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, touching, realistic, thought provoking, compassionate, serious, depressing, sincere, gloomy, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: child abuse, incest, depression, foster child, troubled teen, suicide attempt, social worker, adolescence, haunted by the past, teenage life, human relationship, parent child relationship, abuse, strong female character, self mutilation, father daughter relationship, social problems, mentor, youth, young woman, struggle, girlfriend, couple relations, life is a bitch, overcoming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa

Most similar movies to Short Term 12

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, dramatic and melancholic films with plots about storytelling, loneliness, relationships, mentor, depression, runaway and dialogue mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Short Term 12: Detachment (2011), Half Nelson (2006), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Mommy (2014), Cake (2014). 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, teacher, social decay, social problems, life is a bitch, human relationship, unhappy, dedicated educator, social relations, society, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: realistic, talky, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: teacher, student, liberal, basketball, teachers and students, african american, friendship, drug abuse, loneliness, high school, coach, cocaine ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, suicide, friendship, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, mentally unstable, coming of age, nurse, patient, teenage life, diary, insanity ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, 15 year old, oedipus complex, sexual relations, family in crisis, teenage life, family problems, anti conformity, rebelliousness, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2010s, year 1982 ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, social misfits, shyness, adolescence, friends, coping, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 1990s, 20th century ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, life is a bitch, grieving, drugs/alcohol, dealing with death, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship, group therapy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, tijuana mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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: emotional, bleak, realistic, stylized, rough ...
Plot: domestic violence, rape, child abuse, dysfunctional family, social misfits, fear, aids, parents and children, physical appearance, sexual abuse, teacher, school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, 9/11, life changing experience, dealing with death, haunted by the past, loss of loved one, tragic event, friends, character change, family, childhood memory, uptight character ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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: atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, teenage sexuality, youth, high school, high school life, adolescence, unfulfillment, teenage girl, coming of age, high school student, loneliness, older man younger woman relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, touching, tense, social realism, depressing ...
Plot: haunted by the past, juvenile delinquency, rape, childhood, going straight, starting over, ex convict, rehabilitation, new job, criminal, moral dilemma, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england, mcdonald's restaurant, manchester
⇓ 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: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, infidelity, terminal illness, redemption, depression, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, suffering, social problems, tragic event ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1950s, 1960s, 1910s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, rough, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, anger, rage, diary, ex convict, suspicion, rejection, factory worker, starting over, parole officer, therapist, threat ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, parents and children, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, coming of age, family in crisis, couple relations, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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, sentimental, touching, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, pregnancy, abortion, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family problems, lovers reunited, human nature, introspection, family relations, parents and children, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, cancer, divorce, marijuana, reconciliation, architect, dying, midlife crisis, house, haunted by the past, sexual attraction ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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: talky, serious, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, reunion, friends, unsupportive friend, college graduate, introspection, disagreement, twentysomething life, drugs/alcohol, depression, suicide attempt, wine ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, guilt, depression, psychiatrist, christmas, repression, loss of son, coming of age, therapy, drowning, halloween ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, texas, chicago illinois, illinois, mcdonald's restaurant ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 28K
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, touching, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage life, women's prison, coming of age, murder, crimes, bad mother, parents and children, mother daughter relationship, family problems, fall in love, kids in trouble, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, nova scotia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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: realistic, disturbing, psychological, talky, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, therapy, wannabe, dysfunctional family, painting, coming of age, addiction, healing power, misfit, self esteem, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, tense, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, makeover, theft, peer pressure, addiction, friendship, marijuana, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, teen angst, underage drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: nanny, desert, deportation, tragic event, doctor, loss of son, police brutality, multiple storylines, redemption, depression, guilt, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, japan, mexico, asia, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, clever, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, adoption, friendship, hospital, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, suburbs, death in the family, youth, haunted by the past, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.1
 26K
99 Homes (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After his family is evicted from their home, proud and desperate construction worker Dennis Nash tries to win his home back by striking a deal with the devil and working for Rick Carver, the corrupt real estate broker who evicted him.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: single father, moral dilemma, real estate agent, construction worker, financial crisis, workplace, human nature, family relations, workplace situations, life is a bitch, parent child relationship, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2010
Place: florida, usa, united states, boston, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: injustice, unemployment, depression, workplace, working class, suicide attempt, race against time, weekend, employer employee relationship, down on your luck, life is a bitch, boss and employee ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, emotional, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, support group, cocaine, parole officer, ex convict, addiction, incest, starting over, custody, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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: emotional, realistic, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, judaism, redemption, coming of age, family problems, parents and children, family relations, hopes, siblings relations, society, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.4
 9K
The War Zone (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
Style: disturbing, bleak, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, father daughter incest, teenager, parents and children, teenage life, family problems, family relations, small town, innocence lost, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, sincere, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, funeral, life is a bitch, birthday, grief, best friend, love and romance, haunted by the past, childhood, overcoming, loss of spouse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, nervous breakdown, haunted by the past, loss of friend, funeral, loss of parent, family problems, parents and children, family relations, drinking problem, alcohol abuse, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, alabama, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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: gloomy, touching, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, infidelity, incest, prophecy, small town, murder, curse, superstition, tavern, all black cast, menstruation, aunt niece relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%