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List of the best movies like Palo Alto (2014): Paper Man, Blame, George Washington, Jess + Moss, Speak, The Wise Kids, The Truth About Jane, Mosquita y Mari, Terri, Men, Women & Children.

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Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:51
CharactersSuperhero, Teens, Writers, Friends
PlotFriendship, Loneliness, Depression, Growing up
PlaceParty, USA, Small cities
StylePsychological problems, Fancy, Touching

A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his imaginary Superhero friend.

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
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: 6.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:23
CharactersTeens
PlotFriendship
PlaceUSA
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Touching

Jess, age 18, and Moss, age 12 are second cousins in the dark-fire tobacco fields of rural Western Kentucky. Without immediate families that they can relate to, and lacking friends their own age, they only have each other. Over the course of a summer they venture on a journey exploring deep secrets and hopes of a future while being confronted with fears of isolation, abandonment and an unknown tomorrow.

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: 6.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens, Gay, Friends
PlotFriendship, Religious
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTouching, Serious

A vivid, dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open. Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist church, weaving through this ensemble piece are three main characters - Brea, an introspective pastor's daughter experiencing debilitating doubt, the hyperactive Laura, Brea's best friend and a devout believer, and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Tensions and buried feelings abound, as colleges are chosen and adults behave badly, as Brea, Laura and Tim attempt to hang onto what they have, all the while yearning to break free.

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: 6.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:26
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Friends, Losers
PlotFriendship
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

After being assigned as study partners, two Chicana high schoolers find a bond that confuses them at times.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Friends, Losers, Mice
PlotFriendship, Loneliness, Bulimia
PlaceSchool, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Cute, Soulful, Smart, Makes me think

Terri, a pajama-clad, disaffected high school student learns how to engage the world with the help of Mr. Fitzgerald, his assistant principal.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:59
CharactersTeens
PlotAnorexia, Depression, Internet
PlaceUSA
StyleTense, Touching, Serious, Disturbing

Follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantastic, fantasy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:51
CharactersTeens, Losers, Orphans
PlotLove, Superpowers, Friendship, Loneliness, Death
PlaceSchool, College, Small cities
StyleTouching, Serious

Harassed by classmates who won't accept his shocking appearance, a shy young man known as "Powder" struggles to fit in. But the cruel taunts stop when Powder displays a mysterious power that allows him to do incredible things. This phenomenon changes the lives of all those around him in ways they never could have imagined.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotFriendship
PlaceItaly, New York
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Smart, Touching, Serious

A Catholic New Yorker falls in love with a girl and decides to marry her. But then he learns that she was once raped.

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: 7.7
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: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:04
CharactersTeens
PlotLife, First love, Family life
PlaceSmall cities

A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict father during the Gulf War.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:03
CharactersTeens, Friends, Fish
PlotOn real events, Gambling, Friendship
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAction, To cry, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Smart

A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying life circumstances in the untamed west of Montana in the 1920's.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, adventure
CountryUSA
CharactersDogs, Teens, Teachers, Friends, Sisters
PlotDancing, Adventure, Money, Friendship, Pursuit
PlaceSchool, Trains, Party, USA, Small cities
TimeSummer
StyleTouching, Serious

Growing up in a rural town filled with violent delinquents, Jack has learned to do what it takes to survive, despite having an oblivious mother and no father. After his aunt falls ill and a younger cousin comes to stay with him, the hardened 15-year-old discovers the importance of friendship, family, and looking for happiness even in the most desolate of circumstances.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:26
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Friends
PlotFriendship
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:50
CharactersTeens, Friends, Maids
PlotFriendship
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past.

Markimdb: 4.7
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryFrance, USA
CharactersTeens, Gay, Artists
PlotLove, Friendship, Rivalry
PlaceMetro, USA, Night Clubs, New York
StyleRomantic, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Maurice, a reticent young homeless man, somehow manages to get by in Brooklyn; he spends his nights in parked cars until he finds himself at Bizarre, an underground club renowned for its burlesque shows. Maurice is fascinated by the club’s playful revues celebrating self-determined sexuality and creative otherness, and the two female club owners both adore him. He soon becomes a part of their self-selected family, and begins to bond with introverted Luka. But Maurice turns his back on Luka’s growing affection. Running away from his true emotions he drifts aimlessly through the city. He tries to find his feet at a boxing club, where he meets Charlie. Unable to withstand the pressure of his repressed feelings, Maurice unleashes a mounting foment of emotions, pervaded by tenderness and menace.

