Movies like Pump Up the Volume

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Pump Up the Volume (1990)
 7.2
 27K
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, cult film, nostalgic, harsh, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night, teen comedy
Plot: radio, rebellion, boss, teenager, radio dj, suburbs, high school, suicide, misfit, repression, confession, anti conformity, heroes, power, freedom, rock, adolescence vs adulthood, troubled teen, teenage life, youth, injustice, anti hero, hopes, radio show, society ...
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 cult film films with plots about youth, teenager, coming of age, teenage life, runaway, rebellion and mentor mostly in Comedy, Drama and Music genres. Some movies like Pump Up the Volume: Heathers (1989), The Breakfast Club (1985), The Boat That Rocked (2009), Ghost World (2001), SLC Punk! (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Heathers (1989)
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, semi serious, cynical, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dark humor, murderous pair, high school, teenage life, suicide, teenage love, sociopath, insanity, deadly, suicide attempt, friendship, social relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: ohio, usa, california
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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, friendship, introspection, teachers and students, teenage love, teenage angst, youth, misfit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
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100%
The Boat That Rocked (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: UK, France, Germany
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, realistic, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: rock, hippie, radio, rebelliousness, ship, friendship, rebellion, marijuana, weirdo, radio dj, music, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: britain, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
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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: atmospheric, thought provoking, sincere, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, older man younger woman relationship, age difference, friendship, graduation, teenage life, adolescence, best friends, blues, youth, unlikely friendships, coming-of-age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa, los angeles
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50%
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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, subculture, self destructing, heavy metal, antisocial behavior, friendship, rebellion, college graduate, individualism, drugs/alcohol, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: north dakota, utah, los angeles, wyoming, canada ...
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100%
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, girls' night, teen comedy
Plot: virginity, family relations, youth, teenager, love and romance, friendship, music band, rock band, catholic church, concert, road trip, runaway ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, cleveland ohio
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100%
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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: humorous, realistic, semi serious, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: friends, friendship, on the road, high school, coming of age, teenager, family problems, teenage life, gay slur, female protagonist, teacher, reputation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, oklahoma, california
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100%
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An unattractive 7th grader struggles to cope with suburban life as the middle child with un-attentive parents and bullies at school.
Style: realistic, cynical, sincere, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: misfit, coming of age, suburbs, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, humiliation, family problems, social awkwardness, parents and children, youth, unfulfillment, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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We Are the Best! (2013)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.
Style: feel good, touching, semi serious, stylized, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: friendship, music band, music, punk, rebellion, teenage life, ambition, best friends, girl band, teenager, punk rock, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982, 70s
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe, europe, stockholm sweden ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A high school slacker pretends to be sick to skip school and have an exciting day off alongside his girlfriend and his best buddy through Chicago, while trying to outwit his obsessive school principal and his unconformited sister along the way.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, girls' night, teen comedy
Plot: coming of age, friendship, high school, generation gap, skipping school, when the parents are away, family relations, teacher, teenage life, independence, car theft, suprisingly clever ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois, united states, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: exciting, cynical, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: hospital, punk, runaway, artists and showbiz, misfit, coming of age, music, life is a bitch, music band, fugitives, rebellion, society ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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29%
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, witty, clever, cynical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, punk, punk rock, rising to stardom, youth, music, music band, desire for fame, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, musician's life, rebellion ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania
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28%
Archie's Final Project (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A teen coming-of-age romantic dramedy about a media-obsessed geek and the most beautiful and twisted girl in school.
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, witty, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, teenage love, media, hopes, obsession, high school, misfit, love and romance, filmmaking, introspection, teenage life, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: humorous, feel good, light, captivating, sexy ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, girls' night, date night
Plot: coming of age, loss of virginity, high school, friendship, first sex, abortion, teenage love, high school life, unwanted pregnancy, youth, teacher, gay slur ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: sincere, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, music band, musician's life, revolution, hopes, youth, fighting the system, society, follow your dream, state affairs, rebelliousness, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: poland, europe
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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, suspense, serious, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, high school, youth, teenage love, internet, computers and web, parents and children, teenager, infidelity, coming of age, society, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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, witty, touching, controversial ...
Audience: student film, teens
Plot: anti conformity, radio, radio show, lifestyle, ambition, workplace, rebelliousness, society, rise to the top, satire, radio dj, media ...
Time: 70s, 90s, 20th century, 80s, year 1979 ...
Place: new york, washington d.c., usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 10K
Terri (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Terri, a pajama-clad, disaffected high school student learns how to engage the world with the help of Mr. Fitzgerald, his assistant principal.
Style: melancholic, depressing, compassionate, clever, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, high school, teenage life, misfit, physical appearance, small town, overweight child, social relations, freak, teachers and students, mentor, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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, witty, realistic, touching, depressing ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teenager, adolescence, teen angst, teenagers, high school, best friend, teen romance, coming of age, friendship, teenage girl, loneliness, sibling relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, realistic, touching, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: radio dj, coming of age, high school, human nature, high school life, parents and children, introspection, false accusation, love and romance, contests and competitions, family relations, teenage life ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 90s
Place: europe, hungary, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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: talky, witty, humorous, realistic, clever ...
Plot: age difference, love and romance, dysfunctional family, family relations, pregnancy, dark humor, bittersweet, suburbs, self discovery, parents and children, dysfunctional character, unlikely relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.3
 17K
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, realistic, sexy, talky, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teacher, teachers and students, youth, rehearsal, satire, student, husband wife relationship, love, drunkenness, teenage boy, roommate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, arizona, manhattan new york city, tucson arizona, san diego california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Freaks and Geeks (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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Story: High school mathlete Lindsay Weir rebels and begins hanging out with a crowd of burnouts (the "freaks"), while her brother Sam Weir navigates a different part of the social universe with his nerdy friends (the "geeks").
Style: humorous, semi serious, retro, captivating, light ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: weed, nerd, teenage life, high school, friendship, social misfits, social relations, teacher, slacker, cheerleader, suburbs, socially awkward ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1981
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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: realistic, semi serious, clever, humorous, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: politics, satire, congress, suburban life, teenage life, political unrest, rebelliousness, suburbs, rock, drug abuse, campaign, rally ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: clever, melancholic, philosophical, depressing, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teacher, loss of child, parents and children, moral dilemma, writers, grief, teenage boy, masturbation, fake suicide, loneliness, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: humorous, realistic, sentimental, semi serious, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: teenager, photographer, coming of age, teenage love, young lovers, fall in love, teenage life, nightclub, singer, photograph, happy ending, obsession ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: realistic, not serious, humorous, offbeat
Plot: punk, rivalry, rise and fall, artists and showbiz, ambition, downfall, lifestyle, beach, friends, bad trip, nightlife, unfulfillment ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.4
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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: suspense, realistic, semi serious, biting, witty ...
Plot: satire, radio station, late for work, radio, ambition, musician's life, fighting the system, media, workplace, music band, love and romance, rebellion ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 4.9
 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: sexy, humorous, semi serious, realistic, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: prostitute, teenager, high school, dressing room, locker room, coming of age, virginity, school, suburbs, nightlife, teenage love, on the road ...
Time: 80s, 60s, year 1965, 1960s
Place: california, los angeles, latin america, usa, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 18K
Quadrophenia (1979)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the 1973 rock opera album of the same name by The Who, this is the story of 60s teenager Jimmy. At work he slaves in a dead-end job. While after, he shops for tailored suits and rides his scooter as part of the London Mod scene.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: motorcycle, gang, youth, music, working class, coming of age, buddies, weekend, rock, teenage life, record player, dancing ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1965, 70s
Place: england, london, europe, brighton, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%