Movies like Pay It Forward

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Pay It Forward (2000)
 7.2
 105K
Pay It Forward
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: sentimental, touching, sincere, inspirational, emotional, serious, realistic, bad ending, surprise ending, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: child's point of view, childhood, life philosophy, good deed, teacher, disfigurement, single parent, school, alone in the world, death, mentor, homeless, drugs/alcohol, destiny, parents and children, happy ending, catastrophe, injustice, sacrifice, junior high school, burn injury, first contact, storytelling, life, love story ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
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Front of the Class
Drama
USA
95 min.
 8.2
My Name Is Khan
Drama
India
165 min.
 8.0
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Most similar movies to Pay It Forward

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, serious and sentimental films with plots about mentor, catastrophe, destiny, storytelling, redemption, life philosophy and childhood mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Pay It Forward: The Doctor (1991), Finding Forrester (2000), The Man Without a Face (1993), My Life (1993), Front of the Class (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.0
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The Doctor
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: touching, psychological, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, redemption, cancer, doctors, doctors and patients, destiny, mentor, first contact, existentialism, psychiatry, catastrophe, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, medical school
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System:   95%
    User:   78%
 
Finding Forrester
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, sentimental, uplifting, serious, inspirational ...
Plot: mentor, writer's life, friendship, high school, literature, basketball, teacher, writing, coming of age, prejudice, school, dedicated educator ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, boston, scotland, new york yankees
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System:   94%
    User:   100%
 
The Man Without a Face
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: emotional, touching, sentimental, clever, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, boarding school, teacher, island, mentor, coming of age, social misfits, dysfunctional family, unlikely friendships, childhood, physical appearance, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   93%
    User:   100%
 
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 6.8
 9K
My Life
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, cancer, death, father son relationship, childhood, parenthood, family life, afterlife, reconciliation, life & death, life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   91%
    User:   88%
 
Front of the Class
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, inspirational, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: stuttering, school, disability, teacher, social misfits, childhood, mentor, family, follow your dream, life philosophy, life & death, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   88%
    User:   100%
 
 6.9
 11K
Radio Flyer
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, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: childhood, child abuse, parents and children, imaginary friend, dysfunctional family, bullying, children, siblings relations, mentor, physical abuse, life is a bitch, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s, year 1969
Place: california, cross country, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   87%
    User:   99%
 
Akeelah and the Bee
Genre: Drama
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, underdog, mentor, courage, coming of age, friendship, dedicated educator, urban, contests and competitions, happy ending, kids and family, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   84%
    User:   100%
 
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 6.5
 25K
Nell
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, sentimental, emotional, psychological, serious ...
Plot: isolation, family, solitude, psychology, innocence lost, death, self discovery, doctors, wilderness, doctors and patients, mentor, disability ...
Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   81%
    User:   65%
 
 7.7
 8K
The Cure
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, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, terminal illness, aids, childhood, children, hospital, best friends, unlikely friendships, adolescence, mentor, young heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   78%
    User:   72%
 
Stand and Deliver
Genre: 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, sentimental, touching, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: high school, teacher, mathematics, idealism, school, underdog, dedicated educator, fighting the system, mentor, hardcase students, childhood, urban ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   77%
    User:   77%
 
Little Man Tate
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, sincere, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: coming of age, working class, mathematics, single parent, college, mentor, prodigy, hospital, childhood, genius, happy ending, children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   61%
 
My Name Is Khan
Genre: Drama
Country: India
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, serious, emotional, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: bollywood, redemption, romance, prejudice, president, on the road, obsessive quest, religion, natural disaster, islam, indians, love story ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   74%
    User:   60%
 
 7.6
 133K
I Am Sam
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 ...
Plot: lawyer, parenthood, single father, father daughter relationship, fighting the system, disability, love, courtroom, dedicated lawyer, autism, hospital, adoption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   73%
    User:   71%
 
