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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:wrestling,  dance,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school,  beach
Characters:australian,  teenager
Period:summer,  1950s
Story:pep rally,  greaser,  smoking a cigarette,  cigarette holder,  school dance,  summer romance,  dance contest,  last day of school,  school principal,  reference to rosemary clooney,  spandex disco jeans,  los angeles storm drain,  hair color,  scanimate,  pregnancy scare,  wrong side of the tracks,  ear piercing,  wolf whistle,  black leather jacket,  funhouse,  drive in theater,  bleachers,  year 1959,  pie in the face,  hickey,  auto repair,  based on stage musical,  live television,  student athlete,  famous song,  cigarette smoking,  automobile racing,  exchange student,  drag racing,  slumber party,  yearbook,  tv show in film,  nostalgic,  flying car,  animated credits,  opposites attract,  underage smoking,  ferris wheel,  mooning,  cigarette,  makeover,  locker,  street gang,  reference to elvis presley,  graduation,  teen romance,  young love,  teen movie,  rival,  underage drinking,  nostalgia,  carnival,  american football,  gossip,  blockbuster,  first love,  lifting someone into the air,  high school,  loss of virginity,  teen angst,  coach,  premarital sex,  wig,  convertible,  ring,  fantasy sequence,  baseball,  diner,  basketball,  rock music,  running,  condom,  los angeles california,  blonde,  car accident,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  one word title

Pretty In Pink (1986)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Pretty In Pink (1986)

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

Themes:dance,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:school dance,  dance contest,  wrong side of the tracks,  slumber party,  yearbook,  opposites attract,  locker,  teen romance,  teen movie,  first love,  high school,  teen angst,  convertible,  blonde,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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Sixteen Candles (1984)
Comedy, Romance

Sixteen Candles (1984)

Samantha's life is going downhill fast. The sixteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents, a foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:exchange student,  teen romance,  teen movie,  underage drinking,  first love,  lifting someone into the air,  high school,  loss of virginity,  teen angst,  convertible,  car accident,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film

Grease 2 (1982)
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance

Grease 2 (1982)

Return to rockin' Rydell High for a whole new term! It's 1961, two years after the original Grease gang graduated, and there's a new crop of seniors - and new members of the coolest cliques on campus, the Pink Ladies and T-Birds. Michael Carrington is the new kid in school - but he's been branded a brainiac. Can he fix up an old motorcycle, don a leather jacket, avoid a rumble with the leader of the T-Birds, and win the heart of Pink Lady Stephanie Zinone? He's surely going to try! (Read More)

Themes:dance
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Period:1950s
Story:black leather jacket,  greaser,  cigarette smoking,  opposites attract,  teen romance,  high school,  teen angst,  diner,  teenage boy,  teenage girl

Dirty Dancing (1987) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978)
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:dance
Characters:teenager
Period:summer
Story:summer romance,  wrong side of the tracks,  famous song,  opposites attract,  teen romance,  teen movie,  gossip,  blockbuster,  first love,  premarital sex,  blonde,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film

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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. This is why Clueless (1995) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978). (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:makeover,  opposites attract,  locker,  teen romance,  teen movie,  high school,  teen angst,  los angeles california,  blonde,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  one word title

The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Family, Romance

The Princess Diaries (2001)

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

Themes:dance,  friendship
Locations:school,  beach
Characters:teenager
Story:school principal,  auto repair,  makeover,  locker,  teen romance,  teen movie,  first love,  high school,  teen angst,  fantasy sequence,  basketball,  rock music,  car accident,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl

She's All That (1999)
Comedy, Romance

She's All That (1999)

