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Coach Carter (2005)
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Coach Carter (2005)

In 1999, Ken Carter accepts the job of basketball coach for his old high school in a poor area of Richmond, CA. As much dismayed by the poor attitudes of his players as well as their dismal play performance, Carter sets about to change both. He imposes a strict regime typified in written contracts t…hat demand respectful behavior, a dress code and good grades for players. Any initial resistance is soon dispelled as the team under Carter's tutelage becomes a undefeated competitor. However, when the overconfident team's behavior begins to stray with too many doing poorly in class, Carter takes immediate action. To the outrage of the team, the school and the community, Carter cancels all team activities and locks the court until the team shows acceptable academic improvement. In the ensuing debate, Carter fights to keep his methods, determined to show the boys that they need good values for their futures and eventually finds he has affected them more profoundly than he ever expected. (Read More)

Subgenre:
basketball movie 
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Mood:
high school 
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Hoosiers (1986)
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Hoosiers (1986)

Based on the true story of a small-town Indiana team that made the state finals in 1954, this movie chronicles the attempts of a coach with a spotty past, and the town's basketball-loving drunk to lead their high school team to victory.

Subgenre:
basketball movie 
Themes:
friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
father son relationship 
Story:
basketball coach student athlete high school athlete high school basketball basketball team sports team underdog athlete coach basketball based on true story 

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Glory Road (2006)
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Glory Road (2006)

In 1965, the coach of the high school girl basketball team Don Haskins is invited by the Texas Western Miners to be their coach. Despite the lack of budget, Haskins sees the chance to dispute the NCAA and moves with his wife and children to the college dormitory. He recruits seven talented and rejec…ted black players to play with five Caucasian players and formed a legendary team that won the 1966 national championship against the powerful Kentucky. (Read More)

Subgenre:
basketball movie 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
single mother teenage boy teenager 
Story:
basketball coach basketball team sports team underdog what happened to epilogue coach basketball based on true story 

He Got Game (1998)
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He Got Game (1998)

Tells the story of Jesus Shuttlesworth, the most sought after high school basketball prospect in the nation. Jesus and his dream to make it to the big ranks in professional basketball are overshadowed by his father, Jake, who is spending his life in prison for killing Jesus' mother.

Subgenre:
basketball movie 
Themes:
abortion murder death 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
motel 
Characters:
teenage boy african american father son relationship teenager 
Story:
basketball coach high school basketball sports team athlete basketball 

The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like Coach Carter (2005)
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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)

Subgenre:
basketball movie 
Themes:
friendship death murder 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
teenage boy african american mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
basketball coach high school athlete high school basketball basketball team sports team what happened to epilogue athlete coach basketball based on true story fight 

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Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
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Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The c…enter of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the resolute Mr. Hand, who is convinced that everyone is on dope. (Read More)

Themes:
abortion friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
teenager 
Story:
unwed pregnancy television reporter teenage pregnancy vandalism what happened to epilogue premarital sex female removes her clothes scantily clad female california panties 

Friday Night Lights (2004)
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Friday Night Lights (2004)

Odessa, Texas, is a small, town in Texas. Racially divided and economically dying, there is one night that gives the town something to live for: Friday Night. The Permian Panthers have a big winning tradition in Texas high school football, led by QB Mike Winchell and superstar tailback Boobie Miles,… but all is not well, as Boobie suffers a career-ending injury in the first game of the season. Hope is lost among citizens in Odessa, and for the team, but Coach Gary Gaines, who believes that "Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not to let them down", is somehow able to help the team rise up from the ashes and make a huge season comeback. Now on their way to state, the Panthers must go out and be perfect, because they may never matter this much for the rest of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:
friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
african american father son relationship mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
student athlete winning sports team underdog underage drinking what happened to epilogue coach premarital sex based on true story party 

