Movies like Phoebe in Wonderland

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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 anguished mother looks to Phoebe herself for inspiration.
Style: psychological, surreal, atmospheric, serious, emotional, gloomy, touching, sincere, offbeat, dramatic ...
Plot: social misfits, mental illness, introspection, teacher, school, estrangement, imaginary, misfit, inspiration, rabbit, play, bedroom, friendship, dedicated educator, coming of age, daughter, young heroes, parents and children, teachers and students, youth, family relations, imaginary friend, human nature, imaginary kingdom, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, ireland

Most similar movies to Phoebe in Wonderland

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, parents and children, hopes, misfit, youth, society and human nature mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Phoebe in Wonderland: Speak (2004), Front of the Class (2008), Won't Back Down (2012), Main Street (2010), Detachment (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Speak (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Freshman high-school student Melinda has refused to speak ever since she called the cops on a popular summer party. With her old friends snubbing her for being a rat, and her parents too busy to notice her troubles, she folds into herself, trying to ...
Style: touching, sincere, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, innocence lost, teenage life, high school, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, high school life, unsupportive friend, school, misfit, small town, teachers and students ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: touching, realistic, serious, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: social misfits, teachers and students, stuttering, disability, school, family relations, dedicated educator, follow your dream, family, parents and children, teenage life, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: school, fighting the system, human spirit, idealism, parents and children, urban, hopes, society, family relations, teachers and students, rebellion, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, pittsburgh, usa
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Main Street (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: From the once thriving tobacco warehouses, to the current run-down and closed shops of Five Points, a diverse group of residents and their respective life changes when outsider Gus Leroy brings something new and potentially dangerous into their ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: mysterious character, intrigue, small town, introspection, small town life, estrangement, dishonesty, social relations, hopes
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa
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63%
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Detachment (2011)
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: psychological, bleak, serious, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Bee Season (2005)
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: serious, emotional, touching, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, redemption, translator, parents and children, coming of age, hopes, love and romance, society, youth, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, oakland california, washington d.c.
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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: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, single parent, childhood, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, injustice, addiction, school, life philosophy, parents and children, death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
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57%
 6.4
 715
Angela (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A ten year old girl named Angela leads her six year old sister, Ellie, through various regimens of 'purification' in an attempt to rid themselves of their evil, which she believes to be the cause of their mother's mental illness. ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, pregnancy, single parent, small town, dealing with death, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, small town life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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57%
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House of Cards (1993)
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, serious, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: autism, single parent, disability, child's point of view, girl, self discovery, isolation, dealing with death, introspection, doctors and patients, parents and children, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, latin america
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56%
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Putty Hill (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Friends and family of Cory, a young man who has died of an overdose, gather at a Baltimore-area karaoke bar for his wake and compare stories about him. Gradually, as it becomes clear that there are many holes in their recollections about Cory, they ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: dealing with death, introspection, family in crisis, estrangement, youth, family problems, coming of age, death in the family, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, usa
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55%
The Memory Thief (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Los Angeles tollbooth clerk becomes obsessed with the Holocaust after meeting a survivor.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, offbeat, mind bending ...
Plot: holocaust, mental illness, losing-it hero, obsession, friendship, parents and children, haunted by the past, society, unfulfillment, social misfits, aging, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Paper Covers Rock (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Samantha is recovering from a suicide attempt and ready for a fresh start in life. She has to fight for the custody of her daughter.
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: family life, mental illness, family relations, starting over, parents and children, custody, hopes, family problems, depression, psychologist, woman in underwear, sister sister relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, sentimental
Plot: school, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto, social misfits, human nature, self discovery, friendship, parents and children, teachers and students, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Best Little Girl in the World (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Casey Powell is a young teenage girl who is secretly suffering from anorexia nevosa, a mental and physical illness of deliberately starving herself or self-induced vomiting, because of her troubled home life and problems at school in which her ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: anorexia, mental illness, eating disorder, school, doctors and patients, physical appearance, teenage life, family relations, human nature, parents and children, elderly, hopes ...
Time: 80s
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53%
