Movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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, serious, tragicomedy, captivating, dramatic, uplifting, compassionate, bleak, witty, depressing ...
Plot: fighting the system, mental institution, human spirit, insanity, nurse, freedom, doctors and patients, anti heroes, dehumanization, friendship, plan gone awry, crazy, shock treatment, society, suicide, mental illness, psychiatrist, sanity, character change, defiant, escaped mental patient, main character dies, good versus evil, doctor patient relationship, power relations ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon

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

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and psychological films with plots about friendship, mentor, storytelling, depression, loneliness, 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), The Magdalene Sisters (2002), Awakenings (1990), Good Will Hunting (1997), Dallas Buyers Club (2013). 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: captivating, touching, clever, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, confined, survival, criminal heroes, hopes, life is a bitch, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, maine, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, rough, suspense, depressing, brutal ...
Plot: sexual harassment, convent, nun, sexual abuse, human spirit, punishment, irish, life is a bitch, clergy, rebellion, humiliation, convent school ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, touching, serious, motivational, sincere ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, coma, hospital, illness, hopes, treatment, fighting illness, patient, doctor, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 1930s, 1960s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: psychological, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, professor, genius, human spirit, university, ambition, philosophy, teachers and students, life philosophy, doctors and patients, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, touching, sincere, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: fighting the system, aids, life is a bitch, human spirit, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, treatment, transsexual, strong sexual content, society, gay slur, casual sex ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, mexico, japan, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 81K
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: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, captivating ...
Plot: small town, friendship, murder, mentally challenged, father figure, death threat, autism, gay slur, homosexual, redemption, human nature, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
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, emotional, captivating, gloomy ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mental illness, friendship, suicide, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, mentally unstable, coming of age, nurse, insanity, patient, teenage life, diary ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
Genre: 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, serious, touching, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: hospital, car accident, courtroom drama, disability, dedicated lawyer, legal action, judge, artist, human spirit, doctors and patients, fighting the system, legal ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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: uplifting, touching, captivating, road movie, sincere ...
Plot: autism, mentally challenged, siblings relations, redemption, road trip, greed, on the road, brother brother relationship, self discovery, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, character study, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, cincinnati ohio, missouri, usa, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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 ⇓
100%
 7.4
 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: disturbing, psychological, realistic, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, dysfunctional family, therapy, wannabe, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, coming of age, innocence lost, addiction, self discovery, doctors and patients ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, dramatic, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, blind character, human nature, disability, teaching the ways of the world, mentor, ex military, change of heart, thanksgiving, blindness, student ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.2
 606
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: serious, disturbing, realistic, psychological
Plot: hospital, mental institution, martial arts, juvenile delinquency, mentally challenged, mentally unstable, prodigy, human spirit, prison, doctors and patients, mental illness, terminal illness ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 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, doctors and patients, surgery, doctor, coldhearted, redemption, couples, power relations, human nature, human spirit, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: medical school, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: rebelliousness, hitchhiker, road trip, on the road, dysfunctional family, drifter, oil field, class differences, musician, pacific northwest, small town, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, washington state, usa, southern california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
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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 ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, grieving, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, dealing with death, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 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, serious, sincere, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: gang, injustice, hopes, life is a bitch, performer's life, crime, drug dealing, going straight, human spirit, prison, prison life, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.8
 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, gloomy, serious, touching, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, buddies, social misfits, couple relations, mental illness, parents and children, rich and poor, alcohol abuse, down on your luck, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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: emotional, serious, psychological, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, schizophrenia, teenage love, friendship, split personality, romance, love and romance, misfit, youth, unlikely couple, young lovers ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: touching, psychological, melancholic, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: mental institution, suicide, terminal illness, starting over, psychiatrist, hopes, doctors and patients, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, depression, life, adaptation, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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 ⇓
30%
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, master and servant, friendship, maid, discrimination, hopes, against the rules, social relations, interracial relations, exploitation, racial issues, storytelling ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.8
 1.7M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
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: biting, bleak, rough, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: losing-it hero, social decay, fist fighting, against the rules, split personality, insomnia, social misfits, violence, fighting the system, visionary, society, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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, serious, emotional, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, confined, misfit, youth, power relations, life is a bitch, teenage life, hopes, imaginary, self control ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 734
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: bleak, serious, emotional, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: society, pregnancy, wrongfully committed, mental institution, injustice, life is a bitch, mental illness, teenage life, confined, misfit, youth, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 ⇓
27%
 7.1
 4K
On the Edge (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.
Style: psychological, touching, serious, talky, sincere ...
Plot: mental institution, mentally unstable, human nature, haunted by the past, alcohol abuse, romance, friendship, youth, life is a bitch, social misfits, rehabilitation, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: fighting the system, mentally challenged, mysterious character, mental institution, writer's life, aging, rehabilitation, human nature, human spirit, idealism, doctors and patients, mental illness ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1880s
Place: england, canada, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.3
 20K
Birdy (1984)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two young men are seriously affected by the Vietnam war. One of them has always been obsessed with birds - but now believes he really is a bird, and has been sent to a mental hospital. Can his friend help him pull through?
Style: touching, psychological, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, mental illness, obsession, war, soldier, disfigurement, mental institution, coming of age, friends, mute or deaf, rehabilitation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, usa, asia, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Pressure Point (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An African-American prison psychiatrist (Sidney Poitier) finds the boundaries of his professionalism sorely tested when he must counsel a disturbed inmate (Bobby Darin) with bigoted Nazi tendencies.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, thought provoking, psychological
Plot: prison, psychiatrist, nightmare, psychopath, mentally unstable, human spirit, idealism, doctors and patients, interracial relations, mental illness, prison life, racism ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%