Movies like Patch Adams

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Patch Adams (1998)
 6.8
 97K
Patch Adams (1998)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Meet Patch Adams, a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own career.
Style: touching, emotional, tragicomedy, inspirational, sentimental, realistic, uplifting, compassionate, sincere, dramatic ...
Plot: human spirit, hospital, friendship, clinic, doctors and patients, unconventional method, doctor, hopes, nursing, doctor patient relationship, compassion, life philosophy, terminal illness, dealing with death, cancer, medical profession, human nature, mad scientist, stereotypes, nurse, laughter, friends, couple relations, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971
Place: medical school, usa, virginia

Most similar movies to Patch Adams

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, sentimental and emotional films with plots about mentor, destiny, storytelling, life philosophy, catastrophe, redemption and hopes mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Patch Adams: Awakenings (1990), Good Will Hunting (1997), The Bucket List (2007), The Doctor (1991), The Intouchables (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.8
 113K
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: motivational, uplifting, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, coma, hospital, hopes, illness, patient, doctor, treatment, fighting illness, cure ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 1930s, 1960s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ 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: psychological, emotional, sentimental, realistic, philosophical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, philosophy, professor, university, human spirit, psychologist, ambition, dedicated educator, life philosophy, existentialism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 217K
The Bucket List (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, elderly, journey, follow your dream, human spirit, friendship, golden years, unlikely friendships, adventure, dying, mechanic, philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: himalaya, taj mahal, usa, hong kong, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, coldhearted, doctors and patients, redemption, introspection, terminal illness, power relations, family relations, hopes, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: medical school, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Intouchables (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
Style: uplifting, feel good, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, life philosophy, disability, culture clash, lifestyle change, friends, human relationship, loneliness, odd couple, blacks and whites, french, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 1.6M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, sincere, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: human spirit, destiny, mentally challenged, life philosophy, true love, odd, journey, misfit, tragic love, love, love and romance, human relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 271K
Seven Pounds (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Style: touching, emotional, sad, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: redemption, life philosophy, depression, true love, fall in love, hopes, tragic event, self sacrifice, sacrifice, secret, life changing experience, vegetarian ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 303K
50/50 (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, sincere, tragicomedy ...
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, patient, cancer, fighting illness, doctor, therapist, best friend, buddies, hopes, coping, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, hawaii, canada, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Michael is a 24-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in.
Style: emotional, uplifting, dramatic, touching, realistic ...
Plot: disability, friendship, youth, life, loneliness, human spirit, love triangle, friends, cerebral palsy, young lovers, unlikely friendships, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.
Style: uplifting, touching, compassionate, factual, serious ...
Plot: prodigy, genius, disability, supportive spouse, human spirit, life is a bitch, religion versus science, against the odds, life turned upside down, love, adaptation, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1990s, 1960s
Place: england, oxford university
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: emotional, uplifting, sentimental, inspirational, motivational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, rise to the top, against the odds, down on your luck, life, success, hopes, ambition, parents and children, financial problem ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: kindergarten, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After learning that a brain aneurysm will kill him in about 90 minutes, a perpetually unhappy man struggles to come to terms with his fate and make amends with everyone he has ever hurt.
Style: thought provoking, dark humor, tragicomedy, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, redemption, life is a bitch, parents and children, introspection, urban, chases and races, hopes, depression, family, doctors, life philosophy ...
Time: 2010s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
 31K
Antwone Fisher (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A sailor prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and ...
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: psychiatrist, redemption, child abuse, thanksgiving, navy, graduation, anger, demotion, african american, u.s. navy, childhood, understanding ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico, san diego california, cleveland ohio, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Changing Hearts (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Based on Daniel Wright's award-winning play "Colored Eggs", is a drama/comedy about life, loss and love among an eccentric group of characters whose lives intersect under less than ideal circumstances.
Style: sincere, emotional, semi serious, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, friendship, cancer, hospital, love, romance, fall in love, best friends, friends, nursing, looking for love, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.0
 193K
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, uplifting, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: love and romance, starting over, terminal illness, death, romance, dealing with death, family relations, letter, loss of spouse, couples, widow widower, lost love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, psychological, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: rehabilitation, friendship, disability, love and romance, paralysis, human spirit, human nature, society, hopes, life philosophy, couples, love affair ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.8
 3K
