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20 best movies like Dangerous Minds (1995)

List of the best movies like Dangerous Minds (1995): The Principal, Stand and Deliver, Life of a King, Angela's Ashes, Lean On Me, This Boy’s Life, One Eight Seven, 4 Minute Mile, Cheaters, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.

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Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Losers
PlotChase
PlaceGhetto, College
StyleHeavy, Serious

Burglary. Drugs. Assault. Rape. The students at Brandel High are more than new Principal Rick Latimer bargained for. Gangs fight to control the school using knives - even guns - when they have to. When Latimer and the head of security try to clean up the school and stop the narcotics trade, they run up against a teenage mafia. A violent confrontation on the campus leads to a deadly showdown with the drug dealer's gang, and one last chance for Latimer to save his career... and his life.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:43
CharactersTeens, Teachers
PlotOn real events
PlaceSchool, Los Angeles
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Heavy, Gloomy, Makes me think

Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top algebra and calculus students.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens
PlotOn real events, Chess, Uprising, Rivalry
StyleSoulful, Heavy, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

Life of a King is the true story of one man's mission to give inner city kids of Washington DC something he never had - a future. After being incarcerated for eighteen years, Eugene Brown established the Big Chair Chess Club to get kids off the streets and working towards lives they never believed they were capable of. This is his inspirational story.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA, Republic of Ireland
Duration02:14
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Poor
PlotOn real events
PlaceIreland, New York
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family in Brooklyn, but following the death of one of Frankie's siblings, they return home, only to find the situation there even worse. Prejudice against Frankie's Northern Irish father makes his search for employment in the Republic difficult despite his having fought for the IRA, and when he does find money, he spends the money on drink.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersTeens, Teachers
PlotOn real events
PlaceSchool
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Heavy, Serious

When principal Joe Clark takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks doors and demands effort and results from students, staff and parents. Autocratic to a fault, this real-life educator put it all on the lin

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotOn real events, Friendship
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Heavy, Gloomy, Touching

In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries the mechanic, but they soon find out that he's an abusive and unreasoning alcoholic, and they struggle to maintain hope in an impossible situation as the boy grows up with plans to escape the small town by any means possible. Based on a true story by Tobias Wolff.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersTeachers
PlaceGhetto, Los Angeles
StyleHeavy, Gloomy, Serious

After surviving a stabbing by a student, teacher Trevor Garfield moves from New York to Los Angeles. There, he resumes teaching as a substitute teacher. The education system, where violent bullies control the classrooms and the administration is afraid of lawsuits, slowly drives Garfield mad.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens
PlotDeath, Rivalry
PlaceUSA
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

A teenager overcomes odds to run a 4-minute mile race.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Teachers
PlotOn real events, Rivalry
PlaceSchool
StyleSoulful, Smart, Fancy, Serious

In the fall of 1994, a teacher at Chicago's run-down Steinmetz High conspires with the school's academic decathlon team to cheat on an academic competition.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersTeens, Losers, Terminally ill
PlotOn real events
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Tod Lubitch is born with a deficient immune system. As such, he must spend the rest of his life in a completely sterile environment. His room is completely hermetically sealed against bacteria and virus, his food is specially prepared, and his only human contact comes in the form of gloved hands. The movie follows his life into a teenager.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, sport
CountryGermany, USA
Duration01:44
CharactersTeens
PlotOn real events, Swimming, Rivalry
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

In this uplifting film based on a true story, coach Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) shocks the community and changes lives when, aided by a local janitor (Bernie Mac), he sets out to form Philadelphia's first black swim team. But the odds are against them as they battle rigid rules, racism and more.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:04
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Losers
PlotFriendship, Uprising
PlaceNew York
StyleHeavy, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher at New York's inner-city Calvin Coolidge High: her lit classes are overcrowded, a window is broken, there's no chalk, books arrive late. The administration is concerned mainly with forms and rules (there's an up and and a down staircase); bells ring at the wrong time. Nevertheless, she tries. How she handles the chaos and her despair in her first semester makes up the film: a promising student drops out, another sleeps through class, a girl with a crush on a male teacher gets suicidal, and a bright but troublesome student misunderstands Sylvia's reaching out. A discussion of Dickens, parents' night, and a mock trial highlight the term. Can she make it?

