Movies like The United States Of Leland 2003

A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the prison, decides to write about Leland's case. Meanwhile, others affected by the murder, including Becky and her sister, Julie, must contend with their own problems.

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1 The Believer 2001

A hardcore US racist skinhead who, because of his intelligence, leads a gang dedicated to fighting the enemy: the supposed American-Jewish conspiracy for domination. However, he's hiding a secret: he's Jewish-born, a brilliant scholar whose questioning of the tenets of his faith has left him angry and confused, turning against those who he thinks have a tragic history of their own making.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Henry Bean

Writers:

Henry Bean (screenplay), Henry Bean (story) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7.2

2 Imaginary Heroes 2004

Matt Travis is good-looking, popular, and his school's best competitive swimmer, so everyone is shocked when he inexplicably commits suicide. As the following year unfolds, each member of his family struggles to recover from the tragedy with mixed results.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Dan Harris

Writer:

Dan Harris

Countries:

Belgium, Germany, United States of America
7.2

3 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

4 The Rules Of Attraction 2002

The incredibly spoiled and overprivileged students of Camden College are a backdrop for an unusual love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Director:

Roger Avary

Writers:

Bret Easton Ellis (novel), Roger Avary (screenplay)

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
6.7

5 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

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 The Ballad Of Jack And Rose 2005

Jack Slavin is an environmentalist with a heart condition who lives with his daughter, Rose, on an isolated island. While Jack fights against developers who wish to build in the area, he also craves more contact with other people. When he invites his girlfriend, Kathleen, and her sons, Rodney and Thaddius, to move in, Rose is upset. The complicated family dynamics makes things difficult for everyone in the house.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Rebecca Miller

Writer:

Rebecca Miller

Country:

United States of America
6.6

9 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.

Genres:

Drama, Comedy

Director:

Ryan Murphy

Writers:

Ryan Murphy (screenplay), Augusten Burroughs (book)

Country:

United States of America
6.2

10 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

11 Winter Passing 2005

Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that an ex-grad student and a would-be musician have moved in with her father, who cares more about his new friends than he does about his own health and well-being.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Adam Rapp

Writer:

Adam Rapp

Country:

United States of America
6.3

12 Smart People 2008

Professor Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) might be imperiously brilliant, monumentally self-possessed and an intellectual giant -- but when it comes to solving the conundrums of love and family, he's as downright flummoxed as the next guy.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Director:

Noam Murro

Writer:

Mark Poirier (as Mark Jude Poirier)

Country:

United States of America
6.1

13 City Island 2009

The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con brought home by Vince, the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private.

Genres:

Drama, Comedy

Director:

Raymond De Felitta

Country:

United States of America
7.4

14 The Lookout 2007

Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Scott Frank

Writer:

Scott Frank

Country:

United States of America
7

15 Lords Of Dogtown 2005

"Lords of Dogtown" tells the radical true story behind three teenage surfers from Venice Beach, California, who took skateboarding to the extreme and changed the world of sports forever. Stacy Peralta (John Robinson, Elephant), Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk, Raising Victor Vargas) and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch, The Girl Next Door) are the Z-Boys, a bunch of nobodies until they create a new style of skateboarding that becomes a worldwide phenomenon. But when their hobby becomes a business, the success shreds their friendship. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) and written by Stacy Peralta, Lords of Dogtown is "...a dazzling daredevil ride." (Peter Travers, Rollng Stone)

Genres:

Drama, Action

Writer:

Stacy Peralta

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
7.1

16 A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints 2006

Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio, Giuseppe, Nerf and Mike.

Genres:

Crime, Drama

Director:

Dito Montiel

Writers:

Dito Montiel (book), Dito Montiel

Country:

United States of America
7

17 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

18 Half Nelson 2006

Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a startling discovery of his secret life, causing a tenuous bond between the two that could either end disastrously or provide a catalyst of hope.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Ryan Fleck

Country:

United States of America
7.2

19 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

20 Brick 2005

A group of disabled actors prepares and performs a one night only performance of the Wizard of Oz.

Genre:

Documentary

Directors:

Keith Rondinelli, Matthew Makar (co-director)

Country:

United States of America
8

21 The Wackness 2008

Set in New York City in the sweltering summer, The Wackness tells the story of a troubled teenage drug dealer, who trades pot for therapy sessions with a drug-addled psychiatrist. Things get more complicated when he falls for one of his classmates, who just happens to be the doctors daughter. This is a coming-of-age story about sex, drugs, music and what it takes to be a man.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Jonathan Levine

Writer:

Jonathan Levine

Country:

United States of America
7

22 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

23 Paper Man 2009

A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his imaginary Superhero friend.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Country:

United States of America
6.6

24 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