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Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:poetry,  humiliation,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  anger,  dance,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  hotel,  bar
Characters:musician,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend,  homosexual,  teenager
Period:1970s
Story:tour bus,  music journalism,  character appears on magazine cover,  rolling stone magazine,  recording artist,  tape recording,  stage performance,  boy in underwear,  loss of virginity,  male virgin,  band member,  music concert,  fictional band,  san diego california,  jumping into a swimming pool,  guitar player,  guitar playing,  rock concert,  smoking marijuana,  san francisco california,  volkswagen bus,  bus trip,  alcoholic drink,  birthday cake,  dancing in one's underwear,  rock musician,  rock band,  teenage girl in underwear,  los angeles california,  hotel room,  illegal drugs,  rock singer,  red panties,  swimming pool,  white panties,  telephone call,  mending friendship,  reference to the allman brothers,  reference to deep purple,  character lies about age,  reference to black sabbath,  flying through a storm,  reference to alice cooper,  reference to george orwell's 1984,  jumping into a pool with clothes on,  tempe arizona,  reference to the who,  topeka kansas,  reference to neil young,  manic pixie dream girl,  reference to lou reed,  reference to iggy pop,  backstage pass,  reference to the doors,  pill abuse,  student mentor relationship,  do not disturb sign,  reference to george orwell,  pill bottle,  bell bottoms,  reference to jim morrison,  pill box,  reference to goethe,  reference to pink floyd,  clothes iron,  coming of age film,  classic rock music,  title appears in text,  sunset strip,  reference to elton john,  teen drug use,  quaalude,  teen sexuality,  drumsticks,  following a dream,  surrogate family,  reference to david bowie,  pill popping,  hallucinogen,  progressive rock,  innocence lost,  egotism,  reference to bob dylan,  reference to the rolling stones,  reference to led zeppelin,  phoenix arizona,  female sitting on a toilet,  false name,  aspiring writer,  rock group,  music group,  falling off a roof,  music business,  muse,  leaving home,  sexual pleasure,  underage sex,  semi autobiographical,  cleveland ohio,  wet clothes,  kiss on the lips,  ego,  drug humor,  groupie,  teenage crush,  roadtrip,  ironing,  romantic rivalry,  older man younger man relationship,  teenage sexuality,  music industry,  whistling,  domineering mother,  reference to the beatles,  lsd,  piano playing,  stewardess,  acid,  adolescence,  bandage,  bong,  graduation,  parking lot,  t shirt,  drums,  promiscuity,  growing up,  raised middle finger,  briefs,  tour,  teen movie,  title appears in writing,  thunderstorm,  boston massachusetts,  drummer,  reconciliation,  pills,  drug overdose,  barefoot,  ambition,  embarrassment,  rock star,  cheating husband,  virginity,  journalism,  eccentric,  magazine,  overalls,  guitarist,  sexual attraction,  listening to music,  recording,  fame,  pot smoking,  record player,  single parent,  premarital sex,  obscene finger gesture,  character says i love you,  poet,  loss of father,  rock 'n' roll,  stage,  female removes her clothes,  lightning,  reading,  on the road,  pay phone,  older man younger woman relationship,  electrocution,  coming out,  prologue,  microphone,  virgin,  legend,  confession,  scantily clad female,  suicide attempt,  eating,  california,  concert,  band,  road trip,  journalist,  teenage boy,  drug use,  cleavage,  swimming,  f word,  telephone,  alcohol,  guitar,  voyeur,  bathroom,  marijuana,  rock music,  birthday,  running,  death of father,  beer,  travel,  vomiting,  book,  secret,  love triangle,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  airplane,  blonde,  urination,  food,  high school,  car,  fistfight,  underwear,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  based on true story,  panties,  lesbian kiss,  new york city,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex,  interview

The Runaways (2010)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Runaways (2010)

In 1975, San Fernando Valley teen Joan Larkin reinvents herself as Joan Jett, a guitarist who wants to form an all-girl punk band. She pitches the idea to a sleazy manager, Kim Fowley, who pairs her with a drummer and then searches for a face: he finds Cherie Currie, at age 15, the perfect jailbait image for his purpose; by luck, she can sing. Two others round out the band, The Runaways. Fowley books a tour, signs them to Mercury Records, and packs them off to crowds in Japan. Seeds of conflict sprout early: Fowley puts Cherie front and center in the publicity, she's soon strung out on drugs and vodka, and jealousies arise. Without adult supervision, where can Joan and Cherie end up? (Read More)

