Movies like The Runner 1984

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The Runner (1984)
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The Runner (1984)
Original name: دونده
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Amiro is a young boy who has lost his home during the war. He spends his days by working odd jobs, until he realizes that the only way that he can realize his dreams is by enrolling in school. In school, he has conflict with other students. Finally there is a competition to see who can say the whole alphabet in one breath.
Plot: school, student, ice, running, job, competition, boy, bicycle, winning, innocence, friend, coming of age, flame
Place: iran

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and psychological films with plots about coming of age, school, boy, teenage boy, student, father son relationship and family relations mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Runner: The Good Son (2001), The Handsome Priest (1989), The Tree with Pink Leaves (1974), Hide and Seek (1980), Saimon & Tada Takashi (2018). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Good Son (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Bonjour tristesse: Teenager Luc lives with his mother Liliane and his little brother Paul in Paris, has to cope with the fact that his mother is a prostitute and practically raise his brother alone. Luc is disillusioned. One day, little Paul wants ...
Plot: boy, friendship, friend, coming of age, son, youth, teenager, brother, gay interest
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The Handsome Priest (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young petty thief befriends the local priest.
Plot: coming of age, childhood, prison, jealousy, bicycle, robbery, friend, theft, thief, sex with a priest, catholic, burglar ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two
Place: venice
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The Tree with Pink Leaves (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Little Marco suffers from his parents' divorce. He runs away from home and is hit by a car. He drags on but eventually dies under a tree with pink leaves, remembering a story his grandmother told him.
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Hide and Seek (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Twelve year-old Uri reports his teacher Balaban as a suspected spy when he observes him meeting with a young arab man. Only later does he discover that Balaban's interest in the young arab is romantic rather than political.
Plot: political activist, school, intolerance, 12 year old, arab, tutor, grandfather grandson relationship, closeted homosexual, arab israeli conflict, autobiography, holocaust survivor, israeli ...
Time: post world war two
Place: jerusalem, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Saimon & Tada Takashi (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: High school senior Saimon is headed for college, and his buddy Tada Takashi will take over his family's factory. Takashi is fed up with being surrounded by guys and heads off with Saimon on a journey to find the love of his life. Takashi goes ...
Plot: coming of age, graduation, high school, japanese man, friend, japanese school, asian school
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Marcelo Zona Sul (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In Rio de Janeiro, more specifically in Copacabana, the sixteen year-old rebel and reckless teenager Marcelo is a terrible student that plays hooky from school and a liar. He dreams on leaving his home and move to São Paulo to work hard, make money ...
Plot: coming of age, youth culture, father son relationship, teenage girl, crying boy, student, classroom, wrapped in a towel, cigarette smoking, sunbathing, bare chested boy, key ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: rio de janeiro
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Nightmares (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set before the first Wold War in part of Poland under Austrain occupation, the story of a young boy in primary school who later grows up to become a rebellious, poetic-minded teen in the same school when the national movement toward liberation is ...
Plot: rebel, torture, tyranny, father son relationship, female nudity, teenage boy, boy, skinny dipping, cruelty, pessimism, religion, student ...
Time: pre world war one
Place: poland
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Secrets In The Snow (2012)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 90 min.
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Duration: 103 min.
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Style: psychological, touching, sentimental, contemplative, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: boy, fall in love, family relations, brother brother relationship, childhood, girl, innocence, coming of age, falling in love, 12 year old, 7 year old
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The Deflowering of Eva van End (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The ugly duckling of a fraught middle-class household has her life turned upside-down by the arrival of a handsome German exchange student, in this caustic, absurdist satire of petit-bourgeois family life from Dutch director Michiel ten Horn. (TIFF)
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The Deserted Station (2002)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 88 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: realistic, serious
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Time: 90s
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Time: 90s
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Duration: 113 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, serious, compassionate, harsh ...
Audience: teens
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Duration: 120 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 86 min.
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43%
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The Violation of Sarah McDavid (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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The Devil's Playground (1976)
Genre: Drama
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35%
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Young Andersen (2005)
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Duration: 110 min.
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Style: mumblecore
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Plot: coming of age, american midwest, suburbs
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Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: serious, neorealism, experimental
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Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%