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To Save a Life (2009)
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To Save a Life (2009)
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, serious, captivating, realistic, christian film, gloomy, contemplative
Audience: teens
Plot: religious, friendship, self discovery, social differences, social relations, bittersweet, youth, friends, misfit, high school life, teenage life, society, social misfits, innocence lost, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, high school, coming of age, teenager, suicide, popularity, father son relationship, self mutilation, classmate classmate relationship, classmate, social problems ...
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, society, friendship, friends and high school life mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like To Save a Life: Sex and the USA (2008), New Hope (2012), Toe to Toe (2009), Palo Alto (2013), Mamitas (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: realistic, semi serious, humorous, sexy, sexual
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, teenage life, friends, society, lifestyle, youth, high school life, innocence lost, coming of age, teenager, drugs, sexuality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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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: realistic, serious, touching, uplifting, christian film
Plot: high school, teenage life, foe turned friend, friends, youth, high school life, social relations, bittersweet, dealing with death, death in the family, basketball, grief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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: captivating, realistic, sentimental, psychological, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lacrosse, friendship, self discovery, coming of age, teenage life, racism, youth, social differences, high school, bittersweet, rich and poor, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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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, melancholic, realistic ...
Audience: teens
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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Mamitas (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager in Echo Park deals with the loss of his mother and his attraction to a girl not considered "cool" by his friends.
Style: realistic, sincere, captivating, light, psychological ...
Plot: coming of age, teenage love, youth, high school, opposites attract, couples, social relations, teenage life, friendship, self discovery, society, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
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Jess + Moss (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Jess, age 18, and Moss, age 12 are second cousins in the dark-fire tobacco fields of rural Western Kentucky. Without immediate families that they can relate to, and lacking friends their own age, they only have each other. Over the course of a ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, psychological, experimental ...
Plot: farm, teenage life, friendship, self discovery, coming of age, youth, love and romance, society, hopes, memory, tobacco, smoking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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, youth, life is a bitch, friendship, family relations, high school life, dysfunctional family, friends, society, parents and children, social decay, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Odd Girl Out (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A mother and her daughter confront the intimidation of teen peer pressure and the emotionally brutalizing social rituals of high school.
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Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, high school, high school life, school, family relations, lifestyle, buddies, friendship, friends, rivalry, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: serious, atmospheric, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, mexico
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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: sincere, uplifting, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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In Between Days (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, South Korea, USA
Duration: 83 min.
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Plot: coming of age, teenage life, immigrants, friendship, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, society, youth, love, couples, love and romance, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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Drunkboat (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After twenty years of broken bottles and empty hallways, Mort Gleason witnesses his nephew Moo being beaten while in a drunken stupor. The short contact with family brings Mort back to what are left of his senses and he returns to the last home he ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: family relations, haunted by the past, single parent, parents and children, youth, social relations, coming of age, teenage life, suburbs, self discovery, teenager, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, illinois
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Mom at Sixteen (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: serious, touching, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: teens
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Virgin (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When a teenager finds herself pregnant, with no memory of having had sex, she determines that she is carrying the child of God.
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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: serious, realistic, rough, bleak, captivating ...
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The We and the I (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 103 min.
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Style: talky, sincere, touching, serious, contemplative
Audience: teens
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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I'm Not Ashamed (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the inspiring and powerful true story and journal entries of Rachel Joy Scott- the first student killed in the Columbine high school shooting in 1999.
Style: christian film, disturbing, thought provoking, suspense, tense ...
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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: realistic, sincere, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
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The Class (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Estonia
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: serious, disturbing, tense, emotional, sincere ...
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Ricochet River (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, talky
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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: psychological, touching, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, serious ...
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Place: usa
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Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: realistic, touching, exciting, serious
Audience: teens
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, teenage life, coming of age, drug abuse, youth, sexuality, self discovery, college, strong female presence, life is a bitch, friends, high school life ...
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Place: france
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Lily and Alison face a life-changing event after they leave their Salton Sea home and follow the boys they meet back to Los Angeles.
Style: serious, captivating, touching, sincere, realistic
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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The Last Rites of Joe May (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Now in his sixties, Joe is released from the hospital after a long battle with pneumonia and forced to confront the harsh reality of his legacy: everyone he knew had assumed he was dead, and life had gone on around him without missing a beat. ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
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The Toy Soldiers (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: On one evening in a decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the innocence of youth and family unravels. Five parallel coming-of-age stories dramatize the stages of grief. A youthful mother in a custody battle over her children, finds ...
Style: serious, sincere, psychological, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: haunted by the past, coming out, teenage life, custody, addiction, family problems, misfit, life is a bitch, social misfits, youth, bittersweet, society ...
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Place: usa, california
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Tiger Eyes (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After Davey's father is killed in a hold-up, she and her mother and younger brother visit relatives in New Mexico. Here Davey is befriended by a young man who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears.
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: teenage life, friendship, death in the family, bittersweet, grieving, depression, life is a bitch, dealing with death, youth, parents and children, friends, family relations ...
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The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, emotional, realistic
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