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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
 8.0
 102K
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, disability, paralysis, rehabilitation, life turned upside down, coma, writing, nurse, patient, courage, tragic event, hopes, therapy, mute or deaf, friendship, suffering, redemption, introspection, hospital, death, mistress, life & death, bittersweet, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: france, europe, paris france, africa, hong kong, nepal, beirut lebanon

Most similar movies to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, emotional and serious films with plots about storytelling, mentor, hopes, hospital, redemption, friendship and life philosophy mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: The Intouchables (2011), My Left Foot (1989), The Sea Inside (2004), The Theory of Everything (2014), Warm Springs (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: feel good, touching, uplifting, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, disability, lifestyle change, culture clash, friends, french, human relationship, redemption, caregiver, blacks and whites ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
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100%
 7.9
 67K
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: thought provoking, sentimental, touching, gloomy, uplifting ...
Plot: handicapped, poet, paralysis, disability, human spirit, cerebral palsy, irish, artist, courage, working class, painting, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 77K
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, lawyer, freedom, dignity, mercy killing, wheelchair, fighting the system, nursing, suicide, euthanasia, understanding ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 20th century, 1990s, 1960s
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, galicia, catalonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, emotional, compassionate, factual ...
Plot: genius, prodigy, against the odds, disability, supportive spouse, human spirit, life is a bitch, fall in love, religion versus science, adaptation, life turned upside down, love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, 90s, 70s ...
Place: oxford university, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 3K
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, uplifting, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: politics, ambition, rise and fall, society, human spirit, fighting the system, rebellion, life is a bitch, hopes, disability, introspection, president ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 20s, 30s ...
Place: georgia, usa, florida, washington d.c., southern usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, interesting, dramatic ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, prodigy, genius, insanity, schizophrenia, imagination, existentialism, obsession, hallucination, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, washington d.c., stockholm sweden ...
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60%
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 168
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, love and romance, hopes, friendship, true love, couple relations, womanizer, rehabilitation, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.3
 33K
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, sincere ...
Plot: psychiatrist, therapy, african american, redemption, child abuse, navy, anger, demotion, childhood, haunted by the past, human spirit, changing lives ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico, cleveland ohio, san diego california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 26K
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, uplifting, 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
 119K
Wild (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A woman with a tragic past decides to start her new life by hiking for one thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Style: uplifting, meditative, captivating, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: wilderness, cheating on husband, self discovery, hiking, human spirit, journey, redemption, loneliness, introspection, on the road, adultery, nature ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: usa, california, mojave desert, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mute or deaf, blind character, human spirit, disability, teacher, family relations, tutor, institution, railway station, struggle, tantrum, handicapped ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: alabama, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: touching, serious, uplifting, emotional, realistic
Plot: mute or deaf, disability, teachers and students, dedicated educator, illness, hopes, family relations, human spirit, youth, parents and children, struggle, nun ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 19th century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, psychological, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: rehabilitation, friendship, disability, love and romance, paralysis, human nature, human spirit, society, hopes, life philosophy, paraplegic, friends ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, hopes, suffering, cruelty, hospital ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, victorian era, 1800s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 20K
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, serious, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, life is a bitch, research, family relations, cure, medicine, child illness, parents and children, treatment ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., edinburgh scotland, boston, london, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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, intern, family relations, couple relations, introspection, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
 3K
Jimmy P. (2013)
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, power relations, friends, misdiagnosed, fountain pen, schizophrenic ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1948, year 1945
Place: usa, kansas, new york, seattle, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.3
 27K
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, inspirational, sincere, emotional, 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, year 1951, 50s, 60s, year 1966 ...
Place: boston, new hampshire, usa, arizona, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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, strong female presence, sexual content, human spirit, wrongfully committed, hopes, lifestyle, writer's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new zealand, paris france, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, gardener, naivete, art, death, dirty old man ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, touching ...
Plot: reconciliation, terminal illness, memory, father son relationship, infidelity, coming of age, teenager, hospital, family relations, loneliness, confrontation, family drama ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 80s, year 1962, year 1989 ...
Place: london, brighton, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, semi serious, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: optimism, advertising, underdog, americana, prize, eviction, small town, mortgage, family problems, ambition, contests and competitions, large family ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, touching, sincere, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, human spirit, transsexual, death, life is a bitch, terminal illness, gay slur, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, mexico, amsterdam, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
 6.8
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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, hospital, medical school, medical profession, friendship, unconventional method, doctors and patients, clinic, doctor, hopes, nursing, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: friendship, writers, teacher, bittersweet, romance, creator, friends, unfulfilled love, fall in love, introspection, couple relations, hopes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, new mexico, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.8
 122K
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, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, doctors and patients, hopes, mental institution, coma, hospital, illness, patient, doctor, fighting illness, treatment, cure ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
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, terminal illness, human nature, down on your luck, cons and scams, life is a bitch, betrayal, single parent, hustler ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s
Place: indiana, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, against the odds, life is a bitch, single parent, life, hopes, down on your luck, single father, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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, couple relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, hopes, unfulfillment, introspection, young lovers, tuberculosis ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: new mexico, new york, usa, new orleans, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line ...
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: mental illness, suicide, psychiatrist, suicide attempt, psychiatric ward, friendship, mentally unstable, coming of age, borderline personality disorder, female protagonist, patient, eating disorder ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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