Top 12 Heart-Warming Movies Like 'The Kissing Booth'
What Films Are Like The Kissing Booth?
Yet another Netflix release, The Kissing Booth looks like a distant cousin of Mean Girls meant for the younger generation. High school student Elle starts her first day with a disaster after a wardrobe mishap makes her hate the already dreaded school-life. The only good thing in life at the moment is her best friend, Lee.
But soon, Elle finds herself facing another challenge as she starts having a crush on Jacob, Lee’s older brother. Elle and Lee have a set of rules they’re not allowed to break, and one of them prevents her from ever pursuing her obsession. She is split between her best friend and her possible true love.
Elle has an idea for a kissing booth, which almost everyone disagrees to, but she’s set on making it happen, and as the title suggests, it does play an important role in the movie.
The Kissing Booth is another teen drama with a simple storyline and wacky school characters. What you may not have realized after watching this movie, though, is that there have been a lot of movies of similar genre but have only recently got more attention, thanks to streaming giants like Netflix.
If you enjoyed this poignant drama, take a look at some movies like The Kissing Booth with that'll captivate you.
Movies Similar To The Kissing Booth
- Mean Girls
- 10 Things I Hate About You
- 17 Again
- Perks of Being A Wallflower
- The Age of Seventeen
- High School Musical
- The Fault In Our Stars
- Pitch Perfect
- To All The Boys I've Loved Before
- Crazy Rich Asians
- Say Anything
1. Mean Girls
Mean Girls is considered one of the best teen dramas, and every movie that’s even remotely similar is always compared to this one.
Cady finds it difficult to cope with the hassle of the city lifestyle, having spent most of her life in the natural landscapes of Africa. Expectedly, she doesn’t have high hopes for school life. As she slowly learns new ways of these people, she begins adapting and making friends, going through all the general high-school drama.
The movie shows you the hostility these girls have towards one another, as there are no friend or foe; it’s all about taking advantage of others to get to the top. As Cady begins to get a taste of this power, she abandons her previously good morals, but she struggles to stay at the top, as we realize power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
2. 10 Things I Hate About You
10 Things I Hate About You is one of the few movies that make you feel a wide range of emotions at once. Sisters Kat and Bianca are polar opposites when it comes to their high-school lifestyles, which creates a problem for Bianca, since their dad has made it clear she can’t date unless her sister does, too. Kat, on the other hand, would rather be alone than conform to these fake people who don’t care to look beyond superficiality. Seeing that only guy willing to go out with her could be the equally mysterious, Patrick Verona, people start making plans to fix the two up.
There isn’t a single irrelevant scene in the entire movie, and great acting from the late Heath Ledger makes you fall in love with his character. People are not always as the masses picture them out to be, and this movie proves it to be true.
If you're looking for some disarmingly poignant films like The Kissing Booth, 10 Thing I Hate About You should be right up your alley.
3. 17 Again
Have you ever thought about reliving your high-school all over again? Well, Mike O’Donnell dwells over what could have been a prominent basketball career he valiantly gave up after his girlfriend became pregnant. After almost 20 years, he regrets the decision, feeling as though he might have made the wrong choice, and is sure he would do it differently if only given the chance.
This movie hilariously shows you the story of a man who gets one more chance to change his life after waking up 20 years younger one day. With the help of his friend, he goes back to his old high-school where his kids are presently studying and knows more about them as a friend than he ever did as a father.
Watching this feature makes you wonder if you would be willing to give up the things in the present to try and put the monsters of your past to rest.
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Frankly, my favorite movie on the list, The Perks of Being a Wallflower shows you a normal high-school life from an introvert’s perspective. Charlie is a shy individual and hates school until he befriends Sam and Patrick, two eccentric individuals who’re not afraid to express themselves. Charlie doesn’t want to deal with the fact that his friends are preparing for college and leaving real soon as he’s afraid to face his depressing past once again.
We can clearly see how depression and trauma can affect the mind of a normal high-school teen, and that a little support from friends and family can go a long way. The song “heroes” by the Late David Bowie plays in the movie, encapsulating the feeling of the characters perfectly.
5. The Edge of Seventeen
Probably the closest to The Kissing Booth in terms of the plot, The Edge of Seventeen deals with the same best friend vs brother dilemma, but at a much awkward age of seventeen. The talented Hailee Steinfeld plays the lead character, Nadine, whose brother starts dating her best friend. She can’t deal with that fact but has no one to talk to.
Nadine starts looking to build other relationships to help her through this situation, but it's unlikely that help will come from elsewhere. She starts making new friends and talking to a teacher about these problems but these new friendships don't help her one bit. On the contrary, she goes down the rabbit hole of melancholy.
