Movies like Good Will Hunting

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Good Will Hunting (1997)
 8.3
 895K
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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: philosophical, uplifting, sentimental, psychological, emotional, realistic, motivational, dramatic, feel good, intellectual ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mathematics, prodigy, genius, life philosophy, university, philosophy, professor, existentialism, human spirit, ambition, dedicated educator, life, psychiatrist, mathematician, psychologist, teachers and students, harvard, social differences, doctors and patients, human relationship, complex characters, child abuse, psychology, destiny, baseball ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, usa

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Most similar movies to Good Will Hunting

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, feel good and emotional films with plots about mentor, storytelling, destiny, redemption, life philosophy, life & death and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like Good Will Hunting: Dead Poets Society (1989), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Finding Forrester (2000), Forrest Gump (1994), The Theory of Everything (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: philosophical, intellectual, uplifting, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, literature, teacher, poetry, boarding school life, coming of age, poet, dedicated educator, suicide, philosophy, student, private school ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, cerebral, dramatic, intellectual ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, genius, prodigy, insanity, schizophrenia, existentialism, imagination, obsession, hallucination, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 90s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, stockholm sweden, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
97%
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: uplifting, touching, sentimental, sincere, feel good ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: mentor, dedicated educator, prejudice, friendship, prodigy, basketball, writer's life, african american, private school, follow your dream, lifestyle, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, scotland, brooklyn new york city, new york yankees ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 1.9M
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, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, life philosophy, human spirit, journey, destiny, philosophy, true love, rise to the top, storytelling, human relationship, selflessness, army ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., new york, san francisco, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan
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: uplifting, touching, emotional, compassionate, factual ...
Plot: genius, prodigy, against the odds, cambridge university, disability, supportive spouse, life is a bitch, love, fall in love, adaptation, human spirit, religion versus science ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1990s, 80s ...
Place: oxford university, england, united kingdom
⇓ 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, dramatic, inspirational, realistic, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, human nature, friendship, mentor, blind character, depression, ex military, teaching the ways of the world, unlikely friendships, thanksgiving, blindness, change of heart ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 34K
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: psychological, touching, uplifting, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, african american, therapy, redemption, graduation, family reunited, u.s. navy, navy, thanksgiving, anger, demotion, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cleveland ohio, san diego california, mexico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 109K
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: inspirational, touching, uplifting, tragicomedy, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, medical school, medical profession, hospital, doctors and patients, friendship, unconventional method, clinic, doctor, hopes, nursing, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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 7.2
 116K
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: uplifting, motivational, touching, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, parents and children, disfigurement, addiction, teachers and students, child's point of view, life philosophy, good deed, alcohol abuse, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
⇓ 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: captivating, clever, touching, inspirational, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, prison escape, false accusation, freedom, powerful ending, prison life, hopes, life is a bitch, existentialism, life sentence, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.6
 106K
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: inspirational, touching, sweet, light, emotional ...
Audience: kids, girls' night
Plot: child prodigy, childhood, genius, school, mathematics, uncle niece relationship, child custody, teacher, girl, friendship, family, happiness ...
Time: year 1998
Place: florida, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 7.8
 132K
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, motivational, touching, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, hopes, coma, hospital, fighting illness, illness, patient, cure, experiment, doctor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 1960s, 1930s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Peaceful Warrior (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast.
Style: philosophical, inspirational, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: self discovery, mentor, human spirit, teaching the ways of the world, athlete and trainer, enlightenment, coach, wise man, wisdom of life, gymnastics, philosophy, rehabilitation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, tragicomedy, dramatic, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: mental institution, human spirit, fighting the system, freedom, insanity, anti hero, nurse, dehumanization, escaped mental patient, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.1
 28K
X+Y (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: autism, child prodigy, prodigy, death of father, coming of age, mathematics, family relations, social misfits, hopes, contests and competitions, self discovery, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1996, 70s
Place: taiwan, england, asia, taipei
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, India
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, clever, based on true events, educational film ...
