Movies like Dead Poets Society

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Dead Poets Society (1989)
 8.1
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, uplifting, sentimental, motivational, emotional, touching, captivating, sincere, compassionate ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, literature, teacher, poetry, coming of age, dedicated educator, poet, philosophy, student, professor, suicide, youth, private school, school teacher, mentor, teaching the ways of the world, boarding school, boys' school, friendship, first love, generation gap, against the rules, teen suicide, loyalty ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, usa, new england, harvard university

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, feel good and sentimental films with plots about friendship, youth, childhood, mentor, coming of age, unlikely friendships and school mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Dead Poets Society: Good Will Hunting (1997), The Emperor's Club (2002), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Scent of a Woman (1992), The History Boys (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: philosophical, uplifting, psychological, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, life philosophy, university, professor, philosophy, ambition, existentialism, dedicated educator, human spirit, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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The Emperor's Club (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: William Hundert is a passionate and principled Classics professor who finds his tightly-controlled world shaken and inexorably altered when a new student, Sedgewick Bell, walks into his classroom. What begins as a fierce battle of wills gives way to ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, contemplative, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: boarding school life, dedicated educator, cheating, reunion, hypocrisy, boarding school, undisciplined, teachers and students, coming of age, rebellion, disorder, bad attitude ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s, future
Place: pennsylvania, washington d.c., new jersey
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100%
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in ...
Style: sentimental, touching, intellectual, romantic, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: feminism, teachers and students, dedicated educator, femininity, college, art history, gender, art, college life, society, fighting the system, bittersweet ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: massachusetts, usa, california, manhattan new york city, yale university ...
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Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, dramatic, realistic, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, human nature, friendship, blind character, mentor, unlikely friendships, depression, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, thanksgiving, blindness, change of heart ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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The History Boys (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of an unruly class of bright, funny history students at a Yorkshire grammar school in pursuit of an undergraduate place at Oxford or Cambridge. Bounced between their maverick English master, a young and shrewd teacher hired to up their ...
Style: witty, semi serious, stylized, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: exam, teacher, education, high school, teachers and students, lifestyle, youth, anti conformity, friends, coming of age, friendship, gay teenager ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, renaissance, 60s ...
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england, london ...
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100%
Like Stars on Earth (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: India
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Colours, fish, dogs, and kites don't seem important to the adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks, and ...
Style: touching, motivational, captivating, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: teachers and students, childhood, dedicated educator, self discovery, teaching the ways of the world, dyslexia, shyness, young heroes, school, loneliness, teacher, boarding school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, mumbai india
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82%
Finding Forrester (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Gus van Sant tells the story of a young African American man named Jamal who confronts his talents while living on the streets of the Bronx. He accidentally runs into an old writer named Forrester who discovers his passion for writing. With help ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, sincere, feel good ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: dedicated educator, mentor, prejudice, friendship, prodigy, basketball, writer's life, african american, private school, follow your dream, lifestyle, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, scotland, new york yankees, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.5
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Lean on Me (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When principal Joe Clark takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, emotional, sincere, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: high school, gang, reform, drug dealing, school principal, teachers and students, idealism, high school life, human spirit, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school, teacher, childhood, boarding school life, music, orphan, musician, boss, friendship, singer, changing lives ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, new york, paris france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Front of the Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "Front of the Class" is based on the true story of Brad Cohen -- played in the movie by Jimmy Wolk -- who, "after being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher
Style: touching, inspirational, realistic, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: tourette's syndrome, teachers and students, school, dedicated educator, social misfits, stuttering, family relations, understanding, human spirit, follow your dream, against the odds, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: louisiana, usa, atlanta georgia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
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With Honors (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Convinced he'll graduate with honors because of his thesis paper, a stuffy Harvard student finds his paper being held hostage by a homeless man, who might be the guy to school the young man in life.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, college, law school, homeless, graduation, unlikely friendships, college student, self discovery, youth, ambition, human nature, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
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The Truman Show (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for ...
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, interesting, touching, surreal ...
Plot: self discovery, freedom, deception, fictional reality, manipulations, fictional reality show, hidden camera, voyeurism, loneliness, suspicion, dishonesty, suburban life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future, 1990s
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, which follows 15-year-old freshman Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider who is taken under the wings of two seniors. A moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope - and the ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
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Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 20th century ...
