Movies like Pollyanna

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Pollyanna (2003)
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Pollyanna (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Pollyanna Whittier goes to live with her wealthy but bitter aunt after the tragic death of her father. Pollyanna shares a game her father taught her -- the 'Glad Game' -- in which everyone can find a silver lining in even the darkest cloud, and her sunny nature, good humor and determination to look on the bright side of life prove to have an astonishing effect on those around her. With the help of her orphaned friend, Jimmy Bean, she casts her spell on the grumpiest townsfolk of Beldingsville -- including the cynical shut-in Mrs. Snow, the morose millionaire Mr. Pendleton and the enigmatic Dr. Chilton. And Pollyanna masterminds the romance between her Aunt's maid, Nancy, and the handyman, Tim. It is only Aunt Polly, who cannot bring herself to embrace Pollyanna's innocence and joy. But all is not straightforward in Pollyanna's war against pessimism, since she must overcome a personal tragedy that threatens to banish "glad" from her vocabulary forever.
Style: touching, feel good, uplifting, sentimental, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, orphan, young heroes, hopes, small town life, friends, family relations, change of heart, small town, family, countryside, youth, social relations, disorder, kindness, punishment, chore, father figure, affection, female protagonist, boy, child as main character, child protagonist ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s
Place: england, europe

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Most similar movies to Pollyanna

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, feel good, sentimental and realistic films with plots about family, family relations, youth, friendship, friends, young heroes and family life mostly in Family, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Pollyanna: Anne of Green Gables (1985), An American Girl Holiday (2004), Heidi (1993), Curly Sue (1991), Heidi (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Anne of Green Gables (1985)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, West Germany, USA
Duration: 199 min.
TV show
Story: At the turn of the century on Prince Edward Island, Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla decide to take on an orphan boy as help for their farm. But they get an unexpected jolt when they're mistakenly sent a girl instead: Anne Shirley. ...
Style: touching, sentimental, witty, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, teaching the ways of the world, adoption, teenage love, countryside, love and romance, coming of age, best friends, island, young heroes, imagination, foster home ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, 18th century
Place: canada
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100%
An American Girl Holiday (2004)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Kindhearted Samantha Parkington's world starts to change the day Nellie O'Malley walks into her life. Nellie, her father, and her two little sisters have moved in next door to be servants for the Ryland family. Though they come from ...
Style: touching, feel good, sweet, inspirational, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: rich and poor, family relations, friendship, young heroes, orphan, uncle niece relationship, teenage life, master and servant, family, best friends, society, friends ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Heidi (1993)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 193 min.
TV show
Story: After charming her reclusive grandfather and falling in love with the beautiful mountain he calls home, Heidi is uprooted and sent to Frankfurt where she befriends Klara, a young girl confined to a wheelchair.
Style: semi serious, feel good, emotional
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, family relations, friendship, family, odd couple, young heroes, youth, adventure, escapades, hopes, mischievous children, rich and poor ...
Place: europe, switzerland, swiss alps, germany, alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
 21K
Curly Sue (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Bill Dancer and his young companion Curly Sue are the classic homeless folks with hearts of gold. Their scams are aimed not at turning a profit, but at getting enough to eat. When they scam the rich and beautiful Grey Ellison into believing she ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, sweet, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: orphan, little girl, family, single father, homeless, daughter, cons and scams, rich and poor, urban, children, friendship, society ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Heidi (2005)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Swiss girl Adelheid 'Heidi' is orphaned young. Aunt Detie brings her to grandpa Alp and his wife, who live isolated in the Alps since his murder charge. Heidi soon takes to the wild country, especially accompanying young goatherd Peter. ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, family relations, grandfather granddaughter relationship, village, youth, escapades, family life, power relations, village life, isolation, orphan, family ...
Place: alps, switzerland, germany, europe, swiss alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 5K
Heidi (2015)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Heidi, is an eight-year-old Swiss orphan who is given by her aunt to her mountain-dwelling grandfather. She is then stolen back by her aunt from her grandfather to live in the wealthy Sesemann household in Frankfurt, Germany as a companion to Klara, ...
Style: sincere, scenic, psychological, contemplative, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: grandfather granddaughter relationship, family, friendship, orphan, strong female character, kindness, salvation, female protagonist, strong female lead, death of mother, grandmother granddaughter relationship, royal family ...
