Movies like The Pursuit of Happyness

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
 8.0
 469K
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: uplifting, emotional, inspirational, motivational, sentimental, dramatic, heartbreaking, serious, touching, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, life, rags to riches, life is a bitch, against the odds, single father, single parent, life philosophy, success, hopes, down on your luck, salesman, family drama, parents and children, stock broker, career, financial problem, family problems, once in a lifetime opportunity, poverty, kindergarten, homeless, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa

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Most similar movies to The Pursuit of Happyness

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, feel good, touching and inspirational films with plots about redemption, mentor, destiny, storytelling, hopes, happy ending and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres. Some movies like The Pursuit of Happyness: The Blind Side (2009), October Sky (1999), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Forrest Gump (1994), The Shawshank Redemption (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a movie based on the life story of world-renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson from 1961 to 1987.
Style: sincere, uplifting, emotional, realistic, factual ...
Plot: against the odds, medical, neurosurgeon, surgery, human spirit, african american, ambition, doctor, rise to the top, follow your dream, dream come true, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: usa, detroit, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 7.6
 305K
The Blind Side (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Style: touching, uplifting, inspirational, emotional, motivational ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, strong female character, american football, interracial relations, life, fish out of water, rising to stardom, family drama, misfit, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.8
 86K
October Sky (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
Style: realistic, inspirational, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: date night, family outing, kids
Plot: follow your dream, generation gap, against the odds, teacher, small town, teenage life, mathematics, friendship, satellite, family relations, nasa, cold war ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: uplifting, touching, motivational, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, childhood, against the odds, poverty, destiny, life is a bitch, street kid, society, street life, true love, journey, tv show ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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 8.8
 1.9M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, life philosophy, human spirit, journey, destiny, philosophy, true love, rise to the top, storytelling, human relationship, selflessness, army ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., new york, san francisco, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: captivating, clever, touching, inspirational, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, prison escape, false accusation, freedom, powerful ending, prison life, hopes, life is a bitch, existentialism, life sentence, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 223K
Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Australia, USA, India
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Style: motivational, sentimental, emotional, touching, based on true events ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, poverty, childhood, missing child, loneliness, survival, foster home, courage, destiny, long lost relative, childhood memory, childhood flashback ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1986, year 2010, year 2008 ...
Place: india, australia, tasmania, kolkata, melbourne ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 7.2
 136K
The Founder (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Greece
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise ...
Style: motivational, based on true events, inspirational, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: business, salesman, businessman, fast food, mcdonald's restaurant, rags to riches, ambition, family business, capitalism, greed, destiny, betrayal ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, year 1929, 20th century, year 1940 ...
Place: usa, america, california, beverly hills, minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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The Intouchables (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
Style: uplifting, feel good, touching, inspirational, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, life philosophy, unlikely friendships, caregiver, friends, starting over, lifestyle change, culture clash, disability, loneliness, handicapped, friendship between men ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 8.0
 181K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.
Style: uplifting, inspirational, sincere, touching, motivational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, boxing, underdog, athlete's life, financial problem, poverty, comeback, fight scenes, training, follow your dream, lifestyle ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Something the Lord Made (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
Style: uplifting, sincere, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, prejudice, surgery, university, racism, human spirit, patient, medical, talented, african american, blacks and whites, society ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, nashville tennessee, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 112K
Men of Honor (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true ...
Style: inspirational, touching, emotional, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, navy, u.s. navy, racism, african american, prejudice, military, racial discrimination, racial segregation, soldier, against the odds, dream come true ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 1960s, 60s
Place: usa, pacific ocean, cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.8
 109K
Patch Adams (1998)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Meet Patch Adams, a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own ...
Style: inspirational, touching, uplifting, tragicomedy, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, medical school, medical profession, hospital, doctors and patients, friendship, unconventional method, clinic, doctor, hopes, nursing, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.6
 293K
Seven Pounds (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Style: touching, sad, emotional, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: redemption, depression, life philosophy, self sacrifice, fall in love, life changing experience, true love, hopes, tragic event, sacrifice, secret, vegetarian ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, compassionate, factual ...
