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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,  rivalry,  art,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:england,  farm,  woods,  boat,  school,  restaurant,  beach,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  artist,  nurse,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  children,  doctor
Period:1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:school uniform,  organ donation,  human cloning,  human clone,  belief in the soul,  hugging pillow,  dying during surgery,  electronic bracelet,  porn magazine,  childhood memory,  romantic rivalry,  art class,  art gallery,  tween girl,  school assembly,  boarding school,  teacher student relationship,  legal rights of artificial life form,  human being,  non human,  boundary,  artificial human,  individual rights,  toy horse,  28 year old,  carer,  token,  objectification,  organ donor,  origins,  organ harvesting,  heart broken,  non person,  sale,  year 1978,  menu,  braided hair,  pupil,  donation,  year 1985,  cassette tape,  title appears in song,  year 1994,  death of boyfriend,  cloning,  audio cassette,  guardian,  cricket the game,  alternate history,  amputation,  18 year old,  teasing,  cottage,  true love,  fence,  imperative in title,  tracking device,  dormitory,  clone,  first kiss,  bruise,  field,  alternate reality,  pier,  soul,  seaside,  crush,  magazine,  barn,  tape recorder,  hugging,  surgery,  dystopia,  teenage girl,  bracelet,  uniform,  driving,  death of friend,  human rights,  soccer,  teenage boy,  classroom,  painting,  secret,  love triangle,  watching tv,  car,  based on book,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  based on novel,  sex scene,  f rated,  kiss,  death,  flashback

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? (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  friendship
Locations:england,  school
Characters:girl,  teacher,  children
Story:school uniform,  childhood memory,  boarding school,  guardian,  dormitory,  first kiss,  field,  hugging,  teenage girl,  death of friend,  classroom,  painting,  secret,  crying,  singing,  based on novel,  f rated,  kiss,  flashback

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,  art,  friendship
Locations:farm,  woods,  school
Characters:artist,  girl,  teacher,  boy
Story:tween girl,  teacher student relationship,  crush,  teenage girl,  death of friend,  teenage boy,  classroom,  painting,  watching tv,  based on book,  singing,  based on novel,  death

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,  friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy
Story:school uniform,  porn magazine,  guardian,  pier,  tape recorder,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  secret,  based on book,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  f rated,  kiss,  flashback,  death

Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Never Let Me Go (2010)
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:childhood,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:waitress,  girl,  teacher,  boy
Story:school uniform,  porn magazine,  first kiss,  pier,  hugging,  classroom,  secret,  watching tv,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  based on novel,  sex scene,  flashback,  kiss,  death

My Girl (1991)
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,  friendship
Locations:woods
Characters:nurse,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  children,  doctor
Period:1970s
Story:tween girl,  teacher student relationship,  teasing,  first kiss,  crush,  death of friend,  classroom,  watching tv,  crying,  singing,  kiss,  death

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. (Read More)

Themes:childhood
Locations:woods,  school,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  nurse,  girl,  boy,  children,  doctor
Period:1990s
Story:childhood memory,  teasing,  field,  tape recorder,  hugging,  surgery,  watching tv,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  flashback,  kiss,  death

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:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy,  doctor
Period:1990s
Story:childhood memory,  teacher student relationship,  audio cassette,  first kiss,  crush,  hugging,  teenage girl,  driving,  death of friend,  teenage boy,  classroom,  secret,  watching tv,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback

The 6th Day (2000) is one of the best movies like Never Let Me Go (2010)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The 6th Day (2000)

In the near future, cloning is now technically advanced, but human cloning is still illegal. Adam Gibson (Schwarzenegger) returns home after working with his friend Hank Morgan (Rapaport), only to find a clone of himself with his family. Before he has chance to find out the truth, he is attacked by a group who want him dead. Adam must escape and find out the truth from the creator of the clones, Michael Drucker (Goldwyn). Adam knows for sure he couldn't have been cloned, but isn't ready for what he's about to hear. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:human cloning,  human clone,  legal rights of artificial life form,  artificial human,  individual rights,  non person,  cloning,  clone,  human rights,  death,  kiss

Cashback (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cashback (2006)

When art student Ben Willis is dumped by his girlfriend Suzy, he develops chronic insomnia after finding out how quickly she moved on. To pass the long hours of the night, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colorful cast of characters, all of whom have their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour-shift. Ben's art is that he imagines himself stopping time. This way, he can appreciate the artistic beauty of the frozen world and the people inside it - especially Sharon, the pretty and quiet checkout girl, who perhaps holds the answer to solving the problem of Ben's insomnia. (Read More)