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Kenya, France
CharactersTeachers, Students
PlotOn real events
PlaceVillage, School, Africa
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersTeens, Single mothers
PlaceDeserts, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi, whose deepest desire is to leave the dead calm town. Shade is the type to escape in her extravagant fantasies while Trudi is so rebelious it could drive her away.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA
CharactersDogs, Teens, Street children, Orphans
PlotCars
PlaceAircraft, New York
StyleSoulful, Heavy, Gloomy, Touching, Depressive

Alejandro, a tough and ambitious Latino street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, young Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his 16-year-old sister, Isamar.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:46
CharactersTeachers, Disabled people, Losers, Blind
PlotOn real events
Time19th century
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

The true story of the frightening, lonely world of silence and darkness of 7-year-old Helen Keller who, since infancy, has never seen the sky, heard her mother's voice or expressed her innermost feelings. Then Annie Sullivan, a 20-year-old teacher from Boston, arrives. Having just recently regained her own sight, the no-nonsense Annie reaches out to Helen through the power of touch, the only tool they have in common, and leads her bold pupil on a miraculous journey from fear and isolation to happiness and light.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:05
CharactersFriends
PlotFriendship, False accusations
PlaceSmall cities
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

School nurse Alice Goodwin lives with her husband and two daughters on a dairy farm in a small Wisconsin community. After an accident on her property involving a friend's child, the town turns against her and Alice finds herself fighting charges of child abuse.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Lesbians
PlotOn real events, Friendship
PlaceSchool
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

Jane, a high school teenager, tries to deal with the discovery that she is a lesbian after developing an intense friendship with another girl who makes her discover her true sexuality, which is only the start of Jane's troubles when Jane's unaccepting mother, Janice, struggles with her surprising revelation of brought forth by her only daughter.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersDogs
PlotDeath
PlacePrison, School, Alaska
StyleSoulful, Heavy, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

An ex-convict is tracked down by his estranged teenage son, and the pair try to build a relationship and life together in Seattle.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:02
CharactersTerminally ill, Surgeons
PlotOn real events, Cancer
PlaceHospitals
StylePsychological problems, To cry, Soulful, By books, Touching

Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that there is more to being a doctor than surgery and prescriptions.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:44
CharactersTeens, Street children
PlotOn real events
PlaceNew York
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:42
PlotOn real events, Rivalry
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

Based on true events amid the wreckage and chaos dealt by Hurricane Katrina; one basketball coach in Marrero, Louisiana just will not give up. Coach Al Collins(Forest Whitaker), gathers other players from hard-hit schools and builds a team actually worthy enough to go to the state playoffs. A very honest look at what can be done with the right people having the desire and fortitude to pick up and

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersTerminally ill
PlotOn real events, Music, Lost memory
PlaceUSA
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

Henry struggles to bond with his estranged son, Gabriel, who suffers from a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. With Gabriel unable to shed the beliefs and interests that caused their physical and emotional distance, Henry must learn to embrace his son's choices and try to connect with him through music.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:42
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Friends, Losers
PlotTravel, Revenge, Friendship, Uprising
PlacePrison, School, College
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of control.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Australia
Duration01:45
CharactersOrphans
PlotOn real events, Uprising
PlaceEngland
TimeNew Year
StyleSoulful, By books, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

The story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovers one of the most significant social scandals in recent times – the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama
CountryGermany
CharactersTerminally ill
PlotOn real events
PlaceGermany, Asia
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Fancy

Based on the true story of Benjamin Prufer and Sreykeo Solvan. The unexpected and uncertain love story of Sreykeo, a 21 year old bar girl in Phnom Penh and Ben, a young German student traveling to Cambodia on a post graduation summer trip. When Ben returns home to Germany he discovers that Sreyko is sick and he takes on the responsibility to save her. On the way he discovers a world where not everyone is dealt the same cards and where motivations are not always pure.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersTeens, Terminally ill
PlotLove triangle
PlaceSmall cities
StyleRomantic, To cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

Three lives of three young people intersect over the course of one summer. A rich student and a young working-class man accidentally destroy a diner when their impromptu road race takes a disastrous turn. Ordered by a judge to spend the summer repairing the building, they find themselves becoming rivals for the affections of the owner's daughter.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, history
CountryFrance, Israel, Italy, India, USA
Duration01:52
CharactersOrphans, Refugees
PlotOn real events, Political, Uprising
PlaceIsrael
StyleTo cry, Gloomy, Serious

A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of the first Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:21
CharactersTeachers, Alcoholics
PlotDepression, Rehabilitation
PlaceSchool, USA
StylePsychological problems, Twisted plot, To cry, Soulful, Gloomy

Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, something’s got to give. But change isn’t exactly a cakewalk. Sobriety means she will have to confront the lies she’s been spinning at work, her troubling relationship with her mother, and the nature of her bond with Charlie.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, short
CountryUSA
Duration00:19
CharactersGay, Losers
PlotOn real events, Adoption, Rivalry
PlaceCalifornia, New York, Los Angeles
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Makes me think, Touching

At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.





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