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Lean on Me (1989)
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Lean on Me (1989)
Original name: Lean On Me
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When principal Joe Clark takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks doors and demands effort and results from students, staff and parents. Autocratic to a fault, this real-life educator put it all on the lin
Style: realistic, sincere, uplifting, atmospheric, rough, serious, emotional, based on true events, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: high school, gang, reform, drug dealing, school principal, teenage life, youth, teachers and students, life is a bitch, human spirit, reach out, hopes, urban ghetto life, self fulfillment, high school life, society, urban, unwanted pregnancy, lifestyle, win over, studying, idealism, bad attitude, dedication, uneducated ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about youth, society, high school, school, high school life, hopes and teacher mostly in Drama, Biography and Crime genres. Some movies like Lean on Me: Stand and Deliver (1988), Dangerous Minds (1995), Freedom Writers (2007), Dead Poets Society (1989), To Sir, with Love (1967). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Genre: Biography, 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: feel good, realistic, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, high school, dedicated educator, mathematics, studying, high school life, summer school, cheating, education, mexican american, idealism, reach out ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Dangerous Minds (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Former Marine Louanne Johnson lands a gig teaching in a pilot program for bright but underachieving teens at a notorious inner-city high school. After having a terrible first day, she decides she must throw decorum to the wind. When Johnson returns ...
Style: touching, sentimental, rough, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: high school, teacher, rap, profanity, teenage life, hopes, amusement park, school teacher, boss, high school life, karate, naval officer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, new jersey
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86%
Freedom Writers (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
Style: rough, sentimental, touching, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, dedicated educator, high school, lifestyle change, idealism, teenage life, gang violence, social relations, life is a bitch, racial tension, domestic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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100%
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, motivational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: boarding school life, teachers and students, literature, poetry, teacher, coming of age, dedicated educator, poet, suicide, philosophy, student, youth ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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To Sir, with Love (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, dedicated educator, high school, school, youth, teacher student relationship, high school teacher, interracial relations, idealism, high school life, teachers and students, power relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: london, europe, england, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Emperor's Club (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: William Hundert is a passionate and principled Classics professor who finds his tightly-controlled world shaken and inexorably altered when a new student, Sedgewick Bell, walks into his classroom. What begins as a fierce battle of wills gives way to ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, contemplative, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: boarding school life, dedicated educator, cheating, reunion, hypocrisy, boarding school, undisciplined, teachers and students, coming of age, contests and competitions, insubordination, changing lives ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s, future
Place: pennsylvania, washington d.c., new jersey
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100%
To Sir, with Love II (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mark Thackeray (Poitier) is a West Indian, who in the 1967 film had taken teaching in a London East End school. He spent twenty years teaching and ten in administrative roles. He has taught the children of his former pupils, but is now retiring.
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: high school, juvenile delinquency, teacher, idealism, teenage life, city life, youth, society, hardcase students, hopes, dedicated educator, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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100%
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School Ties (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When David Greene receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man ...
Style: emotional, serious, thought provoking, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: anti semitism, coming of age, high school, boarding school life, friendship, preparatory school, working class, football, teenage life, society, youth, cheating ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
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100%
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Conrack (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families. He finds that the basically illiterate, neglected children there know so little of the world outside their island.
Style: uplifting, thought provoking, touching, feel good, sincere ...
Plot: school, island, interracial relations, family relations, teacher, racism, teachers and students, high school life, college life, human spirit, idealism, college ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
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100%
Life of a King (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Life of a King is the true story of one man's mission to give inner city kids of Washington DC something he never had - a future. After being incarcerated for eighteen years, Eugene Brown established the Big Chair Chess Club to get kids off the ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, rough, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dedicated educator, chess, teenage life, rebellion, changing lives, ambition, society, redemption, hardcase students, rivalry, bad attitude, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Ron Clark Story (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Matthew Perry is real-life inspiration Ron Clark, a passionate and innovative teacher who leaves his small hometown to teach in one of Harlem's toughest schools. But to break through to this students, Clark must use unconventional methods, ...
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, emotional
Plot: dedicated educator, human spirit, teachers and students, teacher, new job, profanity, hardcase students, obstacle, changing lives, power relations, challenge, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1994, year 1998
Place: harlem, usa, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.
Style: uplifting, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: chess, school, youth, misfit, ambition, life is a bitch, hardcase students, human spirit, against the odds, high school life, juvenile delinquency, elementary school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, bronx new york city
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25%
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Cheaters (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In the fall of 1994, a teacher at Chicago's run-down Steinmetz High conspires with the school's academic decathlon team to cheat on an academic competition.
Style: clever, sincere, realistic, serious, offbeat
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, lifestyle, ambition, social differences, teenage life, youth, rivalry, dedicated educator, society, contests and competitions, teachers and students, cheating ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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24%
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Our America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The true story of two African-American teen radio reporters and their documentary investigation of a notorious child murder.
