Movies like Mona Lisa Smile

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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
 6.5
 71K
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, intellectual, serious, realistic, emotional, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: feminism, teachers and students, college, gender, fighting the system, society, college life, dedicated educator, friendship, friendship between women, stereotypes, graduation, women, peer pressure, mentor, destiny, teacher student relationship, life philosophy, love story, femininity, school nurse, rowing, art history, freedom, idealism ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: massachusetts, usa, california, manhattan new york city, campus, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harvard university ...

Most similar movies to Mona Lisa Smile

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, dramatic, sentimental and touching films with plots about friendship, mentor, unlikely friendships, storytelling, runaway, catastrophe and life philosophy mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Mona Lisa Smile: Dead Poets Society (1989), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), Foxfire (1996), The Emperor's Club (2002), School Ties (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, emotional, intellectual, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, poet, teacher, teaching the ways of the world, youth, poetry, coming of age, dedicated educator, professor, suicide, friendship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959, 1950s
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 ⇓
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: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: friendship, high school, feminism, coming out, teacher, rebellion, youth, tattoo, hostage, teenage girl, prison, lesbian ...
Time: 90s
Place: portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: boarding school life, cheating, reunion, hypocrisy, teachers and students, coming of age, rebelliousness, contests and competitions, haunted by the past, ambition, youth, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s, future
Place: pennsylvania, washington d.c., new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.9
 20K
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, thought provoking, serious, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: anti semitism, high school, friendship, coming of age, football, boarding school life, preparatory school, working class, sport, teenage life, society, youth ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, mentor, dedicated educator, basketball, african american, age difference, prejudice, plagiarism, private school, prodigy, writer's life, teacher ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, scotland, new york yankees, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 126 min.
Story: It's about a five member family. The father is a conservative and traditional person who directs the family. The mother is at home, she tries to hold together the family, while Mr. Bridge works as a lawyer. The children have just grown up, and ...
Style: sentimental, gloomy, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, americana, lawyer, suicide, culture clash, couples, family problems, urban, hopes, love and romance, couple relations, family in crisis ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: kansas, usa, paris france, poland, harvard university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, sincere, serious, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: graduation, christmas, coming of age, friendship, small town, innocence lost, self discovery, jealousy, funeral, american dream, americana, basketball ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: texas, usa, oklahoma, mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: friendship, cold war, hungarian, immigrants, coming of age, family, on the run, society, misfit, human nature, teenage life, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, usa, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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: touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, college, law school, graduation, college student, self discovery, ambition, human nature, youth, father son relationship, unlikely friendships, happy ending ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: massachusetts, campus, usa, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 80K
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: realistic, talky, sincere, serious, rough ...
Plot: teacher, student, liberal, basketball, teachers and students, african american, friendship, drug abuse, loneliness, cocaine, coach, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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 ⇓
23%
 7.3
 37K
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: thought provoking, disturbing, rough, sincere, factual ...
Plot: sexual harassment, feminism, rape, courtroom drama, lawsuit, small town, fighting the system, sexism, against the odds, financial problem, labor union, secret ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, mine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: biting, realistic, semi serious, witty, clever ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, roommate, infidelity, midlife crisis, opposites attract, betrayal, lifestyle, gender, feminism, aging, college, love triangle ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, feel good, captivating, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: small town, self discovery, friendship, lesbian, small town life, couple relations, midlife crisis, generation gap, domestic violence, cafe, bee, tomboy ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, louisiana, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: teacher, high school, school, youth, high school teacher, teacher student relationship, idealism, dedicated educator, undisciplined, reach out, teachers and students, interracial relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, europe, england, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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: sentimental, realistic, touching, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, fascism, spanish civil war, teacher, politics, atheist, butterfly, latin, innocence lost, civil war, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: spain, europe, galicia, america, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Carnal Knowledge (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are affected by the sexual mores of the time and their own temperament, especially in relation to the respective women who end up in their lives.
Style: sexual, talky, cynical, realistic, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friends, friendship, college, coming of age, love triangle, infidelity, college life, midlife crisis, battle of the sexes, mate swapping, romance, dishonesty ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 40s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: vietnam, asia, new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a voluminous Oral History of the World, a record of 20,000 ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, sentimental, witty, serious ...
Plot: friendship, writer's life, artists and showbiz, mysterious character, friends, urban, human nature, partners, listener, buddies, artist, storytelling ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harvard university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mother daughter relationship, architect, chess, chinese american, chinese, friendship, immigrants, family, feminism, generation gap, haunted by the past, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, usa, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Sandpiper (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A free-spirited artist (Elizabeth Taylor), who lives near California's Big Sur, meets the administrator (Richard Burton) of the parochial school that her young son attends and lures the cleric away from his wife (Eva Marie Saint).
Style: sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: school, clergy, love, infidelity, love triangle, beach, friendship, unwed mother, deer, romance, boarding school, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Browning Version (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British prep school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of his health, and perhaps may not even be given a pension. The ...
Style: touching, talky, sentimental, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, boarding school, greek, introspection, dishonesty, couples, love affair, college, youth, self discovery, power relations, college life ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, gloomy, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, redemption, friendship, prison, false accusation, church, self discovery, introspection, starting over, couple relations, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, kentucky, ohio, new england
⇓ 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: realistic, captivating, sexual, semi serious, emotional
Plot: college life, infidelity, friendship, college, pregnancy, ambition, romance, artists and showbiz, best friends, society, social differences, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, europe, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.7
 40K
The Visitor (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, self discovery, deportation, lawyer, arrest, professor, loneliness, drum, immigration, immigrants, interracial relations, widow widower ...
Place: michigan, manhattan new york city, syria, connecticut, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: incest, domestic violence, sexual abuse, feminism, rape, slavery, letter, african american, mistress, reunion, singer, poverty ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, africa, tennessee, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.3
 122K
An Education (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.
Style: realistic, twists and turns, stylized, sentimental, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love affair, age difference, love and romance, teenage life, coming of age, older man younger woman relationship, youth, teaching the ways of the world, self discovery, adolescence vs adulthood, betrayal, suburbs ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s, year 1961
Place: england, london, europe, france, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Gross Anatomy (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Joe Slovak is a brilliant first-year med student whose casual, nonconforming approach to life gets tested when he enrolls in Gross Anatomy, the toughest course in med school.
Style: talky, clever, realistic, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: school, romance, society, social differences, misfit, lifestyle, couple relations, doctors and patients, teachers and students, hopes, love and romance, college life ...
Time: 80s
Place: medical school, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.7
 69K
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, thought provoking, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, social problems, unhappy, human relationship, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Way We Were (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.
Style: serious, sentimental, emotional, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: politics, opposites attract, radical, hollywood, mccarthyism, communist, romance, young lovers, youth, family problems, unlikely couple, love and romance ...
Time: 1950s, 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 30s ...
Place: new york, usa, california, malibu california, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%