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Won't Back Down (2012)
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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: touching, uplifting, realistic, serious, emotional, based on true events
Plot: school, fighting the system, human spirit, teachers and students, parents and children, hopes, youth, family relations, society, changing lives, social relations, strong female character, single mother, female protagonist, education, mother daughter relationship, working mom, husband wife relationship, rebellion, urban, idealism, strong female presence, dedication, power relations, teacher ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania

Most similar movies to Won't Back Down

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, touching, realistic and emotional films with plots about family relations, youth, hopes, society, parents and children, human spirit and power relations mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Won't Back Down: Front of the Class (2008), A Child Is Waiting (1963), Knights of the South Bronx (2005), The Reading Room (2005), Firelight (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, inspirational, realistic, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: tourette's syndrome, teachers and students, school, dedicated educator, social misfits, stuttering, family relations, understanding, against the odds, human spirit, follow your dream, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: louisiana, usa, atlanta georgia, england
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A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of a state institution for mentally retarded children. Jean Hansen, a former music teacher anxious to give her life some meaning, joins the staff of the hospital. Jean, who tries to shelter the children with her love, ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, human spirit, dedicated educator, hopes, parents and children, dysfunctional family, boss and employee, mental institution, bittersweet ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
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Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.
Style: uplifting, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: chess, school, misfit, youth, elementary school, lifestyle, teachers and students, hardcase students, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, hopes, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, bronx new york city
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The Reading Room (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Making good on a promise he made to his dying wife, a widower (Jones) opens a reading room, a place where people can learn to read. Despite his goodwill, problems in the neighborhood threaten his establishment.
Style: touching, sincere, uplifting, feel good, emotional ...
Plot: last wish, against the odds, hopes, human spirit, teachers and students, learning to read, dealing with death, life is a bitch, society, youth, underdog, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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52%
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Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: redemption, youth, human spirit, reach out, power relations, juvenile delinquency, hopes, society, friendship, fire brigade, rivalry, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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: touching, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic
Plot: poverty, human spirit, social misfits, society, hopes, youth, family problems, estrangement, social relations, family relations, leaving home, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
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The Pregnancy Project (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The Pregnancy project tells the real story of Gaby Rodriguez, a seventeen-year-old who attended a Washington state high-school and made her senior school project the treatment of pregnant teenagers by pretending to be pregnant.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental, thought provoking
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, pregnancy, youth, dishonesty, high school, parents and children, family relations, teachers and students, high school life, power relations, social relations, teenager
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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Lifted (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The chance to shine in a singing competition offers much-needed hope for a Southern middle-schooler who's drowning in worries, from bullies in the halls to turmoil at home -- and the news that his reservist father has been called back to ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: parents and children, family problems, military life, military, hopes, wartime life, contests and competitions, society, family in crisis, soldier, follow your dream, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, middle east, alabama, afghanistan
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Behavior (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Cuba
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Meet Chala, an eleven year-old boy with a hard life and strong respect for Carmela, his sixth grade teacher. The pair develops a solid bond, but after Carmela suffers an accident, things get complicated…
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, biting ...
Plot: kids in trouble, fighting the system, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, youth, rebellion, hardcase students, dedicated educator, society, hopes, teachers and students, education ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
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42%
Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An intimate portrait of a resilient and spirited young girl and her proud and dignified family, who are part of Ireland's "traveller" community.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, parents and children, culture clash, family relations, realism, youth, misfit, social misfits, society, single mother, discrimination, resilience ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: uplifting, sincere, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: human spirit, teenage love, love and romance, high school, misfit, social misfits, win over, youth, society, hopes, teenage life, follow your dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, single parent, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, human spirit, introspection, family relations, family problems, misfit, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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Welcome to Paradise (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When big-city preacher Debbie Laramie (Crystal Bernard) moves to the small town of Paradise with her son Hayden (Bobby Edner), she finds the local community unreceptive to her message of love and forgiveness. Determined to get through to her ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, inspirational, captivating, touching ...
