Movies like Good Will Hunting

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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire.
Style: psychological, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic, feel good, intellectual, dramatic, philosophical, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, professor, human spirit, ambition, genius, teachers and students, university, doctors and patients, social differences, psychologist, harvard, child abuse, human relationship, psychiatrist, dedicated educator, mathematician, life philosophy, existentialism, rags to riches, complex characters, unlikely friendships, philosophy, psychology, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa

Most similar movies to Good Will Hunting

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and dramatic films with plots about mentor, storytelling, redemption, destiny, life philosophy, hopes and friendship mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Good Will Hunting: Dead Poets Society (1989), Forrest Gump (1994), Rain Man (1988), Finding Forrester (2000), Scent of a Woman (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, intellectual, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, coming of age, poet, poetry, teaching the ways of the world, first love, teacher, dedicated educator, youth, professor, against the rules ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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100%
 8.8
 1.5M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mentally challenged, destiny, human spirit, tragic love, human relationship, fish out of water, true love, love and romance, friendship, life philosophy, rise to the top, journey ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s
Place: washington d.c., usa, vietnam, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, tragicomedy, uplifting ...
Plot: mental institution, fighting the system, human spirit, freedom, nurse, insanity, doctors and patients, anti heroes, crazy, dehumanization, plan gone awry, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 427K
Rain Man (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Style: uplifting, touching, captivating, road movie, sincere ...
Plot: autism, mentally challenged, siblings relations, on the road, redemption, road trip, greed, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, character study, unlikely friendships, yuppie ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, missouri, texas, usa, cincinnati ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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 ⇓
100%
Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, blind character, human nature, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, disability, mentor, student, change of heart, coming of age, strong sexual content ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.
Style: uplifting, touching, inspirational, intellectual, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prodigy, chess, child prodigy, contests and competitions, genius, parents and children, mentor, supportive parent, human spirit, competition, tournament, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, captivating, touching, cerebral, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, prodigy, paranoia, mathematics, obsession, genius, inventions and discoveries, mentally unstable, imagination, insanity, hallucinations, schizophrenia ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, campus, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.5
 25K
Nell (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In a remote woodland cabin, a small town doctor discovers Nell - a beautiful young hermit woman with many secrets.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, psychological, serious ...
Plot: innocence lost, isolation, autism, lake, forest, family, self discovery, psychologist, twin sister, feral child, doctors and patients, wilderness ...
Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 30K
Antwone Fisher (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A sailor prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, psychiatrist, u.s. navy, child abuse, demotion, thanksgiving, graduation, navy, anger, african american, human spirit, childhood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico, cleveland ohio, san diego california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 377K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: master and servant, friendship, maid, racism, discrimination, against the rules, prejudice, justice, hopes, social relations, interracial relations, exploitation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: clever, captivating, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, prison life, freedom, false accusation, confined, life sentence, hopes, survival, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, justice ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 50s ...
Place: usa, maine, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.0
 5K
The Doctor (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: psychological, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, doctors and patients, coldhearted, doctor, surgery, redemption, couples, power relations, human nature, human spirit, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: medical school, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Little Man Tate (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius, she is determined to ensure that Fred has all the opportunities that he needs, and that he is not taken advantage of by people who forget that his ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, psychological ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: prodigy, single parent, coming of age, waitress, single father, intelligence, single, scientist, jealousy, working class, parents and children, mathematics ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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 ⇓
29%
 6.7
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Patch Adams (1998)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Meet Patch Adams, a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, hospital, terminal illness, friendship, doctor, clinic, cancer, doctors and patients, unconventional method, hopes, human nature, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1971, year 1969
Place: medical school, usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, spelling, rivalry, african american, loss of daughter, self esteem, dedicated educator, underdog, contests and competitions, urban, black people, elementary school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, factual, compassionate ...
Plot: prodigy, disability, supportive spouse, against the odds, human spirit, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, love, cambridge university, husband wife relationship, genius, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: oxford university, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: sentimental, emotional, uplifting, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, down on your luck, rise to the top, against the odds, hopes, success, ambition, parents and children, family problems, financial problem ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.2
 105K
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, emotional, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, single parent, childhood, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, injustice, addiction, school, life philosophy, parents and children, death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.5
 14K
Margaret (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, innocence lost, high school, teacher, mother daughter relationship, drugs/alcohol, haunted by the past, family, student, witness, police, truth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.8
 107K
Awakenings (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, coma, hospital, hopes, experiment, frustration, illness, patient, doctor, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1930s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.1
 3K
Dark Matter (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Liu Xing a brilliant Chinese student, arrives at University and makes the transition into American life with the help of Joanna Silver. Xing joins a cosmology group working to create a model of the origins of the universe. He is obsessed with the ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: university, american dream, prodigy, college, social misfits, student life, inventions and discoveries, injustice, society, immigrants, college life, politics ...
Time: contemporary
Place: beijing china, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 ⇓
26%
 6.6
 34K
Promised Land (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.
Style: serious, clever, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: small town, salesman, campaign, small town life, idealism, fighting the system, society, social relations, corporate crimes, environmentalism, americana, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 ⇓
26%
 7.6
 77K
Gifted (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.
Style: touching, inspirational, sweet, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: mathematics, friendship, school, child prodigy, childhood, cat, genius, redemption, teacher, family drama, uncle niece relationship, custody battle ...
Time: year 1998
Place: florida, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.2
 194
Harlem Aria (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An aspiring opera singer from Harlem teams up with a charismatic busker and a kindhearted hustler to share his voice with the world, and teaches his two newfound friends the importance of taking your destiny into your own hands. Anton (Gabriel ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, feel good ...
Plot: hip hop, opera, dancer's life, urban ghetto, musician's life, performer's life, prodigy, music, desire for fame, follow your dream, urban ghetto life, ambition ...
Time: 90s
Place: harlem, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.0
 10K
The Island (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, philosophical, meditative ...
Plot: monk, redemption, psychic, god or devil, mentor, loneliness, monastery, navy, supernatural ability, hopes, forgiveness, christian ...
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of a state institution for mentally retarded children. Jean Hansen, a former music teacher anxious to give her life some meaning, joins the staff of the hospital. Jean, who tries to shelter the children with her love, ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, uplifting ...
Plot: teaching, school, dedicated educator, mentally challenged, mental institution, down syndrome, human spirit, teachers and students, hopes, power relations, social misfits, boss and employee ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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