Themes:anger,  dance,  drinking,  money,  drugs
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend,  teenager
Period:1970s
Story:recording artist,  stage performance,  band member,  music concert,  guitar player,  guitar playing,  rock concert,  alcoholic drink,  birthday cake,  dancing in one's underwear,  rock musician,  rock band,  band,  teenage girl in underwear,  illegal drugs,  rock singer,  telephone call,  mending friendship,  reference to iggy pop,  pill abuse,  clothes iron,  classic rock music,  title appears in text,  teen drug use,  reference to david bowie,  pill popping,  music group,  rock group,  music business,  leaving home,  underage sex,  roadtrip,  ironing,  teenage sexuality,  music industry,  reference to the beatles,  t shirt,  drums,  promiscuity,  growing up,  tour,  teen movie,  title appears in writing,  drummer,  reconciliation,  pills,  rock star,  eccentric,  magazine,  guitarist,  listening to music,  recording,  fame,  record player,  premarital sex,  obscene finger gesture,  rock 'n' roll,  stage,  on the road,  microphone,  california,  concert,  drug use,  f word,  alcohol,  guitar,  bathroom,  rock music,  birthday,  travel,  drink,  blonde,  urination,  car,  underwear,  song,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  lesbian kiss,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  family relationships,  sex

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Detroit Rock City (1999)
Comedy, Music

Detroit Rock City (1999)

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians.

Themes:drinking,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bar
Characters:teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend,  teenager,  homosexual
Period:1970s
Story:tape recording,  loss of virginity,  music concert,  rock concert,  alcoholic drink,  rock band,  telephone call,  backstage pass,  bell bottoms,  classic rock music,  female sitting on a toilet,  music group,  cleveland ohio,  domineering mother,  lsd,  bong,  drums,  teen movie,  virginity,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  obscene finger gesture,  rock 'n' roll,  pay phone,  microphone,  virgin,  concert,  band,  drug use,  teenage boy,  guitar,  bathroom,  marijuana,  rock music,  drink,  urination,  high school,  car,  underwear,  song,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  sex

Nowhere Boy (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Characters:musician,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:guitar player,  guitar playing,  birthday cake,  rock band,  telephone call,  music group,  rock group,  adolescence,  drums,  drummer,  guitarist,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  character says i love you,  rock 'n' roll,  reading,  microphone,  eating,  band,  teenage boy,  telephone,  guitar,  rock music,  birthday,  running,  beer,  book,  secret,  bus,  drink,  urination,  food,  underwear,  song,  crying,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  based on true story,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  sex

The Doors (1991) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000)
Biography, Drama, Music, Musical

The Doors (1991)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  anger,  drunkenness,  drugs,  infidelity
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:musician,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:rock concert,  san francisco california,  rock band,  los angeles california,  illegal drugs,  rock singer,  reference to the doors,  reference to jim morrison,  sunset strip,  hallucinogen,  reference to the rolling stones,  reference to bob dylan,  rock group,  music industry,  reference to the beatles,  lsd,  stewardess,  tour,  drummer,  drug overdose,  rock star,  guitarist,  fame,  premarital sex,  poet,  rock 'n' roll,  stage,  microphone,  california,  concert,  band,  drug use,  alcohol,  marijuana,  rock music,  camera,  watching tv,  airplane,  urination,  crying,  panties,  new york city,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  interview,  sex

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The Wackness (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughter. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. This is why The Wackness (2008) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bar
Characters:musician,  friend,  teenager
Story:tape recording,  loss of virginity,  male virgin,  illegal drugs,  telephone call,  high school,  character lies about age,  reference to bob dylan,  older man younger man relationship,  bong,  raised middle finger,  pills,  virginity,  eccentric,  guitarist,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  premarital sex,  obscene finger gesture,  character says i love you,  reading,  pay phone,  older man younger woman relationship,  prologue,  suicide attempt,  teenage boy,  drug use,  swimming,  guitar,  voyeur,  bathroom,  marijuana,  beer,  vomiting,  book,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  crying,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  new york city,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex,  kiss

