Movies like Running With Scissors 2006

Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family.

If you already watched and love Running With Scissors, you will love these. Below is the list of movies similar to Running With Scissors.

1 Pretty Persuasion 2005

A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Marcos Siega

Writer:

Skander Halim

Country:

United States of America
6.5

2 The Chumscrubber 2005

The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. Everyone in town is too self consumed to worry about anything else than themselves. And everybody is on some form of drug just to get through their days.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Arie Posin

Writers:

Arie Posin (story), Zac Stanford (screenplay)

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
6.9

3 Art School Confidential 2006

Starting from childhood attempts at illustration, the protagonist pursues his true obsession to art school. But as he learns how the art world really works, he finds that he must adapt his vision to the reality that confronts him.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Terry Zwigoff

Writers:

Daniel Clowes (screenplay), Daniel Clowes (comic story) (as Dan Clowes)

Country:

United States of America
6.3

4 The Dangerous Lives Of Altar Boys 2002

A group of Catholic school friends, after being caught drawing an obscene comic book, plan a heist that will outdo their previous prank and make them local legends.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Peter Care

Writers:

Chris Fuhrman (book), Jeff Stockwell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7

5 The Virgin Suicides 1999

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.

Genres:

Drama, Romance

Director:

Sofia Coppola

Writers:

Jeffrey Eugenides (novel), Sofia Coppola

Country:

United States of America
7.2

6 Lars And The Real Girl 2007

Extremely shy Lars finds it impossible to make friends or socialize. His brother and sister-in-law worry about him, so when he announces that he has a girlfriend he met on the Internet, they are overjoyed. But Lars' new lady is a life-size plastic woman. On the advice of a doctor, his family and the rest of the community go along with his delusion.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Director:

Craig Gillespie

Writer:

Nancy Oliver

Country:

United States of America
7.3

7 Igby Goes Down 2002

A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Burr Steers

Writer:

Burr Steers

Country:

United States of America
6.9

8 Thumbsucker 2005

Justin, a teenager boy, throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Mike Mills

Writers:

Walter Kirn (novel), Mike Mills

Country:

United States of America
6.6

9 Ghost World 2001

Two quirky, cynical teenaged girls try to figure out what to do with their lives after high school graduation. After they play a prank on an eccentric, middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' friendship.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Terry Zwigoff

Writers:

Daniel Clowes (comic book), Daniel Clowes | 1 more credit »

Countries:

Germany, United Kingdom, United States of America
7.3

10 Prozac Nation 2001

Elizabeth is on the verge of losing her grip on life after she leaves her emotionally fraught home to start college. Quickly, her life takes a turn for the worse: She clashes with her roommate and decides her boyfriend, Rafe, is her sole salvation. Her psychiatrist prescribes Prozac … but is that her only choice?

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Erik Skjoldbjærg

Writers:

Elizabeth Wurtzel (based on the book by), Galt Niederhoffer (adaptation) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

Canada, United States of America
6.3

11 The Tracey Fragments 2007

Tracey Berkowitz, 15, a self-described normal girl, loses her 9-year old brother, Sonny. In flashbacks and fragments, we meet her overbearing parents and the sweet, clueless Sonny. We watch Tracey navigate high school, friendless, picked on and teased. She develops a thing for Billy Zero, a new student, imagining he's her boyfriend. We see the day she loses Sonny and we watch her try to find him.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Bruce McDonald

Writers:

Maureen Medved, Maureen Medved (novel)

Country:

Canada
6.2

12 Garden State 2004

Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that reconnects him with past friends. The trip coincides with his decision to stop taking his powerful antidepressants. A chance meeting with Sam - a girl also suffering from various maladies - opens up the possibility of rekindling emotional attachments, confronting his psychologist father, and perhaps beginning a new life.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Director:

Zach Braff

Writer:

Zach Braff

Country:

United States of America
7.4

13 I Heart Huckabees 2004

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.

Genres:

Comedy, Romance

Director:

David O. Russell

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
6.6

14 Hard Candy 2005

Hayley’s a smart, charming teenage girl. Jeff’s a handsome, smooth fashion photographer. An Internet chat, a coffee shop meet-up, an impromptu fashion shoot back at Jeff’s place. Jeff thinks it’s his lucky night. He’s in for a surprise.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller

Director:

David Slade

Writer:

Brian Nelson

Country:

United States of America
7.1

15 Cashback 2004

Ben is an art college student in London, whose imagination runs wild as he works the late-night shift at the local supermarket. What do he and his colleagues do to pass the long, endless hours of the night?

Genres:

Drama, Comedy

Director:

Sean Ellis

Writer:

Sean Ellis

Country:

United Kingdom
7.7

16 Me And You And Everyone We Know 2005

A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Miranda July

Writer:

Miranda July

Country:

United States of America
7.3

17 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

18 Saved! 2004

Teenage Mary Cummings, who has "been Born Again her whole life," is about to enter her senior year at American Eagle Christian High School near Baltimore with her Fundamentalist Christian friends Hilary Faye and Veronica, the three of whom have formed a girl group called the Christian Jewels. Everything seems perfect—until Mary’s "perfect Christian boyfriend" Dean tells her, as they’re swimming underwater, that he thinks he's gay.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Brian Dannelly

Country:

United States of America
6.7

19 King Of California 2007

Charlie gets released from an insane asylum and moves in with Miranda, the young daughter he left behind. Charlie believes that there is treasure hidden beneath the local Costco, so he puts together a plan to unearth the loot. By convincing Miranda to quit her job at McDonald's and instead work at the wholesale store, he is able to obtain a key. Although Miranda is skeptical, she helps her father with his irrational quest.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Mike Cahill

Writer:

Mike Cahill

Country:

United States of America
6.6

20 Sunshine Cleaning 2008

A single mother and her slacker sister find an unexpected way to turn their lives around in the off-beat dramatic comedy. In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school the mom starts an unusual business – a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Christine Jeffs

Writer:

Megan Holley

Country:

United States of America
6.8

21 The Squid And The Whale 2005

Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Noah Baumbach

Writer:

Noah Baumbach

Country:

United States of America
7.3

22 Paper Heart 2009

Paper Heart follows Nick and Charlyne on a cross-country journey to document what exactly "love" is. Interviewing ministers, happily married couples, chemists, romance novelists, divorce lawyers, a group of children and more, the determined young girl attempts to find definition and perhaps even experience the mysterious emotion.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Director:

Nicholas Jasenovec

Country:

United States of America
6

23 The Go-Getter 2007

When his mother dies, a teenager takes a road-trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. Along the way he discovers a profound connection with the car-owner and with himself as well.

Genre:

Comedy

Director:

Martin Hynes

Writer:

Martin Hynes

Country:

United States of America
6.6

24 Rocket Science 2007

Hal, a 15-year-old high-school student with a minor yet socially alienating (and painful) disability: he stutters uncontrollably. Determined to work through the problem, Hal opts for an extreme route he joins the school debating team, which sends him on a headfirst plunge into breakneck speech competitions and offers a much-needed boost toward correcting the problem.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Jeffrey Blitz

Writer:

Jeffrey Blitz

Country:

United States of America
6.6