Movies like I Am Sam

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I Am Sam (2001)
 7.6
 135K
I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the authorities take her away. Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita into taking his case pro bono and in turn teaches her the value of love and family.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, uplifting, serious, realistic, feel good, sweet, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, single parent, lawyer, parenthood, birthday, judge, social worker, custody, neighbor, arrest, father daughter relationship, child custody, locked door, children's book, social services, fighting the system, party, rock, family relations, misfit, trial, pianist, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa

Most similar movies to I Am Sam

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and touching films with plots about parents and children, family relations, family problems, mentor, catastrophe, hopes and family mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like I Am Sam: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), White Oleander (2002), Front of the Class (2008), Gifted (2017). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: divorce, custody battle, courtroom, lawyer, marriage, child custody, selfishness, father son relationship, family problems, family, single father, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, against the odds, rise to the top, down on your luck, single parent, hopes, success, ambition, life, parents and children, financial problem ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.2
 28K
White Oleander (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
Style: emotional, realistic, disturbing, touching, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage life, women's prison, coming of age, murder, artist, prison, poison, bad mother, crimes, love and romance, family problems, custody ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, nova scotia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: social misfits, school, teachers and students, stuttering, disability, dedicated educator, family relations, teenage life, human spirit, family values, rejection, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.6
 82K
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, realistic, light ...
Audience: kids
Plot: child prodigy, mathematics, school, friendship, uncle niece relationship, genius, childhood, cat, teacher, prize, redemption, custody battle ...
Time: year 1998
Place: florida, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Losing Isaiah (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Khaila Richards, a crack-addicted single mother, accidentally leaves her baby in a dumpster while high and returns the next day in a panic to find he is missing. In reality, the baby has been adopted by a warm-hearted social worker, Margaret Lewin, ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Plot: adoption, courtroom drama, custody battle, single parent, parents and children, family problems, legal action, legal, life is a bitch, family relations, custody, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.5
 5K
Any Day Now (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the late 1970s, when a mentally handicapped teenager is abandoned, a gay couple takes him in and becomes the family he's never had. But once the unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men must fight the legal ...
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: district attorney, adoption, homosexual, gay parent, down syndrome, teenage boy, gay relationship, gay adoption, acceptance, misfit, courtroom drama, fighting the system ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: reunion, missing person, kidnapping, missing child, family life, parents and children, family relations, crimes, police detective, family problems, mother son reunion, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, parents and children, family relations, starting over, social worker, custody, family life, hopes, family problems, rivalry, small town, legal action ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, coming of age, friendship, african american, haunted by the past, domestic violence, civil rights, teenage life, small town, solace, social relations, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1964
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, small town, mental illness, parents and children, self discovery, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, obesity, single mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.7
 204K
Philadelphia (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, courtroom drama, gay, lawyer, lawsuit, prejudice, judiciary, terminal illness, trial, human spirit, court, discrimination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.0
 6K
Evelyn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Ireland, UK, Netherlands
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children, Evelyn, Dermot and Maurice, make it clear to the authorities that ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: unemployment, friendship, christmas, life is a bitch, hopes, family relations, lawyers and clients, parents separation, friends, parents and children, against the odds, single parent ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: ireland, europe, scotland, sydney australia, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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 ⇓
30%
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of ...
Style: serious, sincere, sentimental, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: race against time, cure, against the odds, hopes, human spirit, unlikely partners, doctors and patients, family in crisis, child illness, family problems, parents and children, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.1
 17K
Courageous (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: faith, father, redemption, introspection, friendship, self discovery, honest law enforcer, hopes, friends, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
...First Do No Harm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: child illness, hospital, parents and children, unfulfillment, family relations, family in crisis, life is a bitch, terminal illness, doctors and patients, hopes, society, against the odds ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, baltimore
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.3
 324
Fly Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The poignant yet humor filled story about a single mother of a teenager severely impacted by autism, forced to reckon with her daughter's future. As her child becomes an adult, what used to work, no longer does. What will sustain her daughter, ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: autism, nursing, mentally challenged, coming of age, youth, single parent, society, misfit, moral dilemma, family problems, social misfits, communication problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: sexual abuse, teachers and students, hopes, family in crisis, power relations, single parent, mentally challenged, family problems, misfit, courtroom drama, rehabilitation, legal ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.0
 904
Dawn Anna (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The true story of a single mom who overcomes many of life's obstacles.
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: high school, child illness, power relations, couples, mentally challenged, family problems, human spirit, against the odds, life is a bitch, relationship vs career, family in crisis, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maggie has had four children, by four different fathers, removed by social services because of a previous violent relationship. When she meets Jorge, a gentle Latin American refugee, she gradually sees her chance for happiness, but her history still ...
Style: realistic, biting, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, social worker, children, love, working class, fighting the system, immigrants, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, down on your luck, family relations, family in crisis ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, liverpool, paraguay, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.3
 19K
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7. After then, strange things began to happen to him: he would have blackouts, memory lapses, and other strange mental phemonenons. He is eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD: an extremely rare ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: child illness, against the odds, human spirit, terminal illness, research, medicine, life is a bitch, cure, family relations, hopes, health situation, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., edinburgh scotland, medical school, rome italy, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
A Thousand Acres (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A THOUSAND ACRES is a drama about an American family who meets with tragedy on their land. It is the story of a father, his daughters, and their husbands, and their passion to subdue the history of their land and its stories.
Style: touching, psychological, gloomy, talky, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dysfunctional family, lawsuit, farm, betrayal, vengeance, family, tragedy, siblings relations, infidelity, legal, terminal illness, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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: emotional, sincere, serious, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: teaching, school, human spirit, mentally challenged, youth, thanksgiving, misfit, power relations, mental institution, family problems, teachers and students, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Immediate Family (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that Linda and Michael will adopt Lucy's baby and that Lucy ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: adoption, pregnancy, adolescence vs adulthood, babies and infants, couple relations, single parent, youth, family life, couples, family problems, teenage life, family relations ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: washington state, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.6
 11K
Black or White (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: custody battle, custody, society, racism, family problems, rivalry, legal, interracial relations, family in crisis, drugs/alcohol, widower, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.5
 6K
Bee Season (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 11-year-old Eliza is the invisible element of her family unit: her parents are both consumed with work and her brother is wrapped up in his own adolescent life. Eliza ignites not only a spark that makes her visible but one that sets into motion a ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, judaism, redemption, coming of age, family problems, parents and children, human nature, hopes, family relations, siblings relations, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.6
 1K
Miracle Run (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Single mom Corrine discovers that her twins are autistic. She refuses to give up on their potential, even though it seems that the rest of the world has turned its back on them. Thanks to this incredible mother's support, her boys accomplish ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: autism, teenage life, mentally challenged, human spirit, hospital, power relations, follow your dream, miraculous event, single parent, youth, twins, disability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
What Maisie Knew (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James novella, the story frames on 7-year-old Maisie, caught in a custody battle between her mother – a rock and roll icon – and her father. What Maisie Knew is an evocative portrayal of the chaos of adult life seen entirely ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: divorce, marriage, singer, musician, dysfunctional family, custody, childhood, nanny, separated, innocence lost, struggle, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.0
 154
Taken Away (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A corrupt politician covers up his daughter Vicky's pregnancy by forcing her to give the baby up for adoption. The newborn is adopted by a loving couple unable to have children, but a year later Vicky, now in college, realizes she was forced ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, emotional
Plot: family problems, teenage life, adoption, single parent, youth, fighting the system, legal, rivalry, custody, courtroom drama, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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