Movies like My Own Private Idaho 1991

In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find Mike's estranged mother. Along the way they turn tricks for money and drugs, eventually attracting the attention of a wealthy benefactor and sexual deviant.

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1 Heavenly Creatures 1994

Wealthy and precocious teenager Juliet transfers from England to New Zealand with her family, and soon befriends the quiet, brooding Pauline through their shared love of fantasy and literature. When their parents begin to suspect that their increasingly intense and obsessive bond is becoming unhealthy, the girls hatch a dark plan for those who threaten to keep them apart.

Genres:

Drama, Fantasy

Director:

Peter Jackson

Writers:

Fran Walsh (screenplay) (as Frances Walsh), Peter Jackson (screenplay)

Country:

New Zealand
7.3

2 Reality Bites 1994

A small circle of friends suffering from post-collegiate blues must confront the hard truth about life, love and the pursuit of gainful employment. As they struggle to map out survival guides for the future, the Gen-X quartet soon begins to realize that reality isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Genres:

Drama, Comedy, Romance

Director:

Ben Stiller

Writer:

Helen Childress

Country:

United States of America
6.6

3 Velvet Goldmine 1998

Almost a decade has elapsed since Bowiesque glam-rock superstar Brian Slade escaped the spotlight of the London scene. Now, investigative journalist Arthur Stuart is on assignment to uncover the truth behind the enigmatic Slade. Stuart, himself forged by the music of the 1970s, explores the larger-than-life stars who were once his idols and what has become of them since the turn of the new decade.

Genres:

Drama, Music

Director:

Todd Haynes

Writers:

James Lyons (story), Todd Haynes (story) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United Kingdom
7

4 Breakfast On Pluto 2005

In the 1970s, a foundling lad, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving his Irish town for London, in part to look for his mother and in part because his transgender nature is beyond the town's understanding.

Genres:

Drama, Comedy

Director:

Neil Jordan

Writers:

Neil Jordan, Pat McCabe (as Patrick McCabe) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

Ireland, United Kingdom
7.2

5 Elephant 2003

Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. The film chronicles the events surrounding a school shooting.

Genres:

Crime, Drama

Director:

Gus Van Sant

Writer:

Gus Van Sant

Country:

United States of America
7.2

6 Buffalo '66 1998

Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry.

Genres:

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Director:

Vincent Gallo

Writers:

Vincent Gallo (original story), Vincent Gallo (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

United States of America, Canada
7.5

7 Basquiat 1996

The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.

Genres:

Drama, History

Director:

Julian Schnabel

Writers:

Lech Majewski (story) (as Lech J. Majewski), John Bowe (short story) (as John F. Bowe) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
6.9

8 Dogfight 1991

In the fall of 1963, Eddie Birdlace is an 18-year-old Marine Corps volunteer who is about to ship out with three of his buddies for a tour of duty in Viet Nam. Planning a massive blowout for their last night in San Francisco, Eddie, his buddies, and a number of other Marines set up a contest they call a "dogfight."

Genres:

War, Drama, Romance

Director:

Nancy Savoca

Writer:

Bob Comfort

Country:

United States of America
7.4

9 Running On Empty 1988

The Popes are a family who haven't been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire in an effort to hinder the government's Vietnam war campaign. Ever since then, the Popes have been on the run with the authorities never far behind.

Genres:

Drama, Crime, Romance

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writer:

Naomi Foner

Country:

United States of America
7.7

10 This Boy's Life 1993

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.

Genre:

Drama

Writers:

Tobias Wolff (book), Robert Getchell (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
7.3

11 Boys Don't Cry 1999

Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.

Genres:

Crime, Drama

Director:

Kimberly Peirce

Country:

United States of America
7.5

12 Drugstore Cowboy 1989

Bob Hughes is the leader of a "family" of drug addicts consisting of his wife, Dianne, and another couple who feed their habit by robbing drug stores as they travel across the country.

Genres:

Crime, Drama

Director:

Gus Van Sant (as Gus Van Sant Jr.)

Writers:

James Fogle (novel), Gus Van Sant (screenplay) (as Gus Van Sant Jr.) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7.3

13 Mysterious Skin 2004

A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Gregg Araki

Writers:

Gregg Araki (screenplay), Scott Heim (novel)

Countries:

United States of America, Netherlands
7.6

14 Ma Vie En Rose 1997

Ludovic is a small boy who cross-dresses and generally acts like a girl, talks of marrying his neighbor's son and can not understand why everyone is so surprised about it. His actions lead to problems for him and his family.

