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20 best movies like American Beauty (1999)

List of the best movies like American Beauty (1999): Nearest and Dearest, The Last Summer, For Colored Girls, Disconnect, In Bloom, The Wolfpack, More, The Virgin Suicides, I Origins, Blame.

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Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama
CountryRussia
Duration02:04
CharactersTeens, Family, Parents, Mothers
PlotLove, Relationship, Death, Parenting
PlaceSchool, Russia, Moscow
StyleHeavy, Tense, Makes me think, Disturbing

A family living on the outskirts of Moscow are mired in quarrels, discomfort and mutual oppression. They spit negative emotions at each other, forgetting about love, compassion and God. A tragedy will take them through a belated catharsis.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrecomedy
CountryUSA
Duration02:20
CharactersTeens
PlotLove, Relationship, Volleyball, Friendship, Loneliness
TimeSummer
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Makes me think, Touching

Standing on the precipice of adulthood, a group of friends navigate new relationships, while reexamining others, during their final summer before college.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:00
CharactersPoets
PlotLove
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fancy, Gloomy, Makes me think

About existence from the perspective of 20 nameless black females. Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersTeens, Journalists, Lawyers
PlotLoneliness, Social Media, Internet, Technology
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Makes me think, Serious, Disturbing

Disconnect interweaves multiple storylines about people searching for human connection in today’s wired world. Through poignant turns that are both harrowing and touching, the stories intersect with surprising twists that expose a shocking reality into our daily use of technology that mediates and defines our relationships and ultimately our lives.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama
CountryGeorgia, Germany, France
Duration01:42
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotDancing, Friendship, Weapon
PlacePrison, School
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Serious

Eka and Natia leave their childhood behind and ignore societal customs to escape from their turbulent family lives.

Markimdb: 7
Genredocumentary, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:13
CharactersHippies, Losers, Brothers, Hermits
PlotLife, Obsession, Family life
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleFascinating, Makes me think, Serious

Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed ‘The Wolfpack’, the brothers spend their childhood reenacting their favorite films using elaborate home-made props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantastic, cartoon, short
CountryUSA
Duration00:06
CharactersInventors
PlotLoneliness, Dreams
TimeDark ones
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Smart, Fancy, Gloomy

A factory worker in a dark, gray world assembles devices that promise happiness. In his spare time he tinkers to create something better, and finally succeeds in perfecting his invention, which allows people to see life through rose-colored glasses, but he has to pay a price for his success.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:37
CharactersTeens, Family, Difficult teens, Sisters, Psychiatrists
PlotRelationship, Loneliness, First love, Depression, Tennis
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Makes me think, Touching

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersScientists, Inventors
PlotLove, Loneliness, Death, Pursuit, Religious
PlaceIndia, USA, New York
StylePsychological problems, Mind-altering, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Makes me think

I Origins follows a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the human eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner, they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implications and complicates both his scientific and and spiritual beliefs. Traveling half way around the world, he risks everything he has ever known to validate his theory.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:02
CharactersTeens, Teachers
PlotLove, Passion, Loneliness, Depression, Jealousy
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleAtmospheric, Touching

A drama teacher's taboo relationship with an unstable student strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate, sparking a vengeful chain of events within their suburban high school that draws parallels to 'The Crucible'.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Germany
Duration01:51
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotFriendship, Love with age difference
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Smart, Makes me think

Two quirky, cynical teenaged girls try to figure out what to do with their lives after high school graduation. After they play a prank on an eccentric, middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' friendship.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersTeens, Losers, Orphans
PlotFriendship
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Makes me think, Touching

Hal, a 15-year-old high-school student with a minor yet socially alienating (and painful) disability: he stutters uncontrollably. Determined to work through the problem, Hal opts for an extreme route he joins the school debating team, which sends him on a headfirst plunge into breakneck speech competitions and offers a much-needed boost toward correcting the problem.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryRomania, France
Duration01:46
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Pupils, Friends, Parents
PlotLove, Dancing, Relationship, Friendship, Political
PlaceVillage, School
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious

Bucharest 1989 - the last year of Ceausecu's dictatorship. Eva lives with her parents and her 7 year old brother, Lalalilu. One day at school, Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of Ceausescu. They are forced to confess their crime before a disciplinary committee and Eva is expelled from school and transferred to a reformatory establishment. There she meets Andrei, and decides to escape Romania with him. Lalalilu becomes convinced that Ceausescu is the main reason for Eva's decision to leave. So with his friends from school he devises a plan to kill the dictator.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA
CharactersDogs, Teens, Friends
PlotLove, Friendship, Death
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAtmospheric, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching, Depressive

Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, "George Washington" is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a member of the group dies. Narrated by one of the children, the film follows the kids as they struggle to balance their own ambitions and relationships against a tragic lie.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration00:46
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Friends, Losers
PlotLove, Friendship, Love with age difference, Growing up
PlaceJapan
StyleCute, Atmospheric, Touching, Serious

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. They deepen their relationship and open up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches...

