Movies like Extraordinary Measures

If you like "Extraordinary Measures" you are looking for emotional, sincere and serious movies about / with race against time, cure, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, parents and children and family problems themes of Drama genre shot in USA.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
 6.4
 17K
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of his wife, Aileen, John ditches his career and teams with unconventional specialist Dr. Robert Stonehill to found a bio-tech company and develop a cure in time to save the lives of Megan and Patrick. As Dr. Stonehill works tirelessly to prove the theories that made him the black sheep of the medical community, a powerful bond is forged between the two unlikely allies.
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, sentimental, inspirational, twists and turns, touching, intense, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: race against time, cure, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, parents and children, family problems, child illness, family in crisis, doctors and patients, unlikely partners, family relations, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, obsessive quest, youth, life is a bitch, terminal illness, unfulfillment, father daughter relationship, mansion, mother daughter relationship, imagination, disease, child in peril ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston, california, san francisco

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to Extraordinary Measures

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and touching films with plots about family relations, hopes, family problems, parents and children, family in crisis, life is a bitch and human spirit mostly in Drama, Biography and Family genres. Some movies like Extraordinary Measures: Gimme Shelter (2013), The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005), Lorenzo's Oil (1992), Dawn Anna (2005), Christmas at Maxwell's (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Gimme Shelter (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.
Style: emotional, serious, rough, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: abusive mother, homeless, starting over, survival, human spirit, life is a bitch, social misfits, youth, domestic violence, family problems, pregnancy, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII.
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: marriage of convenience, love and romance, romance, hopes, world war two, soldier, society, destiny, family relations, love affair, arranged marriage, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 22K
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7. After then, strange things began to happen to him: he would have blackouts, memory lapses, and other strange mental phemonenons. He is eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD: an extremely rare ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: human spirit, terminal illness, against the odds, child illness, hopes, life is a bitch, research, family relations, cure, parents and children, treatment, parent child relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984, year 1986, year 1983
Place: washington d.c., london, boston, edinburgh scotland, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 984
Dawn Anna (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The true story of a single mom who overcomes many of life's obstacles.
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: high school, family problems, human spirit, against the odds, terminal illness, child illness, disability, family relations, single parent, rehabilitation, life is a bitch, mentally challenged ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Movie in collections
Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A successful American family retreat to their summer home on the banks of Lake Erie to find meaning in life, illness, loss, and change this Christmas. With a successful career in the wine business, and two amazing children, what more can a family ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, family life, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, miraculous event, homecoming, road not taken, parents and children, child illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, family relations, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, redemption, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, hopes, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
...First Do No Harm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, hospital, bittersweet, family problems, child illness, family in crisis, death in the family, doctors and patients, against the odds, small town, parents and children, small town life ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Louder Than Words (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After the unexpected death of their daughter, a couple work to build a state of the art children's hospital where families are welcomed into the healing process.
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child illness, parents and children, couples, family problems, human spirit, last wish, life is a bitch, hospital, death of daughter, family relations, dealing with death, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Death of a Superhero (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic
Plot: terminal illness, life is a bitch, youth, human spirit, family in crisis, hopes, family problems, superhero, child illness, dealing with death, coming of age, teenager ...
Place: usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
 2K
Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, bleak ...
Plot: family relations, survival, life is a bitch, couples, against the odds, family business, couple relations, crumbling marriage, hopes, family problems, down on your luck, family in crisis ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: iowa, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: custody, adoption, family relations, starting over, parents and children, social worker, hopes, family life, family problems, life turned upside down, legal, legal action ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Too Young to Be a Dad (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When 15-year-old, Matt Freeman, gets his girlfriend, Francesca, pregnant her family decides to put the unborn baby up for adoption. Matt agrees to the decision, but begins to rethink it. This movie is taken from the father's point of view.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: teenage pregnancy, life turned upside down, teenage life, adoption, babies and infants, youth, family problems, family relations, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, human spirit, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Be Sure to Share (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Shiro’s struggle with his father’s cancer and impending death leads to a realization that he must communicate his love and admiration for him before it’s too late. A series of flashbacks reveals their relationship over time, and the trouble ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, sentimental, psychological ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, terminal illness, parents and children, coping, unfulfillment, family in crisis, estrangement, father son relationship, life is a bitch, hopes, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
