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List of the best movies like Detachment (2011): Luce, Butterfly, Broken, Blame, Smashed, Cake, Won't Back Down, Once in Trubchevsk, Au Revoir les Enfants, Interiors.

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Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Sisters, Parents
PlotBreakup, Mental disorders, Political, Computers, Internet
PlaceSchool, Party, USA
TimeThe Great Depression
StylePsychological problems, Twisted plot, Tense, Makes me think

A star athlete and top student, Luce's idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama
CountrySpain
Duration01:36
CharactersTeachers, Family, Friends, Parents
PlotTravel, Friendship, Depression, Political, Betrayal
PlaceVillage, School, Nature, Forest, Spain
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Patriotic, Gloomy, Touching

The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ordinary coming-of-age experiences, tensions related to the looming Spanish Civil War periodically interrupt Moncho's personal growth and daily life.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:27
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Childrens, Pupils
PlotFriendship, First love, Mental disorders, Betrayal, Cheating
PlaceSchool, England, London
StylePsychological problems, By books, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

Three suburban English families' lives intertwine with tragic consequences.

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: 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: 6.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:42
PlotObsession, Friendship, Loneliness, Death, Depression
PlaceUSA, Los Angeles
StylePsychological problems, To cry, Gloomy, Touching, Depressive

After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:01
CharactersTeachers, Strong women, Single mothers, Poor
PlotDivorce, Uprising
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleTouching, Serious

Jamie Fitzpatrick and Nona Alberts are two women from opposites sides of the social and economic track, but they have one thing in common: a mission to fix their community's broken school and ensure a bright future for their children. The two women refuse to let any obstacles stand in their way as they battle a bureaucracy that's hopelessly mired in traditional thinking, and they seek to re-energize a faculty that has lost its passion for teaching.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genredrama
CountryRussia
PlotLove, Love triangle, Cheating
PlaceVillage, Russia
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Touching, Depressive, Serious

In a small town everything is visible. However much you try to hide something, some disturbing signals will reach the family sooner or later. And then you have to make a choice: start a new life in the same place with your new “half” or confess to the old half and return to the usual flow of life. The film’s heroes stand before such a choice.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, military
CountryFrance, West Germany, Italy
Duration01:44
CharactersJews, Pupils, Friends
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Death
PlaceFrance, USA, Boarding school
TimeWorld War II
StylePsychological problems, To cry, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching

Au revoir les enfants tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie—until a secret is revealed. Based on events from writer-director Malle’s own childhood, the film is a subtle, precisely observed tale of courage, cowardice, and tragic awakening.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:28
CharactersBallerinas, Sisters, Parents
PlotDancing, Music, Ballet, Love triangle, Depression
PlaceNew York
StylePsychological problems, To cry, Gloomy, Touching, Depressive

A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, all bets are off when an ebullient stranger enters the picture.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersTeachers, Street children, Newlyweds
PlotOn real events
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleTouching, Serious

Inspired by a true story, “Beyond the Blackboard” is about a 24-year-old first-time teacher who makes a difference in the lives of the homeless children she teaches in a shelter’s makeshift classroom. Set in 1987 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this movie tells the story a brand-new teacher and Mom who is given a tougher than expected teaching job and winds up teaching homeless children in a school that is housed in a room and called, literally, The School with No Name. She has some personal prejudicial hurdles to cross before she is able to be a true teacher for these children and of course there are hurdles like the lack of books and supplies.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersTeachers
PlotBasketball
PlaceSchool, Ghetto
StyleSoulful, Makes me think, Depressive, Serious

An all-black inner city school has to become an integrated school. Few dozen white kids are transfered there, but the black students are aggressively opposed to this. The school then approaches a tough black teacher for help.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:37
CharactersWriters, Friends, Losers
PlotObsession, Friendship, Loneliness, Mental disorders, Love triangle
PlacePoland, New York
TimeWorld War II
StylePsychological problems, To cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Heavy

Stingo, a young writer, moves to Brooklyn in 1947 to begin work on his first novel. As he becomes friendly with Sophie and her lover Nathan, he learns that she is a Holocaust survivor. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from pre-war prosperity to Auschwitz. In the present, Sophie and Nathan's relationship increasingly unravels as Stingo grows closer to Sophie and Nathan's fragile mental state becomes ever more apparent.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantasy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersChildrens, Losers, Fish, Poor
PlotFlooding
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Fancy, Gloomy, Touching

Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink in 'the Bathtub', a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe—for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack—temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama
CountryItaly, Germany, France, USA
Duration01:45
CharactersTeens, Disabled people, Losers
PlaceItaly, Hospitals, Germany
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Gloomy, Touching, Depressive

Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.

