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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: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,  beach party,  walking with a book on one's head,  public access television,  foot popping kiss,  transamerica pyramid,  awkward girl,  charm bracelet,  royal ball,  book bag,  behavior modification,  pearl earring,  odd neighbor,  dancing lesson,  rose garden,  needlepoint,  pole the structure,  kiss on cheek,  principal's office,  sash,  ugly duckling,  eyebrows,  corndog,  firehouse,  popular girl,  garage band,  consulate,  pear,  manners,  auto repair,  cinderella story,  public speaking,  fictional talk show,  talking to an animal,  etiquette,  beautician,  darts,  classic car,  photo booth,  softball,  car mechanic,  marionette,  fictional country,  cable car,  brandy,  ice cream cone,  turban,  ballroom dancing,  trolley,  tennis court,  pacific ocean,  envelope,  rock climbing,  golden gate bridge,  keyboard,  locket,  arm wrestling,  puerto rican,  friendship between girls,  bechdel test passed,  conductor,  ford mustang,  auto mechanic,  scarf,  chewing gum,  awkwardness,  giving a toast,  press,  kiss on the lips,  paparazzi,  popularity,  greenhouse,  principal,  harmonica,  scooter,  sailing,  whistle,  arcade,  sailboat,  makeover,  teenage love,  locker,  dinner party,  fountain,  candy,  hairdresser,  teen romance,  chauffeur,  violinist,  geek,  schoolgirl uniform,  tuxedo,  sailor,  choir,  teen movie,  first kiss,  butler,  sculpture,  girl with glasses,  cameo,  yoga,  debate,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  tv show,  fish out of water,  crush,  media,  first love,  royalty,  high school,  hat,  balloon,  teen angst,  tea,  pizza,  reference to william shakespeare,  queen,  class,  loss of father,  date,  bodyguard,  gym,  speech,  diary,  san francisco california,  umbrella,  fantasy sequence,  microphone,  limousine,  coffee,  princess,  pantyhose,  unrequited love,  painter,  nun,  rock band,  woman,  basketball,  single mother,  police car,  journalist,  soccer,  reporter,  alcohol,  guitar,  classroom,  rock music,  death of father,  best friend,  sunglasses,  painting,  letter,  camera,  cat,  car accident,  police officer,  helicopter,  rain,  female protagonist,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  based on novel,  flashback

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,  school teacher,  camera shot of feet,  popular girl,  friendship between girls,  popularity,  makeover,  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

Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Charlie Bartlett (2007)

Although cheerful, friendly, intelligent, well-dressed, authentic and wealthy, Charlie Bartlett has problems. With his father gone and his mother loopy and clueless, he's been expelled from every private school for his victimless crimes. Now he's in a public school getting punched out daily by the school thug. He ever longs to be popular - the go-to guy - and the true crux of his troubles is that he invariably finds the means to this end, whatever that might be. At Western Summit High, he makes peace with his tormentor by going into business with him - listening to kids' problems and selling them prescription drugs. Charlie's a hit, but attraction to Susan (daughter of the school's laissez-faire principal), new security cameras on campus, a student's overdose, and Charlie's open world view all converge to get him in serious trouble. Can this self-made physician possibly heal himself and just be a kid? (Read More)

Themes:dating,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  writer,  teacher,  singer
Story:private school,  school uniform,  popularity,  principal,  teenage love,  chauffeur,  teen movie,  first kiss,  high school,  teen angst,  class,  loss of father,  date,  bodyguard,  fantasy sequence,  microphone,  limousine,  rock band,  basketball,  single mother,  police car,  guitar,  classroom,  sunglasses,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship

Pretty In Pink (1986)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Pretty In Pink (1986)

Teenager Andie is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy at school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet?

Themes:dating,  dance,  drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:musician,  singer,  teenager
Story:school teacher,  teenage love,  locker,  teen romance,  teen movie,  crush,  first love,  high school,  teen angst,  gym,  microphone,  unrequited love,  rock band,  teenage boy,  teenage girl

School Of Rock (2003) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Family, Music

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:musician,  teacher,  singer
Story:school principal,  school teacher,  rock musician,  preparatory school,  private school,  school uniform,  keyboard,  high school,  class,  rock band,  guitar,  classroom,  rock music,  best friend

Vampire Academy (2014)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Vampire Academy (2014)

