Movies like My Friend Dahmer

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My Friend Dahmer (2017)
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My Friend Dahmer (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Jeffrey Dahmer struggles with a difficult family life as a young boy. During his teenage years he slowly transforms, edging closer to the serial killer he becomes.
Style: psychological, sentimental, captivating, melancholic
Plot: sociopath, high school, coming of age, social outcast, teenage protagonist, father son relationship, friendship, fear, doctor patient relationship, roommate, socially awkward, divorce, serial killer, homosexuality, murder, dog, dancing, school, student, game, lawyer, fishing, food, marijuana, politics ...
Time: year 1991, year 1978
Place: washington d.c., ohio

Most similar movies to My Friend Dahmer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and melancholic films with plots about drinking, father son relationship, friendship, mother son relationship, cigarette smoking, telephone call and dancing mostly in Drama, Biography and Crime genres. Some movies like My Friend Dahmer: The Glass Castle (2017), Gods and Monsters (1998), I'm Not Ashamed (2016), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Dangerous Minds (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Glass Castle (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A young girl is raised in a dysfunctional family constantly on the run from the FBI. Living in poverty, she comes of age guided by her drunkard, ingenious father who distracts her with magical stories to keep her mind off the family's dire ...
Style: thought provoking, sentimental, psychological, captivating
Plot: father daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, female protagonist, husband wife relationship, promise, school, delusion, apology, journalist, family conflict, grudge, social criticism ...
Time: year 1989, year 1964
Place: lower east side manhattan new york city, west virginia, manhattan new york city, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Gods and Monsters (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: It's 1957, and Whale's heyday as the director of "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The Invisible Man" is long behind him. Retired and a semi-recluse, he lives his days accompanied only by images ...
Style: psychological, captivating, sentimental, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: friendship, homosexuality, seduction, gardener, maid, haunted by the past, artists and showbiz, introspection, naivete, art, dirty old man, homosexual ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
I'm Not Ashamed (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the inspiring and powerful true story and journal entries of Rachel Joy Scott- the first student killed in the Columbine high school shooting in 1999.
Style: based on true events, disturbing, suspense, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: shooting, high school, youth, death, prom, notebook, murder, plan, tragic event, attack, group of friends, friendship ...
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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, psychiatrist, suicide attempt, mentally unstable, eating disorder, coming of age, patient, female protagonist, psychiatric ward, nurse ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Dangerous Minds (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Former Marine Louanne Johnson lands a gig teaching in a pilot program for bright but underachieving teens at a notorious inner-city high school. After having a terrible first day, she decides she must throw decorum to the wind. When Johnson returns ...
Style: touching, sentimental, gloomy, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, teenage life, karate, amusement park, naval officer, hopes, teachers and students, hardcase students, dedicated educator, urban ghetto life, breaking point ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.3
 39K
Beautiful Boy (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After he and his first wife separate, journalist David Sheff struggles to help their teenage son Nic, who goes from experimenting with drugs to becoming devastatingly addicted to methamphetamine.
Style: based on memoir, captivating, rough, sentimental
Plot: drug addiction, methamphetamine, drug rehabilitation, father son relationship, stepmother stepson relationship, missing son, ex husband ex wife relationship, boy, teenage boy, pursuit, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, divorce ...
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.9
 318K
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: realistic, sincere, serious, depressing, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, parenting, divorce, boy, childhood, divorced parents, abusive husband, teenage life, parents and children, marital problem, teenager, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2011, 2010s ...
Place: usa, texas, austin texas, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.9
 36K
Stronger (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma.
Style: based on true events, disturbing, suspenseful, compassionate, suspense
Plot: explosion, rehabilitation, hospital, terrorist bombing, bombing, conspiracy, saving a life, physical therapy, husband wife relationship, friendship, investigation, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 2010s
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Movie in collections
 6.2
 36K
Lovelace (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.
Style: sexual, sincere, captivating, emotional, entertaining ...
Plot: sexual abuse, porn actress, porn star, notoriety, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, redemption, actor's life, strong sexual content, life is a bitch, prostitution, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 2002, year 1970
Place: usa, malibu california, florida, new jersey, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The End of the Tour (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'
Style: talky, realistic, serious, sincere, intellectual ...
Plot: loneliness, journalism, media, artists and showbiz, writer's life, existentialism, depression, suicide, book, friendship, death, drink ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1996
Place: usa, illinois, mcdonald's restaurant, minneapolis minnesota, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941.
Style: factual, sentimental, captivating, psychological
Plot: polyamory, bdsm, lesbian, psychologist, feminism, friendship, justice, seduction, porn, submission, husband wife relationship, typewriter ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941, year 1947, year 1972, year 1945 ...
Place: greenwich village manhattan new york city, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.4
 20K
Factory Girl (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the mid-1960s, wealthy debutant Edie Sedgwick meets artist Andy Warhol. She joins Warhol's famous Factory and becomes his muse. Although she seems to have it all, Edie cannot have the love she craves from Andy, and she has an affair with a ...
