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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:camping,  courage,  writing,  childhood,  grief,  insanity,  redemption,  memory,  funeral,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:woods,  campfire
Characters:boy,  writer,  bully,  friend,  teenager
Period:summer,  1950s
Story:oregon,  childhood memory,  walking on train tracks,  fainting boy,  boy with glasses,  hugging one's friend,  railroad trestle,  crawling on hands and knees,  water canteen,  no trespassing sign,  pie eating competition,  blueberry pie,  overweight child,  climbing over fence,  chain link fence,  climbing a fence,  store owner,  childhood friend,  innocence lost,  fainting at the sight of blood,  grocery store,  traumatic childhood,  campfire story,  fishing rod,  drinking while driving,  drinking and driving,  running on a bridge,  railroad bridge,  aspiring writer,  listening to a car radio,  corpse with eyes open,  dead body,  title appears in song,  killed by a train,  boy with a gun,  boy smoking a cigarette,  train tracks,  boy in underwear,  fat boy,  bare chested boy,  title based on song,  .45 calibre pistol,  dead boy,  flick knife,  tattoo on arm,  loss of friend,  imitating the firing of a gun,  reference to pluto the dog,  accidentally firing a gun,  blood on one's hand,  reference to abbott and costello,  reference to mighty mouse,  chased by a dog,  dunking head in water,  yankees baseball cap,  cigarette behind ear,  feeling insulted,  argument between friends,  muddy clothes,  mourning for son,  reading a comic book,  reference to donald duck,  sitting on the floor,  portable radio,  undressing self,  sleeping on the ground,  group vomit,  pez dispenser,  gmc truck,  wet underwear,  reference to the lone ranger,  playing chicken,  child uses gun,  baseball cap worn backwards,  pinky swear,  toasting marshmallows,  tripping over,  bottle of beer,  story within the story,  flipping a coin,  four best friends,  long walk,  coming of age film,  trestle,  doe,  four friends,  overhearing a conversation,  older brother,  reference to coca cola,  tin can,  foot race,  sleeping outside,  based on the works of stephen king,  eating contest,  year 1959,  hearing noises,  dog tag,  kicked in the butt,  toothpick,  child smoking cigarette,  younger brother,  sobbing,  male tears,  comb,  summertime,  shortcut,  marshmallow,  based on novella,  guard dog,  child with gun,  reference to mickey mouse,  tear,  pacific northwest,  typing,  porch,  golden retriever,  crawling,  leech,  clothes line,  howling,  decomposing body,  railroad track,  talking to self,  child swearing,  troubled teen,  canteen,  juvenile delinquency,  pre teen,  reference to superman,  famous line,  pool hall,  wet clothes,  trespassing,  lunatic,  treehouse,  underage smoking,  bereavement,  overweight,  razor blade,  baseball cap,  walking,  pie,  immaturity,  listening to a radio,  hamburger,  telling someone to shut up,  digging,  fence,  imperative in title,  playing pool,  inspiration,  narrated by character,  junkyard,  12 year old,  insecurity,  outcast,  store,  playing cards,  friendship between boys,  underdog,  heroism,  moral dilemma,  loss of brother,  deer,  dead child,  swamp,  child protagonist,  nostalgia,  innocence,  switchblade,  death of friend,  jumping from height,  male bonding,  group of friends,  comic book,  fainting,  loyalty,  hugging,  eyeglasses,  newspaper headline,  twin,  death of brother,  glasses,  convertible,  scar,  baseball bat,  on the road,  storytelling,  author,  gunshot,  best friend,  fishing,  no opening credits,  driving,  child abuse,  nonlinear timeline,  mother,  bridge,  bedroom,  gay slur,  teenage boy,  vomiting,  computer,  small town,  car,  corpse,  dream,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  pistol,  cult film,  three word title,  knife,  tattoo,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog,  gun,  blood,  flashback

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:writing,  childhood,  grief,  memory,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:woods
Characters:writer,  boy,  friend
Period:summer
Story:boy with glasses,  childhood friend,  title based on song,  loss of friend,  playing cards,  dead child,  death of friend,  best friend,  fishing,  mother,  dead body,  small town,  corpse,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  singing,  family relationships,  death,  blood

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The Sandlot (1993)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport

The Sandlot (1993)

Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. Rodriguez, the neighborhood baseball guru, takes Smalls under his wing - soon he becomes part of the local baseball buddies. They fall into adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, the desirous lifeguard at the local pool, the snooty rival ball team, and the travelling fair. Beyond the fence at the back of the sandlot menaces a legendary ball-eating dog called The Beast, and the kids inevitably must deal with him. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  friendship
Characters:boy
Period:summer
Story:boy with glasses,  fence,  chased by a dog,  yankees baseball cap,  baseball cap worn backwards,  summertime,  child swearing,  treehouse,  baseball cap,  telling someone to shut up,  junkyard,  friendship between boys,  group of friends,  vomiting,  dream,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  cult film,  family relationships,  dog

Without A Paddle (2004)
Adventure, Comedy, Mystery

Without A Paddle (2004)

Three friends, whose lives have been drifting apart, reunite for the funeral of a fourth childhood friend. When looking through their childhood belongings, they discover a trunk which contained details on a quest their friend was attempting. It revealed that he was hot on the trail of the $200,000 that went missing with airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper in 1971. They decide to continue his journey, but do not understand the dangers they will soon encounter. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  camping,  childhood,  redemption,  friendship
Locations:campfire,  woods
Characters:boy,  friend
Story:childhood friend,  campfire story,  guard dog,  treehouse,  oregon,  deer,  death of friend,  jumping from height,  scar,  storytelling,  fishing,  teenage boy,  dead body,  computer,  small town,  corpse,  song,  crying,  three word title,  knife,  tattoo,  singing,  death,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  dog,  gun,  blood

The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

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

Themes:childhood,  grief,  memory
Locations:woods
Characters:bully,  boy
Period:1950s
Story:childhood memory,  mother,  train tracks,  bare chested boy,  treehouse,  12 year old,  loss of brother,  child protagonist,  innocence,  fainting,  eyeglasses,  death of brother,  baseball bat,  storytelling,  gunshot,  child abuse,  nonlinear timeline,  bridge,  dead body,  small town,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  dog,  death

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Sin Nombre (2009)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sin Nombre (2009)

Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events. This is why Sin Nombre (2009) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986).

Characters:boy,  teenager
Story:railroad trestle,  train tracks,  trestle,  child with gun,  railroad track,  hugging,  scar,  gunshot,  bedroom,  teenage boy,  dead body,  car,  dream,  crying,  train,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  family relationships,  dog,  gun,  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,  grief,  memory,  friendship
Characters:bully,  boy,  friend
Story:childhood memory,  boy with glasses,  child swearing,  fainting,  eyeglasses,  scar,  best friend,  child abuse,  nonlinear timeline,  bedroom,  gay slur,  teenage boy,  small town,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  tattoo,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  blood,  dog,  gun

Hesher (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  memory,  funeral,  friendship
Characters:bully,  boy,  friend
Story:climbing a fence,  grocery store,  mother,  listening to a car radio,  car,  walking,  junkyard,  store,  eyeglasses,  storytelling,  teenage boy,  vomiting,  song,  crying,  tattoo,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  blood

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Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986)
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,  funeral,  friendship
Characters:boy,  friend
Period:1950s
Story:boy with glasses,  title based on song,  listening to a radio,  switchblade,  group of friends,  best friend,  mother,  bedroom,  teenage boy,  dream,  song,  crying,  coming of age,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  blood,  death,  flashback

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

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

Themes:courage,  childhood,  friendship
Locations:woods
Characters:bully,  boy,  friend
Story:dead boy,  loss of friend,  older brother,  listening to a radio,  imperative in title,  12 year old,  outcast,  child protagonist,  switchblade,  hugging,  newspaper headline,  bridge,  dead body,  vomiting,  corpse,  train,  coming of age,  cult film,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  dog,  death

It (2017)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

It (2017)

In the Town of Derry, the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. In a place known as 'The Barrens', a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and their determination to kill It. This is why It (2017) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986). (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  memory
Characters:bully,  teenager
Period:summer
Story:childhood friend,  traumatic childhood,  boy in underwear,  bare chested boy,  child smoking cigarette,  child swearing,  outcast,  underdog,  heroism,  loss of brother,  switchblade,  eyeglasses,  death of brother,  child abuse,  gay slur,  small town,  death,  flashback,  blood

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Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

A family. Rose and Norah, in Albuquerque, lost their mother when they were young. Rose is responsible - a housecleaner, raising her seven-year-old son Oscar. She's also having an affair with Mac, a married cop, her high-school sweetheart. Norah can't hold a job. Their dad, Joe, is quirky. When Oscar is expelled for odd behavior, Rose wants to earn enough to send him to private school. Mac suggests she clean up after crime scenes, suicides, and deaths that go undiscovered for awhile. Rose enlists Norah, and Sunshine Cleaners is born. Norah bonds with the dead, Rose finds out that it's a regulated business, and complications arise. Can a family marked by tragedy sort things out? (Read More)

Themes:memory
Characters:boy
Story:childhood memory,  railroad trestle,  grocery store,  train tracks,  reference to coca cola,  decomposing body,  storytelling,  gunshot,  driving,  mother,  bedroom,  dead body,  vomiting,  car,  corpse,  crying,  train,  pistol,  tattoo,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  flashback

On The Road (2012) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

On The Road (2012)

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  friendship
Characters:writer,  friend
Period:1950s
Story:reference to superman,  listening to a radio,  inspiration,  hugging,  glasses,  on the road,  driving,  gay slur,  car,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  three word title,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  gun,  flashback

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:camping,  memory,  funeral
Locations:campfire
Characters:friend
Story:grocery store,  train tracks,  razor blade,  scar,  on the road,  storytelling,  fishing,  driving,  dead body,  computer,  dream,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  knife,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog,  flashback,  gun,  blood

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My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Drama

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own background. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  memory,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:campfire
Characters:boy,  friend,  teenager
Story:mother,  title based on song,  older brother,  pacific northwest,  oregon,  overweight,  fainting,  on the road,  storytelling,  best friend,  nonlinear timeline,  bedroom,  gay slur,  teenage boy,  small town,  car,  dream,  song,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  cult film,  knife,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  gun,  dog,  flashback

Hearts In Atlantis (2001)
Drama, Mystery

Hearts In Atlantis (2001)

This is a gentle, innocent film about the reflections of an aging man, who returns to his home town after the death of his best friend. Memories of life at age 11 floods back as it was a magical time that changed his life. Three 11 year old children (Bobby, Carol, and Sully) share their lives. Carol and Bobby have a special affection for one another including sharing a kiss "by which all others will be measured". Bobby lives with his mother, a bitter, vain woman who looks for pleasures for herself without sharing much with her son. Into their lives comes a mysterious new boarder, who befriends the boy but generates distrust from the mother. As time passes, the man and boy share confidences and special powers are revealed. The man warns the boy to be on the lookout for the "lowmen", who were seeking him. The two share a summer's adventures and come to love one another before the inevitable happens. A confrontation with a school bully also changes everyone. This is why Hearts In Atlantis (2001) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986). (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  memory,  funeral,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:bully,  boy,  friend
Story:childhood memory,  childhood friend,  based on the works of stephen king,  based on novella,  nostalgia,  baseball bat,  storytelling,  mother,  small town,  coming of age,  death,  flashback

Out Of The Furnace (2013) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  betrayal
Locations:woods
Story:dead boy,  younger brother,  listening to a radio,  deer,  eyeglasses,  death of brother,  no opening credits,  bridge,  gay slur,  dead body,  vomiting,  small town,  corpse,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  death

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

Never Let Me Go (2010)

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

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

Horns (2013)
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:childhood,  friendship
Locations:woods
Characters:friend,  teenager
Story:childhood friend,  bare chested boy,  treehouse,  playing pool,  outcast,  friendship between boys,  group of friends,  scar,  gunshot,  best friend,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  gay slur,  teenage boy,  dead body,  small town,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  blood,  flashback,  death

The Kings Of Summer (2013)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Kings Of Summer (2013)

Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank's attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, and a strange kid named Biaggio. He announces that they are going to build a house there, free from responsibility and parents. Once their makeshift abode is finished, the three young men find themselves masters of their own destiny, alone in the woods. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:campfire,  woods
Characters:boy,  friend
Period:summer
Story:boy with glasses,  argument between friends,  summertime,  underage smoking,  friendship between boys,  jumping from height,  best friend,  teenage boy,  coming of age,  father son relationship,  bare chested male

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Rumble Fish (1983) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986)
Drama

Rumble Fish (1983)

Rusty James is the leader of a small, dying gang in an industrial town. He lives in the shadow of the memory of his absent, older brother -- The Motorcycle Boy. His mother has left, his father drinks, school has no meaning for him and his relationships are shallow. He is drawn into one more gang fight and the events that follow begin to change his life. This is why Rumble Fish (1983) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986). (Read More)

Themes:memory,  friendship
Characters:boy,  teenager
Story:older brother,  loss of friend,  juvenile delinquency,  pool hall,  wet clothes,  loss of brother,  switchblade,  group of friends,  death of brother,  gunshot,  best friend,  mother,  bridge,  teenage boy,  dead body,  dream,  train,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog,  blood

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Drama, Romance

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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

Themes:camping,  memory,  friendship
Locations:campfire,  woods
Characters:bully,  boy
Period:summer
Story:childhood memory,  water canteen,  grocery store,  fishing rod,  gmc truck,  sleeping outside,  clothes line,  child swearing,  pie,  playing pool,  fishing,  small town,  song,  crying,  train,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  flashback,  gun,  dog

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  friendship
Characters:bully,  writer,  friend,  teenager
Story:innocence lost,  dead boy,  loss of friend,  juvenile delinquency,  pool hall,  hamburger,  death of friend,  jumping from height,  group of friends,  dream,  scar,  storytelling,  best friend,  mother,  teenage boy,  vomiting,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  death,  blood

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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,  redemption,  memory,  betrayal
Locations:woods
Characters:bully,  boy
Story:childhood memory,  dead boy,  walking,  moral dilemma,  group of friends,  hugging,  scar,  baseball bat,  corpse,  crying,  train,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  death,  bare chested male,  blood,  dog,  flashback

Fish Tank (2009) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

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

Themes:friendship
Characters:teenager
Story:climbing a fence,  guard dog,  clothes line,  trespassing,  fence,  junkyard,  hugging,  driving,  child abuse,  mother,  bedroom,  teenage boy,  car,  crying,  train,  coming of age,  tattoo,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog

Tideland (2005)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tideland (2005)

Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. This is why Tideland (2005) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986). (Read More)

Themes:insanity
Characters:boy
Story:train tracks,  decomposing body,  pre teen,  pie,  listening to a radio,  innocence,  fainting,  scar,  storytelling,  dead body,  vomiting,  corpse,  dream,  song,  train,  cult film,  knife,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  family relationships,  blood,  flashback,  death

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The Proposition (2005)
Crime, Drama, Western

The Proposition (2005)

Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the three Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains on the loose and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanley's proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and - more importantly - save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:campfire
Story:dead boy,  younger brother,  death of friend,  fainting,  loyalty,  death of brother,  storytelling,  teenage boy,  dead body,  vomiting,  small town,  corpse,  dream,  song,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  family relationships,  dog,  blood,  death

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

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

Themes:childhood,  redemption,  friendship
Characters:bully,  boy,  friend
Story:train tracks,  trespassing,  digging,  friendship between boys,  moral dilemma,  innocence,  male bonding,  hugging,  newspaper headline,  fishing,  child abuse,  crying,  train,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  knife,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  blood

The Good Girl (2002) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

The plot revolves around a young married woman whose mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she strikes up a passionate and illicit affair with an oddball discount-store stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield.

