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The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Drama, Romance

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

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

Themes:regret, unfaithfulness, depression, obsession, memory, deception, escape, drinking, adultery, jealousy, betrayal, infidelity, suicide
Locations:school, cemetery, hospital
Characters:catholic, psychiatrist, lust, priest, dancer, teacher, singer
Period:summer, 1970s
Story:catholic priest, prom dress, carbon monoxide poisoning, iron fence, homecoming dance, sexual promiscuity, tennis court, mathematics class, rat poison, high school teacher, loss of virginity, emotional depression, math teacher, high school dance, school dance, underage drinking, suicide prevention, child suicide, mass suicide, teen suicide

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

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

Themes:depression, memory, escape, drinking, jealousy, suicide
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:teacher, catholic, psychiatrist, priest, dancer, singer
Period:summer
Story:high school, catholic priest, homecoming dance, mental illness, high school dance, school dance, brownie the food, drugged food, football stadium, prom, homecoming, teen movie, theatre audience, football player, virginity, movie theater, american football, first love, teenage sex, class

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:unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, betrayal, infidelity
Characters:teacher, singer
Period:1970s
Story:loss of virginity, coming of age film, innocence lost, promiscuity, teen movie, virginity, magazine, high school, recording, pot smoking, record player, rock 'n' roll, suicide attempt, virgin, telephone, voyeur, marijuana, vomiting, drink, watching tv

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

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness, obsession, adultery, infidelity
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:priest, dancer, teacher, singer
Story:loss of virginity, underage drinking, unicorn, sexual awakening, teen movie, theatre audience, virginity, tennis, recording, teen angst, record player, class, diary, passion, virgin, ambulance, classroom, hallucination, extramarital affair, dream

Pretty In Pink (1986) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999)
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:drinking
Locations:school
Characters:lust, singer
Story:prom dress, high school dance, school dance, prom, generation gap, teen movie, first love, high school, teen angst, record player, unrequited love, marijuana, tears, watching tv, underwear, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, cult film

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. This is why Easy A (2010) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, infidelity
Locations:school
Characters:catholic, priest, teacher, singer
Story:rumor, virginity, high school, promiscuity, loss of virginity, girls' bathroom, popularity, teen movie, time lapse photography, gossip, pot smoking, class, cross, virgin, talking to the camera, dinner, prayer, classroom, marijuana, sunglasses

Fish Tank (2009)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, infidelity
Locations:school
Characters:dancer
Story:loss of virginity, underage drinking, abusive mother, fence, teen movie, recording, balloon, teen angst, suburb, virgin, child abuse, voyeur, sunglasses, tears, extramarital affair, sister sister relationship, drink, watching tv, underwear, title directed by female

The Ice Storm (1997)
Drama

The Ice Storm (1997)

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad... (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, infidelity
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Period:1970s
Story:sexual promiscuity, innocence lost, model airplane, generation gap, sexual awakening, promiscuity, virginity, american football, magazine, high school, recording, teenage sex, record player, class, tragic event, suburb, virgin, dinner, prayer, classroom

Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, depression, memory, drinking, infidelity
Locations:cemetery, school, hospital
Characters:dancer, teacher
Period:1970s
Story:tombstone, repression, gas mask, virginity, watching a movie, first love, high school, class, cross, suicide attempt, hanging, storytelling, prayer, classroom, hallucination, neighbor, marijuana, tears, taxi, vomiting

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:memory, drinking, jealousy
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:dancer, teacher
Story:loss of virginity, underage drinking, football field, prom, high school, teenage sex, class, storytelling, telephone, classroom, sunglasses, tears, drink, swimming pool, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration, teenage girl, coming of age, party

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. This is why Lolita (1997) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999). (Read More)

Themes:obsession, drinking, jealousy
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:lust, priest, dancer, teacher, singer
Story:loss of virginity, lawn sprinkler, lovesick, self destructiveness, virginity, tennis, record player, virgin, child abuse, ambulance, voyeur, sunglasses, tears, drink, underwear, swimming pool, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration, teenage girl

Carrie (2013)
Drama, Horror

Carrie (2013)

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

Themes:regret, depression, suicide
Locations:school, cemetery, hospital
Characters:teacher
Story:prom dress, prom, high school teacher, high school dance, school dance, overprotective parent, tampon, teen movie, crucifix, high school, teen angst, teenage sex, class, tragic event, cross, suburb, graveyard, child abuse, impalement, ambulance

Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, memory, drinking, adultery, jealousy, infidelity
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:dancer, singer
Period:summer
Story:watching a movie, cross, graveyard, telephone, voyeur, neighbor, sunglasses, tears, extramarital affair, vomiting, drink, title directed by female, dream, song, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing

White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, jealousy, infidelity, suicide
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, singer
Story:innocence lost, first love, high school, teen angst, class, cross, manipulation, poison, child abuse, ambulance, classroom, tears, extramarital affair, drink, watching tv, underwear, swimming pool, dream, crying, teenage boy

Die Welle (2008)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, suicide
Locations:school
Characters:dancer, teacher
Story:high school teacher, teen suicide, postcard, high school, class, rock 'n' roll, ambulance, classroom, marijuana, tears, vomiting, underwear, swimming pool, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, cigarette smoking

The Last Picture Show (1971)
Drama

The Last Picture Show (1971)

In tiny Anarene, Texas, in the lull between World War Two and the Korean Conflict, Sonny and Duane are best friends. Enduring that awkward period of life between boyhood and manhood, the two pass their time the best way they know how -- with the movie house, football, and girls. Jacey is Duane's steady, wanted by every boy in school, and she knows it. Her daddy is rich and her mom is good looking and loose. It's the general consensus that whoever wins Jacey's heart will be set for life. But Anarene is dying a quiet death as folks head for the big cities to make their livings and raise their kids. The boys are torn between a future somewhere out there beyond the borders of town or making do with their inheritance of a run-down pool hall and a decrepit movie house -- the legacy of their friend and mentor, Sam the Lion. As high school graduation approaches, they learn some difficult lessons about love, loneliness, and jealousy. Then folks stop attending the second-run features at the movie house and the time comes for the last picture show. With the closure of the movie house, the boys feel that a stage of their lives is closing. They stand uneasily on the threshold of the rest of their lives. (The movie was adapted from the novel by Larry McMurtry). This is why The Last Picture Show (1971) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, depression, adultery, jealousy, infidelity
Locations:school, cemetery
Characters:dancer, teacher, singer
Story:high school, underage drinking, football team, sexual awakening, teen movie, football player, virginity, movie theater, american football, recording, teen angst, record player, flirting, class, virgin, graveyard, classroom, extramarital affair, watching tv, song

American Graffiti (1973) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Comedy, Drama

American Graffiti (1973)

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

Themes:jealousy
Locations:school
Period:summer
Story:high school, high school dance, school dance, underage drinking, popsicle, generation gap, popularity, sexual awakening, reflection, teen movie, virginity, first love, teen angst, pot smoking, record player, class, rock 'n' roll, suburb, virgin, unrequited love

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, obsession, memory, drinking, adultery, jealousy, betrayal, infidelity
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:teacher, singer
Story:enigma, tombstone, class, graveyard, child abuse, classroom, tears, taxi, extramarital affair, sister sister relationship, drink, underwear, song, crying, party, singing, cigarette smoking, death, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, deception, drinking, adultery, betrayal, infidelity
Locations:cemetery, school
Characters:dancer, teacher, singer
Story:loss of virginity, cigarette lighter, virginity, gossip, recording, record player, class, rock 'n' roll, suburb, virgin, classroom, neighbor, sunglasses, tears, extramarital affair, drink, title directed by female, song, crying, teenage boy

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:unfaithfulness, depression, drinking, adultery, infidelity
Locations:school
Characters:psychiatrist, dancer, teacher, singer
Story:loss of virginity, teen suicide, mentally challenged person, football team, popularity, teen movie, football player, tennis, american football, high school, teen angst, teenage sex, class, split screen, suicide attempt, virgin, telephone, classroom, marijuana, sunglasses

Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:drinking
Characters:catholic, dancer, singer
Period:1970s
Story:theatre audience, home movie, movie theater, watching a movie, pot smoking, manipulation, passion, telephone, prayer, marijuana, sunglasses, taxi, drink, watching tv, underwear, swimming pool, song, crying, party, singing

Mustang (2015)
Drama

Mustang (2015)

Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. (Read More)

Themes:escape, drinking, suicide
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:dancer, teacher, singer
Period:summer
Story:teen suicide, coming of age film, note, virginity, gossip, tragic event, passion, ambulance, telephone, sister sister relationship, drink, watching tv, underwear, song, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration, teenage girl, coming of age, singing

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:regret, memory, drinking
Locations:school, hospital
Story:teen movie, high school, pot smoking, class, storytelling, talking to the camera, ambulance, telephone, prayer, classroom, hallucination, marijuana, vomiting, drink, watching tv, black comedy, song, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration

Ginger Snaps (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Ginger Snaps (2000)

