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The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Family, Romance

The Princess Diaries (2001)

Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager - sweet, a little geeky and pretty much invisible to everyone with the exception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly's older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn't come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia's life is thrown into complete overload. She's being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both the newspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia's Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to become the princess and heir to the throne her father and grandmother want her to be. (Read More)

Themes:dating, dance, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:school, beach
Characters:mayor, bully, writer, musician, teacher, singer, teenager
Story:princess, school choir, gym teacher, school principal, choir practice, teenage crush, pizza delivery, high school teacher, limousine driver, school teacher, locker room, television writer, rock musician, camera shot of feet, security camera, dance lesson, female teacher, preparatory school, private school, school uniform

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

The School Of Rock (2003)

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

Themes:drunkenness, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, musician, singer
Story:private school, school principal, school teacher, rock musician, guitar, preparatory school, keyboard, class, rock band, classroom, rock music, best friend

Clueless (1995)
Comedy, Romance

Clueless (1995)

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

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:gym teacher, makeover, school teacher, camera shot of feet, popular girl, friendship between girls, popularity, locker, teen romance, teen movie, debate, high school, teen angst, reference to william shakespeare, classroom, female protagonist, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl, based on novel

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

Almost Famous (2000)

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

Themes:dance, drunkenness, friendship
Characters:musician, teacher, singer, teenager
Story:teenage crush, rock musician, kiss on the lips, teen movie, high school, loss of father, san francisco california, microphone, rock band, journalist, alcohol, guitar, rock music, death of father, camera, teenage boy, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:dating, dance, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, bully, writer, singer, teenager
Story:high school, school principal, teenage crush, principal's office, giving a toast, kiss on the lips, harmonica, teenage love, teen movie, first kiss, crush, first love, reference to william shakespeare, class, date, unrequited love, classroom, best friend, letter, camera

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Comedy

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

High school student Ferris Bueller wants a day off from school and he's developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. He talks his friend Cameron into taking his father's prized Ferrari and with his girlfriend Sloane head into Chicago for the day. While they are taking in what the city has to offer school principal Ed Rooney is convinced that Ferris is, not for the first time, playing hooky for the day and is hell bent to catch him out. Ferris has anticipated that, much to Rooney's chagrin. This is why Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:school principal, principal, high school, high school teacher, foot popping kiss, principal's office, popularity, teen movie, cameo, teen angst, class, classroom, best friend, painting, police officer, teenage boy, teenage girl

Easy A (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Themes:dating, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, singer, teenager
Story:high school, school principal, letter, locker room, principal's office, ice cream cone, friendship between girls, popularity, principal, teen movie, class, date, gym, microphone, woman, basketball, guitar, classroom, best friend, sunglasses

The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

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

Themes:dating, dance, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:giving a toast, first kiss, high school, class, single mother, alcohol, classroom, death of father, best friend, sunglasses, car accident, cell phone, teenage boy, voice over narration, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, based on novel, flashback

Bad Teacher (2011) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy

Bad Teacher (2011)

When her wealthy fiance breaks it off, gold digger Elizabeth Halsey returns to middle school: she's an awful teacher but wants to save for breast-implant surgery. She brightens when Scott, a new teacher, turns out to be rich, and she stops showing films and sleeping in class when told there's a bonus for the teacher whose class scores highest on the state exam. Her competition for Scott and the bonus is cheery and tightly wound Amy. Amy digs for dirt on Elizabeth who cheats her way toward Scott's bed and the money. Honesty with students seems to be her only skill. She ignores Russell, a droll gym teacher, who looks on. Will she succeed with Scott and get those new breasts? (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:gym teacher, school principal, school teacher, female teacher, bechdel test passed, high school, class, speech, gym, coffee, unrequited love, woman, basketball, police car, guitar, classroom, sunglasses, car accident, female protagonist, cell phone

The Breakfast Club (1985)
Comedy, Drama

The Breakfast Club (1985)

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

Themes:dance
Locations:school
Characters:bully, teacher, teenager
Story:high school teacher, high school, princess, popular girl, popularity, principal, makeover, locker, geek, teen movie, teen angst, class, basketball, teenage boy, teenage girl