She's All That is your typical high school prom king and queen story and the run in defending the star status in the upcoming election. High school hottie, Zack Siler is dumped by his prom-queen girlfriend, the equally attractive and extremely popular, Taylor Vaughan who fell for a second-hand world reject TV soap star who she met over the spring break. Having been publicly dumped, Zack defends his discomposure by stating that Taylor is all make-up and wonder-bra and he can make any ordinary girl a prom queen with a similar package. His high-school buddy, Dean Sampson, engages him in a bet following this statement and picks the geeky looking Laney Boggs out of the crowd as the girl Zack must transform into the new prom queen. Zack agrees since he has no option, but as time passes and Laney begins to transform, Zack begins to find her attractive. While all that falls beautifully in place, it's not your typical fairy-tale. Throw in Dean Sampson to complicate the situation, as when he first made the bet he never thought that Zack could rise to the challenge but looking at how Laney has transformed, it looks like Zack could be on a winning streak. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school,  beach
Characters:teenager
Story:high school,  wrong side of the tracks,  student athlete,  yearbook,  opposites attract,  makeover,  graduation,  teen romance,  young love,  teen movie,  underage drinking,  teen angst,  los angeles california,  cult film

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High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance

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 Stanford 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)

Themes:dance,  friendship
Locations:school
Story:high school,  exchange student,  graduation,  teen romance,  basketball,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Crossroads (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Crossroads (2002)

Three best friends get together and bury a box, making a pact to open it at midnight at their high school graduation. In the small town in Georgia that they live in, things soon change. One is little miss perfect, one is an engaged prom queen, and the other is a pregnant outcast. On the night of their graduation, they open the box and they strike up a conversation. Suddenly, one brings up the topic of her going to Los Angeles for a record contract audition. They all decide to go together and they leave. With a little money, they set out on the road with a guy named Ben. When one of them tells the other a rumor that he might be a homicidal maniac, they are all scared of him. When they reach Los Angeles, Lucy (Britney Spears) falls in love with Ben and against her father's wishes, she stays and she goes to the audition. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school,  beach
Characters:teenager
Story:graduation,  teen movie,  high school,  premarital sex,  convertible,  los angeles california,  blonde,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  one word title

Risky Business (1983)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

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. This is why Risky Business (1983) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978).

Themes:wrestling,  jealousy,  friendship
Characters:teenager
Story:auto repair,  teen movie,  underage drinking,  blockbuster,  high school,  teen angst,  premarital sex,  fantasy sequence,  blonde,  teenage boy,  cult film

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A Cinderella Story (2004)
Comedy, Family, Romance

A Cinderella Story (2004)

Samantha or "Sam", has a rough childhood with her father dying in an earthquake and a new stepmother with two awful stepdaughters. But on the bright side, Sam has an awesome best friend named Carter and an email relationship with a guy named Nomad. One day, Sam gets an email from her Nomad saying that he wants to meet her in the middle of the dance floor at their high school Halloween dance. She accepts the invitation and glides into the room wearing the best outfit ever! Her Nomad takes her outside where they share a romantic dance together and Sam realizes that her email friend is the most popular guy in school, Austin Ames. She runs back to her stepmother's diner before she knows she went to the dance and drops her phone on the way. Austin finds it and starts a search for his Cinderella. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:diner,  school dance,  high school,  pep rally,  wolf whistle,  makeover,  teen romance,  teen movie,  running,  los angeles california,  blonde,  female protagonist,  teenage girl

Youth In Revolt (2009) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Youth In Revolt (2009)

At 16, Nick Twisp is wry about his teen funk: he lives in Oakland with his sex-addled mother; his father's child support is her meal ticket. While camping in Ukiah, Nick meets Sheeni: for him, it's love at first sight. Nick has to figure out how to get his father a job in Ukiah, then how to get sent to live with his father, then how to get close to Sheeni, whose religious parents may want her sent away from temptation to a boarding school. There's also Sheeni's all-American boyfriend to contend with. Overwhelmed by the challenges, Nick's about to give up when he conjures an alter ego who whispers revolt into his ear. Nick is not altogether hapless, but can this end well? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school,  beach
Characters:teenager
Story:cigarette smoking,  slumber party,  teen movie,  high school,  loss of virginity,  teen angst,  wig,  convertible,  running,  car accident,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:cigarette smoking,  underage drinking,  high school,  loss of virginity,  baseball,  car accident,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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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)

