Movies like The Pursuit of Happyness

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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: inspirational, emotional, motivational, sentimental, uplifting, dramatic, heartbreaking, serious, touching, sad ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: life, human spirit, rags to riches, life is a bitch, life philosophy, rise to the top, against the odds, ambition, success, down on your luck, single father, single parent, hopes, salesman, father son relationship, parents and children, career, homeless, family problems, workplace, financial problem, kindergarten, poverty, once in a lifetime opportunity, courage ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california

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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, inspirational, dramatic and feel good films with plots about mentor, redemption, destiny, storytelling, catastrophe, life philosophy and friendship mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres. Some movies like The Pursuit of Happyness: October Sky (1999), The Blind Side (2009), Forrest Gump (1994), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Lion (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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, emotional, uplifting, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: medical, against the odds, african american, neurosurgeon, human spirit, doctors, surgery, ambition, medical school, doctor, surgeon, follow your dream ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, west germany, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 7.8
 90K
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: inspirational, realistic, touching, feel good, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, date night
Plot: small town, follow your dream, generation gap, teacher, against the odds, friendship, teenage life, mathematics, nasa, coming of age, family relations, space program ...
Time: 50s, future, 20th century, year 1957
Place: west virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 7.6
 328K
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: inspirational, emotional, touching, motivational, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, teens, chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: american football, adoption, life, human spirit, interracial relations, parents and children, strong female character, rising to stardom, christian, football, misfit, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, mississippi, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 8.8
 2.0M
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: inspirational, touching, feel good, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: mentally challenged, life philosophy, love, human spirit, destiny, philosophy, journey, rise to the top, life, vietnam war, courage, selflessness ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china, alabama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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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: inspirational, touching, philosophical, uplifting, twist ending ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, human spirit, hopes, friendship between men, life, existentialism, wrongful imprisonment, life sentence, false accusation, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, year 1965, year 1963, year 1966 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 8.0
 235K
Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, UK, 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: emotional, touching, sentimental, motivational, dramatic ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: adoption, poverty, survival, childhood, loneliness, brother brother relationship, destiny, missing child, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother son reunion, courage, adopted son ...
Time: 2010s, 80s, year 1986, year 2012, year 2008 ...
Place: india, australia, tasmania, kolkata, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.2
 149K
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: inspirational, motivational, realistic, cerebral, uplifting ...
Plot: business, fast food, rags to riches, businessman, salesman, capitalism, ambition, greed, betrayal, fast food restaurant, mcdonald's restaurant, destiny ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1940, year 1984, year 1967 ...
Place: america, usa, california, beverly hills, milwaukee wisconsin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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: inspirational, feel good, touching, motivational, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, disability, unlikely friendships, friendship between men, life philosophy, handicapped, culture clash, friends, lifestyle change, french, disabled person, human relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Crime, 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: touching, motivational, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: poverty, childhood, orphan, against the odds, destiny, life is a bitch, rags to riches, society, true love, love, street kid, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 8.0
 187K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, 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: inspirational, touching, motivational, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, sport, human spirit, underdog, great depression, boxer, athlete's life, comeback, poverty, follow your dream, depression, financial problem ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: new jersey, netherlands, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.6
 301K
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, depressing, compassionate ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: redemption, life philosophy, depression, life changing experience, true love, self sacrifice, sacrifice, fall in love, hopes, suicide, existentialism, life & death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 136K
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, emotional, sentimental, intense ...
Plot: business, entrepreneur, businesswoman, inventor, career woman, strong female lead, ambition, divorce, family relations, family, dysfunctional family, women ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 70s
Place: usa, new jersey, california, new york state, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, compassionate, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: genius, disability, love, prodigy, against the odds, cambridge university, handicapped, fall in love, husband wife relationship, supportive spouse, physical disability, physicist ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 90s, 80s
Place: oxford university, england, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.2
 117K
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, motivational, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, african american, human spirit, u.s. navy, military, navy, courage, racial discrimination, racial segregation, determination, prejudice, disability ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s
Place: cuba, new jersey, usa, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.8
 113K
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, emotional, compassionate ...