A Walk To Remember (2002)
Drama, Romance

A Walk To Remember (2002)

In North Carolina especially in Beaufort a prank on a guy goes wrong and puts the student in the clinic. Carter, a famous student with no plans for the future, is held responsible and forced to join in after-school community service activities as consequence, which include starring as the lead in the play. And participating in these activities is Jamie Sullivan, the reverend's daughter who has great ambitions and nothing in common with Landon. When Landon decides he wants to take his activities seriously, he asks Jamie for help and begins to spend most of his time with her. But he starts to like her, that he did not expect to do. They relationship, much to the chagrin of Landon's old popular friends and Jamie's strict reverend father. But when a heart-breaking secret becomes known that puts their relationship to the test, it is then that Landon and Jamie realize the true meaning of love and fate. This is why A Walk To Remember (2002) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001). (Read More)

Themes:dating, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully, teenager
Story:high school teacher, dance lesson, teenage love, teen romance, choir, teen movie, first kiss, first love, high school, teen angst, date, basketball, single mother, police car, best friend, car accident, police officer, teenage boy, voice over narration, teenage girl

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Comedy

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

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

Themes:dance, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully, singer, teenager
Story:locker room, popular girl, geek, teen movie, high school, class, microphone, basketball, classroom, camera, cell phone, teenage boy

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

Rushmore (1998)

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

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

She's The Man (2006)
Comedy, Romance, Sport

She's The Man (2006)

Here's the thing! Viola's soccer team at Cornwall gets cut. She wants to join the boys team, but they do not allow girls. So she thinks "If you can't join them, beat them". So she does! She disguises herself as her twin brother Sebastian, and goes out for the rival school, Illyria, boys' soccer team and makes it. Unfortunately, she didn't plan falling in love with her roommate Duke. But Duke has his eyes on Olivia. What makes matters worse is that Olivia starts to fall for Sebastian because he/she has a sensitive side. If things couldn't get more problematic, the real Sebastian (who was in London working on his music) comes home early. He arrives on campus and has no clue that he was replaced by his twin sister. (Read More)

Themes:dating, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:soccer, locker room, behavior modification, makeover, teen romance, geek, teen movie, girl with glasses, crush, high school, reference to william shakespeare, female protagonist, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship

La Vie D'adele (2013)
Drama, Romance

La Vie D'adele (2013)

Adele is a high school student who is beginning to explore herself as a woman. She dates men but finds no satisfaction with them sexually, and is rejected by a female friend who she does desire. She dreams of something more. She meets Emma who is a free spirited girl whom Adele's friends reject due to her sexuality, and by association most begin to reject Adele. Her relationship with Emma grows into more than just friends as she is the only person with whom she can express herself openly. Together, Adele and Emma explore social acceptance, sexuality, and the emotional spectrum of their maturing relationship. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:teenage crush, school teacher, female teacher, teenage love, first love, high school, class, date, unrequited love, woman, classroom, painting, female protagonist, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship

Kindergarten Cop (1990)
Comedy

Kindergarten Cop (1990)

John Kimble is a tough city cop who's been on the trail of drug dealer Cullen Crisp for years. He finally tracks Crisp down but it seems the only person that can testify against him is his ex-wife. The problem is she's disappeared and all Kimble knows is the name of the school in Oregon where her son attends. When things don't quite go to plan, Kimble finds he has to go undercover on his toughest assignment yet - Kindergarten teacher! This is why Kindergarten Cop (1990) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:school principal, school teacher, locker room, security camera, principal's office, awkwardness, press, principal, whistle, hairdresser, fish out of water, gym, single mother, classroom, sunglasses, painting, police officer, rain

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have the perfect life together living the American dream... until Emily asks for a divorce. Now Cal, Mr Husband, has to navigate the single scene with a little help from his professional bachelor friend Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Make that a lot of help... (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:teenage crush, locker room, makeover, teenage love, crush, high school, class, date, gym, umbrella, coffee, woman, classroom, sunglasses, camera, rain, cell phone, teenage boy, mother daughter relationship

