Movies like Detachment

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Detachment (2011)
 7.7
 69K
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, bleak, thought provoking, serious, touching, depressing, stylized, gloomy, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, social problems, life is a bitch, human relationship, unhappy, dedicated educator, high school life, society, social relations, unhappiness, classroom, depression, grandfather, misfit, hardcase students, unconventional method, falsely accused, animal abuse, youth, high school, student, aids ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa

Most similar movies to Detachment

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and bleak films with plots about youth, society, school, life is a bitch, high school, power relations and teachers and students mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Detachment: Half Nelson (2006), Short Term 12 (2013), Speak (2004), The Class (2007), The Class (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.2
 80K
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: realistic, talky, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: teacher, student, liberal, basketball, teachers and students, african american, friendship, drug abuse, loneliness, high school, coach, cocaine ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 72K
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, touching, realistic, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: child abuse, incest, depression, foster child, troubled teen, social worker, suicide attempt, adolescence, haunted by the past, human relationship, teenage life, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 23K
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: sincere, psychological, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, innocence lost, teenage life, unsupportive friend, high school, life is a bitch, misfit, high school life, school, rape, sexual abuse, mute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 13K
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: tense, serious, disturbing, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: vengeance, social misfits, society, life is a bitch, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, misfit, rivalry, youth, human nature, friendship, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, estonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 32K
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: talky, realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, french, high school life, high school, school, respect, student, high school teacher, education, dedicated educator, literature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france, caribbean, morocco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 3K
American Gun (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Style: serious, sincere, bleak, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: high school, dealing with death, suburban life, youth, single parent, death in the family, suburbs, family problems, teenage life, family relations, working class, americana ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, virginia, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 25K
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: atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, teenage sexuality, youth, high school, high school life, adolescence, unfulfillment, teenage girl, coming of age, high school student, loneliness, older man younger woman relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, bleak, atmospheric, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, life is a bitch, downfall, drugs/alcohol, insanity, destructive relationship, drug addiction, hallucinations, depression, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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 8.3
 237K
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, captivating, psychological, tense ...
Plot: false accusation, pedophile, life turned upside down, injustice, small town life, society, family relations, social relations, teacher, human nature, parents and children, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, touching, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, life is a bitch, friendship, parents and children, high school life, dysfunctional family, youth, family problems, teachers and students, school, friends, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.8
 1K
Hello Herman (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the not so distant future, in Any Town USA, sixteen year old Herman Howards makes a fateful decision. He enters his suburban school and kills thirty nine students, two teachers, and a police officer. Just before his arrest he emails his idol, ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: high school life, teenage life, misfit, social relations, losing-it hero, haunted by the past, high school, youth, deadly, society, media, journalism ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.4
 33K
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: touching, psychological, serious, depressing, bleak ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, life is a bitch, grieving, drugs/alcohol, dealing with death, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship, group therapy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, tijuana mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
It All Starts Today (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Set in a forlorn mining town near Valencienne in the north of France, the story is about one man's struggle to bring life to his once prosperous village and its inhabitants. Philippe Torreton, who won a César for Best Actor with his title role ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, gloomy, bleak, serious ...
Plot: teacher, life is a bitch, hopes, society, social worker, dysfunctional family, social decay, realism, small town life, fighting the system, small town, dedicated educator ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.9
 282
Halls of Anger (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An all-black inner city school has to become an integrated school. Few dozen white kids are transfered there, but the black students are aggressively opposed to this. The school then approaches a tough black teacher for help.
Style: bleak, serious, sincere, thought provoking, realistic
Plot: high school, power relations, urban ghetto, social relations, youth, high school life, social differences, interracial relations, teaching the ways of the world, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, social misfits ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher at New York's inner-city Calvin Coolidge High: her lit classes are overcrowded, a window is broken, there's no chalk, books arrive late. The administration is concerned mainly with forms and rules ...
