16 Best Movies like Through My Window
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I recently watched a film that actually emerged on a platform called Wattpad, used for writing and reading original ideas.
The story, which then became a book, and later on also a film, follows Raquel and Ares who end up in a rather turbulent love story that started with a WiFi password.
The film had just the right amount of drama to be good, but not cheesy, and as I hear it, it is about to become a franchise.
I am, of course, talking about Through My Window.
But, while we are waiting for the sequels, I started wondering what other options are there, which led me to a number of films, such as Candy Jar and The Only Living Boy in New York.
I also saw The In Between, where a teenager tries to get into contact with a boyfriend who died in a car accident, or the Kissing Booth trilogy, where a girl falls for the older brother of her best friend.
Apart from these, I came up with 16 other titles for you to try out. If you’re looking for something similar to Through My Window, check these out.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
The first on our list of movies like Through My Window is called To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
The story revolves around Lara Jean, a teenage girl who decides to write love letters to her past crushes, and store them in a hatbox. While she has a lot to say to her past crushes, she lacks the courage to do it in person. This way allows her to express her emotions better.
However, the problem arises when the letters get mailed out, and her life spins out of control.
This is one of those teen movies that start as a love story, but quickly become a nightmare for the main character, especially after every high school student finds out about Lara’s past loves.
The Guardian commented on All The Boys, saying that “Its teenagers are vulnerably imperfect and inconsistent in ways that rarely survive the studio lacquer; casually centred on a modern mixed-race household, it feels wholly made in 2018 without a hint of down-with-the-kids contrivance.”
The film stars Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Rish Shah, Anna Cathcart, Madeleine Arthur, Momona Tamada, and others.
Confessions of an Invisible Girl (2021)
Moving on with the list of movies like Through My Window, we have Confessions of an Invisible Girl.
Just like every teenage girl in movies similar to this one, the main character, a 16-year-old Tate, feels like an outcast at her school.
However, after relocating, she gets the chance to start over in a place where nobody knows her, and she decides to take it, make friends, and become the popular new girl.
Throughout the film, there are usual romance movie tropes, such as mean girls, cute guys, as well as a tough life at home.
Even so, she is determined to change her entire life, as a chance like this does not come often. And, if she manages to enter a high school romance along the way, even better.
The film stars Klara Castanho, Lucca Picon, Marcus Bessa, Kiria Malheiros, Julia Gomes, Caio Cabral, and others.
Anonymously Yours (2021)
Our next love story like Through My Window is called Anonymously Yours also known as Anónima. This is a Spanish film about young love between two teens who built a digital friendship.
The Spanish movie features two headbutting high school students called Vale and Alex.
After an accidental text message turns into an online friendship, Vale and Alex start crushing on one another. However, the thing is that neither of them realizes who the other one is and that they go to the same school.
It is one of the films where enemies become best friends, and then their relationship grows into something more.
After the pair gets placed in detention together, they start working on projects around one another, eventually becoming friends outside of the digital world, as well.
One part that is a bit unrealistic about this love story is that neither of the teens sends a photo or a voice message to one another, but since it would ruin the plot, we can let that slide.
The film stars Annie Cabello, Ralf Morales, Harold Azuara, Alicia Velez, Estefi Merelles, Veronica Merchant, Ari Shasho, and others.
All The Bright Places (2020)
The fourth on our list of movies like Through My Window, we have another love story called All The Bright Places.
This is a film that focuses on a romantic relationship between two troubled teens.
One of them is Violet, a girl who lost her sister, and who now struggles with survivor’s guilt and mental health. The other is Finch, her classmate who decides to become her project partner.
The pair decides to travel around Indiana to find unique places for their project, and before long, they become each other’s love interest. However, Finch has his issues as well, and suffers from depression.
Unlike most similar movies, this one does not only focus on a romantic relationship between the two teens, but also on the topic of mental health and similar topics that are highly relevant in today’s society.
The film stars Justice Smith, Elle Fanning, Felix Mallard, Luke Wilson, Keegan-Michael Key, Sofia Hasmik, and others.
Endless Love (2014)
If you are looking for a love story like Through My Window, then I definitely recommend checking out Endless Love. The film is about a rich girl and a bad boy. This is a forbidden love, which makes it twice as desirable.
The plot revolves around Jade Butterfield, a young woman who, after graduating from high school, falls in love with David Elliot, as she decides that she’s ready to experience the real world.