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
Genredrama
CountryIran
CharactersTaxi drivers
PlotLove, Friendship, Jealousy, Everyday life
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Soulful, Fascinating, Gloomy

Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Rakshan Banietemad ends her eight-year hiatus from feature filmmaking with this ingenious, mosaic-like narrative, which knits together the stories of seven characters to create a microcosm of Iranian working-class society.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Losers, Street children
PlotOn real events, Survival
PlaceUSA
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious

After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
PlaceUSA
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Fascinating, Makes me think, Depressive

After his family is evicted from their home, proud and desperate construction worker Dennis Nash tries to win his home back by striking a deal with the devil and working for Rick Carver, the corrupt real estate broker who evicted him.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:05
CharactersDisabled people, Losers
PlotOn real events, Death
PlaceSchool, Asia, Korea, Small cities
TimeNew Year
StyleGloomy, Depressive, Serious

Based on actual events that took place at Gwangju Inhwa School for the hearing-impaired, where young deaf students were the victims of repeated sexual assaults by faculty members over a period of five years in the early 2000s.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Greece, Brazil
CharactersGay, Teachers, Artists, Writers, Old man
PlotTravel, Wedding
PlaceSchool, Party, USA, New York
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

After 39 years together, Ben and George finally tie the knot, but George loses his job as a result, and the newlyweds must sell their New York apartment and live apart, relying on friends and family to make ends meet.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:32
CharactersDogs
PlotDepression
PlaceEngland
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Fascinating, Heavy, Gloomy

The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating results on both of their lives.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:29
CharactersTeens, Losers, Difficult teens
PlotDepression
PlaceSchool, Small cities
StylePsychological problems, To cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

Freshman high-school student Melinda has refused to speak ever since she called the cops on a popular summer party. With her old friends snubbing her for being a rat, and her parents too busy to notice her troubles, she folds into herself, trying to hide her secret: that star senior Andy raped her at the party. But Melinda does manage to find solace in her art class headed by Mr. Freeman.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA, France
Duration01:45
CharactersFamily, Fathers, Veterans
PlotSports, Fight, Money, Loneliness
PlaceUSA
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Tense, Gloomy, Touching

Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with a long-in-the-tooth stripper, and tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter. But he can't resist the lure of the ring and readies himself for a comeback.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryAustralia
CharactersAlcoholics, Losers
PlotLove, Uprising
PlacePrison, Village, USSR, Australia
StylePsychological problems, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think

Blackfella Charlie is getting older, and he's out of sorts. The intervention is making life more difficult on his remote community, what with the proper policing of whitefella laws that don't generally make much sense, and Charlie's kin and ken seeming more interested in going along with things than doing anything about it. So Charlie takes off, to live the old way, but in doing so sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat the wiser.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:09
CharactersTeachers, Strong women, Students, Alcoholics
PlotLoneliness, Weapon, Depression, Meaning of life, Mystery
PlaceCollege, USSR, USA, Laboratory, Small cities
StylePsychological problems, Twisted plot, Philosophical, Fascinating, Smart

On a small town college campus, a philosophy professor in existential crisis gives his life new purpose when he enters into a relationship with his student.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, crime, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersTeachers, Heroes, Losers
PlotOn real events, Adventure, Chess, Contests, Rivalry
PlaceGhetto
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Fascinating, Makes me think, Serious

Based on a true story from 1998, five Latino and Black teenagers from the toughest underserved ghetto in Miami fight their way into the National Chess Championship under the guidance of their unconventional but inspirational teacher.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Psychologists, Hippies, Photographers
PlotLove, On real events, Basketball, Obsession, Friendship
PlaceSchool, Russia, Party, Hospitals, USA
StyleLight, By books, Fascinating, Tense, Touching

A sex therapist goes through puberty after the successful removal of a benign tumor resting against his pituitary gland. He experiences all the changes and effects of puberty over a three-week period.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama
CountryDenmark, Canada, Sweden, France, Germany, United Kingdom, USA
CharactersLawyers
PlotLove, Fate
TimeWinter
StyleRomantic, Psychological problems, To cry, Cute, Touching

Clara and her two sons escape from her abusive husband with little more than their car and plan to start over in New York. After the car towed away, the family meets Alice, who gets them into an emergency shelter. While stealing food at a Russian restaurant called ‘Winter Palace’, Clara meets Marc, who has been given the chance to help the old eatery regain its former glory. The ‘Winter Palace’ soon becomes a place of unexpected encounters between people who are all undergoing some sort of crisis and whom fate has now brought together.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama
CountryFrance
Duration02:00
CharactersTerminally ill, Priests
PlaceVillage, Small cities
StyleSoulful, By books, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching

An inexperienced, sickly priest shows up in the rural French community of Ambricourt, where he joins the community's clergy. But the locals don't take kindly to the priest, and his ascetic ways and unsociable demeanor make him an outcast. During Bible studies at the nearby girls school, he is continually mocked by his students. Then his attempt to intervene in a family feud backfires into a scandal. His failures, compounded with his declining health, begin to erode his faith.





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