#1. House Party (1990)

Storyline: Play's parents are out of town, and he's planning the house party to end all house parties. His best friend, Kid, wants to go more than anything, knowing Sydney (Tisha Campbell-Martin), the hottest girl in school, is sure to be there. But when Kid gets into a fight at school, his father grounds him. Still determined to go, Kid sneaks out of the house and faces one calamity after another as he makes his way to Play's house and the party of the school year.

Plot Keywords: student, father, dj, rapper, bully, love interest, amusing ...

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#2. Go (2001)

Storyline: Sugihara (Yôsuke Kubozuka) feels more like a misfit than most high school students, being the son of a Japanese mother (Shinobu Ôtake) and a North Korean father (Tsutomu Yamazaki). Changing schools does not help much, as he is simply taunted by a different group of kids. Fortunately, his father has given him boxing lessons to keep the bullies at bay. When Sugihara falls for the popular Sakurai (Kou Shibasaki) and she seems interested in him, he sees the possibility of being accepted.

Plot Keywords: high-school student, mother, father, teen girl, teen boy, north korean, frenetic ...

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#4. Bully (2011)

Storyline: Filmmaker Lee Hirsch examines five cases of youths who endure vicious persecution at the hands of their peers. Ja'meye, 14, winds up in reform school after pulling a gun on the youths who tormented her for years. Cameras record the abuse suffered by 14-year-old Alex as he's beaten and teased on the bus. Star athlete Kelby, 16, is ostracized and worse after she comes out as lesbian. Most tragic of all, two boys, one 17 and one 12, commit suicide to escape the torture.

Plot Keywords: teen girl, teen boy, bully, victim, parent, teacher, brutal ...

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#5. Tru Confessions (2002)

Storyline: When a local TV station launches a filmmaking contest, teenager Tru Walker (Clara Bryant) enters in a heartbeat. Her life seems full of drama to document -- including a surgeon father who's never there and a mother, Ginny (Mare Winningham), who seems as if she isn't there even when she is. In the end, Tru chooses to make a film about her mentally impaired twin brother, Eddie (Shia LaBeouf). But as airtime nears, Tru fears how others will react to her rather personal story.

Plot Keywords: father, twin, brother, surgeon, mother, teen girl, touching ...

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#6. American Beauty (1999)

Storyline: After his death sometime in his forty-third year, suburbanite Lester Burnham tells of the last few weeks of his life, during which he had no idea of his imminent passing. He is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham and father to high school student Janie Burnham. Although Lester and Carolyn once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. Typical wallflower Janie too hates both her parents, the three who suffer individually in silence in their home life. Janie tries to steer clear of both her parents. Carolyn, relatively new to the real estate business, wants to create the persona of success to further her career, she aspiring to the professional life of Buddy Kane, the king of the real estate business in their neighborhood. Lester merely walks mindlessly through life, including at his job in advertising. His company is downsizing, and he, like all the other employees, has to justify his position to the newly hired efficiency expert to keep his job. Things change ...

Plot Keywords: husband, father, young girl, stalker, student, boyfriend, witty ...

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#7. Hoop Dreams (1994)

Storyline: This documentary follows two young African-Americans through their high school years as they perfect their skills in basketball in the hopes of getting a college scholarship and eventually play in the NBA. Arthur Agee and William Gates both show great potential and are are actively recruited as they look to enter high school. They start off at the same high school but unable to pay an unexpected bill for tuition fees, Arthur has to withdraw and go to the local public high school. The film follows them through their four years of high school and their trials and tribulations: injuries, slumps and the never ending battle to maintain their grades. Through it all, their hoop dreams continue.—garykmcd

Plot Keywords: basketball player, teenager, mother, father, coach, teacher, uplifting ...

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#9. Take Care of My Cat (2001)

Storyline: Five girls in the South Korean port city of Incheon graduate from high school and struggle to keep their friendship alive, even as adulthood forces them down separate paths. Hae-Jo (Ok Go-woon) takes a job in the financial world, while Ji-young becomes withdrawn following a family tragedy. Twin sisters are satisfied peddling junk jewelry on the street. And despite the best efforts of Tae-hee (Rachel Lillian Goldberg) to keep everyone together, the girls become increasingly distant.

Plot Keywords: girl, peddler, twin, best friend, office worker, uneasy, emotional ...

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#11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Storyline: Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world.

Plot Keywords: teen boy, friend, teen girl, stepbrother, teacher, family member, touching ...

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#12. Sing Street (2016)

Storyline: As everybody moves to the beat of Pop music in early-1980s-Dublin, the sensitive teenager, Conor, struggles to cope with a tense family relationship; reconnect with his older brother, Brendan, and, above all, deal with the hostile environment in his new public school. Then, one day, he sees her. Tall, with long chestnut hair, a buttery complexion, and big, dark eyes; an enigmatically beautiful girl standing in front of the school's gate, indolently observing people passing by. To get noticed by the distant girl, Raphina, Conor enlists the help of a group of teenage dreamers to form a band--and, surprisingly--with every lyric he writes, the gap narrows, and with every song he plays, her heart brims with affection. Now, before a sea of opportunities, what does the future hold for a brave love like this?

Plot Keywords: teen boy, teen girl, friend, band member, parent, older brother, amusing ...

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#14. Up the Down Staircase (1967)

Storyline: On her first day at Calvin Coolidge High, fledgling teacher Sylvia Barrett (Sandy Dennis) encounters an apathetic faculty, a delinquent student body and an administration that drowns its staff in paperwork. The following days go from bad to worse as Sylvia struggles to reach her most troubled students, bright underachiever Joe and sensitive Alice. When Alice's crush on a male teacher (Patrick Bedford) leads her to attempt suicide, Sylvia questions her ability to help the disadvantaged teens.

Plot Keywords: teacher, student, teen boy, teen girl, principal, bleak, gritty ...

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#15. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Storyline: The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed. In doing so, he learns that the conventional answers of easy availability of guns, violent national history, violent entertainment and even poverty are inadequate to explain this violence when other cultures share those same factors without the equivalent carnage. In order to arrive at a possible explanation, Michael Moore takes on a deeper examination of America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence in a nation with widespread gun ownership. Furthermore, he seeks to investigate and confront the powerful elite political and corporate interests fanning this culture for their own unscrupulous gain.—Kenneth Chisholm ([email protected])

Plot Keywords: michael moore, student, activist, rock star, striking, engaging, amusing ...

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