Movies like Slumdog Millionaire

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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
 8.0
 787K
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, 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: touching, realistic, uplifting, motivational, serious, harsh, feel good, heartbreaking, rough, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: against the odds, orphan, childhood, destiny, life is a bitch, tv show, poverty, society, true love, street kid, street life, cheating, journey, rags to riches, human spirit, slum, ambition, petty criminal, child abuse, false accusation, television show, love, childhood sweetheart, hopes, torture ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2006, year 2005
Place: india, mumbai india, taj mahal, asia

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Most similar movies to Slumdog Millionaire

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, emotional, realistic and serious films with plots about destiny, mentor, storytelling, catastrophe, culture clash, society and hopes mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like Slumdog Millionaire: Lion (2016), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Forrest Gump (1994), My Name Is Khan (2010), The Shawshank Redemption (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
 207K
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: sentimental, motivational, emotional, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, poverty, childhood, survival, missing child, loneliness, courage, destiny, long lost relative, lost child, adopted son, rags to riches ...
Time: 2010s, 80s, year 1986
Place: india, australia, kolkata, melbourne, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, motivational, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, rags to riches, against the odds, hopes, life is a bitch, single parent, life, down on your luck, single father, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 8.8
 1.8M
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, sincere, uplifting, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, human spirit, destiny, life philosophy, rise to the top, true love, storytelling, journey, human relationship, odd, selflessness, philosophy ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., united states, new york, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
My Name Is Khan (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: India, USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, has Asperger's syndrome. He marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who treat him as a terrorist because of his ...
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: muslim, false accusation, islam, asperger's syndrome, autism, mental illness, journey, prejudice, racism, true love, fall in love, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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: touching, clever, captivating, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, life sentence, plot twist, criminal heroes, hopes, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.7
 712
Explicit Ills (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The film follows four inter-connecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia
Style: serious, uplifting, emotional, touching, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, juvenile delinquency, social decay, dysfunctional family, drug dealing, hopes, youth, society, lifestyle, injustice, human spirit, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 81K
Swades (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 210 min.
Story: Set in modern day India, Swades is a film that tackles the issues that development throws up on a grass root level. It is to this India, which is colorful, heterogeneous and complex that Mohan Bhargava (Shah Rukh Khan), a bright young scientist ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: nasa, immigrants, poverty, discrimination, bollywood, village, journey, change of heart, search, self discovery, human spirit, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Love Loves Coincidences (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Turkey
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Year 1977, a September morning in Ankara... Yilmaz tries to rush his pregnant wife Neriman to the hospital and he crashes into Omer's car. The causes Omer's pregnant wife Inci, who was in the back seat, to have a pre-term labor. The babies ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, dramatic, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: true love, destiny, childhood love, childhood sweetheart, love and romance, hopes, power of love, love triangle, life, childhood memory, life philosophy, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Japan, France
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A sweeping romantic epic set in Japan in the years before World War II, a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.
Style: captivating, sexy, sentimental, dramatic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: geisha, women, brothel, mentor, japanese culture, rivalry, love and romance, loss of virginity, unfulfilled love, orphan, jealousy, cinderella story ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.5
 2K
Umrao Jaan (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Bollywood film about the famous courtesan of the title. Aishwarya Rai stars in the lead role. The film is directed by J.P. Dutta and also stars Shabana Azmi, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Divya Dutta, Himani Shivpuri and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: courtesan, social differences, forbidden love, life is a bitch, romance, society, prostitute, impossible love, destiny, curses spells and rituals, bollywood, kidnapping ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Great Expectations (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Loosely based on the Charles Dickens' classic novel, "Great Expectations" is a sensual tale of a young man's unforgettable passage into manhood, and the three individuals who will undeniably change his life forever. Through the ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, romantic, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: artist, destiny, romance, fall in love, childhood, social differences, understanding, painting, inheritance, stranger, art, happy ending ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s, 80s, 19th century ...
Place: florida, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 15K
A Better Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: immigrants, thief, family relations, theft, american dream, single parent, life is a bitch, working class, teenage life, down on your luck, parents and children, social problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, september 11 2001
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico, malibu california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.8
 49K
The Lunchbox (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: India, France, Germany, USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system (Mumbai's Dabbawallahs) connects a young housewife to a stranger in the dusk of his life. They build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: housewife, love and romance, everyday life, delivery, age difference, unlikely relationship, letter, accountant, love, relationships, romance, bollywood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, mumbai india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.1
 12K
Poetic Justice (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, on the road, friendship, starting over, self discovery, romance, gang, homecoming, urban ghetto life, survival, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, chicago illinois, south central los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.7
