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Dirty Dancing (1987)
Drama, Music, Romance

Dirty Dancing (1987)

In 1963, Frances "Baby" Houseman, a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Baby has grown up in privileged surroundings and all expect her to go on to college, join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, just like her father. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle, a man whose background is vastly different from her own. Baby lies to her father to get money to pay for an illegal abortion for Johnny's dance partner. She then fills in as Johnny's dance partner and it is as he is teaching her the dance routine that they fall in love. It all comes apart when Johnny's friend falls seriously ill after her abortion and Baby gets her father, who saves the girl's life. He then learns what Baby has been up to, who with and worse - that he funded the illegal abortion. He bans his daughter from any further association with "those people". In the first deliberately willful action of her life, Baby later sneaks out to see Johnny - ostensibly to apologize for her father's rudeness - and ends up consummating her relationship with Johnny. A jealous fellow vacationer sees Baby sneaking out of Johnny's bungalow the next morning, and in an act of retribution, tells management that he is responsible for a theft the evening before, knowing he would not furnish his real whereabouts. (Read More)

Themes:abortion, theft, dance, love
Mood:night
Locations:storm
Characters:dancer, doctor, teenager
Period:summer, 1960s
Story:sexual euphemism, family vacation, summer romance, driving at night, dance instructor, dance lesson, pink panties, white panties, 1957 chevrolet, labor day, reference to cleopatra, father daughter hug, wrong side of the tracks, catskills, speaking to audience, class system, two sisters, tights, breaking a car window, famous song

American Wedding (2003)
Comedy, Romance

American Wedding (2003)

Jim Levenstein has finally found the courage to ask his girlfriend, Michelle Flaherty to marry him. She agrees to get married, but the problems don't stop there for Jim. Now along with Paul Finch and Kevin Myers, Jim must plan the wedding. Unfortunately Steve Stifler is in town and won't let the wedding go past without having some fun himself, which includes setting up a secret bachelor party. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Characters:dancer
Story:dance lesson, white panties, red dress, waiter, premarital sex, scantily clad female, apology, cleavage, sister sister relationship, teenage girl, panties, cult film, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, family relationships, two word title

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:dance, love
Characters:teenager
Story:white panties, teen movie, barefoot, premarital sex, microphone, scantily clad female, cleavage, blonde, teenage girl, coming of age, panties, singing, dancing, mother daughter relationship, family relationships, bare chested male

Grease (1978)
Musical, Romance

Grease (1978)

A musical about teens in love in the 50's! It's California 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian Sandy Olsson are in love. They spend time at the beach, and when they go back to school, what neither of them knows is that they both now attend Rydell High. Danny's the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black leather jacket-wearing greasers while Sandy hangs with the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Rizzo. When they clash at Rydell's first pep rally, Danny isn't the same Danny from the beach. They try to be like each other so they can be together. (Read More)

Themes:dance, love
Characters:teenager
Period:summer
Story:summer romance, wrong side of the tracks, famous song, opposites attract, teen romance, teen movie, first love, visit, gossip, blockbuster, premarital sex, blonde, female protagonist, teenage girl, coming of age, cult film

Brokeback Mountain (2005) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987)
Drama, Romance

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Two young men, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, meet when they get a job as sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain. They are at first strangers, then they become friends. Throughout the weeks, they grow closer as they learn more about each other. One night, after some heavy drinking, they find a deeper connection. They then indulge in a blissful romance for the rest of the summer. Unable to deal with their feelings for each other, they part ways at the end of the summer. Four years go by, and they each settle down, Ennis in Wyoming with his wife and two girls, and Jack in Texas with his wife and son. Still longing for each other, they meet back up, and are faced with the fact that they need each other. They undeniably need each other, and unsure of what to do, they start a series of "fishing trips", in order to spend time together. The relationship struggles on for years until tragedy strikes. (Read More)

Themes:love
Mood:night
Locations:storm
Characters:dancer
Period:summer, 1960s
Story:year 1963, camera shot of feet, gossip, red dress, cleavage, rural setting, sunglasses, sister sister relationship, rain, teenage girl, singing, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, two word title

Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)

The film follows the fortunes of Charles and his friends as they wonder if they will ever find true love and marry. Charles thinks he's found "Miss Right" in Carrie, an American. This British subtle comedy revolves around Charlie, his friends and the four weddings and one funeral which they attend. This is why Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987). (Read More)

Themes:love
Mood:night
Locations:storm
Story:chick flick, married couple, happy ending, opening a door, visit, blockbuster, apology, rain, cult film, dancing, husband wife relationship, independent film, bare chested male

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:love
Characters:doctor, teenager
Story:dance lesson, opposites attract, chick flick, teenage daughter, teen romance, teen movie, forbidden love, first love, scene during opening credits, voice over narration, teenage girl, coming of age, cult film, singing, dancing, father daughter relationship

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

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

Themes:love
Characters:teenager
Period:summer, 1960s
Story:legs, sexual awakening, first love, microphone, scantily clad female, false accusation, apology, cleavage, blonde, rain, voice over narration, teenage girl, coming of age, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, two word title

The Lobster (2015) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

The Lobster (2015)

A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.