Audience: kids, girls' night
Plot: human spirit, medical school, hospital, medical profession, life philosophy, doctors and patients, compassion, friendship, terminal illness, stereotypes, mad scientist, dealing with death ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: racism, medical, prejudice, human spirit, interracial relations, surgeon, surgery, african american, friendship between men, university, patient, talented ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 70s ...
Place: maryland, south africa, baltimore, usa, nashville tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, inspirational, sentimental, sincere, motivational ...
Plot: inventor, business, lawsuit, underdog, car, justice, lawyer, money, betrayal, court, corruption, courtroom ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s
Place: michigan, usa, detroit, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.6
 150K
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: inspirational, emotional, touching, sad, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, lawyer, single father, parents and children, disability, social services, custody, custody battle, child custody, against the odds, parenthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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The Billionaire (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Thailand
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The Billionaire tells the story of Aitthipat Kulapongvanich and how he, at the age of nineteen, dropped out from university to launch a packaged fried seaweed business that is now Taokaenoi Food & Marketing and became one of Thailand's ...
Style: realistic, inspirational, captivating, motivational, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: entrepreneur, rise to the top, teenage protagonist, business, get rich quick scheme, dream, coping, rags to riches, success, billionaire, direction and purpose, school ...
Time: 21st century
Place: thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 63K
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: inspirational, feel good, emotional, sexy, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: american football, football, sport, underdog, motivation, aspiration, ambition, college, american football player, high school, priest, working class ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: indiana, boston, texas, new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Social Network (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room as a small site among ...
Style: clever, intellectual, realistic, talky, twists and turns ...
Plot: entrepreneur, computer genius, programmer, computers and web, rise to the top, facebook, hacker, ambition, geek, college, social relations, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2003
Place: harvard university, california, usa, san francisco, massachusetts ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: sincere, touching, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, teen drama
Plot: homeless, homeless teenager, life is a bitch, aids, against the odds, human spirit, starting over, university, kids in trouble, street kid, teenage life, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.2
 119K
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: inspirational, motivational, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, life philosophy, parents and children, single mother, disfigurement, teachers and students, addiction, youth, school, child's point of view ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 7.2
 22K
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: inspirational, emotional, factual, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: american football, sport, african american, athlete and trainer, racism, college, human spirit, football, courage, friendship, mentor, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 60s, 50s
Place: usa, new york, texas, new jersey, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.3
 22K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: emotional, touching, compassionate, serious, sincere ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, parents and children, injustice, youth, family relations, irish, unemployment, human nature, society, childhood ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: ireland, new york, brooklyn new york city, boston, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 140K
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: motivational, inspirational, uplifting, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, hospital, doctors and patients, hopes, illness, fighting illness, coma, doctor, disability, patient, cure ...
Time: 20th century, year 1969, 1930s, 60s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.0
 98K
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: inspirational, serious, factual, realistic, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: business, entrepreneur, creativity, prodigy, rise to the top, inventor, inventions and discoveries, programmer, corporate america, business venture, computers and web, workplace situations ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 90s, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: california, new jersey, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, touching, cerebral, motivational, captivating ...
Plot: mathematics, mental illness, genius, paranoia, schizophrenia, prodigy, mathematician, obsession, insanity, scientist, nobel prize, existentialism ...
Time: 60s, 1940s, 70s, 20th century, 80s ...
Place: new jersey, boston, massachusetts, usa, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 7.6
 417K
Moneyball (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
Style: inspirational, captivating, realistic, feel good, clever ...
Plot: sport, baseball, rise to the top, success, strategy, mathematics, underdog, statistics, obsession, ambition, business, teamwork ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 2000s, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: california, usa, san francisco, new jersey, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, tear jerker ...
Audience: kids
Plot: single parent, corporal punishment, christmas, widow, bittersweet, family relations, youth, family problems, coming of age, children, parenthood, boy ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, idaho, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%