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: realistic, uplifting, heartbreaking, melancholic, enigmatic, touching, emotional, sentimental, feel good, serious ...
Plot: single parent, disability, letter, stranger, ship, friendship, father son relationship, family drama, child abuse, bet, elementary school, newspaper, mother son relationship, mute or deaf, coming of age, life & death, map, youth, family relations, domestic violence, parents and children, life is a bitch, poverty, starting over, hopes ...
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, realistic, emotional and sentimental films with plots about mentor, culture clash, storytelling, friendship, destiny, catastrophe and dialogue mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Dear Frankie: P.S. I Love You (2007), A Brilliant Young Mind (2014), One More Kiss (1999), My Life Without Me (2003), Dancing at Lughnasa (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.1
 190K
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, romantic, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, starting over, terminal illness, death, dealing with death, family relations, letter, loss of spouse, romance, couples, widow widower, journey ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, uplifting ...
Plot: prodigy, autism, coming of age, teenager, death of father, child prodigy, mathematics, social misfits, contests and competitions, hopes, family relations, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1996
Place: taiwan, england, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.4
 615
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, love triangle, dealing with death, hopes, tragic hero, one last chance, family relations, tragic love, introspection, lovers reunited, starting over, road not taken ...
Time: 90s
Place: scotland, europe, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, sincere, sad, philosophical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, parents and children, couple relations, introspection, unfulfillment, responsibility, farewell, secret love, dishonesty, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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: sentimental, realistic, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: siblings relations, parents and children, family life, human nature, family relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, sibling relationship, sister sister relationship, brother sister relationship, bus, village ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: ireland, africa, europe, england, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.1
 159K
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, touching, romantic, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: single parent, friendship, mentor, dysfunctional family, coming of age, age difference, couples, depression, family problems, romance, hopes, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, uplifting, sincere, serious ...
Plot: sign language, romance, disability, teacher student relationship, couple relations, man-woman relation, love and romance, communication problem, opposites attract, couples, love, deaf ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: friendship, astronaut, pianist, coming of age, dysfunctional family, single parent, family relations, friends, misfit, youth, elementary school, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 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, serious, sincere ...
Plot: thief, american dream, theft, single parent, gardener, illegal immigrant, truck, immigrants, sacrifice, urban, society, unsuccessful ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico, beverly hills ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: wedding, friendship, love triangle, romance, power of love, regret, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, love affair, mother, summer, parent child relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 50s, 1950s
Place: rhode island, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.5
 117K
Brooklyn (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Canada, Ireland
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: love triangle, working class, immigrants, love and romance, true love, love affair, starting over, community, ship, journey, boarding house, marriage ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, realistic, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, working class, marriage, unemployment, swimming, self discovery, friends, family relations, underdog, buddies, couples, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary
Place: english channel, scotland, europe, seaport, glasgow scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.4
 176K
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, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, love and romance, love story, fall in love, disability, wheelchair, love, depression, caregiver, accident, self discovery, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, realistic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: post war, estate, romance, vineyard, love, family values, parents and children, love and romance, homecoming, couples, dishonesty, hidden identity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: california, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, pregnancy, friendship, couples, society, store, best friends, youth, tragic hero, family relations, friends, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, realistic, clever, psychological, serious ...
Plot: factory worker, mute or deaf, friendship, haunted by the past, nurse, factory, torture, depression, isolation, power relations, friends, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe, yugoslavia, eastern europe, copenhagen denmark ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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, sad, touching, heartbreaking, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, fighting illness, love and romance, dying, last wish, first sex, teenage love, virginity, teenager, youth, cancer, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: friendship, starting over, sandwich, little boy, surrogate mother, suburbs, friends, family relations, introspection, human nature, single parent, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, new jersey, california, ireland
⇓ 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, emotional, sincere, romantic, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: teenage love, terminal illness, fall in love, first love, youth, coping, dealing with death, fighting illness, love and romance, human relationship, teenage life, dying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, indiana, amsterdam
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Regarding Henry (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Henry is a lawyer who survives a shooting only to find he cannot remember anything. If that weren't enough, Henry also has to recover his speech and mobility, in a life he no longer fits into. Fortunately, Henry has a loving wife and daughter ...
Style: touching, uplifting, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: memory loss, lawyer, rehabilitation, amnesia, maid, disability, redemption, parents and children, starting over, childhood memory, life turned upside down, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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, psychological, serious, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, friendship, memory, ghetto, accountant, old man, holocaust survivor, crumbling marriage, family problems, cooking and food, friends, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 30K
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: romantic, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: fall in love, couple relations, true love, love, couples, love and romance, destiny, moral dilemma, brother sister relationship, love triangle, death, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1989, year 1946
Place: usa, north carolina, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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, crying, tea, secret, construction site, truck, bus, rain, romance, immigrants, adventure ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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, realistic, serious, touching, light ...
Plot: starting over, sheriff, redemption, hopes, countryside, farm, single parent, old friend, family problems, loss of family member, haunted by the past, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: wyoming, iowa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Plot: working class, love, unemployment, education, romance, teachers and students, love and romance, couple relations, friendship, life is a bitch, school, couples ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: farm, dysfunctional family, human nature, society, alcohol abuse, starting over, family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional character, family in crisis, life is a bitch, social worker ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, chicago illinois, alabama, atlanta georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
 988
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, emotional, serious, talky ...
Plot: courtroom, custody, gays and lesbians, single parent, society, against the odds, courtroom drama, gender, rivalry, legal, fighting the system, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.3
 167K
Chocolate (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking and indulgence. When a group ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, sweet, romantic, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: culture clash, cooking and food, single mother, prejudice, chocolate, mayor, love and romance, society, couple relations, social misfits, social relations, lifestyle change ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: france, europe, central america
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.8
 1.6M
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, sentimental, uplifting, sincere, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: human spirit, destiny, mentally challenged, journey, odd, life philosophy, misfit, true love, tragic love, love and romance, human relationship, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., china, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.5
 58K
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: touching, realistic, captivating, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: accident, disability, french, boxing, single parent, tragic event, dog, surveillance camera, killer whale, redemption, surveillance, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, french riviera, riviera, cote d'azur, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%