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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, race, wooden bridge, log bridge, female bully, school bully, birthday present, birthday cake

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

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

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:student, teacher, bully, 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

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, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

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

The School Of Rock (2003)

Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. This is why The School Of Rock (2003) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007). (Read More)

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

Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Drama, Family

Taare Zameen Par (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:art, childhood, anger, friendship
Characters:teacher, bully, student, 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

Alice In Wonderland (1951)
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

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Themes:childhood, grief, art, friendship
Characters:artist
Story:pet dog, police car, dysfunctional family, little girl, watching tv, police officer, brother sister relationship, three word title, photograph, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death, dog

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, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

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? This is why Labyrinth (1986) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007). (Read More)

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

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:anger, magic, friendship
Mood:supernatural
Locations:woods, forest
Story:crown, kingdom, cgi, queen, king, little boy, bridge, punched in the face, based on book, brother sister relationship, coming of age, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, death, dog

The Brothers Grimm (2005) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Mood:supernatural
Locations:forest, woods, church
Characters:friend
Story:animate tree, fantasy world, crown, lifting someone into the air, rope, queen, storytelling, king, drawing, running, three word title, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, dog, death

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:queen, birthday present, crown, kingdom, key, king, birthday, punched in the face, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, coming of age, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, dog

The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Family, Romance

The Princess Diaries (2001)

Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager - sweet, a little geeky and pretty much invisible to everyone with the exception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly's older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn't come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia's life is thrown into complete overload. She's being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both the newspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia's Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to become the princess and heir to the throne her father and grandmother want her to be. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:bully, teacher, friend, teenager
Story:crown, female teacher, school teacher, greenhouse, crush, queen, fantasy sequence, best friend, police car, classroom, painting, police officer, teenage boy, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, based on novel, death

As Good As It Gets (1997)
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. This is why As Good As It Gets (1997) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007). (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, dog, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship

Stand By Me (1986) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
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, race, loss of friend, deer, death of friend, storytelling, best friend, bridge, teenage boy, coming of age, three word title, singing, death, father son relationship, family relationships, dog

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Story:belief in hell, little sister, tragic event, little boy, police car, dysfunctional family, little girl, birthday, running, tears, painting, watching tv, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, singing, photograph, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend
Story:tree swing, swing, child's point of view, doll, drawing, little boy, running, tears, brother sister relationship, singing, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel, dog

Carrie (2013)
Drama, Horror

Carrie (2013)

The outcast teenager Carrie White is bullied by her classmates at high school. Her mother, Margaret White, is a pious and paranoid woman that sees sin everywhere and the need of self-inflicting punishment. When Carrie has her first period, she does not understand what is happening to her and her classmates humiliate her in the changing room. The spiteful Chris Hargensen videotapes Carrie with her cell phone and posts it on the Internet. Their teacher Ms. Desjardin punishes the students, but when Chris challenges her, she is suspended and consequently is banned from the prom. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers that she has telekinesis and learns how to control her ability. Sue Snell, one of the girls that tormented Carrie, feels bad and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to invite Carrie to go with him to the prom to make up for what she did to Carrie. But Chris and her boyfriend Billy Nolan plot an evil prank with her friends to seek vengeance for Carrie. (Read More)

Themes:anger, friendship
Characters:bully, student, teacher, teenager
Story:teacher student relationship, female bully, female teacher, crown, school bus, lifting someone into the air, tragic event, police car, classroom, teenage girl, coming of age, dancing, mother daughter relationship, based on novel, death

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
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. This is why The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007). (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, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel

Dogville (2003)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. (Read More)

Themes:anger, friendship
Locations:church
Characters:student, teacher, friend
Story:organist, blackboard, outsider, key, little boy, police car, classroom, place name in title, rural setting, tears, brother sister relationship, singing, photograph, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:grief, anger
Locations:church
Characters:teacher
Story:birthday cake, drawing, little boy, police car, little girl, birthday, tears, watching tv, teenage boy, singing, photograph, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death

Eragon (2006)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Eragon (2006)

