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Around the Block (2013)
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Around the Block (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young Aboriginal boy is torn between his unexpected love of acting and the disintegration of his family.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, touching, sexual, sexy
Plot: urban ghetto, school, youth, dysfunctional family, idealism, hopes, society, fall in love, midlife crisis, female director, teacher, actor, racial discrimination, aborigine, teacher student relationship, police officer, estranged father, suicidal thoughts, crime family, stereotypes, revenge, lesbian kiss
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, new south wales

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Most similar movies to Around the Block

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and captivating films with plots about society, youth, hopes, family relations, teenage life, life is a bitch and female director mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Around the Block: Firelight (2012), Vicious Circle (2009), Knights of the South Bronx (2005), Macondo (2014), The Explosive Generation (1961). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: redemption, youth, human spirit, reach out, power relations, juvenile delinquency, hopes, society, friendship, fire brigade, rivalry, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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95%
Vicious Circle (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Story: Shot on digital , HD and 8 mm. Filmed through both sides of North America. 'Vicious Circle' pushes the limits of what can be accomplished on a bike. Featuring the first ever 65 foot 'Double Road Gap' , some of the gnarliest ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: false accusation, fall in love, teenage life, lifestyle, society, love and romance, family relations, destructive relationship, youth, interracial relations, teenage boy, skateboard ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california
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88%
Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.
Style: uplifting, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: chess, school, misfit, youth, elementary school, lifestyle, teachers and students, hardcase students, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, hopes, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, bronx new york city
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88%
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Macondo (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drama centered on an 11-year-old Chechnyan refugee living in Vienna whose life is thrown into disarray when a friend of his deceased father materializes.
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: interracial relations, youth, life is a bitch, society, immigrants, misfit, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, coming of age, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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The Explosive Generation (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Peter Gifford is a likable, dedicated schoolteacher that teaches a senior life skills class. When student Janet Sommers brings up the topic of sex and dating, he asks students to write questions on the topic, and will cover them in the next class. ...
Style: sexual, sexy, realistic, serious, psychotronic
Plot: high school, student, teacher, youth, society, dedicated educator, hardcase students, power relations, couples, stoners, urban ghetto, hopes ...
Time: 60s
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83%
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Blessed (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Seven lost children wander the night streets while their mothers await their return home.
Style: touching, sincere, atmospheric, captivating, serious ...
Plot: missing child, juvenile delinquency, self discovery, teenage life, rebellion, family relations, family problems, youth, parents and children, rebelliousness, dysfunctional family, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Won't Back Down (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children
Style: touching, realistic, uplifting, emotional, serious ...
Plot: school, fighting the system, human spirit, teachers and students, parents and children, hopes, social relations, changing lives, family relations, youth, society, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Red Hook Summer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When his mom deposits him at the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn to spend the summer with the grandfather he’s never met, young Flik may as well have landed on Mars. Fresh from his cushy life in Atlanta, he’s bored and friendless, and his ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: family relations, fish out of water, society, clergy, life is a bitch, youth, religions or cults, family life, disorder, church, coming of age, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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The Perfect Stranger (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: 'THE PERFECT STRANGER' tells the story of Nikki, a troubled attorney who one day receives a mysterious dinner invitation from a man claiming to be Jesus of Nazareth. Throughout their evening of conversation, arguments and spirited debate, ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: society, religions or cults, legal action, hopes, religion, christianity, discussion, stranger, change of heart, christian propaganda, female protagonist, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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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, change of luck, society, drugs/alcohol, hopes, youth, alcohol abuse, friendship, teenage life, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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The Citizen (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Yearning to leave behind his life of misfortune in the Middle East, Ibrahim Jarrah wins the U.S. Green Card Lottery for a chance to become an American citizen. Ibrahim lands in New York City the day before 9/11…and the events of the September ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, uplifting
Plot: starting over, american dream, lottery, society, immigrants, hopes, 9/11, rivalry, urban, city
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Baby Blues (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Natalia is a 17-year-old mom living with her mother and son, Antos. She wanted to have a baby because it was a “cool” thing to do, and because she feels she has someone to love; someone who can love her in return. Everything changes when ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: teenage life, parent child relationship, family problems, immaturity, couples, hopes, babies and infants, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, youth, mother child relationship, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Shackles (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An aspiring teacher (Hughley) takes the one job he's offered, a position at a school inside a prison.
Style: realistic, suspense, captivating, touching, semi serious
Plot: prison, dedicated educator, prison life, starting over, idealism, human spirit, hardcase students, ambition, hopes, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Cherry. (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When Brian Cherry, a sweet, sensitive young Los Angeleno, falls for the beautiful, electric, and damaged Jules, she turns his ideas about women and sex upside-down. Slowly, he is drawn into a twisted love-triangle that includes Jules and his best ...
Style: realistic, sexy, captivating, psychological, sexual ...
Plot: romance, love triangle, fall in love, couples, best friends, love, friendship, youth, revenge, escapades, love and romance, generation y ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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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, society, dysfunctional family, teenage life, family problems, gain trust, life is a bitch, youth, bittersweet, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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78%
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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: touching, serious, realistic, sexy, tense ...
Plot: shopping mall, teenage prostitute, poverty, teenage love, love and romance, misfit, lifestyle, youth, adolescence vs adulthood, school, friendship, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland
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78%
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Bad Hair (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: single parent, obsession, family relations, urban ghetto, society, urban ghetto life, coming of age, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venezuela
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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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, realistic, serious, sincere, bleak
Audience: kids
Plot: life is a bitch, kids in trouble, teenage life, homeless, pregnancy, dysfunctional family, society, youth, family problems, love, urban ghetto life, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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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, life turned upside down, estrangement, family problems, parents and children, drug abuse, society, teenage prostitution, teenage prostitute ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Imperial Dreams (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.
Style: uplifting, touching, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, street kid, parents and children, family relations, society, hopes, urban ghetto life, single parent, urban ghetto, netflix
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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Thurgood (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This one-man play stars Laurence Fishburne in his Tony-nominated performance as Thurgood Marshall, the remarkable Civil Rights lawyer and Supreme Court Justice.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, one man show
Plot: idealism, legal, society, power relations, stubbornness, court martial, ku klux klan, cancer, death of wife, wetting pants, korean war, segregation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, year 1954, year 1952
Place: baltimore, usa, nashville tennessee
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75%
Night Has Settled (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1983, Oliver Nicholas, at thirteen, is well-poised to enter the precocious teenage world of first-sex, vodka and possible-love in New York City when he is traumatized by the stroke of his housekeeper (and only true maternal figure), a ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sexual, humorous ...
Plot: coming of age, nanny, dysfunctional family, betrayal, society, youth, family problems, family relations, family life, survival, parents and children, midlife crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1983
Place: new york
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75%
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Hope (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Morocco
Duration: 86 min.
Story: On his clandestine journey from Cameroon to Europe through the Sahara desert, Léonard meets Hope, a Nigerian girl who's following the same dream.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, captivating
Plot: on the road, fall in love, survival, love and romance, hopes, danger, starting over, rescue, immigrants, desert, follow your dream, journey ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nigeria
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Going Away (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two unlikely friends — a supply teacher and a lonely young boy suspended between two estranged parents — embark on a weekend motorcycle voyage full of surprises and unforeseen consequences in this surprisingly tough, unsentimental drama.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, touching, captivating ...
Plot: haunted by the past, redemption, hopes, love, weekend, loneliness, loan shark, dysfunctional family, family problems, female director, wealthy family, class differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, french riviera, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Max & Lenny (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Max and Lenny is the story of a friendship between two girls fighting for survival in a northern area of Marseille.
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: teenage life, ambition, follow your dream, friendship, society, youth, family relations, hip hop, hopes, music, strong female presence, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, touching, captivating, realistic
Plot: social misfits, parents and children, family relations, youth, friendship, society, lgbt, coming of age, androgyny, leaving home, misfit, gender ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sicily, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Closed for Winter (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An emotional and poetic story of Elise, a beautiful young woman haunted by a tragic event in her youth. As Elise attempts to piece together the mystery of her sister's disappearance at the beach, twenty years before when both were children, she ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: missing child, self discovery, haunted by the past, hopes, sister sister relationship, journey, redemption, secret, society, love, liberation, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, south australia, adelaide south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Letters to Elena (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In the beautiful hills of the Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico, a young boy (Emilio) is adopted by the mailman (Teo). As part of their daily tasks, they not only deliver the mail but read letters to the villagers, as well as take dictation, since ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, captivating, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, protecting from truth, optimism, youth, hopes, human spirit, teaching the ways of the world, fall in love, love and romance, village, dream, letter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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The Kite (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A young 15 year old girl, Lamia, lives in a southern Lebanese village on the border with Israel. She is given in marriage to her cousin on the other side of the border. As Lamia crosses the barbed wire she also passes from childhood into adulthood, ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: teenage life, introspection, life is a bitch, youth, culture clash, military, society, family tradition, fall in love, wartime life, political unrest, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, israel, lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Refuge (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The lives of a Hollywood actress battling drug addiction, a teen with a violent past, a teacher fighting to keep a dream alive, and a cop caught in a love triangle are brought together by fate.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, touching, gloomy
Plot: love triangle, haunted by the past, hopes, addiction, dedicated educator, youth, redemption, high school life, love, hiding place
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%