Directed by Wes Anderson and co-written by Owen Wilson and Anderson, ‘Rushmore’ follows Max Fischer, an eccentric teenager and depicts the friendship between him and Herman Blume, a rich industrialist, and their mutual love for elementary school teacher Rosemary Cross. The film stars Jason Schwartzman as Fischer, Bill Murray a Blume and Olivia Williams as Cross. It is co-produced by Touchstone Pictures and American Empirical Pictures and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures. ‘Rushmore’ is shot by cinematographer Robert Yeoman, edited by David Moritz and the music is composed by Mark Mothersbaugh.
The movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and upon its theatrical release, it received immensely positive reviews from critics and audiences. Many have hailed it as one of the best works of Anderson and one of the greatest films of the 90s. With quirky characters, inspiring cinematography, the taut direction and the wonderful performances, ‘Rushmore’ has gone on to be regarded as a classic. Its status was legitimized in 2016 when it was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress.
For this article, I have taken into account films that have similar narrative structures and visual style as this Wes Anderson flick. The films on this list are mostly coming of age comedies. In addition, I have not included films directed by Anderson in order to make it more diverse. So, without further ado, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘Rushmore’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Rushmore’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. American Pie (1999)
A teen sex comedy, ‘American Pie’ is often disparaged to be a low brow film which finds success from cheap humour. However, one cannot deny that it is a rib-tickling comedy with compassionate moments sprinkled over the narrative. Co-directed by Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz, and written by Adam Herz, ‘American Pie’ follows a group of friends who make a pact to lose their virginity before their high school graduation.
What makes the film such an enjoyable watch is how the writers and actors showcase the awkward situations that come with the seemingly steamy acts of sex. The characters are constantly caught in embarrassing situations by their parents, teacher and the girls they like. Though it received mild reviews from critics, ‘American Pie’ was a gigantic box office success as it earned $235.5 million against a small budget of $11 million. The commercial success has spawned four sequels and a spin-off.