Themes:love
Characters:dancer, doctor
Story:knocking on a door, waiter, applause, microphone, pantyhose, apology, sunglasses, rain, voice over narration, singing, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, bare chested male, two word title

The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Drama, Romance

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fourteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to do - and Trip Fontaine, he who could have any girl he wanted but wanting solely Lux. (Read More)

Characters:dancer, teenager
Period:summer
Story:sexual awakening, teen movie, first love, gossip, directorial debut, sunglasses, sister sister relationship, voice over narration, teenage girl, coming of age, cult film, singing, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, independent film

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. This is why American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987). (Read More)

Mood:night
Story:barefoot, gossip, scene during opening credits, waiter, premarital sex, scantily clad female, new york, cleavage, sunglasses, blonde, voice over narration, panties, cult film, dancing, independent film, bare chested male, two word title

Black Swan (2010)
Drama, Thriller

Black Swan (2010)

Nina (Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Characters:dancer
Story:pink panties, white panties, sexual awakening, camera shot of feet, applause, sensuality, scantily clad female, cleavage, female protagonist, panties, cult film, dancing, mother daughter relationship, two word title

Juno (2007) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987)
Comedy, Drama

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, love
Characters:dancer, doctor, teenager
Period:summer
Story:unwanted pregnancy, teen movie, scantily clad female, sister sister relationship, female protagonist, voice over narration, teenage girl, panties, cult film, singing, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, independent film

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

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

Themes:abortion, love
Characters:dancer, doctor
Story:married couple, applause, scantily clad female, man with glasses, apology, cleavage, voice over narration, panties, singing, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, two word title

Freaky Friday (2003)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music, Romance

Freaky Friday (2003)

The wide generation gap between Tess Coleman and her teenage daughter Anna is more than evident. They simply cannot understand each other's preferences. On a Thursday night they have a big argument in a Chinese restaurant. Both receive a fortune cookie each from the restaurant owner's mother which causes them to switch bodies next day. As they adjust with their new personalities, they begin to understand each other more and eventually it's the mutual self-respect that sorts the things out. (Read More)

Themes:love
Mood:night
Characters:teenager
Story:alliterative title, teenage daughter, happy ending, title at the end, teen movie, camera shot of feet, pantyhose, female protagonist, teenage girl, dancing, mother daughter relationship, two word title

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! This is why Hairspray (2007) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987). (Read More)

Themes:dance
Characters:dancer, teenager
Period:1960s
Story:teenage daughter, applause, microphone, false accusation, female protagonist, teenage girl, singing, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

Wedding Crashers (2005) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987)
Comedy, Romance

Wedding Crashers (2005)

Two friends, John (played by Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn), crash weddings to pick up women. One day they crash the wedding of the daughter of the Treasury Secretary, Secretary Cleary (Christopher Walken). Instead of short-term flings they end up being invited to the Clearys' island estate, and potentially meet the loves of their lives... (Read More)

Themes:love
Mood:night
Characters:dancer
Period:summer
Story:pink panties, blockbuster, red dress, waiter, premarital sex, microphone, scantily clad female, apology, cleavage, sister sister relationship, blonde, panties, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships

Hanna (2011)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Hanna (2011)

Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the skills of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity. (Read More)

Characters:teenager
Story:family vacation, title at the end, camera shot of feet, pantyhose, female protagonist, teenage girl, coming of age, singing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, bare chested male

The Notebook (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Notebook (2004)

In a nursing home, resident Duke reads a romance story for an old woman who has senile dementia with memory loss. In the late 1930s, wealthy seventeen year-old Allie Hamilton is spending summer vacation in Seabrook. Local worker Noah Calhoun meets Allie at a carnival and they soon fall in love with each other. One day, Noah brings Allie to an ancient house that he dreams of buying and restoring and they attempt to make love but get interrupted by their friend. Allie's parents do not approve of their romance since Noah belongs to another social class, and they move to New York with her. Noah writes 365 letters (A Year) to Allie, but her mother Anne Hamilton does not deliver them to her daughter. Three years later, the United States joins the World War II and Noah and his best friend Fin enlist in the army, and Allie works as an army nurse. She meets injured soldier Lon Hammond in the hospital. After the war, they meet each other again going on dates and then, Lon, who is wealthy and handsome, proposes. Meanwhile Noah buys and restores the old house and many people want to buy it. When Allie accidentally sees the photo of Noah and his house in a newspaper, she feels divided between her first love and her commitment with Lon. Meanwhile Duke stops reading to the old lady since his children are visiting him in the nursing home. (Read More)

