Movies like The History Boys

If you like "The History Boys" you are looking for witty, semi serious and stylized movies about / with exam, teacher, education, high school, teachers and students, youth and friends themes of Comedy, Drama and Romance genre shot in UK.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
The History Boys (2006)
 6.8
 21K
The History Boys (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of an unruly class of bright, funny history students at a Yorkshire grammar school in pursuit of an undergraduate place at Oxford or Cambridge. Bounced between their maverick English master, a young and shrewd teacher hired to up their test scores, a grossly out-numbered history teacher, and a headmaster obsessed with results, the boys attempt to pass.
Style: witty, semi serious, stylized, melancholic, intellectual, clever, captivating, realistic, educational, talky ...
Plot: exam, teacher, education, high school, teachers and students, youth, friends, lifestyle, anti conformity, coming of age, gay teenager, friendship, director, history teacher, boys' school, dedicated educator, boarding school life, oxford, teenage life, sexuality, high school life, boss, sexual identity, generation gap, exploitation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, renaissance, year 1983, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england, london, new jersey

Movie in categories

80s movies
80s
5326
exam movies
151
england movies
3342
teacher movies
3146
education movies
245
witty movies
4333

Most similar movies to The History Boys

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and melancholic films with plots about friendship, mentor, dialogue, coming of age, unlikely friendships, runaway and friends mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The History Boys: Dead Poets Society (1989), Withnail & I (1987), Get Real (1998), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), Rushmore (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, uplifting, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, literature, teacher, poetry, boarding school life, coming of age, poet, dedicated educator, suicide, philosophy, student, private school ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 42K
Withnail & I (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two out-of-work actors -- the anxious, luckless Marwood and his acerbic, alcoholic friend, Withnail -- spend their days drifting between their squalid flat, the unemployment office and the pub. When they take a holiday "by mistake" at the ...
Style: cult film, witty, talky, humorous, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: countryside, unemployment, alcohol abuse, friendship, poverty, cottage, cigar smoking, cafe, buddy, english countryside, actor, strangulation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: london, england, europe, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 14K
Get Real (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: gay, coming out, lgbt child, coming of age, teenage life, first gay sexual experience, gays and lesbians, gay slur, friendship, fall in love, gay teenager, gender ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, britain, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.
Style: talky, humorous, sentimental, realistic, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boarding school, school, girls' school, fascism, innocence lost, teacher, school dance, weirdo, coming of age, love and romance, gender, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 20s, 1920s ...
Place: scotland, europe, italy, britain, edinburgh scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
youth movies
9491
friends movies
9014
lifestyle movies
4510
 7.7
 175K
Rushmore (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: love triangle, coming of age, depression, friendship, teacher, high school, student, jealousy, adolescence, mentor, teenage life, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 93K
Election (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections.
Style: cynical, witty, humorous, semi serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: jealousy, teacher, satire, high school, election, party, infidelity, teachers and students, teenage life, society, lifestyle, campaign ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nebraska, new york, washington d.c., usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.3
 88K
Submarine (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: 15-year-old deep-thinking Welsh schoolboy, Oliver Tate struggles to initiate and maintain a relationship with Jordana, his devilish, dark-haired classmate at their Swansea high school. As his parents' marriage begins to fall apart, similar ...
Style: witty, surreal, semi serious, talky, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: coming of age, virginity, love and romance, teenage love, loss of virginity, social relations, adolescence, bullying, high school life, first love, first sex, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 20th century
Place: wales, england, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Edge of Seventeen (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A gay teenager finds out who he is and what he wants, who his friends are, and who loves him, in this autobiographical tale set in middle U.S. in the 1980s. Growing up, learning about life, love, sex, friends, and lovers.
Style: realistic, sexual, sexy, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: gay teenager, homosexuality, coming of age, lgbt teen, gay, gays and lesbians, lgbt, first gay sexual experience, high school, coming out, gay sex, teenage love ...
Time: 80s, year 1984
Place: ohio, usa, midwest, new jersey, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
Beautiful Thing (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A pair of teenage boys growing up in a working-class neighbourhood of Thamesmead, in south-east London, become aware of their homosexuality. While both were vaguely aware they might be gay, neither had ever acted on their impulses. Once they decide ...
