Movies like Pump Up the Volume

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Pump Up the Volume (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Mark Hunter is an intelligent but shy teenager who has just moved to suburban Arizona from New York. Unbeknownst to his parents and peers, at 10pm each school night Mark takes to the shortwave radio in his basement and transforms into pirate DJ "Hard Harry". Mark's show, at once thoughtful and profane, becomes an underground hit with students at his high school, inspiring the wrath of his principal and the Federal Communications Commission [FCC].
Style: realistic, witty, serious, gloomy, offbeat, captivating, harsh, interesting, clever, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, kids
Plot: radio, teenager, rebellion, rock, high school, adolescence vs adulthood, suicide, freedom, misfit, radio dj, repression, anti conformity, confession, social misfits, rebelliousness, parents, dj, pirate, chaos, cult, suburbs, radio show, hopes, society, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and witty films with plots about youth, teenage life, high school, teenager, runaway, coming of age and friends mostly in Comedy, Drama and Music genres. Some movies like Pump Up the Volume: Ghost World (2001), The Breakfast Club (1985), The Boat That Rocked (2009), Times Square (1980), Heathers (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, atmospheric, thought provoking, realistic, surreal ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: friendship, coming of age, age difference, youth, teenage life, adolescence, geek, under the surface, friends, best friends, human nature, jazz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa
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100%
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: talky, humorous, clever, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy, kids
Plot: high school, teenager, teenage love, rebelliousness, adolescence vs adulthood, introspection, high school life, coming of age, friendship, misfit, hopes, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
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67%
The Boat That Rocked (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: UK, Germany, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The Boat that Rocked is an ensemble comedy, where the romance is between the young people of the 60s, and pop music. It's about a band of DJs that captivate Britain, playing the music that defines a generation and standing up to a government ...
Style: sentimental, humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: radio, rebelliousness, rock, hippie, ocean or sea, friendship, rebellion, boat, looking for sex, music, radio dj, lesbian ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.7
 1K
Times Square (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two ill-matched teenage girls form a punk band and soon have New York by its ears.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, cynical
Plot: punk, runaway, hospital, music band, rock, urban, social misfits, teenager, punk band, punk rock, music, rebelliousness ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 7.3
 73K
Heathers (1988)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A girl who halfheartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids.
Style: dark humor, cynical, biting, clever, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, diary, teenage love, teenage life, suicide, clique, high school life, cult, friendship, hippie, anti conformity, gay slur ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: ohio, usa, california
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51%
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Corrine Burns retreats far into plans for her band, The Fabulous Stains, after her mother's death.
Style: semi serious, witty, realistic, clever, humorous ...
Plot: punk, punk rock, music band, rock, desire for fame, rising to stardom, ambition, music, artists and showbiz, friends, musician's life, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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47%
Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: punk, high school life, rock, high school, rebellion, camp, music, college, fighting the system, buddies, college life, culture clash ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
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44%
 6.5
 61K
Footloose (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When teenager Ren and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small town in the West, he's in for a real case of culture shock.
Style: serious, captivating, feel good, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: music, small town, high school, rebellion, fish out of water, dancer's life, rebelliousness, high school life, artists and showbiz, love and romance, society, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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American Graffiti (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A couple of high school graduates spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.
Style: realistic, humorous, sentimental, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: radio, small town, friendship, car race, coming of age, car, coming-of-age, robbery, airplane, vandalism, love at first sight, radio station ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1962, 1950s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Archie's Final Project (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teen coming-of-age romantic dramedy about a media-obsessed geek and the most beautiful and twisted girl in school.
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, social misfits, rock, introspection, high school, handheld camera, teenager, obsession, teenage love, high school life, teenage life, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.3
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FM (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Q-SKY is the #1 radio station in Los Angeles mainly because of the music they play; running the station the way they want to, it has made them a ratings success.
Style: semi serious, humorous, offbeat, realistic, witty ...
Plot: radio, radio station, rock, music band, musician's life, sex, media satire, radio show, media, artists and showbiz, workplace, siblings relations ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
 32K
Private Parts (1997)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The auto-biographical story of Howard Stern, the radio-rebel who is now also a TV-personality, an author and a movie star.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, witty, offbeat ...
Plot: radio, radio show, erection, media, radio dj, rebelliousness, celebrity culture, sexuality, childhood memory, eroticism, youth, becoming an adult ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: new york, usa, detroit, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.5
 24K
SLC Punk! (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two former geeks become 1980s punks, then party and go to concerts while deciding what to do with their lives.
Style: realistic, semi serious, sentimental, dark humor, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: punk, rebelliousness, heavy metal, rock, rebellion, friendship, heroin, self destructing, hospital, individualism, hippie, college graduate ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: utah, north dakota, england, canada, wyoming ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 16K
Hamlet 2 (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: From the same people that brought you "Little Miss Sunshine," Hamlet 2 is the story of Dana Marschz, a high school drama teacher facing the cancellation of his program. A spoof on the typical story of bringing inner city and privileged ...
Style: humorous, witty, not serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teacher, rock, social misfits, teachers and students, drugs/alcohol, sweat, music teacher, latinx lead, theatre milieu, high school life, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arizona, usa, san diego california, tucson arizona, manhattan new york city
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37%
Men, Women & Children (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, gloomy, biting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teenage life, youth, computers and web, teenage love, parents and children, high school life, overprotective parent, coming of age, teenager, family relations, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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36%
 5.9
 42K
Footloose (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Ren MacCormack is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where loud music and dancing are prohibited. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s ...
