Movies like Short Term 12

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Short Term 12 (2013)
 8.0
 72K
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: emotional, realistic, touching, thought provoking, serious, compassionate, depressing, gloomy, sincere, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: incest, child abuse, troubled teen, suicide attempt, depression, social worker, haunted by the past, foster child, adolescence, parent child relationship, teenage life, human relationship, strong female character, self mutilation, father daughter relationship, abuse, workplace romance, mentor, violence, parole, workplace situations, workplace, couples, dedicated educator, supportive spouse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa

Most similar movies to Short Term 12

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, serious and dramatic films with plots about loneliness, relationships, mentor, storytelling, dialogue, runaway and depression mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Short Term 12: Detachment (2011), Half Nelson (2006), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Cake (2014), Precious (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 69K
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, bleak, thought provoking, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, social decay, teacher, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, social relations, depression, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.2
 80K
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, realistic, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, basketball, liberal, student, friendship, african american, drug abuse, high school, ghetto, junior high school, theft ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
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, emotional, captivating, gloomy ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mental illness, friendship, suicide, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, mentally unstable, coming of age, nurse, insanity, patient, teenage life, diary ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Genre: Drama
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, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, teenage love, teenage life, friendship, first love, high school life, shyness, love and romance, social misfits, friends, high school, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 6.4
 33K
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 ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, grieving, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, dealing with death, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 99K
Precious (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, serious, stylized ...
Plot: domestic violence, rape, child abuse, social misfits, dysfunctional family, parents and children, physical appearance, abusive mother, school, aids, sexual abuse, fear ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.6
 36K
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, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, rape, incest, childhood, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, murder, friendship, going straight, rehabilitation, child abuse, starting over ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, mcdonald's restaurant, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 30K
The Woodsman (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A paedophile returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.
Style: disturbing, realistic, sincere, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, police officer, threat, starting over, parole officer, rejection, factory worker, diary, therapist, rage, ex convict, anger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.2
 25K
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: serious, atmospheric, touching, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, high school, youth, teenage sexuality, small town, drugs/alcohol, unfulfillment, coming of age, adolescence, social relations, high school life, under the surface ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, serious, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, guilt, depression, psychiatrist, grief, middle class, coming of age, therapy, repression, halloween, drowning ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, houston texas, texas, illinois, mcdonald's restaurant ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.8
 6K
Nine Lives (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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: realistic, sincere, serious, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, friendship, pregnancy, abortion, human nature, couple relations, dysfunctional family, love affair, parents and children, terminal illness, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Life as a House (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
Style: gothic, sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: cancer, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, divorce, house, midlife crisis, reconciliation, architect, marijuana, dying, parents and children, unemployment ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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: realistic, touching, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, hospital, adoption, loss of son, vengeance, innocence lost, suburbs, twins, parents and children, youth, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.6
 11K
Sherrybaby (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After serving time in prison, former drug addict Sherry Swanson returns home to reclaim her young daughter from family members who have been raising the child. Sherry's family, especially her sister-in-law, doubt Sherry's ability to be a ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, parole officer, support group, ex convict, cocaine, addiction, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, hopes, parent child relationship, fondling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.7
 3K
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, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: writer's life, high school, parents and children, teenage life, love and romance, youth, family problems, family relations, innocence lost, teachers and students, family in crisis, power relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.4
 9K
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: disturbing, psychological, realistic, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, dysfunctional family, therapy, wannabe, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, coming of age, innocence lost, addiction, self discovery, doctors and patients ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.5
 6K
Bee Season (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 11-year-old Eliza is the invisible element of her family unit: her parents are both consumed with work and her brother is wrapped up in his own adolescent life. Eliza ignites not only a spark that makes her visible but one that sets into motion a ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: judaism, dysfunctional family, mental illness, redemption, parents and children, coming of age, family problems, hopes, society, family relations, human nature, religion ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 7K
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, gloomy, talky, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, reunion, drugs/alcohol, friends, introspection, twentysomething life, unsupportive friend, college graduate, disagreement, depression, suicide attempt, wine ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: gloomy, emotional, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, funeral, best friend, haunted by the past, love and romance, birthday, grief, drugs/alcohol, luxury, widow ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.5
 90K
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, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, dealing with death, war on terror, haunted by the past, 9/11, death, family, grief, loss of child, judge, therapist, life changing experience ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: realistic, serious, gloomy, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: injustice, employer employee relationship, unemployment, depression, suicide attempt, workplace, working class, race against time, weekend, supportive spouse, human nature, economic crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.5
 15K
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, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, innocence lost, high school, teacher, mother daughter relationship, drugs/alcohol, haunted by the past, family, truth, road accident, investigation, police ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 75K
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, gloomy, serious, bleak, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, peer pressure, makeover, domestic violence, addiction, coming of age, friendship, theft, drug overdose, teacher student relationship, underage drinking, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
 7.0
 45K
Rabbit Hole (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.
Style: touching, psychological, sincere, depressing, sad ...
Plot: loss of child, marriage, family problems, death in the family, crumbling marriage, estrangement, grief, memory, therapy, loss of son, support group, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.0
 268K
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: talky, clever, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, child prodigy, suicide attempt, chance, infidelity, terminal illness, redemption, cancer, seduction, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1910s, 1960s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: emotional, realistic, disturbing, serious, touching ...
Plot: sexual abuse, corporal punishment, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, parents and children, coming of age, down on your luck, life is a bitch, society, youth, couples, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 90s, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.5
 271K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, Mexico
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: rough, thought provoking, disturbing, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: nanny, desert, multiple storylines, deportation, tragic event, police brutality, loss of son, doctor, redemption, illegal immigration, first time, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, mexico, japan, africa, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.3
 13K
Powder Blue (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide.
Style: bleak, serious, emotional, atmospheric, scary ...
Plot: anxiety attack, strip club, redemption, exotic dancer, stripper, self discovery, human nature, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, hopes, family problems, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.1
 42K
Mommy (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A peculiar neighbor offers hope to a recent widow who is struggling to raise a teenager who is unpredictable and, sometimes, violent.
Style: melancholic, sincere, psychological, touching, depressing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, oedipus complex, sexual relations, family in crisis, parent child relationship, teenage life, single mother, family problems, life is a bitch, youth, anti conformity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2010s, year 2010 ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 8K
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: infidelity, dysfunctional family, curse, menstruation, aunt niece relationship, all black cast, tavern, superstition, small town, incest, murder, prophecy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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