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:humiliation,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:hotel
Characters:singer,  friend
Period:1970s
Story:hotel room,  swimming pool,  white panties,  telephone call,  bell bottoms,  pill popping,  briefs,  pills,  pot smoking,  pay phone,  microphone,  eating,  band,  swimming,  f word,  telephone,  marijuana,  running,  undressing,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  food,  underwear,  song,  crying,  based on true story,  panties,  new york city,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  interview,  sex

Amy (2015)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Amy (2015)

A documentary on the life of 'Amy Winehouse' (qv), the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  whistling,  drug overdose,  guitarist,  fame,  pot smoking,  poet,  rock 'n' roll,  prologue,  microphone,  eating,  band,  drug use,  swimming,  f word,  telephone,  alcohol,  guitar,  marijuana,  birthday,  vomiting,  drink,  camera,  food,  song,  crying,  teenage girl,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  interview

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Fish Tank (2009) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:teenager
Story:loss of virginity,  teenage girl in underwear,  white panties,  telephone call,  leaving home,  teenage crush,  bandage,  parking lot,  teen movie,  barefoot,  sexual attraction,  listening to music,  recording,  single parent,  older man younger woman relationship,  virgin,  teenage boy,  voyeur,  running,  beer,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  car,  underwear,  crying,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  panties,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex,  kiss

The School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Family, Music

The School Of Rock (2003)

Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher,  musician,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:guitar player,  rock concert,  rock musician,  rock band,  band,  guitar,  los angeles california,  rock singer,  telephone call,  reference to led zeppelin,  rock group,  groupie,  drums,  raised middle finger,  drummer,  embarrassment,  rock star,  guitarist,  rock 'n' roll,  rock music,  secret,  drink,  urination,  food,  song,  singing,  family relationships

Short Cuts (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. This is why Short Cuts (1993) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend,  teenager
Story:birthday cake,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  white panties,  telephone call,  ironing,  drug overdose,  obscene finger gesture,  female removes her clothes,  scantily clad female,  california,  concert,  band,  drug use,  cleavage,  marijuana,  birthday,  beer,  vomiting,  secret,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  urination,  underwear,  crying,  panties,  party,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex

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Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  drugs,  infidelity
Locations:hotel
Characters:singer,  musician,  boy
Period:1970s
Story:tour bus,  san francisco california,  birthday cake,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  music business,  drums,  boston massachusetts,  drummer,  drug overdose,  guitarist,  fame,  pot smoking,  premarital sex,  microphone,  legend,  concert,  band,  drug use,  guitar,  bathroom,  marijuana,  birthday,  running,  bus,  drink,  camera,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  sex,  kiss

Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:boy,  singer,  friend
Story:telephone call,  listening to music,  scantily clad female,  eating,  teenage boy,  cleavage,  f word,  swimming,  telephone,  voyeur,  birthday,  running,  death of father,  beer,  vomiting,  book,  secret,  bus,  drink,  blonde,  food,  song,  crying,  teenage girl,  panties,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

Taking Woodstock (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Themes:money,  drugs
Locations:bar
Characters:musician,  homosexual
Story:volkswagen bus,  rock band,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  reference to bob dylan,  lsd,  drums,  recording,  record player,  rock 'n' roll,  microphone,  eating,  concert,  band,  drug use,  telephone,  guitar,  marijuana,  rock music,  undressing,  watching tv,  food,  underwear,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  new york city,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

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Fucking Amal (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Fucking Amal (1998)

Amal is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she is inexperienced in that matter. Another girl in her school, Agnes, is in love with her but is too shy to do anything about it. For a number of reasons, Elin ends up at Agnes' birthday party as the only guest. They have a girl's night out together but after that Elin desperately avoids Agnes, refusing to even consider her own feelings toward Agnes. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:elevator
Characters:homosexual
Story:loss of virginity,  birthday cake,  teenage girl in underwear,  birthday,  white panties,  telephone call,  teen sexuality,  teenage crush,  teen movie,  pills,  obscene finger gesture,  coming out,  virgin,  suicide attempt,  eating,  drug use,  teenage boy,  bathroom,  vomiting,  drink,  food,  party,  underwear,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  panties,  lesbian kiss,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  sex