Place: swiss alps, alps, switzerland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Anne, now a middle-aged woman, is troubled by recent events in her life. Her husband, Gilbert, has been killed overseas as a medical doctor during World War II. Her two daughters are pre-occupied with their own young families and her adopted son ...
Style: sincere, feel good, captivating, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, family life, couples, friendship, adoption, doctors and patients, teaching the ways of the world, widow, family relations, golden years, estrangement, homecoming ...
Time: 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Secret Garden (1993)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young British girl born and reared in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, ...
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: childhood, countryside, orphan, little girl, old mansion, friendship, secret, sick child, family, girl, garden, self discovery ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 18th century
Place: india, yorkshire, england, europe, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Follow Me, Boys! (1966)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of becoming a lawyer. Deciding to settle down, he finds a job as a stockboy in the general store of a small town. Trying to fit in, he volunteers to become scoutmaster of the newly formed Troop ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: boy scout, small town, world war two, rescue, family relations, homecoming, parents and children, fish out of water, friendship, self discovery, reunion, small town life ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Where the Red Fern Grows is the heartwarming and adventurous tale for all ages about a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs.
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: friendship, countryside, coming of age, family relations, family, contests and competitions, orphan, friends, animal life, parents and children, adventure, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Railway Children (1970)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The Waterbury family are completely happy until mysterious men take their father away and they have to move up to Yorkshire without him. The three open-hearted children soon make many friends including their Old Gentleman whom they regularly wave to ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, emotional, nostalgic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: family relations, teenage girl, railway station, countryside, adventure, family, child's point of view, human spirit, friendship, parents and children, family life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1900s, victorian era, victorian ...
Place: yorkshire, england, europe, northern england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Back to the Secret Garden (2000)
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A youngster living in a stately home discovers the magical garden Mary, Colin & Dickon stumbled across years before - but faces a battle with the housekeeper over whether to nurture it.
Style: sentimental, atmospheric, feel good, serious
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, friendship, young heroes, save the day, obsessive quest, destiny, youth, escapades, imaginary kingdom, estate, child's point of view, secret ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Secret Garden (1987)
Genre: Family, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a spoiled English girl living in 19th century India loses both parents in a cholera epidemic, she is sent back to England to live in a country mansion. The lord is a strange old man-- frail and deformed, immensely kind but so melancholy. She ...
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, light, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: orphan, family relations, uncle, garden, mansion, family problems, little girl, family life, mischievous children, child's point of view, friendship, cholera ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Owd Bob (1998)
Genre: Family, Drama
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Recently orphaned David must move to the Isle of Man to live with his grandfather, Adam, who's a sheep farmer. Both long for the end of the summer, having nothing in common but their love for dogs, notably Adam's precious champion ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, dog, german shepherd, sheepdog, starting over, family life, death in the family, animal life, disorder, family problems, friends, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 3K
Shiloh (1996)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An abused beagle runs away from his owner. On the road, he meets young Marty Preston and follows him home. The boy immediately forms a bond with the dog and names him Shiloh. His stern father won't let him keep the dog because it belongs to ...
Style: touching, semi serious, feel good, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: dog, animal rescue, rescue, pets, family, friendship, hopes, animal life, family relations, disorder, small town life, adventure ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Winky's Horse (2005)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 95 min.
Story: There is only one thing Winky wants: a horse, a real horse to ride. But horses are expensive. Fortunately it is the season of Sinterklaas; Winky just asks Sinterklaas for a horse. Than everything will work out alright. Or will it?
Style: feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: shopping mall, family, family life, fish out of water, family relations, holiday, young heroes, hopes, misfit, youth, friends, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (2007)
Genre: Family
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a broken hearted boy loses the treasured wooden nativity set that links him to his dead father, his worried mother persuades a lonely ill-tempered woodcarver to create a replacement, and to allow her son to watch him work on it.
Style: touching, sincere, uplifting, sentimental, gloomy ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, friends, family relations, redemption, parents and children, single parent, youth, hopes, dealing with death, family, small town, man boy relationship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 562
Heidi (1968)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Heidi is an orphaned girl initially raised by her aunt Dete in Maienfeld, Switzerland. In order to get a job in Frankfurt, Dete brings 5-year-old Heidi to her grandfather, who has been at odds with the villagers for years and lives in seclusion on ...
