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Dead Poets Society (1989)
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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, sentimental, intellectual, uplifting, motivational, emotional, touching, captivating, sincere, compassionate ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teacher, poetry, teachers and students, boarding school life, literature, dedicated educator, poet, student, suicide, philosophy, youth, professor, private school, teaching the ways of the world, coming of age, boarding school, friendship, school teacher, first love, generation gap, against the rules, mentor, loyalty, scapegoat, reach out ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, usa, new england, harvard university

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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
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Style: philosophical, psychological, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
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Place: boston, harvard university, usa
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Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
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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, romantic, inspirational, sweet, touching ...
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Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
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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
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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
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Time: 90s, 20th century
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The History Boys (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
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Style: witty, semi serious, stylized, melancholic, intellectual ...
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Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, feel good, serious ...
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Plot: teachers and students, boarding school, childhood, boarding school life, teacher, musician, music, orphan, boss, friendship, singer, changing lives ...
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Like Stars on Earth (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: India
Duration: 165 min.
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Style: touching, motivational, captivating, uplifting, serious ...
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Audience: girls' night, kids
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Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
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Front of the Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere ...
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Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
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Duration: 103 min.
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Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
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Mumu (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Story: The story a rescue, the rescue of a bad brat's life in the post-WWII period. In 1947, Roger reaches 11 years old. He's a kid badly loved, mischievous and specializes in silly things to do. He is sent to a small boarding school in a small ...
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