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To Save a Life (2009)
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To Save a Life (2009)
Original name: To Save A Life
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jake Taylor has everything. He has a beautiful girl, he's the champion in basketball and beer pong, and everyone loves him. Then, an old childhood friend, whom Jake used to be friends with, commits suicide. Jake begins to think. He wonders what he could've done to save his friend's life. A youth minister tells him that Jake needs God. So Jake becomes a Christian. However, things begin to spin out of control. His dad is cheating on his mom, his girlfriend is pregnant, and his former friends ridicule and mock him. During all this, Jake is going to realize just what it means to be a Christian and how, to save a life.
Style: sincere, gloomy, serious, captivating, realistic, christian film
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, high school, coming of age, teenage life, youth, friends, misfit, self discovery, high school life, social differences, society, social misfits, dealing with death, innocence lost, social relations, religious, basketball, party, teenage sex, death, marijuana, suicide, church, abortion, popularity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about youth, teenage life, coming of age, high school life, high school, friendship and friends mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like To Save a Life: New Hope (2012), Melissa P. (2005), Toe to Toe (2009), Palo Alto (2013), The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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New Hope (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: High school senior Michael (the son of a preacher and a Christian) is the new guy in a small town still reeling from a high school basketball star's unforeseen suicide of a year ago.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, uplifting, christian film
Plot: high school, small town life, death in the family, teenage life, coming of age, foe turned friend, dealing with death, youth, social relations, friends, high school life, astrology ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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100%
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Melissa P. (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An adolescent girl, living with her mother and her grandmother, will have her first sexual experiences in a heavy and excessive way.
Style: rough, sincere, tense, realistic, erotic ...
Plot: first sex, adolescence, high school, sexual relations, self discovery, high school life, parent child relationship, s&m, youth, gender, feminism, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: sicily, italy
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100%
 5.2
 442
Toe to Toe (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Out on the lacrosse pitch, wealthy but troubled Jesse and poor but driven Tosha form an easy and deep bond, but their relationship is threatened once they enter the hallways of an elite prep school they attend in Washington, D.C. There, they must ...
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: family relations, self discovery, youth, coming of age, high school, racism, teenage life, interracial relations, parents and children, rich and poor, social relations, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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72%
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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: 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
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100%
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The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: The Fat Boy Chronicles is a motion picture about Jimmy Winterpock, an obese high-school student who deals with bullying and trying to lose weight. The film is inspired by a true story and was released in 2010 as a major motion picture.
Style: realistic, touching, uplifting, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: win over, social relations, love and romance, hopes, follow your dream, social misfits, youth, high school, teenage life, human spirit, teenage love, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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57%
Sex and the USA (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Thirteen year old Audrey Shaw is new to Bellweather, California and certain shell never fit in when she meets Krista Rich, the pretty, popular girl she aspires to be "or be with" shes just not sure. In a conservative California town, ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, sexual, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, innocence lost, society, lifestyle, high school life, friendship, teenage life, youth, friends, high school, sexuality, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Derby Stallion (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An alcoholic former horse-trainer perceives in a fifteen-year-old boy a unique gift of horsemanship and makes it possible for the boy to conceive his dream and pursue it.
Style: serious, feel good, touching, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, misfit, self discovery, friendship, teenage love, ambition, high school, parents and children, adventure, social misfits, family, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Ricochet River (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: hree teenagers looking for adventure find more than they expected in this coming-of-age drama. High school seniors Wade (Jason James Richter) and Lorna (Kate Hudson) have spent all their lives in the small logging town of Calamus Grove, a ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious, talky
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, high school, native american, lifestyle, society, misfit, social misfits, love and romance, interracial relations, small town, on the road, high school life ...
Time: 90s, 1960s
Place: oregon, usa
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52%
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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, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, teenage love, teenage life, friendship, first love, high school life, social misfits, shyness, adolescence, friends, coping, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 1990s, 20th century ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
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51%
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Life Hits (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Christina is living in a suburb to Copenhagen. With her class mates Cecilie, Trine and Pernille she slacks her school work, living mostly for the weekends of gate crashing, getting drunk, experimenting with drugs and scoring guys. But her world is ...
Style: realistic, rough, disturbing, bleak, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, high school, high school life, lifestyle, misfit, society, urban, drug abuse, youth, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, denmark
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50%
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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 ⇓
49%
The Kirishima Thing (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A story about the disappearance of Kirishima, a star athlete of the volleyball club, and how his disappearance affects every person in school.
Style: realistic, touching, humorous, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: high school, volleyball, student life, social misfits, friendship, youth, teenage life, society, high school life, misfit, social differences, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
In Between Days (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, South Korea, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A Korean immigrant falls in love with her best friend while navigating her way through the challenges of living in a new country.
Style: gloomy, sentimental, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: teenage life, friends, youth, unfulfillment, immigrants, unfulfilled love, love and romance, friendship, misfit, society, coming of age
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Bilal's Stand (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like Bílal is about to ...
Style: uplifting, captivating, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, religions or cults, family business, follow your dream, family in crisis, hopes, parents and children, youth, workplace, self discovery, family relations, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 ⇓
46%
About the Pink Sky (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: High school student Izumi Kawashima, whose daily routine is rating newspaper articles, finds a wallet containing a large sum of cash. Instead of returning the wallet to its owner, Izumi decides to lend a substantial portion of the money to a ...
