Movies like Finding Forrester

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Finding Forrester (2000)
 7.3
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Finding Forrester (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Gus van Sant tells the story of a young African American man named Jamal who confronts his talents while living on the streets of the Bronx. He accidentally runs into an old writer named Forrester who discovers his passion for writing. With help from his new mentor Jamal receives a scholarship to a private school.
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, sincere, feel good, intense, serious, realistic, basketball movie, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: mentor, dedicated educator, prejudice, friendship, prodigy, basketball, writer's life, african american, private school, follow your dream, lifestyle, youth, teachers and students, hopes, changing lives, literature, age difference, loner, blacks and whites, reward, father figure, plagiarism, loneliness, teacher, sport ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, scotland, new york yankees, boston

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Most similar movies to Finding Forrester

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and feel good films with plots about power relations, hopes, childhood, mentor, life philosophy, redemption and destiny mostly in Drama, Biography and Music genres. Some movies like Finding Forrester: Good Will Hunting (1997), Scent of a Woman (1992), Dead Poets Society (1989), Freedom Writers (2007), The Man Without a Face (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: philosophical, uplifting, psychological, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, life philosophy, university, existentialism, professor, philosophy, dedicated educator, ambition, human spirit, psychiatrist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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100%
Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, dramatic, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, mentor, human nature, blind character, depression, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, unlikely friendships, thanksgiving, change of heart, student ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, uplifting, sentimental, motivational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, teacher, literature, poetry, dedicated educator, poet, philosophy, student, professor, suicide, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Freedom Writers (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
Style: rough, sentimental, touching, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, dedicated educator, high school, lifestyle change, teenage life, idealism, gang violence, social relations, life is a bitch, racial tension, domestic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, sincere, sentimental, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: friendship, disfigurement, injustice, social misfits, teaching the ways of the world, false accusation, physical appearance, mysterious character, loneliness, intergenerational friendship, suspicion, secret ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 430K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, storytelling, interracial relations, social relations, hopes, racial issues, writers ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.9
 58K
The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, boarding school, childhood, music, boarding school life, orphan, musician, boss, friendship, singer, changing lives ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, new york, paris france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: touching, inspirational, realistic, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: tourette's syndrome, teachers and students, school, dedicated educator, 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 ⇓
22%
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 7.2
 84K
Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: talky, serious, depressing, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, student, loneliness, friendship, basketball, liberal, secret, coach, african american, ghetto, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.2
 113K
Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: uplifting, motivational, touching, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, disfigurement, parents and children, addiction, teachers and students, child's point of view, good deed, alcohol abuse, power relations, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in ...
Style: sentimental, touching, intellectual, romantic, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: feminism, teachers and students, dedicated educator, femininity, college, art history, gender, society, fighting the system, college life, bittersweet, idealism ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: massachusetts, usa, california, yale university, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.3
 20K
The Express (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
Style: emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic, inspirational ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, african american, human spirit, american football, racism, ambition, college, against the odds, success, society, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, new york, united states, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.5
 420
The Tic Code (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A 10 year old gifted boy wants to be a jazz pianist much to the chagrin of his more classical oriented piano instructor. With his mother's help, he is an underage regular at a local nightspot, where he is teamed up with a sax superstar. Both ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, offbeat, contemplative ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: jazz, disability, music, power relations, friends, hopes, youth, lifestyle, single parent, coming of age, musician's life, misfit ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.5
 18K
Lean on Me (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When principal Joe Clark takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, atmospheric, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: high school, gang, reform, school principal, drug dealing, unsupportive coworkers, reach out, bad attitude, changing lives, lifestyle, society, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: civil rights, racism, friendship, teenage life, interracial relations, haunted by the past, family relations, african american, teaching the ways of the world, social differences, society, blacks and whites ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.6
 25K
Take the Lead (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A former professional dancer volunteers to teach dance in the New York public school system and, while his background first clashes with his students' tastes, together they create a completely new style of dance. Based on the story of ballroom ...
