Movies like Phoebe in Wonderland

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Phoebe in Wonderland
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 anguished mother looks to Phoebe herself for inspiration.
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, surreal, atmospheric, serious, gloomy, dramatic, sincere, offbeat ...
Plot: mental illness, school, teacher, coming of age, imaginary friend, imagination, psychiatrist, fantasy world, dedicated educator, childhood, social misfits, storytelling, obsession, young heroes, runaway, depression, mentor, adaptation, psychiatry, pornography, introspection, children, literature, psychology, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, ireland
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Olive Kitteridge
Drama
USA
239 min.
 8.3
Front of the Class
Drama
USA
95 min.
 8.2
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Most similar movies to Phoebe in Wonderland

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, dramatic, emotional and melancholic films with plots about mentor, storytelling, catastrophe, redemption, life philosophy, runaway and childhood mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Phoebe in Wonderland: House of Cards (1993), Bee Season (2005), Akeelah and the Bee (2006), Rambling Rose (1991), Jack the Bear (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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House of Cards
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When Ruth Matthews's husband is killed in a fall at an archaeological dig, her daughter Sally handles her father's death in a very odd manner. As Sally's condition worsens, Ruth takes her to see Jake, an expert in childhood autism. ...
Style: emotional, touching, psychological, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: autism, disability, psychology, single parent, childhood, dealing with death, storytelling, fantasy world, children, parenthood, death, introspection ...
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Bee Season
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: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, redemption, spelling bee, judaism, religion, jewish, parents and children, family drama, god, book, family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
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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.
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System:   72%
    User:   74%
 
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Rambling Rose
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself ...
Style: sexual, sexy, erotic, touching, emotional ...
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Jack the Bear
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Story: Story of the relationships between two sons and their father, who moves the family to California and becomes a tv horror show host after the death of his wife.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
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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 ...
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12 and Holding
Genre: Drama
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Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
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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
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    User:   62%
 
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Cake
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, serious, gloomy, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: suicide, depression, obsession, loneliness, suicide attempt, drug addiction, drugs/alcohol, friendship, drinking, tragedy, sex, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tijuana mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   75%
 
Olive Kitteridge
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
Story: The story focuses on a middle-school math teacher Olive and her relationship with Henry which spans 25 years over the four parts. It is based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, parents and children, depression, tragedy, loneliness, life, small town life, sarcasm, relationships, mental illness, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa, california, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   62%
 
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Manic
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lyle is filled with rage. After badly beating a classmate during a schoolyard fight, Lyle is committed to a juvenile mental institution in lieu of criminal prosecution. Inside the hospital, Lyle encounters a group of adolescents struggling with a ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, depression, coming of age, addiction, mental institution, teenager, adolescence, violent, mentor, sexual abuse, bullying, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
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System:   66%
    User:   63%
 
 7.5
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Interiors
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: talky, bleak, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, suicide, divorce, introspection, loneliness, relationships, depression, family drama, character study, psychiatry, existentialism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   69%
 
 6.2
 24K
Palo Alto
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, atmospheric, touching ...
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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 ...
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Bastard Out of Carolina
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: emotional, disturbing, realistic, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, coming of age, child abuse, rape, violence, hospital, innocence lost, poverty, brutality, parents and children, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 90s, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
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System:   61%
    User:   62%
 
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Off the Map
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An 11-year-old girl watches her father come down with a crippling depression. Over one summer, she learns answers to several mysteries and comes to terms with love and loss.
Style: touching, semi serious, realistic, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: depression, desert, coming of age, mental illness, parents and children, childhood, transformation, family in crisis, family problems, loneliness, dysfunctional family, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new mexico, usa, mexico, new jersey, california ...
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System:   60%
    User:   63%
 
 7.3
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Precious
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, stylized, serious ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, school, teacher, poverty, child abuse, dysfunctional family, incest, pregnancy, mother daughter relationship, redemption, hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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System:   60%
    User:   68%
 
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
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: emotional, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, mother daughter relationship, mental illness, human nature, women, child abuse, adaptation, parents and children, childhood, book, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, new york
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System:   59%
    User:   47%
 
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My Life in Pink
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ludovic is a small boy who cross-dresses and generally acts like a girl, talks of marrying his neighbor's son and can not understand why everyone is so surprised about it. His actions lead to problems for him and his family.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, cross dressing, gay, gender, prejudice, childhood, french, children, self discovery, secrets, pornography, loneliness ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, france, belgium
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System:   57%
    User:   63%
 
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The Class
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.
Style: talky, realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: high school, teacher, school, french, literature, teachers and students, dedicated educator, realism, teenager, hardcase students, mentor, runaway ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, latin america, california, caribbean ...
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System:   57%
    User:   59%
 
Is Anybody There?
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young boy who lives in an old folks' home strikes up a friendship with a retired magician.
Style: touching, emotional, semi serious, clever, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, golden years, life & death, loneliness, childhood, coming-of-age, mentor, retirement home, afterlife, dealing with death, death ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, california, ireland
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System:   56%
    User:   55%
 
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Margaret
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.
Style: emotional, realistic, gloomy, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: innocence lost, high school, teacher, mother daughter relationship, virginity, drugs/alcohol, relationships, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, character study, drinking, abortion ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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System:   56%
    User:   57%
 
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
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System:   55%
    User:   60%
 
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Normal
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental, dramatic ...
Plot: small town, family life, transsexual, marriage, relationships, life philosophy, cross dressing, couple relations, adultery, parents and children, pornography, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, new jersey
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System:   55%
    User:   53%
 
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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
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System:   54%
    User:   48%
 
Pelle the Conqueror
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, stylized, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: immigrants, father son relationship, farm, island, male nudity, death, tragedy, love, parents and children, coming of age, down on your luck, loneliness ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: denmark, europe, seaport
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System:   53%
    User:   61%
 
 8.0
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Sling Blade
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, murder, redemption, childhood, tragedy, mentally challenged, storytelling, character study, mental illness, mentor, violent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
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System:   53%
    User:   55%
 
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Two Bits
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's promised to Gennaro and which Gennaro would like to ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, self discovery, friendship, homeless, life & death, mentor, parents and children, coming-of-age, fantasy world, rich and poor, poker, weapons ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: philadelphia, usa, california, new jersey
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System:   53%
    User:   55%
 

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Ironweed
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, mental illness, buddies, homeless, guilt, cancer, poverty, social misfits, eccentricity, couple relations, depression, insanity ...
Time: 1930s, 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 30s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   53%
    User:   61%
 
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The Beaver
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his ...
Style: emotional, touching, tragicomedy, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, mental illness, suicide attempt, hospital, teenage love, drugs/alcohol, alter ego, psychiatrist, redemption, loneliness, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   56%
 
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