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, life is a bitch, human nature, physical appearance, hopes, suffering, cruelty, hospital, doctors and patients, tragic event, exploitation, curiosity, struggle, doctor patient relationship, compassion, brutality, psychological torture, 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 hopes, hospital, storytelling, mentor, redemption, life is a bitch and society 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), Awakenings (1990), 84 Charing Cross Road (1987). 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: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: misfit, doctors and patients, power relations, life is a bitch, social misfits, hopes, disability, human spirit, physical appearance, human nature, society, circus ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1800s, 1880s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: stylized, surreal, atmospheric, thought provoking, offbeat ...
Plot: german, social relations, mysterious character, confined, re-education, social misfits, power relations, village life, village, teaching the ways of the world, society, freak ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, 1830s
Place: germany, europe, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 72K
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, captivating ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, mercy killing, freedom, dignity, lawyer, suicide, friendship, accident, euthanasia, wheelchair, sailor ...
Time: 60s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 1960s
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, touching, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Plot: disability, disfigurement, freak, dignity, human spirit, coming of age, protective parent, love and romance, parents and children, family relations, hopes, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 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, motivational, serious, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, coma, doctors and patients, hospital, hopes, illness, patient, doctor, fighting illness, treatment, family reunited ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 1930s, 1960s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, sincere, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, correspondence, romance, human nature, love and romance, writer's life, couple relations, hopes, friends, platonic, couples, fall in love ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s, 50s, 20th century, 60s ...
Place: london, england, new york, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: touching, psychological, realistic, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: disability, family in crisis, family relations, social misfits, life is a bitch, human spirit, family problems, youth, self discovery, isolation, mental illness, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ 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: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, factual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, college, poet, oxford, romance, writer's life, falling in love, couple relations, husband wife relationship, attic, bachelor, honest ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, uplifting, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: heroes, social misfits, life is a bitch, power relations, hopes, island, redemption, injustice, idealism, tragic hero, clergy, fighting the system ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, psychological, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: french, paralysis, mute or deaf, human spirit, disability, nurse, coma, writing, patient, life turned upside down, rehabilitation, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: france, europe, paris france, arc de triomphe paris, beirut lebanon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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: sentimental, touching, captivating, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: irish, disability, poet, human spirit, artist, courage, working class, painting, cerebral palsy, dignity, paralysis, writer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, factual ...
Plot: hollywood, mental illness, rich and poor, mother daughter relationship, showbiz, actor's life, female protagonist, rise to the top, life is a bitch, family relations, wrongful imprisonment, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 30s, 1930s, 1950s ...
Place: california, usa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, sincere, emotional, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: hospital, college, high school, hopes, life is a bitch, social relations, power relations, parents and children, family in crisis, survival, ambition, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, life is a bitch, human spirit, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, treatment, transsexual, society, gay slur, casual sex, strong sexual content ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, dallas texas, china, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, freedom, interracial relations, master and servant, confined, rape, survival, racial slur, civil rights ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, captivating, tragicomedy, dramatic ...
Plot: fighting the system, mental institution, human spirit, insanity, nurse, freedom, doctors and patients, dehumanization, anti heroes, suicide, plan gone awry, friendship ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, emotional, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: on the road, family feud, storm, doctor, nurse, hitchhiker, mechanic, redemption, human nature, society, encounter, adventure ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: cross country, iowa, wisconsin, usa, mississippi ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, doctor, surgery, doctors and patients, coldhearted, redemption, parents and children, intern, terminal illness, introspection, human nature, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: medical school, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, realistic, serious, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, suicide, suffering, judge, lawyer, protest, grief, district attorney, media manipulation, moral dilemma, pain, morality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: michigan, detroit, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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: realistic, uplifting, gloomy, sexual, touching ...
Plot: friendship, loneliness, poet, drowning, coffin, down on your luck, family relations, disability, couples, social decay, fall in love, mentally challenged ...
Time: 70s
Place: england, buckingham palace, yorkshire, moscow russia, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, uplifting, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: surgery, racism, university, prejudice, interracial relations, laboratory, patient, salesman, human spirit, fame, african american, ambition ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 1950s ...
Place: maryland, baltimore, usa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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: human spirit, hospital, friendship, terminal illness, unconventional method, doctors and patients, clinic, cancer, doctor, hopes, human nature, nursing ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971
Place: medical school, usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, semi serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, betrayal, human nature, family relations, down on your luck, life is a bitch, hopes, cons and scams, parents and children, single parent, youth, terminal illness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: indiana, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 812
Phantom Pain (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Marc is a passionate cyclist and urban slacker who avoids work and responsibility. Marc's life changes from one moment to the next when he suffers a life-changing accident. He can either wallow in self-pity or tackle the beast called life with ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: hopes, life is a bitch, couple relations, disability, redemption, human nature, misfit, family relations, parents and children, human spirit, new love, ex husband ex wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, patient, teenage life, diary, insanity ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Beautiful Dreamers (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When the superintendent of the Canadian insane asylum, Dr. Maurice Bucke, meets poet Walt Whitman, his life and that of his wife and patients is radically changed. Like Dr. Bucke, Whitman has avant-garde ideas on the subject of mental illness. ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: doctors and patients, writer's life, life is a bitch, mysterious character, fighting the system, mentally challenged, human spirit, elderly, misfit, society, human nature, lifestyle ...
Time: victorian, 19th century, 1880s, victorian era
Place: england, canada, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: friendship, writer's life, parents and children, actor, death, single parent, funeral, artists and showbiz, human nature, widow, rehearsal, doctor ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, edwardian era
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.8
 8K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, couple relations, alcohol abuse, mental illness, life is a bitch, parents and children, rich and poor, best friends, human nature, buddies, twists & turns, halloween ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 904
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: uplifting, touching, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: power relations, life is a bitch, child illness, human spirit, radiation, doctors and patients, hopes, terminal illness, ego clash, doctor, breast cancer, cancer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Lost Prince (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: The Lost Prince is an acclaimed British television drama about the life of Prince John – youngest child of Britain's King George V and Queen Mary – who died at the age of 13 in 1919. John suffered from epileptic seizures and an autism-like ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: disability, royal family, epilepsy, prince, society, intrigue, family relations, state affairs, family in crisis, countryside, nanny, epileptic seizure ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, edwardian era
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%