November Christmas (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young father asks for pumpkins at the local farm stand. "In August? No." the farmer replies. The farmer ruminates on the odd request and gets involved with strangers for the first time since his son's death long ago.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, disturbing, realistic
Plot: parents and children, human spirit, family gatherings, hopes, child illness, cancer, christmas, life is a bitch, halloween, husband wife relationship, family, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 1K
Canvas (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman's schizophrenia affects her relationships with her husband and son.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: schizophrenia, mental illness, family relations, couple relations, family in crisis, family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, teenage life, working class, hospital, single parent ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Front of the Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "Front of the Class" is based on the true story of Brad Cohen -- played in the movie by Jimmy Wolk -- who, "after being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher
Style: inspirational, touching, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: tourette's syndrome, dedicated educator, school, teachers and students, social misfits, stuttering, family relations, understanding, against the odds, human spirit, follow your dream, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: louisiana, usa, atlanta georgia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Bilal's Stand (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like Bílal is about to ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Plot: coming of age, follow your dream, self discovery, family business, teenage life, family problems, society, workplace, youth, hopes, human spirit, family life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The End of Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mark is a struggling actor stuck between the life he once knew and the one waiting for him. When the mother of his two-year-old son suddenly passes away, Mark is forced to confront his shortcomings. Their fates, now intertwined, hang in the balance ...
Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, single father, single parent, family in crisis, parents and children, family problems, life turned upside down, babies and infants, death in the family, parent child relationship, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.9
 6K
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, doctor, surgery, coldhearted, doctors and patients, redemption, intern, family relations, power relations, couples, bittersweet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, teenage life, lifestyle, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Matching Jack (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A woman struggles with her son's illness and her husband's infidelity, but, after a chance encounter with an Irish sailor and his son, her life is turned upside down in a love story that defies explanation and breaks all the rules.
Style: uplifting, sincere, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: infidelity, bittersweet, friendship, hopes, dishonesty, parents and children, terminal illness, life turned upside down, family relations, child illness, family problems, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.8
 112
Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere, touching ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, introspection, human spirit, parents and children, life is a bitch, single parent, hopes, family problems, family relations, social decay, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.6
 2K
Lifted (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The chance to shine in a singing competition offers much-needed hope for a Southern middle-schooler who's drowning in worries, from bullies in the halls to turmoil at home -- and the news that his reservist father has been called back to ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, feel good ...
Plot: family problems, parents and children, military, wartime life, military life, hopes, soldier, society, family in crisis, contests and competitions, follow your dream, audition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, alabama, afghanistan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 606
Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, youth, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, power relations, hopes, society, fire brigade, friendship, rivalry, reach out, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Where God Left His Shoes (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Frank, Angela, and their two children are evicted from their New York City apartment, they have no choice but to move into a homeless shelter. After a few difficult months, good news comes their way on Christmas Eve: a nearby housing project ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, gloomy
Plot: christmas, job seeking, eviction, coping, realism, family problems, life is a bitch, survival, ex athlete, down on your luck, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Lost & Found Family (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When her husband dies, Mrs. Ester Hobbes (Ellen Bry, TV's St. Elsewhere) learns that his wealth was just an illusion. Her only real inheritance is a run-down Southern home occupied by a foster family. Slowly, Mrs. Hobbes finds herself making ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: family problems, society, youth, orphan, adoption, introspection, family relations, religions or cults, family, redemption, parents and children, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: parents and children, family relations, family problems, estrangement, dysfunctional family, hopes, aging, love, asthma, elderly, righting the wronged, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.2
 360
Fly Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The poignant yet humor filled story about a single mother of a teenager severely impacted by autism, forced to reckon with her daughter's future. As her child becomes an adult, what used to work, no longer does. What will sustain her daughter, ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: autism, moral dilemma, parents and children, single parent, life is a bitch, society, social misfits, youth, mentally challenged, family problems, nursing, child illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 341
My Own Country (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After obtaining his medical degree from Madras Medical College, Dr. Abraham Verghese decides to re-locate to Johnson City, Tennessee. He eventually gets married to Rajani, who is an accomplished dancer, and has a boy, Steven. Since Abraham ...
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, emotional, touching ...
Plot: pregnancy, hospital, terminal illness, family relations, aids, gays and lesbians, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, obsessive quest, legal action, gender ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A psychotherapist helps a law student cope with schizophrenia in one of five interconnected tales dealing with mental illness.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, family relations, family problems, human spirit, strong female presence, hopes, funeral, stand up comedian, rape, depressed woman, family dinner ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%