Themes:art,  jealousy
Characters:artist,  girl,  teacher
Story:art class,  art gallery,  dormitory,  first kiss,  teenage girl,  uniform,  soccer,  teenage boy,  classroom,  painting,  watching tv,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  flashback

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. (Read More)

Themes:art,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:waitress,  artist,  nurse,  teacher
Story:school uniform,  teacher student relationship,  dormitory,  teenage girl,  classroom,  painting,  watching tv,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  f rated,  kiss

In The House (2012)
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In The House (2012)

A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events. (Read More)

Themes:art,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:artist,  teacher,  boy
Story:art gallery,  teacher student relationship,  pupil,  alternate reality,  uniform,  teenage boy,  classroom,  painting,  watching tv,  kiss

Never Been Kissed (1999) is one of the best movies like Never Let Me Go (2010)
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
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:teacher student relationship,  crush,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  classroom,  car,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  kiss,  flashback

Happy-go-lucky (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Happy-go-lucky (2008)

Poppy Cross is happy-go-lucky. At 30, she lives in Camden: cheeky, playful, frank while funny, and talkative to strangers. She's a conscientious and exuberant primary-school teacher, flatmates with Zoe, her long-time friend; she's close to one sister, and not so close to another. In this slice of life story, we watch her take driving lessons from Scott, a dour and tightly-wound instructor, take classes in flamenco dance from a fiery Spaniard, encounter a tramp in the night, and sort out a student's aggressive behavior with a social worker's help. Along the way, we wonder if her open attitude puts her at risk of misunderstanding or worse. What is the root of happiness? (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school,  beach
Characters:teacher,  boy,  children
Story:school uniform,  teacher student relationship,  pier,  uniform,  driving,  classroom,  car,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  kiss

This Is England (2006)
Crime, Drama

This Is England (2006)

This is England: Mods, New Romantics, and Skinheads are the major youth sub-cultures of this very English summer of 1983 and young 12-year-old Shaun is left wandering aimlessly alone and lost during the start of his school holidays, until his chance meeting with Woody and his fun and friendly Skinhead pack. Finding a new lease of life; girls, parties, Ben Sherman shirts, Doc Martin boots and shaven hairstyles young Shaun is welcomed, life during this summer holiday has got a whole lot better. That is until Combo arrives on the scene bitter, dangerous, racist, militant and psychotic life for young Shaun has just approached his first major crossroads. This is England is a look back at the early eighties of British working-class life through the eyes of young Shaun and his new gang, and dealing with the bitterness of outside influences such as racism and xenophobia, of mass unemployment and the fall out of the Falkland's War; Thatcher's Britain: Did we ever have it so good? When you see Shaun, ask Him. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:england,  school,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy,  children
Period:1980s
Story:porn magazine,  teasing,  pier,  watching tv,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  kiss,  death

The City Of Lost Children (1995)
Fantasy, Sci-fi

The City Of Lost Children (1995)

Set in a dystopian society, someone is kidnapping the children. Krank and his band of clones are using the children to harvest their dreams. Then they kidnap Denree, the brother of One, a fairground strongman. One sets out to find his brother.

Themes:childhood,  friendship
Characters:girl,  children
Story:human cloning,  human clone,  artificial human,  cloning,  clone,  alternate reality,  pier,  dystopia

My Left Foot (1989) is one of the best movies like Never Let Me Go (2010)
Biography, Drama

My Left Foot (1989)

Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:artist,  nurse,  girl,  boy,  children,  doctor
Story:porn magazine,  art gallery,  teenage girl,  soccer,  teenage boy,  painting,  singing,  based on novel,  death,  flashback

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
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  teacher,  doctor
Story:school uniform,  boarding school,  teacher student relationship,  guardian,  teenage girl,  uniform,  teenage boy,  classroom,  crying,  singing,  based on novel,  f rated,  kiss,  flashback,  death

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,  friendship
Characters:girl,  boy
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:childhood memory,  tween girl,  audio cassette,  tracking device,  bruise,  crush,  tape recorder,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  watching tv,  based on book,  crying,  singing,  based on novel,  flashback,  kiss

Stand By Me (1986)
Adventure, Drama

Stand By Me (1986)