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Adapted from William Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew," 10 Things I Hate About You starts off with Cameron, new student at Padua High, sitting in the office of the quirky guidance counselor Ms. Perky. He is then shown around the school by Michael, who will become his best friend. During his tour is when Cameron first sees Bianca Stratford, a beautiful sophomore with one problem: she isn't allowed to date. And neither is her "shrew" sister, Katarina, a senior who loves indie rock and feminist prose and hates conformity. But Kat and Bianca's father alters his house rule: now, Bianca can date... as long as Kat has a date, too. Now, in order for Cameron to date Bianca, he has to find someone to date Kat. So Michael helps him enlist the help of pretty-boy/jerk/model Joey Donner, tricking him into thinking that *he* will get to take Bianca out if he pays someone to take out Kat. His choice: Patrick Verona, a bad-boy with a mysterious reputation--some say he ate a live duck once, others that he lit a state trooper on fire, and even more claim that he had a brief porn career. Will Patrick win Kat's heart? Will Cameron win Bianca's? Or will everything hit the fan...? (Read More)

Themes:dating, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:date, high school teacher, teen romance, geek, teen movie, girl with glasses, high school, teen angst, reference to william shakespeare, unrequited love, soccer, guitar, classroom, female protagonist, teenage boy, teenage girl

Hairspray (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance

Hairspray (2007)

Tracy Turnblad, a teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy's mother Edna's dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do! (Read More)

Themes:dance, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, singer, teenager
Story:teenage crush, tv show, high school, queen, class, microphone, police car, classroom, best friend, police officer, female protagonist, teenage boy, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship

Mean Girls (2004)
Comedy

Mean Girls (2004)

Her parents being zoologists, homeschooled Cady Heron lived in Africa for 15 years. Attending a Chicago public high school for the first time, she starts out by befriending the "best people you will meet", Janis, a supposedly lesbian girl; and Damian, a boy "too gay to function". Cady is warned to avoid the "worst people you will ever meet", the Plastics--a clique comprised of three girls: Gretchen Wieners, a girl who's rich because her father invented toaster strudel; Karen Smith, the "dumbest girl you will ever meet"; and Regina George, the unofficial leader and the meanest one. She becomes a hit with the Plastics and eventually assimilates into the clique, only for Janis to ask her sabotage them. After conflicts involving Regina's ex-boyfriend, Aaron Samuels, Cady later becomes tied between being part of them or sabotaging them. Whilst eventually becoming one, she sabotages them. She tricks Regina into eating fattening candy bars that she claims will make her skinny, tries to break her and Samuel up, and tries to turn her fellow Plastics, Karen and Gretchen against her. Will she be caught? Will she become too Plastic and become the fourth Plastic? (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:bully, teenager
Story:high school, candy, high school teacher, female teacher, awkward girl, popular girl, principal, locker, teen movie, girl with glasses, fish out of water, teen angst, queen, classroom, female protagonist, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl

Dead Poets Society (1989) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Drama

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His roommate, Neil Perry, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their other friends, meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society, and encourages them to go against the status quo. Each does so in his own way, and is changed for life. This is why Dead Poets Society (1989) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:school teacher, preparatory school, private school, teen movie, first love, teen angst, teenage boy, teenage girl

The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Drama, Romance

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fourteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to do - and Trip Fontaine, he who could have any girl he wanted but wanting solely Lux. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, singer, teenager
Story:high school teacher, tennis court, popularity, teen movie, first love, high school, balloon, teen angst, class, diary, unrequited love, classroom, sunglasses, teenage boy, voice over narration, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, based on novel, flashback

Grease (1978)
Musical, Romance

Grease (1978)

A musical about teens in love in the 50's! It's California 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian Sandy Olsson are in love. They spend time at the beach, and when they go back to school, what neither of them knows is that they both now attend Rydell High. Danny's the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black leather jacket-wearing greasers while Sandy hangs with the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Rizzo. When they clash at Rydell's first pep rally, Danny isn't the same Danny from the beach. They try to be like each other so they can be together. (Read More)

