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Back To The Future (1985)
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Back To The Future (1985)

Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by a slightly mad scientist. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and f…all in love - so he can get back to the future. (Read More)

Subgenre:
time travel comedy alternate history teen comedy teen movie cult film 
Themes:
dysfunctional family time travel 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
school dance urban setting bicycle small town helicopter 
Characters:
self worth bully teenage boy teenage girl husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships teenager 
Period:
year 1985 future 1950s 1980s 
Story:
reference to pepsi clock tower bully comeuppance fire extinguisher waking up in strange surroundings scale model of city audio feedback reference to chuck berry bottle opener male time traveller reversal of fortune breakfast machine coonskin cap malt shop digital watch β€¦self fulfillment interrupted kiss time traveller chocolate milk rube goldberg machine burger king reference to jerry lewis remote control car reference to darth vader battle of the bands lifting a male into the air butt grab delorean manure altering history sequel mentioned during end credits person in car trunk year 1955 castle thunder falling from a tree plutonium famous song nuclear power girl next door spit take toyota paradox flying car pepsi 555 phone number unwanted kiss reference to ronald reagan famous score political campaign computer cracker time machine first date irish american cafeteria car trouble parking lot geek bulletproof vest first kiss love at first sight thunderstorm shopping mall underage drinking inventor telescope peeping tom clock part of trilogy skateboard crush blockbuster mad scientist lifting someone into the air overalls barn jeep teen angst destiny tv news first part automobile lightning race against time mistaken identity product placement pay phone first of series suburb racial slur hit by a car diner four word title woman video camera terrorist band television guitar slow motion scene shotgun underwear fire surprise ending chase title spoken by character photograph dog  (See All)

Back To The Future Part II (1989)
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Back To The Future Part II (1989)

Marty McFly has only just gotten back from the past, when he is once again picked up by Dr. Emmett Brown and sent through time to the future. Marty's job in the future is to pose as his own son to prevent him from being thrown in prison. Unfortunately, things get worse when the future changes the pr…esent. (Read More)

Subgenre:
time travel comedy alternate history teen comedy teen movie cult film 
Themes:
time travel 
Locations:
urban setting 
Characters:
teenage boy family relationships teenager 
Period:
year 1985 future 1950s 
Story:
reference to pepsi waking up in strange surroundings male time traveller reversal of fortune time traveller manure altering history sequel mentioned during end credits year 1955 girl next door flying car pepsi famous score computer cracker time machine β€¦irish american thunderstorm clock part of trilogy blockbuster mad scientist automobile lightning product placement pay phone suburb diner woman band guitar dog  (See All)

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Back To The Future Part III (1990)
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Back To The Future Part III (1990)

Stranded in 1955, Marty McFly receives written word from his friend, Doctor Emmett Brown, as to where can be found the DeLorean time machine. However, an unfortunate discovery prompts Marty to go to his friend's aid. Using the time machine, Marty travels to the old west where his friend has run afou…l of a gang of thugs and has fallen in love with a local schoolteacher. Using the technology from the time, Marty and Emmett devise one last chance to send the two of them back to the future. (Read More)

Subgenre:
time travel comedy alternate history 
Themes:
time travel 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
teenage boy family relationships teenager 
Period:
year 1985 future 1950s 1980s 
Story:
waking up in strange surroundings male time traveller breakfast machine rube goldberg machine time traveller delorean manure altering history year 1955 girl next door flying car famous score computer cracker time machine irish american β€¦car trouble bulletproof vest love at first sight inventor clock part of trilogy skateboard blockbuster mad scientist lifting someone into the air destiny automobile mistaken identity product placement suburb woman band photograph dog  (See All)

The Terminator (1984)
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The Terminator (1984)

A cyborg is sent from the future on a deadly mission. He has to kill Sarah Connor, a young woman whose life will have a great significance in years to come. Sarah has only one protector - Kyle Reese - also sent from the future. The Terminator uses his exceptional intelligence and strength to find Sa…rah, but is there any way to stop the seemingly indestructible cyborg ? (Read More)

Subgenre:
alternate history cult film 
Themes:
time travel 
Locations:
urban setting 
Period:
future 1980s 
Story:
male time traveller time traveller lifting a male into the air altering history 555 phone number blockbuster lifting someone into the air jeep first part mistaken identity pay phone first of series diner woman slow motion scene β€¦shotgun title spoken by character photograph  (See All)