Rose Hathaway is a dhampir, half-vampire and half-human, who is training to be a guardian at St Vladimir's Academy along with many others like her. There are good and bad vampires in their world: Moroi, who co-exist peacefully among the humans and only take blood from donors, and also possess the ability to control one of the four elements - water, earth, fire or air; and Strigoi, blood-sucking, evil vampires who drink to kill. Rose and other dhampir guardians are trained to protect Moroi and kill Strigoi throughout their education. Along with her best friend, Princess Vasilisa Dragomir, a Moroi and the last of her line, with whom she has a nigh unbreakable bond, Rose must run away from St Vladimir's, in order to protect Lissa from those who wish to harm the princess and use her for their own means. (Read More)

Themes:dance,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  teacher,  teenager
Story:school principal,  school teacher,  security camera,  female teacher,  school uniform,  teen romance,  geek,  girl with glasses,  high school,  queen,  bodyguard,  gym,  princess,  pantyhose,  classroom,  best friend,  cat,  car accident,  helicopter,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  based on novel,  flashback

Never Been Kissed (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Never Been Kissed (1999)

Chicago Sun Times copy editor Josie Gellar (25), who was desperate to graduate from perfectionist copy editor to reporter, gets her chance when the goody owner orders the editor to cover the high-school scene by undercover. Josie, who was a frustrated, ridiculed nerd, gets a popular make-over from her drop-out, naturally funny brother Rob Geller. Both siblings find love and joys of youth again. But in Josie's case, it's sensitive bachelor teacher Sam Coulson, who enjoys sophisticated conversation. As the publication deadline approaches, the price of blowing their cover seems ever more daunting, yet inevitable unless she sacrifices her career. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:high school teacher,  popular girl,  popularity,  teen romance,  teen movie,  crush,  first love,  high school,  teen angst,  journalist,  reporter,  classroom,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  flashback

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Comedy

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

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

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

Easy A (2010) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
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:school principal,  locker room,  principal's office,  ice cream cone,  friendship between girls,  popularity,  principal,  teen movie,  high school,  class,  gym,  microphone,  basketball,  guitar,  classroom,  best friend,  sunglasses,  letter,  female protagonist,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
Comedy, Family, Romance

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

Princess Mia has just turned 21 and is supposed to succeed her grandmother as the Queen of Genovia. But Viscount Mabrey who wishes that his nephew who is also in line to the throne to be the new ruler, reminds everyone of a law that states that an unmarried woman can't be made queen, and with the backing of parliament, he opposes Mia's coronation. But Queen Clarice asks that Mia be allowed time to find a husband, and she is given 30 days. But Mabrey tries to do what he can to stop that. But his nephew, Nicholas has met Mia and they are both attracted to each other but Mia upon learning who he is, dislikes and doesn't trust him but Clarice has invited him to stay with them for the 30 day period to keep an eye on him. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:royal ball,  cinderella story,  etiquette,  classic car,  fictional country,  ballroom dancing,  ford mustang,  kiss on the lips,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  fish out of water,  royalty,  reference to william shakespeare,  queen,  princess,  woman,  cat,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  based on novel

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,  first love,  high school,  teen angst,  fantasy sequence,  basketball,  rock music,  car accident,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl

Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit (1993)
Comedy, Family, Music

Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit (1993)

The sisters come back to Deloris's show to get her back as Sister Mary Clarence to teach music to a group of students in their parochial school which is doomed for closure. One of the girls, who is the most talented of the bunch, is forbidden to sing by her mother, although the choir has made it to the state championship. A group of stereotypical incompetent monks tries to stop them. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:singer,  teenager
Story:school choir,  choir practice,  female teacher,  hairdresser,  choir,  high school,  san francisco california,  nun,  woman,  classroom,  letter,  female protagonist,  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
Characters:bully,  writer,  teacher,  singer,  teenager
Story:school principal,  teenage crush,  principal's office,  giving a toast,  kiss on the lips,  harmonica,  teenage love,  teen movie,  first kiss,  crush,  first love,  high school,  reference to william shakespeare,  class,  unrequited love,  classroom,  best friend,  letter,  camera,  car accident,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  based on novel,  flashback

Bad Teacher (2011)
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,  class,  gym,  speech,  coffee,  unrequited love,  woman,  basketball,  police car,  guitar,  classroom,  sunglasses,  car accident,  female protagonist,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  teenage girl

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
Comedy

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

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

Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:locker room,  awkward girl,  popular girl,  cinderella story,  popularity,  makeover,  schoolgirl uniform,  teen movie,  girl with glasses,  high school,  teen angst,  queen,  unrequited love,  journalist,  reporter,  classroom,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  flashback

A Walk To Remember (2002)
Drama, Romance

A Walk To Remember (2002)

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

Themes: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,  based on novel

What A Girl Wants (2003) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

What A Girl Wants (2003)

Daphne, a seventeen-year-old girl from New York goes to England in search of her father, who does not know he had a child with an American girlfriend he met while working in Morocco, and whose aristocratic family did not approve of the woman.