It's the summer of 1959 in Castlerock, Oregon and four 12 year-old boys - Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern - are fast friends. After learning of the general location of the body of a local boy who has been missing for several days, they set off into woods to see it. Along the way, they learn about themselves, the meaning of friendship and the need to stand up for what is right. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  friendship
Locations:woods
Characters:boy
Story:childhood memory,  title appears in song,  fence,  imperative in title,  hugging,  driving,  death of friend,  teenage boy,  car,  crying,  singing,  flashback,  death

Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Never Let Me Go (2010)
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:childhood,  friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy,  children,  doctor
Period:1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:art class,  year 1978,  hugging,  surgery,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  classroom,  watching tv,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  f rated,  flashback,  kiss,  death

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:friendship
Locations:school
Period:1980s
Story:teacher student relationship,  audio cassette,  crush,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  watching tv,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  kiss

5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Animation, Drama, Romance, Family

5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents' jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their friendship alive, as time and distance slowly pulls them apart. When Takaki finds out that he is moving further away, he decides to visit Akari one last time. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  friendship
Locations:school
Period:1990s
Story:first kiss,  field,  hugging,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  classroom,  car,  crying,  kiss

Sing Street (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Sing Street (2016)

This is the beginning of the eighties and everybody is moving to the beat of Pop music, as the brand-new concept of the music video appears on television for the first time. However, in Dublin, Conor, a teenager with a sensitive heart, is trying to deal with a tense family relationship, reconnect with his older brother while dealing with the hostile environment in his new public school. And then one day, he sees her. Tall, with long chestnut hair, a buttery complexion and big, dark eyes; an enigmatically beautiful girl standing in front of his school's gate, indolently observing people passing by. But who is she and how could a boy ever get noticed by such a distant girl? That's easy. He would form a band. Surprisingly, with every lyric Conor writes, the gap narrows and with every song he plays, her heart fills with affection. In the end, before a sea of opportunities lying ahead of them, what will the future hold for a brave love like this? (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:boat,  school
Characters:artist,  girl,  teacher,  boy
Period:1980s
Story:art class,  teacher student relationship,  year 1985,  cassette tape,  pier,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  kiss,  flashback

An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like Never Let Me Go (2010)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. (Read More)

Themes:art,  friendship
Locations:england,  school,  restaurant
Characters:teacher,  boy,  children
Story:school uniform,  teacher student relationship,  teasing,  first kiss,  hugging,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  classroom,  painting,  secret,  crying,  singing,  f rated,  kiss

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:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school,  hospital
Characters:girl,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  18 year old,  first kiss,  hugging,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  classroom,  secret,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback

Battle Royale (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller, Action

Battle Royale (2000)

Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive? (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:boat,  school,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:waitress,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  children,  doctor
Story:school uniform,  teacher student relationship,  dystopia,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  classroom,  painting,  car,  crying,  based on novel,  sex scene,  f rated,  death,  flashback

Evil (2003)
Drama

Evil (2003)

Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have to say and they don't like it. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:waitress,  teacher
Story:school uniform,  boarding school,  sale,  dormitory,  soccer,  teenage boy,  based on novel,  kiss

The Lovely Bones (2009) is one of the best movies like Never Let Me Go (2010)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Locations:farm,  school,  hospital
Characters:girl,  doctor
Period:1970s
Story:first kiss,  field,  alternate reality,  teenage girl,  soccer,  teenage boy,  painting,  watching tv,  crying,  based on novel,  f rated,  flashback,  kiss,  death

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Comedy, Romance

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It's the last day before everyone goes back to the real world, but there's still a summer's worth of unfinished business to resolve. At the center of the action is camp director Beth, who struggles to keep order while she falls in love with the local astrophysics professor. He is busy trying to save the camp from a deadly piece of NASA's Skylab which is hurtling toward earth. All that, plus: a dangerous waterfall rescue, love triangles, misfits, cool kids, and talking vegetable cans. The questions will all be resolved, of course, at the big talent show at the end of the day. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:boat
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy
Period:1980s
Story:title appears in song,  teasing,  tracking device,  dormitory,  crush,  barn,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  love triangle,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  kiss

Like Stars On Earth (2007)
Drama, Family

Like Stars On Earth (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,  art,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  children
Story:school uniform,  art class,  boarding school,  teacher student relationship,  cricket the game,  teasing,  dormitory,  classroom,  painting,  crying,  singing,  kiss

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:woods,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:artist,  nurse,  doctor
Period:1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:art gallery,  18 year old,  teenage girl,  painting,  based on novel,  kiss

