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The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
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The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

Hazel and Augustus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they meet and… fall in love at a cancer support group. (Read More)

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writer teenage boy teenage girl doctor teenager 
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The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005)
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The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005)

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

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Themes:
funeral friendship death 
Locations:
church hospital 
Characters:
teenage girl teenager 
Story:
based on young adult novel based on novel loss of virginity terminal illness book letter cigarette smoking 

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Nocturnal Animals (2016)
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Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man wh…ose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer death 
Locations:
restaurant 
Characters:
writer teenage girl teenager 
Story:
based on novel novel text messaging novelist terminal illness f word book cell phone cigarette smoking 

The Bucket List (2007)
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The Bucket List (2007)

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. I…n the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer funeral death friendship 
Locations:
airplane restaurant hospital 
Characters:
doctor 
Story:
mobile phone terminal illness champagne no opening credits letter cell phone cigarette smoking 

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
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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 intr…overt freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Themes:
cancer friendship 
Locations:
church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
writer teenage boy teenage girl doctor teenager 
Story:
based on young adult novel based on novel mobile phone f word book letter kiss 

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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. The narrator it is extraordinarily accurate,… and Harold recognizes the voice as an esteemed author he saw on TV. But when the narration reveals that he is going to die, Harold must find the author of the story, and ultimately his life, to convince her to change the ending of the story before it is too late. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love death 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
writer doctor 
Story:
recluse novel novelist no opening credits book cell phone cigarette smoking kiss 

Solace (2015)
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Solace (2015)

A psychic doctor, John Clancy (Sir Anthony Hopkins), works with an F.B.I. Special Agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell). After having lived in isolation for two years, since the death of his daughter, Clancy is asked by his friend Joe, an F.B.I. Speci…al Agent to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer. The problem is that Ambrose is also psychic, and far ahead of Clancy. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer funeral death friendship 
Locations:
church hospital 
Characters:
doctor 
Story:
terminal illness no opening credits f word letter cell phone 

The Constant Gardener (2005)
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The Constant Gardener (2005)

In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and una…mbitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. They could not be more wrong. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, he will risk his own life, stopping at nothing to uncover and expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer funeral death 
Locations:
airplane church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
teenage girl doctor 
Story:
based on novel e mail no opening credits letter kiss 

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In The Land Of Women (2007) is one of the best movies like The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
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In The Land Of Women (2007)

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

Themes:
cancer friendship death 
Locations:
restaurant hospital 
Characters:
writer teenage boy teenage girl 
Story:
letter cell phone cigarette smoking kiss 

50/50 (2011)
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50/50 (2011)

Adam is a 27 year old writer of radio programs and is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. With the help of his best friend, his mother, and a young therapist at the cancer center, Adam learns what and who the most important things in his life are.

Themes:
cancer funeral friendship death 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
writer doctor 
Story:
throwing eggs support group f word book cell phone kiss 

A Man Called Ove (2015)
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A Man Called Ove (2015)

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terr…aced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer funeral friendship death 
Locations:
church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
teenage boy teenage girl doctor 
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based on novel f word book letter kiss 

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Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (2011)
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Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (2011)

A visionary sheik believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary …feat that will require the involvement of Britain's leading fisheries expert who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary latches on to it as a 'good will' story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love friendship death 
Locations:
airplane church restaurant 
Story:
based on novel text messaging mobile phone f word letter cell phone cigarette smoking kiss 

The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
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The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master …cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

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falling in love friendship 
Locations:
hospital 
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teenage boy teenage girl teenager 
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based on novel text messaging loss of virginity f word cell phone cigarette smoking kiss 

A Walk To Remember (2002)
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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 th…e 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)

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Themes:
cancer friendship 
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The Ghost Writer (2010)
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The Ghost Writer (2010)

An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister. After dominating British politics for years, Lang has retired with his wife to the USA. He lives on an island, in luxurious, isolated premises complete with a security detai…l and a secretarial staff. Soon, Adam Lang gets embroiled in a major scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture UK's "special relationship" with the USA. But before this controversy has started, before even he has closed the deal with the publisher, the ghost-writer gets unmistakable signs that the turgid draft he is tasked to put into shape inexplicably constitutes highly sensitive material. (Read More)

Themes:
death 
Locations:
airplane restaurant 
Characters:
writer 
Story:
based on novel text messaging champagne no opening credits book cell phone cigarette smoking kiss 

The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
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The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

In this belated sequel to 'The Decline of the American Empire', 50-something Montreal college professor, Remy, learns that he is dying of liver cancer. He decides to make amends meet to his friends and family before he dies. He first tries to made peace with his ex-wife Louise, who asks their estran…ged son Sebastian, a successful businessman living in London, to come home. Sebastian makes the impossible happen, using his contacts and disrupting the entire Canadian system in every way possible to help his father fight his terminal illness to the bitter end, while he also tries to reunite his former friends, Pierre, Alain, Dominique, Diane, and Claude to see their old friend before he passes on. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer friendship death 
Locations:
airplane restaurant hospital 
Characters:
writer doctor 
Story:
e mail terminal illness book cell phone cigarette smoking kiss 

Youth In Revolt (2009) is one of the best movies like The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
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Youth In Revolt (2009)

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

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
restaurant 
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The Rainmaker (1997)
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The Rainmaker (1997)

Rudy Baylor is a jobless young attorney. However, he is also the only hope of an elderly couple whose insurance company will not pay for an operation that could save their son's life. In this judicial drama, Rudy learns to hate corporate America as he falls in love with a battered young married woma…n. Will he be up to the task? (Read More)

Themes:
cancer funeral friendship 
Locations:
restaurant hospital 
Characters:
doctor 
Story:
based on novel no opening credits letter cigarette smoking 

The Lovely Bones (2009)
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The Lovely Bones (2009)

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

Themes:
funeral death 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
teenage boy teenage girl doctor 
Story:
based on young adult novel based on novel no opening credits book cigarette smoking kiss 

Beginners (2010)
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Beginners (2010)

It's 2003. Thirty-eight-year-old graphic artist Oliver Fields has just lost his father Hal Fields to cancer, after Oliver's mother Georgia Fields passed away five years earlier. Oliver is naturally a sullen man due to his growing up relationships with his parents (his mother who had a unique view on… life) and watching his parents' cordial but somewhat distant relationship with each other, but is more so now because of his personal family losses. Oliver embarks on a relationship with Anna, a French actress, hoping that his re-energized relationship with Hal following Georgia's death, and Hal's new outlook on life during that time, will show Oliver how to act in a loving relationship. After Georgia's death, Hal came out of the closet and began to live with a joie de vivre that did not exist before, which included an open relationship with a much younger man named Andy. Oliver's relationship with Anna has other obstacles, including Anna's own vagabond lifestyle and Oliver needing to take care of who was originally Hal's very needy Jack Russell terrier, Arthur. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer death friendship 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
doctor 
Story:
oxygen tank terminal illness no opening credits f word book cell phone cigarette smoking kiss 

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The Human Stain (2003) is one of the best movies like The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
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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:
cancer funeral death friendship 
Locations:
church restaurant hospital 
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writer doctor 
Story:
based on novel novelist cigarette smoking kiss 

The Outsiders (1983)
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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)

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teen movie 
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friendship death 
Locations:
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The Last Song (2010)
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The Last Song (2010)

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

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Themes:
falling in love cancer funeral 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
teenage girl teenager 
Story:
based on novel kiss 

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Orange County (2002)
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Orange County (2002)

Shaun Brumder is a local surfer kid from Orange County who dreams of going to Stanford to become a writer and to get away from his disfunctional family household. Except Shaun runs into one complication after another starting when his application is rejected after his dim-witted guidance counselor s…ends the wrong application. So, Shaun goes to great lengths with a little help from his girlfriend Ashley and his drugged-out loser brother Lance to get into Stanford any way they see fit. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Themes:
death 
Characters:
writer teenage boy teenage girl 
Story:
novelist book letter kiss 

The Invention Of Lying (2009) is one of the best movies like The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
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The Invention Of Lying (2009)

It's a world where everyone tells the truth - and just about anything they're thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He's short and chunky with a flat nose - a genetic setup that means he won't get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the mome…nt he blurts out a fib, with eye-popping results. Then, when his mother's on her deathbed, frightened of the eternal void awaiting her, Mark invents fiction. The hospital staff overhear his description of Heaven, believe every word, and tell others. Soon Mark is a prophet, his first inventive screenplay makes him rich, and he's basically a good guy. But will that be enough for Anna? (Read More)

Themes:
cancer friendship death 
Locations:
church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
writer doctor 
Story:
e mail mobile phone champagne cell phone kiss 

If I Stay (2014)
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If I Stay (2014)

Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the… balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. (Read More)

Themes:
death 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
teenage girl doctor teenager 
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based on young adult novel indianapolis indiana no opening credits 

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Cloud Atlas (2012)
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Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apoc…alyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

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cancer death friendship 
Locations:
airplane restaurant 
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writer doctor 
Story:
based on novel no opening credits f word book letter cell phone cigarette smoking kiss 

Gods And Monsters (1998)
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Gods And Monsters (1998)

The story of 'James Whale (I)' (qv), the Director of _Frankenstein (1931)_ (qv) and _Bride of Frankenstein (1935)_ (qv), in the time period following the Korean War. Whale was homosexual, and develops a friendship with his gardener, an ex-Marine.