 65K
The Best of Me (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.
Style: touching, romantic, sentimental, sexy, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: love and romance, true love, lovers reunited, unfulfilled love, love affair, road not taken, small town, fall in love, reunion, teenage love, forbidden love, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new orleans, new jersey, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Children of a Lesser God (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, refusing to read his lips and only using signs. Will her ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sign language, romance, disability, deafness, couple relations, man-woman relation, couples, communication problem, opposites attract, love and romance, love, deaf ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
You Have My Heart (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Inspired by the Telegu (southern Indian) film, "Pelli Chuskundam," the plot follows the life of a rape victim (Aishwarya Rai). Now, a disgrace to her family, she is turned away from her house after the sexual assault. But she finds shelter ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, melancholic, tense ...
Plot: romance, prostitute, life is a bitch, bollywood, crimes, love and romance, love, illegitimate child, rape victim, love triangle, adulterer, mother son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 6.6
 2K
Agnes Browne (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When Agnes Browne's husband died, she discovered something amazing... Herself.
Style: sentimental, emotional, humorous, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: working class, children, family relations, best friend, family problems, hopes, single parent, life is a bitch, down on your luck, human spirit, puberty, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: ireland, europe, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.7
 21K
Dear Frankie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, ...
Style: realistic, emotional, uplifting, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Plot: single parent, letter, stranger, disability, ship, friendship, father son relationship, family drama, bet, child abuse, elementary school, newspaper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.8
 13K
Untamed Heart (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Caroline, a young waitress who seems to have bad taste in men, is on her way home one night when thugs attempt to rape her. Adam, the mysterious busboy who works at the same diner, helps fight off the assailants, and she begins a relationship with ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: orphan, love, opposites attract, self discovery, love and romance, tragedy, couple relations, love affair, couples, looking for love, fall in love, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: minneapolis minnesota, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 4K
Firelight (1997)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Firelight is a period romance/drama film written and directed by William Nicholson. It was Nicholson's first, and to date only, film as director.
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: love affair, family relations, governess, reunion, love and romance, couple relations, hopes, couples, parents and children, fall in love, estate, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, 90s, 1840s, 1830s ...
Place: england, europe, london, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.8
 1K
Time (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 178 min.
Story: Members of a family are separated in a natural disaster. Several years down the line, they aren't united but their lives are strangely interconnected.
Style: gloomy, touching, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: family relations, destiny, reunion, parents and children, siblings relations, couple relations, death in the family, catastrophe, family problems, couples, single parent, hopes ...
Time: 60s
Place: india, asia, bombay india, mumbai india
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 6.5
 5K
City of Joy (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In this drama, a wealthy American doctor learns some important lessons about life in one of the poorest cities on Earth. Max Lowe (Patrick Swayze) is a Houston surgeon who has grown weary of the bureaucracy of American medicine. When he loses a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: hopes, friendship, wedding, leper, friends, self discovery, human spirit, clinic, parents and children, doctors and patients, against the odds, rich and poor ...
Time: 90s
Place: india, asia, kolkata, middle east, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.0
 174K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, 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: uplifting, motivational, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, boxing, sport, underdog, athlete's life, comeback, financial problem, poverty, training, follow your dream, lifestyle, boxer ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 20s, 20th century ...
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.6
 34K
The Choice (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life's most defining events.
Style: emotional, romantic, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: love, fall in love, couple relations, couples, love and romance, destiny, true love, moral dilemma, romance, friendship, life & death, love triangle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1946, year 1989, year 1988
Place: north carolina, usa, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Stanley & Iris (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An illiterate cook at a company cafeteria tries for the attention of a newly widowed woman. As they get to know one another, she discovers his inability to read. When he is fired, she takes on trying to teach him to read in her kitchen each night.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: working class, unemployment, education, romance, teachers and students, couple relations, love and romance, love, school, friendship, couples, family problems ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Loving Hurts You (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Renata is a young high-class girl and Ulises is a poor guy. They both fall in love, but they must fight against everyone, specially Renata's rich parents, who want to stop their love by sending her to Canada. The story remarks the difference ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: teenage love, forbidden love, social differences, against the odds, young lovers, romance, society, youth, family problems, parents and children, fall in love, teenage girl ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, mexico, mexico city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.2
 111K
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: motivational, uplifting, sincere, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: childhood, teacher, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, society, school, teachers and students, addiction, parents and children, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.9
 30K
Love Story (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny - and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other. When ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: tragic love, romance, young lovers, college, class differences, love, terminal illness, hopes, love and romance, unfulfillment, fall in love, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: harvard university, paris france, new york, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%