Themes:dance, friendship
Locations:school, beach
Characters:teenager
Story:school principal, auto repair, makeover, locker, teen romance, teen movie, debate, first love, high school, teen angst, fantasy sequence, basketball, rock music, car accident, female protagonist, teenage boy, teenage girl

Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:mayor, teacher, singer
Story:cable car, trolley, whistle, debate, tv show, balloon, speech, san francisco california, umbrella, limousine, nun, camera, rain, voice over narration, flashback

Never Let Me Go (2010) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
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:friendship
Locations:school, beach
Characters:teacher
Story:school uniform, first kiss, crush, soccer, classroom, painting, teenage boy, teenage girl, based on novel, flashback

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

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess deal with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him. This is why Bridge To Terabithia (2007) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully, teacher, teenager
Story:school teacher, female teacher, greenhouse, crush, queen, fantasy sequence, police car, classroom, best friend, painting, police officer, teenage boy, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, based on novel

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Toula Portokalos is 30, Greek, and works in her family's restaurant, Dancing Zorba's, in Chicago. All her father Gus wants is for her to get married to a nice Greek boy. But Toula is looking for more in life. Her mother convinces Gus to let her take some computer classes at college (making him think it's his idea). With those classes under her belt, she then takes over her aunt's travel agency (again making her father think it's his idea). She meets Ian Miller, a high school English teacher, WASP, and dreamboat she had made a fool of herself over at the restaurant; they date secretly for a while before her family finds out. Her father is livid over her dating a non-Greek. He has to learn to accept Ian; Ian has to learn to accept Toula's huge family, and Toula has to learn to accept herself. (Read More)

Themes:dating
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:makeover, grandmother granddaughter relationship, high school, date, limousine, woman, classroom, camera, voice over narration, mother daughter relationship, flashback

American Pie (1999)
Comedy

American Pie (1999)

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

Themes:drunkenness, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully, musician, teenager
Story:locker room, choir, teen movie, first love, high school, teen angst, date, teenage boy, teenage girl, flashback

Atonement (2007) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
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:dating, drunkenness
Locations:school, beach
Characters:writer, singer
Story:teenage crush, letter, harmonica, fountain, tuxedo, crush, reference to william shakespeare, nun, woman, voice over narration, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, based on novel, flashback

Juno (2007)
Comedy, Drama

Juno (2007)

A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Will Juno's plan work, can she improvise, and what about Bleeker? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully, musician, teacher, singer, teenager
Story:needlepoint, keyboard, bechdel test passed, teen movie, high school, teen angst, class, single mother, guitar, classroom, best friend, female protagonist, teenage boy, voice over narration, teenage girl, flashback

Superbad (2007)
Comedy

Superbad (2007)

Seth and Evan are best friends, inseparable, navigating the last weeks of high school. Usually shunned by the popular kids, Seth and Evan luck into an invitation to a party, and spend a long day, with the help of their nerdy friend Fogell, trying to score enough alcohol to lubricate the party and inebriate two girls, Jules and Becca, so they can kick-start their sex lives and go off to college with a summer full of experience and new skills. Their quest is complicated by Fogell's falling in with two inept cops who both slow and assist the plan. If they do get the liquor to the party, what then? Is sex the only rite of passage at hand? This is why Superbad (2007) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001). (Read More)

Themes:dance, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:high school, alcohol, teen movie, crush, teen angst, fantasy sequence, police car, classroom, best friend, car accident, police officer, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl, flashback

Dirty Dancing (1987)
Drama, Music, Romance

Dirty Dancing (1987)