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 6.7
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Duration: 103 min.
Story: It's South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school. John Milton is a boy from an ordinary ...
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, feel good, emotional ...
Plot: private school, friendship, fish out of water, teachers and students, love and romance, school, misfit, coming of age, youth, bittersweet, teenage love, fall in love ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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The Man Without a Face (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of a relationship between a teacher and his troubled pupil. Justin McLeod is a former teacher who lives as a recluse on the edge of town. His face is disfigured from an automobile accident and fire ten years before in which a boy was ...
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: friendship, injustice, disfigurement, social misfits, teaching the ways of the world, false accusation, physical appearance, mysterious character, loneliness, intergenerational friendship, suspicion, secret ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
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67%
Monsieur Ibrahim (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Monsieur Ibrahim is a story about a young Jewish boy in Paris who meets an old Muslim Turkish grocery store owner. The film touches the themes of friendship and love as the old man is a father figure to the boy as he teaches him of the Koran. The ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, uplifting, atmospheric ...
Plot: muslim, friendship, adoption, generation gap, koran, family relations, man boy relationship, self discovery, coming of age, teaching the ways of the world, youth, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: paris france, europe, albania, persia, greece ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 79K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, serious, bleak, depressing ...
Plot: depression, teachers and students, teacher, suicide, unhappy, social decay, social problems, classroom, human relationship, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, high school life ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top ...
Style: feel good, realistic, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, high school, dedicated educator, mathematics, studying, summer school, cheating, mexican american, education, idealism, reach out, gain trust ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: uplifting, motivational, touching, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
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Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and the greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of fame, fortune and popularity, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there.
Style: clever, melancholic, philosophical, depressing, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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House of D (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In the present, artist Tom Warshaw recalls his traumatic coming of age. As a 13-year-old growing up in New York City in 1973, Tom hangs out with Pappass, a mentally disabled man. With Tom's mother battling depression after the death of her ...
Style: sentimental, light, emotional, intense, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
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Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Paper Chase (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A first-year law student struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of a stern professor.
Style: captivating, uplifting, serious, feel good, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: college, law student, youth, student life, college life, human nature, self discovery, instructor, contests and competitions, hopes, fall in love, male bonding ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: harvard university, usa, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.
Style: talky, humorous, sentimental, realistic, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 20s, 1920s ...
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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In the early 1900s, Miranda attends a girls boarding school in Australia. One Valentine's Day, the school's typically strict headmistress treats the girls to a picnic field trip to an unusual but scenic volcanic formation called Hanging ...
Style: stylized, psychological, meditative, melancholic, scenic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: missing person, valentine's day, girls' boarding school, unsolved mystery, mystery, coming of age, private school, wilderness, boarding school life, disappearance, suicide, tragedy ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 90s, 19th century, victorian era ...
Place: australia, south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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School Ties (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When David Greene receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, serious, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: anti semitism, coming of age, high school, boarding school life, friendship, preparatory school, working class, football, society, youth, teenage life, cheating ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
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Fandango (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Five college buddies from the University of Texas circa 1971 embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up to uncertain futures, in Vietnam and otherwise.
Style: road movie, sentimental, touching, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: travel, male bonding, male friendship, coming of age, friendship, obsessive quest, young lovers, adolescence vs adulthood, student life, buddies, love and romance, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: texas, austin texas, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Little Red Flowers (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: China, Italy
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Liang is a four-year-old little rebel, possessed of a pair of luminous eyes and a precociously indomitable will. His father deposits him at a well-appointed residential kindergarten in post-1949 Beijing, since his parents are often away. Life at the ...
Style: humorous, realistic, serious, touching
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Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Cougars Inc. (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When Sam learns his mother cannot afford to send him to another school after he is kicked out, he and his friends start their own escort service for mature women to pay for his tuition.
Style: touching, sincere, semi serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Michael is a 24-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in.
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: disability, friendship, youth, life, character study, loneliness, human spirit, cerebral palsy, love triangle, friends, unlikely friendships, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Real Women Have Curves (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Freshly graduated from high school, Ana receives a full scholarship to Columbia University. Her very traditional, old-world parents feel that now is the time for Ana to help provide for the family, not the time for college.
Style: touching, captivating, sentimental, uplifting, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
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Place: los angeles, usa, california, new york, united states ...
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19%