10 best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001)

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The Princess Diaries 2001
A socially awkward but very bright 15-year-old girl being raised by a single mom discovers that she is the princess of a small European country because of the recent death of her long-absent father, who, unknown to her, was the crown prince of Genovia. She must make a choice between continuing the life of a San Francisco teen or stepping up to the throne.
List of the best movies like The Princess Diaries (2001): Princess Protection Program, The DUFF, Happily N'Ever After 2, The Baby-Sitters Club, Valley Girl, Nicostratos the Pelican, The Wise Kids, Me Without You, The Dust Factory, Dirty Girl.

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Princess Protection Program (2009)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:30

When an evil dictator threatens to take over the kingdom, Princess Rosalinda gets put into the Princess Protection Program. She is taken under the wing of General Joe Mason, an agent from the agency, and his daughter, Carter, who works after school at a nearby bait shop. Rosalinda goes undercover as a regular teen named, Rosie with the help of Carter. In turn, Rosalinda helps Carter overcome insecurities with herself and her crush on Donny who also likes her but can't tell or get shy.

The DUFF (2015)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:38

Bianca's universe turns upside down when she learns that her high school refers to her as a ‘DUFF' (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). Hoping to erase that label, she enlists the help of a charming jock and her favorite teacher. Together they'll face the school's mean girl and remind everyone that we are all someone's DUFF… and that's totally fine.

Happily N'Ever After 2 (2009)
Markimdb: 3.8
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom
Duration01:15

Fairy tales collide when Mambo and Munk tip the scales of good and evil once again.

The Baby-Sitters Club (1995)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrefamily
CountryUSA
Duration01:34

It's the story about seven very different best friends, and one summer that will bring them together like never before.

Valley Girl (1983)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:39

Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.

Nicostratos the Pelican (2011)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CountryFrance, Greece
Duration01:28

After his wife died a man refuses to go out and doesn't want to talk to his only son. Life has no meaning for him. One day his son finds a baby pelican and decides to leave the bird at home. Pelican helps the boy find his father again and revive him back to life ...

The Wise Kids (2011)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:35

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.

Me Without You (2001)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany
Duration01:48

During a long, hot summer in seventies London, young neighbors Holly and Marina make a childhood pact to be friends forever. For Marina, troubled, fiercely independent, determined to try everything, Holly stays the only constant in a life of divorcing parents, experimental drugs and fashionable self-destruction. But for Holly, a friendship that has never been equal gradually starts to feel like a trap.

The Dust Factory (2004)
Markimdb: 6
Genrefantasy, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:39

Ryan is a teenager who lacks the ability to speak. One day, Ryan falls off a bridge and he finds himself transported to a strange fantasy world where he encounters his Grandpa Randolph (Armin Mueller-Stahl) and a pretty girl named Melanie (Hayden Panettiere); together, Ryan and Melanie learn to help one another with their problems, and they both discover the wisdom they can gain from elders like Grandpa Randolph.

Dirty Girl (2010)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:30

When Danielle is banished to special education because of her misbehavior, she joins Clarke on a road trip to discover themselves.

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Foxfire (1996)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:42

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.

My Bodyguard (1980)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:42

Clifford Peach, an easygoing teenager, is finding less than easy to fit in at his new high school, where a tough-talking bully terrorizes his classmates and extorts their lunch money. Refusing to pay up, Clifford enlist the aid of an overgrown misfit whose mere presence intimidates students and teachers alike. But their "business relationship" soon turns personal as Clifford and the troubled loner forge a winning alliance against their intimidators - and a very special friendship with each other.

Harriet the Spy (1996)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:40

When the secret notebook of a young girl who fancies herself a spy is found by her friends, her speculations make her very unpopular! Can she win her friends back?

Lucas (1986)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:40

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.

Mud (2013)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:11

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.

Girlhood (2014)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryFrance
Duration01:53

Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.

Very Good Girls (2013)
Markimdb: 6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:31

Two New York City girls make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist, the friends find their connection tested for the first time.

