Movies like The Pursuit of Happyness

If you like "The Pursuit of Happyness" you are looking for sentimental, uplifting and emotional movies about / with human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, against the odds, rise to the top, down on your luck and life themes of Biography and Drama genre shot in USA.
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
 8.0
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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: sentimental, uplifting, emotional, inspirational, serious, dramatic, motivational, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, against the odds, rise to the top, down on your luck, life, success, hopes, ambition, parents and children, financial problem, family problems, once in a lifetime opportunity, salesman, rags to riches, parenthood, storytelling, poverty, family drama, career, single father, father son relationship, unsuccessful, sacrifice ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten

Most similar movies to The Pursuit of Happyness

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, emotional, sentimental and touching films with plots about hopes, redemption, destiny, mentor, storytelling, catastrophe and culture clash mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres. Some movies like The Pursuit of Happyness: Forrest Gump (1994), October Sky (1999), Men of Honor (2000), The Theory of Everything (2014), I Am Sam (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, sentimental, uplifting, sincere, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: human spirit, destiny, mentally challenged, life philosophy, true love, odd, love, misfit, journey, tragic love, love and romance, human relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., china, vietnam
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100%
 7.8
 76K
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: exciting, realistic, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: follow your dream, teacher, small town, generation gap, against the odds, teenage life, friendship, satellite, nasa, cold war, ambition, young heroes ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, mine, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 102K
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: touching, uplifting, disturbing, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, military, u.s. navy, racism, prejudice, instructor, navy, ambition, society, african american, respect, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan, USA
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, compassionate, factual, serious ...
Plot: prodigy, disability, supportive spouse, human spirit, life is a bitch, against the odds, life turned upside down, genius, love, adaptation, couples, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1990s, 1960s
Place: england, oxford university
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: uplifting, sincere, emotional, realistic, factual ...
Plot: against the odds, surgery, human spirit, african american, ambition, christianity, follow your dream, rise to the top, neurosurgeon, medical, blacks and whites, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: medical school, usa, west germany
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78%
 7.6
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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, sincere, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, parenthood, father daughter relationship, lawyer, child custody, custody, social services, fighting the system, human spirit, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
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83%
 7.6
 271K
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, motivational, emotional, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, rising to stardom, life, interracial relations, misfit, interracial adoption, prejudice, athlete's life, strong female character, american football ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, california
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100%
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 186K
Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Australia, USA
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: touching, sentimental, motivational, compassionate, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, poverty, missing child, childhood, train, courage, destiny, survival, loneliness, mother son relationship, adopted son, little boy ...
Time: 2010s, 80s, year 1986
Place: india, australia, melbourne
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 168K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, 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: sincere, sentimental, touching, inspirational, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, underdog, athlete's life, comeback, follow your dream, boxing, financial problem, poverty, training, humiliation, marriage ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: realistic, sentimental, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: inventions and discoveries, lawsuit, nervous breakdown, underdog, powerful corporation, hopes, legal action, obsessive quest, ambition, disgruntled, rebellion, human spirit ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, detroit, michigan, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 19K
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Genre: 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, sincere, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: child illness, against the odds, human spirit, terminal illness, life is a bitch, research, cure, medicine, hopes, parents and children, treatment, parent child relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: washington d.c., medical school, italy, edinburgh scotland, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
...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, sentimental, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: child illness, hospital, family in crisis, life is a bitch, small town, single parent, family relations, human spirit, unfulfillment, hopes, parents and children, doctors and patients ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 25K
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, touching, emotional, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: horse, against the odds, underdog, animal training, rise to the top, horse race, sport, follow your dream, contests and competitions, legendary, ambition, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
This Boy's Life (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: realistic, emotional, gloomy, rough, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, dysfunctional family, child abuse, homosexual, mechanic, step parent, life is a bitch, parents and children, youth ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, washington state, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: emotional, uplifting, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: surgery, racism, university, prejudice, interracial relations, salesman, patient, laboratory, resentment, society, fame, ambition ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1950s ...
Place: maryland, baltimore, usa, south africa
⇓ 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, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: aids, university, hopes, life is a bitch, redemption, homeless, ambition, youth, drug abuse, power relations, down on your luck, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, life philosophy, disability, culture clash, lifestyle change, friends, human relationship, loneliness, starting over, odd couple, french, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 24K
Mask (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
Style: captivating, touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, coming of age, teenage love, love and romance, parents and children, single parent, protective parent, family relations, falling in love, freak, dignity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Louder Than Words (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After the unexpected death of their daughter, a couple work to build a state of the art children's hospital where families are welcomed into the healing process.
Style: realistic, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: last wish, child illness, dealing with death, parents and children, couple relations, hopes, family in crisis, life is a bitch, hospital, human spirit, couples, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Heaven Is for Real (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Heaven is for Real recounts the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Four-year-old Colton shares the details of his amazing journey ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: afterlife, christianity, child illness, family, faith, parents and children, religions or cults, small town, clergy, human spirit, miraculous event, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nebraska, usa, lithuania
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100%
 6.8
 97K
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: touching, emotional, tragicomedy, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, hospital, friendship, doctors and patients, clinic, unconventional method, doctor, hopes, nursing, doctor patient relationship, compassion, life philosophy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971
Place: medical school, usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.
Style: uplifting, captivating, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: college, hospital, high school, high school life, lifestyle, unfulfillment, family in crisis, social misfits, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, disability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.8
 89K
Ali (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his ...
Style: serious, sincere, captivating, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: civil rights, boxing, friendship, comeback, racism, vietnam war, muslim, african american, politics, boxer, athlete's life, rise to the top ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s, year 1974 ...
Place: africa, usa, nigeria
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: serious, sincere, sentimental, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: race against time, cure, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, unlikely partners, child illness, doctors and patients, family in crisis, family problems, parents and children, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, India
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: realistic, touching, serious, uplifting, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, against the odds, destiny, true love, poverty, childhood, life is a bitch, society, street kid, cheating, human spirit, rags to riches ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: india, taj mahal, mumbai india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 113K
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, touching, motivational, serious, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, doctors and patients, mental institution, coma, hospital, hopes, illness, patient, doctor, fighting illness, treatment, family reunited ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1930s, year 1969
Place: usa, bronx new york city
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23%
 6.7
 2K
Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, bleak ...
Plot: family business, couple relations, life is a bitch, survival, couples, against the odds, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, parents and children, down on your luck, human nature, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, sentimental, emotional, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: single parent, american dream, small town, child abuse, widow, family problems, human nature, society, death in the family, small town life, on the road, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: country music, music, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, artists and showbiz, rags to riches, love and romance, couple relations, human nature, relationship vs career, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1950s
Place: kentucky, usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
 19K
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, realistic, uplifting, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, african american, american football, human spirit, football, racism, college, unstoppable, rivalry, follow your dream, rise to the top ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 1940s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%