Themes:love
Mood:night
Characters:dancer, doctor, teenager
Period:summer
Story:summer romance, protective male, chick flick, forbidden love, barefoot, class differences, vacation, rural setting, rain, voice over narration, teenage girl, singing, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, two word title

The Breakfast Club (1985)
Comedy, Drama

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)

Themes:dance
Characters:teenager
Story:pink panties, white panties, opposites attract, teen movie, scantily clad female, brunette, teenage girl, coming of age, panties, cult film, dancing, independent film

The Princess Diaries (2001) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987)
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. This is why The Princess Diaries (2001) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987). (Read More)

Themes:dance
Characters:teenager
Story:dance lesson, teen romance, teen movie, camera shot of feet, first love, microphone, pantyhose, sunglasses, rain, female protagonist, voice over narration, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship

Hitch (2005)
Comedy, Romance

Hitch (2005)

Alex Hitchens is "The Date Doctor." He helps men to land dates. Sara is a gossip columnist for a New York City tabloid. Both are very guarded around the opposite sex. Despite their natures, Alex and Sara begin a relationship. Complications ensue when Sara's latest scoop happens to be one of Alex's clients. (Read More)

Themes:love
Characters:doctor
Story:gossip, dance lesson, blockbuster, premarital sex, man with glasses, voice over narration, dancing

Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:dance, love
Characters:dancer
Period:summer
Story:gossip, waiter, applause, premarital sex, apology, sunglasses, sister sister relationship, female protagonist, singing, dancing, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, bare chested male

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down - which might not be such a bad thing.

Themes:love
Locations:storm
Period:1960s
Story:pink panties, megaphone, forbidden love, first love, scene during opening credits, rain, coming of age, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, two word title

Before Midnight (2013) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987)
Drama, Romance

Before Midnight (2013)

It has been nine years since we last met Jesse and Celine, the French-American couple who once met on a train in Vienna. They now live in Paris with twin daughters, but have spent a summer in Greece on the invitation of an author colleague of Jesse's. When the vacation is over and Jesse must send his teenage son off to the States, he begins to question his life decisions, and his relationship with Celine is at risk. (Read More)

Themes:love
Mood:night
Period:summer
Story:vacation, reference to cleopatra, married couple, camera shot of feet, first love, applause, scantily clad female, cleavage, panties, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, bare chested male, two word title

Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Drama, Romance

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

The classic story of Romeo and Juliet, set in a modern-day city of Verona Beach. The Montagues and Capulets are two feuding families, whose children meet and fall in love. They have to hide their love from the world because they know that their parents will not allow them to be together. There are obstacles on the way, like Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and Romeo's friend Mercutio, and many fights. But although it is set in modern times, it is still the same timeless story of the "star crossed lovers". This is why Romeo + Juliet (1996) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987). (Read More)

Themes:love
Story:sexual awakening, teen romance, teen movie, forbidden love, first love, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, family relationships, bare chested male

Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. (Read More)

Themes:love
Characters:doctor
Story:famous song, famous line, title at the end, blockbuster, scene during opening credits, false accusation, sunglasses, cult film, husband wife relationship, bare chested male, two word title

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

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 tracks 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
Characters:doctor, teenager
Period:1960s
Story:blockbuster, waiter, premarital sex, sunglasses, voice over narration, cult film, singing, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, bare chested male

Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

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

Themes:theft
Characters:dancer
Period:1960s
Story:knocking on a door, nickname, applause, microphone, man with glasses, apology, rain, voice over narration, singing, dancing, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, bare chested male

Clueless (1995)
Comedy, Romance

Clueless (1995)

Cher, a high school student in Beverly Hills, must survive the ups and downs of adolescent life. Her external demeanor at first seems superficial, but rather it hides her wit, charm, and intelligence which help her to deal with relationships, friends, family, school, and the all-important teenage social life. (Read More)

Themes:love
Characters:teenager
Story:opposites attract, teenage daughter, happy ending, teen romance, teen movie, camera shot of feet, blonde, female protagonist, teenage girl, coming of age

Easy A (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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. This is why Easy A (2010) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987). (Read More)