In 1963, Frances "Baby" Houseman, a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Baby has grown up in privileged surroundings and all expect her to go on to college, join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, just like her father. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle, a man whose background is vastly different from her own. Baby lies to her father to get money to pay for an illegal abortion for Johnny's dance partner. She then fills in as Johnny's dance partner and it is as he is teaching her the dance routine that they fall in love. It all comes apart when Johnny's friend falls seriously ill after her abortion and Baby gets her father, who saves the girl's life. He then learns what Baby has been up to, who with and worse - that he funded the illegal abortion. He bans his daughter from any further association with "those people". In the first deliberately willful action of her life, Baby later sneaks out to see Johnny - ostensibly to apologize for her father's rudeness - and ends up consummating her relationship with Johnny. A jealous fellow vacationer sees Baby sneaking out of Johnny's bungalow the next morning, and in an act of retribution, tells management that he is responsible for a theft the evening before, knowing he would not furnish his real whereabouts. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Characters:teenager
Story:camera shot of feet, dance lesson, teen romance, teen movie, first love, microphone, pantyhose, sunglasses, rain, female protagonist, voice over narration, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim plays in a band which aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn't recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band. When Scott falls for Ramona Flowers, he has trouble breaking up with Knives and tries to romance Ramona. As if juggling two women wasn't enough, Ramona comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona. (Read More)

Themes:dating, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:musician, singer, teenager
Story:high school, rock band, girl with glasses, tea, limousine, coffee, guitar, cell phone, voice over narration, teenage girl, flashback

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:dating, dance, drunkenness, friendship
Characters:singer
Story:security camera, cable car, cameo, queen, bodyguard, umbrella, princess, police car, alcohol, sunglasses, painting, car accident, helicopter, rain, cell phone, mother daughter relationship, flashback

Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Drama, Family

Taare Zameen Par (2007)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, bully, musician, singer
Story:school principal, school uniform, principal's office, tennis court, principal, fish out of water, high school, class, painter, basketball, classroom, painting, helicopter

Chocolat (2000)
Drama, Romance

Chocolat (2000)

When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. This is why Chocolat (2000) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:mayor, writer, musician
Story:grandmother granddaughter relationship, class, woman, single mother, guitar, classroom, letter, female protagonist, voice over narration, mother daughter relationship, based on novel, flashback

17 Again (2009) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

17 Again (2009)

At 17 Mike O'Donnell is on top of the world: he's the star of his high school basketball team, is a shoo-in for a college scholarship, and is dating his soul-mate, Scarlet. But at what's supposed to be his big game where a college scout is checking him out, Scarlet reveals that she's pregnant. Mike decides to leave the game and asks Scarlet to marry him, which she does. During their marriage, Mike can only whine about the life he lost because he married her, so she throws him out. When he also loses his job, he returns to the only place he's happy at, his old high school. While looking at his high school photo, a janitor asks him if he wishes he could be 17 again and he says yes. One night while driving he sees the janitor on a bridge ready to jump, and goes after him. When he returns to his friend Ned's house, where he has been staying, he sees that he is 17 again. He decides to take this opportunity to get the life he lost. (Read More)

Themes:dating
Locations:school
Characters:bully, teenager
Story:high school, school principal, basketball, principal, geek, teen movie, teen angst, best friend, letter, teenage boy

Mamma Mia! (2008)
Comedy, Family, Musical, Romance

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya. (Read More)

Themes:dance, drunkenness, friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:writer, musician, singer
Story:diary, sailboat, sailor, fantasy sequence, limousine, woman, single mother, guitar, letter, female protagonist, mother daughter relationship, flashback

Along Came Polly (2004)
Comedy, Romance

Along Came Polly (2004)

Reuben Feffer thinks he's found the love of his life but on his honeymoon he discovers her cheating on him with a scuba instructor. Reuben travels back home to get his life on track. On a night out with best pal, Sandy Lyle, Reuben discovers an old school friend, Polly Prince. Reuben feels a connection straight away, and tries constantly to get her to like him. But it's not going to be easy for Reuben, especially when he spends his days calculating risks, and when someone unexpected turns up. (Read More)

Themes:dating, friendship
Locations:school, beach
Characters:writer, singer
Story:dance lesson, sailboat, sculpture, high school, pizza, date, microphone, woman, basketball, best friend, camera

Thank You For Smoking (2005)
Comedy, Drama

Thank You For Smoking (2005)

