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Detachment (2011)
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Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long enough to form any semblance of sentient attachment.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, serious, bleak, depressing, touching, emotional, inspirational, sad, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teacher, depression, suicide, teachers and students, dedicated educator, human relationship, school, unhappy, social problems, life is a bitch, social decay, unhappiness, animal abuse, high school life, society, social relations, grandfather, falsely accused, misfit, hardcase students, unconventional method, psychology, relationships, loneliness, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa

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Most similar movies to Detachment

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and dramatic films with plots about honest, life philosophy, mentor, depression, storytelling, dialogue and loneliness mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Detachment: Half Nelson (2006), The Hunt (2012), Short Term 12 (2013), Dead Poets Society (1989), Requiem for a Dream (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: depressing, talky, emotional, serious, intense ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teacher, drugs, teachers and students, loneliness, friendship, addiction, student, ghetto, drug addiction, school, existentialism, secret ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, california, usa, brooklyn new york city
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 8.3
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The Hunt (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, psychological, disturbing, sad ...
Plot: injustice, teacher, life turned upside down, false accusation, child abuse, father son relationship, pedophile, social injustice, friendship between men, divorced man, divorce, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
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 7.9
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Short Term 12 (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.
Style: emotional, compassionate, thought provoking, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: child abuse, teenager, social worker, suicide attempt, depression, adolescence, foster child, self mutilation, self harm, troubled teen, coming of age, problem child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa
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82%
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, intellectual ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, family outing, kids, teen drama
Plot: teacher, suicide, coming of age, literature, teachers and students, poetry, poet, philosophy, dedicated educator, youth, boarding school life, education ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, usa, new england, harvard university
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100%
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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, disturbing, depressing, emotional, bleak ...
Audience: kids
Plot: addiction, heroin, drugs, drug addiction, insanity, junkie, hallucination, drug abuse, mental illness, loneliness, degradation, drug addict ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city
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60%
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Palo Alto (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to ...
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, adolescence, older man younger woman relationship, teenage life, teenage girl, high school, loneliness, teenager, youth, high school life, crush, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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100%
 6.9
 53K
Hesher (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, emotional, dark ...
Plot: youth, antisocial behavior, loner, arson, life is a bitch, grief, family problems, rebelliousness, depression, friendship, coming of age, grandparent and grandchild ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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100%
 7.5
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The Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.
Style: sincere, melancholic, psychological, educational, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, school, high school life, education, teenager, dedicated educator, adolescence, high school, life philosophy, workplace, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, latin america, california, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in ...
Style: sentimental, inspirational, touching, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: feminism, dedicated educator, art, teacher, college, teachers and students, women, coming of age, femininity, teenager, gender, art history ...
Time: 50s, post world war two, 20th century, year 1953
Place: massachusetts, california, new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city ...
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100%
 7.2
 27K
Speak (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Freshman high-school student Melinda has refused to speak ever since she called the cops on a popular summer party. With her old friends snubbing her for being a rat, and her parents too busy to notice her troubles, she folds into herself, trying to ...
Style: touching, psychological, sentimental, sincere, sad ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: school, high school, rape, teenage life, youth, teenage girl, depression, innocence lost, rape victim, unsupportive friend, life is a bitch, sexual abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Sunset Limited (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the play of the same name by Pulitzer Prize Winner Cormac McCarthy, this searing two-character drama mixes humor and pathos while examining the relationship between strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Set in a New ...
Style: thought provoking, talky, philosophical, intellectual, bleak ...
Plot: atheism, psychology, suicide attempt, religion, atheist, faith, bible, suffering, suicide, alone in the world, character study, multiple storylines ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, which follows 15-year-old freshman Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider who is taken under the wings of two seniors. A moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope - and the ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, emotional, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, high school, teenager, friendship, first love, adolescence, youth, teenage girl, shyness, high school life, suicide, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, year 1991, 20th century
Place: pittsburgh, pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 15K
The Class (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Estonia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.
Style: disturbing, serious, tense, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: school shooting, humiliation, youth, friendship, social relations, life is a bitch, friends, teenage life, social misfits, vengeance, juvenile delinquency, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: estonia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 37K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: depressing, psychological, touching, compassionate, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: depression, loneliness, drug addiction, obsession, suicide, friendship, suicide attempt, support group, character study, tragedy, drugs, honest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 151K
I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: inspirational, emotional, touching, sad, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, lawyer, disability, single father, social services, custody, custody battle, child custody, parents and children, parenthood, justice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 4K
Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: realistic, emotional, harsh, touching, poignant ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, cheerleading, teachers and students, family in crisis, poetry, high school, youth, power relations, parents and children, family problems, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
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25%
 8.0
 11K
Wit (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.
Style: thought provoking, sincere, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: cancer, hospital, nurse, poetry, chemotherapy, dying, philosophy, doctor, hopes, medical, regret, fighting illness ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary
Place: usa
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24%
 7.0
 2K
Slam (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of his neighborhood by using his wits and verbal talent. Written ...
Style: talky, psychological, sexy, poignant, artsy ...
Plot: gang, prison, hip hop, art, crimes, bittersweet, weed, unlikely friendships, character study, violence, stereotypes, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: washington d.c., california, usa
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23%
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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, heartbreaking, sad ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, teenager, adoption, vengeance, childhood, children, family relations, loss of son, family problems, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
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23%
 6.5
 18K
Margaret (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.
Style: psychological, emotional, enigmatic, melancholic, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, high school, mother daughter relationship, life philosophy, redemption, character study, investigation, life is a bitch, youth, haunted by the past, teenage life, poem ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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23%
 7.2
 10K
Manic (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lyle is filled with rage. After badly beating a classmate during a schoolyard fight, Lyle is committed to a juvenile mental institution in lieu of criminal prosecution. Inside the hospital, Lyle encounters a group of adolescents struggling with a ...
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, compassionate, depressing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, coming of age, addiction, depression, life philosophy, psychiatry, therapy, dysfunctional family, youth, teenage life, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey, california
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23%
 7.2
 120K
Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: touching, inspirational, emotional, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, teachers and students, life philosophy, single mother, addiction, parents and children, youth, alcohol abuse, school, good deed ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.9
 355K
Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: depressing, emotional, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, childhood, teenager, divorced parents, dysfunctional family, youth, brother sister relationship, stepsister stepsister relationship, abusive husband, abusive relationship, divorce, bully ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, contemporary, year 2011 ...
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Finding Forrester (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Gus van Sant tells the story of a young African American man named Jamal who confronts his talents while living on the streets of the Bronx. He accidentally runs into an old writer named Forrester who discovers his passion for writing. With help ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: dedicated educator, prejudice, mentor, literature, friendship, teacher, basketball, coming of age, writers, writer's life, prodigy, sport ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, boston, brooklyn new york city, scotland, usa ...
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23%
 7.3
 6K
Goodbye Solo (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A man planning to commit suicide hires a taxi driver to take him to his jumping-off point.
Style: touching, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, taxi driver, loneliness, mentor, depression, suicidal, character study, elderly, society, regret, suicide, runaway ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, africa, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
 20K
Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: realistic, psychological, bleak, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, depression, mental illness, family relations, divorce, character study, parenthood, life philosophy, family gatherings, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by Little Leroy, a thug who is one of the tough denizens of ...
Style: bleak, bad ending, intellectual, feel good, thought provoking ...
Plot: mental illness, friendship, murder, death, homeless, schizophrenia, homelessness, homeless shelter, street life, homeless man, black man, death of friend ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, boston, new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.6
 43K
The Visitor (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, philosophical, depressing ...
Plot: professor, friendship, self discovery, immigrants, loneliness, life, lawyer, jazz, destiny, life philosophy, midlife crisis, existentialism ...
Place: new york, michigan, new jersey, connecticut, syria ...
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22%
 6.4
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Whatever (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the early 1980s, Anna, a New Jersey teenager faces her impending adulthood, dreaming of a life as a successful New York artist. When she gets caught up in the carefree sport of pre-AIDS sex and drugs, Anna's future becomes less certain.
Style: realistic, bleak, visually appealing, bad ending, feel good ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, friendship, school, high school, drugs, twists and turns, workplace, adaptation, police investigation, gang, age difference, multiple storylines ...
Time: 80s, future, 70s
Place: new jersey, california, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Little Man Tate (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius, she is determined to ensure that Fred has all the opportunities that he needs, and that he is not taken advantage of by people who forget that his ...
Style: intellectual, realistic, touching, psychological, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: prodigy, coming of age, child prodigy, autism, mother son relationship, genius, family, working class, mathematics, youth, single parent, college ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%