14 Movies You Must Watch if You Love ‘The Girl Next Door’

‘The Girl Next Door’ is a very funny coming-of-age story with elements of sexiness and raunchiness added to it. Emile Hirsch is hilarious here as a high school senior who falls for the girl next door. While trying to make his boring life interesting, he is also trying to help the people around him. It’s a classic tale of boy-meets-girl: boy falls in love with a girl, the boy lives happily ever after with the girl. Or is it?

What makes The Girl Next Door stand out from the rest is the superb cast and some really memorable comedic moments.. The casting director did a great job, placing Emile Hirsch opposite Elisha Cuthbert. The pair’s on-screen chemistry is undeniably electric. With that said, let’s look that the list of movies similar to The Girl Next Door that are our recommendations. You can watch many of these movies like The Girl Next Door on Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu.

14. Say Anything… (1989)

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The magic, the heart of ‘Say Anything’ is that it dares to be normal. Not only do John Cusack and Skye have perfect chemistry; not only is John Mahoney’s character one of the most complicated father figures in the history of film; not only is the screen play delightfully honest; but everything just seems to fit right in this movie. A Seattle high-school graduate with no apparent future, tired and for most part abandoned Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) sets his sights on the lovely Diane Court (Ione Skye), the class valedictorian, whom he had a chance encounter with at the town mall. After numerous valiant attempts and apparent successes, the two fall in love. Great characters, a great cast, really good writing, and simple but solid direction make this a real winner that is deservedly recognized as a romantic classic.

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13. Friends with Benefits (2011)

The breezy rom-com directed by Will Gluck has a long list of actors in the cast, but the lead actors Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis stood out with their performances. The film follows the story of two strangers, who work for the prestigious GQ magazine and become thick friends over a period of time. As both have been unlucky in love all the time, they get flirt with each with each other and believe that adding sex to the relationship will not spoil it, until it all goes haywire. The lead pair’s crackling chemistry and Justin Timberlake’s earnest efforts pays off for the movie in the end.

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12. The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

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The emotions and experiences the film conveys do not feel artificial, and Hailee Steinfeld shines! Intelligent writing and little twists here and there will likely leave you genuinely invested in the life of these characters and leave you wanting more. In the movie “High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.” This is not to be missed for fans of this genre!

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11. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

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A fast-paced film with its share of laughs, Fast Times also takes time to sensitively handle many of the tough issues teens face. There are many scenes that will just have you doubled over with laughter–the carrot scene, as well as the interaction between rebel Sean Penn and angry Mr.Hand, are just fantastic. Sean Penn gives a bravura performance and the film has ample nostalgic charm and humor to entertain.

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10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Like real teenagers, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller convincingly move from glowing objects of desire to comic relief to deeply troubled human beings. The story is simple yet complicated because of how much goes on. But the way it unfolds is beautiful and sad, sometimes all at once. While it has its funny moments, it also manages to go through dark topics as well such as homosexuality, drugs, and death. Stephen Chbosky handles his story very well, never feeling like it’s being forced but rather it flows nicely and carefully.

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9. Easy A (2010)

Another teen comedy, this time featuring Emma Stone in leading role, ‘Easy A’ follows the narrative of Olive, a high school teenager who pretends and lies about being a stud but is a virgin. Only Brandon, Olive’s friend knows about her true “situation” and in order to label Brandon, who is also a homosexual, as a straight stud in the eyes of the entire college, Olive and Brandon pretend to have sex, after which Olive is branded as a dirty skank who stitches the red coloured letter “A” to everything she has – clothes and props alike. While she’s being increasingly used by every guy in the college to pretend to have sex with in order to increase his popularity in the college, she is asked to leave school for her behaviour. ‘Easy A’ is easily the best-in-class when it comes to teenage comedies and Emma Stone has given a performance of her lifetime.

