Movies like Dead Poets Society

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Dead Poets Society (1989)
 8.1
 362K
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: uplifting, sentimental, emotional, intellectual, touching, captivating, sincere, philosophical, compassionate, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, poet, teacher, teaching the ways of the world, youth, poetry, coming of age, dedicated educator, professor, suicide, friendship, philosophy, literature, first love, against the rules, loyalty, generation gap, scapegoat, reach out, follow your dream, school play, overbearing parent, changing lives, idealism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 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, sentimental and dramatic films with plots about mentor, friendship, honest, unlikely friendships, childhood, dialogue and life philosophy mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Dead Poets Society: Good Will Hunting (1997), Scent of a Woman (1992), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Finding Forrester (2000), 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: psychological, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, professor, human spirit, ambition, life philosophy, psychologist, university, teachers and students, philosophy, social differences ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, realistic, dramatic, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, blind character, human nature, disability, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, depression, mentor, thanksgiving, student, change of heart ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, romantic, inspirational, sweet, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: feminism, teachers and students, college, gender, society, fighting the system, college life, dedicated educator, friendship, friendship between women, stereotypes, graduation ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: massachusetts, usa, california, greenwich village manhattan new york city, yale university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: touching, sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, mentor, dedicated educator, basketball, african american, age difference, prejudice, plagiarism, private school, prodigy, writer's life, teacher ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, scotland, new york yankees, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Genre: Drama
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, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, teenage love, teenage life, friendship, first love, high school life, social misfits, shyness, adolescence, friends, coping, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 1990s, 20th century ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: intellectual, witty, clever, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: high school, teacher, teachers and students, exam, coming of age, friendship, gay, oxford, education, boys' school, student, history teacher ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, renaissance, year 1983, 1960s
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, kids
Plot: boarding school life, cheating, reunion, hypocrisy, teachers and students, coming of age, rebelliousness, haunted by the past, contests and competitions, youth, lifestyle, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s, future
Place: pennsylvania, washington d.c., new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
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The Chorus (2004)
Genre: 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, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: kids
Plot: boarding school, boarding school life, music, teacher, teachers and students, singer, childhood, musician, friendship, school, boss, changing lives ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.7
 12K
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, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, college, law school, graduation, college student, self discovery, human nature, ambition, youth, father son relationship, unlikely friendships, happy ending ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: massachusetts, campus, usa, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 156K
Rushmore (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the ...
Style: witty, stylized, humorous, cynical, clever ...
Plot: love triangle, coming of age, friendship, teacher, high school, depression, millionaire, misfit, divorce, student, jealousy, wrestling ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ 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, sentimental, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, disfigurement, injustice, teacher, social misfits, false accusation, physical appearance, teaching the ways of the world, secret, mysterious character, suspicion, love ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: captivating, clever, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life is a bitch, life sentence, confined, hopes, criminal heroes, survival, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, maine, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 94K
Patch Adams (1998)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Meet Patch Adams, a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own ...
Style: touching, emotional, tragicomedy, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, hospital, friendship, unconventional method, clinic, doctors and patients, doctor, hopes, nursing, doctor patient relationship, compassion, terminal illness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1969, year 1971
Place: medical school, usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
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: dark humor, semi serious, witty, clever, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teacher, masturbation, student, lie, rejection, poetry, workplace, dealing with death, parents and children, moral dilemma, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.0
 8K
House of D (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 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, realistic, humorous, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, basketball, artist, confession, birthday, coma, self discovery, delivery, adulthood, urban, misfit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: new york, europe, usa, france, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.9
 20K
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, kids
Plot: anti semitism, high school, friendship, coming of age, football, boarding school life, preparatory school, working class, sport, society, teenage life, youth ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.2
 107K
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: sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, parents and children, addiction, school, death, life philosophy, bully ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.5
 9K
Terri (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Terri, a pajama-clad, disaffected high school student learns how to engage the world with the help of Mr. Fitzgerald, his assistant principal.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, sincere, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, friendship, underage drinking, urination, small town, coming of age, social relations, friends, power relations, youth, teenage life, freak ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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 6.7
 2K
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: sentimental, realistic, emotional, sincere, serious
Plot: school, friendship, teenage love, misfit, youth, boarding school, love and romance, fall in love, teachers and students, fish out of water, coming of age, power relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.7
 7K
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, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: young lovers, trip, male bonding, coming of age, friendship, adolescence vs adulthood, student life, obsessive quest, buddies, love and romance, on the road, surprise party ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: austin texas, texas, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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, clever, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy, kids
Plot: high school, teenager, teenage love, rebelliousness, adolescence vs adulthood, high school life, introspection, teachers and students, coming of age, misfit, friendship, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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: realistic, talky, clever, feel good, touching ...
Plot: college, paper airplane, law student, chase, coming of age, twentysomething life, hopes, love and romance, contests and competitions, human nature, introspection, college life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: realistic, touching, sentimental, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, mathematics, cheating, summer school, education, mexican american, idealism, youth, breaking point, teenage life, dedication ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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 7.4
 17K
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, uplifting, rough, sincere, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, reform, gang, school principal, drug dealing, high school life, youth, teachers and students, bad attitude, changing lives, hopes, dedicated educator ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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, realistic, serious, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: school, social misfits, teachers and students, stuttering, disability, family relations, dedicated educator, overcoming, follow your dream, hopes, family, overbearing parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A group of Catholic school friends, after being caught drawing an obscene comic book, plan a heist that will outdo their previous prank and make them local legends.
Style: realistic, touching, talky, harsh, dark humor ...
Audience: teens
Plot: prank, friendship, youth, juvenile delinquency, friends, high school life, lifestyle, kids in trouble, teenage life, coming of age, teenager, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Music of the Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: school, dedicated educator, school teacher, ambition, against the odds, fighting the system, teachers and students, female protagonist, happy ending, underdog, rivalry, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
The Way Way Back (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.
Style: realistic, touching, semi serious, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, teenager, vacation, shyness, summer, loneliness, teenagers, youth, family problems, teenage life, parents and children, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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: sentimental, touching, realistic, feel good, serious ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, muslim, generation gap, first sex, piggy bank, koran, prostitute, coming of age, self discovery, parents and children, heroes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: europe, paris france, albania, greece, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.7
 69K
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, bleak, thought provoking, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, social problems, life is a bitch, human relationship, unhappy, dedicated educator, social relations, society, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%