Movies like Desperate Lives

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Desperate Lives (1982)
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Desperate Lives (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A brother and sister get caught up in the drug scene in their local high school, with tragic results.
Plot: high school, death, marijuana, suicide, drugs, drug dealing, drug dealer, teenage girl, drug addiction, teenage boy, education, high school student, propaganda, teacher student relationship, counselor, car accident, jumping through a window, drug
Time: 80s

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Most similar movies to Desperate Lives

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and emotional films with plots about high school, drugs, teenage girl, teenager, teacher, teenage life and death mostly in Drama, Crime and Music genres. Some movies like Desperate Lives: Maryjane (1968), The Miracle of Kathy Miller (1981), A Friend's Betrayal (1996), Go Ask Alice (1973), Blame (2017). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 170
Maryjane (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A teacher trying to break up a local drug ring is framed and arrested for possession of marijuana.
Style: realistic, serious, psychotronic
Plot: high school, friendship, school, frame up, drug dealing, misfit, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, rebellion, partners, crimes, society ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
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95%
The Miracle of Kathy Miller (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: With the support of her parents (Sharon Gless & Frank Converse), an Arizona adolescent (Helen Hunt) overcomes severe injuries to run in a 10K race.
Plot: running, teenager, high school, female athlete, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, teenage girl, athlete, accident, race, hit by a car, runner ...
Place: arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
A Friend's Betrayal (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two childhood friends grow up. One has a family and the other has a career. One relationship may make or break a family. Paul, the teenage son, must decide what he wants for his future. While family would like to make that decision for him. Watch as ...
Plot: birthday party, old friend, middle aged woman, golden gate bridge, high school, older woman younger man relationship, teenager, teenage girl, breakup, family relations, female artist, photographer ...
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.1
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Go Ask Alice (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A 14-year-old girl in late 1960's America is inadvertently sucked into an odyssey of sex and drugs. She eventually seeks help.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: high school, prostitute, runaway, cocaine, lsd, heroin, drug addiction, mother daughter relationship, rape, marijuana, on the run, hopes ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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 5.8
 2K
Blame (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A drama teacher's taboo relationship with an unstable student strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate, sparking a vengeful chain of events within their suburban high school that draws parallels to 'The Crucible'.
Style: realistic, talky, emotional, atmospheric, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: teacher student relationship, older man younger woman relationship, high school, peer pressure, teenage life, bullying, life is a bitch, mental disorder, protection, society, depression, teacher ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 8.8
 11
Hurt (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mandy White is a cheerleader. Dan LaCoy is a football player. Jason Dobbs is a bully. Eli Barker is an artist. Asia Borg is a foster kid. What they all have in common however, is that they are hurting. Each one deals with their own personal issues ...
Plot: student, high school, depression, teenager, suicide, shooting, bullying, death, alcohol abuse
Place: virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher at New York's inner-city Calvin Coolidge High: her lit classes are overcrowded, a window is broken, there's no chalk, books arrive late. The administration is concerned mainly with forms and rules ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: high school, friendship, fish out of water, culture clash, teacher, school teacher, dedicated educator, rebellion, society, hopes, misfit, youth ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Debating Robert Lee (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A group of jaded high school students sign up for a debate class taught by a tough, combative teacher from the Georgia Military Academy who teaches them that life is debate and DEBATE IS WAR.
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: debate, high school, high school student, racial tension, dysfunctional family, father son relationship, teacher, homosexual, competition, neglect, suicide attempt, abuse ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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The Violation of Sarah McDavid (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Sarah McDavid, an idealistic young teacher, takes a job in a rough high school where she is eventually attacked and raped in her classroom after school hours and decides to buck the school system in an attempt to make schools safer for students and ...
Plot: school, woman with glasses, high school teacher, rape victim, alarm, marriage proposal, school principal, teenage boy, female protagonist, classroom, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, bicycle ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Her Last Chance (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Drug adict teen gets out of rehab only to be accused of her boyfriend's death.
Plot: death, accident, drug addict, teenager, drug addiction, party, jealousy, drugs
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.3
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Angel Dusted (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Cautionary anti-drug film based on a true story, made for NBC television. Drama about the effects on Jean Stapleton and Arthur Hill when their teenage son (John Putch, Stapleton's real-life son) gets spaced out on a marijuana joint laced with ...
Plot: denial, mental institution, teenager, high school, drug use, hallucination, family relations, pills, flashback, punch, blood, clinic ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
A Girl Like Her (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Sophomore year has been a nightmare for Jessica Burns. Relentlessly harassed by her former friend Avery Keller, Jessica doesn't know what she did to deserve the abuse from one of South Brookdale High's most popular and beautiful students. ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, tense, suspense
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, teenage girl, high school life, teenage life, kids in trouble, hidden camera, apology, humiliation, filmmaker, mother daughter relationship, teenage boy, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.9
 63
Pivot Point (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A psychological drama that follows four high schoolers down a dark ride. As each struggle separately in their own lives they will soon discover that their lives are interconnected in ways they never would have guessed. They also effect each other in ...
Plot: school shooting, cafeteria, basketball game, car, sex, semi truck, pornography, journal, standoff, child molester, police car, homosexuality ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.2
 27K
