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List of the best movies like Pariah (2011): A Marine Story, Circumstance, Jess + Moss, Margarita with a Straw, It Felt Like Love, Mosquita y Mari, Face, The Slaughter Rule, A River Runs Through It, Mud.

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Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, military
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Military, Soldier
PlotFriendship
StyleSoulful, Serious

Marine officer Alexandra is tough enough to kick any guy's ass in a bar fight, but there's one opponent she can't beat: military policy. When she returns to her conservative hometown from Iraq with a mysterious personal life, she finds herself charged with preparing a tempestuous teenage girl to boot camp.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama
CountryFrance, USA, Iran
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Friends
PlotObsession, Friendship, Love triangle, Hip Hop, Uprising
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's newfound conservatism.

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
CountryIndia
Duration01:40
CharactersLesbians, Disabled people, Losers
PlotLove, Travel, Death, Cancer
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleTouching, Serious

A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves India to study in New York. On her journey of self-discovery, she unexpectedly falls in love.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genredrama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens
PlotPassion, Obsession, Friendship
PlaceBeach, USA, New York
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Touching, Depressive

A gauzy summer in South Brooklyn. Lila, an awkward adolescent girl, passes her time breaking into beach homes and tagging along on dates between her pretty friend Chiara and Chiara's new boyfriend, Patrick. Lila decides this will be the summer she loses her virginity, too—her interest is piqued when she meets Sammy, an older boy reputed to sleep with just about anyone. Yet Lila's attempts at sexual conquest risk taking her beyond her limits, and into dangerous uncharted territory. 

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: 6.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:29
CharactersTeens, Friends, Genie
PlotFriendship, Family life
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.

Markimdb: 6
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:02
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotAmerican Football, Friendship
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

A young man finds solace with a young woman, his mother, and a high-school football coach who recruits him to quarterback a six-man team.

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: 7.4
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:11
CharactersTeens, Snipers, Childrens, Friends, Hunters
PlotTravel, Obsession, Friendship, First love, Cheating
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAction, To cry, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Tense

Two boys find a fugitive hiding out on an island in the Mississippi River and form a pact to help him reunite with his lover and escape.

Markimdb: 4.4
Genrehorror, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Werewolf
PlotPassion
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleRomantic, Atmospheric, Fancy, Explicit scenes, Serious

Jack and Diane, two teenage girls, meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. Diane's charming innocence quickly begins to open Jack's tough skinned heart. But, when Jack discovers that Diane is leaving the country in a week she tries to push her away. Diane must struggle to keep their love alive while hiding the secret that her newly awakened sexual desire is giving her werewolf-like visions.

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: 6.1
Genredrama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, France
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotFriendship, Breakup
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

The We and the I is the heartfelt and comical story of the final bus ride home for a group of young high school students and graduates.

Markimdb: 7
Genrefantasy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:09
CharactersFriends, Fathers, Partners
PlotLife, Friendship, Fate, Family life
PlaceUSA
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious, Disturbing

As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift further and further away from them. When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a new found urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children? COURAGEOUS is the fourth release of Sherwood Pictures, the movie making ministry of Sherwood Church in Albany, Georgia.

Markimdb: 4.9
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersGay, Indians, Writers, Friends, Cats
PlotPassion, Investigation, Friendship, Mental disorders
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Fancy, Gloomy

Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer has lived his life in two states of existence: in reality and his own interior world. While working on a murder mystery script, and unaware that his brain is on the verge of implosion, Felix is baffled when his characters start to appear in his life, and vice versa.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Gay, Friends
PlotObsession, Friendship, Depression
PlaceCollege, New York
StyleTo cry, Touching

Dorian realizes he is gay in his final year of high school. He meets another gay youth locally, but remains confused. He starts therapy, then resorts to confession in the Church, and finally comes out to his brother. Dorian then decides to come out to his father; he gets kicked out of the house.

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: 5.5
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Losers
PlaceUSA
StyleFascinating, Gloomy, Touching, Depressive, Serious

A teenage girl, distraught from her vain attempt to connect with her estranged mother, resorts to cutting herself. When she develops an online relationship with an older woman, she learns to accept her sexuality and the endless solitude of sprawling suburbia.

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: 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: 6.7
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:26
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Friends
PlotPassion, Obsession, Friendship, Gems
PlaceEngland
TimeSummer
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tasmin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.

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: 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: 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: 7.5
Genredrama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotFriendship
PlaceUSA
StyleTouching, Serious

Coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersFriends, Losers
PlotFriendship, Mental disorders, Chase
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

An intimate and turbulent relationship develops between Chase, a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and Elizabeth, the caretaker employed to look after her.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama
CountryRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom
CharactersDogs, Teens, Friends
PlotFriendship
PlaceIreland
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Centred around greyhound racing in a Catholic community after the "Troubles" have ended but where their legacy remains strong. Donal is a 14-year old who works in a greyhound racing kennel owned by Good Joe. If Donal's favourite greyhound, The Mighty Celt, wins three races in a row, Good Joe has promised him full ownership.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genremelodrama, drama, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Friends
PlotFriendship, Adoption
StyleRomantic, Touching, Serious

The stunning Dreya Weber stars as a former top gymnast who discovers love and a new life path when she teams up with a dancer (played by former L.A. Lakers cheerleader Addie Yungmee) for an ambitious Las Vegas aerial act show.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, music
CountryCanada, USA
Duration02:21
CharactersTeens, DJs
PlotLove, Dancing, Music, Fate, Freedom
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StyleInspirational, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

After an accidental drug overdose, a talented teenage DJ goes to live with his estranged father in a small Army town, where he gets to the bottom of his own pain and learns empathy for others.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA
CharactersDogs, Lesbians, Thieves, Snake, Friends
PlotLove, Dancing, Boxing, Friendship
PlaceNew York
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.





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