Movies like Free Willy

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Free Willy (1993)
 6.0
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Free Willy (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When maladjusted orphan Jesse vandalizes a theme park, he is placed with foster parents and must work at the park to make amends. There he meets Willy, a young Orca whale who has been separated from his family. Sensing kinship, they form a bond and, with the help of kindly whale trainer Rae Lindley, develop a routine of tricks. However, greedy park owner Dial soon catches wind of the duo and makes plans to profit from them.
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, feel good, sweet, serious, realistic, humorous, entertaining, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: human animal relationship, killer whale, animals, freedom, adventure, animal life, friendship, family, social worker, rescue, amusement park, captivity, ocean, happy ending, animal training, unlikely friendships, orphan, family relations, whale, kids and family, children, youth, friends, parents and children, family life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: oregon, portland oregon

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Most similar movies to Free Willy

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, feel good, sentimental and sweet films with plots about family, friendship, friends, adventure, family relations, animals and life philosophy mostly in Family, Adventure and Drama genres. Some movies like Free Willy: Fly Away Home (1996), Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009), Flipper (1996), A Dog's Purpose (2017), Dolphin Tale 2 (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Free Willy 2 (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: France, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Jesse becomes reunited with Willy three years after the whale's jump to freedom as the teenager tries to rescue the killer whale and other orcas from an oil spill.
Style: touching, sentimental, sweet, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens, girls' night
Plot: killer whale, friendship, whale, family, adventure, rescue, daring rescue, family relations, friend, ocean, island, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
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100%
 6.9
 25K
Fly Away Home (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Amy is only 13 years old when her mother is killed. She goes to Canada to live with her father, an eccentric inventor whom she barely knows. Amy is miserable in her new life... until she discovers a nest of goose eggs that were abandoned when a ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, serious, emotional ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing, chick flick, girls' night ...
Plot: goose, rescue, aviation, tragedy, against the odds, family, death in the family, hang glider, bird, inventor, adventure, ecology ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: canada, new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Remake of the popular Disney classic, this time featuring some well known voices as two dogs and a cat trek across America encountering all sorts of adventures in the quest to be reunited with their owners.
Style: touching, feel good, sweet, exciting, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: dog, cat, adventure, wilderness, friendship, talking animals, pets, beautiful scenery, fish out of water, journey, survival, family ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: nevada, usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, sad ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: dog, friendship, loyalty, friends, loneliness, loss of friend, human animal relationship, animals, death, life & death, pets, family ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After young Kirra (Bindi Irwin) leaves her Australian home to summer with her grandfather (Beau Bridges) in South Africa, she soon discovers a baby orca stranded in the lagoon near her grandfather’s rundown seaside amusement park. She names the ...
Style: serious, uplifting, realistic, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: killer whale, animal rescue, confined, adventure, friendship, family relations, mischievous children, young heroes, heroes, family, ocean, captivity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Willy the whale is back, this time threatened by illegal whalers making money off sushi. Jesse, now 16, has taken a job on an orca-researching ship, along with old friend Randolph and a sarcastic scientist, Drew. On the whaler's ship is captain ...
Style: realistic, touching, humorous, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, girls' night
Plot: killer whale, friendship, whale, friends, adventure, ocean, black market, rescue, hunting, family relations, ship, family ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.3
 11K
Flipper (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Sandy Ricks is sent by his mom to Coral Key, a rustic island in the Florida keys, to spend the summer with his uncle Porter Ricks. Sandy dislikes everything about his new environment until a new friend comes into his life, a dolphin named Flipper, ...
Style: touching, exciting, feel good, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens, girls' night
Plot: dolphins, family relations, summer, family, adventure, friendship, escapades, young heroes, coming of age, youth, animal life, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Dog's Purpose (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, India
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A dog goes on quest to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes with multiple owners.
Style: sad, touching, sweet, sentimental, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: dog, reincarnation, animals, talking animals, human animal relationship, police dog, transformation, happy ending, life & death, life philosophy, pet owner relationship, family ...
Time: 2010s, 60s, 90s, 80s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The team of people who saved Winter's life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother's passing in order to find her a companion so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: dolphins, veterinarian, animal life, rescue, friendship, family, youth, family relations, human spirit, hopes, friends, amusement park ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 2K
Flipper (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Many kids might say their best friend is a puppy or a pony. But for 12-year-old Sandy, the most special pet of all is the exuberant dolphin he rescues and who returns the favor by rescuing Sandy from sharks.The dolphin named Flipper first swam into ...
Style: touching, feel good, exciting, melancholic, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: dolphins, adventure, healing power, family, young heroes, friendship, youth, teenage life, pets, father son relationship, ocean, animal life ...
Time: 60s, 80s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 1K
Pollyanna (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Pollyanna Whittier goes to live with her wealthy but bitter aunt after the tragic death of her father. Pollyanna shares a game her father taught her -- the 'Glad Game' -- in which everyone can find a silver lining in even the darkest ...
Style: touching, feel good, uplifting, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, orphan, small town life, countryside, small town, young heroes, hopes, family, friends, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 9K
Iron Will (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When Will Stoneman's father dies, he is left alone to take care of his mother and their land. Needing money to maintain it, he decides to join a cross country dogsled race. This race will require days of racing for long hours, through harsh ...
Style: touching, feel good, captivating, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: dog sled, underdog, train, adventure, family, friends, gambling, human spirit, against the odds, friendship, world war one, sport ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: alaska, minnesota, canada, usa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 534
Silver Wolf (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A ranger (Michael Biehn) and his 16 year old nephew (Shane Meier) struggle to save a wolf from a rancher (Roy Scheider), who is out to kill it.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, feel good, touching, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: wolf, survival, snowboarding, death of father, adventure, teenage life, human spirit, friendship, pets, daring rescue, wilderness, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 4K