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Losing Isaiah
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Khaila Richards, a crack-addicted single mother, accidentally leaves her baby in a dumpster while high and returns the next day in a panic to find he is missing. In reality, the baby has been adopted by a warm-hearted social worker, Margaret Lewin, ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, addiction, courtroom, hospital, parenthood, legal action, lawyer, human nature, family, parents and children, children, court ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   74%
 
 6.6
 112K
Joy
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, inspirational, stylized, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, single parent, storytelling, divorce, businesswoman, family, parents and children, life philosophy, loneliness, bankruptcy, flashback, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   77%
 
 6.7
 11K
The War
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, emotional, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: war, coming of age, vietnam war, bullying, friendship, childhood, father son relationship, courage, violence, innocence lost, morality, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, mississippi, usa, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   62%
 
Scent of a Woman
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, dramatic, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: friendship, blindness, teaching the ways of the world, mentor, complex characters, morality, human nature, human spirit, destiny, loneliness, unlikely friendships, blind character ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   55%
 
 6.7
 2K
Paradise
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: small town, friendship, death, single parent, bullying, mentor, crumbling marriage, dealing with death, destiny, human nature, family, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   53%
 
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The Spitfire Grill
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, redemption, self discovery, storytelling, death, hospital, solitude, destiny, mentor, sacrifice ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, new england, ohio, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   51%
 
 7.7
 67K
Detachment
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: teacher, high school, depression, suicide, school, dedicated educator, loneliness, teachers and students, storytelling, life & death, mentor, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   61%
 
 8.1
 377K
The Help
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, inspirational, uplifting, thought provoking, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, against the rules, exploitation, prejudice, master and servant, unlikely friendships, racial issues, adaptation, storytelling, justice ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   59%
 
 6.4
 1K
Shadrach
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: slavery, segregation, americana, family life, children, crumbling marriage, death, depression, slave, poverty, friendship, adaptation ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   63%
 
Stolen Summer
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, sentimental, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, school, catholicism, judaism, religion, jewish, children, irish, jews, suburbs, parents and children, god ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, future, 1930s, year 1976
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   63%
 
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The United States of Leland
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: bleak, talky, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, dysfunctional family, murder, teacher, addiction, depression, death, coming of age, violence, mentor, relationships, writer's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: phoenix arizona, italy, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   53%
 
The Emperor's Club
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: William Hundert is a passionate and principled Classics professor who finds his tightly-controlled world shaken and inexorably altered when a new student, Sedgewick Bell, walks into his classroom. What begins as a fierce battle of wills gives way to ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: boarding school, coming of age, cheating, teacher, redemption, friendship, morality, dedicated educator, pornography, mentor, destiny, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, future, 2000s
Place: new jersey, pennsylvania, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   54%
 
 6.0
 14K
Little Buddha
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Liechtenstein, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Little Buddha is a movie about the life of Siddhartha starring Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, meditative, dramatic ...
Plot: self discovery, reincarnation, death, introspection, religion, life & death, storytelling, parents and children, indians, buddhist, beautiful scenery, religions or cults ...
Place: tibet, asia, seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   53%
 
 7.7
 200K
Philadelphia
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: aids, lawyer, gay, courtroom, courtroom drama, prejudice, court, dedicated lawyer, hospital, homosexuality, rock, lawsuit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   58%
 
Life as a House
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, dysfunctional family, divorce, father son relationship, redemption, hospital, parents and children, depression, death, single father, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   53%
 

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Men Don't Leave
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, humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: single parent, crumbling marriage, family drama, depression, death, dealing with death, urban, starting over, dysfunctional family, family, hospital, human nature ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
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System:   50%
    User:   42%
 
Mona Lisa Smile
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, inspirational, sweet, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: feminism, gender, college, stereotypes, dedicated educator, women, friendship, teacher student relationship, friendship between women, mentor, teachers and students, destiny ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: massachusetts, usa, california, new jersey, manhattan new york city ...
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System:   48%
    User:   40%
 
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