Movies like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Original name: Le scaphandre et le papillon
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The true story of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he'd only visited in his mind.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, psychological, depressing, inspirational, atmospheric, serious, realistic, witty ...
Plot: french, human spirit, paralysis, coma, disability, rehabilitation, life turned upside down, nurse, patient, writing, courage, tragic event, hopes, therapy, mute or deaf, friendship, suffering, redemption, introspection, hospital, death, mistress, life & death, communication problem, bittersweet ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: france, europe, paris france, africa, hong kong, nepal, beirut lebanon

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, emotional, touching and serious films with plots about hopes, storytelling, mentor, friendship, hospital, redemption and bittersweet mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: The Sea Inside (2004), My Left Foot (1989), The Intouchables (2011), The Theory of Everything (2014), Warm Springs (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Sea Inside (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. It is the story of Ramón’s relationships with two women: Julia a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, serious, sad, philosophical ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, dignity, lawyer, freedom, mercy killing, wheelchair, fighting the system, nursing, suicide, euthanasia, understanding ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1990s
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, galicia, catalonia
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My Left Foot (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be ...
Style: sincere, captivating, uplifting, biting, thought provoking ...
Plot: handicapped, cerebral palsy, poet, disability, irish, human spirit, courage, working class, paralysis, artist, family relations, painting ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
⇓ 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, touching, feel good, inspirational, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, life philosophy, unlikely friendships, caregiver, friends, starting over, culture clash, disability, loneliness, lifestyle change, handicapped, friendship between men ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, disability, supportive spouse, cambridge university, 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
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Warm Springs (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Franklin Roosevelt, left a paraplegic from polio at 39 years of age, seeks out a miracle cure in the backwoods of Georgia.
Style: realistic, sentimental, sincere, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: politics, ambition, society, rise and fall, fighting the system, rebellion, human spirit, life is a bitch, hopes, introspection, disability, president ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 30s ...
Place: georgia, usa, new york state, florida, washington d.c. ...
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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, captivating, cerebral, dramatic, intellectual ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, prodigy, genius, insanity, schizophrenia, existentialism, imagination, obsession, hallucination, scientist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 90s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, stockholm sweden, washington d.c. ...
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60%
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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, hopes, life is a bitch, family relations, research, cure, child illness, parents and children, treatment, parent child relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., italy, edinburgh scotland, london, boston ...
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43%
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Cavalcade (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An accomplished playboy Leo neglects his girlfriend and enjoys parties. His girlfriend parts from him and then, when he wants to see her once more, he has an accident. He survives, but his whole life is now to be changed. This film is about fetching ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: disability, human spirit, redemption, life turned upside down, hopes, womanizer, rehabilitation, friendship, couple relations, love and romance, couples, disabled person ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
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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, contemplative ...
Plot: psychiatrist, african american, therapy, redemption, graduation, family reunited, u.s. navy, navy, anger, thanksgiving, demotion, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cleveland ohio, san diego california, mexico, new jersey
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40%
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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: uplifting, captivating, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: falling in love, fall in love, human spirit, disability, handicapped, coming of age, teenage love, protective parent, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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37%
The Miracle Worker (1962)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The true story of the frightening, lonely world of silence and darkness of 7-year-old Helen Keller who, since infancy, has never seen the sky, heard her mother's voice or expressed her innermost feelings. Then Annie Sullivan, a 20-year-old ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mute or deaf, teacher, human spirit, blind character, disability, family relations, railway station, tutor, institution, tantrum, struggle, handicapped ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: alabama, usa, boston
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36%
Marie's Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Marie Heurtin is born both blind and deaf. Sister Marguerette wins her trust and teaches her how to express herself.
Style: serious, touching, uplifting, realistic, emotional
Plot: mute or deaf, disability, dedicated educator, teachers and students, illness, family relations, human spirit, hopes, parents and children, youth, struggle, nun ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 19th century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Waterdance (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An oft overlooked film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehab center with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies man, and Bloss, a racist biker. Considerable tension builds as ...
Style: touching, realistic, uplifting, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: rehabilitation, friendship, disability, love and romance, human nature, human spirit, paralysis, hopes, society, paraplegic, life philosophy, friends ...
Time: 90s
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35%
The Elephant Man (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, harsh, surreal ...