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friendship death 
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hospital 
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teenage boy doctor 
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blind man recluse based on novel cigarette smoking 

The Sessions (2012) is one of the best movies like The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
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The Sessions (2012)

At the age of 38, Mark O'Brien, a man who uses an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and his priest, he contacts Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate and a typical soccer mom with a house, a mortgage and a husband. Inspired by a true st…ory, The Sessions, follows the fascinating relationship which evolves between Cheryl and Mark as she takes him on his journey to manhood. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love funeral friendship 
Locations:
church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
writer teenage boy 
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loss of virginity f word book cigarette smoking kiss 

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Muriel's Wedding (1994)
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Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, an…d turns her world upside down. (Read More)

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cancer funeral friendship death 
Locations:
church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
doctor 
Story:
loss of virginity champagne f word cigarette smoking kiss 

Beautiful Creatures (2013)
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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Teenager Ethan Wate is obsessed with his urge to finish high school and go on to college in order to leave the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina behind, until a mysterious girl begins to inhabit his dreams. When he meets Lena Duchannes, a newcomer who has just enrolled in his school, Ethan knows …she is the girl in his dreams. Lena is rejected by the rest of her classmates for being the niece of Macon Ravenwood, whom the town's superstitious residents consider to be a devil-worshiper. But Ethan gives her a ride anyway and they fall in love. Lena reveals to her new boyfriend that she is a witch, and that on her sixteenth birthday she will be claimed by either the forces of light or of darkness. She will remain in the light, but only if she does not remain in love with Ethan. To make matters worse, her evil mother, Sarafine, is casting spells to push Lena to the dark side. Ethan joins her in a search to find a magic spell to save their doomed love. Will the lovers succeed? (Read More)

Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
teenage boy teenager 
Story:
based on young adult novel recluse based on novel no opening credits book cell phone kiss 

My Left Foot (1989)
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My Left Foot (1989)

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

Themes:
death 
Locations:
restaurant hospital 
Characters:
writer teenage boy teenage girl doctor 
Story:
based on novel champagne book cigarette smoking 

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The Hours (2002) is one of the best movies like The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
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The Hours (2002)

In 1951, Laura Brown, a pregnant housewife, is planning a party for her husband, but she can't stop reading the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'. Clarissa Vaughn, a modern woman living in present times is throwing a party for her friend Richard, a famous author dying of AIDS. These two stories are simultaneous…ly linked to the work and life of Virginia Woolf, who's writing the novel mentioned before. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer friendship 
Characters:
writer doctor 
Story:
based on novel novel letter cigarette smoking kiss 

In Her Shoes (2005)
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In Her Shoes (2005)

Two sisters, plus a dead mother, a remarried father, and a hostile step-mother. The sisters, each in her way, have perfected the art of losing. The elder, Rose, is an attorney, responsible, lonely, with a closet full of shoes. The younger is Maggie, beautiful, selfish, and irresponsible. Her drunken… behavior gets her tossed by her step-mother from her dad's house; worse behavior gets her tossed from Rose's apartment. Then, while searching in her father's desk for money to filch, Maggie finds an address; the past and the future open up to her and, with any luck, may open to her sister as well. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer friendship death 
Locations:
restaurant 
Characters:
doctor 
Story:
blind man based on novel book letter cell phone cigarette smoking kiss 

Giant (1956)
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Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds acro…ss two generations. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love funeral death friendship 
Locations:
airplane restaurant hospital 
Characters:
teenage boy teenage girl doctor 
Story:
based on novel book letter cigarette smoking kiss 

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Before Midnight (2013)
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Before Midnight (2013)

It has been nine years since we last met Jesse and Celine, the French-American couple who once met on a train in Vienna. They now live in Paris with twin daughters, but have spent a summer in Greece on the invitation of an author colleague of Jesse's. When the vacation is over and Jesse must send hi…s teenage son off to the States, he begins to question his life decisions, and his relationship with Celine is at risk. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love funeral friendship death 
Characters:
writer teenage boy 
Story:
texting e mail f word cell phone kiss 

Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tra…cks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Locations:
airplane church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
teenage boy doctor teenager 
Story:
blind man loss of virginity champagne f word letter cigarette smoking 

Just Friends (2005)
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Just Friends (2005)

Chris Brander has always been friends with Jamie Palamino, but now decides it is time to take his relationship to the next step. The problem is that Jamie still wants to be 'Just Friends'. When he runs away and moves to L.A., he becomes an attractive music manager, whom everyone wants. When his jet …catches fire and is forced to land, when flying to Paris with his newest singing sensation, Samantha James, he ends up back home. To his surprise, he encounters Jamie again, and sets out to be more than 'Just Friends' this time. (Read More)

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Themes:
falling in love friendship 
Locations:
airplane church 
Characters:
teenage boy 
Story:
champagne cell phone kiss 

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The Kite Runner (2007)
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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:
funeral death friendship 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
writer 
Story:
one legged based on novel novelist mobile phone book letter cigarette smoking kiss 

Rumor Has It... (2005)
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Rumor Has It... (2005)

Hunky NY lawyer Jeff Daly finally got engaged to fickle Sarah Huttinger, who presents him to her Pasadena family, who all soon take to him, for her sister's wedding to Scott. But Jeff's clever counting makes Sarah realize her dad Earl isn't her biological father. Once movie clues from family indicat…e as suspect successful author Beau Burroughs, she insists on meeting him. Only like her mother and grandmother, she has a one night-stand with Beau, which may well cost her Jeff. (Read More)

Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
airplane church restaurant 
Characters:
writer 
Story:
mobile phone book cell phone cigarette smoking kiss 

Atonement (2007) is one of the best movies like The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
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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' li…ve-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… (Read More)

Themes:
death 
Locations:
airplane church restaurant hospital 
Characters:
writer teenage girl doctor 
Story:
based on novel loss of virginity letter cigarette smoking kiss 

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The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988)
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The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988)

Tomas is a doctor and a lady-killer in 1960s Czechoslovakia, an apolitical man who is struck with love for the bookish country girl Tereza; his more sophisticated sometime lover Sabina eventually accepts their relationship and the two women form an electric friendship. The three are caught up in the… events of the Prague Spring (1968), until the Soviet tanks crush the non-violent rebels; their illusions are shattered and their lives change forever. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer friendship death 
Locations:
restaurant hospital 
Characters:
writer doctor 
Story:
based on novel champagne letter cigarette smoking 

Body Of Lies (2008)
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Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all ov…er Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love death friendship 
Locations:
restaurant hospital 
Characters:
doctor 
Story:
amsterdam netherlands based on novel e mail no opening credits f word cell phone cigarette smoking 

About Time (2013)
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About Time (2013)

At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time... The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change w…hat happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he's never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart. Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can't save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous too. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer funeral friendship 
Locations:
restaurant hospital 
Story:
loss of virginity terminal illness no opening credits f word cell phone kiss 

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Up In The Air (2009) is one of the best movies like The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
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Up In The Air (2009)

Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

Locations:
airplane church 
Story:
based on novel text messaging champagne f word cell phone kiss 

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)
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Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

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

Subgenre:
teen movie 
Themes:
cancer friendship death 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
teenage boy teenage girl 
Story:
based on novel e mail terminal illness letter 

August: Osage County (2013)
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August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her …separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer funeral death 
Locations:
church 
Characters:
teenage girl doctor 
Story:
terminal illness f word book cigarette smoking kiss 

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In A Better World (2010)
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In A Better World (2010)

Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who… have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian's mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer funeral death friendship 
Locations:
church hospital 
Characters:
doctor 
Story:
text messaging f word cell phone kiss 

Choke (2008) is one of the best movies like The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
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Choke (2008)

Sex addict and colonial theme park worker, Victor Mancini, has devised a complicated scam to pay for his mom's hospital bills while she suffers from an Alzheimer's disease that hides the truth about his childhood. He pretends to choke on food in a restaurant and the person who "saves" him will feel …responsible for Victor for the rest of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:
falling in love friendship death 
Locations:
airplane restaurant hospital 
Characters:
writer doctor 
Story:
blind man cell phone 

Love, Rosie (2014)
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Love, Rosie (2014)

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

Themes:
funeral friendship 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
teenage boy teenage girl 
Story:
based on novel loss of virginity letter cell phone kiss 

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