Characters:teenager
Story:chick flick, legs, teen movie, gossip, waiter, microphone, scantily clad female, false accusation, cleavage, sunglasses, female protagonist, teenage girl, panties, singing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, two word title

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Themes:abortion
Characters:doctor
Period:1960s
Story:driving at night, unwanted pregnancy, driving a car, applause, microphone, apology, sunglasses, rain, singing, husband wife relationship

Lo Imposible (2012) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987)
Drama, Thriller

Lo Imposible (2012)

A regular family - Maria ('Naomi Watts' (qv)), Henry ('Ewan McGregor' (qv)) and their three kids - travel to Thailand to spend Christmas. They get an upgrade to a villa on the coastline. After settling in and exchanging gifts, they go to the pool, like so many other tourists. A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes a roar. There is no time to escape from the tsunami; Maria and her eldest are swept one way, Henry and the youngest another. Who will survive, and what will become of them? (Read More)

Characters:doctor
Story:resort, vacation, fade to black, scantily clad female, apology, cleavage, blonde, rain, husband wife relationship, family relationships, independent film, bare chested male, two word title

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Peter is a composer and a likable sad sack who's devastated when his girlfriend of five years, Sarah Marshall, the star of a cheesy CSI-style crime show, dumps him. He weeps, he rails, he mopes. Finally, his step-brother Brian suggests Hawaii, so Peter heads for a resort on Oahu where, as he's checking in, he sees Sarah and her new beau, Aldous, a polymorphously perverse English rocker. The weeping and moping start again, until Peter is rescued by Rachel, a thoughtful hotel clerk who invites him to a luau and to hang out. Although he constantly runs into Sarah and Aldous, Peter starts to come alive again. Will Sarah realize what she's lost, and what about Rachel? (Read More)

Themes:love
Characters:doctor
Story:resort, waiter, premarital sex, vacation, microphone, scantily clad female, apology, cleavage, sunglasses, singing, husband wife relationship, bare chested male

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Comedy, Music

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

In 1982 legendary British heavy metal band Spinal Tap attempt an American comeback tour accompanied by a fan who is also a film-maker. The resulting documentary, interspersed with powerful performances of Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows a rock group heading towards crisis, culminating in the infamous affair of the eighteen-inch-high Stonehenge stage prop. (Read More)

Mood:night
Story:euphemism, opening a door, visit, waiter, directorial debut, man with glasses, apology, brunette, blonde, cult film, singing, bare chested male, independent film

American Beauty (1999)
Drama, Romance

American Beauty (1999)

After his death sometime in his forty-third year, suburbanite Lester Burnham tells of the last few weeks of his life, during which he had no idea of his imminent passing. He is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham and father to high school student Janie Burnham. Although Lester and Carolyn once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. Typical wallflower Janie too hates both her parents, the three who suffer individually in silence in their home life. Janie tries to steer clear of both her parents. Carolyn, relatively new to the real estate business, wants to create the persona of success to further her career, she aspiring to the professional life of Buddy Kane, the king of the real estate business in their neighborhood. Lester merely walks mindlessly through life, including at his job in advertising. His company is downsizing, and he, like all the other employees, has to justify his position to the newly hired efficiency expert to keep his job. Things change for Lester when he falls in love at first sight with Janie's more experienced classmate, Angela Hays. Both Janie and Angela can see Lester's sexual infatuation with Angela, who courts such attention from any man as a sign that she is model material, she having once appeared in Seventeen and it a career to which she aspires. Lester's infatuation with Angela gives him a reenergized view on life, where he openly doesn't care anymore what anyone thinks about what he does, anyone except Angela. This infatuation coincides with the Fittses moving in next door: homophobic disciplinarian US Marine Colonel Frank Fitts who rules the house with a military fist (that fist being both figurative and literal), his semi-comatose wife Barbara Fitts, and their bright and quietly subversive eighteen year old son Ricky Fitts, who openly abides by his father's rules while behind the scenes lives by his own quite different perspective. Much like Lester's infatuation, Ricky immediately becomes infatuated with Janie, he who considers girls like Angela as ordinary. The entry of Angela and the Fittses into the Burnhams' lives ultimately leads to each of the players confronting what is truly in his or her heart. This is why American Beauty (1999) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987). (Read More)

Themes:dance, love
Characters:teenager
Story:older man younger woman, teen romance, barefoot, blockbuster, directorial debut, premarital sex, scantily clad female, cleavage, blonde, rain, voice over narration, teenage girl, coming of age, panties, cult film, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, bare chested male

Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987)
Biography, Drama, Music