Terri (2011)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA

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

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama
CountryUSA

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.

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (2018)
Markimdb: 8
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:00

Spring time in April and the last of the cherry blossoms are still in bloom. The usually aloof bookworm with no interest in others comes across a book in a hospital waiting room. Handwritten on the cover are the words: "Living with Dying." He soon discovers that it is a diary kept by his very popular and genuinely cheerful classmate, Sakura Yamauchi, who reveals to him that she is secretly suffering from a pancreatic illness and only has a limited time left. It is at this moment that she gains just one more person to share her secret. Trying to maintain a normal life as much as possible, Sakura is determined to live her life to the fullest until the very last day. As her free spirit and unpredictable actions throw him for a loop, his heart begins to gradually change.

Lemonade Mouth (2011)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama, musical, family, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:43

The story follows five disparate high school students - Olivia, Mo, Charlie, Stella, and Wen who meet in detention. They realize they are destined to rock, and ultimately form a band that becomes a champion for students sidelined by the high school elite.

Clueless (1995)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:37

Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other. Emboldened by her success, she decides to give hopelessly klutzy new student Tai a makeover. When Tai becomes more popular than she is, Cher realizes that her disapproving ex-stepbrother was right about how misguided she was -- and falls for him.

Totally True Love (2011)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, family, detective
CountryNorway
Duration01:23

When the new boy in class, Jørgen, moves into the haunted house down the road Anne’s world turns upside-down; she falls head over heals in love with him. All the girls in Anne’s class fall for Jørgen as well, including beautiful blonde pony-tailed Ellen. But that is of no hindrance to Anne; she is willing to go further than anyone to win him over. When done in the name of love, everything is allowed…isn’t it?

The Way He Looks (2014)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryBrazil
Duration01:36

Leonardo is a blind teenager dealing with an overprotective mother while trying to live a more independent life. To the disappointment of his best friend, Giovana, he plans to go on an exchange program abroad. When Gabriel, a new student in town, arrives at their classroom, new feelings blossom in Leonardo making him question his plans.

Dancing Arabs (2014)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryIsrael, Germany, France

A young Arab is caught between cultures as he is sent to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Israel in the 1980s.

A Letter to Momo (2012)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:00

Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she begins to explore her new habitat, meeting local children and learning their routines and customs. However, it's not long before several bizarre occurrences crop up around the previously tranquil island. Orchards are found ransacked, prized trinkets start disappearing and, worst of all, each morning after her mother leaves for work, Momo hears strange mumblings coming from the attic of their home. Annoyed by these creepy goings-on and her mother's refusal to believe them, Momo embarks on a strange and supernatural adventure to discover the source of the mischief, which leads her to a trio of troublesome imps: the flatulent lizard Kawa, the childlike Mame and their hulking ogre leader Iwa. Momo also learns that her visit to the island is in some way connected to her father's mysterious letter.

Son of Rambow (2007)
Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, comedy, drama, adventure, family
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Germany, USA
Duration01:36

Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is looking for an escape from his family's stifling home life when he encounters Lee Carter (Will Poulter), the school bully. Armed with a video camera and a copy of "Rambo: First Blood", Lee plans to make cinematic history by filming his own action-packed video epic. Together, these two newfound friends-turned-budding-filmmakers quickly discover that their imaginative ― and sometimes mishap-filled ― cinematic adventure has begun to take on a life of its own!

Secrets of War (2014)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, family, military
CountryNetherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration01:32

Tuur and Lambert are best friends. But the war is closing in and is about to change their lives forever. Tuurs dad joined the resistance and even his big brother seems so be part of it. Lamberts family on the other hand choose to obey the Germans. Then a new girls from the city shows up, befriending the boys but telling her secret to only one of them. A choice that separates the boys and ultimately gets her in trouble.

Monte Carlo (2011)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, adventure, family
CountryUSA, Hungary, France
Duration01:44

Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:30

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.




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