17 Again (2009)
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17 Again (2009)

At 17 Mike O'Donnell is on top of the world: he's the star of his high school basketball team, is a shoo-in for a college scholarship, and is dating his soul-mate, Scarlet. But at what's supposed to be his big game where a college scout is checking him out, Scarlet reveals that she's pregnant. Mike …decides to leave the game and asks Scarlet to marry him, which she does. During their marriage, Mike can only whine about the life he lost because he married her, so she throws him out. When he also loses his job, he returns to the only place he's happy at, his old high school. While looking at his high school photo, a janitor asks him if he wishes he could be 17 again and he says yes. One night while driving he sees the janitor on a bridge ready to jump, and goes after him. When he returns to his friend Ned's house, where he has been staying, he sees that he is 17 again. He decides to take this opportunity to get the life he lost. (Read More)

Themes:
dating 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
teenage boy father son relationship 
Story:
basketball coach high school basketball basketball team unwed pregnancy teenage pregnancy athlete coach basketball party fight 

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Half Nelson (2006) is one of the best movies like Coach Carter (2005)
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Half Nelson (2006)

Young Caucasian Dan Dunne teaches history and coaches the girls basketball team at a Brooklyn high school populated primarily by black and Hispanic students. To the chagrin of his superiors, Dan bucks the outlined curriculum of historical facts in favor of the philosophy of historical events, genera…lly discussing the concept of dialectics. As such, he captures the imagination of his students, at least in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, Dan's life is in shambles. He has a distant but cordial relationship with his family. He uses illicit drugs rampantly. Although his former girlfriend Rachel was able to clean up her drug habit, Dan believes that rehab will not work for him. Due to a combination of these issues, he treats women poorly. Thirteen year old Drey is a student in his class and a player on his basketball team. Drey has her own problems. Her parents are divorced, with her father a virtually non-existent figure in her life and her EMT mother generally absent as she is always working to provide for Drey. Her older brother Mike is incarcerated for selling drugs for a local dealer named Frank. Mike took the fall for Frank, who in turn protects Drey whether she wants to be associated with him or not. Dan and Drey's relationship changes when Drey catches Dan, believing he is alone, smoking crack in the girl's locker room bathroom. He is totally stoned. Their resulting friendship, which is seen as inappropriate by the few who know, is based on each being unable to dea… (Read More)

Themes:
friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
inner city motel 
Characters:
single mother teenage boy african american father son relationship mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
basketball coach high school basketball basketball team drug dealing coach basketball party dancing 

Alpha Dog (2006)
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Alpha Dog (2006)

1999, Claremont, California. Middle-class kids, in their 20s, talk trash, wave guns, hang out in a pack. Johnny Truelove, drug dealer and son of a underworld figure, threatens Jake Mazursky, an explosive head case who owes Johnny money; Jake responds by breaking into Johnny's house. On impulse, John…ny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach. Zach's okay with it, figuring his brother will pay the debt soon. Johnny assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder, and they develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control. Group think, amorality, and fear of prison assert a hold on the pack. Is Zach in danger? (Read More)

Themes:
murder friendship death 
Locations:
motel swimming pool 
Characters:
teenage boy mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
underage drinking vandalism what happened to epilogue suburb scantily clad female california based on true story party dancing interview 

Mcfarland, Usa (2015)
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Mcfarland, Usa (2015)

A struggling coach and teacher who has had to move around for different incidents in his career finally comes to one of the poorest cities in America: McFarland, California. There he discovers buried potential in several high school boys and slowly turns them into championship runners and brings the…m closer than even he could ever imagine. (Read More)

Mood:
high school 
Characters:
father son relationship 
Story:
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Radio (2003)
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Radio (2003)

Football coach Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, tormented man into an inspiration to his community.

Themes:
friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
african american mother son relationship 
Story:
high school basketball sports team underdog coach basketball based on true story character name in title 

Juno (2007) is one of the best movies like Coach Carter (2005)
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Juno (2007)

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

Themes:
abortion friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
single mother teenage boy mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
high school athlete unwed pregnancy teenage pregnancy suburb scantily clad female panties dancing character name in title 

Boogie Nights (1997)
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Boogie Nights (1997)

Adult film director Jack Horner is always on the lookout for new talent and it's only by chance that he meets Eddie Adams who is working as a busboy in a restaurant. Eddie is young, good looking and plenty of libido to spare. Using the screen name Dirk Diggler, he quickly rises to the top of his ind…ustry winning awards year after year. Drugs and ego however come between Dirk and those around him and he soon finds that fame is fleeting. (Read More)

