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, serious, realistic, intellectual, emotional, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: feminism, teachers and students, college, dedicated educator, gender, society, fighting the system, college life, friendship, friendship between women, stereotypes, women, mentor, destiny, life philosophy, peer pressure, love story, freedom, teacher student relationship, femininity, school nurse, rowing, art history, graduation, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
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, sentimental, dramatic and touching films with plots about mentor, runaway, unlikely friendships, storytelling, friendship, catastrophe and childhood 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), Finding Forrester (2000), 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, teaching the ways of the world, poetry, teacher, youth, dedicated educator, coming of age, friendship, philosophy, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
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, friendship, coming of age, haunted by the past, small town, domestic violence, civil rights, african american, teenage life, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, society ...
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, serious, sincere, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: high school, friendship, feminism, teacher, coming out, prison, teenage girl, tattoo, hostage, coming of age, lesbian, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, sincere ...
Plot: mentor, friendship, dedicated educator, prodigy, private school, plagiarism, basketball, prejudice, writer's life, high school, literature, age difference ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, scotland, usa, new york yankees, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 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, serious, thought provoking, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: anti semitism, high school, coming of age, boarding school life, friendship, preparatory school, football, sport, working class, teenage life, society, youth ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, cheating, reunion, greek, hypocrisy, senator, confession, coming of age, boarding school, dedicated educator, teachers and students, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s, future
Place: washington d.c., pennsylvania, new jersey
⇓ 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, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, single parent, childhood, child's point of view, good deed, disfigurement, school, life philosophy, addiction, death, alone in the world, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nevada, las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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: talky, realistic, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, basketball, liberal, student, friendship, african american, drug abuse, high school, ghetto, junior high school, theft ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Movie in collections
 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: disturbing, thought provoking, rough, sincere, factual ...
Plot: feminism, sexual harassment, courtroom drama, rape, lawsuit, small town, fighting the system, love, secret, against the odds, sexism, labor union ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, mine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: semi serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: lawyer, dysfunctional family, suicide, americana, parents and children, culture clash, family in crisis, urban, family problems, human nature, introspection, couple relations ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s
Place: kansas, usa, poland, cleveland ohio, paris france ...
⇓ 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, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: hungarian, immigrants, family, friendship, cold war, coming of age, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, siblings relations, teenage life, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, usa, poland ...
⇓ 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: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: teacher, school, high school, teacher student relationship, high school teacher, youth, idealism, dedicated educator, respect, high school dance, maturity, education ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: london, europe, england, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.8
 76K
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, road movie, scenic, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, starting over, fall in love, love affair, hopes, introspection, love, female protagonist, travel, lifestyle change, divorce, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indonesia, india, italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, tomboy, cafe, bee, midlife crisis, domestic violence, friends ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: alabama, louisiana, southern usa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, chinese american, family, chess, architect, friendship, feminism, human nature, self discovery, immigrants, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, asia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, serious, sentimental, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: graduation, innocence lost, small town, coming of age, christmas, friendship, high school graduation, elopement, self discovery, americana, american dream, basketball ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: texas, usa, oklahoma, mexico, california
⇓ 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: witty, semi serious, 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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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, domestic violence, sexual abuse, feminism, rape, letter, slavery, african american, adoption, self discovery, reunion, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, africa, tennessee, georgia
⇓ 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: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, prison, friendship, redemption, church, self discovery, false accusation, couples, social relations, friends, going straight, starting over ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, kentucky, ohio, new england
⇓ 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 ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, fascism, spanish civil war, teacher, atheist, butterfly, latin, politics, innocence lost, dedicated educator, civil war ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: spain, europe, galicia, australia, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 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, social decay, teacher, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, social relations, depression, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: school, clergy, love, deer, unwed mother, beach, friendship, infidelity, love triangle, romance, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Man Without a Face (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of a relationship between a teacher and his troubled pupil. Justin McLeod is a former teacher who lives as a recluse on the edge of town. His face is disfigured from an automobile accident and fire ten years before in which a boy was ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, suspicion, teacher, injustice, social misfits, disfigurement, physical appearance, secret, life is a bitch, teaching the ways of the world, false accusation, mysterious character ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.4
 22K
You're Not You (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, life is a bitch, friends, parents and children, young woman, teaching the ways of the world, student life, unfulfillment, youth, family relations, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.4
 9K
Norma Rae (1979)
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, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: small town, labor union, fighting the system, union, labor, working class, factory, single mother, against the odds, whistleblower, factory worker, feminism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, stuttering, teachers and students, school, disability, family relations, dedicated educator, family, follow your dream, parents and children, teenage life, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: talky, touching, serious, clever, realistic ...
Plot: boarding school, infidelity, self discovery, college life, dishonesty, college, hopes, love and romance, youth, couples, introspection, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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, semi serious, humorous, clever, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: school, romance, laboratory, opposites attract, couple relations, social differences, teachers and students, college life, coming of age, love and romance, youth, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: medical school, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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: talky, sexual, cynical, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friends, college, friendship, coming of age, battle of the sexes, infidelity, love triangle, college life, midlife crisis, romance, fall in love, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: asia, usa, vietnam, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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