Movies like Stand by Me

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Stand by Me (1986)
 8.1
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Stand by Me (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, serious, feel good, sad, atmospheric, poignant, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: childhood, friendship, coming of age, teenager, boy, adventure, youth, courage, young heroes, children, friends, young kid, small town, child, death, summer, human relationship, buddies, innocence, childhood friend, camp, nostalgia, loyalty, dream, bittersweet ...
Time: 50s, year 1959, 20th century, 80s, 1950s
Place: oregon, usa, normandy

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Most similar movies to Stand by Me

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and sentimental films with plots about friendship, coming of age, youth, runaway, friends, storytelling and bittersweet mostly in Drama, Adventure and Family genres. Some movies like Stand by Me: The Cure (1995), The Kings of Summer (2013), King Jack (2015), Mud (2012), The Outsiders (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Cure (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Eric, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Eric also becomes closer to Dexter's mother than to his own, who is neglectful and bigoted and violently forbids their ...
Style: sad, inspirational, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, terminal illness, aids, friendship, best friends, childhood, abusive parent, boy, youth, bittersweet, children, hospital ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, new orleans, minnesota, usa, california ...
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100%
The Kings of Summer (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank's attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, friendship, runaway, teenager, summer, lifestyle change, forest, teenage life, high school, wilderness, teenage runaway, teenage protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: california, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.9
 3K
King Jack (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Growing up in a rural town filled with violent delinquents, Jack has learned to do what it takes to survive, despite having an oblivious mother and no father. After his aunt falls ill and a younger cousin comes to stay with him, the hardened ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, small town, teenage boy, friendship, teenage crush, bullying, brutality, chase, school, violence, party, mental illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 179K
Mud (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and make a pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.
Style: suspense, emotional, suspenseful, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: coming of age, river, friendship, childhood, bittersweet, ex convict, fugitives, obsession, first love, adventure, destiny, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arkansas, usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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 7.1
 86K
The Outsiders (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.
Style: sexy, sentimental, stylized, dramatic, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, family outing, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, gang, street gang, teenager, juvenile delinquent, friendship, rivalry, dysfunctional family, brother brother relationship, male objectification, runaway, love ...
Time: 60s, future, 80s, 20th century, 50s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.1
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Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: road movie, philosophical, inspirational, melancholic, motivational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, self discovery, wilderness, road trip, journey, adventure, solitude, freedom, isolation, life philosophy, lifestyle change, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, year 1990, year 1991, year 1992, 90s
Place: alaska, north america, usa, california, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
War of the Buttons (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: UK, France, Japan, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The children of Ballydowse and Carrickdowse engage in battles where they cut of the buttons, shoe-laces and underwear of their captured opponents. This is to get the boys in trouble with their parents. They go to battle in mass groups of dozens, ...
Style: sexy, realistic, sentimental, touching, scenic ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: coming of age, childhood, children, youth, rivalry, adventure, family, friendship, male nudity, irish, tragedy, destiny ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A widowed mother and her son change when a mysterious stranger enters their lives.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: mysterious stranger, childhood, coming of age, friendship, small town, single mother, childhood memory, childhood friend, psychic power, parents and children, teaching the ways of the world, selflessness ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: virginia, usa, new york, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 7.2
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Duma (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An orphaned cheetah becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa.
Style: sentimental, touching, sweet, captivating, sexy ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: wild animal, lion, rescue, bully, adolescence, cheetah, youth, adventure, animals, coming of age, desert, wilderness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, south africa, kenya
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 13K
The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: realistic, emotional, sentimental, touching, poignant ...
Audience: kids
Plot: bullying, coming of age, vietnam war, father son relationship, friendship, childhood, child, youth, war, bittersweet, boy, morality ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, mississippi, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 245K
The Bucket List (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing ...
Style: inspirational, touching, sentimental, feel good, philosophical ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: journey, terminal illness, elderly, friendship, unlikely friendships, human spirit, adventure, road trip, follow your dream, golden years, death, bucket list ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cote d'azur, africa, egypt, french riviera ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 42K
On the Road (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA, UK, Mexico, Canada, Argentina
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Dean and Sal are the portrait of the Beat Generation. Their search for "It" results in a fast paced, energetic roller coaster ride with highs and lows throughout the U.S.
Style: road movie, sexy, inspirational, twists and turns, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, on the road, drugs, writers, nudity (full frontal - brief), infidelity, marijuana, friendship, hitchhiker, adventure, threesome, youth ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, year 1950, year 1951, year 1948 ...
Place: mexico, nebraska, usa, arizona, virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 91K
The Sandlot (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. The neighborhood baseball guru Rodriquez takes Smalls under his wing. They fall into adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, the ...
Style: feel good, funny, humorous, sentimental, witty ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: baseball, coming of age, friendship, sport, dog, childhood, adventure, unlikely friendships, small town, team, family, kids and family ...
Time: 60s, year 1962, 80s, 20th century, 50s
