Movies like Scent of a Woman

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Scent of a Woman (1992)
 8.0
 229K
Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, a cantankerous middle-aged man who lives with his niece and her family.
Style: sentimental, realistic, dramatic, touching, inspirational, talky, serious, captivating, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, blind character, human nature, disability, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, depression, mentor, thanksgiving, student, change of heart, morality, blindness, coming of age, strong sexual content, suicide attempt, weekend, complex characters, destiny, loneliness, unlikely friendships, character study, life philosophy, tango ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england

Most similar movies to Scent of a Woman

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, talky and touching films with plots about friendship, mentor, redemption, depression, runaway, unlikely friendships and storytelling mostly in Drama, Comedy and Biography genres. Some movies like Scent of a Woman: Dead Poets Society (1989), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), The Intouchables (2011), The Last Picture Show (1971). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, emotional, intellectual, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, poet, teacher, teaching the ways of the world, youth, poetry, coming of age, dedicated educator, professor, suicide, friendship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959, 1950s
Place: vermont, usa, new england, harvard university
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100%
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, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life is a bitch, life sentence, confined, hopes, criminal heroes, survival, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, maine, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: psychological, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, professor, human spirit, ambition, life philosophy, psychologist, university, teachers and students, philosophy, social differences ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
⇓ 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: touching, uplifting, sincere, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, disability, life philosophy, culture clash, friends, human relationship, lifestyle change, loneliness, starting over, odd couple, french, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
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The Last Picture Show (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The coming of age of a youth named Sonny in a small Texas town in the 1950s.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, captivating, touching ...
Plot: graduation, christmas, coming of age, friendship, small town, innocence lost, american dream, coach, self discovery, funeral, jealousy, basketball ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, oklahoma, mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 20K
School Ties (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When David Greene receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, serious, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: anti semitism, high school, friendship, coming of age, football, boarding school life, preparatory school, working class, sport, society, teenage life, youth ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.7
 399
The Tic Code (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A 10 year old gifted boy wants to be a jazz pianist much to the chagrin of his more classical oriented piano instructor. With his mother's help, he is an underage regular at a local nightspot, where he is teamed up with a sax superstar. Both ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, offbeat ...
Audience: kids
Plot: jazz, disability, music, coming of age, friends, power relations, family relations, love and romance, fall in love, teachers and students, hopes, family in crisis ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.3
 3K
Two Bits (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's promised to Gennaro and which Gennaro would like to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: rich and poor, coming of age, family relations, friends, friendship, parents and children, hopes, family life, teenage life, self discovery, youth, haunted by the past ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: philadelphia, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 7.5
 5K
Passion Fish (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Soap actress May-Alice Culhane is paralyzed from the waist down in an accident. She returns to her old home in Louisiana, where she proceeds to drink quite steadily and to drive away five personal attendants in the first twenty minutes of the movie. ...
Style: talky, clever, sentimental, thought provoking, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: wheelchair, rehabilitation, accident, friendship, disability, alcohol abuse, homecoming, self discovery, folk, friends, paralysis, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Man Without a Face (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of a relationship between a teacher and his troubled pupil. Justin McLeod is a former teacher who lives as a recluse on the edge of town. His face is disfigured from an automobile accident and fire ten years before in which a boy was ...
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, disfigurement, injustice, teacher, social misfits, false accusation, physical appearance, teaching the ways of the world, secret, mysterious character, suspicion, love ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.3
 5K
Jacknife (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived.
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, love and romance, siblings relations, haunted by the past, human nature, homecoming, life is a bitch, loneliness, vietnam veteran, prom, unlikely friendships, depression ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.3
 14K
Scarecrow (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two drifters bum around, visit earthy women and discuss opening a car wash in Pittsburgh.
Style: sincere, touching, road movie, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, drifter, on the road, self discovery, road trip, introspection, buddies, partners, hitchhiker, bar fight, train ride, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: pittsburgh, denver colorado, california, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.6
 8K
September (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who's in a relationship with Peter, who's falling for Stephanie, who's married with children.
Style: talky, sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, family problems, parents and children, family relations, friends, family gatherings, siblings relations, couple relations, human nature, couples, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.4
 1K
