Movies like The Elephant Man

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The Elephant Man (1980)
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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: emotional, psychological, touching, harsh, surreal, bleak, captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: disfigurement, social misfits, freak, dignity, life is a bitch, disability, human nature, hopes, suffering, cruelty, hospital, doctors and patients, tragic event, exploitation, curiosity, physical appearance, struggle, brutality, compassion, doctor patient relationship, isolation, sideshow, psychological torture, misfit, doctor ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1800s, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe

Most similar movies to The Elephant Man

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, serious and emotional films with plots about hopes, mentor, storytelling, hospital, power relations, life & death and redemption mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like The Elephant Man: Mask (1985), The Miracle Worker (1979), My Left Foot (1989), The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974), The Sea Inside (2004). 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: talky, uplifting, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: misfit, power relations, physical appearance, life is a bitch, hopes, social misfits, doctors and patients, disability, human host, human spirit, against the odds, circus ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, 1800s, victorian era
Place: london, england
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100%
 7.2
 25K
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, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: handicapped, falling in love, fall in love, human spirit, disability, coming of age, teenage love, family relations, protective parent, single parent, love and romance, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Miracle Worker (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, a gripping battle to overcome impossible obstacles and the struggle to communicate. As a young girl, Helen Keller is stricken with scarlet fever. The illness leaves her blind, mute, and deaf. Sealed ...
Style: realistic, sincere, uplifting, emotional, serious ...
Plot: disability, dedicated educator, teachers and students, elderly lovers, young heroes, doctors and patients, human spirit, isolation, power relations, against the odds, misfit, society ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 65K
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: thought provoking, sentimental, touching, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: poet, handicapped, human spirit, paralysis, cerebral palsy, irish, artist, courage, working class, painting, family relations, leg ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: german, dungeon, human nature, misfit, youth, tragedy, crime gone awry, mentor, mysterious character, power relations, re-education, social relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, 1830s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Sea Inside (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 126 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, emotional, serious, sad, touching ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, freedom, dignity, lawyer, mercy killing, wheelchair, fighting the system, nursing, suicide, euthanasia, introspection ...
Time: 60s, 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 1990s
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, catalonia, galicia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 119K
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, motivational, touching, serious, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, doctors and patients, hopes, mental institution, coma, hospital, illness, doctor, patient, fighting illness, treatment, family reunited ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1930s, year 1969
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, platonic, bookstore, correspondence, romance, bittersweet, couple relations, writer's life, couples, friends, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1940s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: london, new york, england, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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, psychological, depressing ...
Plot: french, human spirit, rehabilitation, disability, paralysis, life turned upside down, coma, writing, nurse, patient, courage, tragic event ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: france, europe, paris france, beirut lebanon, arc de triomphe paris ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.3
 69K
Amistad (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, interracial relations, dignity, mutiny, idealism, dishonesty, political, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1830s, 1840s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, boston, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.3
 16K
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: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, factual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, fall in love, poet, college, romance, writer's life, falling in love, couple relations, oxford, husband wife relationship, attic, bachelor ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.4
 7K
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: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, factual ...
Plot: hollywood, rich and poor, mental illness, mother daughter relationship, family relations, showbiz, actor's life, female protagonist, rise to the top, life is a bitch, ambition, introspection ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: california, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: sincere, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: college, hospital, against the odds, lifestyle, ambition, human spirit, teenage love, society, tragic hero, single parent, family problems, disability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: realistic, touching, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: injustice, idealism, society, against the odds, human nature, tragic hero, clergy, redemption, island, human spirit, fighting the system, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, emotional, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, hopes, parents and children, family relations, betrayal, human nature, single parent, terminal illness, life is a bitch, cons and scams, down on your luck, hustler ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 50s
Place: indiana, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, medical school, surgery, doctor, coldhearted, doctors and patients, redemption, power relations, family relations, human spirit, couples, bittersweet ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: aids, fighting the system, human spirit, transsexual, death, life is a bitch, terminal illness, gay slur, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, japan, dallas texas, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
 939
Living Proof (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Living Proof is a 2008 Lifetime Television movie, directed by Dan Ireland, starring Harry Connick, Jr. The film is based on the true life story of Dr. Dennis Slamon and the book HER-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: breast cancer, human spirit, ego clash, terminal illness, doctors and patients, hopes, doctor, power relations, life is a bitch, radiation, child illness, explorer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, thought provoking, serious, realistic, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, suicide, suffering, judge, lawyer, district attorney, murder, moral dilemma, against the rules, legal action, historical figure, protest ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: michigan, detroit, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, dramatic, serious, tragicomedy, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, fighting the system, mental institution, insanity, freedom, nurse, anti heroes, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, dehumanization, society, oppression ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: serious, sincere, uplifting, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, surgery, racism, university, prejudice, patient, human spirit, talented, blacks and whites, african american, ambition, society ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, nashville tennessee, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Best of Men (2012)
Genre: Biography
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Ludwig Guttmann, a renowned German neurosurgeon who fled Nazi Germany in the early days of WWII, takes a position at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, England in 1944 and begins to transform the lives of his patients, paralyzed soldiers ...
Style: touching, uplifting, realistic, emotional, serious
Plot: disability, paralysis, hospital, human spirit, self fulfillment, against the odds, dignity, changing lives, contests and competitions, hopes, rehabilitation, nursing ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, heartbreaking, serious, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: mental illness, suicide, psychiatrist, friendship, suicide attempt, mentally unstable, psychiatric ward, eating disorder, coming of age, patient, female protagonist, borderline personality disorder ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
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: heartbreaking, motivational, bleak, factual, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, freedom, racism, life is a bitch, interracial relations, torture, master and servant, civil rights, human trafficking, american history, blacks and whites, african american ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.4
 12K
Desert Flower (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Austria, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The autobiography of a Somalian nomad who was sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while later to become finally an American supermodel and is now at the age of 38, the UN spokeswoman against female genital mutilation.
Style: sincere, captivating, touching, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: fighting the system, model, life is a bitch, un, feminism, human spirit, injustice, introspection, deportation, sexual abuse, supermodel, fashion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1997
Place: somalia, africa, europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: sentimental, touching, heartbreaking, clever, inspirational ...
Plot: friendship, single parent, parents and children, writer's life, actor, death, funeral, artists and showbiz, human nature, widow, family relations, writers ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, edwardian era
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, touching, feel good, inspirational, motivational ...
Plot: family relations, family feud, on the road, reconciliation, adventure, brother brother relationship, journey, hitchhiker, doctor, nurse, mechanic, cross country ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iowa, mississippi river, mississippi, wisconsin, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.8
 100K
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: uplifting, inspirational, touching, tragicomedy, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, hospital, medical school, medical profession, friendship, doctors and patients, unconventional method, clinic, doctor, hopes, nursing, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971, year 1969
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.9
 25K
Bright Star (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Australia, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In 1818, high-spirited young Fanny Brawne finds herself increasingly intrigued by the handsome but aloof poet John Keats, who lives next door to her family friends the Dilkes. After reading a book of his poetry, she finds herself even more drawn to ...
Style: touching, serious, psychological, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: poet, letter, tragic love, romance, couple relations, love affair, couples, poetry, male female relationship, friendship, writer's life, fighting illness ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1810s
Place: england, europe, london, rome italy, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.5
 558
Champions (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The true story of jockey Bob Champion who overcame cancer to win the 1981 Grand National
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: horse, horse race, doctors and patients, hopes, heroes, unfulfillment, athlete and trainer, sport, athlete's life, follow your dream, relationship vs career, contests and competitions ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%