Sixteen Candles (1984) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
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Sixteen Candles (1984)

Samantha's life is going downhill fast. The sixteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! Add all this to a pair of horrendously… embarrassing grandparents, a foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie cult film 
Themes:
dysfunctional family 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
teenage boy teenage girl family relationships teenager 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
first date geek underage drinking crush lifting someone into the air teen angst suburb underwear photograph 

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Project Almanac (2015)
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Project Almanac (2015)

As a group of friends discover plans for a time machine, they build it and use it to fix their problems and for personal gain. But as their future falls apart with disasters, and they come to realize the irreversible ripple effects caused by their time travels, they must decide to fix this once and …for all. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Themes:
time travel 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
helicopter 
Characters:
bully mother son relationship teenager 
Period:
future 
Story:
bully comeuppance altering history time machine teen angst race against time product placement fire surprise ending title spoken by character dog 

The Goonies (1985)
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The Goonies (1985)

Mikey Walsh and Brandon Walsh are brothers whose family is preparing to move because developers want to build a golf course in the place of their neighborhood -- unless enough money is raised to stop the construction of the golf course, and that's quite doubtful. But when Mikey stumbles upon a treas…ure map of the famed "One-Eyed" Willy's hidden fortune, Mikey, Brandon, and their friends Lawrence "Chunk" Cohen, Clark "Mouth" Devereaux, Andrea "Andy" Carmichael, Stefanie "Stef" Steinbrenner, and Richard "Data" Wang, calling themselves The Goonies, set out on a quest to find the treasure in hopes of saving their neighborhood. The treasure is in a cavern, but the entrance to the cavern is under the restaurant of evil thief Mama Fratelli and her sons Jake Fratelli, Francis Fratelli, and the severely disfigured Lotney "Sloth" Fratelli. Sloth befriends the Goonies and decides to help them. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie cult film 
Locations:
bicycle small town 
Characters:
teenage boy teenage girl mother son relationship family relationships teenager 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
rube goldberg machine lifting a male into the air famous song first kiss thunderstorm inventor blockbuster lifting someone into the air mistaken identity suburb surprise ending chase title spoken by character 

Frequency (2000)
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Frequency (2000)

A rare atmospheric phenomenon allows a New York City firefighter to communicate with his son 30 years in the future via HAM radio. The son uses this opportunity to warn the father of his impending death in a warehouse fire, and manages to save his life. However, what he does not realize is that chan…ging history has triggered a new set of tragic events, including the murder of his mother. The two men must now work together, 30 years apart, to find the murderer before he strikes so that they can change history--again. (Read More)

Subgenre:
alternate history 
Themes:
time travel 
Locations:
bicycle 
Characters:
teenage boy husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
future 
Story:
altering history irish american blockbuster lifting someone into the air destiny race against time diner television shotgun fire surprise ending 

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The Time Machine (2002) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
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The Time Machine (2002)

Based on the classic sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, scientist and inventor, Alexander Hartdegen, is determined to prove that time travel is possible. His determination is turned to desperation by a personal tragedy that now drives him to want to change the past. Testing his theories with a time machine… of his own invention, Hartdegen is hurtled 800,000 years into the future, where he discovers that mankind has divided into the hunter - and the hunted. (Read More)

Subgenre:
alternate history 
Themes:
time travel 
Period:
future 
Story:
male time traveller time traveller altering history time machine inventor product placement fire chase title spoken by character 

Dazed And Confused (1993)
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Dazed And Confused (1993)

It's the last day of school at a high school in a small town in Texas in 1976. The upperclassmen are hazing the incoming freshmen, and everyone is trying to get stoned, drunk, or laid, even the football players that signed a pledge not to.

Subgenre:
teen movie cult film 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
school dance bicycle small town 
Characters:
bully teenage boy teenage girl father son relationship mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
underage drinking overalls teen angst suburb guitar slow motion scene shotgun chase 

Southland Tales (2006)
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Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star develo…ping her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Subgenre:
alternate history cult film 
Themes:
time travel 
Locations:
helicopter 
Characters:
husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Period:
future 
Story:
paradox flying car computer cracker bulletproof vest inventor telescope mad scientist tv news destiny lightning product placement racial slur hit by a car video camera terrorist β€¦television guitar slow motion scene shotgun fire surprise ending chase dog  (See All)

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Critters (1986)
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Critters (1986)

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
bicycle small town helicopter 
Characters:
teenage girl husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships teenager 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
barn first part lightning race against time pay phone first of series slow motion scene shotgun fire surprise ending title spoken by character photograph 

Detroit Rock City (1999) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
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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.