Candleshoe (1977)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Candleshoe is a 1977 Walt Disney Productions live action movie based on the Michael Innes novel Christmas at Candleshoe and starring Jodie Foster, Helen Hayes in her last screen appearance, David Niven and Leo McKern.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, sweet, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, teens, girls' night
Plot: hidden treasure, heiress, orphan, adventure, treasure hunt, butler, country estate, family, friendship, parents and children, disorder, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, los angeles, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 7K
Andre (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of how a marine seal named Andre befriended a little girl and her family, circa 1962.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: friendship, family relations, small town, coming of age, rescue, family, seal the animal, orphan, social relations, disorder, animal life, friends ...
Time: 90s, 60s, year 1962
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 64K
Eight Below (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the Antarctic, after an expedition with Dr. Davis McClaren, the sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snow storm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, breathtaking, captivating, tense ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: dog, survival, rescue, expedition, dog sled, adventure, pilot, pets, wilderness, snow, husky dog, scientist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: antarctica, new zealand, pasadena california, oregon, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog -- and ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: friendship, dog, disney, animal life, fox, animals, adventure, reconciliation, cartoon dog, talking animals, friends, rescue ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 24K
Dolphin Tale (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, realistic, touching, serious
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: dolphins, friendship, young heroes, hopes, animal life, human spirit, trap, summer, destiny, heroes, mother son relationship, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.6
 27K
Max (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, War
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A dog that helped soldiers in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, twists and turns ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: dog, youth, teenage life, adventure, friendship, pets, escapades, betrayal, rescue, family, police investigation, family bonds ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, afghanistan, texas, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 3K
Shiloh (1996)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An abused beagle runs away from his owner. On the road, he meets young Marty Preston and follows him home. The boy immediately forms a bond with the dog and names him Shiloh. His stern father won't let him keep the dog because it belongs to ...
Style: touching, semi serious, feel good, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: dog, animal rescue, rescue, pets, family, friendship, hopes, disorder, family relations, small town life, adventure, heroes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 4.8
 3K
Buddy (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An eccentric socialite raises a gorilla as her son.
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens, girls' night
Plot: gorilla, friendship, family relations, zoo, socialite, family, adventure, chimpanzee, family life, fish out of water, rescue, pets ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 80s
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois, philadelphia, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: As a wild stallion travels across the frontiers of the Old West, he befriends a young human and finds true love with a mare.
Style: touching, inspirational, feel good, sentimental, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids, girls' night
Plot: horse, family, wild horse, friendship, freedom, talking animals, adventure, rescue, wildlife, animal life, getting home, old west ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Teenager Angus adopts a stray dog and names him Yellow. Several days later, while travelling along the coast of British Columbia with Angus's father, John, the boy and dog become stranded when turbulent waters capsize their boat. Angus's ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, exciting, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: boy dog relationship, wilderness, survival, adventure, pets, friendship, dog, youth, young heroes, teenage life, parents and children, child in peril ...
Place: canada, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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The Incredible Journey (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The story of three pets, a cat and two dogs, who lose their owners when they are all on vacation. Can they find their way home?
Style: touching, uplifting, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing, teens, girls' night
Plot: dog, wilderness, adventure, cat, family, friendship, on the road, animal life, friends, hopes, survival, obsessive quest ...
Time: 60s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.4
 684
Running Free (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, History, War
Country: USA, France, South Africa
Duration: 81 min.
Story: The tale of the extraordinary life and times of Lucky, a horse that was born in captivity but achieves his dream of running free with the help of a stableboy.
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: horse, friendship, survival, desert, adventurer, teaching the ways of the world, orphan, companion, human animal relationship, animal life, family relations, friends ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Lassie Come Home (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Remake of 1943 movie based on Eric Knight's book, "Lassie Come Home"
Style: captivating, suspense, light, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: animal life, pet dog, boy dog relationship, pets, north sea, journey, dog actor, dog, escape, beautiful scenery, family relations, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Zeus and Roxanne (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Mary Beth is a marine biologist that gets annoyed when a dog called Zeus stows aboard her research boat. Nevertheless she is intrigued when the intrusive canine makes best-friends with her captive dolphin, Roxanne. She falls in love with Zeus's ...
Style: feel good, touching, sweet, melancholic, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens
Plot: dog, dolphins, friendship, adventure, rescue, opposites attract, single parent, family, odd couple, daring rescue, escapades, youth ...
Place: bahamas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.1
 5K
Benji (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Benji is a stray who has nonetheless worked his way into the hearts of a number of the townspeople, who give him food and attention whenever he stops by. His particular favorites are a pair of children who feed and play with him against the wishes ...
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: animal actor, rescue, hostage, kidnapping, friendship, dog, family, adventure, family relations, disorder, longing, save the day ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.8
 6K
Lassie (1994)
Genre: Family, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An update of the Lassie legend stars Thomas Guiry as a troubled city kid whose family retreats to the country, where he befriends the famous collie and changes for the better. Conflict develops when a ruthless sheep rancher causes trouble for ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, semi serious, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: dog, boy dog relationship, coming of age, countryside, family, friendship, mischievous children, pets, teenage life, family life, father son relationship, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, virginia, baltimore
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 4.9
 3K
Bingo (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Bingo, the runaway circus dog, is off the leash and saving Chuckie's life! Bingo and the boy become the best of friends in this canine comedy featuring doggy disguises and skateboarding, pinball and prison. Chuckie and his parents (Cindy ...
Style: touching, humorous, not serious, entertaining, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: dog, on the road, rescue, friendship, family, adventure, pets, escapades, animal life, disorder, cross country, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%