Movies like City of Joy

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City of Joy (1992)
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City of Joy (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In this drama, a wealthy American doctor learns some important lessons about life in one of the poorest cities on Earth. Max Lowe (Patrick Swayze) is a Houston surgeon who has grown weary of the bureaucracy of American medicine. When he loses a patient on the operating table, Max impulsively decides to leave America and travel to India in the hope of "finding himself." Not long after he arrives in Calcutta, Max is attacked by a group of thugs and left without money or a passport.
Style: touching, sincere, uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic, light, feel good, buddy movie, inspirational ...
Plot: hopes, friendship, wedding, leper, gangsters, best friends, friends, family relations, misfit, clinic, rich and poor, clergy, parents and children, self discovery, against the odds, human spirit, society, doctors and patients, rescue, indians, poverty, hospital, violence, mafia, prostitution ...
Time: 90s
Place: india, kolkata, asia, middle east, san francisco

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Most similar movies to City of Joy

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about hopes, family relations, friendship, society, friends, parents and children and human spirit mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like City of Joy: The Doctor (1991), Let the Wind Blow (2004), Swades (2004), The Untouchable (2006), Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Doctor (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: psychological, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, medical school, doctor, surgery, doctors and patients, coldhearted, redemption, intern, family relations, terminal illness, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
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Let the Wind Blow (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A collegian in turbulent Mumbai attempts to improve his lifestyle.
Style: sincere, captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: destiny, follow your dream, working class, rich and poor, political unrest, family relations, youth, state affairs, hopes, society, parents and children, social differences ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: asia, india
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72%
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Swades (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 189 min.
Story: Set in modern day India, Swades is a film that tackles the issues that development throws up on a grass root level. It is to this India, which is colorful, heterogeneous and complex that Mohan Bhargava (Shah Rukh Khan), a bright young scientist ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: bollywood, nasa, immigrants, discrimination, poverty, village, journey, search, change of heart, self discovery, social differences, homecoming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: india, asia
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68%
The Untouchable (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: After learning from her mother that her father lives in India, a young woman goes there to meet him for the first time.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, self discovery, culture clash, single parent, estrangement, absent father, search for father, family bonds, against the odds, long lost relative, obsession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The plot follows the individual journeys of three ordinary South African men in the build up to their attendance of the 2010 Mighty Men Conference, where their lives are forever changed by God's message for them.
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, emotional, christian film
Plot: self discovery, human spirit, redemption, family problems, hopes, society, friendship, down on your luck, life is a bitch, guru, religions or cults, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
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62%
Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, human spirit, parents and children, introspection, single parent, life is a bitch, hopes, family relations, family problems, social decay, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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61%
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String (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Shankar Singh and his wife, Meera, live in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India along with widowed paternal grandmother, Laxmibai, his mom, Gowri, and dad, Randhir. The family feel that they are blessed after Meera's entry in this family. Shankar must go ...
Style: realistic, sincere, emotional, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: friendship, hopes, power of love, friends, muslim, loss of spouse, redemption, social differences, gender, dishonesty, feminism, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
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59%
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Courageous (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly ...
Style: christian film, uplifting, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: faith, christian, family relations, christianity, fatherhood, gang, self discovery, human spirit, friendship, destiny, religions or cults, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Red Beard (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Aspiring to an easy job as personal physician to a wealthy family, Noboru Yasumoto is disappointed when his first post after medical school takes him to a small country clinic under the gruff doctor Red Beard. Yasumoto rebels in numerous ways, but ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, compassionate, poignant ...
Plot: intern, clinic, samurai, doctor, countryside, brothel, family relations, generation gap, hopes, society, heroes, power relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Last Sin Eater (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In seeking her own redemption from the one man of whom she is most afraid, 10-year-old Cadi Forbes discovers a secret sin haunting her community of Welsh immigrants in 1850s Appalachia.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, family problems, hopes, parents and children, death in the family, society, religion, dark secret, imaginary friend, girl, sin, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Two Bits (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's promised to Gennaro and which Gennaro would like to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: rich and poor, coming of age, family life, haunted by the past, teenage life, parents and children, self discovery, friendship, hopes, youth, friends, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Faith Like Potatoes (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Frank Rautenbach leads a strong cast as Angus Buchan, a Zambian farmer of Scottish heritage, who leaves his farm in the midst of political unrest and racially charged land reclaims and travels south with his family to start a better life in KwaZulu ...
Style: christian film, serious, sincere, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: friendship, farm, starting over, human spirit, political unrest, hopes, social differences, religions or cults, food, society, redemption, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Green Dragon (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A tale about Vietnamese refugees sent to an orientation camp on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base in California, 'Green Dragon' focuses on a young boy and his sister. Set in 1975, the film chronicles the stories told to the two children by ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: military, interracial relations, self discovery, military life, friendship, culture clash, translator, homecoming, human nature, military base, racism, immigrants ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: race against time, cure, hopes, human spirit, against the odds, parents and children, doctors and patients, child illness, family in crisis, family problems, unlikely partners, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, buddies, life is a bitch, best friends, rich and poor, parents and children, human nature, family relations, homeless ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 30s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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The Cure (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Eric, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Eric also becomes closer to Dexter's mother than to his own, who is neglectful and bigoted and violently forbids their ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, best friends, aids, loss of son, abusive parent, coming of age, bittersweet, young heroes, family relations, cure, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, new orleans, new jersey ...
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50%
Clara's Heart (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, grief, dysfunctional family, parents and children, haunted by the past, family in crisis, self discovery, human nature, friendship, couple relations, friends, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: jamaica, usa, baltimore, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
...First Do No Harm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: family relations, hospital, hopes, bittersweet, small town life, death in the family, small town, against the odds, single parent, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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My Own Country (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After obtaining his medical degree from Madras Medical College, Dr. Abraham Verghese decides to re-locate to Johnson City, Tennessee. He eventually gets married to Rajani, who is an accomplished dancer, and has a boy, Steven. Since Abraham ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, hospital, terminal illness, pregnancy, aids, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, ego clash, unfulfillment, legal action, child illness, small town ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, india
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45%
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Amal (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Autorickshaw driver Amal is content with the small, but vital, role he serves - driving customers around New Delhi as quickly and safely as possible. But his sense of duty is tested by an eccentric, aging billionaire, who, moved by Amal's ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: human spirit, inheritance, generosity, hopes, society, life is a bitch, change of luck, taxi driver, destiny, idealism, working class, illiteracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, new delhi
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43%
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A Simple Heart (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Unable to forget her first love, Félicité, a simple and kind maid, devotes herself completely to her new master, Mathilde Aubain. As the passing of time doesn't heal her wounds, she gives love to all those who surround her: Mathilde's ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Audience: girls' night
Plot: hopes, family relations, social differences, friendship, friends, power relations, family life, unfulfilled love, introspection, master and servant, servant, bittersweet ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, france, normandy
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
A Cool, Dry Place (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five year old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife abandoned him in Chicago. Just as he starts to develop a new ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, dramatic ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: love triangle, small town, single father, bittersweet, friendship, family relations, human nature, parents and children, small town life, couple relations, friends, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: kansas, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: chinese, friendship, haunted by the past, immigrants, hopes, golden years, women, parents and children, human nature, self discovery, mother daughter relationship, storytelling ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, usa, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Lilies of the Field (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An unemployed construction worker (Homer Smith) heading out west stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. The farm is being worked by a group of East European Catholic nuns, headed by the strict mother superior ...
Style: touching, captivating, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: desert, nun, convent, chapel, construction worker, friendship, human spirit, interracial relations, small town life, social relations, friends, odd couple ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Yuki & Nina (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When Yuki finds out that her parents are separating and she is moving to Japan with her mother, she and her best friend Nina devise ways to reunite the feuding adults.
Style: sincere, stylized, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, forceful separation, youth, starting over, family problems, breakup, family relations, parents separation, best friends, hopes, parents and children, on the run ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An intimate and turbulent relationship develops between Chase, a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and Elizabeth, the caretaker employed to look after her.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family relations, mental illness, chase, dysfunctional family, family problems, friends, couple relations, self discovery, family in crisis, parents and children, introspection ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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To Life (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Helen, Rose and Lili have survived the Holocaust and have never seen each other since the war has ended. In 1960, they meet again in Berck, France. They learn to enjoy together simple pleasures in life: nice meals, ballads on the beach, playing in ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: haunted by the past, starting over, reunion, friendship, hopes, human spirit, auschwitz, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, girlfriend, reunited friends, lifestyle, post war ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Girlfriend (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man with Down's Syndrome romantically pursues a small town single mom who is still mixed up with her volatile ex-boyfriend.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, melancholic, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, love and romance, single parent, friendship, impossible love, hopes, society, human spirit, social relations, misfit, down syndrome, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Profoundly Normal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Donna Lee Shelby (Kirstie Alley), a mentally retarded girl who lives in Forest Haven, an institution for the developmentally disabled, meets Ricardo Thornton (Delroy Lindo), a fellow resident. When Forest Haven is closed by a ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: interracial relations, couples, friendship, family life, human spirit, family in crisis, idealism, fighting the system, hopes, society, coping, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The C-Word (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The C Word is an adaptation of Lisa Lynch's inspiring and candid book, based on her blog, about her battle with cancer.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: life turned upside down, human spirit, optimism, terminal illness, journalism, hopes, life is a bitch, family relations, couples, couple relations, cancer, blogger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%