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie cult film 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
teenage boy teenage girl mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships teenager 
Story:
cafeteria geek first kiss pay phone band guitar slow motion scene underwear fire chase title spoken by character dog 

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
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Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Preston, Idaho's most curious resident, Napoleon Dynamite, lives with his grandma and his 32-year-old brother (who cruises chat rooms for ladies) and works to help his best friend, Pedro, snatch the Student Body President title from mean teen Summer Wheatley.

Subgenre:
teen movie cult film 
Themes:
time travel 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
school dance bicycle small town 
Characters:
bully teenage boy mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
time machine cafeteria overalls pay phone shotgun title spoken by character photograph 

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Tomorrowland (2015)
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Tomorrowland (2015)

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomo…rrowland." (Read More)

Themes:
time travel 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
bicycle 
Characters:
teenage girl father son relationship 
Period:
future 
Story:
inventor mad scientist barn destiny race against time product placement pay phone hit by a car slow motion scene fire surprise ending chase title spoken by character photograph dog 

Jurassic Park (1993)
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Jurassic Park (1993)

Huge advancements in scientific technology have enabled a mogul to create an island full of living dinosaurs. John Hammond has invited four individuals, along with his two grandchildren, to join him at Jurassic Park. But will everything go according to plan? A park employee attempts to steal dinosau…r embryos, critical security systems are shut down and it now becomes a race for survival with dinosaurs roaming freely over the island. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
helicopter 
Characters:
teenage girl 
Story:
lifting a male into the air famous score computer cracker blockbuster lifting someone into the air jeep first part lightning product placement first of series slow motion scene shotgun chase title spoken by character 

Juno (2007) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
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Juno (2007)

A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place …the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Will Juno's plan work, can she improvise, and what about Bleeker? (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie cult film 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
bicycle 
Characters:
bully teenage boy teenage girl husband wife relationship mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
shopping mall teen angst pay phone suburb band guitar slow motion scene underwear title spoken by character dog 

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Pretty In Pink (1986)
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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?

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie cult film 
Themes:
dysfunctional family 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
school dance 
Characters:
teenage boy teenage girl teenager 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
crush teen angst underwear photograph 

Power Rangers (2017)
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Power Rangers (2017)

High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vegenance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world.

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
bicycle small town 
Characters:
bully teenage boy teenage girl husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships teenager 
Story:
bully comeuppance geek teen angst destiny lightning race against time product placement slow motion scene shotgun fire surprise ending chase title spoken by character photograph 

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)
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X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds …it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. (Read More)

Subgenre:
alternate history 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
helicopter 
Characters:
bully teenage boy teenage girl husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship teenager 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
bully comeuppance reference to ronald reagan famous score inventor blockbuster teen angst lightning race against time product placement television slow motion scene fire surprise ending chase photograph β€¦dog  (See All)

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American Graffiti (1973) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
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American Graffiti (1973)

It's the proverbial end of the summer 1962 in a small southern California town. It's the evening before best friends and recent high school graduates, Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander, are scheduled to leave town to head to college back east. Curt, who received a lucrative local scholarship, is see…n as the promise that their class holds. But Curt is having second thoughts about leaving what Steve basically sees as their dead end town. Curt's beliefs are strengthened when he spots an unknown beautiful blonde in a T-bird who mouths the words "I love you" to him. As Curt tries to find that blonde while trying to get away from a local gang who have him somewhat hostage, Curt may come to a decision about his immediate future. Outgoing class president Steve, on the other hand, wants to leave, despite meaning that he will leave girlfriend, head cheerleader and Curt's sister, Laurie Henderson, behind. Steve and Laurie spend the evening "negotiating" the state of their relationship. Meanwhile, two of their friends cruise around town for the evening. Steve has left his car to meek and mild-mannered Terry "Toad" Fields to look after during his absence. The wheels give Toad a new sense of confidence, which he uses to try and impress Debbie Dunham, a more experienced girl generally out of his league. And John Milner, who is seen as the king of the street race in his souped-up yellow deuce coupe, tries to get rid of precocious pre-teen, Carol Morrison, who has somehow become his passenger… (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie cult film 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
school dance urban setting small town 
Characters:
teenage boy teenage girl teenager 
Period:
future 
Story:
first date geek love at first sight underage drinking crush blockbuster teen angst automobile suburb diner underwear surprise ending 