Themes:jealousy
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Period:summer
Story:school dance,  cigarette smoking,  teen movie,  underage drinking,  gossip,  american football,  first love,  high school,  loss of virginity,  teen angst,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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

The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005)

The movie is based on the young adult book, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Anne Brashares. As four best friends spend their first summer apart from one another, they share a magical pair of jeans. Despite being of various shapes and sizes, each one of them fits perfectly into the pants. To keep in touch they pass these pants to each other as well as the adventures they are going through while apart. This is why The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:teenager
Period:summer
Story:cigarette smoking,  teen romance,  teen movie,  first love,  loss of virginity,  teen angst,  coach,  blonde,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

A Walk To Remember (2002) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978)
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:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:yearbook,  opposites attract,  teen romance,  teen movie,  underage drinking,  first love,  high school,  teen angst,  basketball,  car accident,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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The Last Song (2010)
Drama, Music, Romance

The Last Song (2010)

Ronnie's (Miley Cyrus) and her younger brother, Jonah's, parents are divorced. They live with their mother until this summer when they are sent to live with their father (Greg Kinnear) in a small town on the beach. Ronnie resents her father and has no intention of being friendly or even talking to him for the summer. But after meeting a handsome guy and beginning to fall in love, Ronnie starts rediscovering her love for music, something she shares with her father. Reconnecting with music revives a kinship with her father which proves to be the most important relationship she may ever experience. (Read More)

Locations:beach
Characters:teenager
Period:summer
Story:summer romance,  teen romance,  young love,  teen movie,  carnival,  teen angst,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Cry-baby (1990)
Comedy, Musical

Cry-baby (1990)

Allison is a "square" good girl who has decided she wants to be bad and falls hard for Cry-Baby Walker, a Greaser (or "Drape" in John Waters parlance). Spoofing Elvis movies and Juvenile Delinquency scare films of the '50s, this movie follows the adventures of Cry-Baby who, though he is sent to juvie, is determined to cross class (and taste) boundaries to get Allison back. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Period:1950s
Story:wrong side of the tracks,  greaser,  reference to elvis presley,  teen movie,  high school,  fantasy sequence,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Election (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Election (1999)

Tracy Flick is running unopposed for this year's high school student election. But school civics teacher Jim McAllister has a different plan. Partly to establish a more democratic election, and partly to satisfy some deep personal anger toward Tracy, Jim talks popular varsity football player Paul Metzler to run for president as well. Chaos ensues. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:running,  graduation,  teen romance,  teen movie,  high school,  teen angst,  blonde,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  one word title

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Submarine (2010) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Submarine (2010)

Precocious Oliver struggles with being popular in school but when a dark-haired beauty takes interest in him, he's determined to become the best boyfriend in the world. Meanwhile, his parents' already rocky relationship is threatened when his mother's ex-boyfriend moves in next door. Oliver makes some unorthodox plans to ensure that his parents stay together and that Jordana still likes him. This is why Submarine (2010) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school,  beach
Characters:teenager
Story:young love,  teen movie,  loss of virginity,  teen angst,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  one word title

Footloose (1984)
Drama, Music, Romance

Footloose (1984)

Classic tale of teenage rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances. When teenager Ren McCormack and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. However, there is one small pleasure: Ariel Moore, a troubled but lovely blonde with a jealous boyfriend. And a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Fast-paced drama is filled with such now-famous hit songs as the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy". (Read More)

Themes:dance
Characters:teenager
Story:famous song,  teen movie,  blockbuster,  high school,  teen angst,  rock music,  blonde,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  cult film

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

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

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

Themes:dance,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Period:summer
Story:high school,  school dance,  last day of school,  school principal,  graduation,  teen movie,  american football,  first love,  running,  condom,  car accident,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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The Wackness (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughter. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school,  beach
Characters:teenager
Period:summer
Story:high school,  cigarette smoking,  underage drinking,  first love,  loss of virginity,  premarital sex,  fantasy sequence,  condom,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age

