Movies like Detachment

If you like "Detachment" you are looking for psychological, bleak and serious movies about / with teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, life is a bitch, unhappy and human relationship themes of Drama genre shot in USA.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Save
this
list

to
Detachment (2011)
 7.7
 67K
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, serious, thought provoking, stylized, gloomy, emotional, realistic, touching, depressing ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, social relations, high school life, society, youth, animal abuse, unhappiness, classroom, depression, high school, falsely accused, grandfather, hardcase students, misfit, power relations, aids, photographer ...
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, bleak and gloomy films with plots about society, youth, school, life is a bitch, teacher, power relations and high school mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Detachment: Half Nelson (2006), The Class (2007), Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Class (2008), Short Term 12 (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Subscribe for new and better recommendations:
 7.2
 79K
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: talky, realistic, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, basketball, liberal, student, african american, drug abuse, loneliness, friendship, high school, bicycle, prison ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ 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: disturbing, serious, sincere, tense, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, social misfits, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, society, life is a bitch, rivalry, social decay, friendship, high school life, misfit, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: estonia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, drug abuse, heroin, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, drug addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, hallucinations, depression, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 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, high school life, dedicated educator, school, high school, french, education, high school teacher, respect, literature, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, morocco, paris france, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.0
 69K
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, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: incest, child abuse, suicide attempt, depression, social worker, troubled teen, abuse, workplace romance, adolescence, mentor, haunted by the past, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 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: touching, sincere, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, innocence lost, teenage life, high school, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, high school life, unsupportive friend, school, misfit, small town, teachers and students ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ 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, gloomy, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: high school, parents and children, americana, on the road, suburbs, urban, society, family problems, family relations, single parent, dealing with death, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, virginia, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, serious, thought provoking, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: high school life, losing-it hero, teenage life, high school, misfit, youth, social relations, haunted by the past, electric chair, loneliness, social misfits, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
 6.2
 24K
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: serious, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, high school, coming of age, teenager, soccer, youth, adolescence, small town, drugs/alcohol, depression, sport, teenage sexuality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.3
 226K
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, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: false accusation, life turned upside down, small town life, injustice, pedophile, teacher, social relations, human nature, parents and children, dishonesty, society, family relations ...
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, touching, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, friendship, high school life, parents and children, dysfunctional family, youth, life is a bitch, teachers and students, family problems, school, family relations, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: high school, teacher, fish out of water, friendship, culture clash, dedicated educator, hardcase students, teachers and students, urban ghetto, adolescence vs adulthood, high school life, society ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.9
 275
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: serious, thought provoking, realistic, bleak, sincere
Plot: high school, hardcase students, interracial relations, urban ghetto, social differences, high school life, youth, power relations, social relations, social misfits, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: serious, thought provoking, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: teacher, realism, dedicated educator, hopes, small town, society, power relations, life is a bitch, teachers and students, dysfunctional family, small town life, social decay ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, kindergarten, europe
⇓ 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, surreal, atmospheric, serious, emotional ...
Plot: social misfits, mental illness, introspection, teacher, school, estrangement, imaginary, play, misfit, rabbit, inspiration, bedroom ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ 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, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: social misfits, teachers and students, stuttering, disability, school, family relations, dedicated educator, follow your dream, family, parents and children, teenage life, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ 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: serious, emotional, realistic, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: teachers and students, hostage, hostages, mentally unstable, adolescence, high school, confined, society, power relations, hardcase students, immigrants, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, mathematics, mexican american, education, summer school, cheating, idealism, dedicated educator, hardcase students, high school teacher, urban ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 7K
2:37 (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A contemporary, ensemble drama telling the complex tale of six high school students whose lives are interwoven with situations that so many of today's youth are faced with. The story takes place during a normal school day. At precisely 2:37 a ...
Style: bleak, psychological, serious, realistic, sincere
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, high school life, teenage life, youth, social relations, teenage love, coming out, suicide, teenager, student, school, rape ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, south australia, adelaide south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 3.9
 624
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: gloomy, serious, realistic, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: immigrants, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, society, photojournalist, photographer, female protagonist
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, sicily
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: dedicated educator, high school, hardcase students, urban, idealism, teachers and students, school, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life, hopes, misfit, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.7
 19K
After the Dark (2013)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Indonesia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: At an international school in Jakarta, a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, serious, captivating, surprise ending ...
Plot: survival, danger, teachers and students, youth, human nature, experiment gone awry, teacher, philosophy, social relations, disorder, teacher student relationship, catastrophe ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.3
 1K
American Gun (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A brilliant story with an unexpected twist. A father uses the serial number on a hand gun in an attempt to track down his daughter's killer. The truth he uncovers is an unsettling reminder of the dangers of keeping handguns. Stars the legendary ...
Style: bleak, psychological, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: murder, on the road, small town, amateur detective, dealing with death, obsessive quest, track down, haunted by the past, chases and races, crimes, deadly, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 32K
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, serious, psychological, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, widower, drugs/alcohol, obsession, dealing with death, grieving, introspection, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, thought provoking
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, teenage life, high school, youth, power relations, social relations, parents and children, teachers and students, high school life, dishonesty, family relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Children of Sarajevo (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France, Turkey
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A microcosm of the fathomless suffering that remains more than 16 years since the siege of Sarajevo ended, writer-director Aida Begic’s follow-up to her 2008 Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prize-winning debut Snow tells the story of two orphaned ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, thought provoking
Plot: orphan, social decay, life is a bitch, society, siblings relations, youth, family relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: psychological, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, professor, human spirit, ambition, genius, teachers and students, university, doctors and patients, social differences, psychologist, harvard ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.8
 8K
Mouchette (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feelings with one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film.
Style: bleak, emotional, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: humiliation, alibi, poacher, suicide, small town, coming of age, drowning, innocence lost, village, dealing with death, human nature, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 5K
After Lucia (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Alejandra and her dad Roberto have just moved to town. She is new at school, he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated when you have left so much behind.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: high school life, society, bullying, high school, youth, death of mother, parents and children, urban, death in the family, social decay, teenage life, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.6
 1K
Behavior (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Cuba
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Meet Chala, an eleven year-old boy with a hard life and strong respect for Carmela, his sixth grade teacher. The pair develops a solid bond, but after Carmela suffers an accident, things get complicated…
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, biting
Plot: youth, dedicated educator, kids in trouble, education, hopes, urban ghetto, society, hardcase students, teachers and students, urban ghetto life, fighting the system, rebellion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Subscribe for new and better recommendations: