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, 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, society, friendship, friends, parents and children and redemption mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like City of Joy: The Doctor (1991), Red Beard (1965), Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012), Faith Like Potatoes (2006), Let the Wind Blow (2004). 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, surgery, doctor, coldhearted, doctors and patients, redemption, power relations, family relations, human spirit, couples, bittersweet ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
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95%
 8.4
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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: clinic, intern, samurai, doctor, doctors and patients, heroes, parents and children, hopes, teenage life, generation gap, human nature, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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, emotional, serious
Plot: human spirit, self discovery, redemption, family problems, society, hopes, friendship, guru, religions or cults, life is a bitch, down on your luck, kidnapping ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, uplifting, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: food, starting over, farm, human spirit, political unrest, friendship, social differences, religions or cults, hopes, society, redemption, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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: realistic, contemplative, serious, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: destiny, suburban life, hopes, state affairs, family relations, international crisis, friends, social relations, best friends, coming of age, rich and poor, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: asia, india
⇓ 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, parents and children, hopes, death in the family, society, religion, dark secret, imaginary friend, girl, sin, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, hopes, power of love, muslim, redemption, friends, loss of spouse, dishonesty, social differences, gender, feminism, strong female presence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, sincere, serious, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: race against time, cure, against the odds, hopes, human spirit, unlikely partners, child illness, doctors and patients, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 8.2
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Swades (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 210 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, uplifting, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: nasa, immigrants, discrimination, poverty, bollywood, village, homecoming, search, self discovery, human spirit, follow your dream, obsessive quest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.2
 3K
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, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: rich and poor, coming of age, friends, family relations, haunted by the past, friendship, teenage life, family life, youth, self discovery, hopes, parents and children ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: philadelphia, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.7
 9K
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, coming of age, bittersweet, hopes, friends, family relations, cure, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, new orleans, 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, human nature, buddies, life is a bitch, rich and poor, parents and children, best friends, family relations, twists & turns ...
Time: 1900s, 1930s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Life, Above All (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A touching mother-daughter relationship that reflects the modern South Africa.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic
Plot: poverty, human spirit, parents and children, society, hopes, social misfits, leaving home, estrangement, youth, family relations, family problems, village ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: sincere, emotional, psychological, touching, realistic ...
Plot: military, interracial relations, military life, friendship, self discovery, homecoming, human nature, translator, culture clash, racism, military base, immigrants ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, asia, vietnam, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, family relations, self discovery, youth, couples, family problems, human nature, haunted by the past, friends, coming of age ...
Time: 80s
Place: jamaica, baltimore, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
...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: sentimental, sincere, uplifting, controversial, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, family relations, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, death in the family, small town life, human spirit, family life, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: inheritance, generosity, human spirit, working class, society, change of luck, hopes, life is a bitch, destiny, idealism, taxi driver, money ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, new delhi, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.8
 302
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: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: pregnancy, hospital, terminal illness, family relations, aids, gays and lesbians, love and romance, family in crisis, obsessive quest, heroic mission, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 6.6
 301
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, emotional, realistic, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, social differences, hopes, friendship, family life, unfulfilled love, master and servant, friends, power relations, servant, introspection, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, france, normandy
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, realistic, serious, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: desert, nun, convent, chapel, construction worker, friendship, social relations, hopes, interracial relations, farm, society, odd couple ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: arizona, 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, sincere, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: chinese, friendship, haunted by the past, immigrants, hopes, golden years, parents and children, self discovery, human nature, mother daughter relationship, storytelling, women ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, usa, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: friendship, forceful separation, hopes, parents and children, on the run, youth, parents separation, family relations, starting over, family problems, best friends, breakup ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.6
 762
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, realistic, sincere, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family relations, mental illness, chase, dysfunctional family, love and romance, hopes, society, introspection, misfit, human nature, friends ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, human nature, parents and children, love and romance, couple relations, hopes, starting over, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: kansas, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.3
 1K
God's Army (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a small apartment with five young prank-loving ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: couples, terminal illness, life is a bitch, redemption, working class, self discovery, youth, disorder, coming of age, human nature, culture clash, tragic hero ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.2
 633
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: impossible love, friendship, single parent, love and romance, life is a bitch, hopes, society, social relations, human spirit, misfit, down syndrome, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A mother and daughter dispute is resolved by the "Yaya sisterhood" - long time friends of the mother.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, sincere, intense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, mental illness, estrangement, playwright, family relations, family problems, secret society, parents and children, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, rescue ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.6
 477
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, sincere, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Plot: life turned upside down, optimism, human spirit, terminal illness, couples, journalism, family relations, couple relations, hopes, life is a bitch, blogger, cancer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.9
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Marvellous (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dramatisation of the true story of the life of Neil "Nello" Baldwin. Born with a mild learning disability but without the burden of social embarrassment & how his inexhaustible ability to see the good in any situation overcame any ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: human spirit, society, disability, hopes, clergy, sport team, friendship, death of mother, mascot, clown, mother son relationship, soccer ...
Time: 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: interracial relations, couples, friendship, family in crisis, hopes, idealism, coping, society, family life, fighting the system, human spirit, optimism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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