Plot: genius, mathematics, mathematician, imagination, scientist, husband wife relationship, indian lead, university, doctor, science, self discovery, discovery ...
Time: 1910s, post world war one, year 1976, pre world war one, year 1914 ...
Place: england, india, bombay india
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 204K
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, romantic, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: love and romance, romance, starting over, love story, terminal illness, death, loss of spouse, family relations, grief, couples, life philosophy, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: uplifting, emotional, inspirational, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, life, rags to riches, life is a bitch, against the odds, single father, single parent, life philosophy, success, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 7.8
 538K
The Notebook (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to a woman with Alzheimer's. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately ...
Style: touching, sentimental, romantic, emotional, motivational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: romance, love story, love and romance, fall in love, true love, power of love, love triangle, love affair, lovers reunited, social differences, young lovers, love at first sight ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 90s, 20th century, post world war two ...
Place: south carolina, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Message in a Bottle (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A woman finds a romantic letter in a bottle washed ashore and tracks down the author, a widowed shipbuilder whose wife died tragically early. As a deep and mutual attraction blossoms, the man struggles to make peace with his past so that he can move ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, sincere, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: sailboat, haunted by the past, love letter, single parent, anonymous letter, romance, sailing, love, father son relationship, boat accident, destiny, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, chicago illinois, usa, new york, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
What Dreams May Come (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the ...
Style: philosophical, touching, surreal, inspirational, emotional ...
Plot: afterlife, redemption, heaven and hell, life philosophy, hell, loss of child, life & death, husband wife reunion, family relations, painting, love, destiny ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.9
 33K
Love Story (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny - and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other. When ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: tragic love, romance, young lovers, love, college, class differences, rich man poor woman, young love, terminal illness, unfulfillment, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: harvard university, boston, paris france, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.9
 28K
To the Wonder (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.
Style: emotional, serious, stylized, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, romance, love affair, starting over, couple relations, introspection, homecoming, love triangle, love and romance, womanizer, love story, lovers reunited ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, paris france, oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 11K
Bella (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An international soccer star is on his way to sign a multimillion dollar contract when something happens that brings his career to an abrupt end. A beautiful waitress, struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, melancholic, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: pregnancy, lifestyle, love affair, self discovery, family relations, abortion, restaurant, haunted by the past, destiny, beach, soccer, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.5
 243K
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: childhood, first love, haunted by the past, coming of age, village, filmmaking, friendship, censorship, generation gap, funeral, fictional biography, child's point of view ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, twentieth century, 80s
Place: sicily, italy, europe, rome italy, sicily italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.6
 42K
The Visitor (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, psychological, philosophical ...
Plot: jazz, friendship, self discovery, immigrants, loneliness, professor, life, deportation, lawyer, arrest, immigration, friends ...
Place: michigan, new york, connecticut, syria, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Seven friends - Alec, Billy, Jules, Kevin, Kirby, Leslie and Wendy - are trying to navigate through life and their friendships following college graduation. Alec, who aspires to political life, has just shown his true colors by changing his ...
Style: sentimental, talky, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, love triangle, graduation, infidelity, young adult, looking for love, adolescence vs adulthood, buddies, couple relations, ambition, secret admirer, life philosophy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.0
 2K
Guinevere (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young girl from an affluent family rebels and becomes involved with a much older photographer.
Style: touching, sentimental, disturbing, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, photographer, love and romance, social differences, parents and children, society, art, dysfunctional family, wedding, family relations, protege, bohemian ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, ireland, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This South Korean film takes place on an isolated lake, where an old monk lives in a small floating temple. The monk has a young boy living with him, learning to become a monk. We watch as seasons and years pass by.
Style: philosophical, melancholic, meditative, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: existentialism, buddhism, buddhist monk, life, meditation, human nature, philosophy, monk, teachers and students, guilt, life changing experience, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Starting Out in the Evening (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Leonard Schiller once counted among New York's Literary lions, but illness and ten years of writers block have lowered his profile, almost to the point of obscurity. When Heather Wolfe, an ambitious literature major, asks to interview him for ...
Style: realistic, touching, intellectual, talky, sincere ...
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, aging, starting over, writer's life, love and romance, couples, graduation, friendship, hopes, artists and showbiz, human nature, writing ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%