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, sincere, sexy ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: teenage love, dancer's life, dancing, dance, high school, small town, repression, music, rock, young lovers, dance teacher, prom ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
All That I Love (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Poland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Follows four friends in their quest to form a punk band. As workers protests sweep across the country, Janek and Staszek, the sons of a navy man, the rebellious Kazik, and the affluent Diabel gel as a band, but their disparate lives are touched by ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: music band, friendship, punk, coming of age, rock, fighting the system, small town, rebelliousness, teenage life, hopes, rebellion, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: poland, europe
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33%
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The adventures of a group of Texas teens on their last day of school in 1976, centering on student Randall Floyd, who moves easily among stoners, jocks and geeks. Floyd is a star athlete, but he also likes smoking weed, which presents a conundrum ...
Style: realistic, talky, feel good, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: coming of age, high school, adolescence, stoners, adolescence vs adulthood, teenager, friendship, marijuana, coming-of-age, teacher, small town, party ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 80s
Place: texas, usa, austin texas, california, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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There Goes My Baby (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school seniors meets in the summer of 1965 and all struggle with the choices they have to make.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: high school, vietnam war, coming of age, hardcase students, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, human nature, idealism, innocence lost, introspection, rebelliousness, self discovery ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: california, asia, usa, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Wild in the Streets (1968)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Max Flatow is a precocious, social miscreant who has a way with home-made explosives. When he tires of these, he runs away from home only to emerge seven years later as Max Frost, the world's most popular entertainer. When Congressman John ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, witty, biting ...
Plot: politics, congress, suburbs, juvenile delinquency, rock, rise to the top, political satire, rebellious youth, rebelliousness, campaign, ambition, rebellion ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: washington d.c., u.s. capitol building
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32%
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: realistic, sexual, semi serious, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, teen comedy
Plot: high school, coming of age, friendship, loss of virginity, first sex, high school life, teacher, innocence lost, shopping mall, irreverence, stoner, drug humor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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32%
Pretty Persuasion (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.
Style: realistic, dark humor, biting, disturbing, cynical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, false accusation, adolescence, sexual harassment, teachers and students, rejection, manipulation, dishonesty, power relations, strong sexual content, high school life, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, campus
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Pretty Smart (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: In this adolescent-oriented drama, a young woman is forced to attend a posh finishing school in the Mediterranean. She vents her anger by rebelling against the cruel and sicko headmaster. When she discovers that he has been secretly photographing ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sexy
Audience: teens
Plot: rivalry, voyeurism, rebellion, boarding school life, rock, teenage life, school, boarding school, high school, youth, disorder, prank ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, greece, athens greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 4.8
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Losin' It (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in 1965, four Los Angeles school friends -- Woody, Dave, Spider and Wendell -- go on a series of misadventures when they head to Tijuana, Mexico, for a night of cruisin', causing trouble, and to lose their virginity.
Style: humorous, semi serious, sexual, realistic, idiotic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: prostitute, high school, teenager, locker room, virginity, on the road, buddies, school, coming of age, innocence lost, looking for sex, teenage love ...
Time: 80s, 1960s, year 1965
Place: mexico, california, latin america, usa, los angeles ...
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30%
Detroit Rock City (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In 1978, a Kiss concert was an epoch-making event. For the three teen fans in Detroit Rock City getting tickets to the sold-out show becomes the focal point of their existence. They'll do anything for tickets -- compete in a strip club's ...
Style: humorous, feel good, entertaining, road movie, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: virginity, love and romance, teenager, friendship, family relations, youth, catholic church, road trip, concert, rock band, runaway, kiss ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, cleveland ohio
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30%
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Movie star Roxy Carmichael is abandoning the bright lights of Hollywood, Calif. and returning to her small Ohio hometown -- at least long enough to dedicate a city building. And now the whole town of Clyde is bracing for Carmichael's return, ...
Style: offbeat, semi serious, touching, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, coming of age, misfit, homecoming, worship, high school, teen angst, teenage girl, celebrity, teenager, adoption, teenage rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two high school girls are best friends until one dates the other's older brother, who is totally his sister's nemesis.
Style: realistic, dramatic, melancholic, reflective, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adolescence, teenager, high school, coming of age, loneliness, teenagers, best friend, friendship, dating, teen angst, sibling relationship, teenage girl ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
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30%
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Girl (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Andrea Marr is a bright, straight-A, mature, 18-year-old high school senior on the verge of womanhood who decides to abandon her sheltered, boring lifestyle and her bookish friend Darcy for a look into the local rock and roll scene as a groupie to ...
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: high school, coming of age, young lovers, romance, best friends, musician's life, teenage love, teenage life, suburbs, lifestyle, adolescence vs adulthood, groupie ...
Time: 90s
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
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Taking Off (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone, the parents are now free to rediscover/enjoy life.
Style: semi serious, clever, talky, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: pot smoking, missing daughter, marijuana, anti establishment, missing child, folk, self discovery, oldies, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, suburbs, rock ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
No Small Affair (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The 16 years old amateur photographer Charles accidentally takes a photo of Laura - and falls in love with her, when he develops the picture. He finds out that she works as singer in a bar, but is about to be thrown out. Although rejected at first ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, offbeat, sexual ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: teenager, photographer, sex, singer, nightclub, coming of age, romance, rock, obsession, young lovers, music, teenage love ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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