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Billy Elliot (2000)
Drama, Music, Romance

Billy Elliot (2000)

County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  homophobia,  sexuality,  unfaithfulness,  poverty,  dance,  drunkenness,  fear,  adultery,  money,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:affection
Locations:school,  elevator,  bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:teacher,  bully,  dancer,  policeman,  doctor,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:strike,  royal ballet school,  ballet school,  ballet,  boxing,  coal miner,  class,  ballet dancer,  ballet teacher,  dance class,  ballet dancing,  swan lake,  coal mine,  miners strike,  pillow fight,  coal,  jewelry box,  miner,  boy wearing lipstick,  dance teacher,  boy wearing a dress,  sledge hammer,  riot police,  riot shield,  riot gear,  gay crush,  dance school,  mobile library,  working class,  boxing lesson,  boxing trainer,  boxing gloves,  audition,  destroying a piano,  piano player,  letter of acceptance,  falling into a bathtub,  male dancer,  dance instructor,  school uniform,  merry christmas,  christmas lights,  teacher student relationship,  dancing in the street,  gay friend,  tap dancing,  boy boy kiss,  breakfast tray,  newcastle upon tyne,  soccer shirt,  standing on a table,  police van,  stuffed toy animal,  reference to ginger rogers,  boogie,  boy dressed as a girl,  self expression,  scab,  sliding door,  dressing up,  breakthrough,  physical exam,  billy club,  gargling,  reference to fred astaire,  impatience,  following a dream,  picket line,  against the odds,  tutu,  spinning,  northern england,  gay kid,  mining town,  pawnbroker,  apron,  mine shaft,  jumping on a bed,  stick,  motivation,  kiss on the cheek,  laborer,  triumph,  nightstick,  changing room,  year 1984,  washing,  swan,  circular staircase,  labor union,  pillow,  snowman,  music box,  talent,  surrogate mother,  soccer ball,  postman,  punching bag,  transvestism,  mail,  mooning,  tombstone,  librarian,  escalator,  fence,  inspiration,  gay bashing,  stage performance,  apparition,  teaching,  electricity,  jewelry,  earphones,  friendship between boys,  joy,  dead mother,  ferry,  snowing,  lipstick,  self discovery,  theatre audience,  makeup,  sexism,  child's point of view,  embarrassment,  compassion,  crush,  loss of wife,  boxer,  hammer,  communist,  demonstration,  listening to music,  recording,  slow motion,  egg,  dress,  grandmother grandson relationship,  shaving,  hugging,  record player,  transvestite,  riot,  cross dressing,  trust,  sacrifice,  loss of mother,  sadness,  tragic event,  pianist,  gym,  death of wife,  widower,  coming out,  library,  grave,  graveyard,  best friend,  bath,  judge,  toilet,  montage,  gay slur,  death of mother,  classroom,  piano,  bathroom,  running,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  book,  letter,  bare butt,  london england,  bus,  punched in the face,  face slap,  urination,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  chase,  martial arts,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  independent film,  kiss,  nudity,  police,  violence,  blood,  sex,  death

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

Nowhere Boy (2009)

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

Themes:childhood,  drunkenness,  money,  friendship
Mood:affection
Locations:cemetery,  school
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:piano player,  school uniform,  joy,  dead mother,  theatre audience,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  sadness,  death of wife,  graveyard,  best friend,  montage,  death of mother,  piano,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  letter,  bus,  punched in the face,  urination,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  coming of age,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  sex,  kiss,  blood,  death

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Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  drunkenness,  money,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:bully,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:gay crush,  gay friend,  gargling,  gay kid,  earphones,  snowing,  child's point of view,  crush,  listening to music,  sadness,  library,  best friend,  bath,  gay slur,  running,  tears,  letter,  bus,  face slap,  urination,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  coming of age,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  blood,  kiss,  violence,  nudity

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:policeman,  teacher,  doctor
Story:tombstone,  snowing,  trust,  class,  pianist,  grave,  graveyard,  bath,  classroom,  piano,  running,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  punched in the face,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  cigarette smoking,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  sex,  kiss

Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  fear,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:surrogate mother,  listening to music,  sadness,  audition,  grave,  graveyard,  best friend,  running,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  book,  bare butt,  bus,  face slap,  crying,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  nudity,  sex,  kiss

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Ondskan (2003)
Drama

Ondskan (2003)

Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have to say and they don't like it. This is why Ondskan (2003) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000). (Read More)

Themes:fear,  money,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  teacher,  friend
Story:school uniform,  changing room,  snowing,  recording,  record player,  pianist,  piano,  book,  letter,  punched in the face,  face slap,  urination,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  coming of age,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss,  violence,  blood,  nudity

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)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:affection
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  dancer,  teacher,  friend
Period:1980s
Story:piano player,  teacher student relationship,  kiss on the cheek,  earphones,  ferry,  makeup,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  sadness,  montage,  gay slur,  piano,  lie,  extramarital affair,  punched in the face,  face slap,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  kiss,  sex

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:elevator
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  doctor
Story:earphones,  listening to music,  recording,  shaving,  record player,  class,  gym,  montage,  lie,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  london england,  punched in the face,  face slap,  underwear,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  violence,  nudity,  blood,  sex,  kiss

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An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000)
Drama

An Education (2009)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  school
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:dance class,  school uniform,  teacher student relationship,  dancing in the street,  snowing,  listening to music,  recording,  hugging,  record player,  class,  montage,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  book,  letter,  london england,  bus,  crying,  coming of age,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  sex

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  dance,  drunkenness,  fear,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  school
Characters:bully,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Story:school uniform,  friendship between boys,  embarrassment,  hugging,  class,  graveyard,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  letter,  bare butt,  bus,  punched in the face,  face slap,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  photograph,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  violence,  blood,  police,  death

Bronson (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bronson (2008)

In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson - a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. This is why Bronson (2008) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000). (Read More)

Themes:money
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  teacher
Story:billy club,  nightstick,  jewelry,  theatre audience,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  judge,  toilet,  montage,  tears,  bare butt,  punched in the face,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  independent film,  police,  kiss,  blood,  violence,  nudity,  death

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Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:fear,  money,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  friend
Story:working class,  merry christmas,  dead mother,  sacrifice,  class,  judge,  toilet,  classroom,  running,  tears,  lie,  letter,  bare butt,  punched in the face,  face slap,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  nudity,  police,  death,  blood,  violence

Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  unfaithfulness,  fear,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  school
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  doctor,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:swan,  tombstone,  earphones,  sexism,  communist,  demonstration,  hugging,  class,  grave,  toilet,  classroom,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  crying,  telephone call,  coming of age,  chase,  martial arts,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  death,  blood,  kiss

The Squid And The Whale (2005)
Comedy, Drama

The Squid And The Whale (2005)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bathtub,  school
Characters:policeman,  teacher,  doctor,  friend
Period:1980s
Story:teaching,  teacher student relationship,  talent,  earphones,  theatre audience,  listening to music,  recording,  dress,  record player,  class,  library,  boxing,  toilet,  classroom,  bathroom,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  book,  letter,  face slap,  underwear,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  sex,  kiss,  police

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Hesher (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

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

Themes:poverty,  money,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:bully,  policeman,  teacher,  doctor,  friend
Story:surrogate mother,  loss of wife,  listening to music,  grandmother grandson relationship,  shaving,  loss of mother,  class,  death of wife,  bath,  death of mother,  classroom,  running,  tears,  lie,  punched in the face,  urination,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  police,  death,  violence,  blood

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)
Drama, Romance

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:drunkenness,  money
Characters:dancer
Story:dance class,  working class,  boxer,  listening to music,  trust,  tragic event,  gym,  boxing,  bathroom,  running,  tears,  bare butt,  punched in the face,  face slap,  urination,  underwear,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  sex,  kiss,  blood,  violence

Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  dance,  drunkenness,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:elevator
Characters:teacher,  friend,  homosexual
Story:following a dream,  stage performance,  embarrassment,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  coming out,  bathroom,  running,  book,  bus,  urination,  underwear,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  coming of age,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  sex