Chronicle (2012)
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Chronicle (2012)

The shy, lonely and outcast teenager Andrew Detmer is bullied and has no friends at high-school and lives with his abusive and alcoholic father Richard Detmer and his terminally ill mother Karen. Andrew buys a camera to film his everyday life. His cousin Matt Garetty drives him to school and invites… Andrew to go to a party at night. telekinetic abilities and Andrew becomes the most powerful. But he easily loses his temper and becomes dangerous while Matt tries to control him. When his mother needs a medicine and Andrew does not have enough money to buy it, his darker side overcomes and he becomes a menace. (Read More)

Themes:
dysfunctional family 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
bully teenage boy teenage girl mother son relationship father son relationship teenager 
Story:
bully comeuppance thunderstorm underage drinking crush teen angst lightning video camera shotgun 

Weird Science (1985)
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Weird Science (1985)

Two unpopular teenagers, Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly, fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to "create" a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, whose purpose is to boost their confidence lev…el by putting them into situations which require Gary and Wyatt to act like men. On their road to becoming accepted, they encounter many hilarious obstacles, which gives the movie an overall sense of silliness. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie cult film 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
bully teenage boy teenage girl husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship teenager 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
computer cracker geek first kiss thunderstorm underage drinking teen angst suburb woman shotgun chase photograph dog 

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Pleasantville (1998)
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Pleasantville (1998)

David Wagner is a kid whose mind is stuck in the 1950s. He's addicted to a classic 50's sitcom television show called "Pleasantville". Pleasntville is a simple place, a place where all of its citizens are swell and simple-minded folks, a place where the word "violence", and life outside of Pleasantv…ille, is unbeknown to its inhabitants; things are perfect down in Pleasantville. One evening, the life of David and his obnoxious sister Jennifer take a bizarre turn when an eccentric repairman hand them a supposed magical remote. After a quarrel between the siblings, they inexplicably zap themselves into the world of "Pleasantville". Now, David and Jennifer must adjust to a 50s lifestyle of repressed desires and considerably different societal values while trying to find their way home. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
bully teenage boy teenage girl mother son relationship teenager 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
malt shop suburb diner television slow motion scene fire title spoken by character 

War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
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War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle …for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
bicycle helicopter 
Characters:
teenage boy mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships teenager 
Period:
future 
Story:
skateboard blockbuster jeep tv news lightning four word title video camera shotgun fire surprise ending photograph 

Election (1999)
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Election (1999)

Tracy Flick is running unopposed for this year's high school student election. But school civics teacher Jim McAllister has a different plan. Partly to establish a more democratic election, and partly to satisfy some deep personal anger toward Tracy, Jim talks popular varsity football player Paul Me…tzler to run for president as well. Chaos ensues. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
bicycle 
Characters:
teenage boy teenage girl husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
pepsi political campaign overalls teen angst destiny title spoken by character 

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American Pie (1999)
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American Pie (1999)

Jim, Oz, Finch and Kevin are four friends who make a pact that before they graduate they will all lose their virginity. The hard job now is how to reach that goal by prom night. Whilst Oz begins singing to grab attention and Kevin tries to persuade his girlfriend, Finch tries any easy route of sprea…ding rumors and Jim fails miserably. Whether it is being caught on top of a pie or on the Internet, Jim always ends up with his trusty sex advice from his father. Will they achieve their goal of getting laid by prom night? Or will they learn something much different? (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie cult film 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
bully teenage boy teenage girl father son relationship teenager 
Story:
underage drinking peeping tom teen angst destiny first of series diner video camera slow motion scene title spoken by character 

Kick-ass (2010)
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Kick-ass (2010)

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers… or training. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy cult film 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
bully teenage boy teenage girl husband wife relationship father son relationship teenager 
Story:
cafeteria bulletproof vest lifting someone into the air mistaken identity hit by a car diner video camera slow motion scene shotgun fire surprise ending title spoken by character 