He is a working-class young man and a rebellious boy with a difficult past, while she is a privileged girl, which is one of the reasons why Jade’s father strongly discourages their relationship.
Of course, young people being young people, they ignore his wishes and enter into a love affair.
Unfortunately, the critics were not impressed, as Roger Ebert said that “This is supposed to be a film about the throes of teenage first love—a love you would go to jail for, set a house on fire for, a love that requires a restraining order—but it’s awfully tasteful and emotionally detached in its blissed-out depiction of beautiful young people cavorting in the sunlight.”
The film stars Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Rhys Wakefield, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, and others.
Three Steps Above Heaven (2010)
Moving on, we have Three Steps Above Heaven, which actually has a pretty similar story as our last entry.
The story begins with two teens, Babi and Hache, who cross paths rather accidentally, and then they start dating.
However, they belong to different worlds, as Babi, despite being a rich girl, shows signs of kindness and innocence, while Hache is impulsive, rebellious, and unconscious, prone to danger and risk.
While it seems impossible, they still manage to meet, and enter a love affair as each develops feelings for the other.
Once again, we have a forbidden love that emerges when people who should never cross paths somehow end up doing just that.
Not all relationships are made equal, and definitely not all of them are healthy, as in this one, Babi starts disliking school, she studies less, and gets into mischief under his influence.
The film stars Mario Casas, Maria Valverde, Alvaro Cervantes, Marina Sales, Nerea Camacho, Christina Plazas, and others.
6 Years (2015)
One film that is similar to Through My Window, but still stands out from the rest is called 6 Years.
However, while it is labeled as a romance, I would recommend it to those who like to watch movies that show harsh realities that might put them off love for a while.
The film follows the misfortunes of Dan and Mel’s relationship, who have been together for six years now. While they have lasted longer than most couples around them, their relationship is far from being sunshine and rainbows.
Filled with toxicity, their story unravels when unexpected opportunities send them down a volatile and violent path, where the future that they always imagined ends up being seriously endangered.
The film stars Taissa Farmiga, Ben Rosenfield, Jennifer Lafleur, Peter Vack, Lindsay Burdge, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, and others.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Halfway down the list of movies like Through My Window, we have Dirty Dancing, a classic whose release date is now 36 years old, which revolves around dancing and a love affair.
The film follows Baby, a young girl who simply wishes to enjoy youth while it lasts. However, seemingly unfortunate circumstances lead her to spend the summer at a dreary resort with her parents.
Things take a completely different turn when she meets the resort’s dance instructor, Johnny, who asks her to be his new dancing partner.
The two, naturally, fall in love, and even after Baby’s father forbids her from seeing him, she disobeys and decides to perform one last dance with her new love interest.
It is one of the best movies of the genre, even three and a half decades after it came out.
The film stars Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Cynthia Rhodes, Kelly Bishop, Jerry Orbach, and others.
The Wedding Unplanner (2020)
In the ninth spot, we have The Wedding Unplanner, which explores what happens when you, as a wedding planner, accidentally fall in love with a groom and have a one-night stand with him.
The story follows Marina, who is a wedding planner, but also the kind of girl who doesn’t believe in love and who likes the no-strings-strings attached attitude.
She is a successful woman who still has a passionate love life, but she tries to keep it simple due to her traumatic past.
However, when she gets contracted by her childhood friend, it turns out that the groom is her past and rather brief love affair. Things go out of hand even more when the groom, Carlos, admits his love for her.
The film stars Alex Garcia, Silvia Alonso, Belen Cuesta, Mariam Hernandez, Adrian Lastra, and others.
The DUFF (2015)
Moving on with the list, we have The DUFF, an Amazon Prime Video film that follows Bianca, a young high school student who is very close with three other girls.
However, since all three are more popular and prettier, they have proclaimed her as their DUFF, Designated Ugly Fat Friend, essentially using her to make themselves look even better.
After she learns of the title, she turns to the track athlete and fellow student Weasley for help. He offers to assist her in becoming more confident and popular, or else her senior year will become a disaster.
As you can imagine, the friends navigate the treacherous waters of high school and eventually get to know one another better, which makes them fall in love with each other. Along the way, she also intends to destroy the idea of a designated ugly fat person.
The film stars Robbie Amell, Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Bianca A. Santos, Skyler Samuels, Ken Jeong, and others.
My Girl And I (2005)
Our next entry is a South Korean film called My Girl and I. With its release date being in 2005, this is actually the second-oldest film on this entire list.
