Movies like The Devil's Playground

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The Devil's Playground (1976)
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The Devil's Playground (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A powerful drama relating the intimate aspect of teenage boys and their priest/educators behind the walls of a religious institution where rigid discipline backfires natural feelings are deemed unnatural acts and human lives are controlled in the names of good intentions.
Style: tense, serious, realistic
Plot: boarding school, coming of age, celibacy, altar boy, school, family relations, catholic school, mutual masturbation, teenage life, college, youth, teachers and students, clergy, religions or cults, sexual abuse, injustice, life is a bitch, hopes, society, working class, gender, college life, gays and lesbians, siblings relations, power relations ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 1950s, year 1953
Place: melbourne australia, australia, melbourne

Most similar movies to The Devil's Playground

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and sincere films with plots about coming of age, youth, family relations, cigarette smoking, friendship, teenage life and school mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Devil's Playground: This Special Friendship (1964), Wild Reeds (1994), The Getting of Wisdom (1977), Our Father (2002), Mirage (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
This Special Friendship (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A tale of the tender relationship between a twelve-year-old boy and the upperclassman who is the object of his desire. All set in the rigid atmosphere of a Jesuit-run school.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: gay teenager, boarding school, teenage life, school, gays and lesbians, friendship, coming out, sexual abuse, pedophilia, catholic school, youth, teenage love ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
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Wild Reeds (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As the Algerian War draws to a close, a teenager with a girlfriend starts feeling homosexual urges for two of his classmates: a country boy, and a French-Algerian intellectual.
Style: realistic, contemplative, sentimental, touching, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, coming of age, male homosexuality, love triangle, friendship, coming out, politics, boarding school, gay interest, gays and lesbians, gay teenager, bittersweet ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: france, algeria, europe, south of france
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84%
The Getting of Wisdom (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Getting of Wisdom is based on the 1910 novel by Henry Handel Richardson (born Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson). Her novel is thought to be an account of her own schooldays at the Presbyterian Ladies College in Melbourne. The film is about a ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: couples, family relations, power relations, friends, boarding school, society, lifestyle, misfit, love and romance, youth, prodigy, social misfits ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia, melbourne australia, melbourne
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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Our Father (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Chad, Netherlands
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Two boys (Tamir & Amine) awake one morning to find that their father has abandoned their family. Shocked, they begin to misbehave. While surreptitiously watching a movie, they think they see their father speaking to them and steal the film to ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: against the odds, family relations, young heroes, obsessive quest, missing person, kids in trouble, dysfunctional family, parents and children, teenage life, estrangement, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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Mirage (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country:
Duration: 107 min.
Story: As Macedonia faces its difficult transition, a boy escapes into a world of his own creation.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, captivating, bleak
Plot: poet, hopes, family relations, kids in trouble, friendship, teenage life, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, parents and children, betrayal, youth, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, macedonia, former yugoslavia, france, europe ...
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76%
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School Ties (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When David Greene receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man ...
Style: emotional, serious, thought provoking, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: anti semitism, coming of age, high school, friendship, preparatory school, boarding school life, working class, football, society, youth, teenage life, cheating ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Lamb (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Michael Lamb is a Father questioning his calling, in a Reform School in Ireland. When young epileptic runaway Eoin is sent to the school, the two recognise kindred spirits and escape to London together. With the police on their tail and the money ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: on the run, adoption, kidnapping, man boy relationship, school, juvenile delinquency, elderly, clergy, dealing with death, youth, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 80s
Place: ireland, london, europe, england, dublin ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
The Chocolate War (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A surreal portrait of a Catholic Private School and its hierarchy. A new student must submit to the bizarre rituals of his peers and the expectations of the school's administration by selling chocolates.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, surreal, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, high school, boxing, catholic, catholic school, chocolate, coping, manipulation, underdog, society, manipulations, gang ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Times and Winds (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In a small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, the villagers are simple and diligent people who struggle to cope with a harsh nature. They earn their living off the earth and a few animals they feed. Fathers always prefer one of their ...
Style: touching, psychological, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: village, mountain, friendship, coming of age, dream, solar eclipse, islam, teenage life, generation gap, society, youth, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Corpo celeste (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Switzerland, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After growing up in Switzerland, 13-year-old Marta returns to a city in southern Italy with her mother and older sister. Independent and inquisitive, she joins a catechism class at a local church. However, the games and religious pop songs she ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, society, journey, mother daughter relationship, religion, catholic, coming of age, family relations, life is a bitch, bittersweet, suburbs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe, southern italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Last Orders (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, talky, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, last wish, death, memory, family relations, partners, parents and children, self discovery, friends, male friendship, friendship between men, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Magnifico (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 120 min.
Story: With a daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy and a son who's lost his much-needed scholarship, an impoverished married couple begins to abandon their faith and courage in the face of such misfortune. But when a gifted young boy called ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: school, family relations, hopes, terminal illness, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, society, rich and poor, disability, prodigy, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The Fire That Burns (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Two boys in their early teens in a strictly-run pre-WWII Catholic School form a firm friendship which is troubled by an abbot who is obsessed with the younger of the students.
Plot: catholic, altar boy, school, religion, gay, child abuse, rain, death of father, telephone call, small town, running, lie ...
Time: pre world war two, 1930s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The Everlasting Secret Family (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A beautiful, if ambitious and amoral, youth is tapped to become the lover of a powerful senator. The young man quickly realizes that he can hold this place, with all its perks, only as long as he is young. He has no other function than being young. ...
