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, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, orphan, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, small town, friends, hopes, small town life, young heroes, family relations, change of heart, family, youth, countryside, social relations, disorder, dog, village, cat, church, doctor, adoption, female protagonist, boy, kindness ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe

Most similar movies to Pollyanna

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, feel good, sentimental and semi serious films with plots about youth, family, friendship, family relations, friends, young heroes and parents and children mostly in Drama, Family and Comedy genres. Some movies like Pollyanna: Anne of Green Gables (1985), Heidi (1993), The Secret Garden (1993), Curly Sue (1991), Follow Me, Boys! (1966). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Anne of Green Gables (1985)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, West Germany, USA
Duration: 199 min.
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, emotional, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: orphan, adoption, countryside, teaching the ways of the world, love and romance, best friends, teenage love, island, family life, farm, golden years, young heroes ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, 18th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Heidi (1993)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 193 min.
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: feel good, semi serious, emotional
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: orphan, friendship, escapades, mischievous children, teaching the ways of the world, family, adventure, custody, odd couple, family relations, friends, parents and children ...
Place: switzerland, europe, alps
⇓ 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, sentimental, feel good, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, childhood, countryside, friendship, garden, little girl, secret, girl, family, imagination, paralysis, reconciliation ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 18th century
Place: india, england, europe, yorkshire, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 5.9
 19K
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: touching, sentimental, humorous, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick, teens
Plot: orphan, family, friendship, rich and poor, daughter, cons and scams, society, urban, single father, destiny, little girl, school ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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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: realistic, feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: small town, rescue, siblings relations, fish out of water, reunion, youth, self discovery, friendship, scout, family, hopes, fall in love ...
Time: 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, heartbreaking, sad ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: dog, friendship, friends, loyalty, family, death, pets, human animal relationship, loneliness, life & death, loss of friend, animals ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
An American Girl Holiday (2004)
Genre: Family, Drama
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, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: orphan, friendship, young heroes, uncle niece relationship, rich and poor, teenage life, family, master and servant, family relations, best friends, society, social differences ...
Time: 1900s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, feel good, semi serious, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: dog, rescue, family, animal actor, adoption, friendship, youth, friends, family relations, small town, pets, animal life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 521
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: feel good, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, friendship, governess, mountain, girl, escapades, hopes, young heroes, family, family life, human spirit, adventure ...
Time: 19th century
Place: switzerland, alps, swiss alps, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 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: serious, realistic, touching, feel good, uplifting
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, girls' night
Plot: ballet, orphan, follow your dream, hopes, family in crisis, against the odds, family problems, ambition, youth, siblings relations, family relations, family ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 761
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: serious, realistic, touching
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: village, adventure, family life, society, misfit, isolation, youth, mischievous children, escapades, young heroes, teaching the ways of the world, village life ...
Place: alps, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 4K
Avonlea (1990)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: family outing, girls' night
Plot: heroine, small town life, family life, parents and children, mischievous children, teacher, small town, friendship, uncle niece relationship, sister sister relationship, aunt niece relationship, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: canada, medical school
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Secret Garden (1975)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 210 min.
Story: TV miniseries adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel.
Style: touching, feel good, realistic, uplifting, serious
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, orphan, estate, self discovery, young heroes, teaching the ways of the world, mysterious character, mischievous children, family, master and servant, countryside, secret place ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.9
 21K
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: friendship, hopes, young heroes, animal life, human spirit, trap, boy, summer, destiny, heroes, mother son relationship, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: realistic, uplifting, touching, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, small town, adult virgin, love and romance, family relations, friends, buddies, family life, eccentric family, small town life, family gatherings, golden years ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.3
 32K
Annie (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Ever since her parents left her as a baby, little Annie has led a hard-knock life with her calculating foster mother, Miss Hannigan. However, all that changes when hard-nosed billionaire and mayoral candidate Will Stacks takes her in on the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: adoption, orphan, family, foster child, hip hop, friends, kids in trouble, youth, parents and children, rich and poor, hopes, rise to the top ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 285
Second Chances (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A little girl's physical and emotional reawakening after an accident claims her father and her spirit.