Characters:musician,  singer,  teenager
Story:cinderella story,  paparazzi,  teen romance,  teen movie,  fish out of water,  royalty,  teen angst,  class,  rock band,  woman,  guitar,  painting,  female protagonist,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship

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

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010)
Comedy, Family

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010)

To Greg Heffley, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It's a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor - and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can't-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry. And he's getting it all down on paper, via a diary - "it's NOT a diary, it's a journal!" Greg insists, preferring the less-sissyfied designation - filled with his opinions, thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would-be) schoolyard triumphs. "One day when I'm famous," writes Greg, "I'll have better things to do than answer people's stupid questions all day." So was born the Wimpy Kid's diary. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  musician,  teacher,  singer
Story:gym teacher,  garage band,  popularity,  candy,  class,  diary,  umbrella,  fantasy sequence,  rock band,  classroom,  best friend,  camera,  rain,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  based on novel,  flashback

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

A Cinderella Story (2004) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Family, Romance

A Cinderella Story (2004)

Samantha or "Sam", has a rough childhood with her father dying in an earthquake and a new stepmother with two awful stepdaughters. But on the bright side, Sam has an awesome best friend named Carter and an email relationship with a guy named Nomad. One day, Sam gets an email from her Nomad saying that he wants to meet her in the middle of the dance floor at their high school Halloween dance. She accepts the invitation and glides into the room wearing the best outfit ever! Her Nomad takes her outside where they share a romantic dance together and Sam realizes that her email friend is the most popular guy in school, Austin Ames. She runs back to her stepmother's diner before she knows she went to the dance and drops her phone on the way. Austin finds it and starts a search for his Cinderella. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:awkward girl,  popular girl,  cinderella story,  popularity,  makeover,  teen romance,  teen movie,  high school,  loss of father,  unrequited love,  death of father,  female protagonist,  teenage girl

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

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

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

Themes: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

Whisper Of The Heart (1995)
Animation, Drama, Family, Music, Romance

Whisper Of The Heart (1995)

A young girl finds that all the books she chooses in the library have been previously checked out by the same boy. Later she meets a very infuriating fellow... could it be her "friend" from the library? The boy's grandfather has a violin sales and service shop. The boy wants to be a violin maker like his grandfather. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:writer
Story:teenage love,  teen romance,  violinist,  crush,  first love,  high school,  fantasy sequence,  unrequited love,  classroom,  best friend,  cat,  rain,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback

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

Happy-go-lucky (2008)

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

Themes:dance,  friendship
Locations:school,  beach
Characters:bully,  teacher,  singer
Story:school teacher,  dance lesson,  school uniform,  class,  date,  pantyhose,  woman,  classroom,  female protagonist,  cell phone

Juno (2007) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
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

Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995)
Comedy, Drama

Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:bully,  teacher
Story:garage band,  principal,  locker,  teen movie,  first kiss,  girl with glasses,  crush,  teen angst,  speech,  classroom,  female protagonist,  teenage boy

World's Greatest Dad (2009)
Comedy, Drama

World's Greatest Dad (2009)

Lance Clayton is a man who has learned to settle. He dreamed of being a rich and famous writer, but has only managed to make it as a high school poetry teacher. His only son Kyle is an insufferable jackass who won't give his father the time of day. Lance is dating Claire, the school's adorable art teacher, but she doesn't want to get serious -- or even acknowledge publicly that they are dating. Then, in the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of all the fame, fortune and popularity he ever dreamed of, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there. (Read More)

Themes:dating
Locations:school
Characters:writer,  teacher
Story:high school teacher,  fictional talk show,  popularity,  principal,  high school,  teen angst,  best friend,  teenage boy

Maid In Manhattan (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Maid In Manhattan (2002)

Marisa Ventura is a single mother born and bred in the boroughs of New York City, who works as a maid in a first-class Manhattan hotel. By a twist of fate and mistaken identity, Marisa meets Christopher Marshall, a handsome heir to a political dynasty, who believes that she is a guest at the hotel. Fate steps in and throws the unlikely pair together for one night. When Marisa's true identity is revealed, the two find that they are worlds apart, even though the distance separating them is just a subway ride between Manhattan and the Bronx. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:singer
Story:locker room,  camera shot of feet,  security camera,  kiss on cheek,  cinderella story,  press,  paparazzi,  butler,  class,  speech,  microphone,  limousine,  woman,  single mother,  journalist,  reporter,  sunglasses,  camera,  mother daughter relationship

