Movies like Dear Frankie

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Dear Frankie (2004)
 7.7
 21K
Dear Frankie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, Lizzie has invented a story that he is away at sea on the HMS Accra. Every few weeks, Lizzie writes Frankie a make-believe letter from his father, telling of his adventures in exotic lands. As Frankie tracks the ship's progress around the globe, he discovers that it is due to dock in his hometown. With the real HMS Accra arriving in only a fortnight, Lizzie must choose between telling Frankie the truth or finding the perfect stranger to play Frankie's father for just one day...
Style: realistic, emotional, uplifting, heartbreaking, melancholic, sweet, enigmatic, touching, sentimental, feel good ...
Plot: single parent, letter, stranger, disability, ship, friendship, father son relationship, family drama, child abuse, bet, elementary school, newspaper, mute or deaf, coming of age, life & death, bittersweet, mother son relationship, map, youth, family relations, domestic violence, parents and children, life is a bitch, poverty, starting over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland

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Most similar movies to Dear Frankie

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out emotional, realistic, touching and sentimental films with plots about bittersweet, family relations, culture clash, friendship, storytelling, mentor and dialogue mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Dear Frankie: One More Kiss (1999), My Life Without Me (2003), Valentin (2002), The Secret Life of Words (2005), A Brilliant Young Mind (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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One More Kiss (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When Sarah Hopson realizes her successful high-rise New York lifestyle is devoid of meaning, she packs her bags and heads for her home town in the Scottish Borders to look for Sam, her childhood sweetheart and the only man she ever loved. Sam Murray ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love triangle, terminal illness, one last chance, last wish, couples, road not taken, tragic love, small town, lovers reunited, midlife crisis, couple relations, introspection ...
Time: 90s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, new york, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
My Life Without Me (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Pedro Almodovar production in which a fatally ill mother with only two months to live creates a list of things she wants to do before she dies with out telling her family of her illness.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, introspection, farewell, responsibility, secret love, health situation, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 7.6
 4K
Valentin (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Argentina, Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Valentin, a 9-year-old boy living with his grandmother in late-1960s Buenos Aires, believes his family has problems that only he can solve. The youngster dreams of being reunited with his mother, who's separated from Valentin's abusive ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, sweet, lyrical ...
Plot: friendship, astronaut, dysfunctional family, parents and children, misfit, family problems, elementary school, unfulfillment, loneliness, little boy, family relations, secret life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s, 80s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
The Secret Life of Words (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Ireland
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A touching story of a deaf girl who is sent to an oil rig to take care of a man who has been blinded in a terrible accident. The girl has a special ability to communicate with the men on board and especially with her patient as they share intimate ...
Style: touching, melancholic, compassionate, sentimental, romantic ...
Plot: factory worker, friendship, factory, haunted by the past, nurse, understanding, human nature, couple relations, depression, blind character, disability, doctors and patients ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe, former yugoslavia, yugoslavia, copenhagen denmark ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, uplifting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: autism, child prodigy, prodigy, death of father, coming of age, mathematics, teenager, family relations, social misfits, hopes, contests and competitions, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1996, 70s
Place: taiwan, england, asia, taipei
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
On a Clear Day (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After decades of laboring as a Glasgow shipbuilder, Frank Redmond, a no-nonsense 55-year-old working-class man, suddenly finds himself laid off. For the first time in his life, he is without a job or a sense of direction, and he's too proud to ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family relations, swimming, working class, hopes, self discovery, down on your luck, couple relations, marriage, human nature, parents and children, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary
Place: english channel, scotland, europe, britain, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 6.5
 13K
Evening (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As Constance (Natasha Richardson) and Nina (Toni Collette) gather at the deathbed of their mother, Ann (Vanessa Redgrave), they learn for the first time that their mother lived an entire other lifetime during one evening 50 years ago. In vivid ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, haunted by the past, mother, power of love, mother daughter relationship, dying, death of mother, wedding, death, friendship, women, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 50s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 1950s
Place: rhode island, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 5.9
 38
Vernie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Drama - Sean, a young thirty-something coffee shop owner, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He desperately wants to have a baby before he dies, and asks his best friend Kristy to bear his child. - John Riedlinger, Amy Colon, Patrick Coyle
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family relations, terminal illness, pregnancy, tragic hero, family problems, couples, best friends, hopes, romance, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 7.5
 63K
Rust and Bone (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Singapore
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: french, tragic event, family relations, single parent, killer whale, romance, redemption, security guard, human spirit, opposites attract, unlikely couple, accident ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, french riviera, cote d'azur, riviera, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.2
 4K
Firelight (1997)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Firelight is a period romance/drama film written and directed by William Nicholson. It was Nicholson's first, and to date only, film as director.
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: love affair, family relations, governess, reunion, love and romance, couple relations, hopes, couples, parents and children, fall in love, estate, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, 90s, 1840s, 1830s ...
Place: england, europe, london, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
An Unfinished Life (2005)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Stoic and heartbroken, Einar Gilkyson quietly lives in the rugged Wyoming ranchlands alongside his only trusted friend, Mitch Bradley. Then, suddenly, the woman he blames for the death of his only son arrives at his door broke, desperate, and with a ...
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: starting over, countryside, sheriff, redemption, hopes, farm, old friend, family problems, single parent, parents and children, haunted by the past, loss of family member ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: wyoming, iowa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.2
 15K
A Better Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: immigrants, thief, family relations, theft, american dream, single parent, life is a bitch, working class, teenage life, down on your luck, parents and children, social problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, september 11 2001
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico, malibu california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Five unmarried sisters make the most of their simple existence in rural Ireland in the 1930s.