Youth In Revolt (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Youth In Revolt (2009)

At 16, Nick Twisp is wry about his teen funk: he lives in Oakland with his sex-addled mother; his father's child support is her meal ticket. While camping in Ukiah, Nick meets Sheeni: for him, it's love at first sight. Nick has to figure out how to get his father a job in Ukiah, then how to get sent to live with his father, then how to get close to Sheeni, whose religious parents may want her sent away from temptation to a boarding school. There's also Sheeni's all-American boyfriend to contend with. Overwhelmed by the challenges, Nick's about to give up when he conjures an alter ego who whispers revolt into his ear. Nick is not altogether hapless, but can this end well? This is why Youth In Revolt (2009) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:friend,  teenager
Story:loss of virginity,  male virgin,  telephone call,  aspiring writer,  ego,  adolescence,  teen movie,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  poet,  reading,  pay phone,  older man younger woman relationship,  prologue,  virgin,  eating,  teenage boy,  f word,  bathroom,  marijuana,  running,  vomiting,  book,  undressing,  urination,  food,  high school,  underwear,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex,  kiss

Empire Records (1995) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Empire Records (1995)

A day in the life of the employees of Empire Records. Except this is a day where everything comes to a head for a number of them facing personal crises - can they pull through together? And more importantly, can they keep their record store independent and not swallowed up by corporate greed?

Themes:anger,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Characters:friend,  teenager
Story:white panties,  classic rock music,  drumsticks,  reference to led zeppelin,  female sitting on a toilet,  bandage,  growing up,  raised middle finger,  teen movie,  title appears in writing,  reconciliation,  rock star,  sexual attraction,  premarital sex,  character says i love you,  virgin,  scantily clad female,  band,  teenage boy,  cleavage,  rock music,  blonde,  urination,  song,  crying,  coming of age,  panties,  singing,  dancing,  bare chested male,  sex

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Waiting... (2005)
Comedy

Waiting... (2005)

It's the dinner shift at Shenanigan's. Dan, the clueless boss, assigns Mitch, 22, a trainee, to Monty, the smooth talker who chases girls for one-night stands. Dean, a waiter, also 22, feels that life is passing him by. Dan offers him the assistant manager job and gives him until midnight to decide. Other waiters, cooks, and bus boys have their issues and personalities. Bishop, the dishwasher, is their counselor. During this shift, Monty may learn something, Dean makes his decision, Dan makes a play for the not-yet-18 hostess, customers get their comeuppance, the guys all play the in-house homophobic flashing game, the gals demonstrate why they won't, and Mitch gets the last word. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:friend,  teenager,  homosexual
Story:birthday cake,  telephone call,  drug humor,  bong,  parking lot,  growing up,  raised middle finger,  ambition,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  obscene finger gesture,  pay phone,  older man younger woman relationship,  eating,  california,  teenage boy,  drug use,  f word,  marijuana,  birthday,  bus,  drink,  urination,  food,  high school,  underwear,  crying,  teenage girl,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  sex

Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:humiliation,  unfaithfulness,  anger,  dance,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:loss of virginity,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  reference to the beatles,  promiscuity,  drummer,  embarrassment,  virginity,  pot smoking,  confession,  scantily clad female,  band,  drug use,  cleavage,  f word,  telephone,  voyeur,  marijuana,  vomiting,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

Sid And Nancy (1986)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Sid And Nancy (1986)

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  drugs
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:musician,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:tour bus,  guitar player,  rock band,  reference to bob dylan,  groupie,  tour,  rock star,  obscene finger gesture,  rock 'n' roll,  concert,  band,  drug use,  guitar,  rock music,  beer,  vomiting,  bus,  camera,  song,  crying,  new york city,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  sex,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

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The Rules Of Attraction (2002) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)