Style: rough, emotional, realistic, serious, controversial ...
Plot: journalism, murder, juvenile delinquency, uncover truth, teenage life, social decay, life is a bitch, idealism, racism, human spirit, society, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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23%
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: dedicated educator, mentor, 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 ...
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The Explosive Generation (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Peter Gifford is a likable, dedicated schoolteacher that teaches a senior life skills class. When student Janet Sommers brings up the topic of sex and dating, he asks students to write questions on the topic, and will cover them in the next class. ...
Style: sexual, sexy, serious, realistic, psychotronic
Plot: high school, student, teacher, hardcase students, society, hopes, youth, couples, urban ghetto, power relations, stoners, dedicated educator ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher at New York's inner-city Calvin Coolidge High: her lit classes are overcrowded, a window is broken, there's no chalk, books arrive late. The administration is concerned mainly with forms and rules ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: high school, friendship, fish out of water, high school life, culture clash, teacher, school teacher, dedicated educator, power relations, idealism, innocence lost, against the odds ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: The Fat Boy Chronicles is a motion picture about Jimmy Winterpock, an obese high-school student who deals with bullying and trying to lose weight. The film is inspired by a true story and was released in 2010 as a major motion picture.
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, human spirit, misfit, hopes, high school, youth, teenage life, win over, love and romance, social misfits, society, follow your dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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21%
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On the Outs (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Follows the choices made by three young women - one a drug dealer, one an addict, one a pregnant teen - in Jersey City.
Style: rough, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: asthma, single mother, drug dealer, teenage pregnancy, lifestyle, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, kids in trouble, social misfits, gang, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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The Beat (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A new kid moves into a tough neighborhood controlled by gangs, and tries to teach them poetry.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: gang, poetry, teenage life, fighting the system, youth, idealism, society, rebellion, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, crimes, stoners ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
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20%
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Our Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Focusing on the bonding between three female (an African American female, a half African American half Latino American female, and a Latino American female) high school members of Brooklyn's "Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band" ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, touching, disturbing, contemplative ...
Audience: teens
Plot: asthma, friendship, asthma attack, high school, lifestyle, musician's life, against the odds, life is a bitch, society, hopes, music band, youth ...
Time: 90s, future, 80s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, california, australia
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20%
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Take the Lead (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A former professional dancer volunteers to teach dance in the New York public school system and, while his background first clashes with his students' tastes, together they create a completely new style of dance. Based on the story of ballroom ...
Style: feel good, captivating, inspirational, sexy, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, kids, chick flick
Plot: dancing, dancer's life, dancer, dedicated educator, high school, dance, ambition, teachers and students, against the odds, respect, contests and competitions, music ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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20%
The Power of One (1992)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Australia, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: PK, an English orphan terrorized for his family's political beliefs in Africa, turns to his only friend, a kindly world-wise prisoner, Geel Piet. Geel teaches him how to box with the motto “fight with your fists and lead with your heart”. ...
Style: emotional, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boxing, discrimination, friendship, society, injustice, rivalry, hopes, life is a bitch, youth, orphan, bullying, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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One Eight Seven (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After surviving a stabbing by a student, teacher Trevor Garfield moves from New York to Los Angeles. There, he resumes teaching as a substitute teacher. The education system, where violent bullies control the classrooms and the administration is ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, rough, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teacher, boss, attack, stabbing, lowrider, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, lifestyle, hypocrisy, power relations, undisciplined ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, new york, manhattan new york city, california ...
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20%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, family in crisis, teenage life, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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20%
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Lambada (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Kevin Laird is a Beverly Hills school teacher by day and a mystery man by night. Using his lambada dance moves to first earn the kid's respect and acceptance, Kevin then teaches them academics. But when a jealous student exposes Kevin's ...
Style: sexy, feel good, semi serious, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: dance, dancing, college, school, high school, music, power relations, disgruntled, dancer's life, social differences, teenage life, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: beverly hills, usa
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20%
 7.5
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The Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.
Style: sincere, psychological, melancholic, intellectual, talky ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, high school life, school, social relations, self discovery, workplace, interracial relations, society, teenage life, french, dedicated educator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe, morocco, caribbean ...
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19%
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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
Plot: innocence lost, rape victim, teenage life, unsupportive friend, life is a bitch, school, high school, youth, high school life, rehabilitation, family problems, sexual abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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19%
Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug rehabilitation, addiction, human nature, life is a bitch, crimes, alcohol abuse, introspection, self discovery, rehabilitation, going straight, downfall ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
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19%
She Fought Alone (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: All, including school administration and a friend, turn their backs on a girl who accused a classmate of rape.
Style: disturbing, sincere, realistic, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: rape, high school, innocence lost, juvenile delinquency, sexual abuse, teenage love, youth, against the odds, fighting the system, rebellion, rivalry, social misfits ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%