Movies like Like Grains of Sand

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Like Grains of Sand (1995)
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Like Grains of Sand (1995)
Original name: 渚のシンドバッド
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story. Shuji, a Japanese teen, is falling in love with his friend Hiroyuki, however, Hiroyuki is attracted to Kasane, the new girl in their class.
Plot: gay, high school, lgbt, teenager, school, coming out, friendship, gay teenager, love triangle, train, unrequited love, clinic, homosexual, beach, loner, single mother, bicycle, bullying, summer vacation, kiss, high school student, single father, father son relationship, gay slur, sexual identity ...
Place: japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, sexy and sincere films with plots about gay, gay kiss, lgbt, coming out, gay interest, friendship and youth mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Like Grains of Sand: Eternal Summer (2006), Your Name Engraved Herein (2020), Coming Out (1989), Blue Gate Crossing (2002), My Best Friend (2018). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Eternal Summer (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Three high school students experience the perks and pitfalls of love in director Leste Chen’s sensitive tale of friendship and yearning.
Style: sentimental, realistic, sexy, captivating, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, love triangle, high school friend, school, gay, unrequited love, high school, coming of age, loneliness, gay teenager, romance, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taiwan, asia, hong kong, taipei
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Your Name Engraved Herein (2020)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1987, as martial law ends in Taiwan, Jia-han and Birdy fall in love amid family pressure, homophobia and social stigma.
Style: social, romantic, realistic, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: gay, gay teenager, gay love, lgbt, love, first love, gay romance, gay lead character, gay slur, self discovery, homosexual, gay relationship ...
Time: year 1987
Place: ontario canada, taipei, asia
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Coming Out (1989)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: East Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Reportedly the first film to come out of East Germany to deal openly with gay issues. Philipp, a closeted teacher is dating a female collegue to keep up appearances. One night, by 'accident' he stumbles into a gay bar, meets and promptly ...
Style: sincere, psychological, sexual, touching, emotional ...
Plot: coming out, gay, gays and lesbians, love triangle, gay teenager, teacher, sexuality, concert, gay relationship, bittersweet, couples, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: east berlin, europe, germany, berlin germany, east berlin east germany
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Blue Gate Crossing (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An is-she-or-isn't-she gay comedy focused on a Taiwanese teen, the boy she might like, and the girl she may love.
Style: feel good, sentimental, realistic, semi serious, touching ...
Plot: love triangle, high school, first love, friendship, teenage life, partners, lgbt, couples, best friends, gender, high school life, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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My Best Friend (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Argentina
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Lorenzo is a teenager who lives in Patagonia. One day his family receives in his house to Caíto, the son of some friends who are going through a serious family situation and can not take care of him. He is a complicated kid and has difficulty ...
Style: tragicomedy, romantic, enigmatic, semi serious, sexy
Plot: gay teenager, gay, lgbt, teen angst, teenage sex, teenage boy, teenage love, youth, teenage protagonist, nature, friendship between boys, coming of age ...
Place: argentina
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The Way He Looks (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Leonardo is a blind teenager dealing with an overprotective mother while trying to live a more independent life. To the disappointment of his best friend, Giovana, he plans to go on an exchange program abroad. When Gabriel, a new student in town, ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, gay teenager, teenage love, coming of age, homosexuality, blindness, lgbt, gay couple, coming out, friendship, gays and lesbians, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil
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More Than Friendship (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Mia, Lukas and Jonas always where like one heart and soul since their earliest childhood. Until three years ago when everything changed. Friendship became love that is well beyond all conventions. A Part of the society feels provoked by such kind of ...
Style: queer cinema, suspense, lgbt cinema, psychological, tense ...
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G.B.F. (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The bitter fight for supremacy between the three most popular girls at North Gateway High takes an unexpected turn when their classmate, Tanner, is outed and becomes the school’s first openly gay student. The trio races to bag the big trend in ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, funny, sweet, light ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming out, gay, gay teenager, gay lead character, lgbt teen, friends, friendship, lgbt, high school, teenage life, gays and lesbians, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 85 min.
Story: Mike has felt alienated and alone for as long as he can remember, until a new boy arrives at his school - awakening feelings and a world of possibilities he'd never before dared to dream of.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, psychological, captivating
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Off Shore (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Andi has come to Fuerteventura to see his estranged father Chris, who left the family years ago to live on the island and hasn't been heard from since. The local surfer clique welcomes Andi with open arms and he quickly falls for surfing ...
Style: touching, suspenseful
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A Touch of Fever (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The story of two young hustlers, Tatsuro and Shin, and her two female friends. Everything seems to work, until the day Shin declares he's in love with Tatsuro.
Plot: male prostitution, coming of age, lgbt, runaway, gigolo, male prostitute, university student, prostitution, teenager, homosexual, gay interest
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Rivers Wash Over Me (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After his mother dies, Sequan, a sensitive teenager from Brooklyn, moves in with relatives living in a small town plagued with secrets hidden deep within its lush, rural Alabama terrain. Sequan finds refuge in a friendship with a troubled girl who ...
Plot: gay teenager, american south, black lgbt, cemetery, cousin cousin relationship, aunt nephew relationship, swimming, incest, coming out, racial tension, skinny dipping, high school ...