Style: touching, semi serious, sincere, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, coming out, homosexuality, gay teenager, lgbt teen, teenage love, gays and lesbians, lgbt, sexuality, friendship, homosexual, coming of age ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Nico and Dani (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A Spanish coming of age story focusing on the antics of two 17 year olds, who have a posh beach house almost all to themselves one summer. This is also a summer of sexual awakenings.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, gay teenager, friendship, teenage love, friendship between boys, coming out, innocence lost, best friend, summer vacation, self discovery, gay, loss of virginity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: spain, barcelona, europe, catalonia, barcelona spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
 23K
Starter for 10 (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In 1985, against the backdrop of Thatcherism, Brian Jackson enrolls in the University of Bristol, a scholarship boy from seaside Essex with a love of knowledge for its own sake and a childhood spent watching "University Challenge," a ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, touching, witty ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: politics, marijuana, coming of age, social differences, party, university, buddies, youth, love and romance, couple relations, working class, cheating ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: england, europe, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, sincere, talky ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, date night, kids, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, high school, teenager, adolescence vs adulthood, high school life, introspection, friendship, teachers and students, teenage angst, teenage love, youth, misfit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.1
 508
Cheeky Girls (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three teen-aged girlfriends navigate multiple love triangles.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous, sexual ...
Plot: high school life, school, coming of age, youth, friends, teenage life, high school, love and romance, lifestyle, family relations, teachers and students, teenage crush ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Kicking and Screaming (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After college graduation, Grover's girlfriend Jane tells him she's moving to Prague to study writing. Grover declines to accompany her, deciding instead to move in with several friends, all of whom can't quite work up the inertia to ...
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, college, coming of age, graduation, lifestyle, buddies, twentysomething life, drinking alcohol, drinking, roommate, father son relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city, milwaukee wisconsin, prague czechoslovakia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing sexes. Sebastian's sister splits immediately for ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, high school, friendship, transsexual, prom, family relations, pimp, school dance, gender bending, teenage protagonist, father son relationship, small town ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, 70s
Place: england, chicago illinois, usa, europe, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Peter's Friends (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: It is New Year's weekend and the friends of Peter (Fry) gather at his newly inherited country house. Ten years ago, they all acted together in a Cambridge University student comedy troupe, but it's less clear how much they have in common ...
Style: sentimental, witty, realistic, touching, talky ...
Plot: weekend, friends, secret, reunion, new year's eve, adulthood, thirtysomething life, love and romance, family problems, singleness, unfulfilled love, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 4.9
 564
Fat Girls (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Fat Girls is an original off-beat comedy feature. It focuses on Rodney Miller, not your typical Texas high school student...he is a theater lover and his ultimate dream is to be on Broadway. Awkward and shy, he doesn't have many people to talk ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, lifestyle, social misfits, youth, eccentric family, teenage life, obsession, teachers and students, coming of age, family relations, small town, high school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: texas, usa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Gregory's Girl (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In his Scottish New Town home, gangling Gregory and his schoolfriends are starting to find out about girls. He fancies Dorothy, not least because she has got into the football team - and is a better player than him. He finally asks her out, but it ...
Style: feel good, contemplative, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, soccer, high school, school, high school life, romance, fall in love, unfulfilled love, love and romance, hopes, unfulfillment, youth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: scotland, europe, england, new jersey, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 11K
Dirty Girl (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It's 1987 and Danielle, the high school 'Dirty Girl', is running away. With her is chubby, gay Clarke, a bag of flour called Joan and a Walkman full of glorious '80s tunes.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: friends, friendship, on the road, high school, coming of age, family problems, teenage life, gay slur, female protagonist, virgin, reputation, teacher ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.0
 9K