Style: offbeat, realistic, atmospheric, sincere, serious
Plot: high school, coming of age, social relations, friends, teenage life, best friends, youth, high school life, moral dilemma, slave, newspaper, money
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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 ⇓
45%
Mom at Sixteen (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Pregnant sixteen year old Jacey's well-meaning mother forces her to keep the birth a secret and decides to raise the baby as her own.
Style: realistic, sincere, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adoption, teenage pregnancy, mother daughter relationship, babies and infants, youth, family relations, social relations, coming of age, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, high school life, social worker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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45%
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Odd Girl Out (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A mother and her daughter confront the intimidation of teen peer pressure and the emotionally brutalizing social rituals of high school.
Style: realistic, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: school, high school, teenage love, youth, rivalry, friendship, family relations, friends, coming of age, teachers and students, love and romance, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Last Year (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Paul's homosexual affair at Bible College with a new student named Alex sets tongues wagging, mostly with un-Christian reactions. The dean, himself a closet case, threatens to expel Paul, and the football jocks have their eye on Alex. The ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, touching, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: incest, gay, teachers and students, love and romance, youth, coming out, self discovery, coming of age, innocence lost, gender, high school life, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london
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45%
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How She Move (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After the death of Raya Green's(Rutina Wesley) sister, she gets out from her classes at school, and sees a stomp crew practicing. She meets Bishop(Dwain Murphy) which is the dance crew leader. She then meets Michelle and does a stomp battle ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, dance, follow your dream, music, dancer's life, artists and showbiz, life turned upside down, contests and competitions, ambition, high school, disorder, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: medical school, usa
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45%
It Felt Like Love (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Fourteen-year-old Lila is experiencing an ennui-filled Brooklyn summer. She awkwardly wears a Kabuki-esque mask of sunscreen at the beach and plays third wheel to Chiara, her more experienced friend, and Chiara’s boyfriend, Patrick. Determined to ...
Style: realistic, sexual, disturbing, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, obsession, unsupportive friend, self discovery, youth, best friends, looking for sex, innocence lost, friendship, teenage life, first sex, wooing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
I'm Gonna Explode (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Tale of a young couple who throw caution to the wind and set out in search of their true fate. Román is the son of a contemptible, right-leaning congressman. Recently enrolled in a new high school, the rebellious teen clumsily attempts to hang ...
Style: sincere, atmospheric, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lovers on the run, youth, friends, social differences, rebelliousness, society, misfit, friendship, on the road, romance, love and romance, first sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: psychological, touching, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, high school, teenage life, single parent, youth, lifestyle, misfit, society, kids in trouble, family relations, friends, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Tommy and his older brother Eric live in the midst of vast remote forests. The death of their friend pushes them close to the edge. Eric doesn’t know how to channel his energy. All at once, nature’s vastness feels stifling.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, serious, touching, rough ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, youth, innocence lost, human nature, teenage life, siblings relations, dealing with death, in the woods, haunted by the past, family relations, friendship between boys ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Love Is the Drug (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jonah Brand (John Patrick Amedori) isn't necessarily the type of guy who would interest ultra-hot Sara Weller (Lizzy Caplan). But when she and her friends find out he works at a pharmacy, they charm him into their circle and gain his trust with ...
Style: serious, emotional, gloomy, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: love triangle, unfulfilled love, fall in love, unfulfillment, crimes, love and romance, life is a bitch, youth, drug abuse, drug dealing, suburbs, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Purgatory House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An inside glimpse of how it feels to be a teen in today's disconnected world. PURGATORY HOUSE chronicles the after-life journey of Silver Strand: a lonely teen who abandons her life of turmoil and drug addiction, only to find herself caught ...
Style: serious, gothic, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, misfit, coming of age, addiction, afterlife, youth, society, custody, social misfits, life is a bitch, chaos and mayhem, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 4.9
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Being 14 (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The lives and turbulent adventures of a bunch of fourteen-year-old teenagers, through the eyes of three young girls - Sarah, Jade and Louise - with one last year to go before high school.
Style: tense, gloomy, realistic, sincere, serious
Plot: teenage life, friendship, coming of age, friends, life is a bitch, high school life, best friends, drug abuse, youth, sexuality, teenage girl, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Darker Than Midnight (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Davide is different from the other teenagers. Something makes him look like a girl. Davide is fourteen when he runs away from home. His intuition leads him to choose Villa Bellini, a park in Catania, as a refuge. The park is a world in itself, a ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, touching
Plot: family relations, friends, parents and children, social misfits, friendship, youth, coming of age, misfit, gender, society
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy, sicily
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Local Color (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A successful artist looks back with loving memories on the summer of his defining year, 1974. A talented but troubled 18-year-old aspiring artist befriends a brilliant elderly alcoholic painter who has turned his back on not only art but life. The ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sincere
Plot: coming of age, friends, unsupportive parent, family relations, friendship, self discovery, youth, artists and showbiz, parents and children, solitary, intergenerational friendship, artist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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