Movies and TV shows like The O.C.

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The O.C.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The series centers on Ryan Atwood, a troubled youth from a broken home who is adopted by the wealthy and philanthropic Sandy and Kirsten Cohen. Ryan and his surrogate brother Seth, a socially awkward yet quick-witted teenager, deal with life as outsiders in the high-class world of Newport Beach. Ryan and Seth spend much time navigating their relationships with girl-next-door Marissa Cooper, Seth's childhood crush Summer Roberts, and the fast-talking loner Taylor Townsend. Story lines deal with the culture clash between the idealistic Cohen family and the shallow, materialistic, and closed-minded community in which they reside. The series includes elements of postmodernism, and functions as a mixture of melodrama and comedy.
Style: witty, serious, touching, realistic, intellectual
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: friendship, social differences, romance, teenage love, suburbs, teenage life, youth, troubled teen, social relations, friends, best friends, buddies, parents and children, rich and poor, high school life, coming of age, family life, fish out of water, love and romance, society, couples, dating, divorce, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: california, usa
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Freaks and Geeks
Comedy, Drama
USA
44 min.
 8.8
Six Feet Under
Comedy, Drama
USA
55 min.
 8.7
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, semi serious and humorous films and TV series with plots about family relations, coming of age, friendship, youth, teenage life, love and romance and high school mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like The O.C.: One Tree Hill (2003), Gossip Girl (2007), 90210 (2008), Dawson's Creek (1998), How to Deal (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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One Tree Hill
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Set in the fictional small town of Tree Hill, North Carolina, this teen-driven drama tells the story of two half brothers, who share a last name and nothing else. Brooding, blue-collar Lucas is a talented street-side basketball player, but his ...
Style: sincere, touching, captivating, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, rivalry, love triangle, step siblings, high school, basketball, suburbs, friendship, intrigue, couple relations, sibling relationship, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa
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Gossip Girl
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, originally ran on The CW for six seasons from September 19, ...
Style: realistic, talky, stylized, romantic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: high school, teenage love, school, youth, friends, popularity, gossip and rumors, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, lifestyle, wealth, friendship, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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90210
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: 90210 revolves around several students at the fictional West Beverly Hills High School, including new Beverly Hills residents Annie Wilson and Dixon Wilson. Their father, Harry Wilson, has returned from Kansas to his Beverly Hills childhood home ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: beverly hills, california, usa, los angeles
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Dawson's Creek
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series created by Kevin Williamson which debuted on January 20, 1998, on The WB and was produced by Sony Pictures Television. Filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, at EUE/Screen Gems studios ...
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic, touching
Audience: girls' night, teens, teen drama, date night
Plot: verbal byplay, best friends, friendship, romance, love triangle, small town, suburbs, teenage love, high school life, small town life, coming of age, suburban life ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, 2000s ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
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How to Deal
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Mandy Moore stars as Halley, a young hip high school student who's convinced true love doesn't exist based on the crazy relationships around her. Her mother is divorcing her father who is dating a younger woman Halley can't stand. Her ...
Style: semi serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: romance, high school, coming of age, pregnancy, teenager, divorce, drugs/alcohol, friendship, teenagers, relationships, teenage life, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey, california
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The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Amy and her friends at Grant High learn to define themselves while they navigate the perilous waters of contemporary adolescence. Between their love triangles, secrets, drama, accusations, gossip, confusion, and scandalous rumors, there's never ...
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The Spectacular Now
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."
Style: realistic, touching, serious, melancholic, sincere ...
Audience: teens
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    User:   100%
 
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Tru Loved
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Recently relocated from San Francisco to conservative suburbia by her lesbian mothers, Tru struggles like all teens to fit in and find love, but her quest is complicated by sexual politics, closed minds, and closeted friends as she seeks to ...
Style: clever, semi serious, feel good, realistic, humorous ...
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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Story: Awkward teenager Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) has trouble fitting in at a new high school. Charlie needs some friends fast, and decides that the best way to find them is to appoint himself the resident psychiatrist. He becomes one of the most ...
Style: clever, humorous, witty, dark humor, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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    User:   38%
 
She's Having a Baby
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want babies? Their parents certainly want them to. Is married life ...
Style: clever, sentimental, touching, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: date night, teens, chick flick
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Place: usa
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System:   36%
    User:   35%
 
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A recent high school graduate is faced with two options, either go to a business school where his father wants him to go to, or get a full time job. However he decides to defy his father and go to Hawaii. Trouble is he has no money. Along the way he ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
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My Mad Fat Diary
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 47 min.
Story: Set in 1996 in Lincolnshire, the show tells the tragic and humorous story of a very troubled young girl Rae, who has just left a psychiatric hospital, where she has spent four months after attempting suicide, begins to reconnect with her best friend ...
Style: tragicomedy, sincere, serious, touching, realistic ...
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My So-Called Life
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The life of a 15 year-old high school student, whose angst-ridden journey through adolescence, friendship, parents, and life teaches her what it means to grow up.
Style: emotional, serious, talky, realistic, sincere ...
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Place: pennsylvania, usa
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    User:   40%
 