Terminator Genisys (2015) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
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Terminator Genisys (2015)

When John Connor ('Jason Clarke (I)' (qv)), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese ('Jai Courtney' (qv)) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor ('Emilia Clarke' (qv)) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured time-line. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a… new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian ('Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv)), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future... (Read More)

Themes:
time travel 
Characters:
father son relationship 
Period:
future 
Story:
male time traveller time traveller famous score time machine irish american blockbuster destiny race against time product placement hit by a car slow motion scene shotgun surprise ending photograph 

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Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995)
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Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995)

Seventh-grade is no fun. Especially for Dawn Weiner when everyone at school calls you 'Dog-Face' or 'Wiener-Dog.' Not to mention if your older brother is 'King of the Nerds' and your younger sister is a cutesy ballerina who gets you in trouble but is your parents' favorite. And that's just the begin…ning--her life seems to be falling apart when she faces rejection from the older guy in her brother's band that she has a crush on, her parents want to tear down her 'Special People's Club' clubhouse, and her sister is abducted.... (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie cult film 
Themes:
dysfunctional family 
Characters:
bully teenage boy family relationships 
Story:
cafeteria first kiss crush teen angst suburb band dog 

Groundhog Day (1993)
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Groundhog Day (1993)

A weather man is reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting "rat" (as he calls it). This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration. On awaking the 'following' day he discovers that it's Groundhog Day again, and again, and again. First he uses …this to his advantage, then comes the realisation that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day. (Read More)

Subgenre:
time travel comedy alternate history cult film 
Themes:
time travel 
Locations:
small town 
Story:
clock lifting someone into the air tv news automobile diner woman video camera television slow motion scene fire chase title spoken by character 

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Over 10 years have passed since the first cyborg called The Terminator tried to kill Sarah Connor and her unborn son, John Connor. John Connor, the future leader of the human resistance, is now a healthy young boy. However another Terminator is sent back through time called the T-1000, which is more… advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. The Mission: to kill John Connor when he's still a child. However, Sarah and John do not have to face this threat of a Terminator alone. Another Terminator is also sent back through time. The mission: to protect John and Sarah Connor at all costs. The battle for tomorrow has begun... (Read More)

Subgenre:
alternate history cult film 
Themes:
dysfunctional family time travel 
Locations:
urban setting helicopter 
Characters:
teenage boy husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship teenager 
Period:
future 
Story:
altering history famous song bulletproof vest shopping mall blockbuster lifting someone into the air jeep automobile product placement pay phone slow motion scene shotgun fire chase photograph β€¦dog  (See All)

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Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
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Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

The cartoonish and childish character Pee Wee Herman goes on a big adventure for the first time ever when his beloved shiny new bicycle is stolen by his nemesis Francis Buxton, a fellow man-child and neighborhood rich "kid." And he sets off on an obsessive cross-country journey, determined to recove…r it. Pee-wee's awkward and childish attempts to be cool and mature. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
bicycle 
Characters:
bully 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
breakfast machine rube goldberg machine castle thunder famous score pay phone fire chase 

Superbad (2007)
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Superbad (2007)

Seth and Evan are best friends, inseparable, navigating the last weeks of high school. Usually shunned by the popular kids, Seth and Evan luck into an invitation to a party, and spend a long day, with the help of their nerdy friend Fogell, trying to score enough alcohol to lubricate the party and in…ebriate two girls, Jules and Becca, so they can kick-start their sex lives and go off to college with a summer full of experience and new skills. Their quest is complicated by Fogell's falling in with two inept cops who both slow and assist the plan. If they do get the liquor to the party, what then? Is sex the only rite of passage at hand? (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen comedy teen movie cult film 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
teenage boy teenage girl mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
shopping mall underage drinking crush teen angst product placement suburb hit by a car slow motion scene 

Heathers (1988)
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Heathers (1988)

A regular girl, Veronica, tries to survive the social jungle of high school by sticking with the three most popular girls at school who are all called Heather. As she meets a sociopath named JD, her life spirals into a continuous cycle of hate, unintentional murder and indifference, as she exacts re…venge on her enemies, also known as her best friends. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie cult film 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
bully teenage girl father son relationship teenager 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
bully comeuppance unwanted kiss cafeteria teen angst chase 

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Cursed (2005)
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Cursed (2005)

