Movies like Half Nelson

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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, realistic, sincere, serious, touching, rough, captivating, psychological, bleak, melancholic ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, basketball, liberal, student, african american, drug abuse, loneliness, friendship, high school, junior high school, ghetto, theft, bicycle, prison, addiction, coach, cocaine, secret, dedicated educator, hip hop, drugs/alcohol, rock, sport, alcoholic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, dramatic and interesting films with plots about storytelling, mentor, teacher, youth, redemption, honest and friendship mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres. Some movies like Half Nelson: The United States of Leland (2003), Detachment (2011), Short Term 12 (2013), Boyhood (2014), The Basketball Diaries (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky.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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, prison, dysfunctional family, theft, teacher, stabbing, robbery, jealousy, coming of age, romance, writer's life, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, california, phoenix arizona, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 67K
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, serious, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 69K
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, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: incest, child abuse, suicide attempt, depression, social worker, troubled teen, abuse, workplace romance, adolescence, mentor, haunted by the past, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 307K
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, serious, sincere, captivating, reflective ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, divorce, parenting, divorced parents, abusive husband, coming-of-age, high school, boy, teenager, family, birthday, childhood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, year 2010 ...
Place: usa, texas, austin texas, houston texas
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100%
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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, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, downfall, heroin, friends, innocence lost, life is a bitch, teenage life, basketball, rebellion, adolescence, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, 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: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: custody, dysfunctional family, divorce, singer, musician, marriage, nanny, parents and children, childhood, family problems, family relations, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ 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: disturbing, psychological, realistic, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family, therapy, wannabe, painting, social misfits, coming of age, innocence lost, addiction, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, high school life, dedicated educator, school, high school, french, education, high school teacher, respect, literature, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, morocco, paris france, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: touching, uplifting, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: mentor, dedicated educator, friendship, prodigy, prejudice, private school, plagiarism, basketball, writer's life, high school, literature, age difference ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, scotland, usa, new york yankees, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.8
 74K
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, gloomy, bleak, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: peer pressure, dysfunctional family, addiction, makeover, domestic violence, theft, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, kids in trouble, friendship, life is a bitch, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: high school, teacher, fish out of water, friendship, culture clash, dedicated educator, hardcase students, teachers and students, urban ghetto, adolescence vs adulthood, high school life, society ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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, touching, realistic, sincere, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: high school, feminism, friendship, coming out, teacher, lesbian, tattoo, prison, teenage girl, hostage, coming of age, fondling ...
Time: 90s
Place: portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 105K
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, emotional, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, single parent, childhood, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, injustice, addiction, school, life philosophy, parents and children, death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
 160K
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: talky, realistic, bleak, emotional, serious ...
Plot: friendship, drug lord, race against time, drug dealing, girlfriend, betrayal, 9/11, stock broker, dream, nightclub, widower, paranoia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, mathematics, mexican american, education, summer school, cheating, idealism, dedicated educator, hardcase students, high school teacher, urban ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: addiction, support group, rehabilitation, drinking, alcohol abuse, teacher, alcoholic, elementary school, drugs/alcohol, wife husband relationship, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.9
 213K
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: sexual, captivating, sentimental, touching, stylized ...
Plot: pornography, drug abuse, strong sexual content, rise and fall, porn industry, innocence lost, sex, cocaine, addiction, rags to riches, hollywood, showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1982
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
To Sir, with Love (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: teacher, school, high school, high school teacher, teacher student relationship, youth, idealism, dedicated educator, maturity, teenage crush, high school dance, respect ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: london, europe, england, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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, psychological, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, hit and run, insurance, human nature, couple relations, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, couples, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.3
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Maryjane (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A teacher trying to break up a local drug ring is framed and arrested for possession of marijuana.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: high school, school, drug dealing, friendship, dedicated educator, drugs/alcohol, teachers and students, drug abuse, urban ghetto, frame up, high school life, rebellion ...
Time: 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 14K
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, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, innocence lost, high school, teacher, mother daughter relationship, drugs/alcohol, haunted by the past, family, student, witness, police, truth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: disturbing, realistic, sexual, serious, captivating ...
Plot: prostitute, friendship, fish out of water, homosexuality, hustler, male prostitute, male bonding, shower, eviction, cowboy, gay slur, homosexual ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, texas, usa, manhattan new york city, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Explosive Generation (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Peter Gifford is a likable, dedicated schoolteacher that teaches a senior life skills class. When student Janet Sommers brings up the topic of sex and dating, he asks students to write questions on the topic, and will cover them in the next class. ...
Style: sexual, serious, realistic
Plot: high school, student, teacher, dedicated educator, school, hardcase students, urban ghetto, idealism, looking for sex, teachers and students, high school life, teenage life ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Dangerous Minds (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Former Marine Louanne Johnson lands a gig teaching in a pilot program for bright but underachieving teens at a notorious inner-city high school. After having a terrible first day, she decides she must throw decorum to the wind. When Johnson returns ...
Style: gloomy, serious, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, karate, amusement park, teenage life, dedicated educator, hardcase students, naval officer, urban, idealism, teachers and students, urban ghetto ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
To Sir, with Love II (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mark Thackeray (Poitier) is a West Indian, who in the 1967 film had taken teaching in a London East End school. He spent twenty years teaching and ten in administrative roles. He has taught the children of his former pupils, but is now retiring.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: high school, teacher, juvenile delinquency, dedicated educator, hardcase students, education, idealism, urban, teachers and students, high school life, urban ghetto, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.6
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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: emotional, realistic, sentimental, serious, touching ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, fascism, spanish civil war, teacher, butterfly, atheist, latin, politics, innocence lost, teachers and students, dedicated educator ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: spain, europe, galicia, australia, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 106K
Coach Carter (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.
Style: sincere, touching, captivating, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, sport, athlete's life, high school, human spirit, teacher, teachers and students, underdog, drugs/alcohol, ambition, coach ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.7
 23K
Take the Lead (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A former professional dancer volunteers to teach dance in the New York public school system and, while his background first clashes with his students' tastes, together they create a completely new style of dance. Based on the story of ballroom ...
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, rough, stylized ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, chick flick
Plot: dancer's life, hip hop, dancer, dance, high school, teachers and students, contests and competitions, against the odds, ambition, hip hop culture, music, vandalism ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, drug abuse, heroin, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, drug addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, hallucinations, depression, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.4
 16K
Lean on Me (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When principal Joe Clark takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, sincere, based on true events ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, gang, drug dealing, school principal, reform, dedicated educator, hardcase students, urban, human spirit, idealism, teachers and students, high school life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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