Movies like The Elephant Man

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The Elephant Man (1980)
 8.2
 198K
The Elephant Man (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, surreal, bleak, harsh, serious, realistic, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: social misfits, disfigurement, freak, disability, dignity, physical appearance, life is a bitch, hospital, human nature, exploitation, hopes, suffering, curiosity, doctors and patients, tragic event, cruelty, struggle, psychological torture, brutality, doctor patient relationship, compassion, isolation, sideshow, courage, misfit ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1880s, 1800s
Place: england, london, europe

Most similar movies to The Elephant Man

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and emotional films with plots about storytelling, mentor, hospital, hopes, redemption, loneliness and life & death mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like The Elephant Man: The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974), The Sea Inside (2004), Mask (1985), 84 Charing Cross Road (1987), Awakenings (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Elephant Man (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A taped version of the stage play about a hideously deformed 19th-century London man and how he managed to triumph over his disease.
Style: serious, uplifting, talky, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: misfit, social misfits, circus, human spirit, physical appearance, against the odds, hopes, society, human nature, doctors and patients, disability, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1800s, 1880s
Place: england, london
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95%
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: West Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film follows Kaspar Hauser (Bruno S.), who lived the first seventeen years of his life chained in a tiny cellar with only a toy horse to occupy his time, devoid of all human contact except for a man who wears a black overcoat and top hat who ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: mysterious character, human nature, liberation, village, teaching the ways of the world, german, society, social misfits, captivity, village life, confined, misfit ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, 1830s
Place: germany, europe, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
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The Sea Inside (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. It is the story of Ramón’s relationships with two women: Julia a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, mercy killing, dignity, freedom, lawyer, friendship, suicide, sailor, euthanasia, wheelchair, destiny ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 90s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, galicia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 24K
Mask (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
Style: captivating, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, freak, disfigurement, dignity, single parent, coming of age, rocker, falling in love, parents and children, teenage love, physical appearance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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84 Charing Cross Road (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a humorous script-reader in her New York apartment sees an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature for a bookstore in London that does mail order, she begins a very special correspondence and friendship with Frank Doel, the bookseller who works ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, correspondence, romance, human nature, fall in love, love and romance, couples, friends, writer's life, couple relations, hopes, book ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s, 20th century, 40s, 50s ...
Place: england, london, new york, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.8
 111K
Awakenings (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, ...
Style: uplifting, touching, serious, motivational, sincere ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, coma, hospital, illness, hopes, treatment, fighting illness, patient, doctor, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 1930s, 1960s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: On November 4, 1970 on The CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reported on a true, horrific story that was about to rock the country. A 13-year-old girl was discovered in the small Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia who was still in diapers, barely able to ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: disability, social misfits, human spirit, doctors and patients, parents and children, family in crisis, mental illness, misfit, society, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.3
 15K
Shadowlands (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets spirited poet Joy Gresham
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, factual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, oxford, college, romance, falling in love, poet, couple relations, writer's life, husband wife relationship, honest, aging, bachelor ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 7.4
 6K
Frances (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The true story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic, factual ...
Plot: hollywood, mental illness, rich and poor, mother daughter relationship, actor's life, female protagonist, showbiz, wrongful imprisonment, rise to the top, family relations, life is a bitch, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1950s ...
Place: california, usa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.9
 60K
My Left Foot (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: disability, irish, poet, human spirit, courage, working class, cerebral palsy, artist, painting, drugs/alcohol, social misfits, writer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Father Damien (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands, Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The true story of the 19th century Belgian priest, Father Damien, who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.
Style: serious, uplifting, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: social misfits, human nature, religious, human spirit, island, idealism, fighting the system, against the odds, heroes, hopes, society, clergy ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The true story of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: french, human spirit, mute or deaf, disability, paralysis, life turned upside down, writing, patient, rehabilitation, coma, nurse, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: france, europe, arc de triomphe paris, nepal, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: college, high school, hospital, single parent, social misfits, underdog, school, rehabilitation, university, human spirit, parents and children, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: fighting the system, aids, life is a bitch, human spirit, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, treatment, transsexual, strong sexual content, society, gay slur, casual sex ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, mexico, japan, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, emotional, rough, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, torture, interracial relations, freedom, master and servant, confined, survival, rape, civil rights, racial slur ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Straight Story (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in ...
