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20 best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989)

List of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989): Rushmore, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, That's What I Am, The Professor, The Spectacular Now, Charlie Bartlett, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Lucas, Unexpected, Simon Birch.

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Markimdb: 7.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Students, Pupils, Losers
PlotLove, Friendship, First love, Love triangle, Depression
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleTouching

When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the teacher. However, the situation soon gets complicated when Max's new friend becomes involved with her, setting the two pals against one another in a war for her attention.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:30
CharactersTeens, Students, Friends, Terminally ill
PlotFriendship, Loneliness, Depression, Cancer
PlaceSchool, USA
StylePsychological problems, To cry, By books, Smart, Vital signs

Greg is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But both his anonymity and friendship threaten to unravel when his mother forces him to befriend a classmate with leukemia.

Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersTeens, Gay, Teachers, Students, Writers
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleTo cry

A coming-of-age story that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol, a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his junior high school peers.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:30
CharactersTeachers, Students, Terminally ill, Teachers
PlotLife, Adventure, Meaning of life, Friendship, Death
PlaceCollege
StyleTo cry, Vital signs, Fascinating, Makes me think, Touching

A world-weary college professor is given a life-changing diagnosis and decides to throw all pretense and conventions to the wind and live his life as boldly and freely as possible with a biting sense of humor, a reckless streak and a touch of madness.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:39
CharactersTeens, Teachers
PlotFriendship, First love
PlaceSchool
TimeGraduation
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."

Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:37
CharactersTeens, Students, Bodyguards, Friends, Losers
PlotFriendship, Depression
StyleTo cry

Awkward teenager Charlie Bartlett has trouble fitting in at a new high school. Charlie needs some friends fast, and decides that the best way to find them is to appoint himself the resident psychiatrist. He becomes one of the most popular guys in school by doling out advice and, occasionally, medication, to the student body.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:56
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Pupils
PlotLove triangle
PlaceSchool, Scotland, Boarding school
StyleAction, To cry, Touching

A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersTeens, Students, Friends
PlotAmerican Football, Friendship, First love, Rivalry
PlaceSchool
StyleTo cry, Touching

A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:27
CharactersTeachers, Students, Friends, Losers
PlotFriendship, Computers
PlaceParty, USA
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching

An inner-city high school teacher discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students and the two develop an unlikely friendship while struggling to navigate their unexpected pregnancies.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersTeachers, Disabled people, Friends, Partners, Parents
PlotFriendship, Fate, Justice, Parenting
PlaceSchool, Small cities
StyleLight, To cry, Cute, Inspirational, Touching

Simon Birch and Joe Wenteworth are boys who have a reputation for being oddballs. Joe never knew his father, and his mother, Rebecca, is keeping her lips sealed no matter how much he protests. Simon, meanwhile, is an 11-year-old dwarf whose outsize personality belies his small stature. Indeed, he often assails the local reverend with thorny theological questions and joins Joe on his quest to find his biological father.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotFriendship
PlaceForest
TimeSummer
StyleTo cry, Touching

Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank's attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, and a strange kid named Biaggio. He announces that they are going to build a house there, free from responsibility and parents. Once their makeshift abode is finished, the three young men find themselves masters of their own destiny, alone in the woods.

Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersOrphans
PlotBirthday, Family life
PlaceTrains, USA, Small cities
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Teenager Homer Macauley stays at home in small-town Ithaca to support his family while his older brother Marcus prepares to go to war.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersTeens, Students, Lawyers, Girlfriends
PlotLove, Obsession, Split personality, Dreams
TimeSummer
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Intellectual

As a fan of Albert Camus and Jean-Luc Godard, teenage Nick Twisp is definitely out of his element when his mother and her boyfriend move the family to a trailer park. When a pretty neighbor named Sheeni plays records by French crooners, it's love at first sight for frustrated and inexperienced Nick. Learning that she is dating someone, Nick launches a hilarious quest to find his way into Sheeni's heart -- and bed.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotFriendship
TimeSummer
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Four young people navigate the suburban wonderland of metro-Detroit looking for love and adventure on the last weekend of summer.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersTeens, Students, Friends, Losers, Psychiatrists
PlotFriendship, Mental disorders, Depression
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, New York
StyleTo cry, Cute, Touching

A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:46
CharactersTeens, Pregnant, Friends, Parents
PlotWedding, Life, Friendship, Family life
StyleTo cry, Cute, Fascinating, Smart, Touching

Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want babies? Their parents certainly want them to. Is married life all that there is? Things certainly aren't helped by Jake's friend Davis, who always seems to turn up just in time to put a spanner in the works.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama, music
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Students, Poets
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Money, Friendship, Birthday
PlaceParty
StyleAction, By books, Fascinating, Black humor, Touching

In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:54
CharactersTeens
PlotFirst love, Art, Seduction
PlaceNew York
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

New York, 1937. A teenager hired to star in Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar becomes attracted to a career-driven production assistant.

