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Inside Out (2015)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Inside Out (2015)

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear,  forgiveness,  childhood,  memory,  magic,  friendship,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  baby,  student,  boy,  children
Period:2010s,  2000s
Story:sadness,  disgust,  joy,  childhood memory,  school kids,  emotion,  big nose,  baby crying,  rolling eyes,  breakfast cereal,  big eyes,  red square,  blue hair,  green hair,  moving to city,  moving van,  falling off a cliff,  girl crying,  ice hockey,  bus station,  waking up from a nightmare,  first day of school,  school teacher,  little girl,  punished,  dizzy,  crybaby,  house of cards,  broccoli,  lazy,  tryouts,  purple,  running away from home,  blonde child,  chased by a dog,  apathy,  students,  yellow,  french fries,  motivational,  pink,  homesickness,  nose,  new house,  subconscious,  newborn,  necktie,  cereal,  blue,  tear on cheek,  mind,  pre teen,  unicorn,  golden gate bridge,  eyes,  bow tie,  raccoon,  handbag,  bechdel test passed,  kangaroo,  chinese food,  kids,  11 year old,  minnesota,  demolition,  iphone,  green,  african american woman,  honesty,  red,  schoolteacher,  female hero,  imaginary friend,  cloud,  kid,  dolphin,  lava,  tomboy,  female teacher,  running away,  moving,  hockey,  disney,  growing up,  trophy,  cgi animation,  mustache,  cliff,  boyfriend,  ice skating,  3 dimensional,  face paint,  dinosaur,  giant,  hammer,  computer animation,  stealing,  elephant,  cage,  cop,  balloon,  runaway,  pizza,  sleeping,  bear,  glasses,  scene during end credits,  san francisco california,  road movie,  dragon,  clown,  apology,  classroom,  tears,  bus,  cat,  female protagonist,  dream,  crying,  train,  coming of age,  african american,  f rated,  flashback,  police

Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  memory,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Characters:student,  girl,  boy
Story:childhood memory,  breakfast cereal,  bus station,  little girl,  nose,  subconscious,  cereal,  mustache,  pizza,  sadness,  tears,  bus,  dream,  crying,  coming of age,  flashback

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Nowhere Boy (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

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

Themes:childhood,  anger,  friendship,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  student,  girl,  boy
Story:joy,  sleeping,  sadness,  tears,  bus,  dream,  crying,  coming of age,  f rated,  flashback

Coraline (2009)
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Coraline (2009)

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

Themes:anger,  fear
Mood:nightmare
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:blue hair,  eyes,  moving van,  little girl,  bechdel test passed,  running away,  moving,  3 dimensional,  pizza,  sleeping,  tears,  cat,  female protagonist,  dream,  crying

My Girl (1991) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

My Girl (1991)

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

Themes:childhood,  anger,  memory,  fear,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  student,  boy,  children
Story:school teacher,  little girl,  11 year old,  kid,  tomboy,  classroom,  tears,  crying,  coming of age

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Fantasia 2000 (1999)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music

Fantasia 2000 (1999)

In this update of Disney's masterpiece film mixture of animation and music, new interpretations of great works of music are presented. It begins with an abstract battle of light and darkness set to the music of Beethoveen's Fifth Symphony. Then we see the adventures of a Humpback Whale calf and his pod set to "The Pines of Rome." Next is the humourous story of several lives in 1930's New York City, scored with "Rhapsody in Blue." Following is a musical telling of the fairy tale, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" set to Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2. Then a goofy Flamingo causes havoc in his flock with his yo-yo to the tune of the finale of "Carnival of the Animals." This is followed by the classic sequence from the original film, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" starring Mickey Mouse and followed by "Pomp and Circumstance" starring Donald Duck as a harried assistant to Noah on his Ark. Finally, we see the awesome tale of the life, death and renewal of a forest in a sequence featuring the composition, "The Firebird." This is why Fantasia 2000 (1999) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  magic,  fear
Story:little girl,  nose,  blue,  unicorn,  kangaroo,  honesty,  cloud,  lava,  joy,  disney,  cliff,  ice skating,  elephant,  bear,  sadness,  dragon,  tears,  cat,  crying,  train

