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Back To The Future (1985)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

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 fall in love - so he can get back to the future. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle
Characters:bully, teenager
Period:future, 1950s, 1980s
Story:delorean, time machine, plutonium, reference to pepsi, clock tower, mad scientist, bully comeuppance, fire extinguisher, waking up in strange surroundings, scale model of city, audio feedback, reference to chuck berry, male time traveller, bottle opener, reversal of fortune, coonskin cap, breakfast machine, malt shop, digital watch, self fulfillment

Back To The Future Part II (1989)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

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 present. (Read More)

Characters:teenager
Period:future, 1950s
Story:reference to pepsi, time machine, waking up in strange surroundings, male time traveller, reversal of fortune, time traveller, time travel comedy, delorean, manure, altering history, sequel mentioned during end credits, year 1955, girl next door, flying car, pepsi, year 1985, school dance, famous score, alternate history, teen comedy

Back To The Future Part III (1990)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Western

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 afoul 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)

Characters:teenager
Period:future, 1950s, 1980s
Story:delorean, lightning, time machine, waking up in strange surroundings, male time traveller, breakfast machine, rube goldberg machine, time traveller, time travel comedy, manure, altering history, year 1955, girl next door, flying car, year 1985, famous score, alternate history, computer cracker, irish american, car trouble

Sixteen Candles (1984)
Comedy, Romance

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)

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

Project Almanac (2015) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

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

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

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

The Time Machine (2002)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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)

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

The Terminator (1984)
Action, Sci-fi

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 Sarah, but is there any way to stop the seemingly indestructible cyborg ? (Read More)

Period:future, 1980s
Story:woman, male time traveller, time traveller, lifting a male into the air, altering history, 555 phone number, alternate history, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, jeep, first part, mistaken identity, pay phone, first of series, diner, time travel, urban setting, slow motion scene, shotgun, cult film

Pretty In Pink (1986) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
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?

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

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Comedy

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.

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

Critters (1986)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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. This is why Critters (1986) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985).

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

Power Rangers (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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.

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

Weird Science (1985) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi

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 level 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)

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

Southland Tales (2006)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Period:future
Story:television, paradox, flying car, alternate history, computer cracker, bulletproof vest, inventor, telescope, mad scientist, destiny, tv news, lightning, product placement, racial slur, hit by a car, video camera, terrorist, time travel, guitar, slow motion scene

Kick-ass (2010)
Action, Comedy

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)

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

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

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. This is why War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985). (Read More)

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

Cursed (2005) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
Comedy, Horror

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 Jimmy. After some research Jimmy realizes the creature could only have been a werewolf. (Read More)

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

Tomorrowland (2015)
Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Sci-fi

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 "Tomorrowland." (Read More)

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

American Graffiti (1973)
Comedy, Drama

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 seen 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 for the evening, while dealing with the challenge of bold out-of-towner, Bob Falfa. (Read More)

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

American Pie (1999)
Comedy

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 spreading 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)

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

Waiting... (2005) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
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. This is why Waiting... (2005) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985). (Read More)

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

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama

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, they band together to fight the enemy. (Read More)

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

Pleasantville (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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 Pleasantville, 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)

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

Sing Street (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

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

Chronicle (2012) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

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

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

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... This is why Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985). (Read More)

Characters:teenager
Period:future
Story:altering history, famous song, alternate history, bulletproof vest, shopping mall, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, jeep, automobile, product placement, pay phone, dysfunctional family, time travel, urban setting, slow motion scene, shotgun, helicopter, teenage boy, fire, cult film

The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! (Read More)

Locations:bicycle
Characters:bully
Story:altering history, destiny, pay phone, racial slur, video camera, time travel, television, small town, underwear, teenage boy, fire, teenage girl, surprise ending, cult film, mother son relationship, father son relationship, dog

The Time Machine (1960)
Adventure, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 work. 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)

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

Frequency (2000) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 changing 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)

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

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.

Characters:teenager
Story:parking lot, teen movie, thunderstorm, overalls, lightning, pay phone, band, guitar, high school, underwear, teenage boy, teenage girl, photograph, mother son relationship, family relationships

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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. This is why X-men: Apocalypse (2016) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985). (Read More)

Characters:bully, teenager
Period:1980s
Story:bully comeuppance, reference to ronald reagan, famous score, alternate history, inventor, blockbuster, teen angst, lightning, race against time, product placement, television, slow motion scene, helicopter, high school, teenage boy, fire, teenage girl, surprise ending, chase, photograph

The Blob (1988)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Blob (1988)