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, serious, touching, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, teenage life, teenage sexuality, high school life, high school student, unfulfillment, adolescence, youth, teenage girl, high school, coming of age, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.7
 128
Raging Rose (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Poland
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Jozef travels from Poland to France to work and to find his son Roman, who he abandoned 15 years earlier. Jozef works for a Polish immigrant family that has successfully settled in France. Rose, the family’s teenaged daughter, volunteers to help ...
Plot: female director, letter, teenage girl, teenager, high school sports, party, kiss, locked in, sex scene, high school, urination, flute ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Special Education (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Educator and those educated in a home for juvenile delinquents in the same test: approach, take a peek into his soul to become a man. The story of a minor, neglected boys-offenders and their teachers who try to reject the old methods of ...
Plot: police officer, car accident, education, teaching, hitchhiking, juvenile detention, escape, runaway, theft, juvenile delinquency, small town, friend ...
Place: belgrade
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.2
 8K
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, sincere, touching, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: friendship, high school, feminism, teacher, youth, rebellion, tattoo, teenage girl, hostage, prison, coming of age, school ...
Time: 90s
Place: portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Himmel og Helvete (1969)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: Norway
Duration: 94 min.
Story: This is the famous norwegian anti-drug movie which is considered to be a turkey today. There are more than one thing you can point your finger at in this movie but let's start with the actors who are pretty wooden through the whole movie. That ...
Plot: drug dealer, teenage girl, drug dealing, prostitution, peer pressure, nudity (full frontal - brief), hallucination, high school, teenage boy, marijuana, sex, cult ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: copenhagen, copenhagen denmark, oslo norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 7.2
 4K
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, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, kids in trouble, youth, brutality, suicide ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Yelling to the Sky (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: As her family falls apart, seventeen year old Sweetness O'Hara is left to fend for herself in a neighborhood where her survival is uncertain.
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, counselor, alcoholic, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, going straight, family problems, coming of age, society, youth, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 3.9
 227
The UnMiracle (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A suburban town is torn apart in the aftermath of an accidental teen drug overdose in this ensemble film exploring the mysteries of modern faith.
Plot: christian, faith, father daughter reunion, prescription drugs, coma, church, cocaine, hockey stick, overdose, illegal drugs, pill, hospital ...
Place: xian
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.4
 18K
Lean on Me (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When principal Joe Clark takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, emotional, atmospheric, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: high school, gang, reform, school principal, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, unwanted pregnancy, human spirit, teachers and students, hopes, society, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 3.8
 83
Hollow (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: In the outskirts of the city, where crime is a way of life, the paths of four desperate people collide. Jordan Coleman, a local drug dealer, finds himself at a crossroads when his friend and mentor gets in too deep with a ruthless gangster and club ...
Plot: drug addiction, policewoman, drugs, foot chase, train, gun, black eye, punched in the face, drug dealer, prayer, murder, robbery ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Endings (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Emmy Ferguson is a 10-year old who learns that, after a long bout with leukemia, today is probably her last day on earth. Chris Ryan is a 35-year-old drug addict who is determined to make this his last day. And Adonna Frost, suffering from advanced ...
Plot: breast cancer, suicide, drug addict, journey, drug, dying, death, leukemia, family relations, drugs
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.9
 51
Only Once (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
Story: Greg and Kellie are two well adjusted and highly-motivated teenagers, from happy homes with loving parents. They find they have much in common, including their future college goals, their love of family and the Lord. They fall in love and into ...
Style: christian film
Plot: date, motorcycle, father son relationship, cabin, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love, pregnant teenager, premarital sex, ambulance, male female relationship, dating, teenage girl ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Purgatory House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An inside glimpse of how it feels to be a teen in today's disconnected world. PURGATORY HOUSE chronicles the after-life journey of Silver Strand: a lonely teen who abandons her life of turmoil and drug addiction, only to find herself caught ...
Style: gothic, serious, realistic, non-linear
Audience: teens
Plot: misfit, hopes, drug abuse, addiction, teenage life, social misfits, youth, family problems, custody, life is a bitch, society, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.4
 840
Teacher (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An unflinching portrayal of trauma as a contagion passed between people and generations, set within the prism of modern suburbia. The film follows the downward spiral of a high school English teacher as he goes to disturbing lengths to protect his ...
Plot: social satire, high school teacher, revenge, vigilantism, high school principal, teacher student relationship, bullying, high school, athlete
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Lighter Fluid (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 66 min.
Story: An experimental look into the lives of teens and young adults in a dysfunctional town.
Style: experimental
Plot: suicide, murder, abandoned house, surrealism, skateboard, death, skateboarding, pregnancy, sex, drug, drugs
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 4.6
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White Hot (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young man, short of money, is persuaided into looking after the business of a local drug dealer for a week or two. Up until then, the guy had been an honest and clean of drugs, but when he spends his days surrounded by riches and drugs, he cannot ...
Plot: drug addict, gangster, drug dealing, neck breaking, female nudity, woman's neck broken, drugs, gangsters, nudity (full frontal - brief), cocaine, drug addiction
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.2
 85
TV 101 (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: TV 101 is an American drama series that aired on CBS from 1988 until 1989. The series stars Sam Robards, Brynn Thayer, Leon Russom and Andrew Cassese. Other notable cast members include Stacey Dash, Teri Polo, Alex Désert and Matt LeBlanc. The ...
Plot: high school, teacher, high school teacher, tv news, juvenile delinquent, high school friends, teenage boy, school life, teaching, teenager, video, teenage girl ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%