Movies like Dear Frankie

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Dear Frankie (2004)
 7.8
 20K
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: uplifting, realistic, heartbreaking, melancholic, enigmatic, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, feel good ...
Plot: single parent, disability, letter, stranger, friendship, family drama, father son relationship, mother son relationship, life & death, ship, coming of age, mute or deaf, bet, elementary school, newspaper, child abuse, human nature, father, deaf, parent child relationship, little boy, parents and children, youth, family relations, starting over ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 touching, emotional, realistic and sentimental films with plots about mentor, storytelling, loneliness, culture clash, friendship, destiny and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Dear Frankie: P.S. I Love You (2007), A Brilliant Young Mind (2014), My Life Without Me (2003), One More Kiss (1999), A Better Life (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.1
 187K
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, uplifting, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, starting over, terminal illness, dealing with death, family relations, death, loss of spouse, letter, romance, couples, widow widower, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: emotional, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: prodigy, autism, coming of age, teenager, mathematics, child prodigy, death of father, social misfits, social outcast, self discovery, mental illness, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1996
Place: taiwan, england, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, realistic, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, couple relations, parents and children, dealing with death, dying, introspection, daughter, farewell, secret love, parent child relationship, responsibility ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.4
 609
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: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love triangle, terminal illness, couple relations, romance, love, ex-lover, tragic love, small town, lovers reunited, road not taken, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.2
 14K
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: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: single parent, truck, illegal immigrant, gardener, immigrants, american dream, thief, theft, drugs/alcohol, urban, garden, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico, beverly hills ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.1
 156K
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: witty, clever, realistic, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: friendship, single parent, coming of age, age difference, mentor, bachelor, womanizer, depression, singleness, couples, suicide attempt, dating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.7
 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, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: friendship, pianist, astronaut, coming of age, single parent, dysfunctional family, youth, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, misfit, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: clever, touching, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: mute or deaf, factory worker, friendship, torture, factory, nurse, haunted by the past, depression, social misfits, disability, isolation, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe, yugoslavia, northern ireland, croatia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 7.4
 157K
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, sentimental, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, disability, fall in love, love story, romance, wheelchair, depression, caregiver, small town, loneliness, death wish, accident ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
An Unfinished Life (2005)
Genre: Drama, 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, serious, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: starting over, sheriff, redemption, countryside, farm, friendship, hopes, cowboy, bully, single parent, violence against women, grandparent grandchild relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: wyoming, iowa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.5
 12K
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, serious, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: wedding, friendship, romance, love affair, mother, best friend, parent child relationship, summer, new love, love triangle, haunted by the past, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 50s, 20th century, 21st century, 1950s
Place: rhode island, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, marriage, working class, self discovery, unemployment, swimming, swimmer, parents and children, hopes, love and romance, society, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: english channel, scotland, europe, seaport, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, realistic, dramatic, bleak ...
Plot: disability, friendship, youth, love triangle, loneliness, life, cerebral palsy, unrequited love, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, human spirit, life & death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.8
 1.5M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, mentally challenged, human spirit, tragic love, love and romance, human relationship, fish out of water, true love, friendship, journey, life philosophy, rise to the top ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s
Place: washington d.c., usa, vietnam, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.2
 31K
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: emotional, touching, heartbreaking, sad, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, fighting illness, teenage love, last wish, love and romance, first sex, dying, teenager, cancer, youth, dealing with death, virginity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.5
 113K
Brooklyn (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Canada, Ireland, Belgium
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, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: immigrants, love triangle, working class, love and romance, love affair, starting over, boarding house, marriage, ship, homesickness, journey, community ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: ireland, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, usa, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, humorous, semi serious, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, surrogate mother, little boy, sandwich, starting over, suburbs, self discovery, couples, family relations, friends, single parent, human nature ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, new jersey, california, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
In a Better World (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, bully, hospital, loneliness, kids in trouble, small town, moral dilemma, dysfunctional family, marital problem, anger, bomb, cruelty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe, africa, sudan, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 7.5
 57K
Rust and Bone (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
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: realistic, serious, gloomy, stylized, touching ...
Plot: accident, disability, killer whale, single parent, surveillance camera, french, boxing, dog, tragic event, romance, redemption, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, french riviera, europe, cote d'azur, riviera ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: talky, serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: motorcycle, boy, bus, village, family life, human nature, sibling relationship, sister, parents and children, life is a bitch, factory, love and romance ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: ireland, africa, europe, spain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.4
 10K
Facing Windows (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, Turkey, Portugal, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Overburdened and stuck in a greying marriage, Giovanna takes to caring for a Jewish Holocaust survivor her husband brings home. As she begins to reflect on her life, she turns to the man who lives across from her.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, memory, friendship, crumbling marriage, holocaust survivor, old man, ghetto, accountant, romance, love, compassion, photographic memory ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, clever ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, teenage love, first love, teenage life, love and romance, dealing with death, fall in love, youth, coping, dying, fighting illness, cancer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, indiana, amsterdam
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.3
 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
Plot: love affair, parents and children, estate, governess, fall in love, hopes, romance, love and romance, couples, family relations, couple relations, reunion ...
Time: 19th century, 90s, 1840s, victorian era, victorian england ...
Place: england, europe, san francisco, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two unhappy people's lives become entwined when they have a life changing romance. Adrienne is a woman who's trying to decide whether to stay in her unhappy marriage or not. Her life changes when Paul, a doctor who is traveling to ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, romantic, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, romance, parents and children, marriage crisis, infidelity, middle age romance, true love, love story, love, midlife crisis, life philosophy, family drama ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.3
 979
Hollow Reed (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, Spain, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Following the break-up of his marriage after revealing his homosexuality, GP Martin Wyatt loses custody of his son Oliver to his now ex-wife Hannah and her new partner Frank. It is not long, however, until Oliver appears at the house of Martin and ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, talky ...
Plot: courtroom, gays and lesbians, custody, fighting the system, single parent, legal action, parents and children, courtroom drama, gender, life is a bitch, legal, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.8
 7K
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, realistic, serious, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: love, construction, construction site, tea, truck, bus, secret, crying, rain, parents and children, romance, heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.8
 37
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: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, terminal illness, friendship, store, cafe, romance, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, couples, family relations, friends, babies and infants ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, serious, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: mute or deaf, sign language, disability, romance, couple relations, deaf, man-woman relation, small town, hopes, love and romance, misfit, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.6
 260K
Seven Pounds (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Style: touching, emotional, sad, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: redemption, life philosophy, hopes, sacrifice, suicidal, self sacrifice, tragic event, fall in love, secret, life changing experience, doctor patient relationship, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Stanley & Iris (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An illiterate cook at a company cafeteria tries for the attention of a newly widowed woman. As they get to know one another, she discovers his inability to read. When he is fired, she takes on trying to teach him to read in her kitchen each night.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: working class, cook, education, widow, love, bakery, romance, pregnancy, unemployment, school, single parent, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%