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

Most similar movies to Pollyanna

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, sentimental, feel good and realistic films with plots about family relations, youth, family, friendship, friends, young heroes and parents and children mostly in Family, Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Pollyanna: Anne of Green Gables (1985), Heidi (1993), Curly Sue (1991), The Secret Garden (1993), Where the Red Fern Grows (1974). 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, witty ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, adoption, teaching the ways of the world, countryside, love and romance, best friends, young heroes, teenage love, foster home, coming of age, island, farm ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, 18th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.1
 2K
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: semi serious, emotional, feel good
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, orphan, siblings relations, young heroes, rich and poor, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children, mischievous children, escapades, custody, odd couple, hopes ...
Place: europe, switzerland, alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, feel good, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick, teens
Plot: orphan, single father, family, friendship, rich and poor, daughter, cons and scams, urban, society, destiny, little girl, school ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
⇓ 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, atmospheric, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, orphan, countryside, friendship, garden, girl, secret, little girl, old mansion, family, imagination, maid ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 18th century
Place: india, england, europe, yorkshire, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: semi serious, touching, feel good
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, orphan, countryside, friends, family relations, animal life, adventure, family, parents and children, contests and competitions, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ 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, kids, pre-teens
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 ⇓
100%
The Railway Children (1970)
Genre: Family, Drama
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, cult film ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: children, teenage girl, countryside, railway station, adventure, family, human spirit, friendship, parents and children, family life, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: victorian, 19th century, 1900s, 20th century, 1800s
Place: yorkshire, england, europe, northern england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 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
Plot: dog, rescue, pets, family, friendship, hopes, disorder, heroes, adventure, family relations, animal life, small town life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, sad ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, dog, friends, loyalty, life & death, family, pets, animals, human animal relationship, loneliness, death, loss of friend ...
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, serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: orphan, friendship, young heroes, uncle niece relationship, rich and poor, teenage life, master and servant, family, family relations, best friends, society, social differences ...
Time: 1900s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ 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, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, youth, single parent, redemption, family, parents and children, hopes, dealing with death, family relations, friends, small town, man boy relationship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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: touching, serious, realistic, feel good, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, friendship, girl, mountain, governess, disability, optimism, family life, youth, friends, family relations, nanny ...
Time: 19th century
Place: switzerland, swiss alps, europe, alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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: realistic, touching, serious
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, village, family relations, family life, escapades, youth, orphan, village life, mischievous children, family, isolation, misfit ...
Place: alps, switzerland
⇓ 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: atmospheric, sentimental, feel good, serious
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, friendship, imaginary kingdom, save the day, young heroes, obsessive quest, youth, destiny, escapades, estate, child's point of view, secret ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good
Audience: family outing
Plot: small town, rescue, homecoming, reunion, youth, follow your dream, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, fall in love, self discovery, friendship, small town life ...
Time: 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 586
Snowmen (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Three young friends find adventure and purpose in their attempts to set a Guinness World Record. Set in a wintry mountain town, the unpopular trio pursues fame through a series of schemes and stunts that eventually imperil their own lives. Along the ...
Style: touching, uplifting, feel good, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, human spirit, desire for fame, elementary school, youth, terminal illness, ambition, family, against the odds, life is a bitch, social relations, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ 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, serious, uplifting, feel good, realistic
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, friendship, estate, mysterious character, mischievous children, teaching the ways of the world, young heroes, family, disability, power relations, master and servant, youth ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.0
 899
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, touching, realistic, humorous
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: shopping mall, family, family relations, fish out of water, family life, holiday, disorder, youth, friends, young heroes, hopes, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
 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: girls' night, family outing
Plot: heroine, small town life, family life, mischievous children, parents and children, teacher, small town, friendship, aunt niece relationship, brother sister relationship, sister sister relationship, cousin cousin relationship ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, realistic, touching, serious
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, young heroes, hopes, human spirit, animal life, trap, summer, destiny, heroes, mother son relationship, wounded animal, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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: serious, touching, uplifting, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: starting over, disability, friendship, friends, wounded animal, family, dealing with death, young heroes, hopes, human spirit, optimism, pets ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ 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: feel good, realistic, sentimental, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: small town, friendship, eccentric family, countryside, youth, small town life, buddies, family life, friends, family relations, love and romance, golden years ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, feel good, sentimental, touching, semi serious
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: dog, adventure, young heroes, odd couple, against the odds, friendship, fish out of water, adoption, youth, disorder, pets, rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Movie in collections
 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: touching, serious, feel good, realistic, uplifting
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: against the odds, ambition, follow your dream, youth, family problems, family in crisis, family relations, ballet, orphan, hopes, dancing, talent ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: uplifting, sentimental, realistic, touching, serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: rescue, animal life, friendship, youth, hopes, family relations, friends, race against time, danger, human spirit, chases and races, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, teenage life, mischievous children, self discovery, youth, starting over, best friends, family relations, family, parents and children, young heroes, child driving car ...
Time: contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Where Hope Grows (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Calvin Campbell is a former professional baseball player sent to an early retirement due to his panic attacks at the plate. Even though he had all the talent for the big leagues, he struggles with the curveballs life has thrown him. Today, he ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, sincere, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, mentally challenged, parents and children, misfit, human nature, family problems, redemption, optimism, small town, hopes, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, parents and children, youth, family life, love, orphanage, human animal relationship ...
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: friendship, rescue, coming of age, small town, family, friends, social relations, family relations, mischievous children, heroes, teaching the ways of the world, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, year 1962, 1960s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.6
 884
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, semi serious, feel good, humorous
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: imaginary friend, friendship, terminal illness, siblings relations, hopes, self discovery, imaginary character, family relations, culture clash, introspection, small town, mischievous children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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