Save The Last Dance (2001) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978)
Drama, Music, Romance

Save The Last Dance (2001)

Sara wants to be a ballerina, but her dreams are cut short by the sudden death of her mother. She moves in with her father, who she has not seen for a long time. He lives on the other side of town, in a predominantly Black neighborhood. She gets transferred to a new school where she is one of the few White students there. She becomes friends with Chenille, and later, falls in love with Chenille's brother, Derek. (Read More)

Themes:dance,  jealousy
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:locker,  young love,  teen movie,  high school,  teen angst,  diner,  basketball

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. This is why Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978). (Read More)

Themes:dance,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school,  beach
Period:summer,  1950s
Story:wolf whistle,  cigarette smoking,  graduation,  gossip,  loss of virginity,  premarital sex,  baseball,  female protagonist,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  one word title

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Say Anything... (1989)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Say Anything... (1989)

High school senior Lloyd Dobler wants nothing more than to go out with beautiful and intelligent Diane Court. Lloyd attempts to win her heart over the objections of her over-protective father before Diane leaves for a scholarship in England.

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Period:summer
Story:high school,  last day of school,  graduation,  teen romance,  teen movie,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Varsity Blues (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport

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 West 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:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school
Story:coach,  pep rally,  cigarette smoking,  teen movie,  american football,  high school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Bring It On (2000) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978)
Comedy, Romance, Sport

Bring It On (2000)

The Toro cheerleading squad from Rancho Carne High School in San Diego has got spirit, spunk, sass and a killer routine that's sure to land them the national championship trophy for the sixth year in a row. But for newly-elected team captain Torrance, the Toros' road to total cheer glory takes a shady turn when she discovers that their perfectly-choreographed routines were in fact stolen from the Clovers, a hip-hop squad from East Compton, by the Toro's former captain. While the Toros scramble to come up with a new routine, the Clovers, led by squad captain Isis have their own problems - coming up with enough money to cover their travel expenses to the championships. With time running out and the pressure mounting, both captains drive their squads to the point of exhaustion: Torrance, hell bent on saving the Toros' reputation, and Isis more determined than ever to see that the Clovers finally get the recognition that they deserve. But only one team can bring home the title, so may the best moves win. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:teen movie,  american football,  high school,  running,  blonde,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl

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She's The Man (2006)
Comedy, Romance, Sport

She's The Man (2006)

Here's the thing! Viola's soccer team at Cornwall gets cut. She wants to join the boys team, but they do not allow girls. So she thinks "If you can't join them, beat them". So she does! She disguises herself as her twin brother Sebastian, and goes out for the rival school, Illyria, boys' soccer team and makes it. Unfortunately, she didn't plan falling in love with her roommate Duke. But Duke has his eyes on Olivia. What makes matters worse is that Olivia starts to fall for Sebastian because he/she has a sensitive side. If things couldn't get more problematic, the real Sebastian (who was in London working on his music) comes home early. He arrives on campus and has no clue that he was replaced by his twin sister. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:makeover,  teen romance,  teen movie,  rival,  carnival,  high school,  coach,  wig,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl

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 Grease (1978). (Read More)

Themes:dance,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:dance contest,  based on stage musical,  cigarette smoking,  nostalgia,  high school,  running,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  one word title

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. (Read More)

Themes:dance,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:high school,  cigarette smoking,  underage smoking,  teen romance,  rival,  blockbuster,  teen angst,  premarital sex,  fantasy sequence,  basketball,  blonde,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Period:1950s
Story:cigarette smoking,  reference to elvis presley,  teen angst,  rock music,  running,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

A Goofy Movie (1995)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Musical, Romance

A Goofy Movie (1995)

