10 Best Movies like ‘The Spectacular Now’

The Spectacular Now though a coming-of-age romantic drama film, has a brilliant story line unlike the other coming of age drama films. What sets aside is that it doesn’t goes overboard with romance, keeping it simple and beautiful. Miles Teller and Shailene Woolley stars as the lead, Miles a high school guy who has no aim in life meets Shailene who is serious about her life. They become good friends and eventually begins a relationship. They break up after Miles mistreatment towards her, which changes the way he looks at life. He finally completes the college form which he was avoiding since the start of the movie and goes to find Shailene in hopes of reuniting with her.

If you loved watching this beautiful film, you will enjoy the following similar coming-of-ages films.

10 Best Movies like The Spectacular Now

#10. Paper Towns (2015)

Director: Jake Schreier

Cast: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevinge

This film is based on the best selling novel by John Green, a coming-of-age film centering around a shy high school Quentin, ‘Q’ and Margo, his beautiful and adventurous neighbor who she secretly admires. Though they were childhood besties, they grew apart when thye grow up. When Margo suddenly shows up at his house and pull an all night out of revenge scheme on her cheater boyfriend, Quentin’s feelings for her deepens. After she goes missing, Quentin and his equally shy friends goes after Margo who has left behind cryptic codes about her whereabouts. The film tells an amazing tale of adventure, finding the value of true friendship and love.

#9. It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Cast: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts

A beautiful story about a depressed, suicidal teen Craig who checks himself in a psychiatric hospital and meets people who are less fotunate than him. He meets a father in the centre and become friends and develops a romantic relationship with Noelle. As his time in the centre comes to an end Bobby thanks Craig for helping him out and promises to meet again. Craig happily gets released from the centre realizing that he didn’t find any cure to his condition but found a way to live life and goes on to pursue his dream of becoming an artist with Noelle standing by his side.

#8. What If (2014)

Director: Michael Dowse

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver

This charming romantic film will definitely melt your heart with it’s heart warming storyline. Wallace (Radcliffe), a medical student dropout struggles to maintain his love relationships. Always ending up heartbroken, Wallace decides not to pursue love for a while. But things changes when he meets funny but serious animator Chantry and there is an instant connection which eventually turns out to be more than friendship. Chantry and Wallace tries to avoid each other’s feeling as Chantry already lives with her boyfriend. The film’s title as suggested, What If your best friend is the love of your love, will you pursue it no matter what? A perfect date night movie with light hearted comedy as shown by Wallace’s best friend and sidekick Allan (Adam Driver).

#7. Now Is Good (2012)

Director: Ol Parker

Cast: Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, Paddy Considine, Olivia Williams

This teen drama film is based on the 2007 novel, Before I Die by Jenny Downham, and tells the story of a teenage girl Tessa who is diagnosed with leukemia. When chemotherapy stops working her, she came to know that she is dying soon and makes up a list of things she would like to do before she dies. The list is outrageous from stealing to losing her virginity, her best friend Zoey supports her and helps her fufill her bucket list. As any other movie that showcases cancer this film will too give you heart ache in the end.

#6. The Kings Of Summer (2013)

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Cast: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias

This coming-of-age teen drama is more of finding true value of friendship and brotherhood. The film tells the story of Joe on the verge of adulthood runs away from his home because of his father’s relentless authority on his life. His best friend Patrick too joins him being bored of his dull parents. They are joined by a strange kid Biaggio and together escapes into the woods and builds a house to gain their own independence and free from their controlling parents and society. When they finish building their dream house they become masters of their own. This charming film will definitely give you all sorts of best friend goals.

#5. 500 Days of Summer (2009)

Director: Marc Webb

Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend

This extraordinary tale of love and heartbreak of a guy Tom Hansen, who falls for a girl during a work meet up and instantly dreams of marrying her and live the rest of the life with her. But Summer is a very realistic girl and doesn’t beleive in love and relationship. Though Tom mantains a good relatuonship with Summer they ultimately fall out. The film goes back and forth in time where Tom remembers the days he spent with Summer, their friendhsip and him falling in love and ending up heart broken.

#4. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Cast: Olivia Cooke, Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler

This beautiful film about helping out a classmate who is diagnosed with leukemia will surely make your heart flutter. The film tells the story of a high schooler Greg, who spends most of his time with his friend Earl making short movies is forced by his mother to become friends with his neighbor Rachel who has been diagnosed with cancer. Reluctant at first, Greg genuinely become friends with her and also introduce Earl to Rachel. They all become very good friends and spend time watching the movies Greg and Earl have made. In the course of their frienship, Greg’s view point of life changes forever making him a good, responsible person. This touching film about frienship is equally sad and witty.

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

Director: Stephen Chbosky

Cast: Emma Wason, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller

Based on the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, this film captures the beauty of frienship. Charlie, a mentally depressed teenager joins high school but finds difficulty in making friends which further pushes him into depression. He also misses his best friend and is still mourning his death who commits suicide. He meets seniors Sam and Patrick, who willingly take him under their wings and become very good friends. Sam and Patrick guides Charlie through highschool and welcome him to the real world. Emma Watson and Logan Lerson will leave you mesmerized by their beautiful performances.

#2. Short Term 12 (2013)

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Cast: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr.

This thought provoking emotional film is a brilliant combination of different shades of human life. Grace and her long time boyfriend Mason devotes themselves in taking care of the residents in Short Term 12, a facilty for troubled teenagers. Everything seems to be going well, Grace gets ready to be married to her boyfriend and finally settles down. But when a troubled young girl Jayden enters the facility, it hits Grace hard as it brings back her bitter memories as a child. Grace advices Jayden to open up about her problems sharing her own story with Jayden. Together she and Jayden decides to fight back and make things right for themselves.

#1. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

Director: Josh Boone

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort Nat Wolff

Based the best selling novel of the same name by John Green, this romantic, heartwarming film will leave you crying and heartbroken. The film tells the story of two teenagers cancer patients Hazel and Augustus ‘Gus’ who meet during a cancer support group and fall in love with each other. Hazel is diagnosed by lung cancer and carries an oxygen tank with her, while Gus survived but lost a leg to cancer. Both enjoys each other’s company and get to know each other. Gus plans to surprise Hazel by planning a trip to Amsterdam to meet up with the author of her favorite novel, Peter Van Houten. Though utterly disappointed by the meeting, they enjoyed the trip to the fullest. But Hazel’s happiness is cut short as she learns Gus is diagnosed by cancer again and she may soon lose the love of her life. The sad ending of this film will make it very hard to hold back your tears. Let it flow, as it certainly deserves it.

Hope you like this list of heart warming and feel good movies. Let your emotions flows, don’t hold back your tears.

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Nancy Kaman
 

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