Molly (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Molly McKay is a profoundly autistic twenty-something woman who has lived in an institution from a young age following her parents' death in a car accident. When the institution must close due budget cuts, Molly is left in the charge of her ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: autism, disability, misfit, couples, human spirit, mentally challenged, hopes, romance, siblings relations, parents and children, doctors and patients, custody ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Other Sister (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mentally challenged girl proves herself to be every bit as capable as her "perfect" sister when she moves into an apartment and begins going to college.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, romance, family relations, parents and children, fall in love, society, love and romance, looking for love, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, female protagonist, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 6.9
 19K
Return to Me (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: It took a lot of cajoling to get Bob (Duchovny), a recently widowed architect, to go on a blind date at a quirky Irish-Italian eatery. Once there, he's smitten instantly not with his date but with the sharp-witted waitress, Grace (Driver). ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: transplant, romance, destiny, fall in love, love and romance, hopes, couples, coincidence, couple relations, love of one's life, starting over, death of wife ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.2
 4K
Dad (1989)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A busy executive (Ted Danson) learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him (Jack Lemmon) than ever before. Estranged from his own son (Ethan ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Plot: father son relationship, aging, hopes, parents and children, family life, hospital, terminal illness, family drama, heart attack, doctors, family bonds, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Where the Heart Is (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Novalee Nation is a 17-year-old Tennessee transient who has to grow up in a hurry when she's left pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend on a roadside in Sequoyah, Okla., and takes refuge in the friendly aisles of Wal-Mart. In short order, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, feel good, sincere ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: starting over, small town, friendship, teenage pregnancy, coming of age, pregnancy, love and romance, youth, family relations, power of love, single parent, female protagonist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: oklahoma, tennessee, usa, california, mississippi ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Catch and Release (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Gray Wheeler just lost everything. But it could be the best thing that ever happened to her. After the death of her fiancé, Gray moves in with her late love's best friends. While Sam and Dennis do their best to cheer Gray up, Fritz ...
Style: tragicomedy, sentimental, touching, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, romance, infidelity, self discovery, love and romance, dealing with death, hopes, friends, family relations, starting over, love triangle, best friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, malibu california, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.6
 2K
Agnes Browne (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When Agnes Browne's husband died, she discovered something amazing... Herself.
Style: sentimental, emotional, humorous, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: working class, puberty, children, best friend, human spirit, family problems, life is a bitch, down on your luck, hopes, single parent, family relations, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: ireland, europe, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 24K
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: uplifting, captivating, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, coming of age, teenage love, single parent, parents and children, love and romance, family relations, protective parent, falling in love, freak, dignity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.1
 41K
Shall We Dance (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, a bored and overworked estate lawyer signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: dancer's life, follow your dream, friendship, couple relations, teachers and students, dance school, contests and competitions, jealousy, hopes, couples, romance, marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Indian Summer (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A group of childhood friends, now in their thirties, reunite at Camp Tamakwa. Only a few of the original campers show up, but they still have a good time reminiscing. The people share experiences and grow while at the camp. They are dismayed to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: kids
Plot: reunion, camp, friendship, buddies, couple relations, love and romance, childhood sweetheart, weekend, instructor, camping, reunited friends, group of friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: canada, ontario canada, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Soon-to-be-wed graduate student Finn Dodd develops cold feet when she suspects her fiancé is cheating on her. In order to clear her head, Finn visits her grandmother, Hy, and great aunt, Glady Joe Cleary, in Grasse, Calif. There, Finn learns that ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: marriage, love, coming of age, friendship, advice, americana, family life, self discovery, romance, marriage proposal, parents and children, graduation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, north carolina, california, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, Tod Lubitch is born with a deficient immune system (which is unlike being born with AIDS). As such, he must spend the rest of his life in a completely sterile environment. His room is completely hermetically sealed against ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, serious, emotional, touching ...
Plot: terminal illness, love and romance, parents and children, human nature, misfit, coming of age, parent child relationship, family relations, human spirit, fall in love, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, teacher, romance, creator, friends, couples, introspection, love and romance, writer's life, hopes, couple relations, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, new mexico, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 12K
With Honors (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Convinced he'll graduate with honors because of his thesis paper, a stuffy Harvard student finds his paper being held hostage by a homeless man, who might be the guy to school the young man in life.
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, college, law school, graduation, college student, self discovery, human nature, ambition, youth, father son relationship, unlikely friendships, happy ending ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: massachusetts, campus, usa, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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