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Pay It Forward (2000)
 7.2
 108K
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, uplifting, touching, emotional, inspirational, motivational, serious, intense, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, parents and children, addiction, school, death, life philosophy, bully, exotic dancer, burn injury, junior high school, alone in the world, youth, family relations, teachers and students, love and romance, classmates, hopes, society, human nature, power relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, serious and emotional films with plots about family relations, mentor, redemption, friendship, catastrophe, life philosophy and parents and children mostly in Drama, Biography and Adventure genres. Some movies like Pay It Forward: The Man Without a Face (1993), Smile (2005), Dead Poets Society (1989), The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005), Down in the Delta (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, sincere, sentimental, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, disfigurement, injustice, teacher, social misfits, physical appearance, false accusation, teaching the ways of the world, secret, mysterious character, loneliness, suspicion ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 884
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: sincere, uplifting, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, teenage life, culture clash, social differences, society, human nature, human spirit, teaching the ways of the world, misfit, charity, adoption, journey ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, asia, california, usa, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: sentimental, intellectual, philosophical, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teacher, boarding school life, teachers and students, poetry, poet, suicide, dedicated educator, youth, literature, professor, teaching the ways of the world, philosophy ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, touching, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, hopes, society, marriage of convenience, love affair, family relations, soldier, romance, life is a bitch, brutality, world war two, destiny ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ 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, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: farm, dysfunctional family, family life, dysfunctional character, drugs/alcohol, family relations, coming of age, working class, starting over, society, alcohol abuse, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, chicago illinois, atlanta georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, sentimental, uplifting, sincere, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: human spirit, destiny, life philosophy, mentally challenged, true love, journey, rise to the top, human relationship, storytelling, misfit, odd, philosophy ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, thought provoking, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: school, tourette's syndrome, social misfits, dedicated educator, teachers and students, stuttering, family relations, disability, against the odds, follow your dream, human spirit, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: uplifting, sincere, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, hopes, dedicated educator, human spirit, social misfits, parents and children, boss and employee, thanksgiving, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: emotional, sincere, sentimental, serious, touching ...
Plot: racism, discrimination, family relations, injustice, rich and poor, couple relations, parents and children, follow your dream, social differences, single parent, brother sister relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, sincere, uplifting, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, rabbi, school, youth, clergy, parents and children, family relations, religions or cults, catholicism, afterlife, society, judaism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, future, 1930s
Place: usa, illinois, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.6
 137K
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: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, parenthood, father daughter relationship, lawyer, social services, single parent, single father, disability, child custody, custody ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, 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, medical school, surgery, doctor, coldhearted, doctors and patients, redemption, power relations, family relations, intern, self discovery, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.3
 252
Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, opposites attract, friends, family relations, immigrants, coming of age, love and romance, single parent, youth, culture clash, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: uplifting, touching, sentimental, sincere, intense ...
Plot: mentor, dedicated educator, friendship, prejudice, prodigy, basketball, writer's life, african american, private school, follow your dream, lifestyle, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, scotland, new york yankees, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: disability, falling in love, human spirit, coming of age, teenage love, family relations, love and romance, parents and children, single parent, protective parent, disfigurement, dignity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.0
 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, sentimental, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: brother brother relationship, abuse, physical abuse, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, alcohol abuse, couple relations, siblings relations, domestic violence, radio, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.6
 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, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, family relations, poetry, parents and children, innocence lost, family problems, writer's life, family in crisis, teenage life, teachers and students, teacher student relationship, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ 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, touching, sincere, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: introspection, friendship, mental illness, estrangement, social misfits, teacher, inspiration, play, young heroes, hopes, parents and children, daydreamer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 6.8
 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: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, sad ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, self discovery, family life, couple relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, unfulfillment, child birth, cancer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, inspirational, sentimental, motivational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, rise to the top, life is a bitch, ambition, against the odds, single parent, down on your luck, life, success, hopes, rags to riches, family drama ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, psychological, thought provoking, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: prodigy, single parent, coming of age, waitress, mathematics, working class, society, human nature, misfit, family relations, supportive parent, summer camp ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: muslim, false accusation, autism, islam, mental illness, asperger's syndrome, journey, prejudice, racism, hopes, fall in love, true love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: realistic, emotional, uplifting, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: sexual abuse, hopes, parents and children, teachers and students, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family relations, power relations, courtroom drama, misfit, rehabilitation, legal ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, self esteem, african american, rivalry, hopes, human spirit, human nature, self discovery, prodigy, dedicated educator, teachers and students, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Winter Solstice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A widower confronts his older son's decision to leave home and his younger son's self-destructive behavior.
Style: realistic, sentimental, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: parents and children, starting over, family relations, love and romance, couple relations, small town life, brother brother relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, teenage boy, social relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.7
 24K
Marvin's Room (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, transplant, reunion, estrangement, leukemia, single parent, family problems, siblings relations, family relations, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: civil rights, racism, friendship, teenage life, haunted by the past, african american, domestic violence, social differences, interracial relations, teaching the ways of the world, family relations, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1964
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.8
 16K
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: sincere, touching, depressing, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, support group, alcoholic, rehabilitation, introspection, irresponsible, life is a bitch, hopes, drinking, teacher, elementary school, awkwardness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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: emotional, touching, serious, compassionate, realistic ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, unemployment, ira, parents and children, injustice, human nature, society, irish, loss of sibling, prejudice, teacher ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, new york, europe, usa, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.5
 26K
Nell (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In a remote woodland cabin, a small town doctor discovers Nell - a beautiful young hermit woman with many secrets.
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: isolation, feral child, self discovery, power relations, doctors and patients, wilderness, family, psychologist, innocence lost, mother daughter relationship, autism, forest ...
Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%