Place: alabama, southern usa
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Being 17 (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Set in the beautiful high Pyrenees in south-west France, Damien lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor, while his father, a pilot, is on a tour of duty abroad with the French military. At school, Damien is bullied by Thomas, who lives in the ...
Style: disturbing, uplifting, sentimental, romantic
Audience: teens
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Time: contemporary
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Heartstone (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Iceland, Denmark
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, captivating, psychological, epic
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Plot: bed wetting, first love, lgbt teen, gay, gay teenager, friendship, lgbt, nature, unrequited love, coming of age, male male kiss, closeted gay ...
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Love, Simon (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it's a little more complicated: he's yet to tell his family or friends he's gay and he doesn't know the identity of the anonymous classmate he's ...
Style: touching, romantic, sincere, emotional, sweet ...
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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
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Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A successful male escort describes in a series of confessions his tangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic male client.
Style: clever, touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: gay, gay african american, gay sex, gay teenager, homosexuality, gays and lesbians, confession, older man younger man relationship, intergenerational friendship, coming out, lgbt, homosexual ...
Time: contemporary
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 ...
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Eban and Charley (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: 29-year-old Eban has retreated home to his parent's house in Seaside Oregon after the dissolution of his teaching job in Seattle. There he courts 15-year-old Charlie and eventually the two start a sexual relationship. As the age of consent in ...
Style: touching, sincere, psychological, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: gay, older man younger man relationship, beach, friendship, family relations, forbidden love, teenage life, couples, coming out, homecoming, parents and children, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: oregon, seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington ...
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Watercolors (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Carter, a troubled teen stays with a friend of his dads and starts flirting with her son Danny. After the weekend school returns, however Carter a school jock tells Danny he does not want to be seen with him at school. Their relationship grows ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, emotional, sexy ...
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Alex Strangelove (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Alex Truelove is on a quest to lose his virginity, an event eagerly awaited by his patient girlfriend and cheered on with welcome advice by his rowdy friends. But Alex, a super gregarious dude, is oddly unmotivated. A magical house party throws Alex ...
Style: psychological, humorous, queer cinema
Audience: teen comedy, teens
Plot: gay, coming out, homosexuality, lgbt, first gay sexual experience, high school, loss of virginity, gay interest, frat party, male homosexuality, prom, sexual confusion ...
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26%
Yours Emotionally (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: India, UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two Brits, Ravi and Paul travel to India where they meet Murthy and Anna an older gay couple that have managed to form a partnership and live together for over 20 years. When Ravi meets and falls for Mani an Indian national who is betrothed to be ...
Style: queer cinema
Plot: lgbt, hiv, gay relationship, gay couple, friendship, gay, friend, human immunodeficiency virus, gay kiss, love triangle, kiss, aids ...
Place: india
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26%
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True Love (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Seven short stories about growing up gay in America and searching for true love.
Style: anthology
Plot: gay, gay interest, infidelity, coming out, kiss, family relations, gay kiss, teenage boy, coming of age, closeted homosexual, blackmail, one night stand ...
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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 ⇓
25%
The Truth About Alex (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 48 min.
Story: Alex admits to his best friend Brad that he is gay.
Plot: friendship, gay, crying, teenage girl, cigarette smoking, football team, high school, hugging, headband, drink thrown into someone's face, acceptance, black eye ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Just a Question of Love (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After his gay cousin dies from hepatitis, young Laurent, who lives with his best friend Carole, falls in love with Cedric, a plant scientist. He's afraid to inform his conservative parents that he is gay.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, coming out, gays and lesbians, homosexuality, gay slur, gay sex, gay relationship, lgbt, love and romance, fall in love, gay love, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Awakening of Spring (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Based on the 1891 play "Spring Awakening," this filmed stage drama examines the tensions and confusion of young people as their growing sexual awareness conflicts with the repressive social environment around them.
Plot: grownups, becoming an adult, youth, friendship, gay, theatre play, church, teenage girl, teenage boy, mask, lesbian, abortion ...
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Silent Youth (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Silent Youth is a film for misfits, dreamers and lovers. It's the classic story of a coming out, but it focuses on the moments one tends to quickly forget: the first approach, the creaking of the chair while sitting across from each other, not ...
Style: contemplative, thought provoking, queer cinema
Plot: gay lead character, lgbt, coming out, introspection, homosexual, fall in love, gay interest, roommate, gay teenager, awkwardness, train, silence ...
Place: germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
I Dream in Another Language (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, Netherlands
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A millenary language agonizes: Its last two speakers, Evaristo and Isauro (70´s) had a quarrel 50 years ago and haven't spoken to each other since. Martin, a linguist, will undertake the challenge of bringing the two old friends back together ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, sincere, sentimental, lgbt cinema
Plot: gay, lgbt, dream, love triangle, rivalry, translator, love and romance, feud, storytelling, loneliness, indigenous people, female nudity ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Mulligans (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Like the American classic, The Graduate - secrecy, betrayal, and a painful coming of age face a family in Mulligans, by first time feature film director Chip Hale.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: coming out, gay, family relations, father son relationship, forbidden love, family life, family, parents and children, dangerous attraction, romance, father, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
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