Themes:
murder 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
motel nightclub swimming pool 
Characters:
mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
girl in panties white panties winning underage drinking drug dealing female removes her clothes scantily clad female california panties party dancing interview fight 

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Coyote Ugly (2000)
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Coyote Ugly (2000)

Sexy, romantic comedy about a girl in her early 20s named Violet Sanford going to NYC to pursue a dream of becoming a songwriter. Violet gets a "day" job as a bar maid at a nightclub called Coyote Ugly. Coyote Ugly is the city's newest hot spot where the employees are a team of sexy, resourceful wom…en that provoke the clientele and press with their mischief. (Read More)

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friendship 
Locations:
nightclub 
Characters:
single father 
Story:
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Almost Famous (2000)
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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:
friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
san francisco california swimming pool 
Characters:
teenage boy mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
red panties white panties premarital sex female removes her clothes scantily clad female california based on true story panties party dancing interview 

Pretty In Pink (1986) is one of the best movies like Coach Carter (2005)
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Pretty In Pink (1986)

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

Themes:
dating friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
nightclub 
Characters:
single father teenage boy teenager 
Story:
girl in panties white panties library panties dancing 

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American Graffiti (1973)
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American Graffiti (1973)

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

Themes:
dating friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
teenage boy teenager 
Story:
girl in panties white panties underage drinking vandalism what happened to epilogue female removes her clothes suburb scantily clad female california panties party dancing fight 

Varsity Blues (1999)
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Varsity Blues (1999)

In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is trying to lead his Wes…t Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. When star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of John Moxon (James Van Der Beek), a second-string quarterback with a slightly irreverent approach to the game. "Varsity Blues" explores our obsession with sports and how teenage athletes respond to the extraordinary pressures places on them. (Read More)

Themes:
friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
teenage boy african american father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
high school athlete white panties winning sports team coach panties party 

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
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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. Rick…y 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:
death murder friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
single mother teenage boy african american father son relationship mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
gang violence underage drinking drug dealing what happened to epilogue athlete death of brother premarital sex party dancing fight 

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Miracle (2004) is one of the best movies like Coach Carter (2005)
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Miracle (2004)

The inspiring story of the team that transcended its sport and united a nation with a new feeling of hope. Based on the true story of one of the greatest moments in sports history, the tale captures a time and place where differences could be settled by games and a cold war could be put on ice. In 1…980, the United States Ice Hockey team's coach, Herb Brooks, took a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation yearning from a distraction from world events. With the world watching the team rose to the occasion, prompting broadcaster Al Michaels' now famous question, to the millions viewing at home: Do you believe in miracles? Yes! (Read More)

Characters:
father son relationship 
Story:
student athlete sports team underdog press conference what happened to epilogue coach fight 

Carlito's Way (1993)
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Carlito's Way (1993)

A Puerto Rican ex-con pledges to stay away from his former drug dealing ways but finds himself being dragged back by his past connections and the naive machinations of his lawyer and best friend. Hoping to raise enough money to get away from New York, Carlito Brigante takes on the job of running a n…ightclub, renews an affair with a dancer but old associates and old instincts suck him back into a world of violence and mistrust. (Read More)

Themes:
death murder 
Locations:
nightclub 
Story:
girl in panties unwed pregnancy drug dealing premarital sex female removes her clothes scantily clad female panties party dancing character name in title 

Bully (2001)
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Bully (2001)

After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend, Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering Bobby, with a group of willing and unwilling participants in a small …Florida town. In the midst of their plotting, they find themselves contemplating with the possible aftermath of what could happen. (Read More)

Themes:
abortion murder death friendship 
Locations:
nightclub 
Characters:
teenage boy mother son relationship father son relationship teenager 
Story:
white panties teenage pregnancy underage drinking premarital sex suburb scantily clad female based on true story panties dancing 

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The Breakfast Club (1985)
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The Breakfast Club (1985)