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The Wonder Years
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XXII. The show achieved a spot ...
Style: semi serious, sentimental, humorous, realistic, touching ...
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Friends with Kids
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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Story: In the wake of their friends' marriages and eventual offspring, longtime pals Julie and Jason decide to have a child together without becoming a couple. By becoming "time-share" parents, they reason, they can experience the joys of ...
Style: realistic, talky, clever, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, kids, chick flick, teens
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The Way Way Back
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.
Style: realistic, touching, witty, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, adolescence, mentor, dysfunctional family, loneliness, divorce, parenthood, vacation, coming-of-age, theme park ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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Freaks and Geeks
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: High school mathlete Lindsay Weir rebels and begins hanging out with a crowd of burnouts (the "freaks"), while her brother Sam Weir navigates a different part of the social universe with his nerdy friends (the "geeks").
Style: witty, semi serious, sentimental, realistic, clever ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, buddies, friendship, high school life, cult, teenage life, suburbs, coming of age, social relations, misfit, youth, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: detroit, usa
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System:   34%
    User:   33%
 
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Cal Weaver is living the American dream. He has a good job, a beautiful house, great children and a beautiful wife, named Emily. Cal's seemingly perfect life unravels, however, when he learns that Emily has been unfaithful and wants a divorce. ...
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, semi serious, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: romance, midlife crisis, divorce, crazy, womanizer, mentor, parenthood, adultery, marriage, drinking, infidelity, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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Election
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections.
Style: clever, cynical, witty, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: high school, teacher, politics, morality, infidelity, lesbian, adultery, teenager, coming of age, corruption, school, election ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nebraska, usa, new york, california, manhattan new york city ...
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Youth in Revolt
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As a fan of Albert Camus and Jean-Luc Godard, teenage Nick Twisp is definitely out of his element when his mother and her boyfriend move the family to a trailer park. When a pretty neighbor named Sheeni plays records by French crooners, it's ...
Style: surreal, witty, stylized, intellectual, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: coming of age, adolescence, virginity, rebellion, obsession, teenager, dreams, marijuana, sex, high school, drugs/alcohol, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, oakland california, france
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Flipped
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Juli meets Bryce in the second grade, she knows it's true love. After spending six years trying to convince Bryce the same, she's ready to give up - until he starts to reconsider.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, semi serious, sweet ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: coming of age, romance, school, adolescence, childhood, teenager, teenage love, neighbor, love, coming-of-age, love story, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 1960s, 21st century, year 1963, year 1957 ...
Place: michigan, usa
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 8.7
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Six Feet Under
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: A darkly comic look at members of a dysfunctional L.A. family that run a funeral business.  When death is your business, what is your life? For the Fisher family, the world outside of their family-owned funeral home continues to be at least as ...
Style: gloomy, serious, psychological, dark humor, surreal ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, drugs/alcohol, death, dealing with death, introspection, suburbs, redemption, family business, couple relations, siblings relations, parents and children, funeral home ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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System:   32%
    User:   33%
 
 7.3
 76K
Stuck in Love
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: writer's life, love, dysfunctional family, family, coming of age, relationships, drugs/alcohol, family life, writers, love story, happy ending, divorce ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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System:   32%
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Life As We Know It
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: See life through the eyes of Dino, Ben, and Jonathan -- three teens experiencing the joys and pains of growing up. Although different in many ways, these guys have one main thing in common -- women. Together, their attitudes about women are ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sexual, realistic
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, looking for sex, parents and children, teachers and students, teenage love, suburbs, adolescence vs adulthood, suburban life, high school life, teenage life, coming of age, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: seattle, usa
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    User:   27%
 
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Summerland
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Summerland is an American drama television series created by Stephen Tolkin and Lori Loughlin. It is centered on a clothing designer in her 30s, Ava Gregory, raising her niece and nephews after their parents die in a tragic accident. They live in ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: beach, friendship, surfing, siblings relations, teenage life, life turned upside down, coming of age, love and romance, teenager, partners, youth, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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System:   32%
    User:   33%
 
Say Anything...
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A budding romance between noble underachiever Lloyd Dobler and high school valedictorian Diane Court is threatened when Diane's overly possessive, disapproving father interferes with their relationship. With a prized scholarship to study abroad ...
Style: realistic, witty, semi serious, touching, romantic ...
Audience: teens, date night, chick flick, teen comedy
Plot: romance, high school, coming of age, teenager, love, friendship, unlikely couple, relationships, love story, opposites attract, teenagers, dialogue ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, seattle, usa, california, seattle washington
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System:   32%
    User:   30%
 
The Myth of the American Sleepover
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Four young people navigate the suburban wonderland of metro-Detroit looking for love and adventure on the last weekend of summer.
Style: talky, serious, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, teenage love, teenage life, suburbs, youth, hopes, friendship, friends, summer, looking for love, suburban life, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
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System:   31%
    User:   34%
 
Crazy/Beautiful
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: At Pacific Palisades High, a poor Latino falls hard for a troubled girl from the affluent neighborhood.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: high school, romance, culture clash, teenager, coming of age, father daughter relationship, school, drugs/alcohol, young lovers, cheerleading, teenagers, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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System:   31%
    User:   33%
 

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Duration: 96 min.
Story: Andie is an outcast, hanging out either with her older boss, who owns the record store where she works, or her quirky high school classmate Duckie, who has a crush on her. When one of the rich and popular kids at school, Blane, asks Andie out, it ...
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