Camden College. Sean Bateman is the younger brother of depraved Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman. He's also a drug dealer who owes a lot of money to "fellow" dealer Rupert Guest, as well as a well-known womanizer, for he sleeps with nearly half of the female population on campus. Lauren Hynde is, technically, a virgin. She's saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson, who's left the States to backpack across Europe. Her slutty roommate, Lara, has the hots for Victor as well. Paul Denton, who used to date Lauren, is openly bisexual and attracted to Mitchell Allen, who's dating Candice to prove to Paul that he's not gay. Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean. And Lauren may love Sean. This is why The Rules Of Attraction (2002) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  drugs
Locations:hotel
Characters:singer,  homosexual
Story:loss of virginity,  telephone call,  bong,  promiscuity,  raised middle finger,  pills,  drug overdose,  virginity,  rock 'n' roll,  prologue,  virgin,  scantily clad female,  suicide attempt,  drug use,  cleavage,  guitar,  voyeur,  bathroom,  marijuana,  beer,  vomiting,  secret,  love triangle,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  blonde,  urination,  car,  underwear,  song,  crying,  panties,  party,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  sex,  kiss

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

In Mexico City, late teen friends Tenoch Iturbide and Julio Zapata are feeling restless as their respective girlfriends are traveling together through Europe before they all begin the next phase of their lives at college. At a lavish family wedding, Tenoch and Julio meet Luisa Cortes, the twenty-something wife of Tenoch's cousin Jano, the two who have just moved to Mexico from Spain. Tenoch and Julio try to impress the beautiful Luisa by telling her that they will be taking a trip to the most beautiful secluded beach in Mexico called la Boca del Cielo (translated to Heaven's Mouth), the trip and the beach which in reality don't exist. When Luisa learns of Jano's latest marital indiscretion straight from the horse's mouth, she takes Tenoch and Julio's offer to go along on this road trip, meaning that Tenoch and Julio have to pull together quickly a road trip to a non-existent beach. They decide to head toward one suggested by their friend Saba, who seems a little confused himself of this beach's location. On the road trip, which ends up not being totally harmonious, the three go on a trip of discovery. For Luisa, she has to figure out what to do with her immediate future based on the news from Jano and a secret she is keeping. And Tenoch and Julio have to figure out what their friendship really means as they grow up. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:hotel
Characters:singer,  friend,  homosexual,  teenager
Story:road trip,  secret,  swimming pool,  white panties,  telephone call,  aspiring writer,  bong,  promiscuity,  embarrassment,  sexual attraction,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  female removes her clothes,  on the road,  virgin,  microphone,  confession,  eating,  teenage boy,  drug use,  cleavage,  swimming,  f word,  telephone,  voyeur,  marijuana,  beer,  vomiting,  undressing,  drink,  airplane,  urination,  food,  underwear,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  panties,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

Searching For Sugar Man (2012)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Searching For Sugar Man (2012)

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all. (Read More)

Themes:money,  drugs
Locations:bar
Characters:musician,  singer
Period:1970s
Story:recording artist,  los angeles california,  telephone call,  reference to bob dylan,  reference to the rolling stones,  music business,  music industry,  guitarist,  listening to music,  recording,  fame,  poet,  rock 'n' roll,  lightning,  reading,  microphone,  concert,  band,  drug use,  telephone,  guitar,  watching tv,  airplane,  song,  singing,  photograph,  bare chested male,  interview

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Get Him To The Greek (2010)
Comedy, Music

Get Him To The Greek (2010)

English rock star Aldous Snow relapses into drugs and booze after a break up and a disastrous record. In L.A., Aaron Green works for a record company stuck in recession. Aaron's boss gives him a career making task - to bring Aldous from London to L.A. for a concert in 72 hours. That day, Aaron's girlfriend Daphne tells him she wants to finish her medical residency in Seattle. Aaron's sure this ends their relationship. In London, things aren't much better: Aldous delays their departure several times, plies Aaron with vices, and alternates between bad behavior and trenchant observations. Can Aaron moderate Aldous's substance abuse and get him to the Greek? What about Daphne? (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:musician
Story:rock concert,  los angeles california,  illegal drugs,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  groupie,  music industry,  promiscuity,  rock star,  eccentric,  pot smoking,  scantily clad female,  suicide attempt,  concert,  road trip,  f word,  alcohol,  rock music,  travel,  new york city,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  kiss

