Movies like Runaways

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Runaways (2003)
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Runaways (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Steve Moore is sixteen and lives with his younger sister, mother Cheryl and her boyfriend John, in a modest house in Bakersfield, California. An abusive and often intoxicated man, John rules the household, and though his attacks on Steve result in emergency hospital visits, Cheryl's loyalty is to her boyfriend. To protect her relationship with John, she "ditches" her son, having him arrested and locked in a correctional "mental" facility, before coercing her older brother Burt, who lives in Hollywood, to take him. Steve quickly discovers that Burt cannot even provide temporary lodging, but an administrator at his new high school directs him to a shelter for runaway kids where he soon learns to navigate his way.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, sincere, humorous
Plot: teenage life, on the run, dysfunctional family, juvenile delinquency, downfall, pregnancy, youth, family relations, life is a bitch, addiction, destructive relationship, family problems, society, estrangement, prostitute, hospital, alcohol abuse, social misfits, family in crisis, troubled youth, domestic violence, teen drinking, mother son relationship, couples, doctors and patients ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas

Most similar movies to Runaways

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, psychological and sincere films with plots about life is a bitch, youth, family problems, society, family relations, teenage life and dysfunctional family mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Runaways: Hard Sun (2014), Crutch (2004), An Adolescent (2001), The American Standards (2008), The Greatest (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Hard Sun (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After the death of her parents, a young woman assumes primary guardianship of her special needs brother. But as she attempts to balance her new life with her brother and her own blossoming romance, it becomes painfully clear that life will only make ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching
Plot: family relations, family problems, mentally challenged, youth, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, life is a bitch, brother sister relationship, siblings relations, loss of parent, guardian, child care ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.2
 633
Crutch (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An autobiographical film taken from the experiences of writer-director Rob Moretti, CRUTCH is a coming-of-age tale about a young man's struggle with family problems and substance abuse. Behind a facade of suburban middle class perfection, ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: coming out, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family relations, drug abuse, suburbs, rehabilitation, lifestyle, kids in trouble, teenage life, social decay, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.7
 404
An Adolescent (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Tomokawa is a tough guy turned bored cop who spends much of his time sating lonely housewives and looking after retarded teen Sukemasa. One day while hanging out at a bar, he is approached by a 15-year-old enjo kosai named Yoko, offering a round of ...
Style: psychological, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: mentally challenged, tattoo, tough heroes, life is a bitch, teenage life, introspection, youth, social misfits, prostitute, romance, society, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
The American Standards (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: At a crossroads in his life, Doc Jennings goes home to celebrate his mother's birthday and uncovers dramatic family secrets. Lies, affairs and afflictions bubble to the surface of his seemingly perfect family. Can they come back together or is ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating
Plot: family relations, family problems, parents and children, family in crisis, couples, life turned upside down, wedding anniversary, love, father son relationship, hospital, society, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 9K
The Greatest (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Teenagers Rose and Bennett were in love, and then a car crash claimed Bennett's life. He left behind a grieving mother, father and younger brother, and Rose was left all alone. She has no family to turn to for support, so when she finds out ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: teenage mother, pregnancy, childhood sweetheart, family relations, crumbling marriage, family problems, loss of son, death in the family, youth, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, teenage life, family in crisis, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.3
 634
America (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In "America," Dr. Maureen Brennan, a psychiatrist at a youth treatment center, encounters her newest patient, a bi-racial boy named America. Through their sessions, Dr. Brennan helps America come to terms with his roller-coaster life, ...
Style: psychological, sincere, realistic, serious, uplifting
Plot: youth, teenage life, custody, human spirit, family in crisis, sexual abuse, mental illness, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, healing power, family problems, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.3
 159
1 Out of 7 (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Runaway teen Lexi find herself alone and pregnant on the streets. Seemingly beyond hope, she must turn to Devon, a woman with her own demons, to help her find a way back from her past mistakes.
Style: realistic, rough, sincere, serious, bleak
Audience: kids
Plot: kids in trouble, life is a bitch, teenage life, homeless, society, family problems, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, youth, love, urban ghetto life, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Or (My Treasure) (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Israel
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Or shoulders a lot: she's 17 or 18, a student, works evenings at a restaurant, recycles cans and bottles for cash, and tries to keep her mother Ruthie from returning to streetwalking in Tel Aviv. Ruthie calls Or "my treasure," but ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: escort service, prostitute, family relations, prostitution, coming of age, parents and children, lifestyle, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, society, single parent, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, tel aviv israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.0
 1K
Glassland (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a desperate attempt to reunite his broken family, a young taxi driver becomes entangled in the criminal underworld.
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, rough, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, moral dilemma, unlikely criminals, addiction, life is a bitch, family relations, youth, family in crisis, crimes, family problems, society
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Terror in the Family (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Fifteen-year-old Deena Marten wants the same freedom every teenager craves. But when she can't have her way, her rebellious temperament erupts in violence. Her parents, Stephanie and Todd, fear her new boyfriend, Garret, 17, is the cause. ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, sincere
Plot: family relations, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional family, contests and competitions, youth, life is a bitch, betrayal, rebellion, kids in trouble, family problems, society, rebelliousness ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.1
 490
Future Weather (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Abandoned by her dreamer single mom, a teenage loner becomes obsessed with ecological disaster, forcing her and her grandmother, a functioning alcoholic, to rethink their futures.
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, environmentalism, society, dysfunctional family, teenage life, family problems, gain trust, life is a bitch, youth, bittersweet, ecology ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.4
 3K
Loverboy (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A neglected daughter becomes a possessive mother in an emotional journey into the heart and mind of a woman who loved too much.
Style: psychological, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, mental illness, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, parents and children, life is a bitch, single parent, family problems, family relations, teenage life, babies and infants, motherhood ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Graffiti Artist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Adrift in the lush, nocturnal urban landscape of THE GRAFFITI ARTIST, Nick (Ruben Bansie-Snellman) is a post-modern urban hero asserting his anarchistic agenda on the endless maze of virgin exterior walls that comprise downtown Seattle and Portland. ...
