The plot of the movie ‘After’ incorporates possibly every cliche available in its depiction of the typical “good girl-bad boy” romance between college students Tessa Young and Hardin Scott. Based on the 2014 adult fiction novel of the same name, ‘After’ is a romantic drama film directed by Jenny Gage from a screenplay by Gage, Susan McMartin and Tamara Chestna. Starring newcomer Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin in the lead roles, the initial premise of the plot is set when Tess Young moves into her dorm with the assistance of her mother and her boyfriend Noah. While in the university, she begins a passionate, romantic relationship with the stereotypical “bad boy” Hardin Scott. What follows is the overdone tale of minor heartbreaks leading to the eventual reconciliation, facilitating the box office-friendly happy ending.
Frankly speaking, ‘After’ adds absolutely zilch, artistically, to the world of cinema. The film received dismal critical reviews upon its release, and currently holds a pathetic approval rating of 23% based on 22 reviews, with an average rating of 3.84/10. Honestly, I don’t see how any individual can love this film. However, if you genuinely love it, then we’ve got some recommendations for you. Here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘After’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘After’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Dogfight (1991)
Set in San Francisco, California, against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, ‘Dogfight’ explores the touching romance between an 18-year-old Marine, Lance Corporal Eddie Birdlace, on his way to Vietnam, and a young woman, Rose Fenny. Directed by Nancy Savoca, the first portion of the film is set on the eve of President Kennedy’s assassination, when Birdlace and his three Marine buddies arrive in San Francisco for twenty four hours, before shipping off to Vietnam, and are planing on attending a “dogfight”– a party where Marines compete to bring the ugliest date, unbeknownst to the girls they bring. This lays the premise of Birdlace’s chance meeting and eventual romance with Rose.
While Rose isn’t particularly ugly, she seems shy and awkward as opposed to Birdlace’s brash, intimidating exterior. Soon after, when Rose comes to know about the actual nature of the date, she is heartbroken, resulting in a sense of crippling guilt within Birdlace. This leads him to pursue her desperately, and eventually makes it up to her. The climactic scene where Birdlace returns from the war with a limp to find Rose in the same coffee shop where he first met Rose all those years ago is a magnificently crafted, bittersweet, tear-inducing cinematic experience that must be felt first hand and not read about. Starring River Phoenix, Lili Taylor and E.G. Daily, the film received widely favorable reviews upon its release, with Dustin Putman saying, “A virtually unknown gem, and is one of the sweetest, most touching romances of the decade.”
9. A Walk to Remember (2002)