David and Lisa (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The emotional story of a young man in a mental institution for teens who begins to understand his psychosis in the environment of others with mental and emotional problems. He finds intimacy with Lisa, a young woman suffering from schizophrenia.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, schizophrenia, teenage love, friendship, split personality, romance, love and romance, misfit, youth, unlikely couple, young lovers ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
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52%
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, sincere, serious, psychological ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: prodigy, single parent, coming of age, waitress, single father, intelligence, single, scientist, jealousy, working class, parents and children, mathematics ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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51%
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Ashley (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A teenage girl, distraught from her vain attempt to connect with her estranged mother, resorts to cutting herself. When she develops an online relationship with an older woman, she learns to accept her sexuality and the endless solitude of sprawling ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, touching, bleak
Audience: teens
Plot: losing-it hero, introspection, suburbs, teenage life, coming of age, misfit, youth, social misfits, domestic disturbance, teenage love, suburban life, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An intimate and turbulent relationship develops between Chase, a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and Elizabeth, the caretaker employed to look after her.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, mental illness, single parent, dysfunctional family, chase, crumbling marriage, caretaker, traumatic experience, nervous breakdown, human nature, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
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, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, spelling, rivalry, african american, loss of daughter, self esteem, dedicated educator, underdog, contests and competitions, urban, black people, elementary school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
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50%
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Helen (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Germany, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On the outside, Helen has it all – a loving family and a successful career – but when her suppressed mental illness resurfaces, the world crumbles around her. Crippled by depression, Helen finds solace through her friendship with Mathilda, a ...
Style: serious, psychological, emotional, realistic, sincere
Plot: mental illness, depression, misfit, family relations, best friends, couple relations, friendship, love affair, parents and children, hopes, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, playwright, secret society, mental illness, kidnapping, estrangement, americana, human nature, marriage, family feud, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, new york
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50%
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: emotional, touching, sentimental, talky, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, suspicion, love, injustice, boarding school, teacher, disfigurement, island, social misfits, physical appearance, accident, secret ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Alison Dodge, a 17-year old raised by her mother, decides on her own to spend her last summer before college getting to know her father
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Plot: introspection, redemption, lake or river, parents and children, youth, family relations, human nature, isolation, teenage life, estrangement, coming of age, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arizona, usa, san diego california, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Choking Man (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The social anxiety of a morbidly shy Ecuadorian dishwasher working in a Queens diner provides the psychological engine that powers this blend of drama and magical realism.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, touching, psychological ...
Plot: immigrants, romance, social misfits, urban, self discovery, city life, restaurant, workplace situations, misfit, society, workplace, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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50%
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Ironweed (1987)
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, serious, gloomy, touching, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, buddies, social misfits, couple relations, mental illness, parents and children, rich and poor, alcohol abuse, down on your luck, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
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50%
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Ward No. 6 (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Simultaneously nihilistic and heartening, Ward No. 6 is based on a story by Chekov, in which a psychiatric doctor becomes a patient in his own asylum. Updated to contemporary Russia, the film is a cocktail of anxieties and riddles, showcasing how ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: human nature, mental institution, doctors and patients, mental illness, estrangement, misfit, power relations, social misfits, isolation, confined, society, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Islander (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a tragic accident at sea, Eben Cole loses his family, friends and stature in his island fishing community. He returns to the island an outcast but determined to win back the way of life he fought so hard to protect. Set against the stunning ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: island, redemption, starting over, human nature, hopes, ocean or sea, small town, family problems, family relations, social misfits, couple relations, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Life, Above All (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A touching mother-daughter relationship that reflects the modern South Africa.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: poverty, coffin, school, prostitution, human spirit, parents and children, parent child relationship, family in crisis, village, village life, estrangement, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
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48%
The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: The Fat Boy Chronicles is a motion picture about Jimmy Winterpock, an obese high-school student who deals with bullying and trying to lose weight. The film is inspired by a true story and was released in 2010 as a major motion picture.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: social misfits, high school, coming of age, follow your dream, human spirit, teenage love, teenage life, hopes, misfit, society, youth, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Pandora's Box (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When an aging matriarch starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: golden years, aging, countryside, small town, self discovery, urban, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, estrangement, elderly, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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