It's the last day of school, and Max wants to catch the eye of Roxanne, one of the more attractive girls in school. But how can you be cool when your dad's Goofy? Stage an impromptu concert at the final assembly, that's how! Or at least it sounded good until Principal Mazer found out. Goofy finds out about his son's antics (sort of), and decides a fishing trip, like his dad took him on, is the solution. Of course, he doesn't know that Max finally lands a date with Roxanne for a party thrown by the class valedictorian. Through the movie, Goofy tries to bring Max out of his shell, while Max resents being taken away, and lying to Roxanne about the trip (he tells her he & his dad will be appearing on TV at the PowerLine concert in LA). Will Max sink or swim? Will Goofy goof up his son's first shot at romance? Will Bigfoot step back? And what about those nuns? (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Period:summer
Story:last day of school,  bleachers,  high school,  teen angst,  diner,  rock music,  los angeles california,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Never Been Kissed (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Never Been Kissed (1999)

Chicago Sun Times copy editor Josie Gellar (25), who was desperate to graduate from perfectionist copy editor to reporter, gets her chance when the goody owner orders the editor to cover the high-school scene by undercover. Josie, who was a frustrated, ridiculed nerd, gets a popular make-over from her drop-out, naturally funny brother Rob Geller. Both siblings find love and joys of youth again. But in Josie's case, it's sensitive bachelor teacher Sam Coulson, who enjoys sophisticated conversation. As the publication deadline approaches, the price of blowing their cover seems ever more daunting, yet inevitable unless she sacrifices her career. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Story:high school,  teen romance,  teen movie,  first love,  teen angst,  coach,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. This is why Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:australian
Period:summer
Story:cigarette smoking,  running,  blonde,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Easy A (2010) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978)
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.

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:high school,  school principal,  pep rally,  teen movie,  gossip,  loss of virginity,  basketball,  condom,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009)
Comedy, Romance

I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009)

When Dennis Cooverman gives the commencement speech at his graduation, his friend tells him to let it all out. So he proclaims his love for Beth Cooper the head cheerleader, and says things about everyone in the graduating class as well as some other people. Later Beth confronts him and he invites her to a graduation party at his house. And to his surprise she and two of her friends show up. But also some of the people he offended with his speech, who want to tear him apart. And one of them is Beth's boyfriend whom she just broke up with. So they all get in Beth's car and drive away. And what follows is a wild adventure. (Read More)

Characters:teenager
Period:summer
Story:graduation,  teen movie,  underage drinking,  high school,  condom,  car accident,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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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". (Read More)

Locations:beach
Story:cigarette smoking,  street gang,  teen romance,  teen movie,  first love,  teen angst,  car accident

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

Across The Universe (2007)

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

Themes:dance,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:beach
Story:bleachers,  cigarette smoking,  locker,  american football,  high school,  premarital sex,  fantasy sequence,  basketball,  running,  blonde,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

West Side Story (1961) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978)
Crime, Drama, Musical, Romance

West Side Story (1961)

West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet". The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs- the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff's best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo's younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway - whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what's happened, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending. This is why West Side Story (1961) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978). (Read More)

Themes:dance,  jealousy
Characters:teenager
Period:1950s
Story:rival,  based on stage musical,  street gang,  young love,  teen movie,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  basketball,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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Better Off Dead... (1985)
Comedy, Romance

Better Off Dead... (1985)

The teenager Lane Meyer has a crush on his girlfriend Beth Truss. When Beth dumps him to stay with the successful skier Roy Stalin, Lane is depressed and decides to commit suicide. However he gives up and tries to improve his skill of skier to ski the dangerous K12 slope to impress Beth. Meanwhile his neighbor Mrs. Smith receives the exchange French student Monique Junot and her fat son Ricky Smith considers Monique his girlfriend; however, Monique has an unrequited crush on Lane that does not note her. When Lane stumbles upon Monique in a high-school party, he befriends her. The upset Lane challenges Roy in a competition on the K12 slope but then he regrets. However Monique is a great mechanic and skier, and fix Lane's Camaro and teaches him how to ski the K12 slope. What will happen to Lane? (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:exchange student,  drag racing,  teen movie,  high school,  teen angst,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Big (1988)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Big (1988)