August: Osage County (2013) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  humiliation,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  anger,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  drugs,  infidelity
Characters:singer
Story:telephone call,  pills,  cheating husband,  listening to music,  recording,  pot smoking,  record player,  poet,  prologue,  drug use,  f word,  telephone,  alcohol,  death of father,  beer,  vomiting,  book,  secret,  bus,  drink,  food,  song,  crying,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. This is why Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:musician,  singer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:tape recording,  rock concert,  telephone call,  roadtrip,  pills,  drug overdose,  guitarist,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  rock 'n' roll,  reading,  on the road,  pay phone,  electrocution,  prologue,  microphone,  eating,  concert,  road trip,  drug use,  swimming,  bathroom,  beer,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  blonde,  urination,  food,  underwear,  song,  crying,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

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21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  drugs,  infidelity
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher,  boy
Story:birthday cake,  red panties,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  pills,  sexual attraction,  obscene finger gesture,  microphone,  suicide attempt,  teenage boy,  drug use,  cleavage,  swimming,  voyeur,  bathroom,  birthday,  vomiting,  secret,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  underwear,  crying,  panties,  party,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

Hesher (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:jumping into a swimming pool,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  car,  teenage crush,  bong,  parking lot,  raised middle finger,  briefs,  pills,  guitarist,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  obscene finger gesture,  prologue,  eating,  drug use,  teenage boy,  swimming,  f word,  guitar,  marijuana,  running,  beer,  vomiting,  undressing,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  food,  high school,  underwear,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male

Into The Wild (2007) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

Themes:poetry,  unfaithfulness,  guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:bar
Characters:singer,  teenager
Story:stage performance,  guitar player,  alcoholic drink,  teenage girl in underwear,  los angeles california,  telephone call,  character lies about age,  following a dream,  false name,  leaving home,  older man younger man relationship,  graduation,  growing up,  barefoot,  cheating husband,  listening to music,  stage,  lightning,  reading,  on the road,  pay phone,  prologue,  microphone,  california,  road trip,  teenage boy,  drug use,  f word,  swimming,  guitar,  running,  book,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  blonde,  urination,  car,  underwear,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  based on true story,  panties,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex

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Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  humiliation,  guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:singer,  friend,  homosexual
Story:male virgin,  telephone call,  lsd,  recording,  pot smoking,  record player,  poet,  prologue,  confession,  suicide attempt,  band,  drug use,  f word,  telephone,  marijuana,  birthday,  book,  secret,  undressing,  drink,  underwear,  song,  crying,  coming of age,  new york city,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. This is why An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drinking,  adultery,  betrayal,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend,  teenager
Story:loss of virginity,  birthday cake,  hotel room,  underage sex,  cheating husband,  virginity,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  rock 'n' roll,  reading,  older man younger woman relationship,  virgin,  concert,  teenage boy,  birthday,  travel,  book,  secret,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  camera,  song,  crying,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

Crazy Heart (2009)
Drama, Music, Romance

Crazy Heart (2009)

Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:singer,  musician,  friend
Story:tour bus,  journalist,  telephone call,  phoenix arizona,  music business,  briefs,  reconciliation,  guitarist,  stage,  on the road,  pay phone,  older man younger woman relationship,  microphone,  legend,  eating,  concert,  band,  guitar,  vomiting,  bus,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  food,  underwear,  song,  crying,  panties,  singing,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  sex,  interview

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The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:dance,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:loss of virginity,  jumping into a swimming pool,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  cheating husband,  reading,  prologue,  teenage boy,  f word,  telephone,  alcohol,  death of father,  beer,  secret,  drink,  high school,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  sex

Love & Mercy (2014)
Biography, Drama, Music

Love & Mercy (2014)

Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian's crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:musician,  boy,  singer,  friend
Period:1970s
Story:jumping into a swimming pool,  rock band,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  jumping into a pool with clothes on,  ego,  reference to the beatles,  lsd,  drums,  tour,  drummer,  pills,  guitarist,  listening to music,  fame,  pot smoking,  character says i love you,  rock 'n' roll,  prologue,  microphone,  eating,  california,  concert,  band,  drug use,  swimming,  f word,  telephone,  guitar,  marijuana,  rock music,  drink,  airplane,  food,  song,  crying,  party,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:humiliation,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:hotel
Characters:teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:hotel room,  telephone call,  high school,  pill popping,  innocence lost,  falling off a roof,  raised middle finger,  pills,  drug overdose,  poet,  stage,  lightning,  prologue,  confession,  eating,  teenage boy,  drug use,  swimming,  telephone,  bathroom,  running,  vomiting,  undressing,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  food,  underwear,  crying,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  based on true story,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  sex

