Movies like Pay It Forward

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Pay It Forward (2000)
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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, touching, emotional, inspirational, sincere, sentimental, tear jerker, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, life philosophy, parents and children, disfigurement, addiction, teachers and students, single mother, good deed, alcohol abuse, youth, family relations, love and romance, generosity, human nature, hopes, power relations, bully, society, school, child's point of view, bittersweet, social problems, everyday life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada

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Most similar movies to Pay It Forward

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, emotional, realistic and serious films with plots about family relations, mentor, storytelling, redemption, parents and children, catastrophe and bittersweet mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Pay It Forward: Forrest Gump (1994), The Man Without a Face (1993), Gifted (2017), Akeelah and the Bee (2006), Front of the Class (2008). 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, inspirational, sincere ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, life philosophy, human spirit, journey, rise to the top, philosophy, true love, destiny, love, human relationship, army, selflessness ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., new york, china, vietnam ...
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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, realistic, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: friendship, injustice, social misfits, teaching the ways of the world, false accusation, mysterious character, loneliness, mentor, intergenerational friendship, disfigurement, suspicion, physical appearance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: maine, usa
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100%
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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, sweet, touching, emotional, light ...
Audience: kids, girls' night
Plot: child prodigy, genius, mathematics, school, childhood, uncle niece relationship, child custody, foster home, family, girl, teacher, friendship ...
Time: year 1998
Place: florida, boston, california
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100%
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: self esteem, elementary school, family relations, african american, rivalry, human spirit, human nature, hopes, teachers and students, self discovery, prodigy, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: inspirational, touching, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: tourette's syndrome, dedicated educator, school, teachers and students, social misfits, stuttering, family relations, understanding, against the odds, human spirit, follow your dream, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: louisiana, usa, atlanta georgia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, changing lives ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, scotland, new york yankees, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: talky, serious, depressing, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, loneliness, friendship, liberal, basketball, student, secret, coach, african american, ghetto, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, california
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100%
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The Blind Side (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Style: touching, inspirational, uplifting, motivational, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, american football, life, strong female character, parents and children, interracial relations, fish out of water, rising to stardom, misfit, athlete's life, football ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: emotional, uplifting, inspirational, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, life, rags to riches, rise to the top, life philosophy, hopes, success, life is a bitch, salesman, against the odds, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: prodigy, single parent, coming of age, waitress, mathematics, working class, summer camp, family relations, supportive parent, parents and children, human nature, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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, uplifting, thought provoking, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, master and servant, discrimination, hopes, civil rights, interracial relations, racial issues, social relations, racial segregation, human spirit ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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100%
 8.0
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Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, UK, USA, India
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: motivational, sentimental, emotional, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, poverty, childhood, survival, loneliness, missing child, foster home, destiny, courage, adopted son, identity, long lost relative ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1986, year 2012, year 2008 ...
Place: india, australia, tasmania, kolkata, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 28K
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, estrangement, leukemia, transplant, family relations, family problems, single parent, siblings relations, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, sibling relationship, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa, orlando florida
⇓ 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: emotional, psychological, philosophical, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, life philosophy, professor, philosophy, university, ambition, human spirit, existentialism, life, dedicated educator ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, 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, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, farm, dysfunctional family, bittersweet, life is a bitch, love and romance, starting over, hopes, youth, coming of age, rehabilitation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, chicago illinois, usa, southern usa, atlanta georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: boarding school, teachers and students, teacher, childhood, boarding school life, music, musician, orphan, boss, friendship, singer, choir ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, new york, paris france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 160K
Wonder (2017)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of August Pullman – a boy with facial differences – who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Style: inspirational, uplifting, sincere, thought provoking, touching
Plot: bullying, middle school, school, happy ending, family, friendship, father son relationship, family relations, deformity, child, hospital, fight ...
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city, new york, pennsylvania, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Losing Isaiah (1995)
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, serious, touching, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, racist, custody battle, courtroom drama, single parent, parents and children, family problems, legal action, family relations, human nature, custody, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, realistic, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, dedicated educator, hopes, human spirit, bittersweet, thanksgiving, family problems, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: sentimental, emotional, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: racism, family relations, discrimination, injustice, rich and poor, couple relations, parents and children, social differences, follow your dream, single parent, interracial relations, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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27%
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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, physical abuse, family relations, abuse, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, parents and children, domestic violence, radio, couple relations, siblings relations, stepfather ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: california, northern california, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 29K
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 ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: fall in love, human spirit, handicapped, disability, coming of age, teenage love, protective parent, family relations, parents and children, single parent, love and romance, dignity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.9
 6K
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, doctor, surgery, coldhearted, doctors and patients, redemption, intern, family relations, power relations, couples, bittersweet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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: afterlife, friendship, family relations, rabbi, school, judaism, faith, religions or cults, youth, clergy, parents and children, catholicism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976, future, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
⇓ 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, surreal ...
Plot: friendship, inspiration, introspection, mental illness, social misfits, estrangement, teacher, young heroes, hopes, daydreamer, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: teenage girl, single mother, stepfather, family relations, teenage life, teenage love, youth, love and romance, romance, family problems, couples, estrangement ...
Time: 80s
Place: georgia, usa, new york
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25%
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: mental illness, friendship, dysfunctional family, estrangement, playwright, family problems, family relations, human nature, parents and children, haunted by the past, rescue, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, new york
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25%
Won't Back Down (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children
Style: uplifting, realistic, touching, serious, emotional
Plot: fighting the system, school, human spirit, hopes, parents and children, teachers and students, changing lives, social relations, family relations, society, youth, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, pennsylvania, usa
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25%
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Fly Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 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, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: autism, moral dilemma, parents and children, single parent, life is a bitch, society, social misfits, youth, mentally challenged, family problems, nursing, child illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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24%
 6.6
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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, cheerleading, family relations, teachers and students, teenage girl, love and romance, poetry, power relations, parents and children, youth, family problems, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%