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Pay It Forward (2000)
 7.2
 111K
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: motivational, uplifting, sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching, inspirational, serious, intense, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: childhood, teacher, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, society, teachers and students, parents and children, addiction, school, alcohol abuse, death, life philosophy, bully, school teacher, burn injury, exotic dancer, junior high school, alone in the world, youth, family relations, love and romance, classmate, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, emotional, realistic and sentimental films with plots about bittersweet, family relations, catastrophe, parents and children, redemption, destiny and mentor mostly in Drama, Biography and Family genres. Some movies like Pay It Forward: Akeelah and the Bee (2006), The Man Without a Face (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Lion (2016), Marvin's Room (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, girls' night, kids, chick flick, teens
Plot: spelling bee, elementary school, african american, family relations, rivalry, self esteem, human spirit, hopes, human nature, single parent, prodigy, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
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100%
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, inspirational, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: friendship, injustice, disfigurement, teacher, social misfits, physical appearance, false accusation, teaching the ways of the world, mysterious character, loneliness, suspicion, secret ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 1.7M
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, sincere, uplifting, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, human spirit, life philosophy, destiny, true love, journey, storytelling, rise to the top, odd, human relationship, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, san francisco, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 205K
Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Style: sentimental, motivational, emotional, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, poverty, childhood, survival, missing child, loneliness, courage, destiny, long lost relative, lost child, adopted son, rags to riches ...
Time: 2010s, 80s, year 1986
Place: india, australia, melbourne, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.7
 25K
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, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, reunion, estrangement, leukemia, transplant, single parent, siblings relations, family relations, family problems, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa, orlando florida
⇓ 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: philosophical, sentimental, intellectual, uplifting, motivational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teacher, poetry, teachers and students, boarding school life, literature, dedicated educator, poet, student, suicide, philosophy, youth, professor ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 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: 98 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, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: marriage of convenience, love and romance, hopes, world war two, family relations, romance, society, soldier, destiny, love affair, life is a bitch, friendship ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 95K
Gifted (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.
Style: inspirational, touching, emotional, sweet, light ...
Audience: kids, girls' night
Plot: child prodigy, school, childhood, genius, mathematics, uncle niece relationship, cat, friendship, family, teacher, custody battle, child custody ...
Time: year 1998
Place: florida, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: muslim, false accusation, islam, asperger's syndrome, autism, mental illness, journey, prejudice, racism, hopes, fall in love, true love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco, india
⇓ 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, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, alcohol abuse, farm, dysfunctional family, bittersweet, americana, dysfunctional character, drugs/alcohol, family in crisis, social worker, society, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, chicago illinois, usa, mississippi river, atlanta georgia ...
⇓ 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, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: school, tourette's syndrome, social misfits, dedicated educator, teachers and students, stuttering, family relations, against the odds, follow your dream, human spirit, torment, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, human spirit, hopes, dedicated educator, parents and children, boss and employee, social misfits, youth, thanksgiving ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, family relations, rabbi, school, parents and children, youth, religions or cults, clergy, catholicism, afterlife, society, judaism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976, future, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.7
 141K
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: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, custody, father daughter relationship, lawyer, social services, parenthood, single parent, single father, child custody, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, doctors and patients, coldhearted, redemption, self discovery, intern, profanity, bittersweet, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, feel good ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: mentor, dedicated educator, prejudice, friendship, 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 ⇓
35%
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, touching, serious ...
Plot: racism, family relations, discrimination, injustice, follow your dream, parents and children, couple relations, rich and poor, social differences, single parent, interracial relations, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 25K
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 ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: handicapped, falling in love, fall in love, human spirit, disability, coming of age, teenage love, family relations, love and romance, parents and children, protective parent, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Movie in collections
 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, family relations, abuse, alcohol abuse, physical abuse, parents and children, life is a bitch, radio, domestic violence, couple relations, siblings relations, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: california, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, sentimental ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, family relations, friends, opposites attract, immigrants, family life, love and romance, introspection, human nature, coming of age, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, serious ...
Plot: introspection, friendship, mental illness, social misfits, estrangement, teacher, imaginary, inspiration, play, young heroes, daydreamer, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A mother and daughter dispute is resolved by the "Yaya sisterhood" - long time friends of the mother.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, sincere, intense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, mental illness, estrangement, playwright, family relations, family problems, secret society, haunted by the past, rescue, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.5
 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, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, love and romance, poetry, parents and children, family problems, innocence lost, family in crisis, writer's life, teenage life, teachers and students, writers ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: uplifting, emotional, motivational, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, rags to riches, life is a bitch, hopes, against the odds, single parent, life, down on your luck, single father, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, teens
Plot: civil rights, racism, friendship, teenage life, interracial relations, haunted by the past, family relations, runaway child, african american, social differences, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1964
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
 20K
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, gloomy ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, alcohol abuse, parents and children, injustice, unemployment, society, human nature, family relations, irish, loss of sibling ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: ireland, new york, europe, usa, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, young heroes, youth, society, misfit, human nature, profanity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.3
 328
Fly Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The poignant yet humor filled story about a single mother of a teenager severely impacted by autism, forced to reckon with her daughter's future. As her child becomes an adult, what used to work, no longer does. What will sustain her daughter, ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: autism, parents and children, moral dilemma, family problems, nursing, youth, single parent, social misfits, life is a bitch, child illness, mentally challenged, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
What Girls Learn (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two teenage girls must come to terms with their stepfather when their mother is struck by illness.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: teenage girl, single mother, stepfather, teenage life, teenage love, family relations, couples, parents and children, love and romance, romance, estrangement, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: georgia, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.0
 204
Carry Me Home (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A widow named Harriet and her two children Carrie and Brian are living in rural New York in 1947 and are still recovering from the death of Harriet's husband killed in World War II. Carrie is a tomboy and hangs around with boys and they have ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, emotional, realistic
Plot: mentally challenged, wooing, countryside, prank, self discovery, dysfunctional family, hopes, youth, human nature, society, family life, family problems ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%