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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, touching, rough, realistic, serious, inspirational, harsh, earnest, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teachers and students, high school, idealism, teacher, domestic violence, holocaust, gang violence, teenage life, urban ghetto life, dedicated educator, mentor, divorce, life is a bitch, classmates, high school life, protest, bonding, lifestyle change, power relations, social relations, survivor, urban ghetto, dreams, ghetto, daughter ...
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 touching films with plots about youth, society, high school, school, teacher, teachers and students and power relations mostly in Drama, Biography and Crime genres. Some movies like Freedom Writers: Dangerous Minds (1995), Coach Carter (2005), Gridiron Gang (2006), Boyz n the Hood (1991), 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: touching, sentimental, gloomy, rough, uplifting ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, teenage life, amusement park, karate, self destructing, idealism, urban, high school life, lifestyle, society, insubordination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 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, captivating, sincere, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, sport, athlete's life, teacher, high school, teachers and students, underdog, human spirit, coach, drugs/alcohol, hardcase students ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, new jersey, usa, texas, san francisco
⇓ 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, underdog, athlete's life, redemption, human spirit, teenage life, athlete and trainer, youth, sport, football, violence, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ 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, tense, rough, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, african american, gang, poverty, coming of age, friendship, hip hop, racial slur, football, tragic event, party ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ 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: touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: teacher, high school, school, youth, high school teacher, teacher student relationship, idealism, dedicated educator, undisciplined, reach out, teachers and students, interracial relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 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: captivating, feel good, inspirational, entertaining, sexy ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, chick flick
Plot: dancer's life, dancer, high school, ambition, teachers and students, against the odds, respect, contests and competitions, music, life is a bitch, hopes, hip hop ...
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: touching, uplifting, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: high school, teacher, juvenile delinquency, hopes, reach out, hardcase students, bad attitude, urban ghetto life, interracial relations, dedicated educator, undisciplined, gain trust ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, urban ghetto life, hip hop culture, gangsters, music, redemption, society, urban, lifestyle, addiction, heist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, touching, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, mathematics, summer school, cheating, education, mexican american, idealism, reach out, life is a bitch, win over, bad attitude ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
 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, uplifting, rough, sincere, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, reform, gang, school principal, drug dealing, uneducated, teenage life, dedication, human spirit, lifestyle, urban, high school life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, exciting, uplifting, sentimental, serious ...
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, teenage life, teachers and students, athlete's life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, mentor, dedicated educator, basketball, african american, age difference, prejudice, plagiarism, private school, prodigy, writer's life, teacher ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, scotland, new york yankees, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, realistic, serious
Plot: parole officer, high school, support group, power relations, youth, idealism, teachers and students, hopes, dedicated educator, against the odds, society, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: convict, injustice, false accusation, lawyer, murder, fighting the system, prison, innocence, trial, courtroom, law school, money ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 80s, 90s, contemporary ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: disturbing, gloomy, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: high school, culture clash, friendship, fish out of water, teacher, high school life, misfit, innocence lost, society, youth, power relations, urban ghetto ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ 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, realistic, serious
Plot: high school, teacher, student, power relations, urban ghetto, stoners, idealism, high school life, society, youth, school, teenage life ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, tense, suspenseful, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, school, teacher, bully, bomb, social misfits, teenage life, cheerleader, vengeance, society, lifestyle, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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: offbeat, clever, sincere, serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, contests and competitions, teachers and students, dedicated educator, school, rivalry, power relations, youth, ambition, hopes, life is a bitch, working class ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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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: realistic, serious, talky, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, poverty, friendship, urban ghetto, drug dealing, youth, urban ghetto life, teenage life, gang member, revenge, girl gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, teacher, social decay, social problems, unhappy, human relationship, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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: sincere, psychological, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: innocence lost, youth, teenage life, unsupportive friend, high school, life is a bitch, misfit, high school life, school, rape, sexual abuse, mute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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: realistic, talky, sincere, serious, rough ...
Plot: teacher, student, liberal, basketball, teachers and students, african american, friendship, drug abuse, loneliness, cocaine, coach, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, realistic, sincere, serious, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: friendship, high school, feminism, coming out, teacher, rebellion, youth, tattoo, hostage, teenage girl, prison, lesbian ...
Time: 90s
Place: portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 5.9
 282
Halls of Anger (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An all-black inner city school has to become an integrated school. Few dozen white kids are transfered there, but the black students are aggressively opposed to this. The school then approaches a tough black teacher for help.
Style: sincere, bleak, serious, thought provoking, realistic
Plot: high school, ambition, society, high school life, militant, social differences, urban ghetto, social misfits, teaching the ways of the world, urban ghetto life, interracial relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, psychological, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, french, high school life, high school, school, respect, student, education, high school teacher, dedicated educator, literature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, caribbean, morocco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.2
 100K
Men of Honor (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true ...
Style: touching, uplifting, disturbing, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, military, racism, prejudice, instructor, ambition, society, follow your dream, african american, u.s. navy, respect, diving ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, feel good, realistic, not serious, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, parody, school, gang, farce, teachers and students, goofy hero, youth, friendship, disorder, teenage life, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, addiction, school, death, life philosophy, bully, junior high school ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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: realistic, serious, sincere, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Plot: island, school, teacher, racism, culture clash, college, fighting the system, human spirit, mentally challenged, misfit, society, high school life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, touching, rough, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, dysfunctional family, child abuse, mechanic, homosexual, family problems, step parent, disorder, teenage life ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, united states, washington state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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