Style: realistic, sentimental, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: aunt niece relationship, family relations, family life, parents and children, siblings relations, human nature, life is a bitch, love and romance, sibling relationship, brother sister relationship, sister sister relationship, village ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: ireland, africa, europe, spain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.0
 169K
About a Boy (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Will Freeman is a hip Londoner who one day realizes that his friends are all involved with the responsibilities of married life and that leaves him alone in the cold. Passing himself off as a single father, he starts to meet a string of single mums, ...
Style: feel good, romantic, sentimental, humorous, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: single parent, mentor, friendship, single father, dysfunctional family, coming of age, couples, age difference, depression, singleness, family problems, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Children of a Lesser God (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, refusing to read his lips and only using signs. Will her ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sign language, romance, disability, deafness, couple relations, man-woman relation, couples, communication problem, opposites attract, love and romance, love, deaf ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Unhook the Stars (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Widowed mother Mildred must suddenly redefine herself and find an outlet for her nurturing side when her adult daughter moves out of the family home. Though Mildred thinks she's found her purpose when her neighbor, overworked single mother ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: suburbs, friendship, starting over, moving, surrogate mother, little boy, sandwich, suburban life, couple relations, introspection, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, new jersey, california, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.6
 34K
The Choice (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life's most defining events.
Style: emotional, romantic, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: love, fall in love, couple relations, couples, love and romance, destiny, true love, moral dilemma, romance, friendship, life & death, love triangle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1946, year 1989, year 1988
Place: north carolina, usa, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.1
 33K
Now Is Good (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.
Style: heartbreaking, sad, emotional, serious, touching ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, fighting illness, teenage love, cancer, teenager, youth, dying, last wish, love and romance, first sex, loss of virginity, virginity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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A Walk in the Clouds (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 102 min.
Story: World War II vet Paul Sutton falls for a pregnant and unwed woman who persuades him -- during their first encounter -- to pose as her husband so she can face her family.
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, romantic, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: vineyard, love, family relations, post war, love and romance, parents and children, estate, happy ending, romance, homecoming, couples, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, romantic, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teenage love, terminal illness, fall in love, first love, teenager, youth, cancer, love and romance, teenage life, dealing with death, adolescence, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, indiana, amsterdam, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.8
 8K
Rain (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Iran
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Kurdish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. When Lateef is given heavier tasks to compensate for new Afghan worker Rahmat, he resents his displacement and ...
Style: touching, serious, compassionate, emotional, lyrical ...
Plot: secret, construction site, love, romance, fall in love, love and romance, immigrants, family relations, human nature, youth, society, adventure ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, japan, middle east, tehran iran, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: friendship, disability, youth, life, loneliness, human spirit, love triangle, character study, friends, cerebral palsy, unlikely friendships, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Life on Liberty Street (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A nurse, trying to salvage her life after her husband and job are gone, winds up working in a halfway house full of mildly brain-damaged patients and receives help from those she helps.
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: mentally challenged, human spirit, starting over, rehabilitation, love and romance, hopes, disability, defiant, family relations, doctors and patients, bittersweet, male female relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 6.6
 2K
Agnes Browne (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When Agnes Browne's husband died, she discovered something amazing... Herself.
Style: sentimental, emotional, humorous, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: working class, children, family relations, best friend, family problems, hopes, single parent, life is a bitch, down on your luck, human spirit, puberty, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: ireland, europe, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.7
 7K
Somersault (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Australian teenager Heidi is left with little choice but to leave home after she's caught red-handed with her mother's boyfriend. With few options, Heidi ends up in Jindabyne, a tourist community. Upon meeting Joe at a bar, she pursues a ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: self discovery, coming of age, teenage life, love and romance, friendship, romance, fall in love, teenager, couple relations, mother daughter relationship, gas station, sexuality ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Down in the Delta (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, alcohol abuse, farm, dysfunctional family, bittersweet, life is a bitch, hopes, coming of age, single parent, family life, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, chicago illinois, usa, mississippi river, atlanta georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.5
 128K
Brooklyn (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Canada, Ireland, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Ellis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.
Style: sentimental, touching, romantic, realistic, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: immigrants, love triangle, love and romance, working class, starting over, brooklyn new york city, homesickness, true love, love affair, community, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, friendship ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1951, year 1952
Place: ireland, new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.9
 513
Magnifico (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 120 min.
Story: With a daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy and a son who's lost his much-needed scholarship, an impoverished married couple begins to abandon their faith and courage in the face of such misfortune. But when a gifted young boy called ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: family relations, school, terminal illness, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, disability, rich and poor, dealing with death, single parent, prodigy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.0
 37K
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.
Style: feel good, sincere, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: optimism, friendship, looking for love, elementary school, social worker, homeless, female friendship, love and romance, goodhearted, hopes, stranger, roommate ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, europe, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.4
 200K
Me Before You (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds ...
Style: touching, emotional, romantic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: romance, love and romance, fall in love, love story, love, wheelchair, handicapped, caregiver, disability, quadriplegic, accident, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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