Movies like Freedom Writers

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Freedom Writers (2007)
 7.6
 61K
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, sincere, realistic, rough, touching, serious, inspirational, harsh, earnest, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teachers and students, high school, idealism, holocaust, dedicated educator, teacher, gang violence, urban ghetto life, teenage life, domestic violence, mentor, ghetto, daughter, diary, racial segregation, racial tension, black people, urban ghetto, high school life, power relations, social relations, life is a bitch, divorce, protest, classmates ...
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 serious, realistic, sincere and inspirational films with plots about youth, society, school, high school, teacher, power relations and redemption mostly in Drama, Biography and Crime genres. Some movies like Freedom Writers: Dangerous Minds (1995), Coach Carter (2005), Boyz n the Hood (1991), Gridiron Gang (2006), To Sir, with Love (1967). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, rough ...
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, 80s
Place: usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 110K
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: touching, sincere, captivating, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, sport, athlete's life, high school, teacher, teachers and students, human spirit, underdog, drugs/alcohol, ambition, hardcase students ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey, usa, texas, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 110K
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, friendship, gang, coming of age, poverty, crimes, life is a bitch, teenage life, society, favoritism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1991, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 42K
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, competition, youth, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, teacher student relationship, high school teacher, youth, idealism, dedicated educator, respect, high school dance, maturity, education ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: london, europe, england, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 24K
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, dance, high school, dancer, teachers and students, music, vandalism, contests and competitions, respect, against the odds, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: realistic, serious, thought provoking, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, mathematics, education, mexican american, summer school, cheating, idealism, dedicated educator, hardcase students, high school teacher, urban ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, idiotic, bad ending ...
Plot: hip hop, rapper, gangsters, urban ghetto life, music, hip hop culture, crime, musician's life, urban ghetto, career, attempted murder, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.4
 17K
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, emotional ...
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 ⇓
35%
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, urban, idealism, teachers and students, high school life, urban ghetto, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, uplifting, serious, exciting, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: human spirit, small town, athlete and trainer, underdog, coach, contests and competitions, track and field, high school, social differences, ambition, athlete's life, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, sincere ...
Plot: mentor, friendship, dedicated educator, prodigy, private school, plagiarism, basketball, prejudice, writer's life, high school, literature, age difference ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, scotland, usa, new york yankees, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.2
 39K
Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Betty Anne Waters' older brother Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: false accusation, murder, prison, injustice, fighting the system, convict, lawyer, legal action, christmas, money, investigation, testimony ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, serious, sincere, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, school, bomb, social misfits, teacher, teenage life, bully, juvenile delinquency, vengeance, teachers and students, high school life, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, high school teacher, english teacher, teachers and students, adolescence vs adulthood, urban ghetto ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 ⇓
27%
 7.3
 23K
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, unsupportive friend, high school, life is a bitch, high school life, school, misfit, sexual abuse, rape, mute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, school, high school, dedicated educator, french, high school teacher, education, respect, literature, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france, caribbean, morocco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 80K
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, friendship, african american, drug abuse, high school, ghetto, junior high school, theft ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.7
 69K
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, thought provoking, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, social decay, teacher, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, social relations, depression, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.2
 8K
Foxfire (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of control.
Style: touching, serious, sincere, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: high school, friendship, feminism, teacher, coming out, prison, teenage girl, tattoo, hostage, coming of age, lesbian, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, idealism, urban ghetto, looking for sex, teachers and students, high school life, teenage life ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.8
 4K
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, teachers and students, school, high school life, teenage life, working class, ambition, society, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, harsh ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: high school, teacher, violence, teachers and students, chase, vigilantism, teenage life, gang, youth, single parent, drug dealing, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: oakland california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
My Crazy Life (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named Ernesto, the two become bitter enemies. While their dispute ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, poverty, girl gang, friendship, urban, drug dealing, gang member, mexican american, crime, urban ghetto, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 107K
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: sincere, sentimental, touching, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, single parent, childhood, child's point of view, good deed, disfigurement, school, life philosophy, addiction, death, alone in the world, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nevada, las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Remember the Titans (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, feel good, touching, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, chick flick
Plot: sport, racism, contests and competitions, high school, underdog, football, american football, prejudice, human spirit, against the odds, friendship, coach ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: virginia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: realistic, touching, serious, sincere, clever ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: boarding school life, cheating, reunion, greek, hypocrisy, senator, confession, coming of age, boarding school, dedicated educator, teachers and students, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s, future
Place: washington d.c., pennsylvania, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
This Boy's Life (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: realistic, emotional, rough, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, friendship, domestic violence, dysfunctional family, child abuse, mechanic, homosexual, jealousy, oppression, alcoholic, parents and children ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, united states, washington state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, realistic, serious, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: social misfits, stuttering, teachers and students, school, disability, family relations, dedicated educator, family, follow your dream, parents and children, teenage life, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%