Movies like Short Term 12

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Short Term 12 (2013)
 7.9
 87K
Short Term 12 (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.
Style: compassionate, emotional, thought provoking, touching, realistic, serious, depressing, sweet, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: child abuse, social worker, troubled teen, foster child, self harm, incest, adolescence, depression, suicide attempt, haunted by the past, teenage life, human relationship, parent child relationship, problem child, mother's boyfriend, coworker, abuse, father daughter relationship, self mutilation, strong female character, character study, foster home, social problems, dedicated educator, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, dramatic and serious films with plots about loneliness, relationships, depression, storytelling, runaway, pornography and friendship mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Short Term 12: Manchester by the Sea (2016), Detachment (2011), Ordinary People (1980), Half Nelson (2006), About Alex (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.
Style: depressing, heartbreaking, psychological, emotional, sad ...
Plot: depression, sadness, loneliness, loss, dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, death, nephew, house fire, funeral, hospital, uncle nephew relationship ...
Time: 2010s
Place: boston, massachusetts, new england
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100%
 7.7
 84K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, bleak, depressing, serious ...
Plot: teacher, depression, teachers and students, suicide, dedicated educator, unhappy, social problems, social decay, human relationship, life is a bitch, social relations, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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82%
Ordinary People (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: suicide attempt, therapy, dysfunctional family, guilt, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, death in the family, loss of son, coming of age, middle class, family problems, acceptance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois, texas, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 87K
Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: talky, serious, depressing, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, loneliness, friendship, liberal, basketball, student, secret, coach, african american, ghetto, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.3
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About Alex (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away to console a suicidal member of their group. Yet, despite their best efforts to enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, group of friends, friends, college graduate, introspection, reunited friends, disagreement, depression, suicide attempt, emotional breakdown, writer's block, anxiety ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new york state
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100%
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line ...
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: mental illness, suicide, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, borderline personality disorder, psychiatric ward, coming of age, friendship, mental institution, mentally unstable, self harm, patient ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa
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67%
 6.8
 86K
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: tense, realistic, serious, bleak, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: peer pressure, underage drinking, dysfunctional family, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, kids in trouble, addiction, friends, friendship, marijuana, theft, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
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82%
 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, serious, touching, melancholic, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, teenage life, crush, teenage girl, coming of age, teenage sexuality, adolescence, high school life, unfulfillment, youth, high school student, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 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: bleak, serious, gloomy, disturbing, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: age difference, mother's boyfriend, rebelliousness, fall in love, innocence lost, life is a bitch, youth, statutory rape, adolescence, coming of age, dysfunctional family, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, england, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, which follows 15-year-old freshman Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider who is taken under the wings of two seniors. A moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope - and the ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, high school, first love, teenage love, friendship, high school life, teenage life, adolescence, teenager, suicide, shyness, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, year 1991
Place: pittsburgh, pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 37K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, depressing, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: depression, support group, suicide, obsession, physical therapy, life is a bitch, grieving, dealing with death, introspection, loneliness, friendship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, tijuana mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 96K
Reign Over Me (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.
Style: sincere, touching, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: grief, friendship, dealing with death, loss of spouse, 9/11, loss of loved one, friends, tragic event, life changing experience, buddies, haunted by the past, alone ...
Time: 21st century, september 11 2001
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 38K
Boy A (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of a young ex-con Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a murder he committed as a child.
Style: psychological, touching, tense, depressing, suspense ...
Plot: incest, juvenile delinquency, childhood, haunted by the past, going straight, rape, starting over, rehabilitation, new job, criminal, moral dilemma, ex convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Two Days, One Night (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Sandra is a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job — not an easy task in this economy.
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: injustice, depression, unemployment, workplace, employer employee relationship, unsupportive coworkers, supportive coworker, moral dilemma, human nature, workplace situations, working class, supportive spouse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 17K
Margaret (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.
Style: psychological, emotional, melancholic, enigmatic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, life is a bitch, youth, haunted by the past, teenage life, high school, investigation, legal action, road accident, mother daughter relationship, redemption, character study ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested ...
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: dog, small town, owner dog relationship, hopes, life is a bitch, social problems, financial problem, down on your luck, pets, loneliness, friendship, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Celebration (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A grandiose party to celebrate a sixtieth birthday unleashes a family drama with all the lies that conceal horrendous secrets. The eldest son, Christian, stages a showdown with the popular pater familias; his provocative, moving after-dinner speech ...
Style: suspense, gloomy, talky, stylized, emotional ...
Plot: sexual abuse, suicide, birthday, incest, child abuse, family secret, hotel, depression, family relations, secret, party, family gatherings ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 84K
Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, France, Cyprus, Qatar, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Zain, a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied.
Style: social, rough, sad, cynical, dark ...
Plot: poverty, child abuse, slum, neglected child, misery, child protagonist, traumatic childhood, refugee, child neglect, child labor, low lives, life is a bitch ...
Time: 2010s
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 10K
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, disturbing, psychological, compassionate, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, dysfunctional family, youth, juvenile delinquency, self discovery, teenage life, addiction, doctors and patients, manic, society, misfit ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.9
 52K
Hesher (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, emotional ...
Plot: antisocial behavior, loner, bully, youth, arson, depression, grief, stranger, life is a bitch, rebelliousness, death in the family, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: teenager, friendship, adoption, family relations, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, coming of age, family in crisis, haunted by the past, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 8.0
 308K
Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: meditative, realistic, bleak, sincere, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, family problems, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 50s, 1910s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.7
 7K
Nine Lives (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, abortion, family relations, dysfunctional family, couples, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, human nature, love affair, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, life is a bitch, loss of spouse, funeral, haunted by the past, love and romance, grief, white male black female relationship, best friend, starting over, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.6
 4K
Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, cheerleading, family relations, teachers and students, teenage girl, love and romance, poetry, power relations, parents and children, youth, family problems, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.3
 6K
Goodbye Solo (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A man planning to commit suicide hires a taxi driver to take him to his jumping-off point.
Style: uplifting, touching, thought provoking, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: taxi driver, friendship, suicidal, immigrants, elderly, society, regret, loneliness, taxi, interracial relations, mentor, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, emotional, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, family relations, corporal punishment, child rape, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, family in crisis, family problems, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s, 90s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.1
 32K
White Oleander (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
Style: emotional, disturbing, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: mother daughter relationship, women's prison, teenage life, bad mother, coming of age, family relations, murder, crimes, foster home, parents and children, kids in trouble, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, nova scotia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.9
 350K
Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: depressing, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, stepsister stepsister relationship, childhood, bully, divorced parents, boy, marital problem, brother sister relationship, abusive husband, parents and children, teenage life, divorce ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013, year 2009, year 2008 ...
Place: usa, texas, austin texas, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Jack Slavin is an environmentalist with a heart condition who lives with his daughter, Rose, on an isolated island. While Jack fights against developers who wish to build in the area, he also craves more contact with other people. When he invites ...
Style: melancholic, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, single parent, sexual exploration, parents and children, island, first sex, teenage life, rebelliousness, isolation, innocence lost, virginity, commune ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, future
Place: usa, vermont, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%