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: mountain, family relations, orphan, friendship, governess, hopes, family life, human spirit, optimism, friends, disability, youth ...
Time: 19th century
Place: switzerland, europe, alps, swiss alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 8K
Ballet Shoes (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An unusual explorer named Gum and his kindly niece adopt three orphans -- Pauline, Petrova and Posy -- and raise them as sisters in 1930s London. But the girls must fend for themselves when Gum doesn't return from one of his adventures. ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, feel good, uplifting
Audience: girls' night, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: ballet, orphan, family problems, follow your dream, ambition, against the odds, youth, siblings relations, family relations, hopes, dancing, family ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
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 4K
Avonlea (1990)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: After her father is accused of embezzlement, wealthy Sara Stanley is sent to live with her deceased mother's relatives on Prince Edward Island. While there, she must adjust to life in the small rural town of Avonlea, learn to cope with her ...
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing
Plot: family life, heroine, parents and children, small town, teacher, small town life, friendship, mischievous children, countryside, family, marriage, couple relations ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Christmas Memory (1997)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A boy, Buddy, whose parents have split and whose mother is an actress in New York, has been dumped in the south at the small-town home of some older cousins, all of whom are unmarried.
Style: semi serious, realistic, uplifting, feel good, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, small town, family relations, christmas, eccentric family, family life, love and romance, buddies, youth, golden years, small town life, countryside ...
Place: southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Benji: Off the Leash! (2004)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Benji and his friends try to save his mother from a puppy mill.
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, feel good, semi serious
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: dog, adventure, odd couple, young heroes, friendship, against the odds, adoption, fish out of water, parents and children, disorder, youth, pets ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The team of people who saved Winter's life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother's passing in order to find her a companion so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital.
Style: sentimental, uplifting, touching, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: veterinarian, dolphins, animal life, rescue, friendship, family relations, youth, family, human spirit, friends, hopes, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Zachary Beaver, a sideshow attraction also known as the world's fattest boy, arrives in the sleepy town of Granger, Texas.
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, mischievous children, teenage life, self discovery, parents and children, family relations, starting over, best friends, young heroes, youth, family, child driving car ...
Time: contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.8
 23K
Dolphin Tale (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: dolphins, friendship, young heroes, hopes, animal life, human spirit, trap, summer, destiny, heroes, mother son relationship, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.3
 541
Smitty (2012)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: SMITTY is a family film about a rescue dog. When life gets tough for Ben, a friendly paw is all it takes to pull him through. Mischievous thirteen-year-old Ben is sent to his grandfather's farm for the summer, where he crosses paths with a ...
Style: captivating, sincere, feel good, light, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, family relations, family, pets, youth, farm, single parent, coming of age, dog, redemption, friends, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Booky & the Secret Santa (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Booky does everything she can to make an enjoyable Christmas, for her family, during the depression as her father is out of work.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family relations, unemployment, parents and children, family life, family, hopes, bittersweet, family problems, youth, friendship, family gatherings, wish come true ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.6
 934
Opal Dream (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Pobby & Dingan are invisible. They live in an opal town in Australia and are friends with Kellyanne, the 9 year-old daughter of an opal miner. The film tells the story of the bizarre and inexplicable disappearance of Pobby & Dingan, ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, humorous
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: imaginary friend, friendship, family relations, terminal illness, siblings relations, culture clash, self discovery, imaginary character, hopes, mischievous children, best friends, introspection ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.5
 413
Rascal (1969)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A comedy filled with tenderness as a baby raccoon snuggles his way into the life of a lonely boy. He becomes the boy's only companion during his father's frequent absences. Because of Rascal, both father and son realize their ...
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, feel good, semi serious
Audience: pre-teens, family outing
Plot: family relations, child as adult, school, parents and children, fish out of water, adoption, family life, friendship, child in peril, animal life, disorder, friends ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.4
 5K
Prancer (1989)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jessica, the daughter of an impoverished apple farmer, still believes in Santa Claus. So when she comes across a reindeer with an injured leg, it makes perfect sense to her to assume that it is Prancer, who had fallen from a Christmas display in ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, holiday, small town, family relations, friendship, farm, barn, reindeer, family, heroes, youth, mischievous children ...
Place: michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%