Movies like Pay It Forward

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Pay It Forward (2000)
 7.2
 107K
Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, inspirational, emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, motivational, bad ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, single parent, childhood, child's point of view, good deed, disfigurement, school, life philosophy, addiction, death, alone in the world, mentor, burn injury, junior high school, exotic dancer, parents and children, society, youth, family relations, human nature, teachers and students, hopes, love and romance, power relations, bully ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: nevada, las vegas, usa

Most similar movies to Pay It Forward

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, emotional and serious films with plots about catastrophe, mentor, redemption, family relations, life philosophy, parents and children and storytelling mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Pay It Forward: Forrest Gump (1994), The Man Without a Face (1993), Down in the Delta (1998), Little Man Tate (1991), The Doctor (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, uplifting, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: human spirit, destiny, mentally challenged, journey, misfit, tragic love, love and romance, human relationship, justice, fish out of water, society, true love ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The Man Without a Face (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of a relationship between a teacher and his troubled pupil. Justin McLeod is a former teacher who lives as a recluse on the edge of town. His face is disfigured from an automobile accident and fire ten years before in which a boy was ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, suspicion, teacher, injustice, social misfits, disfigurement, physical appearance, secret, life is a bitch, teaching the ways of the world, false accusation, mysterious character ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Down in the Delta (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: farm, single parent, drugs/alcohol, dysfunctional family, starting over, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, family relations, rehabilitation, human nature, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, atlanta georgia, alabama, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Little Man Tate (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius, she is determined to ensure that Fred has all the opportunities that he needs, and that he is not taken advantage of by people who forget that his ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, psychological ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: prodigy, single parent, coming of age, waitress, intelligence, single, single father, scientist, jealousy, working class, parents and children, mathematics ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Movie in collections
 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, doctors and patients, surgery, doctor, coldhearted, redemption, couples, power relations, human nature, human spirit, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: medical school, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Front of the Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "Front of the Class" is based on the true story of Brad Cohen -- played in the movie by Jimmy Wolk -- who, "after being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher
Style: touching, realistic, serious, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: social misfits, stuttering, teachers and students, school, disability, family relations, dedicated educator, family, follow your dream, parents and children, teenage life, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.9
 12K
Radio Flyer (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A father reminisces about his childhood when he and his younger brother moved to a new town with their mother, her new husband and their dog, Shane. When the younger brother is subjected to physical abuse at the hands of their brutal stepfather, ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: physical abuse, abuse, parents and children, siblings relations, life is a bitch, youth, couples, family relations, couple relations, childhood, alcohol abuse, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: cross country, california, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
My Name Is Khan (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: India, USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, has Asperger's syndrome. He marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who treat him as a terrorist because of his ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: muslim, false accusation, mental illness, prejudice, true love, hopes, racism, optimism, fall in love, journey, autism, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 10K
My Life (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, talky ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, cancer, death, baby, pregnancy, family life, self discovery, parents and children, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 3K
Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: writer's life, high school, parents and children, teenage life, love and romance, youth, family problems, family relations, innocence lost, teachers and students, family in crisis, power relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Finding Forrester (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Gus van Sant tells the story of a young African American man named Jamal who confronts his talents while living on the streets of the Bronx. He accidentally runs into an old writer named Forrester who discovers his passion for writing. With help ...
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: mentor, friendship, dedicated educator, prodigy, private school, plagiarism, basketball, prejudice, writer's life, high school, literature, age difference ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, scotland, usa, new york yankees, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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: 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 ⇓
29%
 5.5
 6K
Bee Season (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 11-year-old Eliza is the invisible element of her family unit: her parents are both consumed with work and her brother is wrapped up in his own adolescent life. Eliza ignites not only a spark that makes her visible but one that sets into motion a ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: judaism, dysfunctional family, mental illness, redemption, parents and children, coming of age, family problems, hopes, society, family relations, human nature, religion ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 ⇓
29%
 7.7
 9K
The Cure (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Eric, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Eric also becomes closer to Dexter's mother than to his own, who is neglectful and bigoted and violently forbids their ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: best friends, friendship, terminal illness, aids, coming of age, loss of son, young heroes, parents and children, hopes, youth, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, new orleans, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.6
 135K
I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, single parent, father daughter relationship, child custody, lawyer, social services, children's book, locked door, parenthood, custody ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, farm, family relations, romance, single parent, soldier, friendship, love affair, pregnancy, fall in love ...
Place: colorado, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
 3K
Paradise (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Willard Young is a 10-year-old boy who is sent by his mother to stay with her best friend Lily Reed, who lives in the Delta shrimp-fishing country in a town called Paradise. Lily and her husband Ben have been living in an unmentioned emotional ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, small town, coming of age, single parent, crumbling marriage, child care, relationship problems, grief, summer, dealing with death, human nature, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Men Don't Leave (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After her husband John dies unexpectedly, Beth Macauley is unprepared for life without him. She is unemployed with no job skills and $60,000 in debt from on-going renovations to their house located in suburban Bingham. She doesn't know what to ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: widow, starting over, depression, lottery, single parent, crumbling marriage, single mother, dealing with death, urban, human nature, self discovery, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 11K
The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, bullying, friendship, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, family life, child, self discovery, parents and children, haunted by the past, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, mississippi, asia, usa, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The fantastical tale of a little girl who won't - or can't - follow the rules. Confounded by her clashes with the rule-obsessed world around her, Phoebe seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher, even as her brilliant but ...
Style: psychological, serious, atmospheric, surreal, emotional ...
Plot: mental illness, teacher, school, play, misfit, inspiration, rabbit, bedroom, social misfits, introspection, friendship, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 114K
Joy (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.
Style: witty, stylized, realistic, inspirational, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, single parent, divorce, businesswoman, flashback, bankruptcy, storytelling, sunglasses, drawing, party, family ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, california, dallas texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 399
The Tic Code (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A 10 year old gifted boy wants to be a jazz pianist much to the chagrin of his more classical oriented piano instructor. With his mother's help, he is an underage regular at a local nightspot, where he is teamed up with a sax superstar. Both ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, offbeat ...
Audience: kids
Plot: jazz, disability, music, family life, musician's life, prodigy, single parent, friendship, parents and children, artists and showbiz, youth, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 19K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, unemployment, irish, coming of age, human nature, parents and children, prejudice, rich and poor, society, youth, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, europe, usa, new york, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of a state institution for mentally retarded children. Jean Hansen, a former music teacher anxious to give her life some meaning, joins the staff of the hospital. Jean, who tries to shelter the children with her love, ...
Style: serious, emotional, gloomy, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: school, teaching, dedicated educator, mentally challenged, mental institution, down syndrome, human spirit, teachers and students, hopes, power relations, social misfits, boss and employee ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Dreams can make a life worth living, but they can also be dashed by bad decisions. This is the crossroads whare the Younger family find themselves when their father passes away and leaves them with $10,000 in life insurance money. Should they buy a ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: discrimination, racism, single parent, follow your dream, store, couple relations, interracial relations, parents and children, rich and poor, social differences, americana, injustice ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 15K
Smashed (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: addiction, support group, drinking, teacher, rehabilitation, alcoholic, alcohol abuse, elementary school, drugs/alcohol, wife husband relationship, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: sexual abuse, mentally challenged, mute or deaf, single parent, parents and children, misfit, family problems, rehabilitation, teachers and students, courtroom drama, family in crisis, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: sentimental, uplifting, emotional, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, down on your luck, rise to the top, against the odds, hopes, life, success, ambition, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, coming of age, haunted by the past, small town, domestic violence, civil rights, african american, teenage life, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1964
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%