Movies like Flowers for Algernon

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Flowers for Algernon (2000)
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Flowers for Algernon (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, touching, serious, contemplative
Plot: mentally challenged, prodigy, laboratory, misfit, hopes, blind ambition, social misfits, romance, fall in love, human spirit, doctors and patients, disorder, genius, intelligence, experiment, research, change of luck, mother son relationship, ambition, experiment gone awry, society, power relations, scientist, maze, tragedy ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about society, hopes, misfit, family relations, youth, mentally challenged and power relations mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Romance genres. Some movies like Flowers for Algernon: Charly (1968), Little Man Tate (1991), A Child Is Waiting (1963), Girlfriend (2010), The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Charly (1968)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An experiment on a simpleton turns him into a genius. When he discovers what has been done to him he struggles with whether or not what was done to his was right.
Style: touching, thought provoking, clever, psychological, contemplative ...
Plot: mouse, experiment, genius, mentally challenged, hopes, society, misfit, disorder, power relations, experiment gone awry, doctors and patients, maze ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, boston
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Little Man Tate (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius, she is determined to ensure that Fred has all the opportunities that he needs, and that he is not taken advantage of by people who forget that his ...
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, contemplative, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: prodigy, single parent, coming of age, waitress, mathematics, working class, young heroes, society, misfit, youth, social misfits, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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67%
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, human spirit, dedicated educator, hopes, parents and children, dysfunctional family, boss and employee, mental institution, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
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28%
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Girlfriend (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man with Down's Syndrome romantically pursues a small town single mom who is still mixed up with her volatile ex-boyfriend.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, melancholic, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, love and romance, single parent, friendship, impossible love, hopes, society, human spirit, social relations, misfit, down syndrome, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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27%
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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
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27%
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Iron Island (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Squatters live on a mothballed oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. The children attend a school on board; men harvest scrap metal and old oil in the hull; women keep house and raise children and Captain Nemat runs it all with an iron hand. We follow a ...
Style: sincere, touching, thought provoking, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: ship, forbidden love, injustice, power relations, human nature, human spirit, young lovers, hopes, misfit, oil tanker, rebellion, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, persia, middle east
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25%
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: melancholic, touching, emotional, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, dysfunctional family, disability, siblings relations, character study, family drama, mental illness, parents and children, small town, brothers, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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25%
The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: The Fat Boy Chronicles is a motion picture about Jimmy Winterpock, an obese high-school student who deals with bullying and trying to lose weight. The film is inspired by a true story and was released in 2010 as a major motion picture.
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, human spirit, youth, misfit, high school, love and romance, society, follow your dream, win over, hopes, teenage life, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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25%
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My Name Is Bill W. (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Bill W. (James Woods), a successful stock broker whose life falls apart after the stock crash of the 20's and how he comes to grips with his alcoholism. Along with a fellow alcoholic (James Garner) he forms a support ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, support group, drug abuse, friendship, against the odds, human spirit, self discovery, rehabilitation, hopes, family problems, coping, addiction ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: usa
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25%
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Pedro (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An intimate biopic of Pedro Zamora, an HIV-positive Cuban-American, who was cast for the MTV reality show, The Real World: San Francisco, in 1994. Due to his experience on the Real World, Pedro became a celebrity and a sympathetic face of the AIDS ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, thought provoking, non-linear ...
Plot: gay, aids, hiv, human spirit, ambition, fighting the system, rising to stardom, life is a bitch, hopes, society, idealism, terminal illness ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: cuba, latin america, usa, miami, san francisco ...
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25%
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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, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: youth, redemption, power relations, reach out, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, society, hopes, friendship, fire brigade, rivalry, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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24%
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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: sincere, sentimental, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: high school, family problems, human spirit, terminal illness, child illness, against the odds, mentally challenged, rehabilitation, hopes, parents and children, family in crisis, relationship vs career ...
Time: contemporary
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24%
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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, contemplative ...
Plot: coming of age, high school, starting over, prodigy, haunted by the past, society, on the run, ambition, fall in love, redemption, rivalry, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, new york, usa
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24%
Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: gloomy, touching, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, hopes, misfit, mentally challenged, family relations, power relations, family problems, teachers and students, family in crisis, courtroom drama ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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24%
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Freak City (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a rebellious young woman is disease-stricken. Upon being admitted to a nursing home, she finds hope in the most unlikely of places...