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 and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:love
Characters:dancer, doctor
Period:1960s
Story:year 1963, applause, premarital sex, microphone, sunglasses, rain, singing, dancing, husband wife relationship

The Graduate (1967)
Comedy, Drama

The Graduate (1967)

Ben has recently graduated from college, with his parents now expecting great things from him. At his "Homecoming" party, Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner, has Ben drive her home, which leads to an affair between the two. The affair eventually ends, but comes back to haunt him when he finds himself falling for Elaine, Mrs. Robinson's daughter. (Read More)

Themes:love
Period:1960s
Story:famous line, forbidden love, driving a car, blockbuster, scantily clad female, apology, cleavage, sunglasses, rain, coming of age, cult film, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, independent film, bare chested male, two word title

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:dance
Characters:dancer, teenager
Story:knocking on a door, apology, sunglasses, voice over narration, teenage girl, coming of age, dancing, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, bare chested male

An Education (2009)
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:theft
Characters:dancer, teenager
Period:1960s
Story:gossip, class differences, sunglasses, rain, teenage girl, coming of age, singing, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, bare chested male, two word title

Beauty And The Beast (2017) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987)
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. This is why Beauty And The Beast (2017) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987). (Read More)

Themes:dance, love
Story:famous song, opposites attract, happy ending, visit, blockbuster, false accusation, female protagonist, voice over narration, coming of age, singing, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, bare chested male

The Little Mermaid (1989)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

The Little Mermaid (1989)

In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter. (Read More)

Themes:dance, love
Locations:storm
Characters:teenager
Story:legs, happy ending, blockbuster, scene during opening credits, sister sister relationship, female protagonist, teenage girl, singing, father daughter relationship, family relationships

Garden State (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. (Read More)

Characters:dancer, doctor
Story:vacation, white panties, protective male, waiter, directorial debut, rain, coming of age, panties, cult film, singing, dancing, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships

Rounders (1998)
Crime, Drama

Rounders (1998)

Story:scantily clad female, man with glasses, new york, cleavage, blonde, voice over narration, panties, cult film, independent film

La Vie D'adele (2013) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987)
Drama, Romance

La Vie D'adele (2013)

Adele is a high school student who is beginning to explore herself as a woman. She dates men but finds no satisfaction with them sexually, and is rejected by a female friend who she does desire. She dreams of something more. She meets Emma who is a free spirited girl whom Adele's friends reject due to her sexuality, and by association most begin to reject Adele. Her relationship with Emma grows into more than just friends as she is the only person with whom she can express herself openly. Together, Adele and Emma explore social acceptance, sexuality, and the emotional spectrum of their maturing relationship. (Read More)

Themes:love
Mood:night
Characters:teenager
Story:white panties, sexual awakening, first love, scantily clad female, cleavage, female protagonist, teenage girl, coming of age, panties, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship

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. This is why 21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987). (Read More)

Themes:abortion, love
Characters:doctor
Story:microphone, cleavage, sister sister relationship, rain, voice over narration, panties, singing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, independent film, two word title

Titanic (1997)
Drama, Romance

Titanic (1997)

84 years later, a 100 year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiance, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning. (Read More)

Themes:theft, love
Characters:dancer, teenager
Story:famous song, protective male, famous line, forbidden love, camera shot of feet, visit, gossip, blockbuster, class differences, premarital sex, scantily clad female, cleavage, voice over narration, teenage girl, coming of age, dancing, mother daughter relationship

Love & Other Drugs (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Love & Other Drugs (2010)

Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone - or anything - tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. (Read More)

Themes:love
Characters:doctor
Story:camera shot of feet, pantyhose, scantily clad female, brunette, cleavage, blonde, panties, bare chested male

Munich (2005) is one of the best movies like Dirty Dancing (1987)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:love
Characters:dancer, doctor
Period:summer
Story:white panties, breaking a car window, microphone, scantily clad female, cleavage, sunglasses, sister sister relationship, rain, panties, singing, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, family relationships, bare chested male

She's Out Of My League (2010)
Comedy, Romance

She's Out Of My League (2010)

Kirk is an average Joe who works as a TSA agent at the Pittsburgh airport with his friends. The status quo of his fairly monotonous life ends when he meets Molly, a smart, kind and gorgeous blonde. Because she's way out of his league (she's a hard 10 and he is but a 5), Kirk knows there's no way on earth she's ever going to fall for him. Or is there...? (Read More)

Characters:teenager
Story:family vacation, blonde, camera shot of feet, nickname, scantily clad female, cleavage, sister sister relationship, panties, husband wife relationship, family relationships, bare chested male

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