It follows Su-ho, a plain high school boy who goes to school with a beautiful girl called Su-eun. She is bright, funny, and deeply in love with Su-ho, with him seemingly completely oblivious to the fact.
On one occasion, she even saved his life in the sea, although he never learned that it was her who saved him. For a time, the film seems like it will involve a love triangle, but it quickly gives up on those plans.
However, it does not have a happy ending, because soon after becoming a couple, confessing their feelings, and more, Su-eun dies from terminal leukemia.
If you love K-Drama, K-Pop or anything Korean, this is the movie for you.
The film stars Song Hye-kyo, Cha Tae-hyun, Kim Hae-sook, Lee Soon-jae, Kim Shin-Young, Moon Jeong-hee, and others.
LOL is another film similar to Through My Window, although it also tackles the world of modern teenagers, wrapped in technology.
Released in 2012, it shows a world connected by social networks like Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, and alike. In such a world, Lola and her friends navigate their teenagehood, as well as the peer pressures of high school romance and friendship with difficulty.
Their confused parents cannot help them, in fact, they only make matters worse most of the time. This is what happened when Lola’s mom “accidentally” reads her journal, only to realize that their communication gap has grown much larger than she thought.
This is a film that should be seen by parents and teens alike, as it portrays real life a bit too accurately, pointing out the clash of generations in a way that everyone can understand.
The film stars Miley Cyrus, Douglas Booth, Demi Moore, Ashley Greene, Ashley Hinshaw, Adam Gary, and others.
After series (2019 – 2022)
Moving on, we have the After series, a Netflix series that consists of four After films which came out between 2019 and 2022. It is nicknamed “Fifty Shades of Grey for teens,” featuring Tessa Young, who is an innocent good girl, and Hardin Scott, a mysterious bad boy that wins her over.
Just like the infamous Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, the two enter a relationship that is primarily focused on sensuality combined with bickering. However, despite the toxicity, the two do care deeply for one another.
This is not what you would call a healthy relationship, but it does explore the depths of love and toxicity that sometimes come together. Plus, like Fifty Shades of Grey, it resulted in an entire series of movies, so if you feel like watching a more edgy romance film, this is the one you were looking for.
The films star Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Josephine Langford, Anna Todd, Dylan Sprouse, Arielle Kebbel, Chance Perdomo, and others.
Five Feet Apart (2019)
Our fourteenth entry is Five Feet Apart, a film that follows two teens, Stella and Will.
Stella is a seventeen-year-old who suffers from cystic fibrosis. For the most time, she spends her time at the hospital, and she lives her life rather routinely, with a precise schedule and structure.
This changes when she meets a charming teen called Will, who suffers from the same illness.
From the moment they meet, sparks start flying, and they engage in endless flirting sessions that makes tensions grow more and more as the movie progresses, but so does their bond.
Eventually, they break the rules in order to be together and give in to their desire.
The film stars Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias, Emily Baldoni, Claire Forlani, Parminder Nagra, and others.
Tall Girl (2019)
Nearing the end of the list, we have Tall Girl, a film that explores whether being tall is a boon or a curse.
The story follows Jodi, who is the world’s tallest high school student. However, due to her being different, she is constantly facing bullying by her peers.
However, after she finds some self-assurance and finally stands tall, she learns how to be happy with her life, while everyone else gets stunned with her newly found attitude and beauty.
Of course, this also leads her to her new high school sweetheart, so the film does have a happy ending.
The film stars Ava Michelle, Luke Eisner, Sabrina Carpenter, Griffin Gluck, Clara Wilsey, Paris Berelc, and others.
The Perfect Date (2019)
How far would you be willing to go when you become desperate for money? The Perfect Date, directed by Chris Nelson, asks that question, and its lead, Brooks Rattigan, responds.
Desperate for money that would allow him to get into college, he develops an app that allows anyone to hire him as their stand-in boyfriend in exchange for money.
Soon enough, he starts going from one pretend relationship to the next, pleased that his plan is running smoothly.
Of course, things soon become more complicated, after he actually catches feelings for a gorgeous but aloof Shelby, and changes his plan, setting out to win her over with a perfect date.
The film stars Noah Centineo, Laura Marano, Camila Mendes, Odiseas Georgiadis, Alex Biglane, Matt Walsh, and others.
Do you have a favorite on this list? Or did I miss it out. Let me know in the comments section below.