Style: feel good, captivating, inspirational, sexy, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, kids, chick flick
Plot: dancing, dancer's life, dancer, dedicated educator, high school, dance, ambition, teachers and students, against the odds, respect, contests and competitions, music ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Emperor's Club (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: William Hundert is a passionate and principled Classics professor who finds his tightly-controlled world shaken and inexorably altered when a new student, Sedgewick Bell, walks into his classroom. What begins as a fierce battle of wills gives way to ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, contemplative, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: boarding school life, dedicated educator, cheating, reunion, hypocrisy, boarding school, undisciplined, teachers and students, coming of age, rebellion, bad attitude, insubordination ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s, future
Place: pennsylvania, washington d.c., new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Life of a King (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Life of a King is the true story of one man's mission to give inner city kids of Washington DC something he never had - a future. After being incarcerated for eighteen years, Eugene Brown established the Big Chair Chess Club to get kids off the ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, rough, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dedicated educator, chess, ambition, rebellion, teenage life, changing lives, society, redemption, teachers and students, contests and competitions, gain trust, bad attitude ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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 6.8
 758
Our Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Focusing on the bonding between three female (an African American female, a half African American half Latino American female, and a Latino American female) high school members of Brooklyn's "Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band" ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, touching, disturbing, neorealism ...
Audience: teens
Plot: asthma, friendship, asthma attack, high school, musician's life, lifestyle, against the odds, life is a bitch, society, youth, hopes, music band ...
Time: 90s, future, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
To Sir, with Love (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, dedicated educator, high school, school, youth, teacher student relationship, high school teacher, interracial relations, idealism, high school life, teachers and students, win over ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: london, europe, england, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top ...
Style: feel good, realistic, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, high school, dedicated educator, mathematics, studying, summer school, cheating, mexican american, education, idealism, dignity, win over ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Music of the Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: dedicated educator, school, school teacher, fighting the system, ambition, against the odds, teachers and students, female protagonist, happy ending, underdog, hopes, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of a state institution for mentally retarded children. Jean Hansen, a former music teacher anxious to give her life some meaning, joins the staff of the hospital. Jean, who tries to shelter the children with her love, ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, human spirit, dedicated educator, hopes, parents and children, dysfunctional family, boss and employee, mental institution, bittersweet ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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 7.3
 129K
Coach Carter (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.
Style: motivational, touching, captivating, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: basketball, teachers and students, athlete and trainer, teacher, coach, sport, athlete's life, high school, underdog, dedicated educator, human spirit, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, new jersey, usa, san francisco, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, kids, chick flick, teens
Plot: spelling bee, elementary school, rivalry, self esteem, family relations, african american, human spirit, human nature, hopes, dedicated educator, contests and competitions, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.
Style: uplifting, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: chess, school, misfit, youth, elementary school, lifestyle, teachers and students, hardcase students, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, hopes, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In 1965, passionate musician Glenn Holland takes a day job as a high school music teacher, convinced it's just a small obstacle on the road to his true calling: writing a historic opus. As the decades roll by with the composition unwritten but ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: composer, classical music, music, music teacher, school, high school, follow your dream, dedicated educator, teachers and students, musician, hopes, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1990s, 90s, 60s ...
Place: portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Stolen Summer (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Pete, an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-1970s, attends Catholic school, where as classes let out for the summer, he's admonished by a nun to follow the path of the Lord, and not that of the Devil. ...
Style: touching, sincere, uplifting, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, family relations, rabbi, school, judaism, faith, religions or cults, parents and children, clergy, youth, catholicism, afterlife ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976, future, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 5.5
 278
America Brown (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A coming-of-age drama that centers on a young quarterback from West Texas, a priest in New York, and the two women in their lives.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, high school, starting over, prodigy, haunted by the past, society, on the run, ambition, redemption, fall in love, rivalry, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.3
 6K
Goodbye Solo (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A man planning to commit suicide hires a taxi driver to take him to his jumping-off point.
Style: uplifting, touching, thought provoking, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: taxi driver, friendship, immigrants, suicidal, elderly, society, regret, loneliness, taxi, interracial relations, mentor, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%