Movies like The Other Side of Heaven

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The Other Side of Heaven (2001)
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The Other Side of Heaven (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: John H. Groberg, a middle class kid from Idaho Falls, crosses the Pacific to become a Mormon missionary in the remote and exotic Tongan island kingdom during the 1950's. He leaves behind a loving family and the true love of his life, Jean. Through letters and musings across the miles, John shares his humbling and sometimes hilarious adventures with "the girl back home", and her letters buoy up his spirits in difficult times. John must struggle to overcome language barriers, physical hardship and deep-rooted suspicion to earn the trust and love of the Tongan people he has come to serve. Throughout his adventure-filled three years on the islands, he discovers friends and wisdom in the most unlikely places. John H. Groberg's Tongan odyssey will change his life forever.
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, sincere, feel good, scenic, emotional, inspirational, entertaining ...
Plot: friendship, adventure, hopes, love and romance, youth, friends, human spirit, true love, coming of age, fish out of water, disorder, christian, religion, love, ends with biographical notes, religious, starvation, separated, pacific island, bathing, saying grace, spanking, dance, missionary, mormon ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, future
Place: idaho, usa, hawaii

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and sentimental films with plots about friendship, friends, hopes, runaway, storytelling, mentor and youth mostly in Drama, Adventure and Biography genres. Some movies like The Other Side of Heaven: Into the Wild (2007), The Chosen (1981), White Water Summer (1987), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), Wild (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: melancholic, road movie, captivating, inspirational, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, survival, wilderness, introspection, journey, isolation, freedom, obsessive quest, hitchhiker, adventure, on the road, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, arizona, georgia ...
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100%
 7.1
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The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, dramatic, earnest ...
Plot: friendship, chosen one, culture clash, coming of age, interracial relations, teenage life, society, friends, clergy, parents and children, youth, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
White Water Summer (1987)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When the experienced guide Vic accompanies the city boy Alan and his three friends on their first wilderness experience, he not only hope to teach the four boys lessons about the wilderness, but about themselves. Vic pushes them to the limit. Soon ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: survival, coming of age, wilderness, friendship, summer, guide, nature, adventure, youth, danger, camp, lake or river ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed.
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: aerial combat, redemption, hopes, adventure, starting over, human nature, introspection, friendship, haunted by the past, midlife crisis, wartime life, filmmaking ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: nebraska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 7.1
 106K
Wild (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A woman with a tragic past decides to start her new life by hiking for one thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Style: uplifting, emotional, sincere, captivating, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, wilderness, self discovery, introspection, redemption, hiking, on the road, llama, nature, journey, memory, dealing with death ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, year 1995
Place: usa, cross country, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
84 Charing Cross Road (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a humorous script-reader in her New York apartment sees an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature for a bookstore in London that does mail order, she begins a very special correspondence and friendship with Frank Doel, the bookseller who works ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, correspondence, romance, human nature, fall in love, love and romance, couples, friends, writer's life, couple relations, hopes, book ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s, 20th century, 40s, 50s ...
Place: england, london, new york, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.9
 350
The Climb (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, New Zealand, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Baltimore, 1959. Danny's dad is the only man in the neighborhood who didn't fight in World War II. Danny, who's 12, gets teased and folks make nasty cracks about cowards. An old radio tower on a nearby hill is about to be torn down, ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, young heroes, human spirit, adventure, small town, parents and children, coming of age, family life, youth, family relations, friends, aging ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A thinly fictionalized account of a legendary movie director, whose desire to hunt down an animal turns into a grim situation with his movie crew in Africa
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, touching, enigmatic ...
Plot: safari, elephant, adventure, obsession, wilderness, friendship, danger, movie business, escapades, society, friends, obsessive quest ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: africa, uganda, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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This Boy's Life (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, rough, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, dysfunctional family, child abuse, mechanic, homosexual, jealousy, oppression, alcoholic, parents and children ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: seattle, usa, washington state, united states, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.2
 23K
Mask (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
Style: captivating, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, freak, disfigurement, dignity, single parent, childhood, coming of age, rocker, falling in love, parents and children, teenage love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.4
 876
Smile (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Introduced to a volunteer opportunity with the Doctor's Gift Program, Katie (Mika Boorem) signs up for a trip to China, where she meets Lin (Yi Ding), a girl with whom she shares a birthday. Lin has a facial deformity that discourages her from ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, adoption, charity, single parent, follow your dream, human nature, human spirit, social differences, teaching the ways of the world, teenage love, culture clash, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, asia, california, usa, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Snow Walker (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A bush pilot in nothern Canada who with the aid of modernity thinks he can handle it all & knows it all. After reluctantly agreeing to transport a local indian girl to a medical facility his light plane crashes & they have to survive whilst ...
Style: emotional, serious, atmospheric, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: survival, airplane, human spirit, adventure, friendship, wilderness, danger, escapades, hopes, friends, forces of nature, stranded ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Stolen Summer (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Pete, an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-1970s, attends Catholic school, where as classes let out for the summer, he's admonished by a nun to follow the path of the Lord, and not that of the Devil. ...
