Movies like Free Willy

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Free Willy (1993)
 6.0
 69K
Free Willy (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, France, 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, feel good, uplifting, sweet, serious, realistic, nostalgic, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: human animal relationship, freedom, animals, killer whale, adventure, social worker, friendship, happy ending, captivity, ocean, animal training, animal life, rescue, unlikely friendships, ocean or sea, family, family relations, whale, amusement park, kids and family, children, orphan, youth, friends, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s

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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 friendship, friends, family, adventure, family relations, animals and chase mostly in Family, Adventure and Drama genres. Some movies like Free Willy: Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009), Fly Away Home (1996), Flipper (1996), Dolphin Tale 2 (2014), Flipper (1963). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Free Willy 2 (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: France, USA, Luxembourg
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, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, teens, girls' night
Plot: killer whale, friendship, whale, family, adventure, daring rescue, rescue, ocean, family relations, friend, island, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ 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, preschoolers, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: dog, cat, adventure, friendship, pets, wilderness, talking animals, fish out of water, journey, beautiful scenery, wounded animal, survival ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, nevada, 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, pets, loss of friend, animals, life & death, loneliness, death, human animal relationship, animal training ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
⇓ 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, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: killer whale, friends, friendship, whale, adventure, ocean, black market, ocean or sea, rescue, danger, hunting, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ 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, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: killer whale, animal rescue, family relations, animal life, confined, adventure, friendship, ocean, ocean or sea, captivity, reunion, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 24K
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, bird, inventor, adventure, shampoo, hang glider ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada, new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.3
 10K
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, florida keys, family, adventure, friendship, animal life, toxic, friends, teenage life, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: sentimental, uplifting, touching, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: veterinarian, dolphins, animal life, rescue, friendship, youth, family, family relations, human spirit, hopes, friends, theme park ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.2
 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, animal life, friendship, young heroes, teenage life, youth, danger, pets, father son relationship ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 80s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 8K
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, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: dog sled, train, adventure, family, underdog, ambition, hopes, journalism, sport, contests and competitions, rivalry, heroes ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: alaska, minnesota, canada, usa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 445
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, touching, feel good, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: wolf, survival, snowboarding, death of father, friendship, human spirit, teenage life, adventure, pets, daring rescue, danger, wilderness ...
Time: 90s
Place: british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 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, orphan, country estate, adventure, treasure hunt, butler, family, friendship, parents and children, fish out of water, family life, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, los angeles, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.7
 6K
Andre (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 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, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, rescue, family relations, small town, family, orphan, friends, social relations, best friends, getting home, heroes ...
Time: 90s, year 1962, 60s, 1960s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.3
 61K
Eight Below (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, Canada
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, rescue, survival, dog sled, expedition, adventure, pets, pilot, scientist, snow, wilderness, research ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: antarctica, new zealand, pasadena california, oregon, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 26K
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, serious, realistic, emotional, twists and turns ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: dog, youth, adventure, teenage life, friendship, pets, escapades, betrayal, rescue, family, police investigation, family bonds ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, afghanistan, texas, united states, iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 23K
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, touching, realistic, serious
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: dolphins, friendship, young heroes, hopes, animal life, human spirit, trap, summer, destiny, heroes, mother son relationship, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 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, family relations, heroes, adventure, small town life, animal life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Call of the Wild (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Self-centered and status-conscious, ten year old Ryann Hale journeys to Montana to visit her down-to-earth grandpa, Bill Hale. Ryann bonds with a wolf-dog, Buck, and schemes to save him from a cruel dogsledder.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, contemplative, captivating
Audience: family outing
Plot: small town, friendship, adventure, young heroes, friends, chases and races, contests and competitions, rivalry, family holiday, human animal relationship, grandfather granddaughter relationship, countryside ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 4.9
 2K
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, kids, pre-teens, teens, girls' night
Plot: friendship, gorilla, chimpanzee, family relations, socialite, zoo, family, adventure, fish out of water, family life, rescue, pets ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 1930s, 80s
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois, philadelphia, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: survival, wilderness, adventure, boy dog relationship, pets, friendship, dog, young heroes, danger, youth, teenage life, parents and children ...
Place: canada, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.9
 606
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: touching, sentimental, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: horse, friendship, survival, desert, adventurer, teaching the ways of the world, animal life, danger, orphan, companion, human animal relationship, escape ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, family outing, preschoolers, teens, girls' night
Plot: dog, wilderness, adventure, cat, family, friendship, survival, on the road, friends, animal life, getting home, escapades ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, light, entertaining, twists and turns, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: pet dog, pets, kids and family, dog movie, dog actor, north sea, journey, escape, boy dog relationship, animal life, escapades, danger ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 5.9
 5K
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: countryside, coming of age, dog, family, friendship, boy dog relationship, animal life, family life, teenage life, mischievous children, pets, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, friendship, dolphins, adventure, rescue, opposites attract, single parent, family, odd couple, daring rescue, escapades, youth ...
Place: bahamas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.2
 4K
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: kids, family outing
Plot: rescue, hostage, animal actor, kidnapping, friendship, dog, family, adventure, family relations, disorder, longing, animal life ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.7
 17K
The Bear (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, captivating, scenic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, animals, wilderness, survival, friendship, animal life, family, heroic mission, on the run, rescue, escapades, youth ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: canada, british columbia, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
 7.2
 6K
Born Free (1966)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Born Free (1966) is an Open Road Films Ltd./Columbia Pictures feature film starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers as Joy and George Adamson, a real-life couple who raised an orphaned lion cub to adulthood, and released her into the wilds of ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: lion, lion cub, animal rights, rifle, wildlife, friends, pets, survival, family, adventure, friendship, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: kenya, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Benji: Off the Leash! (2004)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Benji and his friends try to save his mother from a puppy mill.
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, feel good, semi serious
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: dog, friendship, against the odds, adventure, odd couple, young heroes, youth, pets, rescue, mischievous children, disorder, adoption ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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, animal life, pets, escapades, dog movie, cross country, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%