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8. Knocked Up (2007)

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The acting is great, the plot fast-paced, the characters believable and the dialog witty and clever. ‘Knocked Up’ is ultra sophisticated and yet, it reached a vast audience in the States because the sophistication is so amazingly smart. Seth Rogen is a real find. His eyes when he realizes Katherinre Heigl is going to stay with him that first and fatal night wil make you fall in love with his unlikely character. Katherine Heigl is another incredible discovery. Superb and stunning and classy to boot.

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7. What Happens in Vegas (2008)

After a night of fun, frolic, and a lot of booze, Jack and Jo find themselves married to each other. I know it happens a lot in Vegas, what being married to a stranger and all. It just seems very strange to me. Anyway, along with being stuck in their false marriage the duo also has to decide what to do with the jackpot they hit the previous night. With the court ordering them to work on their relationship and each of them trying to get their hands on the money, the story becomes a comedy, and then a loves story faster than you can say ‘Sin City’.

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6. Down with Love (2003)

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This is an homage to the light romantic comedies of the early 60’s and a strong influence by ‘Pillow Talk’. Renee Zellweger is Barbara Novack and she writes a book about women and how they look at relationships and an editor at a publishing firm named Vicki Hiller (Sarah Paulson) convinces the board of directors to publish her book. The chemistry between McGregor and Zellweger heated up the screen in a sweet, old-fashioned way.

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5. The First Time (2012)

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One night at a friend’s house party, a confident teen, Dave (Dylan O’Brien), meets an artistic girl named Aubrey (Britt Robertson). “The First Time” is the story of how they fall in love with each other over one weekend. It is a tale of first love and how confusing it is to experience love for the first time. Besides having witty dialogues and decent acting, this movie has a phenomenal soundtrack, each song is able to shine at the right moment. That is why this movie resonates with so many people around the world.

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4. The Spectacular Now (2013)

Plenty of movies about teens are released every summer, but very few successfully capture what it is really like to be on the brink of adulthood. ‘The Spectacular Now’ is one of the few that does, and it does it, well, spectacularly. There are scenes, moments, and dialogue in this film that ring so true that it all comes rushing back, a flood of memories and emotions and a little bit of pain.

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3. A Walk to Remember (2002)

One of the most heartbreaking films ever. It will make you cry unashamedly and that’s something that not a lot of movies can claim, in all honesty. And despite the sadness, it inevitably brings love, innocence, sweetness, optimism, and faith in life and the ability of every single person for a change, the ability – and the obligation – to become better. Mandy Moore and Shane West make a great couple and the ending was poignant and perfect. It is based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.

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2. Risky Business (1983)

Featuring Tom Cruise in one of his first major successes at Hollywood, with crisp dialogues, typical teenage-sex comedy innuendos (but was pitted as a romantic comedy) and a meandering flow of situations, ‘Risky Business’ is a stylishly sexy satire. The movie is an abundance of style as Cruise, as Joel Goodson, has all the fun-filled time at his house once his parents leave for vacation. Along with his friend Miles, they have sex with a hooker, do drugs, get stumped, their house gets burgled but Joel finds a way to Princeton eventually, a place where his father always wanted him to be. The guilty pleasures of being the lone adult man in your house and setting everything straight before you’re caught is funny at the outset and also, Tom Cruise leaves no stone unturned in his one of the rare comedic performances.

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1. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Welcome to one of the hottest mainstream movies of 1982. From Phoebe Cates’s hot bikini scene (the one which was paused and replayed over and over again by many) to Sean Penn’s iconic surfing sequence, Ridgemont High is all about high-school drama, but from a much appealing teenage quantity. The movie follows the narrative of a bunch of high school students who are passionate about drugs, surfing, sex, rock n’ roll and sultry women. Featuring kids from slightly older and younger generations as protagonistic characters, the movie details on how a few years of gap in high school leads to changing preferences of relationships, love and sex. The movie follows a typical high-low-high timeline and ends on a positive note with all the characters seemingly agreeing with each other. ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ was widely praised for Sean Penn’s performance, among others.

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