Style: rough, disturbing, gloomy, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: high school, culture clash, friendship, fish out of water, teacher, rebellion, teenage life, administration, dedicated educator, hardcase students, chaos and mayhem, teachers and students ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The fantastical tale of a little girl who won't - or can't - follow the rules. Confounded by her clashes with the rule-obsessed world around her, Phoebe seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher, even as her brilliant but ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: school, mental illness, teacher, friendship, rabbit, play, bedroom, inspiration, misfit, social misfits, imaginary, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Front of the Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "Front of the Class" is based on the true story of Brad Cohen -- played in the movie by Jimmy Wolk -- who, "after being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: school, social misfits, teachers and students, stuttering, disability, family relations, dedicated educator, overcoming, follow your dream, hopes, family, overbearing parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.
Style: realistic, uplifting, serious, touching
Plot: youth, power relations, urban ghetto, idealism, juvenile delinquency, misfit, against the odds, urban, society, high school life, lifestyle, elementary school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 4.8
 38K
God's Not Dead (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After he refuses to disavow his faith, a devout Christian student (Shane Harper) must prove the existence of God or else his college philosophy professor (Kevin Sorbo) will fail him.
Style: thought provoking, serious, psychological, realistic, talky ...
Plot: christianity, christian, teachers and students, religious, atheism, college, college life, religions or cults, one on one, religion, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, teacher student relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, campus, egypt, israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Pregnancy Project (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The Pregnancy project tells the real story of Gaby Rodriguez, a seventeen-year-old who attended a Washington state high-school and made her senior school project the treatment of pregnant teenagers by pretending to be pregnant.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, touching, sentimental
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, family relations, social relations, power relations, teachers and students, parents and children, pregnancy, high school life, dishonesty, teenage life, high school
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.5
 17K
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: bleak, psychological, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, family problems, family relations, parents and children, family gatherings, family tragedy, sister sister relationship, sibling rivalry, father daughter relationship, character study, family drama ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.0
 2K
Skirt Day (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A troubled and emotionally fragile woman finds herself at the center of a firestorm, in this gut-wrenching psychological drama.
Style: realistic, rough, disturbing, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: teachers and students, hostage, hostages, confined, immigrants, hardcase students, spouse leaving, power relations, crimes, losing-it hero, interracial relations, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.5
 6K
Bee Season (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 11-year-old Eliza is the invisible element of her family unit: her parents are both consumed with work and her brother is wrapped up in his own adolescent life. Eliza ignites not only a spark that makes her visible but one that sets into motion a ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, judaism, redemption, coming of age, family problems, parents and children, family relations, hopes, siblings relations, society, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 7.4
 9K
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: realistic, disturbing, psychological, talky, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, therapy, wannabe, dysfunctional family, painting, coming of age, addiction, healing power, misfit, self esteem, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.5
 15K
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, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, innocence lost, high school, legal, teenage life, legal action, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, family relations, youth, haunted by the past, teacher ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.1
 728
Our Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Focusing on the bonding between three female (an African American female, a half African American half Latino American female, and a Latino American female) high school members of Brooklyn's "Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band" ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, thought provoking, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, friendship, music band, musician's life, against the odds, social misfits, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, down on your luck, hopes, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, future, 80s
Place: usa, new york, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.7
 2K
Class Enemy (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Slovenia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Relations between the students and the new teacher of German are extremely tense. When one female student commits suicide, her schoolmates blame the teacher for her death. An awareness that things are not quite so black and white comes too late.
Style: realistic, tense, touching, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: rebellion, high school, undisciplined, social relations, teachers and students, rebelliousness, innocence lost, high school life, youth, coping, teenage life, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: slovenia, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 3.9
 649
War Story (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Lee is a world-weary American woman who arrives in an Italian city. Her tangles with hotel staff, incessant smoking and her disregard of the persistently ringing telephone hint at her volatility brewing beneath the surface. Between fitful naps, she ...
Style: bleak, stylized, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: immigrants, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, society, photojournalist, photographer, female protagonist
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, sicily
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Explosive Generation (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Peter Gifford is a likable, dedicated schoolteacher that teaches a senior life skills class. When student Janet Sommers brings up the topic of sex and dating, he asks students to write questions on the topic, and will cover them in the next class. ...
Style: realistic, sexual, serious
Plot: high school, teacher, student, hardcase students, teachers and students, urban ghetto life, looking for sex, dedicated educator, hopes, youth, school, power relations ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Company Men (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Bobby Walker lives the proverbial American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and two co-workers jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere, depressing ...
Plot: unemployment, corporate world, workplace, starting over, family problems, down on your luck, workplace situations, life is a bitch, job seeking, americana, society, corporate ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, massachusetts, boston, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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