Movies like Freedom Writers

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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: sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic, based on true events, rough, touching, inspirational, harsh, earnest ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teachers and students, high school, idealism, dedicated educator, teacher, urban ghetto life, teenage life, gang violence, holocaust, domestic violence, divorce, dreams, mentor, black people, racial segregation, racial tension, ghetto, diary, daughter, urban ghetto, high school life, youth, power relations, social relations, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: california, usa

Most similar movies to Freedom Writers

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and inspirational films with plots about youth, high school, society, teachers and students, power relations, teacher and school mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres. Some movies like Freedom Writers: Dangerous Minds (1995), Coach Carter (2005), To Sir, with Love (1967), Stand and Deliver (1988), Take the Lead (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Dangerous Minds (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Former Marine Louanne Johnson lands a gig teaching in a pilot program for bright but underachieving teens at a notorious inner-city high school. After having a terrible first day, she decides she must throw decorum to the wind. When Johnson returns ...
Style: gloomy, serious, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, karate, amusement park, teenage life, dedicated educator, hardcase students, naval officer, urban, idealism, teachers and students, urban ghetto ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 106K
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: sincere, touching, captivating, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, sport, athlete's life, high school, human spirit, teacher, teachers and students, underdog, drugs/alcohol, ambition, coach ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: teacher, school, high school, high school teacher, teacher student relationship, youth, idealism, dedicated educator, maturity, teenage crush, high school dance, respect ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: london, europe, england, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Genre: 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: realistic, serious, thought provoking, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, mathematics, mexican american, education, summer school, cheating, idealism, dedicated educator, hardcase students, high school teacher, urban ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 6.7
 23K
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, serious, realistic, rough, stylized ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, chick flick
Plot: dancer's life, hip hop, dancer, dance, high school, teachers and students, contests and competitions, against the odds, ambition, hip hop culture, music, vandalism ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
To Sir, with Love II (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mark Thackeray (Poitier) is a West Indian, who in the 1967 film had taken teaching in a London East End school. He spent twenty years teaching and ten in administrative roles. He has taught the children of his former pupils, but is now retiring.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: high school, teacher, juvenile delinquency, dedicated educator, hardcase students, education, idealism, urban, teachers and students, high school life, urban ghetto, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
One Eight Seven (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After surviving a stabbing by a student, teacher Trevor Garfield moves from New York to Los Angeles. There, he resumes teaching as a substitute teacher. The education system, where violent bullies control the classrooms and the administration is ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, gloomy, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teacher, stabbing, attack, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, urban, teachers and students, high school life, life is a bitch, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 16K
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, atmospheric, serious, sincere, based on true events ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, gang, drug dealing, school principal, reform, dedicated educator, hardcase students, urban, human spirit, idealism, teachers and students, high school life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Teenage Dirtbag (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A popular high school girl is harassed by a delinquent boy until they are placed in creative writing class together. Through written words, they create a bond, but tragically a bond that cannot withstand her social pressures or his brutal home life.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, uplifting, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, poetry, stalking, therapy, domestic violence, delinquent, delusion, death, neighbor, hate, gossip, notebook ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 32K
The Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.
Style: talky, realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, high school life, dedicated educator, school, high school, french, education, high school teacher, respect, literature, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, morocco, paris france, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.3
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Speak (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Freshman high-school student Melinda has refused to speak ever since she called the cops on a popular summer party. With her old friends snubbing her for being a rat, and her parents too busy to notice her troubles, she folds into herself, trying to ...
Style: touching, sincere, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, innocence lost, teenage life, high school, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, high school life, unsupportive friend, school, misfit, small town, teachers and students ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on a true story, former parole officer Marilyn Gambrell and a colleague set up a pioneer trial-based program in one of America's toughest high schools to help the children of incarcerated parents regain control of their own lives and not ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: high school, parole officer, support group, dedicated educator, human spirit, idealism, high school life, against the odds, society, youth, power relations, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Ron Clark Story (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Matthew Perry is real-life inspiration Ron Clark, a passionate and innovative teacher who leaves his small hometown to teach in one of Harlem's toughest schools. But to break through to this students, Clark must use unconventional methods, ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: dedicated educator, human spirit, teachers and students, new job, african american, hardcase students, school, urban ghetto, idealism, hopes, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1994, year 1998, 1990s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, north carolina, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Explosive Generation (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Peter Gifford is a likable, dedicated schoolteacher that teaches a senior life skills class. When student Janet Sommers brings up the topic of sex and dating, he asks students to write questions on the topic, and will cover them in the next class. ...
