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Rushmore (1998)
Comedy, Drama

Rushmore (1998)

Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore, a private school where he's not doing well in any of his classes, but where he's the king of extracurricular activities - from being in the beekeeping society to writing and producing plays, there's very little after school he doesn't do. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he's on academic probation, and when he stumbles into love with Miss Cross, a pretty teacher of the elementary school at Rushmore. Added to the mix is his friendship with Herman Blume, wealthy industrialist and father to boys who attend the school, and who also finds himself attracted to Miss Cross. Max's fate becomes inextricably tied to this odd love triangle, and how he sets about resolving it is the story in the film. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  wrestling,  depression,  obsession,  divorce,  jealousy,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Mood:affection
Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  cemetery,  hotel,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:teacher,  student
Story:private school,  remote control airplane,  red haired twins,  academic fraud,  boy wearing glasses,  pea shooter,  girl wearing glasses,  male cheerleader,  air rifle,  coming of age film,  springboard,  tv dinner,  science fair,  beekeeping,  backgammon,  expulsion,  steel,  preparatory school,  teenage angst,  yearbook,  petition,  industrialist,  school life,  school play,  unwanted kiss,  man wearing glasses,  barbershop,  identical twins,  chapel,  scholarship,  kite,  stroke,  fencing,  misfit,  fish tank,  playwright,  barber,  vietnam veteran,  unhappy marriage,  happy ending,  irreverence,  adolescent,  genius,  flamethrower,  teen movie,  aquarium,  millionaire,  backstage,  interracial romance,  breakup,  explosive,  diving,  haircut,  crush,  vandalism,  teen angst,  sabotage,  flirting,  class differences,  underwater,  gift,  speech,  widower,  library,  smoking,  theatre,  unrequited love,  birthday party,  dream sequence,  no opening credits,  widow,  basketball,  cleavage,  kung fu,  alcohol,  jail,  love triangle,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  blonde,  helicopter,  high school,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  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:friendship
Characters:student
Story:yearbook,  teen movie,  crush,  teen angst,  class differences,  library,  unrequited love,  cleavage,  blonde,  high school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  dancing

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Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
Comedy

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

At John Hughes High School, the students are the same as just about every other teenager in a teen movie. The popular jock, Jake, takes a bet from Austin, the cocky blonde guy, that he can transform Janey, the pretty ugly girl, into the prom queen before the prom. But two people are trying to stop Jake from succeeding: his evil sister, Catherine, the cruelest girl in school, and Priscilla, the bitchy cheerleader. And all of their friends are the same as any other teen movie: Areola, the naked foreign exchange student, Les, the beautiful weirdo, Malik, the token black guy, the desperate virgins, Amanda Becker, the perfect girl, Ricky, Janey's obsessed best friend, and Sadie, the VERY old undercover reporter. (Read More)

Characters:student
Story:girl wearing glasses,  school life,  misfit,  vietnam veteran,  irreverence,  teen movie,  teen angst,  unrequited love,  cleavage,  slow motion scene,  blonde,  high school,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  teenage girl

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? (Read More)

Themes:depression,  divorce,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:private school,  petition,  school life,  playwright,  teen movie,  backstage,  vandalism,  teen angst,  class differences,  basketball,  jail,  arrest,  high school,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  dancing

Clueless (1995) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998)
Comedy, Romance

Clueless (1995)

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

Mood:affection
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:coming of age film,  school play,  happy ending,  adolescent,  teen movie,  teen angst,  no opening credits,  blonde,  high school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  one word title

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Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. This is why Lolita (1997) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998). (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  jealousy
Locations:bicycle,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:teacher
Story:preparatory school,  school play,  playwright,  adolescent,  backstage,  widow,  cleavage,  slow motion scene,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  dancing

The Breakfast Club (1985)
Comedy, Drama

The Breakfast Club (1985)

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

Themes:jealousy
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:library,  high school,  coming of age film,  teenage angst,  misfit,  teen movie,  teen angst,  basketball,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dancing

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:divorce,  jealousy,  infidelity
Locations:bicycle
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teen movie,  teen angst,  class differences,  love triangle,  blonde,  high school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  one word title

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Elephant (2003) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998)
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:vengeance,  jealousy,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teenage angst,  teen movie,  explosive,  library,  high school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl

A Walk To Remember (2002)
Drama, Romance

A Walk To Remember (2002)

In North Carolina especially in Beaufort a prank on a guy goes wrong and puts the student in the clinic. Carter, a famous student with no plans for the future, is held responsible and forced to join in after-school community service activities as consequence, which include starring as the lead in the play. And participating in these activities is Jamie Sullivan, the reverend's daughter who has great ambitions and nothing in common with Landon. When Landon decides he wants to take his activities seriously, he asks Jamie for help and begins to spend most of his time with her. But he starts to like her, that he did not expect to do. They relationship, much to the chagrin of Landon's old popular friends and Jamie's strict reverend father. But when a heart-breaking secret becomes known that puts their relationship to the test, it is then that Landon and Jamie realize the true meaning of love and fate. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:student
Story:yearbook,  school play,  chapel,  teen movie,  teen angst,  widower,  library,  basketball,  slow motion scene,  high school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  dancing

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. This is why Sixteen Candles (1984) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998). (Read More)

Locations:restaurant
Characters:student
Story:teen movie,  crush,  teen angst,  class differences,  unrequited love,  high school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film

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Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
Comedy, Drama

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

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

Themes:christmas,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:teacher
Story:high school,  school life,  irreverence,  teen movie,  vandalism,  teen angst,  dream sequence,  cleavage,  swimming pool,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film

Carrie (2013) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998)
Drama, Horror

Carrie (2013)

The outcast teenager Carrie White is bullied by her classmates at high school. Her mother, Margaret White, is a pious and paranoid woman that sees sin everywhere and the need of self-inflicting punishment. When Carrie has her first period, she does not understand what is happening to her and her classmates humiliate her in the changing room. The spiteful Chris Hargensen videotapes Carrie with her cell phone and posts it on the Internet. Their teacher Ms. Desjardin punishes the students, but when Chris challenges her, she is suspended and consequently is banned from the prom. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers that she has telekinesis and learns how to control her ability. Sue Snell, one of the girls that tormented Carrie, feels bad and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to invite Carrie to go with him to the prom to make up for what she did to Carrie. But Chris and her boyfriend Billy Nolan plot an evil prank with her friends to seek vengeance for Carrie. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  depression,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery,  hospital
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teen movie,  teen angst,  sabotage,  gift,  library,  slow motion scene,  high school,  swimming pool,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  one word title

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:depression,  friendship
Mood:affection
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery,  restaurant
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:backstage,  teen angst,  birthday party,  widow,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  dancing

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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:depression,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:breakup,  speech,  theatre,  unrequited love,  no opening credits,  basketball,  alcohol,  jail,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  blonde,  helicopter,  high school,  title spoken by character,  dancing

The Last Picture Show (1971)
Drama

The Last Picture Show (1971)

In tiny Anarene, Texas, in the lull between World War Two and the Korean Conflict, Sonny and Duane are best friends. Enduring that awkward period of life between boyhood and manhood, the two pass their time the best way they know how -- with the movie house, football, and girls. Jacey is Duane's steady, wanted by every boy in school, and she knows it. Her daddy is rich and her mom is good looking and loose. It's the general consensus that whoever wins Jacey's heart will be set for life. But Anarene is dying a quiet death as folks head for the big cities to make their livings and raise their kids. The boys are torn between a future somewhere out there beyond the borders of town or making do with their inheritance of a run-down pool hall and a decrepit movie house -- the legacy of their friend and mentor, Sam the Lion. As high school graduation approaches, they learn some difficult lessons about love, loneliness, and jealousy. Then folks stop attending the second-run features at the movie house and the time comes for the last picture show. With the closure of the movie house, the boys feel that a stage of their lives is closing. They stand uneasily on the threshold of the rest of their lives. (The movie was adapted from the novel by Larry McMurtry). This is why The Last Picture Show (1971) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998). (Read More)

Themes:depression,  jealousy,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  restaurant
Characters:teacher
Story:high school,  fish tank,  adolescent,  teen movie,  teen angst,  flirting,  basketball,  jail,  blonde,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  dancing

Barton Fink (1991) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Barton Fink (1991)

In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task. (Read More)