The Kingdom of Alagaesia is ruled by the evil King Galbatorix, a former dragon rider that betrayed his mates and his people in his quest for power. When the orphan farm boy Eragon finds a blue stone sent by Princess Arya, he sooner realizes that it is a dragon egg. When the dragon Saphira is born, Eragon meets his mentor Brom, and becomes the dragon rider foreseen in an ancient prophecy that would set his people free from the tyrant Galbatorix. Eragon meets the rebels Varden and together they fight against the evil sorcerer Durza and the army of Galbatorix in a journey for freedom. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:farm, forest
Story:kingdom, king, poor family, fantasy world, death of friend, race, running, based on book, based on novel

Boyz N The Hood (1991) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
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, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

What Lies Beneath (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. This is why What Lies Beneath (2000) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007). (Read More)

Themes:anger, friendship
Characters:student, teacher, friend
Story:teacher student relationship, pet dog, imagination, key, rural setting, tears, watching tv, teenage girl, three word title, photograph, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, dog, death

Alice In Wonderland (2010)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Alice In Wonderland (2010)

Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called "Underland," she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason--to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne. (Read More)

Themes:anger, magic
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:teenager
Story:queen, fantasy world, crown, imagination, lifting someone into the air, key, little girl, running, painting, teenage girl, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel, 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
Characters:student
Story:clubhouse, dead girl, school bus, fantasy sequence, little boy, police car, little girl, birthday, running, tears, painting, watching tv, police officer, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, three word title, photograph, dancing, father daughter relationship

The Devil's Advocate (1997) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. (Read More)

Themes:grief, anger, art
Locations:church
Characters:student, teacher
Story:teacher student relationship, church service, reality, running, tears, painting, watching tv, teenage girl, three word title, singing, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel, dog, death

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

After a beautiful princess, Aurora, is born in to royalty everyone gathers to exchange gifts. Everything is perfectly fine until an unwanted guest appears, Maleficent. Magnificent casts a spell on the young princess and announces that she will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel on the evening of her 16th birthday. Fortunately, one of the good fairies, Merryweather, changes the spell so Aurora will fall asleep, and that the only way to wake her up were the tears from her true love. Finally the day comes. Will she be left to sleep forever? (Read More)

Themes:magic, friendship
Locations:woods, forest
Story:birthday, king, squirrel, crown, kingdom, lifting someone into the air, queen, tears, teenage girl, singing, father son relationship

Hugo (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. This is why Hugo (2011) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007). (Read More)

Themes:anger, magic, friendship
Locations:museum
Characters:artist, friend
Story:key, tween girl, pet dog, child's point of view, drawing, little boy, little girl, running, tears, police officer, based on book, teenage boy, teenage girl, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, death, dog

The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

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

Themes:friendship
Characters:teacher, friend, teenager
Story:teacher student relationship, storytelling, best friend, classroom, tears, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, coming of age, dancing, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, based on novel

Coraline (2009) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Coraline (2009)

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:woods, forest
Story:reality, fantasy world, pet dog, lifting someone into the air, pianist, doll, key, little boy, little girl, tears, singing, photograph, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, based on novel, dog

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

Almost Famous (2000)

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

Themes:anger, friendship
Characters:teacher, friend, teenager
Story:birthday cake, guitarist, birthday, running, watching tv, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, coming of age, singing, photograph, dancing, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

When his lightning bolt is stolen, Zeus accuses Poseidon's son Percy Jackson and gives Poseidon's son fourteen days to return it, otherwise he will initiate a war amongst the gods. Meanwhile the teenager, Percy, who is dyslexic and has ADHD is visiting The Museum of Metropolitan of Art and is attacked by a Fury disguised in his teacher. His physically handicapped best friend Grover reveals that Percy is a demigod and that he is his protector and his teacher Mr Brunner gives him a pen telling him that it is a powerful weapon. They go to Percy's house and together with his mother Sally they drive to the Camp Half-Blood. However Sally is attacked by a Minotaur and vanishes before Percy can help her. In the camp, Percy befriends the gorgeous Annabeth; when they are attacked by Hades who wants the lighting bolt for himself, Percy discovers that his mother is in the Underworld with Hades. Percy decides to travel on a dangerous quest to retrieve the lightning bolt and save his mother. Grover and Annabeth join him and Luke gives a powerful shield of his own to protect Percy. Will they be able to succeed? (Read More)

