Movies like I Am Sam

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 7.6
 133K
I Am Sam
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: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, sweet, dramatic, heartbreaking, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lawyer, parenthood, single father, father daughter relationship, fighting the system, disability, love, courtroom, dedicated lawyer, autism, hospital, adoption, runaway, mentally challenged, friendship, single parent, divorce, rock, happy ending, homeless, child custody, manipulation, mental illness, mentor, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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Front of the Class
Drama
USA
95 min.
 8.2
Kramer vs. Kramer
Drama
USA
105 min.
 7.8
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Most similar movies to I Am Sam

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, emotional and sentimental films with plots about mentor, catastrophe, culture clash, storytelling, destiny, dialogue and family mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like I Am Sam: White Oleander (2002), Philadelphia (1993), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), The Deep End of the Ocean (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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White Oleander
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, serious, disturbing, realistic, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, prison, murder, mother daughter relationship, artist, runaway, dysfunctional family, loneliness, parents and children, school, friendship, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico, nova scotia
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Philadelphia
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, emotional, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: aids, lawyer, gay, courtroom, courtroom drama, prejudice, court, dedicated lawyer, hospital, homosexuality, rock, lawsuit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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System:   84%
    User:   67%
 
Kramer vs. Kramer
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, emotional, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: divorce, courtroom, marriage, lawyer, family, father son relationship, single parent, single father, justice, custody, guilt, parenthood ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   82%
    User:   100%
 
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The Secret Life of Bees
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: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, coming of age, small town, racism, runaway, dysfunctional family, guilt, single father, family bonds, women, teaching the ways of the world, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   81%
    User:   95%
 
The Deep End of the Ocean
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: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: kidnapping, guilt, reunion, parents and children, parenthood, coming of age, family, family life, adaptation, catastrophe, adoption, crimes ...
Time: 90s
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System:   77%
    User:   78%
 
 7.0
 17K
Courageous
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: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, biblical ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: redemption, christian, christianity, father son relationship, drugs/alcohol, introspection, god, courage, jesus, religion, father daughter relationship, single father ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tokyo
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 6.5
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Nell
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: touching, sentimental, emotional, psychological, serious ...
Plot: isolation, family, solitude, psychology, innocence lost, death, self discovery, doctors, wilderness, doctors and patients, mentor, disability ...
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Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   60%
 
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Front of the Class
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, inspirational, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: stuttering, school, disability, teacher, social misfits, childhood, mentor, family, follow your dream, life philosophy, life & death, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   75%
 
Losing Isaiah
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, touching, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, addiction, courtroom, hospital, parenthood, legal action, lawyer, human nature, family, parents and children, children, court ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   54%
 
A Thousand Acres
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, serious, talky, gloomy ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: betrayal, dysfunctional family, family, tragedy, vengeance, adultery, sexual abuse, infidelity, family drama, revenge, incest, adaptation ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   66%
 
 6.6
 10K
Black or White
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: serious, thought provoking, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, drugs/alcohol, interracial relations, family drama, custody, relationships, rivalry, culture clash, moral ambiguity, hospital, storytelling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   52%
 
Whose Life Is It Anyway?
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Ken Harrison is an artist that lives to make sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk and move his head, and he wants to die. Whilst he is in hospital he makes friends with some ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: hospital, disability, suicide, dedicated lawyer, life & death, lawyer, death, legal action, destiny, mentor, doctors, human spirit ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   69%
 
 6.7
 3K
Love Field
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Dallas housewife Lurene Hallett's life revolves around the doings of Jacqueline Kennedy. She is devastated when President Kennedy is shot a few hours after she sees him arrive in Dallas. Despite her husband Ray's prohibition, she decides ...
Style: touching, serious, feel good, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: chase, romance, assassination, self discovery, on the road, assassin, interracial romance, segregation, love story, interracial relations, relationships, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1963, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, california, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   49%
 
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 427K
Rain Man
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: touching, realistic, emotional, sentimental, road movie ...
Plot: autism, redemption, greed, road trip, on the road, mentally challenged, disability, brothers, yuppie, mentor, mental illness, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, las vegas, los angeles, missouri, usa ...
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    User:   100%
 
