Movies like Around the Fire

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Around the Fire (1998)
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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, school, on the road, 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, student, marijuana, hippie, rock band, drug addict ...
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, sincere and touching films with plots about life is a bitch, youth, society, drug abuse, addiction, teenage life and drug addiction mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Around the Fire: Augusta, Gone (2006), Go Ask Alice (1973), Pure (2002), Jumpin' at the Boneyard (1991), Freaking Beautiful World (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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
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95%
 6.5
 751
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, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: high school, prostitute, drug addiction, mother daughter relationship, heroin, lsd, cocaine, runaway, marijuana, rape, addiction, drug abuse ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 6.9
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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, drug addiction, heroin, waitress, baby, drug dealer, birthday, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
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: emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic, 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 ⇓
90%
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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, drug dealer, teenager, drug dealing, addiction, juvenile delinquency, drugs/alcohol, social misfits, drug use, young people, bar ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: finland, sweden, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.2
 624
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: biting, serious, clever, talky, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, friendship, country, musician's life, on the road, performer's life, music, rehabilitation, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 70s
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: self discovery, drugs/alcohol, rehabilitation, mental institution, innocence lost, doctors and patients, society, mentally unstable, human nature, introspection, parents and children, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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: serious, bleak, emotional, realistic, 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 ⇓
77%
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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 ⇓
77%
 5.6
 402
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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: on the road, writer's life, drugs/alcohol, rehabilitation, clinic, addiction, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, friends, buddies, human nature, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 5.9
 263
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 ⇓
70%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
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 ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, pregnancy, adolescence vs adulthood, family in crisis, parent, boyfriend, single, teenager, adoption, teenage life, youth, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 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, unsupportive friend, high school, life is a bitch, high school life, school, misfit, sexual abuse, rape, mute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 5.0
 242
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: talky, serious, sentimental, touching, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, native american, high school, on the road, social misfits, self discovery, interracial relations, small town, society, youth, friends, best friends ...
Time: 90s, 1960s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.6
 162
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, urban, gangsters, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, school, going straight, bar, rise and fall, urban ghetto, addiction ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new york yankees
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: bleak, serious, disturbing, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, juvenile delinquency, downfall, drug dealing, urban ghetto, going straight, rehabilitation, destructive relationship, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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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, rough, realistic, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, hollywood, self discovery, alcohol, sex, prostitution, desert, drug abuse, parents and children, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.0
 454
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: serious, bleak, gloomy, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: drug dealing, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto, downfall, going straight, rehabilitation, self discovery, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 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, serious, bleak, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, peer pressure, makeover, domestic violence, addiction, coming of age, friendship, theft, drug overdose, teacher student relationship, underage drinking, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: emotional, serious, 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 ⇓
55%
 6.3
 895
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, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.2
 2K
Neighborhood (1998)
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, dysfunctional family, best friends, juvenile delinquency, innocence lost, high school, friendship, suburbs, high school life, suburban life, teenage life, working class ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, madrid, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
This Special Friendship (1964)
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: sexual, touching, serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: sexual abuse, boarding school, coming out, school, clergy, friendship, gays and lesbians, youth, teenage life, high school, homosexuality, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 283
Cocaine Angel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A week in the life of a young drug addict.
Style: serious, gloomy, 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 ⇓
52%
 6.2
 8K
Foxfire (1996)
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, sincere, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: high school, friendship, feminism, teacher, coming out, prison, teenage girl, tattoo, hostage, coming of age, lesbian, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Secret Life of Zoey (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Marcia always thought her overachieving daughter Zoey was the dream child. But then she discovers that her perfect teen has a not-so-perfect drug addiction. Marcia and her ex-husband go through plenty of denial as their daughter spirals out of ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: drug abuse, drug dealing, going straight, rehabilitation, introspection, unfulfilled love, addiction, alcohol abuse, thirtysomething life, crimes, hopes, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.8
 4K
Cheaters (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In the fall of 1994, a teacher at Chicago's run-down Steinmetz High conspires with the school's academic decathlon team to cheat on an academic competition.
Style: serious, clever, realistic, offbeat, sincere
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, dedicated educator, contests and competitions, social differences, teachers and students, school, high school life, teenage life, working class, ambition, society, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.0
 67K
Kids (1995)
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: serious, disturbing, bleak, realistic, rough ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: coming of age, strong sexual content, youth, virginity, drugs/alcohol, innocence lost, puberty, teenage life, social decay, society, first sex, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
 578
Wasted (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A high-school track star (Nick Stahl) watches without judgment as his two best friends (Summer Phoenix, Aaron Paul) abuse heroin.
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: high school, small town, heroin, friendship, party, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, downfall, experiment, drug dealing, going straight, rehabilitation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Toy Soldiers (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: On one evening in a decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the innocence of youth and family unravels. Five parallel coming-of-age stories dramatize the stages of grief. A youthful mother in a custody battle over her children, finds ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, sincere, captivating
Plot: coming of age, drugs/alcohol, innocence lost, misfit, youth, gays and lesbians, social misfits, addiction, coming out, custody, haunted by the past, teenage life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%