The chief spokesperson and lobbyist Nick Naylor is the Vice-President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. He is talented in speaking and spins argument to defend the cigarette industry in the most difficult situations. His best friends are Polly Bailey that works in the Moderation Council in alcohol business, and Bobby Jay Bliss of the gun business own advisory group SAFETY. They frequently meet each other in a bar and they self-entitle the Mod Squad a.k.a. Merchants of Death, disputing which industry has killed more people. Nick's greatest enemy is Vermont's Senator Ortolan Finistirre, who defends in the Senate the use a skull and crossed bones in the cigarette packs. Nick's son Joey Naylor lives with his mother, and has the chance to know his father in a business trip. When the ambitious reporter Heather Holloway betrays Nick disclosing confidences he had in bed with her, his life turns upside-down. But Nick is good in what he does for the mortgage. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:reporter, alcohol, paparazzi, pizza, class, bodyguard, umbrella, microphone, limousine, coffee, classroom, car accident, rain, cell phone, teenage boy, voice over narration, based on novel

Starsky & Hutch (2004) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Crime

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Set in the 1970s in a metropolis called "Bay City," this is the tale of two police detective partners, Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson, and Dave Starsky, who always seem to get the toughest cases from their boss, Captain Dobey, rely on omniscient street informer Huggy Bear and race to the scene of the crimes in their souped-up 1974 Ford Torino hot rod, telling the story of their first big case (as a prequel to the TV show), which involved a former college campus drug dealer who went on to become a white collar criminal. This is why Starsky & Hutch (2004) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001). (Read More)

Themes:dance, drunkenness
Locations:beach
Story:locker room, security camera, cameo, tv show, bodyguard, san francisco california, limousine, coffee, woman, guitar, car accident, police officer

27 Dresses (2008)
Comedy, Romance

27 Dresses (2008)

Two things about Jane: she never says no to her friends (she's been a bridesmaid 27 times and selflessly plans friends' weddings), and she's in love with her boss, George, nurturing dreams of a lovely, romantic wedding of her own. She meets Kevin, a cynical writer who finds her attractive, and that same week her flirtatious younger sister Tess comes to town. Jane silently watches George fall for Tess, a manipulative pretender. Worse, Jane may be called upon to plan their wedding. Meanwhile, Kevin tries to get Jane's attention and has an idea that may advance his career. Can Jane uncork her feelings? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:writer
Story:yoga, crush, unrequited love, woman, journalist, reporter, alcohol, best friend, rain, female protagonist, cell phone

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

The Karate Kid (1984)

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

Themes:dance, drunkenness
Locations:school, beach
Characters:bully, teacher, teenager
Story:high school, locker room, beach party, photo booth, teen movie, teen angst, date, single mother, teenage boy, teenage girl

Ghost World (2001)
Comedy, Drama

Ghost World (2001)

This is the story of Enid and Rebecca after they finish the high school. Both have problems relating to people and they spend their time hanging around and bothering creeps. When they meet Seymour who is a social outsider who loves to collect old 78 records, Enid's life will change forever.

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, singer
Story:high school, class, bechdel test passed, principal, teen movie, girl with glasses, teen angst, date, woman, teenage boy, voice over narration, teenage girl

He's Just Not That Into You (2009) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

The needy Gigi Haim is a young woman seeking her prince charming somewhere amongst her unsuccessful dates. After dating estate agent Conor Barry, Gigi anxiously expects to receive a phone call from him. However Conor never calls her. Gigi decides to go to the bar where he frequents to see him, but she meets his friend Alex who works there. They become friends and Alex helps Gigi to interpret the subtle signs given out by her dates. (Read More)

Themes:dating
Story:kiss on the lips, sailing, sailboat, yoga, gym, unrequited love, woman, best friend, cell phone, voice over narration, flashback

Kick-ass (2010)
Action, Comedy

Kick-ass (2010)

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training. This is why Kick-ass (2010) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully, teenager
Story:high school, security camera, teenage love, schoolgirl uniform, crush, bodyguard, fantasy sequence, death of father, cell phone, teenage boy, voice over narration, teenage girl, flashback