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Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Comedy, Romance

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It's the last day before everyone goes back to the real world, but there's still a summer's worth of unfinished business to resolve. At the center of the action is camp director Beth, who struggles to keep order while she falls in love with the local astrophysics professor. He is busy trying to save the camp from a deadly piece of NASA's Skylab which is hurtling toward earth. All that, plus: a dangerous waterfall rescue, love triangles, misfits, cool kids, and talking vegetable cans. The questions will all be resolved, of course, at the big talent show at the end of the day. This is why Wet Hot American Summer (2001) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend,  homosexual,  teenager
Story:guitar playing,  telephone call,  piano playing,  drug overdose,  virginity,  sexual attraction,  obscene finger gesture,  virgin,  scantily clad female,  teenage boy,  drug use,  cleavage,  swimming,  telephone,  guitar,  voyeur,  bathroom,  marijuana,  beer,  love triangle,  drink,  blonde,  underwear,  song,  crying,  teenage girl,  lesbian kiss,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  sex,  kiss

August Rush (2007) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Characters:musician,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:rock concert,  san francisco california,  telephone call,  following a dream,  whistling,  guitarist,  rock 'n' roll,  prologue,  microphone,  eating,  concert,  band,  guitar,  beer,  drink,  food,  song,  crying,  new york city,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
Comedy, Drama

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The center of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the resolute Mr. Hand, who is convinced that everyone is on dope. (Read More)

Themes:drugs,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:loss of virginity,  california,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  high school,  innocence lost,  reference to led zeppelin,  underage sex,  drug humor,  bong,  teen movie,  sexual attraction,  premarital sex,  rock 'n' roll,  female removes her clothes,  virgin,  scantily clad female,  drug use,  cleavage,  voyeur,  bathroom,  marijuana,  rock music,  vomiting,  food,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  panties,  sex

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Easy A (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  guilt,  drinking,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  friend,  boy,  singer,  homosexual,  teenager
Story:virginity,  promiscuity,  loss of virginity,  guitar player,  high school,  red panties,  swimming pool,  telephone call,  teen movie,  embarrassment,  pot smoking,  older man younger woman relationship,  microphone,  virgin,  confession,  scantily clad female,  california,  teenage boy,  cleavage,  guitar,  bathroom,  marijuana,  birthday,  beer,  drink,  watching tv,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  panties,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  sex,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:humiliation,  anger,  drunkenness,  betrayal,  money,  drugs,  friendship
Characters:friend,  teenager
Period:1970s
Story:los angeles california,  graduation,  teen movie,  drug overdose,  single parent,  premarital sex,  loss of father,  lightning,  california,  f word,  death of father,  beer,  vomiting,  watching tv,  high school,  car,  fistfight,  coming of age,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

Tideland (2005) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tideland (2005)

Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. This is why Tideland (2005) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000). (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:musician,  boy,  singer
Story:rock concert,  rock musician,  rock band,  drug overdose,  eccentric,  guitarist,  loss of father,  rock 'n' roll,  reading,  eating,  band,  drug use,  swimming,  guitar,  running,  death of father,  vomiting,  book,  secret,  bus,  drink,  urination,  food,  song,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss

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Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  drunkenness,  drinking,  money
Locations:hotel
Characters:teacher,  singer,  teenager
Story:loss of virginity,  swimming pool,  white panties,  telephone call,  underage sex,  virginity,  sexual attraction,  record player,  female removes her clothes,  older man younger woman relationship,  virgin,  scantily clad female,  road trip,  teenage boy,  cleavage,  swimming,  voyeur,  travel,  secret,  drink,  underwear,  crying,  teenage girl,  panties,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss

Lords Of Dogtown (2005)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Lords Of Dogtown (2005)

