Movies like October Sky

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October Sky (1999)
 7.8
 81K
October Sky (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
Style: realistic, exciting, touching, sentimental, uplifting, serious, inspirational, feel good, emotional, intense ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: follow your dream, generation gap, against the odds, teacher, small town, teenage life, mathematics, friendship, satellite, nasa, cold war, ambition, young heroes, family relations, social relations, space program, triumph, heroes, mine, geek, hopes, boss, explosion, competition, abuse ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey

Most similar movies to October Sky

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and sentimental films with plots about hopes, family relations, family, ambition, underdog, youth and against the odds mostly in Drama, Biography and Family genres. Some movies like October Sky: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Billy Elliot (2000), Akeelah and the Bee (2006), McFarland, USA (2015), This Boy's Life (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: uplifting, emotional, motivational, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, rags to riches, against the odds, hopes, life is a bitch, single parent, life, down on your luck, single father, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.7
 124K
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: follow your dream, ballet, dancer's life, coming of age, audition, gay, family relations, prejudice, working class, hopes, dance school, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1984, 90s
Place: england, london, northern england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
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: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, kids, chick flick, teens
Plot: spelling bee, elementary school, rivalry, self esteem, african american, family relations, human spirit, human nature, hopes, contests and competitions, dedicated educator, prodigy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 35K
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, uplifting, exciting, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: coach, athlete and trainer, human spirit, underdog, small town, track and field, contests and competitions, dedicated educator, high school, social differences, teachers and students, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, united states, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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This Boy's Life (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: single parent, domestic violence, coming of age, friendship, child abuse, dysfunctional family, gay teenager, homosexual, mechanic, family relations, stepfather, bittersweet ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, united states, washington d.c., seattle washington ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a midwestern housewife who managed to rescue her family from debt by entering contests for ad slogans sponsored by consumer product companies.
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: optimism, advertising, underdog, americana, prize, eviction, small town, mortgage, contests and competitions, family problems, ambition, large family ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 286K
The Blind Side (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Style: touching, uplifting, motivational, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, american football, parents and children, strong female character, interracial relations, rising to stardom, life, family drama, interracial adoption, athlete's life, football ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, sincere, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: school, tourette's syndrome, social misfits, dedicated educator, teachers and students, stuttering, family relations, follow your dream, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, torment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 26K
Secretariat (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery - with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin - manages to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: horse, horse race, against the odds, sport, underdog, animal training, rise to the top, legendary, ambition, follow your dream, contests and competitions, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 20K
The Express (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
Style: emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic, inspirational ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, african american, human spirit, american football, racism, ambition, college, society, success, rivalry, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 1940s, 50s ...
Place: usa, new york, united states, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: high school, mathematics, teacher, studying, cheating, summer school, education, mexican american, idealism, society, dedicated educator, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.5
 55K
Rudy (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, uplifting, captivating ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: football, underdog, working class, college life, sport team, ambition, american football, aspiration, family relations, sport, college, graphic violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.9
 32K
The Rookie (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, feel good, touching, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: baseball, underdog, athlete and trainer, family, sport, human spirit, against the odds, ambition, follow your dream, contests and competitions, athlete's life, dream come true ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: texas, usa, latin america, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.9
 38K
Radio (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: High school football coach, Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: disability, football, underdog, mentally challenged, graduation, sport, friendship, civil rights, against the odds, radio, hopes, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s
Place: south carolina, cuba, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.0
 135K
Wonder (2017)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of August Pullman – a boy with facial differences – who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Style: uplifting, inspirational, thought provoking, sincere, touching
Plot: middle school, school, bullying, happy ending, friendship, father son relationship, family, family relations, deformity, hospital, fight, mask ...
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city, new york, pennsylvania, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: All his life, teenager Daniel Huffman and his grandma have dreamed of Daniel playing college football. After Daniel is cut from his high school team, his grandmother's encouragement and coaching get him a second chance at that dream. He works ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: family relations, ambition, high school, youth, rivalry, transplant, friends, power relations, hopes, lifestyle, athlete's life, sport ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Moondance Alexander (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The curiously named, Moondance Alexander is a spirited teen living with her eccentric mother. She is faced with another uneventful summer until she discovers a lost pinto pony named Checkers who has jumped out of his paddock. Although Moondance ...