Style: gloomy, sexual, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: politics, manipulation, closeted homosexual, mind game, dishonesty, gender, manipulations, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, state affairs, society, transsexual ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, friendship, family relations, high school life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, friends, society, social decay, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Wild Tigers I Have Known (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A lyrical telling of the coming of age of a 13-year-old boy who learns to cope with his new found sexuality and his unrequited love for the cool kid in school.
Style: surreal, serious, sentimental, sincere, touching ...
Plot: gay teenager, coming of age, lgbt child, friendship, teenage love, gays and lesbians, gay, youth, teenage life, gender, lifestyle, pretense ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Love Like Poison (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Anna, a young teenager, comes home from her Catholic boarding school for the holidays and discovers her father has left. Her mother is devastated and confined in the company of the local priest, who is also a childhood friend. Anna clings to her ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, psychological, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: coming of age, faith, village, self discovery, teenage love, clergy, family problems, breakup, moral dilemma, society, youth, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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52 Tuesdays (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Sixteen-year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans for gender transition, and their time together becomes limited to Tuesdays. This emotionally charged story of desire, responsibility, and ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, captivating, rough ...
Plot: transsexual, gender, coming of age, family relations, teenage girl, disorder, youth, parents and children, family, mother daughter relationship, teenage life, love triangle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, antarctica, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Evil (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Stockholm, the fifties. Though academically bright, violent pupil Erik Ponti is expelled from his state school with the headmaster’s words “there’s only one word for people like you – evil… what you need is a good thrashing, and more”. ...
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, touching, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bully, rebellion, rebelliousness, corporal punishment, friendship, life is a bitch, violence, humiliation, private school, youth, lifestyle, boarding school life ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Liam (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A morality tale of xenophobia, religious prejudice, mob violence, poverty, and their effect on two children in Liverpool during the Depression. When a shipyard closes, Liam and Teresa's dad loses his job. Liam, who's about 8, making his ...
Style: touching, bleak, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, domestic violence, sin, anti semitism, life is a bitch, youth, society, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, united kingdom, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Ken Park (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his ...
Style: sexual, rough, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: strong sexual content, underage sex, erection, teenage sex, nudity (full frontal - brief), incest, sexual relations, family relations, youth, masturbation, coming of age, explicit sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Sexual Dependency (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bolivia, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A poor girl, a rich stud, a university student and a model -- nothing in common, except the desire to experience true intimacy. Their stories unfold and overlap as each becomes victim to their own sexual dependencies, self-perceptions and illusions. ...
Style: psychological, sincere, erotic, serious, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, sexual relations, dysfunctional family, lifestyle, love and romance, life is a bitch, youth, human nature, teenage life, gender, prostitute, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: bolivia, south america, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Cement Garden (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After the death of her husband, the mother of Julie, Jack, Sue and Tom begins to suffer from a mysterious illness. Aware that she is going to have to go into hospital she opens a bank account for the children, so that they can be financially ...
Style: disturbing, serious, psychological, realistic, talky ...
Plot: incest, brother sister incest, coming of age, siblings relations, family relations, sex with brother, brother sister sex, puberty, teenage life, parents and children, youth, dealing with death ...
Time: 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Flirting (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The year is 1965 and Danny Embling, is an awkward, underdeveloped teen suffering from occasional bouts of stuttering, attends an all-male boarding school in New South Wales, Australia. it has been some time since Danny has had any romantic ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, sincere, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: boarding school, coming of age, friendship, interracial relations, love, self discovery, school, romance, teenage life, forbidden love, teenage love, opposites attract ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1965, 70s
Place: australia, africa, paris france, kenya, uganda
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: bleak, gloomy, atmospheric, stylized, rough ...
Plot: family relations, drowning, neighbor, canal, mouse, coming of age, urban ghetto, family problems, realism, picked on, dysfunctional family, working class ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
You Are Not Alone (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Young teenager Bo (Anders Agensø) is too sensitive for the hothouse atmosphere of a boarding school run by a cold, unfeeling would-be man of the cloth (an uncharacteristically grim Ove Sprogøe). Lonely and scared, he finds a soul mate in the ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, erotic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, lgbt child, friendship, coming of age, youth, first love, teenage life, family relations, love and romance, couples, friends, lifestyle ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Secrets of the Heart (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Portugal, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Javi and his friend Carlos visit an old house on the outskirts of a small Spanish village. According to his brother Juan this is a haunted house and one can hear the voices of the dead. Later he is intrigued with a room which is always closed (the ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, emotional
Plot: friendship, village, family relations, social relations, coming of age, love and romance, youth, dealing with death, ghost, parents and children, village life, family life ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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, touching, meditative, lyrical ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, redemption, youth, small town, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, social relations, hopes, society, adolescence, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Vanaja (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: India, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Set in rural South India, a place where social barriers are built stronger than fort walls, VANAJA explores the chasm that divides classes as a young girl struggles to come of age.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, sentimental, sexy ...
Audience: student film
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, couples, village, teenage life, youth, society, injustice, family relations, dancing, rape, caste system ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
A Separate Peace (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Gene and Finny are two boys who are best friends living in 1943, at the height of World War II. The idea that the boys will most likely be drafted when they turn eighteen is surrounding them, and they are practically forced to live their lives to ...
Style: touching, disturbing, sexual, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, coming of age, betrayal, friendship, love and romance, gender, lifestyle, gays and lesbians, hopes, best friends, buddies, youth ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%