This movie neatly showcases awkward stages every teen goes through at that particular age and how embracing can sometimes be more important than overcoming these obstacles.
If you're looking for some teenage-oriented movies like The Kissing Booth, this heartwarming drama should fit the bill.
6. High School Musical
This franchise has launched the careers of young Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudges, just to name a few, and is one of Disney’s popular musicals. Troy and Gabriella meet after being accidentally teamed up at karaoke and realize they can sing great together. They apply for the high school musical audition but on the way to getting it, a lot of sacrifices have to be made. Troy’s decision to sing causes a conflict with his father who wants him to pursue basketball and not get distracted by anything else that may disturb his training.
This Disney franchise since its release has gotten so popular that fans constantly keep asking for a remake as they’re singing the songs. Give this iconic movie a shot and let nostalgia hit you with a thud.
7. The Fault in Our Stars
Adapted from a book of the same name, The Fault in Our Stars tells you the story of two teens dealing with cancer. Their everyday life couldn’t be further from ordinary but having no choice, they go from one day to the next, hoping today’s not 'that' day. With special needs and an unpredictable schedule, there’s no time to do new things or meet new people.
Things seem to click instantly for Hazel and Augustus, for there’s no one who could understand them better. Both of them want to live more in these small moments together than they ever did before.
This poignant feature compels viewers to wonder if they’d rather exist comfortably or take a risk and try living how they've always wanted to. You'll feel sorry for the characters and thankful for the normalcy in our own lives.
8. Pitch Perfect
Another musical on the list, Pitch Perfect has also gained huge popularity among fans, leading to some amazing sequels.
After shifting to a new school, Beca is pressured to join an acapella group but she’s more of a bathroom singer. After hearing her flawless voice though, she’s persuaded to join an all-girls band and compete against other groups. Beca, however, doesn’t conform to the old ways and risks it all to show the full potential of harmonized voices.
You’ll end up singing along with these charismatic nuts as you cheer for them every step of the way, wishing you were part of that group. This too is a three movie franchise like High School Musical, so get comfy as you get ready to spend your day with these songbirds.
9. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was already popular way before its release due to the sensation caused by the books released just four years before the movie.
We have Laura jean, a girl who writes letters to every guy she’s ever had a crush on, but keeps them hidden in a cupboard without ever sending one to the recipients. As you’ve probably figured out though, every letter gets mailed to its rightful owners and absurdities follow, as guys begin responding.
It's always amazing imagining yourself with the person you secretly admire, but would you communicate to make that a reality and possibly risk feeling embarrassed or keep it to yourself until the feeling eventually goes away?
We all worry about what others think of us and it scares us. Afraid to express these feelings, we trap them inside our heads until they’re lost in time. Here, Lara has kept everything bottled up in the form of letters, and when those letters come out, she has no choice but to face the repercussions, whatever they might be.
10. Crazy Rich Asians
Another movie adapted directly from a book, Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of Rachel Chu, who finds out her boyfriend is extremely rich while visiting Singapore for a wedding. She stands in awe as he shows her the lavish lifestyle she had never seen before. Everything feels like a movie as she learns more about her rich mate.
We see Rachel deal with this newly discovered fact as she faces one challenge after another in the form of Nick’s family and relatives, who think she doesn’t have what it takes to date him. As she tries proving them wrong in this romantic flick, we see the lifestyles we’ve always dreamed of and the inconveniences that come with it.
11. Say Anything
When Lloyd thinks about asking out the beautiful and diligent, Diane, no one sees a world where they would end up together, so it comes as a surprise when Diane accepts the proposal. Everything seems to be going great until Diane’s father reveals his objection to their relationship.
You know this is a classic, as it features the cliché “boom box outside the house” scene. What many might not realize is that this movie started this wacky romantic gesture.
We are taken into a wild ride of emotions as Lloyd is forced to deal with his untamed feelings, hoping to eventually weather the storm.
Take any one of the above movies and add filthy jokes followed by high-school craziness, upped to the maximum, and you get this movie. Superbad follows the adventures of Seth and Even, two high school teenagers, as they try to score some drinks for a party to impress the ladies and be appreciated by their peers. But things go south as they face hurdles on their difficult mission. Plans go wrong one after the other and they’re left to deal with unplanned situations.
Superbad, with its hilarious cast and well-written jokes, will undoubtedly crack you up and make you pause the movie to catch some air. Apart from sex-jokes and booze, it also deals with the separation of friends and how they deal with it. This comedy flick by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg has a lot of memorable moments, thanks to the witty humor and over-the-top characters.
Did I miss out on any movies like The Kissing Booth? Let me know in the comments section.
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