Style: sexual, serious, realistic
Plot: high school, student, teacher, dedicated educator, school, hardcase students, urban ghetto, idealism, looking for sex, teachers and students, high school life, teenage life ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.4
 31K
McFarland, USA (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, sentimental, exciting ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: small town, human spirit, underdog, coach, athlete and trainer, dedicated educator, sport, contests and competitions, teacher, track and field, high school, school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, social misfits, school, teenage life, bomb, teacher, cheerleader, bully, juvenile delinquency, vengeance, teachers and students, high school life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 3K
Cheaters (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In the fall of 1994, a teacher at Chicago's run-down Steinmetz High conspires with the school's academic decathlon team to cheat on an academic competition.
Style: serious, clever, realistic, offbeat, sincere
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, dedicated educator, contests and competitions, social differences, school, teachers and students, high school life, teenage life, working class, ambition, society, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 79K
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, realistic, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, basketball, liberal, student, african american, drug abuse, loneliness, friendship, high school, bicycle, prison ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, tense, rough ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, hip hop, gang, friendship, crimes, life is a bitch, coming of age, teenage life, society, poverty, street gang ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher at New York's inner-city Calvin Coolidge High: her lit classes are overcrowded, a window is broken, there's no chalk, books arrive late. The administration is concerned mainly with forms and rules ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: high school, teacher, fish out of water, friendship, culture clash, dedicated educator, hardcase students, teachers and students, urban ghetto, adolescence vs adulthood, high school life, society ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Principal (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Burglary. Drugs. Assault. Rape. The students at Brandel High are more than new Principal Rick Latimer bargained for. Gangs fight to control the school using knives - even guns - when they have to. When Latimer and the head of security try to clean ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, harsh ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: high school, teachers and students, teacher, violence, teenage life, youth, chase, vigilantism, gang, single parent, drug dealing, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: oakland california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.7
 67K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 ...
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: mentor, dedicated educator, friendship, prodigy, prejudice, private school, plagiarism, basketball, writer's life, high school, literature, age difference ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, scotland, usa, new york yankees, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.9
 10K
The Substitute (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After he did some jobs for CIA, ex-marine John Shale is visiting his high school love Jane. She's now a teacher in Columbus High School in Miami. Soon after his arriving Jane has her knee cap broken while jogging. After that, John decides to go ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: teachers and students, high school life, hardcase students, hidden identity, high school, gang, crime, drug dealing, urban ghetto, crimes, juvenile delinquency, vigilantism ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, miami, usa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
High School High (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Richard Clark has just left the well-known Wellington Academy to teach at Marion Barry High School. Now, he will try to inspire the D-average students into making good grades and try to woo a fellow teacher.
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, feel good, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, school, parody, farce, gang, dedicated educator, goofy hero, hardcase students, juvenile delinquency, teachers and students, high school life, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Detention: The Siege at Johnson High (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A former high school student, Jason Copeland, returns to his school to take his revenge on the teachers for failing him out of school.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: high school, school, vengeance, police station, hostages, juvenile delinquency, violence spree, teachers and students, haunted by the past, high school life, psychopath, crimes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.3
 2K
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: feel good, serious, realistic, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: island, school, racism, teacher, dedicated educator, hardcase students, college, fighting the system, high school, human spirit, idealism, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: dedicated educator, high school, hardcase students, urban, idealism, teachers and students, school, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life, hopes, misfit, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.9
 38K
Gridiron Gang (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, sincere, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: juvenile delinquency, redemption, violence, human spirit, underdog, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, sport, teenage life, youth, hopes, american football ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, romantic, inspirational, sweet, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: feminism, teachers and students, college, dedicated educator, gender, society, fighting the system, college life, friendship, teacher student relationship, friendship between women, stereotypes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: massachusetts, usa, california, harvard university, campus ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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