming of age, addiction, family problems, misfit, self esteem, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
What Maisie Knew (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James novella, the story frames on 7-year-old Maisie, caught in a custody battle between her mother – a rock and roll icon – and her father. What Maisie Knew is an evocative portrayal of the chaos of adult life seen entirely ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: divorce, marriage, singer, musician, dysfunctional family, custody, childhood, nanny, separated, innocence lost, struggle, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 75K
Thirteen (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, bleak, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, makeover, domestic violence, peer pressure, theft, addiction, coming of age, friendship, marijuana, juvenile delinquency, teacher student relationship, street life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 7.5
 32K
The Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.
Style: talky, realistic, psychological, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, french, high school life, high school, school, respect, student, education, high school teacher, dedicated educator, literature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, caribbean, morocco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Finding Forrester (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Gus van Sant tells the story of a young African American man named Jamal who confronts his talents while living on the streets of the Bronx. He accidentally runs into an old writer named Forrester who discovers his passion for writing. With help ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, mentor, dedicated educator, basketball, african american, age difference, prejudice, plagiarism, private school, prodigy, writer's life, teacher ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, scotland, new york yankees, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: talky, bleak, clever, psychological, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, insurance, hit and run, human nature, love affair, dishonesty, couples, addiction, understanding, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, which follows 15-year-old freshman Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider who is taken under the wings of two seniors. A moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope - and the ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, teenage love, teenage life, friendship, first love, high school life, social misfits, love and romance, shyness, adolescence, friends, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 1990s, 20th century ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.7
 162K
25th Hour (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The filmed adaptation from David Benioff's novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to prison. Anger, blame, frustration, betrayal, guilt and loneliness are ...
Style: realistic, emotional, bleak, talky, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, girlfriend, drug lord, guilt, betrayal, regret, rage, teacher, organized crime, interrogation, gay slur, surrealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.2
 25K
Palo Alto (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, teenage sexuality, youth, high school, high school life, adolescence, unfulfillment, teenage girl, coming of age, high school student, older man younger woman relationship, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.9
 218K
Boogie Nights (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a ...
Style: captivating, sentimental, touching, sexual, stylized ...
Plot: pornography, strong sexual content, drug abuse, rise and fall, porn industry, sex, cocaine, addiction, showbiz, lifestyle, fame, innocence lost ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1982
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The coming of age of a youth named Sonny in a small Texas town in the 1950s.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: graduation, christmas, coming of age, friendship, small town, innocence lost, self discovery, jealousy, funeral, american dream, americana, basketball ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: texas, usa, oklahoma, mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher at New York's inner-city Calvin Coolidge High: her lit classes are overcrowded, a window is broken, there's no chalk, books arrive late. The administration is concerned mainly with forms and rules ...
Style: disturbing, gloomy, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: high school, culture clash, friendship, fish out of water, teacher, high school life, misfit, innocence lost, society, youth, power relations, urban ghetto ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City.
Style: sexual, disturbing, realistic, psychological, rough ...
Plot: friendship, fish out of water, prostitute, homosexuality, homosexual, cowboy, eviction, dancer, gay slur, male bonding, shower, male prostitute ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, texas, usa, manhattan new york city, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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 6.2
 8K
Foxfire (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of control.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: friendship, high school, feminism, coming out, teacher, rebellion, youth, tattoo, hostage, teenage girl, prison, lesbian ...
Time: 90s
Place: portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.5
 15K
Margaret (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, innocence lost, high school, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, family relations, legal action, teenage life, legal, youth, haunted by the past, teacher ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.3
 99K
Precious (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: emotional, bleak, realistic, stylized, rough ...
Plot: domestic violence, rape, child abuse, dysfunctional family, social misfits, fear, aids, physical appearance, parents and children, sexual abuse, teacher, school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, human nature, crimes, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, introspection, going straight, downfall, self discovery, drug addiction, drinking ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.3
 19K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: touching, emotional, gloomy, sentimental, disturbing ...
Plot: poverty, unemployment, irish, life is a bitch, prejudice, teacher, ira, coming of age, youth, injustice, alcohol abuse, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, usa, europe, new york, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, drugs/alcohol, insanity, life is a bitch, destructive relationship, drug addiction, depression, hallucinations, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.5
 6K
Bee Season (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 11-year-old Eliza is the invisible element of her family unit: her parents are both consumed with work and her brother is wrapped up in his own adolescent life. Eliza ignites not only a spark that makes her visible but one that sets into motion a ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, judaism, redemption, coming of age, family problems, parents and children, human nature, hopes, family relations, siblings relations, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.1
 5K
I Smile Back (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Laney is an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next ...
Style: serious, gloomy, touching, realistic
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, suburbs, family problems, going straight, redemption, life is a bitch, hopes, addiction, wealthy family, suburban life, blood on face ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.8
 15K
Smashed (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, support group, drinking, teacher, elementary school, alcoholic, rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, couples, introspection, human nature, reconciliation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.2
 107K
Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, addiction, school, death, life philosophy, bully, junior high school ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.1
 728
Our Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Focusing on the bonding between three female (an African American female, a half African American half Latino American female, and a Latino American female) high school members of Brooklyn's "Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band" ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, friendship, music band, musician's life, society, against the odds, feminism, lifestyle, high school life, working class, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s, future, 80s
Place: usa, new york, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.2
 34K
The Believer (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A hardcore American racist skinhead who, because of his intelligence, leads a gang dedicated to fighting the enemy: the supposed American-Jewish conspiracy for domination. However, he's hiding a secret: he's Jewish-born, a brilliant ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, emotional, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, anti semitism, violence spree, identity crisis, nazism, bomb, synagogue, holocaust, struggle, self esteem, introspection, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa, israel, germany, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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