Plot: genius, prodigy, against the odds, cambridge university, disability, supportive spouse, life is a bitch, love, fall in love, adaptation, human spirit, religion versus science ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1990s, 80s ...
Place: oxford university, england, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Flash of Genius (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In this David vs. Goliath drama based on a true story, college professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) goes up against the giants of the auto industry when they fail to give him credit for inventing intermittent windshield wipers. Kearns doggedly ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: lawsuit, inventor, underdog, nervous breakdown, inventions and discoveries, powerful corporation, legal action, human spirit, against the odds, fighting the system, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 60s
Place: michigan, usa, detroit, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, homeless, homeless teenager, aids, university, against the odds, human spirit, starting over, kids in trouble, teenage life, street kid, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.6
 146K
I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, parents and children, custody, social services, lawyer, against the odds, parenthood, human spirit, child custody, family relations, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 7.3
 21K
The Express (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
Style: emotional, uplifting, realistic, serious, inspirational ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, african american, human spirit, american football, racism, ambition, college, against the odds, success, contests and competitions, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 1940s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, new york, united states, cleveland ohio, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
...First Do No Harm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: family relations, hospital, hopes, bittersweet, small town life, death in the family, small town, against the odds, single parent, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 59K
Rudy (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, uplifting, exciting ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: football, underdog, working class, college life, sport team, ambition, family relations, aspiration, sport, college, american football, athlete's life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.6
 132K
Joy (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.
Style: inspirational, stylized, witty, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: businesswoman, career woman, inventor, business, family relations, ambition, inventions and discoveries, parents and children, entrepreneur, divorce, single parent, bankruptcy ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey, pennsylvania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.2
 116K
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: uplifting, motivational, touching, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, parents and children, disfigurement, addiction, teachers and students, child's point of view, life philosophy, good deed, alcohol abuse, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.8
 132K
Awakenings (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, ...
Style: uplifting, motivational, touching, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, hopes, coma, hospital, fighting illness, illness, patient, cure, experiment, doctor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 1960s, 1930s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.0
 96K
Jobs (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Switzerland
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.
Style: serious, realistic, factual, inspirational, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: rise to the top, prodigy, creativity, inventions and discoveries, business, computers and web, workplace situations, perfectionist, entrepreneur, lifestyle, programmer, computer ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 21st century, 90s, contemporary ...
Place: usa, india, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 34K
Antwone Fisher (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A sailor prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and ...
Style: psychological, touching, uplifting, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, african american, therapy, redemption, graduation, family reunited, u.s. navy, navy, thanksgiving, anger, demotion, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cleveland ohio, san diego california, mexico, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.4
 184K
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. ...
Style: factual, inspirational, captivating, uplifting, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: contamination, justice, against the odds, lawyer, single mother, court, relationship vs career, family relations, righting the wronged, ambition, society, young woman ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 27K
Secretariat (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery - with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin - manages to ...
Style: sentimental, inspirational, touching, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: horse, horse race, against the odds, sport, underdog, horse ranch, animal training, horse riding, rise to the top, racehorse, contests and competitions, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Home of Our Own (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story is located in Los Angeles in the sixties. An energetic widow, Frances Lacey, with her six children try to make a dream of theirs come true: to have a home of their own. Therefore they leave Los Angeles and head for the countryside, while ...
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, emotional, semi serious ...
Plot: family relations, corporal punishment, single parent, american dream, small town, child abuse, widow, family problems, bittersweet, love and romance, society, social relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 21K
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7. After then, strange things began to happen to him: he would have blackouts, memory lapses, and other strange mental phemonenons. He is eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD: an extremely rare ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: human spirit, terminal illness, against the odds, child illness, hopes, life is a bitch, family relations, research, cure, parents and children, treatment, parent child relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., rome italy, london, boston, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%