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, prison, dancing, party, storm, mormon, starvation, punishment, missionary, ritual, rescue, separated ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, future
Place: idaho, usa, hawaii

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Most similar movies to The Other Side of Heaven

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and dramatic films with plots about runaway, storytelling, catastrophe, friendship, mentor, culture clash and life philosophy mostly in Drama, Biography and Adventure genres. Some movies like The Other Side of Heaven: Into the Wild (2007), White Water Summer (1987), Mask (1985), The Chosen (1981), Born Free (1966). 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, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, self discovery, wilderness, introspection, freedom, journey, isolation, obsessive quest, on the road, hitchhiker, adventure, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, south dakota, california ...
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100%
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, guide, nature, summer, adventure, youth, danger, camp, lake or river ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.2
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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, coming of age, rocker, falling in love, parents and children, teenage love, physical appearance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.1
 2K
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, culture clash, chosen one, coming of age, interracial relations, teenage life, society, friends, clergy, parents and children, youth, judaism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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 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: animal rights, lion, wildlife, rifle, survival, adventure, family, pets, friends, friendship, human spirit, dead animal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: africa, kenya
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, serious, sentimental, 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 ⇓
57%
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, wilderness, friendship, danger, escapades, hopes, friends, forces of nature, stranded ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.1
 17K
Courageous (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly ...
Style: emotional, uplifting, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: faith, father, drugs/alcohol, introspection, parents and children, redemption, religions or cults, family life, hopes, partners, family relations, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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, rough, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, friendship, domestic violence, dysfunctional family, child abuse, mechanic, homosexual, jealousy, oppression, alcoholic, parents and children ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, united states, washington state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, illinois, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.1
 109K
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: wilderness, human spirit, self discovery, redemption, hiking, on the road, llama, cheating on husband, introspection, memory, dealing with death, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, year 1995
Place: usa, cross country, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
End of the Spear (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: "End of the Spear" is the story of Mincayani, a Waodani tribesman from the jungles of Ecuador. When five young missionaries, among them Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, are speared to death by the Waodani in 1956, a series of events unfold to ...
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic, tense ...
Plot: jungle, redemption, murder, parents and children, crimes, deadly, heroes, hopes, family relations, dealing with death, human spirit, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 1950s, 1940s
Place: ecuador, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.2
 100K
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, sincere, realistic, rough ...
Plot: human spirit, military, racism, u.s. navy, prejudice, against the odds, ambition, hopes, society, follow your dream, african american, navy ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, touching, realistic, 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 ⇓
49%
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 ⇓
48%
 8.3
 21K
Dersu Uzala (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Soviet Union, Japan, Ukraine
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: friendship, human spirit, survival, wilderness, nature, tiger, russian soldier, culture clash, adventure, map, exploration, trapper ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 19th century
Place: russia, siberia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, dog, treasure, pets, adventure, human animal relationship, daring rescue, gold, survival, adventurer, unlikely friendships, wilderness ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: alaska, usa, mine, london, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Imaginary Crimes (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A recently widowed, small-time hustler struggles to raise his two teenage daughters on his own and still make a dishonest living in 1950s Indiana.
Style: touching, semi serious, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, betrayal, parents and children, father, hustler, hopes, youth, family relations, life is a bitch, single parent, human nature, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: indiana, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 7.6
 50K
Rudy (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, underdog, american football, college life, ambition, college, working class, athlete's life, football, university, follow your dream, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 2K
Infinity (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Story of the early life of genius and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: tuberculosis, mathematics, terminal illness, romance, young lovers, hopes, wedding, atomic bomb, love of one's life, love and romance, college, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: new mexico, new york, usa, new orleans, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Under the Same Moon (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: immigrants, latin, obsessive quest, friendship, parents and children, escapades, coming of age, hopes, youth, family problems, family relations, power relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, los angeles, california, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: serious, feel good, 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 ⇓
41%
War of the Buttons (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: UK, France, Japan, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The children of Ballydowse and Carrickdowse engage in battles where they cut of the buttons, shoe-laces and underwear of their captured opponents. This is to get the boys in trouble with their parents. They go to battle in mass groups of dozens, ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: boy, rivalry, friendship, adventure, family, uninhibited rivalry, coming of age, button, teenage life, village, youth, mischievous children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: country music, coal mining, journey shown on map, coal, music, country, musician's life, rising to stardom, female friendship, couple relations, ambition, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1950s
Place: kentucky, washington state, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
A Walk in the Woods (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.
Style: humorous, light, road movie, melancholic, scenic ...
Plot: hiking, in the woods, friendship, adventure, elderly, escapades, wilderness, friends, camping, aging, midlife crisis, road trip ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 18th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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The Dove (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The true story of a 16 year old (Robin Lee Graham, played by Joseph Bottoms) who aims to become the youngest person to sail around the world in a 23 foot sloop named "The Dove". On his journey he meets and falls in love with a young woman ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, love affair, ocean or sea, adventure, escapades, romance, love and romance, obsessive quest, teenage life, fall in love, youth, friends ...
Time: 70s
Place: pacific ocean, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, mathematics, education, mexican american, summer school, cheating, idealism, dedicated educator, hardcase students, high school teacher, urban ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Never Cry Wolf (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This film dramatizes the true story of Farley Mowat, when he was sent to the Canadian tundra area to collect evidence of the grievous harm the wolf population was allegedly doing to the caribou herds. In his struggle to survive in that difficult ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, uplifting, scenic ...
Plot: wilderness, adventure, biologist, arctic, wolf, survival, inuit, mouse, forces of nature, environmentalism, animal life, fish out of water ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: alaska, usa, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 7K
Iron Will (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When Will Stoneman's father dies, he is left alone to take care of his mother and their land. Needing money to maintain it, he decides to join a cross country dogsled race. This race will require days of racing for long hours, through harsh ...
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, train, family, underdog, contests and competitions, human spirit, friendship, against the odds, sport, ambition, hopes, rivalry ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: minnesota, canada, usa, alaska, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer journeys to the Himalayas without his family to head an expedition in 1939. But when World War II breaks out, the arrogant Harrer falls into Allied forces' hands as a prisoner of war. He escapes with a ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: mountain, mountaineer, friendship, culture clash, buddhism, politics, adventure, communism, treason, adventurer, expedition, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: tibet, himalaya, china, austria, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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