Movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
 8.7
 819K
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, dramatic, serious, tragicomedy, captivating, compassionate, uplifting, sincere, witty, emotional ...
Plot: fighting the system, mental institution, human spirit, insanity, nurse, freedom, doctors and patients, dehumanization, anti heroes, plan gone awry, friendship, psychiatrist, society, crazy, character change, sanity, defiant, suicide, convict, oppression, troublemaker, shock treatment, mental illness, life is a bitch, dignity ...
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 mentor, storytelling, redemption, friendship, depression, power relations and justice 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, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life is a bitch, life sentence, corruption, confined, survival, hopes, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, mexico, maine
⇓ 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, rough, brutal, suspense, depressing ...
Plot: convent, sexual harassment, nun, sin, life is a bitch, punishment, human spirit, sexual abuse, irish, rebellion, clergy, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
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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, motivational, serious, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, doctors and patients, mental institution, coma, hospital, hopes, illness, patient, doctor, fighting illness, treatment, family reunited ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1930s, year 1969
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, genius, mathematics, professor, human spirit, ambition, life philosophy, psychologist, university, teachers and students, philosophy, social differences ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, 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, touching, sincere, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, life is a bitch, strong sexual content, human spirit, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, treatment, transsexual, society, gay slur, casual sex ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, year 1985, year 1986
Place: texas, usa, japan, mexico, 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: touching, bleak, rough, sincere, serious ...
Plot: murder, friendship, death threat, father figure, redemption, mentally challenged, family relations, small town, parents and children, crimes, human nature, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: twists and turns, mind bending, surprise ending, biting, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: losing-it hero, split personality, social decay, fist fighting, nihilism, insomnia, against the rules, violence, life philosophy, fighting the system, paranoia, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, touching, sincere, serious, biting ...
Plot: hospital, courtroom drama, car accident, disability, down on your luck, unfulfillment, doctors and patients, legal, fighting the system, human spirit, legal action, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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, suicide, friendship, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, eating disorder, mentally unstable, coming of age, nurse, patient, psychiatric ward, diary ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.0
 437K
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, touching, captivating, road movie ...
Plot: autism, road trip, mentally challenged, redemption, siblings relations, greed, on the road, yuppie, self discovery, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, bankruptcy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, california, cincinnati ohio, missouri, 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, sexism, against the odds, financial problem, labor union, secret ...
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: realistic, disturbing, psychological, talky, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, dysfunctional family, therapy, wannabe, painting, coming of age, addiction, society, social misfits, life is a bitch, doctors and patients ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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, realistic, disturbing, psychological
Plot: hospital, mental institution, terminal illness, power relations, kids in trouble, human spirit, mentally challenged, mentally unstable, showbiz, society, misfit, disability ...
Time: 60s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, best friends, rich and poor, parents and children, life is a bitch, human nature, buddies, twists & turns, family relations ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, surgery, doctor, doctors and patients, coldhearted, redemption, hopes, family relations, power relations, intern, self discovery, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: medical school, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, depression, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, mentor, thanksgiving, student, change of heart ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, psychological, realistic, tense, bleak ...
Plot: gang, crime, urban, hopes, performer's life, life is a bitch, crimes, writer's life, confined, wrongfully committed, prison life, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, gloomy, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: hitchhiker, rebelliousness, on the road, dysfunctional family, road trip, self discovery, small town, bowling, pianist, generation gap, musician, oil field ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, washington state, usa, southern california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 33K
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, life is a bitch, grieving, dealing with death, drugs/alcohol, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship, group therapy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, emotional, sincere, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: mental illness, teenage love, mental institution, friendship, schizophrenia, love affair, youth, dysfunctional family, romance, unlikely couple, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.7
 69K
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, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, social problems, life is a bitch, human relationship, unhappy, dedicated educator, society, high school life, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, serious, sincere, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, power relations, youth, imaginary, confined, life is a bitch, doctors and patients, hopes, teenage life, self control, misfit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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: biting, realistic, emotional, serious, bleak ...
Plot: pregnancy, society, injustice, mental illness, mental institution, power relations, win over, misfit, confined, life is a bitch, wrongfully committed, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
 8.1
 388K
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, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, master and servant, friendship, maid, discrimination, storytelling, racial segregation, hopes, blacks and whites, social relations, interracial relations, against the rules ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, terminal illness, suicide, psychiatrist, starting over, hopes, doctors and patients, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, depression, sex, life, adaptation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The End of Innocence (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. Eventually here is where she finds her answers.
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, serious, emotional ...
Plot: self discovery, mental institution, parents and children, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, family problems, drug abuse, family relations, power relations, drugs/alcohol, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.5
 90K
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, serious, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, 9/11, life changing experience, dealing with death, haunted by the past, loss of loved one, tragic event, friends, character change, family, childhood memory, loss of spouse ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.8
 32K
The Verdict (1982)
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: tense, touching, sincere, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, character study, redemption, courtroom, self esteem, fighting the system, injustice, coma, workplace situations, dishonesty, introspection, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: human spirit, fighting the system, elderly, mental illness, friendship, disability, mental institution, aging, lifestyle, misfit, human nature, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1880s
Place: england, canada, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: thought provoking, sincere, serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: prison, psychopath, psychiatrist, nightmare, confined, interracial relations, hopes, prison life, society, rebelliousness, mentally unstable, mental illness ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%