Movies like Around the Fire

If you like "Around the Fire" you are looking for serious and realistic movies about / with rehabilitation, addiction, boarding school, drug abuse, on the road, school and innocence lost themes of Drama genre shot in USA.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Save
this
list

to
Around the Fire (1998)
 5.6
 612
Around the Fire (1998)
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: rehabilitation, addiction, boarding school, drug abuse, on the road, school, innocence lost, parents and children, music, boarding school life, dysfunctional family, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth, coming of age, social differences, teaching the ways of the world, friends, love and romance, society, drug rehab, prodigal son, lsd, drug rehabilitation, rock concert ...
Time: 90s
Place: campus

Most similar movies to Around the Fire

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and touching films with plots about life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, youth, rehabilitation, hopes and society mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Around the Fire: Pure (2002), Augusta, Gone (2006), Purgatory House (2004), Sweet Nothing (1995), Jumpin' at the Boneyard (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Subscribe for new and better recommendations:
 7.0
 2K
Pure (2002)
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.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: rehabilitation, addiction, friendship, drug abuse, prostitute, dealing with death, going straight, parents and children, dysfunctional family, teenage life, hopes, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.8
 993
Augusta, Gone (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
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 ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: drug abuse, single parent, school, wilderness, rehabilitation, rise and fall, adoption, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional family, relationship vs career, teenage life, kids in trouble ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Purgatory House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An inside glimpse of how it feels to be a teen in today's disconnected world. PURGATORY HOUSE chronicles the after-life journey of Silver Strand: a lonely teen who abandons her life of turmoil and drug addiction, only to find herself caught ...
Style: serious, gothic, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, coming of age, drug abuse, misfit, teenage life, kids in trouble, hopes, society, youth, family relations, life is a bitch, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 5.9
 452
Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: drug dealing, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, downfall, urban ghetto, going straight, rehabilitation, self discovery, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Movie in collections
Jumpin' at the Boneyard (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Manny tries to get his crack addict brother, Danny, to clean up.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching
Plot: heroin, drug addiction, going straight, rehabilitation, sibling relationship, self discovery, addiction, drug abuse, family life, hopes, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.2
 605
Payday (1973)
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, talky, clever ...
Plot: infidelity, friendship, country, musician's life, on the road, performer's life, rehabilitation, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 70s
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.6
 395
Me and Will (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two women with a passion for motorcycles meet while going through rehab. When they discover they've both longed to ride Captain America's red, white, and blue chopper from Easy Rider, they escape the rehab clinic and hit the highway in ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: on the road, drugs/alcohol, writer's life, rehabilitation, clinic, addiction, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, friends, buddies, human nature, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The End of Innocence (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. Eventually here is where she finds her answers.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: self discovery, drugs/alcohol, rehabilitation, innocence lost, mental institution, doctors and patients, society, mentally unstable, human nature, introspection, parents and children, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 870
Drunks (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, ...
Style: realistic, talky, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: alcoholic, addiction, support group, church, redemption, downfall, rehabilitation, drunk, human nature, drug abuse, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Poker House (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Agnes and her two sisters struggle through a day in a home overrun by gamblers, thieves, and johns.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, rough
Plot: drug abuse, coming of age, rape, gambling, pimp, siblings relations, small town, down on your luck, family in crisis, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 70s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Freaking Beautiful World (1997)
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: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: youth, hip hop, teenager, drug dealer, drug dealing, addiction, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, drug use, young people, bar ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: finland, sweden, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.3
 23K
Speak (2004)
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: touching, sincere, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, innocence lost, teenage life, high school, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, high school life, unsupportive friend, school, misfit, small town, teachers and students ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Acts of Worship (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, juvenile delinquency, downfall, urban ghetto, drug dealing, going straight, rehabilitation, destructive relationship, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.8
 15K
Smashed (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: addiction, support group, rehabilitation, drinking, alcohol abuse, teacher, alcoholic, elementary school, drugs/alcohol, wife husband relationship, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.8
 261
Love Come Down (2000)
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: self discovery, interracial relations, romance, siblings relations, addiction, drug abuse, family in crisis, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, society ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.7
 155
True Friends (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
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 ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, buddies, gangsters, urban, juvenile delinquency, school, drug dealing, going straight, bar, rise and fall, urban ghetto, addiction ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new york yankees, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.8
 74K
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, serious, gloomy, bleak, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: peer pressure, dysfunctional family, addiction, makeover, domestic violence, theft, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, kids in trouble, friendship, life is a bitch, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Mighty Angel (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, Hungary
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A shocking story about addiction and attempts to overcome it. The script is based on Jerzy Plich’s excellent novel “The Mighty Angel” (alternative title: "The Strong Angel Inn"). Jerzy (Robert Więckiewicz) is a writer and a heavy ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, gloomy, cynical
Plot: rehabilitation, addiction, drugs/alcohol, clinic, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, writer's life, destructive relationship, haunted by the past, hopes, unfulfillment, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.4
 283
Cocaine Angel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A week in the life of a young drug addict.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, witty ...
Plot: addiction, drug use, prostitute, downfall, rehabilitation, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug dealing, going straight, hopes, couples, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, rough ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, death of pet, love, betrayal, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, romance, destructive relationship, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Book of Stars (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A tale of two sisters. Penny (Masterson) cares for her younger sister Mary (Malone), who suffers from cystic fibrosis. "Cares for" is a questionable term, as the hardened, edgy Penny secretly makes her living in the world's oldest ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, prostitute, dysfunctional family, urban, family in crisis, life is a bitch, youth, family problems, family relations, coming of age, politics, city life ...
Time: 90s
Place: seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Down to the Bone (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: addiction, rehabilitation, cocaine, crumbling marriage, going straight, infertility, children, cheating, extramarital affair, marriage, human nature, destructive relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Down in the Delta (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: farm, drugs/alcohol, single parent, dysfunctional family, starting over, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, family relations, rehabilitation, human nature, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, atlanta georgia, alabama, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 703
Go Ask Alice (1973)
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, marijuana, cocaine, drug addiction, lsd, runaway, heroin, mother daughter relationship, rape, addiction, drug abuse ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, talky, serious ...
Plot: drinking, drug abuse, real estate agent, cocaine, false accusation, yuppie, addiction, downfall, human nature, introspection, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.1
 3K
Foxes (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A group of friends come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley, as set to a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, rough, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, hollywood, self discovery, alcohol, sex, desert, prostitution, drug abuse, parents and children, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, parents and children, teenage life, love and romance, youth, family problems, family relations, innocence lost, teachers and students, family in crisis, power relations, high school ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.9
 3K
Tanner Hall (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Tanner Hall is a vivid peek into the private world of an all-girls boarding school. In a cozy, but run down New England, the knot of adolescent complexity is unraveled through the coming of age stories of four teen-age girls.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boarding school, boarding school life, coming of age, innocence lost, school, teenage life, youth, social relations, teachers and students, power relations, friends, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.5
 609
Crutch (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An autobiographical film taken from the experiences of writer-director Rob Moretti, CRUTCH is a coming-of-age tale about a young man's struggle with family problems and substance abuse. Behind a facade of suburban middle class perfection, ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: coming of age, drug abuse, coming out, dysfunctional family, suburbs, dangerous attraction, addiction, alcohol abuse, family in crisis, suburban life, kids in trouble, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.9
 238
Ricochet River (2001)
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: serious, sentimental, talky, realistic, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, native american, high school, social misfits, on the road, self discovery, interracial relations, small town, society, youth, friends, best friends ...
Time: 90s, 1960s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Subscribe for new and better recommendations: