Movies like Around the Fire

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Around the Fire
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Simon is an intelligent and privileged young man whose family expects him to become a Princeton graduate. Crying out for attention from his reserved and cool hearted family, Simon commits numerous petty crimes and is soon sent away to boarding school where he befriends a "Deadhead," adopts the "hippie" lifestyle and dabbles in many drugs in his search for acceptance.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: addiction, on the road, school, innocence lost, boarding school, parents and children, boarding school life, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, teenage life, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, youth, coming of age, social differences, music, teaching the ways of the world, friends, love and romance, society, drug rehab, prodigal son, lsd, drug rehabilitation, rock concert ...
Time: 90s
Place: campus
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In Bloom
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Georgia, Germany, France
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Young Americans
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USA
60 min.
 7.8
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about youth, life is a bitch, society, coming of age, teenage life, family relations and friendship mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Around the Fire: Fifteen and Pregnant (1998), Pure (2002), Freaking Beautiful World (1997), Cold Water (1994), Augusta, Gone (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Fifteen and Pregnant
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Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
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Pure
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young boy trying to deal with his mother's heroin addiction befriends a waitress who helps him cope with the tough situation.
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Freaking Beautiful World
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ippe and Papu are two teenagers spending the summer, when they get into trouble with their drug-dealer. They are forced to act as drug-mules. Along the way they meet a new girl, Mia.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: youth, hip hop, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, drug dealing, bar, going straight, addiction, rehabilitation, teenager, drug dealer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: finland, sweden, helsinki finland
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Cold Water
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
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Augusta, Gone
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Story: Martha is a businesswoman and divorced mother of two children - Augusta and Jack. However, when docile Augusta becomes a teenager, feelings of anger and self-hate cause her personality to undergo a scary transformation, and Martha realizes that this ...
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Story: New York, The Bronx, 1980. Two Italian boys Joey Esposito and Louie Mazerino jump to the defence of a smaller Puerto Rican boy, J.J. Lopez, when J.J. is threatened by six schoolyard bullies. The three boys soon become best friends, and they always ...
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The Dream Catcher
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An abandoned teen jumps a freight train in Philadelphia intent on reaching his uncle in Indiana, whom he believes will help him with financial difficulties including a pregnant girlfriend. In Ohio, he meets another homeless teen, who escorts him to ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, emotional, touching ...
Plot: on the road, drugs/alcohol, social misfits, self discovery, friendship, down on your luck, teenage life, coming of age, youth, life is a bitch, parents and children, americana ...
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The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France, Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The dysfunctional twenty-three years old Sarah takes her six year old natural son Jeremiah from the home of his beloved foster parents with the support of the social service to live with her. Along the years, the boy shares her insane and lowlife ...
Style: serious, psychological, bleak, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: prostitute, on the road, stripper, innocence lost, parents and children, addiction, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, pedophile, police, rape, sex ...
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Foxes
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Duration: 106 min.
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Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, rough, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, drug abuse, addiction, self discovery, adolescence, coming-of-age, unlikely friendships, parents and children, childhood, teenagers ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
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Foxfire
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of control.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: high school, friendship, coming of age, teacher, school, lesbian, vengeance, kidnapping, teenager, college, drugs, male nudity ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, portland oregon
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Payday
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A cynical look at the life of a not so nice country-western singer, Maury Dann - played by Rip Torn in one of his most memorable performances. He ruthlessly manipulates every one around him to suit his selfish needs...he even gets his limo driver to ...
Style: serious, biting, realistic, clever, talky ...
Plot: country, musician's life, on the road, performer's life, rehabilitation, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, infidelity, addiction, alcohol abuse, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s
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The Getting of Wisdom
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
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Story: The Getting of Wisdom is based on the 1910 novel by Henry Handel Richardson (born Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson). Her novel is thought to be an account of her own schooldays at the Presbyterian Ladies College in Melbourne. The film is about a ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: prodigy, social misfits, school, boarding school, human nature, friendship, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world, teenage love, boarding school life, teenage life, injustice ...
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In Bloom
Genre: Drama
Country: Georgia, Germany, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Eka and Natia leave their childhood behind and ignore societal customs to escape from their turbulent family lives.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating, sincere
Plot: coming of age, best friends, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, friends, youth, family problems, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, kids in trouble, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992
Place: georgia (former ussr), georgia
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Strays
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Rick (Diesel) is frustrated by the repetitious grind of one-night stands and aimless hustling. Whilst looking for more to his life he meets Heather (Lanza), a neighbour. Rick takes the opportunity to escape his boring life style with her, but soon ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic
Plot: buddies, juvenile delinquency, urban, social misfits, introspection, urban ghetto, friendship, parents and children, teenage life, urban ghetto life, coming of age, gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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Abandoned
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Áron is a happy child in his family. But at some point things take a different turn, and his mother starts to lose her health rapidly. As this happens, the man in charge decides what's best for Áron without consulting the young boy's ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, single parent, human spirit, innocence lost, friendship, parents and children, boarding school life, custody, dysfunctional family, teenage life, kids in trouble, coming of age ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, hungary
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Neighborhood
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story in the vein of CITY OF GOD and KIDS - available for the first time in the U.S.!
