Movies like The History Boys

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The History Boys (2006)
 6.8
 20K
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, education, high school, teachers and students, teacher, youth, friends, lifestyle, anti conformity, coming of age, friendship, student, oxford, director, history teacher, boys' school, boarding school life, gay teenager, 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

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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 coming of age, friendship, mentor, runaway, dialogue, youth and unlikely friendships mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The History Boys: Dead Poets Society (1989), Get Real (1998), Rushmore (1998), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), Election (1999). 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, sentimental, intellectual, uplifting, motivational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teacher, poetry, boarding school life, teachers and students, literature, dedicated educator, philosophy, poet, student, suicide, coming of age, youth ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, usa, new england, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 12K
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, coming of age, gays and lesbians, teenage life, gay slur, friendship, fall in love, gay teenager, gender, romance, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, britain, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.7
 166K
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, mentor, friendship, teacher, high school, student, jealousy, unlikely friendships, adolescence, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, dedicated educator, society, gender ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s ...
Place: scotland, europe, italy, britain, edinburgh scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 7.2
 88K
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: satire, jealousy, teacher, high school, election, party, infidelity, teachers and students, lifestyle, teenage life, society, campaign ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nebraska, new york, washington d.c., usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Liverpool. 1947. A star-struck young girl learns about the grown-up world of the theater.
Style: suspense, clever, offbeat, humorous, witty ...
Plot: coming of age, world war two, manipulation, showbiz, theater, artists and showbiz, manipulations, actor's life, youth, couples, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1947
Place: england, liverpool, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
 84K
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, semi serious, surreal, talky, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: coming of age, loss of virginity, teenage love, love and romance, virginity, bullying, adolescence, high school life, first sex, parents and children, crumbling marriage, school ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 20th century
Place: wales, england, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: coming of age, homosexuality, gay teenager, lgbt teen, gays and lesbians, gay, first gay sexual experience, coming out, lgbt, self discovery, high school, friendship ...
Time: 80s, year 1984
Place: ohio, usa, midwest, new jersey, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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, gays and lesbians, lgbt teen, teenage love, lgbt, sexuality, friendship, homosexual, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: sentimental, touching, sincere, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, gay teenager, friendship, coming out, innocence lost, best friend, summer vacation, self discovery, teenage love, loss of virginity, teenage life, looking for sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: spain, barcelona, europe, barcelona spain, catalonia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, lifestyle, buddies, graduation, twentysomething life, drinking, student, father son relationship, roommate, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, prague, milwaukee wisconsin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.1
 476
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: school, friends, coming of age, youth, teenage life, high school, lifestyle, high school life, family relations, love and romance, teachers and students, school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, teachers and students, teenage love, friendship, teenage angst, youth, coming-of-age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 4.8
 546
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, obsession, teenage life, eccentric family, youth, social misfits, teachers and students, family relations, coming of age, small town, high school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: texas, usa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: humorous, sentimental, clever, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, high school, friendship, prom, school dance, family relations, pimp, transsexual, gender bending, father son relationship, teenage protagonist, small town ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, 70s
Place: england, chicago illinois, europe, usa, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, thirtysomething life, adulthood, love and romance, family problems, unfulfilled love, singleness, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, sincere ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, soccer, high school, school, romance, fall in love, unfulfilled love, friends, love and romance, hopes, unfulfillment, youth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: scotland, europe, england, new jersey, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.0
 8K
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, coming of age, high school, homecoming, best friends, family relations, adolescence vs adulthood, siblings relations, twentysomething life, lifestyle, love and romance, wedding ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 7.3
 39K
Euro Pudding (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Spain
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship.
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: roommate, friendship, college life, infidelity, prejudice, french, student, travel, lifestyle, love triangle, youth, group of friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: barcelona, spain, france, paris france, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.0
 351K
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, witty, humorous, sexy, funny ...
Audience: teen comedy, teens, date night, teen drama, chick flick ...
Plot: high school, coming of age, youth, teenage girl, teenage life, teenager, adolescence, loss of virginity, popularity, notoriety, classmate, teenage love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 80s
Place: california, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 10K
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: semi serious, realistic, humorous, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: friends, friendship, on the road, high school, coming of age, teenager, family problems, teenage life, gay slur, female protagonist, reputation, teacher ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.7
 22K
Starter for 10 (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
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, party, marijuana, coming of age, social differences, student, university, buddies, youth, love and romance, couple relations, working class ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: england, europe, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: realistic, humorous, touching, semi serious, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teenager, coming of age, addiction, human nature, friends, contests and competitions, friendship, teenage life, high school life, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Outside Providence (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In this coming-of-age comedy, Tim Dunphy is leading a go-nowhere existence, spending his days smoking pot and hanging out with his best friend, Drugs Delaney. But Tim's lazy days of getting high are jettisoned after a brush with the law ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, sweet, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, family relations, high school life, student, love, prank, party, romance, teenager, parents and children, teenage life, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: rhode island, usa, connecticut, florida, new england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, best friends, teenage love, parents and children, high school life ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1962, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, hawaii, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, amusement park, first love, young love, teacher, parents, parents and children, romance, coming of age, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, couple relations, innocence lost, looking for love, strong female presence, hopes, buddies, partners ...
Time: 80s
Place: greece, england, europe, northern england, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.9
 14K
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: high school, coming of age, underdog, high school life, football, friendship, bittersweet, romance, cheerleading, friends, sport team, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, california, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.0
 9K
Class (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Naive Midwestern prep student Jonathan bonds with his more worldly roommate, Skip, who takes the small-town boy under his wing. At Skip's urging, the inexperienced Jonathan is emboldened to seek out older women in the cocktail lounges of nearby ...
Style: sexy, humorous, sexual, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, friendship, coming of age, romance, boarding school, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexual content, boarding school life, teenage life, college, college life, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.3
 112K
Ghost World (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two quirky, cynical teenaged girls try to figure out what to do with their lives after high school graduation. After they play a prank on an eccentric, middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' ...
Style: sincere, stylized, thought provoking, realistic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, older man younger woman relationship, age difference, friendship, teenage life, adolescence, best friends, graduation, blues, youth, unlikely friendships, coming-of-age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, indiana, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%