Style: serious, factual, melancholic, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: artist, addiction, singer, rise and fall, fashion, socialite, photographer, fame, actor's life, love, art, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, year 1964, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.9
 33K
Bully (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, stylized, gloomy, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: sexual abuse, murder, teenage rape, rivalry, gay slur, teenage sex, vengeance, youth, teenage life, bully, social decay, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.5
 157K
Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, discrimination, politics, politician, civil rights, homosexual, election, protest, mayor, homosexuality, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978, year 1977, year 1972 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oklahoma, minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Best of Enemies (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of the real-life unlikely relationship between an outspoken civil rights activist and a local Ku Klux Klan leader in 1971 North Carolina.
Style: psychological, sincere, suspense, disturbing, based on true events ...
Plot: civil rights, interracial friendship, human spirit, activism, righting the wronged, human rights, interracial relations, court, aggression, danger, segregation, racism ...
Time: year 1971, year 2005
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a midwestern housewife who managed to rescue her family from debt by entering contests for ad slogans sponsored by consumer product companies.
Style: sentimental, stylized, touching, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: underdog, small town, gas station, americana, optimism, eviction, advertising, contest, prize, dysfunctional marriage, mortgage, large family ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.2
 4K
Gracie (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: This is the story of a teenager named Gracie Bowen, who lives in South Orange, New Jersey, is crazy about soccer, as are her three brothers and former soccer star father. Although Gracie wants to join her brothers and father in the nightly ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: feminism, high school, soccer, human spirit, death in the family, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, siblings relations, parents and children, teenage life, follow your dream, underdog ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Echo Park, L.A. (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.
Style: touching, sentimental, melancholic, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: pregnancy, culture clash, coming of age, life turned upside down, starting over, unwanted pregnancy, family disapproval, teenage life, parents and children, society, religion, virginity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 2K
Warm Springs (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Franklin Roosevelt, left a paraplegic from polio at 39 years of age, seeks out a miracle cure in the backwoods of Georgia.
Style: realistic, sincere, uplifting, emotional, serious ...
Plot: head of state, paralysis, politics, ambition, rehabilitation, disability, hopes, state affairs, miraculous event, human spirit, couple relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: georgia, usa, florida, new york state, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.0
 16K
Infamous (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.
Style: serious, tense, sincere, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, murder, obsession, writer's life, friendship, crimes, human nature, fame, journalism, gossip and rumors, obsessive quest, manipulation ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s
Place: kansas, usa, manhattan new york city, mexico, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Stephen Frears directs this biographical drama focusing on controversial British playwright Joe Orton, revealed in flashback after his murder by lover Kenneth Halliwell. Born in 1933 in Leicester, in the English Midlands, John 'Joe' Orton ...
Style: witty, gloomy, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: murder, playwright, gay relationship, gay, tragic love, gender, prodigy, unsuccessful, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, writer's life, couple relations ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1967, year 1964 ...
Place: england, europe, brighton, britain, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 81K
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, serious, rough, psychological ...
Plot: teacher, loneliness, liberal, student, basketball, teachers and students, african american, friendship, drug abuse, cocaine, coach, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The coming of age of a youth named Sonny in a small Texas town in the 1950s.
Style: realistic, captivating, sentimental, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: graduation, coming of age, friendship, small town, self discovery, american dream, jealousy, high school graduation, christmas, youth, innocence lost, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: texas, usa, oklahoma, mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 7.0
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King Jack (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Growing up in a rural town filled with violent delinquents, Jack has learned to do what it takes to survive, despite having an oblivious mother and no father. After his aunt falls ill and a younger cousin comes to stay with him, the hardened ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious
Plot: coming of age, small town, friendship, teenage boy, teenage life, crimes, adventure, friends, rivalry, youth, juvenile delinquency, beating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, coming of age, hospital, terminal illness, reconciliation, memory, confrontation, golden years, love and romance, couples, youth, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 1960s, year 1989, year 1962
Place: brighton, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.9
 25K
Boy Erased (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church supported gay conversion program.
Style: based on memoir, based on true events
Plot: gay, gay teenager, lgbt teen, teen suicide, coming of age, lgbt, gay lead character, college student, homosexuality, threat, gay kiss, minister ...
Place: arkansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, loss of son, vengeance, family relations, family problems, coming of age, accidental killing, haunted by the past, parents and children, family in crisis, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Bettie Page grew up in a conservative religious family in Tennessee and became a photo model sensation in 1950s New York. Bettie's legendary pin-up photos made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and transformed her into ...
Style: bleak, erotic, melancholic, factual, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pornography, bdsm, showbiz, rise and fall, ambition, individuality, life is a bitch, journal, sexuality, censorship, photographer, prejudice ...
Time: 50s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: usa, tennessee, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: surreal, tense, suspenseful, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: high school, catholic, catholic school, student, chocolate, boxing, high school life, society, underdog, politics, gang, fighting the system ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Color of Friendship (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Mahree Bok lives on a farm in South Africa. Her father is a policeman who cannot hide his joy when activist Steve Biko is caught by the South African authorities. Piper Dellums is the daughter of a US congressman from California and who lives in a ...
Style: touching, semi serious, based on memoir
Plot: friendship, racism, culture clash, youth, hopes, parents and children, interracial relations, family, human spirit, urban ghetto life, family problems, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1977, year 1968
Place: south africa, africa, usa, california, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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