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Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess deal with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  grief,  anger,  magic,  art,  friendship
Mood:supernatural
Locations:museum,  farm,  woods,  forest,  church
Characters:bully,  artist,  student,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:rope swing,  running race,  art museum,  teacher crush,  tree swing,  childhood friend,  reality vs fantasy,  singing happy birthday,  schoolboy crush,  foot race,  swinging on a rope,  museum trip,  teacher student relationship,  wooden bridge,  log bridge,  female bully,  school bully,  birthday present,  birthday cake,  female teacher,  church service,  school teacher,  death of best friend,  school friend,  new friend,  loss of friend,  dog as a gift,  off screen death,  boy girl friendship,  reference to pieter bruegel,  reference to teddy roosevelt,  catching someone who falls,  knocked to the ground,  reference to theodore roosevelt,  lost keys,  imaginary world,  sobbing female,  fear of hell,  music class,  new girl in town,  animate tree,  reference to leonardo da vinci,  tree house,  two friends,  make believe,  neglected child,  poor family,  belief in hell,  clubhouse,  lifting a female into the air,  falling from a tree,  little sister,  animal trap,  sketchbook,  girl next door,  social outcast,  next door neighbor,  schoolyard,  nonconformity,  organist,  creek,  blonde girl,  grieving,  runner,  best friends,  anguish,  troll,  fantasy world,  blackboard,  greenhouse,  tween girl,  squirrel,  crown,  outsider,  love letter,  dead girl,  atheist,  kingdom,  swing,  belief in god,  pet dog,  deer,  school bus,  child's point of view,  imagination,  death of friend,  reality,  cgi,  crush,  lifting someone into the air,  guitarist,  race,  rope,  queen,  tragic event,  pianist,  product placement,  doll,  storytelling,  fantasy sequence,  key,  best friend,  king,  drawing,  little boy,  bridge,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  little girl,  classroom,  place name in title,  birthday,  running,  rural setting,  tears,  painting,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  police officer,  based on book,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  three word title,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog,  death

My Girl (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

My Girl (1991)

1972. Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal 11-year old girl. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), is a mortician and a widower. Her best friend is Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), and life will never be the same again. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  grief,  anger,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher crush,  childhood friend,  teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  loss of friend,  lifting a female into the air,  blackboard,  tween girl,  death of friend,  crush,  lifting someone into the air,  best friend,  little boy,  little girl,  classroom,  tears,  watching tv,  police officer,  coming of age,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death

The Witches (1990)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

The Witches (1990)

A young boy, recently orphaned, is taken to England by his grandmother. At a hotel in which they are staying, a group of witches have gathered to prepare a plot to rid England of all children.

Themes:anger,  magic
Story:birthday present,  birthday cake,  tree house,  lifting a female into the air,  lifting someone into the air,  storytelling,  fantasy sequence,  drawing,  little boy,  police car,  little girl,  birthday,  running,  tears,  painting,  police officer,  based on book,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Children Of Heaven (1997)
Drama, Family, Sport

Children Of Heaven (1997)

Zahra's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zahra until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes, Ali's. School awaits. Will the plan succeed?

Themes:friendship
Characters:student,  friend
Story:foot race,  teacher student relationship,  schoolyard,  blackboard,  child's point of view,  race,  little boy,  bridge,  little girl,  classroom,  running,  tears,  watching tv,  brother sister relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

A Little Princess (1995) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

A Little Princess (1995)

When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self-worth. Sara's belief that "every girl's a princess" is tested to the limit, however, when word comes that her father was killed in action and his estate has been seized by the British government. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  magic,  friendship
Characters:teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  school bully,  birthday present,  birthday cake,  child's point of view,  imagination,  reality,  lifting someone into the air,  doll,  storytelling,  best friend,  little girl,  classroom,  birthday,  three word title,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel

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

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:church
Characters:bully,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:schoolboy crush,  teacher student relationship,  birthday present,  birthday cake,  death of best friend,  new friend,  outsider,  death of friend,  crush,  best friend,  little boy,  classroom,  birthday,  running,  tears,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Mean Creek (2004)
Crime, Drama

Mean Creek (2004)

When Sam Merrick is beaten up by local bully George Tooney, Sam's older brother Rocky and his friends Clyde and Marty plan to pretend it's Sam's birthday to "invite" George on a boat trip in which they would dare him to strip naked, jump in the lake, and run home naked. But when Sam, his girlfriend Millie, Rocky, and Clyde see George as not much of a bad guy, they want to call off the plan, but Marty refuses. Will the plan go ahead as planned? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:bully,  student,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:teacher student relationship,  birthday present,  creek,  tween girl,  deer,  tragic event,  birthday,  rural setting,  tears,  teenage boy,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

Never Let Me Go (2010)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Never Let Me Go (2010)

As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  art,  friendship
Locations:farm,  woods
Characters:artist,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  tween girl,  death of friend,  reality,  crush,  classroom,  painting,  watching tv,  based on book,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  singing,  based on novel,  death

Frankenweenie (2012) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Horror, Sci-fi

Frankenweenie (2012)

When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been. (Read More)

Themes:grief
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend
Story:anguish,  blackboard,  pet dog,  doll,  drawing,  little boy,  police car,  little girl,  classroom,  running,  tears,  watching tv,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  death

Hairspray (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance

Hairspray (2007)

Tracy Turnblad, a teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy's mother Edna's dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do! (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:school friend,  blackboard,  crown,  school bus,  rope,  queen,  best friend,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  classroom,  running,  tears,  watching tv,  police officer,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship

Matilda (1996)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Matilda (1996)

Matilda Wormwood is an exquisite and intelligent little girl. Unfortunately, Matilda is misunderstood by her family because she is very different from their ways of life. As time passes, Matilda finally starts school that has a kindly teacher, loyal friends and a sadistic principal. As she gets fed up with the constant cruelty, Matilda begins to realize that she has a gift of telekinetic powers. After some days of practice, Matilda suddenly turns the tables to stand up to her parents and outwit the principal. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  friendship
Characters:teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  neglected child,  lifting a female into the air,  blackboard,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  doll,  best friend,  dysfunctional family,  little girl,  classroom,  based on book,  brother sister relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010)
Comedy, Family

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010)

To Greg Heffley, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It's a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor - and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can't-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry. And he's getting it all down on paper, via a diary - "it's NOT a diary, it's a journal!" Greg insists, preferring the less-sissyfied designation - filled with his opinions, thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would-be) schoolyard triumphs. "One day when I'm famous," writes Greg, "I'll have better things to do than answer people's stupid questions all day." So was born the Wimpy Kid's diary. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:bully,  teacher,  friend
Story:childhood friend,  school bully,  school friend,  schoolyard,  tween girl,  school bus,  child's point of view,  pianist,  fantasy sequence,  best friend,  little boy,  classroom,  running,  watching tv,  teenage boy,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
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,  anger,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend
Story:birthday cake,  guitarist,  best friend,  drawing,  little boy,  birthday,  running,  tears,  punched in the face,  based on book,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

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:anger,  friendship
Characters:student,  teenager
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  pet dog,  crush,  dysfunctional family,  tears,  watching tv,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  three word title,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship

Like Stars On Earth (2007)
Drama, Family

Like Stars On Earth (2007)

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old child whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to 'be disciplined'. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of 'how things are done' by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  anger,  art,  friendship
Characters:bully,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  reference to leonardo da vinci,  neglected child,  sketchbook,  anguish,  blackboard,  school bus,  child's point of view,  imagination,  lifting someone into the air,  drawing,  little boy,  classroom,  running,  tears,  painting,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Locations:farm
Story:clubhouse,  dead girl,  school bus,  fantasy sequence,  little boy,  police car,  little girl,  birthday,  running,  tears,  painting,  watching tv,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  three word title,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog,  death

Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:grief,  anger,  friendship
Mood:supernatural
Locations:church
Characters:friend
Story:schoolyard,  grieving,  atheist,  school bus,  product placement,  best friend,  drawing,  little boy,  police car,  little girl,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  grief
Locations:woods,  forest,  church
Characters:bully
Story:tree swing,  schoolyard,  organist,  swing,  guitarist,  storytelling,  little boy,  bridge,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  classroom,  running,  tears,  painting,  coming of age,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death

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,  grief,  friendship
Characters:bully,  student,  friend
Story:tween girl,  child's point of view,  crush,  key,  best friend,  drawing,  little boy,  dysfunctional family,  little girl,  birthday,  running,  tears,  watching tv,  based on book,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  singing,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

Stand By Me (1986)
Adventure, Drama

Stand By Me (1986)

It's the summer of 1959 in Castlerock, Oregon and four 12 year-old boys - Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern - are fast friends. After learning of the general location of the body of a local boy who has been missing for several days, they set off into woods to see it. Along the way, they learn about themselves, the meaning of friendship and the need to stand up for what is right. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  grief,  friendship
Locations:woods
Characters:bully,  friend,  teenager
Story:childhood friend,  foot race,  loss of friend,  deer,  death of friend,  storytelling,  best friend,  bridge,  teenage boy,  coming of age,  three word title,  singing,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog

Hook (1991) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Hook (1991)

Peter Pan (Williams) has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his children, and Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Roberts). With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Peter Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:fantasy world,  child's point of view,  death of friend,  lifting someone into the air,  storytelling,  drawing,  little boy,  dysfunctional family,  little girl,  tears,  brother sister relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

Tideland (2005)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tideland (2005)

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

Locations:farm
Story:fantasy world,  tween girl,  squirrel,  school bus,  imagination,  guitarist,  doll,  storytelling,  fantasy sequence,  dysfunctional family,  running,  rural setting,  painting,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death

The Mirror (1975)
Biography, Drama

The Mirror (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society.

Themes:childhood,  grief
Locations:farm,  woods,  forest
Characters:student
Story:reference to leonardo da vinci,  grieving,  running,  rural setting,  tears,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death

Miss Potter (2006)
Biography, Drama

Miss Potter (2006)

In 1902, in London, the spinster Beatrix Potter lives with her bourgeois parents. Her snobbish mother, Helen Potter, had introduced several bachelors to Beatrix until she was twenty years old, but she had turned them all down. Beatrix Potter has been drawing animals and making up stories about them since she was a child, but her parents have never recognized her as an artist. One day, Miss Potter offers her stories to a print house, and a rookie publisher, Norman Warne, who is delighted with her tales, publishes her first children's book. This success leads Norman to publish two other books, and Miss Potter meanwhile becomes the best friend of his single sister Millie Warne. Soon Beatrix and Norman fall in love with each other, but Helen does not accept that her daughter would marry a "trader". However, Beatrix's father Rupert Potter proposes that his daughter spend the summer with his wife and him in their country house in Lake District, and if she is still interested in Norman after the summertime, he would bless their marriage. When Miss Potter stops receiving letters from Norman, she is disappointed. Then one day she receives a letter from Millie explaining what had happened to Norman. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  friendship
Locations:farm
Characters:artist,  friend
Story:fantasy world,  love letter,  imagination,  doll,  storytelling,  drawing,  little boy,  little girl,  rural setting,  tears,  painting,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

I Killed My Mother (2009) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Drama, Romance

I Killed My Mother (2009)

Teenager Hubert haughtily regards his mother with contempt, and only sees her tacky sweaters and kitsch decorations. In addition to these irritating surface details, there is also his parent's cherished mechanisms of manipulation and guilt. Confused by this love/hate relationship that obsesses him more and more each day, Hubert drifts through the mysteries of adolescence - artistic discoveries, illicit experiences, the opening-up to friendship, and ostracism. The turbulent relationship between mother and son unfolds with a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection. The stunning, semi-autobiographical directing debut of 20-year-old actor Xavier Dolan. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  anger,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:teacher student relationship,  imaginary world,  doll,  fantasy sequence,  little boy,  dysfunctional family,  classroom,  painting,  watching tv,  teenage boy,  coming of age,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

In a castle high on top of a hill lives an inventor's greatest creation - Edward, a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish Edward's hands; instead, he is left with metal scissors for hands. Since then, he has lived alone, until a kind lady called Peg discovers him and welcomes him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes him into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse. (Read More)

Characters:bully,  teenager
Story:teacher student relationship,  lifting a female into the air,  organist,  lifting someone into the air,  storytelling,  dysfunctional family,  watching tv,  police officer,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Cashback (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cashback (2006)

When art student Ben Willis is dumped by his girlfriend Suzy, he develops chronic insomnia after finding out how quickly she moved on. To pass the long hours of the night, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colorful cast of characters, all of whom have their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour-shift. Ben's art is that he imagines himself stopping time. This way, he can appreciate the artistic beauty of the frozen world and the people inside it - especially Sharon, the pretty and quiet checkout girl, who perhaps holds the answer to solving the problem of Ben's insomnia. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  art
Characters:artist,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:deer,  race,  fantasy sequence,  best friend,  drawing,  little boy,  little girl,  classroom,  tears,  painting,  watching tv,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  photograph,  dancing

Arthur And The Invisibles (2006)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Comedy

Arthur And The Invisibles (2006)

Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and turned into a block of flats unless Arthur's grandfather returns to sign some papers and pay off the family debt. Arthur discovers that the key to success lies in his own descent into the land of the Minimoys, creatures no larger than a tooth, whom his grandfather helped relocate to their garden. Somewhere among them is hidden a pile of rubies, too. Can Arthur be of stout heart and save the day? Romance beckons as well, and a villain lurks. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:farm
Story:birthday cake,  fantasy world,  child's point of view,  imagination,  storytelling,  key,  king,  police car,  birthday,  rural setting,  brother sister relationship,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

Elephant (2003) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elephant (2003)

A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget.

Themes:anger,  friendship
Characters:bully,  student,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  female teacher,  blackboard,  classroom,  running,  watching tv,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  photograph,  father son relationship,  dog,  death

The Secret Garden (1993)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

The Secret Garden (1993)

Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's estate. It is a fairly isolated existence and she has to find things to keep herself occupied. She finds a sickly young boy...and a secret garden. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  grief,  magic,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:neglected child,  swing,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  key,  little boy,  little girl,  rural setting,  photograph,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

Brave (2012)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Thriller

Brave (2012)

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.

Themes:magic
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:teenager
Story:birthday present,  crown,  kingdom,  queen,  key,  king,  birthday,  punched in the face,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

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

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

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

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:bully,  student,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:loss of friend,  anguish,  death of friend,  reality,  storytelling,  fantasy sequence,  key,  best friend,  police car,  classroom,  running,  tears,  watching tv,  based on book,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  death

Horns (2013) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Horns (2013)

After Iggy's long-time girlfriend is murdered and the whole town agrees he is the killer, he awakens one morning with horns and the townspeople soon confess their sins. Once knowing the sins of the people, he is facing the true killer of his beloved girlfriend.

Themes:anger,  friendship
Mood:supernatural
Locations:woods,  forest,  church
Characters:friend,  teenager
Story:childhood friend,  tree house,  social outcast,  outsider,  doll,  best friend,  police car,  little girl,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  police officer,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death

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,  friendship
Characters:bully,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  child's point of view,  crush,  tragic event,  pianist,  best friend,  classroom,  running,  tears,  punched in the face,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005)

The movie is based on the young adult book, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Anne Brashares. As four best friends spend their first summer apart from one another, they share a magical pair of jeans. Despite being of various shapes and sizes, each one of them fits perfectly into the pants. To keep in touch they pass these pants to each other as well as the adventures they are going through while apart. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:church
Characters:teenager
Story:childhood friend,  loss of friend,  tween girl,  pet dog,  pianist,  drawing,  little girl,  tears,  watching tv,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death

In The House (2012)
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In The House (2012)

A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events. (Read More)

Themes:art,  friendship
Characters:artist,  student,  teacher,  teenager
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  blackboard,  doll,  best friend,  classroom,  painting,  watching tv,  teenage boy,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

Alice In Wonderland (1951) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Alice In Wonderland (1951)

Alice is a daydreaming young girl. She finds learning poems and listening to literature boring. She prefers stories with pictures and to live inside her imagination. One day, while enduring just such a poetry reading, she spots a large white rabbit...dressed in a jacket and carrying a large watch. He scurries off, saying he's late, for a very important date. She follows him through the forest. He then disappears down a rabbit hole. Alice follows, leading her to all manner of discoveries, characters and adventures. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  magic
Locations:forest
Story:fantasy world,  crown,  child's point of view,  imagination,  reality,  queen,  key,  king,  birthday,  tears,  three word title,  singing,  based on novel,  dog

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:school teacher,  loss of friend,  death of friend,  tragic event,  storytelling,  little boy,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  running,  punched in the face,  police officer,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

Labyrinth (1986)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Labyrinth (1986)

The teenager Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her brother be taken by the Goblin King. Out of the blue, Toby stops crying and when Sarah looks for him in the cradle, she learns that he wish was granted and the Goblin King Jarethhas taken him to his castle in the Goblin City in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah repents an asks Jareth to give Toby back; but the Goblin King tells that she has to rescue her brother before midnight, otherwise Toby will be turned into a goblin. Soon Sarah teams up with the coward goblin Hoggle, the beast Ludo and the knight Didymus and his dog Ambrosius in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time? (Read More)

Themes:anger,  magic,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:friend,  teenager
Story:troll,  fantasy world,  pet dog,  lifting someone into the air,  rope,  king,  running,  tears,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  dog

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)

Themes:friendship
Characters:bully,  teacher
Story:clubhouse,  social outcast,  child's point of view,  crush,  dysfunctional family,  little girl,  classroom,  watching tv,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  coming of age,  singing,  family relationships,  dog

An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
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:grief,  art,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend,  teenager
Story:teacher student relationship,  birthday present,  birthday cake,  school teacher,  school friend,  music class,  classroom,  birthday,  tears,  painting,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Little Women (1994)
Drama, Family, Romance

Little Women (1994)

'Louisa May Alcott' (qv)'s autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother, a very outspoken women for her time. The story tells of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world. (Read More)

Characters:artist
Story:tween girl,  pet dog,  reality,  pianist,  dysfunctional family,  little girl,  rural setting,  tears,  painting,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death

Jane Eyre (2011)
Drama, Romance

Jane Eyre (2011)

After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meets the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester's terrible secret be about to destroy it forever? (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:teacher,  friend
Story:belief in hell,  belief in god,  death of friend,  drawing,  bridge,  little girl,  classroom,  painting,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  singing,  dancing,  based on novel,  dog

The White Ribbon (2009)
Drama, Mystery, History

The White Ribbon (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)

Locations:farm,  church
Characters:bully,  teacher,  teenager
Story:teacher student relationship,  church service,  school teacher,  organist,  belief in god,  pianist,  little boy,  bridge,  classroom,  rural setting,  tears,  police officer,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

As Good As It Gets (1997) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

As Good As It Gets (1997)

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  friendship
Characters:artist,  friend
Story:pet dog,  pianist,  drawing,  little boy,  tears,  painting,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  police officer,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog

Rabbit Hole (2010)
Drama

Rabbit Hole (2010)

Becca and Howie Corbett are a happily married couple whose perfect world is forever changed when their young son, Danny, is killed by a car. Becca, an executive-turned-stay-at-home mother, tries to redefine her existence in a surreal landscape of well-meaning family and friends. Painful, poignant, and often funny, Becca's experiences lead her to find solace in a mysterious relationship with a troubled young comic-book artist, Jason - the teenage driver of the car that killed Danny. Becca's fixation with Jason pulls her away from memories of Danny, while Howie immerses himself in the past, seeking refuge in outsiders who offer him something Becca is unable to give. The Corbetts, both adrift, make surprising and dangerous choices as they choose a path that will determine their fate. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  anger
Characters:artist
Story:birthday present,  birthday cake,  atheist,  belief in god,  school bus,  tragic event,  drawing,  birthday,  painting,  teenage boy,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:artist,  teenager
Story:birthday cake,  deer,  tragic event,  police car,  little girl,  birthday,  painting,  punched in the face,  police officer,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Family, Music

School Of Rock (2003)

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

Themes:anger,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  blackboard,  tween girl,  school bus,  guitarist,  pianist,  best friend,  classroom,  singing,  family relationships

The Wave (2008) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Drama, Thriller

The Wave (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? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:bully,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  drawing,  police car,  classroom,  tears,  watching tv,  police officer,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
Drama, Mystery

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

Three students and a school teacher disappear on an excursion to Hanging Rock, in Victoria, on Valentine's Day, 1900. Widely (and incorrectly) regarded as being based on a true story, the movie follows those that disappeared, and those that stayed behind, but it delights in the asking of questions, not the answering of them. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:church
Characters:student,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  creek,  greenhouse,  pianist,  classroom,  rural setting,  tears,  teenage boy,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  dog,  death

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