Beyond being in the same class at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois, Claire Standish, Andrew Clark, John Bender, 'Brian Johnson (XIV)' (qv) and Allison Reynolds have little in common, and with the exception of Claire and Andrew, do not associate with each other in school. In the simplest and …in their own terms, Claire is a princess, Andrew an athlete, John a criminal, Brian a brain, and Allison a basket case. But one other thing they do have in common is a nine hour detention in the school library together on Saturday, March 24, 1984, under the direction of Mr. Vernon, supervising from his office across the hall. Each is required to write a minimum one thousand word essay during that time about who they think they are. At the beginning of those nine hours, each, if they were indeed planning on writing that essay, would probably write something close to what the world sees of them, and what they have been brainwashed into believing of themselves. But based on their adventures during that nine hours, they may come to a different opinion of themselves and the other four. (Read More)

Mood:
high school 
Characters:
teenage boy teenager 
Story:
student athlete white panties athlete suburb library scantily clad female basketball panties dancing 

Alfie (2004) is one of the best movies like Coach Carter (2005)
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Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best fri…ends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. (Read More)

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abortion friendship death 
Locations:
nightclub 
Characters:
single mother african american mother son relationship 
Story:
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Menace II Society (1993)
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Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

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friendship murder death 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
inner city 
Characters:
single mother african american mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
underage drinking drug dealing premarital sex california party fight 

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Ray (2004)
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Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band an…d then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:
education death 
Locations:
san francisco california nightclub swimming pool 
Characters:
single mother african american mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
unwed pregnancy contract death of brother premarital sex dancing character name in title fight 

Short Cuts (1993)
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Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away,… even on a fishing trip. (Read More)

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death murder friendship 
Locations:
nightclub swimming pool 
Characters:
father son relationship mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
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Five Easy Pieces (1970)

Robert Dupea has given up his promising career as a concert pianist and is now working in oil fields. He lives together with Rayette, who's a waitress in a diner. When Robert hears from his sister that his father isn't well, he drives up to Washington to see him, taking Rayette with him. There he ge…ts confronted with his rich, cultured family that he had left behind. (Read More)

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dating friendship 
Characters:
father son relationship 
Story:
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The Cooler (2003)
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The Cooler (2003)

The unluckiest man in Vegas - a guy whose bad luck is contagious - is used by the last of the old time mob run casinos to kill high rollers' action. That is, until he falls in love with a cocktail waitress and gets "lady luck," which throws the situation into reverse. Things turn nasty when the casi…no director tries to break up the romance. (Read More)

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murder death 
Locations:
motel nightclub 
Characters:
father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
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The Fighter (2010)
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The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime.

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father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
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Risky Business (1983)
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Risky Business (1983)

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

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friendship 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
teenage boy mother son relationship father son relationship teenager 
Story:
white panties underage drinking premarital sex scantily clad female panties party dancing 

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Lords Of Dogtown (2005) is one of the best movies like Coach Carter (2005)
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Lords Of Dogtown (2005)

A fictionalized take on the group of brilliant young skateboarders raised in the mean streets of Dogtown in Santa Monica, California. The Z-Boys, as they come to be known, perfect their craft in the empty swimming pools of unsuspecting suburban homeowners, pioneering a thrilling new sport and eventu…ally moving into legend. (Read More)

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friendship 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
teenage boy father son relationship mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
motivational underdog california based on true story party dancing fight 

Dope (2015)
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Dope (2015)

A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled with gangsters and drug dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to atte…nd Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into an "only in Los Angeles" gritty adventure filled with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he'll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. (Read More)

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murder 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
nightclub swimming pool 
Characters:
single mother african american mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
underage drinking female removes her clothes panties party interview 

We Are Marshall (2006)
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We Are Marshall (2006)

In November, 1970, virtually the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) die in a plane crash. That spring, led by Nate Ruffin, a player who was ill and missed the fatal flight, students rally to convince the board of governors to play the 1971 season. The college …president, Don Dedman, must find a coach, who then must find players. They petition the NCAA to allow freshmen to play, and coach Jack Lengyel motivates and leads young players at the same time that he reexamines the Lombardi creed that winning is the only thing. The father and the fiancee of a player who died find strength to move on. Can Marshall win even one game in 1971? (Read More)

