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
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: dramatic, compassionate, bleak, psychological, tragicomedy, depressing, heartbreaking, emotional, realistic, touching ...
Plot: mental institution, fighting the system, human spirit, freedom, friendship, troublemaker, character study, mental illness, dehumanization, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, philosophy, shock treatment, defiant, plan gone awry, sanity, character change, escaped mental patient, main character dies, good versus evil, doctor patient relationship, rebellion, insanity, hospital, psychiatry ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: oregon
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The Magdalene Sisters
Drama
Ireland, UK
114 min.
 7.8
Sling Blade
Drama
USA
135 min.
 8.0
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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 realistic, serious, emotional and dramatic films with plots about mentor, storytelling, redemption, honest, loneliness, depression and dialogue mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Awakenings (1990), The Magdalene Sisters (2002), Sling Blade (1996), Five Easy Pieces (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Shawshank Redemption
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, ...
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Place: usa, maine, mexico
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Awakenings
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: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: hospital, mental illness, coma, human spirit, doctors, mental institution, doctors and patients, experiment, mentor, life, childhood, courage ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1930s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
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The Magdalene Sisters
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, realistic, disturbing, serious, captivating ...
Plot: irish, sexual abuse, rape, rebellion, christianity, religion, corruption, brutality, runaway, guilt, prison, sexual harassment ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964
Place: ireland, latin america, europe
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    User:   100%
 
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Sling Blade
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, dramatic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, murder, redemption, childhood, tragedy, mentally challenged, storytelling, character study, mental illness, mentor, violent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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    User:   100%
 
Five Easy Pieces
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, road movie, intellectual, serious, sincere ...
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Time: 20th century, 70s
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Carnal Knowledge
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, witty ...
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Ironweed
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, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, mental illness, buddies, homeless, guilt, cancer, poverty, social misfits, eccentricity, couple relations, depression, insanity ...
Time: 1930s, 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 30s
Place: new york, usa
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    User:   51%
 
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Manic
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: realistic, disturbing, psychological, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, depression, coming of age, addiction, mental institution, teenager, adolescence, violent, mentor, sexual abuse, bullying, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   44%
 
Good Will Hunting
Genre: Drama
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: realistic, emotional, psychological, intellectual, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: genius, mathematics, prodigy, character study, life philosophy, existentialism, teachers and students, harvard, rags to riches, complex characters, university, professor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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System:   52%
    User:   59%
 
Shoot the Moon
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, dramatic ...
Plot: divorce, infidelity, dysfunctional family, suburbs, adultery, family drama, fall in love, marriage, period piece, secrets, family life, parenthood ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, san francisco
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System:   51%
    User:   58%
 
Whose Life Is It Anyway?
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, touching, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: hospital, disability, suicide, dedicated lawyer, life & death, lawyer, death, legal action, destiny, mentor, doctors, human spirit ...
Time: 80s
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System:   51%
    User:   41%
 
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Slam
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, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, crime, poetry, injustice, marijuana, drugs, violence, weed, hip hop, gangs, hopes, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california
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System:   50%
    User:   60%
 
Requiem for a Dream
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: depressing, atmospheric, surreal, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drugs/alcohol, degradation, downfall, depression, destructive relationship, existentialism, drug use, heroin addict, drug addict ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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    User:   46%
 
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Rain Man
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Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
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Plot: autism, redemption, greed, road trip, on the road, mentally challenged, disability, brothers, yuppie, mentor, mental illness, storytelling ...
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Place: california, las vegas, los angeles, cincinnati ohio, missouri ...
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Precious
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, stylized, serious ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, school, teacher, poverty, child abuse, dysfunctional family, incest, pregnancy, mother daughter relationship, redemption, hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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The King of Marvin Gardens
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jason Staebler lives on the Boardwalk and fronts for the local mob in Atlantic City. He is a dreamer, who asks his brother David, a radio personality from Philadelphia to help him build a paradise on a Pacific Island, yet another of his ...
Style: tense, serious, clever, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: radio, hotel, storytelling, parents and children, drinking, depression, character study, crime, siblings relations, death, crime gone awry, island ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, hawaii, usa, california, honolulu hawaii ...
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System:   47%
    User:   54%
 
 7.7
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Detachment
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: bleak, emotional, realistic, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: teacher, high school, depression, suicide, school, dedicated educator, loneliness, teachers and students, storytelling, life & death, mentor, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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System:   47%
    User:   41%
 
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The Verdict
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties ...
Style: talky, clever, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, redemption, hospital, courtroom, court, fighting the system, lawyer, justice, betrayal, legal action, mentor, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   39%
 
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Another Woman
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Marion is a woman who has learned to shield herself from her emotions. She rents an apartment to work undisturbed on her new book, but by some acoustic anomaly she can hear all that is said in the next apartment in which a psychiatrist holds his ...
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: philosophy, friendship, adultery, marriage, writing, human nature, loneliness, existentialism, relationships, character study, life, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   46%
    User:   40%
 
 8.0
 69K
Short Term 12
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: depression, adolescence, mentor, teenager, storytelling, incest, child abuse, friendship, hospital, workplace romance, childhood, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   48%
 
 7.7
 160K
25th Hour
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The filmed adaptation from David Benioff's novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to prison. Anger, blame, frustration, betrayal, guilt and loneliness are ...
Style: talky, realistic, bleak, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: crime, friendship, redemption, betrayal, prison, guilt, freedom, drugs, criminal heroes, drugs/alcohol, drug dealing, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   55%
 
 7.5
 89K
Reign Over Me
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: sentimental, touching, psychological, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: friendship, family, depression, 9/11, death, mental illness, drinking, buddies, hospital, dealing with death, psychiatry, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   52%
 
 6.4
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Cake
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, serious, psychological, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: suicide, depression, obsession, loneliness, suicide attempt, drug addiction, drugs/alcohol, friendship, drinking, tragedy, sex, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tijuana mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   52%
 
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Ragtime
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, captivating, talky ...
Audience: kids
Plot: fighting the system, jazz, friendship, murder, interracial relations, justice, social differences, racism, distopia, adaptation, runaway, racial injustice ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 1930s, 18th century
Place: harlem, usa, new york, london, lower east side manhattan new york city ...
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System:   46%
    User:   44%
 
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, disability, family bonds, mental illness, family drama, mentally challenged, self discovery, parents and children, brothers, siblings relations, responsibility, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   52%
 
Of Mice and Men
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: friendship, farm, loneliness, tragedy, strong sexual content, buddies, book, literature, disability, adaptation, unlikely friendships, human nature ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   40%
 
The Pawnbroker
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Jewish pawnbroker, a victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, nazi, jewish, uncover truth, jews, loneliness, nazis, guilt, tragedy, character study, concentration camp ...
Time: 1960s
Place: new york, poland, usa, germany, manhattan new york city ...
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System:   45%
    User:   46%
 
 7.5
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Interiors
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: talky, bleak, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, suicide attempt, mental illness, suicide, divorce, introspection, loneliness, relationships, family drama, character study, psychiatry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   41%
 

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 7.5
 111K
Still Alice
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Style: emotional, touching, psychological, heartbreaking, sad ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, memory loss, relationships, family drama, family bonds, supportive spouse, mother daughter relationship, parenthood, columbia university, courage, doctors, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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System:   45%
    User:   44%
 
 7.1
 28K
The Accused
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.
Style: realistic, disturbing, tense, serious, bleak ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, lawyer, courtroom drama, courtroom, justice, court, betrayal, violence, guilt, investigation, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
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System:   44%
    User:   40%
 
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