Movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
 8.7
 922K
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country:
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, dramatic, tragicomedy, uplifting, serious, captivating, interesting, sincere, thought provoking, surprise ending ...
Plot: fighting the system, human spirit, mental institution, freedom, insanity, anti hero, dehumanization, nurse, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, society, oppression, plan gone awry, confined, friendship, life is a bitch, psychiatrist, anti heroes, self control, death of protagonist, escaped mental patient, sanity, character change, defiant, suicide ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon

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Most similar movies to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and thought provoking films with plots about mentor, storytelling, loneliness, friendship, depression, redemption and life philosophy mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Awakenings (1990), Sling Blade (1996), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Good Will Hunting (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: clever, captivating, touching, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, prison escape, false accusation, freedom, prison life, plot twist, life is a bitch, life sentence, stephen king, criminal heroes, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, mexico, maine, pacific ocean
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100%
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Awakenings (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, ...
Style: uplifting, motivational, touching, sincere, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, coma, hopes, doctors and patients, hospital, fighting illness, illness, patient, cure, experiment, doctor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.0
 87K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, serious, sincere ...
Plot: murder, friendship, mentally challenged, death threat, redemption, family relations, small town, crimes, human nature, parents and children, haunted by the past, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, sincere, heartbreaking, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, human spirit, transsexual, gay slur, life is a bitch, terminal illness, death, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, japan, dallas texas, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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: philosophical, uplifting, psychological, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, life philosophy, university, existentialism, professor, philosophy, dedicated educator, ambition, human spirit, psychiatrist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
David and Lisa (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The emotional story of a young man in a mental institution for teens who begins to understand his psychosis in the environment of others with mental and emotional problems. He finds intimacy with Lisa, a young woman suffering from schizophrenia.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, friendship, mental institution, teenage love, split personality, love and romance, misfit, youth, unfulfillment, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 85
Forgiveness (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 97 min.
Story: On April 9, 1948, a Jewish militia entered the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin and killed over 100 villagers. Soon after, a mental hospital was built on the ruins. The first patients to be committed were Holocaust survivors. A legend says that to ...
Style: emotional, rough, psychological, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: mental institution, uncover truth, human spirit, haunted by the past, culture clash, memory loss, mentally unstable, life is a bitch, hopes, male nudity, repressed memory, pianist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: israel, usa, middle east, palestine
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 35K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, depressing, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, physical therapy, life is a bitch, grieving, dealing with death, introspection, drugs/alcohol, loneliness, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, tijuana mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line ...
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: mental illness, suicide, psychiatrist, suicide attempt, psychiatric ward, mentally unstable, borderline personality disorder, friendship, coming of age, patient, female protagonist, nurse ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 9K
Manic (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lyle is filled with rage. After badly beating a classmate during a schoolyard fight, Lyle is committed to a juvenile mental institution in lieu of criminal prosecution. Inside the hospital, Lyle encounters a group of adolescents struggling with a ...
Style: rough, disturbing, psychological, compassionate, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, therapy, dysfunctional family, youth, juvenile delinquency, self discovery, teenage life, addiction, doctors and patients, manic, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, thought provoking, mind bending, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, nihilism, fighting the system, insomnia, self destructing, life philosophy, loneliness, fist fighting, insanity, against the rules ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A disturbed,institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.
Style: surreal, emotional, psychological, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, nudity (full frontal - brief), confined, imaginary, youth, misfit, doctors and patients, teenage life, self control, power relations, graphic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Ordinary People (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: suicide attempt, therapy, dysfunctional family, guilt, depression, psychiatrist, loss of son, coming of age, middle class, family problems, death in the family, alienation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, texas, houston texas, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Waterdance (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An oft overlooked film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehab center with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies man, and Bloss, a racist biker. Considerable tension builds as ...
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: rehabilitation, friendship, disability, love and romance, paralysis, human nature, human spirit, society, hopes, life philosophy, paraplegic, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: sexy, sexual, talky, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mate swapping, friends, friendship, college, coming of age, midlife crisis, love triangle, college life, infidelity, battle of the sexes, romance, love affair ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: new york, usa, asia, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four women are given into the custody of the Magdalene sisterhood asylum to correct their sinful behavior: Crispina and Rose have given birth to a premarital child, Margaret got raped by her cousin and the orphan Bernadette had been repeatedly ...