Themes:wrestling
Locations:hotel,  elevator,  restaurant
Story:playwright,  theatre,  slow motion scene,  swimming pool,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dancing

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Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:infidelity,  friendship
Locations:elevator,  hotel
Characters:teacher
Story:coming of age film,  teen movie,  cleavage,  alcohol,  love triangle,  blonde,  high school,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  dancing

Caddyshack (1980)
Comedy, Sport

Caddyshack (1980)

Comical goings on at an exclusive golf club. All the members are wealthy and eccentric, and all the staff are poor and slightly less eccentric. The main character is 'Danny'; he's a caddy who will do almost anything to raise money to go to college. There are many subplots, including the assistant green keeper's pursuit of a cute (obviously stuffed) gopher. (Read More)

Story:millionaire,  springboard,  scholarship,  explosive,  diving,  flirting,  class differences,  alcohol,  slow motion scene,  blonde,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  one word title

The Green Hornet (2011)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Green Hornet (2011)

Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles' "The Daily Sentinel" after the sudden death of his father. Britt's party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero "The Green Hornet". (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Mood:affection
Locations:cemetery,  restaurant
Story:kung fu,  genius,  flamethrower,  millionaire,  vandalism,  no opening credits,  basketball,  love triangle,  slow motion scene,  helicopter,  swimming pool,  title spoken by character

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family. This is why The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998).

Themes:depression,  divorce,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hotel,  hospital
Story:playwright,  genius,  interracial romance,  theatre,  slow motion scene,  swimming pool

American Pie (1999)
Comedy

American Pie (1999)

Jim, Oz, Finch and Kevin are four friends who make a pact that before they graduate they will all lose their virginity. The hard job now is how to reach that goal by prom night. Whilst Oz begins singing to grab attention and Kevin tries to persuade his girlfriend, Finch tries any easy route of spreading rumors and Jim fails miserably. Whether it is being caught on top of a pie or on the Internet, Jim always ends up with his trusty sex advice from his father. Will they achieve their goal of getting laid by prom night? Or will they learn something much different? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:student
Story:coming of age film,  misfit,  teen movie,  teen angst,  library,  cleavage,  slow motion scene,  high school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dancing

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:depression,  obsession,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:student
Story:high school,  unwanted kiss,  unhappy marriage,  irreverence,  crush,  teen angst,  flirting,  dream sequence,  no opening credits,  basketball,  cleavage,  slow motion scene,  blonde,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film

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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Comedy, Drama

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His roommate, Neil Perry, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their other friends, meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society, and encourages them to go against the status quo. Each does so in his own way, and is changed for life. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:teacher,  student
Story:preparatory school,  private school,  teen movie,  teen angst,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  title spoken by character

Old School (2003) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998)
Comedy

Old School (2003)

Mitch, Frank and Beanie are disillusioned with their personal lives begining when Mitch's nymphomanic girlfriend, Heidi, cheats on him, then former party animal Frank gets married, but unwilling to let go of his wild life, and Beanie is a family man seeking to reclaim his wild and crazy youth. Beanie suggests that they form their own fraternity in Mitch's new house on a college campus to re-live their glory days by bringing together a variety of misfit college students, losers, middle-aged and elderly retirees as their new friends and later try to avoid being evicted by the new Dean of Students, Pritchard, whom still holds a personal grudge against all three of them. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  wrestling,  divorce,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Story:misfit,  millionaire,  underwater,  birthday party,  cleavage,  swimming pool,  cult film

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. This is why Boyz N The Hood (1991) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998). (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:teacher
Story:scholarship,  vietnam veteran,  teen movie,  teen angst,  no opening credits,  alcohol,  jail,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  helicopter,  high school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  dancing

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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. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  jealousy,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hotel,  hospital
Story:theatre,  birthday party,  widow,  cleavage,  blonde,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  dancing

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:jealousy
Locations:bicycle
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:breakup,  birthday party,  cleavage,  kung fu,  slow motion scene,  blonde,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  one word title

One Hour Photo (2002) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998)
Drama, Thriller

One Hour Photo (2002)

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  depression,  christmas,  infidelity
Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  hotel,  restaurant
Story:adolescent,  sabotage,  class differences,  theatre,  birthday party,  dream sequence,  no opening credits,  cleavage,  arrest

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Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.

Themes:obsession,  divorce,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teen movie,  teen angst,  love triangle,  arrest,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dancing

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 Rushmore (1998).

Themes:wrestling,  jealousy,  friendship
Story:teen movie,  teen angst,  class differences,  cleavage,  slow motion scene,  blonde,  high school,  teenage boy,  cult film,  dancing

Mr. Woodcock (2007)
Comedy, Romance, Sport

Mr. Woodcock (2007)

Fatherless John Farley's youth frustration, even trauma, like many his school kids' in his Nebraska small town home, was the constant abuse and humiliation in sadistic Jasper Woodcock's gym class. After college, doting son John became a motivational bestseller author and returns during a book signing tour to receive the backwater's highest honor. To John's horror, his devoted mother Beverly announces her plans to marry the hated coach and he's to be celebrated on the same event as John. Only ridiculous fatso Nedderman and his strange brother try to help Farley stop Woodcock, but that keeps backfiring. (Read More)

Themes:wrestling,  divorce,  christmas
Locations:restaurant
Characters:teacher
Story:school life,  barbershop,  haircut,  widow,  swimming pool,  title spoken by character

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The Human Stain (2003) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Hopkins), a classics professor with a terrible secret that is about to shatter his life in a small New England town. When his affair with a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, fast explodes in a conflagration of devastating consequences. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  restaurant,  hospital
Story:vietnam veteran,  interracial romance,  class differences,  widower,  library,  cleavage,  love triangle,  blonde,  title spoken by character,  dancing

Hable Con Ella (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Hable Con Ella (2002)

After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia, Marco's girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student. The lives of the four characters will flow in all directions, past, present and future, dragging all of them towards an unsuspected destiny. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:haircut,  theatre,  dream sequence,  jail,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  swimming pool

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:divorce,  jealousy,  christmas,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:teacher
Story:haircut,  teen angst,  gift,  jail,  arrest,  high school,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age

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Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. This is why Paranoia (2013) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:elevator,  restaurant,  hospital
Story:sabotage,  class differences,  widower,  basketball,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  blonde,  helicopter,  swimming pool,  coming of age,  dancing,  one word title

October Sky (1999) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998)
Biography, Drama, Family

October Sky (1999)

In a 1950's mining town called Coalwood, Homer Hickam is a kid with only one future in sight, to work in the local coal mine like his father. However in October 1957, everything changes when the first artificial satellite, Sputnik goes into orbit. With that event, Homer becomes inspired to learn how to build rockets. With his friends and the local nerd, Homer sets to do just that by trial and a lot of error. Unfortunately, most of the town and especially Homer's father thinks that they are wasting their time. Only one teacher in the high school understands their efforts and lets them know that they could become contenders in the national science fair with college scholarships being the prize. Now the gang must learn to perfect their craft and overcome the many problems facing them as they shoot for the stars. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:teacher,  student
Story:science fair,  high school,  steel,  scholarship,  misfit,  barber,  teenage boy,  title spoken by character,  dancing

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:depression,  obsession,  jealousy,  infidelity
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:teacher
Story:coming of age film,  teen movie,  teen angst,  flirting,  unrequited love,  high school,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  dancing

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Comedy

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

High school student Ferris Bueller wants a day off from school and he's developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. He talks his friend Cameron into taking his father's prized Ferrari and with his girlfriend Sloane head into Chicago for the day. While they are taking in what the city has to offer school principal Ed Rooney is convinced that Ferris is, not for the first time, playing hooky for the day and is hell bent to catch him out. Ferris has anticipated that, much to Rooney's chagrin. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:affection
Locations:restaurant
Characters:student
Story:high school,  teenage angst,  irreverence,  teen movie,  teen angst,  slow motion scene,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  dancing

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:friendship
Characters:teacher
Story:preparatory school,  private school,  misfit,  teen movie,  crush,  teen angst,  speech,  unrequited love,  basketball,  alcohol,  helicopter,  high school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl

Flipped (2010) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Flipped (2010)