Place: utah, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Tomorrow Will Be Better (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Three Russian street kids, who live on their wits in a train station, take off to the countryside hoping to make it across the border to a better life in Poland. They are alternately looking for tenderness and pushing it away because they sense that ...
Style: serious, uplifting, realistic, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: boy, youth, leaving home, friendship, young heroes, self discovery, obsessive quest, on the road, optimism, starting over, hopes, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, sad, heartbreaking ...
Plot: coming of age, teenager, friendship, adoption, vengeance, childhood, family relations, loss of son, family problems, family in crisis, haunted by the past, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Plot: fishing, beautiful scenery, coming of age, self discovery, father son relationship, americana, river, brother brother relationship, wilderness, childhood, tragedy, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
This Boy's Life (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: depressing, realistic, emotional, touching, talky ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, child abuse, domestic violence, small town, single parent, gay teenager, dysfunctional family, abusive stepfather, friendship, childhood, stepfather stepson relationship, teenager ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, washington state, salt lake city utah, washington d.c., usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.2
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Pellet (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 88 min.
Story: El Bola, a 12 year old boy a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 year old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The arrival of a new boy at school changes his attitude ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: child abuse, abusive father, friendship, school, youth, kids in trouble, social worker, life is a bitch, self discovery, family problems, teaching the ways of the world, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, madrid, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.6
 24K
White Squall (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Teenage boys discover discipline and camaraderie on an ill-fated sailing voyage.
Style: emotional, suspense, touching, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: sailing, survival, ocean, storm at sea, coming of age, adventure, catastrophe, disaster, friendship, sailboat, teacher, mentor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1960, year 1961
Place: jamaica, west indies, south america, cuba, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.6
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The Giants (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Brothers Danny and Zak, 15 and 13 & 3/4 are spending the summer in their deceased grandfather's house, waiting in vain for their mother, who is otherwise busy, and running low on cash. To make some money they decide to rent out the ...
Style: sentimental, humorous, touching, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, youth, brother brother relationship, teenager, teenage life, drug dealer, coming of age, self discovery, adolescence vs adulthood, when the parents are away, friends, rebellion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.0
 596
Beautiful Wave (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In Santa Cruz for the summer, a young woman discovers the sport of surfing -- and a family secret as well.
Style: sentimental, psychological, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: surfing, coming of age, self discovery, adventure, youth, escapades, teenage life, society, friendship, on the road, drugs/alcohol
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Lord of the Flies (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Stranded on an island, a group of schoolboys degenerate into savagery.
Style: psychological, captivating, rough, scenic, brutal ...
Plot: survival, coming of age, island, adventure, stranded on an island, innocence lost, death, isolation, bullying, brutality, literature, cruelty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Kite Runner (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.
Style: emotional, disturbing, inspirational, sincere, psychological ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: muslim, betrayal, childhood, friendship, redemption, rape, courage, guilt, coming of age, haunted by the past, islam, escapades ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century ...
Place: afghanistan, middle east, california, san francisco, pakistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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George Washington (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, "George Washington" is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, meditative, lyrical, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: redemption, small town, adolescence, coming of age, friendship, youth, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, social relations, society, hopes, accidental death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, tokyo, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Someone to Run With (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Through the streets of Jerusalem two teenagers' stories will unite to tell the summer adventure of their lives. Tamar is an amazingly talented but very quiet and insecure girl, who leaves behind her home and all she knows, changing herself ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, adventure, self discovery, teenage life, escapades, youth, missing person, hopes, coming of age, track down, crimes, nun ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A year after his father's death, Oskar, a troubled young boy, discovers a mysterious key he believes was left for him by his father and embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the matching lock.
Style: sentimental, touching, thought provoking, sad, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: autism, childhood, asperger's syndrome, 9/11, orphan, quest, acceptance, grief, single mother, tragedy, youth, family relations ...
Time: september 11 2001, year 2001, 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.1
 2K
Flipper (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Many kids might say their best friend is a puppy or a pony. But for 12-year-old Sandy, the most special pet of all is the exuberant dolphin he rescues and who returns the favor by rescuing Sandy from sharks.The dolphin named Flipper first swam into ...
Style: touching, feel good, melancholic, exciting, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: dolphins, adventure, youth, family, healing power, pets, ocean, coming of age, young heroes, friendship, teenage life, children ...
Time: 80s, 60s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, inspirational, dramatic, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, blind character, mentor, human spirit, human nature, blindness, coming of age, tango, depression, unlikely friendships, thanksgiving, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: inspirational, touching, philosophical, uplifting, twist ending ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, human spirit, hopes, friendship between men, life, existentialism, wrongful imprisonment, life sentence, false accusation, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, year 1965, year 1963, year 1966 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Other Side of Heaven (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: John H. Groberg, a middle class kid from Idaho Falls, crosses the Pacific to become a Mormon missionary in the remote and exotic Tongan island kingdom during the 1950's. He leaves behind a loving family and the true love of his life, Jean. ...
Style: touching, inspirational, uplifting, sincere, sexy ...
Plot: missionary, human spirit, adventure, mormon, life philosophy, friendship, true love, fish out of water, christianity, love and romance, hopes, natural disaster ...
Time: 50s, future, 20th century
Place: idaho, hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%