Roman Holiday (1953)
Comedy, Romance

Roman Holiday (1953)

Joe Bradley is a reporter for the American News Service in Rome, a job he doesn't much like as he would rather work for what he considers a real news agency back in the States. He is on the verge of getting fired when he, sleeping in and getting caught in a lie by his boss Hennessy, misses an interview with HRH Princess Ann, who is on a goodwill tour of Europe, Rome only her latest stop. However, he thinks he may have stumbled upon a huge scoop. Princess Ann has officially called off all her Rome engagements due to illness. In reality, he recognizes the photograph of her as being the young well but simply dressed drunk woman he rescued off the street last night (as he didn't want to turn her into the police for being a vagrant), and who is still in his small studio apartment sleeping off her hangover. What Joe doesn't know is that she is really sleeping off the effects of a sedative given to her by her doctor to calm her down after an anxiety attack, that anxiety because she hates her regimented life where she has no freedom and must always do and say the politically correct things, not what is truly on her mind or in her heart. In wanting just a little freedom, she seized upon a chance opportunity to escape from the royal palace where she was staying, albeit with no money in her pockets. Joe believes he can get an exclusive interview with her without she even knowing that he's a reporter or that he's interviewing her. As Joe accompanies "Anya Smith" - her name as she tells him in trying to hide her true identity - around Rome on her incognito day of freedom somewhat unaware that the secret service is searching for her, along for the ride is Joe's photographer friend, Irving Radovich, who Joe has tasked with clandestinely taking photographs of her, those photos to accompany the story. As the day progresses, Joe and Ann slowly start to fall for each other. Their feelings for each other affect what both decide to do, Ann with regard to her royal duties, Joe with regard to the story, and both with regard to if there is a future for them together. (Read More)

Story:princess, reporter, camera shot of feet, royal ball, press, fountain, hairdresser, fish out of water, royalty, woman, police car, camera, police officer

About A Boy (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

About A Boy (2002)

Twelve year old Marcus Brewer lives with his chronically depressed single mother, Fiona Brewer. Both Fiona and Marcus beat to their own respective drummers. Marcus will do whatever he can to make his depressed mother happy, even if it causes himself grief. As such, he realizes that he is perceived as different than most kids, as even the self-professed weird kids don't want to hang out with him as he is the target of bullying. Part of the taunts against him are the fact that he sings and speaks to himself without even realizing that he is doing it. Meanwhile, thirty-eight year old Will Freeman is a slacker who has lived comfortably off the royalties of a song written by his deceased father, and as such has never had to work a day in his life. He is a solitary man who places himself as the first and only priority in life. He comes across the idea that dating single moms meets his selfish carnal needs. It is in this capacity that Will meets Marcus, as one of Will's single mother conquests, Suzie, is friends with the Brewers. Trying to escape his life but wanting Will to date Fiona, Marcus infiltrates Will's life, much to Will's chagrin. Will slowly begins to realize that Marcus is more than just a nuisance, but rather someone who needs some guidance navigating through the trials of adolescence and the trials of dealing with a suicidal mother, and perhaps he can be a small part of providing that direction. Conversely, Marcus may be able to show Will the path to becoming a real adult. (Read More)

Themes:dating, friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully, teacher, singer
Story:teenage crush, class, date, single mother, guitar, classroom, letter, rain, voice over narration, based on novel, flashback

Dazed And Confused (1993) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy

Dazed And Confused (1993)

It's the last day of school at a high school in a small town in Texas in 1976. The upperclassmen are hazing the incoming freshmen, and everyone is trying to get stoned, drunk, or laid, even the football players that signed a pledge not to.

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully, teacher, singer, teenager
Story:high school, teen movie, teen angst, class, gym, alcohol, guitar, classroom, police officer, teenage boy, teenage girl

Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:dating, dance, friendship
Locations:school, beach
Characters:teacher, singer
Story:trolley, giving a toast, tea, class, woman, classroom, best friend, sunglasses, letter, female protagonist, mother daughter relationship, based on novel

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