Movies like A Better Place 1997

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A Better Place (1997)
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A Better Place (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A high school outcast new to town becomes friends with a violent loner still haunted by the death of his parents.
Style: tense, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: misfit, teenage life, crimes, youth, friendship, friends, kidnapping, juvenile delinquency, society, social misfits, high school, kids in trouble, teenager, suicide, orphan, misanthrope, mercy killing, friendship between boys, pistol, revenge, handgun, gun
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and bleak films with plots about youth, teenage life, society, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, high school and kids in trouble mostly in Drama, Action and Crime genres. Some movies like A Better Place: Life Hits (2006), Love Is the Drug (2006), Brain Drain (1998), Heart of America (2002), Bloody Kids (1980). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Life Hits (2006)
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: realistic, rough, bleak, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: lifestyle, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, friendship, drug abuse, society, misfit, girl gang, coming of age, revenge, relationships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
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Love Is the Drug (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jonah Brand (John Patrick Amedori) isn't necessarily the type of guy who would interest ultra-hot Sara Weller (Lizzy Caplan). But when she and her friends find out he works at a pharmacy, they charm him into their circle and gain his trust with ...
Style: serious, emotional, suspense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: love triangle, teenage love, lifestyle, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth, drug dealing, fall in love, social relations, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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Brain Drain (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Fideo and Panta are two teenage rascals and thieves who dream of traveling to "the promised land", the United States. Rambling between good and evil, roc and tango, this is an action story turned romance when the two youngsters fall in ...
Style: bleak, rough, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, rivalry, crimes, dishonesty, young lovers, juvenile delinquency, youth, gang, law enforcement, society, vengeance, kids in trouble ...
Time: 90s
Place: argentina, latin america
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70%
Heart of America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Starring Jurgen Prochnow ('The Replacement Killers' 'Air Force One' and Patrick Muldoon 'Stigmata' 'Starship Troopers'), 'Heart of America' is a powerhouse of a contemporary drama and essential ...
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: school shooting, high school, vengeance, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, psychopath, crimes, life is a bitch, social misfits, hardcase students, kids in trouble, youth ...
Time: contemporary
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Bloody Kids (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The slender premise springs from the actions of two listless 11-year-old boys, the cold, manipulative Leo, and his weaker, more impressionable friend, Mike. Contemptuous of the fallible police force (Mike has already filched a police hat from an ...
Style: bleak, rough, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gangsters, social misfits, society, youth, prank, juvenile delinquency, crimes, kids in trouble, gory, social decay, city life, urban ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england
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Blue Spring (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Soon after being named the new leader of his high school's gang system, Kujo grows bored with the violence and hatred that surround him. He wants desperately to abandon his post… but his once-enviable position of power has a strange way of ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, serious
Plot: high school, rivalry, gang, crimes, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, youth, friendship, society, life is a bitch, high school life, leadership ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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Spacked Out (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Film following four teenage girls around Hong Kong. The story centers around a young girl who is dealing with a pregnancy.
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Plot: teenage life, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, lifestyle, society, youth, sexual relations, sexual promiscuity, teenage pregnancy, friendship, drugs ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
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65%
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Detention (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After some personal trauma, Wilson Walmsley is invited to work as a substitute teacher in a suburban public high school. He finds lack of authority and interest in the school direction and teacher body; uncontrolled and abusive students in an ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, clever, biting, dark humor ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, undisciplined, re-education, power relations, social relations, disorder, profanity, high school life, teenage life, teachers and students, high school, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
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65%
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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 ...
Style: christian film, captivating, contemplative, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, religious, social differences, self discovery, bittersweet, youth, misfit, teenage life, innocence lost, high school life, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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White Rabbit (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A bullied student sees visions of a rabbit he was forced to kill as a child, and those visions propel him into a state where his imagination causes him to carry out violent acts.
Style: serious, rough, disturbing, dark, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, high school, kids in trouble, rabbit, rebelliousness, friendship, life is a bitch, society, violence, bullying, vengeance, imagination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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On the Outs (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Follows the choices made by three young women - one a drug dealer, one an addict, one a pregnant teen - in Jersey City.
Style: rough, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: asthma, single mother, drug dealer, teenage pregnancy, kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, lifestyle, life is a bitch, teenage life, addiction, gang, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
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The Class (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Estonia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.
Style: disturbing, serious, tense, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: vengeance, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, social decay, society, humiliation, teenage life, youth, friendship, rivalry, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, estonia
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Bullet Boy (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ricky is just out of a young offenders institute, heading home to Hackney and determined to go straight. Instead, he heads straight for trouble when he becomes involved in a street confrontation, siding with his best friend Wisdom against a local ...
Style: psychological, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, friendship, social decay, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, going straight, family problems, dysfunctional family, teenage life, gang, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
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54%
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Ricochet River (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: hree teenagers looking for adventure find more than they expected in this coming-of-age drama. High school seniors Wade (Jason James Richter) and Lorna (Kate Hudson) have spent all their lives in the small logging town of Calamus Grove, a ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, talky
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, culture clash, self discovery, interracial relations, teenage life, love and romance, best friends, lifestyle, social misfits, on the road, small town, youth ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: oregon, usa
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52%
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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, suspenseful, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: gang, redemption, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, youth, estrangement, family problems, teenage life, nightlife, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
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52%
The Knife That Killed Me (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A journey through the memories of teenager Paul Varderman as he reflects on the events leading to the fatal moment his life is cut short. Paul moves to a new school and becomes involved with 'The Freaks', a group on the periphery of school ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: teenage life, juvenile delinquency, gang, downfall, high school, high school life, youth, crimes, kids in trouble, unfulfillment, social relations, barefoot male
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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49%
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The Substitute (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A high school substitute English teacher resorts to murder to protect her murderous dark past while seducing a student whom begins to suspect her true identity.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: high school, murder, crimes, hidden identity, power relations, disorder, high school hunk, teachers and students, haunted by the past, workplace situations, dishonesty, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, minnesota
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47%
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, emotional, sentimental, realistic
Plot: family relations, friendship, self discovery, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, elderly, misfit, youth, coming of age, society, life is a bitch, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: contemporary
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45%
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Zero Day (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two troubled adolescents chronicle the events that ultimately lead up to a terrifying assault on their school.
Style: disturbing, psychological, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: school shooting, vengeance, friendship, high school, murder, violence, brutality, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, kids in trouble, youth, suicide ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 70s
Place: california
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44%
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Hello Herman (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the not so distant future, in Any Town USA, sixteen year old Herman Howards makes a fateful decision. He enters his suburban school and kills thirty nine students, two teachers, and a police officer. Just before his arrest he emails his idol, ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: high school life, teenage life, social relations, haunted by the past, losing-it hero, youth, school shooting, loneliness, social misfits, interview, murder, high school ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: usa, iowa
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44%
Bomb the System (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Anthony ‘Blest’ (Mark Webber) is one of the most talented and notorious graffiti artists in New York City. Despite the tragic loss of his older brother during a nightly 'bombing' foray with a graffiti crew, Anthony has the same ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful, rough
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, social decay, teenage life, kids in trouble, youth, life is a bitch, society, crimes, politics, street art, graffiti ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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44%
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Small Faces (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and Alan are beginning to experience the power of raging ...
Style: bleak, realistic, rough, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, illiteracy, working class, coming of age, dysfunctional family, misfit, social misfits, crimes, life is a bitch, school, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: scotland, europe, new jersey, california
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43%
Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A Special Jury Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival, this drama stars a then-19-year-old Matty Rich (who also wrote and directed it). Rich plays Larry, a troubled teen living in the rough Red Hook section of Brooklyn who decides he wants out ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak
Plot: drug dealing, racism, going straight, life is a bitch, crimes, gang, on the run, city life, heist, courtroom drama, family life, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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43%
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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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sexy, sexual
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, friendship, lifestyle, society, youth, friends, coming of age, innocence lost, high school life, teenager, sexuality, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
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42%
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Barbarians (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 87 min.
Story: "Barbarians" is a teenage drama about coming of age in a world where there is no opportunity. A portrait of a young generation growing up in a society of lost values.
Style: sincere, rough, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, social decay, teenage rebellion, life is a bitch, youth, crimes, society, realism, teen angst, troubled youth, friendship between boys, hoodlum ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: serbia
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40%
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As Night Comes (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Troubled 17-year-old Sean Holloway falls in with a group of teenage outcasts called 'The Misfits,' whose charismatic leader, Ricky, takes him under his wing. But as Sean becomes more and more entangled in the gang's anarchist ways, ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, crimes, rivalry, youth, vengeance, gang, teenager, violence, halloween, society, teenage life, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, family in crisis, teenage life, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Southie (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: South Boston Irish bad boy Danny Quinn returns back home from New York and gets stuck between his pals, who are supported by one Irish mafia clan, and his family, which are members of another.
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious
Plot: gangsters, uninhibited rivalry, family life, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, buddies, best friends, rivalry, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, friendship ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, usa
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40%
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Foxfire (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of control.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: friendship, high school, feminism, teacher, youth, rebellion, hostage, prison, tattoo, teenage girl, coming of age, school ...
Time: 90s
Place: portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Bones (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The heart breaking coming of age story of four teens growing up in 1989 blue collar New York, and the bond that would tie them together for life.
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, coming of age, friendship, drug use, manslaughter, crime and punishment, society, chaos and mayhem, friends, drunkard ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york
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39%