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, school, rabbi, nun, parents and children, suburbs, religions or cults, society, friends, clergy, contests and competitions, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, future, 1930s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 8.1
 321K
Stand by Me (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, realistic, intense ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing
Plot: friendship, coming of age, childhood, buddies, innocence lost, youth, friends, young heroes, small town, human relationship, coming-of-age, young kid ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1959
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in 1898, Cambridge, Massachusetts, depicts Annie Sullivan Macy supporting her student Helen Keller at Radcliffe College.
Style: serious, uplifting, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, mute or deaf, college, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, misfit, youth, power relations, dedicated educator, young heroes, teachers and students ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Different Drummers (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When David accurately foretells the death of their teacher and says God told him, Lyle devises a plan to find out if God really exists.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental
Plot: best friends, friendship, disability, youth, friends, foreknowledge, spider, teacher, wheelchair, swimming, spanking
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1965
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Derby Stallion (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An alcoholic former horse-trainer perceives in a fifteen-year-old boy a unique gift of horsemanship and makes it possible for the boy to conceive his dream and pursue it.
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, self discovery, friendship, misfit, high school, follow your dream, adventure, family, human spirit, ambition, hopes, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Have a Little Faith (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: At age 82, Mitch Albom's former rabbi Albert Lewis wants the famous Detroit sportswriter to give his eulogy when the time comes. Albom makes a visit to his former home town in New Jersey, where Rabbi Lewis has served a congregation for about 50 ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, uplifting
Plot: rabbi, clergy, redemption, hopes, urban ghetto, starting over, religions or cults, columnist, personal growth, poverty, friendship, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Whole Wide World (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based on her acclaimed autobiographical book, THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD tells the story of Novalyne Price, an attractive feisty West Texas schoolteacher and her bittersweet, romantic and turbulent relationship with Robert E. Howard, the great pulp ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: romance, friendship, fall in love, writer's life, artists and showbiz, friends, hopes, love and romance, couples, introspection, couple relations, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, new mexico, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 8.3
 20K
Dersu Uzala (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Soviet Union, Japan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A military explorer meets and befriends a Goldi man in Russia’s unmapped forests. A deep and abiding bond evolves between the two men, one civilized in the usual sense, the other at home in the glacial Siberian woods.
Style: atmospheric, epic, stylized, serious, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, survival, wilderness, nature, tiger, russian soldier, culture clash, adventure, exploration, map, trapper ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 19th century
Place: russia, siberia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Visit to a Chief's Son (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An American anthropologist and his son benefit from their experiences with an East African tribe.
Style: serious, offbeat, realistic, uplifting, touching
Plot: friendship, anthropologist, human nature, adventure, african tribe, parent child relationship, parents and children, culture clash, curses spells and rituals, society, family relations, friends ...
Time: 70s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.6
 19K
White Squall (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Teenage boys discover discipline and camaraderie on an ill-fated sailing voyage.
Style: serious, emotional, rough, touching, suspense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, sailing, survival, adventure, escapades, ocean or sea, danger, mentor, catastrophe, life & death, sea disaster ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1960, year 1961
Place: caribbean, jamaica, west indies
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII.
Style: sincere, serious, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, hopes, society, couples, farm, family relations, romance, single parent, soldier, friendship, love affair, pregnancy ...
Place: colorado, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 4.6
 354
Sal (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: James Franco's Sal chronicles the final hours of the life of actor Sal Mineo, one-time teen idol and star of the blockbuster films Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: hollywood, actor's life, ambition, homosexuality, artists and showbiz, hopes, introspection, friendship, unfulfillment, friends, lifestyle, stabbing ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
 930
Jungle Child (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Family
Country: Germany
Duration: 158 min.
Story: A family of a German linguist lives with an indigenous tribe in Papua New Guinea.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: adventure, jungle, interracial relations, friendship, island, culture clash, society, youth, friends, young heroes, siblings relations, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, germany, indonesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.3
 5K
Born Free (1966)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Born Free (1966) is an Open Road Films Ltd./Columbia Pictures feature film starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers as Joy and George Adamson, a real-life couple who raised an orphaned lion cub to adulthood, and released her into the wilds of ...
Style: touching, feel good, serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: pets, friends, rifle, wildlife, lion, animal rights, survival, adventure, family, friendship, human spirit, dead animal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: africa, kenya
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Father and Master (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh, almost barbaric existence by slowly educating himself, despite violent opposition from his brutal father.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, emotional, rough ...
Plot: human spirit, coming of age, parents and children, hopes, society, youth, family relations, life is a bitch, siblings relations, isolation, uneducated, solace ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.7
 18K
White Fang (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, pets, dog, treasure, adventure, human animal relationship, daring rescue, gold, survival, adventurer, unlikely friendships, wilderness ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: alaska, usa, mine, london, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.0
 3K
Standing Up (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Based on one of the most beloved Young Adult novels of all time: Two kids are stripped naked and left together on an island in a lake - victims of a vicious summer camp prank; But rather than have to return to camp and face the humiliation, they ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, coming of age, prank, summer camp, on the road, family, youth, friends, on the run, self discovery, parents and children, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
 98K
Men of Honor (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, military, against the odds, racism, ambition, hopes, society, follow your dream, navy, dream come true, soldier, u.s. navy ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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