Themes:
death 
Story:
winning sports team what happened to epilogue athlete coach california based on true story 

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Lovelace (2013)
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Lovelace (2013)

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friendship death 
Locations:
motel swimming pool 
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mother son relationship 
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Win Win (2011) is one of the best movies like Coach Carter (2005)
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Win Win (2011)

Disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty (Giamatti), who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy's mother shows up fresh from reha…b and flat broke, threatening to derail everything. (Read More)

Mood:
high school 
Characters:
single mother teenage boy mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
athlete coach suburb 

World's Greatest Dad (2009)
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World's Greatest Dad (2009)

Lance Clayton is a man who has learned to settle. He dreamed of being a rich and famous writer, but has only managed to make it as a high school poetry teacher. His only son Kyle is an insufferable jackass who won't give his father the time of day. Lance is dating Claire, the school's adorable art t…eacher, but she doesn't want to get serious -- or even acknowledge publicly that they are dating. Then, in the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of all the fame, fortune and popularity he ever dreamed of, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there. (Read More)

Themes:
dating death 
Mood:
high school 
Characters:
single father teenage boy father son relationship 
Story:
white panties scantily clad female panties 

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The Blind Side (2009)
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The Blind Side (2009)

Based on the true story of 'Leigh Anne Tuohy' (qv) and 'Sean Tuohy' (qv) who take in a homeless teenage African-American, 'Michael Oher' (qv). Michael has no idea who his father is and his mother is a drug addict. Michael has had little formal education and few skills to help him learn. Leigh Anne s…oon takes charge however, as is her nature, ensuring that the young man has every opportunity to succeed. When he expresses an interest in football, she goes all out to help him, including giving the coach a few ideas on how best to use Michael's skills. They not only provide him with a loving home, but hire a tutor to help him improve his grades to the point where he would qualify for an NCAA Division I athletic scholarship. 'Michael Oher' (qv) was the first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL draft. (Read More)

Themes:
education 
Characters:
teenage boy african american mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
high school athlete motivational what happened to epilogue coach based on true story interview 

Semi-pro (2008)
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Semi-pro (2008)

Three men, three dreams. It's 1976 in Flint, Michigan. Jackie Moon's American Basketball Association team languishes in last place, with few fans in the seats. Jackie dreams of a merger with the NBA. A tough-minded point guard named Monix is at the end of his career; he's played on the champion Celt…ics but accepts a trade to Flint to be close to Lynn, the love of his life. Clarence "Coffee" Brown dreams of stardom: he's the Tropics' best player, but he's a hotdog who doesn't value teamwork. When the trio learns that a merger is in the works that won't include the Tropics, they pull the team together to try to achieve the impossible. Can dreams come true in Flint? (Read More)

Subgenre:
basketball movie 
Characters:
mother son relationship 
Story:
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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) is one of the best movies like Coach Carter (2005)
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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of t…he oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse. (Read More)

Themes:
death 
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swimming pool 
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The Rookie (2002)
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The Rookie (2002)

Jim Morris is a Texas high school chemistry teacher and coach of the school's baseball team. He's always loved baseball and as a way of motivating his players, he agrees to go to a professional try-out if they win the championship. He once had aspirations to be a professional baseball player but an …injury brought that to an end. Sure enough, the 39 year-old father of three finds himself at a camp for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and he somehow seems to have regained his pitching arm, easily throwing a 98 mph fastball. Signed to a contract, he toils in the minor leagues while his supportive wife stays home raising their children. He soon finds himself called up to the big club and pitching for Tampa which is in Texas playing the Rangers. Based on a true story. (Read More)

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high school 
Characters:
father son relationship 
Story:
sports team underdog contract coach based on true story 

The Pursuit Of Happyness (2006)
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The Pursuit Of Happyness (2006)