Markimdb: 7
Genrefantastic, action, comedy, adventure
CountryCanada, USA, Australia
CharactersDogs, Teens, Monsters, Mutant, Losers
PlotLove, End of the world, Survival, Disasters, Apocalypse
PlaceJungle, Bunker
TimePost apocalypse
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Fancy

Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson, along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over radio with his high school girlfriend Aimee, who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there’s nothing left for him underground, he decides against all logic to venture out to Aimee, despite all the dangerous monsters that stand in his way.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersTeens
PlotLoneliness, Depression
PlaceParty, Small cities
StyleAtmospheric, Touching, Serious

Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to any boy to cross her path; and the increasingly dangerous exploits of Teddy and his best friend Fred, whose behavior may or may not be sociopathic.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama
CountryCanada
Duration01:43
CharactersTeens, Losers
PlotMoving, Fear, False accusations
PlacePrison, Canada, Small cities
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think

This is a film about a troubled teen, Sean Randall, who is falsely accused of planning a Columbine shooting scenario. It all begins when an unlikely bond forms between Sean (Connor Jessup) and a preppy teenage girl named Deanna Roy (Alexia Fast). Deanna's boyfriend is deeply threatened by Sean and Deanna's friendship, resulting in a violent confrontation. Seeking to protect himself, Sean issues a death threat online - and is swiftly arrested. When the police raid Sean's home, they find rifles, shotguns, knives and ammunition - all property of Sean's father Ricky (Michael Buie), an avid hunter. They also find a supposed "hit list" with twenty names of people who have tormented Sean. The authorities and the media proclaim another Columbine has been narrowly averted, and soon Sean faces a terrifying imprisonment in a youth detention facility. Sean's only hope is to overcome his dark image, and prove his innocence to Deanna and to his community.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrethriller, drama
CountryNorway
CharactersTeens, Teachers
PlotLove, Passion, Relationship, Obsession, Love with age difference
PlaceSchool
StyleRomantic, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

A newly appointed teacher finds herself being followed, and soon discovers that one of her own students is obsessed with her.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:12
CharactersDogs, Losers
PlotLove, Travel, Friendship, Snow
PlaceVillage, Nature
TimeSummer, Winter
StyleRomantic, Soulful, Philosophical, Fascinating, Makes me think

A young woman leaves the city to return to her hometown in the countryside. Seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, she becomes self-sufficient in a bid to reconnect with nature.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama
CountryFrance
Duration02:02
CharactersTeens, Artists, Police, Friends
PlotLove, Passion, Political, Uprising
PlaceParis, France
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

During the 1970s a student named Gilles gets entangled in contemporary political turmoils although he would rather just be a creative artist. While torn between his solidarity to his friends and his personal ambitions he falls in love with Christine.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:31
CharactersTeens, Horses, Thieves, Friends, Losers
PlotFriendship
PlaceEngland
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious, Sad ones

A hyperactive boy and his best friend, a slow-witted youth with an affinity for horses, start collecting scrap metal for a shady dealer.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryMexico, Netherlands, Germany, France
Duration01:45
CharactersPolice
PlotLove, Adventure, Travel, Revenge, Missing people
PlaceMexico, Small cities
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama
CountryRussia
Duration01:42
CharactersFamily, Parents
PlotLove
PlaceRussia, Small cities
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Makes me think

Liuba Vasnetsova lives in a provincial boarding school, dreams of finishing it sooner rather than later and go to St Petersburg to become a stewardess. The future seems bright: after boarding school she receives the keys to a new apartment, with a new life ahead. But on the day of her graduation she learns that she is not an orphan: her father is alive and not dead, as she was told earlier. The girl is shaken and decides to find him.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredocumentary
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:33
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Travel
StylePsychological problems, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Makes me think, Touching

From the team behind Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own - is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryFrance
Duration01:54
CharactersTeens, Gay, Terminally ill
PlotLove, Investigation, Death
PlaceSea, School, Paris, France, Beach
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Makes me think

Paris, in the early 1990s: a group of young activists is desperately tied to finding the cure against an unknown lethal disease. They target the pharmaceutical labs that are retaining potential cures, and multiply direct actions, with the hope of saving their lives as well as the ones of future generations.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy
CountryUSA
Duration02:28
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Girlfriends, Parents
PlotDancing, Adventure, Friendship, Computers, Chase
PlacePrison, Party, Australia, Hotels
TimeGraduation
StyleFor girls, Fascinating

When three parents discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration01:29
CharactersTeens, Family, Parents, Mothers
PlotLove, Dancing, Time travel, Adventure, Relationship
PlaceItaly, Venice
TimeNight
StyleSoulful, Fascinating

Emile is fifteen. He lives in Montargis, between a sweet-crazy father and a mother who has always dyed his hair blond, because, it seems, he is more beautiful like that. When the girl who pleases him more than anything invites him to Venice for the holidays, he is overjoyed. Only problem, his parents decide to accompany him - This is the story of a teenager born into an unclassifiable family, the story of a first love, miraculous and fragile. This is the story of an initiatory and incredible journey where life often takes unawares, but where Venice, it will be at the rendezvous.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration01:41
CharactersPhotographers, Actors, Housewives
PlotLove, Time travel, Travel, Friendship, Loneliness
PlaceJapan, Hotels, Asia
StylePsychological problems, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Touching

Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama
CountryFinland, Sweden, Denmark
Duration01:36
CharactersTeens, Gay
StyleBy books, Atmospheric, Depressive, Serious

A 14-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother, in Finnish master Pirjo Honkasalo’s gorgeously stylized and emotionally devastating work about what we pass on to younger generations, and the ways we do it.





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