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Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
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Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, captivating, emotional, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, homeless, homeless teenager, aids, university, against the odds, human spirit, starting over, teenage life, street kid, ambition, lifestyle, kids in trouble, drug abuse, youth, hopes, dysfunctional family, family problems, society, rehabilitation, down on your luck, power relations, redemption, strong female character, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa

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Gimme Shelter (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.
Style: emotional, rough, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: abusive mother, starting over, survival, human spirit, haunted by the past, pregnancy, life is a bitch, social misfits, youth, domestic violence, family problems, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: college, hospital, against the odds, teenage love, human spirit, ambition, lifestyle, family problems, disability, parents and children, survival, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Temple Grandin (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of top scientists in humane livestock handling.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: autism, against the odds, human spirit, female protagonist, scientist, mother daughter relationship, disability, ambition, panic attack, teacher, mentally challenged, genius ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1950s, year 1966 ...
Place: boston, new hampshire, usa, arizona, harvard university
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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: 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
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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: psychological, touching, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Stand and Deliver (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
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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: feel good, realistic, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
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Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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To Write Love on Her Arms (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Fantasy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story follows 19-year-old Renee who has always loved fairy tales: the idea of a princess, a hero and a happily ever after. But Renee’s life is that of a darker tale: she’s a young woman battling addiction, depression and self-injury. In a ...
Style: sincere, touching, uplifting, serious, emotional ...
Plot: rehabilitation, depression, life is a bitch, addiction, redemption, youth, hopes, music, cocaine, religious statue, halloween costume, jacuzzi ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: miami, florida, usa, orlando florida
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Miracle Run (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, touching, uplifting
Plot: autism, twins, against the odds, human spirit, youth, hopes, family relations, disability, society, single parent, mentally challenged, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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1 Out of 7 (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Runaway teen Lexi find herself alone and pregnant on the streets. Seemingly beyond hope, she must turn to Devon, a woman with her own demons, to help her find a way back from her past mistakes.
Style: rough, realistic, sincere, serious, bleak
Audience: kids
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The Least Among You (2009)
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Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Black college graduate Richard Kelly reluctantly accepts a plea bargain requiring him to spend two semesters at an all-white seminary after he's wrongly accused of crimes committed during the 1965 Watts riots. Facing bigotry on all sides, ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: racism, against the odds, rebellion, self discovery, human spirit, hopes, social relations, youth, leadership, life is a bitch, discrimination, society ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, 21st century, 60s
Place: california, usa
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
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Dawn Anna (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
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Style: realistic, touching, sincere, thought provoking, uplifting ...
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Style: emotional, captivating, uplifting, serious, realistic
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