Movies like The Selfish Giant

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The Selfish Giant (2013)
 7.3
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The Selfish Giant (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A hyperactive boy and his best friend, a slow-witted youth with an affinity for horses, start collecting scrap metal for a shady dealer.
Style: sad, depressing, atmospheric, realistic, touching, enigmatic, bleak, unusual plot structure, heartbreaking, emotional ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: child abuse, friendship, teenage life, poverty, coming of age, horse, domestic violence, brutality, youth, juvenile delinquency, thief, misfit, theft, alone in the world, character study, society, social misfits, realism, uncontrollable, childhood, bullying, british, working class, catastrophe, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england, poland, new jersey, yorkshire, europe, northern england

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, gloomy and captivating films with plots about youth, friendship, coming of age, society, teenage life, life is a bitch and teenager mostly in Drama and Family genres. Some movies like The Selfish Giant: Kes (1969), Small Faces (1995), Ratcatcher (1999), Fish Tank (2009), The Kid with a Bike (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Kes (1969)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.
Style: bleak, realistic, depressing, serious, sad ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: childhood, coming of age, school, neglected child, boy, working class, friendship, bird, teacher, child protagonist, small town, falcon ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: england, northern england, united kingdom, london, scotland ...
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 6.9
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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: realistic, bleak, clever, visually appealing, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, youth, coming of age, working class, dysfunctional family, artist, violence, male nudity, first contact, sexual abuse, sexualized violence, foul language ...
Time: 60s, 90s
Place: scotland, new jersey, california, europe
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100%
 7.5
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Ratcatcher (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: James Gillespie is 12 years old. The world he knew is changing. Haunted by a secret, he has become a stranger in his own family. He is drawn to the canal where he creates a world of his own. He finds an awkward tenderness with Margaret Anne, a ...
Style: disturbing, art house, atmospheric, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: poverty, friendship, coming of age, neighbor, children, moving, urban decay, strike, boy, rat, garbage, grief ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: glasgow scotland, scotland
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67%
 7.3
 62K
Fish Tank (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Style: emotional, bleak, gloomy, disturbing, sincere ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: age difference, coming of age, mother's boyfriend, older man younger woman relationship, adolescence, dancing, sex with a minor, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, youth, fall in love, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: california, europe, england
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100%
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The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in the hands of an unqualified childcare provider.
Style: bleak, sincere, realistic, meditative, surreal ...
Plot: kids in trouble, childhood, realism, youth, abandoned by father, boy, adoption, orphan, life is a bitch, social problems, petty criminal, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
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100%
Tom Brown's Schooldays (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The determined new headmaster of an English prep school attempts to reform the frequently unruly students, who are tormented by a ruthless bully.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: corporal punishment, boarding school, bullying, coming of age, friends, self discovery, dedicated educator, hardcase students, misfit, lifestyle, power relations, teachers and students ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
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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 ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: school shooting, life is a bitch, social misfits, vengeance, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, society, youth, humiliation, friendship, social relations, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: estonia, europe
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100%
 6.2
 29K
Palo Alto (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to ...
Style: atmospheric, melancholic, serious, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, coming of age, teenage life, teenager, adolescence, teenage girl, crush, depression, high school, loneliness, teenage sexuality, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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100%
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My Brother Tom (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage girl, Jessica, befriends a teenage boy called Tom, who is bullied by a local gang. She is abused by Jack, who is both her neighbour and school teacher, and Tom is sexually abused by his father. Together they bond in the woods, creating a ...
Style: psychological, sincere, emotional, rough, captivating ...
Plot: male nudity, teenage boy, friendship, rebellion, sexual abuse, forest, life is a bitch, escape from reality, friends, youth, social misfits, rebelliousness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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30%
 6.8
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Thirteen (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, sincere, tense, disturbing, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, underage drinking, peer pressure, dysfunctional family, friendship, addiction, drug addiction, friends, mother daughter relationship, marijuana, kids in trouble, teen angst ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, venice beach california, los angeles
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50%
 6.3
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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: serious, realistic, rough, bleak, captivating ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: lifestyle, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, high school life, teenage life, friendship, youth, misfit, social misfits, society, drug abuse, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe
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29%
 7.5
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Tyrannosaur (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship ...
Style: depressing, thought provoking, realistic, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: domestic violence, character study, redemption, drunkenness, rage, abuse, violence, depression, frustration, society, abusive husband, christian ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010
Place: england, northern england
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29%
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, sentimental, emotional, realistic
Audience: teen drama
Plot: youth, family relations, teenage life, friendship, self discovery, juvenile delinquency, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, human nature, life is a bitch, elderly, society ...
Time: contemporary
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28%
Nothing in Return (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 93 min.
Story: One summer, Dario flees the hellish environment of his home. Luismi, unconditional friend, a poor devil with pretensions of winning, and Antonia, an old woman who collects abandoned his motorcar furniture, become his new family. Three generations ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, captivating, tense ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: shoplifting, friendship, divorced parents, juvenile delinquency, friendship between boys, coming of age, teenage life, adolescence, voyeurism, youth, teenage boy, police chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain
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28%
 6.4
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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: serious, realistic, rough, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, youth, juvenile delinquency, gangsters, prison, life is a bitch, going straight, kids in trouble, friendship, social decay, gang, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, london, europe, england
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27%
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Hi, Tereska (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Teenager Tereska comes from poor family and has to face difficult world and mean people around her.