Based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner. Gardner has invested heavily in a device known as a "Bone Density scanner". He feels like he has made these devices. However, they do not sell as they are marginally better than the current technology at a much higher price. As Gardner tri…es to figure out how to sell them, his wife leaves him, he loses his house, his bank account, and credit cards. Forced to live out in the streets with his son, Gardner is now desperate to find a steady job; he takes on a job as a stockbroker, but before he can receive pay, he needs to go through 6 months of training, and to sell his devices. (Read More)

Locations:
san francisco california motel 
Characters:
single father father son relationship 
Story:
motivational underdog what happened to epilogue based on true story 

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
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High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)

Troy and the gang of East High School are going through their senior year, facing graduating and going their separate ways. Coming to terms with the reality of it all, Troy wants to attend the nearby University of Albuquerque next year on a basketball scholarship, but Gabriella wants to attend Stanf…ord University in California. Meanwhile, Sharpay, the school's shallow and spoiled rich girl, plots to go all out planning the school's final musical show with the idea to add music to her hopes and fears about the future. While Sharpay takes an up-and-coming British exchange student under her wing, her flamboyant fraternal twin brother, Ryan, has his sights set on something different after school. In addition, Troy's best friend and basketball teammate Chad, and Garbiella's best friend Taylor, all have their sights set on their plans after high school and come to terms with the reality of the real world. (Read More)

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friendship 
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high school 
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teenage boy 
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high school basketball basketball california dancing 

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Babel (2006)

4 interlocking stories connected by a single gun converge at the end to reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren't all that different. In Morocco, a troubled married couple are on vacation trying to work out their differences. Meanwhile, a Mor…occan herder buys a rifle for his sons so they can keep the jackals away from his herd. A girl in Japan dealing with rejection, the death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father, her own self-consciousness, and a disability among many other issues, deals with modern life in the enormous metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. Then, on the opposite side of the world the married couple's Mexican nanny takes the couple's 2 children with her to her son's wedding in Mexico, only to come into trouble on the return trip. Combined, it provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking glass into the lives of seemingly random people around the world and it shows just how connected we really are. (Read More)

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murder friendship death 
Locations:
nightclub swimming pool 
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single father teenage boy mother son relationship father son relationship 
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Lolita (1997)
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Lolita (1997)

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

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dating murder 
Locations:
motel swimming pool 
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teenage boy african american teenager 
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Catch Me If You Can (2002)
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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tra…cks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Themes:
abortion 
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
motel swimming pool 
Characters:
teenage boy father son relationship mother son relationship teenager 
Story:
motivational new job what happened to epilogue premarital sex california based on true story party dancing 

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Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)
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Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

Santiago's father, Hernan Munez, smuggled his penniless Mexican family over the US border to seek a better, albeit modest future in L.A. Eldest son Santiago dreams of more, like native Angelinos, then joining Hernan's gardening firm. His change arrives when a British ex-pro spots him as an exception…al soccer natural and promises he can arrange a real British talent scout to check him out. Although that falls trough and dad forbids it, Santiago accepts grandma's savings to try out with English premier league club Newcastle. Despite his asthma, he gets in and befriends the freshly transferred, desperately undisciplined bad boy star scorer, party animal Gavin Harris, who becomes his bothersome house-mate, a recipe for trouble and yet each's salvation. (Read More)

Themes:
death 
Locations:
nightclub swimming pool 
Characters:
single father teenage boy mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
press conference athlete coach party dancing fight 

Easy A (2010) is one of the best movies like Coach Carter (2005)
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Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

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dating friendship 
Mood:
high school 
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swimming pool 
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teenage boy father son relationship teenager 
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The Longest Yard (2005)
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The Longest Yard (2005)

Paul "Wrecking" Crewe was a revered football superstar back in his day, but that time has since faded. But when a messy drunk driving incident lands him in jail, Paul finds he was specifically requested by Warden Hazen (James Cromwell), a duplicitous prison official well aware of Paul's athletic ski…lls. Paul has been assigned the task of assembling a team of convicts, to square off in a big football game against the sadistic guards. With the help of fellow convict Caretaker, and an old legend named Nate Scarborough to coach, Crewe is ready for what promises to be a very interesting game. It's only the warden and the guards who have no idea who or what they're up against, with Paul the driving force behind the new team. (Read More)

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