Movies like Detachment

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Detachment (2011)
 7.7
 75K
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, emotional, contemplative, touching, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, depression, suicide, social decay, unhappy, social problems, life is a bitch, human relationship, dedicated educator, high school life, society, social relations, classroom, grandfather, misfit, hardcase students, unconventional method, unhappiness, falsely accused, alzheimer's disease, animal abuse, youth, unlikely friendships, high school ...
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, thought provoking and psychological films with plots about society, youth, teacher, life is a bitch, school, friendship and depression mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Detachment: Short Term 12 (2013), Half Nelson (2006), The Hunt (2012), Palo Alto (2013), The Class (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
 80K
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, thought provoking, touching, realistic, compassionate ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: social worker, child abuse, incest, troubled teen, foster child, adolescence, depression, suicide attempt, haunted by the past, teenage life, human relationship, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa
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100%
 7.2
 83K
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, serious, depressing, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, student, friendship, loneliness, liberal, basketball, secret, coach, african american, ghetto, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 270K
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, intense ...
Plot: false accusation, pedophile, injustice, life turned upside down, small town life, gossip and rumors, society, family relations, social relations, teacher, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 27K
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: older man younger woman relationship, teenage life, teenage sexuality, high school life, high school student, unfulfillment, adolescence, youth, teenage girl, high school, loneliness, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 14K
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, sincere ...
Plot: vengeance, life is a bitch, society, teenage life, social misfits, social decay, juvenile delinquency, friendship, youth, rivalry, humiliation, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, estonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 34K
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, psychological, melancholic, intellectual, talky ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, school, school life, social relations, workplace, self discovery, interracial relations, society, teenage life, french, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe, morocco, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 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: emotional, thought provoking, bleak, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: high school, family relations, teenage life, americana, family problems, on the road, death in the family, working class, parents and children, human nature, dealing with death, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, oregon, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 35K
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 ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, life is a bitch, grieving, introspection, drugs/alcohol, dealing with death, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, tijuana mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 25K
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, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: innocence lost, teenage life, unsupportive friend, school, high school, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, rape victim, sexual abuse, rape, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.6
 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: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: high school, youth, high school life, teachers and students, rebelliousness, teenage life, innocence lost, power relations, social relations, coping, generation gap, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: slovenia, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: intellectual, bleak, psychological, talky, serious ...
Plot: one on one, belief, suicidal, christianity, atheism, suffering, african american, suicide attempt, psychology, question, character study, afterlife ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
 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: psychological, bleak, sincere, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: incest rape, high school, brother sister incest, teenage love, teenage life, social relations, youth, social misfits, society, unwanted pregnancy, homosexual, secret ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, south australia, adelaide south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Forest for the Trees (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 81 min.
Story: As an awkward idealistic high school teacher begins her first job in the city, things turn out to be much tougher than she had imagined.
Style: emotional, sincere, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, fish out of water, idealism, workplace situations, unsupportive coworkers, hardcase students, society, workplace, misfit, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: high school life, teenage life, social relations, haunted by the past, losing-it hero, youth, loneliness, social misfits, school shooting, interview, murder, high school ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 16K
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, melancholic, enigmatic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, haunted by the past, teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, high school, investigation, legal action, road accident, redemption, character study, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: chess, school, youth, misfit, juvenile delinquency, hopes, teachers and students, human spirit, ambition, high school life, hardcase students, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: touching, bleak, sincere, gloomy, contemplative ...
Plot: teacher, dysfunctional family, teachers and students, small town, small town life, idealism, social decay, bittersweet, social relations, realism, social worker, kindergarten ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, touching, serious, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, youth, friendship, family relations, life is a bitch, high school life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, society, social decay, family problems, school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 6.9
 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: psychological, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, emotional ...
Plot: hostage, teachers and students, juvenile delinquency, hardcase students, youth, mentally unstable, high school, breaking point, life is a bitch, society, immigrants, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, human nature, love affair, parents and children, understanding, family relations, couples, dishonesty, life is a bitch, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: thought provoking, realistic, bleak, serious, gloomy
Plot: orphan, life is a bitch, youth, society, social decay, siblings relations, friendship, family relations, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, touching, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: introspection, friendship, mental illness, social misfits, estrangement, teacher, imaginary, inspiration, play, young heroes, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Deserted Station (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 93 min.
Story: On a pilgrimage to Mashad from Tehran, a couple's transportation breaks down, far from any major town. The husband, a photographer, seeks help at a nearby village and encounters a teacher who offers to help. Whilst the husband and teacher go ...
Style: serious, sentimental, psychological, touching, sincere ...
Plot: teacher, self discovery, prodigy, youth, human nature, on the road, society, teachers and students, village, isolation, religions or cults, train ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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, sincere, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: school, tourette's syndrome, social misfits, dedicated educator, teachers and students, stuttering, family relations, follow your dream, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, torment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: bleak, gloomy, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: high school, friendship, fish out of water, culture clash, teacher, school teacher, teachers and students, teenage life, chaos and mayhem, high school life, against the odds, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Pawnbroker (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Jewish pawnbroker, a victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, survival, haunted by the past, human nature, self discovery, life is a bitch, against humanity, nazi, holocaust survivor, loan shark ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.9
 310
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: sincere, bleak, thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: high school, social misfits, urban ghetto, militant, power relations, social relations, hardcase students, youth, life is a bitch, teaching the ways of the world, urban ghetto life, social differences ...
Time: 60s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.4
 18K
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: family relations, dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, family gatherings, depression, parents and children, family problems, family tragedy, divorce, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ 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: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, suspense ...
Plot: kids in trouble, fighting the system, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, society, rebellion, hardcase students, dedicated educator, youth, hopes, teachers and students, education ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 16K
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: dog, small town, down on your luck, financial problem, social problems, life is a bitch, hopes, pets, loneliness, friendship, depression, owner dog relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%