Style: disturbing, touching, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual initiation, friendship, life is a bitch, teenage life, misfit, working class, down on your luck, dull life, youth, society, unemployment, sewing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland
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27%
 7.2
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Manic (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lyle is filled with rage. After badly beating a classmate during a schoolyard fight, Lyle is committed to a juvenile mental institution in lieu of criminal prosecution. Inside the hospital, Lyle encounters a group of adolescents struggling with a ...
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, compassionate, depressing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, coming of age, therapy, addiction, depression, life philosophy, psychiatry, dysfunctional family, youth, self discovery, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey, california
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27%
 5.4
 2K
Mall Girls (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Shopping malls - today's place of creating desires. Best jewelry, clothes, shoes. Unaffordable by young girls, but they "work" to get themselves sponsors for new items.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, tense, captivating ...
Plot: teenage prostitute, shopping mall, poverty, love and romance, teenage love, youth, misfit, lifestyle, adolescence vs adulthood, friendship, teenage life, school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland
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26%
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 5.7
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Junkhearts (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Frank is an ex-soldier, haunted by a violent past. He lives alone, drowning his nightmares with alcohol. Christine - smart and successful... on the surface, tackles life as a single working mother by immersing herself in drugs, parties and sex. ...
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: haunted by the past, society, change of luck, hopes, alcohol abuse, youth, confronting the past, male female relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, troubled past, friendship, addiction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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26%
 6.7
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Summer (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Shaun and Daz are vibrant kids, wasted by their experience of education. All they have is friendship and Shaun's first love Katy. From the moment Shaun steps into our world he is bound to lose. Labeled as a violent bully he destroys himself and ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic, atmospheric
Plot: friendship, haunted by the past, adolescence vs adulthood, introspection, self discovery, misfit, hopes, friends, disability, father son relationship, coming of age, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: life is a bitch, teenage life, youth, friendship, dysfunctional family, high school life, friends, family problems, society, family relations, parents and children, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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26%
 6.4
 635
Vegas (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 110 min.
Story: You don't choose your family. You choose your friends. Vegas is the story of Thomas, Marianne and Terje - three teenagers with nowhere to go.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: family relations, friendship, coming of age, life is a bitch, young heroes, youth, social misfits, child abuse, teenage boy, teenage girl, foster child, violent father ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway
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26%
 6.9
 8K
Neds (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Italy
Duration: 124 min.
Story: NEDs (Non Educated Delinquents) is the story of a young man’s journey from prize-winning schoolboy to knife-carrying teenager. Struggling against the low expectations of those around him, John McGill changes from victim to avenger, scholar to NED, ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: kids
Plot: juvenile delinquency, street kid, crimes, gang, youth, coming of age, gang war, social decay, teenage life, society, social problems, realism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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: realistic, serious, suspense, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, teenage life, gang, crimes, high school life, youth, downfall, high school, kids in trouble, unfulfillment, social relations, barefoot male
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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26%
Glasgow Girls (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Story: Glasgow Girls is a specially commissioned musical drama for BBC Three that tells the inspirational true story of a group of schoolgirls whose petition to save their friend from deportation inspired a movement which would eventually help change ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: friendship, immigrants, rebellion, idealism, fighting the system, human spirit, youth, deportation, society, campaign, kids in trouble, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005
Place: scotland, europe, england, glasgow scotland
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25%
George Washington (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, "George Washington" is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, meditative, lyrical, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: redemption, small town, adolescence, coming of age, friendship, youth, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, social relations, society, hopes, accidental death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, tokyo, usa
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25%
 6.5
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Sebbe (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Duct tape, electrical cables, trigger, explosives. Sebbe never planned to build a bomb. It just happened. Sebbe is 15 years old and lives with his mother in an apartment that is too narrow. He does his best. He never strikes back. Sebbe loves his ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, psychological, mind bending ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: single parent, coming of age, teenage boy, introspection, teenage life, family relations, escape from reality, parents and children, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, society, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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25%
Darker Than Midnight (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Davide is different from the other teenagers. Something makes him look like a girl. Davide is fourteen when he runs away from home. His intuition leads him to choose Villa Bellini, a park in Catania, as a refuge. The park is a world in itself, a ...
Style: serious, captivating, touching, realistic
Plot: social misfits, lgbt, friendship, family relations, parents and children, society, youth, gay, androgyny, coming of age, leaving home, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, sicily, europe
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25%
My Only Sunshine (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Hayat, her father and bedridden grandfather live in a riverside shack near the dangerously dark but breathtakingly beautiful waters of the Bosphorus. Hayat's father owns a small boat that secures the family's survival through a miscellany ...
Style: captivating, sincere, sentimental, touching, art house ...
Plot: youth, single parent, parents and children, poverty, family relations, society, teenage life, social misfits, elderly, grandfather granddaughter relationship, father daughter relationship, alienation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
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25%
In Between Days (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, South Korea, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A Korean immigrant falls in love with her best friend while navigating her way through the challenges of living in a new country.
Style: realistic, emotional, sentimental, captivating, depressing ...
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, immigrants, friendship, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, society, youth, love, couples, korean american, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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25%