Themes:art, friendship
Locations:museum, woods
Characters:student, teacher, friend, teenager
Story:teacher student relationship, greenhouse, crown, cgi, product placement, bridge, based on book, dancing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel

Warcraft (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Warcraft (2016)

When the world of the Orcs of Draenor is being destroyed by the evil fel magic that uses life-force, the powerful warlock Gul'dan creates a portal to the world of Azeroth and forms the Horde with members of the Orc clans. He also captures many prisoners to keep the portal open. The king of Azeroth, Llane Wrynn and his brother-in-law, Anduin Lothar are informed by the apprentice of magician Khadgar that he has found fel magic in dead bodies and the king decides to summon the Guardian of Tirisfal, Medivh, to protect his kingdom. Lothar and Khadgar head to Kharazhan to meet Medivh and an ominous shadow points a book out to Khadgar, who takes it and hides. Anduin, Khadgar and Medivh and a group of soldiers are attacked by Orcs and they capture the slave Garona, who is released by King Llane, and she shows them the location of the portal. Garona is contacted by the Orc chief of a clan Durotan that wants to meet King Llane to stop the fel magic. Meanwhile Khadgar learns that the gate was opened with the help of someone in Azeroth. Shall King Llane trust Garona and Durotan, who might be the traitor? This is why Warcraft (2016) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007). (Read More)

Themes:anger, magic, friendship
Locations:woods, forest, church
Story:crown, kingdom, deer, death of friend, queen, king, punched in the face, brother sister relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel, death

The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

In London, the sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus promises the audience a journey to the "Imaginarium", an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true. In the stories that Doctor Parnassus tells to his daughter Valentina, the midget Percy, and his assistant Anton, he claims to have lived for more than one thousand years; However, when he fell in love with a mortal woman, he made a deal with the devil (Mr. Nick), trading his immortality for youth. As part of the bargain, he promised his son or daughter to Mr. Nick on their sixteenth birthday. Valentina is now almost to the doomed age and Doctor Parnassus makes a new bet with Mr. Nick, whoever seduces five souls in the Imaginarium will have Valentina as a prize. Meanwhile the troupe rescues Tony, a young man that was hanged on a bridge by the Russians. Tony was chased until he finds and joins the group. Tony and Valentina fall in love with each other and the jealous Anton discovers that his competition may be a liar. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:imaginary world, fantasy world, imagination, rope, bridge, police car, little girl, birthday, police officer, father daughter relationship

Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:artist, friend
Story:kingdom, cgi, rope, queen, king, drawing, little boy, bridge, painting, punched in the face, coming of age, singing, photograph, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, dog

A Walk To Remember (2002)
Drama, Romance

A Walk To Remember (2002)

In North Carolina especially in Beaufort a prank on a guy goes wrong and puts the student in the clinic. Carter, a famous student with no plans for the future, is held responsible and forced to join in after-school community service activities as consequence, which include starring as the lead in the play. And participating in these activities is Jamie Sullivan, the reverend's daughter who has great ambitions and nothing in common with Landon. When Landon decides he wants to take his activities seriously, he asks Jamie for help and begins to spend most of his time with her. But he starts to like her, that he did not expect to do. They relationship, much to the chagrin of Landon's old popular friends and Jamie's strict reverend father. But when a heart-breaking secret becomes known that puts their relationship to the test, it is then that Landon and Jamie realize the true meaning of love and fate. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:church
Characters:bully, student, teenager
Story:church service, outsider, swing, school bus, best friend, police car, punched in the face, police officer, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, singing, dancing, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel

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, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, dog

Boyhood (2014) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Drama

Boyhood (2014)

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, 'Richard Linklater' (qv)'s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by 'Ellar Coltrane' (qv)), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring 'Ethan Hawke' (qv) and 'Patricia Arquette' (qv) as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. This is why Boyhood (2014) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007). (Read More)

Themes:childhood
Locations:woods, church
Characters:teacher
Story:teacher student relationship, school bully, church service, reality, guitarist, little boy, classroom, birthday, teenage boy, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, coming of age, singing, photograph, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

Stardust (2007)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Stardust (2007)

The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breach in a wall beside an English village. In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breach in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty. The star is no lump of rock, it's a maiden, Yvaine. Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for her: three witches, led by Lamia, want her heart to make them young; and, the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne. Assisting Tristan are his mother, the victim of a spell, and a cross-dressing pirate of the skies. Will Tristan win his true love? (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:forest
Characters:friend, teenager
Story:kingdom, king, crown, death of friend, rope, queen, birthday, running, teenage boy, coming of age, dancing, based on novel, death

El Laberinto Del Fauno (2006)
Drama, Fantasy, War

El Laberinto Del Fauno (2006)

In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:forest, woods
Characters:friend
Story:king, imaginary world, fantasy world, tween girl, kingdom, child's point of view, imagination, lifting someone into the air, queen, tragic event, storytelling, key, running, punched in the face, coming of age, singing, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, death

Beowulf (2007)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy

Beowulf (2007)

Set against the coming of Christianity, this is the story of the last hero: in 507, a monstrous troll wreaks havoc in the mead hall of the Danish king, Hrothgar. He offers rewards for the death of Grendel, so Beowulf, a great and boastful Geat warrior, arrives with his thanes. Beowulf sets aside his armor and awaits the monster; a fierce battle ensues that leads to Beowolf's entering the watery lair of Grendel's mother, where a devil's bargain awaits. Beowulf returns to Herot, the castle, and becomes king. Jump ahead many years, and the sins of the father are visited upon Beowulf and his kingdom. The hero must face his weakness and be heroic once again. Is the age of demons over? (Read More)

Themes:magic, friendship
Locations:forest, church
Story:king, troll, crown, kingdom, death of friend, queen, bridge, singing, death, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

I Am Sam (2001) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
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:anger, friendship
Characters:teacher, friend
Story:swing, little girl, classroom, birthday, running, tears, painting, watching tv, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, dog

One Hour Photo (2002)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. This is why One Hour Photo (2002) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007). (Read More)

Themes:anger
Story:birthday present, birthday cake, pet dog, reality, product placement, fantasy sequence, key, little boy, birthday, running, tears, watching tv, police officer, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, dog, death

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississipi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everett's home to recover the buried loot of a bank heist they are confronted by a series of strange characters--among them sirens, a cyclops, bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning governor and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that "the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find." (Read More)

Themes:anger, art, friendship
Locations:farm, woods, forest, church
Story:lifting someone into the air, guitarist, rope, little boy, little girl, rural setting, singing, photograph, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, based on novel, dog

Snow White And The Huntsman (2012)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Snow White And The Huntsman (2012)

Snow White, imprisoned daughter of the late king, escapes just as the Magic Mirror declares her the source of the Evil Queen's immortality. The Queen sends her men, led by a local huntsman, to bring her back. But upon her capture, the huntsman finds he's being played and turns against the Queen's men, saving Snow White in the process. Meanwhile, Snow's childhood friend, William, learns that she is alive and sets off to save her. (Read More)

Themes:magic, childhood
Locations:forest
Characters:friend
Story:childhood friend, queen, king, troll, kingdom, based on book, dancing, death

Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. (Read More)

Themes:childhood, friendship
Locations:church
Characters:artist, teacher, friend
Story:childhood friend, storytelling, key, king, drawing, classroom, birthday, tears, watching tv, based on book, teenage boy, singing, photograph, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

This is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Hagrid, the grounds keeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted. (Read More)

Themes:magic, friendship
Locations:forest
Characters:bully, student, teacher, friend
Story:birthday, teacher student relationship, troll, fantasy world, lifting someone into the air, key, best friend, dysfunctional family, little girl, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel, dog

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