Movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
 8.7
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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, tragicomedy, dramatic, uplifting, serious, captivating, thought provoking, compassionate, surprise ending, sincere ...
Plot: mental institution, human spirit, fighting the system, freedom, insanity, unlikely friendships, nurse, mental illness, dehumanization, escaped mental patient, doctors and patients, self control, psychiatrist, life is a bitch, society, oppression, confined, friendship, death of protagonist, sanity, character change, defiant, plan gone awry, suicide, convict ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
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, psychological and emotional films with plots about mentor, loneliness, depression, storytelling, mental illness, life philosophy and redemption mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Sling Blade (1996), Awakenings (1990), Girl, Interrupted (1999), David and Lisa (1962). 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, clever, touching, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, human spirit, false accusation, freedom, hopes, prison life, powerful ending, existentialism, life is a bitch, justice, life sentence ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, year 1957 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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91%
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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, haunted by the past, parents and children, human nature, crimes, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ 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, motivational, sincere, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, hopes, coma, hospital, fighting illness, illness, patient, cure, experiment, doctor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1969
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, borderline personality disorder, psychiatric ward, coming of age, friendship, mental institution, mentally unstable, self harm, patient ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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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: realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, mental institution, friendship, teenage love, split personality, power relations, family relations, family problems, romance, young lovers, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: emotional, psychological, philosophical, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, life philosophy, professor, philosophy, university, ambition, human spirit, existentialism, life, dedicated educator ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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: uplifting, psychological, rough, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: mental institution, human spirit, haunted by the past, uncover truth, culture clash, memory loss, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, hopes, male nudity, army, repressed memory ...
Time: contemporary
Place: israel, usa, middle east, palestine
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 37K
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: depression, support group, suicide, obsession, physical therapy, life is a bitch, grieving, dealing with death, introspection, loneliness, friendship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, tijuana mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, mind bending, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nihilism, split personality, self destructing, fighting the system, insomnia, social decay, life philosophy, dark humor, losing-it hero, paranoia, against the rules, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 8.0
 503K
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, brother brother relationship, runaway, family relations, siblings relations, greed, yuppie, self discovery, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, california, missouri, texas, 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, heartbreaking, sincere, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, aids, fighting the system, transsexual, life is a bitch, gay slur, terminal illness, death, gays and lesbians, treatment, casual sex, dying ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, japan, china, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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, dysfunctional family, youth, juvenile delinquency, self discovery, teenage life, addiction, doctors and patients, manic, society, misfit ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, tense, serious, sincere, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, nudity (full frontal - brief), power relations, self control, life is a bitch, youth, misfit, hopes, confined, teenage life, doctors and patients ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, captivating, cerebral, dramatic, touching ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, genius, prodigy, schizophrenia, insanity, existentialism, imagination, obsession, talented, hallucination ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1940s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new jersey, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, post traumatic stress disorder, death in the family, loss of son, coming of age, middle class, family problems, acceptance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois, texas, houston texas
⇓ 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, uplifting, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: rehabilitation, friendship, paraplegic, disability, love and romance, human nature, human spirit, society, hopes, paralysis, life philosophy, racism ...
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, love triangle, college life, infidelity, midlife crisis, battle of the sexes, romance, fall in love ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, vietnam, usa, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Three Christs (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Dr. Alan Stone breaks new ground for treatment of the mentally ill through an experiment on three paranoid schizophrenic patients who believe they are Jesus Christ.
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, sincere
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, mentally unstable, tragedy, doctor, escapades, society, husband wife relationship, male full rear nudity, tranquilizer, mother son estrangement, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: year 1959
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: freedom, prison, escape, rebelliousness, dignity, prison life, escape attempt, punishment, death, human spirit, convict, respect ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s
Place: florida, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
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, rough ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nun, convent, sexual harassment, punishment, sin, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, human spirit, mistreatment, violence against women, sexual abuse, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
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 6K
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, intern, family relations, power relations, couples, bittersweet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 872
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: realistic, serious, disturbing, psychological, psychotronic
Plot: hospital, mental institution, wrongfully committed, martial arts, prison, mental illness, terminal illness, showbiz, doctors and patients, human spirit, power relations, kids in trouble ...
Time: 60s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 9K
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, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, human nature, rich and poor, parents and children, buddies, best friends, life is a bitch, family relations, homeless ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1910s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 7.0
 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, crimes, bittersweet, false accusation, wrongfully committed, human spirit, murder, prison life, going straight, performer's life, drug dealing, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.2
 685
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: realistic, serious, uplifting, sincere, psychological
Plot: youth, human spirit, custody, teenage life, mental illness, sexual abuse, doctors and patients, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, society, healing power ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.7
 829
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, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: society, pregnancy, youth, mental illness, teenage life, life is a bitch, confined, misfit, injustice, power relations, win over, mental institution ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: sweden
⇓ 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, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: mental institution, terminal illness, suicidal, psychiatrist, coma, mental patient, suicide attempt, starting over, suicide, hopes, doctors and patients, female protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.7
 84K
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, bleak, depressing, serious ...
Plot: teacher, depression, teachers and students, suicide, dedicated educator, unhappy, social problems, social decay, human relationship, life is a bitch, social relations, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.4
 96K
Reign Over Me (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.
Style: sincere, touching, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: grief, friendship, dealing with death, loss of spouse, 9/11, loss of loved one, friends, tragic event, life changing experience, buddies, haunted by the past, alone ...
Time: 21st century, september 11 2001
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.9
 3K
Lilith (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Lilith is a about a mysterious young woman in an elite sanitarium in New England, who seems to weave a magical spell all around her. A restless, but sincere young man with an equally obscure past is seemingly drawn into her web. As time passes, ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, hospital, schizophrenia, mentally unstable, couples, sex addict, fall in love, femme fatale, love and romance, doctors and patients, obsession ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%