Style: atmospheric, sincere, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: street kid, youth, teenage life, social differences, lifestyle, juvenile delinquency, rebellion, rebelliousness, friendship, drug abuse, social misfits, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, oregon, washington state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.5
 879
Engel & Joe (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A love story of a 17 year old punk-rocker and a 15 year old runaway girl.
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: kids in trouble, pregnancy, fall in love, love affair, life is a bitch, on the run, society, youth, family relations, breakup, couples, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 577
Low Tide (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Belgium, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A 12 year old boy and his single mother live separate lives. The boy spends his days alone while his mother works and goes out with her friends. The boy’s solitude is both a source of freedom and a cause for grief. His explorations slowly bring to ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: parents and children, family problems, youth, single parent, society, dysfunctional family, working class, life is a bitch, realism, small town, teenage boy, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.1
 425
Mouth to Mouth (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The teenage girl Vera left her family after an incident at home, and is now living with a middle-aged drug addict, Morgan, who is using her as a prostitute to get money for drugs and debts. Meanwhile, the rest of her family is falling apart, and her ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional
Plot: dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, rescue, youth, estrangement, life turned upside down, family problems, parents and children, drug abuse, society, teenage prostitute, teenage prostitution ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.2
 852
Lost Angels (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Rich L.A. party brat Tim (Adam Horovitz) spins into a cycle of despair after his parents divorce, and trying to fill the void with drugs and trouble only buys him a ticket to an asylum. But with the help of a psychiatrist (Donald Sutherland) who has ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: gang, redemption, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, youth, life is a bitch, teenage life, nightlife, dysfunctional family, estrangement, family problems, mentally unstable ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Movie in collections
 4.9
 182
In My Pocket (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A harrowing journey down the dark spiral of drug addiction. As Stephen Jameson's carefully constructed life slowly falls apart, his belief system is shattered when he discovers that he's no longer the functioning addict that he once was.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, atmospheric, captivating
Plot: addiction, romance, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug addict, pills, couples, society, introspection, drugs, drug use, drug overdose ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
A Common Thread (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: French drama, the debut film from writer-director Eléonore Faucher. Teenager Claire (Lola Naymark) discovers she is pregnant and decides to keep it a secret. Abandoning her dead-end supermarket job, she is taken on as an apprentice by couturiere ...
Style: touching, psychological, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, small town, teenage pregnancy, friendship, life is a bitch, single parent, youth, family problems, teenage life, human nature, employer employee relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.1
 1K
Bo (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Fifteen year old Deborah meets Jennifer who steers her into a career as an escort. Under the alias Bo she begins a new life that she cannot handle and starts a downward spiral that only she can end.
Style: rough, captivating, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: teenage prostitution, prostitute, downfall, lifestyle, teenage life, destructive relationship, woman in danger, life is a bitch, society, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: antwerp, europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: psychological, sincere, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: coming out, haunted by the past, teenage life, family problems, youth, addiction, custody, social misfits, life is a bitch, misfit, bittersweet, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Conrad Boys (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After his mother dies, 19-year-old Charlie Conrad skips college to raise his 9-year-old brother, Ben, in this moving drama. But the heavy responsibility soon causes Charlie to yearn for a normal life. Things start to look up when he embarks on a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, sexy ...
Plot: gay teenager, family relations, college, dysfunctional family, family problems, love and romance, mysterious character, youth, child as adult, longing, estrangement, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.6
 271
Most High (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When Julius (Marty Sader) loses his girlfriend, his job and the life of his pseudo father, Jack, his itch for a "quick fix" suffocates his ambitions and takes him on a trip through the disturbing addiction of crystal meth. Julius confides ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: downfall, rehabilitation, losing-it hero, addiction, family problems, under the surface, couples, destructive relationship, drug abuse, life is a bitch, down on your luck, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Gimme Shelter (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.
Style: emotional, psychological, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: abusive mother, survival, starting over, human spirit, social misfits, haunted by the past, pregnancy, family problems, domestic violence, life is a bitch, youth, homeless ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.7
 712
Explicit Ills (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The film follows four inter-connecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia
Style: serious, uplifting, emotional, touching, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, juvenile delinquency, social decay, dysfunctional family, drug dealing, hopes, youth, society, lifestyle, injustice, human spirit, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
No Greater Love (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jeff and Heather Baker were life long sweethearts and happily married... for a time. But at her greatest moment of weakness, Heather abandons Jeff, forcing Jeff to raise their young son alone. Ten years later, through a God ordained encounter, Jeff ...
Style: realistic, psychological, contemplative, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: church, reunion, romance, couples, estrangement, missing person, pregnancy, babies and infants, society, single parent, family relations, forgiveness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.5
 889
My Zinc Bed (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A recovering alcoholic becomes involved with his boss's wife, a former cocaine addict.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, sexual, sexy
Plot: addiction, going straight, obsession, friendship, self discovery, rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, love affair, dysfunctional family, manipulation, downfall, writer's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Acts of Worship (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, going straight, downfall, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, destructive relationship, rehabilitation, life is a bitch, youth, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.8
 845
Bluebird (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On a freezing January evening, school bus driver Lesley completes her route, but her final inspection abruptly ends when a bluebird comes into view. What happens next shakes her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have ...
Style: touching, sincere, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family in crisis, isolation, family problems, single parent, youth, drugs/alcohol, drug abuse, working class, dysfunctional family, teenage life, parents and children, bus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%