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: dysfunctional family, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, on the run, downfall, pregnancy, youth, addiction, family relations, life is a bitch, society, family problems, estrangement, destructive relationship, prostitute, hospital, alcohol abuse, social misfits, family in crisis, domestic violence, troubled youth, teen drinking, mother son relationship, couples, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas

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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), The American Standards (2008), An Adolescent (2001), Fifteen and Pregnant (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.6
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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: serious, realistic, touching
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, youth, life is a bitch, family in crisis, brother sister relationship, mentally challenged, siblings relations, guardian, child care, sibling relationship
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.1
 690
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, serious, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: coming out, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family relations, rehabilitation, suburbs, lifestyle, social decay, dangerous attraction, teenage life, kids in trouble, drug abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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, couples, parents and children, family in crisis, life turned upside down, wedding anniversary, love, father son relationship, hospital, society, golden years ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.5
 501
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, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: teenage girl, mentally challenged, tattoo, tough heroes, life is a bitch, teenage life, introspection, family problems, couples, society, romance, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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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: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, teenage life, lifestyle, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.4
 191
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: rough, serious, realistic, sincere, bleak
Audience: kids
Plot: life is a bitch, kids in trouble, teenage life, homeless, family problems, society, pregnancy, dysfunctional family, youth, love, urban ghetto life, escape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.2
 685
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: realistic, serious, uplifting, sincere, psychological
Plot: youth, human spirit, custody, teenage life, mental illness, sexual abuse, doctors and patients, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, society, healing power ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prostitution, prostitute, escort, family relations, coming of age, down on your luck, parents and children, dysfunctional family, lifestyle, life is a bitch, family problems, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, tel aviv israel, tel aviv
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 6.1
 532
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, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, environmentalism, dysfunctional family, teenage life, society, gain trust, family problems, bittersweet, life is a bitch, youth, ecology ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, emotional
Plot: family relations, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional family, family problems, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, rebellion, society, youth, betrayal, contests and competitions, family life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.3
 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, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, mental illness, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, parents and children, family problems, family relations, teenage life, life is a bitch, single parent, babies and infants, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.4
 932
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, sentimental, sincere, talky ...
Plot: kids in trouble, pregnancy, love affair, fall in love, life is a bitch, family relations, breakup, couples, parents and children, youth, society, on the run ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 639
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, bleak ...
Plot: family problems, parents and children, working class, dysfunctional family, society, single parent, youth, realism, small town, life is a bitch, teenage boy, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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: disturbing, serious, realistic, rough, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, moral dilemma, unlikely criminals, crimes, family in crisis, life is a bitch, youth, family relations, family problems, addiction, society, emergency room ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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: serious, realistic, captivating, rough, bleak
Plot: teenage prostitution, prostitute, downfall, destructive relationship, lifestyle, woman in danger, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, youth, life is a bitch, society, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: antwerp, belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.1
 450
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, emotional, touching
Plot: dysfunctional family, life turned upside down, family problems, estrangement, parents and children, drug abuse, life is a bitch, rescue, youth, society, teenage prostitution, prostitute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.0
 985
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: realistic, serious, thought provoking, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: gang, redemption, coming of age, youth, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, family problems, estrangement, teenage life, nightlife, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 4.8
 225
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: serious, realistic, psychological, captivating, atmospheric
Plot: addiction, romance, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug addict, pills, couples, introspection, society, drug addiction, drug overdose, drug use ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Secret Life of Zoey (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Marcia always thought her overachieving daughter Zoey was the dream child. But then she discovers that her perfect teen has a not-so-perfect drug addiction. Marcia and her ex-husband go through plenty of denial as their daughter spirals out of ...
Style: humorous, captivating, touching, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: drug abuse, rehabilitation, doctors and patients, teenage life, introspection, drug dealing, couples, family relations, family problems, addiction, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, sincere, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teenage pregnancy, pregnancy, coming of age, small town, friendship, life is a bitch, teenage life, single parent, youth, family problems, human nature, employer employee relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.5
 799
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, touching, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, juvenile delinquency, social decay, dysfunctional family, injustice, hopes, youth, drug dealing, lifestyle, society, drug abuse, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2007
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: realistic, serious, sincere, atmospheric, contemplative
Plot: gay teenager, street kid, youth, teenage life, social differences, juvenile delinquency, rebellion, lifestyle, drug abuse, friendship, rebelliousness, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary
Place: seattle, usa, washington state, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 6.5
 287
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: serious, realistic, rough, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: losing-it hero, downfall, rehabilitation, addiction, life is a bitch, couples, under the surface, family problems, drug abuse, destructive relationship, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, captivating, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: church, romance, missing person, estrangement, couples, society, babies and infants, single parent, pregnancy, family relations, forgiveness, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.4
 942
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: serious, psychological, realistic, sexy, sexual
Plot: addiction, going straight, friendship, obsession, self discovery, dysfunctional family, love affair, alcohol abuse, manipulation, hopes, downfall, writer's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: serious, realistic, rough, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, friendship, juvenile delinquency, downfall, going straight, destructive relationship, drug abuse, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.8
 941
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, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: isolation, family in crisis, family problems, drug abuse, teenage life, working class, dysfunctional family, parents and children, single parent, youth, bus, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, sexy ...
Plot: gay teenager, family relations, college, dysfunctional family, child as adult, longing, family problems, estrangement, couples, mysterious character, youth, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.5
 568
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.
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, family relations, clergy, society, youth, parents and children, teenage life, sexual abuse, small town, teenage girl, virginity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%