Josh Baskin would do anything to be big to hang out with his crush at the carnival. He finds a Zoltar machine, and he wishes to be big. After Zoltar tells him, "his wish is granted", Josh notices the machine is unplugged. He wakes up the next morning in an adult's body but he still has the same personality. With the help of his best friend, Billy, Josh learns how to act like a grown up. But as he gets a girlfriend and a fun job, he doesn't want to be a kid again. Will Josh stay big or become a 13 year old boy again? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:carnival,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  loss of virginity,  ring,  basketball,  teenage boy,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  one word title

Love, Rosie (2014)
Comedy, Romance

Love, Rosie (2014)

Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn't possibly be right for one another... or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies. One awkward turn at 18, one missed opportunity... and life sends them hurling in different directions. But somehow, across time, space and different continents, the tie that binds them cannot be undone. Will they find their way back to one another, or will it be too late? Based on Cecelia Ahern's bestselling novel "Where Rainbows End", LOVE, ROSIE is a modern comedy-of-errors tale posing the ultimate question: Do we really only get one shot at true love? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school,  beach
Story:teen romance,  high school,  loss of virginity,  condom,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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Fucking Amal (1998) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Fucking Amal (1998)

Amal is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she is inexperienced in that matter. Another girl in her school, Agnes, is in love with her but is too shy to do anything about it. For a number of reasons, Elin ends up at Agnes' birthday party as the only guest. They have a girl's night out together but after that Elin desperately avoids Agnes, refusing to even consider her own feelings toward Agnes. (Read More)

Locations:school
Story:teen movie,  first love,  loss of virginity,  teen angst,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Charlie Bartlett (2007)

Although cheerful, friendly, intelligent, well-dressed, authentic and wealthy, Charlie Bartlett has problems. With his father gone and his mother loopy and clueless, he's been expelled from every private school for his victimless crimes. Now he's in a public school getting punched out daily by the school thug. He ever longs to be popular - the go-to guy - and the true crux of his troubles is that he invariably finds the means to this end, whatever that might be. At Western Summit High, he makes peace with his tormentor by going into business with him - listening to kids' problems and selling them prescription drugs. Charlie's a hit, but attraction to Susan (daughter of the school's laissez-faire principal), new security cameras on campus, a student's overdose, and Charlie's open world view all converge to get him in serious trouble. Can this self-made physician possibly heal himself and just be a kid? This is why Charlie Bartlett (2007) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:cigarette smoking,  teen movie,  american football,  high school,  loss of virginity,  teen angst,  fantasy sequence,  basketball,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Aquamarine (2006)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Aquamarine (2006)

In a dreary Florida beach resort village, luscious-limbed lifeguard Raymond is the main attraction for girls. Teenager buddies Claire and Hailey became experts on him by observation, but never dared actually approach him, and after this closing summer season will be separated as one's parents move to Australia. Then they find a storm washed up in a pool a sassy mermaid, who promises them a wish if they help her prove to Neptune love exists, and Raymond is the only creature resembling a love-god. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:teenager
Period:summer
Story:rival,  teen angst,  female protagonist,  teenage girl

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Weird Science (1985)
Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi

Weird Science (1985)

Two unpopular teenagers, Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly, fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to "create" a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, whose purpose is to boost their confidence level by putting them into situations which require Gary and Wyatt to act like men. On their road to becoming accepted, they encounter many hilarious obstacles, which gives the movie an overall sense of silliness. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:underage smoking,  teen movie,  underage drinking,  high school,  teen angst,  blonde,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

La Vie D'adele (2013) is one of the best movies like Grease (1978)
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:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:cigarette smoking,  cigarette,  first love,  high school,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob -- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:teenager
Story:graduation,  teen romance,  high school,  ring,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  one word title

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