Movies like Half Nelson

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Half Nelson (2006)
 7.2
 83K
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: talky, serious, depressing, emotional, realistic, psychological, sincere, touching, rough, captivating ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, student, friendship, loneliness, basketball, liberal, secret, coach, african american, ghetto, lifestyle, drugs, drug abuse, interracial relations, high school, cocaine, prison, theft, bicycle, classroom, junior high school, existentialism, poverty, addiction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california

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Most similar movies to Half Nelson

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and dramatic films with plots about mentor, honest, friendship, unlikely friendships, loneliness, relationships and drinking mostly in Drama, Biography and Crime genres. Some movies like Half Nelson: Detachment (2011), Short Term 12 (2013), The United States of Leland (2003), Boyhood (2014), What Maisie Knew (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 75K
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, thought provoking, serious, bleak, depressing ...
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, depression, suicide, social decay, unhappy, social problems, life is a bitch, human relationship, dedicated educator, social relations, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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100%
 8.0
 80K
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, thought provoking, touching, realistic, compassionate ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: social worker, child abuse, incest, troubled teen, foster child, adolescence, depression, suicide attempt, haunted by the past, teenage life, human relationship, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
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: meditative, psychological, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, parents and children, prison life, family problems, loss of sibling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, paris france, phoenix arizona, italy, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 331K
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: depressing, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, divorce, childhood, stepsister stepsister relationship, divorced parents, abusive husband, parenting, marital problem, parents and children, teenage life, teenager, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010, year 2003, year 2005 ...
Place: usa, texas, houston texas, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: divorce, childhood, dysfunctional family, marriage, unsupportive parent, family problems, starting over, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, nanny, crumbling relationship, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 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: rough, disturbing, psychological, compassionate, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, therapy, dysfunctional family, youth, juvenile delinquency, self discovery, teenage life, addiction, doctors and patients, society, manic, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 79K
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, tense, serious, bleak, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, kids in trouble, addiction, juvenile delinquency, peer pressure, theft, friendship, mother daughter relationship, family problems, life is a bitch, interracial relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
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23%
 7.6
 168K
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: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, stock broker, betrayal, introspection, regret, drug dealer, redemption, arrest, girlfriend, drug lord, profanity, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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: uplifting, touching, sentimental, sincere, feel good ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: mentor, dedicated educator, prejudice, friendship, prodigy, basketball, writer's life, african american, private school, lifestyle, follow your dream, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, scotland, new york yankees, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: psychological, bleak, serious, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, human nature, love affair, parents and children, understanding, family relations, couples, dishonesty, life is a bitch, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, disturbing, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, teenage life, downfall, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, basketball, antisocial behavior, anguish, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 34K
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: sincere, psychological, melancholic, intellectual, talky ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, school, school life, social relations, workplace, self discovery, interracial relations, society, teenage life, french, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe, morocco, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.4
 16K
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, melancholic, enigmatic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, haunted by the past, teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, high school, investigation, legal action, road accident, redemption, character study, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.6
 41K
The Visitor (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, psychological, philosophical ...
Plot: jazz, friendship, self discovery, immigrants, loneliness, professor, lawyer, arrest, deportation, immigration, friends, reluctant ...
Place: michigan, new york, senegal, connecticut, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.8
 759
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: sincere, thought provoking, touching, disturbing, contemplative ...
Audience: teens
Plot: asthma, friendship, high school, lifestyle, musician's life, against the odds, music band, life is a bitch, society, youth, hopes, working class ...
Time: 90s, future, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.6
 8K
Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, realistic, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, spanish civil war, teacher, family relations, countryside, latin, civil war, fascism, patriotism, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: spain, europe, galicia, australia, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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: realistic, disturbing, psychological, serious, rough ...
Plot: friendship, cowboy, fish out of water, prostitute, dancer, male friendship, male bonding, fighting illness, society, homosexuality, eviction, gay slur ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 70s
Place: new york, texas, usa, florida, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On the 30th August, he is given a day’s leave to attend a job interview in the city centre.
Style: thought provoking, serious, touching, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: suicide attempt, old friends, rehabilitation, hopes, starting over, life is a bitch, introspection, identity crisis, drugs/alcohol, thirtysomething life, loneliness, suicide ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oslo norway, norway, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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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: bleak, gloomy, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: high school, friendship, fish out of water, culture clash, teacher, school teacher, teachers and students, teenage life, chaos and mayhem, high school life, against the odds, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.6
 11K
Sherrybaby (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After serving time in prison, former drug addict Sherry Swanson returns home to reclaim her young daughter from family members who have been raising the child. Sherry's family, especially her sister-in-law, doubt Sherry's ability to be a ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, depressing, realistic ...
Plot: ex convict, drug abuse, support group, mother daughter relationship, warden, parole officer, addiction, starting over, family problems, parents and children, single parent, rehabilitation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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, disturbing, atmospheric, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, drug addiction, life is a bitch, depression, downfall, drug use, destructive relationship, degradation, drugs/alcohol, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.4
 7K
About Alex (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away to console a suicidal member of their group. Yet, despite their best efforts to enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, reunion, friends, college graduate, introspection, reunited friends, drugs/alcohol, disagreement, depression, suicide attempt, group of friends, emotional breakdown ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: drug addiction, drug addict, addiction, drug abuse, betrayal, couple relations, destructive relationship, drugs/alcohol, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, inspirational, sweet, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: feminism, teachers and students, college, dedicated educator, gender, fighting the system, society, college life, lifestyle, life philosophy, friendship, female friendship ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: massachusetts, usa, california, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Everything Must Go (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, emotional, talky ...
Plot: salesman, friendship, unemployment, starting over, alcohol abuse, marital problem, midlife crisis, addiction, down on your luck, goodhearted, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, usa, texas, phoenix arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.5
 3K
Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, love and romance, poetry, parents and children, family problems, writer's life, family in crisis, teachers and students, teenage life, innocence lost, writers ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.8
 16K
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: sincere, touching, depressing, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: support group, addiction, alcohol abuse, alcoholic, rehabilitation, profanity, introspection, irresponsible, life is a bitch, hopes, drinking, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.2
 36K
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: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, anti semitism, identity crisis, bomb, nazism, anger, synagogue, gang, judaism, violence spree, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa, israel, germany, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 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: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: friendship, high school, feminism, teacher, youth, rebellion, hostage, prison, tattoo, teenage girl, coming of age, school ...
Time: 90s
Place: portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, family relations, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, coming of age, accidental killing, teenager, family in crisis, death in the family, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%