Juli Baker devoutly believes in three things: the sanctity of trees (especially her beloved sycamore), the wholesomeness of the eggs she collects from her backyard flock of chickens, and that someday she will kiss Bryce Loski. Ever since she saw Bryce's dazzling brown eyes back in second grade, Juli has been smitten. Unfortunately, Bryce has never felt the same. Frankly, he thinks Juli Baker is a little weird--after all, what kind of freak raises chickens and sits in trees for fun? Then, in eighth grade, everything changes. Bryce begins to see that Juli's unusual interests and pride in her family are, well, kind of cool. And Juli starts to think that maybe Bryce's dazzling brown eyes are as empty as the rest of Bryce seems to be. After all, what kind of jerk doesn't care about other people's feelings about chickens and trees? With Flipped, mystery author Wendelin Van Draanen has taken a break from her Sammy Keyes series, and the result is flipping fantastic. Bryce and Juli's rants and raves about each other ring so true that teen readers will quickly identify with at least one of these hilarious feuding egos, if not both. A perfect introduction to the adolescent war between the sexes. This is why Flipped (2010) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998). (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Locations:bicycle
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:science fair,  adolescent,  crush,  library,  unrequited love,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  one word title

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The Karate Kid (1984)
Action, Drama, Family, Sport

The Karate Kid (1984)

Daniel and his mother move from New Jersey to California. She has a wonderful new job, but Daniel quickly discovers that a dark haired Italian boy with a Jersey accent doesn't fit into the blond surfer crowd. Daniel manages to talk his way out of some fights, but he is finally cornered by several who belong to the same karate school. As Daniel is passing out from the beating he sees Miyagi, the elderly gardener leaps into the fray and save him by outfighting half a dozen teenagers. Miyagi and Daniel soon find out the real motivator behind the boys' violent attitude in the form of their karate teacher. Miyagi promises to teach Daniel karate and arranges a fight at the all-valley tournament some months off. When his training begins, Daniel doesn't understand what he is being shown. Miyagi seems more interested in having Daniel paint fences and wax cars than teaching him Karate. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle,  restaurant
Characters:teacher
Story:high school,  vietnam veteran,  teen movie,  teen angst,  class differences,  gift,  widower,  birthday party,  swimming pool,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dancing

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
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:friendship
Characters:student
Story:high school,  scholarship,  interracial romance,  no opening credits,  basketball,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  dancing

Good Will Hunting (1997)
Drama

Good Will Hunting (1997)

A touching tale of a wayward young man who struggles to find his identity, living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the one brewing deep within himself, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and his heart.

Themes:friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:student
Story:genius,  jail,  vietnam veteran,  flirting,  class differences,  gift,  widower,  slow motion scene,  coming of age

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998)
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:depression,  jealousy,  christmas,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:high school,  vietnam veteran,  teen movie,  backstage,  crush,  library,  unrequited love,  slow motion scene,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  dancing

Detroit Rock City (1999)
Comedy, Music

Detroit Rock City (1999)

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians. This is why Detroit Rock City (1999) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:elevator,  restaurant
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teen movie,  vandalism,  slow motion scene,  high school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  title spoken by character

Gifted (2017)
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:obsession,  infidelity,  friendship
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:school life,  scholarship,  genius,  slow motion scene,  swimming pool,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  one word title

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American Graffiti (1973)
Comedy, Drama

American Graffiti (1973)

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

Themes:jealousy,  friendship
Story:high school,  yearbook,  scholarship,  teen movie,  crush,  vandalism,  teen angst,  class differences,  unrequited love,  love triangle,  blonde,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  cult film,  dancing

Napoleon Dynamite (2004) is one of the best movies like Rushmore (1998)
Comedy

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Preston, Idaho's most curious resident, Napoleon Dynamite, lives with his grandma and his 32-year-old brother (who cruises chat rooms for ladies) and works to help his best friend, Pedro, snatch the Student Body President title from mean teen Summer Wheatley.

Themes:friendship
Locations:bicycle,  restaurant
Characters:student
Story:school life,  misfit,  teen movie,  interracial romance,  basketball,  high school,  teenage boy,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  dancing

The East (2013)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The East (2013)

A successful operative for an elite private intelligence firm is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.

Themes:infidelity
Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  hotel,  restaurant
Story:sabotage,  class differences,  no opening credits,  arrest,  helicopter,  coming of age,  title spoken by character

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