Movies like Music of the Heart

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Music of the Heart (1999)
 6.8
 12K
Music of the Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic, inspirational, emotional, captivating, feel good, based on true events ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: dedicated educator, school, school teacher, fighting the system, ambition, against the odds, teachers and students, female protagonist, violin, violinist, music teacher, happy ending, underdog, youth, human spirit, hopes, urban, rivalry, change of heart, uneducated, power relations, profanity, musician, teacher, children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sentimental films with plots about hopes, youth, destiny, mentor, redemption, runaway and school mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Music of the Heart: Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), August Rush (2007), The Chorus (2004), Won't Back Down (2012), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, feel good, uplifting ...
Plot: country music, female friendship, music, rising to stardom, human spirit, artists and showbiz, musician's life, rags to riches, ambition, family problems, career change, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, nashville tennessee, washington state, appalachia
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100%
 7.5
 105K
August Rush (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.
Style: touching, sentimental, inspirational, romantic, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: orphan, prodigy, child prodigy, orphanage, youth, music, musician's life, hopes, musician, lie, dancing, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1995
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, xian, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 59K
The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Comedy, 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: touching, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school, teacher, childhood, boarding school life, musician, music, boss, orphan, friendship, singer, changing lives ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, new york, paris france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Won't Back Down (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children
Style: touching, realistic, uplifting, emotional, serious ...
Plot: school, fighting the system, human spirit, teachers and students, parents and children, hopes, changing lives, family relations, social relations, society, youth, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In 1965, passionate musician Glenn Holland takes a day job as a high school music teacher, convinced it's just a small obstacle on the road to his true calling: writing a historic opus. As the decades roll by with the composition unwritten but ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: composer, classical music, music, music teacher, school, high school, marching band, honest, dedicated educator, follow your dream, teachers and students, musician ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 90s, 60s ...
Place: oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Tony Manero is a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he's a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another, white-suited ...
Style: serious, sexy, sentimental, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: disco, dance performance, twentysomething life, hopes, romance, ambition, contests and competitions, escape from reality, social climbing, urban ghetto life, friendship, male female relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 25K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 7K
Boychoir (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Stet, a troubled and angry 11-year-old orphan from a small Texas town, ends up at a Boy Choir school back East after the death of his single mom. Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding Choir Master who ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: teachers and students, orphan, music, dedicated educator, choir, school, music school, singing, classical music, youth, power relations, talent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: inspirational, touching, realistic, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: tourette's syndrome, teachers and students, dedicated educator, school, social misfits, stuttering, family relations, understanding, human spirit, follow your dream, against the odds, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: louisiana, usa, atlanta georgia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.0
 12K
One True Thing (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems, death of parent, loss of parent, cancer, tragedy, small town, family relations, family drama ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.7
 130K
Billy Elliot (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, Billy Elliot is an 11 year old boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, ...
Style: uplifting, touching, feel good, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, date night, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, ballet, follow your dream, gay, father son relationship, dancer's life, audition, working class, family relations, gay slur, prejudice, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1984, 90s
Place: england, london, northern england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of a state institution for mentally retarded children. Jean Hansen, a former music teacher anxious to give her life some meaning, joins the staff of the hospital. Jean, who tries to shelter the children with her love, ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, human spirit, dedicated educator, hopes, parents and children, dysfunctional family, boss and employee, mental institution, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, year 1994, 1990s, year 1998
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, north carolina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 21K
Center Stage (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A group of 12 teenagers from various backgrounds enroll at the American Ballet Academy in New York to make it as ballet dancers and each one deals with the problems and stress of training and getting ahead in the world of dance.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, feel good, captivating ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: dance, ballet, dancing, love triangle, lifestyle, hopes, ambition, music, love and romance, infidelity, artists and showbiz, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, san francisco, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.4
 37K
McFarland, USA (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
Style: touching, exciting, uplifting, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: coach, athlete and trainer, human spirit, underdog, sport, dedicated educator, small town, mentor, track and field, sport team, contests and competitions, teacher ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, united states, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.8
 27K
Selena (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham, realizes that his young daughter is talented and begins performing with her at small venues. She finds success and falls for ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, factual, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: singer, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, hopes, showbiz, tragedy, performer's life, family relations, latin, elopement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Together with You (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: China, South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When a violin prodigy Xiaochun and his father head to Beijing seeking fame and fortune, they soon discover a fierce world of cutthroat ambition. But when Xiaochun is "adopted" by a famous music tutor, success finally seems within reach - ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: violin, prodigy, ambition, father son relationship, musician's life, rise to the top, teenage life, human nature, youth, hopes, music competition, teachers and students ...
Time: 19th century
Place: china, beijing china, asia, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: mentor, dedicated educator, 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 ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
 16K
Swing Kids (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun leads to more difficult choices as the Nazi's begin tightening the grip on Germany. Each member of the group is ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: world war two, anti semitism, against the rules, rebelliousness, friends, against the odds, political unrest, dancing, dance, nazi, brainwashing, fighting the system ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, pre world war two
Place: germany, europe, new york, usa, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Madame Sousatzka (1988)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The relationship between a demanding piano teacher and her student, an Indian prodigy.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: child prodigy, culture clash, coming of age, dedicated educator, immigrants, blind ambition, youth, society, follow your dream, ambition, hopes, prodigy ...
Time: 80s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Competition (1980)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will she take a dive despite the pressure to win from her ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love affair, family relations, romance, music, rivalry, contests and competitions, lifestyle, prodigy, musician's life, artists and showbiz, love and romance, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Beyond the Blackboard (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story, “Beyond the Blackboard” is about a 24-year-old first-time teacher who makes a difference in the lives of the homeless children she teaches in a shelter’s makeshift classroom. Set in 1987 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ...
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: homeless, teacher, changing lives, teachers and students, idealism, hopes, society, youth, power relations, reach out, dedication, school ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: showbiz, music band, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, musician's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, ambition, celebrity culture, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.2
 116K
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: uplifting, motivational, touching, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, parents and children, disfigurement, addiction, teachers and students, child's point of view, life philosophy, good deed, alcohol abuse, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dedicated educator, chess, teenage life, rebellion, changing lives, ambition, contests and competitions, youth, bad attitude, rivalry, hardcase students, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 31K
La Bamba (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, death, latin, musician, audition, music business, music industry, rock star, interracial relations, family relations, star, tragic event ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, tijuana mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a New York pro baseball team and two of its players. Henry Wiggen is the star pitcher and Bruce Pearson is the normal, everyday catcher who is far from the star player on the team and friend to all of his teammates. During the ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, sport, human spirit, athlete's life, ambition, baseball, rivalry, underdog, sport team, hopes, teammate ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Red Like the Sky (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A nearly sightless boy is sent to a school for blind children, where he secretly discovers the possibilities of the recorded sound.
Style: uplifting, touching, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: blind character, against the odds, friendship, human spirit, ambition, fighting the system, follow your dream, rebellion, hopes, disability, rebelliousness, youth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, tuscany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%