The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole gang are back in a heartwarming story. A new girl with red hair moves in across the street, and Charlie Brown falls in love. Now he tries to impress the red haired girl to make her feel like he's a winner, but Charlie Brown just can't do anything right. At the same time, Snoopy is writing a love story about his continuing battles with The Red Baron. Then Charlie Brown has accomplished something never done before. He gets a perfect score on his standardized test, but there has been a mistake. Should he tell the truth and risk losing all of his newfound popularity? Can Charlie Brown get the girl to love him or will he go back to being a nothing? (Read More)

Themes:friendship,  love
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  boy,  children
Story:red,  moving van,  ice hockey,  hockey,  cgi animation,  ice skating,  3 dimensional,  balloon,  sadness,  classroom

The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

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

Themes:childhood,  memory,  fear,  love
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  children,  boy
Story:childhood memory,  lava,  moving,  growing up,  dinosaur,  stealing,  sleeping,  clown,  apology,  classroom,  tears,  cat,  crying,  coming of age,  african american,  flashback,  police

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Reign Over Me (2007) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015)
Drama

Reign Over Me (2007)

Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  memory,  friendship,  love
Mood:nightmare
Characters:children
Story:moving van,  motivational,  chinese food,  moving,  pizza,  sadness,  apology,  tears,  dream,  crying,  african american,  flashback

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  childhood,  anger,  memory,  fear,  love,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school
Characters:student,  girl,  boy,  children
Story:school teacher,  eyes,  honesty,  classroom,  tears,  cat,  female protagonist,  dream,  crying,  coming of age,  f rated,  police,  flashback

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

A man, Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake. This is why Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015). (Read More)

Themes:memory,  fear,  love
Mood:nightmare
Characters:baby,  boy,  children
Story:childhood memory,  blue hair,  green hair,  motivational,  blue,  mind,  chinese food,  hammer,  elephant,  tears,  crying,  train,  flashback

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Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  childhood,  fear,  friendship,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school
Characters:student,  girl,  boy
Story:little girl,  sleeping,  apology,  classroom,  tears,  bus,  crying,  train,  coming of age,  police,  flashback

Gifted (2017) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015)
Drama

Gifted (2017)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  anger,  fear,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student,  girl,  boy
Story:first day of school,  school teacher,  iphone,  sleeping,  sadness,  apology,  classroom,  cat,  african american

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

The School Of Rock (2003)

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

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student,  girl,  boy
Period:2000s
Story:students,  school teacher,  joy,  scene during end credits,  apology,  classroom,  police

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Matilda (1996)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Matilda (1996)

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

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  baby,  children
Story:first day of school,  school teacher,  little girl,  cereal,  mind,  female hero,  stealing,  classroom,  cat,  female protagonist,  crying,  african american,  f rated

I Am Sam (2001)
Drama

I Am Sam (2001)

Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks and is obsessed with the Beatles. He has a daughter with a homeless woman; she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond (after the Beatles song), and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school; she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need. This is why I Am Sam (2001) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear,  love,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  girl,  children
Story:little girl,  balloon,  runaway,  sadness,  classroom,  tears,  crying,  f rated,  police

Storks (2016) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Storks (2016)

Storks deliver babies...or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore.com. Junior, the company's top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop - in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks' true mission in the world. (Read More)

Characters:baby,  girl
Period:2010s
Story:baby crying,  african american woman,  cgi animation,  giant,  glasses,  female protagonist,  crying,  african american,  flashback,  police

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

Never Let Me Go (2010)

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

Themes:childhood,  friendship,  love
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  boy,  children
Story:childhood memory,  classroom,  crying,  f rated,  flashback

Honogurai Mizu No Soko Kara (2002)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Honogurai Mizu No Soko Kara (2002)

