Movies like Pump Up the Volume

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Pump Up the Volume (1990)
 7.2
 24K
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, offbeat, gloomy, serious, captivating, witty, harsh, interesting, clever, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, kids
Plot: radio, rebellion, teenager, high school, suicide, misfit, repression, radio dj, confession, anti conformity, freedom, rock, adolescence vs adulthood, dj, teenage life, youth, injustice, hopes, radio show, society, media, social misfits, rebelliousness, generation gap, idealism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona, california

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Most similar movies to Pump Up the Volume

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and harsh films with plots about youth, teenage life, runaway, coming of age, storytelling, rebellion and teenager mostly in Drama, Comedy and Music genres. Some movies like Pump Up the Volume: The Breakfast Club (1985), Heathers (1988), Times Square (1980), The Boat That Rocked (2009), The Edge of Seventeen (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, realistic, clever, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy, kids
Plot: high school, teenager, teenage love, rebelliousness, adolescence vs adulthood, high school life, introspection, teachers and students, coming of age, misfit, friendship, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 76K
Heathers (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
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: witty, dark humor, clever, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, suicide, suicide attempt, teenage life, teenage love, diary, teen angst, anti conformity, gay slur, friendship, clique, sociopath ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: ohio, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: serious, cynical, exciting, realistic, rough
Plot: hospital, punk, runaway, rebelliousness, society, misfit, radio dj, urban, youth, drug abuse, culture clash, music band ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: realistic, humorous, semi serious, sentimental, colourful ...
Plot: radio, rock, rebelliousness, hippie, friendship, rebellion, music, ambition, friends, ship, ocean or sea, boat ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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: offbeat, humorous, clever, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: punk, punk rock, ambition, on the road, music band, drug abuse, youth, music, media satire, desire for fame, celebrity culture, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: emotional, sweet, witty, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: adolescence, teenager, teen angst, best friend, high school, teenagers, loneliness, sibling relationship, coming of age, teacher, stereotypes, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, semi serious, humorous, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teenage life, youth, computers and web, teenage love, parents and children, overprotective parent, teenager, infidelity, coming of age, society, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.5
 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: realistic, semi serious, humorous, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: friends, friendship, high school, coming of age, on the road, teenager, family problems, teenage life, female protagonist, teacher, reputation, virgin ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 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, sentimental, humorous, harsh, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: punk, rebelliousness, friendship, rebellion, self destructing, individualism, college graduate, heavy metal, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, antisocial behavior, buddies ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: utah, north dakota, england, salt lake city utah, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: touching, offbeat, realistic, biting, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, high school life, introspection, obsession, teenage love, rock, coming of age, media, teenage life, social relations, misfit, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, offbeat, realistic, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: radio, radio show, media, radio dj, erection, ambition, media satire, rise to the top, celebrity culture, couple relations, artists and showbiz, sex addict ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 20th century, year 1979, 1990s ...
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Telling Lies in America (1997)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Karchy (Brad Renfro) is a boy in school who has moved from Hungary to America in the 1960's. He is struggling in school and trying to adjust to America's culture. He then hears about a radio DJ Billy Magic (Kevin Bacon) who holds a contest ...
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: radio dj, coming of age, high school, radio, forgery, money, misfit, human nature, introspection, innocence lost, teenage life, parents and children ...
Time: 1960s, 90s
Place: hungary, europe, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.4
 8K
Trust (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: After being thrown away from home, pregnant high school dropout Maria meets Matthew, a highly educated and extremely moody electronics repairman. The two begin an unusual romance built on their sense of mutual admiration and trust.
Style: dark humor, talky, witty, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, human nature, society, misfit, suburbs, family problems, teenage life, homeless, coming of age, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.3
 727
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: biting, realistic, semi serious, witty, humorous ...
Plot: radio, radio station, workplace, love and romance, siblings relations, media satire, artists and showbiz, ambition, music band, rock, radio show, rebellion ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.2
 702
Girls Town (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Four women, Patti, Emma, Angela, and Nicki are completing their last year of high school. Unfortunately for the group, one of their own, Nicki, unexpectedly commits suicide. The three remaining women, upon finding out that Nicki had been raped ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, touching, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, friendship, school, coming of age, vengeance, love and romance, family relations, social misfits, adolescence vs adulthood, friends, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: uplifting, captivating, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: music band, friendship, follow your dream, state affairs, family relations, hopes, coming of age, revolution, friends, artists and showbiz, siblings relations, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: high school, coming of age, vietnam war, introspection, lifestyle, rebelliousness, innocence lost, politics, friendship, teenage life, assassination, society ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: california, vietnam, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.4
 106K
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, humorous, realistic, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: age difference, coming of age, friendship, adolescence, teenage life, best friends, graduation, youth, social outcast, dysfunctional family, older man young girl relationship, geek ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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: sexual, realistic, semi serious, witty, humorous ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, teen comedy
Plot: high school, coming of age, friendship, loss of virginity, first sex, abortion, teacher, innocence lost, surfing, vandalism, unwanted pregnancy, robbery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: cynical, biting, realistic, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: politics, congress, fighting the system, gangsters, political unrest, musician's life, ambition, suburban life, celebrity culture, state affairs, rise to the top, golden years ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: u.s. capitol building, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, youth, love and romance, family relations, teenager, friendship, catholic church, rock band, concert, road trip, runaway, stereotypes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Desperate Teenage Lovedolls (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Two girls rediscover their love for playing rock, find a drummer and begin practicing. When one of their mothers intervenes, they run away from home and are forced to fend for themselves on the streets against gangs and rival bands. Soon they are ...
Style: offbeat, not serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: rivalry, punk, rebelliousness, ambition, music band, beach, nightlife, teenage life, ego clash, showbiz, lifestyle, rise and fall ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.8
 15K
Swing Kids (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun leads to more difficult choices as the Nazi's begin tightening the grip on Germany. Each member of the group is ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, realistic, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: anti semitism, suicide, music, rebellion, friendship, culture clash, coming of age, politics, college, prank, against the rules, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, pre world war two
Place: germany, new york, europe, usa, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: realistic, humorous, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: teenager, photographer, coming of age, teenage love, young lovers, teenage life, fall in love, nightclub, sex, singer, happy ending, obsession ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Way Way Back (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.
Style: realistic, touching, semi serious, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, teenager, shyness, vacation, summer, loneliness, teenagers, adolescence, family problems, teenage life, youth, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: semi serious, humorous, touching, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: misfit, homecoming, coming of age, small town, reunion, celebrity, worship, teen angst, teenage rebellion, fame, idol, puppy love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, realistic, biting, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teacher, cultural icon, rock, power relations, human spirit, society, misfit, rehearsal, district attorney, youth, politically correct ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, usa, manhattan new york city, tucson arizona, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 4.8
 4K
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, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: prostitute, high school, teenager, locker room, coming of age, virginity, school, youth, suburbs, friends, looking for sex, suburban life ...
Time: 80s, year 1965, 1960s
Place: mexico, los angeles, usa, latin america, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and the greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of fame, fortune and popularity, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there.
Style: dark humor, realistic, offbeat, semi serious, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teacher, masturbation, poetry, student, lie, rejection, workplace, family relations, parents and children, couple relations, loss of child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.4
 3K
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: realistic, biting, offbeat, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: missing child, pot smoking, marijuana, missing daughter, anti establishment, adolescence vs adulthood, unfulfillment, family relations, drugs/alcohol, rock, estrangement, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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