Style: realistic, serious, feel good, sincere
Audience: pre-teens, teens
Plot: horse riding, friendship, human spirit, against the odds, follow your dream, ambition, young heroes, obsessive quest, eccentric family, teenage life, athlete and trainer, animal life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
 65K
Invincible (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of Vince Papale, a man with nothing to lose who ignored the staggering odds and made his dream come true. When the coach of Papale's beloved hometown football team hosted an unprecedented open tryout, the public ...
Style: sentimental, serious, captivating, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: american football, underdog, football, against the odds, determination, teacher, sport, team, teamwork, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, usa, united states, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Heaven Is for Real (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Heaven is for Real recounts the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Four-year-old Colton shares the details of his amazing journey ...
Style: christian film, touching, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, christianity, faith, family, heaven, parents and children, religions or cults, small town, family relations, clergy, supernatural, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nebraska, usa, lithuania
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
A Painted House (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in better conditions. However, with this particularly tough farming ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, serious, touching, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, lifestyle, hopes, self discovery, youth, farm, poverty, social relations, coming of age, small town, society, small town life ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.2
 717
Virginia's Run (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A teenage girl, trying to come to grips with the death of her mother in a horse-riding accident, nurtures the foal of her mother's horse.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: against the odds, teenage life, follow your dream, mischievous children, ambition, youth, love and romance, rehabilitation, hopes, contests and competitions, family life, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.8
 902
Underdogs (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Set in rural Ohio, the birthplace of football, UNDERDOGS is the story of a small-town high school football team destined to play their cross-town rival, a perennial powerhouse, while standing up for an entire community.
Style: feel good, touching, realistic, captivating, light ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: high school, underdog, sport, sport team, rivalry, ambition, youth, athlete and trainer, against the odds, teenage love, human spirit, follow your dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.9
 22K
Dolphin Tale (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, dolphins, hopes, young heroes, animal life, human spirit, trap, summer, destiny, heroes, mother son relationship, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Remember the Titans (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: racism, football, coach, sport team, friendship, african american, prejudice, contests and competitions, human spirit, high school, against the odds, american football ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, united states, usa, southern usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.1
 4K
Gracie (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: This is the story of a teenager named Gracie Bowen, who lives in South Orange, New Jersey, is crazy about soccer, as are her three brothers and former soccer star father. Although Gracie wants to join her brothers and father in the nightly ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: soccer, human spirit, family problems, rivalry, follow your dream, death in the family, feminism, sport, family in crisis, ambition, society, female athlete ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.6
 8K
Ballet Shoes (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An unusual explorer named Gum and his kindly niece adopt three orphans -- Pauline, Petrova and Posy -- and raise them as sisters in 1930s London. But the girls must fend for themselves when Gum doesn't return from one of his adventures. ...
Style: touching, feel good, serious, realistic, uplifting
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: follow your dream, ambition, against the odds, youth, family problems, family relations, family in crisis, ballet, orphan, hopes, dancing, talent ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.6
 908
Pollyanna (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Pollyanna Whittier goes to live with her wealthy but bitter aunt after the tragic death of her father. Pollyanna shares a game her father taught her -- the 'Glad Game' -- in which everyone can find a silver lining in even the darkest ...
Style: feel good, touching, uplifting, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, orphan, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, young heroes, small town life, friends, family relations, small town, change of heart, family ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Right Stuff (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 193 min.
Story: A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow ...
Style: exciting, realistic, epic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: nasa, space program, astronaut, u.s. air force, cold war, test pilot, space travel, outer space, race against time, politics, danger, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: california, florida, australia, usa, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Ben Crane believes that a severely injured racehorse deserves another chance. He and his daughter Cale adopt the horse (in fact is a mare)and save it of being sacrificed by the owner.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: horse, family relations, sport, animal training, horse race, redemption, parents and children, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, dream come true, one more chance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kentucky, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Double Teamed (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Heather and Heidi play volleyball for their school team, when their family decides that they need to go to a bigger school so that they will have a better chance for scholarships. But at the new school, the twins are discovered by the basketball ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: twins, high school, ambition, contests and competitions, human spirit, against the odds, rivalry, youth, underdog, sport, family relations, athlete and trainer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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