After winning a custody battle for her daughter, Yoshimi tries to make a new start. The apartment she moves into seems perfect at first. Soon though, strange things begin happening. Huge water stains appear on the ceiling and drip constantly, more liquid oozing into the rooms every day. She calls the landlord in but he refuses to do anything about it. A child's red bag shows up in odd places and soon the child herself starts appearing. Yoshimi then discovers the origin of the ghost... (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:school
Characters:student,  children
Story:moving van,  little girl,  red,  classroom,  tears,  bus,  crying,  train,  flashback

Son Of Rambow (2007)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family

Son Of Rambow (2007)

SON OF RAMBOW is the name of the home movie made by two little boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Set on a long English summer in the early '80s, SON OF RAMBOW is a comedy about friendship, faith and the tough business of growing up. We see the story through the eyes of Will, the eldest son of a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family. The Brethren regard themselves as God's 'chosen ones' and their strict moral code means that Will has never been allowed to mix with the other 'worldlies,' listen to music or watch TV, until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter, the school terror and maker of bizarre home movies. Carter exposes Will to a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood and from that moment Will's mind is blown wide open and he's easily convinced to be the stuntman in Lee Carters' diabolical home movie. Will's imaginative little brain is not only given chance to flourish in the world of film making, but is also very handy when it comes to dreaming up elaborate schemes to keep his partnership with Lee Carter a secret from the Brethren community. Will and Carter's complete disregard for consequences and innocent ambition means that the process of making their film is a glorious roller-coaster that eventually leads to true friendship. They start to make a name for themselves at school as movie makers but when popularity descends on them in the form of the Pied Piper-esque French exchange student, Didier Revol, their unique friendship and their precious film are pushed, quite literally, to breaking point. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school
Characters:student,  girl,  boy
Story:necktie,  mind,  eyes,  running away,  runaway,  apology,  classroom,  tears,  bus,  dream,  crying,  coming of age,  police,  flashback

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Labyrinth (1986) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Labyrinth (1986)

The teenager Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her brother be taken by the Goblin King. Out of the blue, Toby stops crying and when Sarah looks for him in the cradle, she learns that he wish was granted and the Goblin King Jarethhas taken him to his castle in the Goblin City in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah repents an asks Jareth to give Toby back; but the Goblin King tells that she has to rescue her brother before midnight, otherwise Toby will be turned into a goblin. Soon Sarah teams up with the coward goblin Hoggle, the beast Ludo and the knight Didymus and his dog Ambrosius in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time? This is why Labyrinth (1986) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015). (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  anger,  magic,  fear,  friendship
Characters:baby,  girl
Story:baby crying,  blue,  female hero,  growing up,  giant,  crying,  tears,  cat,  dream,  coming of age

Peter Pan (1953)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Peter Pan (1953)

An adaptation of J. M. Barrie's story about a boy who never grew up. The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Land, where an ongoing war between Peter's gang of rag-tag runaways and the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Themes:childhood,  anger,  magic,  friendship
Characters:boy,  girl,  children
Story:little girl,  raccoon,  cloud,  disney,  bear,  dream,  coming of age

Zootopia (2016)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery

Zootopia (2016)

From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde, a wily fox who makes her job even harder. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness
Story:cop,  elephant,  iphone,  female hero,  kid,  disney,  cgi animation,  bear,  apology,  female protagonist,  dream,  crying,  train,  police,  f rated

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A Little Princess (1995)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

A Little Princess (1995)

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

Themes:childhood,  magic,  fear,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl
Story:little girl,  imaginary friend,  elephant,  balloon,  classroom,  female protagonist,  crying,  african american

Taare Zameen Par (2007) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015)
Drama, Family

Taare Zameen Par (2007)

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

Themes:childhood,  anger,  fear,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school
Characters:children,  baby,  student,  boy
Story:joy,  students,  motivational,  homesickness,  sadness,  scene during end credits,  apology,  classroom,  tears,  bus,  dream,  crying,  train

Flatliners (1990)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Flatliners (1990)

Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. This is why Flatliners (1990) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015). (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  childhood,  memory,  fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  boy,  children
Story:childhood memory,  students,  little girl,  apology,  crying,  train,  african american,  flashback

