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Father Damien (1999)
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Father Damien (1999)
Original name: Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands, Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The true story of the 19th century Belgian priest, Father Damien, who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.
Style: sincere, touching, uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: island, heroes, clergy, fighting the system, injustice, life is a bitch, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, society, human nature, social misfits, redemption, idealism, tragic hero, power relations, saint, victorian age, catholic, missionary, compassion, leprosy, priest, religious
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1870s
Place: hawaii, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and uplifting films with plots about hopes, society, human spirit, life is a bitch, power relations, against the odds and youth mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Father Damien: The Elephant Man (1982), The Least Among You (2009), Living Proof (2008), The Brooke Ellison Story (2004), The Miracle Worker (1979). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Elephant Man (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A taped version of the stage play about a hideously deformed 19th-century London man and how he managed to triumph over his disease.
Style: realistic, serious, talky, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: misfit, physical appearance, human spirit, doctors and patients, against the odds, human nature, power relations, disability, circus, human host, society, hopes ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 1800s, 1880s
Place: london, england
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The Least Among You (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Living Proof (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Living Proof is a 2008 Lifetime Television movie, directed by Dan Ireland, starring Harry Connick, Jr. The film is based on the true life story of Dr. Dennis Slamon and the book HER-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: breast cancer, human spirit, terminal illness, ego clash, hopes, doctors and patients, doctor, child illness, life is a bitch, power relations, radiation, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Miracle Worker (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, a gripping battle to overcome impossible obstacles and the struggle to communicate. As a young girl, Helen Keller is stricken with scarlet fever. The illness leaves her blind, mute, and deaf. Sealed ...
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: disability, misfit, social misfits, elderly lovers, against the odds, doctors and patients, mute or deaf, hopes, young heroes, society, youth, dedicated educator ...
Time: 70s
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60%
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: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, homeless, homeless teenager, aids, university, against the odds, human spirit, starting over, kids in trouble, teenage life, street kid, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: On November 4, 1970 on The CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reported on a true, horrific story that was about to rock the country. A 13-year-old girl was discovered in the small Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia who was still in diapers, barely able to ...
Style: psychological, touching, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: disability, life is a bitch, human spirit, child abuse, self discovery, family problems, parents and children, hopes, social misfits, society, isolation, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary, year 1970, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, uplifting, thought provoking
Plot: social misfits, heroes, fighting the system, misfit, legal, life is a bitch, hopes, politics, state affairs, society, heroic mission, human spirit ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington d.c.
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55%
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Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on a true story, former parole officer Marilyn Gambrell and a colleague set up a pioneer trial-based program in one of America's toughest high schools to help the children of incarcerated parents regain control of their own lives and not ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious
Plot: support group, idealism, dedicated educator, against the odds, human spirit, teenage life, hopes, society, teachers and students, child abuse, children, parole officer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice.
Style: realistic, uplifting, thought provoking, serious, emotional
Plot: fighting the system, civil disobedience, racism, rebellion, social differences, injustice, human spirit, discrimination, life is a bitch, society, legal, social activism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1955, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Cesar Chavez (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Chronicling the birth of a modern American labour movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labour organiser torn between his duties as a ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, tense
Plot: labor union, fighting the system, rebellion, working class, idealism, hopes, leadership, society, life is a bitch, social relations, migrant worker, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california, arizona, yuma arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Mother Teresa (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Spain, UK, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The inspirational portrayal of Mother Teresa, a simple nun who became one of the most significant personalities of the 20th Century. Armed with a faith that could move mountains, Mother Teresa followed her calling to help the poor, the lepers, the ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: charity, nun, human spirit, against the odds, religions or cults, clergy, tragic hero, prodigy, hopes, society, woman, good deed ...
Time: 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in 1898, Cambridge, Massachusetts, depicts Annie Sullivan Macy supporting her student Helen Keller at Radcliffe College.
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: disability, young heroes, love and romance, misfit, dedicated educator, youth, mute or deaf, power relations, hopes, college, teachers and students, human spirit ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: emotional, realistic, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: youth, redemption, power relations, reach out, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, society, hopes, friendship, fire brigade, rivalry, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Miracle Worker (1962)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The true story of the frightening, lonely world of silence and darkness of 7-year-old Helen Keller who, since infancy, has never seen the sky, heard her mother's voice or expressed her innermost feelings. Then Annie Sullivan, a 20-year-old ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mute or deaf, teacher, blind character, human spirit, disability, family relations, tutor, institution, railway station, tantrum, struggle, handicapped ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: alabama, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Princess Kaiulani (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Lush scenery and gorgeous photography highlight this bio of Princess Ka'iulani (Q'Orianka Kilcher), a 19th-century Hawaiian princess raised in England but determined to maintain her people's independence from aggressive American ...