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
CountryRussia
Duration01:47
PlotLove, Loneliness, Death, Religious, Depression
PlaceRussia
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Fascinating, Tense, Touching

Judas, a seasoned thief, finds himself in the market square where Christ is giving a sermon and his apostles are collecting alms. He follows them and steals their money, only to be caught red-handed. Nevertheless, the Teacher forgives him. What is more, He invites the thief to become one of His followers and offers him a position as the group’s treasurer. Shocked by Christ’s unexpected offer, Judas decides to join the apostles, if only to figure out what is going on. He gradually starts to comprehend Christ’s message, but feels that the apostles are blindly following their teacher. Judas argues with them, and tries to defend his right to divine the truth of God. But when he fails to make them understand, he realizes that Christ’s teachings may sink into oblivion without benefiting humanity. His solution is to betray Christ. “By killing a man, have I not saved a God?”

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryJapan
Duration00:45
CharactersTeens, Animals, Photographers, Friends, Managers
PlotLove, Passion, Obsession, Friendship, Seduction
PlaceRussia, Japan, Party, Asia, Night Clubs
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Nakamura Aoi stars as a young aspiring manga artist who's able to deal with loneliness and separation from his family through the companionship of an American Shorthair cat named Gin-o-gou.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrehorror, fantasy, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:55
CharactersVampire, Teachers, Friends
PlotFriendship, Loneliness, Supernatural, First love, Snow
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAtmospheric, Tense, Gloomy, Depressive, Gothic

A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. A remake of the movie “Let The Right One In” which was an adaptation of a book.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersDogs, Teens, Friends
PlotFriendship
PlaceSmall cities
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Cute, Soulful, Atmospheric, Touching

Henry and Nicky are small town pals from blue collar families with only a short time before they ship off to World War II. Henry begins romancing new-to-town Caddie Winger, believing her to be wealthy. Mischievious and irresponsible, Nicky gets into trouble which forces the other two to become involved, testing their relationship, as well as the friendship between the boys.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:20
CharactersTeens, Family, Prophets, Losers
PlotLove, Religious, True love
PlaceSummer camp, USA
StyleAction, Tense, Touching, Serious

Teen friends, Steve, Carrie, Cooper, and Gameboy embark on a weekend camping trip lead by their church youth group leader Stuart (Sean Astin) and his wife Beth (Erin Bethea). Joining them is an outsider Ashley, a self-involved rich kid, whose attitude causes a major commotion within the group, specifically between her and Carrie. Before it gets too out of hand though, Stuart takes this opportunity to share with the kids the incredibly powerful biblical story of Hosea; a story of immovable faith, impeccable commitment, and impervious love.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersTeens
PlotTravel, Mental disorders, Depression
PlaceCollege, Psychiatric hospitals
StyleRomantic, To cry, Touching, Serious

Matt falls for Casey, the new girl in school. She's fun-loving and eccentric, but there's a darkness to her whimsy that Matt can't begin to comprehend. When Casey attempts to commit suicide, her parents place her in a mental institution. Matt springs her out, and together the young lovers head on a road trip. They believe their love can "cure" Casey's problems. Matt starts to wonder, though, if are they inspired or misguided.

Markimdb: 6
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersFriends
PlotMusic, Friendship, Rivalry
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Touching

Set in suburban New Jersey in the 1960s, a group of friends form a rock band and try to make it big.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:22
CharactersAlcoholics, Fathers, Mothers
PlotLove, Friendship, Loneliness, Death, Pursuit
PlaceUSA
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Heavy, Touching

A man struggles with the tragic memories of his past to make sense of his present, but soon realizes that time isn't the enemy he thinks it is.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:43
CharactersTeens, Photographers
PlotLoneliness, First love, Depression
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTo cry, Gloomy, Makes me think, Heartbreaking, Serious

Waitress Annie has separated from her suicidal alcoholic husband, Glenn. Glenn has become an evangelical Christian, but his erratic attempts at getting back into Annie's life have alarmed her. High school student Arthur works at Annie's restaurant, growing closer to a new kid in town, Lila, after class. When Glenn and Annie's daughter go missing, the whole town searches for her, as he increasingly spirals out of control.





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