A Little Princess (1995) is one of the best movies like Never Let Me Go (2010)
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,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  teacher
Story:school uniform,  boarding school,  teacher student relationship,  uniform,  classroom,  crying,  based on novel

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
Drama, War

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

In 1944, upper class boy Julien Quentin and his brother Francois travel to Catholic boarding school in the countryside after vacations. Julien is a leader and good student and when the new student Jean Bonnet arrives in the school, they have friction in their relationship. However, Julien learns to respect Jean and discovers that he is Jewish and the priests are hiding him from the Nazis. They become best friends and Julien keeps the secret. When the priest Jean discovers that the servant Joseph is stealing supplies from the school to sell in the black market, he fires the youth. Sooner the Gestapo arrives at school to investigate the students and the priests that run and work in the boarding school. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:nurse,  teacher,  boy,  doctor
Story:boarding school,  teasing,  dormitory,  magazine,  classroom,  secret,  crying,  singing,  death

White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:artist,  girl,  teacher,  boy
Story:art class,  heart broken,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  classroom,  painting,  secret,  watching tv,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback,  death

Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Something's Gotta Give (2003)

Harry Sanborn is an aged music industry exec with a fondness for younger women like Marin, his latest trophy girlfriend. Things get a little awkward when Harry suffers a heart attack at the home of Marin's mother Erica. Left in the care of Erica and his doctor, a love triangle starts to take shape.

Themes:rivalry,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:boat,  restaurant,  beach,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  teacher,  doctor
Story:true love,  magazine,  love triangle,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  kiss,  death,  flashback

The Reader (2008) is one of the best movies like Never Let Me Go (2010)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:teacher
Period:1970s,  1990s,  1980s
Story:teacher student relationship,  menu,  tape recorder,  teenage girl,  uniform,  teenage boy,  classroom,  secret,  crying,  based on novel,  sex scene,  flashback,  kiss,  death

The Squid And The Whale (2005)
Comedy, Drama

The Squid And The Whale (2005)

In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:nurse,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  doctor
Period:1980s
Story:hugging pillow,  teacher student relationship,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  classroom,  watching tv,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  kiss

The Giver (2014)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

The Giver (2014)

After The Ruin, a colorless equalitarian society is formed without memories and everyone follows rules established by the Chief Elder and the Elders. The population uses drugs to stay happy and on the day of the graduation, the teenagers leave their childhood and are assigned to a career chosen by the Elders. Jonas lives with his parents and has two best friends, Fiona and Asher, and he feels different from his friends. He is assigned to be the Receiver of Memories and he is trained by his mentor, The Giver, who gives memories of the world before The Ruin. Jonas learns emotions such as love and fear and the concept of family. When he discovers that the baby Gabriel that he loves as a brother will be eliminated, he decides to change his society but the Chief Elder will do anything to stop him. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  friendship
Locations:woods,  hospital
Story:boundary,  first kiss,  dystopia,  teenage girl,  uniform,  teenage boy,  secret,  crying,  singing,  based on novel,  death,  flashback

I Killed My Mother (2009)
Drama, Romance

I Killed My Mother (2009)

Teenager Hubert haughtily regards his mother with contempt, and only sees her tacky sweaters and kitsch decorations. In addition to these irritating surface details, there is also his parent's cherished mechanisms of manipulation and guilt. Confused by this love/hate relationship that obsesses him more and more each day, Hubert drifts through the mysteries of adolescence - artistic discoveries, illicit experiences, the opening-up to friendship, and ostracism. The turbulent relationship between mother and son unfolds with a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection. The stunning, semi-autobiographical directing debut of 20-year-old actor Xavier Dolan. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  friendship
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:teacher
Story:school uniform,  boarding school,  teacher student relationship,  teenage boy,  classroom,  painting,  watching tv,  flashback

The Wave (2008) is one of the best movies like Never Let Me Go (2010)
Drama, Thriller

The Wave (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:waitress,  teacher,  boy
Story:teacher student relationship,  dystopia,  teenage girl,  uniform,  teenage boy,  classroom,  watching tv,  car,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  based on novel,  kiss,  death

A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)
Drama, Romance

A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)

