Movies like Mysterious Skin

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Mysterious Skin (2004)
 7.6
 63K
Mysterious Skin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Style: psychological, disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic, rough, captivating, atmospheric, depressing, gloomy ...
Plot: child abuse, sexual abuse, homosexual, teenage life, life is a bitch, child molestation, youth, haunted by the past, homosexuality, male rape, gays and lesbians, gay slur, friendship, coming of age, pedophilia, rape, rebelliousness, tragic event, prostitute, lifestyle, human relationship, obsession, post traumatic stress disorder, small town, prostitution ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1991, 1990s, year 1987, year 1983, year 1981
Place: usa, new york, kansas

Most similar movies to Mysterious Skin

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and bleak films with plots about storytelling, coming of age, friendship, life is a bitch, mentor, pornography and drinking mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres. Some movies like Mysterious Skin: My Own Private Idaho (1991), American Beauty (1999), Kids (1995), Hesher (2010), Dream Boy (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the ...
Style: surreal, road movie, touching, serious, captivating ...
Plot: homosexual, friendship, gay, homosexuality, gay sex, gays and lesbians, prostitution, male friendship, alienation, unrequited love, poverty, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: idaho, usa, seattle, europe, oregon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 1.0M
American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, sexual, melancholic, cynical, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, dysfunctional family, family problems, virgin, teenage life, age difference, coming of age, youth, older man young girl relationship, parenthood, marital problem ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 69K
Kids (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: strong sexual content, virginity, youth, coming of age, urban ghetto life, puberty, first sex, innocence lost, teenage life, social decay, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 49K
Hesher (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, touching ...
Plot: antisocial behavior, loner, stranger, arson, dysfunctional character, depression, death in the family, family problems, rebelliousness, misfit, grief, bully ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 4K
Dream Boy (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of Nathan, a young teenager who tries to flourish in a romantic relationship with neighbour Roy. The two young men will have to face the brutal reality of the rural south of the United States in the late 1970s.
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: gay, gay teenager, gays and lesbians, small town, dysfunctional family, gender, teenage love, self discovery, youth, couples, small town life, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 9K
The War Zone (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, father daughter incest, teenager, teenage life, family problems, parents and children, family relations, life is a bitch, siblings relations, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, high school life, first love, social misfits, teenagers, classmates, adolescence, shyness, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 1990s, 20th century ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 52K
Bad Education (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 1960s. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, psychological, disturbing, melancholic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, transsexual, child abuse, transvestism, teacher, gay, priest, dangerous attraction, blackmail, first love, male nudity, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 80s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, fish out of water, homosexuality, prostitute, dancer, cowboy, male bonding, society, fighting illness, eviction, gay slur, homosexual ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, texas, usa, manhattan new york city, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 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: realistic, disturbing, psychological, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, therapy, wannabe, dysfunctional family, painting, coming of age, addiction, teachers and students, life is a bitch, doctors and patients, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, parents and children, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, coming of age, family in crisis, couple relations, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.9
 11K
Towelhead (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict father during the Gulf War.
Style: melancholic, disturbing, compassionate, enigmatic, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pedophilia, small town, child abuse, first love, racism, coming of age, sexual abuse, neighbor, gulf war, sexuality, generation gap, society ...
Time: 90s, year 1990, year 1991, 1990s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.6
 36K
Boy A (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of a young ex-con Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a murder he committed as a child.
Style: psychological, touching, tense, social realism, depressing ...
Plot: haunted by the past, juvenile delinquency, going straight, rape, childhood, starting over, ex convict, rehabilitation, new job, moral dilemma, criminal, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england, mcdonald's restaurant, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.8
 34K
Evil (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Stockholm, the fifties. Though academically bright, violent pupil Erik Ponti is expelled from his state school with the headmaster’s words “there’s only one word for people like you – evil… what you need is a good thrashing, and more”. ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, emotional, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rebellion, friendship, rebelliousness, boarding school life, coming of age, bully, humiliation, child abuse, violence, domestic violence, boarding school, robbery ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.0
 82K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, serious, sincere ...
