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, serious, witty, gloomy, offbeat, captivating, harsh, interesting, clever, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, kids
Plot: radio, rebellion, teenager, high school, suicide, rock, freedom, dj, adolescence vs adulthood, misfit, radio dj, repression, anti conformity, confession, social misfits, rebelliousness, pirate, chaos, cult, parents, suburbs, radio show, hopes, society, youth ...
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, coming of age, dialogue, runaway, high school, storytelling and teenage life mostly in Comedy, Drama 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, clever, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy, kids
Plot: high school, teenager, teenage love, rebelliousness, adolescence vs adulthood, introspection, teachers and students, high school life, coming of age, friendship, misfit, hopes ...
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: dark humor, clever, witty, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, suicide, teenage love, teenage life, diary, friendship, suicide attempt, gay slur, clique, sociopath, youth, friends ...
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, rough, exciting, realistic, cynical
Plot: punk, runaway, hospital, music band, social misfits, rock, urban, punk band, punk rock, teenager, music, rebelliousness ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: rock, radio, rebelliousness, hippie, friendship, ocean or sea, rebellion, music, ship, friends, ambition, creativity ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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: semi serious, witty, clever, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: punk, punk rock, music band, desire for fame, rock, rising to stardom, music, ambition, artists and showbiz, friends, musician's life, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, best friend, high school, teen angst, loneliness, sibling relationship, coming of age, teacher, stereotypes, life & death, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, semi serious, dark humor, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: punk, rebelliousness, rebellion, friendship, heavy metal, hospital, rock, individualism, college graduate, heroin, party, self destructing ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: utah, north dakota, england, salt lake city utah, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, high school, youth, computers and web, teenage love, parents and children, overprotective parent, teenager, infidelity, coming of age, internet, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: realistic, sexual, semi serious, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, teen comedy
Plot: high school, coming of age, friendship, loss of virginity, teacher, first sex, innocence lost, shopping mall, irreverence, marijuana, stoner, drug humor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ 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: clever, semi serious, humorous, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, social misfits, rock, high school, introspection, handheld camera, teenager, obsession, teenage love, high school life, teenage life, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, realistic, road movie ...
Plot: friends, high school, friendship, virgin, reputation, teacher, coming of age, teenager, on the road, best friends, youth, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: usa, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, serious, touching, disturbing, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, friendship, school, best friends, college, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, social misfits, urban, feminism, vengeance, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ 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, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: love and romance, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, opposites attract, suburbs, romance, misfit, social misfits, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, sex, singer, photographer, nightclub, coming of age, romance, rock, obsession, young lovers, music, teenage love ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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, atmospheric, thought provoking, surreal, stylized ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, friendship, age difference, teenage life, adolescence, best friends, graduation, jazz, prank telephone call, art class, personal ad, blues music ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: captivating, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: music band, friendship, punk, coming of age, rock, small town, fighting the system, rebelliousness, teenage life, hopes, rebellion, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, teenager, high school, adolescence, stoners, friendship, marijuana, adolescence vs adulthood, teacher, small town, party, vandalism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 80s
Place: texas, usa, austin texas, california, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, theatre milieu, latinx lead, sweat, music teacher, high school life, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arizona, usa, manhattan new york city, san diego california, tucson arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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: semi serious, humorous, sentimental, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: radio dj, radio, coming of age, high school, money, forgery, innocence lost, self discovery, parents and children, teenage life, youth, contests and competitions ...
Time: 1960s, 90s
Place: europe, hungary, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, stereotypes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, witty, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: radio, radio show, erection, media, radio dj, rebelliousness, celebrity culture, sexuality, youth, eroticism, becoming an adult, childhood memory ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, realistic, witty ...
Plot: radio station, radio, music band, rock, musician's life, sex, media satire, radio show, media, artists and showbiz, workplace, siblings relations ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, 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 ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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: bleak, dark humor, realistic, semi serious, cynical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, suburbs, misfit, dysfunctional family, parent child relationship, little girl, sibling relationship, teenage life, humiliation, ballet, social misfits, school life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Little Darlings (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two 15-year old girls from different sides of the tracks compete to see who will be first to lose their virginity while at camp.
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, realistic, witty ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: summer camp, coming of age, virgin, friendship, self discovery, high school, coming-of-age, best friends, looking for sex, teenage love, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Chumscrubber (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, humorous, semi serious, biting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, suburbs, kidnapping, friendship, drug dealing, mistaken identity, mayor, psychiatrist, drug abuse, rock, drugs/alcohol, suburban life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.6
 20K
Thumbsucker (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Justin, a teenager boy, throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.
Style: realistic, semi serious, offbeat, clever, humorous ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: high school, youth, coming of age, psychologist, debate, addiction, self discovery, eccentric family, suburbs, hypnosis, teenage crush, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: manhattan new york city, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 9K
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: semi serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, friendship, urination, underage drinking, coming of age, small town, social misfits, overweight child, high school friends, high school life, physical appearance, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 ⇓
43%
 6.1
 4K
Foxes (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A group of friends come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley, as set to a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.
Style: serious, gloomy, rough, realistic, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, hollywood, self discovery, alcohol, sex, prostitution, desert, drug abuse, parents and children, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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