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Drama

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  teenager
Story:pizza delivery,  high school teacher,  locker room,  teen movie,  first love,  high school,  teen angst,  date,  fantasy sequence,  rock music,  car accident,  teenage girl

Election (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Election (1999)

Tracy Flick is running unopposed for this year's high school student election. But school civics teacher Jim McAllister has a different plan. Partly to establish a more democratic election, and partly to satisfy some deep personal anger toward Tracy, Jim talks popular varsity football player Paul Metzler to run for president as well. Chaos ensues. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  teenager
Story:teenage crush,  teenage love,  teen romance,  teen movie,  high school,  teen angst,  limousine,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  based on novel,  flashback

Made Of Honor (2008)
Comedy, Romance

Made Of Honor (2008)

Made of Honor revolves around Tom and Hannah, who have been platonic friends for 10 years. He's a serial dater, while she wants marriage but hasn't found Mr. Right. Just as Tom is starting to think that he is relationship material after all, Hannah gets engaged. When she asks Tom to be her "maid" of honor, he reluctantly agrees just so he can attempt to stop the wedding and woo her. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  friendship
Characters:singer
Story:locker room,  sash,  giving a toast,  geek,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  fish out of water,  royalty,  microphone,  limousine,  woman,  basketball,  best friend,  painting,  rain,  cell phone

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:locker room,  behavior modification,  teen romance,  geek,  teen movie,  girl with glasses,  crush,  high school,  reference to william shakespeare,  soccer,  female protagonist,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship

A Little Princess (1995) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

A Little Princess (1995)

When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self-worth. Sara's belief that "every girl's a princess" is tested to the limit, however, when word comes that her father was killed in action and his estate has been seized by the British government. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:private school,  school uniform,  turban,  locket,  friendship between girls,  girl with glasses,  balloon,  princess,  classroom,  best friend,  rain,  female protagonist,  voice over narration,  based on novel

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,  popular girl,  popularity,  principal,  makeover,  locker,  geek,  teen movie,  high school,  teen angst,  class,  princess,  basketball,  teenage boy,  teenage girl

Sixteen Candles (1984)
Comedy, Romance

Sixteen Candles (1984)

Samantha's life is going downhill fast. The sixteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents, a foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:teen romance,  geek,  teen movie,  crush,  first love,  high school,  teen angst,  pizza,  unrequited love,  car accident,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
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
Characters:teacher
Story:teenage crush,  locker room,  teenage love,  class,  date,  gym,  umbrella,  coffee,  woman,  classroom,  sunglasses,  camera,  rain,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  mother daughter relationship

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
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:high school teacher,  teen romance,  geek,  teen movie,  girl with glasses,  high school,  teen angst,  reference to william shakespeare,  date,  unrequited love,  soccer,  guitar,  classroom,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  teenage girl

Teeth (2007)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Teeth (2007)

Dawn grows up in the shadow of a nuclear power plant. In high school, while her biology class studies evolution, she realizes she may have a hidden curse, an "adaptation." She lives with her mom, step-father, and hard-edged step-brother. She likes Tobey, a guy at school, and he likes her. She takes a pledge to remain chaste until marriage, so they date in groups, watch G-rated films, and don't kiss, but the power of teen hormones is great, so temptation beckons. Dawn has an admirer in Ryan, and when when things have an unexpected twist with Tobey, she turns to Ryan for help. Will he be her mythical hero and rescue her? Or can she find her way as her own hero, turning the curse into an asset? (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:high school teacher,  locker room,  giving a toast,  first kiss,  high school,  class,  date,  gym,  speech,  microphone,  police car,  guitar,  classroom,  rain,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback

Rushmore (1998)
Comedy, Drama

Rushmore (1998)

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

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

The Garden Of Words (2013)
Animation, Drama, Romance

The Garden Of Words (2013)

Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days.

Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  teenager
Story:teenage crush,  female teacher,  teen romance,  crush,  high school,  teen angst,  unrequited love,  woman,  classroom,  rain,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  flashback

Mean Girls (2004) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
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
Story:high school teacher,  female teacher,  awkward girl,  popular girl,  principal,  locker,  candy,  teen movie,  girl with glasses,  fish out of water,  high school,  teen angst,  classroom,  female protagonist,  cell phone,  teenage boy,  teenage girl

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:sailboat,  diary,  fantasy sequence,  limousine,  woman,  single mother,  guitar,  letter,  female protagonist,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback

Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Romance

Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)

Themes:dance
Locations:beach
Characters:musician,  singer,  teenager
Story:paparazzi,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  teen angst,  date,  bodyguard,  limousine,  nun,  best friend,  camera,  female protagonist,  cell phone,  teenage girl

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)
Comedy, Drama

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.