Is becoming a woman analogous, in some deep psychological way, to becoming a werewolf? Ginger is 16, edgy, tough, and, with her younger sister, into staging and photographing scenes of death. They've made a pact about dying together. In early October, on the night she has her first period, which is also the night of a full moon, a werewolf bites Ginger. Within a few days, some serious changes happen to her body and her temperament. Her sister Brigitte, 15, tries to find a cure with the help of Sam, a local doper. As Brigitte races against the clock, Halloween and another full moon approach, Ginger gets scarier, and it isn't just local dogs that begin to die. (Read More)

Themes:obsession, drinking, suicide
Locations:school
Characters:dancer, teacher
Story:girls' bathroom, tampon, watching a movie, high school, pot smoking, loyalty, class, hanging, poison, suburb, virgin, impalement, classroom, marijuana, vomiting, sister sister relationship, drink, watching tv, black comedy, teenage boy

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:depression, drinking
Locations:cemetery, school
Characters:dancer, teacher, singer
Story:theatre audience, recording, teen angst, record player, rock 'n' roll, graveyard, ambulance, telephone, tears, sister sister relationship, drink, underwear, title directed by female, dream, song, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, party

Varsity Blues (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport

Varsity Blues (1999)

In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is trying to lead his West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. When star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of John Moxon (James Van Der Beek), a second-string quarterback with a slightly irreverent approach to the game. "Varsity Blues" explores our obsession with sports and how teenage athletes respond to the extraordinary pressures places on them. This is why Varsity Blues (1999) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999). (Read More)

Themes:obsession, drinking, jealousy
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:teacher
Story:football practice, football stadium, popularity, fence, teen movie, football player, american football, crucifix, high school, class, cross, prayer, classroom, voyeur, tears, vomiting, drink, underwear, dream, crying

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Rules Of Attraction (2002)

Camden College. Sean Bateman is the younger brother of depraved Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman. He's also a drug dealer who owes a lot of money to "fellow" dealer Rupert Guest, as well as a well-known womanizer, for he sleeps with nearly half of the female population on campus. Lauren Hynde is, technically, a virgin. She's saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson, who's left the States to backpack across Europe. Her slutty roommate, Lara, has the hots for Victor as well. Paul Denton, who used to date Lauren, is openly bisexual and attracted to Mitchell Allen, who's dating Candice to prove to Paul that he's not gay. Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean. And Lauren may love Sean. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:loss of virginity, teen suicide, lawn sprinkler, football team, wrist slitting, promiscuity, time lapse photography, virginity, rock 'n' roll, split screen, suicide attempt, virgin, unrequited love, ambulance, voyeur, marijuana, sunglasses, tears, vomiting, drink

Youth In Revolt (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Youth In Revolt (2009)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness, obsession, deception, adultery, infidelity
Locations:school
Story:loss of virginity, sleeping pills, tampon, belt, note, teen movie, high school, teen angst, pot smoking, teenage sex, split screen, virgin, neighbor, marijuana, sunglasses, extramarital affair, vomiting, underwear, teenage boy, voice over narration

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999)
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)

Locations:school, hospital
Characters:teacher, lust
Story:sexual promiscuity, high school teacher, loss of virginity, high school, school dance, innocence lost, sexual awakening, cannabis, teen movie, football player, american football, first love, teen angst, rock 'n' roll, virgin, voyeur, marijuana, vomiting, swimming pool, title directed by female

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

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

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

Themes:memory, escape, drinking
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:catholic, priest, teacher
Story:high school teacher, high school, innocence lost, self destructiveness, crucifix, teen angst, class, dream, cross, diary, storytelling, talking to the camera, mental illness, telephone, prayer, classroom, hallucination, neighbor, tears, vomiting

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)

Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive? This is why Batoru Rowaiaru (2000) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999). (Read More)

Themes:memory, escape, jealousy, suicide
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:class, child suicide, teen suicide, girls' bathroom, hanged girl, popsicle, sleeping pills, tampon, generation gap, poisoning, tv reporter, insomnia, postcard, teen movie, cigarette lighter, gas mask, gossip, high school, tragic event, suicide attempt

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)
Comedy, Drama

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)

