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, emotional, motivational, touching, captivating, sincere, compassionate ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teachers and students, literature, boarding school life, teacher, poetry, coming of age, poet, suicide, philosophy, dedicated educator, student, boarding school, mentor, private school, youth, teaching the ways of the world, professor, school teacher, boys' school, friendship, changing lives, overbearing parent, against the rules, teen suicide, first love ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959, 1950s
Place: vermont, usa, new england, harvard university

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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: emotional, psychological, philosophical, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, life philosophy, professor, philosophy, university, ambition, human spirit, existentialism, life, dedicated educator ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: boarding school life, dedicated educator, cheating, teacher, ethics, hypocrisy, boarding school, school teacher, undisciplined, teachers and students, coming of age, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s, future
Place: pennsylvania, washington d.c., new jersey
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92%
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, femininity, dedicated educator, college, art, art school, art history, gender, irreverence, society, fighting the system ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: massachusetts, usa, california, manhattan new york city, philadelphia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, inspirational, realistic, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, mentor, blind character, friendship, human nature, depression, ex military, teaching the ways of the world, unlikely friendships, 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, youth, lifestyle, friends, anti conformity, coming of age, gay teenager, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, 60s
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england, london ...
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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: boarding school, teachers and students, teacher, childhood, boarding school life, music, musician, orphan, boss, friendship, singer, choir ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, new york, paris france, england
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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, dyslexia, teaching the ways of the world, school, shyness, teacher, young heroes, boarding school, optimism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india
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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: mentor, dedicated educator, prejudice, friendship, prodigy, basketball, writer's life, african american, private school, follow your dream, lifestyle, changing lives ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, scotland, new york yankees, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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: inspirational, touching, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: tourette's syndrome, dedicated educator, school, teachers and students, social misfits, stuttering, family relations, understanding, against the odds, human spirit, follow your dream, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: louisiana, usa, atlanta georgia, england
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100%
 7.4
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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, serious, uplifting, sincere, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: high school, gang, reform, school principal, drug dealing, human spirit, teachers and students, unwanted pregnancy, urban ghetto life, high school life, teenage life, idealism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: homeless, friendship, college, law school, graduation, college student, self discovery, human nature, ambition, youth, father son relationship, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Monsieur Ibrahim (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 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, serious ...
Plot: muslim, friendship, adoption, generation gap, koran, family relations, man boy relationship, self discovery, coming of age, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children, youth ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: paris france, europe, albania, persia, switzerland ...
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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, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, high school, first love, teenage love, friendship, high school life, teenage life, adolescence, teenager, suicide, shyness, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, year 1991
Place: pittsburgh, pennsylvania, usa
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Spud (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: South Africa
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, serious ...
Plot: friendship, teachers and students, fish out of water, private school, love and romance, school, misfit, coming of age, youth, power relations, friends, boarding school ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa
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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, bleak, depressing, serious ...
Plot: teacher, depression, teachers and students, suicide, dedicated educator, unhappy, social problems, social decay, human relationship, life is a bitch, social relations, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Ron Clark Story (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Matthew Perry is real-life inspiration Ron Clark, a passionate and innovative teacher who leaves his small hometown to teach in one of Harlem's toughest schools. But to break through to this students, Clark must use unconventional methods, ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: dedicated educator, human spirit, teachers and students, teacher, new job, changing lives, obstacle, challenge, power relations, hardcase students, bad attitude, urban ghetto ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1994, year 1998
Place: harlem, usa, new york, manhattan new york city, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, realistic, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: friendship, injustice, social misfits, teaching the ways of the world, false accusation, mysterious character, loneliness, mentor, intergenerational friendship, disfigurement, suspicion, physical appearance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: serious, captivating, uplifting, feel good, tense ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: law student, college, youth, student life, college life, hopes, contests and competitions, instructor, self discovery, human nature, fall in love, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: harvard university, usa, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, serious, thought provoking, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: anti semitism, high school, coming of age, friendship, boarding school life, preparatory school, working class, football, teenage life, youth, society, justice ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
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50%
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Pay It Forward (2000)
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: motivational, uplifting, touching, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, life philosophy, parents and children, disfigurement, teachers and students, addiction, single mother, good deed, alcohol abuse, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
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33%
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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
Plot: friendship, self discovery, troublemaker, haunted by the past, teenage life, parents and children, coming of age, mentally challenged, love and romance, misfit, coma, birthday ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: new york, paris france, france, usa, europe ...
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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
Plot: boarding school, school, girls' school, fascism, innocence lost, coming of age, teacher, love triangle, weirdo, nudity (full frontal - brief), power relations, social relations ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 70s
Place: scotland, europe, britain, edinburgh scotland, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, high school, teenager, adolescence vs adulthood, high school life, friendship, introspection, teenage angst, popular girl, rebelliousness, youth, teachers and students ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Cracks (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Switzerland
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Jealousy flares after the headmistress of an elite boarding school for girls becomes obsessed with a new student.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: older woman younger woman relationship, boarding school life, asthma, boarding school, girls' boarding school, lesbian relationship, mental illness, school, teacher student relationship, teachers and students, underage drinking, coming of age ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1934
Place: england, europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: atmospheric, stylized, psychological, meditative, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: missing person, girls' boarding school, valentine's day, unsolved mystery, mystery, coming of age, private school, wilderness, boarding school life, disappearance, friendship between girls, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1900, 19th century, turn of the century ...
Place: australia, south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
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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: sentimental, touching, emotional, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: coming of age, friendship, adolescence vs adulthood, student life, young lovers, obsessive quest, on the road, buddies, love and romance, travel, skydiving, surprise party ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: austin texas, texas, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: During a harsh Montréal winter, an elementary-school class is left reeling after its teacher commits suicide. Bachir Lazhar, a charismatic Algerian immigrant, steps in as the substitute teacher for the classroom of traumatized children. All the ...
Style: touching, sincere, inspirational, compassionate, thought provoking ...
Plot: elementary school, immigrants, teacher, precocious child, coping, teachers and students, unconventional method, social relations, society, youth, loss of child, suicide ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, quebec, montreal, ontario canada
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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: serious, realistic, humorous, touching
Plot: boarding school, rebelliousness, kindergarten, boarding school life, lifestyle, road not taken, teachers and students, idealism, society, hopes, orphan, dedicated educator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.2
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Housekeeping (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up to most people's expectations.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, sentimental, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, strong female presence, family problems, family relations, custody, self discovery, eccentric family, siblings relations, parents and children ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Inside I'm Dancing (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: emotional, uplifting, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: disability, friendship, youth, cerebral palsy, life, loneliness, human spirit, character study, love triangle, life philosophy, friends, broken heart ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%