Style: road movie, emotional, touching, serious, feel good ...
Plot: on the road, redemption, family feud, mechanic, hitchhiker, storm, nurse, doctor, golden years, obsessive quest, sibling relationship, family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: cross country, iowa, wisconsin, usa, mississippi ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, serious, tragicomedy, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: fighting the system, mental institution, human spirit, insanity, nurse, freedom, doctors and patients, anti heroes, dehumanization, friendship, plan gone awry, crazy ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.0
 5K
The Doctor (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: psychological, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, doctors and patients, surgery, doctor, coldhearted, redemption, couples, power relations, human nature, human spirit, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: medical school, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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You Don't Know Jack (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Angel of mercy… or murderous “Doctor Death”? Jack Kervorkian is one of the most polarizing figures in modern American history, a man whose passionate belief that people have the right to die has brought him both praise and vilification. ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, suicide, suffering, media manipulation, moral dilemma, morality, pain, murder, mercy killing, district attorney, protest, judge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: michigan, detroit, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 378
Stevie (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Portrayal of British poet/author Stevie Smith and her life with her beloved aunt through direct dialogue with the audience by Stevie, as well as flashbacks, and narration by a friend. The movie mainly focuses on her relationship with her aunt, ...
Style: serious, emotional, gloomy, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: drowning, coffin, loneliness, poet, friendship, fall in love, mentally challenged, adolescence, single parent, social misfits, writer's life, forbidden love ...
Time: 70s
Place: yorkshire, moscow russia, england, paris france, buckingham palace
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, human spirit, terminal illness, clinic, cancer, doctors and patients, friendship, doctor, unconventional method, hopes, human nature, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1969, year 1971
Place: medical school, usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Finding Neverland (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Finding Neverland is an amusing drama about how the story of Peter Pan and Neverland came to be. During a writing slump play writer J.M. Barrie meets the widowed Sylvia and her three children who soon become an important part of Barrie’s life and ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, inspirational, sweet ...
Plot: writer's life, friendship, parents and children, actor, human nature, single parent, widow, artists and showbiz, death, funeral, friends, family problems ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, edwardian era
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line ...
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, captivating, gloomy ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mental illness, friendship, suicide, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, mentally unstable, coming of age, nurse, insanity, patient, teenage life, diary ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Imaginary Crimes (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A recently widowed, small-time hustler struggles to raise his two teenage daughters on his own and still make a dishonest living in 1950s Indiana.
Style: touching, semi serious, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, betrayal, parents and children, father, hustler, hopes, youth, family relations, life is a bitch, single parent, human nature, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: indiana, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Something the Lord Made (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: surgery, racism, interracial relations, university, prejudice, laboratory, salesman, patient, ambition, hopes, society, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1950s ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
10 Rillington Place (1971)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of British serial killer John Christie, who committed most or all of his crimes in the titular terraced house, and the miscarriage of justice involving Timothy Evans.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, british, murder, crime, mistaken identity, pregnancy, hanging, abortion, unlikely criminals, social differences, injustice, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1940s, 18th century
Place: england, boston, london, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, sentimental, sincere, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, suspicion, teacher, injustice, social misfits, disfigurement, physical appearance, secret, life is a bitch, teaching the ways of the world, false accusation, mysterious character ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.4
 1K
Inside Moves (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled, Rory begins spending a lot of time at a neighborhood bar full of interesting misfits. When Jerry the bartender suddenly finds himself playing basketball for the Golden State Warriors, ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: suicide attempt, disability, basketball, friendship, bartender, hospital, waitress, wheelchair, bar, social misfits, redemption, rehabilitation ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, california, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: sentimental, uplifting, emotional, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, down on your luck, rise to the top, against the odds, hopes, life, success, ambition, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.3
 30K
Antwone Fisher (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A sailor prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, psychiatrist, u.s. navy, child abuse, demotion, thanksgiving, graduation, navy, anger, african american, human spirit, childhood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico, cleveland ohio, san diego california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%