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Wreck-it Ralph (2012)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

Wreck-It Ralph longs to be as beloved as his game's perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix. Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes... so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun, Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan -- win a medal -- but soon wrecks everything, and accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph's only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz, a young troublemaking "glitch" from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he is good enough to become a hero before it's "Game Over" for the entire arcade? (Read More)

Themes:anger,  memory,  love,  friendship
Period:2010s
Story:little girl,  yellow,  new house,  red,  female hero,  lava,  disney,  trophy,  cgi animation,  mustache,  3 dimensional,  giant,  hammer,  computer animation,  cop,  glasses,  apology,  crying,  police,  flashback

La Vie D'adele (2013)
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,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  student,  children
Period:2010s
Story:blue hair,  school teacher,  blue,  female teacher,  classroom,  tears,  female protagonist,  crying,  coming of age,  f rated

An Unfinished Life (2005) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015)
Adventure, Drama

An Unfinished Life (2005)

To escape an abusive boyfriend, without announcing her plans in advance, Jean Gilkyson takes her young daughter Griff to the Wyoming ranch of her father-in-law, Einar. Jean and Einar are disaffected, as he blames her for the death of his son in a car accident. Einar is taking care of his friend Mitch, who was attacked by a bear, and Einar does not know that he has a granddaughter. While Mitch heals and forgives the bear, Einar also changes his feelings regarding Jean, finally understanding that accidents happen and accepting her and loving Griff. (Read More)

Themes:forgiveness,  memory,  friendship,  love
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:boyfriend,  bear,  raccoon,  trophy,  runaway,  bus,  cat,  female protagonist,  dream,  f rated,  police

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

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

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

Themes:childhood,  anger,  magic,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  boy,  baby,  student
Story:mind,  school teacher,  little girl,  students,  kids,  female teacher,  classroom,  tears,  coming of age

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
Drama

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

Jim Stark is the new kid in town. He has been in trouble elsewhere; that's why his family has had to move before. Here he hopes to find the love he doesn't get from his middle-class family. Though he finds some of this in his relation with Judy, and a form of it in both Plato's adulation and Ray's real concern for him, Jim must still prove himself to his peers in switchblade knife fights and "chickie" games in which cars race toward a seaside cliff. This is why Rebel Without A Cause (1955) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear,  love,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student,  children
Story:cliff,  kid,  running away,  boyfriend,  runaway,  sleeping,  apology,  tears,  crying,  coming of age,  african american,  police

Dumbo (1941)
Animation, Drama, Family, Musical

Dumbo (1941)

The stork delivers a baby elephant to Mrs. Jumbo, veteran of the circus, but the newborn is ridiculed because of his truly enormous ears and dubbed "Dumbo". After being separated from his mother, Dumbo is relegated to the circus' clown acts; it is up to his only friend, a mouse, to assist Dumbo to achieve his full potential. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Characters:baby
Story:elephant,  clown,  newborn,  kangaroo,  kids,  kid,  bear,  dream,  train

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Elephant (2003) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elephant (2003)

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

Themes:anger,  fear,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student,  girl,  boy
Story:students,  female teacher,  elephant,  classroom

Fish Tank (2009)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  children
Period:2000s
Story:little girl,  boyfriend,  stealing,  balloon,  sleeping,  tears,  crying,  train,  coming of age,  f rated

Bacheha-ye Aseman (1997)
Drama, Family

Bacheha-ye Aseman (1997)

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

Themes:friendship,  love
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  student,  girl,  boy,  children
Story:little girl,  schoolteacher,  trophy,  classroom,  tears,  crying

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Jane Eyre (2011)
Drama, Romance

Jane Eyre (2011)

After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meets the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester's terrible secret be about to destroy it forever? This is why Jane Eyre (2011) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015). (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  memory,  friendship,  love
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  children
Story:childhood memory,  little girl,  classroom,  female protagonist,  crying,  coming of age,  f rated,  flashback