Style: uplifting, realistic, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: disability, friendship, starting over, dealing with death, young heroes, hopes, family, optimism, wounded animal, friends, misfit, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.7
 6K
Andre (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of how a marine seal named Andre befriended a little girl and her family, circa 1962.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: friendship, rescue, coming of age, small town, family, school, youth, best friends, daring rescue, parents and children, young heroes, getting home ...
Time: 90s, year 1962, 1960s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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A Shine of Rainbows (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada, Ireland
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An orphaned boy named Tomás is adopted by Maire O’Donnell to live on a whimsical Irish isle filled with new friends, secret caves and a lost baby pup seal stranded on the coast. But when Maire's reluctant husband Alec refuses to accept ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, island, seal, couples, family relations, adoption, youth, parents and children, family life, love, grief, friendship ...
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season (1999)
Genre: Drama, Family, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After young Marty Peterson rescued Shiloh from his abusive owner, Judd Travers, he thought his troubles were over. But when Judd starts threatening to take "his" dog back, Marty is afraid of losing the best friend he's ever had. Even ...
Style: feel good, touching, semi serious, humorous
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: rescue, redemption, dog, family, heroes, adoption, single parent, danger, youth, family relations, friends, hopes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.4
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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, humorous, semi serious, feel good, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: christmas, holiday, small town, friendship, barn, farm, reindeer, family, mischievous children, young heroes, heroes, hopes ...
Place: michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: coming of age, friendship, family relations, friends, animal life, orphan, youth, family, contests and competitions, adventure, parents and children, countryside ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: oklahoma, 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, semi serious, feel good, touching, sentimental
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: dog, adventure, family, young heroes, mischievous children, hopes, heroes, getting home, parents and children, family relations, friends, odd couple ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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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: semi serious, humorous, feel good, touching, sentimental
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: friends, family, adventure, mischievous children, parents and children, getting home, young heroes, youth, best friends, adoption, family relations, friendship ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, uncle, garden, mansion, family relations, family problems, little girl, family life, mischievous children, child's point of view, friendship, cholera ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
An American Girl Adventure (2005)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Pre-American Revolution Virginian girl whose love for the outdoors leads to the friendship of a lifetime. Felicity loves horses, and though her parents plead with her to remain indoors, she years to ride the open plains. When Felicity comes into ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, feel good
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, rescue, best friends, hopes, parents and children, young heroes, family life, animal life, coming of age, horse, father daughter relationship, female protagonist ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s
Place: virginia, usa, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Christmas Angel (2012)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young girl tries to prove that the mysterious old lady next door is really an angel, when some of the neighborhood kids’ Christmas wishes. Olivia is not like most fifth graders. She is being raised by Melinda, a single mother who works at a ...
Style: feel good, touching, realistic, semi serious
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: single parent, christmas, family, christmas eve, family relations, wish come true, parents and children, friendship, youth, friends, holiday, christmas movie ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Biscuit Eater (1972)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nothing warms the heart like the story of a boy and his dog. Lonnie (Johnny Whitaker) and Text (George Spell) are two friends determined, against all odds, to turn a misfit hound into a hero. Tennessee farmer and dog trainer Harve McNeil (Earl ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, semi serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, dog, contests and competitions, heroes, ambition, train, youth, best friends, opposites attract, countryside, disorder, pets ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, tennessee, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Thomasina is the pet cat of Mary McDhui, the daughter of Scottish veterinarian Andrew McDhui. When Thomasina falls ill, McDhui declares that the pet should be put down. But when Mary and her father try to bury the cat, Lori MacGregor (Susan ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: village, veterinarian, cat, animal life, pets, dealing with death, family, friendship, adventure, parents and children, terminal illness, coming of age ...
Time: 1910s
Place: scotland, europe, britain, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, touching, sentimental, semi serious, humorous
Audience: family outing
Plot: child driving car, friendship, family, dedicated educator, mischievous children, hopes, heroes, parents and children, power relations, friends, social relations, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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