Akeelah and the Bee
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, emotional, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, underdog, mentor, courage, coming of age, friendship, dedicated educator, urban, contests and competitions, happy ending, kids and family, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   46%
 
 6.8
 9K
My Life
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, talky ...
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, death, father son relationship, childhood, parenthood, family life, afterlife, reconciliation, life & death, life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   52%
 
My Name Is Khan
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, has Asperger's syndrome. He marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who treat him as a terrorist because of his ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: bollywood, redemption, romance, prejudice, president, on the road, obsessive quest, religion, natural disaster, islam, indians, love story ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   44%
 
 7.0
 6K
Evelyn
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland, USA, 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, serious, bleak, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: irish, single father, lawyer, children, courtroom, court, drinking, single parent, love, justice, mentor, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: ireland, europe, australia, boston, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   44%
 
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Life as a House
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, dysfunctional family, divorce, father son relationship, redemption, hospital, parents and children, depression, death, single father, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   54%
 
 7.5
 111K
Still Alice
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Style: emotional, touching, psychological, heartbreaking, sad ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, memory loss, relationships, family drama, family bonds, supportive spouse, mother daughter relationship, parenthood, columbia university, courage, doctors, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   54%
 
A Cool, Dry Place
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five year old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife abandoned him in Chicago. Just as he starts to develop a new ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, dramatic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: single father, small town, friendship, love triangle, single parent, father son relationship, divorce, parenthood, mentor, starting over, destiny, life & death ...
Time: 90s
Place: kansas, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   49%
 
 7.3
 18K
Lorenzo's Oil
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: emotional, touching, serious, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, courage, hospital, children, genetics, science, death, oil, blindness, human spirit, storytelling, doctors ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: medical school, edinburgh scotland, washington d.c., italy, india ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   53%
 
 7.4
 1K
Inside Moves
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled, Rory begins spending a lot of time at a neighborhood bar full of interesting misfits. When Jerry the bartender suddenly finds himself playing basketball for the Golden State Warriors, ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: disability, friendship, suicide attempt, basketball, redemption, social misfits, unlikely friendships, loneliness, rehabilitation, depression, introspection, destiny ...
Time: 70s
Place: san francisco, california, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   41%
 
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 7.4
 9K
Norma Rae
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: small town, workplace, working class, fighting the system, courage, friendship, feminism, jewish, price of justice, idealism, greed, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   47%
 
 7.5
 18K
The Namesake
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
Duration: 122 min.
Story: American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, captivating ...
Plot: culture clash, immigrants, coming of age, childhood, marriage, interracial romance, parents and children, indians, death, bollywood, suburbs, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 70s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, india, usa, taj mahal, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   49%
 
 6.6
 398
The Tic Code
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A 10 year old gifted boy wants to be a jazz pianist much to the chagrin of his more classical oriented piano instructor. With his mother's help, he is an underage regular at a local nightspot, where he is teamed up with a sax superstar. Both ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, offbeat ...
Audience: kids
Plot: jazz, music, disability, family life, musician's life, cancer, prodigy, bollywood, character study, single parent, creativity, storytelling ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   49%
 
 7.5
 89K
Reign Over Me
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.
Style: sentimental, touching, psychological, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: friendship, family, depression, 9/11, death, mental illness, drinking, buddies, hospital, dealing with death, psychiatry, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   41%
 
 7.1
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Normal
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental, dramatic ...
Plot: small town, family life, transsexual, marriage, relationships, life philosophy, cross dressing, couple relations, adultery, parents and children, pornography, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   40%
 

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 7.7
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On Golden Pond
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: For Norman and Ethel Thayer, this summer on golden pond is filled with conflict and resolution. When their daughter Chelsea arrives, the family is forced to renew the bonds of love and overcome the generational friction that has existed for years. ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: aging, father daughter relationship, parenthood, marriage, love, golden years, relationships, human nature, mentor, friendship, family drama, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   46%
 
Men Don't Leave
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After her husband John dies unexpectedly, Beth Macauley is unprepared for life without him. She is unemployed with no job skills and $60,000 in debt from on-going renovations to their house located in suburban Bingham. She doesn't know what to ...
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: single parent, crumbling marriage, family drama, depression, death, dealing with death, urban, starting over, dysfunctional family, family, hospital, human nature ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   39%
 
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