Plot: church, small town, love affair, self discovery, introspection, social relations, clergy, society, hopes, village, preacher, community ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
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Bilal's Stand (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like Bílal is about to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Audience: student film
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Imperial Dreams (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.
Style: uplifting, touching, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, street kid, parents and children, family relations, society, hopes, urban ghetto life, single parent, urban ghetto, netflix
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
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Style: psychological, touching, sincere, emotional, surreal ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Conrack (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families. He finds that the basically illiterate, neglected children there know so little of the world outside their island.
Style: thought provoking, uplifting, touching, feel good, sincere ...
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A Matter of Faith (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A Christian girl, Rachel Whitaker (Jordan Trovillion) goes off to college for her freshman year and begins to be influenced by her popular Biology professor (Harry Anderson) who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life. When ...
Style: christian film, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: college, culture clash, society, youth, family relations, parents and children, teachers and students, student life, religion versus science, christianity, science, atheist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Almost a Woman (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young woman named Esmeralda and her family move to New York from a rural area of Puerto Rico. The transition is difficult due to the many challenges she and her family face.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
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Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, puerto rico, latin america, usa
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Red Like the Sky (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A nearly sightless boy is sent to a school for blind children, where he secretly discovers the possibilities of the recorded sound.
Style: uplifting, touching, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: blind character, against the odds, friendship, human spirit, ambition, follow your dream, rebellion, fighting the system, youth, disability, rebelliousness, society ...
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About Sunny (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As things unravel for a struggling single mother in Las Vegas, she must decide what she's willing to give up to get by.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: moral dilemma, life is a bitch, society, parents and children, working class, down on your luck, family problems, single mother, poverty, urban, single parent, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas
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Abel's Field (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) is a high school senior with an especially full plate. Not only must he navigate the usual social and academic pitfalls of high school, but he has to contend with his young twin sisters, serving as de facto parent in the ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, christian film
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The Lost & Found Family (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When her husband dies, Mrs. Ester Hobbes (Ellen Bry, TV's St. Elsewhere) learns that his wealth was just an illusion. Her only real inheritance is a run-down Southern home occupied by a foster family. Slowly, Mrs. Hobbes finds herself making ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, introspection, family problems, youth, orphan, society, family relations, religions or cults, parents and children, self discovery, family, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
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Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: race against time, cure, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, unlikely partners, family problems, parents and children, doctors and patients, child illness, family in crisis, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston, california, san francisco
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Absence (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, Chile, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A daily, familiar, sexual and emotional drama. Based on the character Serginho, the plot is based around various aspects of this "no longer a boy, not yet a man". We follow his day to day: the recently acquired role of man of the house, ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, teenage life, youth, child as adult, family problems, family relations, parents and children, coming of age, teachers and students, power relations, siblings relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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The Beat (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A new kid moves into a tough neighborhood controlled by gangs, and tries to teach them poetry.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: gang, poetry, teenage life, fighting the system, youth, idealism, life is a bitch, rebellion, society, dedicated educator, crimes, stoners ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
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Profoundly Normal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Donna Lee Shelby (Kirstie Alley), a mentally retarded girl who lives in Forest Haven, an institution for the developmentally disabled, meets Ricardo Thornton (Delroy Lindo), a fellow resident. When Forest Haven is closed by a ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: interracial relations, couples, friendship, family life, family in crisis, idealism, human spirit, society, hopes, fighting the system, coping, working class ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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Home Beyond the Sun (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Home Beyond the Sun is the story of persecution, faith, and freedom escaping a world of fear. A bible college student, Jenna goes to teach in an area of China where her faith is forbidden. She discovers an orphanage and befriends a Chinese orphan, ...
Style: emotional, touching, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: orphan, family relations, rebellion, hopes, life is a bitch, society, rich and poor, adoption, religions or cults, christian, teacher, pursuit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china
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The Way Home (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An inspirational true story about how a rural community rallied around a distraught family to search for their missing two year-old boy and through doing so changed the lives of many of those involved.
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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