Movies and TV shows like My So-Called Life

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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, clever, gloomy, sentimental
Audience: girls' night, teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, high school, teenager, best friends, first love, teenage love, cult, teenage girl, high school life, teenage life, friends, love and romance, misfit, youth, social relations, gays and lesbians, social misfits, parents and children, gender, family relations, homosexual, adolescence, high school hunk, anti conformity, generation gap ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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Freaks and Geeks
Comedy, Drama
USA
44 min.
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The Wonder Years
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
USA
22 min.
 8.3
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, touching and semi serious films and TV series with plots about youth, teenage life, coming of age, friendship, high school, love and romance and teenager mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like My So-Called Life: My Mad Fat Diary (2013), Freaks and Geeks (1999), Pretty in Pink (1986), The Truth About Jane (2000), Dawson's Creek (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 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, realistic, serious, melancholic, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, high school, friendship, adolescence, teacher, suicide, depression, mental illness, teenager, gay, loneliness, drugs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 1990s ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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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 ...
Audience: teen drama, teens, girls' night
Plot: best friends, drugs/alcohol, social misfits, rock, introspection, body image, group of friends, teenage love, friendship, physical appearance, teenager, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1996
Place: england, northern england
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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:   59%
    User:   71%
 
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Pretty in Pink
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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 ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night, chick flick, teen comedy
Plot: friendship, high school, romance, love, teenager, father daughter relationship, family, school, single father, coming of age, shopping, fashion ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: massachusetts, usa, california
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The Truth About Jane
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Jane, a high school teenager, tries to deal with the discovery that she is a lesbian after developing an intense friendship with another girl who makes her discover her true sexuality, which is only the start of Jane's troubles when Jane's ...
Style: talky, emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming out, high school, coming of age, school, best friends, friendship, gays and lesbians, lesbian, single parent, parents and children, teachers and students, teenage love ...
Time: 90s, year 1989, year 1993
Place: kindergarten
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The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An adventurous love story between two young women of different social and economic backgrounds who find themselves going through all the typical struggles of a new romance.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: romance, high school, lesbian, coming of age, gay, friendship, school, gays and lesbians, interracial romance, sexuality, relationships, adolescence ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey
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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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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 ...
Style: witty, serious, touching, realistic, intellectual
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: friendship, romance, social differences, teenage love, suburbs, teenage life, youth, troubled teen, social relations, friends, best friends, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: california, usa
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    User:   47%
 
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Popular
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Brooke McQueen, a popular cheerleader at Jacqueline Kennedy High School, and Sam McPherson, the editor of the school paper, are polar opposites. When their single parents unexpectedly meet and get engaged, Brooke and Sam have to deal with their new ...
Style: emotional, semi serious, humorous, realistic, witty
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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    User:   37%
 
But I'm a Cheerleader
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Megan is an all-American girl. A cheerleader. She has a boyfriend. But Megan doesn't like kissing her boyfriend very much. And she's pretty touchy with her cheerleader friends. Her conservative parents worry that she must be a lesbian and ...
Style: clever, touching, semi serious, feel good, satirical ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
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Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
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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
Plot: coming of age, romance, teenager, high school, drinking, geek, teacher, friendship, school, storytelling, drugs/alcohol, opposites attract ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa, california, new jersey
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    User:   44%
 
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Clueless
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other. Emboldened by her success, she decides to give ...
Style: witty, not serious, feel good, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, teen comedy
Plot: high school, fashion, coming of age, romance, virginity, shopping, teenager, school, teacher, drugs/alcohol, teenage love, teenagers ...
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Place: beverly hills, usa, los angeles, california
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Bianca, a tenth grader, has never gone on a date, but she isn't allowed to go out with boys until her older sister Kat gets a boyfriend. The problem is, Kat rubs nearly everyone the wrong way. But Bianca and the guy she has her eye on, Joey, ...
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, romantic, feel good ...
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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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Boy Meets World
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
Story: Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicles the coming of age events and everyday life-lessons of Cory Matthews, a Philadelphian who grows up from a young boy to a married man. The show aired for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000 ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, touching
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: sitcom, school, coming of age, buddies, friendship, family, college, high school life, high school, teenage life, best friends, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania, usa
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Edge of Seventeen
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A gay teenager finds out who he is and what he wants, who his friends are, and who loves him, in this autobiographical tale set in middle U.S. in the 1980s. Growing up, learning about life, love, sex, friends, and lovers.
Style: realistic, sexual, touching, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, gay, homosexuality, high school, small town, friendship, adolescence, lesbian, teenager, strong sexual content, male nudity, drinking ...
Time: 80s, year 1984
Place: ohio, usa, new jersey, midwest
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Show Me Love
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Åmål is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she has never done *it*. Another girl ...
Style: realistic, touching, sexual, clever, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, stockholm sweden
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 6.1
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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
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, friendship, teachers and students, high school life, teenage life, youth, friends, social relations, parents and children, siblings relations, teenage love, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: beverly hills, california, usa, los angeles
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Mystic Pizza
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in Mystic Connecticut.
Style: sentimental, semi serious, romantic, sweet, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: coming of age, small town, romance, friendship, best friends, marriage, teenager, relationships, women, coming-of-age, unlikely friendships, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: connecticut, new england, usa, england, london
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Boys and Girls
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Ryan and Jennifer are opposites who definitely do not attract. At least that's what they always believed. When they met as twelve-year-olds, they disliked one another. When they met again as teenagers, they loathed each other. But when they ...
Style: clever, talky, humorous, semi serious, romantic ...
Audience: teens, date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: romance, friendship, college, high school, unlikely couple, opposites attract, geek, college life, love and romance, happy ending, women, relationships ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, campus, los angeles, san francisco
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System:   37%
    User:   38%
 
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 ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: family, friendship, friends, childhood, childhood sweetheart, suburbs, parents and children, siblings relations, junior high school, suburban life, coming of age, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: usa
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Lymelife
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A coming of age dramedy where infidelity, real estate, and Lyme disease have two families falling apart on Long Island in the early eighties. Scott, 15, is at the point in his life when he finds out that the most important people around him, his ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, witty, dark humor ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, divorce, violence, family, infidelity, love, revenge, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, suburbs, relationships ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
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System:   37%
    User:   44%
 
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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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System:   37%
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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:   36%
    User:   35%
 
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Heathers
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A girl who halfheartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids.
Style: dark humor, cynical, biting, witty, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, suicide, cult, friendship, teenager, murder, coming of age, high school life, diary, adolescence, teenagers, cheerleading ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: ohio, usa, california
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System:   36%
    User:   39%
 
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 ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Audience: girls' night, teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, pregnancy, coming of age, parents and children, romance, rock, high school life, suburbs, teenage life, teenage pregnancy, youth, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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System:   36%
    User:   38%
 
Beautiful Thing
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A pair of teenage boys growing up in a working-class neighbourhood of Thamesmead, in south-east London, become aware of their homosexuality. While both were vaguely aware they might be gay, neither had ever acted on their impulses. Once they decide ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, semi serious, romantic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, gay, homosexuality, friendship, self discovery, sexuality, coming out, working class, male nudity, dysfunctional family, love story, relationships ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, london, europe
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System:   36%
    User:   33%
 
Welcome to the Dollhouse
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An unattractive 7th grader struggles to cope with suburban life as the middle child with un-attentive parents and bullies at school.
Style: bleak, dark humor, realistic, cynical, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, bullying, school, friendship, kidnapping, teacher, adolescence, loneliness, childhood, social misfits, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
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System:   36%
    User:   33%
 

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