Style: sincere, emotional, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: fall in love, destiny, political unrest, politics, downfall, youth, life is a bitch, save the kingdom, princess, historical figure, social differences, redemption ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 9th century
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Billy: The Early Years (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Most of us know Billy Graham as the self-assured and charismatic preacher who became one of the most important figures of 20th Century Christianity. Now, with the release of Billy: The Early Years, we meet Billy as the earnest and promising young ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: self discovery, life is a bitch, lifestyle, hopes, society, redemption, idealism, miraculous event, clergy, christianity, faith, born again christian ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s
Place: north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Miracle Run (2004)
Genre: Biography, 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: 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Faustina (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 73 min.
Story: The Life of saint Maria Faustyna Kowalska, a Polish Nun.
Style: contemplative, emotional, touching, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: convent, hopes, clergy, supernatural ability, society, religions or cults, church, family relations, nun, painting, faith, a vision ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Desert Flower (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Austria, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The autobiography of a Somalian nomad who was sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while later to become finally an American supermodel and is now at the age of 38, the UN spokeswoman against female genital mutilation.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, touching, emotional ...
Plot: model, fighting the system, life is a bitch, fashion, injustice, un, feminism, supermodel, human spirit, introspection, immigrants, deportation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1997
Place: somalia, africa, europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Nightjohn (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Charles Burnett directs this movie about John, a man of many talents, including one forbidden skill: he can read. When he teaches a young slave girl named Sarny to read and write, she learns an unforgettable lesson about the power of words and the ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: fighting the system, slave, plantation, literacy, reading, teaching, against the odds, human spirit, discrimination, life is a bitch, hopes, society ...
Time: 19th century
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41%
Touch of the Light (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Yu-Siang is blind – but he has a superb sense of hearing. Born in rural Taiwan, this extremely talented musician moves to the capital Taipei to study the piano. But how will he manage on his own? Even the walk across campus from his halls of ...
Style: uplifting, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: prodigy, follow your dream, human spirit, hopes, musician's life, artists and showbiz, blindness, music, piano
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, taiwan, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Elephant Man (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, harsh, surreal ...
Plot: disfigurement, social misfits, freak, dignity, life is a bitch, exploitation, disability, human nature, suffering, hopes, cruelty, hospital ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1800s, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe
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40%
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Have a Little Faith (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: At age 82, Mitch Albom's former rabbi Albert Lewis wants the famous Detroit sportswriter to give his eulogy when the time comes. Albom makes a visit to his former home town in New Jersey, where Rabbi Lewis has served a congregation for about 50 ...
Style: sincere, captivating, contemplative, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: rabbi, religions or cults, urban ghetto, clergy, redemption, starting over, friendship, priest, faith, personal growth, columnist, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Men of Honor (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true ...
Style: inspirational, touching, emotional, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, navy, u.s. navy, racism, african american, prejudice, military, racial discrimination, racial segregation, soldier, against the odds, dream come true ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 1960s, 60s
Place: usa, pacific ocean, cuba, new jersey
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38%
The Last Sentence (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Renowned journalist Torgny Segerstedt declares war against Hitler as he criticizes Swedish politicians who tried to look away from the tyranny of the Nazis with the good excuse of “neutralism”. His only weapon is his pen and his life is full of ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, touching, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, journalism, fascism, life is a bitch, fighting the system, human spirit, political unrest, state affairs, idealism, hopes, against the odds, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 40s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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37%
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God's Army (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a small apartment with five young prank-loving ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: redemption, terminal illness, working class, self discovery, couples, youth, life is a bitch, siblings relations, culture clash, couple relations, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Jean Charles (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Brazil
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The tragic true story of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian shot dead by British police in 2005 at the height of the London terrorist alerts.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, contemplative
Plot: wrong place wrong time, mistaken identity, injustice, life is a bitch, social differences, family relations, society, city life, political unrest, immigrants, graphic violence, state affairs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
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36%
The Vernon Johns Story (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1948, Johns served as the outspoken spiritual leader of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Incensed at the racial injustice that pervaded the South, he was determined to fight for equality for all African Americans.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: racism, church, heroes, interracial relations, workplace situations, fighting the system, military, injustice, hopes, society, life is a bitch, rebellion ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
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36%
Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The plot follows the individual journeys of three ordinary South African men in the build up to their attendance of the 2010 Mighty Men Conference, where their lives are forever changed by God's message for them.
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, emotional, christian film
Plot: self discovery, human spirit, redemption, family problems, hopes, society, friendship, down on your luck, life is a bitch, guru, religions or cults, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
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