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  fear,  love,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  boy,  children
Story:ice hockey,  ice skating,  classroom,  cat,  train,  coming of age,  police

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. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  fear,  friendship
Characters:baby,  boy
Story:dolphin,  cliff,  sadness,  apology,  tears,  bus,  dream,  crying,  f rated,  flashback

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The Iron Giant (1999)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-fi

The Iron Giant (1999)

This is the story of a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth Hughes who makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that came from outer space. Meanwhile, a paranoid U.S. Government agent named Kent Mansley arrives in town, determined to destroy the giant at all costs. It's up to Hogarth to protect him by keeping him at Dean McCoppin's place in the junkyard. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  fear,  friendship,  love
Locations:school
Characters:boy
Story:giant,  mind,  raccoon,  schoolteacher,  classroom,  train

Horton Hears A Who! (2008)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Horton Hears A Who! (2008)

One day, Horton the elephant hears a cry from help coming from a speck of dust. Even though he can't see anyone on the speck, he decides to help it. As it turns out, the speck of dust is home to the Whos, who live in their city of Whoville. Horton agrees to help protect the Whos and their home, but this gives him nothing but torment from his neighbors, who refuse to believe that anything could survive on the speck. Still, Horton stands by the motto that, "After all, a person is a person, no matter how small." (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:children
Story:elephant,  kangaroo,  cgi animation,  cliff,  computer animation,  cage,  bear

Toki O Kakeru Shojo (2006) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi

Toki O Kakeru Shojo (2006)

Themes:anger,  fear,  friendship,  love
Locations:school
Characters:student
Story:joy,  sadness,  classroom,  tears,  dream,  crying,  train

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Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)
Comedy, Drama

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Themes:anger,  memory,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:chased by a dog,  honesty,  apology,  classroom,  bus,  cat,  crying,  coming of age,  african american,  flashback

Paranoid Park (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Paranoid Park (2007)

The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin girlfriend Jennifer, Alex writes his last experiences in Paranoid Park with his new acquaintances and how the guard was killed, trying to relieve his feeling of guilty from his conscience. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  memory,  fear,  love
Locations:school
Characters:student,  girl,  boy
Story:ice skating,  cop,  classroom,  train,  flashback,  police

Parenthood (1989)
Comedy, Drama

Parenthood (1989)

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.

Themes:memory
Locations:school
Characters:children
Story:childhood memory,  little girl,  joy,  balloon,  sadness,  crying

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Toy Story 3 (2010) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Woody, Buzz and the whole gang are back. As their owner Andy prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare where untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice. So, it's all for one and one for all as they join Barbie's counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear to plan their great escape. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Period:2010s
Story:bear,  little girl,  pink,  kids,  female hero,  lava,  growing up,  cgi animation,  computer animation,  sadness,  scene during end credits,  apology,  crying,  flashback

Big Eyes (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Big Eyes (2014)

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. This is why Big Eyes (2014) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015). (Read More)

Themes:fear,  friendship
Characters:girl,  boy,  children
Story:big eyes,  tear on cheek,  eyes,  bechdel test passed,  san francisco california,  apology,  tears,  crying

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:memory,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl
Story:breakfast cereal,  boyfriend,  sleeping,  apology,  classroom,  tears,  crying,  coming of age,  african american,  flashback

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Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
Drama, Mystery

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

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

Themes:friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school
Characters:student,  girl
Story:students,  school teacher,  punished,  lava,  sleeping,  classroom,  tears,  dream,  crying,  coming of age,  f rated,  flashback,  police

Hugo (2011) is one of the best movies like Inside Out (2015)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Hugo (2011)

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

Themes:anger,  memory,  magic,  friendship,  love
Mood:nightmare
Locations:school
Characters:boy,  girl
Story:little girl,  train,  running away,  3 dimensional,  cage,  sadness,  tears,  cat,  dream,  crying,  police,  flashback

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Characters:boy,  baby,  student
Story:mind,  ice skating,  apology,  classroom,  tears,  female protagonist,  crying,  police,  flashback

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