Ellie has been taking care of her younger brother Jimmy since their parents death. One night after picking him up from a party they are involved in a car accident on Mullholland Drive. While trying to rescue a woman from the other car a creature attacks and kills her, also injuring both Ellie and Ji…mmy. After some research Jimmy realizes the creature could only have been a werewolf. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie cult film 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
bully teenager 
Story:
bully comeuppance geek product placement hit by a car diner woman slow motion scene shotgun surprise ending chase title spoken by character photograph dog 

Exit Wounds (2001) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
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Exit Wounds (2001)

Orin Boyd (Seagal) is a Detroit cop who doesn't follow rules. After he saved the Vice President by violating every order he received he is transferred to one of the worst precincts in the city. There he quickly encounters some corrupt cops selling heroin to drug dealers. The problem is, it's very di…fficult to tell who is the bad guy and who you can trust. (Read More)

Locations:
urban setting helicopter 
Story:
fire extinguisher spit take computer cracker first date bulletproof vest product placement racial slur hit by a car diner woman terrorist slow motion scene shotgun fire chase 

Colossal (2016)
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Colossal (2016)

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realiz…ation that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world. (Read More)

Locations:
small town helicopter 
Characters:
bully 
Story:
bully comeuppance thunderstorm lightning race against time product placement diner woman slow motion scene fire surprise ending chase photograph 

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Superman (1978)
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Superman (1978)

Just before the destruction of the planet Krypton, scientist Jor-El sends his infant son Kal-El on a spaceship to Earth. Raised by kindly farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, young Clark discovers the source of his superhuman powers and moves to Metropolis to fight evil. As Superman, he battles the vil…lainous Lex Luthor, while, as novice reporter Clark Kent, he attempts to woo co-worker Lois Lane (Read More)

Mood:
high school 
Locations:
urban setting helicopter 
Characters:
father son relationship teenager 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
sequel mentioned during end credits famous score first date thunderstorm blockbuster barn first part lightning product placement title spoken by character 

Romy And Michele's High School Reunion (1997)
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Romy And Michele's High School Reunion (1997)

Romy and Michele have been through it all, including being tortured by the Popular crowd when in high school. When they receive word of a 10 year reunion, they come to realize their lives aren't as impressive as they'd like them to be. Instead of staying home they go to the reunion with business out…fits, cell phones, and one heck of a bogus success story. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
helicopter 
Characters:
bully 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
bully comeuppance geek inventor automobile diner photograph 

The Time Machine (1960) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
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The Time Machine (1960)

On January 5, 1900, a disheveled looking 'H.G. Wells' (qv) - George to his friends - arrives late to his own dinner party. He tells his guests of his travels in his time machine, the work about which his friends knew. They were also unbelieving, and skeptical of any practical use if it did indeed wo…rk. George knew that his machine was stationary in geographic position, but he did not account for changes in what happens over time to that location. He also learns that the machine is not impervious and he is not immune to those who do not understand him or the machine's purpose. George tells his friends that he did not find the Utopian society he so wished had developed. He mentions specifically a civilization several thousand years into the future which consists of the subterranean morlocks and the surface dwelling eloi, who on first glance lead a carefree life. Despite all these issues, love can still bloom over the spread of millennia. (Read More)

Subgenre:
alternate history cult film 
Themes:
time travel 
Period:
future 
Story:
male time traveller time traveller altering history time machine inventor fire 

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Gremlins (1984)
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Gremlins (1984)

Minature green monsters tear through the small town of Kingston Falls. Hijinks ensue as a mild-mannered bank teller releases these hideous loonies after gaining a new pet and violating two of three simple rules: No water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light. Hilarious m…ayhem and destruction in a town straight out of Norman Rockwell. So, when your washing machine blows up or your TV goes on the fritz, before you call the repair man, turn on all the lights and look under all the beds. 'Cause you never can tell, there just might be a gremlin in your house. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
family relationships 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
car trouble inventor blockbuster first part product placement first of series suburb title spoken by character dog 

The Watch (2012)
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The Watch (2012)

In Glenview, Ohio, Evan is the manager of the Costco department store and married to Abby. When the Costco night watchman, Antonio Guzman, is mysteriously murdered, Evan organizes The Neighborhood Watch, a watch team with his suburban neighbors Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus to protect the neighborhood …and find the killer of Antonio. Soon they discover that the murderer is an alien that is preparing to invade Earth, and they become the last hope of mankind on Earth. (Read More)