Meg Penny is a cheerleader out on her first date with one of the football players, Paul Taylor. It doesn't go very well. Before they get where they're going, an old vagrant runs out in front of Paul's car, screaming in terror. The old man is closely followed by Brian Flagg, the local teen rebel, complete with long hair, black leather jacket, motorcycle and tough-guy attitude. Paul blames Brian for chasing the old man, but after the threesome takes him to the doctor's office, it becomes clear the vagrant had more to worry about than some young tough. He was screaming because of the acid-like substance on his hand - a substance that spreads over his body and eventually consumes him. Soon, the growing red blob, which sprouts tentacles to attack its victims, becomes a menace to the small town of Arbeville, Colorado. The military soon arrives in Hazmat suits, led by the wide-eyed Dr. Christopher Meddows. They're from the government, they say, and they want to help; but Brian's distrust for authority figures proves justified when he learns of their true motives. (Read More)

Characters:teenager
Period:1980s
Story:fire extinguisher, first date, race against time, hit by a car, diner, slow motion scene, small town, helicopter, high school, teenage boy, fire, teenage girl, surprise ending, cult film, chase, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, dog

The Goonies (1985) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
Adventure, Comedy, Family

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 treasure 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)

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

Revenge Of The Nerds (1984)
Comedy

Revenge Of The Nerds (1984)

When lovable nerds Gilbert and Lewis embark on their freshman year at Adams College, little do they realize the dangers that await them. They are beset by taunting from the jocks of Alpha Beta fraternity, which only worsens when the jocks accidentally burn down their house and toss the freshmen out of the freshmen dorm. To make matters more problematic, Lewis develops a crush on pretty Betty Childs, popular sorority sister and quarterback's girlfriend. Joined by the aptly named Booger and the violin-playing Poindexter, the nerds soon realize they must form their own fraternity in self-defense. Soon the tables are turned as the nerds employ high-tech warfare against the jocks.... but can they really succeed and make a difference? (Read More)

Characters:bully, teenager
Period:1980s
Story:teen comedy, teen movie, peeping tom, crush, first of series, four word title, video camera, fire, cult film, chase, photograph

Donnie Darko (2001)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko doesn't get along too well with his family, his teachers and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion may not be a true ally. Donnie has a friend named Frank - a large bunny which only Donnie can see. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both the event, and Donnie's escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events. Donnie's mental illness, if such it is, may never allow him to find out for sure. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle
Characters:bully, teenager
Period:1980s
Story:altering history, alternate history, teen movie, clock, overalls, teen angst, destiny, suburb, time travel, high school, teenage boy, fire, cult film, title spoken by character

Cheaper By The Dozen (2003)
Comedy, Family

Cheaper By The Dozen (2003)

The Bakers, a family of 14, move from small-town Illinois to the big city after Tom Baker gets his dream job to coach his alma mater's football team. Meanwhile, his wife also gets her dream of getting her book published. While she's away promoting the book, Tom has a hard time keeping the house in order while at the same time coaching his football team, as the once happy family starts falling apart. This is why Cheaper By The Dozen (2003) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985). (Read More)

Locations:bicycle
Characters:bully
Story:skateboard, blockbuster, four word title, slow motion scene, small town, high school, teenage boy, teenage girl, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, dog

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Characters:bully
Period:future
Story:bully comeuppance, car trouble, bulletproof vest, telescope, mad scientist, race against time, product placement, racial slur, hit by a car, shotgun, helicopter, fire, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, dog

Dazed And Confused (1993)
Comedy

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.

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

Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
Action, Comedy, Horror

Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

A reckless janitor accidentally releases a zombie from a laboratory of research. Meanwhile, the teenagers scouts Ben Goudy and Carter Grant decide to camp for the last time since they are too old to be scouts. The problem is that they do not want to harm the feelings of their friend Augie Foster and the Scout Leader Rogers. They have a flat tire after hitting a deer on the road and Carter's sister Kendall Grant, her boyfriend and her friend Chloe stop their Jeep to see whether they need a ride. They invite Ben and Carter to go to a party in the night. The two scouts leave the camping during the night to go to the party. When they drive through the town, they do not see a living soul and they decide to visit a night-club since the bouncer is not at the door. They discover that people have turned into zombies and they team-up with Ben's recent acquaintance Denise Russo, who is bartender in the nightclub, and Augie that was left alone at the camp and came to the town. Soon they discover that the non-infected inhabitants have been evacuated and the town will be bombed by the government. They decide to rescue Kendall but they find that the address her boyfriend gave to them is wrong. What can they do to save Kendall? (Read More)

Characters:teenager
Story:fire extinguisher, teen comedy, teen movie, underage drinking, jeep, race against time, product placement, suburb, hit by a car, slow motion scene, small town, shotgun, helicopter, high school, teenage boy, fire, teenage girl, surprise ending, chase, photograph

The Watch (2012)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

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)