In a world difficult to comprehend, Nathan struggles to connect with those around him - most of all his loving mother - but finds comfort in numbers. When Nathan is taken under the wing of unconventional and anarchic teacher, Mr. Humphreys, the pair forge an unusual friendship and Nathan's talents win him a place on the UK team at the International Mathematics Olympiad. From suburban England to bustling Taipei and back again, Nathan builds complex relationships as he is confronted by the irrational nature of love. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:england
Characters:teacher,  boy
Story:childhood memory,  teacher student relationship,  first kiss,  teenage girl,  driving,  teenage boy,  watching tv,  car,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  kiss,  flashback

Adore (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adore (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:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:boy
Story:art gallery,  18 year old,  seaside,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  secret,  crying,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  f rated,  flashback,  kiss,  death

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Comedy, Drama

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

In Albuquerque, Sheryl Hoover brings her suicidal brother Frank to the breast of her dysfunctional and emotionally bankrupted family. Frank is homosexual, an expert in Proust. He tried to commit suicide when he was rejected by his boyfriend and his great competitor became renowned and recognized as number one in the field of Proust. Sheryl's husband Richard is unsuccessfully trying to sell his self-help and self-improvement technique using nine steps to reach success, but he is actually a complete loser. Her son Dwayne has taken a vow of silence as a follower of Nietzsche and aims to be a jet pilot. Dwayne's grandfather Edwin was sent away from the institution for elders (Sunset Manor) and is addicted in heroin. When her seven-year-old daughter Olive has a chance to dispute the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, the whole family travels together in their old Volkswagen Type 2 (Kombi) in a funny journey of hope of winning the talent contest and to make a dream come true. (Read More)

Locations:beach,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  teacher,  doctor
Story:porn magazine,  tween girl,  teacher student relationship,  field,  pier,  driving,  teenage boy,  watching tv,  crying,  singing,  death

In The Land Of Women (2007) is one of the best movies like Never Let Me Go (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

In The Land Of Women (2007)

L.A. soft-porn writer Carter Webb is frustrated enough, after his actress girlfriend dumps him, to need a serious break. He decides to spend it with his grandmother, who can't really take care of herself and her Detroit suburb house anyway. Helpful Carter soon overcomes mishaps to bond with the foxy neighbor across the street and her daughters. Helping them actually helps him regain perspective and self-confidence. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:woods,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  girl
Story:teenage girl,  teenage boy,  painting,  secret,  watching tv,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  flashback,  death,  kiss

Billy Elliot (2000)
Drama, Music, Romance

Billy Elliot (2000)

County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  doctor
Period:1990s,  1980s
Story:school uniform,  teacher student relationship,  fence,  crush,  hugging,  classroom,  crying,  kiss,  death

The Island (2005)
Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Island (2005)

Lincoln Six Echo is just like everyone else - he's waiting to go to the Island, the only place left in the world to actually live a life. Thousands of people stay at a facility waiting to go to the Island. It all sounds like paradise, but Lincoln Six Echo soon discovers that there's actually a sinister purpose going on at that facility and that he must escape - but not before stopping the sinister plan. (Read More)

Locations:boat
Characters:doctor
Story:human clone,  legal rights of artificial life form,  artificial human,  non person,  tracking device,  clone,  dystopia,  uniform,  watching tv,  car,  sex scene,  kiss,  death

Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995)
Comedy, Drama

Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995)

Seventh-grade is no fun. Especially for Dawn Weiner when everyone at school calls you 'Dog-Face' or 'Wiener-Dog.' Not to mention if your older brother is 'King of the Nerds' and your younger sister is a cutesy ballerina who gets you in trouble but is your parents' favorite. And that's just the beginning--her life seems to be falling apart when she faces rejection from the older guy in her brother's band that she has a crush on, her parents want to tear down her 'Special People's Club' clubhouse, and her sister is abducted.... (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  teacher
Story:school assembly,  first kiss,  crush,  teenage boy,  classroom,  watching tv,  singing

Horns (2013) is one of the best movies like Never Let Me Go (2010)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Horns (2013)

After Iggy's long-time girlfriend is murdered and the whole town agrees he is the killer, he awakens one morning with horns and the townspeople soon confess their sins. Once knowing the sins of the people, he is facing the true killer of his beloved girlfriend.

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:woods,  hospital
Characters:waitress,  nurse,  girl,  doctor
Story:porn magazine,  first kiss,  magazine,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  secret,  love triangle,  watching tv,  crying,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  based on novel,  sex scene,  death,  flashback

Elephant (2003)
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:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy
Story:teacher student relationship,  teenage girl,  teenage boy,  classroom,  watching tv,  car,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  death

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