Themes:dating,  friendship
Locations:school
Story:limousine driver,  awkwardness,  geek,  tuxedo,  teen movie,  high school,  class,  limousine,  single mother,  classroom,  death of father,  letter,  cat,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  based on novel,  flashback

She's All That (1999) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Romance

She's All That (1999)

She's All That is your typical high school prom king and queen story and the run in defending the star status in the upcoming election. High school hottie, Zack Siler is dumped by his prom-queen girlfriend, the equally attractive and extremely popular, Taylor Vaughan who fell for a second-hand world reject TV soap star who she met over the spring break. Having been publicly dumped, Zack defends his discomposure by stating that Taylor is all make-up and wonder-bra and he can make any ordinary girl a prom queen with a similar package. His high-school buddy, Dean Sampson, engages him in a bet following this statement and picks the geeky looking Laney Boggs out of the crowd as the girl Zack must transform into the new prom queen. Zack agrees since he has no option, but as time passes and Laney begins to transform, Zack begins to find her attractive. While all that falls beautifully in place, it's not your typical fairy-tale. Throw in Dean Sampson to complicate the situation, as when he first made the bet he never thought that Zack could rise to the challenge but looking at how Laney has transformed, it looks like Zack could be on a winning streak. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school,  beach
Characters:bully,  teenager
Story:locker room,  ugly duckling,  eyebrows,  cinderella story,  popularity,  makeover,  teen romance,  teen movie,  fish out of water,  high school,  teen angst,  queen

Julieta (2016)
Drama, Romance, Mystery

Julieta (2016)

Julieta (Emma Suarez) is a middle-aged woman living in Madrid with her boyfriend Lorenzo. Both are going to move to Portugal when she casually runs into Bea, former best friend of her daughter Antia, who reveals that this one is living in Switzerland married and with three children. With the heart broken after 12 years of total absence of her daughter, Julieta cancels the journey to Portugal and she moves to her former building, in the hope that Antia someday communicates with her sending a letter. Alone with her thoughts, Julieta starts to write her memories to confront the pain of the events happened when she was a teenager (Adriana Ugarte) and met Xoan, a Galician fisherman. Falling in love with him, Julieta divides her time between the family, the job and the education of Antia until a fatal accident changes their lives. Slowly decaying in a depression, Julieta is helped by Antia and Bea, but one day Antia goes missing suddenly after a vacation with no clues about where to find her, leaving Julieta desperate to understand the reasons of her missing... (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:writer,  teacher,  teenager
Story:friendship between girls,  giving a toast,  sculpture,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  high school,  tea,  class,  loss of father,  coffee,  woman,  basketball,  single mother,  classroom,  death of father,  best friend,  sunglasses,  letter,  rain,  cell phone,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback

Matilda (1996)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Matilda (1996)

Matilda Wormwood is an exquisite and intelligent little girl. Unfortunately, Matilda is misunderstood by her family because she is very different from their ways of life. As time passes, Matilda finally starts school that has a kindly teacher, loyal friends and a sadistic principal. As she gets fed up with the constant cruelty, Matilda begins to realize that she has a gift of telekinetic powers. After some days of practice, Matilda suddenly turns the tables to stand up to her parents and outwit the principal. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:school principal,  principal's office,  principal,  girl with glasses,  single mother,  classroom,  best friend,  cat,  female protagonist,  mother daughter relationship,  based on novel

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

Detroit Rock City (1999) is one of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Music

Detroit Rock City (1999)

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians.

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  singer,  teenager
Story:geek,  teen movie,  first kiss,  high school,  pizza,  class,  microphone,  nun,  rock band,  guitar,  classroom,  rock music,  car accident,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship

Aquamarine (2006)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Aquamarine (2006)

In a dreary Florida beach resort village, luscious-limbed lifeguard Raymond is the main attraction for girls. Teenager buddies Claire and Hailey became experts on him by observation, but never dared actually approach him, and after this closing summer season will be separated as one's parents move to Australia. Then they find a storm washed up in a pool a sassy mermaid, who promises them a wish if they help her prove to Neptune love exists, and Raymond is the only creature resembling a love-god. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:teenager
Story:camera shot of feet,  cinderella story,  friendship between girls,  fish out of water,  crush,  teen angst,  date,  single mother,  best friend,  female protagonist,  teenage girl,  mother daughter relationship,  based on novel

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