A fictionalized take on the group of brilliant young skateboarders raised in the mean streets of Dogtown in Santa Monica, California. The Z-Boys, as they come to be known, perfect their craft in the empty swimming pools of unsuspecting suburban homeowners, pioneering a thrilling new sport and eventually moving into legend. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:teenager
Period:1970s
Story:los angeles california,  swimming pool,  teen movie,  magazine,  fame,  legend,  california,  drug use,  teenage boy,  cleavage,  swimming,  marijuana,  beer,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  underwear,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  based on true story,  party,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male

White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:los angeles california,  swimming pool,  innocence lost,  domineering mother,  drug overdose,  premarital sex,  poet,  older man younger woman relationship,  california,  teenage boy,  swimming,  beer,  secret,  bus,  drink,  watching tv,  high school,  underwear,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  panties,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  interview,  sex

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The Squid And The Whale (2005) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000)
Comedy, Drama

The Squid And The Whale (2005)

In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:elevator
Characters:teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend,  teenager
Story:guitar player,  telephone call,  reference to pink floyd,  reference to the rolling stones,  semi autobiographical,  pills,  eccentric,  guitarist,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  obscene finger gesture,  reading,  older man younger woman relationship,  microphone,  virgin,  eating,  teenage boy,  guitar,  bathroom,  beer,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  high school,  underwear,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  panties,  new york city,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  sex,  kiss

Pretty In Pink (1986)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Pretty In Pink (1986)

Teenager Andie is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy at school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet? This is why Pretty In Pink (1986) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  dance,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:musician,  singer,  teenager
Story:rock band,  white panties,  teen movie,  record player,  microphone,  teenage boy,  cleavage,  marijuana,  watching tv,  blonde,  high school,  fistfight,  underwear,  crying,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  panties,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  kiss

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  guilt,  dance,  drinking,  drugs,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  friend,  boy,  singer,  teenager,  homosexual
Story:male virgin,  birthday cake,  high school,  telephone call,  aspiring writer,  kiss on the lips,  teenage crush,  lsd,  adolescence,  graduation,  teen movie,  pills,  virginity,  listening to music,  rock 'n' roll,  reading,  virgin,  suicide attempt,  eating,  drug use,  teenage boy,  f word,  telephone,  bathroom,  marijuana,  birthday,  running,  book,  secret,  drink,  camera,  watching tv,  food,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss

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Across The Universe (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. (Read More)

Themes:dance,  drunkenness,  drugs,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:tour bus,  bus trip,  rock band,  rock singer,  telephone call,  ironing,  lsd,  tour,  guitarist,  premarital sex,  rock 'n' roll,  microphone,  california,  concert,  band,  drug use,  swimming,  alcohol,  guitar,  marijuana,  running,  undressing,  bus,  watching tv,  blonde,  urination,  high school,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  new york city,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss

The Reader (2008) is one of the best movies like Almost Famous (2000)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  money,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:teacher,  friend,  teenager
Period:1970s
Story:tape recording,  loss of virginity,  secret,  telephone call,  reference to goethe,  ironing,  reconciliation,  embarrassment,  virginity,  sexual attraction,  listening to music,  reading,  microphone,  confession,  scantily clad female,  eating,  teenage boy,  cleavage,  swimming,  voyeur,  birthday,  vomiting,  book,  undressing,  blonde,  food,  high school,  underwear,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss

Adventureland (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Adventureland (2009)

In 1987, James Brennan's dreams of a summer European tour before studying at an Ivy League school in New York City are ruined after his parents have a severe career setback. As a result, James must get a summer job to cover his upcoming expenses at the decrepit local amusement park, Adventureland, where he falls in love with a witty co-worker, Emily Lewin. In that bizarrely shady workplace, the young carnies have unforgettable and painful learning experiences about life, love and trust while James discovers what he truly values. (Read More)

Themes:money,  drugs,  infidelity,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:stage performance,  guitar player,  rock musician,  rock band,  illegal drugs,  swimming pool,  reference to neil young,  reference to lou reed,  following a dream,  reference to david bowie,  aspiring writer,  leaving home,  romantic rivalry,  older man younger man relationship,  graduation,  tour,  boston massachusetts,  reconciliation,  rock star,  journalism,  listening to music,  pot smoking,  older man younger woman relationship,  virgin,  rock music,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

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