Most Realistic Movies

These movies may not all have the most realistic plots (they are movies after all) but they have the most realistic dialogue, characters, chemistry, and people.
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1.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
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An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
 
2.
A Walk on the Moon (1999)
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The world of a young housewife is turned upside down when she has an affair with a free-spirited blouse salesman. (107 mins.)
Director: Tony Goldwyn
 
3.
Adventureland (2009)
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In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world. (107 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
 
4.
American Beauty (1999)
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A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Not everything is realistic, but a lot of it is. ” - garivenbark
 
5.
Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
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Multicharacter teenage comedy about high school graduates with different agenda of life on graduation night. (100 mins.)
“ Very accurate portrayal of high school. ” - garivenbark
 
6.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
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The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. (102 mins.)
“ This literally feels like stepping into a time machine. ” - garivenbark
 
7.
Easy A (2010)
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A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. (92 mins.)
Director: Will Gluck
“ The dialogue reminds me a lot of how I interact with my friends and family. My parents are a lot like Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci. ” - garivenbark
 
8.
Election (1999)
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A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president. (103 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
9.
Garden State (2004)
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A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
 
10.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
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When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary. (139 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ One of my good friends played pro baseball for a long time and he and his wife always say this movie is a very accurate portrayal of the sports world ” - garivenbark
 
11.
Juno (2007)
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Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. (96 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Almost didn't feel like a movie it felt so real ” - garivenbark
 
12.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
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Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
13.
Moonstruck (1987)
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Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry. (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
14.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
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A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home. (96 mins.)
Director: Jared Hess
“ So mundane. And that's really what real life is like ” - garivenbark
 
15.
Office Space (1999)
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Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss. (89 mins.)
Director: Mike Judge
 
16.
Parenthood (1989)
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The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse. (124 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
17.
Reality Bites (1994)
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A documentary filmmaker and her fellow Gen X graduates face life after college, looking for work and love in Houston. (99 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
“ Probably the most realistic movie of all time. It reminds me of the 90s so clearly it's scary ” - garivenbark
 
18.
Singles (1992)
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A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle. (99 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
19.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
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A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ Except for the killer ending, this was my life in middle school and high school ” - garivenbark
 
20.
The Big Chill (1983)
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A group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a South Carolina winter house after the funeral of one of their friends. (105 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
21.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
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During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ Pretty real picture of the military and the great men and women who serve in it ” - garivenbark
 
22.
The Ice Storm (1997)
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1973, suburban New Canaan, Connecticut: middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control. (112 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Perfect depiction of the moral transformation of the 20th century middle class American family ” - garivenbark
 
23.
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
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Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find their relationships -- both old and new -- begin to resemble 21st century versions of her novels. (106 mins.)
Director: Robin Swicord
 
24.
The Story of Us (1999)
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Ben and Katie Jordan are a married couple who go through hard times in fifteen years of marriage. (95 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
25.
Traffic (2000)
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A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business. (147 mins.)
“ I tell people all the time: If you wanna know the real consequences of drugs watch this movie ” - garivenbark
 
26.
Up in the Air (2009)
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Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest and a new hire. (109 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman