Movies like Mona Lisa Smile

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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, United States.
Style: sentimental, romantic, inspirational, sweet, touching, serious, realistic, intellectual, emotional, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: feminism, teachers and students, college, dedicated educator, gender, society, fighting the system, college life, friendship, teacher student relationship, friendship between women, stereotypes, women, mentor, destiny, life philosophy, peer pressure, love story, freedom, femininity, art history, rowing, school nurse, graduation, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: massachusetts, usa, california, yale university, campus, harvard university, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...

Most similar movies to Mona Lisa Smile

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and dramatic films with plots about friendship, mentor, storytelling, unlikely friendships, culture clash, runaway and childhood mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Mona Lisa Smile: Dead Poets Society (1989), The Chorus (2004), Foxfire (1996), Finding Forrester (2000), Pay It Forward (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: uplifting, sentimental, intellectual, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, coming of age, poet, poetry, teaching the ways of the world, first love, teacher, dedicated educator, youth, professor, against the rules ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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100%
 7.9
 50K
The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, feel good, uplifting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: boarding school life, boarding school, music, teachers and students, teacher, friendship, singer, childhood, musician, children, rebellion, youth ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 8K
Foxfire (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of control.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: high school, feminism, friendship, coming out, teacher, lesbian, tattoo, prison, teenage girl, hostage, coming of age, fondling ...
Time: 90s
Place: portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: touching, uplifting, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: mentor, dedicated educator, friendship, prodigy, prejudice, private school, plagiarism, basketball, writer's life, high school, literature, age difference ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, scotland, usa, new york yankees, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.2
 105K
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, emotional, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, single parent, childhood, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, injustice, addiction, school, life philosophy, parents and children, death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 36K
North Country (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: feminism, sexual harassment, rape, courtroom drama, lawsuit, rapist, price of justice, fighting the system, court, small town, against the odds, love ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, mine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 79K
Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: talky, realistic, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, basketball, liberal, student, african american, drug abuse, loneliness, friendship, high school, bicycle, prison ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the ...
Style: emotional, captivating, feel good, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, friendship, small town, couple relations, small town life, lesbian, friends, feminism, introspection, bee, midlife crisis, domestic violence ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: alabama, louisiana, southern usa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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The Color Purple (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, domestic violence, feminism, rape, letter, slavery, african american, life is a bitch, adoption, self discovery, reunion ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, africa, tennessee, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.7
 67K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.7
 74K
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Liz Gilbert had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having – a husband, a house and a successful career – yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced ...
Style: sentimental, touching, scenic, romantic, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, starting over, fall in love, hopes, introspection, love affair, lifestyle change, female protagonist, divorce, depression, midlife crisis, solitude ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, indonesia, italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: psychological, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, professor, human spirit, ambition, genius, teachers and students, university, doctors and patients, social differences, psychologist, harvard ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.7
 12K
With Honors (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Convinced he'll graduate with honors because of his thesis paper, a stuffy Harvard student finds his paper being held hostage by a homeless man, who might be the guy to school the young man in life.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, college, college student, law school, graduation, homeless, college life, bum, social relations, coming of age, human nature, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: massachusetts, usa, campus, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: realistic, touching, serious, sincere, clever ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: boarding school life, boarding school, cheating, reunion, greek, hypocrisy, senator, confession, coming of age, dedicated educator, teachers and students, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s, future
Place: pennsylvania, washington d.c., new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Genre: 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: realistic, serious, thought provoking, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, mathematics, mexican american, education, summer school, cheating, idealism, dedicated educator, hardcase students, high school teacher, urban ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.6
 77K
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: touching, inspirational, sweet, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: mathematics, friendship, school, child prodigy, childhood, cat, genius, redemption, teacher, family drama, uncle niece relationship, custody battle ...
Time: year 1998
Place: florida, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.6
 1K
The Group (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Sidney Lumet's adaptation of the acclaimed Mary McCarthy novel. It's 1933, and eight young women are friends and members of the upper- class group at a private girl's school, about to graduate and start their own lives. The film ...
Style: emotional, semi serious, sexual, realistic, captivating
Plot: ambition, college, friendship, infidelity, college life, pregnancy, best friends, romance, writer's life, female friendship, graduation, school ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: europe, usa, new york, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Rich and Famous (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Two literary women compete for 20 years: one writes for the critics; the other one, to get rich.
Style: semi serious, witty, realistic, clever, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, roommate, crumbling marriage, college, aging, opposites attract, feminism, couple relations, infidelity, looking for love, love triangle, singleness ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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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, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: social misfits, teachers and students, stuttering, disability, school, family relations, dedicated educator, follow your dream, family, parents and children, teenage life, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.3
 2K
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: feel good, serious, realistic, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: island, school, racism, teacher, dedicated educator, hardcase students, college, fighting the system, high school, human spirit, idealism, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.1
 56K
Larry Crowne (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When he suddenly finds himself without his long-standing blue-collar job, Larry Crowne enrolls at his local college to start over. There, he becomes part of an eclectic community of students and develops a crush on his teacher.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: college, scooter, classroom, loss of job, economics, romance, teacher, self discovery, teachers and students, cell phone, love, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.0
 2K
The '60s (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: The Herlihys are a working class family from Chicago whose three children take wildly divergent paths: Brian joins the Marines right out of High School and goes to Vietnam..
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, captivating
Plot: hippie, vietnam war, black panthers, drug abuse, concert, rock music, vietnam veteran, politician, pot smoking, civil rights, protest, culture clash ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: vietnam, south central los angeles, usa, woodstock, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.5
 32K
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: talky, realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, high school life, dedicated educator, school, high school, french, education, high school teacher, respect, literature, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, morocco, paris france, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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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: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: teacher, school, high school, high school teacher, teacher student relationship, youth, idealism, dedicated educator, maturity, teenage crush, high school dance, respect ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: london, europe, england, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mother daughter relationship, chinese american, chinese, family, chess, architect, friendship, feminism, human nature, self discovery, immigrants, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, asia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.6
 7K
Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, serious, touching ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, fascism, spanish civil war, teacher, butterfly, atheist, latin, politics, innocence lost, teachers and students, dedicated educator ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: spain, europe, galicia, australia, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
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, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, spelling, rivalry, african american, loss of daughter, self esteem, dedicated educator, underdog, contests and competitions, urban, black people, elementary school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.9
 33K
Suffragette (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on true events about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who were forced underground to evade the State.
Style: captivating, factual, inspirational, bleak, serious ...
Plot: feminism, fighting the system, rebelliousness, women, working class, rebellion, politics, prejudice, gender, idealism, discrimination, adoption ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, edwardian era
Place: england, london, europe, israel, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.0
 594
The '70s (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Four friends, fresh from tragedy at Kent Sate, graduate from college and begin their adult lives during the turbulent 1970s. But Dexter (Guy Torry), Eileen (Vinessa Shaw), Byron (Brad Rowe) and Christie (Amy Smart) find their paths are heading in ...
Style: talky, sincere, semi serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: friendship, culture clash, disco, americana, friends, society, fighting the system, feminism, siblings relations, injustice, gender, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The coming of age of a youth named Sonny in a small Texas town in the 1950s.
Style: realistic, sentimental, serious, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: innocence lost, graduation, christmas, small town, coming of age, friendship, high school graduation, elopement, self discovery, americana, american dream, basketball ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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