Born Christmas Day 1960, Zac Beaulieu is the fourth of five sons of Gervais and Laurianne Beaulieu. Zac feels somewhat disconnected to his brothers, all of whom are different from each other. They include the bookworm Christian who is the eldest, the dumb jock Antoine who is third, and the youngest Yvan. But Zac has the most contempt for his second eldest brother, the shiftless druggie Raymond. To his devout Catholic mother, Zac is her miracle son, both for being born the same day as Jesus Christ (a fact which Zac has always hated), and because a Tupperware-selling mystic once told her that he has the power to heal. Laurianne has always coddled Zac, the two who have a special if unspoken bond. But Zac wants more to please his father, who wants more than anything in his sons that they grow up to be man's men and not sissies. As Zac goes through his mid-teens to early twenties, Zac isn't sure if he can live up to the ideals of either his mother or especially his father. A young man with stress-induced asthma, Zac just wants to be what he considers normal, which includes getting rid of his asthma. But more importantly, he wants to get rid of the underlying thoughts that he has and which most going through puberty have, but that for him are becoming more prevalent as he grows older. (Read More)

Themes:obsession
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:catholic, psychiatrist, priest, dancer, singer
Period:1970s
Story:tombstone, postcard, peeping tom, flatulence, crucifix, recording, pot smoking, record player, cross, suicide attempt, storytelling, graveyard, ambulance, prayer, neighbor, marijuana, sunglasses, tears, vomiting, underwear

Sleeping With Other People (2015) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:unfaithfulness, obsession, drinking, adultery, jealousy, infidelity
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer, teacher
Story:loss of virginity, promiscuity, time lapse photography, virginity, balloon, pot smoking, split screen, telephone, voyeur, marijuana, taxi, extramarital affair, vomiting, drink, watching tv, swimming pool, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship

Short Cuts (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, jealousy, infidelity, suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:lust, singer
Story:carbon monoxide poisoning, quarantine, melancholy, theatre audience, marijuana, tears, extramarital affair, vomiting, sister sister relationship, drink, watching tv, underwear, swimming pool, crying, party, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

The Wackness (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughter. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. (Read More)

Themes:depression, drinking, infidelity
Locations:school
Characters:psychiatrist, dancer
Period:summer
Story:loss of virginity, high school, underage drinking, popularity, cigarette lighter, virginity, first love, pot smoking, suicide attempt, hanging, unrequited love, voyeur, marijuana, tears, vomiting, drink, watching tv, dream, crying, teenage boy

Fucking Amal (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Fucking Amal (1998)

Amal is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she is inexperienced in that matter. Another girl in her school, Agnes, is in love with her but is too shy to do anything about it. For a number of reasons, Elin ends up at Agnes' birthday party as the only guest. They have a girl's night out together but after that Elin desperately avoids Agnes, refusing to even consider her own feelings toward Agnes. This is why Fucking Amal (1998) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999). (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:school
Story:loss of virginity, wrist slitting, self destructiveness, rumor, teen movie, first love, teen angst, suicide attempt, diary, virgin, tears, vomiting, sister sister relationship, drink, party, underwear, dream, crying, teenage boy, teenage girl

Another Year (2010) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Themes:unfaithfulness, depression, memory, drinking, adultery, jealousy, infidelity
Period:summer
Story:hearse, insomnia, melancholy, pot smoking, suburb, unrequited love, telephone, prayer, marijuana, tears, taxi, extramarital affair, drink, watching tv, crying, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness, drinking, adultery, betrayal, infidelity, suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:teacher
Story:asphyxiation, loss of daughter, class, cross, suicide attempt, hanging, ambulance, prayer, voyeur, tears, extramarital affair, vomiting, sister sister relationship, drink, watching tv, underwear, swimming pool, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration

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:drinking, jealousy
Locations:cemetery, school
Characters:catholic, priest, dancer, teacher, singer
Period:summer
Story:loss of virginity, mirror ball, gossip, watching a movie, class, tragic event, cross, graveyard, ambulance, telephone, prayer, classroom, sunglasses, tears, taxi, vomiting, sister sister relationship, drink, song, crying

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, memory, drinking, adultery, jealousy, betrayal, infidelity
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, dancer, singer
Story:teaching, sexual promiscuity, yale university, promiscuity, class, rock 'n' roll, storytelling, passion, virgin, telephone, classroom, tears, taxi, extramarital affair, drink, watching tv, swimming pool, song, crying, voice over narration

Malena (2000) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, War

Malena (2000)

Malena is about the peril of a beauty through the eyes of a 12 year old kid named Renato. He experiences three things on the same day, beginning of war, getting a bike and sees the arrival of Malena in town. Through his eyes, we see the curse of beauty and loneliness of Malena, whose husband is presumed to be dead, and through his soul we see his love for her. This is why Malena (2000) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, obsession, memory, adultery, jealousy, infidelity
Locations:school
Characters:priest, dancer, teacher, singer
Story:telescope, gossip, watching a movie, first love, teenage sex, class, unrequited love, prayer, classroom, voyeur, underwear, song, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration, coming of age, singing, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship

Garden State (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. (Read More)

Themes:depression, escape, drinking, suicide
Locations:cemetery
Characters:psychiatrist, dancer, singer
Story:football practice, homecoming, cannabis, peeping tom, home movie, american football, high school, pot smoking, record player, directorial debut, isolation, storytelling, suburb, graveyard, telephone, voyeur, marijuana, drink, watching tv, underwear

The Squid And The Whale (2005)
Comedy, Drama

The Squid And The Whale (2005)

In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili. (Read More)

Themes:regret, unfaithfulness, obsession, drinking, adultery, jealousy, infidelity
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, teacher, singer
Story:tennis, teaching, underage drinking, theatre audience, watching a movie, high school, recording, record player, class, virgin, dinner, ambulance, classroom, tears, extramarital affair, drink, watching tv, underwear, song, crying

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)

Locations:school
Story:loss of virginity, high school dance, underage drinking, teen movie, first love, high school, teen angst, record player, directorial debut, suburb, unrequited love, sister sister relationship, underwear, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, cult film, party, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

In Mexico City, late teen friends Tenoch Iturbide and Julio Zapata are feeling restless as their respective girlfriends are traveling together through Europe before they all begin the next phase of their lives at college. At a lavish family wedding, Tenoch and Julio meet Luisa Cortes, the twenty-something wife of Tenoch's cousin Jano, the two who have just moved to Mexico from Spain. Tenoch and Julio try to impress the beautiful Luisa by telling her that they will be taking a trip to the most beautiful secluded beach in Mexico called la Boca del Cielo (translated to Heaven's Mouth), the trip and the beach which in reality don't exist. When Luisa learns of Jano's latest marital indiscretion straight from the horse's mouth, she takes Tenoch and Julio's offer to go along on this road trip, meaning that Tenoch and Julio have to pull together quickly a road trip to a non-existent beach. They decide to head toward one suggested by their friend Saba, who seems a little confused himself of this beach's location. On the road trip, which ends up not being totally harmonious, the three go on a trip of discovery. For Luisa, she has to figure out what to do with her immediate future based on the news from Jano and a secret she is keeping. And Tenoch and Julio have to figure out what their friendship really means as they grow up. (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, memory, escape, drinking, adultery, jealousy, infidelity
Characters:lust, dancer, singer
Period:summer
Story:sexual awakening, promiscuity, peeping tom, flatulence, pot smoking, teenage sex, cross, passion, storytelling, virgin, telephone, voyeur, marijuana, sunglasses, tears, extramarital affair, vomiting, drink, underwear, swimming pool

August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. This is why August: Osage County (2013) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999). (Read More)

Themes:unfaithfulness, memory, drinking, adultery, infidelity, suicide
Characters:singer
Story:abusive mother, recording, pot smoking, record player, cross, storytelling, child abuse, telephone, prayer, sunglasses, tears, extramarital affair, vomiting, sister sister relationship, drink, song, crying, teenage girl, singing, cigarette smoking

Across The Universe (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. (Read More)

Themes:depression, escape, jealousy
Locations:cemetery, hospital
Characters:priest, dancer, teacher, singer
Story:high school dance, football practice, football field, prom, hearse, theatre audience, football player, american football, high school, class, rock 'n' roll, cross, unrequited love, classroom, marijuana, taxi, sister sister relationship, watching tv, title directed by female, song

Election (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Election (1999)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness, adultery, jealousy, betrayal, infidelity
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:football player, self destructiveness, teaching, teen movie, high school, teen angst, teenage sex, class, prayer, extramarital affair, black comedy, crying, teenage boy, voice over narration, teenage girl, coming of age, party, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

La Science Des Reves (2006) is one of the best movies like The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... (Read More)

Themes:memory, escape, drinking, jealousy, suicide
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:mirror ball, knitting, fence, reflection, home movie, flatulence, dinner, telephone, hallucination, neighbor, taxi, drink, watching tv, underwear, dream, song, voice over narration, party, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

The Good Girl (2002)
Drama, Romance

The Good Girl (2002)

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

Themes:unfaithfulness, depression, deception, drinking, adultery, jealousy, infidelity, suicide
Locations:hospital
Story:note, mental illness, marijuana, tears, extramarital affair, vomiting, drink, watching tv, black comedy, dream, crying, voice over narration, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, independent film, f rated, flashback

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