The Wood (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the panicky, uncertain hours before his wedding, a groom with prenuptial jitters and his two best friends reminisce about growing up together in the middle-class African-American neighborhood of Inglewood, California. Flashing back to the ...
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, wedding, coming of age, high school, homecoming, friendship between men, best friends, adolescence vs adulthood, siblings relations, family relations, twentysomething life, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.0
 370K
Easy A (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Olive, an average high school student, sees her below-the-radar existence turn around overnight once she decides to use the school's gossip grapevine to advance her social standing. Now her classmates are turning against her and the school ...
Style: feel good, teen sex comedy, witty, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teen comedy, teens, date night, teen drama, chick flick ...
Plot: high school, coming of age, teenager, teenage life, loss of virginity, teenage girl, youth, high school life, popularity, teenage love, teenage boy, adolescence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 80s
Place: california, usa, xian, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.9
 15K
Lucas (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other.
Style: feel good, realistic, humorous, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids, teen comedy
Plot: coming of age, high school, cheerleading, underdog, high school life, football, first love, bully, american football, friendship, bittersweet, bullying ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: A quirky teen with a penchant for war reenactments, Kelly Ernswiler obsesses over military tactics with his buddy Bart. The school bully is one of Kelly's regular headaches, and he also has to deal with a frustrating situation at home, where ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, friends, human nature, addiction, contests and competitions, teenager, fall in love, lifestyle, teenage life, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 3K
S.W.A.L.K. (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Two youngsters declare to their parents that they want to get married. Not sometime in the future but as soon as possible.
Style: atmospheric, sincere, feel good, humorous, stylized ...
Plot: school, friendship, classroom, parents, young love, first love, amusement park, teacher, love and romance, fall in love, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Last American Virgin (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The friendship of a group of young friends struggling with teen sex, drugs, and work is jeopardized by a romantic interest which may turn pals into bitter rivals.
Style: sexual, humorous, realistic, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, coming of age, loss of virginity, teenage love, contests and competitions, sex, prostitute, virgin, looking for sex, young lovers, wooing, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: 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, ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, captivating, sexy ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, girls' night, date night
Plot: coming of age, loss of virginity, first sex, high school, friendship, high school life, abortion, teenage love, unwanted pregnancy, youth, teacher, innocence lost ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, southern california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Shirley Valentine (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Wondering what has happened to herself, now feeling stagnant and in a rut, Shirley Valentine finds herself regularly talking to the wall while preparing her husband's chips and egg. When her best friend wins a trip-for-two to Greece Shirley ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, clever, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: middle aged woman, midlife crisis, friendship, culture clash, romance, innocence lost, introspection, looking for love, strong female presence, buddies, partners, hopes ...
Time: 80s
Place: greece, england, europe, liverpool, northern england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A recent high school graduate is faced with two options, either go to a business school where his father wants him to go to, or get a full time job. However he decides to defy his father and go to Hawaii. Trouble is he has no money. Along the way he ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: coming of age, school, friendship, family relations, looking for sex, fall in love, youth, rise to the top, lifestyle, teenage love, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1962, 80s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, hawaii, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A British-Pakistani man renovates a rundown laundrette with his male lover while dealing with drama within his family, the local Pakistani community, and a persistent mob of skinheads.
Style: semi serious, realistic, clever, touching, sincere ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, society, racism, white trash, interracial relations, british asian, lgbt, laundry, closeted homosexual, culture clash, immigrants, gay ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
How I Got Into College (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The simple story of two young Michigan high school students, Jessica, Class President, Local Smart Girl, and object of Marlon's affections attempt to get into a small Pennsylvania college. Jessica fights off her parent's expectation of ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, satirical, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: college, high school, romance, partners, love and romance, adolescence vs adulthood, college life, looking for love, teenage love, power relations, youth, buddies ...
Time: 80s
Place: holland, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%