Locations:
small town 
Characters:
teenage girl husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
skateboard automobile race against time product placement suburb hit by a car woman guitar slow motion scene shotgun surprise ending chase title spoken by character photograph dog 

Sing Street (2016)
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Sing Street (2016)

This is the beginning of the eighties and everybody is moving to the beat of Pop music, as the brand-new concept of the music video appears on television for the first time. However, in Dublin, Conor, a teenager with a sensitive heart, is trying to deal with a tense family relationship, reconnect wi…th his older brother while dealing with the hostile environment in his new public school. And then one day, he sees her. Tall, with long chestnut hair, a buttery complexion and big, dark eyes; an enigmatically beautiful girl standing in front of his school's gate, indolently observing people passing by. But who is she and how could a boy ever get noticed by such a distant girl? That's easy. He would form a band. Surprisingly, with every lyric Conor writes, the gap narrows and with every song he plays, her heart fills with affection. In the end, before a sea of opportunities lying ahead of them, what will the future hold for a brave love like this? (Read More)

Locations:
school dance bicycle 
Characters:
bully teenage boy teenage girl husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships teenager 
Period:
year 1985 future 1980s 
Story:
fire extinguisher racial slur video camera band television slow motion scene title spoken by character 

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Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
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Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Three friends on losing streaks: Adam, whose girlfriend dumped him, Nick, with a dead-end job and a cheating wife, and Lou, a suicidal alcoholic. To help Lou recover from car-exhaust poisoning, Adam and Nick, with Adam's nephew Jacob, go to a winter resort that was their old party place. It's now a …dump, but the lads rally for a night of drinking in the hot tub. Somehow, the hot tub takes them back to 1986, on a fateful night for each of them. Maybe if they do everything the same way they did that night, they'll get back to the future so Jacob can be born. There are serious temptations to do things differently. Will they make it back to their sorry lives? And what about Jacob? (Read More)

Subgenre:
time travel comedy alternate history 
Themes:
time travel 
Characters:
bully husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Period:
future 1980s 
Story:
reference to ronald reagan time machine geek race against time four word title slow motion scene title spoken by character dog 

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)
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Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)

Seven Australian teenage friends from a small town go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they didn't know was their country was being invaded by another country. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, t…hey band together to fight the enemy. (Read More)

Locations:
small town helicopter 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships teenager 
Story:
bulletproof vest part of trilogy barn first part first of series band slow motion scene chase dog 

Mad Max (1979)
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Mad Max (1979)

Taking place in a dystopian Australia in the near future, Mad Max tells the story of a highway patrolman cruising the squalid back roads that have become the breeding ground of criminals foraging for gasoline and scraps. When his wife and child meet a grisly end at the hands of a motorcycle gang, Ma…x sets out across the barren wastelands in search of revenge. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Characters:
husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Period:
future 
Story:
car trouble part of trilogy overalls first part automobile woman shotgun chase dog 

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Hot Fuzz (2007)
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Hot Fuzz (2007)

Top London cop, PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. And to stop the rest of his team looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford. He is paired with Danny Butterman, who endlessly questions him on the action lifestyle. Everything seems quiet for Angel, until two actors are found deca…pitated. It is called an accident, but Angel isn't going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead. Angel and Danny clash with everyone, whilst trying to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the apparent "accidents". (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
bicycle small town helicopter 
Characters:
teenage boy husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
clock tower scale model of city person in car trunk spit take underage drinking clock lifting someone into the air slow motion scene shotgun chase photograph dog 

Jumanji (1995) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
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Jumanji (1995)

After being trapped in a jungle board game for 26 years, a Man-Child wins his release from the game. But, no sooner has he arrived that he is forced to play again, and this time sets the creatures of the jungle loose on the city. Now it is up to him to stop them.

Themes:
time travel 
Locations:
small town 
Characters:
bully mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
altering history blockbuster lifting someone into the air overalls hit by a car shotgun surprise ending title spoken by character 

Waiting... (2005)
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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)

Mood:
high school 
Characters:
teenage boy teenage girl mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
reference to pepsi fire extinguisher rube goldberg machine parking lot underage drinking first part pay phone slow motion scene underwear fire title spoken by character photograph 

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