Plot: disfigurement, social misfits, freak, dignity, life is a bitch, exploitation, disability, human nature, suffering, hopes, cruelty, hospital ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1800s, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Adapted from the 1951 non-fiction account by psychoanalyst Georges Devereux, “Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian,” the film follows the true story of Picard (Del Toro), a Plains Indian of the Blackfeet nation, as he returns from WWII and begins ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, touching, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, psychoanalysis, hospital, one on one, doctors and patients, psychiatry, soldier, misdiagnosed, friends, power relations, native american tribe, elderly man ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1948, year 1945
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The Doctor (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: psychological, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, medical school, doctor, surgery, doctors and patients, coldhearted, redemption, family relations, couples, terminal illness, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
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33%
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Temple Grandin (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of top scientists in humane livestock handling.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: autism, against the odds, human spirit, female protagonist, scientist, mother daughter relationship, disability, ambition, panic attack, teacher, mentally challenged, genius ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1951, year 1981, year 1966 ...
Place: boston, new hampshire, usa, harvard university, arizona
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Wit (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, intellectual, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: terminal illness, hospital, nurse, dying, chemotherapy, cancer, hopes, poetry, doctor, regret, life is a bitch, fighting illness ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, sincere, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, coma, hopes, doctors and patients, hospital, fighting illness, illness, patient, cure, experiment, doctor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 1960s, 1930s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
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17%
Gods and Monsters (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: It's 1957, and Whale's heyday as the director of "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The Invisible Man" is long behind him. Retired and a semi-recluse, he lives his days accompanied only by images ...
Style: psychological, captivating, sentimental, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: friendship, seduction, maid, haunted by the past, homosexuality, artists and showbiz, introspection, naivete, gardener, art, death, dirty old man ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, pacific ocean
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32%
An Angel at My Table (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Janet Frame grows up in a poor family. She is different than the other kids. She is considered abnormal and locked away in a mental institution for eight years. Everything changes when she starts writing books.
Style: touching, contemplative, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: mental institution, insanity, teacher, prodigy, coping, misdiagnosed, human spirit, wrongfully committed, hopes, lifestyle, writer's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new zealand, london, paris france
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32%
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, heartbreaking, sincere, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, aids, fighting the system, transsexual, gay slur, terminal illness, life is a bitch, death, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, japan, dallas texas, china ...
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32%
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a midwestern housewife who managed to rescue her family from debt by entering contests for ad slogans sponsored by consumer product companies.
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: optimism, advertising, underdog, americana, prize, eviction, small town, mortgage, family problems, contests and competitions, ambition, large family ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: ohio, usa
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32%
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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, hospital, doctors and patients, medical profession, friendship, unconventional method, clinic, doctor, hopes, nursing, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971
Place: usa, virginia
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31%
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 ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, rags to riches, life, life is a bitch, against the odds, single parent, single father, hopes, down on your luck, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Imaginary Crimes (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A recently widowed, small-time hustler struggles to raise his two teenage daughters on his own and still make a dishonest living in 1950s Indiana.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, hopes, family relations, parents and children, cons and scams, down on your luck, terminal illness, human nature, life is a bitch, betrayal, single parent, hustler ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s
Place: california, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Whole Wide World (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based on her acclaimed autobiographical book, THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD tells the story of Novalyne Price, an attractive feisty West Texas schoolteacher and her bittersweet, romantic and turbulent relationship with Robert E. Howard, the great pulp ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: friendship, writers, teacher, bittersweet, romance, friends, creator, couple relations, unfulfilled love, introspection, fall in love, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, new mexico, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Cory Weissman is a college basketball player who suffers a devastating stroke. He perseveres to find new meaning in his life both on, and more importantly, off the court.
Style: emotional, captivating, uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: college, rehabilitation, sport, hopes, against the odds, parents and children, human spirit, paralysis, disability, life turned upside down, athlete and trainer, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.
Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: father son relationship, reconciliation, family relations, terminal illness, memory, parents and children, infidelity, coming of age, illness, family, teenager, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 80s, year 1962, 1960s ...
Place: london, brighton, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Infinity (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Story of the early life of genius and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, enigmatic ...
Plot: world war two, terminal illness, couples, romance, love and romance, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, hopes, introspection, young lovers, tuberculosis, love of one's life ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: new mexico, new york, usa, albuquerque new mexico, new orleans
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30%