Plot: murder, friendship, death threat, father figure, redemption, mentally challenged, family relations, small town, parents and children, crimes, human nature, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 101K
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, sexual abuse, abusive mother, child abuse, dysfunctional family, social misfits, poverty, fear, aids, incest, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.8
 76K
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, sincere, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, theft, coming of age, addiction, peer pressure, juvenile delinquency, teen angst, makeover, friendship, mother daughter relationship, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.9
 28K
Ken Park (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his ...
Style: sexual, serious, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: strong sexual content, incest, erection, underage sex, teenage sex, sexual relations, teenage life, youth, family relations, dysfunctional family, masturbation, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong, USA, Taiwan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year later, she agrees to go to even more remote spot with a ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: prostitute, revolution, innocence lost, coming of age, youth, teenage life, virginity, politics, redemption, life is a bitch, society, apprentice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: china, asia, tibet, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.0
 74K
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, social worker, depression, foster child, troubled teen, suicide attempt, adolescence, haunted by the past, human relationship, teenage life, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 31K
The Woodsman (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A paedophile returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.
Style: disturbing, sincere, rough, harsh, realistic ...
Plot: pedophilia, friendship, ex convict, starting over, factory worker, suspicion, police officer, parole officer, rejection, anger, haunted by the past, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Little Boy Blue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Living in rural Texas is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: incest, dysfunctional family, parents and children, sexual abuse, murder, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, family problems, siblings relations, missing person, alcohol abuse, investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa, asia, vietnam, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Sexual Dependency (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bolivia, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A poor girl, a rich stud, a university student and a model -- nothing in common, except the desire to experience true intimacy. Their stories unfold and overlap as each becomes victim to their own sexual dependencies, self-perceptions and illusions. ...
Style: sincere, serious, sexual, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, gender, sexual relations, teenage life, dysfunctional family, high school, high school life, human nature, society, lifestyle, coming of age, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: bolivia, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 7.3
 55K
Fish Tank (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Style: serious, disturbing, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: party, family problems, age difference, fall in love, youth, innocence lost, adolescence, coming of age, boyfriend, dysfunctional family, rebelliousness, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.9
 14K
The Class (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Estonia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.
Style: disturbing, tense, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, social misfits, society, teenage life, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, rivalry, friendship, youth, human nature, social decay, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, estonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Boys of St. Vincent (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.
Style: disturbing, realistic, bleak, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: sexual perversion, orphan, pedophilia, sexual abuse, insubordination, masturbation, whistleblower, clergy, hypocrisy, social worker, catholic priest, orphanage ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Toy Soldiers (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: On one evening in a decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the innocence of youth and family unravels. Five parallel coming-of-age stories dramatize the stages of grief. A youthful mother in a custody battle over her children, finds ...
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, serious, sincere
Plot: coming of age, addiction, haunted by the past, custody, misfit, society, gender, youth, coming out, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, social misfits ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ 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, heroin, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, downfall, drug addiction, insanity, destructive relationship, depression, hallucinations, drug use ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Kite Runner (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.
Style: emotional, disturbing, sincere, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: muslim, betrayal, friendship, redemption, childhood, courage, guilt, haunted by the past, secret, rape, young heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary ...
Place: afghanistan, middle east, pakistan, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.8
 534
Fiona (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The director of Sue continues his exploration of the theme of lonely women lost in the big city with Fiona, which goes one step further and exposes the wasted lives of whores and junkies in New York. The story of Fiona and her mother told in eight ...
Style: realistic, bleak, rough, serious, disturbing
Plot: prostitute, drug abuse, sexual abuse, murder, parents and children, down on your luck, social misfits, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, crimes, urban ghetto, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, tel aviv israel, lower east side manhattan new york city, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%