Genres:

Drama, Comedy

Director:

Alain Berliner

Countries:

Belgium, France
7.6

15 Howl 2010

It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society's reaction (the obscenity trial), and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment-the birth of a counterculture.

Genre:

Drama

Writers:

Rob Epstein (written for the screen by), Jeffrey Friedman (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
6.7

16 L.I.E. 2001

In this biting and disturbing coming-of-age tale from writer-director Michael Cuesta, life is bittersweet along the L.I.E., also known as the Long Island Expressway, as suburban teen Howie Blitzer learns all too clearly. In the space of a week, he loses nearly everything and everyone he knows and is left to navigate his adolescence virtually unsupervised.

Genres:

Drama, Crime

Director:

Michael Cuesta

Country:

United States of America
7.1

17 The Man Who Fell To Earth 1976

Thomas Jerome Newton is an alien who has come to Earth in search of water to save his home planet. Aided by lawyer Oliver Farnsworth, Thomas uses his knowledge of advanced technology to create profitable inventions. While developing a method to transport water, Thomas meets Mary-Lou, a quiet hotel clerk, and begins to fall in love with her. Just as he is ready to leave Earth, Thomas is intercepted by the U.S. government, and his entire plan is threatened.

Genres:

Drama, Science Fiction

Director:

Nicolas Roeg

Writers:

Paul Mayersberg (screenplay), Walter Tevis (from the novel by)

Country:

United Kingdom
6.7

18 Shortbus 2006

A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic/sexual milieu converge at Shortbus, an underground Brooklyn salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality, and loosely inspired by various underground NYC gatherings that took place in the early 2000s. Here, gay couple Jamie (PJ DeBoy) and James (Paul Dawson) meet Ceth (Jay Brannan), a young ex-model and aspiring singer.

Genres:

Romance, Drama, Comedy

Country:

United States of America
6.4

19 C.R.A.Z.Y. 2005

A story of two love affairs. A father's love for his five sons. And one son's love for his father, a love so strong it compels him to live a lie. That son is Zac Beaulieu, born on the 25th of December 1960, different from all his brothers, but desperate to fit in. During the next 20 years, life takes Zac on a surprising and unexpected journey that ultimately leads him to accept his true nature and, even more importantly, leads his father to love him for who he really is.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Jean-Marc Vallée

Country:

Canada
7.9

20 Kill Your Darlings 2013

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

Genres:

Drama, Romance, Thriller

Director:

John Krokidas

Writers:

Austin Bunn (screenplay), Austin Bunn (story) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
6.5

21 I Killed My Mother 2009

Hubert, a brash 17-year-old, is confused and torn by a love-hate relationship with his mother that consumes him more and more each day. After distressing ordeals and tragic episodes, Hubert will find his mother on the banks of Saint Lawrence river, where he grew up, and where a murder will be committed: the murder of childhood.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Xavier Dolan

Writers:

Xavier Dolan (screenplay), Xavier Dolan (dialogue)

Country:

Canada
7.5

22 Tom At The Farm 2013

A young man travels to an isolated farm for his lover's funeral where he's quickly drawn into a twisted, sexually charged game by his lover's aggressive brother.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Director:

Xavier Dolan

Writers:

Xavier Dolan (screenplay), Michel Marc Bouchard (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

Countries:

Canada, France
7

23 A Home At The End Of The World 2004

Three friends form a bond over the year, Johnathan is gay, Clare is straight and Bobby is neither, instead he loves the people he loves. As their lives go on there is tension and tears which culminate in a strong yet fragile friendship between the three.

Genres:

Romance, Drama

Director:

Michael Mayer

Writers:

Michael Cunningham (novel), Michael Cunningham (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
6.7

24 North Sea Texas 2011

Pim lives in a run-down house in a dead-end street somewhere on the Flanders coast, together with his mother Yvette Bulteel. Life here smells of cold French fries, cheap cigarettes, vermouth and stale beer. Mother Yvette uses her friend Etienne, with his lousy grey Fiat, as a driver for the nights she has to “perform”. As a kid Pim dreams of a better life, imagining princesses and beauty queens. But when Pim turns 16 he dreams of Gino, the handsome boy next door, instead. Ever since they were children there has been this tension between them. Now Gino is Pim’s motorcycling hero. Cold mockery, little humiliations and tiny bits of hope make up Pim’s life. No wonder he sometimes flees to his dream world.

Genres:

Drama, Romance

Director:

Bavo Defurne

Writers:

André Sollie (novel), Bavo Defurne | 1 more credit »

Country:

Belgium
7.1