Markimdb: 6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:34
CharactersTeens, Heroes, Family, Friends
PlotAdventure, Passion, Friendship
PlaceSchool, College, Boarding school
StyleTo cry, By books

Naive Midwestern prep student Jonathan bonds with his more worldly roommate, Skip, who takes the small-town boy under his wing. At Skip's urging, the inexperienced Jonathan is emboldened to seek out older women in the cocktail lounges of nearby Chicago, where he meets and beds the alluring Ellen, who unfortunately turns out to be Skip's mother. The division between the friends is further deepened when a cheating scandal engulfs the school.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersTeens, Friends, Housewives
PlotFriendship, Divorce, Female friendship
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTo cry, Touching

Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersTeens, Horses, Cowboys, Thieves, Jews
PlotTravel, Friendship, Death, Baseball
PlaceSummer camp
StyleTo cry, Serious

Six children at a summer camp embark on a mission to save a buffalo herd from slaughter.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:42
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotWedding, Friendship, First love, True love
StyleTo cry, Cute, Touching

Mandy Moore stars as Halley, a young hip high school student who's convinced true love doesn't exist based on the crazy relationships around her. Her mother is divorcing her father who is dating a younger woman Halley can't stand. Her crazed sister is planning a wedding but has second thoughts and her best friend has fallen madly in love for the first time leaving Halley to feel even more alone.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrecomedy, drama, music
CountryFrance, Luxembourg, Germany
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Musicians, Friends, Orphans
PlotMusic, Friendship, Intrigue, Parenting
PlaceSchool, France, Boarding school
TimeFuture
StyleTo cry, Touching

Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersTeens, Students, Girlfriends
PlotLove, First love, Jealousy
PlaceSchool
StyleExciting, Kind, To cry, Cute, Deep Meaning

When Juli meets Bryce in the second grade, she knows it's true love. After spending six years trying to convince Bryce the same, she's ready to give up - until he starts to reconsider.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersTeens, Knights, Heroes, Disabled people, Friends
PlotFriendship, Loneliness
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

This tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio's syndrome and an older boy who is always bullied because of his size. Adapted from the novel, Freak the Mighty, the film explores a building of trust and friendship. Kevin, an intelligent guy helps out Maxwell to improve his reading skills. In return, Kevin wants Maxwell to take him out places since he is not allowed out unauthorized. Being the social outcasts of the town, Kevin and Maxwell come to realize that they are similar to each other and accept that they are "freaks" and nothing will stop them.

Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Friends, Parents, Poor
PlotLife, Friendship, Family life
PlaceSchool, New York
StyleLight, To cry, Inspirational, Touching

From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:34
CharactersStudents, Pupils
PlotFriendship, First love, Birthday, Moving, Dreams
PlaceSchool, College, Party, New York
TimeNew Year, Graduation
StyleInteresting, Makes me think

A California high school student plans to escape from her family and small town by going to college in New York.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:39
CharactersStudents, Friends
PlotDancing, Friendship, Love triangle
PlaceSchool, College
StyleTo cry, Touching

Ivy League Freshman, Aaron Milton (17) gets a different kind of education when he falls for Linda (34) a vivacious former wild-child who has returned to college to straighten out her life. The curriculum gets more challenging when Aaron meets Linda's sarcastic 14 year-old daughter, Beth - who quickly develops a crush on him. The math doesn't work in either direction but the dysfunctional triangle becomes a learning experience for all involved.

Markimdb: 5
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:21
CharactersTeens, Housewives
PlotFriendship, Uprising
PlaceBoarding school
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching

When Sam learns his mother cannot afford to send him to another school after he is kicked out, he and his friends start their own escort service for mature women to pay for his tuition.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:37
CharactersTeens
PlotFriendship, First love
PlaceSchool, Beach
StyleRomantic, Atmospheric

15-year-old deep-thinking Welsh schoolboy, Oliver Tate struggles to initiate and maintain a relationship with Jordana, his devilish, dark-haired classmate at their Swansea high school. As his parents' marriage begins to fall apart, similar problems arise in his relationship with Jordana.





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