Themes:friendship
Characters:writer,  boy,  friend
Story:aspiring writer,  store,  gunshot,  driving,  vomiting,  small town,  car,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  three word title,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  gun,  dog,  flashback,  death

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The Kite Runner (2007)
Drama

The Kite Runner (2007)

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kiting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kiting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians invade Afghanistan and Baba and Amir escape to Pakistan. In 1988, they have a simple life in Fremont, California, when Amir graduates in a public college for the pride and joy of Baba. Later Amir meets his countrywoman Soraya and they get married. In 2000, after the death of Baba, Amir is a famous novelist and receives a phone call from the terminal Rahim Khan, who discloses secrets about his family, forcing Amir to return to Peshawar, in Pakistan, in a journey of redemption. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  writing,  childhood,  redemption,  memory,  funeral,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:writer,  bully,  boy,  friend
Story:aspiring writer,  typing,  listening to a radio,  friendship between boys,  storytelling,  author,  child abuse,  mother,  song,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  three word title,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  dog,  blood,  death,  flashback

Power Rangers (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Power Rangers (2017)

High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vegenance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world. This is why Power Rangers (2017) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  insanity,  redemption,  funeral,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:campfire,  woods
Characters:bully,  teenager
Story:canteen,  trespassing,  outcast,  heroism,  swamp,  jumping from height,  group of friends,  scar,  no opening credits,  teenage boy,  small town,  corpse,  train,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  pistol,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death

Mean Creek (2004)
Crime, Drama

Mean Creek (2004)

When Sam Merrick is beaten up by local bully George Tooney, Sam's older brother Rocky and his friends Clyde and Marty plan to pretend it's Sam's birthday to "invite" George on a boat trip in which they would dare him to strip naked, jump in the lake, and run home naked. But when Sam, his girlfriend Millie, Rocky, and Clyde see George as not much of a bad guy, they want to call off the plan, but Marty refuses. Will the plan go ahead as planned? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:woods
Characters:bully,  friend,  teenager
Story:older brother,  oregon,  underage smoking,  deer,  baseball bat,  gay slur,  teenage boy,  vomiting,  small town,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  knife,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  death,  gun,  blood

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We Are Your Friends (2015) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986)
Drama, Music, Romance

We Are Your Friends (2015)

Cole is an aspiring DJ who spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James, who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James' much younger girlfriend, Sophie. With Cole's forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  funeral,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:title appears in song,  title based on song,  loss of friend,  moral dilemma,  death of friend,  group of friends,  loyalty,  baseball bat,  best friend,  no opening credits,  vomiting,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:betrayal,  friendship
Characters:friend,  teenager
Story:child swearing,  store,  switchblade,  death of friend,  no opening credits,  gay slur,  vomiting,  car,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  pistol,  cult film,  three word title,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  death

Miss Potter (2006)
Biography, Drama

Miss Potter (2006)

In 1902, in London, the spinster Beatrix Potter lives with her bourgeois parents. Her snobbish mother, Helen Potter, had introduced several bachelors to Beatrix until she was twenty years old, but she had turned them all down. Beatrix Potter has been drawing animals and making up stories about them since she was a child, but her parents have never recognized her as an artist. One day, Miss Potter offers her stories to a print house, and a rookie publisher, Norman Warne, who is delighted with her tales, publishes her first children's book. This success leads Norman to publish two other books, and Miss Potter meanwhile becomes the best friend of his single sister Millie Warne. Soon Beatrix and Norman fall in love with each other, but Helen does not accept that her daughter would marry a "trader". However, Beatrix's father Rupert Potter proposes that his daughter spend the summer with his wife and him in their country house in Lake District, and if she is still interested in Norman after the summertime, he would bless their marriage. When Miss Potter stops receiving letters from Norman, she is disappointed. Then one day she receives a letter from Millie explaining what had happened to Norman. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  childhood,  grief,  friendship
Characters:writer,  boy,  friend
Period:summer
Story:childhood memory,  summertime,  bereavement,  hugging,  death of brother,  storytelling,  author,  mother,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death

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The Beach (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. This is why The Beach (2000) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986). (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  funeral,  betrayal
Locations:campfire
Story:talking to self,  death of friend,  jumping from height,  fishing,  dead body,  vomiting,  computer,  corpse,  train,  voice over narration,  pistol,  knife,  tattoo,  bare chested male,  flashback,  blood,  death,  gun

Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.

Themes:memory,  friendship
Characters:boy,  friend,  teenager
Story:water canteen,  imitating the firing of a gun,  male tears,  comb,  leech,  dead child,  innocence,  mother,  teenage boy,  dead body,  corpse,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  three word title,  singing,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death,  blood

The Outsiders (1983)
Crime, Drama

The Outsiders (1983)

The movie details a town split between the wealthy South Zone gang called 'The Socials' and the poor North Zone gang called 'The Greasers'. Dallas Winston, Ponyboy Curtis and Johnny Cade from 'The Greasers' befriend the rich Cherry Valance and Marcia at a drive-in. Later that night, a group of 'The Socs' chase and beat up Johnny and attempt to drown Ponyboy in a fountain. However, Johnny stabs one Soc and kills him, saving Ponyboy. The desperate boys seek Dallas who finds a hideout for them in a nearby town. One week later, Johnny and Ponyboy decide to return to their hometown, with Dallas, to claim the murder as self-defense. But on their way back, they see the church on fire and Ponyboy and Johnny help the children trapped in the church and become heroes. However Johnny is badly wounded and confined to the hospital. Meanwhile The Socs and The Greasers prepare to fight. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  friendship
Characters:boy,  friend,  teenager
Story:dead boy,  loss of friend,  juvenile delinquency,  underage smoking,  store,  playing cards,  heroism,  switchblade,  death of friend,  male bonding,  group of friends,  loyalty,  convertible,  scar,  best friend,  teenage boy,  vomiting,  small town,  car,  dream,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  cult film,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  blood,  gun

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American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama

American History X (1998)

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for brutally killing two black men who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:bully,  friend,  teenager
Story:younger brother,  grocery store,  boy smoking a cigarette,  juvenile delinquency,  store,  loss of brother,  death of brother,  gunshot,  bedroom,  teenage boy,  computer,  car,  crying,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cult film,  three word title,  tattoo,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  gun,  blood,  death

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
Drama

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

Jim Stark is the new kid in town. He has been in trouble elsewhere; that's why his family has had to move before. Here he hopes to find the love he doesn't get from his middle-class family. Though he finds some of this in his relation with Judy, and a form of it in both Plato's adulation and Ray's real concern for him, Jim must still prove himself to his peers in switchblade knife fights and "chickie" games in which cars race toward a seaside cliff. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:friend,  teenager
Period:1950s
Story:listening to a car radio,  dead boy,  coming of age film,  comb,  juvenile delinquency,  switchblade,  death of friend,  convertible,  best friend,  driving,  teenage boy,  car,  crying,  coming of age,  cult film,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  gun

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. This is why The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:boy,  friend
Story:innocence lost,  mother,  bare chested boy,  guard dog,  digging,  fence,  friendship between boys,  song,  crying,  train,  singing,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog

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Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

In 1939, Robbie Turner is a private in the British Army, he and his battalion who are heading to France to fight in the war. A stint in the army is not where his life was headed, which took a radical turn four years earlier at the Tallis estate where he grew up as his mother worked as the Tallis' live-in housekeeper. As such, he grew up with the three Tallis children: son Leon, and daughters Cecilia and Briony. Robbie and Cecilia were just getting to the stage of their lives of being able to confess their true love for each other. But then thirteen year old aspiring writer Briony also had a crush on the older Robbie. Based on two incidents she saw between Cecilia and Robbie (one only from afar), on reading a private letter Robbie wrote to Cecilia and on her own feelings for Robbie, Briony told some truths and half-truths about Robbie which resulted in this turn in his life. Robbie is able to reconnect with Cecilia before he is shipped off to France, and lives only to be able to head back to London to be with Cecilia and make up for the missing four years they could not spend together due to Briony's actions. A year later, Briony, now eighteen, also arrives in London to start working as a nurse to support the war effort. By this time, she is aware of the damage her thirteen year old self caused, and wants to atone for that error to both Cecilia from who she has been estranged, and Robbie who she has not seen since. She will make this atonement even if neither Robbie or Cecilia will ever speak to her, or if it takes the rest of her life. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  redemption,  memory,  betrayal
Characters:writer
Story:aspiring writer,  innocence lost,  train tracks,  story within the story,  twin,  author,  child abuse,  nonlinear timeline,  mother,  dead body,  dream,  song,  crying,  train,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  dog

Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  funeral,  friendship
Characters:boy,  friend
Story:grocery store,  telling someone to shut up,  loss of brother,  death of friend,  male bonding,  death of brother,  nonlinear timeline,  song,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  dog,  flashback,  death

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,  grief,  friendship
Locations:woods
Characters:bully,  boy,  friend,  teenager
Period:summer
Story:childhood friend,  loss of friend,  foot race,  deer,  death of friend,  storytelling,  best friend,  bridge,  teenage boy,  coming of age,  three word title,  singing,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog

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21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  grief,  redemption,  betrayal
Characters:boy
Story:playing pool,  store,  scar,  gunshot,  nonlinear timeline,  teenage boy,  vomiting,  computer,  corpse,  crying,  voice over narration,  pistol,  knife,  tattoo,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  flashback,  blood,  death

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Drama

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Evelyn Couch is having trouble in her marriage, and no one seems to take her seriously. While in a nursing home visiting relatives, she meets Ninny Threadgoode, an outgoing old woman, who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a young woman in 1920's Alabama. Through Idgie's inspiring life, Evelyn learns to be more assertive and builds a lasting friendship of her own with Ninny. This is why Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  friendship
Locations:campfire
Story:killed by a train,  train tracks,  railroad track,  treehouse,  nostalgia,  death of brother,  storytelling,  small town,  train,  cult film,  three word title,  flashback

Secondhand Lions (2003)
Comedy, Drama, Family

Secondhand Lions (2003)

A boy named Walter is dropped by his mother Mae at his great-uncles' house. Later,Walter will find out his great-uncles' big secret. And rumors say that Hub & Garth, Walter's great uncles, have stolen much gold & money. (some say they stole it from Al Capone) Did they really steal that money or not?

Themes:courage
Characters:boy
Story:mother,  switchblade,  eyeglasses,  convertible,  storytelling,  fishing,  no opening credits,  child abuse,  bridge,  teenage boy,  car,  brother brother relationship,  pistol,  cult film,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  family relationships,  flashback,  gun,  dog

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Paranoid Park (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Paranoid Park (2007)

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

Themes:writing,  memory
Characters:boy,  teenager
Story:railroad track,  newspaper headline,  driving,  nonlinear timeline,  bridge,  teenage boy,  vomiting,  corpse,  train,  brother brother relationship,  tattoo,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  flashback

Dreamcatcher (2003) is one of the best movies like Stand By Me (1986)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Dreamcatcher (2003)

Four childhood friends, Jonesy, Beaver, Pete and Henry all share a special secret. Each year, they take a trip into Maine woods. This year is different. A blizzard occurs, and they recover a man found wandering around. Unbeknownst to them,this wandering individual isn't the only being to be found. Now they must act fast to stop the outbreak developing and to prevent the world from its doom (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  memory,  friendship
Locations:woods,  campfire
Characters:bully,  boy,  friend
Story:reference to mighty mouse,  based on the works of stephen king,  toothpick,  heroism,  deer,  death of friend,  group of friends,  nonlinear timeline,  computer,  car,  corpse,  song,  train,  pistol,  singing,  bare chested male,  dog,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  death

Rescue Dawn (2006)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, War

Rescue Dawn (2006)

In 1965, while bombing Laos in a classified mission, the propeller plane of the German-American US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler is hit and crashes in the jungle. Dieter is arrested by the peasants, tortured by the Vietcong and sent to a prisoner camp, where he meets five other mentally deranged prisoners and guards. He becomes close to Duane and organizes an escape plan; however, the unstable Gene opposes to Dieter's plan. When they discover that there is no more food due to the constant American bombings in the area and their guards intend to kill them, Dieter sets his plan in motion. However, an unexpected betrayal splits the group and Dieter and Duane find that the jungle is their actual prison. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  friendship
Characters:boy,  friend
Story:loss of friend,  leech,  digging,  imperative in title,  death of friend,  male bonding,  hugging,  storytelling,  gunshot,  fishing,  bridge,  vomiting,  crying,  singing,  death,  gun,  dog

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