Style: emotional, psychological, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: disability, love and romance, misfit, mentally challenged, female director, multiple sclerosis, wheelchair
Time: 90s
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24%
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Wit (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, intellectual, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: nurse, terminal illness, hospital, dying, chemotherapy, cancer, hopes, poetry, doctor, regret, fighting illness, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary
Place: usa
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24%
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I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, parents and children, custody, social services, lawyer, against the odds, parenthood, human spirit, child custody, family relations, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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24%
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The Caretakers (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: This movie chronicles the trials of the mentally ill and their care-givers in an over-crowded ward of a hospital.
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, realistic, psychotronic
Plot: hospital, mental institution, prison, terminal illness, unfulfillment, juvenile delinquency, prodigy, misfit, mental illness, showbiz, human spirit, doctors and patients ...
Time: 60s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Fly Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 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: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: autism, parents and children, moral dilemma, mentally challenged, life is a bitch, society, social misfits, single parent, youth, child illness, family problems, nursing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Touched by Love (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A teenager with cerebral palsy attempts to become pen pals with her idol, Elvis Presley.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: disability, cerebral palsy, school, human spirit, teenage life, celebrity culture, doctors and patients, power relations, family relations, friends, hopes, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: canada
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23%
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Conrack (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families. He finds that the basically illiterate, neglected children there know so little of the world outside their island.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, feel good ...
Plot: school, island, interracial relations, family relations, teacher, racism, power relations, high school, teachers and students, human spirit, culture clash, college life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1969, 60s, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
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23%
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Eden (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Story of a New England boys' school and of one of the students who is infatuated with an instructor's wife who has Multiple Sclerosis. The woman struggles to show her strict husband how love rather than demands helps the student to ...
Style: gloomy, sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boarding school, housewife, multiple sclerosis, unfulfillment, youth, love and romance, ambition, hopes, disability, power relations, couples, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new england
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23%
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: psychological, touching, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: disability, life is a bitch, human spirit, child abuse, self discovery, family problems, parents and children, hopes, social misfits, society, isolation, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary, year 1970, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
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23%
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Riding the Bus with My Sister (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A woman spends time with her developmental disabled sister after the death of their father.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, cult film
Plot: mentally challenged, lifestyle, couples, family relations, dysfunctional family, family life, siblings relations, misfit, love and romance, disability, family problems, bus ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania
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23%
Profoundly Normal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Donna Lee Shelby (Kirstie Alley), a mentally retarded girl who lives in Forest Haven, an institution for the developmentally disabled, meets Ricardo Thornton (Delroy Lindo), a fellow resident. When Forest Haven is closed by a ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: interracial relations, couples, friendship, family life, human spirit, family in crisis, idealism, fighting the system, hopes, society, coping, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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23%
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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, lifestyle, musician's life, against the odds, life is a bitch, society, hopes, music band, youth ...
Time: 90s, future, 80s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
She Fought Alone (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: All, including school administration and a friend, turn their backs on a girl who accused a classmate of rape.
Style: sincere, realistic, disturbing, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: rape, high school, innocence lost, juvenile delinquency, sexual abuse, teenage love, youth, against the odds, fighting the system, rebellion, social misfits, legal ...
Time: 90s
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23%
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Threshold (1981)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The celebrated heart surgeon Dr. Thomas Vrain supports the research of the offbeat scientist Aldo Gehring, who is inventing an artificial heart. Dr. Vrain performs the first artificial human heart transplant against the advice of the Ethics ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), heart, heart transplant, against the rules, society, power relations, transplant, idealism, doctors and patients, moral dilemma, introspection, female nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Vibrations (1996)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Rising rock star, TJ Cray, gets the shot of a lifetime, an audition with a A & R man. On the way into the city, a carload of drunks smash into his car, severing his hands. He drops out of the business and becomes a homeless drunk. Cray wakes ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, psychotronic
Plot: alcohol abuse, new age, hopes, musician's life, rivalry, prodigy, society, rescue, follow your dream, ambition, androids and robots, performer's life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york
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23%
Milwaukee, Minnesota (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Having lived his entire life under the watchful eye of his overbearing mother, Albert must fend for himself when an unidentified automobile suddenly kills her. Free for the first time, Albert quickly responds to the bait dangling in front of him, ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, offbeat
Plot: family relations, misfit, mentally challenged, social misfits, dysfunctional family, parents and children, small town, death of mother, con artists, mother son relationship, transvestism, hit and run ...
Time: contemporary
Place: minnesota, milwaukee wisconsin, wisconsin, usa
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23%