Inside Moves (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled, Rory begins spending a lot of time at a neighborhood bar full of interesting misfits. When Jerry the bartender suddenly finds himself playing basketball for the Golden State Warriors, ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, disability, suicide attempt, basketball, bartender, waitress, hospital, bar, wheelchair, redemption, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, california, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.4
 156K
Mud (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and make a pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.
Style: atmospheric, touching, suspenseful, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, teenage boy, river, human relationship, lake or river, ex convict, drifter, unfulfillment, boat, wanted man, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arkansas, mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Finding Forrester (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Gus van Sant tells the story of a young African American man named Jamal who confronts his talents while living on the streets of the Bronx. He accidentally runs into an old writer named Forrester who discovers his passion for writing. With help ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, mentor, dedicated educator, basketball, african american, age difference, prejudice, plagiarism, private school, prodigy, writer's life, teacher ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, scotland, new york yankees, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 8.0
 81K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, serious, sincere ...
Plot: murder, friendship, death threat, father figure, redemption, mentally challenged, family relations, small town, parents and children, haunted by the past, human nature, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Of Mice and Men (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
Style: touching, emotional, gloomy, tense, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, farm, great depression, friends, americana, drifter, down on your luck, follow your dream, social misfits, hopes, life is a bitch, working class ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.1
 2K
The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, dramatic, earnest ...
Plot: friendship, chosen one, culture clash, coming of age, parents and children, interracial relations, youth, clergy, teenage life, family relations, friends, society ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa, new york, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Chinese Coffee (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When Harry Levine, an aging, unsuccessful Greenwich Village writer is fired from his job as restaurant doorman, he calls on friend and mentor Jake, ostensibly to collect a long-standing debt. Harry solicits his opinion on his latest manuscript, a ...
Style: psychological, serious, clever, realistic, talky
Plot: friendship, poet, photographer, jealousy, prodigy, lifestyle, actor's life, human nature, urban, introspection, couples, up and down relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, dramatic, serious, tragicomedy, captivating ...
Plot: fighting the system, mental institution, human spirit, insanity, nurse, freedom, doctors and patients, dehumanization, anti heroes, plan gone awry, friendship, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.5
 277
Second Chances (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A little girl's physical and emotional reawakening after an accident claims her father and her spirit.
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: disability, friendship, starting over, dealing with death, hopes, family, young heroes, youth, pets, human spirit, misfit, optimism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 5.9
 50
Octavia (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Everybody has a little murder in their heart... somewhere.
Style: touching, gloomy, sexual, emotional, serious ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, confined, hopes, life is a bitch, youth, friendship, society, captivity, misfit, family relations, friends ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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 6.4
 33K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, depressing, bleak ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, life is a bitch, grieving, drugs/alcohol, dealing with death, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship, group therapy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, tijuana mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Rambling Rose (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself ...
Style: sexy, touching, emotional, erotic, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, love and romance, self discovery, love, prostitute, introspection, parents and children, youth, family relations, human nature, romance, fall in love ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Spring Forward (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As the seasons change in a Connecticut town, two men of different age and backgrounds who work together outdoors for the local park system, share thoughts and feelings that gradually deepen into a relationship approaching father and son. Paul is ...
Style: talky, touching, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, working class, partners, buddies, down on your luck, love and romance, parents and children, hopes, boss and employee, family relations, power relations, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Central Station (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: teacher, letter, age difference, retired, on the road, brazilian, realism, alcoholic, long lost relative, friendship, poverty, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Front of the Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "Front of the Class" is based on the true story of Brad Cohen -- played in the movie by Jimmy Wolk -- who, "after being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: school, social misfits, teachers and students, stuttering, disability, family relations, dedicated educator, overcoming, follow your dream, hopes, family, overbearing parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Letters to Father Jacob (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 74 min.
Story: With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless. But when the letters stop, the pastor is devastated and ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: pardon, friendship, redemption, hopes, coldhearted, warden, starting over, society, clergy, self discovery, religions or cults, friends ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: finland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young kid from Kansas moves to New York to work on a magazine. He gets caught up in the world of drink and drugs, and starts a steady decline. The only hope is the cousin of one of his drinking partners, can she pull him through it ?
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, nightlife, addiction, redemption, life is a bitch, starting over, alcohol abuse, friendship, downfall, supportive spouse, innocence lost, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%