Style: bleak, brutal, suspense, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nun, convent, sexual harassment, punishment, sin, life is a bitch, society, violence against women, sexual abuse, human spirit, corporal punishment, mercilessness ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 7.0
 5K
The Doctor (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: psychological, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, medical school, doctor, surgery, coldhearted, doctors and patients, redemption, profanity, bittersweet, human nature, parents and children, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 163K
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, freedom, escape, rebelliousness, dignity, prison life, escape attempt, punishment, death, death of parent, respect, convict ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s
Place: florida, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.8
 795
The New Man (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Sweden 1951. A new society is developing, a society where there is no room for the socially and mentally weak...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, bleak, disturbing, touching ...
Plot: society, pregnancy, mental illness, teenage life, youth, confined, life is a bitch, misfit, power relations, injustice, win over, mental institution ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.5
 715
The Caretakers (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: This movie chronicles the trials of the mentally ill and their care-givers in an over-crowded ward of a hospital.
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, realistic, psychotronic
Plot: hospital, mental institution, doctors and patients, mental illness, disability, kids in trouble, power relations, unfulfillment, terminal illness, human spirit, prison, martial arts ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 8K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, buddies, life is a bitch, best friends, rich and poor, parents and children, human nature, family relations, twists & turns ...
Time: 1900s, 1930s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.
Style: road movie, realistic, thought provoking, serious, captivating ...
Plot: road trip, hitchhiker, rebelliousness, dysfunctional family, musician, self discovery, character study, working class, identity crisis, family problems, americana, irresponsible ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, southern california, northern california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 2K
Slam (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of his neighborhood by using his wits and verbal talent. Written ...
Style: talky, psychological, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: gang, crime, crimes, bittersweet, fighting the system, life is a bitch, confined, hopes, performer's life, going straight, profanity, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 8.0
 474K
Rain Man (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Style: sincere, uplifting, road movie, touching, captivating ...
Plot: autism, road trip, redemption, mentally challenged, runaway, siblings relations, brother brother relationship, greed, unlikely friendships, yuppie, self discovery, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, california, texas, missouri, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.3
 635
America (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In "America," Dr. Maureen Brennan, a psychiatrist at a youth treatment center, encounters her newest patient, a bi-racial boy named America. Through their sessions, Dr. Brennan helps America come to terms with his roller-coaster life, ...
Style: psychological, sincere, realistic, serious, uplifting
Plot: youth, teenage life, custody, human spirit, family in crisis, sexual abuse, mental illness, doctors and patients, healing power, life is a bitch, society, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Ken Harrison is an artist that lives to make sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk and move his head, and he wants to die. Whilst he is in hospital he makes friends with some ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: hospital, courtroom drama, car accident, disability, legal action, fighting the system, legal, life turned upside down, power relations, paralysis, misfit, unfulfillment ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Veronika Decides to Die (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After a frantic suicide attempt, Veronika awakens inside a mysterious mental asylum. Under the supervision of an unorthodox psychiatrist who specializes in controversial treatment, Veronika learns that she has only weeks to live.
Style: psychological, touching, emotional, controversial, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: mental institution, terminal illness, suicidal, psychiatrist, starting over, suicide, hopes, doctors and patients, coma, mental patient, suicide attempt, female protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Beautiful Dreamers (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When the superintendent of the Canadian insane asylum, Dr. Maurice Bucke, meets poet Walt Whitman, his life and that of his wife and patients is radically changed. Like Dr. Bucke, Whitman has avant-garde ideas on the subject of mental illness. ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: mental institution, wrongfully committed, power relations, disability, lifestyle, life is a bitch, human nature, doctors and patients, human spirit, friendship, mental illness, idealism ...
Time: victorian era, victorian, 19th century, 1880s
Place: england, canada, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.7
 77K
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, thought provoking, serious, bleak, depressing ...
Plot: teachers and students, depression, teacher, suicide, unhappy, social decay, social problems, classroom, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, human relationship, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.0
 78K
The Sea Inside (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. It is the story of Ramón’s relationships with two women: Julia a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, serious, sad, philosophical ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, lawyer, freedom, dignity, mercy killing, wheelchair, fighting the system, nursing, suicide, euthanasia, trial ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 20th century, 1990s, 1960s
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, catalonia, galicia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%