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

Twelve Monkeys (1995) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

An unknown and lethal virus has wiped out five billion people in 1996. Only 1% of the population has survived by the year 2035, and is forced to live underground. A convict (James Cole) reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to 1996 to gather information about the origin of the epidemic (who he's told was spread by a mysterious "Army of the Twelve Monkeys") and locate the virus before it mutates so that scientists can study it. Unfortunately Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990, six years earlier than expected, and is arrested and locked up in a mental institution, where he meets Dr. Kathryn Railly, a psychiatrist, and Jeffrey Goines, the insane son of a famous scientist and virus expert. This is why Twelve Monkeys (1995) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985). (Read More)

Period:future
Story:male time traveller, time traveller, altering history, paradox, alternate history, barn, tv news, mistaken identity, pay phone, time travel, slow motion scene, surprise ending, cult film, chase, title spoken by character, father son relationship

Accepted (2006)
Comedy

Accepted (2006)

After being rejected from every college he applied, Bartleby Gaines decided to create a fictitious university, South Harmon Institute of Technology, with his friends, to fool their parents. But when their deception works too well and every other college rejects starts to apply to his school, B. must find a way to give the education and future his students and friends deserves, including his own, while trying to win the heart of the girl next door. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle
Characters:bully, teenager
Period:future
Story:skateboard, product placement, video camera, band, high school, teenage boy, teenage girl, title spoken by character, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

Looper (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Looper (2012)

Joe is classified as a "looper", a job in which his employers use time travel to send men from the future to be killed into the past, where Joe can properly dispose of their bodies. However, to tie up loose ends and erase the evidence of his ever being a looper, Joe knows that one day his future self will be sent back for him to kill. When this day comes, Joe's future self is prepared and escapes, and the two men struggle separately in the past trying to evade capture and attempting to fulfill their own personal agendas. (Read More)

Period:future
Story:male time traveller, time traveller, barn, diner, time travel, slow motion scene, shotgun, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
Comedy, Crime

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)

Oscar night. Who will win? Who will lose? And will someone please kick that numbskull off stage? Wait! That's no ordinary numbskull. That's Lt. Frank Drebin, crashing the ceremonies to stop a terrorist plot that could mean curtains for him -- or will a simple window shade be enough?

Story:terrorist, spit take, part of trilogy, race against time, pay phone, slow motion scene, shotgun, helicopter, high school, surprise ending, cult film, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Ghostbusters (2016) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Story:fire extinguisher, spit take, inventor, mad scientist, tv news, race against time, product placement, racial slur, diner, slow motion scene, fire, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, photograph

The Heat (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

The Heat (2013)

Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent, is extremely ambitious and has her eye on a promotion, but she doesn't get along with her co-workers. She is sent to Boston to uncover the identity of an elusive drug lord, Mr. Larkin, by tracking down his proxy, Rojas, and is told that she'll have a good shot at the promotion if she finds Larkin. When she arrives in Boston, she learns that Larkin has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations. She learns that Rojas is in Boston PD custody and goes to see him to ask him what he knows about Larkin, but is warned that the cop who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is very territorial, and she is not exactly sociable. When the two meet they don't get along. When Mullins learns why Ashburn is in Boston, she decides to find Larkin herself. Ashburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins, but it won't be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way. This is why The Heat (2013) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985). (Read More)

Story:reference to darth vader, computer cracker, parking lot, bulletproof vest, race against time, racial slur, hit by a car, diner, dysfunctional family, television, urban setting, shotgun, surprise ending, chase, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

Encino Man (1992)
Comedy

Encino Man (1992)

Stoney and Dave find a caveman (Link) trapped in ice, thaw him out, and show him around town. Although Link is slow to catch on to basic concepts of 20th century life, he has no trouble impressing all the girls and helping Stoney and Dave find the coolness they've been searching for.

Characters:bully, teenager
Story:bully comeuppance, teen movie, underage drinking, skateboard, teen angst, pay phone, high school, teenage boy

Risky Business (1983)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Risky Business (1983)

A suburban Chicago teenager's parents leave on vacation, and he cuts loose. An unauthorised trip in his father's Porsche means a sudden need for lots of money, which he raises in a creative way.

Characters:teenager
Period:1980s
Story:butt grab, teen movie, underage drinking, blockbuster, teen angst, slow motion scene, high school, underwear, teenage boy, cult film, father son relationship, mother son relationship

The Thirteenth Floor (1999) is one of the best movies like Back To The Future (1985)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in the computer generated parallel world his company has created (which looks like the 30's with seemingly real people with real emotions). Fuller is murdered in our real world the same night, and his colleague is suspected. Douglas discovers a bloody shirt in his bathroom and he cannot recall what he was doing the night Fuller was murdered. He logs into the system in order to find the letter, but has to confront the unexpected. The truth is harsher than he could ever imagine... (Read More)

Period:future
Story:computer cracker, thunderstorm, inventor, clock, lightning, race against time, product placement, pay phone, hit by a car, time travel, surprise ending, cult film, husband wife relationship

Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995)
Comedy, Drama

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 beginning--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)

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

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