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Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:money
Locations:elevator,  cemetery
Characters:dancer,  doctor,  friend
Story:kiss on the cheek,  circular staircase,  theatre audience,  demonstration,  listening to music,  recording,  grandmother grandson relationship,  record player,  trust,  judge,  montage,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  letter,  crying,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  fear,  adultery,  money,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  bathtub
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  doctor,  friend,  homosexual
Story:grandmother grandson relationship,  best friend,  bath,  toilet,  death of mother,  bathroom,  running,  tears,  book,  bare butt,  punched in the face,  face slap,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss,  police,  sex,  violence,  blood

Fish Tank (2009)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:dancer
Story:working class,  fence,  listening to music,  recording,  hugging,  audition,  running,  tears,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  face slap,  urination,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  coming of age,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  nudity,  sex,  kiss

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Die Welle (2008) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? This is why Die Welle (2008) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  kiss on the cheek,  escalator,  listening to music,  class,  montage,  gay slur,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  face slap,  underwear,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  blood,  kiss,  police,  sex,  death

Gifted (2017)
Drama

Gifted (2017)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  fear,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:dead mother,  trust,  class,  sadness,  judge,  montage,  classroom,  piano,  running,  extramarital affair,  letter,  face slap,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  sex,  death

Odishon (1999)
Drama, Horror, Mystery

Odishon (1999)

In Tokyo, Shigeharu Aoyama is a widower that grieves the loss of his wife and raises his son Shigehiko Aoyama alone. Seven years later, the teenage Shigehiko asks why his middle-aged father does not remarry and Shigeharu meets his friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa, who is a film producer, and tells his intention. However, Shigeharu has difficulties to approach to available women to date and Yasuhisa decide to organize a sham audition for casting the lead actress for the fake movie. They receive several portfolios of candidates and Shigeharu becomes obsessed by the gorgeous Asami Yamazaki. Despite the advice of the experienced Yasuhisa, Shigeharu calls Asami to date and he falls for her. But who is the mysterious Asami? (Read More)

Themes:fear,  friendship
Locations:elevator
Characters:dancer,  friend,  doctor
Story:ballet dancer,  ballet dancing,  audition,  widower,  piano player,  school uniform,  ballet,  sadness,  pianist,  death of wife,  death of mother,  piano,  lie,  underwear,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  kiss,  blood,  sex,  violence,  nudity,  death

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

Across The Universe (2007)

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

Themes:dance,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Story:riot police,  physical exam,  strike,  escalator,  snowing,  theatre audience,  hammer,  demonstration,  riot,  class,  sadness,  gym,  montage,  classroom,  running,  letter,  bus,  punched in the face,  urination,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  kiss,  death,  police,  blood

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)

Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film is the story of relationships between some human beings, Valentine and the judge, but also other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine or/and the old judge. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion... (Read More)

Themes:fear,  adultery,  money,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:dance class,  earphones,  ferry,  compassion,  listening to music,  ballet,  judge,  tears,  extramarital affair,  book,  letter,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  blood,  sex,  nudity

Hunger (2008)
Biography, Drama

Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. This is why Hunger (2008) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000). (Read More)

Locations:bathtub
Characters:doctor
Period:1980s
Story:riot gear,  police van,  strike,  snowing,  demonstration,  riot,  tragic event,  montage,  bathroom,  running,  tears,  bare butt,  bus,  punched in the face,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  death,  kiss,  nudity,  blood

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Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  school
Characters:dancer,  teacher,  friend
Story:school uniform,  apparition,  theatre audience,  recording,  slow motion,  record player,  class,  montage,  classroom,  extramarital affair,  letter,  face slap,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  coming of age,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  blood,  death,  kiss

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
Drama, Mystery

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. (Read More)

Themes:sexuality,  dance,  fear,  christmas
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  doctor
Story:teacher student relationship,  snowing,  dress,  trust,  sadness,  pianist,  death of wife,  widower,  death of mother,  classroom,  piano,  tears,  face slap,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death,  sex,  nudity,  violence,  blood,  police

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

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

Themes:homophobia,  dance,  fear,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  bully,  dancer,  policeman,  friend,  doctor,  homosexual
Period:1990s
Story:teacher student relationship,  gay friend,  theatre audience,  sexism,  crush,  listening to music,  hugging,  trust,  class,  sadness,  library,  best friend,  gay slur,  classroom,  bathroom,  running,  tears,  book,  letter,  punched in the face,  face slap,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  kiss

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The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

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

Themes:fear,  money,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  school
Characters:policeman,  teacher,  friend
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:teacher student relationship,  police van,  mail,  snowing,  embarrassment,  demonstration,  listening to music,  egg,  class,  library,  graveyard,  judge,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  book,  letter,  face slap,  underwear,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  coming of age,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss,  police

Son Of Rambow (2007)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family

Son Of Rambow (2007)

SON OF RAMBOW is the name of the home movie made by two little boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Set on a long English summer in the early '80s, SON OF RAMBOW is a comedy about friendship, faith and the tough business of growing up. We see the story through the eyes of Will, the eldest son of a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family. The Brethren regard themselves as God's 'chosen ones' and their strict moral code means that Will has never been allowed to mix with the other 'worldlies,' listen to music or watch TV, until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter, the school terror and maker of bizarre home movies. Carter exposes Will to a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood and from that moment Will's mind is blown wide open and he's easily convinced to be the stuntman in Lee Carters' diabolical home movie. Will's imaginative little brain is not only given chance to flourish in the world of film making, but is also very handy when it comes to dreaming up elaborate schemes to keep his partnership with Lee Carter a secret from the Brethren community. Will and Carter's complete disregard for consequences and innocent ambition means that the process of making their film is a glorious roller-coaster that eventually leads to true friendship. They start to make a name for themselves at school as movie makers but when popularity descends on them in the form of the Pied Piper-esque French exchange student, Didier Revol, their unique friendship and their precious film are pushed, quite literally, to breaking point. This is why Son Of Rambow (2007) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000). (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  dancer,  teacher,  friend
Period:1980s
Story:school uniform,  scab,  friendship between boys,  theatre audience,  recording,  grandmother grandson relationship,  record player,  class,  toilet,  classroom,  bathroom,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  bus,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  chase,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  kiss,  police,  blood,  violence

The Great Debaters (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Characters:dancer,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  labor union,  mail,  sexism,  communist,  demonstration,  riot,  class,  montage,  classroom,  book,  letter,  bus,  underwear,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  kiss,  sex

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The Visitor (2007) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000)
Drama

The Visitor (2007)

In Connecticut, lonely widowed Professor Walter Vale has a boring life. He teaches only one class at the local college and is trying to learn how to play the piano, despite not having the necessary musical talent. Walter is assigned to attend a conference about Global Policy and Development at New York University, where he is to give a lecture about a paper on which he is co-author. When he arrives at his apartment in New York, he finds Tarek Khalil, a Syrian musician, and Zainab, a Senegalese street vendor, living there. He sympathizes with the situation of the illegal immigrants and invites the couple to stay with him. Tarek invites him to go to his gig at Jules Live Jazz. Walter is fascinated with his African drum and Tarek offers to teach Walter to play the drum. However, after an incident in the subway, Tarek is arrested by the police and sent to a detention center for illegal immigrants. Walter has just hired a lawyer to defend Tarek when, out of the blue, Tarek's mother Mouna arrives at the apartment from Michigan. He invites her to stay in Tarek's room and while trying to get Tarek released, Walter and Mouna get close to each other and he finds reasons to feel life can be exciting and worth living again. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:elevator,  bathtub
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Story:class,  piano player,  piano,  teacher student relationship,  talent,  teaching,  jewelry,  earphones,  ferry,  self discovery,  listening to music,  shaving,  pianist,  widower,  bath,  classroom,  book,  underwear,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  police,  kiss

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Themes:friendship
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:piano player,  kiss on the cheek,  loss of wife,  hammer,  demonstration,  egg,  death of wife,  widower,  grave,  graveyard,  piano,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  bare butt,  face slap,  urination,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  violence,  nudity

Rent (2005)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Rent (2005)

This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. (Read More)

Themes:poverty,  drunkenness,  fear,  money,  christmas,  friendship
Mood:affection
Locations:cemetery
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend,  homosexual
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:transvestism,  mooning,  snowing,  demonstration,  transvestite,  riot,  cross dressing,  graveyard,  montage,  tears,  bare butt,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  blood,  death,  kiss,  nudity

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Ken Park (2002)
Drama

Ken Park (2002)

Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his enormously pregnant mother. Peaches looks after her devoutly religious father, but yearns for freedom. They're all rather tight, or so they claim. But they spend precious little time together and none of them seems to know much about one another's family lives. This bizarre dichotomy underscores their alienation # the result of suburban ennui, a teenager's inherent sense of melodrama, and the disturbing nature of their home environments. This is why Ken Park (2002) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  adultery,  infidelity
Locations:cemetery
Characters:homosexual
Story:pillow fight,  grandmother grandson relationship,  death of wife,  grave,  graveyard,  bath,  gay slur,  death of mother,  piano,  tears,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  urination,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  death,  violence,  blood,  sex,  kiss

Happy-go-lucky (2008) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Happy-go-lucky (2008)

Poppy Cross is happy-go-lucky. At 30, she lives in Camden: cheeky, playful, frank while funny, and talkative to strangers. She's a conscientious and exuberant primary-school teacher, flatmates with Zoe, her long-time friend; she's close to one sister, and not so close to another. In this slice of life story, we watch her take driving lessons from Scott, a dour and tightly-wound instructor, take classes in flamenco dance from a fiery Spaniard, encounter a tramp in the night, and sort out a student's aggressive behavior with a social worker's help. Along the way, we wonder if her open attitude puts her at risk of misunderstanding or worse. What is the root of happiness? (Read More)

Themes:dance,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  bully,  dancer,  friend
Story:dance class,  school uniform,  teacher student relationship,  teaching,  joy,  class,  classroom,  running,  lie,  book,  london england,  bus,  underwear,  telephone call,  chase,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

Detroit Rock City (1999)
Comedy, Music

Detroit Rock City (1999)

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

Themes:homophobia,  money,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  school
Characters:policeman,  teacher,  friend,  homosexual
Story:listening to music,  recording,  record player,  class,  gay slur,  classroom,  bathroom,  lie,  urination,  underwear,  beating,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  blood,  police,  sex

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Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have the perfect life together living the American dream... until Emily asks for a divorce. Now Cal, Mr Husband, has to navigate the single scene with a little help from his professional bachelor friend Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Make that a lot of help... (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  drunkenness,  adultery,  money,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  friend
Story:escalator,  teaching,  lipstick,  makeup,  crush,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  class,  ballet,  sadness,  gym,  montage,  classroom,  lie,  extramarital affair,  punched in the face,  face slap,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  money
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  doctor
Story:working class,  tap dancing,  fence,  earphones,  listening to music,  hugging,  class,  judge,  montage,  classroom,  bathroom,  running,  tears,  book,  bare butt,  bus,  punched in the face,  face slap,  urination,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss,  violence

Sunshine Cleaning (2008) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000)
Comedy, Drama

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

A family. Rose and Norah, in Albuquerque, lost their mother when they were young. Rose is responsible - a housecleaner, raising her seven-year-old son Oscar. She's also having an affair with Mac, a married cop, her high-school sweetheart. Norah can't hold a job. Their dad, Joe, is quirky. When Oscar is expelled for odd behavior, Rose wants to earn enough to send him to private school. Mac suggests she clean up after crime scenes, suicides, and deaths that go undiscovered for awhile. Rose enlists Norah, and Sunshine Cleaners is born. Norah bonds with the dead, Rose finds out that it's a regulated business, and complications arise. Can a family marked by tragedy sort things out? This is why Sunshine Cleaning (2008) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness,  adultery,  money,  infidelity
Locations:elevator,  bathtub,  school
Characters:policeman,  teacher
Story:working class,  school uniform,  dead mother,  embarrassment,  montage,  death of mother,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  bare butt,  crying,  telephone call,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  police,  kiss,  blood,  sex,  death

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August Rush (2007)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  dancer,  friend
Period:1980s
Story:following a dream,  music box,  talent,  child's point of view,  class,  pianist,  piano,  tears,  lie,  crying,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  kiss,  police

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

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

Themes:sexuality,  drunkenness,  money
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  teacher,  doctor
Story:mail,  lipstick,  record player,  pianist,  death of wife,  toilet,  death of mother,  piano,  tears,  lie,  face slap,  underwear,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  independent film,  kiss,  blood,  sex,  police

La Pianiste (2001)
Drama, Music, Romance

La Pianiste (2001)

Erika Kohut is a pianist, teaching music. Schubert and Schumann are her forte, but she's not quite at concert level. She's approaching middle age, living with her mother who is domineering then submissive; Erika is a victim then combative. With her students she is severe. She visits a sex shop to watch DVDs; she walks a drive-in theater to stare at couples having sex. Walter is a self-assured student with some musical talent; he auditions for her class and is forthright in his attraction to her. She responds coldly then demands he let her lead. Next she changes the game with a letter, inviting him into her fantasies. How will he respond; how does sex have power over our other faculties? (Read More)

Themes:sexuality,  fear
Locations:bathtub
Story:piano player,  teacher student relationship,  talent,  teaching,  theatre audience,  embarrassment,  class,  pianist,  audition,  toilet,  piano,  letter,  face slap,  urination,  underwear,  beating,  kiss,  blood,  sex

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The Human Stain (2003) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Hopkins), a classics professor with a terrible secret that is about to shatter his life in a small New England town. When his affair with a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, fast explodes in a conflagration of devastating consequences. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:dancer,  doctor,  friend
Story:punching bag,  loss of wife,  boxer,  class,  death of wife,  widower,  library,  graveyard,  boxing,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  extramarital affair,  underwear,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  police,  kiss,  death

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. This is why Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  fear,  money,  christmas
Locations:cemetery
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  homosexual
Story:working class,  kiss on the cheek,  circular staircase,  snowing,  boxer,  egg,  trust,  death of wife,  coming out,  grave,  judge,  gay slur,  lie,  london england,  punched in the face,  face slap,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  police,  kiss,  violence,  blood

Pretty In Pink (1986)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Pretty In Pink (1986)

Teenager Andie is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy at school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet?

Themes:poverty,  dance,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:school
Period:1980s
Story:teacher student relationship,  crush,  dress,  record player,  gym,  library,  tears,  underwear,  crying,  coming of age,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  kiss

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I Am Sam (2001)
Drama

I Am Sam (2001)

Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks and is obsessed with the Beatles. He has a daughter with a homeless woman; she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond (after the Beatles song), and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school; she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  friend
Story:pillow fight,  compassion,  recording,  slow motion,  hugging,  sadness,  judge,  montage,  classroom,  piano,  running,  tears,  book,  crying,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  kiss,  police

October Sky (1999) is one of the best movies like Billy Elliot (2000)
Biography, Drama, Family

October Sky (1999)

In a 1950's mining town called Coalwood, Homer Hickam is a kid with only one future in sight, to work in the local coal mine like his father. However in October 1957, everything changes when the first artificial satellite, Sputnik goes into orbit. With that event, Homer becomes inspired to learn how to build rockets. With his friends and the local nerd, Homer sets to do just that by trial and a lot of error. Unfortunately, most of the town and especially Homer's father thinks that they are wasting their time. Only one teacher in the high school understands their efforts and lets them know that they could become contenders in the national science fair with college scholarships being the prize. Now the gang must learn to perfect their craft and overcome the many problems facing them as they shoot for the stars. (Read More)

Themes:dance,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  dancer,  friend
Story:coal,  mining town,  coal mine,  teacher student relationship,  triumph,  labor union,  miner,  fence,  demonstration,  recording,  record player,  class,  gym,  classroom,  tears,  bus,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  police

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:fear,  money,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  friend
Story:kiss on the cheek,  theatre audience,  trust,  audition,  running,  bare butt,  face slap,  underwear,  beating,  crying,  telephone call,  chase,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  kiss,  blood,  nudity,  police,  sex,  death

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