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: coming of age, best friends, juvenile delinquency, high school, innocence lost, friendship, suburbs, high school life, suburban life, teenage life, working class, kids in trouble ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, madrid, spain
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This Special Friendship
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A tale of the tender relationship between a twelve-year-old boy and the upperclassman who is the object of his desire. All set in the rigid atmosphere of a Jesuit-run school.
Style: touching, serious, sexual, realistic, psychological
Plot: school, high school, coming of age, boarding school, friendship, clergy, gays and lesbians, youth, sexual abuse, teachers and students, coming out, teenage love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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Love Come Down
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Two brothers in their early 20s, one black, one white, each the other's keeper since their family was torn apart by a decade old tragedy. Neville is a comedian struggling with his comedy, and his brother, Matthew, is a boxer consumed with the ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: interracial relations, romance, siblings relations, addiction, drug abuse, family in crisis, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, self discovery, society ...
Time: 90s
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Ricochet River
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: hree teenagers looking for adventure find more than they expected in this coming-of-age drama. High school seniors Wade (Jason James Richter) and Lorna (Kate Hudson) have spent all their lives in the small logging town of Calamus Grove, a ...
Style: sentimental, serious, talky, realistic, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, social misfits, on the road, self discovery, high school, interracial relations, small town, society, youth, native american, friends, best friends ...
Time: 90s, 1960s
Place: oregon, usa
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Speak
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Freshman high-school student Melinda has refused to speak ever since she called the cops on a popular summer party. With her old friends snubbing her for being a rat, and her parents too busy to notice her troubles, she folds into herself, trying to ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, youth, teachers and students, coming of age, small town, mute or deaf, rehabilitation, mute, rape, parents and children, sexual abuse, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Faced with the harsh reality of growing up in the ghetto, 13-year old Benjie (Larry B. Scott) turns to heroin to escape. After Benjie hits rock bottom, his mother (Cicely Tyson) and her boyfriend (Paul Winfield) must sacrifice to help him overcome ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: ghetto, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, urban ghetto, drug dealing, urban, going straight, parents and children, addiction, adolescence vs adulthood, drug abuse, social decay ...
Time: 70s
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Kids
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, serious, sexual ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: virginity, aids, innocence lost, coming of age, drugs, sex, weed, drug abuse, teenager, violence, marijuana, male nudity ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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Thirteen
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, serious, gloomy, bleak, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, friendship, addiction, dysfunctional family, adolescence, marijuana, drug abuse, drinking, drug addiction, makeover, domestic violence, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, venice beach california
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The Stolen Children
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Switzerland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing Rosetta (11 years old) to work as a prostitute. First the ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, captivating, touching ...
Plot: on the road, coming of age, self discovery, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, youth, orphanage, family problems, family relations, prostitute, parents and children, social differences ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, sicily, italy
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Go Ask Alice
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A 14-year-old girl in late 1960's America is inadvertently sucked into an odyssey of sex and drugs. She eventually seeks help.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: high school, prostitute, addiction, drug abuse, teenage life, youth, mother daughter relationship, heroin, rape, runaway, lsd, drug addiction ...
Time: 70s
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System:   50%
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A Taste of Honey
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Focuses on a working class girl who is struggling to create a life for herself with her gay co-worker after becoming pregnant from a one-night stand with a black sailor.
Style: serious, gloomy, talky, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: coming of age, single parent, friendship, working class, realism, family life, clinic, ship, gays and lesbians, store, opposites attract, forbidden love ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe
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Young Americans
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Young Americans is an American television drama created by Steven Antin. The show debuted on July 12, 2000 on The WB network as a summer replacement for, and spin-off from, another Columbia TriStar Television production, Dawson's Creek. The ...
Style: touching, semi serious, realistic, humorous
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: boarding school, coming of age, boarding school life, school, student life, youth, friends, buddies, fall in love, teenage love, gender bending, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: maryland, usa
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David Copperfield
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: An orphan with a rough childhood becomes a barrister.
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, boarding school, orphan, young heroes, social differences, teaching the ways of the world, child as adult, down on your luck, society, friendship, youth, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era
Place: england
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System:   46%
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